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Re: Bird Refuge puzzler

Rebecca Coulter
 

It really says Common Yellowthroat to me, too, but what about that bright yellow tail? Could it be a hybrid, leucistic or not? And if so, of the wood warblers, couldn't only Yellow Warbler contribute the yellow tail? Fascinating. 

Rebecca Coulter
SB

On Nov 3, 2019, at 11:25 AM, Glenn Kincaid <glenn@...> wrote:

I agree leucistic warbler, possibly yellowthroat?

On Nov 3, 2019, at 12:20 PM, Bradley Hacker <hacker@...> wrote:


One of my camera bodies is misbehaving and I have been trying to diagnose the problem before sending it back to Canon, so today I went down to the SW corner of the AC Birdless Refuge to shoot the Canary reported by Mark H and others in recent days. No problem finding a pale yellow bird. But, the bird I found is not a canary, but a leucistic warbler, I think.
* Is it a leucistic warbler?
* Nashville??
* Is this the same bird as the Canary?
(warning: pictures are bad)

(This bird was originally mistakenly reported by me from an incorrect location; please disregard.)
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University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


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Goleta CA
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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Re: Bird Refuge puzzler

Glenn Kincaid
 

I agree leucistic warbler, possibly yellowthroat?

On Nov 3, 2019, at 12:20 PM, Bradley Hacker <hacker@...> wrote:


One of my camera bodies is misbehaving and I have been trying to diagnose the problem before sending it back to Canon, so today I went down to the SW corner of the AC Birdless Refuge to shoot the Canary reported by Mark H and others in recent days. No problem finding a pale yellow bird. But, the bird I found is not a canary, but a leucistic warbler, I think.
* Is it a leucistic warbler?
* Nashville??
* Is this the same bird as the Canary?
(warning: pictures are bad)

(This bird was originally mistakenly reported by me from an incorrect location; please disregard.)
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Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums

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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Bird Refuge puzzler

Bradley Hacker
 

One of my camera bodies is misbehaving and I have been trying to diagnose the problem before sending it back to Canon, so today I went down to the SW corner of the AC Birdless Refuge to shoot the Canary reported by Mark H and others in recent days. No problem finding a pale yellow bird. But, the bird I found is not a canary, but a leucistic warbler, I think.
* Is it a leucistic warbler?
* Nashville??
* Is this the same bird as the Canary?
(warning: pictures are bad)

(This bird was originally mistakenly reported by me from an incorrect location; please disregard.)
--
 ________________________________________________________

Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums

White-throated Swifts

Steven Gaulin
 

Yesterday (11/2/19) I saw two flying over the high bridge on Foothill Road that crosses Steven's Park in the San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara. I suspect they nest under this bridge but was mildly surprised to see them there at this season. Perhaps just a coincidence.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

No waterthrush today at Bird Refuge

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi Birders:
Marilyn Harding & I walked from the parking lot at the Bird Refuge to the southwest corner to look for Mark Holmgren’s Northern Waterthrush seen yesterday. No luck today, but we did see the yellow “canary” he mentioned, an escaped bird, so we were in the right location. We were joined by Marge & Don Thornton also looking for the waterthrush.
Yesterday, before I realized how smoky the air had become, I stopped at the patch of pines on Ortega Ridge Rd, where I heard at least 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches. It’s interesting that they’re unaccompanied this year by other montane species such as chickadees or Pygmy Nuthatches, as Dave mentioned in his post about Figueroa Mtn.
Loureyro Rd where Romero Creek crosses is still good with running water & common birds bathing.
Lastly, in my garden where seed and water is very available, I had NO White-crowned Sparrows on a list I made this evening!

Good birding!
Joan Lentz

Figueroa Mtn and Ranger Peak

Dave Compton
 

I drove Figueroa Mtn Rd this morning and early afternoon, and I made a couple of extended stops, one along the road in the conifer forest at Ranger Peak and one along Catway Rd. The most notable birds were probably a single TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE at Ranger Peak, several Golden-crowned Kinglets at both places, and 2-3 flyover Pine Siskins at both stops. It will likely surprise no one that Red-breasted Nuthatches were abundant at both stops. Hard to know how many there were, but my eBird checklists included 18 at Ranger Peak and 10 at Catway Rd (all of the latter in a small area about a quarter mile from Figueroa Mtn Rd). 

Other than these species, there were almost no montane species anywhere. Not only were there no Pygmy Nuthatches, but there were no Mountain Chickadees to be found. Just two or three Steller's Jays at each of the two main stops and a couple of Hairy Woodpeckers at Catway Rd. 

