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De la Guerra Spring Area, 2019-12-19

Wim van Dam
 

This morning I did some Cachuma CBC scouting at De la Guerra Spring Area. Despite reasonable numbers of WHITE-CROWNED , GOLDEN-CROWNED, SAVANNAH, and LINCOLN'S and one RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, I did not managed to find a Grasshopper Sparrow. Best birds were a small flock of 15+ WHITE-THROATED SWIFT. I also heard very faintly a likely (but not definitive) Greater Roadrunner. 

Wim  

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant


Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, 62 species with continuing SageThrasher, Ferruginous Hawk, Lesser Goldfinch influx and four species of Wren

Peter Schneekloth
 

A full crew performed the weekly survey at Sedgwick starting with an overcast and chilly morning which soon warmed to a pleasant late morning. We amassed 62 species with both Canyon and Rock Wren being seen, a large number of Lesser Goldfinch estimated at 180, large numbers of Western Meadowlarks in two independent flocks, Chipping Sparrow, Ferruginous Hawk and the continuing Sage Thrasher. Entire list here:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S62428294

For the entire Sedgwick birding crew
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


BT Gray warbler

William Murdoch
 

on Summit Rd in Montecito, same place as one on last year's count.  A nice sharp male.


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Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara


Foxen Cyn Rd Raptors

goletajeff
 


After reading Peter and Nick's posts, David, Janice, Peggy and I departed at 8 AM to check out Foxen Canyon Road. Had not been up there in many years.  After a fruitless foray up Happy Canyon Rd for Sandhill Cranes and  quick stop at the Los Olivos Market, we headed north on a fogless Foxen Canyon Rd at 9:45 am. We soon found 2 FEHA, a perched juv. and one  in flight. The 12 mile drive to Dos Hermanos Winery was pleasant with little traffic and good birding. The road at thevinyard has wide margins, so easy parking and scope'ing. 2 light morph adults were in the plowed field across the strreet with 2 more around the bend. At least 8 RTHA were present, many juv's.  We also had a Golden Eagle flyover and a flock of 22 YB Magpies. All told, we had 25 Red-tails, 13 kestrels, 1ea COHA, RSHA and the 6 FEHA. A very productive and fun 5 hour trip. David's pics are here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157712252232667
Jeff Hanson
Goleta
 


Mud Lake Canvasbacks

John Deacon
 

All:

I made a quick stop at Mud Lake in Orcutt this afternoon and was pleased to find 2 Canvasbacks, 8 Ring Necked Ducks and a few Ruddy Ducks.  We had Canvasbacks here last winter and they remained for some time.  While not in our count circle, it's still fun to have these beauties hanging out in this neighborhood pond.

John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt


Re: UCSB Nashville Warbler

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

This Warbler was easily found this am (Tues) on the west side of the wooden bridge described in Ron's post (34.413635, -119.848942).
Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


UCSB Nashville Warbler

Ron Hirst
 

Yesterday noon there was a Nashville Warbler at the little wetland wooden bridge near the bike shop. A few days before there was a RB Nuthatch there.
Ron Hirst, SB


Cachuma CBC

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
Cruz and I went out for some windshield style scouting in the residential area. We did not find any megas or anything rare, but we noted that the Phainopeplas and Cassin’s Kingbirds, were higher in numbers than usual, so we could possible get high counts on these 2 species and if all goes well we will get our high count of Sandhill Cranes, yep they are still hanging out. Beings we were not birding real hard and were basically looking for birdy areas, we saw 2 Red-naped Sapsuckers, 8 Red-breasted sapsuckers, one residence had 6 Pine Siskins, we also noted that the Cedar Waxwings were in decent numbers but wide spread and the small flocks were choosing different tree species to hang out in. We also had one Snow Goose on a private pond, one Ferruginous Hawk, 2 Prarie Falcons, a Merlin make a couple of passes at some Horned Larks right next to our car, way cool! Also a nice looking Townsend Warbler ( not many in district “C”) At another private pond had a cool looking “Storm Wigeon” or a well marked American Wigeon and we saw a nice candidate for a female Eurasian Wigeon, not sure it still need to be studied.
  I think? Maybe this last storm or weather event pushed in some Sparrows and Yellow-rumps as they seemed way more plentiful than a couple weeks ago.

Anyway, if anybody wants to come up and bird around SYV on the 27th you are more than welcome and there are a lot of good areas that are not getting covered, example might be the lake, yep a boat ride. The compilation dinner will be at Sedgwick. I hope to see you there.

  You can contact CruzPhillips at Cruzitas@... or Peter Sncheekloth at peterscheekloth@...

Good birding.

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


Black&White Warbler at Rocky Nook Park

Dika Golovatchoff
 

Late this morning I birded a small area immediately surrounding the upper parking lot and children's playground.  It was quiet with no other people around.  First off I saw a Townsend's Warbler, then a White breasted Nuthatch and then B&W Warbler among the oaks.  It showed the distinctive  B&W stripes on the head with a black crown, black and white streaks on the breast.  It has a partial white eye ring below the eye. It often displayed a creeping behavior similar to the nuthatch.  Other birds were a Black Phoebe, a Yellow-rumped Warbler (Audubon), a Ruby-crowned Kinglet, with the most plentiful birds being Acorn Woodpeckers and California Scrub Jays.  A Red-shouldered Hawk was also heard.  I have a few photos at   https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/


Carpinteria CBC preliminary report

John Callender
 

The 11th Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count took place Saturday, December 14. Weather was mostly clear, but strong winds made things difficult later in the day. Gale warnings kept our pelagic crew on shore, but Dave Pereksta did a great job of rounding up pelagic species from his three seawatch sites. Roughly 75 observers covered the accessible portions of our count circle, finding a preliminary total of 154 species.
 
Highlights:

More details, including a full species list, will be available from the count's web site at http://www.carpwithoutcars.org/cbc/ within the next few weeks; I'll send another update when it's available.
 
Thank you to everyone who participated.
 
John Callender
Carpinteria CBC compiler
Carpinteria


La Purisima CBC-Mission Area

John Deacon
 

All:

Peter Schneekloth, Jerry Rounds, Sarah Toner and I birded the referenced area that included; Hibbits Ranch, River Park, Miguelito County Park, Sweeney Road and the Mission.  While I haven't completed compiling our observations, we saw around 80 species.  Highlights included:

  • Townsend's Solitaire
  • Rock Wren
  • White Throated Swifts
  • Prairie Falcon
  • Rufous Crowned Sparrow
  • Barn Owl
  • Sharp Shinned Hawk (2)
  • Cedar Waxwing (50)
  • Red Breasted Sapsucker
  • Band Tailed Pigeon

My team mates may want to weigh in on highlights that I may have missed.

John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt


Foxen Canyon

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

After seeing Peter's list yesterday, I decided to check this area this morning. Fog made raptor watching impossible until about 9.30. I killed time by birding around a winery with decent tree cover by the road and had two each of Phainopepla and Lewis's Woodpecker and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Once the fog lifted i counted along 8 miles of road. I saw 2 Bald and 3 Golden Eagles, 34 Red-tailed and 7 Ferruginous Hawks, 11 Kestrels, and singles of Cooper's and Sharp-shinned. At least three of the Ferruginous were juveniles, which is a much higher ratio than I have seen elsewhere in the county this winter.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Townsend's Solitaire still at Miguelito

Cher Hollingworth
 

Hi,

Simon & I went for our usual weekend walk through Miguelito Park;   
Thank you to whoever put out the bird-chum....it's working with a busy junco flock.

I was going to check for  Varied Thrush.   I didn't see any, though.  A 10-yr-old's b-day party
was getting started.

The Solitaire was at the playground on a bench, then a rock.
Then bug-catching on the ground along the fence by the creek.

Although Simon was doing various noises, talking, whistles & screeches, the solitaire seemed quite tame,
Flying within 2 fence posts to us to see what we/Simon were.
It flew back to a playground rock, then flew to a fence post just one post away from us.

We stared at each other for a while.   Then I heard more party attendees arriving, so I left.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


Lake Los Carneros Saturday

Robert Lindsay
 

12/14, 8:00-10:00 am

I led a group of 32 birders around Lake Los Carneros this morning. Biggest disappointment was NO American Bittern. Bird numbers and diversity generally were quite low. However, a few highlights included a brilliant male Allen's Hummingbird giving a very colorful show, an abundance of Nothern Shoveler with a few Gadwall and Cinnamon Teal, a single female Common Goldeneye, a single Red-breasted Sapsucker in the Pepper Tree above the trail leading to the bridge, and a pair of White-tailed Kite foraging all around the lake. 40 species were seen altogether. While we didn't see it, fresh owl pellets at the base of a palm near the depot building indicate a Barn Owl is using the park.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay


Franceschi Park oriole

Ron Hirst
 

This morning there was a putative Bullock's Oriole (f) near the condemned mansion. I tried to make it a Baltimore since it had dusky orangier shading vs. yellowish and seemed smaller with pointier bill. But the vague eyeline and extensive whitish belly seems to indicate Bullocks, or a hybrid. I'll try for photos in the next week.
Ron Hirst, SB


More from Santa Ynez Valley

Florence Sanchez
 

Joan Lenz and I also birded the Valley today, concentrating on the Happy Canyon Area.  It was a beautiful morning to be out.

We spotted the flock of Cranes in the air over N. Alisos Road.  They eventually dropped down out of sight, presumably where the pond behind the house is. In the field on the northeast corner of the intersection with Happy Canyon Road, we first heard, then saw two Horned Larks.  In the field on the southeast corner, we had three American Pipits pop up on the fence.

We failed to turn up a Ferruginous Hawk in this area, but we had several Red-tails, Turkey vultures, at least 3 American Kestrels on the entire route, 1 White-tailed Kite, and a Prairie Falcon near Rancho Felicia.  There also was a Phainopepla at Rancho Felicia.

We left Via Armour Ranch Road, taking it back to the Highway 154 traffic circle.  Shortly before reaching the roundabout, we spotted a Golden Eagle cruising low over the fields on the north side of the road.

Florence Sanchez


More Mesa

Nick Lethaby
 

This evening I saw 5 harriers (one male) and a Short-eared Owl, as reported previously by Guy.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Foxen Canyon Road - Bald and Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk including dark phase, Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Peter Schneekloth
 

I had time this afternoon to go out Foxen Canyon and see if the raptor show was still on. Seemed to be 6-8 birds in the air everywhere I looked and many perched as well. Highlights were both eagle species, a dark phase Ferruginous Hawk (plus many light phase) and some Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Most of the action is within a mile east or west of Tres Hermanas Vineyard. Decent photos of the dark phase Ferruginous and the other birds mentioned at my flickr site.

dark phase Ferruginous:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49215497836/in/dateposted-public/

Bald Eagle: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49215016638/in/dateposted-public/

Yellow-headed Blackbirds in mixed flock:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49215497896/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


San Lorenzo Seminary, 2019-12-13

Wim van Dam
 

I briefly checked the subject location for the upcoming Cachuma CBC. Alas, there wasn't much. Best bird was a FERRUGINOUS HAWK. There was also a flock of 20+ HORNED LARK that should be checked more thoroughly (I was scope-less and I didn't hear anything unusual.)

Wim 

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant


Santa Ynez Valley This AM

Glenn Kincaid
 

Birding several spots around the valley with Mark Holmgren and Adrian O’Lochlen. Highlights were a male Vermillion Flycatcher at Casey Rd and the continuing Sandhill Cranes at N Alisal Rd.
ebird reports will be submitted.

Glenn Kincaid
SB


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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara