Re: Cachuma CBC

Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>

I am woefully inadequate in the region, so anything you do about owls is great. I know that Cruz Phillips has some owls in her area, but that's it. I was just hoping that someone like you would respond with some information and volunteer. Thanks.

Melissa Kelly wrote:

Hi Gene,
I always make it a point to do some owling on count day. I'm sure I can get Great Horned and Barn, and I know a spot where I heard Pygmy last winter along the Tequepis Trail. Were there particular spots you wanted covered?
Melissa Kelly

Gene Lynch wrote:

Anyone out there experienced birding in the Santa Ynez area who would
volunteer to do the owling for the Cachuma CBC? Let me know. Thanks.
Gene Lynch
La Purisima AS

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Short-eared Owl at Ellwood Mesa

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>

Donna Sweet reported a Short-eared Owl on the western portion of Ellwood Mesa on 8 Dec between 4 and 5 pm.  There was some jousting between the owl and kites also present.  This is on the proposed Monarch Point development area.  There are very few records of Short-eared Owl on this property.  Please post any subsequent sightings.  Thanks.
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Bins for sale

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>

Marten Kellogg, 968-1418, wants to sell a like-new pair of Nikon 10X42
Superior E for, I believe, $500.



Hello all,
At 10:30 this a.m. we found a White-throated Sparrow less than 1/4 mile in
on the Fremont Trail. This trail goes off East Camino Cielo (on the left
side as you are going east from San Marcos Pass) about 1 1/2 miles beyond
the Cielo Store.
Joan Hardie

Goleta Sanitary District, 9 Dec 99

Mark Holmgren <holmgren@...>

Goleta Sanitary District Plant, E of Fowler Rd.
Mark Holmgren
9 December 1999 1315-1350 hrs

Wood Duck 1
Green-winged Teal 1
Mallard 90
Northern Pintail 3
Northern Shoveler 5
Gadwall 28
Turkey Vulture 1 fo
White-tailed Kite 2 in 'pie' area E of Las Vegas channel
American Kestrel 1male
American Coot ~105
Killdeer 9 minimum
Black-necked Stilt 9
Spotted Sandpiper 1
Least Sandpiper 21
Bonaparte's Gull 1
Ring-billed Gull 1
Rock Dove 8
Anna's Hummingbird 3
Black Phoebe 1
American Crow 12
American Pipit 1
European Starling 140
Orange-crowned Warbler 2
Yellow-rumped Warbler 1
Common Yellowthroat 1
Savannah Sparrow 1 minimum
Brewer's Blackbird 13
Red-winged Blackbird 55
House Sparrow 2 minimum

Conditions: Only the middle pond was vegetated but it was apparently being
dredged at this time. I birded mostly at the ponds from the W side. I did
not bird the Las Vegas Ck channel. Some time spent birding the bottlebrush
and ornamentals around the buildings. Slightly breezy. I used binocs only.

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weekend birds in the Lompoc Valley

brad hines <bkhnca@...>

Hi All,

Some birding highlights from Saturday and Sunday

The Mountain Bluebirds seen last week north of River Park, were still
present Saturday along with Western Bluebirds.
Three Violet-green Swallows were present at the Mission Hills wastewater
ponds Saturday morning.
Sunday morning at the ponds on VAFB produced the following: 3 Swamp
Sparrows, 2 Hermit Warblers, Black-throated Gray Warbler, 1 Barn
Swallow, at least 5 Violet-green Swallows, 1 Lapland Longspur, and 1
Longspur sp. Eight Canada Geese along with the Short-eared Owl were
observed at the SYRE Saturday evening. BKH


hugh ranson <urrf@...>

The zone tail was soaring east over Noel Xmas Tree Farm (off Patterson between Cathedral Oaks and the freeway in Goleta) at noon on Saturday. The trees weren't too spectacular, though.



Short-eared Owls at More Mesa

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>

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From: "John Storrer" <jstorrer@...>
To: "Joan Lentz" <jelentz@...>
Subject: Short-eared Owls at More Mesa
Date: Mon, 13 Dec 1999 08:59:55 -0800
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Hi Joan: "" count for this year - thought I'd pass this one along.
- John

tree swallows and common goldeneyes at refuge

Grant Weyburne

There were 2 Common Goldeneyes and 10 Tree Swallows this morning at
Andree Clark Refuge. The already reported 3 Greater Scaup, 1 Lesser
Scaup, 1 Hooded Merganser and 16 Wood Ducks were also there.
Grant Weyburne.

Resent message

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>

Hi all: I tried to forward John Storrer's message re 3 Short-eared Owls on
More Mesa on Sat., Dec. 11 at 4:30 pm. Sorry it didn't go through before!

Eurasian Wigeon, Summer Tanager

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>

This morning's rounds turned up some nice birds:
Laguna Blanca (off Las Palmas in Hope Ranch): 3 male EURASIAN WIGEONS (Have our Goleta birds gone upscale? Are they staying with friends until their usual winter home is spruced up with a little rain?). Good numbers of gulls here, but nothing rarer than Herring and Glaucous-winged, at least as far as I could tell. Also, lots of birds (mostly Yellow-rumps) in the eucs across the street from the usual viewing area at the south side of the lake.
Arroyo Burro Creek: 1 young male SUMMER TANAGER. Park at Calle de los Amigos and Portofino, go onto the path below the street, and walk up creek about 100 yds., where the path dead ends at some eucs and a steep bank. Also, there was a female BULLOCK'S ORIOLE at Calle de los Amigos and Portofino, and several selasphorus sp. hummers from this stretch of creek down to the bottom of Calle de los Amigos, at the Valle Verde home.
Bird Refuge: 1 male and 3 female GREATER SCAUPS, a scattering of WOOD DUCKS, and no sign of the Hooded Mergansers or Common Goldeneyes, although I looked pretty hard. Still a nice variety of waterfowl, here.
The birds are here, let's get out and find them!
Dave Compton


Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>

A reminder:
Lompoc CBC: Sunday, December 19 (next Sunday); looking for a banner year

Santa Maria CBC: Sunday, December 26; we could use some more people
Cachuma CBC: Wednesday, December 29; first-ever CBC; lots of ground to

Gene Lynch, glynch@...
Alex Abela, abela@...

Gene Lynch
La Purisima AS

Yellow-headed BB

Karen Bridgers <kbridgers@...>

Twice I have had people report a "strange bird" at the SB Harbor. It sounds
to me like a Yellow-headed Blackbird (possibly an immature), but it's
hanging out on the lawn in front of the Breakwater Restaurant with starlings
and blackbirds. It's been there for at least a week. One woman said it was
"too big" for a blackbird and it's head was "too orange," but I'm pretty
convinced that's what it is. It's an easy one for the CBC if it sticks
around, so if you're out that way I'd appreciate a confirmation from someone
who knows what they're talking about.

Many thanks.

Karen Bridgers


Peter Dullea <pdullea@...>

What do we do? Where do we go?

Peter A. Dullea
(805) 688-9857 (h)
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----- Original Message -----
From: Gene Lynch <grlynch@...>
To: SB Bird Group <sbcobirding@...>; SLO RareBirds
Sent: Tuesday, December 14, 1999 3:25 PM
Subject: [sbcobirding] CBC

A reminder:
Lompoc CBC: Sunday, December 19 (next Sunday); looking for a banner year

Santa Maria CBC: Sunday, December 26; we could use some more people
Cachuma CBC: Wednesday, December 29; first-ever CBC; lots of ground to

Gene Lynch, glynch@...
Alex Abela, abela@...

Gene Lynch
La Purisima AS

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Daryl Rutherford <rooster@...>

Rooster here, 9:01AM, just returned from the corner of Kellogg and
Cathedral Oaks. The female phainopepla was sighted again in the
Sycamore tree just behind the bus stop at the bridge. There has been a
lot of activity here recently with Cedar Waxwings and Western
Bluebirds. No bluebirds this AM, but plenty of waxwings. I think the
waxwings tend to keep the phainopepla inside the mistletoe clumps. I
hope they don't eat all the berries before CBC!


Re: Butterfly List

D. Barton Johnson <chtodel@...>

Dear Jospeh Seals,
I would be most grateful for a copy of your lep-list.
Many thanks, Don

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From: Joseph L. Seals <40571@...>
To: bio.rarebirds@...
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Date: Friday, November 26, 1999 12:22 PM
Subject: [sbcobirding] Butterfly List


I've put together a list of the butterflies found in northern Santa
Sarbara County based on several lists, books, and guides (including the
brand spanking new Peterson "Western Butterflies", which you should all
go out and buy).

I'm hoping that some of you in the butterfly know would be willing to
look at my list and offer corrections, comments, etc.

I can e-mail it to you as an Excel attachment. It includes the latest
scientific name, a good common name, some comparative comments, and food
plants; all in a very brief format (3 pages). It makes for a nice
carry-able one-page (2 sided) if you don't want to include the skippers.

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Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>

Hey everyone! Save the best for last! It's time now to start thinking
about the Santa Barbara CBC to be held Sunday, January 2, 2000.
This really is a monster undertaking & we need YOUR help. Last year we
tallied 211 species, fourth in the nation after Coastal Orange County (214)
and the two big bad Texas counts that are so far ahead we don't even look
at them.
Although friendly competition is fun, this is also about getting everyone
out birding on Count Day so we can get a snapshot of what's going on here
in our count circle on the south coast. The center of the CBC is the
corner of Foothill/Cathedral Oaks Rds. and U.S. 154 (San Marcos Pass Rd.)
If you are interested in participating, please call Chris Walden at
969-4256 or e-mail her at walden@... That way nobody will get
forgotten in the Christmas rush. DO NOT respond to sbcobirding about SB
CBC particulars. Call me (see below) or Chris or write me individually at
Right now, it's time to start scouting your favorite neighborhood or
birding spot. If you locate any of the uncommon species below, please call
Joan Lentz (969-4397) or Karen Bridgers (964-1316):
Cattle Egret, Blue-winged Teal, Mountain Quail, Com. Moorhen, Va. Rail,
Bl-necked Stilt, Lesser Yellowlegs, L.-bil. Curlew, Com. Snipe, Thayer's
Gull, Greater Roadrunner, any owls (other than Great Horned), White-th.
Swift, any non-Anna's hummers, sapsuckers (other than Red-breasted), Horned
Lark, any swallows, Rock or Winter wrens, Com. Raven, Phainopepla,
Nashville Warbler, Black-thr. Gray Warbler, Yellow Warbler, hermit Warbler,
Wilson's Warbler, any tanagers, any grosbeaks, White-throated Sparrow,
Tricolored Blackbird, any orioles, Lawrence's Goldfinch. Whew!
Good Birding!
Joan Lentz


Robert A. Hamilton <robbham@...>

Hi Joan,

I e-mailed Chris to let her know that I plan to participate this year
(making 19 straight I believe!). Regarding your list of want-birds,
here's what I saw in late November:

Cattle Egret - one at Glen Annie -- I hear there were at least a couple
Thayer's Gull - one with PEL at SB Street outfall.
Barn Swallow - two at Glen Annie
Nashville Warbler - one in Hopeless Ranch
Black-thr. Gray Warbler - one at UCSB in the little creek behind the
swimming pool
Wilson's Warbler - a few in Hope Ranch
Black-headed Grosbeaks - Grant Weyburn had one near the entrance to Hope
Ranch Beach.
White-throated Sparrow - one in Hope Ranch.

I HOPE we can find these on the count!


Lake Los Carneros & Botanic Garden

Robert Flippin

Per D. Campbell's Tuesday, 12-14, hike: Saw a Ross's Goose at Lake
Los Carneros. Lots of Townsend's Warblers, Brown Creepers, and
Bewick's Wrens at the S. B. Botanic Garden.