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*** Species Summary:

- Common Tern (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Pinyon Jay (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Bobolink (5 reports)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 08:24 by Mark Holmgren
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071221,-119.8483944&ll=34.4071221,-119.8483944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49084940
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Dark carpal bar, dark lateral margin of lateral rectrix, ear patch continuous around nape. Viewed by scope."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 08:24 by Mark Holmgren
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071221,-119.8483944&ll=34.4071221,-119.8483944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49084940
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos . On snag at west end of Lagoon island."

Pinyon Jay (Gymnorhinus cyanocephalus) (18)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 10:55 by David Compton
- 4705 San Miguelito Rd, Lompoc US-CA (34.5796,-120.5106), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.579608,-120.510646&ll=34.579608,-120.510646
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49089308
- Comments: "While standing above upper Miguelito Canyon to the south, I heard a couple of nasal calls coming from across the canyon, about 0.25 miles away. I then saw a flock of birds come over the ridge and make their way west below the ridge top, over the divide between Miguelito Creek and Honda Creek, and then farther west, in the direction of Vandenberg Air Force Base. The birds were very distant and initially were backlit against a gray sky. But they soon dropped down enough that I could see them against the ridge. Even though I did not expect Pinyon Jay in the least given the time and place, I quickly suspected I was looking at this species. When the birds dropped down in front of the ridge, I could make out blue dorsal sides to the birds, or at least some of them. I couldn't make out anything else in terms of plumage. The birds were largish, but size was difficult to discern at this distance. I briefly entertained the notion that the birds could be Band-tailed Pigeons, just because I thought I needed to consider something less likely. But these birds were blue and they flew nothing like Band-taileds, a flock of which I had seen a few minutes earlier. These birds flew fairly directly, but much slower than pigeons, and looked pretty buoyant in flight. It's hard to say that I thought they looked like jays, since they didn't fly like a scrub-jay or a Steller's Jay. I suppose the flight resembled that of Clark's Nutcracker the most among other corvids occurring in California. Or maybe it was a bit like American Crow, but slower. They flew in a fairly disorganized group, with some undulation noted in their flight. But this was not pronounced. It was a bit like watching a small blackbird flock in slow motion.
I initially noted that I thought the flight call, which I heard maybe 10 or 12 times as I followed the flock, sounded nasal and plaintiff, and rising in pitch. This description does not really match anything I've listened to since. But the call was definitely nasal, and it was loud enough to be heard from a quarter mile away. I would also say it seemed like a fairly deep nasal call. It was not that high pitched. I am sure there was a change in pitch in the call. But I suspect I erred in noting the pitch was rising. The quality of the call was like that of other Pinyon Jay calls that I've listened to since seeing these birds, whether or not the pitch was rising.
In short, despite the distance of this observation, I'm confident of the ID, given the larger size of the birds, the blue dorsal color, and the vocalization."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (4)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 17:30 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0489615,-119.5560551&ll=34.0489615,-119.5560551
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49098181
- Comments: "Four sparrows in the area of the corral. Gray collar was prominent."

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 14:33 by Libby Patten
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49087197
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Found yesterday by Hugh Ranson. Found by others later. Seen on a trail heading due east from the stone bench. Pointed out to me by eagle-eye Julie Scotland. Foraging on seeds in the trail. Observed for at least 15 minutes while it slowly meandering east, continuing to feed, staying largely on the ground. Striking in its overall golden/buffy background highlighted by dark streaks. Pink conical bill. Dark eye line and dark stripes on head. Neck and nape just a solid buff/gold. Appeared to be slightly smaller than a CA Towhee. It's interesting how different this bird looks in different postures and certain aspects of the plumage of the bird I photographed look quite different from the photos taken by Hugh or Cuyler Stapelmann. But it must be the same bird, right? I know sometimes multiple Bobolink have been seen together at one spot during migration (such as the Patterson Ag Fields), so it will be interesting to see if there could be more than one at this location."

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 14:15 by Julie Scotland
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49095810
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "The bird had been spotted just before I arrived at Elings but seemed to have disappeared. I managed to spot it when it walked into one of the small trails to feed. It was immediately noticeable with it's striking yellow/gold color (which I don't think has come through the photos posted by others thus far unless this is a second Bobolink). Seen with Libby Patton and one other gentleman."

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 12:46 by Larry Ballard
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49089739
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "No vocals. The bird did not move much and allowed a close approach."

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 12:46 by Mark Holmgren
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49088099
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "No vocals. The bird did not move much and allowed a close approach."

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 07:04 by Conor Scotland
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49088823
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Hugh R the prior evening. Photo."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 07:04 by Conor Scotland
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49088823
- Comments: "At least one of these in fennel with yellow-ruped warblers. Brown warbler with dark eyeline and pale supercilium. Tale pumping. Didn't get a look at the UtC. Let out a "chip" as it flew off. In comparison to YRWA chips, it was very faint and high pitched. I think John C got a photo."

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Carpinteria Creek

Rob Denholtz
 

lower Carpinteria Creek and Lagoon, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2018

Although much of Carpinteria Creek is a long, thin meadow, there is still enough water to attract numerous and interesting species.  Most notably, an Ovenbird and a Northern Waterthrush have visited there in the past month.  Bank erosion and subsequent loss of trees and bushes has provided for improved views of the Creek and bordering vegetation.

This morning I found 28 species.  WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS AND YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS are out in force.

Best Bird:  MacGILLIVARY'S WARBLER . . . 6th Street

Coolest sighting:  HUTTON'S VIREO and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET in the same view just north of 6th.

First for me on Carp Creek:  AMERICAN KESTRAL . . . atop a tall bare tree on the east bank at the northern edge of Sewage Treatment Plant.


Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria


June 2003 pelagic records?

Tom Miko
 

Hi,
I have hand written records of a pelagic trip on June 7, 2003 that must have left from the Ventura Harbor, because before or after the trip I noted birds in the Ventura Harbor. I want to make sure I enter the sea birds in the correct county (into eBird), so if anybody else has records of this trip please contact me. I do not see this trip on eBird.
Tom Miko
Claremont LA County
909.241.3300


Re: Pinyon Jays reported at Miguelito Road near Sudden Road

Dave Compton
 

Thanks, John.

A little more on this. First off, sincere apologies for getting the location slightly wrong--the birds crossed San Miguelito Road NORTH of Sudden Road, not south. But the general direction they went is correct--they flew west into the Honda Creek watershed, in the direction of Vandenberg. Also, I think my description of the call as rising and plaintiff was probably wrong, as people who know Pinyon Jay calls better than I do will probably tell you. But the call I heard, given in flight, was a single note, or a sort of bent note that changed in pitch and was quite nasal. It was the call that first alerted me to the birds, which were about a quarter mile away when I first spotted them. These birds are extraordinarily far off course. We do have several records (30+ years old) from Goleta, but today's birds were another 40 or 50 miles farther west.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 11:06 AM John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:
Dave Compton requested the following be posted to the list:

"I believe I just had 18 pinyon jays flying west over Miguelito Rd south of the intersection with Sudden. They went over the hill, continuing west, into the Honda side, toward Vandenberg. Larger blue birds giving very nasal, rising, plaintive call... The sighting was a bit distant but I think unmistakable."

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Pinyon Jays

Florence Sanchez
 

Thanks to all who clarified.  I had no idea where this was coming from and now I know.  It will be a good find.

Florence



On Tuesday, October 9, 2018, 3:12:18 PM PDT, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby@...> wrote:


There were also no recent records of Pinyon Jay in the county prior to Dave’s this morning. There have been a couple in a surrounding counties.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wim van Dam
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 2:59 PM
To: sbcobirding
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Pinyon Jays

 

To be clear: the Pinyon Jay irruption was never mentioned on GroupMe before Dave's find. Instead I learned about it from using eBird, reading posts in other newsgroups, and from personal conversations with other birders.

 

Wim 

 

On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:48 PM Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Dear Folks,

 

Apparently there is an irruption of Pinyon Jays in the county.  I knew something was odd when Wim posted a question re: records in BOSB not being in eBird.  And then there was that amazing post from Dave Compton about Pinyon Jays in the Lompoc area.  But until Joan Lentz kindly mentioned it in a private post to me this afternoon, I had no idea what was up.  (Thank you Dave and Joan, by the way.)

 

So folks, this plaintive plea has been made before:  Group Me is all very well for those that use it, but would you please post info like this to SBCOBirding for those of us who don't?

 

I am leaving town at the crack of dawn tomorrow, so my opportunities to chase this county bird are almost gone, but if anyone has a good sighting today, please let the rest of us know as soon as possible.

 

Thank you,

 

Florence Sanchez

 


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+4: Blue-footed Booby


Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Pinyon Jays

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

There were also no recent records of Pinyon Jay in the county prior to Dave’s this morning. There have been a couple in a surrounding counties.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wim van Dam
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2018 2:59 PM
To: sbcobirding
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Pinyon Jays

 

To be clear: the Pinyon Jay irruption was never mentioned on GroupMe before Dave's find. Instead I learned about it from using eBird, reading posts in other newsgroups, and from personal conversations with other birders.

