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- Tufted Duck (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Mar 06, 2020 08:04 by Thomas Turner
- 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/S65489710
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male with tuft."

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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Least Bittern (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (5 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 12:54 by John Callender
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65436455
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Photos."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2020 11:00 by Lynn Scarlett
- 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/S65449860
- Comments: "Heard"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 12:54 by John Callender
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65436455
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing female-type bird. Photos."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 07:40 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65447517
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 07:40 by Laura Baldwin
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65443195
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 07:40 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65440925
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 07:40 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65440305
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 07:40 by Marjorie Erickson
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65447796
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (5)
- Reported Mar 01, 2020 07:20 by Lynn Scarlett
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65450076
- Comments: "Minimum count. 4 to 6 at first gate, very vocal. One at second gate. Photos to follow"

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Recent birding

Florence Sanchez
 

On Monday, I walked down to the Harbor form Shoreline Park.  Low tide was around 10 a.m. and it was a beautiful day but birding was slow.  Best birds were 4 Surfbirds on the outer edge of the breakwater.  Very few  other shorebirds, but Dolphins were swimming just off shore.

On Tuesday, I hiked a short way down Fir Canyon on the Davy Brown Trail.  It was not terribly birdy but a lot a wildflowers are coming up and it should be a lovely hike for the next month or so.  Mountain Quail calling all around at this location.  The infamous Crossbill watering trough still has some water in it, but the water level is pretty low and it may be out of the birds' reach.  I had time to check out a little bit of East Pinery Road.  A Townsend's Solitaire is still hanging around the parking area in the Oak Trees and I had a Mountain Chickadee there as well.  A couple of Mountain Quail were in the area.  I finished with lunch in the Sawmill Basin.  I had Deer, California Quail in abundance, and a good number of common Oak Woodland birds there.  With the pines gone, Manzanita and Ceanothus are coming up in thickets in the clearings.  It will be interesting to see how the vegetation here progresses in the years to come.

I will also comment that wildflowers are coming up remarkably fast on Figueroa Mountain Road.  It was especially nice to swaths of the lovely Blue and white annual Lupine opening up and there were Shooting Stars in several places.  I think there will be a nice showing this spring, but it will be early and short-lived.

Today I birded several locations near the beach.  I was hoping to catch up with the flock of 15 Avocets reported yesterday, but had no luck there.  At Goleta Beach, all the Night Herons were out of the rookery and feeding along the opposite bank with both species of Egret.  As I was checking through the Black-crowned NHs to see if there were any Yellow-crowned among them (there weren't), I had 2 unexpected Hooded Mergansers swim under the bridge on which I was standing.  They were either females or immature males.  I watched them for several minutes.

My next stop was Area K, which had Black-necked Stilts, but no Avocets.  Most common ducks at this location were Green-winged Teal.  At both Are K and Goleta Beach, numerous N. Rough-winged Swallows were flying about.  From there I moved on to NCOs/Devereux as seen from the Venoco Road bridge.  No Avocets here either, but a nice assortment of ducks, including the continuing Canvasback and lots of Redheads.  A thorough scan from both this location and the northern pullout at Devereux did not turn up the Tufted Duck.  As it has not been reported for a few days, I suspect it may have moved on.  I counted 53 Western Sandpipers in the flock at NCOS.  

My final stop was Coal Oil Point.  Low tide was about 11:40 today and I had hoped to see a lot of shorebirds on the beach, but that wasn't the case.  Just a few species were on the rocky beach, mostly Black-bellied Plovers.  I turned my attention to the ocean and did a brief sea watch for about a half hour.  It was slow at first; then I had four flocks of Surf Scoters flying near the oil platform, followed by a large group of Brandt's Cormorants.  I also had a single Pelagic Cormorant (white flank patches clearly showing) fly by close to shore.  Hunger finally drove me home to lunch or I would have stayed longer to see what else might show up.  This is the season for sea watching, so I hope birders will get out there and check what's flying by.

Florence Sanchez


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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2020 16:26 by Richard Norton
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65412359
- Comments: "Far back of lake along shore. Midsize shorebird with eyering, spots on back, and greenish legs."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2020 11:30 by Mark Holmgren
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65404977
- Media: 1 Photo

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2020 13:17 by Richard Norton
- Bohnett Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4173452,-119.7130823&ll=34.4173452,-119.7130823
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65407132
- Comments: "Near stairs at southwest end leading up to the street. Dark black stripes on back. Working along tree trunks."

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Avocets

David Levasheff
 

15 at the west end of Goleta beach

David


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Least Bittern (1 report)
- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2020 11:47 by Joel Barrett
- Santa Cruz/Santa Rosa Gap. 34.0119x-119.9857y., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.011864,-119.985721&ll=34.011864,-119.985721
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65376739
- Comments: "Small yellow bill. Gray hind neck collar. Smaller than western and California Gull. Maybe transitioning first winter to first summer."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2020 11:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S65370269
- Comments: "Heard"

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2020 08:06 by Peter Schneekloth
- River View Park and Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden (Santa Barbara Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6158331,-120.2081966&ll=34.6158331,-120.2081966
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65396769
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, yellow lower side of tail, black malar and red nape mark. Photos attached"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (5)
- Reported Mar 01, 2020 07:20 by Lynn Scarlett
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65371829
- Comments: "Minimum count. 4 to 6 at first gate, very vocal. One at second gate. Photos to follow"

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Solitary Sandpiper, Vermilion Flycatcher, Northern Waterthrush

Larry Ballard
 

Still present in Carpinteria at Lake Jocelyn (sandpiper, flycatcher) and Carpinteria Creek (waterthrush).

Larry Ballard 
Carpinteria CA


Re: Black-and-white Warbler

goletajeff
 

Peggy and I arrived at Bohnett park at 1:30 today. After about a half hour we found it working a large sycamore trunk. The tree is located at the creek about 20 yds west of where  the trail turns south and becomes stairs. Thanks to Mark and DonnMarge for the help.
Jeff Hanson
Goleta


Re: Black-footed albatross

Todd McGrath
 

There was a Short-tailed Albatross photographed in Monterey Bay 2.28.20. Quite possible it could have ended up off SB by March 1. While I would guess that Black-footed is still far more likely than Short-tailed hereI would agree it’s a possibility. Short-tailed has been seen in the channel. I have only seen a handful of Black-footed Albatross in the channel and none from shore, so any sighing is a good one. 

Todd McGrath
Skua@...
The Woodlands TX
But in Baltimore at the moment 


On Monday, March 2, 2020, 04:16:09 PM EST, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:


Thanks for the report, Linus. Very interesting.

I responded to Linus in a private email about his sighting, but I think there are things worth noting to the larger group. First, as always, I recommend anyone wanting information on distribution issues like this check out the regular updates to Paul Lehman's The Birds of Santa Barbara County, which can be found here:


I didn't check eBird for any records near the coast that aren't here, but there shouldn't be any. Paul includes only a handful from the Santa Barbara Channel, and the only one from shore on the mainland was one that washed ashore dead at Purisima Point on Vandenberg. Basically, these are considered to be very much deepwater, offshore birds here. Laysan Albatross was once considered the more likely of these two species to occur in the channel and nearer shore, but records from the channel are about even, now.

Also, my feeling is that a dark albatross from shore should get some serious scrutiny for whether it might be a Short-tailed. They are extremely unlikely at any season, but my understanding is that if one turns up, it has a better chance of being closer to land than do the others.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara





On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 8:31 PM Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist@...> wrote:
Hi all, 

I noticed that the wind picked up this afternoon to about 30 mph from west, so I headed over to Coal Oil Point for some seawatching. Not much movement except a couple of jaegers and some loons, until about an hour in when a Black-footed albatross passed by near enough for a positive ID and a beautiful seawatching experience. Ebird tells me there's a fair number of observations in SB County, but I presume most of those are off-shore. I'm curious to know whether any Black-footed albatrosses have been seen here during seawatching before and if so what season they tend to show up?

Checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65342440

Linus


Re: Black-footed albatross

Wim van Dam
 

Appropriately, in the recent versions of The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California, there is a new appendix "The Spring Coastal Seabird Migration, 1970s-1980s“. 
 
Wim


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SBCO #386: American Bittern


Re: Black-footed albatross

Dave Compton
 

Thanks for the report, Linus. Very interesting.

I responded to Linus in a private email about his sighting, but I think there are things worth noting to the larger group. First, as always, I recommend anyone wanting information on distribution issues like this check out the regular updates to Paul Lehman's The Birds of Santa Barbara County, which can be found here:


I didn't check eBird for any records near the coast that aren't here, but there shouldn't be any. Paul includes only a handful from the Santa Barbara Channel, and the only one from shore on the mainland was one that washed ashore dead at Purisima Point on Vandenberg. Basically, these are considered to be very much deepwater, offshore birds here. Laysan Albatross was once considered the more likely of these two species to occur in the channel and nearer shore, but records from the channel are about even, now.

Also, my feeling is that a dark albatross from shore should get some serious scrutiny for whether it might be a Short-tailed. They are extremely unlikely at any season, but my understanding is that if one turns up, it has a better chance of being closer to land than do the others.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara





On Sun, Mar 1, 2020 at 8:31 PM Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist@...> wrote:
Hi all, 

I noticed that the wind picked up this afternoon to about 30 mph from west, so I headed over to Coal Oil Point for some seawatching. Not much movement except a couple of jaegers and some loons, until about an hour in when a Black-footed albatross passed by near enough for a positive ID and a beautiful seawatching experience. Ebird tells me there's a fair number of observations in SB County, but I presume most of those are off-shore. I'm curious to know whether any Black-footed albatrosses have been seen here during seawatching before and if so what season they tend to show up?

Checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65342440

Linus


Devereux

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

The ‘wannabe Northern Hobby’ Merlin continued today, sallying out from the lone cypress to catch dragonflies. Near the broken bridge a male Canvasback was in the Redhead flock.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA  93117

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Loon (1 report)
- Black-vented Shearwater (3 reports)
- Blue-footed Booby (2 reports)
- House Wren (1 report)
- House Finch (2 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (2 reports)

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Common Loon (Gavia immer) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2020 13:35 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65347777
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Offshore from Cave Canyon area"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (3)
- Reported Feb 27, 2020 13:35 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65347777
- Comments: "Small dark brownish-black above, white below, fast-flapping shearwaters flying by South side of SBI"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (50)
- Reported Feb 26, 2020 17:15 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65338263
- Comments: "Small fast-flapping shearwaters, dark blackish-brown above and white below seen flying by ca. 300-1000 meters off E/NE side of island. Counted by ones initially then estimated by tens"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (75)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 16:40 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65336194
- Comments: "Small fast-flapping shearwaters, dark blackish-brown above and white below seen flying by ca. 200 to 1500 meters off S side of island. Some came in quite close to Landing Cove and many were passing just off Arch Point."

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2020 13:35 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65347777
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Presumably the same bird seen off Arch Pt. on 24 Feb 2020."

Blue-footed Booby (Sula nebouxii) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 16:40 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65336194
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "An adult BFBO lazily flew by Arch Point (ca. 1.1 km away) headed West, in view about 2 minutes through a 20-60x Vortex spotting scope). Obviously a booby sp. with long pointed tail, long neck and long angular bill, long angular wings.

From my notes:
Upperside: brownish wings, back a mix of brown and light colored feathers; rump and tail clearly whiteish with some brown in tail, head white and with a dark bill.
Underside: White head, white chest and belly; underwings mostly white with brownish/dark secondaries, primaries. Underside of tail and feet not seen.

(Note: an adult BFBO was seen and photographed on Sutil as we departed the island on 27 February)"

House Wren (Troglodytes aedon) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2020 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65336893
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Raspy calls and long jumbled warbling song in dense veg near housing and south slope of Cave Canyon."

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) (2)
- Reported Feb 26, 2020 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65338080
- Comments: "Pair in Landing Cove."

House Finch (Haemorhous mexicanus) (4)
- Reported Feb 25, 2020 07:30 by Adam Searcy
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65336893
- Comments: "Pair each in Landing Cove and Cave Canyons."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (5)
- Reported Mar 01, 2020 07:20 by Lynn Scarlett
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65358954
- Comments: "Minimum count. 4 to 6 at first gate, very vocal. One at second gate. Photos to follow"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (5)
- Reported Mar 01, 2020 07:20 by Anonymous eBirder
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65347967
- Comments: "Minimum count. 4 to 6 at first gate, very vocal. One at second gate. Photos to follow"

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Carp

Rob Denholtz
 

3 Cinnamon Teal in Santa Monica Creek. No. Harrier over Basin 2 of Reserve.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


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Black-footed albatross

Linus Blomqvist
 

Hi all, 

I noticed that the wind picked up this afternoon to about 30 mph from west, so I headed over to Coal Oil Point for some seawatching. Not much movement except a couple of jaegers and some loons, until about an hour in when a Black-footed albatross passed by near enough for a positive ID and a beautiful seawatching experience. Ebird tells me there's a fair number of observations in SB County, but I presume most of those are off-shore. I'm curious to know whether any Black-footed albatrosses have been seen here during seawatching before and if so what season they tend to show up?

Checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65342440

Linus


Weekend birds

Nick Lethaby
 

Yesterday I walked around NCOS and Devereux. 58 Western Sandpiper was a good count for the last day of February. There appear to be at least 9 Pintails in Goleta - 5 at Devereux, 3 at the Dune Pond, and 2 at Area K. 

Today, a late afternoon check of the gull flock at Goleta Beach revealed 800 California Gulls and 46 Mew Gulls but no gulls of interest. At Devereux, 19 Bufflehead was my highest count there for many years.

Nick Lethaby
Goleta

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2020 08:32 by Adele Fergusson
- 6894 Pasado Rd, Goleta US-CA (34.4119,-119.8695), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.411946,-119.869515&ll=34.411946,-119.869515
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65300301
- Comments: "Migrant for several winters"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 29, 2020 16:36 by John Callender
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65297896
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird next to the tule Island in the northwest corner of the lake."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2020 10:38 by John Deacon
- Fairway Drive x A Street, Santa Maria, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.913315,-120.46393&ll=34.913315,-120.46393
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65326076
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos will be added."

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*** Species Summary:

- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 25, 2020 08:05 by Susanne Meyer
- Sands Beach, Isla Vista,, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.407901,-119.8789555&ll=34.407901,-119.8789555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65173353
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This bird was seen and photographed by me at the edge of the Devereux Slough mouth facing the ocean. Saw only one bird of this species next to many black-bellied plovers and gulls. Thanks to Mark Holmgren for help with the correct ID!"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2020 13:22 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4341,-119.6351), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434078,-119.635051&ll=34.434078,-119.635051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65251530
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "See accompanying photo, in California pepper tree along pimento Lane, being chased by red breasted sapsucker. From the back this bird had two rather distinct vertical rows of white spots on a black back, and no black border at the sides of the throat as it would in yellow bellied sapsucker. Red crown, nape spot, & throat denote male."

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2020 08:47 by Peter Schneekloth
- River View Park and Santa Ynez Valley Botanic Garden (Santa Barbara Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6158331,-120.2081966&ll=34.6158331,-120.2081966
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65242843
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Yellow under tail feathers, black malar, red nape. Photo's attached."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2020 13:22 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4341,-119.6351), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434078,-119.635051&ll=34.434078,-119.635051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65251530
- Comments: "Adult male hooded oriole bright yellow head and chest with black bib, well known identification to me. My husband was the first to spot it in the backyard, I then saw the bird. This is undoubtedly an early migrant, and according to Paul’s book it is the third earliest date for the species on the south coast. Others are Feb 26 & 27 on the south coast. Used to be we would have to wait til mid March to see these returning males."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2020 08:40 by margeNdon thornton
- Bohnett Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4173452,-119.7130823&ll=34.4173452,-119.7130823
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65251765
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "she had just bathed, and so looked a bit straggly"

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Hooded Orioles

Peter Schneekloth
 

This morning two adult male Hooded Orioles at my water bath.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Oriole update and possible Yellow-shafted Flicker

Peter Schneekloth
 

After reading Joan's post about early Oriole's I was out back and saw one in my Buellton yard. Checking Lehman, "Early dates away from the South Coast include 4 March 2015 near Santa Ynez in District I, and 7 March 2015 in Santa Maria along the North Coast." So this looks like a record early bird away from the S Coast so I went after a photo, success:

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49598062211/in/dateposted-public/ 

While processing that photo I also had some photo's of a Northern Flicker from Santa Ynez Botanic Garden this morning. I had not noticed in the field but the bird has yellow undertail, black malar and red nape. The bird looks pretty strong for Yellow-shafted. Distant looks at that bird here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49598062221/in/dateposted-public/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49597563838/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton