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morning birds

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

This morning, Jim Hodgson and I saw the EASTERN PHOEBE between Pine and
Kellogg in Goleta, near where it was seen before, but about 50 or 60 ft
south of the ditch. The fields to the south were very birdy.

Jim and I also looked for the Worm-eating Warbler, at lot 25 at UCSB, but
without success. We did find a female/imm SUMMER TANAGER with a flock of
Yellow-rumps southwest of the lot, and a probable YELLOW WARBLER.

In addition to the BLUE-HEADED VIREO, other birds seen in the
Atascadero/Maria Ygnacio Creek area this morning included a PLUMBEOUS VIREO
(Atascadero Creek, just east of Patterson, with Bushtits), a WILSON'S
WARBLER (Maria Ygnacio, just north of the bike bridge), and a couple of
YELLOW WARBLERS (Maria Ygnacio, a couple of hundred yards upstream of the
bike bridge, where Gwynne meets the creek).

The Blue-headed Vireo, by the way, was singing from the willows south of the
creek, 50-70 yds east of Gwynne, then flew into the housing development to
the north, where it sang some more, then went quiet.

Dave Compton


Pygmy Owl and Mountain Quail on WCC

Mark Holmgren <maholmgren@...>
 

Melissa and i walked on West Camino Cielo Road 3.4 miles to the West edge of the Christmas Bird Count circle. That edge is about 0.5 miles W of the Winchester Gun Club. See the GPS points belowfor all localities. We had 30 species of birds and 2 of note for the CBC. A Pygmy Owl was heard, not seen, ~2.5 mi. West of WCC from Hwy 154.

A group of Mountain Quail were heard, not seen, on the S side of WCC Rd. The calls were not the typical single advertising notes most often heard, but the chattering of a flock in the brush. Go about 4 mi. West on WCC from Hwy 154. More specifically, go 0.4 mi W of the Rancho Cielo entrance. There is a lot of Mountain Quail habitat along WCC, so its just a matter of chance to hear them.

GPS Points using WGS 84 projection, in UTM Coordinates
Pygmy Owl 11S 0239831 3821331
Mountain Quail 11S 0237646 3822236



Mark Holmgren, Vice President
San Marcos Foothills Coalition
http://sanmarcosfoothills.org/


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Costa's Hummer

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

There's a Costa's Hummer on the Westside of Santa Barbara, around 1931 Mountain Drive. I think it's a young male.

Hugh



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Re: vireo madness

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

I did check Matt Heindell's article and the back-head contrast of this bird
didn't seem too different to the Blue-headed Vireo photos in there. Also
the lemon wingbars of this bird are a supporting feature of BH Vireo. I now
feel pretty comfortable about this being a Blue-headed.

At 12:16 PM 12/23/01 -0800, Joan E. Lentz wrote:
Merry Christmas all!
This morning Jonathan and I went birding at the Maria Ygnacio, Atascadero
Creek areas. First, we went into the mitigation area (off south
Patterson--Shoreline Dr.-- east of the horse corrals), where Jonathan had a
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER in the cottonwoods south of Atascadero Crk.
opposite where Gwynne St. meets the bike path (the area where the
Blue-headed Vireo was seen yesterday).
Then, we went to the bike bridge over Maria Ygnacio Crk., from which we
looked through a flock of Bushtits expecting to see the Plumbeous Vireo
that had been reported there. Instead, we found a CASSIN'S VIREO, a nice
bright one.
Then, we retraced our steps to where we'd parked the car (just east of the
horse corrals and east of the beige metal gate) and joined Dave C., the
Hardies, Nick L., and Paul K. who had spotted the BLUE-HEADED VIREO. The
Blue-headed was frequenting the area just east of the wide place in the
road where you park to go into the mitigation ponds. It then crossed the
road (Shoreline Dr.) and began singing from the backyard of the houses up
on the high bank there.
It's head is definitely a dark gray, darker than in Cassin's Vireo. We
could see no contrast between the back of the head and the back, which
could've been due to the light. We got good looks, but, to me, this is a
very difficult i.d.!
Joan Lentz


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vireo madness

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

Merry Christmas all!
This morning Jonathan and I went birding at the Maria Ygnacio, Atascadero
Creek areas. First, we went into the mitigation area (off south
Patterson--Shoreline Dr.-- east of the horse corrals), where Jonathan had a
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER in the cottonwoods south of Atascadero Crk.
opposite where Gwynne St. meets the bike path (the area where the
Blue-headed Vireo was seen yesterday).
Then, we went to the bike bridge over Maria Ygnacio Crk., from which we
looked through a flock of Bushtits expecting to see the Plumbeous Vireo
that had been reported there. Instead, we found a CASSIN'S VIREO, a nice
bright one.
Then, we retraced our steps to where we'd parked the car (just east of the
horse corrals and east of the beige metal gate) and joined Dave C., the
Hardies, Nick L., and Paul K. who had spotted the BLUE-HEADED VIREO. The
Blue-headed was frequenting the area just east of the wide place in the
road where you park to go into the mitigation ponds. It then crossed the
road (Shoreline Dr.) and began singing from the backyard of the houses up
on the high bank there.
It's head is definitely a dark gray, darker than in Cassin's Vireo. We
could see no contrast between the back of the head and the back, which
could've been due to the light. We got good looks, but, to me, this is a
very difficult i.d.!
Joan Lentz


Atascadero/Maria Ygnacio Monday

sbtech@...
 

Seen were a VARIED THRUSH (in dark woods at More Mesa base where Atascadero
Crk. makes big "S "bend 400 yrds southwest of Turnpike Ave.), ad. male
RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER (just before "S" bend), looking just like Sibley guide
except less black collar below red throat , Yellow Warbler (MY), Wilson's
(MY), and a fly over 7 Canada Geese heading towards Goleta Slough.

There were one or two more vireos on Atascadero this morning to add to the
three reported recently. First, at the end of Gwynne Ave., across the creek,
was an adult Plumbeous (bolder patterned and bigger than the one I saw a few
days ago on Maria Ygnacio). Next, at the end of Turnpike is what seemed to be
a bright adult Cassin's in willows on the creek with Bushtits. However, on
review in the field guides I see that the Blue-headed is similarly bold. It
may have been the Blue-Headed although I didn't note a band or yellowish wing
bars in the ten seconds I watched it.

Merry Christmas,

Ron Hirst


In Goleta White Pelicans, White-throated Sparrow

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>
 

Scouted in Goleta today, Monday, on Las Vegas Creek (from Calle Real to
Stow Road), San Pedro Creek from Fairview to 101, and on Devereux Road.
While on the Twin Lakes Golf Course at 11:45 am or so 5 White Pelicans
flew over. They were seen first over Fairview and 101 and they veered
to the NW perhaps heading toward either Lake Los Carneros or Glen Annie
Golf Course. At about 1:30 pm, Cristina Sandoval observed 5 White
Pelicans flying over Devereux Slough. On Devereux Road at the Married
Student Gardens was one White-throated Sparrow amidst a flock of other
Zonotrichia.
Mark


Dune Pond

JHcynwren@...
 

George and I did the area west of Devereux yesterday--50 Canadian Geese and
a Red-breasted Nuthatch on the golf course--no white geese and we could not
find the TK.

Joan Hardie


Dune Pond

JHcynwren@...
 

George and I did the area west of Devereux yesterday--50 Canadian Geese and
a Red-breasted Nuthatch on the golf course--no white geese and we could not
find the TK.

Joan Hardie


Worm-eating Baltimore

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

The WORM-EATING WARBLER found several weeks ago at UCSB was present at about
10:30am today just southwest of lot 25, in vegetation near the Student
Health Building. Also in the area was an immature male BALTIMORE ORIOLE and
a fem/imm SUMMER TANAGER. This spot is quite birdy and seems to produce
something new every week. See previous posts for directions.

Of interest to the upcoming CBC were 4-5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS at Devereux
Slough (the only ones I've seen in the SB count circle lately) and a lone
CHIPPING SPARROW (also the only one I've seen lately) at Alameda Park in
Santa Barbara, near Sola and Anacapa. I also birded the Bella Vista Open
Space, west of Dos Pueblos High School in northwest Goleta, and the park
nearby and just west of El Rancho School (I don't know the park's name) and
turned up nothing interesting at either location.

Dave Compton


White-throated Sparrow

John Ayres <jayres37@...>
 

This morning a White-throated Sparrow is feeding on the ground in my backyard, an exciting development as the assortment of feeding birds to this point in the winter has been rather disappointing. Appears to be a first winter with streaking on breast and tan stripped crown? Yellow lores fairly bright so perhaps a tan-stripped adult? John Ayres


E. Phoebe + other birds

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

Finally caught up with the E. Phobe by Pine Street today at the third
attempt. I have heard an oriole there every visit so far but actually got to
see it today a couple of times. Appears just to be a fem/imm Bullock's.
Yesterday a fem/imm Merlin zipped through the field there - my 6th siting of
this species in the county since late Sept!


Nick Lethaby
DSP/BIOS Product Manager
Texas Instruments
(805) 562 5106
nlethaby@...


Allens Hummer

Kathleen Whitney <kwhit@...>
 

Hey gang! I caught a sub-adult male Allens Hummingbird this morning at Atascadero Creek - I thought you could always use an extra.......

No sign of any Solitary Viroes bu there were birders about so stay tuned...

Happy Holidays!

Kathleen


Burrowing Owl in Goleta

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>
 

On the way to work this morning driving S from Hollister Rd. on Los
Carneros Road, I saw a Burrowing Owl. This bird was on a line with the
S edge of the Airport's E-W runway. Take that line and continue it W of
Los Carneros Rd to the (former?) Delco property. The bird was sitting
next to a
Ground squirrel burrow approx. 15m W of Los Carneros Rd.
Alternate instructions: Driving S from Hollister you have the airport
on your E and the Delco property on your W. Where you drive past the
end of the E-W runway, look W and you will see a small (20m square)
cyclone fenced-off area enclosing some sort of transformer. The bird
was about 5m from the SW corner of that fenced off area.
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White Pelicans

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

Written on behalf of Joan Lentz:

FYI:
Joan and I had 5 WHITE PELICANS at the east end of Lake Cachuma on Monday
12/24/01. Please contact us for further information.

Jonathan Lentz


White Pelicans

John Ayres <jayres37@...>
 

Gene Lynch reports two White Pelicans flying with gulls over Preisker Park in Santa Maria today around noon. John Ayres


Zone-tailed hawk report

A. Galvan
 

A friend of mine spotted the ZT. Here's his narrative regarding the location:

.... it was in the willows(?) along the
creek that comes under the freeway by Comptek and goes under
Los Carneros near its intersection with Castilian. He was along
the area where it turns to the southeast, away from the railroad
tracks. There's a dirt access road that I take to work when I
bike. As I went by, he took wing, and flew above me into the
eucalyptus trees along the railroad tracks, and turned to watch
me. I usually throw carrots to the bunnies that live in the
brush along the road, and I guess that was why he was there, too.

I often see kites flitting about the fields there, and an
occasional Cooper's Hawk or two, and rarely a Kingfisher.

When I was biking home, he was on the ground along the
embankment for the approach to the overpass where Los
Carneros crosses the freeway. He was on the east facing
slope of the south side embankment- I guess watching for
rodents in the field to the east. As I biked by, he flew
to the big pile of dirt in the field, and again turned to
watch me. His flight was below me, so I got a good look at
his back....

Tony Galvan

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Burrowing Owl

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

All:

After a failed attempt to relocate this last night, I saw the bird today
about 80m to the west of Los Carneros, parallel to the fenced off utility
building. So it's basically further into the field from where Mark found it.

