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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Hermit Thrush (2 reports)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)
- Northern Parula (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 12, 2020 10:29 by Joan Lentz
- Goleta Beach Park, Goleta US-CA 34.41727, -119.82845, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.417271,-119.828445&ll=34.417271,-119.828445
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71397256
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen on north bank from viewing platform, then flew to near bank under bushes where difficult to see but perched foraging there. Noted dark crown, some white coming encircling the bottom of the cheek. Otherwise streaky appearance on front, although back is beginning to be all grayish. Not sure of age but probably not a juvenile, although immature."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 09:06 by Mark Holmgren
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71375745
- Comments: "Two heard singing simultaneously from different locations near the upstream end of Kinevan Road.  Prior to that we heard a singing bird at about the mid-point of Kinevan Rd.  On this basis we believed there were three singing birds present."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 09:06 by Conor McMahon
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71375059
- Comments: "Two heard singing simultaneously from different locations near the upstream end of Kinevan Road.  Prior to that we heard a singing bird at about the mid-point of Kinevan Rd.  On this basis we believed there were three singing birds present."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Jul 12, 2020 10:11 by Andrew McGrath
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71398007
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "34.4238, -119.8946 just west of the end of Santa Barbara Shores Road. Deep orange oriole with entirely black head. Seen associating with hooded orioles"

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jul 12, 2020 10:11 by Andrew McGrath
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71398007
- Comments: "34.4238, -119.8946 just west of the end of Santa Barbara Shores Road. Warbler with blue head and back and yellow underside. Pointed black bill. Spots of orange on throat. Unfortunately did not call nor stay visible long enough for photo. Flirting around understory/fallen log"

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Goleta Beach this morning

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Like everybody else, I’m waiting for returning shorebirds and not having much luck.  Marilyn Harding and I had a pleasant hour at Goleta Beach.  Only shorebird was a Long-billed Curlew, but we saw a YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON which flew from behind the ranger’s residence to the bank directly opposite the viewing platform, then flew to the near bank east of us, but underneath the bushes.  We were able, however, to get the scope on it & the bird was down near the shore taking advantage of the lower tide to forage.  Looks to be a little older than a juvenile, perhaps now into its second year?  Since I’ve not seen the bird that everyone else has commented on, I can’t tell if this is another individual or the continuing bird, although I suspect the latter.
Also of interest were two juvenile PEREGRINE FALCONS perched on the crane across from the entrance road (thanks to John Storrer who pointed those out to us).  We recalled seeing an adult here on July 9, so these must be local breeders.
An OSPREY visited, and there were three Belted Kingfishers sitting on the wire over the lagoon (family group?)  Many Black-necked Stilts and Snowy Egrets fed in the channel, 95 Western Gulls resting on the sandbar.  No other species of gull.
The contrast with Devereux was stark, and it pointed up the difference between a tidal estuary and one that’s blocked, alas.  As I recall, last summer we had water in Devereux through the month of July, but this year there just wasn’t enough rain.
Always better to be out birding even if it's slow!

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara 

Alisal Road - Northern Parula continues

Peter Schneekloth
 

I made a quick stop to see if the Northern Parula was still hanging out west of Nojoqui Park and sure enough he's still there. I watched him forage for about 10 minutes near the now dry creek which passed under the road. He was in the Oaks and Sycamore but hopes for another bird were not fulfilled.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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*** Species Summary:

- Reddish Egret (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 07:58 by John Deacon
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71353596
- Comments: "Ongoing local rarity. Dark morph. Grayish blue overall. Juvenile bird. Similar in height to nearby SNEG. Grayish bird. He did a little of the foraging "dance" typical of this species."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 07:42 by Teale Fristoe
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71352256
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Appeared in west side of island around 8, started foraging a bit around 8:20."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 11, 2020 12:32 by David Compton
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71363127
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing 3Y (about 2 yrs old)"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jul 10, 2020 16:15 by Michael I Christie
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71362024
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "first summer bird in tree E of access bridge, amid black-crowns (thanks to tip from birder), fs"

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Sands Beach / South Devereux yesterday afternoon (Least Tern)

Steven Gaulin
 

Sorry for the late post but still may be of interest to some, especially those keeping track of returning shorebirds. 

Devereux Sough was not quite devoid of avian life forms. There were a few of the expected herons and egrets and some D-C Cormorants, but no Y-C Night-Herons and no Neotropic Cormorant.

Sands Beach was more interesting; almost all the action was on the perhaps 80 meters of sand that currently separates the south end of the slough from the ocean. In addition to the numerous Snowy Plovers, about 8 Semipalmated were mixed in, as were a dozen Black-bellied, two with significant remnants of breeding plumage. There were 15-20 each of Whimbrel and Long-billed Curlew and two Marbled Godwits. Six Western sandpipers were working the surf-line as was one silent Dowitcher. An Osprey paid a brief visit, upsetting the assembled company, including 9 Caspian and 1 Royal Tern that had been roosting together, and one Least Tern that had been intermittently fishing and roosting among the Snowy Plovers.

