Date   

Carp Morning

Rob Denholtz
 

Carp Salt Marsh:

Highlights were continuing Western Grebe in Franklin Creek and 5 Yellow-crowned Night Herons - one in eclipse plumage. White-tailed Kite foraging over Basins 1 and 2 (caught small rodent) and a fly-over Peregrine Falcon disappearing over Basin 3 to the west. Perhaps it is time to take the YCNH off the RARE list.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria


Continuing Yellow-crowned Night Herons

Dave Compton
 

4 continue at Goleta Beach, in the roost along the slough channel: 3 juvs, and 1 that looks very nearly like an adult and may be one of the three that showed up as juveniles here last fall.

Nothing else present that was more interesting than an Osprey. But it was mildly interesting to me that Snowy Egrets (22) have taken up roosting in the sickly myoporum with the night-herons. It was in the low 80s at midday at the beach, much lower than the temp just a mile or two inland.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Gaviota - Bla ck-throated Sparrow, Nashville Warbler

Peter Schneekloth
 

I made a stop at Gaviota before the crowds arrived. I parked at the top parking area at the Beach to Backcountry Trailhead and had a Black-throated Sparrow right in the parking area. Further down the trail I had a Nashville Warbler moving quickly across the hillside and a Lazuli Bunting. The heat and crowds soon made birding unproductive. Two looks at the Sparrow here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/50312944661/in/dateposted-public/
 
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Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Bird Refuge Friday

Robert Lindsay
 

Most of the action was out at the third viewing platform. 27 Black-necked Stilt, 12 American Avocet, 1 White-faced Ibis, 2 Elegant Tern, 5 species from the heron clan (GBH, Great & Snowy, BCNH, and 1 Green), Least Sandpiper with 1 Western and 1 Spotted and the usual assortment of common birds expected at this site.

Early this morning (7:00) there was an Osprey perched in a Euc at the top end of Lake Los Carneros. Don't recall seeing Osprey there before.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay


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*** Species Summary:

- Herring Gull (American) (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Lucy's Warbler (1 report)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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Herring Gull (American) (Larus argentatus smithsonianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 07:05 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Vandenberg AFB -Boat House, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5556993,-120.6124592&ll=34.5556993,-120.6124592
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73110442
- Media: 2 Photos

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (5)
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 06:04 by Rob Denholtz
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73254129
- Comments: "4 juvenile"

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 09:01 by David Compton
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73218667
- Comments: "Seen at length. Small gray warbler with plain face. Gray palest on the under parts, darkest on the wings. Dark stood out against pale face. Medium length tail was light gray below with slightly darker tip. Did not get good look at rump, which appear darker from the side compared to under parts."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (2)
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:30 by Christina Hotovec
- Vburg AFB Matt's home, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7544736,-120.54105&ll=34.7544736,-120.54105
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73216837
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "There were two of them at my feeder, eating."

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swifts that were black

Ron Hirst
 

6+ swifts that were black (as backlit, and at a distance) flew south over SB Riviera hills at 8:45am. First impressions were that they were large black swifts, and flew as a loose group in a straight line, and with a few wingbeats and then a significant glide -- different than WT Swifts that usually flutter more and circle around. They flew south and no more followed. I can't definitively call them Black Swifts. Ron Hirst, SB


Re: Big Sit! 2020

Linus Blomqvist
 

I had thought of Lake Los Carneros too. El Capitan or Refugio state beaches sound like good candidates as well. I was planning to scout out a spot around Coal Oil Point / Devereux Slough. If there's a way to cover some ocean/beach and slough habitat, and get some warblers etc in the trees, it could be pretty good. If it were in the winter, I'd also say Campus Point with the Lagoon right there. But I've only birded in the county for less than a year so I'm probably not the right person to know the best spots. Hopefully we can get several circles and see what works best.

A search for previous mentions of big sit in this email listserv yielded this prophecy:

I predict that we will not exceed 70 species on any Big Sit in SB Co.

Challenge accepted!

Linus
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Linus Blomqvist


On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 1:41 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
Hi Linus,
Can you think of a place in Santa Barbara County that would produce a high 24-hour list for a Big Sit?
Many of us have thought about places and tried a few of them. I hope you get some good responses.  Here are three of my thoughts for places.