My experience in Silicon Valley where Burrowing Owls were common is that
they're much easier to see in the morning than the evening.

The field has plenty of other birds - dozens of Killdeer, 8+ snipe, 20+
pipits, and a dozen or so BB Plovers. No sign of anything good.

Nick Lethaby
DSP/BIOS Product Manager
Texas Instruments
(805) 562 5106
nlethaby@...


Cachuma CBC

Liz Mason <eliz@...>
 

Hi Folks,

Here is what I came up with today for the Cachuma CBC. See below.

The file is also attached for convenience.

Happy New Year!

Liz Mason

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Date: 12/27/01 Weather: Overcast and mildly cold all day. No wind.

Location: Cachuma Lake County Park

Submitted by Liz Mason

(805) 688-4515

eliz@...



The following species were seen on Cachuma Lake from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Areas covered include L'il Cachuma Bay, Cachuma Bay, Santa Cruz Bay, the Narrows, visual survey of east lake by log boom, Arrowhead Island area, Jackrabbit flats, Martini Cove, Drake Cove.

1.. Common loon: 13
2.. Clark's grebe
3.. Western grebe
4.. Eared grebe
5.. Horned grebe: 1
6.. Pied-billed grebe
7.. White pelican: 3 (though 9 were seen together during the morning lake cruise
8.. Double-crested cormorant
9.. Black-crowned night heron: 1
10.. Great egret: 4
11.. Great blue heron: 17
12.. Canada goose: 21
13.. Mallard
14.. Northen Shoveler
15.. Ruddy duck
16.. Ring-necked duck
17.. Common goldeneye: 2
18.. Bufflehead: <25
19.. Common merganser: 9
20.. American coot
21.. Killdeer HEARD ONLY
22.. Bonapart's gull: 3
23.. Ring-billed gull
24.. Herring gull
25.. California gull
26.. Turkey vulture
27.. Golden eagle: 1
28.. Bald eagle: 1 adult, 2 immature
29.. White-tailed kite: 1
30.. Northern harrier: 1
31.. Red-tailed hawk: 4
32.. Osprey: 19
33.. Belted kingfisher: 2
34.. Great-tailed grackle
35.. Brewer's blackbird
The following species were seen around the Nature Center and on the Oak Canyon Trail near the Center between 7:30 and 10:30 am. TThey are listed alphabetically in such a way that will drive you nuts.

1.. Acorn woodpecker
2.. American crow
3.. American robin
4.. Anna's hummingbird HEARD ONLY
5.. Band-tailed pigeon
6.. Belted kingfisher
7.. Bewick's wren
8.. Brown-headed cowbird
9.. Bushtit
10.. Ca quail
11.. CA Thrasher
12.. CA towhee
13.. Dark-eyed junco
14.. Great-tailed grackle
15.. House finch
16.. House sparrow
17.. Mourning dove
18.. No. flicker
19.. Oak titmouse
20.. Red-shouldered hawk HEARD ONLY
21.. Red-winged blackbird
22.. Ruby-crowned kinglet
23.. Scrub jay
24.. Spotted towhee
25.. Western bluebird
26.. White-breasted nuthatch
27.. White-crowned sparrow
28.. Wrentit
29.. Yellow-rumped warbler, Audubon's
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Liz Mason
eliz@...
Acting Park Naturalist, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
HC 58, Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tel: (805) 688-4515 Fax: (805) 688-7724

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University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Noble Hall 1311


Oops

Liz Mason <eliz@...>
 

I called it the Cachuma CBC, but it is the Santa Ynez CBC.



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Liz Mason
eliz@...
Acting Park Naturalist, Cachuma Lake Recreation Area
HC 58, Hwy 154, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Tel: (805) 688-4515 Fax: (805) 688-7724

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University of California, Santa Barbara
Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Marine Biology
Noble Hall 1311