 

Wim 

 

On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:48 PM Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Dear Folks,

 

Apparently there is an irruption of Pinyon Jays in the county.  I knew something was odd when Wim posted a question re: records in BOSB not being in eBird.  And then there was that amazing post from Dave Compton about Pinyon Jays in the Lompoc area.  But until Joan Lentz kindly mentioned it in a private post to me this afternoon, I had no idea what was up.  (Thank you Dave and Joan, by the way.)

 

So folks, this plaintive plea has been made before:  Group Me is all very well for those that use it, but would you please post info like this to SBCOBirding for those of us who don't?

 

I am leaving town at the crack of dawn tomorrow, so my opportunities to chase this county bird are almost gone, but if anyone has a good sighting today, please let the rest of us know as soon as possible.

 

Thank you,

 

Florence Sanchez

 


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+4: Blue-footed Booby


Re: Pinyon Jays

Wim van Dam
 

To be clear: the Pinyon Jay irruption was never mentioned on GroupMe before Dave's find. Instead I learned about it from using eBird, reading posts in other newsgroups, and from personal conversations with other birders.

Wim 

On Tue, Oct 9, 2018 at 2:48 PM Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Dear Folks,

Apparently there is an irruption of Pinyon Jays in the county.  I knew something was odd when Wim posted a question re: records in BOSB not being in eBird.  And then there was that amazing post from Dave Compton about Pinyon Jays in the Lompoc area.  But until Joan Lentz kindly mentioned it in a private post to me this afternoon, I had no idea what was up.  (Thank you Dave and Joan, by the way.)

So folks, this plaintive plea has been made before:  Group Me is all very well for those that use it, but would you please post info like this to SBCOBirding for those of us who don't?

I am leaving town at the crack of dawn tomorrow, so my opportunities to chase this county bird are almost gone, but if anyone has a good sighting today, please let the rest of us know as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Florence Sanchez


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+4: Blue-footed Booby


Pinyon Jays

Florence Sanchez
 

Dear Folks,

Apparently there is an irruption of Pinyon Jays in the county.  I knew something was odd when Wim posted a question re: records in BOSB not being in eBird.  And then there was that amazing post from Dave Compton about Pinyon Jays in the Lompoc area.  But until Joan Lentz kindly mentioned it in a private post to me this afternoon, I had no idea what was up.  (Thank you Dave and Joan, by the way.)

So folks, this plaintive plea has been made before:  Group Me is all very well for those that use it, but would you please post info like this to SBCOBirding for those of us who don't?

I am leaving town at the crack of dawn tomorrow, so my opportunities to chase this county bird are almost gone, but if anyone has a good sighting today, please let the rest of us know as soon as possible.

Thank you,

Florence Sanchez


Bobolink present @ 1pm

Mark Holmgren
 

At Elings Park, with L. Ballard, at 34.40966 -119.73385

Mark Holmgren
SB


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*** Species Summary:

- Stilt Sandpiper (1 report)
- Bobolink (2 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2018 16:30 by Mark Brown
- Jim May Park (fmr River Oaks Park), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9747532,-120.4258633&ll=34.9747532,-120.4258633
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49067728
- Media: 3 Photos

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 08:48 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49076476
- Media: 1 Photo

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 07:12 by John Callender
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49074901
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported yesterday by Hugh Ranson. In the tall fennel patch just east of the stone bench. Refound today by Conor Scotland. Pointed wings, yellow wash on the upper parts, plain nape, pale lores."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2018 11:18 by Aaron Kreisberg
- 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/S49060805
- Comments: "Warbler that was all black and white and was moving along trunks of trees/shrubs like a nuthatch. Slightly curved bill. Was seen just east of the bench with Dorothy ricketts name on at Eastern edge of lake"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2018 07:12 by John Callender
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49074901
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, presumably, from the group found by Conor Scotland, then refound by Hugh Ranson. Refound and pointed out to me today by Conor. In the fennel near the stone bench, associating with a group of Yellow-rumped Warblers. Large brownish warbler, dark eye line, pale supercilium, yellow undertail coverts. Saw a few tail pumps."

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Pinyon Jays reported at Miguelito Road near Sudden Road

John Callender
 

Dave Compton requested the following be posted to the list:

"I believe I just had 18 pinyon jays flying west over Miguelito Rd south of the intersection with Sudden. They went over the hill, continuing west, into the Honda side, toward Vandenberg. Larger blue birds giving very nasal, rising, plaintive call... The sighting was a bit distant but I think unmistakable."

John Callender
Carpinteria


missing Pinyon Jay records on eBird

Wim van Dam
 

For obvious reasons I was checking the eBird records of Pinyon Jay in our county and I noticed that all the more recent records that Lehman mentions are missing from eBird. Specifically these are the ones that Lehman has, but that do not show up on eBird:
  • ca. 20 near Santa Ynez (District I) 6 September 1996
  • 30–40 Dry Canyon (Sierra Madre south of Cuyama Valley) 4–9 October 2000
  • 8 Tinta Creek (Sierra Madre south of Cuyama Valley) 8 October 2000
  • 8–9 Cuyama Peak (Sierra Madre south of Cuyama Valley) 15 October 2000
If you are an eBirder who was lucky enough to see these Pinyon Jays, please consider entering them retroactively. You can use the "Historical" observation type if you don't remember the details anymore. I think that would really improve how the map of observations looks like. 

Thanks
Wim

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+4: Blue-footed Booby


Goleta Tues AM

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

I checked a few spots very briefly this AM before work. At Bella Vista, there were two Red-breasted Nuthatches and a Hermit Thrush. Still plenty of warblers at Evergreen including a Nashville and BT Gray. A big fennel patch on Calle Real held a flock that included 6 OC Warblers, one of which was in the orestera/celata/celata x lutescens camp, most likely the last of these options.

 

Nick Lethaby

IoT Ecosystem & TI-RTOS

Texas Instruments Incorporated

6750 Navigator Way, Suite 250

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


Re: Bobolink and 4 Palm Warblers

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

The bobolink is still present. I missed the palm warbler(s), again. 

Cuyler
SB

On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 7:02 PM Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...> wrote:
Late this evening I went to Elings Park in search of Connor Scotland's Palm
Warbler. I soon found it in fennel. It flew to another fennel patch where it
joined two others. A fourth flew in and joined the three. They dropped to the
ground and were feeding in the incredibly spiky low-growing shrubs between the
stone bench and the paragliding spot. I then came across a Bobolink--first for
the park, I believe--in fennel a little east of the stone bench. Photos of both
here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159344319@N03/

There are also some new photos, a few from Saturday's pelagic (including a booby
or two, or five), and a couple of the putative Alder Flycatcher at Lake Los
Carneros.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara





hawkwatch finished for the season?

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Today I and Marilyn were the only hawkwatchers, which is fortunate because there wasn’t much going on.
From 3-4:45 pm we were at the Bella Vista Dr. overlook spot, and the most remarable sighting was a flock of 16 Common Ravens coming over the ridge, then heading swiftly east.  I’m told that ravens don’t migrate, but I’ve never seen that many in a kettle on this side of the S.Y. Mtns.  And yes, I know they’re getting more easily seen here in S.B. County, but I felt this many was an unusual sighting.
Add three Red-tailed Hawks, a Sharpie, and a Cooper’s Hawk and you have the day’s totals.
Good birding!
Joan Lentz


Goleta Little Blue Heron

Larry Ballard
 

Foraging around low tide at Goleta beach this evening, now in it's tenth month.
Larry B.
Carpinteria


Bobolink and 4 Palm Warblers

Hugh Ranson
 

Late this evening I went to Elings Park in search of Connor Scotland's Palm
Warbler. I soon found it in fennel. It flew to another fennel patch where it
joined two others. A fourth flew in and joined the three. They dropped to the
ground and were feeding in the incredibly spiky low-growing shrubs between the
stone bench and the paragliding spot. I then came across a Bobolink--first for
the park, I believe--in fennel a little east of the stone bench. Photos of both
here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159344319@N03/

There are also some new photos, a few from Saturday's pelagic (including a booby
or two, or five), and a couple of the putative Alder Flycatcher at Lake Los
Carneros.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Least Bittern at LLC this morning

Rebecca Coulter
 

During birding class this morning, Dennis Ringer spotted a Least Bittern in the reeds at the southwest corner of the lake. We had nice scope views, and it was a life bird for many. We viewed it while standing about 50m east of the western edge of the dam. It was tucked into the reeds on the north side of the little cove created by the curve of the lake at the southwest corner.

In other news, a few waterfowl have arrived, with a handful each of Northern Shoveler and American Wigeon, and three Redhead. (The lake is being aerated with some kind of noisy mechanical pump, fyi. Apparently this helps deter the growth of the algae.) Other migrants present were Lincoln’s, Golden-crowned, and White-crowned sparrows, and trees full of Yellow-rumped Warblers and Western Tanagers in the parking lot.

Rebecca Coulter
SB


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*** Species Summary:

- Swainson's Thrush (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2018 10:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49026793
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Buffy eyering, Heavy dark spots, brown not rufous tail. Two seen here a few days ago."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 07, 2018 11:15 by Conor Scotland
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49032896
- Media: 2 Photos

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Re: MAW warblers

Rob Hofberg
 

I hope they were quiet, called in hush tones and were respectful of the somber tone of the location.

On Mon, Oct 8, 2018 at 10:51 AM William Murdoch <williammurdochsb@...> wrote:
I think the tree at Hahn is probably a ficus.

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Bill Murdoch