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Re: Northern Parula in the Linden Ave./Cactus Lane tipus in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

Oops. John Bailey is the one who brought the Linden Ave. tipus to my attention, not John Deacon. Apologies.

Apparently I'm incapable of posting to sbcobirding without embarrassing myself one way or another. :-)

John Callender
Carpinteria


Northern Parula in the Linden Ave./Cactus Lane tipus in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

This morning I had good views of a Northern Parula in Carpinteria. The bird was with a big group of Yellow, Wilson's, and Orange-crowned Warblers in the tipu trees in the small parking lot off Cactus Lane, just north of the Smart & Final store on Linden Ave. Photos in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48718084

Thanks again to John Deacon for the tip about these downtown Carpinteria tipus. They're full of warblers right now.

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Romero Canyon hawkwatch this afternoon

John Callender
 

One more followup: I went back to look more closely at the sequence of photos, including a number that I shot at the beginning that I didn't upload to the eBird list. I didn't upload those photos originally because I hadn't yet zoomed the camera in all the way so the bird was very small in the frame compared to some of the later shots. But in looking at those images again I noticed something: The first shot in the sequence shows both the bird in question and, at the very top of the frame, the accipiter it was associating with. Based on binocular views I had after both birds passed I believe that bird was a Cooper's Hawk.

Both birds were roughly the same distance away when I took the shot. The Cooper's may have been slightly closer, but I don't think by much. When I cropped the image to show the two birds next to each other it does a good job conveying the sense I had at the time that the buteo was substantially smaller than the Red-tailed Hawks I'd been looking at.

I've added that comparison shot to the end of the sequence at the eBird list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48680660

Joan Lentz emailed me earlier today to mention that the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory had its biggest day so far for Broad-winged Hawks today: 48 birds, including some adults. So at least some of those are hopefully heading our way. I will be out of the area tomorrow afternoon, but I'm hoping to head back to the Romero hawkwatch site Tuesday afternoon.

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Ocean Park - Possible Least Flycatcher

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

I ended up going up but failed to refund the flycatcher. I did have a Chestnut-sided Warbler, a Common Tern, and 2 Dunlin.

Nick

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From: "Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io" <peterschneekloth@...>
Date: Sun, Sep 23, 2018, 8:03 PM
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Ocean Park - Possible Least Flycatcher

The unknown Flycatcher I had reported earlier in the day at Ocean Park is getting some support as a Least Flycatcher. The impression in the field was a small and very active bird. Some of the other comments were the dark wings with contrasting bright wingbars and well marked tertials. Better photo's especially of the wing extension would be helpful but no luck there. Other thoughts welcomed. I've added an additional photo to the one posted earlier.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/44151665884/in/photostream/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Ocean Park - Possible Least Flycatcher

Peter Schneekloth
 

The unknown Flycatcher I had reported earlier in the day at Ocean Park is getting some support as a Least Flycatcher. The impression in the field was a small and very active bird. Some of the other comments were the dark wings with contrasting bright wingbars and well marked tertials. Better photo's especially of the wing extension would be helpful but no luck there. Other thoughts welcomed. I've added an additional photo to the one posted earlier.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/44151665884/in/photostream/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Blackburnian Warbler

Thomas Turner
 

Hi all,

Maggie Sherriffs and I just found a Blackburnian Warbler in our condo complex. Personally, I think you could probably come look for it if you were really motivated. It was in some small, scraggly eucs which are pretty low, so it was easy to see. If you Google “The Green at West Campus Point” you will be on the center lawn in faculty housing. It was traveling among Eucs around this lawn. The neighbors may or may not be annoyed, so I wouldn’t come chase it unless you are quite motivated! Feel free to drop my name.

I think it was a 1st year bird, so nothing like an adult male, but it was a little brighter than the other one I have seen. A decent looking bird. Description in eBird: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48705616

Location:

34.412210, -119.870607


Tom Turner
Goleta, CA


Re: Romero Canyon hawkwatch this afternoon

Dave Compton
 

Sorry folks. Those messages were supposed to go to John. Dave Compton, Santa Barbara

On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 3:30 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
I should add the all the other photos looks pretty good for a Broad-winged.

On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 3:28 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Interesting. For some reason, I was only able to see photo 1 last night on my phone. Is that really the same bird as the light one with streaks in the later photos? That one shows absolutely no dark tips to the flight feathers. Did you see that feature in person?

On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 8:24 PM, John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:
I hiked up the Romero Canyon trail to the hawkwatch site above Bella Vista Drive this afternoon and watched from about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

I had one flyby of a possible Broad-winged Hawk. The bird was below eye level and most of my photos only showed its upper side, but it angled a bit toward the end to give a view of the underparts. I'd be grateful for input on the ID. Photos are in this list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48680660

Besides the hawkwatch proper, I also counted birds on the hike up and the hike back down:

Hike up: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48677818
Hike down: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48681982

Total raptor counts across all three lists are below. I tried to avoid double-counting, but the accipiter count may be a bit inflated since they were flying both east and west and I counted them both ways.

Broad-winged (?): 1
Sharp-shinned/Coopers: 3
Sharp-shinned: 16
Cooper's: 9
Red-tailed: 4
Northern Harrier: 1
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1 (heard calling from the residential area below)
American Kestral: 3
Turkey Vulture: 12

Thanks.

John Callender
Carpinteria





Re: Romero Canyon hawkwatch this afternoon

Dave Compton
 

I should add the all the other photos looks pretty good for a Broad-winged.

On Sun, Sep 23, 2018 at 3:28 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Interesting. For some reason, I was only able to see photo 1 last night on my phone. Is that really the same bird as the light one with streaks in the later photos? That one shows absolutely no dark tips to the flight feathers. Did you see that feature in person?

On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 8:24 PM, John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:
I hiked up the Romero Canyon trail to the hawkwatch site above Bella Vista Drive this afternoon and watched from about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

I had one flyby of a possible Broad-winged Hawk. The bird was below eye level and most of my photos only showed its upper side, but it angled a bit toward the end to give a view of the underparts. I'd be grateful for input on the ID. Photos are in this list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48680660

Besides the hawkwatch proper, I also counted birds on the hike up and the hike back down:

Hike up: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48677818
Hike down: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48681982

Total raptor counts across all three lists are below. I tried to avoid double-counting, but the accipiter count may be a bit inflated since they were flying both east and west and I counted them both ways.

Broad-winged (?): 1
Sharp-shinned/Coopers: 3
Sharp-shinned: 16
Cooper's: 9
Red-tailed: 4
Northern Harrier: 1
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1 (heard calling from the residential area below)
American Kestral: 3
Turkey Vulture: 12

Thanks.

John Callender
Carpinteria




Re: Romero Canyon hawkwatch this afternoon

Dave Compton
 

Interesting. For some reason, I was only able to see photo 1 last night on my phone. Is that really the same bird as the light one with streaks in the later photos? That one shows absolutely no dark tips to the flight feathers. Did you see that feature in person?

On Sat, Sep 22, 2018 at 8:24 PM, John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:
I hiked up the Romero Canyon trail to the hawkwatch site above Bella Vista Drive this afternoon and watched from about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

I had one flyby of a possible Broad-winged Hawk. The bird was below eye level and most of my photos only showed its upper side, but it angled a bit toward the end to give a view of the underparts. I'd be grateful for input on the ID. Photos are in this list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48680660

Besides the hawkwatch proper, I also counted birds on the hike up and the hike back down:

Hike up: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48677818
Hike down: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48681982

Total raptor counts across all three lists are below. I tried to avoid double-counting, but the accipiter count may be a bit inflated since they were flying both east and west and I counted them both ways.

Broad-winged (?): 1
Sharp-shinned/Coopers: 3
Sharp-shinned: 16
Cooper's: 9
Red-tailed: 4
Northern Harrier: 1
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1 (heard calling from the residential area below)
American Kestral: 3
Turkey Vulture: 12

Thanks.

John Callender
Carpinteria



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*** Species Summary:

- Wilson's Storm-Petrel (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (2 reports)
- Blackpoll Warbler (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 10:15 by Alvaro Jaramillo
- (34.9163,-121.0605), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.916308,-121.060485&ll=34.916308,-121.060485
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48689419
- Comments: "Some may have distant photos"

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 11:20 by Adam Searcy
- Goleta Beach County Park, 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/view/checklist/S48674752
- Comments: "Continuing. Photographed. "

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 14:31 by Melissa James
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48679759
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small pink bill, pink legs, very pale sparrow. White median crown stripe and pale lores to differentiate from a juv Chipping. Will upload photo."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 10:35 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/S48676444
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "White eye ring and streaked brown rump. Seen foraging with a Chipping Sparrow near the stone bench. Heard making seep notes. Also seen in several areas of tall fennel."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 18:20 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4341,-119.6351), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434078,-119.635051&ll=34.434078,-119.635051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48685106
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing at my pond tonight in my backyard. Excuse horrible photos. I did the best I could in a rush."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2018 10:56 by Bradley Hacker
- Winchester One Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4343794,-119.8952786&ll=34.4343794,-119.8952786
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48697511
- Comments: "All white underside. Yellow cap and wingbars. Limey back. Chestnut stripe on flank. Very active."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2018 10:56 by Bradley Hacker
- Winchester One Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4343794,-119.8952786&ll=34.4343794,-119.8952786
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48697511
- Comments: "Yellow-brown face & head, weak white eyering. Faded yellow neck & breast. Grayish green upper back. Two faded white wing bars. No yellow collar, so not Blackburnian."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2018 06:55 by John Callender
- Winchester One Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4343794,-119.8952786&ll=34.4343794,-119.8952786
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48692386
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen in the southern part of the grove. Greenish above, light below, dark eye line, streaking on sides of breast, white wingbars."

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Miguelito Park - Northern Pygmy Owl

Peter Schneekloth
 

Quick stops in Lompoc this morning. Ocean Park had 10 White-faced Ibis, a Northern Pintail flyover and just a few passerine migrants including an empid which did not seem to fit Pacific Sloped or Willow. One marginal photo here if anyone wished to venture a comment.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/43058411750/in/dateposted-public/ 

Miguelito Park had a Northern Pygmy Owl being mobbed by Townsends Warblers and not much else moving about.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


CSWa Winchester1

Bradley Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

There is a Chestnut Sided Warbler at Winchester One. North end of the area near the entrance from the road


Good birding,


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*** Species Summary:

- Wilson's Storm-Petrel (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 10:15 by Alvaro Jaramillo
- (34.9163,-121.0605), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.916308,-121.060485&ll=34.916308,-121.060485
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48689419
- Comments: "Some may have distant photos"

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The Conundrum with "Continuing" in eBird Lists

Jamie Chavez
 

All,

eBird reviewers are often challenged with "accepting" rare bird sightings that have been flagged for review when the only observation comment provided in a checklist is the use of the word "continuing". In many cases, a continuing rarity may be repeatedly seen for days by many people so the need to describe what a bird actually looked like may not seem necessary. Even if a rarity is present for several days it would also not be good practice to adjust the filter to accommodate daily sightings until a bird has apparently left the area. It was a rarity the day it was found and continues to be for the many days it is seen no matter how many times it is reported to eBird. The problem with "continuing" from a review perspective is there is no way to determine if the bird was correctly identified. 

Take for example a situation I experienced as a reviewer a few years ago when the drake Tufted Duck was in Goleta moving between the UCSB lagoon and the pond at Rancho Goleta Mobile Home Park. On one day the bird was reported by several birders together at the mobile home park while someone at the exact same time claimed to have seen it at UCSB lagoon but entered "continuing" in the species comment. We don't know what the observer at UCSB lagoon was looking at, maybe a scaup or something, but I had incorrectly validated all records from both places because the duck was, in fact, moving around and I got caught by the use of the word continuing as the only species comment in the checklist. A very astute observer pointed out my error in validating submissions from two different places at the same time. Something I didn't even notice. I can cite several more similar examples. Another thing reviewers often see in species comments is a visceral reaction to the observation. This seems to be more of an emotional response to the event rather than a true description of the bird. We may not even realize we are doing this. eBird calls this an incidental narrative. We will see comments such as - good looks, or it was in the tree at the end of the path, or maybe what it was doing (which can be helpful), or my third try at seeing this bird, but often no physical description at all that identifies this bird from another. A hundred years from now if someone were to look through the mass of eBird data will they be able to definitively say rare bird X was seen at a specific location and time if a description isn't included and there are no photographs to substantiate? 