El Capitan Ridge is quite a special place even if it has never reached its potential as a Big Sit spot.  It's a Chumash midden site, totally disturbed, but disturbed at a time when the only plants available to recolonize were natives.  It's a good teaching spot.
As for numbers of birds, it can be good if there is water in the creek below the site, which one can look down upon. Very near shore the drop-off is steep so one can at times see deeper water birds close to shore.  Additionally, there is rocky shore, Euc Woodlands, some Chaparral, ag land, grassland, power lines, and more.   

East end Lake Cachuma.  Not likely to get these conditions again here in the near future.  It's hard to believe that we spent 5 hrs standing along Hwy 154.  Visibility is diminished now due to the obstruction of tree growth between the highway and the lake.

Lake Los Carneros Dam.  I don't think I've ever done a Big Sit here but when conditions are right I think 75 or 80 species over a 24-hr period might be possible in either fall or spring.

I can't think of any situation in SB County that matches what the Morro Bay Big Sit spot can accomplish when conditions are right there.  I think their high count is in the 120s.  Join that count to see how it's done.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 11:39 AM Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist@...> wrote:
Hi all,

I wanted to draw your attention to a birding event organized by the New Haven Bird Club: The 2020 Big Sit! For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, the idea is to establish a circle 17 feet in diameter and then try to see as many birds as possible from within that circle in one day. The circle can be anywhere - even in your backyard - and you can bird for as many hours as you want; it doesn't have to be the full day.

This year the event takes place on October 10 and 11 (you can pick either day according to your availability).

More than a hundred teams across the country typically participate every year, but rarely if ever has there been one from Santa Barbara. It'd be really fun to get some participants here, and I'm going to do my own circle.

Participating is easy: no pre-registration is required, and you report your sightings using eBird.

The organizers emphasize the importance of following all local and state protocols for covid-19 safety. Given the situation in our county, doing it individually is the safest option. But you're allowed to do shifts, so you can have several participants in your team and just split up the day between you. 

During the day, there will be communication over social media platforms, and perhaps we could report highlights and status updates (ie, the number of species seen so far by each team) on our email list as well, to make it feel more like a collective experience.

More information can be found at www.thebigsit.org.

Linus

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Linus Blomqvist


Ocean Park

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I birded Ocean Park in Lompoc late this morning and saw 2 Baird’s and one Semipalmated Sandpiper in the mix of shore birds.
Please note that this park is very busy with people and dogs off leash. I even saw some guy with 2 cats on leashes there so it’s weird! Anyway, the mudpeckers are in decent numbers when they are not being flushed up river.

Oh, last Wednesday at SMSW on Black Road, I saw a adult type Bairds Sandpiper, 6 Spotted Sandpipers, what looked good for a Solitary Sandpiper and one Western. There were 3 Lesser Yellowlegs in with the Greaters. The only duck of note was a male N. Pintail.

Good birding.

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


Re: Big Sit! 2020

Phila Rogers
 

HI ALL:  I did a sit in the Botanical Garden in Strawberry Canyon in Berkeley before I moved to SB.  I'm a big fan especially at 91 years of age.  Sitting is now a specialty.  TheI birds in your sit circle quickly accept your presence and go about their business.  Back of the natural history museum is always birdy but there may be too many people.  I'm open to suggestions of places near Oak Park where I live.  Phila Rogers


On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 2:42 PM John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:
Mark (and Linus, and the group),
 
I replied separately to Linus to mention that I'm thinking I might do a Big Sit on one of those days at the Romero Canyon Fire Road hawkwatch site. Not because it's a good spot for maximum species count, but because it would be during the time when Broad-winged Hawks might be migrating and I wanted to keep an eye out for them. (I note that we likely won't be able to follow the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory numbers this year to warn us of Broad-winged Hawk pulses, since I don't think the GGRO will be reporting hawk numbers due to their volunteer program being suspended.)
 
An interesting potential Big Sit spot that I wonder about would be in the restricted-access part of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Natural Reserve, at the southern end of the Estero Way causeway with a view of the estuary mouth. We've been able to resume regular bird surveys in there thanks to help from CSMNR Director Andy Brooks; I wonder if a whole-day sit there (maybe broken up into a few shifts by different volunteers) might produce some interesting numbers.
 
John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Big Sit! 2020

John Callender
 

Mark (and Linus, and the group),
 
I replied separately to Linus to mention that I'm thinking I might do a Big Sit on one of those days at the Romero Canyon Fire Road hawkwatch site. Not because it's a good spot for maximum species count, but because it would be during the time when Broad-winged Hawks might be migrating and I wanted to keep an eye out for them. (I note that we likely won't be able to follow the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory numbers this year to warn us of Broad-winged Hawk pulses, since I don't think the GGRO will be reporting hawk numbers due to their volunteer program being suspended.)
 
An interesting potential Big Sit spot that I wonder about would be in the restricted-access part of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Natural Reserve, at the southern end of the Estero Way causeway with a view of the estuary mouth. We've been able to resume regular bird surveys in there thanks to help from CSMNR Director Andy Brooks; I wonder if a whole-day sit there (maybe broken up into a few shifts by different volunteers) might produce some interesting numbers.
 
John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Big Sit! 2020

Mark Holmgren
 

Hi Linus,
Can you think of a place in Santa Barbara County that would produce a high 24-hour list for a Big Sit?
Many of us have thought about places and tried a few of them. I hope you get some good responses.  Here are three of my thoughts for places.

El Capitan Ridge is quite a special place even if it has never reached its potential as a Big Sit spot.  It's a Chumash midden site, totally disturbed, but disturbed at a time when the only plants available to recolonize were natives.  It's a good teaching spot.
As for numbers of birds, it can be good if there is water in the creek below the site, which one can look down upon. Very near shore the drop-off is steep so one can at times see deeper water birds close to shore.  Additionally, there is rocky shore, Euc Woodlands, some Chaparral, ag land, grassland, power lines, and more.   

East end Lake Cachuma.  Not likely to get these conditions again here in the near future.  It's hard to believe that we spent 5 hrs standing along Hwy 154.  Visibility is diminished now due to the obstruction of tree growth between the highway and the lake.

Lake Los Carneros Dam.  I don't think I've ever done a Big Sit here but when conditions are right I think 75 or 80 species over a 24-hr period might be possible in either fall or spring.

I can't think of any situation in SB County that matches what the Morro Bay Big Sit spot can accomplish when conditions are right there.  I think their high count is in the 120s.  Join that count to see how it's done.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


On Sat, Sep 5, 2020 at 11:39 AM Linus Blomqvist <linus.blomqvist@...> wrote:
Hi all,

I wanted to draw your attention to a birding event organized by the New Haven Bird Club: The 2020 Big Sit! For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, the idea is to establish a circle 17 feet in diameter and then try to see as many birds as possible from within that circle in one day. The circle can be anywhere - even in your backyard - and you can bird for as many hours as you want; it doesn't have to be the full day.

This year the event takes place on October 10 and 11 (you can pick either day according to your availability).

More than a hundred teams across the country typically participate every year, but rarely if ever has there been one from Santa Barbara. It'd be really fun to get some participants here, and I'm going to do my own circle.

Participating is easy: no pre-registration is required, and you report your sightings using eBird.

The organizers emphasize the importance of following all local and state protocols for covid-19 safety. Given the situation in our county, doing it individually is the safest option. But you're allowed to do shifts, so you can have several participants in your team and just split up the day between you. 

During the day, there will be communication over social media platforms, and perhaps we could report highlights and status updates (ie, the number of species seen so far by each team) on our email list as well, to make it feel more like a collective experience.

More information can be found at www.thebigsit.org.

Linus

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Linus Blomqvist


Sat birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I checked out Winchester 1 and Ellwood. I heard the White-eyed Vireo singing for a few minutes in the willow patch at the east end where it was in the summer. I had a moderate selection of common migrants including Willow Flycatcher and Western Wood-Pewee.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Refugio Lucy’s Warbler

Dave Compton
 

I had long looks at a Lucy’s Warbler at Refugio State Beach, in lerpy eucalyptus in the western part of the park, near the railroad tracks. It stayed consistently in the area closest to the tracks. An odd site was a pigmentation challenged empid that I suspect was a Willow Flycatcher. It was very pale and yellowish overall. I saw it near the bridge around 9:15, then returned later and heard but did not see a whitting empid. I suspect it was the same bird, and therefore was likely a Willow.

Also present were a smattering of Yellow, Wilson’s, and Orange-crowned Warblers, one Townsend’s, and a Western Tanager, with most activity in the area where the Lucy’s was. Outside the park entrance, a group of four thrashers included one with a white head.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Big Sit! 2020

Linus Blomqvist
 

Hi all,

I wanted to draw your attention to a birding event organized by the New Haven Bird Club: The 2020 Big Sit! For those of you who aren't familiar with the concept, the idea is to establish a circle 17 feet in diameter and then try to see as many birds as possible from within that circle in one day. The circle can be anywhere - even in your backyard - and you can bird for as many hours as you want; it doesn't have to be the full day.

This year the event takes place on October 10 and 11 (you can pick either day according to your availability).

More than a hundred teams across the country typically participate every year, but rarely if ever has there been one from Santa Barbara. It'd be really fun to get some participants here, and I'm going to do my own circle.

Participating is easy: no pre-registration is required, and you report your sightings using eBird.

The organizers emphasize the importance of following all local and state protocols for covid-19 safety. Given the situation in our county, doing it individually is the safest option. But you're allowed to do shifts, so you can have several participants in your team and just split up the day between you. 

During the day, there will be communication over social media platforms, and perhaps we could report highlights and status updates (ie, the number of species seen so far by each team) on our email list as well, to make it feel more like a collective experience.

More information can be found at www.thebigsit.org.

Linus

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Linus Blomqvist


Bates Road grape vines and Egret assembly at Bird Refuge

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked Bates Road very early this morning and found the grape vines along the fence are still pulling in the birds as Joan Lentz reported Yesterday.  In 15 minutes of watching, I had 2 Bullock's Orioles, 1 Hooded Oriole, 1 Western Tanager, and 2 Purple Finches in the vines--more birds I could not see well enough to identify.  The resident Mockingbird was trying to chase everyone away and having no success.  by the way, this spot was 5 degrees cooler than Carp and 10 degrees cooler than Santa Barbara, so if you want to bird in a cool spot over the next couple of days, this might be it.

I made another brief stop at the Bird Refuge.  There was an invasion of Egrets there this morning and I couldn't figure a reason for it.  I had at least 78 Egrets, about equally split between Snowy and Great.  Most of the activity seemed to be along the Cabrillo Boulevard side of the Refuge, close into the reeds, but there were smaller numbers elsewhere and at least 15 birds on the two islands.  Could not figure out a reason for the gathering.

Florence Sanchez


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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Yellow-crowned) (1 report)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 06:28 by Rob Denholtz
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3996863,-119.5353699&ll=34.3996863,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73209530
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "1 adult. 1 juv"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (4)
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 06:53 by David Blue
- 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/S73209009
- Comments: "All four seen simultaneously along the channel from the East parking lot."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Yellow-crowned) (Nyctanassa violacea [violacea Group]) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 08:30 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/S73180862
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "juvenile, grey head with mostly black heavy convex beak, yellow lores. back brown with tiny triangles at feather tips , feathers with white edges."

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 06:59 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73213934
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "In the creek bank near (34.3920589, -119.5158833). Small compared to the Song Sparrow it was associating with, small beak, peaked crown, broad gray eyebrow, buffy flanks with narrow dark streaking."

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Carp morning

Rob Denholtz
 

Western Grebe in Franklin Creek early this morning. Also 2 YC Night Herons.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


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Carpinteria


Willow Flycatcher in Santa Barbara

Mark Holmgren
 

About 2pm today I had a Willow Flycatcher pass through the yard of the 
house I'm staying at near SB City College.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


birds at Bates bridge feeding on grapes!

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Today Marilyn Harding and I were looking for cool places to bird.  We stopped at Carp Creek first and did a count from the Eighth Street bridge.  Birds not as numerous there today as Sept. 3, when we had an immature YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.  It was on the north side of the bridge sulking around, hard to see.  Not today.
Then to Bates Road bridge over Rincon Crk, where we parked on the south side of the bridge.  We noticed lots of birds flying from the wooded hillside down to the grapevine that grew along a fence on the north side of the road (technically Ventura County?).
The vine was full of large bunches of ripe grapes, and we had a gang of orioles, plus some other birds, joining in the feast.
A group of THREE BULLOCK’S ORIOLES, and others, were extremely active here.  I’d never noticed this before!  The creekbed is dry, no birds there.  But this is a Fall phenomenon from that location.
Oh, and by the way, my book is now at Chaucer’s and Tecolote bookstores locally…!
Good birding!
Joan Lentz

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SYV Scaly-breasted Munias

Wim van Dam
 

In case anyone needs further evidence that Scaly-breasted Munias are now breeding in Santa Ynez Valley: earlier today a recently fledged one ended up dead in my Solvang backyard. A close-up photo shows the obvious yellow flange of a juvenile:

I have now also started to see small flocks of this species in the weedy fields at the "Finley Farm Honor Stand" (east of Refugio Rd, south of Baseline Avenue). So yeah, they're here to stay. 

Wim

PS: For those wondering why I post about this common south coast species: in Solvang's District I Scaly-breasted Munia is still described as "rare but increasing".

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