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Photographer acting poorly on More Mesa

Guy Tingos
 

A photographer was actively harassing the Short-eared Owl at sunset on More Mesa this evening. She ran up to the perched bird several times and put the bird to flight each time. I was not able to get near enough to comment to her on her behavior.

Please do not respond to this post to the entire group. This is not meant to start a thread on photographing birds and ethics; I just wanted to bring this to the group’s attention.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


'Gray-headed' Junco at Bradbury Dam Overlook

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Gayle and I found a 'Gray-headed' Dark-eyed Junco feeding with a flock of 10+ Juncos near the Bradbury Dam overlook this am (Fri).  According to Lehman this variant is "a very rare fall transient and winter visitor" to our area.

Photos at;
https://flic.kr/p/2kifKjB

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Goleta on Friday

Robert Lindsay
 

Looked for, but missed, the Solitary Sandpiper at the Patterson Bridge at 9:30.

From there went to Isla Vista where there were three Hooded Merganser (two male) in the pond by the old BofA building.

Went next to the field behind all the student housing near the UCSB Stadium. There were 156 Canada Geese but I could not find a Cackling Goose or Snow Goose among them. The field also had an abundance of American Pipit and one Wilson's Snipe.

Returned to the Patterson Bridge about 10:30 (thanks for the alert Peggy) and got a few very distant looks at the Solitary Sandpiper.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay


Eurasian Wigeon UCSB Lagoon

Glenn Kincaid
 

This morning during the monthly UCSB Lagoon survey Dan Fontaine spotted an adult male Eurasian Wigeon. I was able to refind it later in the same area, on the North side of the lagoon near the Cormorant roost below San Nicholas residence hall.

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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


Re: Solitary Sandpiper Continues in Atascadero Creek at Patterson Ave

Ron Hirst
 

Hi, I got a few high res photos which I shared with Hugh, Dave and Nick.  Since there has never been one on SB Xmas count I request people watch it from a distance. Thank you & stay safe, Ron Hirst, SB


Re: Solitary Sandpiper Continues in Atascadero Creek at Patterson Ave

Wim van Dam
 

Given that it is winter, I have to ask: did people double check that this is not something even better like Wood or Green Sandpiper?

Wim

On Thu, Dec 17, 2020 at 11:03 AM David Blue <davidvblue@...> wrote:

The Solitary Sandpiper continues in Atascadero Creek at Patterson Ave. Last seen still foraging at 10:46 AM looking west from the bridge.


David Blue

Goleta


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #389: Cassin's Finch


Happy Canyon Rd, 2020-12-17

Wim van Dam
 

This Thursday morning I checked out Happy Caynon Rd x Alisos Rd. While I didn't find anything unusual, I did get a good hail of raptors with WHITE-TAILED KITE (2), NORTHERN HARRIER (male adult), COOPER'S HAWK, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, RED-TAILED HAWK, FERRUGINOUS HAWK. Hawk-like birds were an AMERICAN KESTREL and a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. 

The grapevines at this location are loaded with YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WESTERN BLUEBIRD, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. I did not see any American Pipit or Horned Lark. 

Wim 

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SBCO #389: Cassin's Finch


Solitary Sandpiper Continues in Atascadero Creek at Patterson Ave

David Blue
 

The Solitary Sandpiper continues in Atascadero Creek at Patterson Ave. Last seen still foraging at 10:46 AM looking west from the bridge.


David Blue

Goleta


Solitary Sandpiper Chestnut-backed Chickadees

Jay “Bluejay” Bishop
 
Edited

Hello All,
Just west from Patterson Bridge on Atascadero creek, I refound the Solitary Sandpiper. I could see it from the bridge. 130pm -2:45pm. Last little mud island in center of the creek. Also two different Chickadees between there and Ward st.
One fox Sparrow (Sooty).
The Thortons put me on 4 Hooded Mergansers just East from the bridge. One male.
Jay bishop
Santa Barbara


Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch

Betsy Mooney
 

I observed one Red-breasted Nuthatch at Bella Vista Open Space on October 19, 2020, but none since then. 

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

On Tue, Dec 15, 2020 at 6:15 PM Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...> wrote:
I imagined we'd be overrun with nuthatches this year, but I have seen very few reports on this forum. Are birders seeing (hearing) RB Nuts? I heard my first of the season this afternoon at the Page Youth Center.

I found the 4 Chipping Sparrows seen earlier by David; they were by the Food Bank, feeding under a Tipu tree. There are bunches of Townsend's Warblers. I saw 6 in one tree and 5 in another, and several more in the other Tipus..

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

I saw and heard a few in River Park near Kiwani's Lake in Lompoc,
yesterday. Got a photo of one. Very busy foraging in pines with some
Ruby-crowned Kinglets.


I haven't been reporting my sightings lately because it's been pretty
hectic and have only gone out a few times in recent days.

Lisa


On Wed, 16 Dec 2020 02:15:50 +0000, Hugh Ranson <zonetail@sbceo.org>
wrote:
I imagined we'd be overrun with nuthatches this year, but I have seen
very few reports on this forum. Are birders seeing (hearing) RB Nuts? I
heard my first of the season this afternoon at the Page Youth Center.
I found the 4 Chipping Sparrows seen earlier by David; they were by the
Food Bank, feeding under a Tipu tree. There are bunches of Townsend's
Warblers. I saw 6 in one tree and 5 in another, and several more in the
other Tipus..
Hugh RansonSanta Barbara



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Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


Re: Red-breasted Nuthatch

Libby Patten
 

Hugh,
I’ve heard and seen RB Nuts in most woodland spots since mid-October, usually in or near pines, but unlike earlier in the year when I’d find several, usually it’s only one or two now. I’ve had them at all of these spots in the last two months: Carp Creek, Ortega Ridge, LogMeIn, Coronado Dr., Bella Vista, NCOS, Stow Grove and San Pedro Creek.  Lately, in terms of montane species, I’ve been finding a lot more Pine Siskin.


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On Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 6:15 PM, Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...> wrote:

I imagined we'd be overrun with nuthatches this year, but I have seen very few reports on this forum. Are birders seeing (hearing) RB Nuts? I heard my first of the season this afternoon at the Page Youth Center.

I found the 4 Chipping Sparrows seen earlier by David; they were by the Food Bank, feeding under a Tipu tree. There are bunches of Townsend's Warblers. I saw 6 in one tree and 5 in another, and several more in the other Tipus..

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



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Libby Patten
Santa Barbara


Red-breasted Nuthatch

Hugh Ranson
 

I imagined we'd be overrun with nuthatches this year, but I have seen very few reports on this forum. Are birders seeing (hearing) RB Nuts? I heard my first of the season this afternoon at the Page Youth Center.

I found the 4 Chipping Sparrows seen earlier by David; they were by the Food Bank, feeding under a Tipu tree. There are bunches of Townsend's Warblers. I saw 6 in one tree and 5 in another, and several more in the other Tipus..

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2020 08:44 by Deann Purcell
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77520434
- Comments: "Cont. bird in the usual dead tree at water’s edge between 2nd & 3rd platform."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 14, 2020 08:27 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77501182
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At the Phelps Creek Bridge at 11:15 AM."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 14, 2020 12:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Rancho Sisquoc Winery (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8403479,-120.2100313&ll=34.8403479,-120.2100313
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77494631
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "In exactly the same location as three months ago. Presumably this is the same bird. Note that in September it has juvenile plumage, while now it has adult plumage. Quite retiring, so easy to miss. Still located right at the gate to property, sheltering in dense grasses, and foraging in agricultural field with other sparrows"

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Re: Page youth center Wilson Snipe

David Levasheff
 

Also 3Chipping Sparrows in bull pen area of western ball field.

David

On Dec 15, 2020, at 09:24, David Levasheff via groups.io <levaweb=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

In the eastern ball field.

David


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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara




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Santa Barbara


Page youth center Wilson Snipe

David Levasheff
 

In the eastern ball field.

David


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Santa Barbara


Male Hooded Merganser

Noah Gaines
 

12.15.20

A male Hooded Merganser has joined the group at Alice Keck. All were very active this morning catching and eating crawfish.

Noah Gaines
SB CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Cassin's Finch (1 report)

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Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1)
- Reported Dec 13, 2020 12:16 by Mario Borunda
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77457554
- Comments: "Black head and chin. Purple throat clear and distinctive."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 13, 2020 08:30 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S77447514
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen in the trees behind the Ucen. Large beak, yellow underneath up to the white throat."

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (1)
- Reported Dec 14, 2020 08:52 by Shawn Mcvicar
- Backyard, Santa Barbara, California
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- Comments: "One male In my backyard feeder"

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Rock Wren, Edwards Point Gaviota Coast

Mark Bright
 

Yesterday afternoon we found a Rock Wren in the large boulders along the high tide line at Edward's Point which is about 2.5 miles east of the point at El Capitan State Beach. The minus tide made access possible to this somewhat remote spot. Also two male Surf Scoters and one Common Loon were right off Edward's Point.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Late post from Goleta

Robert Lindsay
 

Early yesterday morning (12/13) walked by the continuing, non-countable Bobwhite in the region near the farm museum at LLC.

Around 9:30 am I was at the channel just below the end of Atascadero Creek (end of Ward Drive) where there was a single female Hooded Merganser and, nearby, a Tropical Kingbird. Both species seem unusually abundant this year. No other noteworthy species seen. Checked Atascadero Creek on both sides of the Patterson Bridge. All the reed beds have been removed and there were few birds around and none worth noting.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

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