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Carpinteria CBC Saturday, 12/14 - Call for participation

John Callender
 

This year the Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 14, the first day of the three-week count window. Last year we had 92 participants and 158 species; I hope we have as much fun again this year.
 
All ages and ability levels are welcome to join in. To sign up for the count, please use the signup form linked from the count's web page here:
 
http://www.carpwithoutcars.org/cbc/
 
If you have questions please contact me directly rather than replying to the list. Thanks!
 
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John Callender
Carpinteria
Carpinteria CBC compiler
jbc@...

American Bittern at Lake Los Carneros

Gage Ricard
 

This morning at 10 a.m. as George and I stood at the dam at Lake Los Carneros, we watched an American Bittern fly across the water from west to east. We reacquired it around 10:30 a.m. in the south-eastern bay (near the muddy shore) standing in front of reeds. We had excellent looks at this egret-sized bird through binoculars and scope. In the same vicinity, we saw a Wilson's Snipe.

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara

Happy Canyon Area Nov. 14

Florence Sanchez
 

I went to the area where Sandhill Cranes have been found (Happy Canyon X Alisos Road) but none were present this morning.  However, I had a very pleasant morning birding, especially along the north portion of Alisos Road.  The Westerly Stud farm was watering its pastures and the water was attracting a lot of birds.  Ones of special interest included a pair of Phainopeplas in the pepper trees, many sparrows along the fence line (white-crowned, Lincolns, Lark, Vesper, and Savannah), and nice selection of raptors: Turkey Vultures (2), Red-tailed Hawks (3), Red-shouldered Hawk (1 heard), White-tailed Kite (1), Northern Harrier (both male and female), and American Kestrel (pair).  Yellow-rumps and Western Bluebirds were abundant. I also found two Robins and a hermit Thrush in this area.

The southern portion of Alisos Road had fewer birds but included a group of 6 Magpies hanging out with Blackbirds and a flock of American Pipits near the southeast corner of Alisos and Happy Canyon.  I did not pick up any Horned Larks with them, but I did not scope the group to be sure.

The Valley is beautiful this time of year with lots of fall color in the cottonwoods and sycamores as well as the grape vines.

Florence Sanchez

Sandhill Cranes photo test

Wes Fritz
 

Sorry, just testing out my email issues, please forgive me.


Good birding

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA

SBMNH birds this morning

Rebecca Coulter
 

To follow up on Florence's post from yesterday, I've been seeing a huge increase in Robin numbers over the past week. They are devouring the Toyon berries, which are at various ripeness levels all around the property. Cedar Waxwings seem lower in number this season so far. 

Also this morning, 3 Western Tanagers were in a conifer next to the MacVeagh House front porch. They seemed to be eating the tops of little cone buds, or something like that. Couldn't really get a close-up of exactly what. I've never noticed them in the conifers much. As Florence mentioned, the persimmons are mostly attracting woodpeckers right now, since I expect the fruits are still pretty hard to get through. But once they're open, warblers and kinglets tend to get in there for bits of fruit. I'm keeping my ears open for that Summer Tanager...not heard or seen yet.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Re: Sandhill Cranes today

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Additional photos of the Sandhill Cranes at,

https://flic.kr/p/2hKp8wF

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Tepusquet Road and Colson Canyon

John Deacon
 

All:

On my way to Colson Canyon today, I witnessed about 100 Wild Turkeys in the newly cut fields near 4273 Tepusquet Road.  While I often see Wild Turkeys in these fields, this was by far the most I've seen at one time.  Several of the males were displaying.  The only birds of note in Colson Canyon were a single Pine Siskin, a few Rufous Crowned Sparrows and a Merlin near the perennial stream about 1/2 mile past the USFS gate at the terminus of Colson Canyon Road.

John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt

Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher and Wilson's Snipe

Peter Schneekloth
 

The weekly survey at Sedgwick Reserve netted a total of 51 species with some highlights being the continuing Sage Thrasher and a Wilson's Snipe which is unusual on the Reserve. Full list here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61424064

Peter Schneekloth for the entire Sedgwick bird crew
Buellton

Sandhill Cranes today

Mark Holmgren
 

Gayle Hackamack and Adrian O’Loghlen refound the 6 cranes reported by Cruz Phillips yesterday. They are at 34.62878 -120.00035, and best viewed from north Alisos Road (N of Happy Cyn Rd) then looking SE. They are foraging on an irrigated lawn near a house and a pond. Scopes best. A dog just chased them out of the yard; now they’re on a fallow field close to north Alisos.





And also seen, get a charge out of this!




Mark Holmgren
SB

Mission Canyon and Rocky Nook Park

Florence Sanchez
 

I did my frequent loop walk through the backyard of the SBMuseum of natural History and Rocky Nook Park this morning.  What was new this morning was a large number of Robins on the Museum Property--the first such gathering I've seen anywhere this fall.  Previously I've had only  sporadic sightings of individuals, but these birds were everywhere.  Not present at Rocky Nook though.

The persimmon tree on the Museum property continues to pull in various birds.  Today, it was woodpeckers--in a span of 5 minutes or so, I had Hairy, Nuttalls, and Downy all make an appearance at the ripe fruit.  A robin and a single Yellow-rump also visited the tree while I was watching.

The best bird in rocky Nook was a continuing Canyon Wren in the upper creek area.

Florence Sanchez

Re: Sandhill Cranes SYV

Wes Fritz
 



    SB Birders,

This afternoon Cruz Phillips found these 6 ( lesser) type Sandhill Cranes at Happy Canyon Road X Alisos Road feeding in the field. They were still present at 4:30pm.
  There was another report of some Sandhill Cranes a week or so ago? This may very well be the same group. Note that 5 are juveniles with one adult.

Good birding,

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA

Sanata Cruz Island and SB Channel, Nov. 11

Florence Sanchez
 

I met up in Ventura with friends from Florida yesterday and we took the Island Packers boat out to Santa Cruz Island.  There was not a lot of seabird activity on the way out, butwe did encounter a huge group of Common Dolphins.  Birding on the Island itself was pretty quiet too, though granted we didn't land until 10:30 a.m. and were birding during the slowest part of any day.  However, we did get nice looks at the Island Jay, which is what we came for.

On the way back, things improved markedly.  We first encountered a huge flock of Black-vented Shearwaters sitting on the water.  As the flock broke up and flew around us, I picked out at least 1 Sooty Shearwater and 1 Pink-footed Shearwater among them.  Behind the birds was a very active group of Dolphins, which was joined shortly by 3 cooperative humpbacked Whales who put on a real show for us.  As we finally departed all the activity, we had a single immature Pomerine Jaeger fly across the bow.  This shows that sometimes very "dead" birding days can turn around quickly, and we thoroughly enjoyed the spectacle.

Florence Sanchez



Santa Barbara Audubon - November, December 2019 - Upcoming Events

Alexandra Loos
 

Greetings!


Please check website or Facebook page for directions, meeting time information or updates regarding our upcoming events:

 

November 16 Field Trip: Las Cruzitas Ranch

Meet at 9:00 AM, 1100 Alisos Rd, Santa Ynez

 

November 22 Bird Walk: Winchester Canyon

Meet at 8:30 AM, 7943 Rio Vista Drive

 

December 6 Bird Walk: Santa Barbara Harbor

Meet at 8:30 AM, on the sidewalk next to the Sea Landing Sport Fishing Building (301 W. Cabrillo Blvd)

 

December 14 Field Trip: Lake Los Carneros

Meet at 8:00 AM, in the parking lot behind the fire station

 

December 20 Bird Walk: Arroyo Burro School Open Space

Meet at 8:30 AM, by the locked gate, end of Palermo Drive

 

Join us!  Everyone from beginners to experts are welcome!

  

December 11 Program: Living with Penguins

Presented by Naira De Gracia and Michael Love

Farrand Hall, Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History

Doors open 7:00 pm, program starts at 7:30 pm, join us for refreshments!

 

Happy Birding!

 

Alex

 

Alexandra Loos

Publicity@...

www.SantaBarbaraAudubon.org

Jameson Lake

Alan Prichard
 

Observed on and around the lake today:

50+ Band-tailed Pigeon
This flock has been growing steadily, likely because of the copious amounts of acorns

5 Dark-eyed Junko
5 Acorn Woodpecker
2 Western Scrub Jay
24 Ruddy Duck
This probably a conservative number

4 Pied-billed Grebe
1 American Kestrel
2 Common Loon
These two have been hanging around the dam for a month or so

2 Say’s Phoebe
50 American Coot adults, 7 juvenile
This is also likely a conservative number

3 Bufflehead
4 Mallard
1 Harrier
I’ve spotting this one regularly for the past two weeks

2 American Crow
1 Great Blue Heron
3 Red-tailed Hawk
1 Eared Grebe
4 Ring-necked Duck
2 Hooded Merganser
1 Hermit Thrush

Some birds I’ve been seeing regularly but missed today include a pair of Green Herons that have been steady guests for  2 or 3 months, 2-4 Great Egrets and 3-5 Snowy Egrets.

Re: Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,
Just to add to the gull thread. Up in north county we are starting to get some Gulls. Last Friday 11-8-19 @ the Santa Maria Sewage Works I saw my first Glaucous-winged Gull, 20+ Mew Gulls, 9 Bonaparte’s Gulls, and a crazy number of ( 11) Herring Gulls and lots of Ring-billed Gulls.

Hey Dave, I’m just checking. Did you mean the hybrid Swan’s friend can’t speak, and is mute?😎

Good birding 

Wes Fritz
805-895-0685
Wes-Fritz@...
Solvang CA.

On Sunday, November 10, 2019, Bradley Hacker <hacker@...> wrote:

A similar clot of HeeG + WeGu + CaGu was at Campus Point Nov 5.
The number of ducks (sensu lato) at Laguna Blanca explains the near-absence of ducks from the UCSB Lagoon this year (and last, as I recall).

On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 1:08 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
This morning, Marge and Don Thornton and I saw two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the Black-crowned Night-Heron roost at Goleta Beach. I think these birds are different ages, or at least their appearance is different. One looks pretty clearly to be an HY bird, with a juvenile pattern on the wing coverts. The other does not show the juvenile pattern on the wings, but also doesn't show much of the adult head pattern. 

Not much else of interest here, but a lot of gulls were gathered at the west end of the beach. The majority (almost 500) were Heermann's, with a substantial minority (maybe 250) being California's. The rest were Westerns. So nothing interesting, but maybe something good will be attracted to the gathering. No gulls at the slough mouth, but there were several of the larger shorebirds species, including a healthy gathering of 17 Greater Yellowlegs.

I also visited Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. Nothing of great note, but there are a ton of birds here. Aside from the 1000+ coots, there was a nice variety of ducks, with at least a couple of Blue-winged Teal, a handful of Pintail, a few Redheads, plus Buffleheads, Ruddies, Mallards, Gadwall, wigeon, shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and a couple of Cinnamons. Finally, the hybrid swan that's been making the rounds was here with it's Mute friend.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



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


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Good birding, 

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

This week birds

David Levasheff
 

Tuesday:
We finally had 5 Ring-billed Gull at LLC and it looked like 3 more were arriving. The lake also sported 1 Bufflehead. No sign of Green Heron.
The water spigots east of the ranger quarters at Stow Grove is attracting lots of birds. Nothing special but at least one can stand and pick birds to look at rather than looking for a bird somewhere.

Thursday I walked Atascadero Creek from Ward Dr to the Goleta Beach bridge. I know there were two female Belted Kingfisher, but kept running into more flying up and down creek, could not swear there were more than two. At least 130 Coot, 1 Northern Shovler, 20 pied-billed Grebe, 3 Western Grebe, 6 eared Grebe. I counted 23 Black-crowned Night-Heron and the two Yellow-crowned. About a dozen Lesser Goldfinch, White-crowned Sparrows scooting around and a smattering of regular species, 32 in total for a 100 minute walk.
I then did a drive by of the Mobile Home park lake. Lots more Coots & Mallards, some Ruddys. Definitely had several Ring-Neck Ducks and what looked like several Lesser Scaup though I did not see any female. I couldn't dwell there as I had somewhere to be.

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David



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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Re: Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.

Bradley Hacker
 

A similar clot of HeeG + WeGu + CaGu was at Campus Point Nov 5.
The number of ducks (sensu lato) at Laguna Blanca explains the near-absence of ducks from the UCSB Lagoon this year (and last, as I recall).

On Sun, Nov 10, 2019 at 1:08 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
This morning, Marge and Don Thornton and I saw two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the Black-crowned Night-Heron roost at Goleta Beach. I think these birds are different ages, or at least their appearance is different. One looks pretty clearly to be an HY bird, with a juvenile pattern on the wing coverts. The other does not show the juvenile pattern on the wings, but also doesn't show much of the adult head pattern. 

Not much else of interest here, but a lot of gulls were gathered at the west end of the beach. The majority (almost 500) were Heermann's, with a substantial minority (maybe 250) being California's. The rest were Westerns. So nothing interesting, but maybe something good will be attracted to the gathering. No gulls at the slough mouth, but there were several of the larger shorebirds species, including a healthy gathering of 17 Greater Yellowlegs.

I also visited Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. Nothing of great note, but there are a ton of birds here. Aside from the 1000+ coots, there was a nice variety of ducks, with at least a couple of Blue-winged Teal, a handful of Pintail, a few Redheads, plus Buffleheads, Ruddies, Mallards, Gadwall, wigeon, shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and a couple of Cinnamons. Finally, the hybrid swan that's been making the rounds was here with it's Mute friend.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



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


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Good birding, 

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

Fig Mtn

Bradley Hacker
 

I went to the bird-desert-formerly-known-as-Figueroa Mountain this AM. I have been to this site fairly regularly over the last few years and never seen so few birds. The road had some birds, but the Pino Alto picnic area and the top of Fig Mtn were desolate. I spent 38 minutes near the top of Fig Mtn and saw a grand total of 6(!) birds--5 species. I saw zero sparrows and only 1 towhee in 1.5 hr at Pino Alto and Fig summit; as others (e.g., Dave, Florence) have recently reported, RBNu, but no other montane invaders. The only good news is that I saw, very briefly, 6 red-headed finches that look like Cassin's to me; low quality pictures here:

The USFS sign says that the Pino Alto road closure ended 20 Aug, but the gate is still locked. Most of the woodpecker food (dead conifers) has been removed from the mountain, so maybe the cutting and bulldozing are over.

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


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Good birding, 

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

Goleta Beach Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, etc.

Dave Compton
 

This morning, Marge and Don Thornton and I saw two Yellow-crowned Night-Herons in the Black-crowned Night-Heron roost at Goleta Beach. I think these birds are different ages, or at least their appearance is different. One looks pretty clearly to be an HY bird, with a juvenile pattern on the wing coverts. The other does not show the juvenile pattern on the wings, but also doesn't show much of the adult head pattern. 

Not much else of interest here, but a lot of gulls were gathered at the west end of the beach. The majority (almost 500) were Heermann's, with a substantial minority (maybe 250) being California's. The rest were Westerns. So nothing interesting, but maybe something good will be attracted to the gathering. No gulls at the slough mouth, but there were several of the larger shorebirds species, including a healthy gathering of 17 Greater Yellowlegs.

I also visited Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch. Nothing of great note, but there are a ton of birds here. Aside from the 1000+ coots, there was a nice variety of ducks, with at least a couple of Blue-winged Teal, a handful of Pintail, a few Redheads, plus Buffleheads, Ruddies, Mallards, Gadwall, wigeon, shovelers, Green-winged Teal, and a couple of Cinnamons. Finally, the hybrid swan that's been making the rounds was here with it's Mute friend.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Re: Birding LLC and SMFP

Betsy Mooney
 

Nothing too exciting while birding LLC on Friday morning, although it was enjoyable to watch the Red-tailed Hawk pair in their courting display. There were also eleven White-tailed Kites perched on two trees on the south side of the lake. 

SMFP was relatively quiet this Saturday morning. We started early, but it got hot quickly. Birding was good for Redtails, a Loggerhead Shrike, a female American Kestrel, and one White-tailed Kite.


Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta