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Birding today at end of Coronado, etc.

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All:
Today Libby Patten, Cathy Peterson, and I started out by checking some areas where we knew there would be “lerped” eucalyptus — getting ready for fall landbird migration.  Our first stop was Winchester One Open Space, where we found only common birds and the trees were infested with lerps.  Hard to tell if there’d be any leaves left by early fall.  Then we crossed over the freeway & went to the Newport Dr. bridge area.  From here, you can park & walk north where the trail has been cleared out considerably, then crosses over Santa Barbara Shores Dr., and another pocket park is just to the west.  A rough trail continues on through the residential area and eventually ends up at Hollister Avenue.  Lots of trees were pruned in here, & the whole place has been opened up; good potential for fall.
Lastly, we stopped at the Coronado seep between 11:15 am - 12:15 pm:  place was jumping with birds, including possible early migrants (adult male Western Tanager) & a ton of other birds.  The water in the “seep” area is plentiful, and the branches growing over it make the birds a little difficult to see, but it is super fun to just stand there & watch all of them come in.  Lots of Chestnut-backed Chickadees (including at least one juvenile, if not two).
Lists on eBird below:
Getting ready for fall!


Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

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Lucy's Warbler

Guy Tingos
 

This morning, Betsy called my attention to a small gray warbler in our water feature. I was able to observe it several times for brief periods and based on field marks I’m comfortable calling it a Lucy’s Warbler, most likely a juvenile. The bird was a very small warbler, gray above with a dark eye on a plain face. The reduced wing bars were buffy and there was a touch of chestnut/buff in the upper tail coverts. No chestnut was observed on the crown. Underparts were off white with a buffy wash across the breast. The bird was very active and was only visible for brief periods of time although I did get some scope views. Time to start checking out fennel patches.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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North Campus Open Space and Devereaux

Robert Lindsay
 

Sunday, 7/28, 7:30-1030 am

Started at NCOS. Not much on the walk down to Devereaux. Two Say's Phoebe and a Cassin's Kingbird along the path. All were quite darkly marked. The pond near the entrance has a layer of plant growth over the surface thick enough for the Song Sparrow and Lesser Goldfinch to walk on while gleaning from the surface. Most interesting birds here were at the bridge near the top end of the drainage where I saw 5 Western Sandpiper, a very cooperative Green Heron, 6 Canada Geese, and a somewhat surprising juvenile Lark Sparrow perched in the reeds.

The first pullout at Devereaux had 7 Least Sandpiper, 15 Western Sandpiper, a couple dozen Semipalmated Plover, and a single Short-billed Dowitcher (judging by the three-note call it made while flying). The bay between the pullouts had 6 Black-necked Stilt. The second pullout had many Black-Crowned Night Heron (but no Yellow-Crowned seen here or at NCOS). Both sites had abundant Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egret. A few cormorants near the second pullout but no Neotropical this morning.

Walked the beach on both sides of Coal Oil Point next. The east side had 3 Whimbrel, 3 Western Sandpipers, and 15ish Semipalmated Plover. The west side (where the Plover Reserve is found) was much birdier. Here there were 5 Willets, a single Long-billed Curlew, 2 Black Turnstone, 7 Least Sandpiper (but no Western?), 25 or so Sanderling (with a fair amount of color still in their plumage), many Snowy Plover (but no obvious recently born birds) and very many Black-bellied Plover (half of which were somewhat to completely black-bellied). One large group of these were clustered near the mouth of the slew. I looked through these carefully but could find no other similar species lurking among them. There were 6 additional Canada Gees here. No Least Terns (or any other Terns for that matter) seen this morning. A single adult Heerman's Gull flew by. Otherwise all gulls were Western.

Walked next to the dune pond next and picked up an Ash-throated Flycatcher as I neared the pond. In the pond were 21 more Canada Geese. There were also 2 adult Pied-billed Grebe herding around 6 little red-faced greeblets. There was also a pair of Nutall's Woodpecker in the dead Eucalyptus here. All sites visited this morning had lots of Swallows with Cliff the most abundant but also saw Northern Rough-winged and Barn.

Nothing else of interest,
Rob Lindsay

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- Common Ground-Dove (1 report)
- Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 report)

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Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (2)
- Reported Jul 27, 2019 07:15 by Mark Holmgren
- Tecolote Ck, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44727,-119.917904&ll=34.44727,-119.917904
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58497421
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "At 34.46108 -119.91599 on W side creek, another on E side"

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2019 10:14 by Thomas Turner
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4145111,-119.8673469&ll=34.4145111,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58502577
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Strange time of year for one, but this perched hawk seemed to have a very small head and bill. See photos. Happy to be corrected if mistaken."

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Saturday birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

After a butterfly trip to the Cuyama Valley in the heat of the morning, I check Ocean Beach Park and Devereux on the way home. Ocean Beach was very disappointing shorebird wise. The thing to cheer me up were the first juvenile Least Terns of year appearing there. Hopefully a lot more Least Terns will be there in the next two weeks. The Neotropic Cormorant was at Devereux along with a Western Kingbird and various common shorebirds. There were 3 Say's Phoebes at NCOS.

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Some birds N County and Tecolote Creek

Mark Holmgren
 

Yesterday in Los Alamos, the Barn Swallows are still breeding.  Possibly as many as 5 pairs bred not far from Centennial Park this summer. The Santa Maria Wastewater Treatment Plant had only a few Greater Yellowlegs and no other shorebirds.  The Santa Maria River Estuary had 5 Amer. White Pelicans, 2 Red-necked Phalarope, and more than 30 Least Terns flying around the estuary and on the beach.  I did not see the Reddish Egret or the turnstones seen by Jamie C. earlier in the day. 

This morning I walked 1.8 miles in Tecolote Ck bottom.  A few birds still sang, and were presumably still involved in bringing off babies.  But the activity was greatly diminished relative to that of 30 June.  I attached  a Common Ground-Dove recording to my checklist, found 4 Wilson's Warbler locations, only 1 Warbling Vireo, 4 Yellow Warblers, and the remainder were expected species.  I've been surprised to not find Black-chinned Hummingbird in places I usually see them.  
A Red-shouldered Hawk took a crow and twice carried it into the forest with no great difficulty.

Here's a quiz bird call taken from Tecolote Ck this morning for those of you named Libby Patten.  Its the 6-note descending call.  The clearest renditions are during the airplane pass over.  I do not know what bird made this call.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Re: 20 Year Anniversary Today

Alexandra Loos
 

From Dolores Pollock, President Santa Barbara Audubon Society:

Santa Barbara Audubon salutes you, Jamie, for years of valuable and very enjoyable service to our birding community! Your deft handling of this site is much appreciated. We look forward to many years more!


Alexandra Loos
Communications Chair 
Santa Barbara Audubon Society


From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io <main@sbcobirding.groups.io> on behalf of Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...>
Sent: Thursday, July 25, 2019 11:20 PM
To: Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...>; Sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] 20 Year Anniversary Today
 
Congratulations to all of us, and thank you Jamie for holding the course. 

Every now and then I read or reread some old posts on special birds, which is a lot of fun. 

To answer Joan: The group has 848 members, but a lot of those accounts are inactive.  

Wim 

On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 6:41 PM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
Happy Anniversary sbcobirders! I had a message pop up today reminding me that 20 years ago this very day this group was created. I think I owe thanks to Mike Stiles of slocobirding who at the time had an active listserve through Cal Poly in SLO, and I remember asking Mike if I could post messages about Santa Maria area birds to the group and he said (politely), "I think I would rather keep this group focused on SLO county birds." BAM! sbcobirding was born. In those early days it was hosted through eGroups, eventually swallowed up by Yahoo, later ignored by Yahoo so we moved to Groups.io. In all that time the number of subscribers has grown. I think there were only a few county groups way back when but eventually nearly all 58 counties in California had a discussion group or regional group that birders could report birds to. It was a sign of the times. The phone-in BirdBox was starting to disappear and email discussion groups were a means to get information out to a wide audience fairly quickly. While eBird has taken over the way birders obtain information today it does not support real discussion. This is why I feel email groups still serve a purpose. A group like this is only as good as its members and the topics being discussed so thanks go to all of you for your participation all these years, sharing your sightings and generating some really meaningful discussion about birding in this wonderful county. 

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

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- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (3)
- Reported Jul 26, 2019 18:45 by Christopher Kibler
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58482743
- Comments: "Male had characteristic white band behind the bill. Travelling with two females. All were noticeably smaller than the mallards swimming nearby."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2019 12:35 by Mark Holmgren
- Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.963438,-120.6504714&ll=34.963438,-120.6504714
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58482935
- Comments: "Female, small duck, strong facial pattern, somewhat spatulate bill, small white spot at base of Bill"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 22, 2019 07:02 by Sangeet Khalsa
- 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/view/checklist/S58472082
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Smaller than DCCO, with long tail and faint thin white line around base of bill/chin."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 26, 2019 09:45 by Jamie Chavez
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58470372
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Most likely a continuing bird reported the previous week. Was absent for much of the time then flew to the estuary mouth to feed but only stayed about 10 - 15 minutes before flying north to the SLO side of the estuary. Photographed"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 22, 2019 07:02 by Sangeet Khalsa
- 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/view/checklist/S58472082
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "2 juveniles perched on the end of the bridge. Darker than BCNH, with smaller white spots on tips of wing feathers, longer legs, and heavier bill (blackish on upper mandible)."

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Missing Black Skimmer seen in Humboldt County

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi, Anyone wondering where have all the Skimmers Gone?
I saw a report today from NWCALBIRD bird list where Rob Fowler is following a Black Skimmer at Clam Beach, just north of Humboldt Bay and <100 miles from Oregon, 600 miles north.
That is pretty impressive distance and it had to pass by so many habitats and miles of great beaches to get there,
Now maybe that is not unusual, but I thought it interesting...now where did the rest of them get off to?
 All About Birds/Cornell has a range map that stops at Point Conception.
All About also has this quote about these so favorite creatures:
"
  • Possibly the best description of the Black Skimmer's bounding, head-down foraging style came from the great seabird biologist R. C. Murphy in 1936. He said they look like “unworldly… aerial beagles hot on the scent of aerial rabbits."
Boy howdy to that!
cheers
Ken Hoesterey

LLC Blue-winged Teal

Christopher Kibler
 

There were three Blue-winged Teal at Lake Los Carneros tonight around 7:00. I saw one male and two females.

Chris
Goleta

SY River at Ocean Park - Ruddy Turnstones

Peter Schneekloth
 

Spent a little time at Ocean Park, best I could cull from the hundreds of Sanderlings and other small shore birds out at the far end of the river was 3 Ruddy Turnstones. Only one Least Tern seen.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

SM River Estuary Reddish Egret

Jamie Chavez
 

A Reddish Egret continues at Santa Maria River mouth this morning. This is probably a continuing bird first reported a week ago on July 18th. Shorebirds were sparse and there really isn't much habitat unless they feel like working the edge, but five Black Turnstones flying over the estuary was a bit of a surprise. I also spotted a banded Brown Pelican with a blue band on its left leg #A10 that I will look into.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58470372  

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Santa Maria, CA

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Shoveler at Atascadero Creek

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Libby,

 

This is the first year ever that I have found family parties of CB Chickadees along the south coast (Refugio and Patterson Mitigation Area) so I would agree they seem to having a good year. That’s an amazing count from Coronado and it seems certain they must have bred there as well. I have never seen more than 2-3 previously and no evidence of successful breeding. I wonder if the lusher conditions really boosted breeding success this year.

 

Nick

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Libby Patten via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, July 26, 2019 10:26 AM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Shoveler at Atascadero Creek

 

Walked along the creek yesterday with Cathy Peterson between Ward and Patterson. The most unexpected bird was a male Northern Shoveler in eclipse plumage in the creek channel about 50 yards east of the dam. (There are areas now along the creek where the vegetation has been cleaned out enough so you can peer down into the creek more easily.) According to Lehman’s BOSBC, it’s exceedingly rare to see NOSH in June and July.  We also had an Ash-throated Flycatcher and good numbers of Black-headed Grosbeak and Hooded Oriole. I usually find a few Chestnut-backed Chickadee here, but heard only one this time. In general, though, been seeing much higher numbers of CBCH this season in locations where they’ve typically been (e.g. near Coronado seep).  Seems like a bumper crop year for these guys. 

 

 

 

Good birding,

 

Libby Patten

Santa Barbara 

 


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American Cetacean Society trip on the Condor Express tomorrow...Spaces Available!

David Pereksta
 

Hi all

There are still spaces available on the American Cetacean Society's (ACS) annual whale watching trip on the Condor Express tomorrow. We leave from the Santa Barbara Harbor at 8 am and return at 4 pm. There has been a lot of surface feeding activity from humpbacks over the last week in the Santa Barbara Channel so the whale watching should be exciting. In addition, I will be on board as the bird naturalist so unlike most whale watching trips, we will be calling out birds all day and looking for pelagic species. There are often numbers of birds feeding where the whales are so we could see some interesting things. A pelagic trip out of Ventura a few weeks ago had a variety of alcids, shearwaters, storm-petrels, and other species in the waters around the islands. Details for tomorrow's trip can be found at the following link where you can also buy a ticket directly.


I go on this trip every year and it is a lot of fun. Because it is sponsored by the ACS, there will be an impressive cadre of marine mammal experts on board. In addition, unlike most pelagic trips where we expect you to starve all day, this trip includes a bountiful continental breakfast on board.

Hope to see you out there...

Dave Pereksta
Ventura


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- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Buller's Shearwater (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)

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Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2019 15:56 by Eric Hopson
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58449099
- Comments: "Pair. Male loosing breeding plumage, but white crescent on forehead and white hip patch still plain to see. "

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2019 11:04 by Mark Holmgren
- Jameson Reservoir 34.4890 -119.5061, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.48904,-119.506057&ll=34.48904,-119.506057
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58452724
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Due to the iris being as red as that of the other bird, I believe this bird was an adult and possible partner to the Alternate-plumaged adult. There was no begging, just the two birds together tracking each other."

Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2019 13:25 by Joel Barrett
- Offshore--Santa Cruz Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.8612931,-119.6630859&ll=33.8612931,-119.6630859
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58452307
- Comments: "Pure white underside. Gray on top with dark pattern across the wings. Flying with two Sooty Shearwater’s but had more buoyant flight with much less flapping. Even more buoyant than a Pink-footed Shearwater. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2019 15:21 by Eric Hopson
- 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/view/checklist/S58448848
- Comments: "Continuing juv. near end of road at blocked bridge. Overall plumage darker than juv YCNHs. All black bill thicker and stubbier. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2019 10:56 by Joan Kent
- 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/view/checklist/S58442781
- Comments: "2 juveniles at half bridge. Distinguished by spots & thick bill. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 21, 2019 09:57 by margeNdon thornton
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58445142
- Media: 1 Photo

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Shoveler at Atascadero Creek

Libby Patten
 

Walked along the creek yesterday with Cathy Peterson between Ward and Patterson. The most unexpected bird was a male Northern Shoveler in eclipse plumage in the creek channel about 50 yards east of the dam. (There are areas now along the creek where the vegetation has been cleaned out enough so you can peer down into the creek more easily.) According to Lehman’s BOSBC, it’s exceedingly rare to see NOSH in June and July.  We also had an Ash-throated Flycatcher and good numbers of Black-headed Grosbeak and Hooded Oriole. I usually find a few Chestnut-backed Chickadee here, but heard only one this time. In general, though, been seeing much higher numbers of CBCH this season in locations where they’ve typically been (e.g. near Coronado seep).  Seems like a bumper crop year for these guys. 



Good birding,

Libby Patten
Santa Barbara 


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Santa Barbara

Re: 20 Year Anniversary Today

Wim van Dam
 

Congratulations to all of us, and thank you Jamie for holding the course. 

Every now and then I read or reread some old posts on special birds, which is a lot of fun. 

To answer Joan: The group has 848 members, but a lot of those accounts are inactive.  

Wim 

On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 6:41 PM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
Happy Anniversary sbcobirders! I had a message pop up today reminding me that 20 years ago this very day this group was created. I think I owe thanks to Mike Stiles of slocobirding who at the time had an active listserve through Cal Poly in SLO, and I remember asking Mike if I could post messages about Santa Maria area birds to the group and he said (politely), "I think I would rather keep this group focused on SLO county birds." BAM! sbcobirding was born. In those early days it was hosted through eGroups, eventually swallowed up by Yahoo, later ignored by Yahoo so we moved to Groups.io. In all that time the number of subscribers has grown. I think there were only a few county groups way back when but eventually nearly all 58 counties in California had a discussion group or regional group that birders could report birds to. It was a sign of the times. The phone-in BirdBox was starting to disappear and email discussion groups were a means to get information out to a wide audience fairly quickly. While eBird has taken over the way birders obtain information today it does not support real discussion. This is why I feel email groups still serve a purpose. A group like this is only as good as its members and the topics being discussed so thanks go to all of you for your participation all these years, sharing your sightings and generating some really meaningful discussion about birding in this wonderful county. 

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

Re: 20 Year Anniversary Today

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hooray for Jamie Chavez!  And if it was Mike Stiles who helped you come to that decision, that’s great.  
I think our county group is invaluable, and I am often disappointed that more folks don’t take the time to post sightings or bring up a new birding location or comment about recent sightings.
Mark Holmgren is the best, because he gives you a great overview of his sightings, then links them to eBird.  Thanks heaps, Mark.
And Jamie, you are golden!  Thank you, thank you from all of us!
Can you give us a head count of how many are in the groups.io for our county now?  I don’t have any idea!
Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara


On Jul 25, 2019, at 6:41 PM, Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:

Happy Anniversary sbcobirders! I had a message pop up today reminding me that 20 years ago this very day this group was created. I think I owe thanks to Mike Stiles of slocobirding who at the time had an active listserve through Cal Poly in SLO, and I remember asking Mike if I could post messages about Santa Maria area birds to the group and he said (politely), "I think I would rather keep this group focused on SLO county birds." BAM! sbcobirding was born. In those early days it was hosted through eGroups, eventually swallowed up by Yahoo, later ignored by Yahoo so we moved to Groups.io. In all that time the number of subscribers has grown. I think there were only a few county groups way back when but eventually nearly all 58 counties in California had a discussion group or regional group that birders could report birds to. It was a sign of the times. The phone-in BirdBox was starting to disappear and email discussion groups were a means to get information out to a wide audience fairly quickly. While eBird has taken over the way birders obtain information today it does not support real discussion. This is why I feel email groups still serve a purpose. A group like this is only as good as its members and the topics being discussed so thanks go to all of you for your participation all these years, sharing your sightings and generating some really meaningful discussion about birding in this wonderful county. 

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Santa Maria, CA

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Santa Barbara

Juncal Camp and Jameson Reservoir

Mark Holmgren
 

My bike rode me from Romero Saddle down to Juncal Campground on the Santa Ynez River, then upstream to Jameson Reservoir. 


At Juncal Campground there was continuing breeding activity, as evidenced by birds still singing and feeding fledglings. 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58452293

 

I needed more time at Jameson Res so the checklist linked was not as thorough as it should have been.  

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58452724

 

Some new information:

A “couple” of adult Eared Grebes were together on Jameson Res. It’s reasonable to assume that they summered here.  Breeding status is not clear. It’s in an unlikely location for this species.

IMG_1894 Eared Grebes Juncal crop.jpg

At least 4 Great-tailed Grackles were in the marshy area at the east end of Jameson Reservoir. This would be an extension upstream of their known distribution in the Santa Ynez Valley.  

A female Green Heron was on the dam.

 

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I found breeding American Coot and Pied-billed Grebe.  I was a bit surprised to not see Spotted Sandpiper or any swallows.  This area deserves regular coverage.

 

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Probable Hairy Woodpecker at Devereux Slough

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

i would go as far to say that Hairy is about as common as Downy in West Goleta and the Gaviota Coast these days. I am routinely recording them at multiple spots this year.

On Thu, Jul 25, 2019 at 8:05 PM Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
While I have not had a Hairy at this exact location, I've definitely had them in the eucs in the butterfly preserve to the west.  I also thought I heard a Hairy's call on my trip out to the dune pond yesterday, but didn't chase it down.

Florence Sanchez


On Thursday, July 25, 2019, 6:47:44 PM PDT, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=ti.com@groups.io> wrote:


I had a Hairy  at broken bridge today.

On Jul 25, 2019 5:24 PM, "Bill Crowe via Groups.Io" <crowe.bill=rocketmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi Santa Barbara Birders.

This is my first post to this list serve. Please forgive the late post.

 I surveyed Coal Oil Point. Last Tuesday July 23rd. I saw the juvenile yellow crowned night herons that Mark and the others posted about at Devereux Slough. I went up the pond trail and saw several raptors including two juvenile white tailed kites and a red tailed hawk. I saw what appears to be a hairy woodpecker. It was foraging in the oaks near the camera. It then moved to the snag of dead trees close to the pond itself. I attached a picture to verify it's identification. I also saw a Downy's wood pecker and two Nuttall's woodpeckers and several acorn woodpeckers in various areas of the reserve. I saw several oak titmouse in several areas of the reserve as well

I surveyed sands beach and saw the nesting snowy plovers. I saw several of the snowy plovers that were released by the Santa Barbara zoo last Thursday (July18th). I also saw 150 or so black bellied plovers roosting in the slough mouth. Several of these birds were retaining their full breeding plumage. Also there were 32 semipalmated plovers roosting in the slough mouth and 14 sanderlings foraging along the tideline. In the slough itself I saw a few least and western sandpipers and a few mallards. One had a brood of six older ducklings.


Good birding,

Bill Crowe
Woodland Hills
(424) 208-9815

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