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Garganey and Rust Blackbird

John Deacon
 

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


Little Blue Heron, Sunday pm

Hugh Ranson
 

I looked for the heron at Goleta Beach at 3:30, but there were no white egrets
or herons present. I then biked east and found the heron along the north bank
of the creek almost as far east as Ward Drive. Some photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159344319@N03/with/39451440145/

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


continuing Tropical Kingbirds, SB cemetery

Larry Ballard
 

The two TKs seen by Brad yesterday were in the southwest corner of the SB cemetery between the road and the short fence at the bluff.
Larry B.
Carpinteria CA


Ranger Peak Area Saturday, 17 Feb

Mark Holmgren
 

I hiked in two directions from Ranger Peak Saddle yesterday.  Starting at dawn along Figueroa Mtn Rd, Northern Pygmy-Owl called along with Western Screech and Great Horned.  Around 8am a Townsend's Solitaire called then appeared. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42904929

On East Pinery Rd I looked for the Red-naped Sapsucker found by Peter Schneekloth a week ago.  I found a well-farmed (with sap-well rows) Oak near his position.  2 woodpeckers fled from this tree into the sunlight and I never saw them again.  Otherwise, there were a nice smattering of birds but nothing out of the ordinary.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42903344

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass


Little Blue Heron

Dave Compton
 

Still present around slough channel at Goleta Beach, where reported two days ago. Looks like no one reported the bird to this list yesterday, even though people saw it. Please be considerate of those who may still want to see the bird and post sightings so that everyone knows it’s still around. Daily reports are plenty. Apologies if I missed a post somewhere.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


No Garganey at Waller

John Deacon
 

I checked the east ponds this morning. Thought I could beat the feeding frenzy. Still an issue even at 0730. Two laps around ponds and no Garganey. Will check nearby SMCC ponds later this morning.

John Deacon


Re: Waller Park - Garganey AWOL

Jamie Chavez
 

Forgot this one which was still stuck in Review. It is exceptional. 


On Sun, Feb 18, 2018 at 6:40 AM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
Santa Maria, CA


On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:21 PM James Pike jimpike444@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I would be very interested in seeing any recent photos of this bird shared with this site, as there should be signs of molt by now.

Jim Pike
HB 


On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:06 PM, Wim van Dam wim.van.dam@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 



​​
Great news about the Garganey. 

Unless that bird shows up on Craigslist, that's pretty good evidence that it is a properly migrating bird. 


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




On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:29 AM, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

A few birders have been looking through the ducks in the front pond without finding the GARGANEY. I also checked the back or westernmost pond also. As of 10:15 the RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also a no-show but may still be in the area. Blackbirds are coming and going so someone may report it later. A couple of Varied Thrushes were on the lawn by the empty caretaker's house. Everything else I looked at was to be expected this morning.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA




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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Waller Park - Garganey AWOL

Jamie Chavez
 


On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:21 PM James Pike jimpike444@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I would be very interested in seeing any recent photos of this bird shared with this site, as there should be signs of molt by now.

Jim Pike
HB 


On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:06 PM, Wim van Dam wim.van.dam@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 



​​
Great news about the Garganey. 

Unless that bird shows up on Craigslist, that's pretty good evidence that it is a properly migrating bird. 


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




On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:29 AM, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

A few birders have been looking through the ducks in the front pond without finding the GARGANEY. I also checked the back or westernmost pond also. As of 10:15 the RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also a no-show but may still be in the area. Blackbirds are coming and going so someone may report it later. A couple of Varied Thrushes were on the lawn by the empty caretaker's house. Everything else I looked at was to be expected this morning.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA




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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Waller Park - Garganey AWOL

Cher Hollingworth
 

Yes, it was molting...messy looking plumage.  
That's the first thing I thought of, when it came under-foot to eat the seeds.
But I'm not a photographer, it was just 3-5 ft away.   And still looked like a female.
 
Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: James Pike jimpike444@... [sbcobirding]
To: Wim van Dam
Cc: SBCOBirding Group
Sent: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 10:18 pm
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Waller Park - Garganey AWOL

 
I would be very interested in seeing any recent photos of this bird shared with this site, as there should be signs of molt by now.

Jim Pike
HB 

On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:06 PM, Wim van Dam wim.van.dam@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 


​​
Great news about the Garganey. 

Unless that bird shows up on Craigslist, that's pretty good evidence that it is a properly migrating bird. 


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




On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:29 AM, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 
A few birders have been looking through the ducks in the front pond without finding the GARGANEY. I also checked the back or westernmost pond also. As of 10:15 the RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also a no-show but may still be in the area. Blackbirds are coming and going so someone may report it later. A couple of Varied Thrushes were on the lawn by the empty caretaker's house. Everything else I looked at was to be expected this morning.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA




Re: Waller Park - Garganey AWOL

James Pike
 

I would be very interested in seeing any recent photos of this bird shared with this site, as there should be signs of molt by now.

Jim Pike
HB 

On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 9:06 PM, Wim van Dam wim.van.dam@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 



​​
Great news about the Garganey. 

Unless that bird shows up on Craigslist, that's pretty good evidence that it is a properly migrating bird. 


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




On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:29 AM, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

A few birders have been looking through the ducks in the front pond without finding the GARGANEY. I also checked the back or westernmost pond also. As of 10:15 the RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also a no-show but may still be in the area. Blackbirds are coming and going so someone may report it later. A couple of Varied Thrushes were on the lawn by the empty caretaker's house. Everything else I looked at was to be expected this morning.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA





Waller Park - Garganey AWOL

Wim van Dam
 



​​
Great news about the Garganey. 

Unless that bird shows up on Craigslist, that's pretty good evidence that it is a properly migrating bird. 


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




On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:29 AM, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:
 

A few birders have been looking through the ducks in the front pond without finding the GARGANEY. I also checked the back or westernmost pond also. As of 10:15 the RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also a no-show but may still be in the area. Blackbirds are coming and going so someone may report it later. A couple of Varied Thrushes were on the lawn by the empty caretaker's house. Everything else I looked at was to be expected this morning.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA




El Cap Stuff

Conor Scotland
 

Nothing too notable at El Cap this afternoon, except that there were about 40 loons in the bay east of the creek outflow. Mostly red-throated, with a couple common, one pacific, and several too far to ID. Also in the bay were a couple red-breasted mergansers, several surf scoters, two horned grebes, and many western and Clark's grebes. It was also generally pretty birdy around the creek just upstream of the outflow, with a good variety of species. It would have been good to have had more time to more closely go through all the loons and grebes that were in the bay.

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara


Re: Waller Park - Garganey AWOL/GRFL refound

Cher Hollingworth
 

If you are keeping 'last-seen' records, I saw both on Thurs afternoon.    I scattered seed to attract the Rusty Blackbird, and the Garganey came up
with the other ducks to eat the seeds.
 
Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc
 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding]
To: Jamie Chavez
Cc: Sbcobirding
Sent: Sat, Feb 17, 2018 12:03 pm
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Waller Park - Garganey AWOL/GRFL refound

 
Still no Garganey or Rusty Blackbird just before noon. Gjon Hazard refound the GRAY FLYCATCHER, first near the 11th hole of the frisbee golf course, about 50m east southeast of the gazebo, then in the old area near the gazebo.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:58 AM Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 
A few birders have been looking through the ducks in the front pond without finding the GARGANEY. I also checked the back or westernmost pond also. As of 10:15 the RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also a no-show but may still be in the area. Blackbirds are coming and going so someone may report it later. A couple of Varied Thrushes were on the lawn by the empty caretaker's house. Everything else I looked at was to be expected this morning.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Waller Park - Garganey AWOL/GRFL refound

Dave Compton
 

Still no Garganey or Rusty Blackbird just before noon. Gjon Hazard refound the GRAY FLYCATCHER, first near the 11th hole of the frisbee golf course, about 50m east southeast of the gazebo, then in the old area near the gazebo.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


On Sat, Feb 17, 2018 at 10:58 AM Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

A few birders have been looking through the ducks in the front pond without finding the GARGANEY. I also checked the back or westernmost pond also. As of 10:15 the RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also a no-show but may still be in the area. Blackbirds are coming and going so someone may report it later. A couple of Varied Thrushes were on the lawn by the empty caretaker's house. Everything else I looked at was to be expected this morning.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Nojoqui - Cassiar continues, Gaviota quiet

Peter Schneekloth
 

I walked around Gaviota campground this morning, only expected birds were seen.  A single Ring-necked Duck in the creek, a few Western Gulls on the pier, common sparrows and finches in the campground. I stopped at Nojoqui park on the way home and the Cassiar Junco continues.


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton


Waller Park - Garganey AWOL

Jamie Chavez
 

A few birders have been looking through the ducks in the front pond without finding the GARGANEY. I also checked the back or westernmost pond also. As of 10:15 the RUSTY BLACKBIRD was also a no-show but may still be in the area. Blackbirds are coming and going so someone may report it later. A couple of Varied Thrushes were on the lawn by the empty caretaker's house. Everything else I looked at was to be expected this morning.


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 16, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (2 reports)
- Little Blue Heron (7 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 report)
- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- 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


Little Blue Heron photos

Mark Holmgren
 

Here are 2 photos of the immature LbHe seen this afternoon at Goleta Beach.
https://flic.kr/p/23k2U9C

https://flic.kr/p/EKPKmv

My eBird checklist is here. 
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42859907

Mark Holmgren
Goleta


Re: Little Blue Heron at Goleta Beach

David Levasheff
 

Photos of the LBHE are in an album on my flickr page, link below. 


On Feb 16, 2018, at 13:23, Mark Holmgren maholmgren33@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Little Blue Heron at Goleta Beach. East end parking lot. White body, bicolored bill, lime legs and feet, black tips to, I think it’s on, the secondaries. Smaller than Snowy Egret next to it. Look under the Belted Kingfisher nest cavity from previous years. The bird is here: 34.41805  -119.82739


Mark Holmgren 
Santa Barbara


East Pinery Road Feb 16

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked East Pinery Road this morning, hoping to re-find the Red-naped Sapsucker that Peter Schneekloth found a couple of weeks ago.  I was not able to find it this morning after a thorough search of the area where it was last seen.  However, I had my best bird of the day just about 100 yards from the start of the road.  It was a Townsend's Solitaire, going back and forth between two Gold Cup Oaks on opposite sides of the road.  It was one of the better views I've had of this species and I watched it for several minutes.

Otherwise, it was the usual assortment of chaparral, Oak Woodland, an montane birds that one finds here:  Both Steller's and California Scrub Jays, Mountain Chickadees, Red-breasted and White Breasted Nuthatches, etc.  I had several Fox Sparrows, most of htem too elusive to try to assign a subspecies, but two of them were Slaty for sure and one appeared to be Sooty.  One of the Slaty types sat out in clear view for several minutes, and it did NOT appear to be Thick-billed.  The bill was mostly yellow, pointed and not massive; the breast spots were brown, rather thick and profuse, not black.

The Woodpeckers I found this morning included Acorn, Nuttall's, Hairy, and Northern Flicker.  One MOuntain Quail sounded off as I got out of my car in the parking area, but I did not find any on the trail.  Beautiful brisk morning for a hike up there.

Florence Sanchez