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Re: Tufted Duck

Dave Compton
 

Nice, Hugh!

Year 8. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Dec 22, 2020 at 2:33 PM Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...> wrote:
The male is back at Lauro Reservoir. Year #?

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara 



Tufted Duck

Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...>
 

The male is back at Lauro Reservoir. Year #?

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara 



Scaly-breasted Munia at edge of Cachuma CBC circle

Wim van Dam
 

This morning I had a noisy flock of SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA at Robin Pl x Meadowvale Rd in Santa Ynez. This is at the very edge of the Cachuma CBC circle, which has its center at (+34.6501, -119.9516). To wit: the western half of Robin Pl lies outside the circle. Fortunately the birds were in the trees of 1253 Meadowvale Rd, which is on the east and and on the north side of Robin Pl. 

I have nothing else worth reporting from this neighborhood. 

Wim

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #389: Cassin's Finch


North County Birding-CBC Scouting

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded some North County sites in preparation for this Sunday's SM/Guadalupe CBC.  I started at Triangle Pond.  Too cold for most birds (and me).  However, I was rewarded with nice looks at a pair of Hooded Mergansers (see pics).  Next I birded around Casmalia.  Nothing too exciting except as I drove through town I found a White Winged Dove.  Hopefully it will be findable during our bird count.  Finally, I stopped at Mitchell Road by the airport on my way home.  I saw lots of blackbirds.  I saw 2 Yellow Headed Blackbirds but before I could get a pic the whole flock left in a panic.  A Prairie Falcon posted up about 20 yards away for some nice pics (by my standards anyway).

Checklists for those interested are here:

My Checklists - eBird

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

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John Deacon
Orcutt


Sandpiper geese

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I had a flock of 7 Cackling, 5 juv Snow and a Ross's all together this AM plus what appeared to be another Ross's more distant in with the coots.I found the big Canada flock on UCSB Stork Field but nothing else in it.

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Deveraux, Tueday am

Robert Lindsay
 

Walked along the beach around COP then around the Deveraux Slough. Good numbers of all the common shorebirds on the beach. Also, lots of American Pipits. Many Say's Phoebe throughout the walk. Two groups of Snowy Plovers numbering collectively well over 100 individuals. The pond below the oil storage tank is bone dry and birdless. One White-tailed Kite in the fields behind that pond. Only bird of note were 4 Western Sandpipers mixed with Least just above the bridge that separates NCOS from Deveraux. Last item of interest were several hummingbirds that looked to be feeding on gnats over a manure pile by the big red barn.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay


Snowy Plovers

Guy Tingos
 

There were about 20 Snowy Plovers towards the west end of Goleta Beach County Park early this morning.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


Solstice surprise - Haemorhous sweep at my feeders

Peter Schneekloth
 

Maybe only the most inveterate of feeder watchers will like this one but I managed a shot of all 3 Haemorhous finch under my feeder this morning. I have not had any Purple around but a nice male arrived this morning. Throw in a Spinus pinus and a few American Goldfinch for good measure. Looks here if of interest:

triple header | peterschneekloth | Flickr

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Greater White-fronted Goose, Ocean Park

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

At Ocean Beach County Park in Lompoc, near the mouth of the Santa Ynez
River, east of the trestle, a flock of Canada Geese came flying in as we
were getting ready to leave. Mingled with the flock was a single Greater
White-fronted Goose.

No sign of the Lesser Black-backed Gull, though there were some birders
from SLO County who'd come down to try and re-find it. I hope they had
better luck than I did.

Lisa Walker-Roseman


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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


Ferruginous Hawk

Guy Tingos
 

There was a Ferruginous Hawk soaring above Patterson Avenue just south of Cathedral Oaks at 11:15am today.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


Saturday birding

Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...>
 

A mostly negative report. This morning I birded Bohnett Park, the Music Academy of the West, and part of the Bird Refuge. There were reasonable numbers of birds to look through, but I saw nothing too interesting. This afternoon I looked at the W. Valerio Tipus--again, nothing unusual to report.

On Wednesday I went to walk the Fairview Farm but found it closed to the public. I pished a flower row along Fairview and saw 5 Lincoln's Sparrows in one binocular view.

The Arroyo Road Tennessee Warbler was still present on Thursday morning.

