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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (4 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (3)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 06:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8834667,-119.4829702&ll=34.8834667,-119.4829702
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54784599
- Media: 2 Audio
- Comments: "Minimum count. Several birds calling, and then three chasing each other in flight"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 17:15 by Conor Scotland
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54819364
- Comments: "White heron with orange and somewhat blunt bill. Compact overall, with compact and hunched neck."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 17:15 by Julie Scotland
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54820050
- Comments: "White heron with orange and somewhat blunt bill. Compact overall, with compact and hunched neck."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 17:00 by Adam Searcy
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54816531
- Comments: "Photos"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 10, 2019 16:55 by Noah Gaines
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54814848
- Comments: "Small white egret with all yellow/horn bill and short neck. Perched on top of gazebo and flew to island and lawn and back. Dark legs. Dirty on belly. "

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Breeding Bird Study – Photos

Mark Holmgren
 

The least known strength of the Breeding Bird Study may be the photo documentation.  Images of nests, behaviors, or plumages provide evidence for the breeding events of 123 of 180 breeding species in the database.  It’s an extraordinary assemblage of images specific to our county.  They are a resource for future investigations and learning.  

 

Here’s how to mine the photos from the Google Fusion Table.  

 

Go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj  Stay in or get into Table mode.

Click the blue Filter button > choose Common Name.

To the right of Common Name in the new dialog box you’ve created, see the 3 horizontal bars.  Click those and choose Sort by count.  Click the box to the left of the species whose photos you’d like to view.

Scroll the database till the far right column Photos shows.

Hover your cursor over the word Photos and a small triangle appears.  Click on the triangle and select Sort Z to A.

Click on the links that show in the Photos column.

  

Use the Breeding Evidence column to choose the kind of photos you want to look at. 

 

If you are not completely charmed by the photo links you open, then I’ll refund your money! 

 

We need your breeding bird observations even if you don’t have photos.  Those are

easily entered at the SB Audubon website here: 
http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/


Mark and Adrian

Cattle Egret

Noah Gaines
 

Cattle Egret at Alice Keck NOW!

Noah Gaines
SB CA

Wren Steals Walker, Lady Is Forced to Get Walking On Her Own

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All:
Here’s a story for you!
I am home recovering from a lung illness, and for quite awhile I was using a walker to push my oxygen concentrator around in.  Then, as I got better, I purchased a little trolley, so I left the walker parked in our back laundry room, which is covered over, but is open to the outdoors.  It’s a busy place, since everyone uses the back door to enter our house, and the washer and dryer are also in this same space as well.
Soon, my husband and I noticed the presence of a pair of Bewick’s Wrens, and they kept flying in and out of the back room, but we couldn’t figure out where they were nesting.  They’d chosen the walker, and I think of this as symbolic, because they are telling me I really don’t need that walker for another month at least, while she incubates the eggs and both feed the nestlings!  And I don’t!  
I wanted to get this record into the eBird database, so I’ve put some photos in the list below, but it still needs to go into the Breeding Bird Survey.  
Now’s a good time, while we’re waiting for spring migration to rev up, to look around you for any interesting breeding information you can furnish Mark and Adrian for their breeding bird database.
And, on a more personal note, let me say how grateful I’ve been for all the great support of the birding community during my recent sudden health event.  When in doubt, reach out.  I know it’s helped me get well faster, thank you, thank you!

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

Incredible morning on San Antonio Creek

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning I hiked the length of the San Antonio Creek Trail from Tucker's Grove to Highway 154.  I was looking for a place that wouldn't be windy and this certainly filled the bill.  The trail was also crawling with warblers.  I have no idea how many total warblers I saw as some (like Yellow-rumps) were just to numerous to try to count.  Almost everything was singing.  I ended up with 9 species of Warbler, including at least 10 each Black-throated Gray and Wilson's Warblers.  I also had 1 each Wilson's, Yellow, and Nashville Warbler, along with the afore-mentioned Yellow-rumps, Common Yellowthroat, and Orange-crowned. 

In addition, I had 3 Warbling Vireos, a Cassin's Vireo, 2 Hooded Orioles, at least 6 Bullock's Orioles, 4 singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, and a Phainopepla at the very top of the trail.    The last species of the day was one I got when I returned to my car in the middle parking lot.  I was parked under a large oak.  I noticed a small bird next to my car that flew up into the tree as I approached.  I put my binoculars on it and found it was a Chipping Sparrow--nice red cap, etc, something I totally did not expect.  What a morning:  43 species in three hours!