It's pretty normal to have Townsend's Solitaire at Ranger Peak, and a few Pine Siskins in November is pretty normal, too. We've had one report of a Red Crossbill, but a check of eBird shows that the occurrences of that species in southern California this fall are not out of the ordinary. Seems like the big influx of Red-breasted Nutnatches isn't being paralleled in the occurrence of any other montane species.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Lompoc area

Nick Lethaby
 

I had a Prairie Falcon along Miguelito Canyon. No Varied Thrushes at the park. I walked the beach between between the river mouth and Wall Beach hoping for Mountain Plover, but no luck. Not much in the river mouth, about 6 Dunlin, 2 Avocet, and 14 LB Dowitchers.

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Pine Siskins moving in, 2019-11-02

Wim van Dam
 

As was to be expected given the abundant Red-breasted Nuthatches this Fall, PINE SISKINs are moving in as well. I had two of them at my Solvang feeder today. 

Wim

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Black-and-White Warbler

Hugh Ranson
 


This morning there was a Black-and-White Warbler at Bohnett Park which is on the westside of Santa Barbara. It was along the creek at the east (Anapamu St) end. Also there was a Red-breasted Nuthatch.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara

SYV Osprey

Jerry Rounds
 

Late yesterday (11/1) afternoon an Osprey was on the telephone (actually cable TV) wires along Calzada, east of 154, eating a 10" fish. I don't know of any nearby water.
Jerry Rounds

East Beach this morning

Mark Holmgren
 

This morning starting at the SW corner of the Andree Clark Bird Refuge (closest to the beach volleyball courts), I walked all of East Beach hoping to see Dika’s Mountain Plover from two days ago.  I did not find it.  I was thinking that the recent cold weather might have pushed some gulls, loons, or ducks our way.  That did not seem to be happening.

 

But at this corner of the Bird Refuge was a Northern Waterthrush (photos attached). On East Beach I counted about 170 Black Skimmers, 33 Snowy Plovers (in one flock at 34.41351 -119.68422), 2 Royal Terns, and zero Mew Gulls.

 

 Monthly COPR Bird Survey with Jessica Nielsen. Our intent is to survey only the birds using the slough bottom. Other species were ignored. We scoped from the Venoco Road bridge, from the northern pullout along Slough Road, from the half bridge, and from the south end of the slough channel. The slough is 95% dry N of the half-bridge. Weather was sunny, clear, and mid-60sF.  Mission Creek outflow was not too birdy.

 

Mark Holmgren

SM Pass

Buffleheads

Steven Gaulin
 

More or less on schedule, there were two handsome males at Goleta Slough this afternoon

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

Goleta Beach birds

Ron Hirst
 

Today a Peregrine often chased pigeons resident on the pier, an Osprey flew by, and a committee of Vultures eyed a dead seal.. The vultures are planning a wake. In the last couple weeks a Peregrine, tens of godwits, whimbrels, and 12 LB curlews. A Glaucous-winged Gull adult has been around for a week. Hundred+ Cowbirds. 10 or so BC Night Herons and possible juvenile YC Night Heron. Tens of Snowy Egrets, some GB Herons and Great Egrets. 14 Greater Yellowlegs and 46 BN Stilts were a high count. No ducks in channel yet. Ron Hirst, SB

LLC & Stow Grove

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked out these spots this morning.  It was a lovely day to bird and there was abundant bird activity throughout the Park at LLC, though I found nothing rare.  Habitat is excellent for wintering birds with lots of berries, olives, good lake level, and a couple of eucalyptus coming into bloom.   NOt much variety in ducks yet.

At Stow Grove, it was fairly quiet, but it was also almost 11 a.m. when I got there, so that was to be expected.  No sign of any Sapsuckers--just lots of Acorn Woodpeckers and a single Nuttall's.  The most interesting feature at this location is an oozing water pipe that was pulling in lots of birds.  Again, I didn't see anything unexpected, but the variety was nice and it would be a good venue for a "big sit."  Just bring a chair, sit and relax, and see what comes in during the morning. 

The pipe is at the west end of the redwood section, just before a big pile of wood chips.  IT is in an area surrounded by wood rail fence and has several dead young redwoods in the enclosre.  The pipe is tall and should have a rainbird head on it, but the head is missing and water is seeping down the length of the pipe.  Consequently, birds catch what drinks they can from top to bottom, wherever they can get a good perch.  Species I saw visit the pipe over a brief time were Acorn Woodpecker, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Dark-eyed Junco, Yellow-rumped Warbler, Townsend's Warbler, House Finch, and Lesser Goldfinch.

Florence Sanchez

Plumbeous Vireo at Ellwood Mesa Open Space

Ryan Seppala
 

Just had a Plumbeous Vireo at the Ellwood Mesa Open Space in Goleta, in the ravine past the beach access sign. It was only a short ways down, in the first small pine on the right side of the trail as well as some nearby shrubs. 


Approx coordinates: 34.4205, -119.8935

Ryan Seppala
UCSB

Santa Maria Valley

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

 Cruz Phillips and I bounced around the SMV yesterday 10-30-19 and saw a few cool birds.
 
We started at the Los Alamos County Park in Los Alamos and it was kinda birdy, but nothing notable.
  The first bird was an Osprey perched on a Oak Tree on Hwy 135 near Hwy (1) this seemed very odd for this specie at this location.
  Our next stop was at the Tanglewood pond, the only note worthy birds were a very distant Scaup and 6 American Wigeon.
  We then checked out the Black Road formally Flooded Fields. Well, they are no longer grass fields, they have been tilled to bare dirt. But they are irrigating the dirt clods. We then moved over the Santa Maria Sewage Works, here we saw 4 Mew Gulls and you American Herring Gulls.
  We then hit up Jack O’Connell Park, not too sucky this time. We saw 20ish Wilson’s Snipe and a plover that looked a Pacific Golden Plover, but when we tried to get closer, it flew away with a few Black-bellied Plovers, or morphed into a Black-bellied Plover. We then checked the agg fields west of the park and had 4 Lapland Longspurs flying above us and in and out with the Horned Larks. The Black-bellied Plover flock was is pretty impressive, I counted 197 birds one by one. They were distant and I could have easily overlooked the Pacific Golden Plovers. We also had a conservative count of 150 Tricolored Blackbirds.
  Further west at the Blue Barn pastures ( trespassing?- not the angry cattle rancher pastures) we saw one Ferruginous Hawk.
 We then turned our focus on the Pipit flocks. We found lots of small flocks, but the big flock was on W. Betteravia Road, near the train tracks or across from Hayward Lumber. There is a large field on the north side of Betteravia. Cruz counted 19 Red-tailed Hawks many were on the ground. I guess the odd thing about all of these Red-tailed Hawks was they were mostly juveniles. We also had a few large flocks of American Pipits. There was one particular Pipit that was marked fairly well with darker streaking, very white wing bars and bright pink legs. We could not get a photo of this Pipit. So, if anybody is birding this field look
at all the pipits.

Today at the corner of Clark and Hwy 1 in Orcutt there was a kettle of 7 Red-tailed Hawks.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
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Solvang CA.

Magpie

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

I had a (presumed) Yellow-billed Magpie from the freeway between El Cap and Refugio this AM. I drove back on the side road to the spot but it was gone. Nothing at Gaviota. The stream mouth has blown out so drinking spots are available all along the creek now rather than just 1-2 spots.

 

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NCOS, Coronado Seep - Thursday

Robert Lindsay
 

10/31 - 8:30-10:30 am

Started at NCOS. White-crowned Sparrows are abundant, Yellow-rumped Warblers numerous (one Myrtle), and Scaley-breasted Munia populate every patch of reeds. Not much to report. A Black-necked Stilt, 8 Least Sandpiper and several Killdeer were the only shorebirds seen. Every duck was a Mallard. One House Wren. One Cassin's Kingbird. Only species of note was two Sora on the shore of the pond near the entrance. 49 Canada Geese flew in as I was nearing departure.

The Coronado seep is reduced to a small puddle at the mouth of the drain pipe. In 1/2 an hour the only birds that came were a single California Towhee and 2 Red-breasted Nuthatch.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

North Campus Open Space NCOS

Mark Bright
 

Wednesday morning Oct. 30 the Palm Warbler seen by others on previous days was close to the western most bridge over Phelps Creek. Also present in the tules at this same location under the bridge was a very active Marsh Wren. Later at the first pull-out at Devereux Slough there was a single American Avocet way out foraging in the water.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

quiet morning at La Cumbre Peak

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked the area around La Cumbre Peak this morning and it was pretty dead.  There was nothing going on at the communication Station--I was hard-pressed to even turn up a couple of Scrub Jays.  Nothing feeding on the abundant crop of Madrone berries behind the station. The forest at the peak was also almost devoid of activity.  I walked east on Camino Cielo to a point where the pines start to thin and it was the same story, though I did have a brief encounter with a Hairy Woodpecker (the only woodpecker found today).  Coming back, I finally heard a single Steller's Jay.  NO sign of other mountain birds, including nuthatches.

This happens up there from time to time and hopefully is not a sign of more dead days to come.

Nothing visible on Gibraltar reservoir below.

Florence Sanchez