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*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Mountain Plover (1 report)
- Least Bittern (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (40)
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 10:08 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75398518
- Comments: "Very late date for this species. Watched for 5 minutes. There were at least 40 of these dark swifts with cigar-shaped bodies and long, narrow, sickle-shaped wings. Flew with stiff, quick wing beats. Some showed slightly paler throats."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 08:23 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9586988,-120.5904007&ll=34.9586988,-120.5904007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75420234
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Both birds flew in together but only stayed a short time before nearby joggers flushed them west to the ag fields. Birds displayed prominent ear-spot and yellow spots on back."

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 09:27 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S75409286
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found with the Snowy Plover flock. Much larger than the Snowies, but smaller than the Black-bellied Plovers. A sandy beige above and a sandy white below and a light eye ring."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 08:37 by Barry Rowan
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75397339
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small heron with black cap. Have photos."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 10:28 by John Callender
- Santa Barbara Canyon Rd, Maricopa US-CA 34.89425, -119.54166, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.894248,-119.541664&ll=34.894248,-119.541664
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75318840
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "I went back and forth between Brewer's and Clay-colored, but after receiving much-appreciated input and considering that Brewer's Sparrow is the more likely species at this date and location I'm comfortable calling this a Brewer's Sparrow. Among the features on this bird that push me in that direction: the streaking on the nape, the streaked crown without a prominent central stripe, the thin white eye ring, the somewhat muted malar pattern, and the absence of warm buffy tones overall."

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Re: More help with Brewer’s vs. Clay-colored Sparrow?

John Callender
 

Thank you very much to everyone who replied with thoughts on the ID of this bird. It wasn't unanimous, but the opinions leaned strongly toward Brewer's Sparrow. Besides it being the more likely species for this date and location, other features cited that support Brewer's were: the streaking on the nape, the streaked crown without a prominent central stripe, the thin white eye ring, the somewhat muted malar pattern, and the absence of warm buffy tones overall.

I've taken the liberty of quoting the responses I received below (with identifying information removed). I hope that's okay with everyone.

Thanks again.

#1: That looks good for Clay-colored Sparrow to me.
 
#2: I'm voting CCSp, but I see the problem. If you hear that it is a BrSp, I'd like to know.
 
#3: I’d call this Brewers.  The sides of the neck are gray, but the back of the nape has brown streaks.  The crown is finely streaked with no hint of a pale median stripe.  Thin eyeing and muted colors overall with no hint of warm buff all say Brewers to me.  Let me know what others think.
 
#4: Funny how spiezella photos, like empidonax and solitary vireo photos, can sometimes be problematic and other times seem straightforward. The first couple photos of your four look like a pretty clear-cut Brewers Sparrow given the streaked nape and streaked crown with weak central crown stripe, and the somewhat muted malar pattern, but then if I only saw the third photo I probably would be agnostic and not sure and would ask to see more photos. But overall certainly call it a Brewers.
 
#5: Brewer's for sure.
 
#6: I find the gray nape variable in Brewer's Sparrow. Therefore, I rely on it less than other features and on three of these four photos those other features speak loudly to Brewer's.
 
#7: I agree that this one looks more like a Brewer's. The facial markings are overall subdued with a dull supercilium and malar. Brewer's usually have streaking "invading" the supercilium and nape, which this bird mostly seems to lack, but not totally. And it looks like the median crown stripe is quite weak.
 
#8: It looks like a Brewer’s to me.  Key features include the eye-ring, streaked crown and lack of a full, smooth gray nape.
 
#9: The lack of a pronounced medial crown stripe and the faint streaking at the back of the neck indicates Brewer's to me.  But these distinctions go out the window if it's a juvenile. Brewer's is the expected species in District V, but in fall, anything is possible.

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John Callender
Carpinteria


UCSB east facing beaches and other Sunday birding

Dave Compton
 

I walked from Goleta Beach to the UCSB Lot 6 stairs and a little beyond around midday, today. Not only was there no sign of either Curlew Sandpiper or Pacific Golden-Plover, but most of the beach wrack is gone. Shorebird numbers were way down, despite there being few people walking this stretch of beach. I saw no Sanderlings during my walk, and no Black Turnstones. When I was last here about 9 days ago, there were piles of kelp on the beach, more than 100 Sanderlings, and a sprinkling of turnstones, as well as more Least Sandpipers than I saw today.

Not a whole lot to report from a morning of birding in South Goleta, either. Nick and I saw no birds of interest birding Atascadero Creek downstream of Patterson. I did see a scaup that I thought was probably a Greater, in the debris basin just west of Ward. But it was missing a chunk of feathers on its crown, making the ID trickier than usual. Unusual was an adult male Western Tanager on exposed mud by the channel on the SoCal Gas side of the channel.

I also saw nothing of interest at Goleta Beach, or nothing more interesting than a Peregrine Falcon perched in the eucalyptus near the mouth. I did not look at the night-heron roost for Yellow-crowneds.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


OceanPark MountainPlover Continues

Marge and Don Thornton
 

This morning we spent a fair while wandering around the estuary mouth and beach, but in the end we located the Mountain Plover with the Snowy Plover flock on the beach north of the estuary mouth where Nick had found it earlier.  It blends really well with its surroundings so it took a bit to search through the flock.  There were also Yellowlegs, Dowitchers, and Terns.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta


male Chestnut-sided Warbler

Cher Hollingworth
 

In Miguelito  Park, Lompoc.    
The male Chestnut-sided Warbler has a lot of chestnut on the sides, and a bright crown.
It looks more like an adult male, than a 1st fall male.  It is busy moving through the grapes and picking out
large bugs for lunch.

There is a lot of bird activity today at the grape vine area, above the creek and across from the white trailer/RV.
There are abundant clusters of purple grapes on the living vines.    Despite being cool & very overcast,
the bug-eaters are finding a lot of food.    The robins are eating the grapes.

Also,  I've noticed this week, that the Golden-crowned Sparrows are outnumbering the White-crowns in my yard
(western Lompoc ag field area.


Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc



Re: catbird continues

Scot Pipkin
 

Greetings Birders,

     It’s been really exciting to see people enjoying the Gray Catbird at the Garden, but I wanted to share some reminders and site-specific etiquette for your consideration. First, we require that all visitors to the Garden (including our parking lot) wear masks. Mask-wearing is how we stay in the good graces of the county and how we protect our visitors and guests during these strange times. If you don’t want to wear a mask, please consider not coming to the Garden. Also, since the Catbird has been most visible in our parking lot, it’s important that people be respectful of other visitors entering/leaving the Garden and Garden staff moving across our site. Please leave a wide berth for vehicles.

     Finally, the parking lot isn’t the only place to go birding here! I’ve seen the Catbird bathing the pond west of the entrance and we have patches of grapes at various locations on site. Who knows what other birds are lurking around? As a nonprofit, we rely on membership and visitor admissions to maintain the beautiful native plant gardens on site. Please consider supporting our work and the ongoing maintenance of these facilities with a donation, by paying admission, or by joining. Thank you all so much for the enthusiasm around this bird and I’m sure we’ll make many more interesting observations in the Garden.

 

Good birding,

      Scot Pipkin

      Santa Barbara


PS- Phila, I encounter GCSP on the east slope of the Garden (across Mission Canyon Road) fairly regularly in the winter. 


On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 1:48 PM Phila Rogers <philajane@...> wrote:
But maybe not for long as the grapes/raisins are gone.  Around 11am the bird was moving through the Rhus ovata hedge calling almost continuously.

A question:  Where am I apt to find overwintering Golden crowned Sparrows.  I miss their sweet call from the Berkeley Hills.  Phila Rogers


Rocky Nook GH Junco

Bradley Hacker
 

A few people have asked about finding the Rocky Nook GH Junco found 2 days ago by Adam S.
I saw only a half dozen or so Juncos total, so finding the "flock" (which includes 1-2 Titmice, +/-1 Townsends, and +/-2 Kinglets) takes some time. Initially I parked in the lot just beyond the park entrance and saw the interesting bird with its friends immediately north of there along the creek edge. Then, they buggered off before I got a photo in all the sticks. It took me another 2 hr to locate the bird because the "flock"--on a Saturday--was chased around by cars, runners, people using the bathroom, screaming children, loose dogs, a long line of leashed dogs and people, etc. At least once the "flock" disappeared over the west fence near the caretaker's trailer.
So, the short answer to the question, is that the flock is mostly somewhere between the entrance and a bit beyond the bathrooms. 
Photos here if you missed them. 
There's a groovy partially leucistic Crow there too; the leucistic bits were really only visible when the bird flies.
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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums


More help with Brewer’s vs. Clay-colored Sparrow?

John Callender
 

I saw a Spizella sparrow along Santa Barbara Canyon Road near Ventucopa today. I initially entered it in eBird as a Brewer’s Sparrow, but after looking at photos I’m no longer sure. According to Paul Lehman’s Birds of Santa Barbara County Brewer’s would be more likely in “District V”, and the bird certainly looks more Brewer-y to me than the Clay-colored Sparrow I saw in Carpinteria on October 15. But its nape is pretty gray.

Anyway, I’d appreciate opinions on the bird’s ID from people willing to opine.

Photos in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S75318840


Thanks.

John Callender
Carpinteria


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*** Species Summary:

- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (4 reports)
- Mountain Plover (2 reports)
- Curlew Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Short-billed Dowitcher (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Plumbeous Vireo (3 reports)
- Gray Catbird (3 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (1 report)
- Scott's Oriole (1 report)
- Mourning Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 09:42 by Jenny Slaughter
- 1255 Franciscan Ct, Carpinteria US-CA (34.4071,-119.5379), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071,-119.537894&ll=34.4071,-119.537894
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75301345
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male, singing whirling song, dark purple gorget."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 09:40 by Joan Kent
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75360111
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Smaller with more buffy wash on chest & belly and more golden back than nearby Black-bellied plover."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2020 08:08 by Naresh Satyan
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75214315
- Comments: "Continuing. Smaller than BBPLs, yellow flecks in plumage, and pale yellow overall. Long legs, no pronounced supercilium."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 09:30 by Judy Matsuoka
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75368200
- Comments: "Smaller than black bellied. Golden tones. Will add photos"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 15:19 by Naresh Satyan
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75118937
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Obviously a golden plover, from smaller size compared to the BBPLs and an overall yellowish color (perhaps a little on the duller side). Rather long-legged, making its tail stick up when it bent to feed. Primaries extend only a little beyond the tail. Some tertials are molting which makes this a little hard to judge, but three primary tips beyond the longest tertial. Photos."

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 14:16 by John Callender
- 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/S75358670
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Pete Schneekloth; refound by Nick Lethaby after I came up empty looking for it on the sandbar on the north side of the lagoon west of the railroad bridge. Bird was refound by Nick in the Snowy Plover flock on the beach dune just north of the river mouth."

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 07:45 by Lisa Walker-Roseman
- 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/S75350034
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Foraging on north bank of river just west of the trestle"

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 17:00 by George Chapman
- 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/S75364513
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Light gray back - not as dark as dunlin, curved black bill, strong white line above eye. Associating with sanderlings. Slightly larger than sanderling. Appeared thinner than dunlin."

Curlew Sandpiper (Calidris ferruginea) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 09:30 by Judy Matsuoka
- UCSB--East beach (formerly Goleta Bay West beach), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4101847,-119.8419678&ll=34.4101847,-119.8419678
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75368200
- Comments: "Known bird here. White supercillium. Saw briefly when I got there. Got some bad pics. Then saw only Dunlin."

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 14:16 by John Callender
- 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/S75358670
- Comments: "Heard it vocalize in flight with lower-pitched “tututu” call."

Short-billed Dowitcher (Limnodromus griseus) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 07:45 by Lisa Walker-Roseman
- 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/S75350034
- Media: 1 Photo

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 10:58 by Santiago Lupi
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75319906
- Comments: "Continuing. Yellow was brighter and extended farther up than cassins. Did high pitched tropical kingbird call. Notched tail."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 09:17 by margeNdon thornton
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75348531
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Large bill, bright yellow up to he throat. Seen on the opposite side of Whittier Pond"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 10:25 by David Compton
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75350956
- Comments: "Gray above and mostly white below, with grayish on the sides, gray head with white eye ring (lores and front of head not seen well), bold white wing bars on gray wings. Not great looks, and I would not call this bird based solely on my own looks, if I hadn't known it was there, and others hadn't seen a bit more of the bird, such as the complete spectacles."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 08:22 by Thomas Miko
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75319887
- Comments: "All gray solitary vireo with two white wing bars, white spectacle around the eye, no yellow anywhere on the body."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 08:22 by Richard Fisher
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75329903
- Comments: "All gray solitary vireo with two white wing bars, white spectacle around the eye, no yellow anywhere on the body."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 12:03 by Richard Fisher
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75348525
- Comments: "Continuing. At 12:25 the bird flew in from the botanic garden, landing in the grape-covered sugar bush next to the small, tan-colored bicycle racks by the garden entrance. The bird was similar in size and shape to a Northern Mockingbird but it was deep gray, without wing patches. It had a black skull cap and rufous vent. Terrible photo obtained of the bird hiding in the tree."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 12:03 by Thomas Miko
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75346667
- Comments: "Continuing. At 12:25 the bird flew in from the botanic garden, landing in the grape-covered sugar bush next to the small, tan-colored bicycle racks by the garden entrance. The bird was similar in size and shape to a Northern Mockingbird but it was deep gray, without wing patches. It had a black skull cap and rufous vent. Terrible photo obtained of the bird hiding in the tree."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 08:52 by Scot Pipkin
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75307738
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Medium-sized songbird with a slender build and slate gray back. Prominent black cap in head. Feeding on fallen raisins. Around 9:10, flew northwest into the Garden. Possibly headed toward the pond next to Blaksley boulder? I did not investigate. Heard calling again in the parking lot at 9:35am."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (3)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 07:58 by John Callender
- Deer Park Canyon (SBA Co), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.859633,-119.463974&ll=34.859633,-119.463974
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75298332
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Near the western gate at (34.8636705, -119.4734199). Hanging out in the vicinity of a watering trough with a large flock of White-crowned Sparrows."

Dark-eyed Junco (Gray-headed) (Junco hyemalis caniceps) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 07:49 by Bradley Hacker
- Rocky Nook Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4417606,-119.7114365&ll=34.4417606,-119.7114365
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75306777
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Junco. Gray head, upper chest, lower back, and rump; darker gray tail and wing coverts; faint brown cap; black eyering and lores; pink bill with dark tip; mahogany-colored upper back; very dark brown to black primaries; very dark brown to black tertials with pale brown margins (from wear?); pale grayish-brown breast, belly, and undertail coverts. The gray of the head, upper chest, lower back, and rump is a distinctive medium-gray "brushed stainless steel" blue.
Found by Adam S Oct 23"

Scott's Oriole (Icterus parisorum) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 08:06 by Jenny Slaughter
- 5400 Sixth St, Carpinteria US-CA 34.39278, -119.51685, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.392776,-119.516849&ll=34.392776,-119.516849
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75299064
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile at a feeder at singing springs condos. Short tail on this individual as described previously by others."

Mourning Warbler (Geothlypis philadelphia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 11:23 by Naresh Satyan
- Tipus at 7416 Hollister Drive (LogMeIn), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4303818,-119.8908561&ll=34.4303818,-119.8908561
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75104084
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in ivy patch on the north slope of the eucalyptus grove. Skulky and low in the vegetation. Silent to best of my knowledge. Appearance somewhere between female yellowthroat and dull Macgillivray's warbler: pale gray head, olive green upperparts, and bright yellow underparts from the upper breast to the vent. Wings and tail feathers with bright olive green base and dark tips. Tail feathers spiky (indicating young bird?) No wingbars. Heavy (for a warbler) bill pinkish blended with dark. Pink legs. Thin white eyering. Throat dull yellow bordered by the gray of the face (hence the common yellowthroat resemblance). Photos. Great bird!"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 12:32 by Mario Borunda
- Santa Barbara City College, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.40453, -119.70266, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.404528,-119.702663&ll=34.404528,-119.702663
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75297219
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Seen on grass with yellow-rump warblers near Gertrude Calden overlook. Creamy supercilium with dark eyeline. Yellow rear underpart. White tip on tail and extremely active (pumping down) tail. Streaky breast. Smaller than yellow rump."

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American Redstart at Bella Vista Open Space

Libby Patten
 

I’m posting this for Mary Gosselin. She saw a male AmRe at Bella Vista around 2 pm today. She watched it for about 20 minutes, mostly in the olives in the northeast corner near where the path forks. 

I’m guessing this might be the same bird that was last documented about a month ago at this location. She said it was a very busy and flighty bird. 

Libby




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Libby Patten
Santa Barbara


Re: NorthCampus Saturday

Andrew McGrath
 

I was going to send an account of my loop around the NCOS around midday today anyway, so I will add my thoughts here. I've linked my full checklist below, but the highlights include a flock of several dozen western meadowlarks, a flock of white-throated swifts swirling high in the air, my FOS northern harrier, and FOS green-winged teal (2 females).


Andy McGrath
Goleta


On Sat, Oct 24, 2020 at 1:50 PM Marge and Don Thornton via groups.io <thorntonmlt=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
We decided to see what was going on at North Campus Open Space, and found that the long grass on Audubon Hill has been knocked down.  So we managed to get a glimpse of the Burrowing Owl, our first since the spring.  Also, a nice Tropical Kingbird at the Whittier Pond.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta


NorthCampus Saturday

Marge and Don Thornton
 

We decided to see what was going on at North Campus Open Space, and found that the long grass on Audubon Hill has been knocked down.  So we managed to get a glimpse of the Burrowing Owl, our first since the spring.  Also, a nice Tropical Kingbird at the Whittier Pond.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta


Re: Rocky Nook Gray-headed Junco

Bradley Hacker
 

Pictures are here
Time for Gray-headed vs Pink-sided x Gray-headed. May the best junco win.

On 10/24/2020 6:05 AM, Jamie Chavez wrote:
It would be great if someone could get a photo of this junco. At this point, it might be here for the winter. In eBird there are several hybrid options available so if this does involve an intergrade it would be good to know exactly what is involved so these are submitted accurately. There is a record of Pink-sided X Gray-headed Junco from Waller Park in Santa Maria (see: https://ebird.org/checklist/S4343101) and this checklist I located from Galileo Hill actually has both a pure Gray-headed and a Pink-sided X Gray-headed hybrid for good comparison: https://ebird.org/checklist/S48770221. According to Lehman Gray-headed Junco is very rare so if you have the good fortune to find and photograph this bird it would be very helpful.

Good birding,

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 11:05 PM Adam Searcy <serpophaga@...> wrote:
I stopped for a midday snack at Rocky Nook Park and saw a very attractive GRAY-HEADED JUNCO mingling with the normal Junco flock just upstream of the lowest parking area. This bird may have some Pink-sided leanings but its appearance is mostly Gray-headed—and regardless of exact parentage it is a fancy looking bird. (Sorry for the late post)

Cheers,
Adam

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...






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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Bradley R. Hacker  Distinguished Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630

http://hacker.faculty.geol.ucsb.edu
LASS: http://www.petrochronology.com
EPMA, SEM & EBSD: http://sites.google.com/site/semgeolucsb

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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums


Re: Ocean Park - Mountain Plover

Lisa D. Walker, (Feather Forestwalker)
 

Thanks to you, Peter, I was also able to get some shots of the Mountain
Plover this morning on the north bank of the river, west of the trestle at
Ocean Park.

In addition --

Snowy Plovers are all over the beach near the mouth of the river, Western
and Least Sandpipers, a couple of Dunlins, Long-billed Curlews,
Black-bellied Plovers, Short-billed Dowitchers (four), Greater Yellowlegs,
Sanderlings, Marbled Godwits, a couple of Willets, four Bonaparte's Gulls
that were hunting a lot like terns (where I live, they forage along the
beaches like overgrown shorebirds), Great Egrets, Great Blue Herons, Snowy
Egrets.

Mallards, a Red-head, two Common Loons, American Coots, Northern
Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, Northern Pintails, Horned Grebes, Western Grebes,
and a flock of what appeared to be Canvasbacks flew around over the estuary

In the park: Red-winged and Brewer's Blackbirds, the ever ubiquitous House
Finches, Brown-headed Cowbirds, a Townsend's Warbler, an Orange-crowned
Warbler, a Yellow-rumped Warbler, Turkey Vultures, an Osprey flying past
with a fish, Song and White-crowned Sparrows.

Lisa D Walker-Roseman
Fort Bragg, CA
visiting Lompoc through November


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Lisa D Walker-Roseman,

Fort Bragg, CA (visiting Lompoc through November)


Ocean Park - Mountain Plover

Peter Schneekloth
 

A Mountain Plover was seen this AM at Ocean Park, showing well along N edge of estuary W of the trestle. A few Bonaparte's Gulls and a nice mix of the expected Plovers, Sandpipers, Dowitchers and water fowl were present as well. Looks at the Plover if of interest:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/50525047576/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Re: Rocky Nook Gray-headed Junco

Bradley Hacker
 

I just got some — what should be excellent – pictures


On Oct 24, 2020, at 09:06, Adam Searcy <serpophaga@...> wrote:

I have some mediocore digibinned photos that I haven’t yet had a chance to upload to the checklist—i’ll get to it sometime later today. 

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...

On Oct 24, 2020, at 06:12, Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:


It would be great if someone could get a photo of this junco. At this point, it might be here for the winter. In eBird there are several hybrid options available so if this does involve an intergrade it would be good to know exactly what is involved so these are submitted accurately. There is a record of Pink-sided X Gray-headed Junco from Waller Park in Santa Maria (see: https://ebird.org/checklist/S4343101) and this checklist I located from Galileo Hill actually has both a pure Gray-headed and a Pink-sided X Gray-headed hybrid for good comparison: https://ebird.org/checklist/S48770221. According to Lehman Gray-headed Junco is very rare so if you have the good fortune to find and photograph this bird it would be very helpful.

Good birding,

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 11:05 PM Adam Searcy <serpophaga@...> wrote:
I stopped for a midday snack at Rocky Nook Park and saw a very attractive GRAY-HEADED JUNCO mingling with the normal Junco flock just upstream of the lowest parking area. This bird may have some Pink-sided leanings but its appearance is mostly Gray-headed—and regardless of exact parentage it is a fancy looking bird. (Sorry for the late post)

Cheers,
Adam

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...






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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums


Re: Rocky Nook Gray-headed Junco

Adam Searcy
 

I have some mediocore digibinned photos that I haven’t yet had a chance to upload to the checklist—i’ll get to it sometime later today. 

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...

On Oct 24, 2020, at 06:12, Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:


It would be great if someone could get a photo of this junco. At this point, it might be here for the winter. In eBird there are several hybrid options available so if this does involve an intergrade it would be good to know exactly what is involved so these are submitted accurately. There is a record of Pink-sided X Gray-headed Junco from Waller Park in Santa Maria (see: https://ebird.org/checklist/S4343101) and this checklist I located from Galileo Hill actually has both a pure Gray-headed and a Pink-sided X Gray-headed hybrid for good comparison: https://ebird.org/checklist/S48770221. According to Lehman Gray-headed Junco is very rare so if you have the good fortune to find and photograph this bird it would be very helpful.

Good birding,

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 11:05 PM Adam Searcy <serpophaga@...> wrote:
I stopped for a midday snack at Rocky Nook Park and saw a very attractive GRAY-HEADED JUNCO mingling with the normal Junco flock just upstream of the lowest parking area. This bird may have some Pink-sided leanings but its appearance is mostly Gray-headed—and regardless of exact parentage it is a fancy looking bird. (Sorry for the late post)

Cheers,
Adam

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...






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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Rocky Nook Gray-headed Junco

Jamie Chavez
 

It would be great if someone could get a photo of this junco. At this point, it might be here for the winter. In eBird there are several hybrid options available so if this does involve an intergrade it would be good to know exactly what is involved so these are submitted accurately. There is a record of Pink-sided X Gray-headed Junco from Waller Park in Santa Maria (see: https://ebird.org/checklist/S4343101) and this checklist I located from Galileo Hill actually has both a pure Gray-headed and a Pink-sided X Gray-headed hybrid for good comparison: https://ebird.org/checklist/S48770221. According to Lehman Gray-headed Junco is very rare so if you have the good fortune to find and photograph this bird it would be very helpful.

Good birding,

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 11:05 PM Adam Searcy <serpophaga@...> wrote:
I stopped for a midday snack at Rocky Nook Park and saw a very attractive GRAY-HEADED JUNCO mingling with the normal Junco flock just upstream of the lowest parking area. This bird may have some Pink-sided leanings but its appearance is mostly Gray-headed—and regardless of exact parentage it is a fancy looking bird. (Sorry for the late post)

Cheers,
Adam

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...






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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Mourning Warbler Friday - not that I could see...

Patrick McNulty
 


I was there yesterday, Thursday, 1:30-2:45 and today, Friday, 4:15-5:55, but failed to detect a Mourning Warbler.

Had a brief pulse of the various expected warblers on both days, with good looks at the MacGillivray's today and great looks yesterday, but no sign of his buddy.

(And you know, some people can do their McGilvray in only nine letters.  Twelve just seems excessive to me.  But I was probably kind of grumpy by the time I was making a list.) 

Patrick McNulty
Santa Barbara



-----Original Message-----
From: Marge Erickson <margele2@...>
To: Dave Compton <davcompton60@...>
Cc: Tom Miko <tgmiko@...>; sbcobirding@groups.io Group Moderators <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Sent: Fri, Oct 23, 2020 5:40 pm
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Mourning Warbler Friday?

I looked for quite a long time on Wed 10/21 and didn’t see it. 


On Oct 23, 2020, at 5:30 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:


I would not be surprised if the bird is still around, given the succession of overcast days since the weekend. But I have seen no convincingly documented reports since Tuesday, 20 October, when there were a bunch of reports to eBird.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Fri, Oct 23, 2020 at 5:22 PM Tom Miko <tgmiko@...> wrote:
Hi, I have not noticed any eBird reports positive or negative in terms of anybody looking for, or finding the mourning warbler today, Friday October 23. Does anybody know anything?

Thomas Geza Miko
Claremont, LA County
909.241.3300
"Bad times tend to produce good art."--Aaron Sorkin


Rocky Nook Gray-headed Junco

Adam Searcy
 

I stopped for a midday snack at Rocky Nook Park and saw a very attractive GRAY-HEADED JUNCO mingling with the normal Junco flock just upstream of the lowest parking area. This bird may have some Pink-sided leanings but its appearance is mostly Gray-headed—and regardless of exact parentage it is a fancy looking bird. (Sorry for the late post)

Cheers,
Adam

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...