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Thanks

Lethaby, Nick <nlethaby@...>
 

Thanks to everyone for advice on Paul Lehman's book. Just got a copy from
Chaucer's.


Re: Miguelito Park's White-throated Sparrow

Corrine Ardoin <trogonfan1@...>
 

Someone had mentioned in an earlier posting that they had seen
a "White-striped morph" White-throated Sparrow at Miguelito Park.

Cher Hollingworth and myself, after our rendezvous with the ever-
popular, dare I say, Louisiana? Waterthrush, we combed the park for
flocks of the birds mentioned the sparrow had been last seen with.
Across the road from the park, we finally spotted it, What a
beauty! Very bright colors, bright and clean white striping on the
head with the bright yellow lores, clean white throat. Just
beautiful! It was with a mixed flock of ground feeders, juncos,
white and golden-crowned sparrows, etc.

As far as I have seen, this is our typical White-throated Sparrow,
the white-striped morph. I have never seen a tan-striped morph in
this area, but then it was only Tuesday when I learned there was
anything other than the white-striped version.

Ah, well, so many birds, so little time.

Happy birding! Corrine Ardoin


Informal Seasonal Occurence Study

Corrine Ardoin <trogonfan1@...>
 

Just for my own personal records of birds seen in San Luis Obispo and
Santa Barbara Counties over the past year, I kept lists of all the
birds I saw on La Purisima Audubon and my own bird walks, plus
yardbirds, special sightings in the county, etc.

I have compiled the information first onto individual sight by sight
checklists, i.e. Nojoqui Park or Oso Flaco, then transfered that
information onto county lists, separating out the birds into the two
counties mentioned above.

It has been very enlightening, though I know not exactly new
information, but for my own personal understanding of species
distribution and seasonal occurrence of birds in our county and San
Luis Obispo County, it was interesting to see the differences getted
mapped out on paper.

It was neat to see the year-round species be checked off for each
month of the year, like House Finch and Turkey Vulture, to see the
breeding species be checked off only in the summer months, and to see
the wintering species checked off only from around August, September
to April, May. The most interesting, though, by far was the
differences between species seen in one county regularly and rarely
in another county.

For example, I saw White-crowned Sparrows in San Luis Obispo County
every month of the year, but did not see them in June, July, or
August in Santa Barbara County, with the difference being a mere few
miles, like not in Santa Maria, but in Oso Flaco year round. There
were other birds that fell into this interesting and enlightening
category, as well.

I plan to continue my listing, as anyone knows me out birding, I
write them all down!

Hope you find this as fascinating as I have! Corrine Ardoin


Re: [slocobirding] Informal Seasonal Occurrence Study

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

I just thought I'd add a little to Corrine's comments about White-crowneds
Sparrows. For those of you who know all about White-crowned distribution and
supspecies in the area, my apologies.

As many (or most) of you know, those White-crowneds that are around through
the summer are the nuttalli subspecies, which is a year-round coastal
resident down to Point Conception in Santa Barbara County. They don't occur
very far inland along the Santa Maria River (about a mile according to Paul
Lehman's The Birds of Santa Barbara County), but are easily found in places
like Ocean Beach near Lompoc and around the entrance to the ponds on Terra
Rd. at Vandenberg, any time of year.

The flood of White-crowneds from the latter part of September through most
of April (at least down here in Santa Barbara County) is mostly gambelli,
but with a strong contingent of pugetensis, both of which breed far to the
north. The pugetensis apparently are pretty much restricted to coastal
areas, at least in SB County. The Gambelli, incidentally, are basically
Arctic breeders. Pretty amazing when you consider that the nuttalli, which
are considered the same species, don't migrate at all.

Dave Compton

-----Original Message-----
From: Corrine Ardoin [mailto:trogonfan1@...]
Sent: Thursday, December 07, 2000 9:58 AM
To: slocobirding@...
Subject: [slocobirding] Informal Seasonal Occurrence Study


Just for my own personal records of birds seen in San Luis Obispo and
Santa Barbara Counties over the past year, I kept lists of all the
birds I saw on La Purisima Audubon and my own bird walks, plus
yardbirds, special sightings in the county, etc.

I have compiled the information first onto individual sight by sight
checklists, i.e. Nojoqui Park or Oso Flaco, then transfered that
information onto county lists, separating out the birds into the two
counties mentioned above.

