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Late posting of Surfbirds at the SB Harbor

Steven Gaulin
 

Sorry folks, for the lateness but since they are unusual at this season in SB, I ready should mention that last Sunday, January 28, there were two Surfbirds working the rocks on the ocean side of the breakwater at the Santa Barbara harbor. The tide was fairly low so the rocks were not being pounded and there was some sandy bottom exposed. Farther west, where the breakwater bends inland (S. of the Yacht Club Building), there were a few Black Turnstones feeding in the beached kelp.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara



[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Feb 1, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

- Garganey (1 report)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (2 reports)
- 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
  
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


More Mesa Peregrine

Meg White
 

I walked the dog today on More Mesa and saw the first Peregrine I've ever witnessed there. It was perched in a euc on the bluff overlooking the nude beach. I also saw a Northern Harrier and a Kestrel nearby. About 45 minutes earlier I saw the White-tailed Kite that seems to always be in the area fly East into Hope Ranch.

Meg White


Magpie-Jay in Carpinteria

Mark Holmgren
 

Here's a cropped version of the only photo I obtained.  Eric, does this look like on the the bird photos from Hwy 150?
This looks to be a Black-throated Magpie-Jay with a white throat. Or its a cross between the 2 species. 
Krista Fahy had an interesting thought--that it could be from a private aviary or a zoo that released its birds as fire threatened.
https://flic.kr/p/22SN825
Location of bird when photographed: 34.40635 -119.52799

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass


Magpie-Jay on Sta Monica Ck

Mark Holmgren
 

Just now, while looking for the Orchard Oriole Aaron Kreisberg calls out ‘Stellers Jay’. What! We get the binocs and scope on it and it’s a White-throated Magpie Jay. I was able to squeeze off one photo before the bird flew west we’re looking for it now. 

Mark Holmgren 
Carpinteria 


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 30, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (1 report)
- Eurasian Wigeon (3 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (6 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (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
  
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Eastern Phoebe seen here:

Mark Holmgren
 

34.424526 -119.750264
This is on trail on the E side of Arroyo Burro Ck maybe 150-200m N of Torino. It’s in willows 15 m E of the Creek.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Oass


Santa Barbara Cemetery Jan 30

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning, I decided to walk around the SB Cemetery to see if I could find the Pine Warbler and other birds that have been reported there.  It's a very pleasant place to walk.  Unfortunately, I did not turn up the Pine Warbler or Sage Thrasher this morning.  Workers were pruning the pines near the Storke Mausoleum, the most reliable spot where the warbler has been found, so that area was off-limits today.  They were also mowing the grass today, so there was a lot of human activity in general.  Still, there were small groups of Yellow-rumped Warblers feeding on the ground in various places, and I checked each group as thoroughly as possible and did not find a Pine Warbler among them.  At least four other birders were still looking for the Warbler when I left.

Best bird in the Cemetery was a Bullock's Oriole that I found in the eucalyptus trees on the property line on the west between the Cemetery and the Clark Estate.  It looked like an immature male.  In the calm sea off the bluff, there was a Horned Grebe and two dolphins swimming (not sure of species--perhaps Harbor Porpoise?). An Osprey flew by with a good-sized fish in its talons.

It was amazing to see how much that one rain filled up the Bird Refuge.  On New Year's Day, I went to the Zoo and from above could see how little water was actually left in the Refuge.  I did not have time to check out the waterfowl, but it was nice to see a lot of activity on the water again.

Florence Sanchez


Re: Eastern Phoebe in Santa Barbara

Dave Compton
 

Sorry for the repetitive posts, especially since you'll eventually see David's. Below is what he wrote. Note, however, that the street name is "Calle de los Amigos." Dave Compton, Santa Barbara.

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An elusive eastern phoebe was hanging out on Arroyo Burro creek upstream of Hidden Valley Park playground. It was about halfway between where ABC crosses under Camino de los Amigos and where ABC crosses under Torino Dr.  It was staying low near a bend in the creek not far from two very large sycamores.

UTM: 11 S 0247229 x 3812662



On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 1:04 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
David Kisner reports an Eastern Phoebe along Arroyo Burro Creek in Hidden Valley in Santa Barbara. He sent an email to SB Co Birding, but it's a first-time post, so probably awaiting approval. When you see his email, it will have UTM coordinates. I can tell you that you can get there by parking near the corner of Torino and Calle de los Amigos, walking to the back of the little playground, and continuing upstream (west). He said it was in an area where the creek bends sharply and there are two sycamores nearby whose trunks form a "V." If you come to the clearing with some tall eucalyptus, you've gone too far. Good luck!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Tuesday wildfowl

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

The last couple of days, there have been some geese grazing the area E of the Storke Road Post Office depot and S of the USFS office. These have included a few Lesser Canadas and the Whitefront flock.

 

The EUWI male is still at Devereux. He was calling a lot, as he is wont to when the female is not around. Now 6 Pintails and 7 Cinnamon Teals. There were 33 Redheads today with the Greater Scaup still around and a new pair of RN Ducks.

 

Nick

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


Re: eBird report of an Eastern Phoebe at Hidden Valley Park

John Callender
 

It took about 30 minutes of looking, but I found it at about 1:15 p.m.

Good views through binoculars from 30 feet. Dark face, light below with dusky sides, buffy wingbars. Constant tail-pumping.


The spot where I saw it was reached by walking north from the trailhead at the south end of Hidden Valley Park, along the path on the east side of the creek. 75 feet past the first big spreading sycamore, the bird was perched on the east side of the trail in an overgrown tangle where the trail makes a curve to the west. After several minutes I lost it as it flew north along the creek.


John


On Tue, Jan 30, 2018 at 10:58 AM John Callender <callender.john@...> wrote:
There's a report of an Eastern Phoebe by David Kisner in this eBird list:


I might be able to stop by there later today, but I assume the Santa Barbara crowd will be there ahead of me. :-)

John


Eastern Phoebe in Santa Barbara

Dave Compton
 

David Kisner reports an Eastern Phoebe along Arroyo Burro Creek in Hidden Valley in Santa Barbara. He sent an email to SB Co Birding, but it's a first-time post, so probably awaiting approval. When you see his email, it will have UTM coordinates. I can tell you that you can get there by parking near the corner of Torino and Calle de los Amigos, walking to the back of the little playground, and continuing upstream (west). He said it was in an area where the creek bends sharply and there are two sycamores nearby whose trunks form a "V." If you come to the clearing with some tall eucalyptus, you've gone too far. Good luck!

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Easter phoebe

David Kisner
 

An elusive eastern phoebe was hanging out on Arroyo Burro creek upstream of Hidden Valley Park playground. It was about halfway between where ABC crosses under Camino de los Amigos and where ABC crosses under Torino Dr. It was staying low near a bend in the creek not far from two very large sycamores.

UTM: 11 S 0247229 x 3812662


eBird report of an Eastern Phoebe at Hidden Valley Park

John Callender
 

There's a report of an Eastern Phoebe by David Kisner in this eBird list:


I might be able to stop by there later today, but I assume the Santa Barbara crowd will be there ahead of me. :-)

John


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 29, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

- Eurasian Wigeon (4 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (3 reports)
- Pine Warbler (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (3 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


No Tufted Duck

Guy Tingos <guy.tingos@...>
 

I spent about 30 minutes this afternoon at Lauro Reservoir looking for the Tufted Duck to no avail. There were 6 Wood Ducks and plenty of Scaup and Ring-necks.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 28, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (5 reports)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Gray Catbird (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
 
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Tree Swallows @ LLC

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There were two Tree Swallows inspecting the next boxes south of Stow House this am.


https://flic.kr/p/FLAskj


Adrian O'Loghlen

Goleta


Orchard Oriole, rafting grebes

Larry Ballard
 

The Orchard Oriole put in a brief appearance at the taller south end of the cape honeysuckle hedge around 12:30 along Santa Monica Creek. Counting by 10s I estimated 2700 Aechmophorus grebes rafting off Santa Claus Ln. 
Larry B.
Carpinteria


Devereux environs this morning

Rebecca Coulter
 

Greetings birders,
During class this morning we had the continuing pair of Eurasian Wigeon, along with the usual duck suspects on the water. The EuWi were along the east side of the slough opposite the small turnout on the east side of the road, foraging with Mallards and American Wigeon, allowing nice comparisons. Other highlights were four Northern Pintail, two drake and one hen Cinnamon Teal, plus three Greater White-fronted Goose moving around the slough. The small scaup flock was way out across the water today, but yesterday I did see at least one Greater among them. On the walk out from Fortuna, we also had a first year male Bullock’s Oriole in a red-blooming eucalyptus at the UCSB stables. At Fortuna Park as we started, Dennis Ringer spotted a Brown Creeper in an oak near the playground, and we watched as it moved around to most of the trees around the play area. As I left the park after class, a Merlin flew in and landed on top of a sycamore, pretty much shutting down all the other bird activity nearby. A gorgeous morning out, if a bit warm too soon for my taste—we sure need more rain.

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara