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Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

Jessie Altstatt
 

I know that the squid fishing fleet have been working down between Pt Magu and Leo Carrillo, possible that more seabirds and scoters are there also.

Thanks, Jessie

On Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 4:42 PM David Levasheff <levaweb@...> wrote:

We had two groups of 5 or 6 in Goleta Bay on Tuesday.

David
On 11/22/2019 4:40 PM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io wrote:

It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last couple of years.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wes Fritz via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 4:38 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
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Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

 

SB Birders,

 

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries

In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,

 

Wes Fritz

805 895 0685

Solvang CA


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Re: Lompoc

Wes Fritz
 


SB Birders,


I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries
In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea, there were 2 Bonaparte’s Gulls too. I then went to check out Miguelito Park, the dude with the blower was doing his thing. I do not think that mattered too much it was pretty birdless. Well, one bird was pretty coo, a really dark Red-tailed Hawk was circling over head while I was checking out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Although on the way to Miguelito there was one Ferruginous Hawk on W. Ocean near Lasallle Canyon Road. I finished my birding punishment at River Park, yep no birds to report from this location either.

I apologize for such a bummer report, but knowing if it’s good or sucky helps a lot when trying to decide where to go birding.

Yesterday at Gainey winery there was a newly arrived Red-naped Sapsucker near the entrance, the lesser Sandhills were still present and Cruz had a White-throated Sparrow show up

I thank you all that made through this dismal bird report, Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA

It's a little slow birding outside, but spend some time with your photos!!

David Levasheff
 

All,

Mark Holmgren and Adrian think they want to close out the 2019 BBS data real soon.

With birding so slow, why not go back to your photos from years past. Check especially March, April, May, June & July. I was totally amaze how many Breeding Observations I captured on 'film'. All you have to do is check the BBS (only a week till Google takes down the Fusion Table interface) and then submit your sighting or add a photo to an existing photo-less sighting and presto, Mark & Adrian have something to do. I think I added 8 to 10 today!

You can also check your notes!

Cheers and good birding

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David



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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

David Levasheff
 

We had two groups of 5 or 6 in Goleta Bay on Tuesday.

David
On 11/22/2019 4:40 PM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io wrote:

It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last couple of years.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wes Fritz via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 4:38 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

 

SB Birders,

 

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries

In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,

 

Wes Fritz

805 895 0685

Solvang CA


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

Nick Lethaby
 

It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last couple of years.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wes Fritz via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 4:38 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

 

SB Birders,

 

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries

In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,

 

Wes Fritz

805 895 0685

wes-fritz@...

Solvang CA


--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Lompoc

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries
In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,


Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA

Re: Santa Monica Creek orioles in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

After getting feedback from helpful experts the prevailing opinion is that the weird-looking oriole I saw might be a young male Baltimore Oriole (based especially on the head pattern), but there are details of the wing and body that work better for a Bullock's/Baltimore hybrid. For now I'll leave the bird as "new world oriole sp.". Thank you to everyone who shared their thoughts.
 
John Callender
Carpinteria
 

Eurasian Wigeon

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

There is a male Eurasian Wigeon at the GSD now. Still lots of BW Teal and other dabbling ducks.

 

Nick Lethaby

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Santa Monica Creek orioles in Carpinteria

John Callender
 

This morning I was able to photograph the adult male Orchard Oriole that Florence Sanchez reported recently along Santa Monica Creek. Eric Culbertson had seen the bird earlier today and told me about it when I came across him; later I got good views of the bird. I assume this is the same bird that wintered here the last two years.

While I was talking with Eric we saw a different oriole in the big sycamore tree along the bike path just south of El Carro Lane. At first I thought it was a first-year male Bullock's Oriole, but it definitely looked weird, and in reviewing photos I think it may have been a Baltimore Oriole. I'd appreciate feedback from people with more oriole experience than I have.

Photos of both birds are in the eBird list below:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61628044

John Callender
Carpinteria

Northern Waterthrush

Eric Culbertson
 

Hi all

A late bird is in Carpinteria Creek between the train trestle and Sixth street today at 1045.

Eric

Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher and serious uptick in overall bird numbers

Peter Schneekloth
 

It was an "If you don't like the weather wait a minute and it will change" kind of day for our weekly survey at Sedgwick Reserve. The best birds were continuing Sage Thrasher, Chipping Sparrows and a Northern Harrier. Also notable was a significant uptick in the number of sparrows, juncos and especially the visibility of California Quail.

