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Ross's, Yellow, Western, Goldeneye

Paul Lehman
 

A morning of birding on Thursday unfortunately produced only a few minor birds of note. A new Yellow Warbler is along the railroad tracks behind the Hilton hotel and Chase Palm Park. That area actually has a fair number of birds and blooming trees although obviously it lacks a certain aesthetic. A Western Tanager was along Cliff Drive just east of Hope Ranch, there's a female-type Common Goldeneye on Laguna Blanca, and unfortunately outside the count circle there's a Ross's Goose grazing with the coots at the pond in front of the clubhouse at Sandpiper Golf course, where also hooded merganser. Still at least two yellow-crowned night-herons roosting with the black crowneds at Goleta Beach Park.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


eBird -- Lake Los Carneros Park -- Jan 2, 2020

Betsy Mooney
 

Lake Los Carneros Park
Jan 2, 2020
11:58 AM
Stationary
15 Minutes
All birds reported? No
Comments: Submitted from eBird for iOS, version 1.9.6 Build 18

1 American Bittern -- Continuing at SW corner. Look past second safety sign on fence into green reeds.

Number of Taxa: 1


Sent from my iPhone because I’m out birding.


American Bittern & Pine Siskins at LLC

Pete Wolf
 

Ran over this morning for a quick trip to see if I could find the bittern... I did... South West Cove.

In addition on the way out just West of La Patera road on the North side of the path I saw three Pine Siskins briefly before they flew down into the brush when a couple people walked by.


Casual Carp Birding

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park and Reserve, 6:30 AM, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020

Did some naked-eye birding on my walk this morning. Continuing Eared Grebe in Franklin Creek. WT Kite hovering over Basin 1, earlier over Linden Ave. field. No. Harrier seen for third time in a week over the Reserve (restricted area). Also, flushed a merganser sp. along the dirt road in the Reserve. An Am. Kestral has found a preferred perch along Sandyland Cove Road and has been there reliably on the past several mornings. An unusual number of Black Phoebes (8-ish) seen all along the trails in the Salt Marsh.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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1/1/2020 birds: Alice Keck Park; Bird Refuge

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I walk through Alice Keck Park at least once a day with my lab but today I returned to bird a bit.  I observed a  dark-eyed Junco female, Song Sparrow, and two Yellow-rumped Warblers in the area around the tipu trees and a Townsend's Warbler and a couple of Lesser Goldfinches bathing in the large fountain behind the Unity church (across Arrellaga st.).  In the afternoon I birded the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.  Noticeable in their absence were herons, egrets, stilts, and cormorants.  There were abundant shovelers, ruddy ducks, coots, and gulls.  I found many bushtits, house finches, a blue-gray gnatcatcher, a kingbird, and the regular common yellowthroat presented itself very briefly near the 3rd breeding platform.  I spent some time looking for the yellow warbler that Libby Patten had reported and found it in the exact location she described.  It was mostly in low shrubbery adjacent to bike path leading south from the parking lot.  That area had a lot of bottlebrush that was attracting anna's and allen's hummingbirds. I posted a few photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/


Carpinteria

Rob Denholtz
 

Carp Salt Marsh, 3:30 PM, Wednesday, Jan.1, 2020

Eared Grebe continues in Franklin Creek. No.Harrier spotted ranging low over Basin !.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria


Black-throated Gray Warbler

Hugh Ranson
 

A male in tipus outside Panda Express in La Cumbre shopping center.

A female Black-and-white Warbler continues in Bohnett Park.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Orchard, hooded, and Nashville

Paul Lehman
 

On January 1st, there's a female type orchard oriole in the large cape honeysuckle hedge that forms the western boundary of the Isla Vista Parks property directly across the street from Tipi Village in the 6700 block of Sueno Road in Isla Vista. A returning Nashville warbler probably for several years now is in the tipus behind 6509 pardall road. Earlier this morning I had a hooded Oriole on private property in montecito.

Paul Lehman, San Diego


Re: White Pelicans

Wes Fritz
 

Hi All,

Just to add to Rob’s report, there was one A. White Pelican at River Park in Lompoc today.

Good birding,

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

On Jan 1, 2020, at 1:48 PM, Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...> wrote:


Right now there is a flock of about 25 white pelicans soaring and circling over the area of the top of Micheltorena and near California street in the lower Riviera
Really beautiful!

Rob Hofberg


White Pelicans

Rob Hofberg
 

Right now there is a flock of about 25 white pelicans soaring and circling over the area of the top of Micheltorena and near California street in the lower Riviera
Really beautiful!

Rob Hofberg


continuing Northern Waterthrush

Larry Ballard
 

It's still along Carpinteria Creek at the northeast corner of the water treatment plant. I last saw the Solitary Sandpiper at Lake Jocelyn on 22 December.
Larry Ballard
Carpinteria CA


American Bittern

Guy Tingos
 

The bird is at the water’s edge at the SW corner of Lake Los Carneros. Easily seen.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA


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Guy Tingos
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Yellow Warbler at Bird Refuge

Libby Patten
 

This afternoon I was able to refind Joan Lentz’s recurring YEWA a short distance east of the parking lot.  It chipped a fair amount and was visible in the willows and even better in the short bottlebrush section north of the path, both near where the path turns the corner. There’s a bench there and so I sat and saw it bop back and forth between these two areas of foliage. 

At the SBMNH this morning, I also had Pine Siskin calling and Red-breasted Nuthatch. 

Libby Patten
Santa Barbara 




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Libby Patten
Santa Barbara


Count Week begins tomorrow!

Rebecca Coulter
 

Hello birders,
Tomorrow begins Count Week for the Santa Barbara CBC, which is this Saturday, January 4. This is the period three days before and three days after Count Day. Any species not observed on Saturday can be logged during this period, though not added to our total species count for the CBC. But it helps give us a better picture of birds present, particularly if CBC day itself has bad weather, etc. This year, however, Saturday’s forecast is calm and clear—fingers crossed for a perfect day of birding.

Many of you have already been out scouting—thank you. Please continue your efforts, as the unsettled weather over the past couple of weeks has pushed birds around a bit, and the increase in birding has turned up a few discoveries around the count circle. Here are a few places that need extra attention:
Hope Ranch
Fairview Gardens
Goleta Parks
UCSB campus
SB Cemetery
Bird Refuge
Alice Keck and other downtown parks
Foothill and mountain locations—see Wim Van Dam’s previous message

Look for warblers, orioles and tanagers in blooming eucalyptus, aloes, bottlebrush, and other exotics; listen for Yellow-rumped Warblers chipping in the tipu trees—often other warbler species associate with them; vegetable gardens and weedy patches hold sparrow flocks. Get out there and enjoy the glory of our Santa Barbara winter birding, and let us know what you find. For more information, visit our website:

Happy New Year, and hope to see you on Saturday!
Rebecca Coulter
SB CBC Compiler


Possible Nashville Warbler at NCOS, also Hooded Mergansers & Northern Harrier

Pete Wolf
 

At about 11:00 am on the North side of the path at 34.421605, -119.874587 there were lots of warblers and gnatcatchers in the area between the path and housing. There is a small "pond" just to the right from the recent rain. Lots of yellowthroats, yellow-rumped, and orange-crowned (including a couple  of immature or females). I briefly caught a glimpse of something I hadn't seen before... bright yellow body/chest with a distinct separation line to a gray head, pretty prominent eye ring. Lost sight of it for a bit but waited around and found it again. Briefly saw the back, wings were yellow but not quite as bright with some darker (gray-ish) markings. Immature or female yellowthroat is the only other thing I think it could be but it just did not look right... at least for my warbler ID'ing experience.
 
Got two pictures but they are not that great.
https://ebird.org/checklist/S62783918
 
If I am wrong or if this is not enough to confirm Nashville I'd appreciate the feedback.
 
Around noon three Hooded Mergansers (1 male) were being very photogenic just North of Phelps Bridge. Later the Harrier was "sparring/fighting" with a Red-tailed Hawk on the far West end of the open space... continuing the "fight" over Ellwood Mesa.