I get it- it is not very convenient to enter a bunch of text into the eBird mobile app while standing in the field, but even a few short words can describe what a bird looks like and can remove doubt about what was seen. Remember too that a checklist can be revisited at a convenient time later on a real computer to add missing detail or to complete the submission. Details to follow or photos will be added are helpful if we follow up with the missing information. So, don't take this as a criticism. I have done this myself plenty of times. However, in recent years there has been an explosion of eBird participation and this issue of "continuing" is one that has grown exponentially as a result. I am hoping to bring some awareness to this so a little more thought goes into how we document rarities in eBird. Here are a couple of helpful eBird articles if you care to read more about this:


Thanks for reading,

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Romero Canyon hawkwatch this afternoon

John Callender
 

I hiked up the Romero Canyon trail to the hawkwatch site above Bella Vista Drive this afternoon and watched from about 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

I had one flyby of a possible Broad-winged Hawk. The bird was below eye level and most of my photos only showed its upper side, but it angled a bit toward the end to give a view of the underparts. I'd be grateful for input on the ID. Photos are in this list:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48680660

Besides the hawkwatch proper, I also counted birds on the hike up and the hike back down:

Hike up: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48677818
Hike down: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48681982

Total raptor counts across all three lists are below. I tried to avoid double-counting, but the accipiter count may be a bit inflated since they were flying both east and west and I counted them both ways.

Broad-winged (?): 1
Sharp-shinned/Coopers: 3
Sharp-shinned: 16
Cooper's: 9
Red-tailed: 4
Northern Harrier: 1
Red-shouldered Hawk: 1 (heard calling from the residential area below)
American Kestral: 3
Turkey Vulture: 12

Thanks.

John Callender
Carpinteria


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*** Species Summary:

- Ovenbird (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 08:00 by John Callender
- 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/view/checklist/S48674061
- Comments: "Continuing in the creekbed near the northeast corner of the wastewater treatment plant. Seen briefly but well through binoculars, but I was unable to get photos."

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Blackpoll Warbler and Goleta birding

Dave Compton
 

I hit some spots in Goleta this morning. I was short on time, so didn't give any of them the time they deserved.

The birdiest spot was the lerpy eucalyptus grove that makes up most of the Winchester One Open Space in northwestern Goleta. Lots of Wilson's and Yellow Warblers, and lots of Western Tanagers. The best bird by far was a BLACKPOLL WARBLER reported here previously. Nothing else more interesting than a Black-throated Gray Warbler. But we definitely should keep track of this place since it's attracting so many birds.

The lerpy red gums south of the swale that runs through Evergreen Open Space had a few birds, but nothing of note that I saw today. A couple of Black-throated Gray Warblers were the best.

Lake Los Carneros appears to be holding very few migrants of any kind at the moment. I walked the entire route around the lake and the only land migrants I saw were a single Wilson's Warbler in the northeast, a Yellow Warbler in the parking lot, and a couple of Yellow-rumped Warblers in the northeastern euc grove. The shorebirds are pretty much gone, since you can now walk to the area they were frequenting. Only a couple of Greater Yellowlegs and a couple of dowitchers remain.

Devereux Slough is sad. The only shorebirds I saw were Red-necked Phalaropes, 30 or so of which were south of the bridge. There was shorebird habitat farther down, near the mouth, so that area might be worth checking out.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Upland Sandpiper (1 report)
- Swainson's Hawk (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Ovenbird (2 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (2 reports)
- Lucy's Warbler (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (4 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Upland Sandpiper (Bartramia longicauda) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2018 09:55 by Curtis Marantz
- Santa Barbara, Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4093881,-119.7358704&ll=34.4093881,-119.7358704
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48661012
- Comments: "While wandering around on the hilltop this morning, I heard a plaintive, three-part series of whistled notes that I immediately recognized as the call of an Upland Sandpiper, but when I looked up toward the sky in the hope of seeing something, I never saw this bird. This bird nevertheless called three to five times as it flew at moderate altitude from west to east, seemingly without descending or landing, until I stopped hearing it. I concluded at the time that this bird was migrating and unlikely to ever be seen, but I did make a few calls a few minutes later to alert others just in case. Based on the timing of these calls, I believe I heard this bird at about 10:35 am. Shortly after I heard this bird, I transcribed the call as a soft "whit-de-deet." I will also note that the last time I thought I heard an Upland Sandpiper calling, I looked up to see this species and I was able to get a recording as it flew off. Moreover, my recollection of the call was a good match to the recording at https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/113134041."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2018 15:37 by John Callender
- Bella Vista Dr overlook, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4495182,-119.5820028&ll=34.4495182,-119.5820028
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48656831
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "At 4:10 p.m. and again at 4:12 p.m., I observed a buteo above the ridge to the east. I'm calling them different birds in the captions, but it seems more likely to me that I saw the same bird twice. Expert consensus is Swainson’s."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2018 11:50 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48652478
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Long thick bill. Dark mask extended from base of bill past the eye. Bright lemon yellow breast, belly, and underwing was striking and obvious. Greenish gray back. Tail brown, not black, lacking pale edging and tip. No vocalizations. On the fallen tree between 2nd and 3rd platform, where the shrike was."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 20, 2018 10:00 by David Levasheff
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48654779
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "As reported earlier in the day. Photo to be attached later"

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 08:00 by John Callender
- 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/view/checklist/S48674061
- Comments: "Continuing in the creekbed at the northeast corner of the wastewater treatment plant. Seen briefly but well through binoculars, but I was unable to get photos."

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2018 14:45 by Peter Gaede
- 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/view/checklist/S48657775
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First seen walking in the middle of the channel at the end of 6th Street (damp ground here; no running water). The bird flushed up into low hanging vegetation along the creek several times, but returned to creek to forage each time. It was relatively shy and retiring and I was only able to get a couple of photos when partially concealed by vegetation. Good viewing conditions. Plump warbler with cocked tail and large head. Unmistakable head pattern (orange crown patch bordered by black stripes) and a complete bold white eye ring. Thick but defined dark streaking on breast contrasted with bright white undersides. In certain lighting conditions, the back appeared more green-olive, in others, more brown."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2018 10:25 by Richard Norton
- Winchester One Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4343794,-119.8952786&ll=34.4343794,-119.8952786
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48660513
- Comments: "Previously reported bird. Working tree trunks like a nuthatch. Dark black streaking in back."

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2018 07:50 by Richard Norton
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48660560
- Comments: "Previously reported bird. Seen for a very short time in south tipu tree. Somewhat like an Orange-crowned Warbler, with short tail and white undertail coverts."

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2018 15:42 by Jasen Liu
- UC Santa Barbara--campus, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4148759,-119.8450041&ll=34.4148759,-119.8450041
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48664542
- Comments: "In Ficus tree across lawn from Chemistry building. Greenish yellow back and wings with no wingbars, white undertail coverts contrasting with cream-colored belly, short tail, dark eyeline "

Lucy's Warbler (Oreothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Sep 19, 2018 08:09 by Jasen Liu
- 66 Block Pasado, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4120685,-119.8606342&ll=34.4120685,-119.8606342
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48665050
- Comments: "Foraging in tipus; All gray warbler with long-tailed appearance, no wing patterning, short, rather blunt bill, slight eye-ring"

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 10:56 by Santiago Lupi
- Winchester One Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4343794,-119.8952786&ll=34.4343794,-119.8952786
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48671201
- Comments: "Foraging in the eucalyptus near the gate that opens up to the neighborhood."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2018 09:01 by David Compton
- Winchester One Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4343794,-119.8952786&ll=34.4343794,-119.8952786
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48669180
- Comments: "Typical fall plumage"

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2018 10:25 by Richard Norton
- Winchester One Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4343794,-119.8952786&ll=34.4343794,-119.8952786
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48660513
- Comments: "Previously reported bird. Seen in eucalyptus. Larger warbler with two wing bars. Yellowish below, with streaking. White undertail coverts."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 18, 2018 11:32 by Joan Lentz
- Winchester One Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4343794,-119.8952786&ll=34.4343794,-119.8952786
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48656286
- Comments: "Identified by Joan Lentz. Seen in the shrubs on the east side of the entrance lawn. Then flew to a narrow Eucalyptus behind the benches near the swings. Observed for about 5 minutes. Immature bird with bright white wing bars, white edges on tertials, yellow on face and breast, white below. Streaky."

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Mt. Chickadee& RB Nuthatch

Jim Hodgson
 

At the north end of the Bella Vista open space.
Jim Hodgson


Elings Ground-dove

Hugh Ranson
 

After hearing a second-hand report of a possible heard-only Upland Sandpiper
from yesterday at Elings, I drove to the park from Las Positas to check out the
weedy/dirt field below the paraglider launch area. No shorebirds were evident,
but I did see a Ground-dove fly past--I believe a first park record.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara