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White-crowned Sparrow Oddity

David Levasheff
 

For the past 15 years I have watched WCSPs come and go from my yard.

This year has been very odd. For the first several months of the fall I had only 4-5 individuals, and only one Juvenile. As the months progressed I saw a slow increase in  their numbers.

Yesterday was another day of typical frantic feeding as the time for migration approached. I must have had 15-20 individuals at once.

Today Janice and I have seen nary a one. Really really odd. All my past years there was an initial push out but several stragglers dwindling down to the last in the 2nd week of April. But today none!

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Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)
- Cattle Egret (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 06:57 by Guy Tingos
- 5049 Walnut Park Drive, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4508251,-119.7977167&ll=34.4508251,-119.7977167
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66182623
- Comments: "3 small Chaetura swifts flying low around a soaring Red-tailed Hawk. Brown overall, paler below. Quick wingbeat with little soaring. Too distant to hear any vocalizations."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 09:27 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/S66202402
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Among DC cormorants. Smaller in size w/ relatively small head."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 08:19 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/S66199992
- Comments: "Continuing on the mudflat next to the channel north of the half bridge. Noticeably smaller than nearby Double-crested Cormorants, dark lores, relatively long tail."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 18:09 by Linus Blomqvist
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66187275
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bird found earlier today. Will add photos."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 16:48 by Lori Gaskin
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66184254
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Cattle Egret perched on wooden post across from parking lot viewing platform."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:09 by Conor McMahon
- UC Santa Barbara--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66189895
- Comments: "Large bill, yellow extending into upper chest, less contrasting white throat than Cassin's; silent. Regular at this site."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 07:52 by Mark Holmgren
- UC Santa Barbara--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66184604
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On the west side of the lagoon. Large, long-tailed yellow-bellied Kingbird. Tail brownish and slightly forked. Bill large."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:03 by Linus Blomqvist
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66170593
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "See photos"

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Mission Creek outfall

Steven Gaulin
 

Maggie's recent post about dead seabirds prodded me to post about my visit to Mission Creek outfall yesterday afternoon. There were good numbers of Brown Pelicans, Black Skimmers and Western and CA Gulls on the beach, but no shorebirds. However, the observation that I found a little odd was a single female Red-breasted Merganser sitting on the sandy creek bank just S. of the bridge. She was not obviously oiled, but a merganser out of water (and not on a nest) made me wonder about possible health issues.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


another dead fulmar

Maggie Sherriffs
 

Yesterday Wren and I found a dead (correct me if I'm wrong) Northern Fulmar on the beach west of Campus Point: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40680263. Added to Noah and Hugh's observations that's three in one week, don't know how unusual that is.
There were actually 5-6 dead birds in a ~⅓ mile stretch of beach there (Brandt's Cormorant, Western Grebe, a couple of gulls...). None were visibly oiled.
Maggie Sherriffs
Goleta


On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 10:57 AerdaM Noah Gaines <Noahgaines@...> wrote:
3/20/20

I checked the mission Creek outflow and found a dead Northern Fulmar. 


3/19/20
A Western Kingbird was a Lake Los Carneros

The long continuing adult Iceland (Thayers) gull was seen at Alice Keck Park. 

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA


Alice Keck birds.

Noah Gaines
 

3/24/20, 

Another nice walk through Alice Keck Park this morning.  Good birds include, Myrtle Warbler, Chipping Sparrows, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. 

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA


Lompoc/Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

Today’s first stop was the ponds at Hwy246 and Campbell Road, 8 pairs of Cinnamon and one pair of Green-winged Teal and a pair of Ring-necked Ducks. Probably won’t count Mallards today.
I stoped off at another pond near 246 and Tularosa Road ( trespassing) and saw one male Tricolored Blackbird in with 30ish Brewers and a couple Red-winged Blackbirds.
Mission Hills Sewage, ( not open to public)
22 pairs of Bufflehead, 2 pair of Cinnamon, one pair of Blue-winged and one pair of Green-winged Teal and 20 pairs of Ring-necked Duck, still a gob of N Shovelers. 1 G Yellowlegs and Dowitcher that had barring along the flanks up into the rear flanks leading me to believe it was a Long-billed. The Great-tailed Grackles have completely taken over the giant reeds/tules with no less than 15 pairs.
The retention basin at Olive and “O” Street was completely dry?
I checked out the pond at the end of Moonglow in Vandenberg ( 34*41’20” 120*28’33”) it’s kinda hard to find. Nothing great here just a 2 Soras out walking around. A one song burst from a Bell’s Sparrow in the chaparral, I did not hang around,It’s been raining all morning.
I wanted to check out Punchbowl Pond at the end of Firefighter Road, but it is now gated and locked, I guess we can scratch this “former Trike colony off the list.
On a better note, the Loggerhead Shrike is still holding strong at Clark Ave and Hwy 1 in Old Orcutt.
I tried to get to the Tanglewood Pond, but the road was way too muddy and gnarly.
Stoped by the ever so sucky Jack O’Connell Park to look for John’s freaky duck. You can go to north end of the park
And walk up on the berm to
Look in to the Guadalupe Sewage Works, just a bunch of Gadwall and Mallards and a swarm of swallows. I could see two White Pelicans from the hill looking in the pasture pond. The agg fields were Ploverless again.
As I was headed out to
SMRE I could hear a Yellow Warbler singing constantly while listening to for other bird songs at willows by the kiosk. The estuary is way full and the birds are spread out. I did see 8 American Avocets some distant Scaup and the 7 Gulls I saw were all Western except on Glaucous-winged. I stoped by the willows and saw 2 Wilson Warblers getting their scrap on for territory?
I made my way to the Santa Maria Sewage Works and saw the “new”sign that says closes at 3:30, possibly just for entry. Also, the road is not repaired yet, maybe too much rain? Anyway it yielded 3 Greater White-fronted Geese, 4 Lesser Scaup, which is good for this location, one Lesser Yellowlegs about 40 Greaters, 26 BN Stilts 15 peeps 500+N Shovelers and the other expected ducks. The gull situation is a mess out there with 2 Mews remaining, 2 Thayer’s, glaucous-winged, Herrings and some misguided gull Parents making some freaky gulls.
Lastly, the Black Road flooded fields are flooded again and has decent numbers of birds. It could get good in the next few days. Well, it is already good. The light is best in the afternoons and it’s still safe to park.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
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Solvang CA


Re: Morning Birding

Linus Blomqvist
 

Hi all,

Just to follow up on the LLC sightings - I was the birder who'd seen the bittern. And while I was not the birder that Florence talked to about the summer tanager, I found it later in the Stow House garden. I put photos of both bittern and tanager on ebird. Checklist here. Also, there were (at least) two hooded orioles (I saw them at the same time).

After my walk around LLC, I went to Refugio Road where it crosses the stream and had a good look at a rose-breasted grosbeak. Unfortunately it flew off the moment I got my camera out, so I don't have any photos, but I included a fairly detailed description in my ebird checklist here.

Linus
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On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 2:51 PM Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
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


Hooded Oriole at LLC - Good to be out birding

Betsy Mooney
 

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*** Species Summary:

- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (2 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 12:20 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S66152521
- Comments: "Small immature cormorant in the midst of Double-crested Cormorants of various ages. Bill shorter, neck thinner, legs shorter and thinner that DcCo around it. Tail slightly longer in some views I had of the bird."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:03 by Linus Blomqvist
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66170593
- Comments: "Continuing bird, perched in reeds in southwest corner of the lake. Will add photos."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:00 by Dennis Doordan
- 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/S66170157
- Comments: "breeding plumage, near the half-bridge"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 12:47 by margeNdon thornton
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66179493
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "white with rufous crown and rufous plumes down the back. Short yellow beak, dark legs."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 18:47 by Guy Tingos
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66152400
- Comments: "Continuing"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 18:47 by Betsy Moles
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66152427
- Comments: "Continuing"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 11:53 by Linus Blomqvist
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66175155
- Comments: "In the trees by the creek just south of where the road crosses the creek. Watched it for about 30-60 seconds and got a good look, but it flew off just as I was getting out my camera so I have no photos. Slightly larger than a sparrow with bulky head and very fat, triangular, light colored bill. Upperparts mostly black but slightly mottled with brown. White underparts/belly with slight streaking on the side. Fat white wingbar and striking pink/red-ish (rose is an apt description of the color) patch on breast. Head and uppermost part of breast black with some brown, and a vestige of a supercilium. The presence of brown in the dark/black parts of the plumage suggests it's an immature male, perhaps a second year."

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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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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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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