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Some Solvang birds

Wim van Dam
 

Yesterday I had a male, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK in my Solvang backyard.
It reminded me a lot of a similar looking one that I had at the same
feeder in January 2017:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/van_dam/31779493220/

Because of the lack of streaking on its orange chest and belly and its
darkly colored head my initial eBird report mentioned "breeding
plumage", but in truth I can't rule out that it still had a faint
supercilium (I forgot to pay attention to that). On 2017-December 27
Paul Lehman had two Black-headed Grosbeaks at 3631 Pine Street, Santa
Ynez, which is less than 1.4 miles away from my place. My bird could
have been one of his birds.

Also: today while bugging along Alamo Pintado Creek in Solvang I heard
a few CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES. I have had them at this location
several times now, so they might be settling there.

[Bugging aside: at the same creek I had my first damselflies of 2018:
Vivid Dancer and American Rubyspot. And earlier this week I also had a
my first 2018 (Vosnesensky) Bumble Bee.]

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


Weekend ducks

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

The Greater Scaup continues at Devereux and there are now at least 30 Redheads there. FWIW, there are a lot of widgeon and Gadwall at the Dune Pond.

Ken and I checked out the SYRE today. There were decent numbers of the regular dabbling ducks including 30 Pintail. At Surf, scorer numbers were very low but there 8 White-wingeds. Virtually no gulls on the estuary or beach

Nick


Pine Warbler and other Sunday south coast birding

Dave Compton
 

I spent the morning and early afternoon chasing rarities on the south coast, in many cases following relatively cold trails. I started out in Carpinteria, then ended up in Santa Barbara after getting tired of not seeing what I was looking for. Here's a summary, in chronological order.

Padaro Lane: SWAMP SPARROW hard to find at first, but then was very confiding around 9am, right across from 3545 Padaro. The Blackburnian was nowhere to be seen, which isn't a surprise. I don't know of any reports since 6 January.

Franklin Creek/LDS Church parking lot. No luck with the Lucy's Warbler. I spent most of my time birding the west side of Franklin Creek, where Larry Ballard and John Callender most recently reported the bird. I didn't spent much time around the LDS parking lot. Nothing overall more interesting than a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH in the only pine in the park along the west side of the creek and a Pine Siskin heard near the little garden next to the LDS parking lot.

Santa Monica Creek: no luck finding the male Orchard Oriole.

Santa Barbara Cemetery: Definitely the highlight of the day was refinding the PINE WARBLER in the Santa Barbara cemetery. It was in the same area as previously, on the ground and in a pine just south of the Storke mausoleum. Stay right as you drive in the entrance, and pull over when you see some pines near the road on the left (a lot of bare ground on the right). I believe this is the first report of this bird since before the Montecito disaster.

Santa Barbara Harbor area. The trail for White-winged Scoter here is particularly cold. It appears someone recorded the Palm Warbler in eBird on the 16th (don't recall seeing a post here, but may I've forgotten). I heard what was probably the Palm Warbler, but can't be sure with all the background noise. The fence around this area is irritating. I did see a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on the lawn on the east side of Mission Creek.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 27, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (2 reports)
- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Common Ground-Dove (2 reports)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (3 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Gray Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (2 reports)
- Black-headed Grosbeak (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (2 reports)
- 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


Re: Status of Broad-billed Hummingbird? and some other additions

Trish Gussler
 

Thanks for posting for me Jaime, and also thank you Wes, for confirming the Broad-billed Hummingbird is still around. I had a nice visit around 11:30 this morning. As soon as I walked in the yard, I "heard" its quite different call.
In other news... The Garganey continues at Waller Park. It took me a bit of time to find it.... after walking around the ponds about 3 times, I located it on the lawn, pretty much right in front of my car. 5 Cackling Geese were also present, and I picked up Chestnut-backed Chickadee for my life list. 
I also birded Zaca Station Rd. for Magpies after searching locations on Ebird. I found many along the road, another life bird. 

Trish Gussler, Anaheim.





Tanager, Orioles at Maria Ygnacio

Conor Scotland
 

At Maria Ygnacio Creek the Summer Tanager continues near where the bike path forks close to Hollister. In the same tree as the tanager, there was one Bullock's and one Hooded Oriole.


Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara


LLC

Nick Lethaby
 

Both the YB and a RB Sapsucker were near each other NE of the house, with the male Bullock's in the same area.

I recall there being some questioning about the identity of the Sapsucker but it looked for a YB to me.

Nick


Re: [EXTERNAL] Unique warbler

Nick Lethaby
 

Jake,

It's common for warblers feeding in flowering eucs to get these dirty faces and chins. I think it's a Wilson's as you suggest with such a dirty face.

Nick


-------- Original Message --------
From: "Jake Broad californiajbroad@... [sbcobirding]" <sbcobirding-noreply@...>
Date: Sat, Jan 27, 2018, 9:27 AM
To: Birding Group
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Unique warbler



Good morning all

Last night I was going through some photos I took last weekend when I came across a strange warbler. At the time I thought it was a Wilson’s warbler but looking at the photos the facial markings don’t match anything I’ve read or seen in my field guides. In fact I’ve gone through all my warblers and finches and can’t ID the bird. 

It certainly behaved like a warbler working it’s way through a eucalyptus. The underside was yellow with grey tail feathers. From above mostly yellow with grey at the tips of wings and tail. The main feature that’s throwing me off is the black “cap” is wide and extends all the way to the bill and even below it onto the chin. 

Please find the link below if you’d like to take a look, the photos aren’t the best, the bird was constantly moving and darting behind leaves but the described features can be seen. Observed in Goleta between the airport and sanitary district. 


