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San Jose Creek birding

Dave Compton
 

I birded the San Jose Creek area in north Goleta this morning (5 April), covering the east side of the creek for several hundred yards downstream of N. Patterson and birding along Merida at Agana and a bit south. Best birds:

SUMMER TANAGER - all yellow female just south of N. Patterson. We sometimes get new birds popping up in early spring that are probably birds that have wintered locally and have gone undetected. I suspect this bird is in that category, rather than being an early migrant.

CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD - one on the west side of Merida about a half a block south from Agana. It was staying on the west side of one of the really intensely blooming bottlebrushes in this area.

Overall, not a ton of activity near N. Patterson, but there were lots of hummers in the bottlebrush trees along Merida and Agana. I also had a male Black-chinned on Agana and good looks at several male Rufous. I didn't get close to Berkeley (which is farther south), and there are usually a bunch of hummers down there as well.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


recent observations at Samarkand retirement

Phila Rogers
 

Small group of Pine Siskins continue.  In the last week a pair of Black-headed Grosbeaks have visited my feeders.  The male singing.  Phila Rogers


New yard Bird and Completed Alice Keck Park bar chart.

Noah Gaines
 

4.5.20. - This morning while watching a female Merlin on the lower riviera, I was surprised to see a COMMON LOON fly through by field of view.  New one for the yard list!  Also had a Cooper's Hawk in display flight overhead. 

Alice Keck Park, had lots of Hummingbirds, and hundreds of swallows migrating overhead.  They were difficult to make out given the overcast conditions but there were a few Barn Swallows and Vaux's Swifts in the steady stream. Also, the bar chart for the Alice Keck Park hotspot is now complete for every week of the year!


Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA


Calliope male at feeder this morning

Ron Hirst
 

First seen 8:20am along with a similar volume of Allens, Rufous, Anna's as yesterday. 
Ron Hirst, SB


Re: Swainson’s hawks - south coast

Ron Hirst
 
Edited

I had a group of 7 flying relatively low due to the cloud cover and a northerly wind, then thermalling up over the Riviera around 1pm. 2 flocks of Kingbirds totalling 18 birds flew by very low also.
Ron Hirst, SB


Calliope Hummer

Hugh Ranson
 

I've been checking out bottlebrush trees and bushes this week, mostly on Portesuello near La Cumbre Junior High in SB. I've hoped for a Calliope but have seen nothing but Rufous, up to 15-20 at a time, and a couple of Anna's. I haven't seen a definite Allen's; all the tail shots I've managed of females have belonged to Rufous.

This afternoon I checked out the lovely Arroyo Burro Open Space at the end of Alan Road (near Hendry's Beach). I only saw one hummer, and it was a male Calliope feeding on wild radish flowers.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Swainson’s hawks - south coast

Eric Culbertson <ebc101@...>
 

With the high cloud cover late this morning I decided to make a stationary count from the yard and hope something flys over. I was rewarded just before noon when two swainson’s hawks paused high overhead to soar before continuing west. I was able to watch them glide quite far before pausing again to gain some altitude, this time very deliberately veering northwest as they continued on their way. It was under similar weather conditions that I’ve had swainson’s hawks in the past here along the coast.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria


Heads up for a big push of migrants today and this week!

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi Birders:
It’s insane with spring migrants outside this afternoon! They are coming through my garden like crazy: Bullock’s orioles, grosbeaks, Wilson’s warblers etc. with the rain and cloudy weather forecast for this week, later winds, it should give us a good show of spring migrating birds. Be sure you get out birding and don’t miss out on the hummingbird fun either! My bottlebrush tree is like a lollipop tree for Hummingbirds. Please excuse voice recognition, I can’t go inside to my computer yet. I’m afraid of missing the action!
Lists & pics to follow!
Joan Lentz


MErida Drive and Seawatch

Florence Sanchez
 

I spent over an hour on Merida Drive this morning, trying to coax a Calliope Hummingbird out of the bottlebrush trees.  After an hour, my neck couldn't take it any more so I headed to Campus Point for some sea-watching.  Needless to say, I did not find a Calliope, but there were plenty of other Hummingbirds and I got some nice views of Rufous males.  Also working the trees were both Bullock's and Hooded Orioles.  I checked sycamore and the creekside for warblers, but all I could turn up were lots of Yellow-rumps in all sorts of plumages and a few Orange-crowned.  At the far end of the bike bridge, I had a Western Tanager.

