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Yellow-headed Blackbird

Thomas Turner
 

There were two male yellow-headed blackbirds flying around the Dune Pond at COPR this morning. A lesser yellowlegs and osprey were at the Devereux slough mouth. The slough is tidal at the moment; not many birds in the lower portion.

-Tom & Wren

Isla Vista


Easter in Refugio Canyon

Robert Lindsay
 

4/12/20, 8:30-11:00 am

Lured by all the recent reports I decided to see what I could find in Refugio Canyon. If you head up there, don't be discouraged by the relatively birdless low parts of the road. Along this stretch the best birds I could get were Bullock's Oriole and Western Tanager. There were also a pleasantly large number of American Kestrals and Bewick's Wren. The only warblers along this stretch that I saw were Yellow-rumped, Wilson's, and Orange Crowned. Farther up the canyon after the road narrows to one lane, things picked. While still in riperian habitat below the Circle Bar B Ranch I added Ash-throated Flycatcher, Townsend's and Nashville Warblers, and heard a Canyon Wren. Once I got to where the road begins climbing through chaparral I was able to add Cassin's and Huttons Vireo, and a Black-throated Gray Warbler. Altogether I saw 39 species but was disappointed to miss Swifts of any kind, Yellow Warblers, Lark Sparrow, Black-headed Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Warbling Vireo, and Black-headed Grosbeak. I suspect they are all around but it was drizzling steadily by the time I got high up on the mountain where all these are likely so I didn't search very hard.

Maybe next time,
Rob Lindsay


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*** Species Summary:

- Ferruginous Hawk (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)

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Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 11, 2020 08:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9350598,-119.7259998&ll=34.9350598,-119.7259998
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67062762
- Comments: "Late bird, Rufous and white"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (2)
- Reported Apr 11, 2020 07:30 by Bradley Hacker
- Refugio Creek Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5082895,-120.0646985&ll=34.5082895,-120.0646985
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67042193
- Comments: "Gray with weak wingbars. Long primary projection. Short bill. Distinct, thin white eyering. Square head."

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Re: Refugio Canyon Sat am

Florence Sanchez
 

I would agree with Nick's Comment about Yellow Warblers.  I found three in the Canyon, but well up the road around mile maker 3.0.  There were 2 males singing in different spots, possibly males on territory.  I also had one female in the general vicinity, but in an oak, not in the creek vegetation.  I did not see or hear any Yellow Warblers where I had mixed flocks.

Florence Sanchez


On Saturday, April 11, 2020, 03:34:22 PM PDT, Wes Fritz via groups.io <wes-fritz@...> wrote:


Hi All,

As I birded my way up to West Camino Cielo ( La Sherpa) my plan was to get to Santa Ynez Peak and look for Black-chinned Sparrows. But as Nick mention the conditions were cold and windy, the temperature at 7:45 was 45 degrees and the wind was steady at about 20 mph with some higher gusts. The cloud layer started about a mile from Refugio Pass ( La Sherpa) and cleared out by 10:00. I never made it to the peak it was too gnarly.
  As I was making my way up South Refugio Road I could see birds flying past me, birds like Lazuli Buntings and Black-headed Grosbeaks. I could hear several Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, Yellows, Hermits, Wilson’s and Audubon’s Warblers singing along with Cassin’s Vireos and Purple Finch. It was very busy up there with pockets of mixed flocks.  While I was up there I saw one Merlin, 2 MacGillivray’s Warblers, 2 Canyon Wrens, 2 Ash-throated Flys, one Hammond’s Fly, gobs of PAC-Slopes, R C Kinglets were in full song, several hummingbirds streaming along, lots of N Flickers, the House Wrens were out of control. 4 Rufous-crowned Sparrows. The best birds in my opinion were 11 Savannah Sparrows and a flock of 18 Chipping Sparrows.

Yesterday 4-10-20 I birded Sweeney Road in Lompoc. 

I wanted to start looking for Grasshopper Sparrows, none yet. The morning chorus from the road over looking the Santa Ynez River riparian areas was awesome. I managed to see one Ash-throated Fly, 2 Blue Grosbeaks, lots of Lesser Goldfinch, Rock Wren, several Bullocks Orioles and the pair of Peregrine Falcons up on the Diatomaceous cliffs. There also many White-throated Swifts checking out the cliffs and N Rough-winged Swallows checking out nesting sites too. One of the cooler things I saw was a Red-tailed Hawk nest that was about 4 feet tall, it makes me wander how long has it been there?

Good birding 

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

On Apr 11, 2020, at 2:42 PM, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:


Brad Hacker and I birded the canyon this AM. Wes synchronously birded the areas up closer to the pass so we could get a comparison of numbers. I will let Wes post on his findings. The wind was a brisk northerly, with presumably a hint of west judging by the fog/cloud layer along the ridgeline.

Brad and I had a good but typical selection of migrants, included lots of Black-throated Gray, Nashville, and Wilson's Warblers. A single Hammond's Flycatcher, 3 Cassin's Vireos, and our first Hermit Warblers of the spring were highlights. As far as I can tell Yellow Warblers are not really moving yet. My impression is that the ones along Refugio Canyon are local territorial birds. I am not seeing any with the migrant warbler groups.
--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Ocean Park

Cher Hollingworth
 

Ocean Park is still locked up & probably will be until after Sunday.
It isn't flooded, so you can walk in.     The water is so low, that the island is a peninsula.
But it is dark, very cold & windy, so I didn't take a hike...all I could pick out were Great Egrets.

I went to Nojoqui before work.   Very birdy there, but it is locked and I think that sign said that the park will be open on the 14th.
There is yellow tape around all the tables & playground.
I did not see any Purple Martins.   Yellow Warblers are singing.  
There are the usual year-round birds, plus Black-headed Grosbeak, Bullock's and Hooded Orioles.
Too many starlings.    The Acorn Woodpeckers were very active.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


Re: Refugio Canyon Sat am

Wes Fritz
 

Hi All,

As I birded my way up to West Camino Cielo ( La Sherpa) my plan was to get to Santa Ynez Peak and look for Black-chinned Sparrows. But as Nick mention the conditions were cold and windy, the temperature at 7:45 was 45 degrees and the wind was steady at about 20 mph with some higher gusts. The cloud layer started about a mile from Refugio Pass ( La Sherpa) and cleared out by 10:00. I never made it to the peak it was too gnarly.
  As I was making my way up South Refugio Road I could see birds flying past me, birds like Lazuli Buntings and Black-headed Grosbeaks. I could hear several Black-throated Gray, Townsend’s, Yellows, Hermits, Wilson’s and Audubon’s Warblers singing along with Cassin’s Vireos and Purple Finch. It was very busy up there with pockets of mixed flocks.  While I was up there I saw one Merlin, 2 MacGillivray’s Warblers, 2 Canyon Wrens, 2 Ash-throated Flys, one Hammond’s Fly, gobs of PAC-Slopes, R C Kinglets were in full song, several hummingbirds streaming along, lots of N Flickers, the House Wrens were out of control. 4 Rufous-crowned Sparrows. The best birds in my opinion were 11 Savannah Sparrows and a flock of 18 Chipping Sparrows.

Yesterday 4-10-20 I birded Sweeney Road in Lompoc. 

I wanted to start looking for Grasshopper Sparrows, none yet. The morning chorus from the road over looking the Santa Ynez River riparian areas was awesome. I managed to see one Ash-throated Fly, 2 Blue Grosbeaks, lots of Lesser Goldfinch, Rock Wren, several Bullocks Orioles and the pair of Peregrine Falcons up on the Diatomaceous cliffs. There also many White-throated Swifts checking out the cliffs and N Rough-winged Swallows checking out nesting sites too. One of the cooler things I saw was a Red-tailed Hawk nest that was about 4 feet tall, it makes me wander how long has it been there?

Good birding 

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

On Apr 11, 2020, at 2:42 PM, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:


Brad Hacker and I birded the canyon this AM. Wes synchronously birded the areas up closer to the pass so we could get a comparison of numbers. I will let Wes post on his findings. The wind was a brisk northerly, with presumably a hint of west judging by the fog/cloud layer along the ridgeline.

Brad and I had a good but typical selection of migrants, included lots of Black-throated Gray, Nashville, and Wilson's Warblers. A single Hammond's Flycatcher, 3 Cassin's Vireos, and our first Hermit Warblers of the spring were highlights. As far as I can tell Yellow Warblers are not really moving yet. My impression is that the ones along Refugio Canyon are local territorial birds. I am not seeing any with the migrant warbler groups.
--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Goleta, CA


Refugio Canyon Sat am

Nick Lethaby
 

Brad Hacker and I birded the canyon this AM. Wes synchronously birded the areas up closer to the pass so we could get a comparison of numbers. I will let Wes post on his findings. The wind was a brisk northerly, with presumably a hint of west judging by the fog/cloud layer along the ridgeline.

Brad and I had a good but typical selection of migrants, included lots of Black-throated Gray, Nashville, and Wilson's Warblers. A single Hammond's Flycatcher, 3 Cassin's Vireos, and our first Hermit Warblers of the spring were highlights. As far as I can tell Yellow Warblers are not really moving yet. My impression is that the ones along Refugio Canyon are local territorial birds. I am not seeing any with the migrant warbler groups.
--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Ocean Beach Park still closed

Don Tate
 

Ocean Beach Park road is still locked due to "flooding" as of 6:30 PM Friday. From up on Hwy 246 I could see flocks of gulls on the beach on each side of the flowing river mouth. Surf Beach gate below RR was locked, hours 8 AM to 6 PM. I walked N on the electric company road but saw zero waterfowl on the pond S of the RR Y.

Don Tate


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*** Species Summary:

- Mourning Dove (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (4 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Cassin's Vireo (1 report)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (2 reports)
- Townsend's Warbler (1 report)
- Black-headed Grosbeak (1 report)
- Lazuli Bunting (1 report)

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Mourning Dove (Zenaida macroura) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 14:45 by Jim Howard
- 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/S66946959
- Comments: "Small grey dove, long pointed tail with scraggly white outer tail feathers. Largish black spots on wings and back. Was roosting near outhouses."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 08:31 by John Sterling
- 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/S66923003
- Comments: "Continuing"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 09:36 by Lori Gaskin
- 304 Linden Ave, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3945,-119.5232), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.394466,-119.523208&ll=34.394466,-119.523208
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66925840
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "On the grassy field adjacent to Linden. Viewed it for 10 minutes along the eastern edge of the open field. Human activity disrupted it on a number of occasions during which the egret would relocate to the southern edge of the field. Readily identified by orange/buff hue and beak color."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 09, 2020 19:02 by Craig Murray
- 304 Linden Ave, Carpinteria US-CA 34.39501, -119.52284, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.395006,-119.522843&ll=34.395006,-119.522843
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66887243
- Comments: "Continuing at Linden Field"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 14:49 by Nancy Baron
- Andrée Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.42193, -119.65771, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421927,-119.657708&ll=34.421927,-119.657708
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66942814
- Comments: "I saw an egret that I at first thought must be a snowy egret but it was stockier and had all yellow legs .It was in the reeds between the parking area and the little wooden viewing platform. Maybe some one else will see it."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 09:00 by Tom Boucher
- Carpinteria SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3923207,-119.5230103&ll=34.3923207,-119.5230103
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66937828
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird which has been seen in this area for several days. See Photos"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 08:15 by Peter Schneekloth
- 5436–5986 Figueroa Mountain Rd, Santa Ynez US-CA 34.73470, -120.06420, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.734701,-120.064204&ll=34.734701,-120.064204
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66929790
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Empid with long wing extension, dark underside of small narrow bill photos pending, steady peep calls. This bird was 850 feet in a straight line (measured on google maps) from the one I saw a week ago so I suspect its a different bird."

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 14:45 by Jim Howard
- 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/S66946959
- Comments: "Grey hooded vireo with bright white spectacles. Grey helmet contrasted with green is-grey back. Buffy yellowish on flanks. Discounting plumbous b/c of the buffy flanks and wing/back contrast with head color. Discounting blue-headed b/c the “helmet” was not that boldly cut, it was more blurry. The spectacles were bold, not the throat lines. Also much more likely by range."

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (2)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 14:45 by Jim Howard
- 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/S66946959
- Comments: "Small streaky sparrow with buffy breast and fine streaks. Buffy malar and peaky head shape. Very skulky. No specific breast spot. Both seen in Cave Canyon a good distance apart."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 10:25 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66947906
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Male. Briefly in honeysuckle and then flew and unable to relocate."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 10:25 by Lori Gaskin
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66930410
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Male. Briefly in honeysuckle and then flew and unable to relocate."

Townsend's Warbler (Setophaga townsendi) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 14:45 by Jim Howard
- 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/S66946959
- Comments: "Bold face pattern of black mask and yellow, black throat and streaks on sides. Yellow breast and white belly. White outer tail feathers. Seen in Cave Canyon."

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 14:45 by Jim Howard
- 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/S66946959
- Comments: "Possibly two, both males. Large finch with black head and orange neck, belly and rump. Spotted black and white back and wings. Seen in Cave Canyon and Landing Cove ~45 min apart."

Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2020 14:45 by Jim Howard
- 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/S66946959
- Comments: "Bold blue on back and wings, bright reddish breast. White wing bars and belly. Flew overhead and landed on coreopsis, seen well."

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Refugio Canyon April 10

Florence Sanchez
 

I started early this morning, hoping that the deck of gray clouds coming from behind the mountains would burn off soon.  Unfortunately it took almost 2 hours for the sun to finally break through and before then, birding was slow (and it was cold!).  All I could turn up of remote interest in the State Park was a pair of Red-breasted Mergansers in the little lagoon.  There was a little activity near the first creek crossing but the creek was running over the road, so one had to bird first one side and then drive to the other.  Following the creek up the road to the orchards, I had my first Ash-throated Flycatcher of the year.  Beyond the orchards, the next creek crossing was almost silent.  I parked above it and walked the general area, getting such things as house Wrens, Warbling and Hutton's Vireos, Hooded Oriole, and various Woodpeckers.  Finally after 9:00 o'clock, the sun broke through and it was like someone turned on a switch.  The sycamore that had little activity five minutes earlier was crawling with Warblers--NAshville, Black-throated Gray, Wilson's, Orange-crowned, as well as other species and it was pretty much like that for the next hour and a half as I continued up the canyon.  Things finally quieted down as I got to the creek crossings below the Circle Bar B, where not much was happening.

I did not find a Hammond's Flycatcher this morning, but I ended up with 49 species in the Canyon (not counting the few things I saw at the State Park).  Warblers included Orange-crowned, Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Townsend's Black-throated Gray and Nashville.  I also had both Hooded and Bulllock's Orioles, Black-headed Grosbeaks, 4 kinds of raptors, 3 species of Wren and 3 of Vireos, Violet-Green Swallows and more.  It turned out to be a good morning in spite of the lousy start. 

I stopped at UCSB's Campus Point on the way home to try a seawatch, but nothing was moving.

Florence Sanchez


Recent Winchester Canyon birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Like Ron Hirst, I have seen little in quick stops at Goleta Beach and Devereux and keep missing Surfbirds on my attempts at Coal Oil Point. Winchester Canyon has been quite decent in the evenings. On Tuesday evening, BC Hummers finally showed up with 3 in my yard and another in the neighborhood. There have been 1-3 around since. Wednesday evening had a good swift and swallow show with up to 45 Vaux's at one time and 4 Purple Martins heading west, along with many birds I suspect were mostly VG Swallows. A flock of 36 Western Kingbirds was teed up on various tall trees.

This evening I finally connected with cracking male Costa's Hummer. There seemed to more nocturnal migrants around than normal with 3 BH Grosbeaks, a W. Tanager, a Cassin's Vireo, 2 x BT Gray Warbler, and a Townsend's Warbler. A flock of 10 Audubon's Warblers included a Myrtle.

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Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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- Cattle Egret (2 reports)

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Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 09, 2020 14:12 by Eric Culbertson
- 304 Linden Ave, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3947,-119.5226), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.39471,-119.522573&ll=34.39471,-119.522573
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66876244
- Comments: "Small white egret foraging on grass field here. No larger than nearby snowy. Orange on back, breast and crown. Short broad yellow bill and yellow legs. Continuing now for several days. Today it was walking around hunched over picking food stuff from the grass near east end of flooded channel."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 09, 2020 19:02 by Jenny Slaughter
- 304 Linden Ave, Carpinteria US-CA 34.39501, -119.52284, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.395006,-119.522843&ll=34.395006,-119.522843
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66885485
- Comments: "Continuing at Linden Field"

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strange fly-over

Rob Denholtz
 

I had a strange fly-over at 5:00 PM this afternoon.  I suspected it was a conglomerate Angel of Death (note Passover reference) but it sounded gull-like and they looked like gulls except for having pointed tails.  For a moment I thought Gannets, but they don’t sound like gulls.

Any thoughts?

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Carpinteria


Goleta Beach this afternoon

Ron Hirst
 

In the rain, a Peregrine and Osprey, plus 2 Snowy Plovers, 2 Semipalmated Plovers and a pair of Kingfishers. Not many gulls or waterbirds. Ron Hirst, SB 


Hummingbirds in the rain

Peter Schneekloth
 

My hummingbird show had slowed down as others had mentioned but seemed to pick right back up again in the rain yesterday and again today. Caught this one Rufous enjoying the rain last night fun enough to be worth sharing:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49754780991/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Brief birding in Carpinteria

Florence Sanchez
 

After an early morning trip to the grocery store, I headed south to Carp to see if the Cattle Egret was still in the grassy field at the end of Linden.  It was there with 5 Snowy Egrets, 1 Willet, a few Mallards, and assorted gulls.   There is a temporary creek near the north end of the field and it was foraging on its edge along with the other above mentioned birds.

Since the rain had mostly abated, I went on the Carpinteria Creek where there was a flurry of activity by Orange-crowned Warblers (4 in one willow alone).  Otherwise, only 1 Common Yellowthroat and a couple of Song Sparrows could be found.  There was a strong chilly breeze there.

I moved on to Bates Road and hit a really nice pocket of Warblers moving around the large sycamores on the edge of the Creek.   There were about a dozen Yellow-rumps, some singing; 1 Black-throated Gray Warbler; 3 Orange-crowns; and 2 Wilson's Warblers, one each male and female.  Also active in the same area were a Hutton's Vireo, Pacific Slope Flycatchers, a Black Phoebe, both Bewick's and House Wrens, and both Hooded and Bullock's Orioles.  No hummingbird activity at the Giant Echiums, but there were a couple of Hummingbird sp. chasing each other on hill above the road where Tree Tobacco is blooming.  The pretty Norwegian horses were out in their pasture this morning, and while watching them, I also picked up a Western Kingbird being harassed by a Cassin's Kingbird.  By then the rain started to pick up and walking back to my car, the warbler activity had gone completely quiet.

I drove past Lake Jocelyn and though the rain was coming down, I got out for a quick look.  Nothing remarkable was on the lake and I did not see the Solitary Sandpiper, but there was a nice show of Barn, Rough-winged, and Tree Swallows.  By then it was getting hard to keep my binoculars and glasses dry, so I packed it in and headed home.

Florence Sanchez


Farren Road

Florence Sanchez
 

I needed a good long stretchy walk so I hiked Farren Road this morning, even though it's a little early for some of the things we look for there.  IT was a gorgeous morning with incredible views.  The ocean was like a silver-blue platter, so placid that the clouds in the channel sky were perfectly reflected on the water.

Bird activity was moderate, with a good show of Swallows near the reservoir (5 species).  There were at least 3 Western Kingbirds working the fields and multiple singing House Wrens.  Lark Sparrows are also active now.  I saw at least 6 and two were singing males in different spots on the road.  I was hoping to find Vaux's Swifts and a Costa's Hummingbird this morning and had success with the Swifts--a total of 3 observed.  Hooded orioles are active, especially at the ranch at the end of the road.  No luck on the Costa's, but there is a fair amount of blooming tree tobacco along the road and other species of hummingbirds were visiting the plants.

I did not see or hear a Roadrunner this morning and the only Common Ground Dove encountered was a quick fly-by near the reservoir.

Florence Sanchez


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (1 report)
- Lazuli Bunting (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Apr 08, 2020 08:40 by Lukas Le Grice
- 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/S66825395
- Comments: "Continuing sandpiper."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 08, 2020 09:10 by Lukas Le Grice
- Carpinteria SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3923207,-119.5230103&ll=34.3923207,-119.5230103
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66825744
- Comments: "Stocky egret with thick orange bill, in breeding plumage at Linden Field. Seen here yesterday."

Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 08:00 by Den Nord
- Los Padres National Forest, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.49773, -119.80930, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.497734,-119.8093&ll=34.497734,-119.8093
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66820766
- Comments: "This bird was with a large group of yellow rumpled warblers and a couple of orange crowned warblers. Blue and ruddy Brown breast in straight ahead view. Definitely not a western blue bird."

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Santa Ynez River Estuary after breach at the beach

Mark Holmgren
 

I birded the estuary this morning by walking in from the locked gate. The estuary broke through to the ocean yesterday afternoon, I am told.  Lots of birds were present, especially Sanderlings, Brewer’s Blackbirds, Eared Grebes, and Western Sandpipers. A pair of Clark’s Grebes danced.  Enormous numbers of swallows were flying upriver before 7:40am.  Noteworthy in their scarcity or absence were geese, Green-winged Teal, long-legged waders, Least Sandpipers, dowitchers, northern gulls, and herons and egrets.

Photos of the estuary are in my checklist.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66827766

 

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass 


SY River

Cher Hollingworth
 

The river is breaking through now, making some awesome mudflat habitat.
With luck, the person with the key will open the gate tomorrow.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc