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Ailing Refugio kittiwake

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

Reported yesterday on EBird by Santiago has died. Body has been recovered. 


Good birding,


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 23, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (4 reports)
- Little Blue Heron (5 reports)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (5 reports)
- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Black-billed Magpie (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (2 reports)
- Lucy's Warbler (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (5 reports) 

This report contains observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County.  View this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
Click Date to sort most recent at the top.  Click Show All Details to read checklist comments and see attached photos
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated 
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Cassiar Junco

Guy Tingos <guy.tingos@...>
 

Bill Murdoch and I went to Nojoqui Falls Park to look for the Cassiar Junco. We found it in the large junco flock west of the entrance road, but up by the restrooms towards the trailhead for the falls. I’m not one to gush over juncos, but this is one cool-looking bird! We also saw one Varied Thrush by the ranger’s residence and heard several Purple Finches singing.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 22, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (4 reports)
- Little Blue Heron (4 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (2 reports)
- Rusty Blackbird (1 report)  

This report contains observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County.  View this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
Click Date to sort most recent at the top.  Click Show All Details to read checklist comments and see attached photos
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
  
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Garganey Tease

Jamie Chavez
 

I haven't seen this posted to sbcobirding yet but the GARGANEY has returned to Waller Park from wherever it went and was seen earlier today, and the RUSTY BLACKBIRD also continues.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Little Blue Heron

Dika Golovatchoff
 

Thanks to Mark Holmgren's post I drove to the end of Ward Drive,  walked along the bicycle path to the right, then took a dirt path to the left where I was able to follow the Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) for about a half hour as he progressed along Atascadero Creek toward the bridge leading to Goleta slough. (I first found it about a half mile from the end of Ward Drive) It is a grayish white bird with a long tricolored bill and legs that are a dirty greenish.  It has a gray mark on its rump.  This is an immature bird which as an adult is a stunning blue and cinnamon mixture.  The common name is a misnomer as it is in the same genus as the Snowy and Reddish Egrets. There are two photos and a video at https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/.

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Dika Golovatchoff
Santa Barbara


Little Blue Heron and Goleta Slough estuary

Mark Holmgren
 

The Little Blue Heron is in the E-W Atascadero Creek channel at the south end of Ward Drive at 12:35pm today.

North of Goleta Beach in the N-S Atascadero Creek channel are 7 male Blue-winged Teal and 3 females in close association. 3 Belding’s Savannah Sparrows were on the beach at the west end. 8-10 Great Blue Herons are on, or closely associated with, nests.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Re: Steller's Jay continues at Botanic Garden

Rebecca Coulter
 

I also forgot to add that the recent CBC on 30 Dec 2017 logged our highest-ever number of Steller’s Jay within our CBC circle. I am away from the exact number, but it was near 30. 

Rebecca Coulter 
SB

On Feb 22, 2018, at 12:17 PM, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

There have been other reports to eBird but unsubstantiated without a photo or seen by others. I don't know if all of these have been invalidated so a few reports might still show on the map. There is no filter in place to catch reports like these so they must be weeded out laboriously. If anyone is aware of other valid Steller's Jay reports from the Botanic Garden or Rocky Nook please post.


Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 11:52 AM Florence Sanchez sanchezucsb11@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

After receiving a report that a Steller's Jay was heard calling at the Botanic Garden yesterday, I headed up there this morning to see if I could see it.  I concentrated my search on the western side of the Creek, and eventually heard it calling well above the dam.  With patience and a little careful positioning, I finally had good views of it in an oak tree on the west side of the upper creek.  It was pounding and eating an acorn.  It continued flying around that general area and was still calling as I walked back down to the dam.

This is the first confirmed sighting of Steller's Jay in the Garden and it will be added to the Garden's bird list.  Its arrival here is not too unexpected though as apparently resident Steller's Jays are found in nearby Rattlesnake Canyon.  (I had one or more there in Fall 2016 and 2-3 times in Spring 2017.) It will be interesting to see if this bird sticks around.  Updates from other observers would be appreciated.

Florence Sanchez

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Steller's Jay continues at Botanic Garden

Rebecca Coulter
 

I had this bird yesterday during my monthly guided walk, and told Florence about it, as it was also my first time recording it there. 

Rebecca Coulter 
SB

On Feb 22, 2018, at 12:17 PM, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

There have been other reports to eBird but unsubstantiated without a photo or seen by others. I don't know if all of these have been invalidated so a few reports might still show on the map. There is no filter in place to catch reports like these so they must be weeded out laboriously. If anyone is aware of other valid Steller's Jay reports from the Botanic Garden or Rocky Nook please post.


Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 11:52 AM Florence Sanchez sanchezucsb11@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

After receiving a report that a Steller's Jay was heard calling at the Botanic Garden yesterday, I headed up there this morning to see if I could see it.  I concentrated my search on the western side of the Creek, and eventually heard it calling well above the dam.  With patience and a little careful positioning, I finally had good views of it in an oak tree on the west side of the upper creek.  It was pounding and eating an acorn.  It continued flying around that general area and was still calling as I walked back down to the dam.

This is the first confirmed sighting of Steller's Jay in the Garden and it will be added to the Garden's bird list.  Its arrival here is not too unexpected though as apparently resident Steller's Jays are found in nearby Rattlesnake Canyon.  (I had one or more there in Fall 2016 and 2-3 times in Spring 2017.) It will be interesting to see if this bird sticks around.  Updates from other observers would be appreciated.

Florence Sanchez

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Steller's Jay continues at Botanic Garden

Jamie Chavez
 

There have been other reports to eBird but unsubstantiated without a photo or seen by others. I don't know if all of these have been invalidated so a few reports might still show on the map. There is no filter in place to catch reports like these so they must be weeded out laboriously. If anyone is aware of other valid Steller's Jay reports from the Botanic Garden or Rocky Nook please post.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Thu, Feb 22, 2018, 11:52 AM Florence Sanchez sanchezucsb11@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

After receiving a report that a Steller's Jay was heard calling at the Botanic Garden yesterday, I headed up there this morning to see if I could see it.  I concentrated my search on the western side of the Creek, and eventually heard it calling well above the dam.  With patience and a little careful positioning, I finally had good views of it in an oak tree on the west side of the upper creek.  It was pounding and eating an acorn.  It continued flying around that general area and was still calling as I walked back down to the dam.

This is the first confirmed sighting of Steller's Jay in the Garden and it will be added to the Garden's bird list.  Its arrival here is not too unexpected though as apparently resident Steller's Jays are found in nearby Rattlesnake Canyon.  (I had one or more there in Fall 2016 and 2-3 times in Spring 2017.) It will be interesting to see if this bird sticks around.  Updates from other observers would be appreciated.

Florence Sanchez

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Steller's Jay continues at Botanic Garden

Florence Sanchez
 

After receiving a report that a Steller's Jay was heard calling at the Botanic Garden yesterday, I headed up there this morning to see if I could see it.  I concentrated my search on the western side of the Creek, and eventually heard it calling well above the dam.  With patience and a little careful positioning, I finally had good views of it in an oak tree on the west side of the upper creek.  It was pounding and eating an acorn.  It continued flying around that general area and was still calling as I walked back down to the dam.

This is the first confirmed sighting of Steller's Jay in the Garden and it will be added to the Garden's bird list.  Its arrival here is not too unexpected though as apparently resident Steller's Jays are found in nearby Rattlesnake Canyon.  (I had one or more there in Fall 2016 and 2-3 times in Spring 2017.) It will be interesting to see if this bird sticks around.  Updates from other observers would be appreciated.

Florence Sanchez


North Vandenberg AFB

Mark Holmgren
 

At the far northern end of the air force base this morning I went looking for rocky shorebirds and ocean ducks.  I stopped and scoped at 3 different spots.  4 Marbled Murrelets in 2 pairs turned up at my second stop. Only 1 of the pairs was photographable.  See here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43076772
Also present in the vicinity were 4 White-winged Scoters, a Black Oystercatcher, and 2 Sea Otters.

In Lake Canyon, I birded the lower lake, which is somehow full of water, where there were migrating Tree Swallows (at least 25), 2 Violet-green Swallows, and a N. Rough-winged Swallow.

5 eBird checklists can be found here: https://ebird.org/subnational2/US-CA-083/activity

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Re: Ocean Park & Lompoc Area

Wim van Dam
 

Paul: What was the gull situation at Ocean Park? Did the recent winds bring in large numbers?

Thanks
Wim

Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #376+1: Pine Warbler





On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 2:42 PM, 'Paul Rosso' paul.gab.rosso@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Feb 21,2018 9:30 am, at Ocean Park there was a pair of Peregrine Falcons. They were on the pilings and moved closer to the parking lot. There were at least 8 Snowy Plovers on the periphery sand on the west most  side of the lagoon. There was a horned Grebe also.  I am now up to 153 birds at Ocean Park over the years. The two most recent ones were a pair of Blue-winged Teals (Jan 30th) and a Sharp-shinned Hawk (Feb 15th).

There was a flock of about 50 Horned Larks in the fields west of 13th St. on VAFB. Also a FOS male Hooded Oriole on the wires west of Miguelito Park (Feb 17th).

 

 

Paul Rosso

Lompoc, CA

 

 



Ocean Park & Lompoc Area

Paul & Rita Rosso
 

Feb 21,2018 9:30 am, at Ocean Park there was a pair of Peregrine Falcons. They were on the pilings and moved closer to the parking lot. There were at least 8 Snowy Plovers on the periphery sand on the west most  side of the lagoon. There was a horned Grebe also.  I am now up to 153 birds at Ocean Park over the years. The two most recent ones were a pair of Blue-winged Teals (Jan 30th) and a Sharp-shinned Hawk (Feb 15th).

There was a flock of about 50 Horned Larks in the fields west of 13th St. on VAFB. Also a FOS male Hooded Oriole on the wires west of Miguelito Park (Feb 17th).

 

 

Paul Rosso

Lompoc, CA

 

 


Nojoqui Cassiar

Larry Ballard
 

The Cassiar junco was in a flock with 102 other juncos early this morning by the first picnic tables on the right shortly after you enter the park. There's a good illustration of Cassiar in Sibley labelled "Canadian Rocky Mountains." Grinnell and Miller cite a specimen from Santa Barbara taken March 14, 1883. A great find by Peter Schneekloth.

A Merlin made them vanish.

Larry B.
Carpinteria CA


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 19, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Little Blue Heron (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (4 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Rusty Blackbird (8 reports)  

This report contains observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County.  View this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
Click Date to sort most recent at the top.  Click Show All Details to read checklist comments and see attached photos
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
   
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Rusty Blackbird, Waller Park, Continues

Brad Schram
 

The RUSTY BLACKBIRD was working the sidewalks, pond edges, and nearby lawn in Waller Park this morning.  Blackbirds were spread all around, probably 200-300 birds in all, breaking into multiple flocks as they were scared up by hominids, then swirling around and resettling elsewhere.  The Rusty could then be refound after a five to ten minute search.  The Brewer's seem to recognize it as an outsider, pecking sharply at it when it strayed too close on the lawn, behavior they did not exhibit toward conspecifics.

The Garganey's absence continues .  The temperature was 47 degrees in the park at 9:30, remained at 47 when I left an hour later.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


SB Breeding Bird Study

Mark Holmgren
 

Hi Folks,

We are geared up to document bird breeding for the 2018 season.  Adrian and I hope that you are also. Anna’s Hummingbirds and Great Horned Owls are already nesting. 

 

In 2017, 564 new breeding records were submitted and the Breeding Bird Study database grew by about 11%. 49 people contributed records; many of these people contributed more than 10 records. Our target for 2018 is 1000 new records. Please help us to make this happen.

 

The 5527 records currently in the BBS represent 178 breeding species in the county.  We have yet to obtain records for California Condor, Northern Saw-whet Owl, Flammulated Owl, Green-winged Teal, and several breeding species from the Channel Islands — Tufted Puffin, Pigeon Guillemot, Island Scrub-Jay, and others. We welcome historical records.

 

On 28 March, Adrian and I will present the Breeding Bird Study at the SB Audubon general meeting at the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. Many cues to detect evidence of breeding present themselves, not just finding a nest. We will use photos to help observers to recognize breeding events in the field. The Farrand Hall doors open at 7pm with programming starting at 7:30.


 

Mark Holmgren and Adrian O’Loghlen

This project is co-sponsored by the Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration and the SB Audubon Society

BBS: To display the map, go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj 

     Click on Map > Satellite. Explore the map or table data using Filters.

To input your data to the BBS: http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/



[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 18, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Rufous Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Rusty Blackbird (2 reports)  

This report contains observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County.  View this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
Click Date to sort most recent at the top.  Click Show All Details to read checklist comments and see attached photos
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated
  
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Garganey and Rust Blackbird

Jamie Chavez
 

I wanted to share the following checklist from Gjon Hazard who visited Waller Park yesterday. His photo shows an odd "Rusty Blackbird-like" Brewer's Blackbird:


I mention this because we certainly want to keep tabs on a late date for the Rusty Blackbird, and as others visit the park to look for it (and possibly the Garganey) you should be aware of this odd blackbird so as not to confuse it with the actual Rusty Blackbird. If a visitor was unaware of this bird or had little or no experience with Rusty Blackbird plumage this one could trip you up. Be sure you are making note of all the field marks of a Rusty Blackbird before feeling victorious, submitting a list to eBird and moving on.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 6:48 PM John Deacon iseekbirds@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

All

I visited Waller Park around noon today and the Garganey was nowhere to be found. I checked the nearby SMCC ponds and again, no Garganey. The Rusty Blackbird was still at Waller Park, flying into the east pond area with Brewer’s and RW Blackbirds.

John Deacon


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA