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Apparent Neotropic Cormorant

Hugh Ranson
 

I saw that appears to be a Neotropic Cormorant at Devereux today. It was resting on the mud with Double-cresteds, but was quite distant. Photo here, the bird on the left:


Hugh Ranson 
Santa Barbara



Northern Fulmar, Iceland Gull, Western Kingbird.

Noah Gaines
 

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


Re: FOS Hooded Oriole

Christopher Kibler
 

I also saw a Hooded Oriole at UCSB yesterday.

Chris
Goleta


Refugio Canyon and other birding stuff

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

Yesterday March 18th I finally decided to go look at the Tufted Duck. In doing this I started birding at Gaviota, no birds to report, the Refugio State Beach, no birds, the Sandpiper Golf Course had 23 Whimbrel and 9 Long-Billed Curlews not much else. I finally made it to Devereux Slough and did not see the Tufted Duck, but there were many birders out birding and it was good to see them. The only real note for this location would be about 200 Western Sandpipers. I then made it it over to Area K and L and it was not too exciting, so I moved over to Goleta Slough and saw it was empty too and saw a couple more birding friends, I checked out Rancho Goleta still no Tufted Duck. I then checked out LLC and saw more birding friends, I made it over to La Pattera Pond (trespassing) and since the fence has been installed around it it might have nesting ducks this year. So I moved over to Glenn Anne Golf Course I could hear PAC-slope Flys singing from inside the creek and at the golf course pond there was a Chen Goose, from the distance and compared to its size next to the Canada Geese and it’s triangle shaped bill, I’m kinda thinking Ross’s Goose? So then I hit up Farren Road to look at the pond and just a few Ring-necked Ducks. So, with all the birders out birding and no one saw the Tufted Duck, it may have departed. If anybody happens to see this duck it would be good to report it so we have its last seen date.

Refugio Canyon on the north drainage side is really going off. They have finished all the bridges and have removed the barricade. They have removed a few trees and have replanted some new ones, they have also removed the old corral. It really looks different, but cool. I guess the best bird was a singing Bullock’s Oriole, the pair of Golden Eagles were being strafed by a Red-tailed Hawk, singing Warbling Vireos, Purple Finch and Pac-slope Flys just a bunch of birds carrying nesting material and lots of bird in song. There were also a decent amount of Lawrences Goldfinches in the Fiddleneck near the ranch house after you cross the river from the Solvang side. This area is probably the most consistent spot to see lots of Lawrence’s Goldfinch in district I especially in early spring and summer. Oh yes! I saw more birders!
So I decided to see what other birds could be seen today in the off and on rain we were having in the SYV. Only a couple sapsuckers ( raining) one Vesper Sparrow, lots of Lark Sparrows. I also saw 3 pair of Western Kingbirds and saw my first W. Kingbird on March 6th on Foxen Canyon Road. There are still several Say’s Phoebes out there, I looked for the LH Shrikes, I guess they have left, too bad! I guess the biggest surprise was a Red-breasted Nuthatch on Baseline Road. There was a good push of White-throated Swifts and most all the swallows, but I have been seeing these for about ten days now.

This could be a great year to work on the breeding bird deal that Mark and Adrian are working on, and with so many of us out there birding and the shelter in place in play right now. I’m just trying to turn a negative into a positive.

Report your birds and good birding.

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


Sandspit Snowy Plovers continue

Hugh Ranson
 

The 24 Snowy Plovers continue at the SB Harbor sandspit, including the color banded male. I reported the color combination and already heard back. This is the history: 

This bird was captive reared by Santa Barbara Zoo and released at Coal Oil Point on 8/30/2019 and was last seen at that location on 9/10/2019. 

This flock of plovers has been present for (at least) nearly a month. A pair nested at this location in 2005, the first nesting within the City of Santa Barbara since 1933. I contacted Chris Dellith from Fish and Wildlife to see if these birds are entitled to protection--human disturbance is one of the primary reasons for nest failure. He sounded pretty excited and is going to pass on the information.  Mark Holmgren is putting the word out to SB Audubon Society. With the virus looking to dampen tourism in town, this might be the year to fence part of the beach to give the birds a chance. Or perhaps the governor's stay-at-home announcement (publicized as I type) will make that unnecessary.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (4 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 12:40 by Becky Turley
- 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/S65977071
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Scaup looking, but with black back, long tuft."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 16:53 by Santiago Lupi
- 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/S65956043
- Comments: "Continuing at the lagoon near the beach. It always perched at on top of a stick in the sand next to the bluff but it moved around often."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 12:27 by Ian Jackson
- 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/S65954933
- Comments: "Flycatcher with bright red crown, lower face, and underparts. Upperparts, nape, and mask through the eye blackish brown. Foraging in the 2018 lagoon burn site, which has been recently weeded and solarized."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 19, 2020 10:45 by Dika Golovatchoff
- UCSB Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4086395,-119.8448157&ll=34.4086395,-119.8448157
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65986136
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Bright red small bird actively moving from one location to another in an area of restored plants after a controlled burn over a year ago."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2020 12:11 by Lori Gaskin
- University of California - Santa Barbara, Goleta US-CA 34.41119, -119.84762, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.411191,-119.847623&ll=34.411191,-119.847623
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65980121
- Comments: "Adjacent to footpath on the east side of the western lagoon arm. Found the Vermillion Flycatcher on the edge of restoration area (perimeter denoted with PVC pipe). Photos to follow."