It was lovely at Campus Point and though the activity was still less than one would expect this time of year, I had more seabirds fly by in a little over an hour of watching than I've had there or elsewhere this spring.  Brants were on the move this morning--I had 4 flocks for a total of 85 Geese.  In addition, there were single fly-bys of 2 Pelagic Cormorants, 4 Brant's Cormorants, and a Red-throated Loon, as well as a flock of 3 Surf Scoters.  Gray whales were on the move as well.  I had 4 swim past the point and another whale was breaching in close opposite More Mesa.  I found no shorebirds on the rocks (still haven't turned up a Tattler this year) but there were Sanderlings on the beach and from time to time, they were joined by small groups of Western Sandpipers.  When I left the point, the shore at Surfer's beach had at least 50 Westerns and in their midst were 2 Dunlin.  Both species were changing into breeding plumage.

Florence Sanchez




Refugio Canyon migrants

Nick Lethaby
 

I checked Refugio Canyon this morning. The first stream crossing was pretty quiet but there was a lot activity further up, although it dropped off closer to Circle BarB. 

Highlights were two Hammond's Flycatchers and a Cassin's Vireo. There plenty of Nashville, BT Gray, Townsend's, Wilson's, and Orange-crowned Warblers. I detected no Yellow or Hermit Warblers.


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Barka Slough and Triangle Pond

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded Barka Slough and Triangle Pond early this morning to try and beat the wind.  Highlights at Barka Slough were several singing Black Headed Grosbeaks, a singing Cassin's Vireo and an Ash Throated Flycatcher.  At Triangle Pond, singing Warbling Vireos, a grunting Virginia Rail and a male Rufous Hummingbird.  Will post later.

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

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John Deacon
Orcutt


Merida birds and Calliope in my yard

Libby Patten
 

I’ve also gone to Merida Drive in Goleta (just north of the Berkeley bike bridge) a few times in recents days - loads of singing orioles, both Hooded and Bullock’s, lots of hummers with a high percentage of Rufous and good variety of the expected warblers: Wilson’s, Yellow, Townsend’s, Orange-crowned, very showy Yellow-rumped, and a nice Nashville found by George Chapman.  Good numbers of White-crowned, a Golden-crowned, and today a nice singing White-throated (George also found this and I was able to refind). Pine Siskin and Red-breasted Nuthatch still around. Here’s one of my recent lists (with a recording of the White-throated singing):

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66587903 


I also had a male Calliope Hummingbird in my yard this afternoon (near Las Positas and 101) which is a new yardbird for me:


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Libby Patten
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Lazuli Bunting (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 17:10 by Eric Culbertson
- Hunt Dr, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4327,-119.5956), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.432746,-119.595589&ll=34.432746,-119.595589
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66554504
- Comments: "One chaetura swift foraging with swallows. I got two good looks at the bird over one hour as the swallow flock moved around. From below the bird gave the classic “cigar w/ wings” profile with an almost indiscernible tail and hardly any head projection. The bird appeared uniform brown above, and brown below with a pale gray breast and throat. The bird glided with wings held below the body between quick choppy wing beats. I realize after consulting a guide I should have scrutinized the upperparts during my one view in order to determine if there was in fact contrast between rump and back. Checking Lehman/The Birds Of Santa Barbara County this would be one day earlier than the earliest spring arrival date for the county and several weeks earlier than is typical for this species in spring in the county. Update: checking eBird I see one earlier record for the county of three birds 24 March 2020!"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 09:52 by Peter Schneekloth
- 5325–5659 Figueroa Mountain Rd, Santa Ynez US-CA 34.73726, -120.06164, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.737262,-120.061642&ll=34.737262,-120.061642
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66578967
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Short bill all dark below, long wing extension, notched tail. Photos attached."

Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 16:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9089576,-119.7673745&ll=34.9089576,-119.7673745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66553926
- Comments: "Unmistakeable male"

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male Calliope humming bird on Merida Dr

Nancy States
 

This morning I found a Male Calliope Hummingbird at the end of Merida Drive in Goleta.

It was feeding on a bush of red flowers at the sign for the Tree Farm. it then flew into an Oak tree across the path near the bench at the end of the road.

Nancy States

Santa Barbara


Kinevan Road on Aprili 3

Florence Sanchez
 

I had thought of either going to Figueroa Mountain or to Refugio this morning, but with a forecast of strong wind, I decided to return to Kinevan instead.  It was sunny but chilly and there was a light breeze blowing through the canyon all morning. Nevertheless, the birding was good.  

I saw and heard 3 different singing Cassin's Vireos, which was nice.  Warblers included 2 Yellow, 2 Wilson's, 1 Nashville, and 4 Townsend's and there are still lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets.  I could not turn up a Golden-crowned Kinglet this morning but I couldn't get a good bead on all the Kinglets I observed.  House Wrens, Warbling Vireos, and Pacific Slope Flycatchers are still singing up a storm.  There were Robins singing in two different locations and the Pine Siskins continue at the feeders.

I had a glimpse of a very dark wren in the creek but I think the tail was too long for a Pacific Wren.  I also heard high up on the northern bank what sounded like a Black-headed Grosbeak singing in the oaks.  However, I only heard it once so couldn't be sure.

Florence Sanchez


Merida Hummers

Robert Lindsay
 

Spent the last two afternoons among the blooming bottlebrush on Merida Drive near the Berkeley bike bridge in Goleta. Lots of hummers but not that much diversity. Yesterday had Anna's, Allen's, and Rufous. Today was the same except I did get a glimpse of a Black-chinned. I'm sure there's more there but they were tougher than I remember to sort through. Warblers (Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned) and Hooded Orioles were also pretty easy to find. I heard White-crown Sparrows still around.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay


Figueroa Mountain - Hammond's Flycatcher and strong migration day along west slope

Peter Schneekloth
 

I headed up the mountain only to find it too windy to bird up top so I retreated down the west slope to escape the wind. Walking the road and birding the open, pine-oak woodlands the slope of the mountain was covered with birds, mostly warblers. I had at least 4 Black-throated Grey, 2 Nashville, single Hermit and many, many Yellow-rumped. I made a number of stops and a bit lower down had a stop where I had Cassin's Vireo and Pine Siskins calling, Wilson's Warbler and best bird of the day a Hammond's Flycatcher. A glance at the Hammond's and a few of the Hermit Warbler here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49731733041/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Re: re dead fulmars

Cher Hollingworth
 

There were many dead fulmars on the San Diego Bird Fest pelagic that I attended in Feb...just floating at sea

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


-----Original Message-----
From: Don Tate via groups.io <osomocoso@...>
To: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Sent: Thu, Apr 2, 2020 7:27 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] re dead fulmars

How will we know a die-off is occurring except if reports are made of dead birds, following up on earlier reports? China's former reticence on Covid springs to mind. Dead pelagics are unlikely to have drifted many miles to shore, I would guess. Such reports may inspire coast watches. Minus tides (at Pt Arguello) will be occurring at 1:36 PM Friday, 2:18 PM Saturday, and 2:57 PM Sunday. I hope I'm not the only SB Co person who's seen fulmars on the beach during storms. Venture forth, O ye doughty! :-)

Don Tate


re dead fulmars

Don Tate
 

How will we know a die-off is occurring except if reports are made of dead birds, following up on earlier reports? China's former reticence on Covid springs to mind. Dead pelagics are unlikely to have drifted many miles to shore, I would guess. Such reports may inspire coast watches. Minus tides (at Pt Arguello) will be occurring at 1:36 PM Friday, 2:18 PM Saturday, and 2:57 PM Sunday. I hope I'm not the only SB Co person who's seen fulmars on the beach during storms. Venture forth, O ye doughty! :-)

Don Tate


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*** Species Summary:

- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)

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Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 09:02 by Mark Holmgren
- San Antonio Creek upstream Tucker's Grove, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.45299,-119.78458&ll=34.45299,-119.78458
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66543242
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "In Mtn Mahoghany in upper 1/4 of San Antonio Creek Trail. Bird showed long primary projection not shown in photos, flesh-colored mandible, small, narrow bill. Tail slightly notched as shown. Not vocal. Consistently ensconced in the shrub. If correctly identified, this would be an early date for Hammond's Flycatcher."

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