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Oldsquaw

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

This morning from about 8:45 to about 9:10, I had the Oldsquaw on the west side of the peninsula (the opposite side of the peninsula from the marina) at Lake Cachuma County Park. It was in the main campground/picnic area, off of sites 469-472.
Dave Compton


American Redstart?

kbridgers <kbridgers@...>
 

I received a call from a Newport Beach birder (admittedly "not an expert on
passerines") who states that he saw a male American Redstart at the Bradbury
Dam overlook a few days ago. He says he is "absolutely sure," although he
reports that the bird was perched atop the sage on the trail near the picnic
tables. I don't have a lot of confidence in this for several reasons, but if
anyone wants to chase, have fun - and let me know what you find.

Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@...


Re: Oldsquaw

Becky Hoban <bhoban@...>
 


Orchard Oriole, Sage Thrasher

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

Hi all! This a.m., Tues. Feb. 22, in bird class we saw the male & female
Orchard Orioles in the willows about 100 yds. downstream from where Calle
de los Amigos crosses Arroyo Burro Crk. at about 9 a.m. They were w/ 2
Bullock's Orioles (we later saw a 3rd Bullock's upstream).
Bob & Miggie Hansen, who arrived late to class, saw the Sage Thrasher at 9
a.m. on the round picnic table just north of & somewhat adjacent to the
putting green on the Valle Verde retirement residence grounds. We,
however, missed the thrasher. Joan Lentz


Isla Vista Vernal Pools

David Hubbard <hubbard@...>
 

No rare birds to report (okay maybe one, a LB CURLEW on the west end of
Isla Vista Beach this morning 7:15 a.m., 22 Feb 2000).

The recent rains have filled the vernal pools in Isla Vista. Del Sol
Vernal Pool Reserve (SE of the intersection of El Colegio and Camino Corto)
has started to attract ducks (Mallards and Cinnamon Teal so far) and
Greater Yellowlegs (a surprising 15 of them at the site this morning).
Expect more ducks and shorebirds there before long.

Across the street at Camino Corto Open Space (SW of the intersection),
recently restored vernal pool habitat is not pulling in many waterfowl or
shorebirds.








Dave Hubbard
Museum of Systematics and Ecology
Ecology, Evolution and Marine Biology
University of California, Santa Barbara 93106
Phone (805) 893-2506


Seawatch Birding

jcwings@pronet.net <jcwings@...>
 

Fellow Birders,

Don DesJardin from Ventura County posted this to the venturacobirding
group regarding a new website listing seabird watching points in North
America. I thought this might be of interest to our group since it
includes Goleta Point and Point Mugu. There are also links to the
Central Coast Birding Trail through an interactive map. I haven't spent
much time looking for inaccuracies but the Waller Park mini-list is not
quite correct. Despite this, this is a great resource. Also see the link
to Don's great photos.

On an unrelated subject, eGroups will be off-line for scheduled
maintenance tonight, 23 February, from approximately 10 pm to 11 pm PST.
Post messages before or after this time.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria

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[venturacobirding] Pt Mugu
Date:
Tue, 22 Feb 2000 14:30:13 -0800
From:
"Don DesJardin" <dj@...>
Reply-To:
venturacobirding@...
To:
venturacobirding@...




I received information a few weeks ago that a web site was being worked
on featuring good seawatch locations in North America. I was able to
submit Pt Mugu as one of the best places in Southern California for a
pelagic trip without ever stepping onto a boat. My input was accepted
and is now one of 13 North American locations listed on this site. I
also submitted some links, including the CA Central Coast Birding
Trail. This site may be viewed at:

http://www.badbirdz.com/awatchIndex.htm


Least FC

kbridgers <kbridgers@...>
 

Dick Morton and Jim Abernathy from LA report finding a Least Flycatcher on
Arroyo Burro Creek this afternoon at 3:45. They had been on the creek
earlier in the day looking for Orchard Orioles (which they did not see), and
returned in the afternoon. I do not know these birders personally, but they
report a small empid, fairly worn, with a round eye ring. The bird was
approximately 600 feet downcreek from the bridge. They were within 12 feet
of the bird and saw it well for about 20 minutes.

They also saw the Rusty Blackbird at Costco - near the entrance, in the
planter with the stop sign in it, and the Palm Warbler at Refugio.

Please keep me posted if the Least is re-found.

All for now,
Karen Bridgers
kbridgers@...


Trumeter photos for future ref

Jim Greaves <greaves@...>
 

In the event we should hear of any in our area...

Trumpeter Swan photos
http://about.delphi.com/ab-birding/messages/?msg=2229.1


Saturday Morning

JHcynwren@...
 

Hi,
Figueroa Mt. The dirt road up to Pino Alto picnic area is closed and we
did not go up there, but the rest of the area was covered well and we saw
nothing. It was amazingly quiet.
However, on the way back on the south side of Hwy 154, directly opposite
the San Marcos Golf Course, was a lone male Wild Turkey grazing in the middle
of a small meadow. One can park at a turnout (also on the south side of the
road) where there is a Los Padres Nat'l. Forest boundary sign and walk west
to view the meadow. He was there at 1:40 p.m.
Joan Hardie


Saturday 2/26 in Cuyama Valley

GeorgeR244@...
 

Highlights of Cuyama Valley trip on Saturday 2/26 were:
Several Ferruginous Hawks scattered over the area east of New Cuyama;
A flock of about 50 Mountain Bluebirds in the irrigated fields east of
Route 33 near the Quatal Canyon Road; flocks of Pipits in the same area;
Several (4-5) Sage Thrashers along the dry wash along the north side of
the road
up to Ballinger Canyon; another near intersection of Santa Barbara Canyon
Road
and Foothill Road;
Sage Sparrows in the same location as Sage Thrasher;
Flock of Horned Larks north of Foothill Road; Golden Eagle overhead here;
Phainopepla in oak-chapparal along road up Cottonwood Canyon.
Missed Prairie Falcon and Vesper Sparrow (always good to have a reason to
go back).

Bird on...George and Maxine Roland, Bill Murdoch


coastal Santa Barbara birding, 2/27

Steve Tucker <pintail@...>
 

Hello Santa Barbara birders -

Dave Pereksta and I decided to invade Santa Barbara today due to the
lack of anything interesting in Ventura. We came up with the following:

Costco: Actually, the location was McDonald's, but the Rusty Blackbird was
present this morning.

Deveraux Slough: 1 male Eurasian Wigeon, 1 Lesser Yellowlegs

Goleta Slough Overlook: 4 Redheads, 17 Canada Geese, 1 Ross' Goose, 1 Snow
Goose, 1 Greater White-fronted Goose. All geese were "grazing" at the
airport.

Calle De Los Amigos: 2 Orchard Orioles, 1 Bullock's Oriole, 1 Western
Flycatcher. The orioles were in the first Eucalyptus grove on your left as
you're going down the path to the retirement homes. They were feeding in
some jasmin blossoms that were bordering the back area of the grove.

All for now,

Steve Tucker
Ventura, Ca. pintail@...
805-659-4870
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Concrete and chaos rise up
Spiderweb across the land like a giant rash,
Forests lie down below
Foundations of buildings in a bed of ash.


Saturday at Figueroa Mtn. Lookout/Pino Alto Picnic Area

Patrick McNulty
 

I was able to take a half-day trip to Figueroa Mtn Lookout on
Saturday. Unfortunately it was more toward the middle half than
the first half of the day than I had planned since the second
gate was locked on the approach via Happy Cyn Road, and I had to
come all the way back out and go in via Figueroa Mtn Rd. On the
way across, on a telephone poll along the North-South section of
Baseline Ave, I did see what I think was a FERRUGINOUS HAWK, but
by the time traffic had cleared and I got turned around it had
disappeared.

As expected, the gate was locked at the foot of the road up to
the Pino Alto Picnic Area and the Lookout, but it was a very
pleasant hike and except for two mountain bikers coming down I
had the place to myself.

STELLER�S JAYS alternating with Scrub Jays on the way up and at
the top. PYGMY NUTHATCHES around the picnic area and at the
top. Several flocks of juncos and other small stuff cruising
around, one of which had two PINE SISKINS and a GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLET, and another had a CHICKADEE, I presume a Mountain
Chickadee, but all I saw was a quick look at the bib. Several
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and HUTTON�S VIREOS were with them too,
and the other expected birds. Heard some RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES,
but didn't see them.

Since we're getting more rain, I suppose they will keep the gate
locked a while longer, which makes this a more strenuous outing,
but the solitude and the views and the birds really made it
worthwhile. Thanks to Joan Hardie for the information and
encouragement, even though her group wasn't going up there.


--
Patrick McNulty W: (805) 893-4165
Santa Barbara. CA H: (805) 967-9900
mail: mcnulty@...


Cattle Egrets at Del Sol

AquaBirdy@...
 

At Del Sol Vernal Pool Reserve on Sunday.

2 Cattle Egret

Dave Hubbard


Orchard Orioles Monday 2/28

GeorgeR244@...
 

Maxine and I located the Orchard Orioles, both male and female, at about 9:15
am this morning at the Calle de los Amigos location. They were across the
creek in the willows at the first clearing down the creek from the bridge;
directly opposite the large fallen sycamore trunk along the creek. Joan
Hardie et al. - we found them just after you left; I ran up the hill to get
you but you had evidently gone. Some people have all the luck - Becky Hoban,
Cher Hollingsworth and Sandra MacGillivray showed up just as we found it and
didn't even have to look hard. No sign of the empid flycatcher. We all
couldn't find the Baltimore Oriole at the sixth Street location in
Carpinteria either.
Bird on...George Roland


Re: Saturday at Figueroa Mtn. Lookout/Pino Alto Picnic Area

Patrick McNulty <MCNULTY-P@...>
 

SBCO birders,

I should have added to this note that the hike is 1.5 to 2 miles up a well-maintained gravel/packed dirt road with a noticeable but not exhausting grade.

Patrick

Patrick McNulty <mcnulty@...> 2/27/00 11:11:02 PM >>>
I was able to take a half-day trip to Figueroa Mtn Lookout on
Saturday. Unfortunately it was more toward the middle half than
the first half of the day than I had planned since the second
gate was locked on the approach via Happy Cyn Road, and I had to
come all the way back out and go in via Figueroa Mtn Rd. On the
way across, on a telephone poll along the North-South section of
Baseline Ave, I did see what I think was a FERRUGINOUS HAWK, but
by the time traffic had cleared and I got turned around it had
disappeared.

As expected, the gate was locked at the foot of the road up to
the Pino Alto Picnic Area and the Lookout, but it was a very
pleasant hike and except for two mountain bikers coming down I
had the place to myself.

STELLER'S JAYS alternating with Scrub Jays on the way up and at
the top. PYGMY NUTHATCHES around the picnic area and at the
top. Several flocks of juncos and other small stuff cruising
around, one of which had two PINE SISKINS and a GOLDEN-CROWNED
KINGLET, and another had a CHICKADEE, I presume a Mountain
Chickadee, but all I saw was a quick look at the bib. Several
WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and HUTTON'S VIREOS were with them too,
and the other expected birds. Heard some RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES,
but didn't see them.

Since we're getting more rain, I suppose they will keep the gate
locked a while longer, which makes this a more strenuous outing,
but the solitude and the views and the birds really made it
worthwhile. Thanks to Joan Hardie for the information and
encouragement, even though her group wasn't going up there.


--
Patrick McNulty W: (805) 893-4165
Santa Barbara. CA H: (805) 967-9900
mail: mcnulty@...

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more Cattle Egrets

JHcynwren@...
 

Larry Ballard and a friend from Washington, Kevin, saw 4/5 Cattle Egrets on
Ocean Meadows this a.m. On the south side, toward the west end.
Joan


Orchard Oriole & empid

Jamie M Chavez <jcwings@...>
 

Working in Santa Barbara on Monday presented the opportunity to look for
the Orchard Orioles on Arroyo Burro Creek along Calle de los Amigos. I
could only locate the female around 1:00 p.m. in approximately the same
stretch of willows George and Maxine found them earlier in the day. It
is difficult to see movement in the willows so they can be overlooked.
The small size doesn't help either. There was no sign of the male, or
any other orioles for that matter. I heard a Pacific-slope Flycatcher a
short distance upcreek from the bridge but could not see it. I made no
attempt to look for the Sage Thrasher in the Valle Verde Homes since
landscapers were mowing every lawn and trimming every bush in the joint!

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria
jcwings@...


the "competition"

JHcynwren@...
 

Hello,
We have now been at this listing game for 2 months: there are 12
participants. Collectively, 245 species have been seen since Jan. 1st, which
I find quite remarkable. If anyone wants to see how each of us are doing and
what has been seen, please check the website at:
http://members.aol.com/jhcynwren/year_listers/listers'_home.html

Joan Hardie


Cattle Egrets

Becky Hoban <bhoban@...>
 

Hi All,

Birding today in Santa Barbara with Cher Hollingworth, we saw 5 Cattle
Egrets at Ocean Meadows Golf Course. There was also one Brant hanging
out with a male and female American Wigeon.

Becky Hoban (aka "BH")


tuesday eve at Ocean Pk.

brad hines <bkhnca@...>
 

Hi all,

This evening, Becky and I got good looks at a Bank Swallow
feeding with a large flock of Tree Swallows. Several Cliff Swallows and
V-g Swallows were also seen. The salicornia marsh east of the parking is
favorite feeding and staging area for migrating swallows. Calm evenings
are best. Also, seen north of the parking was a single Short-billed
Dowitcher. BKH