The Snow Goose at Mission Creek mouth was still present yesterday.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Atascadero Creek area, Solitary Sandpiper, Clay-colored Sparrow, Siskins

Ron Hirst
 

The Solitary Sandpiper continues 100 yards below Patterson Bridge in muddy creekbed. 22 Pine Siskins are in liquid amber trees on Kaiser. A Hooded Merganser ate a red crawfish at the bridge. A Ch. Backed Chickadee was near end of Walnut with Bushtits. In the nearby restricted access ag fields a Clay-colored Sparrow was seen. Hoped to see B&W or Palm Warblers or Am. Redstart but no dice. No solitary type vireo either. Habitat is becoming dry riparian instead of lush riparian. Some rain possible in a week.
Ron Hirst, SB


Lesser Black-backed Gull Eurasian Wigeon

Jay “Bluejay” Bishop
 

At Ocean Beach park (9:06am) the Lesser Black-backed Gull continues. The bird was not there at 8:30 but then flew in off the ocean. The white spots on the wings gave this bird away as it flew in and landed on the sandy lagoon on the beach side of the train tracks. It was there when I left just before 10am. Many gulls would fly up river and disappear. Also a Eurasian Wigeon was on a small channel east of the parking area seen from the drive in.
Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara


Re: POSS. LBGU Ocean Park

Nick Lethaby
 

This is the regular wintering bird that haa been around for a few years. It is usually difficult to see.

Nick Lethaby, Goleta, CA

On Sat, Dec 19, 2020, 3:01 PM Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker) <feather@...> wrote:
Hi all,

I got one photo as the gull took off, of what *appears* to be a Lesser
Black-backed Gull near the mouth of the Santa Ynez River at Ocean Beach
County Park in Lompoc/VAFB. I have attached it here. A gull-expert friend
has given me a tentative ID on it being that species. It's the bird taking
off on the left in the photo

Lisa D Walker-Roseman

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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)






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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


POSS. LBGU Ocean Park

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Hi all,

I got one photo as the gull took off, of what *appears* to be a Lesser
Black-backed Gull near the mouth of the Santa Ynez River at Ocean Beach
County Park in Lompoc/VAFB. I have attached it here. A gull-expert friend
has given me a tentative ID on it being that species. It's the bird taking
off on the left in the photo

Lisa D Walker-Roseman

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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


Farren Rd, Scott's Logmein Lucy's and Mac

Jay “Bluejay” Bishop
 

At least one Adult male Scott’s Oriole continues at the end of Farren rd(8am) in the Eucs at the end of the road.
The MacGillvray’s Warbler continues in the same fallen Euc branches covered in ivy at the East end of the Logmein parking lot (9-10am) off Hollister in Goleta. Also 8 or more Cassin’s Kingbirds going crazy in the small trees just Northeast of the Mac spot. And a continuing Lucy’s Warbler at the Northwest end of the buildings parking area. This bird was tough to stay on. It was popping around the tops of many the Tipu trees mixing with many Ruby-crowned Kinglets, Yellow rumps and Townsend’s Warblers.
Jay Bishop
Santa Barbara


MacKenzie Park Dec. 18

Florence Sanchez
 

    I stoped by the park on my way to the post office this morning.  I was particularly looking for Sapsuckers in the Tipu and pepper trees.  I eventually found a Red-breasted Sapsucker in a pepper tree in the row that runs uphill between the driveway into the park and the road up to the lawn Bowling Green.  It appeared to have a very active and productive well in that tree (the one nearest the bottom, just above the stone pine).

Otherwise, mostly common birds in the park: Juncos, Scrub Jays, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, California Towhee, Bewick's Wren, a lone Band-tailed Pigeon, and a small accipiter that appeared to be a Sharp-shin.  It was perched high up and within a euc, so was a little hard to see well.  I also heard a single Red-breasted Nuthatch call from the pines at the eastern end of the park (near the dog park).

In regards to RB Nut status right now, I'd say they seem to be fewer (or at least less evident) than they were a month or so ago when I started hearing them, but they are definitely still around.

Florence Sanchez


Photographer acting poorly on More Mesa

Guy Tingos
 

A photographer was actively harassing the Short-eared Owl at sunset on More Mesa this evening. She ran up to the perched bird several times and put the bird to flight each time. I was not able to get near enough to comment to her on her behavior.

Please do not respond to this post to the entire group. This is not meant to start a thread on photographing birds and ethics; I just wanted to bring this to the group’s attention.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


'Gray-headed' Junco at Bradbury Dam Overlook

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Gayle and I found a 'Gray-headed' Dark-eyed Junco feeding with a flock of 10+ Juncos near the Bradbury Dam overlook this am (Fri).  According to Lehman this variant is "a very rare fall transient and winter visitor" to our area.

Photos at;
https://flic.kr/p/2kifKjB

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Goleta on Friday

Robert Lindsay
 

Looked for, but missed, the Solitary Sandpiper at the Patterson Bridge at 9:30.

From there went to Isla Vista where there were three Hooded Merganser (two male) in the pond by the old BofA building.

Went next to the field behind all the student housing near the UCSB Stadium. There were 156 Canada Geese but I could not find a Cackling Goose or Snow Goose among them. The field also had an abundance of American Pipit and one Wilson's Snipe.

Returned to the Patterson Bridge about 10:30 (thanks for the alert Peggy) and got a few very distant looks at the Solitary Sandpiper.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

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