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Re: Cattle Egret at Goleta Beach

Mark Bright
 

Also saw the Cattle Egret at about 3:00 pm that Don and Marge reported at Goleta Slough. The American White Pelican was also present and easily seen from the viewing platform in the Goleta Beach Parking lot.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Cattle Egret at Goleta Beach

Marge and Don Thornton
 

Apologies for the late notice, I thought that we had sent a note earlier.  A little before 1 pm were were at Goleta Beach when we found a Cattle Egret across the slough from the parking lot viewing platform. There was also a grounded Osprey nearby. Picture at :
https://ebird.org/checklist/S66179493
Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta


Morning Birding

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning, I felt I had to do some birding to lift my spirits, so I checked out Area K, LLC, and Devereux/Coal Oil Point.  Glad to say none of the places were crowded and people were observing "social distancing" when you passed them on the path.

Area K still has a nice assortment of ducks, with the greatest number by far being Shovelers.  Also present were Canada Geese, Mallards, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Cinnamon Teal, Ruddy Ducks, and lots of Green-Winged Teal.  I heard Pied billed Grebes and a Sora sound off from the reeds.  The only shorebirds there were Black-necked Stilts.  I had hoped for a swallow show, but all I found was 1 pair of Rough-winged Swallows.  An Eared Grebe in full breeding plumage was diving in the deeper water.

At Lake Los Carneros, everything is singing and it looked and sounded like spring is in full swing.  Among notable sightings were a singing Townsend's Warbler, a Hooded Oriole,  singing Common Yellowthroats and Orange-crowned Warblers, singing Song and White-crowned Sparrows, and lots of Tree Swallows.  At least one pair was seriously investigating a nesting box.  One birder told me he had seen the elusive American Bittern this morning at the western corner of the lake next to the dam (not out when I went by).  Another described to me a bird he wasn't sure about that he'd found along the path lined with olive trees.  When he finished, I determined he'd seen the over-wintering Summer Tanager, apparently still around.  He said it sang briefly.  No Western Kingbirds sighted today.

Then I went to Devereux, where most of the ducks that had converged on the channel when the slough emptied have finally departed.   Still present are some American Wigeons, Cinnamon Teal, and Ruddy Ducks.  The Scaups have moved down the channel from the bridge and are hard to see.  I scoped them but could not pull up the Tufted Duck seen here earlier today.  I checked the small group of cormorants out on a mudflat north of the bridge and was able to pull out the Neotropic Cormorant when it finally stopped its constant preening and stood still for a while.

Finally, I took a scope out to Coal Oil Point.  We had a northwest wind that wasn't too bad to start and I was able to pick up some modest seabird movement offshore.  I had two groups of Surf Scoters, totaling 33 birds, 2 Common Loons, Several Brandt's Cormorants, and best of all two groups of Brant, totaling 17 in all.  But after about 20 minutes, the wind really picked up and though I could see birds were still moving, the blast was coming in behind my glasses, making my eyes water and it was very hard to see anything.  I packed it in after 40 minutes.  It's worth checking for seabirds again over the next few days providing the wind permits.

Florence Sanchez


Vaux's Swifts

Guy Tingos
 

I just saw 3 Vaux’s Swifts fly over my house. This is fairly early for this species, but they have already been reported north and south of us. There is also a push of White-throated Swifts and swallows into this strong NW wind.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara


Cattle Egret in breeding plumage at Devereux Slough

Dennis Doordan
 

I spotted a Cattle Egret in breeding plumage this morning (8:15am) at Devereux Slough near the “half” bridge. Orange plumes on head, breast, and lower back. First time I have seen a Cattle Egret at Devereux.

Dennis Doordan

Santa Barbara



More Mesa

Guy Tingos
 

At sunset today at More Mesa, Betsy and I saw 3 White-tailed Kites, 3 Northern Harriers, and the Short-eared Owl. Did not see the Burrowing Owl.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


Lompoc

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders.

I headed west to Lompoc to see what was going. I first stoped at the ponds on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. It is staring to get some water, but the duck numbers are rapidly dropping. We are down to
A pair of Cinnamon Teal
And a few pairs of Mallards along with pairs of Mallards. No
Trikes.

I then checked out the parking lot is La Purisima Golf Course. Surprisingly, it can be pretty good. It looks like their Sapsucker moved on and I missed the Roadrunner.
I then went up to Mission Hills Sewage and I did not make it in, bummer. So I cruised around Burton Mesa and the Harris Grade area looking for Bell’s Sparrow, no singers and no tapes another 2 Western Kings.
I then checked out the muddy Wrenwick Ave. that had no birds to mention.
I made an attempt to Ocean Park, and the gate was locked, which is cool unless you want to
Wade out to the parking lot.
I scoped the SYRE from the road above and Nick L is right their are stoic a bunch of ducks but they are spread out all over that estuary. The estuary May blow out, it is extremely full and the Santa Ynez River has a slow but steady flow after yesterday’s rain, I guess we will see!
I then barely lasted a 15 minute seawatch at Surf Beach ( open, with a plover monitor!) so it truly was a sea watch as I could see the sea well. The best bird in this session was a Gray Whale, 2 Pigeon Guillemots, a Pel-Cormorant, 100 plus Westen/Clark’s Grebes, 2 loon sp’s and decent number of Gulls feeding and rafting out too far to ID.
Then went on up to River Park saw one Western Kingbird while watching a Long-tailed Weasel for over an hour ( just out killing time) other birds seen were one Bullocks Oriole in a blooming Euc. Several Lesser, some Americans and 4 Lawrence’s Goldfinch.
Just to be clear about this little earlier than normal W. kingbird movement, I saw 6 on March 19th I’m the SYV. They should be here in full force next week.

Good birding.

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


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- Tufted Duck (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 14:00 by Bill Crowe
- Coal Oil Point--Devereux Beach and Sands Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071359,-119.8783064&ll=34.4071359,-119.8783064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66111112
- Comments: "Continuing bird. In center of slough loosely associated with lesser scaups. Too distant to photograph"

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Monday at Devereux

Hugh Ranson
 

The Neotropic Cormorant continues (roosting with Double-crested Cormorants on mud in the middle of the slough), though it was missing in action for quite some time--I believe it was fishing in the channel and therefore difficult to see. One feature I noticed when seeing the two species side-by-side was that the Neotropic's legs were considerably shorter and proportionally skinnier. 

Other birds present included a Caspian Tern and a pair of Pintail.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



White Pelican: Goleta Slough

Lori Gaskin
 

One white pelican is present as of 1:00pm slightly up channel of the drilling rig.

Lori Gaskin
Santa Barbara


Manning Park

Rob Hofberg
 

Around noon I checked out Manning Park. Several yellow-rumors warblers, 3 Townsend’s warblers, a ruby-crowned kinglet and a hermit thrush among the usuals.

At the bird refuge I found a leucistic house finch on the path near the freeway.

Rob Hofberg 


NCOS pelicans

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

There are 3 White Pelicans at NCOS.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Alice Keck Park birds.

Noah Gaines
 

3/23/20, On my walk down to Alice Keck Park, I found a nice flowering Eucalyptus on Micheltorena with a few male Rufous Hummingbirds.  At the park, highlights include 6 Chipping Sparrow and intermittent stream of swallows migrating overhead which included some Violet-green, (new species for this hotspot). 

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA


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- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 12:26 by John Callender
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66101467
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird, seen swimming in the main channel and then standing on the bank somewhat north of the half bridge. Smaller than nearby Double-crested Cormorants, dark lores, acute angle formed by bare skin on face, partial white border on the lower edge of the face."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 15:45 by Andrew McGrath
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66086091
- Comments: "on snag in water; smaller than DC cormorants w/ long tail; GB heron standing next to it provided size reference"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 13:23 by ANDREA BRUCE
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66072432
- Comments: "Continuing bird. In tree on north side of walking bridge near El Carro."

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Rufous Hummingbirds

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

I am starting to see a couple of males on Winchester Canyon the last two days. Overall Hummer numbers are low. However, if the recent rains haven't not yet triggered good flower growth in the interior, we could get a good migration. Things should get clearer once the cold cloudy weather ends next Thursday.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Shoreline Park - beach below

Ria Marsh
 

Looking down at the beach from above at Shoreline Park around noon, there was a group of Godwits, Sanderlings and a few Black Turnstones. Good to be outside!
Ria Marsh


Western Kingbirds

Steven Gaulin
 

This species seems to be starting to move through now. I see Wes Fritz had one in the SY Valley on the 19th and Noah Gaines had one at Lake Los Carneros the following day. I walked around the lake today (3/22/20) and had four Western Kingbirds south of the dam. This is an area where I have regularly found them in migration, often in loose aggregations.

Waterfowl were scare. Except for the numerous Am. Coots, there were a few mallards and N. Shovelers, two D-C Cormorants, one female Bufflehead, one Pied-billed Grebe, and the mute and hybrid swans. 

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Re: Nest w/ eggs

Michael Allen
 

Looks like robins eggs to me


On Mar 22, 2020, at 10:52 AM, Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...> wrote:


Does anyone know whose nest this is. Found in an orange tree in Ojai
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Nest w/ eggs

Rob Hofberg
 

Does anyone know whose nest this is. Found in an orange tree in Ojai


Re: Refugio Road from coast to valley, and swallows at TJ's

Ron Hirst
 

Hi Rebecca, I don't have the year handy but it's been about 8 years since I saw them there. A Merlin was at the top of my coast redwood yesterday where one sits every month or so. Calif thrashers acting very territorial in my yard the last few weeks and plucking worms(?) from lawn today. A few WC and GC Sparrows eating from suet feeder. Ron H. SB