Date   
Yellow Warbler at Goleta San District

Mark Holmgren
 

Glenn Kincaid, Adrian O’Loghlen, and I birded Goleta Sanitary District and Goleta Beach. One, possibly 2, YeWa were in the trees on the west side of the center basin. Photos will tell . . . maybe.  Eurasian Wigeon male also present, 18 Blue-winged Teal, lots of Gadwall. Checklist:
At Goleta Beach were at least 15 Black-crowned Night-Heron and 2 Yellow-crowned N-Herons, a nice smattering of gulls, terns. 

Mark Holmgren 
Santa Barbara

owl on fwy

William Murdoch
 

I meant to say: the officer was on the left shoulder just opposite the Milpas exit.

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Bill Murdoch

owl on fwy

William Murdoch
 

An hour ago (9:30) I passed a Hiway Patrol officer off his bike, on the left shoulder, with his light flashing and what looked like a burrowing owl standing next to him.  He (the officer) was on the phone, presumably looking for help in dealing with the owl.

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Bill Murdoch

continuing Eurasian Wigeon at GSD

Larry Ballard
 

Along with the wigeon were five Canada Geese, 30-40 Blue-winged Teal, about 100 Gadwall and single Herring and Bonaparte's Gulls. The grounds closed at noon today which gave me only about 15 minutes to bird.

Larry Ballard
Carpinteria CA

odd sandpipier

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Marsh Park and Ash Ave. Beach, Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019

Birded this morning with Mario Borunda and found 40 species, all but two were regulars.  There was an off-shore Pelagic Cormorant and one odd sandpiper in the Marsh Park.  At first it looked like a Spotted but the legs and bill were black and whereas the resting Spotted has a curl of white in front of the wing, this bird showed extensive white scapulars on both wings.  It was a larger than the Least Sandpipers with which it was associated.  Your thoughts?


Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria

Re: Tropical Kingbird at Lake Los Carneros

Pete Wolf
 

Sorry, forgot to include the link to my eBird report (and pictures of the Tropical Kingbird)...




On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 01:10:16 PM PST, Pete Wolf <pete@...> wrote:


I went to LLC again today in hopes to find the scaups and get more details about the male (Greater or Lesser)... they were not around... what was around was a Tropical Kingbird (got a picture of it perched together with a kite) and 21 Long-billed Dowitchers.

Tropical Kingbird at Lake Los Carneros

Pete Wolf
 

I went to LLC again today in hopes to find the scaups and get more details about the male (Greater or Lesser)... they were not around... what was around was a Tropical Kingbird (got a picture of it perched together with a kite) and 21 Long-billed Dowitchers.

Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, 47 species with continuing SageThrasher, Merlin and Peregrine

Peter Schneekloth
 

Once the morning rain ended it was a beautiful sunny morning to conduct the weekly Sedgwick bird survey. A group of two hit the pond, Ranch House and Tipton House area and turned up an decent 47 species. Highlights were continuing Sage Thrasher, Merlin, soaring Peregrine Falcon, Rock Wren and a Bufflehead at the pond. Complete list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61978922

For the entire Sedgwick Birding Crew

Peter Schneekloth 
Buellton

More Mesa

Guy Tingos
 

Early this evening, I counted at least 5 Northern Harriers, 6 White-tailed Kites, and a Short-eared Owl on More Mesa. No Burrowing Owls so far.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

Two WTSPs

John Deacon
 

All:

Caught two White Throated Sparrows on my GameCam last Saturday.  First time I've had evidence of two.

John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt

Summer Tanager at SBMNH

Rebecca Coulter
 

I heard one calling this morning from the eucalyptus trees to the west of the parking lot. Perhaps the same bird from last winter...though the persimmon tree it favored is almost picked clean, as other birds have been feasting on the fruit.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Northern Harrier at LLC

Mary Thompson
 

Our party of 4 had excellent looks at a juvenile Northern Harrier at Lake Los Carneros yesterday around 10am. 

FW: Alder Flycatcher

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

The CBRC has officially accepted the Alder Flycatcher record from LLC. Thanks to Kristie Nelson for making this very difficult identification and getting the word out.

 

Nick

 

From: Thomas Benson [mailto:TBenson@...]
Sent: Monday, December 2, 2019 12:32 PM
To: Kristie Nelson (storm_petrel@...)
Cc: Dave Compton - NAB (davcompton60@...); Lethaby, Nick; wim.van.dam@...
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Alder Flycatcher

 

Hi all,

 

I know that some of you had asked about this record in the past, so I thought I’d let you know that the CBRC has (finally) accepted the Alder Flycatcher from Santa Barbara County in fall 2018.

 

Tom

 

Thomas A. Benson

Secretary, California Bird Records Committee

 


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

The Future of the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study

Mark Holmgren
 

Google will shut down its Fusion Tables in 2 days.  This marks the loss of the nifty display and filter tool that we’ve enjoyed since 2016. Grab what you need from it now.  Go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj

 

What will replace Google Fusion Table for the Breeding Bird Study data?  Nothing right now. We’ve looked at 4 other programs that display breeding records geographically, but as yet none fit our criteria—easy to use and easy to manage.  

 

What happens to the BBS?  We will wait till another tool comes along that is as user-friendly as GFT.  Meanwhile, in 2020 we will continue to gather and accept records, including photo support of breeding evidence, to the database.  The online data entry form at the Audubon website will continue to serve as the primary means of submitting new breeding records.  We encourage one more year of intense data gathering.  Our goal is still to make these data publicly available and to advocate for the use of this database because of its unique relevance to Santa Barbara County.  


Adrian and I welcome questions and specific requests for information from you and from other users of the BBS data.  


Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen


The BBS is a project supported by UCSB's Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration and

The Santa Barbara Audubon Society

Bullock's Oriole at Hidden Valley Park

Gage Ricard
 

Highlights at Hidden Valley Park this morning were an adult male Bullock's Oriole and female Western Tanager in a cotoneaster bush.

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara

SM Foothill property 12/1/19

Jim Hodgson
 

Hi all,
At about 11:30 this morning one of the Short-earred Owls was scared up by a fire crew that was walking the property. It circled for a while and was last seen headed towards the north end of the west plateau.

Jim Hodgson
SB

CBC 5 Circle SB County Map, 2019/2020

Wim van Dam
 

By popular demand, here is this season's Christmas Bird Count map for Santa Barbara County: 


This map shows, to the best of my knowledge, the circles and dates of the CBCs of Cachuma, Carpinteria, La Purisima, Santa Barbara, and Santa Maria-Guadalupe. Compilers might want to check that they agree with the positioning of the circles.

Wim
 

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

Ring Necked Ducks at Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds

John Deacon
 

All:

To add to my huge numbers of Greater Yellowlegs at the soccer field on College in Santa Maria, I had 126 Ring Necked Ducks at the Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds this morning.  There were 96 on the southernmost pond alone.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61879492

John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt

SM Foothills this morning

Rebecca Coulter
 

Two Short-eared Owls continue on San Marcos Foothills Preserve this morning, along with Northern Harrier and White-tailed Kite. The burned grasses have revealed a landscape completely riddled with rodent holes; we saw gophers pop up here and there, now unprotected by any kind of cover. It will be interesting to see if the relatively easy hunting conditions continue to attract raptors. Loggerhead Shrike also present along the fence line at Hwy 154.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

New Flooded Field

John Deacon
 

All

If you are in Santa Maria, it may be worth a stop at the soccer field at Southside Parkway and College. I just counted 70 Greater Yellowlegs, 8 dowitchers and over 60 Mallards. A few other species are present too. It takes awhile for this spot to dry out so it should be good for some time.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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John Deacon
Orcutt