Thank you for any input

-Jake 
Goleta 



Unique warbler

Jake Broad
 

Good morning all

Last night I was going through some photos I took last weekend when I came across a strange warbler. At the time I thought it was a Wilson’s warbler but looking at the photos the facial markings don’t match anything I’ve read or seen in my field guides. In fact I’ve gone through all my warblers and finches and can’t ID the bird. 

It certainly behaved like a warbler working it’s way through a eucalyptus. The underside was yellow with grey tail feathers. From above mostly yellow with grey at the tips of wings and tail. The main feature that’s throwing me off is the black “cap” is wide and extends all the way to the bill and even below it onto the chin. 

Please find the link below if you’d like to take a look, the photos aren’t the best, the bird was constantly moving and darting behind leaves but the described features can be seen. Observed in Goleta between the airport and sanitary district. 


Thank you for any input

-Jake 
Goleta 


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 26, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Hooded 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: Status of Broad-billed Hummingbird?

Wes Fritz
 

Hi All,
I hung out with it for 3 hours on Tuesday the 23rd. It is still in molt and should be really looking pretty cool in a few weeks. It would leave the yard  for about 15 to 20 minutes and then return, it was using a few different perches in the yard. As mentioned earlier, follow the blue tape arrows, have a little patience and you will soon see this wonderful bird. I would like to also mention, the host of this hummingbird has landscaped their backyard awesomely, a very pleasant visit.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Jan 26, 2018, at 6:21 PM, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Group,

I'm forwarding a message from an out-of-towner looking for an update on the Broad-billed Hummingbird before heading up. Can anyone provide the information?

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Hi SB birders,
A couple of us from Orange Co. are heading up that way on Saturday.
Was wondering if there have been any sightings of the Broad-billed Hummingbird since the 22nd. which looks like the last time anyone reported to Ebird.
Thanks in advance,

Trish Gussler, Anaheim
Hoping my message doesn't go to moderation for a week.... or even 2 days...
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Status of Broad-billed Hummingbird?

Jamie Chavez
 

Group,

I'm forwarding a message from an out-of-towner looking for an update on the Broad-billed Hummingbird before heading up. Can anyone provide the information?

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

-------------------------------------

Hi SB birders,
A couple of us from Orange Co. are heading up that way on Saturday.
Was wondering if there have been any sightings of the Broad-billed Hummingbird since the 22nd. which looks like the last time anyone reported to Ebird.
Thanks in advance,

Trish Gussler, Anaheim
Hoping my message doesn't go to moderation for a week.... or even 2 days...
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Red-Naped Sapsucker

Thomas Turner <tomleeturner@...>
 

I am pretty sure I had a NED-NAPED SAPSUCKER on Farren road this morning. My description is below, along with an explanation of the location. I had only a short look, but it was an adult male and I had good looks at the red at the throat. I think that is sufficient to ID it in this case. It was too windy there for great birding, but other highlights included a GREATER ROADRUNNER (in an avacado orchard almost at the locked gate) and a PHAINOPEPLA.


Description of sapsucker: I had good looks only at the pattern of red feathers on the throat, and didn't see the rest of the bird, but it was an adult male. Easily separated from Red-Breasted by the wide expanse of black and white feathers separating the red throat from the red crown. I think I can also exclude Yellow-Bellied because the red at the throat was extensive and came up to the white, rather than being a small discrete patch bordered by black. I wish I would have had a longer look, and seen the rest of the bird, but I am pretty confident in this pattern. It was in a small pepper tree, one of many that line the property of a nursery opposite the first hillside pullout. It was in the first tree North of the driveway, but was spooked by some employees right after I saw it; it didn’t return.

Tom Turner

Goleta


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 25, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Yellow-headed 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
  
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Santa Maria WTP + Rancho Guadalupe Dunes, 2018-01-25

Wim van Dam
 

Today I checked out Santa Maria Wastewater Treatment Plant and I was
overwhelmed by the number of birds there. I didn't even try to count
them, but if I had to guess I would go for 1000+ NORTHERN SHOVELER,
70+ CINNAMON TEAL, 80+ GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Somebody with sufficient
time and diligence should be able to get some significant data there.

Things were decidedly less lively at Rancho Guadalupe Dunes. The lack
of loons was especially notable with only a few RED-THROATED and
PACIFIC LOONS. The estuary had 5 AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and 1 female
COMMON GOLDENEYE.


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


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 24, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (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
    
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


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

Florence Sanchez
 

Has anyone tired to follow up on the unconfirmed report of a Short-tailed Hawk?

Florence Sanchez


On Wednesday, January 24, 2018 6:06 PM, "Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding]" wrote:


 
*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (4 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (4 reports)
- Short-tailed Hawk (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (2 reports)
- Orchard 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     

 
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA



Re: Tufted Duck at Lauro Cyn Reservoir

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

I have not yet found Tufty, but there are five Wood Ducks this AM


Good birding,


On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 15:14, Mark Holmgren maholmgren33@... [sbcobirding] wrote:

 

Hi Ya’ll,
There’s an adult male Tufted Duck at Lauro Reservoir. Navigate to: 34.455727 -119.727598

Mark Holmgren
Goleta


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

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (4 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (4 reports)
- Short-tailed Hawk (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (2 reports)
- Orchard 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
     

 
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Tufted Duck at Lauro Cyn Reservoir

Mark Holmgren
 

Hi Ya’ll,
There’s an adult male Tufted Duck at Lauro Reservoir. Navigate to: 34.455727 -119.727598

Mark Holmgren
Goleta