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Sunday birds

Nick Lethaby
 

Haskell's beach carpark
A CB Chickadee

NIRA campground, Manzana Creek
Lawrence's Goldfinch - 2

Devereux slough
About 400 shorebirds present in the evening, mostly W. Sands and Whimbrels. Most interesting were 34 Wilson's Phalaropes (pretty high count), a RN Phalaropes, and the first 3 adult LB Dowitchers of the fall.

Nick Lethaby
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Osprey

Eric Culbs <ericculbs@...>
 

22-July
Adult bird.Noteworthy because of its location. Circling low over neighborhoods at the intersection of La Tierra Lane and Santa Monica in Carpinteria around noon today. The bird eventually took off towards Foothill RD.

Eric Culbertson 
Carp

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Santa Maria River Estuary

Jamie Chavez
 

I had a Wandering Tattler on the beach this morning at Santa Maria River
mouth. Few shorebirds except for a few Western Sandpipers and a trio of
Semipalmated Plovers. The estuary is completely flooded so the habitat
isn't ideal. Two American White Pelicans can be seen upriver of the
estuary. Scoping offshore produced a string of Sooty Shearwaters, but not
the huge numbers often seen from the beach there. Other than a couple
Common Murres and two Clark's Grebes the only other bird of note was a
Red-throated Loon in the surf.

--
*Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA*
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Carpinteria shorebirds

Maggie Sherriffs
 

Birded the rocky shore around the Venico pier this morning between 10 and 11. Best birds were a Wandering Tattler, Spotted Sandpiper, and Black Turnstone. The sandy state beach had lots of Whimbrels and a few Willets.
Maggie Sherriffs
Goleta


Yesterday's pelagic

Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...>
 

I'm sure a fuller account will be posted in due course, but I thought I'd give a synopsis of yesterday's trip aboard the Condor Express. Bird highlights included a Red-billed Tropicbird (first spotted by our own Wim Van Dam) which circled the boat several times, many Leach's Storm petrels of both white and dark rumped forms, Ashy and Black Storm Petrels, three South Polar Skuas, a Sabine's Gull, and Scripps's Murrelets. Mammal highlights included a pod of 5 or 6 Orcas, a Cuvier's Beaked Whale, and a pod of Northern Right Whale Dolphins.

A few pics can be seen here:

www.flickr.com/photos/zonetail/

Hugh R.
SB


Reddish Egret - Yes, Deveraux also full of birds.

Kai <kaischraml@...>
 

Good Evening!

The Reddish Egret continued at Goleta Beach Outflow at 7pm last night.
Easy to find.

Devereaux Slough was also full of birds. The eucapypts on the first
turnout on the access road is absolutely full of hummingbirds. I don't
think it would be an exaggeration to estimate that there were
approximately 20 hbirds in just one of trees at the turnout. They were
actively feeding and fighting with one another. We arrived just as the
light was failing--to my chagrin. Nonetheless, there were at least
Western and Least Sandpipers, Phalaropes, Dowitchers, Yellowlegs, BN
Stilts, Semipalmated Plovers, BB Plovers, etc. Nothing of special note
was discovered before it got too dark. Hope to have time to pick
through the flocks tomorrow.

Good birding,

Kai
805 455 0172

PS. Here is a link to some untouched photos of the Egret.

https://plus.google.com/photos/102884090920800802466/albums/5767873083048719953?authkey=CIDalvewvvOGBg


Scandal at Goleta beach - a cross species romance

Roger Millikan
 

It started as a triangle. Two snowy egrets joined the newly arrived
reddish egret, who was doing her wing-dance type of foraging at the
edge of the mud flats. With the red standing by, the two snowy's got
into a rather intense fight. It lasted almost five minutes. The
losing snowy then left the scene dejectedly, while the winner started
chasing the red egret. Later the red chased the snowy. They spent the
rest of the morning feeding together. Were they on Facebook, the 'in
a relationship' box might have been checked! Should they mate (seems
unlikely) I wonder what color the feet of the offspring will be.
Yellow or black? Forgive my anthropic interpretation. It's such fun.

Roger Millikan
Goleta


Re: Reddish Egret continues pm

joan.domingue
 

It's here again today (Saturday) at 5 pm.
Joanie Domingue

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Reddish Egret continues this morning

Rebecca Coulter
 

Making the rounds of the sandspit north of the east parking lot, often accompanying a Snowy Egret.

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara


Reddish Egret continues pm

Eric Culbs <ericculbs@...>
 

Spent 45 minutes with the Reddish Egret today beginning at 4pm. The bird was easily found from the end of the Sandspit Rd parking lot.

-Eric Culbertson
Carp


Coal Oil Point - Least Tern

Kai <kaischraml@...>
 

Yesterday while on docent time at Coal Oil Point two Least Terns
stopped in at the river mouth to say hello. They flew in from the
south and flew out to the north (ok, west). One retained full
alternate plumage.

App 45 Snowy Plovers were visible in the protected area, along with a
few new hatchlings. A group of app 20 Sanderlings were working the
sandcrabs at the outflow as well, all retaining some breeding plumage.
A small group of 4 Black-bellied Plovers were also there, along with a
smattering of Western peeps on the beach. There were a wealth of the
usual birds too. Numbers overall seem to be increasing, especially
Heerman's Gull.

The slough was a different story. It was full of migrants. Hundreds of
Whimbrel, Long-billed Curlew, Dowitcher, peeps, etc. Unfortunately, I
was late for a dinner appointment, so I did not get to pick through
the lot. Probably worth a thorough look today.

Good birding,

Kai

805 455 0172


Reddish Egret

Wim van Dam
 

... Still at Goleta slough (11:45).

Thanks Ron,

Wim v Dam (Solvang, CA)

--- sent from a phone


Devereux Tattler

Nick Lethaby
 

All:

I had a Wandering Tattler, my first ever on the slough itself, in the BB Plover flock this morning. A Black Turnstone is also with them.

There is possibly a single LB Dow with the SB Dow flock now but I needed better looks to be sure.

Nick Lethaby
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Santa Maria Sewage Ponds 7/20

Jamie Chavez
 

My count of shorebirds around the SM waste water treatment plant this
morning is the following:

Western Sandpiper- 40
Least Sandpiper- 50
Wilson's Phalarope- 190
Red-necked Phalarope- 1
Long-billed Dowitcher- 2
Killdeer- 12
Greater Yellowlegs- 2
Black-necked Stilt- 15 (includes two recent fledglings)

Notable among the uncounted dabbling ducks are one Northern Pintail, one
Green-winged Teal, a trio of Northern Shovelers and one Eared Grebe in
alternate plumage. Everything else was to be expected, went unnoticed or
ignored.

Good birding,

--
*Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA*


Re: Deveraux 3:00 7/19/2012

David Levasheff
 

All,
Nick believes the "Dunlin" are most likely large female Western Sandpipers.

Sorry for the false excitement.

David

--- In sbcobirding@..., David Levasheff <dj_levasheff@...> wrote:

Nicks three Ibis still at the north end. Mid way down at the Jim Greaves Parking spot I counted 75 BB Plover and 15 Whimbrel. Also 8 Semipalmated Plover, and lots of Western Peeps. Had a pair of what I have deduced must be Dunlin from photos. I then saw another flock of BB Plover and who knows what else farther north but had to move on.

David Levasheff
Via iPhone


Re: imm. Reddish Egret at Goleta Beach

justinwatts0
 

Continued this morning. Still there when I left at 7:00am. Easily found in the mouth of the slough with other Egrets and a GB Heron. Watched it catch a fish, and argue with a nearby GB Heron over property.

-Justin Watts
Goleta


Re: imm. Reddish Egret at Goleta Beach/there at 8:15pm

Nick Lethaby
 

It's amazing how this species always shows up first at Goleta Slough and not at Devereux. I was just thinking about how good Devereux looked for a Reddish Egret yesterday!

-----Original Message-----
From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of Ron
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2012 9:34 PM
To: sbcobirding@...
Subject: [sbcobirding] Re: imm. Reddish Egret at Goleta Beach/there at 8:15pm

I went back and caught a couple other birders watching it forage in the channel. It seems recuperated and was dancing and catching fish and associating with a couple snowy egrets. Ron

--- In sbcobirding@..., "Ron" <sbtech@...> wrote:

Tonight from 5:30-5:45 an imm. Redddish Egret was across the creek from the Sandspit parking lot. It has a buff head and neck and breast and relatively large black bill and striking pale eyes. Black legs. Back and wings weren't in good light but were grayish. It looked somewhat puzzled and gangly and tired and was sitting back on its legs (knees). It was there when I left.
Ron Hirst, Sb



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Re: imm. Reddish Egret at Goleta Beach/there at 8:15pm

Ron <sbtech@...>
 

I went back and caught a couple other birders watching it forage in the channel. It seems recuperated and was dancing and catching fish and associating with a couple snowy egrets. Ron

--- In sbcobirding@..., "Ron" <sbtech@...> wrote:

Tonight from 5:30-5:45 an imm. Redddish Egret was across the creek from the Sandspit parking lot. It has a buff head and neck and breast and relatively large black bill and striking pale eyes. Black legs. Back and wings weren't in good light but were grayish. It looked somewhat puzzled and gangly and tired and was sitting back on its legs (knees). It was there when I left.
Ron Hirst, Sb


imm. Reddish Egret at Goleta Beach

Ron <sbtech@...>
 

Tonight from 5:30-5:45 an imm. Redddish Egret was across the creek from the Sandspit parking lot. It has a buff head and neck and breast and relatively large black bill and striking pale eyes. Black legs. Back and wings weren't in good light but were grayish. It looked somewhat puzzled and gangly and tired and was sitting back on its legs (knees). It was there when I left.
Ron Hirst, Sb


Re: Posting

Jamie Chavez
 

Good topic and worthy of discussion to collect a variety of opinions (who
can't see both sides as they have developed), but we need to remain civil.
As soon as this goes south the thread will be closed and people placed on
moderated status for obvious reasons. Please comment with courtesy and keep
private things between individuals and not shared with the list.

Thanks,

Jamie Chavez
sbcobirding moderator