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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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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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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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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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- 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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Birding miscellany

Florence Sanchez
 

Yesterday I checked out a few spot in Goleta where there is nothing remarkable right now, but they could get better soon.  I walked along Winchester Canyon Road, checking out the small park and the creek.  There was a lot of activity of common birds and both Hooded and Bullock's Orioles were present.  Best finds here were a flock of AMerican Goldfinches near the Park and a nicely plumaged "Myrtle" Warbler.

From there I went to Ellwood and checked the area at the end of Santa Barbara Shores Road.  This has been a good spot for Orioles in spring, including Baltimore.  No Baltimores found yesterday, but there were plenty of Hooded and Bullocks Orioles in the eucs and also lots of Woodpecker activity ( 5 species).  The path to Coronado drive is blocked by mud and a downed tree.  To get to Coronado, you have to cross the creek on the plank bridge and walk the bluffs path on the other side until you can get down to another crossing. 

I tried a seawatch at Coal Oil Point, but the wind was from the southeast and nothing was moving.  Eventually the coastal eddy brought up a ribbon of fog that blocked the ocean view.

Today I checked a couple of spots in Carpinteria.  First was Rincon Creek at Bates Road, where there were singing Orange-crowned and Townsend's Warblers, HouseWrens, Robins, and both Hooded and Bullock's Orioles.  My target bird here was a Black-chinned Hummingbird, but I didn't find one.  They like the giant Echiums that are planted along the road to the west, which are blooming, but no Black-chins yet.  This area is worth checking again.

I drove by Lake Jocelyn but there were two people out on a boat in the lake, so I figured it would not be worth a stop.  I ended up at Carpinteria Creek where there was some modest activity near the Eighth Street Bridge, but nothing remarkable.  My best bird here was a Lincoln's Sparrow.  I found no Chestnut-backed Chickadees at either Carp Creek or Bates Road.

Florence Sanchez


kingbird movement

Eric Culbertson <ebc101@...>
 

This morning I was able to count 45 kingbirds passing over the yard in groups beginning at 0745 hrs and continuing for about 40 mins. Although all were likely western I only managed to identify six as such due to distance and sunlight.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria


Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Thursday morning, April 2, 2020

Spent a couple of hours in the Marsh . . . Marsh Park, Basin 1, and walked up along Santa Monica Creek.

Found two Lincoln’s Sparrows, two Golden Crowns, a definite Rufous Hummer, and fos Western Kingbirds.  Individual numbers in many species were high.  The Cliff Swallows are back en masse.  Complete list:  https://ebird.org/checklist/email?subID=S66534337

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Calliope Hummer

Nick Lethaby
 

After several days of checking, I finally found a male Calliope Hummingbird in Winchester Canyon this evening. Although most of you likely know this already, hummingbird activity seems to be much higher in the evening, especially after sunset. In particular, aggression levels drop as dusk falls and birds are happy to feed alongside each other rather than fight. At least in Winchester Canyon, I have been finding that Calliopes feed most frequently low down in flower beds. I have only once seen one at a feeder and they don't use the bottlebrush trees that often, probably because of the aggressive selasphorus species.

I may have has a female Costa's as there was an Anna's or Costa's type with the wingtips reaching the tail. However, I find this a tricky identification.

Nick


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Goleta, CA


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- Vesper Sparrow (1 report)

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Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 09:30 by Zena Casteel
- Santa Cruz Island - near Main Ranch, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9986232,-119.7152898&ll=33.9986232,-119.7152898
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66465334
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "White eye ring, unmarked belly, and distinct white outer retrices in flight. Photos."

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Re: another dead fulmar

Jamie Chavez
 

This sounds like the perfect opportunity to comment on dead vs live bird reporting. 

While eBird does not permit the inclusion of dead birds into checklist submissions (You didn't know that? Please see eBird best practices: https://ebird.freshdesk.com/support/solutions/articles/48000795623-ebird-best-practices ), iNaturalist, by comparison, does permit this and there is an attribute "Alive or Dead" when filling out an iNaturalist entry that one can choose for reporting deceased birds. As far as sbcobirding is concerned, generally, we should refrain from posting about dead birds unless it is part of a broader discussion about a possible die-off event, or if it represents a rarity that is worth reporting whether it is alive or dead. 

Moderator,

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Wed, Apr 1, 2020 at 10:43 AM Christopher Kibler <kibler@...> wrote:
Adding to the recent observations of dead seabirds, this weekend I observed a dead Northern Fulmar on East Beach near the Sycamore Creek outfall.

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40916125

Chris
Goleta




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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA