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Re: Surfbirds

Patrick McNulty <mcnulty-p@...>
 

I counted at least 48 still at Goleta Pt. at lunchtime today, but no sign of the Kittiwake, dead or alive.

Patrick

Patrick McNulty Phone: (805) 967-9900
Santa Barbara, CA E-Mail: mcnulty@...




"Dave Compton" <davcompton@...> 3/27/01 12:29:13 PM >>>
In case anyone is interested in Surfbird migration, they apparently are here
in good numbers, today. Dave Hubbard reports 32 at Devereux, while George
Roland reports 50 at Goleta Pt. (UCSB).

Dave Compton






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SBAS Program, EITS

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>
 

Hi all -- Tomorrow night Gagriele Drozdowski will talk about the EYES IN THE
SKY educational endeavor in which she takes rehabbed raptors into classrooms
to share bird knowledge and appreciation with the youngsters. Come see
these birds up close. Please bring your children (over 6 years old)!
Farrand Hall, SB Museum of Natural History, doors open at 7pm, refreshments
served. - Paul K.


Re: Acorn Woodpecker

Corrine Ardoin <eaglefeather01@...>
 

I checked where I had seen the Acorn Woodpecker and it had landed in a palm tree, not a utility pole like I had previously mentioned. I saw that the palm trees in that area are full of holes. There are some oaks in the neighborhood which may be mature enough to provide acorns, as someone had pointed out to me is the case in Santa Barbara where they live.

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Polly wants a cracker

jeff chemnick <jchemnick@...>
 

Has anybody out there managed to tease apart the feral parrot groups as per species composition? They always manage to wait until I am sans bins to fly overhead. Just wondering...Jeff


Re: Polly wants a cracker

Jim Greaves <greaves@...>
 

At 11:38 -0800 28/03/2001, jeff chemnick wrote:
Has anybody out there managed to tease apart the feral parrot groups as per species composition? They always manage to wait until I am sans bins to fly overhead. Just wondering...Jeff
I've seen mid sized all gray ones in flocks up to 8 individuals (several along State Street near AAA office about 3-4 years ago), and a few of the slightly smaller Amazons (singly). One or two cockatiel as well, like the one by Atascadero creek a few years ago. Also, long-ago saw several long-tailed macaw types flying into Hope Ranch from Modoc x Hollister, preceding the News-Press McCaw who now reigns therein.


Endangered Species Bulletin

Jim Greaves <greaves@...>
 

Recommend US Fish and Wildlife Service "Endangered Species Bulletin" to one and all. It contains highlights of recent actions relating to endangered and threatened wildlife worldwide.

The latest [!] (September/October 2000) contains information on threats to wildlife, including cover photo of a 5 legged frog... no, not viagra.

Primarily distributed to educational and government agencies, one can view it online and get other information and perhaps even get on the snailing list: http://endangered.fws.gov

Happy Traill's


Re: Polly wants a cracker

Karen Feeney <hazwaste@...>
 

There is a parrot that lives down at Arroyo Burro Beach. I think it's a
small green Amazon parrot. It thinks it's a pidgeon - hangs out with a
group of 5 -6 pidgeons in the palm trees above the lawn area (by the new
Watershed Resource Center now under construction).

Also, there is a group of 7 - 8 parrots that move through San Roque every
year about this time. They are large green parrots, some with red heads,
some with yellow, and I think one is an all white parrot - maybe McCaws -
not sure. - K Feeney

At 11:38 -0800 28/03/2001, jeff chemnick wrote:
Has anybody out there managed to tease apart the feral parrot groups
as per species composition? They always manage to wait until I am
sans bins to fly overhead. Just wondering...Jeff
I've seen mid sized all gray ones in flocks up to 8 individuals
(several along State Street near AAA office about 3-4 years ago), and
a few of the slightly smaller Amazons (singly). One or two cockatiel
as well, like the one by Atascadero creek a few years ago. Also,
long-ago saw several long-tailed macaw types flying into Hope Ranch
from Modoc x Hollister, preceding the News-Press McCaw who now reigns
therein.


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Eurasian Collared-Doves

John Ayres <jayres37@...>
 

Nearly every time I go out into my backyard I hear collared-doves that must
be colonizing the south side of Lompoc's Evergreen Cemetary. From time to
time I observe flyovers of individuals or pairs. Before reporting, I have
intended to go over there and look, but as about two weeks have passed without
doing so, I am reporting. Perhaps someone who is more interested will come
up with some numbers. John Ayres



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My left foot

jeff chemnick <jchemnick@...>
 

Daniel Day Lewis no longer has a monopoly on pedal distinction. "My" ravens, are still here, all for of them. And one (the black one) has the dangling tarsus that Hawkeye Holmgren asked about.


Sunday birding

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

Melissa Kelly, Mark Holmgren, Mike Palladini, and I did a little birding
around the county this morning. The best bird was a Lewis's Woodpecker (OK,
a little old hat by now) about 0.3 miles east of the entrance to Nojoqui
Falls park. We also birded Quiota Creek (along Refugio Rd.) and Kinevan Rd,
off of Camino Cielo. Pac-slope Flycatchers, Warbling Vireos, and Bullock's
Orioles are everywhere now. Two to three Cassin's Vireos were at Kinevan, as
were several singing Black-throated Gray Warblers. No Purple Martins to be
found in the vicinity of Nojoqui today.

Mike and I did a sea watch at Goleta Pt. later on, and had a male Black
Scoter with a flock of Surf Scoters, the second Black Scoter I've seen there
in less than a week. Pacific Loons are now coming through steadily, but
still in small numbers.

Dave Compton


Brants in Morro Bay

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>
 

Hi All,
I had a nice communication with John Roser, whose persistent record
keeping at Morro Bay has filled in an important piece of the ecological
puzzle for Brant, Morro Bay, and the Pacific Flyway. John gave me
permission to pass this on to you.
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Hi Mark,

I'm not exactly timely on the answer to your question about brant bands, but
here's a summary of what I've learned over the last 4 years of band reading
(close to 3,000 resightings):

--A significant (but unknown) proportion of our population here in Morro Bay
spends the entire winter here, but there is also a fair amount of turnover.
-- There is very strong site fidelity for wintering brant, with individuals
returning year after year.
-- Many spring migrants stop here, and there is strong fidelity within this
group also. Many of these migrants I pick up at about the same time each
year. (The spring migration from Mexican wintering areas begins as early as
January. The fall migration is typically offshore, although some do stop by
on their way down.)
-- Pair bonds are strong and typically last a lifetime (which can be over 28
years for black brant). Banded pairs are usually observed standing right
next to each other in flocks and many of these pairs I've seen for all four
years I've been doing this. Researchers in Alaska know exactly where many of
these pairs nest year after year.
-- Many family groups arrive together and stay intact throughout the season.

I've also been doing weekly counts. Our population here is more aligned with
Mexican wintering sites that have birds there all winter, as opposed to
spring staging areas like Humboldt Bay where very few birds overwinter but
large numbers stop off in the spring. Brant numbers at Morro Bay hit 4,400
this winter.

The black brant are banded in eastern Russia (including Wrangell Island),
western Alaska (the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is the largest concentration of
breeding black brant), northern Alaska (Prudhoe Bay and Teshekpuk Lake), and
Banks and Victoria Islands in northwestern Canada. Wintering and migrant
brant from all of those locations stop in Morro Bay. A few summers ago I
went up and assisted with banding efforts on the Y-K Delta. It was a
wonderful experience and I've seen a number of those birds here in Morro Bay.

John Roser

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Museum of Systematics and Ecology fax 893-4724
Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
University of California
Santa Barbara, CA 93106
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Grasshopper Sparrows on Foxen Canyon Rd.

eaglefeather01@...
 

Birding on Foxen Canyon Rd. this morning yielded a curious bug/bird
song. I had heard the song before, in SLO county last Sunday, and
had thought it was that of the Grasshopper Sparrow. Listening to my
cdrom and this was confirmed.

I heard three separate birds, though after a verrrry long wait never
saw a single one. It was in a pasture just north of milepost 17.35
at the 25mph sign. Listen for a squeaky, tinkling "teekee teekee"
followed by a bug-like trill "tzzzzz."

Other interesting birds on the trip were Western Bluebirds and
Kingbirds, a Rufous-crowned Sparrow, Northern Rough-winged Swallows,
a Lark Sparrow, and just north of Rancho Laguna at milepost 10.40,
was a fantastic eucalyptus grove full of bird noises. Several
Bullock's Orioles were whooping it up in there, plus House Wrens, a
Wilson's Warbler, and a Bushtit was working on its nest in one of the
trees, threading a strand of grass through its hanging basketry.

Then the rain came and that ended a wonderful tour of the wine
country. I'm not a wine drinker, but a wine-tasting/birding tour of
this road sounds like a fun idea for an Audubon Society outing (with
a designated driver, of course).

Corrine Ardoin


seabird push

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

There was a nice push of seabirds this morning past Goleta Pt. at UCSB
(a.k.a. Campus Pt.). I'd heard that there had been good flights of PACIFIC
LOONS and in fact we had lots this morning. They started moving around 7am
and continued in very high numbers for about 40 minutes. A lesser pulse
occurred beginning around 8am. There were also lots of RED-THROATED LOONS
(about 10% of the loon count for the morning) flying with the Pacifics.
SCOTERS continue to come by steadily (only Surf today), and a couple of
large flocks of BRANT (110 and about 350) flew by in the distance around
8am. Also significant were a nearshore flight of BONAPARTE'S GULLS, a single
COMMON MURRE with a group of loons, and a handful of SHEARWATERS, at least
two of which seemed to be SOOTIES (assuming Short-taileds are all gone by
now). These presumed Sooties were a bit early, but perhaps earlier were
small flocks of what appeared to be phalaropes. I'd be interested in hearing
about any other phalarope sightings this week.

Dave Compton

Time: 0635-0835
species seen
Red-throated Loon - 336
Pacific Loon - 2944
Common Loon - 1
Sooty Shearwater - 2
shearwater sp. - 5
Brandt's Cormorant - 15
Brant - 460
Surf Scoter - 494
scoter sp. - 48
phalaropes - 161
Bonaparte's Gulls - 282
Caspian Tern - 1
Forster's Tern - 15
Comon Murre - 1


Spring at Rocky Nook Park

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

Hi all! This morning from 9-10 a.m. Karen Bridgers & I had the following
36 species in Rocky Nook. Spring is here, & if we get some weather this
weekend it might create a mini "fallout" of migrants. Have fun!

Mallard
Red-should. Hawk
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Pac.-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
W. Scrub-Jay
Amer. Crow
Oak Titmouse
Bushtit
House Wren
Ruby-cr. Kinglet
Amer. Robin
Eur. Starling
Cedar Waxwing
Or.-crown. Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow-rump. Warbler
Black-throat. Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Calif. Towhee
Chipping Sparrow
Song Sparrow
White-cr. Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-head. Grosbeak
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
American Goldfinch


24 hour deepwater trip out of Sta.Barbara

Cyril Sch?nb?chler <troglodyte@...>
 

Hi all,

I guess some of you would like to go out there ;-)

Happy birding

Cyril

To: pelagics@...
From: "D. Heindel" <birdfish@...>
Date: Fri, 6 Apr 2001 8:37:50 -0700
Subject: [pelagics] socal Pterodroma hunt

Hi all,

Just in case anyone has missed it, I wanted to remind y'all about a socal
Pterodroma hunt. The end of the month, 4/27 (Fri. nite departure), a 24
hour deepwater trip out of Sta.Barbara on the Condor. This week they had
30 Orca up there! We'll be going to the Arguello Canyon area. I wrote a
piece about this incredible area which is up at my website at
<http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/pelagics/ARGUELLO.html>http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/pelagics/ARGUELLO.html

Of course late April is peak passage of Cook's and Murphy's Petrels off
CA, and prime time for Horned Puffin. These are the primary three hoped
for best bet targets. All have been seen in the area at the planned time
of our attack.

There's also a boat trip pack list up at the site, you may find
interesting.....

These trips are run by the Condor. See
<http://www.condorcruises.com>http://www.condorcruises.com to sign up.

see ya asea
Mitch
pelagic fanatic
<http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/pelagics>http://www.angelfire.com/ca5/pelagics
Mitch Heindel
<mailto:birdfish@...>birdfish@...


Black-headed Grosbeaks

Corrine Ardoin <eaglefeather01@...>
 

We've had two adult male and one female Black-headed Grosbeaks at our bird feeder for a few days now. We live a block from the Allan Hancock College campus and, last year a pair of grosbeaks nested in a bush on campus. During that time, we had regular visits from a female and male grosbeak, then a couple of youngsters later in the summer. I often wondered if they were the same as those which nested on the campus. I'm hoping that's what's going on now and we'll have the ones were currently seeing as regular visitors all summer. They like the peach trees, a persimmon tree, and a I think it's a myaporum? bush to perch in and sing. I am awakened each morning to their loud and clear whistles, thinking this morning we had a parrot!

Corrine Ardoin
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A Very Big Day

Corrine Ardoin <eaglefeather01@...>
 

Had a big day Friday, birding three counties with a goal of at least 80 birds. We were just shy of 80 when night and rain came, but some Santa Barbara County favorites are as follows: Hwy. 166, Common Raven and a Great Egret perched atop a steep cliff overlooking the Cuyama River at the Spanish Ranch (what a picture that would have made!); Ballinger Canyon, heard 4 separate Black-chinned Sparrows singing, but only saw one (a life bird for Dan!); Hwy. 33, a Golden Eagle. Then on our return into SB Co., we made an attempt to spot Clapper Rails in the Sandyland Slough with no success.

For the day, we saw 76 species with the best being the Black-chinned Sparrows and an incredible place for birds (Ventura County) called Wheeler Gorge campground.

Corrine Ardoin


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Sunday Morning

JHcynwren@...
 

George and I did an East Camino Cielo watch this morning and had 2 Common
Loons flying west. They were VERY high.
Our best birds of the morning were 2 SAGE SPARROWS (a pair?) and one was
singing. They were about 1/4 mile beyond the road leading up to the VOR
station. We also heard 1 Steller's Jay.
Someone, not the county road crew, has been trying to move the barricades
and 2 or 3 vehicles went through, but it is still basically closed. We
walked.
Joan Hardie


2 White-faced Ibis, Isla Vista Vernal pools, 6 Apr 01

David Hubbard <hubbard@...>
 

Hi All,

On Friday, two White-faced Ibis were feeding in water at Del Sol and Camino Corto Vernal Pool Reserves (both parcels south of El Colegio Rd., at the intersection with Camino Corto). They were feeding at rapid pace, at times with their heads submerged (tadpoles, ostracods very abundant in the pools). Great plumage!

This is the first time I've seen them there since two Ibis spent several months at the site in the winter of '96- '97.
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Year 2000 revisited

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

Hi everyone

Only a few of last year's SB County year list stories were ever posted, but
a new has gone up since the beginning of this month. George Roland, much to
my surprise, reports that he actually (virtually?) won the competition. For
an amusing read, go to George's story in the Year Lister's Stories folder
under "Files" in the SB Co Birding web site. Congratulations on your
hard(ly)-fought victory, George!

Dave Compton