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Areas Recently covered

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>
 

Hi Folks,
   Here is a list of some areas we (Lentz, Compton, Weyburne, Holmgren) covered over the weekend, and on Monday at lunchtime, and the highlights we found.
 
Saturday, 6 Nov  (Holmgren, Kelly, Zappala)
San Marcos Foothills (West end) -- Burrowing Owl
Sunday, 7 Nov  (Lentz, Compton, Weyburne, Holmgren)
Bird Refuge -- no highlights
Music Academy -- Black-thr. Gray Warbler
Carpinteria Creek below Carp Ave -- Nashville Warbler, 3 Wilson's Warblers, sev Townsend's Warblers, 2 Black-thr. Gray Warblers,
Carp Creek above Carp Ave -- 2 Wilson's Warblers
Carp Salt Marsh (Ash Avenue) --  no highlights
Polo Field near Lambert Creek -- Chipping Sparrow
Patterson Ag Fields -- 11 Horned Larks, very few sparrows
Lake Los Carneros Parking Lot -- no highlights
 
Monday, 8 Nov 99  (Holmgren)
Goleta Sanitary District Ponds -- Mallard ~19, Gadwall 2, Northern Shoveler ~75, American Coot ~57, Killdeer ~2, Black-necked Stilt 4, Long-billed Dowitcher 1, Spotted Sandpiper 1
 
 
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Mark Holmgren, Associate Director          805 893-4098
Museum of Systematics and Ecology         fax  893-4724
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA  93106
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Re: Great Blue Heron munching a gopher

GeorgeR244@...
 

I watched a Great Blue hunting gophers and successfully kill one in the open
field east of Lake Los Caneros two years ago. I must say that I was surprised
at this but I guess it's not so uncommon after all. I caught one in a muskrat
trap in Nova
Scotia about 50 years ago and between the thrashing wings and stabbing bill,
it was quite an experience getting it loose. It must have been because I
still remember it! Bird on...George Roland


Great Blue Heron munching a gopher

SBTECH@...
 

Hello All,

Today I had an interesting view of a GB Heron stalking, killing and eating a
gopher next to Atascadero Creek. We noticed the heron staring at the ground
and waited ten minutes for it to pace forward, coil its neck and stab the
gopher. I've seen GB Herons stab prey before - just like a spear with their
bill. The gopher was stabbed right behind the head, killing it instantly. It
was hoisted out of the ground and washed about twenty times in the nearby
creek. The heron then swallowed it on the first try fairly easily. The big
lump in its throat went away in a minute or two. Ten years ago in a nearby
field I watched a GB try and swallow a larger gopher (about 1 ft.) and that
took that heron about 10 tries and left a big lump in its neck a long time.
FYI.

Regards, Ron Hirst


Cachuma Sightings

Liz Mason <eliz@...>
 

Hi Folks,
Sightings yesterday (Sat. Nov 6) at Cachuma Lake include:
Golden eagles: 2 (one adult, other too far away)
Hooded Mergansers have arrived:   2 pair (frequent Martini Cove)
White-fronted geese: 2 (hanging around 25 Canada geese on Storke Flats
 
We're not yet into daily sightings of adult and juv. Bald eagles.
--Liz Mason


Re: BIRDWEST ARCHIVES

Joseph Morlan <jmorlan@...>
 

On Sat, 06 Nov 1999 17:08:51 -0800, John Ayres <jayres37@...>
wrote:

Does anyone know the website for the BirdWest archives?
http://listserv.arizona.edu/lsv/www/birdwest.html

--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA 94044: jmorlan@...
California Birding; Mystery Birds: http://fog.ccsf.cc.ca.us/~jmorlan/
California Bird Records Committee: http://www.wfo-cbrc.org/cbrc/


BIRDWEST ARCHIVES

John Ayres <jayres37@...>
 

Does anyone know the website for the BirdWest archives? Anyone that
has this info, please respond to jayres37@...


Southside Lompoc Birds

jcwings@...
 

A few problems with a new subscription prevented this from going to the
group. I just discovered this- sorry for the delay. Paul and Rita Rosso
from Lompoc posted this message on Friday with the following birds
being mentioned.

How many Eurasian Collared-Doves are there in the county now anyway?

Jamie
-----------------------


Friday November 5, 1999
8:30 am
10 Eurasian Collared Doves in a tree on the NW corner of S. C St and E.
Locust.
The numbers are up in the same area from 5 in January for the CBC.
Thursday 11/4
Ferruginous Hawks continue.
White-Throated Sparrow continues.
Wednesday 11/3
Merlin near E. Fir and S. E. Street on a Pole.

Paul & Rita Rosso


Saturday at the VAFB ponds

brad hines <bkhnca@...>
 

Hello Birders,

While birding the willows west of the viewing
tower this morning, Tom Rohrer and I located a Lucy's Warbler among a
large mixed flock. Also observed during the morning were: 2 Hermit
Warblers, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers, imm. Golden Eagle, and two
Pine Siskins. BKH


E. Camino Cielo/Santa Ynez Valley

Guy Tingos <gtingos@...>
 

Dave Compton and I birded East Camino Cielo this morning. It was very
slow with one Steller's Jay on the north slope of La Cumbre Peak. We
then birded some of the Santa Ynez Valley and had the following:

1 Lewis's Woodpecker on Armour Ranch Road between Happy Canyon Road and
Count Fleet Road.

1 adult Peregrine Falcon on Armour Ranch Road about .25 miles east of the
junction of 154 and 246.

1 Ferruginous Hawk on Figueroa Mountain Road about .5 miles north of 154.

2-3 Lewis's Woodpeckers on Zaca Station Road about .4 miles from 101.

Guy


Saturday birding

Karen Bridgers <kbridgers@...>
 

Hi all:

Tom Wurster (a birder who used to live in SB) is in town for the weekend. At
Stow House he saw the Baltimore Oriole, along with a Palm Warbler and a
Golden-crowned Kinglet - all in the eucs by the parking lot. He also had an
adult bobcat in the brush at LLC.

He birded San Jose Creek from the Berkeley bike bridge to the Elk's Club and
found nothing.

He also looked for the Zone-tail, to no avail.

Hope you're all getting out.

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@...


Re: sbcobirding digest

Jim Greaves <greaves@...>
 

Joan Lentz wrote:

It is really important for you all to know that when I compile the county
seasonal report, I make 2 lists--one for "Birds of Local Interest" (that
would include this raven stuff) and one that goes to "North American Birds"
magazine w/ all the rarities & "wow" stuff.
Pity. I had always hoped seasonal reports would include information of the
former kind, highlighted with the "wow" stuff, but not supplanted by it.
But, when the journal was "taken over" by super-birders and list
competitors in the late 1970's or early 1980's, there was rarely a mention
of such interesting birds as, for instance Hutton's vireos that suffer in
their way as equally at the beaks of cowbirds as do some rarer riparian
species... Instead, American Birds (now NAB) continued to make it
impossible to learn much about "trends" of any but the out of place or rare
birds... As I said, pity.


Birding Sunday

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>
 

Joan Dear,
Please come bird with us on Sunday! Won't you dawling?
Mark
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* Mark Holmgren, Associate Director 805 893-4098 office
* Museum of Systematics and Ecology 805 893-4724 dept. fax
* Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
* University of California
* Santa Barbara, CA 93106 holmgren@...
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Re: Ravens coastal

Liz Mason <eliz@...>
 

Thanks, Evelyn, I am, indeed, a subscriber.

----- Original Message -----
From: Evelyn Putnam <evputnam@...>
To: <sbcobirding@...>
Sent: Friday, November 05, 1999 3:28 PM
Subject: [sbcobirding] Re: Ravens coastal


Has anyone else noticed a great deal of redundancy on the egroups birding
page?

I get some messages 3-4 times PER so-called "update", so that a
"compilation" has several "versions" of previously sent mss that next
ones
purport to be answering... I brought this to attention of the listserver
but got no reply... Nothing has been done to clear it up -- today I had
to
use "fetch" to download stuff I already saw (130k of "a" message that
should not have been more than 20k) -- half the 10 mss were repeats, some
in very strange formatting, with long spaces between words/lines, etc!

I vote strongly FOR "reply to" being simplified -- also, lambasting the
listserv for not providing a "professional" service. Whoever "got us into
this mess", please contact the administrator and see if it can tighten
this
up so that, like all good short stories, these alerts and other stuff can
be read in one sitting! Thanks.



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Re: redundancy

Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>
 

I have not noticed reduncancies in messages from egroups.
Gene Lynch


Re: Ravens coastal

Evelyn Putnam <evputnam@...>
 

Has anyone else noticed a great deal of redundancy on the egroups birding
page?

I get some messages 3-4 times PER so-called "update", so that a
"compilation" has several "versions" of previously sent mss that next ones
purport to be answering... I brought this to attention of the listserver
but got no reply... Nothing has been done to clear it up -- today I had to
use "fetch" to download stuff I already saw (130k of "a" message that
should not have been more than 20k) -- half the 10 mss were repeats, some
in very strange formatting, with long spaces between words/lines, etc!

I vote strongly FOR "reply to" being simplified -- also, lambasting the
listserv for not providing a "professional" service. Whoever "got us into
this mess", please contact the administrator and see if it can tighten this
up so that, like all good short stories, these alerts and other stuff can
be read in one sitting! Thanks.



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Re: Bird stuff

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

Florence & all: Yes, I'm aware of the UCSB R-b Nuts & my post was designed
to get all you UCSBers on the watch. Thanks, Joan

At 12:45 PM 11/5/99 -0800, you wrote:
Dear Joan,

Thanks for your interesting points. Re Red-breasted Nuthatches: While
montane winter visitors may be in scarce supply this year, I will remind
everyone that one or two pairs apparently nested successfully at UCSB this
year and are still around. I hear them every so often on my walk from the
parking lot to the UCSB Library. They favor the large, old Monterey pines
in particular. So if you ned them for the Christmas count this year, you
know where to look!

Florence Sanchez



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Re: Ravens coastal

Jim Greaves <greaves@...>
 

Has anyone else noticed a great deal of redundancy on the egroups birding page?

I get some messages 3-4 times PER so-called "update", so that a
"compilation" has several "versions" of previously sent mss that next ones
purport to be answering... I brought this to attention of the listserver
but got no reply... Nothing has been done to clear it up -- today I had to
use "fetch" to download stuff I already saw (130k of "a" message that
should not have been more than 20k) -- half the 10 mss were repeats, some
in very strange formatting, with long spaces between words/lines, etc!

I vote strongly FOR "reply to" being simplified -- also, lambasting the
listserv for not providing a "professional" service. Whoever "got us into
this mess", please contact the administrator and see if it can tighten this
up so that, like all good short stories, these alerts and other stuff can
be read in one sitting! Thanks.


Re: Bird stuff

Florence Sanchez <sanchez@...>
 

Dear Joan,

Thanks for your interesting points. Re Red-breasted Nuthatches: While
montane winter visitors may be in scarce supply this year, I will remind
everyone that one or two pairs apparently nested successfully at UCSB this
year and are still around. I hear them every so often on my walk from the
parking lot to the UCSB Library. They favor the large, old Monterey pines
in particular. So if you ned them for the Christmas count this year, you
know where to look!

Florence Sanchez


Ravens coastal

Jim Greaves <greaves@...>
 

In each of past two years, while conducting bird surveys along the river, I
have found ravens nesting along the "lower" Santa Clara River, Saticoy area
(west of west end South Mountain, and further down river where there are NO
cliffs): 1998 -- 5 young raised (photos on site and of occupied nest) from
a derelict oil "cricket" at the river's edge, adjacent to the United Water
Conservation District ponds 1 mile east of Hiway 118 (Los Angeles Avenue),
"adult" birds checking out the site in 1999, but a Red-shouldered hawk
seemed to have taken over the site for hunting roost; 1999 -- 1.5 mile
downstream of Hiway 118, nest site in a lone Eucalyptus at river end of
barranca at south end of Petit Avenue (which heads south from Telegraph
Road)(also a dead juvenile raven was on the ground at this latter site, but
not collected for any museum).

Perhaps the word "opportunist" -- which applies well to the selection of
prey in this family -- might also describe nest site selection, rather than
"lack of" particular geomorphological conditions... Ravens being "unusual
coastal" might also be misleading, as the references to Rincon area
indicate; in my examples above, "quasi-coastal" might not even fit, except
perhaps legally since Saticoy is well within that part of the Oxnard Plain
and Santa Clara River Valley that the Coastal Commission labelled "coastal
zone"...

Nature just continues to upset some preconceptive preoccupation many of us
seem to have with chaos!


Bird stuff

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

Hi All! Some items of discussion that I've been meaning to write about:
1) Whereas I don't particularly relish being called "insular" by my dear
friend Paul--when characterizing S. B. co. birders!--I think his point is
well-taken. Believe me, most of us, I think, DO subscribe to at least the
West coast RBAs & it certainly does pay off when it comes to interpreting
bird movements.
For example, I believe this to be a non-existent year for montane species!
I haven't heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch in months! All you who have
spotted one or two siskins, are there anymore where they came from?
There's just no montane invasion of any kind that I have noticed thus far.
Prove me wrong, please. . .
It is exciting to me to see some of you north county birders & others
exploring the plowed & short grass fields nr. Sta. Maria for longspurs,
etc. That field nr. the VAFB ponds looked really good to me. Of course,
private property issues must always be kept in mind. Is anyone growing sod
up there? That seems to attract longspurs incredibly in Vent. co.--the new
fields w/ the fine netting over them on Arnold Rd., for example.
2) Raven distribution in SB co. -- There's no question that this species
is getting more common & is being sighted more frequently, especially in
the foothills of the S. Ynez Mtns. along the south coast. The pair that
has bred on the Carp. Bluffs since 1994, missing only one year, has
contributed to that I'm sure (e.g. sightings in Carp. foothills,
Summerland, Montecito over the last year)
It is really important for you all to know that when I compile the county
seasonal report, I make 2 lists--one for "Birds of Local Interest" (that
would include this raven stuff) and one that goes to "North American Birds"
magazine w/ all the rarities & "wow" stuff.
So . . .we are so lucky that Paul Lehman's book has provided a baseline
from which we can all go forward & add new distribution info. That's where
all of you come in!
3) A last note re the Orchard Orioles at B. Refuge: I've spent some time
on Wed. & today looking for them w/ no luck. HOWEVER, the description sent
to me by Ginger Burns who found them Sun. was excellent, & those Myoporum
bushes on the no. side of the nature trail bet/ the 2 platforms are LOADED
w/ berries--there's even a Catalina cherry nearby toward the RR tracks. In
short, perfect OrOr habitat. So . . .keep an eye out. Thanks, Joan