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Vermillion Flycatcher at UCSB lagoon

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I found the bright red bird a bit after noon in the location previously described by David Levashff..  Lori Gaskin was already there as was  a young UCSB worker named Chris who was monitoring vegetation restoration.  The bird was flying from perch to perch and difficult to photograph against an often cluttered background.  I've posted a few photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/.  The image quality is marginal due to heavy cropping. Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

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FOS Hooded Oriole

Steven Gaulin
 

...at my birdbath (benefits of working at home)...

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Re: Vermillion Flycatcher

Lori Gaskin
 

Still here as of 12:05pm in the restoration area described by David Levasheff. Giving great poses.
Lori Gaskin
Santa Barbara

On Mar 19, 2020, at 10:53 AM, Guy Tingos via Groups.Io <guytingos=icloud.com@groups.io> wrote:


The male Vermillion Flycatcher continues on the peninsula at the UCSB lagoon. It was seen from the east section of the loop trail.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA


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Santa Barbara



Vermillion Flycatcher

Guy Tingos
 

The male Vermillion Flycatcher continues on the peninsula at the UCSB lagoon. It was seen from the east section of the loop trail.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA


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Lake Los Carneros

Betsy Mooney
 

On Thursday the lake was beautiful after the rain. Best observation for me was a Cooper's Hawk pair in the same tree. The female is quite large. There were a few Ring-necked Ducks in the distance looking from the southern path, two Northern Shovelers, two Cinnamon Teal, and a Great Egret with breeding plumage. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S65922979

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta


Hummingbird Show

Peter Schneekloth
 

At least 8 Rufous/Allen's Hummingbirds plus a couple of Anna's keeping the feeders busy this afternoon. Hopefully the start of a good season!!

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Swallows are Back One Day Early!

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded Long Canyon, LA WTP and Triangle Pond this morning.  56 species, all pretty much expected.  I was happy to see Tree, Violet Green, Northern Rough Winged and Barn Swallows one day early.  On the way back to Orcutt, I found a very dark RTHA near the Curly Road and Lompoc Casmalia Road intersection.  Pics and other info can be found at my EBird Profile found below.


John Deacon

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Orcutt


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (2 reports)
- American Bittern (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 17:30 by Elaine Tan
- 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/S65920228
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in middle of slough with other scaup. Mostly with head tucked but it did swim around with long tuft clearly seen."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 13:27 by Richard Domokos
- 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/S65913752
- Comments: "Continuing"

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 16:40 by Betsy Mooney
- 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/S65922979
- Comments: "Heard in SW corner of lake."

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UCSB Lagoon 3/18/20

David Levasheff
 

Today Janice & I took a walk around the UCSB lagoon and "Island" trail.

Of Note:

Female American Kestrel on tree just west of the stairs up to the the point bluff. Male Kestrel trying to distract a Red-tailed Hawk who entered a Eucalyptus north of the Island Labyrinth.

160 Aechmophorus Grebes off the coast from the SE arm of the slough. Most I've seen all fall/winter.

Vermilion Flycatcher male. Located 34.40948 -119.84909. Basically walk north on the trail on the east side of the western lagoon arm. There is a 3-4 foot wide cleared stretch on the east edge of the trail lined with white PVC pipe. Stand in that area and wait for the bird to pop up. I missed it when strolled by, but Larry Ballard found it soon after. He likes the tops of the shrubs mostly, but he also will lite close to the ground. So patience.

Photo Here

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David

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Santa Barbara


Tuesday birds

Hugh Ranson
 


I began at Anisq'oyo Park in Isla Vista, where there were no ducks on the pond. I walked over to Campus Lagoon and looked for the Vermilion Flycatcher near the beach, as reported by Brad Hacker earlier in the day, but without success. I walked north on the west side of the "island" (towards Stork Tower), and found the bird flycatching along the footpath. Photo here:


I then stopped at Lake Los Carneros and Laguna Blanca where I saw nothing of note. Waterfowl at Laguna Blanca is way down from a couple of months ago, both in variety and numbers.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 13:47 by Ryan Seppala
- 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/S65910727
- Comments: "Continuing."

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 07:51 by Mark Holmgren
- Vandenberg Air Force Base, Santa Maria US-CA 34.86738, -120.61636, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.867377,-120.616356&ll=34.867377,-120.616356
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65898057
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 09:11 by Bradley Hacker
- University of California - Santa Barbara, Goleta US-CA 34.40832, -119.84319, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.408321,-119.843195&ll=34.408321,-119.843195
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65904387
- Comments: "Beach at southwestern tip of Lagoon. Bright red male."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 09:11 by Bradley Hacker
- University of California - Santa Barbara, Goleta US-CA 34.40832, -119.84319, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.408321,-119.843195&ll=34.408321,-119.843195
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65904387
- Comments: "All-yellow breast, large bill, forked tail."

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Devereux

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

The slough has drained other than the central channel. The Tufted Duck was still present this AM. The White Pelican was on NCOS.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA  93117

USA

 

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Rufous

Rob Denholtz
 

Fos Rufous Hummingbird on Sheperd Mess.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


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Carpinteria


Vermilion Fly

Bradley Hacker
 

Reported recently is still at the southwest corner of the UCSB lagoon. It’s a nice bright red male


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Good birding, 

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