Santa Barbara Audubon Announcements - CBC Dinner Deadline and Free Talk on January 29, 2020 by Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg, Cornell Lab of Ornithology

Janice Levasheff
 

Dear all,

The deadline to buy your SB CBC dinner tickets has been extended to 11:59pm on January 1, 2020.  You have a choice of meat or vegetarian lasagna. Buy your tickets via our website here: https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/2019-christmas-bird-count-dinner/

Please remember to print out and bring your ticket with you.  Also, you are encouraged to bring your own beverage, as well as plate, cup, and utensils.  Water will be available.

Note that you may bring your own food instead of purchasing a dinner ticket. It is not necessary to purchase a dinner ticket in order to attend the dinner itself.


We also wanted to announce that on January 29, 2020 at 7:30pm, SBAS, UCSB Arts & Lectures' Thematic Learning Initiative, and the SB Museum of Natural History, are presenting a FREE talk by Dr. Kenneth Rosenberg from Cornell Lab of Ornithology.  The event will be in Fleischmann Auditorium at the S.B. Museum of Natural History.  No tickets are being sold; it's open seating, so it is recommended that you arrive on time.

Topic:  "Three Billion Birds Lost:  The Disappearance of North American Birds and What We Can Do About It".  Details can be found on our website here: 
https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/events/special-event-kenneth-rosenberg-three-billion-birds-lost/

We hope you can join us!

Good birding, especially on January 4, 2020!

Janice Levasheff
Membership Chair, Santa Barbara Audubon Society








RFI: montane species

Wim van Dam
 

This coming Saturday a small number of us birders will be searching and counting in the mountains. Both the birders-to-area and the birds-to-area is small in this area, so we can use all the help we can get. 

1. Does anyone have any update on La Cumbre Peak, and East Camino Cielo. I'm thinking here about Townsend's Solitaire, Mountain Quail, and Northern Pygmy-Owl. Does Gibraltar Reservoir show any American White Pelican and/or Common Merganser?
2. Does anyone have any update on Paradise Road? A Golden Eagle would be nice and it's always good to have a Rock Wren staked out. 
3. What about Brown Creeper, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Varied Thrush, Mountain Chickadee, etc? 

Email me if you can help the mountain team with this as we are in the final phase of scheduling things.

Thanks

Wim 
(Santa Barbara CBC Mountain coordinator)

      

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SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant


More Mesa

Guy Tingos
 

4 Northern Harriers (1 male) and 1 Short-eared Owl tonight.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


Re: Lucy's Warbler, and little else

Nick Lethaby
 

All,
The goose flock has been tricky lately. There are a few hanging out in the filed N of the USPS sorting building. I found a bigger flock a couple of days ago on the IV school playing field that contained the Aleutian. There seem to be far fewer Canada Geese wintering this winter. I haven't seen more than 70 at one time. Maybe there is a spot they are hanging out elsewhere. They are using the UCSB Stork playing fields much less than in previous years.

Nick

On Sat, Dec 28, 2019 at 3:25 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Around noon, I saw a Lucy's Warbler in the tipu trees on the east side of David Love Place, north of Francis Botello Rd, in Goleta (the light industrial area north of the airport). There was a decent size gull flock around the recycling center at the north end of David Love Place. Not much else at other stops, which included the Cabrillo Business Park (although the water and good size White-crowned flocks suggest some promise here) and Tecoloito Creek between Hollister and US 101. Also, no geese whatsoever at Storke Field, and no gulls of interest at Goleta Beach.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



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Goleta, CA

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Goleta, CA


Via Diego tipu trees have many warblers

Ron Hirst
 

Many Townsends (26) and YR Warblers (45) in 40 Tipu trees lining Via Diego off of La Colina Rd.  Couldn't find a BT Gray or Nashville or Lucy's but these trees are worth checking again. Red eucalyptus trees near Franceschi Park on Riviera hillside and elsewhere are blooming sparsely and may soon have a more profuse blush of flowers. The sooner the better.  Ron Hirst  SB