It has been very enlightening, though I know not exactly new
information, but for my own personal understanding of species
distribution and seasonal occurrence of birds in Santa Barbara and
San Luis Obispo Counties, it was interesting to see the differences
get mapped out on paper.

It was neat to see the year-round species be checked off for each
month of the year, like House Finch and Turkey Vulture, to see the
breeding species be checked off only in the summer months, and to see
the wintering species checked off only from around August, September,
to April, May. The most interesting, though, by far was the
differences between species seen in one county regularly and rarely
in another county.

For example, I saw White-crowned Sparrows in San Luis Obispo County
every month of the year, but did not see them in June, July, or
August in Santa Barbara County, with the difference being a mere few
miles, like not in Santa Maria, but in Oso Flaco year round (I
wondered if that was their nesting ground). There were other birds
that fell into this interesting and enlightening category, as well.

I plan to continue my listing, as anyone knows me out birding, I
write them all down!

Hope you find this as fascinating as I have! Corrine Ardoin



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Cassin's Kingbird

Corrine Ardoin <trogonfan1@...>
 

Another Cassin's Kingbird spotted this afternoon, only this time in
Santa Maria, about a block or two west of Allan Hancock College. It
was in the 700 block of Sierra Madre perched on the power lines over
someone's back yard. I could view it from where the road turns there
at the pine trees. I knew by its call it was a Cassin's,
the "chuweer" they do is unmistakable, though I could not see any
white on the tip of the tail (nor was there any white on the outer
edges, just no white at all).

According to my Thayer's Birds of North America, some winter over
and do not migrate, also that we get vagrants, but which is the case
with this bird, I don't know. I am still surprised to still be
seeing kingbirds so late in the year.

Corrine


Re: Cassin's Kingbird

Steve Sosensky
 

At 12:22 AM 12/8/00 +0000, Corrine Ardoin wrote:
According to my Thayer's Birds of North America, some winter over
and do not migrate, also that we get vagrants, but which is the case
with this bird, I don't know. I am still surprised to still be
seeing kingbirds so late in the year.
Corrine,

Cassin's Kingbirds are winter residents in Southern California. They migrate further north for breeding. In LA County, we hardly ever see a Cassin's in the summer, when Western Kingbirds are the local breeders.

Most of the other Kingbird species which we get as vagrants (Tropical, Thick-billed, the Couch's that was seen in Orange Co. two years ago) are seen in winter. We occasionally get an Eastern Kingbird in migration.


Good birding,
Steve <mailto:steve@...>

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Thayer's Gull

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

A first-winter Thayer's Gull was on East Beach around noon with a large
flock of gulls (seven species), terns, and skimmers, near Cabrillo and Ninos
Dr.

Dave Compton


Miguelito Park 12/8

brad hines <bkhnca@...>
 

The Golden-winged Warbler continues to be seen feeding throughout the
park. The Louisiana Waterthrush was last observed on Tuesday 12/5.
This bird appears to spend most of its time outside of the park. The
surrounding area is private property.

BKH


summer tanager

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

Techno-birders,

There was a female Summer Tanager at 4:15 p.m. today at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara. Park on Fairway Rd. and walk into the Academy. Bear right. The bird was in low trees on both sides of the road by Abravanel Hall. It was quite vociferous.

Hugh
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prairie warbler, chestnut-backed chickadee

Grant Weyburne
 

This morning, there was a prairie warbler and a chestnut-backed
chickadee at the end of Coronado in West Goleta.
Grant Weyburne


Zone-tail

kbridgers <kbridgers@...>
 

The Zone-tail was seen by Ann Eisler this morning over Samarkand Drive, near
Los Positas, flying east and being pursued by hoards of crows.

Karen Bridgers


still more Lewis's Woodpecker

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

An SBAS field trip to Figueroa Mtn this morning produced four LEWIS'S
WOODPECKERS, but little else of note. Three of the woodpeckers were slightly
up the road (toward the mountain) from the entrance to Midland School (at
the entrance to the ranch--Neverland?--across the road). Another was about
200 yards up the road from the Figueroa USFS Station.

Dave Compton


Golden-winged Warbler

hugh ranson <urrf@...>
 

Techno-birders,

I made the pilgrimage to Miguelito County Park this afternoon, and almost immediately saw the Golden-winged Warbler in oaks and willows by the parking lot. I had a glimpse of what was probably a hermit warbler, and saw a Chestnut-backed Chickadee 200 yards downcreek from the park (is this a regular location for this species?).

Hugh
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Dusky-capped Flycatcher

Joan E. Lentz <jelentz@...>
 

Hi Birders! Just got a call from Joan Hardie (9:00 a.m. Sunday) reporting
that Dave Compton had called her in the field saying he'd found a
Dusky-capped Flycatcher at La Mesa Park. It was in eucalyptus near the
northwest corner of the park & it was calling. There were also
Yellow-rumped Warblers with it.
To get to La Mesa Park, take Carrillo St. west off US 101 & go up to the
Mesa. Cross over Cliff Dr. (Lazy Acres market is on your left) & continue
on until you see a little park on your right (west). I think this is now
Shoreline Dr. you're on, so the entrance to the park is off Shoreline Dr.
A small parking area is available.
Good luck! Joan Lentz


black-headed gull, eurasian teal ...

Grant Weyburne
 

There was a common black-headed gull and a probable eurasian teal this
morning at Devereux Slough. Also the regulars were around
earlier: eurasian wigeon, 2 greater white fronted geese, a Ross's
goose and gc kinglets.
Grant Weyburne


Plumbeous Vireo

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

There was a PLUMBEOUS VIREO this morning at Arroyo Burro Creek, near the
Calle de los Amigos bridge. It was with a flock of Bushtits about 20 feet
downstream of the bridge (which is near C. d l Amigos and Portofino) on both
sides of the path.

Your turn, Grant.

Dave Compton


Gull not seen

JHcynwren@...
 

The Black-headed Gull was not present between 7:30 and 8 this morning, nor at
10.
Joan Hardie


Re: Gull not seen

Dave Compton <davcompton@...>
 

I have a suggestion about looking for this bird. In the last couple of years
we've had a large (up to 1500) flock of Bonaparte's around the area this
time of year. The Black-headed Gull that was here for several years earlier
in this decade, near the SB Wharf, was usually around when there were lots
of Boneys. If you can figure out where most of the Boneys are, you might
have a good chance of finding the Black-headed. In the last several years,
Boneys have been in Goleta Bay, around Devereux, and off Sandpiper Golf
Course. Of course they move around and often feed offshore. But if you
locate a big flock, it's worth looking them over. If you do see this bird,
I'd appreciate seeing any notes, photos, video, or other documentation.
Thanks much.

Dave Compton

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Sent: Monday, December 11, 2000 10:39 AM
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Subject: [sbcobirding] Gull not seen


The Black-headed Gull was not present between 7:30 and 8 this morning, nor
at
10.
Joan Hardie


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San Jose Creek, Monday, Dec. 11

Daryl Rutherford <rooster@...>
 

Rooster, Hen, and Debbie went birding on San Jose Creek this morning. It was pretty birdy today. We spotted a Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher on the upper reaches of the creek, accompanied by BushTits. Down by the baseball diamond, specifically in the creek near the play equipment, a Yellow-Breasted Chat was seen in the vines and bushes along the creek. Down at the Berkeley Bridge, we spotted two Brown Creepers on the Sycamore tree right by the bridge. The Chipping Sparrows were not in evidence this morning.

We had a horrible experience earlier this week, when looking for the Chipping Sparrows, we walked out towards the ag fields and found workers clearing the brush beneath the large Sycamore tree. They have destroyed our sparrow habitat!!!!! The birds have really been confused, and we cannot seem to find where they have all moved to. Along those lines, they really chewed up the foliage just below the Berkeley bridge and cut the bank way back. They could have at least waited until after CBC for the work. Now we really have to work hard.

Rooster


OK Guys.

Daryl Rutherford <rooster@...>
 

Rooster here,

After a few looks at the latest postings, and a call from Guy Tingos, the Hen and I have double checked the books. We feel it was not a Vireo because we did not see yellow around the eye.

Debbie commented it had an olive-green back, Hen says it did not have wing bars, and it was pretty bright yellow down the breast. This bird had lots of contrast, and the eye stripe was pretty white looking.

Hope we are right, as it is pretty exciting.

PS: We got a great look at the Golden Winged Warbler at Miguelito Park yesterday, just below the Caretaker's trailer.

Rooster