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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


Re: [EXTERNAL] Additions to list of County Birds

Nick Lethaby
 

I think they would claim it must have been fed on the voyage etc. to have survived.

From: Wim van Dam [mailto:@wimvandam]
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:59 PM
To: Lethaby, Nick
Cc: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Additions to list of County Birds

Agreed, but according to ABA rules ship-assisted birds are sometimes okay:

http://listing.aba.org/aba-recording-rules/

(ii) A species observed far from its normal range may be counted if, in the observer’s best judgment and knowledge, it arrived there unassisted by man. A wild bird following or riding a ship at sea, without being captured, is considered traveling unassisted by man.

As far as I can tell that Hawfinch was never restrained.

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





On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 2:51 PM, Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...<mailto:nlethaby@...>> wrote:
In terms of going by “official” rules, which are relevant in county-by-county list comparisons, the Trumpeter Swan, Hawfinch, and BB Magpie are all out. I don’t think the AOU counts the teal as a separate species, although I think the Europeans do. Since we are subject to AOU definitions, that one is out as well.

The Whip-poor-will sp. should count IMO. The Sagebrush Sparrows should count as well, as the AOU has split that. The issue here is more the fact that some canascens are very similar to Sagebrush. I am happy enough with mine and Jamie’s bird looks fine too (and – importantly - the time of year is correct).

From: sbcobirding@...<mailto:sbcobirding@...> [mailto:sbcobirding@...<mailto:sbcobirding@...>] On Behalf Of Wim van Dam @wimvandam<mailto:@wimvandam> [sbcobirding]
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:42 PM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Additions to list of County Birds



Hurray us. The California Bird Records Committee accepted the Jouanin's Petrel that was caught in a net on Santa Barbara Island on June 1, 2016:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/conversations/messages/13494

This is obviously a new Santa Barbara County bird, and possibly a new state bird, or even a new old-style ABA (i.e. excluding Hawaii) bird. There is an earlier possible Jouanin's Petrel (2015-12-09, Santa Cruz County), but that one is still under review.

Assuming that Hugh's Le Conte's Sparrow will be accepted as well, we are
​new ​
getting really close to having 500 county birds. It's not straightforward to say how close
​,​
as the exact current number depends on
​one's opinions on t
he following:

(A) Does Eastern/Mexican Whip-poor-will
​ count as a tick?
(B) Do ship-assisted birds like Hawfinch and Black-billed Magpie count?
(C) Is Eurasian Teal its own species separate from Green-winged Teal?
(D) What about that 2004 Trumpeter Swan?
(E) And what about 2006 Sagebrush/Bell's Sparrow?

Besides the above A-E, are there any other county birds that are up for debate?



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


Re: [EXTERNAL] Additions to list of County Birds

Wim van Dam
 

Agreed, but according to ABA rules ship-assisted birds are sometimes okay:

http://listing.aba.org/aba-recording-rules/

(ii) A species observed far from its normal range may be counted if, in the
observer’s best judgment and knowledge, it arrived there unassisted by man.
A wild bird following or riding a ship at sea, without being captured, is
considered traveling unassisted by man.

As far as I can tell that Hawfinch was never restrained.

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

On Wed, Jan 24, 2018 at 2:51 PM, Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...> wrote:

In terms of going by “official” rules, which are relevant in
county-by-county list comparisons, the Trumpeter Swan, Hawfinch, and BB
Magpie are all out. I don’t think the AOU counts the teal as a separate
species, although I think the Europeans do. Since we are subject to AOU
definitions, that one is out as well.



The Whip-poor-will sp. should count IMO. The Sagebrush Sparrows should
count as well, as the AOU has split that. The issue here is more the fact
that some canascens are very similar to Sagebrush. I am happy enough with
mine and Jamie’s bird looks fine too (and – importantly - the time of year
is correct).



*From:* sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] *On
Behalf Of *Wim van Dam @wimvandam [sbcobirding]
*Sent:* Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:42 PM
*To:* SBCOBirding Group
*Subject:* [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Additions to list of County Birds






Hurray us. The California Bird Records Committee accepted the Jouanin's
Petrel that was caught in a net on Santa Barbara Island on June 1, 2016:



https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/conversations/messages/13494



This is obviously a new Santa Barbara County bird, and possibly a new
state bird, or even a new old-style ABA (i.e. excluding Hawaii) bird. There
is an earlier possible Jouanin's Petrel (2015-12-09, Santa Cruz County),
but that one is still under review.



Assuming that Hugh's Le Conte's Sparrow will be accepted as well, we are

​new ​

getting really close to having 500 county birds. It's not straightforward
to say how close

​,​

as the exact current number depends on

​one's opinions on t

he following:



(A) Does Eastern/Mexican Whip-poor-will

​ count as a tick?

(B) Do ship-assisted birds like Hawfinch and Black-billed Magpie count?

(C) Is Eurasian Teal its own species separate from Green-winged Teal?

(D) What about that 2004 Trumpeter Swan?

(E) And what about 2006 Sagebrush/Bell's Sparrow?



Besides the above A-E, are there any other county birds that are up for
debate?







Wim van Dam

Solvang, CA

---

SBCO #376+1: Pine Warbler


















Re: [EXTERNAL] Additions to list of County Birds

Nick Lethaby
 

In terms of going by “official” rules, which are relevant in county-by-county list comparisons, the Trumpeter Swan, Hawfinch, and BB Magpie are all out. I don’t think the AOU counts the teal as a separate species, although I think the Europeans do. Since we are subject to AOU definitions, that one is out as well.

The Whip-poor-will sp. should count IMO. The Sagebrush Sparrows should count as well, as the AOU has split that. The issue here is more the fact that some canascens are very similar to Sagebrush. I am happy enough with mine and Jamie’s bird looks fine too (and – importantly - the time of year is correct).

From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of Wim van Dam @wimvandam [sbcobirding]
Sent: Wednesday, January 24, 2018 2:42 PM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Additions to list of County Birds




Hurray us. The California Bird Records Committee accepted the Jouanin's Petrel that was caught in a net on Santa Barbara Island on June 1, 2016:

https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CALBIRDS/conversations/messages/13494

This is obviously a new Santa Barbara County bird, and possibly a new state bird, or even a new old-style ABA (i.e. excluding Hawaii) bird. There is an earlier possible Jouanin's Petrel (2015-12-09, Santa Cruz County), but that one is still under review.

Assuming that Hugh's Le Conte's Sparrow will be accepted as well, we are
​new ​
getting really close to having 500 county birds. It's not straightforward to say how close
​,​
as the exact current number depends on
​one's opinions on t
he following:

(A) Does Eastern/Mexican Whip-poor-will
​ count as a tick?
(B) Do ship-assisted birds like Hawfinch and Black-billed Magpie count?
(C) Is Eurasian Teal its own species separate from Green-winged Teal?
(D) What about that 2004 Trumpeter Swan?
(E) And what about 2006 Sagebrush/Bell's Sparrow?

Besides the above A-E, are there any other county birds that are up for debate?



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


Additions to list of County Birds

Wim van Dam
 

Hurray us. The California Bird Records Committee accepted the Jouanin's Petrel that was caught in a net on Santa Barbara Island on June 1, 2016: 


This is obviously a new Santa Barbara County bird, and possibly a new state bird, or even a new old-style ABA (i.e. excluding Hawaii) bird. There is an earlier possible Jouanin's Petrel (2015-12-09, Santa Cruz County), but that one is still under review.   

Assuming that Hugh's Le Conte's Sparrow will be accepted as well, we are
​new ​
getting really close to having 500 county birds. It's not straightforward to say how close
​,​
as the exact current number depends on
​one's opinions on t
he following: 

(A) Does Eastern/Mexican Whip-poor-will
​ count as a tick?
(B) Do ship-assisted birds like Hawfinch and Black-billed Magpie count?
(C) Is Eurasian Teal its own species separate from Green-winged Teal?
(D) What about that 2004 Trumpeter Swan?
(E) And what about 2006 Sagebrush/Bell's Sparrow?

Besides the above A-E, are there any other county birds that are up for debate?



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







Varied Thrush on Refugio Road

Thomas Turner <tomleeturner@...>
 

I had a VARIED THRUSH in Refugio Creek Canyon this morning, just across from Circle Bar B Ranch. It was pretty quiet otherwise, though the CANYON WRENS were talking, as usual.

Complete list (and not-great photo): http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42205598

Things were also pretty quiet closer to the freeway, around the first creek crossings area. The only bird of any note here was LCHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE. They have been uncommon but regular here all winter. This differs a bit from where I usually see them, as there are willows here but there aren’t any eucalyptus trees.


At Refugio State Beach, I saw a continuing NASHVILLE WARBLER. I have seen a wintering BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER there recently, too, but not today. There was also a RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER. It was in a eucalyptus tree full of sapsucker wells. I can’t remember having seen them make wells in eucalyptus before. 


One of the more interesting things I have learned by birding Refugio Road in Winter is about the concentration of Yellow-Rumped Warblers near Eucalyptus trees. They are the most abundant winter warbler at the state beach, by far. As soon as you go up the road away from the eucs, Orange-Crowned Warblers are the most abundant, followed by Townsend’s Warblers, with Yellow-Rumped Warblers only occasional. I wasn’t surprised to see the yellow-umps on the eucs, but I was surprised just how dramatically they disappear once you are in the more natural willow-sycamore-oak habitat. 

Tom

Goleta


Lark Bunting

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

Caught up with the LarB found at UCSB by Mark H 11/21/17 and finally managed some decent pictures. See Flickr link below if interested. 


Good birding,


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 22, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (2 reports)
- Green-winged Teal (Eurasian) (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)
- Orchard 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: wBird report

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

There's a dark RTHa around there sometimes. 


Good birding,

Brad Hacker
Goleta


...

On Tuesday, January 23, 2018, 12:00, Wim van Dam wim.van.dam@... [sbcobirding] wrote:

 


*** Species Summary:

- Short-tailed Hawk (1 report)

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) (1)
- Reported Jan 20, 2018 12:30 by Joe Lamson
- Goleta Butterfly Grove, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4233369,-119.8909664&ll=34.4233369,-119.8909664
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42179543
- Comments: "My wife and I viewed a light adult Short-tailed hawk sitting at the top of a eucalyptus tree at about 2:30 in the afternoon.  We determined this was a short-tailed hawk because its stocky body shape, bright white breast with no streaks and very black head and body. A thin white tail ban at the end of its tail was also present. We watched the bird through binoculars for several minutes before it flew off.  I previously saw a short-tailed hawk outside Klondike, Arizona in May of 2015."

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Sent from a phone


wBird report

Wim van Dam
 


*** Species Summary:

- Short-tailed Hawk (1 report)

NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Short-tailed Hawk (Buteo brachyurus) (1)
- Reported Jan 20, 2018 12:30 by Joe Lamson
- Goleta Butterfly Grove, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4233369,-119.8909664&ll=34.4233369,-119.8909664
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S42179543
- Comments: "My wife and I viewed a light adult Short-tailed hawk sitting at the top of a eucalyptus tree at about 2:30 in the afternoon.  We determined this was a short-tailed hawk because its stocky body shape, bright white breast with no streaks and very black head and body. A thin white tail ban at the end of its tail was also present. We watched the bird through binoculars for several minutes before it flew off.  I previously saw a short-tailed hawk outside Klondike, Arizona in May of 2015."

--

Sent from a phone


Yellow-crowned Night Herons continue

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve, Monday morning, January 22, 2018

Out for a morning walk, my wife and I observed two adult and two juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Herons on the Sandyland Cove Rd. bridge (restricted area).  These birds are surprisingly tame.  One juvie, 3' below us on a railing, was unperturbed as I took a number of photos at close range (see Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/59729301@N05/) and another startled us when it took off from a railing at our level; we hadn't noticed it was sitting there; we'd been there several minutes before it left.

Dredging continues.  This morning, one crane was working in Franklin Creek, 100 yds. south of the footbridge and one was on Santa Monica Creek 100 yds. south of the railroad bridge.  The crane and truck activity doesn't seem to disturb the birds very much.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


Devereux pelicans

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

A co-worker showed me a photograph of at least 14 White Pelicans from Devereux this AM. They were gone at lunch when I looked.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


Male Orchard Oriole persists

Mark Holmgren
 

Joan Lentz and I birding in Carpinteria refound the male Orchard Oriole along Santa Monica Creek about a block north of Via Real. It’s in the same Cape Honeysuckle as it’s been in before. We are standing at 34.40639 -119.52814.

From the Franklin Creek Bridge we spotted a Yellow-crowned Night-Heron that was standing on the Sandyland Cove Rd bridge (private) at 34.39734 -119.53094. Otherwise in Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park were Greater Roadrunner, 8 or so Blue-wing Teal. We did not see the Eurasian Green-winged Teal.

We missed Lucy’s Warbler at the LDS church.

Mark Holmgren
Carpinteria


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 21, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (2 reports)
- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Broad-billed Hummingbird (7 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (11 reports)
- Gray Catbird (4 reports)
- Nashville Warbler (2 reports)
- Yellow 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


Birding UCSB lagoon and Devereux slough this a.m.

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Got out to bird with Conor and Julie Scotland this morning.  The southeastern end of the UCSB Lagoon was packed with birds.  We dipped on the Lark Bunting, but were happy to see good numbers of Forster’s Terns and Bonaparte’s Gulls.  It seemed as though there was a run of feeder fish, since the Double-crested Cormorants along with some Red-breasted Mergansers were swimming and diving together in a group, and the Forster’s Terns and Bonaparte’s Gulls were joining in from above.  Very cool.
We were able to see a TROPICAL KINGBIRD at what is called the “eastern depression” (not sure how that name was arrived at) as it was flycatching from the cliffs, along with a Cassin’s Kingbird.  eBird list below:
A brief stop at Devereux produced another TROPICAL KINGBIRD on the west side of the slough perched on a post.  We tried to get a good look at a female type scaup that was actively feeding the whole time.  We felt one or two birds might’ve been good for Greater Scaup but we were reluctant to say for sure.
Both Tropical Kingbirds we saw are continuing individuals.
Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily> for Jan 20, 2018

Jamie Chavez
 

*** Species Summary:

- Garganey (5 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (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
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated   


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Devereux

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

The male Greater Scaup continues, as do the five Pintails.

Nick


Preisker Park, Santa Maria

Jamie Chavez
 

A quick dog walk around Preisker Park this morning was good for an unexpected PRAIRIE FALCON perched atop one of the bare sycamore trees in the SW corner of the park. In the same general area, I also located the continuing "Pink-sided" Junco in the junco flock moving through the pines.


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Goleta birding, 20 January

Dave Compton
 

This morning, the suddenly popular SUMMER TANAGER was calling from the east side of Maria Ygnacio Creek in eastern Goleta, in the general area where previously reported.

Not a lot else of interest. Lots of water, and good numbers of ducks, at Devereux. I saw Osprey at both Goleta Beach and then Devereux, maybe 20 minutes apart. The Goleta Beach Osprey flew over, moving west, and I wouldn't be surprised if they were the same bird. 

The only geese at Storke field were Canadas.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


White-winged Dove - Buellton

Peter Schneekloth
 

A White-winged Dove appeared at my feeders this morning. A few lousy pictures for the record I can post later, hopefully is stays around for something better.


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton