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Re: another dead fulmar

Linus Blomqvist
 

Hi all, 

If all the news of dead northern fulmars brings you down, there are at least some in the channel that are alive and well - I saw one from Coal Oil Point a week ago today. Checklist here. I went seawatching four times last week in the moderately strong western winds, the northern fulmar being the only notable sighting.

Linus

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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


Re: another dead fulmar

Christopher Kibler
 

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


Birding policy at SBMNH 4/1/20

Rebecca Coulter
 

Greetings birders,
Since people have been asking, here is more about using the Museum of Natural History property. It’s a moving target, but as of today 4/1 these are guidelines; appropriate signage is posted at all entry areas:
Parking lot will remain closed at all times except in emergencies. No parking allowed at any time in the lot.
You are permitted to use the woodland WEST of the Club House and Eyes in the Sky aviary. No one is allowed east of these buildings except to walk through the parking lot. Use of the recirculating creek and surrounding area not permitted.
Please observe social distancing from others you encounter: at least 6 feet between you.
Dogs are permitted on leash only. People with off leash dogs will be asked to leave.

Thanks for adhering to these policies while birding on the property at this time.

Rebecca Coulter
SB


Hummingbird arrivals - Blackchinned

Peter Schneekloth
 

The hummingbird show definitely ticked up a few notches today with a dozen or so Rufous/Allen's buzzing the feeders. After an hour or so sit a Black-chinned male arrived and allowed for some nice detail shots. A few shots of the Black-chinned and some of the other birds as well at my flickr site:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49722667232/in/dateposted-public/

Curious to see the hummingbird action at dusk.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


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- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Vesper Sparrow (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 12:15 by Dawn Hovey
- 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/S66450268
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "We were told by the Merlin app and experienced birders looking at the picture that this is a young Neotropic Cormorant. (Picture taken by Steve Hovey.)"

Vesper Sparrow (Pooecetes gramineus) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 09:30 by Abbie Valine
- 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/S66456607
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "White eye ring, unmarked belly, and white outer retrices. Photos."

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Re: Kinevan Road this morning 31 March 2020

Florence Sanchez
 

Mark is right--Kinevan is a great place to be right now.  I checked out La Cumbre Peak and East Camino Cielo Road this morning first (not much going on there), so I didn't even get to Kinevan until around 10 a.m. and there was stll lots of activity.

While on ECC, I checked out the recent burn area as I did a few weeks ago.   Most of the fire follower stuff up there still isn't blooming.  I suspect it will be another three weeks or so before it does.   (Exception today was two plants of Zygadene Lily in full bud.)  However coming down San Marco Pass Road, I noticed that lower down (next to the passing lane that is currently staked off with orange poles), some of the lavender Large-flowered Phacelia is blooming.  Lots of stuff is stump sprouting too.  Watching the regeneration of a burned area in chaparral is an intriguing pastime.

Florence Sanchez
 

On Tuesday, March 31, 2020, 04:05:28 PM PDT, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:


I walked San Jose Creek along Kinevan Rd this morning where I met Florence Sanchez.  She’d agree, I’m sure, that Kinevan was really active today.  Highlights that I was able to detect were:

  • Yellow Warblers (3) present
  • Golden-crowned Kinglets in different places along Kinevan Rd. 
  • 3, possibly 4, singing Cassin’s Vireos
  • Large counts of Pacific-slope Flycatchers (13) and Warbling Vireos (14)
  • Only 1 pair of Black Phoebes, but that one pair was building a nest in a natural site—in a large boulder along the stream bottom.  
Of 381 Black Phoebe breeding records, we have 170 records for which the nest site was known.
The breeding record today at Kinevan is one of only 6 of those 170 records where breeding occurred in a natural setting.  

Here is where the Breeding Bird Study shows Black Phoebes choose to nest:

Nest species/structure

Number BlPh breeding records

bridge

170

nest site not known

131

building or house

60

culvert

6

inside dovecote

2

outhouse

2

boulder in creek

3

rock face

2

inactive hot dog stand

1

marble column

1

picnic table canopy

1

pipeline

1

platform over pond

1

stream bank

1

 

Breeding evidence was also collected for American Crow and Steller's Jay (by Florence). 

Neither Pacific Wren nor Varied Thrush were detected by me.

eBird checklist is here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66454918

 

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass


Kinevan Road this morning 31 March 2020

Mark Holmgren
 

I walked San Jose Creek along Kinevan Rd this morning where I met Florence Sanchez.  She’d agree, I’m sure, that Kinevan was really active today.  Highlights that I was able to detect were:

  • Yellow Warblers (3) present
  • Golden-crowned Kinglets in different places along Kinevan Rd. 
  • 3, possibly 4, singing Cassin’s Vireos
  • Large counts of Pacific-slope Flycatchers (13) and Warbling Vireos (14)
  • Only 1 pair of Black Phoebes, but that one pair was building a nest in a natural site—in a large boulder along the stream bottom.  
Of 381 Black Phoebe breeding records, we have 170 records for which the nest site was known.
The breeding record today at Kinevan is one of only 6 of those 170 records where breeding occurred in a natural setting.  

Here is where the Breeding Bird Study shows Black Phoebes choose to nest:

Nest species/structure

Number BlPh breeding records

bridge

170

nest site not known

131

building or house

60

culvert

6

inside dovecote

2

outhouse

2

boulder in creek

3

rock face

2

inactive hot dog stand

1

marble column

1

picnic table canopy

1

pipeline

1

platform over pond

1

stream bank

1

 

Breeding evidence was also collected for American Crow and Steller's Jay (by Florence). 

Neither Pacific Wren nor Varied Thrush were detected by me.

eBird checklist is here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S66454918

 

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass


Purple Martins and Feeding birds in the breeding period

Mark Holmgren
 

On a visit to Nojoqui Falls County Park today I heard one briefly singing and saw one male (could have been the same bird) Purple Martin along Alisal Road near Nojoqui Park.  I'm not sure if 30 March is necessarily a late arrival date for PuMa, but I know they've arrived in mid-March in other years.
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On another matter, I thought I might pass to folks a short blurb I wrote today to a guy who lives on my property.  It pertains to the risk of predation to medium and small bird when tossing bird seed during the breeding season in habitat that supports breeding birds.

Dear . . . . ,

When large numbers of California Scrub-Jays congregate in an area they become very predatory on the nestlings and eggs of other bird species their size and smaller. We have such a congregation here because of the feeding that attracts the quail and other species, especially jays and crows.  A couple years ago, once I connected the facts that there was no small bird breeding success on the property and that I was supporting this unnaturally large bunch of jay, I quit tossing out bird seed.


It’s ironic that I, a chronicler of breeding birds in SB County, have few to no small- or medium-sized birds breeding where I live.  Kinda funny, in a perverse way.


It’s up to you whether you continue to feed birds during the breeding period, which we have just entered.  If you discontinue, we will have some angry birds bitching you out for a while, and they will take it out on other birds that try to nest.  But soon the jays will disperse and by the middle and end of the breeding period, we may see some breeding success.


Here are some of the species, large and small, on and near our property that would breed here if all things were equal.


Thanks for reading this.

Mark

[list of birds omitted]

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Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass


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- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 10:40 by Jim Moore
- 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/S66409626
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Medium to large sandpiper, similar to Spotted Sandpiper, but larger dwith large eye-rings."

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Coal Oil Point and points nearby

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked Sands Beach at Coal Oil Point this morning, shortly after low tide.  It was lovely out there.  No Wandering tattler on the rocks, but I had plenty of other shorebirds, including Willets, Marbled Godwits, Whimbrels, Sanderlings, 2 Western Sandpipers, 2 Semi-palmated Plovers, and lots of Snowy Plovers.  My plan was to do a seawatch after walking the beach, but constant checking as I walked indicated it would be another slow day and there were other people sitting at the tables on the point, so I cancelled that idea.

Since I didn't find either Short-billed Dowitchers or a DUnlin on the beach there, I decided to check the UCSB Lagoon near the faculty club.  A small island there is often good for shorebirds and my intuition was right on.  There was a large flock of Dowitchers feeding there (70+).  All were in basic plumage and I find it very hard to separate the two species in that condition; however, the birds were fairly noisy and that helped.  I heard lots of the Yellow-legs-type call of Short-billed, and at least 1 Long-billed's typical "Keek," so I think both species were present with Short-bills predominating.  In addition to the Dowitchers, I also found 2 Dunlin there, both in basic plumage.

After I left the lagoon, I decided to check out Area K but not much was happening there.  Ducks numbers were way down from my last visit, but the species variety is still good here.  Noontime may not be the best time to scan this area.  A check of Goleta Beach did not turn up anything interesting.

Florence Sanchez


Goleta Beach hooded gull 4pm

Ron Hirst
 

Likely a Laughing Gull, maybe a Franklins. Floating at  furthest edge of my binoc and camera range, about 300 yards off end of Sandspit parking lot. A scope could discern what it is. Maybe it will come into creek.  Ron Hirst. SB


Oso Flaco Lake

Stephanie Little
 

CA State Parks Takes Additional Steps to Help Slow Down Spread of #COVID19: Vehicle Access Temporarily Closed at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, including Oso Flaco and Pismo State Beach. Read press release here: https://bit.ly/3duDuKx


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- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Townsend's Solitaire (1 report)

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Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 07:04 by Barry Rowan
- Farren Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443548,-119.9237752&ll=34.443548,-119.9237752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66362757
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Pair on barbed wire near avocado orchard. Have photos."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:05 by margeNdon thornton
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66376603
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "beginning to look more like first summer. Fairly long neck, heavy, ovoid shaped beak"

Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 13:06 by John Callender
- East Pinery, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7296569,-119.9531293&ll=34.7296569,-119.9531293
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66379214
- Comments: "Near the south end of E. Pinery Road. Slim, upright posture, small beak, long tail. Plain gray, though I saw it in poor light and was unable to see other plumage characteristics. But the silhouette was distinctive."

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San Antonio East

Cher Hollingworth
 

I took an extra long way to work through San Antonio East & back very early this morning, since I only needed to check COVID results today.
I was hoping for Black-headed Grosbeak or a Bullock's Oriole singing in the dawn chorus, or maybe an early Chat.
Lots of Common Yellowthroas, Wrentits, Wilson's Warblers & Song Sparrows were singing.
The only non-regular winter birds were all the Wilson's Warblers.  No Spring birds, yet.  No Grasshopper Sparrows.
Nothing really exciting except one - one Long-eared Owl.   

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


SBMNH "backyard"

Steven Gaulin
 

Thanks to Florence for mentioning all the activity in the "backyard" of the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History. The Museum is closed but the parking lot is open 8:00 AM to 4:00PM and it seems that folks are free to walk into the woodland at the West end of the parking lot. There are multiple trails and nice riparian habitat. I saw and heard all the species that Florence mentioned, plus two additional. There are now at least six Western Kingbirds, plus many vocalizing Pacific-slope Flycatchers, and singing Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, and Townsends Warblers. Warbling Vireos and various warblers were bathing in Mission Creek. A few R-C Kinglets were singing their adorable jiggly songs. A Bullocks Oriole and a Western Tanager were both vocal and visible. I also picked up one quiet Nashville Warbler along the western boundary of the Museum property, where it abuts a residential area.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


COPR this AM

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I walked the beach to the Dune Pond and back on the low tide. Still no Surfbirds yet and not even a Black Turnstone. There is a Dunlin hanging around and new migrants today were 8 Short-billed Dowitchers and a Forster's Tern.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Bullocks Orioles

Bradley Hacker
 

12 this morning at Refugio SB and just had 24 fly over south of the first creek crossing 


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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums


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- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Townsend's Solitaire (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 11:40 by David Compton
- 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/S66326330
- Comments: "Continuing. Immature bird a bit pale on breast and underside of neck, much smaller than nearby Double-crested Cormorants, pale feathering around gape, and no yellow/orange visible near eye. Bill duller than Double-cresteds."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:25 by John Deacon
- Preisker Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9834912,-120.4376006&ll=34.9834912,-120.4376006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66328392
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bright red and black male. Previously reported."

Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 08:15 by Bradley Hacker
- Pine Trees at W end of burn area, W El Camino Cielo, Goleta US-CA (34.5343,-120.0198), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.534308,-120.019753&ll=34.534308,-120.019753
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66316731
- Comments: "Buff-gray thrush-sized bird. Thin pale eyering. Faint mottled chin. Small dark bill. Faint pale wing bars with minor pale orange hues. Silent."

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SB HArbor area, Seawatch and points in between

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning I got down to the harbor and walked along the breakwater and out on the sandspit at low tide.  There were still two Surfbirds and a couple of Black Turnstones on the outer wall of the breakwater. I haven't had a Wandering Tattler there or elsewhere so far this spring.   Outside the breakwater, I found two Red-throated loons and there were another 5 inside between the jetty and the yachts.  Two had nice red throats.  Two more Red-throated Loons were off West Beach.   (Also off West beach were a couple of Surf Scoters and a Red-breasted Merganser.) There was a Common Loon in Breeding Plumage outside the breakwater.  I only found 2 Snowy Plovers on the Sandspit this morning.  A flock of 71 Black Skimmers flew in to rest.  I checked the Mission Creek Outfall, but there were only a few Western Gulls in the Channel.  

Later I checked out Winchester Canyon and after a few minutes of staking out bottlebrush trees on Winchester Drive, I turned up a nice Rufous Hummingbird.  Lots of stuff is singing along the creek there.

My next stop was UCSB, where I made a diligent search for the Tropical Kingbird reported earlier this week.  No luck there, but I found another Rufous Hummingbird in a blooming Eucalyptus.  Nothing happening at Campus Point.

My final stop was Coal Oil Point, where I spent a little over an hour doing a sea watch.   Conditions were very slow.  I got fly-bys of 4 individual Red-throated Loons, 1 Pacific Loon, and 1 Pelagic Cormorant.  Shortly before I left, I had a flock of 6 Surf Scoters and way out and up high, an undetermined flock of something near the oil platform.  I did not pick it up in my scope in time to identify.

Florence Sanchez


Solitary Sandpiper, Orchard Oriole still around

Larry Ballard
 

They're both in Carp -- the sandpiper at Lake Jocelyn (day 134) and the oriole in the taller south end of the cape honeysuckle row along Santa Monica Creek.

A dark Merlin was over Franklin Creek and a male Northern Harrier was there three days ago.

Larry Ballard
Carpinteria CA