Good birding to all,
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

South coast birding, Saturday, 11 July

Dave Compton
 

I walked about 100 meters upstream and downstream of the Bates Rd bridge in Rincon Creek this morning. Lovely walk, and you can more or less keep your feet dry without rubber boots, at least where I walked. I observed only 3 Chestnut-backed Chickadees, but they're both upstream and downstream and using both the SB and Ventura sides of the creek. I also had two singing Swainson's Thrushes, one near the bridge and one upstream. At least one of the uncommon south coast breeding species is hanging on here (or three, if you count Warbling Vireo and Western Wood-Pewee).

Early afternoon, I was at Goleta Beach, where one 3Y (about 2 years old) Yellow-crowned Night-Heron continues, as seen from the bike path. I did not see a Cattle Egret. Also, no Neotropic Cormorant at Devereux. Just a handful of peeps here. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 09, 2020 09:49 by Mark Holmgren
- Tecolote Creek -- Hwy 101 to LPNF, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44727,-119.917904&ll=34.44727,-119.917904
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71304152
- Comments: "Calling At 34.457375,-119.916776 but I don’t see adjacent orchards on aerial photos of my position.
Again calling 2 individuals near 34.46476 -119.91489"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 10, 2020 13:32 by Linus Blomqvist
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71326855
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile. Photos to come."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 10, 2020 15:07 by David Blue
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71332230
- Comments: "An adult in breeding plumage on the peninsula in the estuary mouth with a flock of Western Gulls. First found this morning by Florence Sanchez."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 10, 2020 12:36 by Andrew McGrath
- Goleta Beach Park, Goleta US-CA 34.41725, -119.82817, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.417248,-119.828174&ll=34.417248,-119.828174
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71325473
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen on sandy spit. Flew from deeper in slough and rested in flock of western gulls. Egret about the dove of snowy with yellow Bill and orange crown and plume."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 10, 2020 15:07 by David Blue
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71332230
- Comments: "A continuing immature bird with a thick, all-gray bill. Roosting in the foliage along the right side of the stream looking east from the bridge."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 09, 2020 16:45 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71303686
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird roosting in its usual spot in the brush east of the bridge"

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Re: those eBird alerts

Wim van Dam
 

Order has been restored for the two kind of eBird alerts that were automatically forwarded to sbcobirding : 
- The daily eBird alerts of rare county birds is active again on sbcobirding as this seems to be popular feature
- But, the hourly alerts for ultra rare birds has been turned off as a lot of you did not care for this. 
 
A minority of you told me that you like the hourly alerts, and for those people I'm setting up a dedicated subgroup alert@sbcobirding. 
 
Email me in person if you like receiving the hourly alerts of eBird reports of ultra rare birds in Santa Barbara County.   
 
Thanks
Wim
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SBCO #386: American Bittern

Cattle Egret at Goleta Beach

Florence Sanchez
 

Breeding-plumaged adult.

I found this bird on the mud peninsula in the estuary mouth where the gulls rest.  After a few minutes, it took off and flew upstream.  I relocated it in the Night Heron roost near the entrance.  It was perched next to a Great Egret with a Snowy Egret also perched nearby.  Immature Yellow-crowned Night HERon was also in the roost.  All still present at 9 a.m. when I drove out.

Florence Sanchez



Tecolote Creek, 8 and 9 July 2020

Mark Holmgren
 

On 8 and 9 July I walked Tecolote Creek bottom covering more than 3 miles.  Where neighborhoods border the creek the streamside habitat is generally in excellent condition. Further upstream avocado orchards press against the banks of the creek and more exotic species bleed into the channel (Arundo, Bamboo, lots of Ivy). But the creek twists and turns more in the upstream section and that alone creates interesting niches not found in a straight channel.  Water flowed through all but the upstream most 150 meters.  The bottom is sediment filled, and not rocky, due to the periodic check dams that hold sediment in the channel.

 

As I went into the upstream sections I found more of the species that we consider special along the South Coast—more Yellow Warblers, Wilson’s Warblers, and Warbling Vireos. Also, House Wrens, Purple Finches, and American Robins, not present downstream, were present upstream.

 

Special finds were:

  • Western Wood-Pewee, now perilously uncommon along the South Coast, 2 adults feeding 3 short-tailed fledglings.
  • Western Tanager, singing at 75 meters (246 feet) elevation.
  • Common Ground-Doves at 2 different places.
  • Wilson Warbler singing males, breeding confirmed at one of 7 different sites.
  • 41 Pacific-slope Flycatchers was a lot.
  • 11 Yellow Warblers, mostly singing males.

 I did not find Swainson’s Thrush that was heard there in summer of either 2018 or 2019.  I was surprised to not detect Mallard, Black-chinned or Anna's hummingbird, California Quail.  Scarce were House Wrens, Orange-crowned Warblers, Black-headed Grosbeaks, and House Finches. 

 

My 6 checklists can be found at: 

https://ebird.org/region/US-CA-083/activity?yr=all&m=

 

 

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass

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- Reddish Egret (2 reports)

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 09, 2020 16:14 by Larry Chen
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71299211
- Comments: "Continuing bird, hanging out with the DCCOs. Bleached-looking dark egret with patchy reddish-slate plumage."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 09, 2020 16:14 by Sarah Toner
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71299212
- Comments: "Continuing bird, hanging out with the DCCOs. Bleached-looking dark egret with patchy reddish-slate plumage."

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A Little more on Red-eyed Vireo

Florence Sanchez
 

Thanks to Nick for posting my sighting in a timely manner, since I did not have access to the Internet at that time.

I first heard the Vireo while walking on the asphalt path to Coal Oil Point and Sands Beach.  It was singing loudly and continually, the typical question and answer phrasing of this species with no burry notes.  I soon spotted it in the top of a large eucalyptus near the buildings.  Then it stopped singing and dropped down into the shrubs.  As I neared the spot, it started singing again from the top of an elderberry bush, and it moved around a bit to other shrubs in the area.  I turned off the main path into a maintenance area with lots of cut wood and where a red pickup truck was parked.  From there I got within 20 feet of the singing bird (again in an elderberry bush) and had great looks.  It then flew into a small sycamore to the west and stopped singing.

Tom Turner arrived quickly after Nick posted my find.  The bird was still silent, but started singing again as he headed for his bike to chase it down.  I spotted it in the top of a scruffy eucalyptus next to a large cypress tree on the segment of the path that runs almost due east/west.  Eventually it flew off and I did not see it or hear it again.  

After I completed my beach walk and returned to my car, I met other birders who told me Tom had refound the bird and that it had moved over to the area near the parking lot on the old Devereux Campus.

Florence Sanchez

Pelagic trip out of Ventura on Sunday, July 12

David Pereksta
 

Hi All

This is a reminder that Island Packers is offering a 12-hour deepwater pelagic trip from the Ventura Harbor at 7 am on Sunday July 12. This trip will allow us to get to offshore waters beyond the reach of most day trips where we will have a chance to see a number of outstanding pelagic birds and marine mammals. Our intention is to go south from Ventura towards San Nicolas Island and the banks, knolls, canyons and other productive features in the area. This will give us a chance to look for sought after species like Red-billed Tropicbird, Leach's Storm-Petrel, Townsend's Storm-Petrel, Cook's Petrel, and Craveri's Murrelet. Boats out of San Diego have been seeing Cook's Petrels and Craveri's Murrelets recently, and on a work visit to Santa Barbara Island a few weeks ago I saw a Blue-footed Booby that is acting like it is paired with a Brown Booby (there is a chick in the nest for what that is worth). We will decide what our offshore destination will be after reviewing oceanographic conditions at the time of the trip, which will help determine where the birds and other marine life may be present or concentrated. This trip has been productive the last few years. In 2017 we had Black-footed Albatrosses and Cook's Petrels along with an astounding 45 Craveri's Murrelets. In 2018 we had the first accepted at-sea record of Tristram's Storm-Petrel for the ABA area (!), a Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, Townsend's Storm-Petrels, lots of Cook's Petrels, two Nazca Boobies, and an American Oystercatcher. Last year we had a Manx Shearwater and incredible looks at Townsend's and Leach's Storm-Petrels. Beyond these highlights, we always see a variety of the more expected pelagic species and it is a trip that normally produces lots of birds.

While I would normally go on more about the birds we might see, I am going to focus on safety related to the COVID-19 pandemic and how we plan to run the trip to minimize risk to everyone on board. First, we are running at a reduced capacity to ensure that passengers can sit/stand 6 feet apart. The maximum capacity for the vessel is set at 57 people for this trip, which is 20-25 people less than we normally carry on a pelagic trip (and way lower than the rated passenger capacity for the boat). Masks/face coverings are REQUIRED at all times while on the boat. If you do not believe in wearing masks for some political, religious, or other reason, then this is not the trip for you. The exception is to eat or drink. We ask that when you are eating or drinking to distance one's self 6 feet away from other people not in your party. When eating and drinking remove your mask only sparingly, replacing it between drinks, or bites of food (use your best judgement). We also suggest bringing a few spare masks as you may want to put on a fresh one after several hours. Make sure you can comfortably wear the mask for extended periods of time. In addition, all the tables and handrails will be disinfected before boarding and the restrooms will be disinfected on regularly scheduled intervals. The handrails along the perimeter of the boat are marked at 6-foot intervals to help maintain social distancing while aboard.

The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there. The Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful. In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!

Trips can be booked over the phone by calling (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.com by clicking the Reserve Trip tab, select the Special Trips tab, and select your desired departure. The cost of the trip is $195 per adult.

Hope to see you at sea!

Dave Pereksta
Ventura

Re: Red-eyed Vireo at Coal Oil Point

Marge and Don Thornton
 

We are on our way.
Marge and Din





On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, 7:26 AM, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:

All,

Florence Sanchez just called to say she is looking at singing Red-eyed Vireo at Coal Oil Point. It is swapping between some elderberry bushes and eucs around the buildings close to the point (but not the one actually right one the point). She will stay with the bird to help others relocate it if you get out there promptly,

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Red-eyed Vireo at Coal Oil Point

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Florence Sanchez just called to say she is looking at singing Red-eyed Vireo at Coal Oil Point. It is swapping between some elderberry bushes and eucs around the buildings close to the point (but not the one actually right one the point). She will stay with the bird to help others relocate it if you get out there promptly,

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Reddish Egret continues at SYRE

Florence Sanchez
 

I returned to the estuary this morning at mid-tide.  I found that the large influx of Western Sandpipers that filled the mudflats when I was there last week has moved on and not much has taken its place.  Shorebirds seen in the estuary today include Kildeer, Snowy Plover, Greater Yellowlegs, and Short-billed Dowitcher.  The latter was a breeding-plumaged bird hanging out with the 2 breeding-plumaged Greater Yellowlegs.  The red on the underparts did not continue all the way to the tail and there was no barring on the sides, indicating this species instead of Long-billed.  Though both Yellowlegs were calling, the Dow was silent.

At the river mouth, there was again a huge congregation of Heerman's Gulls, at least 400.  With them were Brown Pelicans, Western Gulls, at least one California Gull, and several Caspian Terns.  With much of the flock out of view from the outside of the protected area, who knows what else might have been there.

Least Terns continue to make a nice showing while feeding in the estuary and the Reddish Egret was found well up the channel, though not quite as far as it was when I found it last week.

Florence Sanchez

Re: White-eyed Vireo at Ellwood

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

I changed the Flickr image so that the composite photo now shows the LHS of 'both' birds.  It's the same link - https://flic.kr/p/2ji4uD5   

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

UCSB Beaches

Florence Sanchez
 

Shorebirds still don't seem to be using these beaches yet.  Conditions about 6;30 this morning were just about ideal for them, but no takers on either the east-facing or west-facing beaches.  (Further west on the Isla Vista Beach, there was a flock of 6 large birds that were probably Long-billed Curlew, but they were just about out of binocular range.)

In the Lagoon near the Faculty Club, I found 2 Breeding plumaged Greater-Yellowlegs, 4 Black-necked Stilts, and a Kildeer.  Two small Sandpipers flew off when one of the Yellowlegs took flight while screeching.  I couldn't get a look at them but the Zhreet call would indicate Least Sandpipers.

Back to Sands Beach and Oocean Beach . . . 

Florence Sanchez

Re: White-eyed Vireo at Ellwood

Dave Compton
 

Hi Adrian and everyone,

Using photos taken more than a month apart can be tricky for establishing the Ellwood bird is not the same as the IV bird. And for a bird of this rarity, I think the burden should be on doing so, with base assumption being that they ARE the same bird. But a look at a photo John Callender took back of the bird in IV back in May suggests we may not have to guess:


My feeling is the photo showing both wing bars on the right side of the bird is a pretty good argument they are one in the same. The upper wing bar in this photo and the upper wing bar in the photo Adrian shared showing the right side of the bird look really similar, and pretty distinctive. Any differences in the appearance in these photos can be explained easily by wear or the position of the bird or its feathers at these particular moments in time. But it seems really unlikely that two different birds photographed six weeks apart could show this same distinctive pattern to that wing bar.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara





On Sat, Jul 4, 2020 at 3:07 PM Adrian O'Loghlen via groups.io <adrianologhlen=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Below is a link to side-by-side photos of the White-eyed Vireo at Ellwood today and the Vireo that was at Camino Corto on 25th May.  They look like different birds.    

https://flic.kr/p/2ji4uD5

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Andrew Clark bird refuge July 4th

Dika Golovatchoff
 

Last night I took a leisurely walk out to the 3rd  viewing platform and sat there for a while. I observed 5 Snow Egrets, 5 Black Skimmers skimming and one resting on the small island, a Mallard with her 8 chicks, 2 Black necked Stilts and a Black Phoebe. Some photos at 

Dika Golovatchoff Santa Barbara


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