The entire list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61612043 

If of interest I stitched together a few short video segments of the Sage Thrasher one includes a few soft vocalizations.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49098127121/in/dateposted-public/ 

Peter Schneekloth
For the entire Sedgwick Crew
Buellton

Red crossbills

Pam Viale
 

While participating in the Project Feeder counts today, I saw a couple of reddish and light yellow-green finch type birds.  After taking a picture, I noted that they had crossbills, a female and a couple of males.  They started at the top of my cypress tree, then visited our backyard fountain.  I live next to the Ellwood bluffs, so these birds are a Goleta sighting. The pics aren't great but Mark asked that I include them.

ORCHARD ORIOLE IN CAPRINTERIA

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning I walked the trail by Santa Monica Creek from Calle Real to Foothill and back.  I did not see or hear an Oriole on the way up, but on the way back I heard a blackbird like "check" from the Cape Honeysuckle bushes on the far creek bank.   I kept seeing movement, but it took a few minutes before a male Orchard Oriole moved into clear view, feeding on the flowers.  I watched it for several minutes.

Otherwise nothing of particular note along Santa Monica Creek.  I then went to Lake Jocelyn where I found the 2 White-fronted Geese John Callender reported but I did not find the Solitary Sandpiper that has also been there.  The lake level is low, so that by changing my location several times I was able to view the entire shoreline.  Still present here are lots of beautiful Green-winged Teal, and 3 Dowitchers. 

Florence Sanchez

Solitary Sandpiper

Rob Denholtz
 

Continues at Lake Jocelyn 1:28 pm. Also 8-10 GW Teal and Klldeer.

Rib Denholtz
Carp


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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria

Cachuma CBC Friday Dec 27th

Peter Schneekloth
 

For those of you that have not contacted me already we are looking for a show of hands of those wishing to participate in the Cachuma CBC on Friday, December 27th. Many good birds are being seen around the count circle including Cassin's Finch, Townsend's Solitaire, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, Burrowing Owl, Sage Thrasher, White-crowned Sparrow and oh please will they stay Sandhill Cranes. More will be found by count day for sure. It's a big circle with lots of varied habitats needing good coverage to help maximize our count. Some of these outstanding bird areas have very limited accessibility so we are lucky to be able to bird them on count day.

If interested please reply to me only (Peter Schneekloth). The CBC Web page is still undergoing updating for this year but for reference: https://cachumacbc.wordpress.com/ 

Cruz, Kate, Peter
Your Cachuma CBC Team

Santa Maria River Mouth

Nick Lethaby
 

All, 

I checked this on Sat PM for about an hour. Still hundreds of Brown Pelicans and gulls, including 7 Herring a GW. A RB Merganser was the most interesting duck and 14 Aleutian Cackling Geese were present.

Nick

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Unseasonal Black-Chinned

Thomas Turner
 

A couple people have pointed out that the hummingbird I saw at the Botanical Garden could also have been a Ruby-Throated, which seems true. I hope someone is motivated to look for it, as I can’t imagine when I can get back out there!

-Tom Turner

Goleta

Big raptor weekend

Nick Lethaby
 

All, 

I spent the weekend on the north coast and in the Cuyama in fruitless search for RL Hawk. I did see 19 Ferruginous Hawks, 2 Golden Eagles, 2 Merlin's, a Bald Eagle, a Prairie Falcon and a Peregrine. I was surprised to find 15 YH Blackbirds at Mitchell Road in Santa Maria.

Nick

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Alisos Road Sandhill Cranes and Burrowing Owl

John Callender
 

I was in the right place at the right time to see the continuing group of 6 Sandhill Cranes at Alisos Road north of Happy Canyon Road today. As I was walking the road I heard barking and then the trumpeting of cranes, and saw the birds fly out and land on the lawn of the house. A child then yelled at the dog that apparently had flushed the cranes into view, and the dog left them alone and the cranes presumably went back to the pond where they've reportedly been staying, but which is difficult to see from the road.

Photos in the eBird list below:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61541591

I also saw what I assume is the same Burrowing Owl that wintered in that location last year. No photos of that bird, unfortunately; I accidentally flushed it from near the road before I realized it was there, then couldn't relocate it after it flew to the west. Other highlights were a Vesper Sparrow, a Prairie Falcon, and a distant Golden Eagle.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Unseasonal Black-Chinned Hummingbird

Thomas Turner
 

We were at the Botanic Garden this morning and saw what appeared to be an adult male Black-Chinned Hummingbird. I am about 95% sure, but I didn’t eBird it because I think it would be exceptional for this time of year, and I didn’t actually see its gorget color. It was a big, long-necked hummingbird with a broad white band of feathers below the gorget and a long, slightly curved bill. It got my attention due to its flight sounds, which sounded a bit different than Anna’s or Allen’s. It was in the shade, so the gorget just looked black.

It was in the Manzanita Section, in the trees around the “book” of notes about pond insects. Let me know if you can confirm!

-Tom & Wren Turner

Goleta