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Pine Siskin, upper westside

Dianna Ricky
 

A Pine Siskin came to our niger feeder this morning.  There were actually 2 birds but I didn't get a good look at the 2nd one before it flew.  One returned and fed for about 10 minutes.  I have not seen a Pine Siskin in our yard in several years.


Dianna Ricky

Santa Barbara


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 5, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (2 reports)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4 reports)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (4 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
  
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


White-faced Ibis at Kim’s Market pond in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

Eric Culbertson found a White-faced Ibis this afternoon in the pond next to Kim’s Market on Via Real in Carpinteria. The bird was feeding in the patch of green vegetation in the northwest corner of the pond, and was visible off and on as it ducked down into the vegetation, then popped up again.

It’s kind of a weird little spot; just a concrete-lined flood basin right next to a busy road and the 101 freeway. It’s hard to see into it because of the wall that separates it from the sidewalk along Via Real, but there are spots at either end of the wall where you can peak through the fence.

Sharing the pond with it were a bunch of coots as well as Gadwall, American Wigeon, and a male Ring-necked Duck.

John


Turkey Vulture on Birdbath

John Deacon
 

Keep your water stations full.  I have had some pretty unusual birds visit my birdbaths (GHOW) but today's visit by a Turkey Vulture was the weirdest.  

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


N and S Vandenberg AFB this morning

Mark Holmgren
 

(All sites I visited are restricted except the estuary.) 
Birding this morning first on VAFB north of the estuary, I found 2 Bell's Sparrows in an area that held them back when we studied them in the 1990s.  Most Bell's Sparrows on base move around as their preferred habitat changes as it recovers from fire.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42524427

I birded two spots overlooking the ocean on South VAFB.  The second stop produced 9 Black Scoters. I also saw an Alcid that I'm still studying.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42525021

Scoping from Surf Station, I saw 6 White-winged Scoters.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42525275

The estuary held nothing out of the ordinary.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S42525434

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 4, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (5 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (4 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Pine Warbler (2 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (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
  
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: birding this a.m. -- missing Pine Warbler, etc.

John Callender
 

The attached aerial view may help.

John



On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 8:59 PM John Callender <callender.john@...>
wrote:

A trick I’ve sometimes been able to use to see the Yellow-crowned Night
Herons without walking south on Sandyland Cove Road (which, as you say, is
a private road where birders officially don’t have access) is to use a
spotting scope from the area of the footbridge over Franklin Creek. From
either end of that footbridge (which you can reach via the public trail
that leads through the marsh from Ash Avenue) you have a distant view of
the white-railed vehicle bridge at the south end of Sandyland Cove Road.
Sometimes (maybe about half the times I’ve checked) one of the
Yellow-crowned Night Herons (which usually hang out near that vehicle
bridge) is actually perched on the bridge itself, and hence is visible.
It’s far enough away that I haven’t been able to identify them using
binoculars, but with a scope you can get enough magnification to reveal the
face pattern, at least if the bird is one of the adult or adult-ish birds.

Worth a try, at least.

John

On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 3:49 PM Joan Lentz joanlentz@... [sbcobirding]
<sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:



Hi All:
Santiago Lupi, a new young birder in town, and I went out to look for the
Pine Warbler at the S.B. Cemetery. We missed it, but gave it a 1.5 hour
try. I see that John Calendar saw it after we left.
Then we went to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, where we had nice
views of two adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (see
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S4249955) The area where the
Night-Herons hang out is basically restricted access.
On Friday, Libby Patten and I looked for the Tufted Duck at Lauro
Reservoir with no luck.
Good birding!
Joan Lentz



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Re: birding this a.m. -- missing Pine Warbler, etc.

John Callender
 

A trick I’ve sometimes been able to use to see the Yellow-crowned Night Herons without walking south on Sandyland Cove Road (which, as you say, is a private road where birders officially don’t have access) is to use a spotting scope from the area of the footbridge over Franklin Creek. From either end of that footbridge (which you can reach via the public trail that leads through the marsh from Ash Avenue) you have a distant view of the white-railed vehicle bridge at the south end of Sandyland Cove Road. Sometimes (maybe about half the times I’ve checked) one of the Yellow-crowned Night Herons (which usually hang out near that vehicle bridge) is actually perched on the bridge itself, and hence is visible. It’s far enough away that I haven’t been able to identify them using binoculars, but with a scope you can get enough magnification to reveal the face pattern, at least if the bird is one of the adult or adult-ish birds.

Worth a try, at least.

John


On Sun, Feb 4, 2018 at 3:49 PM Joan Lentz joanlentz@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Hi All:

Santiago Lupi, a new young birder in town, and I went out to look for the Pine Warbler at the S.B. Cemetery.  We missed it, but gave it a 1.5 hour try.  I see that John Calendar saw it after we left.  
Then we went to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, where we had nice views of two adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (see https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S4249955) The area where the Night-Herons hang out is basically restricted access.
On Friday, Libby Patten and I looked for the Tufted Duck at Lauro Reservoir with no luck.
Good birding!
Joan Lentz


birding this a.m. -- missing Pine Warbler, etc.

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Santiago Lupi, a new young birder in town, and I went out to look for the Pine Warbler at the S.B. Cemetery.  We missed it, but gave it a 1.5 hour try.  I see that John Calendar saw it after we left.  
Then we went to the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, where we had nice views of two adult Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (see https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S4249955) The area where the Night-Herons hang out is basically restricted access.
On Friday, Libby Patten and I looked for the Tufted Duck at Lauro Reservoir with no luck.
Good birding!
Joan Lentz


Marbled Murrelets

Jasen Liu
 

Hi all,


This morning from 7:20 - 9 AM I birded the Santa Maria River Estuary. Best birds were 2 MARBLED MURRELET sitting in the ocean, quite close to shore (scope still required). Other highlights included 4 Canvasback in the estuary, a singing Horned Lark, an Iceland Gull in the mixed flock, and 3 species of loon. 


Good birding,

Jasen


Figueroa Mountain, E. Pinery Rd. apparent Red-naped Sapsucker

Peter Schneekloth
 

I had what appears to be good for a Red-naped Sapsucker out on E. Pinery Road. As I sat quietly trying to get photo's of the Sapsucker it was amazing to see the community of birds that were using the wells. The sap thieves included Red-breasted Nuthatch, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Anna's Hummingbird, Nuttall's Woodpecker and Oak Titmouse. Other birds seen were all expected such as Fox Sparrow, Mountain Chickadee, Bewick's Wrens and more.


Several looks at the sapsucker here:


 https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/39187734115/in/dateposted-public/ 


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton




Far Side of Devereux Slough

2Palleys <2palleys@...>
 

This morning Kenny and I walked the pond trail with our bins and scope and on the far side of the slough we saw a dozen Red Headed Ducks, and 8 Cinnamon Teal, a small flock of Dunlin, and assorted more commonly seen ducks such as Northern Shovelers, American Widgeon, Mallards and Ruddy Ducks.    Alex and Ken Palley  Noleta


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 3, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Common Ground-Dove (1 report)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (3 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (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
   
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Possible continuing Pacific Wren at Bates Road

John Callender
 

I went back today and got a good look at the bird as it was hopping around, calling, on top of a layer of fallen sycamore leaves. It was on the north (Santa Barbara County) side of the creek, just east of the north end of the bridge.

John Callender

On Fri, Feb 2, 2018 at 3:02 PM, John Callender <callender.john@...> wrote:
I tried for the continuing Pacific Wren at Bates Road (on the border between Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties) today at lunchtime. I got a very brief naked-eye glimpse of a small, dark bird flitting through the underbrush on the Santa Barbara side of the creek. The view wasn't enough to ID it, but the recording I made of it calling seems like a good match for Pacific Wren based on the examples at:

https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Troglodytes-pacificus.

The audio I recorded is attached to a "passerine sp." listing in this eBird checklist:


I plan to try again over the next few days; I'll follow up if I get confirmation.

John Callender


Eastern Phoebe, etc.

Dave Compton
 

The EASTERN PHOEBE continued along Arroyo Burro creek this morning, in the same area where previously reported. This morning, when it finally showed, it moved around in mid-canopy of a budding willow, unusual behavior for this species. I found the habitat in this location to be a little odd for this species to start with, since I feel like they typically occur in more open settings. 

A note about this bird: I arrived relatively late (9am), but had to wait an hour before it showed up. I've never thought of this as a great early morning spot, so maybe this bird is easier to see in mid- or late morning. If others have seen it earlier, maybe they can chime in.

Also of interest during this stop were three WESTERN TANAGERS just upstream of Calle de los Amigos, so maybe 0.2 miles away. I also saw a couple of Pine Siskins at the phoebe spot.

Elsewhere, I failed to see any geese at Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch, where you can now find high numbers of Ruddy Ducks, in addition to the mass of coots. I also missed Tufted Duck at Lauro Reservoir. My theory about this bird is that the storm on 9 January temporarily changed conditions wherever it's been spending the winter, maybe delivering runoff that affected visibility. So maybe the bird spent a couple of days at Lauro until things settled down at its preferred spot. Either way, I feel like this bird, presumably the one that originally showed up at UCSB a few years ago, has developed a preference for reservoirs away from the immediate coast.

Of course, it's always fun to speculate when you know no one can prove you wrong.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 2, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (1 report)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (3 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (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
  
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Possible continuing Pacific Wren at Bates Road

John Callender
 

I tried for the continuing Pacific Wren at Bates Road (on the border between Santa Barbara and Ventura Counties) today at lunchtime. I got a very brief naked-eye glimpse of a small, dark bird flitting through the underbrush on the Santa Barbara side of the creek. The view wasn't enough to ID it, but the recording I made of it calling seems like a good match for Pacific Wren based on the examples at:

https://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Troglodytes-pacificus.

The audio I recorded is attached to a "passerine sp." listing in this eBird checklist:


I plan to try again over the next few days; I'll follow up if I get confirmation.

John Callender


continuing Lucy's Warbler

Larry Ballard
 

Seen around 10 this morning in Franklin Park at the east end of El Carro, foraging in oaks just north of the playground. The White-throated Sparrow was in the central part of the park.
Larry B.
Carpinteria CA


Eastern Phoebe at Arroyo Burro Creek

Libby Patten
 

Larry Ballard just called to say he saw the Eastern Phoebe on the creek about 100 yards from the entrance on Torino (Hidden Valley Park). It's on the east side of the creek and on the east side of trail. Near home with redwood patio cover and fence (uphill). 

Libby Patten and Joan Lentz




Hooded Oriole

Larry Ballard
 

A female Hooded Oriole was in the bird bath this morning. 
Larry B.
Carpinteria CA