Must be the winter for Lawrence's Goldfinches

Cruz Phillips

I had 3 Lawrences Goldfinches at my feeders today. The Casin's
Kingbird is still at the corner of Happy Cyn. Rd. and Baseline.

Cruz Phillips
North side of Lake Cachuma

Red-naped Sapsucker

Leslie Mosson

The Red-naped Sapsucker was still in the pepper trees at the
southwest corner of the Santa Ynez Mission grounds this afternoon.
He seemed rather territorial when a Nuttall's came along. Thanks to
those who let us know he was there!

Leslie Mosson

Baltimore and Bullock´s Oriole

Elsy-Britt Schildt <elsy-britt.schildt@...>

This Tuesday afternoon 2.15 I saw an adult male Baltimore Oriole about 200
meters upstream the Calle De Los Amigos Bridge (Arroyo Burro Creek) where
the trail ends at the running water (the Golf Course is on the other side
of the creek). It was foraging in the blooming Eucalyptus trees, extremly
beautiful! If this wasn´t enoght, but 35 min after this observation a male
Bullock´s Oriole showed up in the same area when I was searching for the
Baltimore! Nice day!

Elsie Lundberg-Schildt, Santa Barbara

Elsy-Britt Schildt, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Oncology
University Hospital
S-221 85 Lund
Phone: +46 46 17 75 20
Fax: +46 46 13 99 57

Hooded Oriole & White-throated Sparrow

Paul G. Rosso <prrosso@...>

Both the Male Hooded Oriole and the White-throated Sparrow continue on
the Southside of Lompoc today Jan 17,2003.
Their pattern has changed now, however. The White-throated sparrow was
sighted at 8:00 am feeding on the brick wall at the front of our house.
The Male Hooded Oriole was at the top of a White Ash tree in the SW
corner of our front yard at 8:30 am. The Oriole is beginning to use its
normal spring pattern. Both are easily seeable from the street.

Paul & Rita Rosso
5 Santa Clara Dr.

Common Merganser in Santa Maria

Mark Brown <> <gavkbrown@...>

Thursday afternoon I saw two adult male Common Mergansers in the
ponds at Highway 101 and the Santa Maria River. In Lehman's book it
lists only five records for the North coast, two for the Santa Maria
Valley the latest he lists being one at the SM Sewage plant in 1981.
These birds usually like deep water lakes, I have seen them at Lopez
Lake & Cachuma. I also saw a Slate-colored Junco in the back yard in
among the regular (Oregan) Dark-eyed Juncos. Lehman says they are
rare but regular in winter. I hope people can join Jamie Chavez on
Martin Luther King Day, Monday, as he leads a birding trip of the
Santa Maria Valley for the Morro Bay Birding Festival.
Mark Brown
Santa Maria

Peregrine still at UCSB Lagoon

Patrick McNulty <mcnulty-p@...>

The Peregrine Falcon continues to perch in the dead eucalypt over the NE side of the UCSB Lagoon, yesterday and this morning.


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

Rock Wrens

Paul G. Rosso <prrosso@...>

There were two Rock Wrens on the White Diatomaceous face at the 5.0
marker on Sweeney Rd East of Lompoc, today Jan 17,2003. They were only 20
feet or so above the road.

Paul Rosso

Re: Peregrine still at UCSB Lagoon


I have been seeing the bird every day this week when flying my peregrine out in front of the new dorms. My bird attracts the wild pefa over from the lagoon area every time. I saw her today @ 1210, always a large adult female. Looks like she has set up a winter hunting territory...???....

various goleta sightings

Josh Engel

This morning, the female Blue-winged Teal continued at
the pond behind the fence at the corner of Mesa and
Los Carneros Rd. I've checked this pond each of the
last three days, but have not seen the Eurasian
Green-winged Teal and this is the first time I saw the
Blue-winged. Yesterday, both scaup continued at the
UCSB lagoon, and an adult male Black-throated Gray
Warbler was on campus. On Tuesday, the Peregrine was
eating a Forster's Tern at the lagoon. Also on
Tuesday, I saw the Rusty Blackbird at Costco and the
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at Goleta Valley
School (after school), in the row of trees at the
north end of the playing fields, in the tress closest
to Cathedral Oaks Rd. One or two Mountain Chickadees
were at the corner of Amherst and Stow Canyon, across
the street from the school. A Merlin was in this
neighborhood on Monday.

Does anyone have updates on any Tropical Kingbirds
around? Where at Glen Annie Golf Course was one seen?
Thanks for any help.

Josh Engel
Claremont, LA Co.

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Cachuma dam overlook

Liz Mason <eliz@...>

Greetings, Birders,

Cachuma Lake's Bradbury Dam overlook is OPEN (Hwy 154, Santa Ynez Valley, SB Co.), I am very happy to announce. Our New Year's gift to you, at last. Sunrise to sunset.


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

Wilson´s Warbler

Elsy-Britt Schildt <elsy-britt.schildt@...>

No orioles upstream the Calle De Los Amigos Bridge (Arroyo Burro Creek)
this Friday morning but NUMEROUS of birds and among them Wilson´s Warbler
and Winter Wren.

Elsie Lundberg-Schildt, Santa Barbara

Elsy-Britt Schildt, M.D., Ph.D.
Department of Oncology
University Hospital
S-221 85 Lund
Phone: +46 46 17 75 20
Fax: +46 46 13 99 57

Eagle Count

Liz Mason <eliz@...>

On January 11, 2003, we had our annual mid-winter bald eagle count (as part of the nation-wide count). The data we gather is sent to the Santa Cruz Predatory Bird Research group, who have been compiling state-wide data for 25 years. (!) Their website is , and includes migration maps of radio-tagged adult and immature bald eagles from Millerton Lake outside of Fresno. I forget whether I have posted the following: The resource ecologist at Millerton told me they typically have about 15 overwintering eagles there, more than half of them adults.

On count day, our wonderful eagle-eyed volunteers at Cachuma Lake gave us:

Bald eagle adult: 2
Bald eagle immature: 5 (two 1-year birds, two 2- to 3-year birds, one age not determined)
Golden eagle adult: 1

Come see them.


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

BIRDWEST; Santa Barbara, CA; 1/17/03

Guy Tingos <guy.tingos@...>

* California
* Santa Barbara
* January 17, 2003
* CASB0301.17
- Birds mentioned

Ross's Goose
Blue-winged Teal
Greater Scaup
Peregrine Falcon
Zone-tailed Hawk
Burrowing Owl
Short-eared Owl
White-winged Dove
Lewis's Woodpecker
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Red-naped Sapsucker
Mountain Chickadee
Winter Wren
Wilson's Warbler
Baltimore Oriole
Rusty Blackbird

- Transcript

This is the Santa Barbara Audubon Society's rare bird report being recorded on
Friday, January 17 at 2 p.m. If you have a rare bird sighting to report, call Karen
Bridgers at 964-1316. For those of you who are getting the transcript on the
Internet, the rare bird alert number for Santa Barbara is (805) 964-8240.

The wintering female RUSTY BLACKBIRD is still presumed to be at the Costo/Home Depot
shopping center at Hollister and Storke Road. Best instructions are, go to Starbuck's
at 7:30 a.m. and take bread.

The ZONE-TAILED HAWK was last seen on a pole on north Fairview, above Cathedral Oaks,
on January 5. [The hawk was also seen on the 7th at the corner of N. Fairview and
Cuesta Verde.]

A male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was reported yesterday from Arroyo Burro Creek, about 220
yards upstream from the Calle de los Amigos bridge, where the trail ends at the
running water. The bird was foraging in the blooming eucalyptus trees. [A WINTER
WREN and a WILSON's WARBLER were in the same general area today.]

Both the BURROWING OWL and the SHORT-EARED OWL were still on More Mesa at dusk on
January 9. To reach More Mesa, take Patterson Avenue south from Hollister until it
crosses Atascadero Creek and makes a sharp left. Park before the street makes a sharp
right and goes up the hill. Start walking up the hill. Before you reach the first
house on the left, you will see a trail that goes out to the mesa.

A PEREGRINE FALCON has been perching on a dead eucalyptus tree over the northeast
side of the UCSB lagoon for the last few days. More than six GREATER SCAUP were
present with 15 Lesser Scaup on Monday, making for a nice comparison. [A female
BLUE-WINGED TEAL was in the pond at the corner of Mesa and Los Carneros Roads near

[One or two MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES were at the corner of Amherst and Stow Canyon, across
the street from the school.]

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER found in pepper trees on the Cathedral Oaks side of Goleta
Valley Junior High School may still be present, but we suggest you wait until the
weekend, when you can walk onto the school grounds. The bird was looked for this
morning without success.

A ROSS'S GOOSE continues at the Glen Annie Golf Course, and was seen from the parking
lot this morning.

WHITE-WINGED DOVES apparently continue on utility wires behind 484 Camino de la Aldea
in the morning -- before 9 is best. This street is south of Hollister and east of

In the North County a RED-NAPED SAPSUCKER continues in the pepper trees at the
southwest corner of the Santa Ynez Mission grounds in Solvang. Last report was on

Up to five LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS are still being seen near the entrance gate at 300
South Refugio Road.

Three ROSS'S GEESE were at the Santa Maria Sewage Plant on Sunday the 12th.

That is all the bird news for now, but, again, if you have a rare sighting to report,
call Karen Bridgers at 964-1316. Good birding in Santa Barbara County.

- End transcript

Weekend (and yard!) birds

Becky Hoban

Hi All,

Brad and I observed 3 Lewis's Woodpeckers on Farren Road in Goleta yesterday morning. We then refound the Yellow-bellied and Red-breasted Sapsuckers at the Goleta Valley Jr. High School. The sapsuckers were feeding in the tall trees near the classrooms east of the field.

There was a large flock of Canada Geese and 1 Chen-type goose flying from the Santa Ynez River Estuary eastwards to feed on prison property in Lompoc at about 0720 this a.m. (this is a daily occurrence lately).

The White-throated Sparrow was feeding with the flock of Golden-crowned Sparrows at Miguelito Canyon Park this morning. Also this morning, up at Onstott Pines (in Lompoc) we had at least 2 Mountain Chickadees, 1 Hermit Warbler, and at least 1 Chestnut-backed Chickadee.

And, last but not least! A PALM WARBLER visited our backyard water feature here in Lompoc just a few minutes ago. Of possibly some interest, we first observed a Palm Warbler at our water feature on 10/10/2002, but haven't noted one since until today. Maybe it's just a matter of being in the right place at the right time.... What we need is a "bird cam"! :-)

Becky & Brad

Cassin's Kingbird

Christine Farro <strega228@...>

A Cassin's Kingbird has been frequenting telephone wires in backyards in the vicinity of South O and Lime in Lompoc. Turn west on Lime and park before the next cross street. Look North on the telephone wires.

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Western Santa Barbara/ Goleta

Paul G. Rosso <prrosso@...>

Sunday January 19,2003
1. Red-breasted Sapsucker -- Stow House Parking Lot -- Northside in the
Eucalyptus around 1:00 PM.
2. Los Carneros Lake -- 2 Canada Geese, 97 Redheads
3. Devereux Slough -- 1 Redhead ; Greater Scaup

Paul Rosso

Oso Flaco Lake and Santa Maria Valley Birds

Jamie Chavez <jc.wings@...>

Sorry for the cross posting...

The Santa Maria Valley hike for the Morro Bay Winter Bird Fest was held today, Monday 1/20. Best birds are as follows:


American Bittern (2)
Blue-winged Teal (1 male)
American White Pelicans
Peregrine Falcon


Peregrine Falcon
Semipalmated Plover (2)
Ferruginous Hawk


Ross's Goose (3)
Peregrine Falcon (2)
Black-bellied Plover

A great day for observing falcons.

Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA USA
34.90'N, 120.45'W

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B-T Green?

Karen Bridgers

I don't give this report too much credence, but a birder from Santa Monica
called me last night and said she thought she saw a female Black-throated
Green Warbler at Carp Creek, near 6th Street, on Sunday at about 1 p.m.

She said it had no barring on the back, and showed yellow on the flanks.
That was about all the description she gave.

For what it's worth .... probably not much.

Karen Bridgers

Rusty Blackbird, female Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>

Hi All: This a.m. in bird class we fed the Rusty Blackbird some bread
crumbs in front of Costco at 8 a.m. (she was not at Starbuck's at 7:30
a.m.). Later, at Winchester Cyn., we found a "new" Yellow-bellied
Sapsucker, an adult female on a pepper tree. Take Winchester Cyn. Rd.
north and go down the hill, turn right into the housing development and
take an immediate left on Rio Vista Dr. Park in front of the little open
space (San Miguel Open Space) & walk right (north) about 50 yards along Rio
Vista until you come to the first pepper tree. The Yellow-bellied was on
that tree, accompanied by a Red-breasted Sapsucker.
Good birding!
Joan Lentz