Florence Sanchez

Toro Canyon

Rob Denholtz
 

Toro Canyon Park, Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Very birdy and windy this morning.  Most activity was high in the oaks and difficult to see.  Highlights were several fos ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER (I guess, technically, only the first one was fos), fos PAC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, and fos (BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLERS.  Surprises were low numbers of Juncos, Flickers and Scrub Jays, usually seen in good numbers in this park.


Rob Denholtz
Carp 

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*** Species Summary:

- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Apr 09, 2019 08:36 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54750953
- Media: 5 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Active and singing. At one point chased a subadult male Bullock’s Oriole."

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November Varied Bunting

Dave Compton
 

Tom Benson, the secretary of the California Bird Records Committee, has passed along word that the committee has accepted the record of the Varied Bunting that Wes Fritz photographed back in November 2018. This is a new species for Santa Barbara County, I believe bringing the total to 501. Note that this total does not include two species, European Golden-Plover and Alder Flycatcher, for which the CBRC is reviewing documentation.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

White Faced Ibis at Devereaux

Ken Hoesterey
 

Last evening I was so happy to see a White Faced Ibis resting on a log in the lower Devereaux lagoon. (Upper lagoon being the 'new' portion above the road bridge.)

It was sharing the log with a Canada Goose and a Mallard pair for a while.

Gadwalls and Ruddy Ducks were there, about a dozen each. I might have seen a Redhead but the sun was low and hard to get around the glare from the road.
Several species of shorebirds were present, but I had no scope to see well enough for ID...
It certainly was a beautiful evening with the breeze and the spectacular sunset, the Ibis being quite a bonus.
Devereaux was where we first saw one, I remember in my excitement I left the car out of gear, panic but no damage, haha.

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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1)
- Reported Apr 08, 2019 05:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8032135,-119.4517392&ll=34.8032135,-119.4517392
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54710336
- Comments: "Quite early in spring. Distinctive call coming from river to the west."

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Botanic Garden Monday April 8

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked around the Botanic Garden this morning before the wind came up.  It was rather warm and muggy, but I found a surprising number of Migrants, including seven species of Warbler, a continuing Cassin's Vireo, three Ash-throated Flycatchers, a Bullock's Oriole, and three Black-headed Grosbeaks.  Most of these birds were singing.  I also had a brief full-frontal glimpse of a Costa's hummingbird in the desert section before it took off and never came back.

Florence Sanchez

Buena Vista to Romero Canyon Connector

Mark Bright
 

Yesterday (Sunday April 7) on the Buena Vista to Romero Canyon Connector I found one Ash-throated Flycatcher by "Brad's Bench". Down in lower Romero Canyon I was surprised to find one Rock Wren, there was also a Canyon Wren in the same area. A couple of thousand Fire Poppies also on the Connector Trail above Buena Vista Canyon.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Lewis's Woodpecker (2 reports)

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Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 08:39 by Casey Richart
- House List, Montrose Place, Santa Barbara, California, US, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.453255,-119.7138644&ll=34.453255,-119.7138644
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54670512
- Comments: "Dark green above, pinkish below, flappy woodpecker on telephone pole"

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 10:41 by Libby Patten
- Montrose Place, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.453237,-119.7142397&ll=34.453237,-119.7142397
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54682513
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. On telephone poles and occasionally flycatching. Dark red on face, pink belly, light gray neck and breast, greenish black upperparts. Poor light and photos."

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Refugio

Conor Scotland
 

Refugio Creek Canyon was good birding this afternoon. No rarities, but I had 9 species of warbler. At least 4 Cassin's Vireos and a Black-chinned Hummingbird were also of interest. List here:


I will note that much of the time it was rather quiet, and most of the interesting species were encountered in 2 or 3 spaced out mixed flocks.

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

Now This is a White Crowned Sparrow

John Deacon
 

This bird has been hanging around my feeders all winter (and so far this spring).  This is the first picture my GameCam picked up.  

John Deacon
Orcutt

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Lewis's Woodpecker (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported Apr 06, 2019 11:10 by Anonymous eBirder
- Tepusquet Rd at 166, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0219135,-120.2090549&ll=35.0219135,-120.2090549
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54649565
- Comments: "On riverbank"

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 06, 2019 11:37 by Casey Richart
- House List, Montrose Place, Santa Barbara, California, US, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.453255,-119.7138644&ll=34.453255,-119.7138644
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54633566
- Comments: "Green above, pink below. Returning."

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Re: Cuyama Valley Thursday, 4 April 2019

Florence Sanchez
 

I stoped at Richardson Park on my  way home from the Carrizo Plains last Wednesday and also found no sign of the White-headed Woodpecker.  Park was pretty quiet, with a pair of Say's Phoebes and a pair of Western Kingbirds bein the main birds of interest.

Florence Sanchez

On Friday, April 5, 2019, 9:11:05 PM PDT, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:


I took a pretty profitable trip to the Cuyama Valley yesterday.

The scrubland between Ventucopa and the Ventura County line had a ton of sparrows (mostly White-crowneds on the move), but none of the several to many Brewer’s Sparrows that overwintered here. The calls of several Mountain Quail could be heard echoing off the hills more than 1km to the SW of us.

A flock of more than 100 Tricolored Blackbirds were foraging at the junction of Hwy 33 X Quatal Cyn Rd.  No territorial behavior or pairing was going on here.

A Mountain Chickadee, present since Nov 2018, was at the Pistachio store.

At an Ag Pond along Hwy 33 was a Snowy Egret. This is one of perhaps only 6 records in Lehman’s District V, but I suspect others have been overlooked as though this species was expected.

A quite late Ferruginous Hawk was along Foothill Rd. {Today 5 April this bird was seen over the New Cuyama WTP}

Richardson Park in New Cuyama did not have White-headed Woodpecker or Spizella sparrows, but 2 or more American Goldfinch were present. A small flock of Cedar Waxwings were present; the status of that species in District V is fuzzy.

The New Cuyama Wastewater Treatment Plant had a Whimbrel and a Dunlin. Among more than 80 peeps, Western Sandpiper greatly outnumbered Leasts. {Many more peeps were seen today, 5 April}

In a very incomplete survey, at least 7 Tricolored Blackbirds were at the Caliente Wetland along Hwy 166.  At least 2 males were singing and one pair seen closely was paired and territorial.  Hopefully, folks will get more careful counts of Trics here earlier in the day in the weeks to come.

Details and a few photos are on eBird.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Ferruginous Hawk (4 reports)
- Lewis's Woodpecker (2 reports)
- Gray Flycatcher (1 report)

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Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 11:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9519718,-119.6969408&ll=34.9519718,-119.6969408
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54595059
- Comments: "Flyover, late."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 11:20 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8986359,-119.653557&ll=34.8986359,-119.653557
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54607796
- Comments: "At least one late bird in the Valley"

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 11:20 by Mark Holmgren
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8986359,-119.653557&ll=34.8986359,-119.653557
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54607989

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 11:20 by Lori Gaskin
- New Cuyama--Foothill Rd, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8986359,-119.653557&ll=34.8986359,-119.653557
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54608099
- Comments: "Photos to follow"

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 08:20 by John Callender
- 2435–2499 E Valley Rd, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4360,-119.5917), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.436018,-119.591687&ll=34.436018,-119.591687
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54581315
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in large sycamore at intersection of East Valley Road and Ortega Ridge Road. It has never taken me more than about 2 minutes to see this bird. I think it gets the Most Cooperative award."

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (2)
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 10:37 by Aaron Kreisberg
- San Marcos Foothills Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4555449,-119.7627354&ll=34.4555449,-119.7627354
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54594710
- Comments: "Continuing birds seen at the previously reported location. The individuals seen separately at first, one flying into an oak after being chased by some acorn woodpeckers and the other seen perched on top of an oak truck. The second bird then flew across the trail in the direction of the first which then flew off.

Medium sized woodpeckers (slightly smaller then the neqrby Acorn Woodpeckers) with pink-red belly, white throat and back of neck, dark-greenish back, and dark red face. One bird appeared to have a slightly more drab back but that could've been light conditions."

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 06:50 by Matthew Bowman
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9089576,-119.7673745&ll=34.9089576,-119.7673745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54607457
- Comments: "Brief, but good look. Observed a plain gray Empid flycatcher in brush about 200 yards up the canyon past the campground near the west slope wagging its tail continuously downward. I was not quick enough to photograph."

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Cuyama Valley Thursday, 4 April 2019

Mark Holmgren
 

I took a pretty profitable trip to the Cuyama Valley yesterday.

The scrubland between Ventucopa and the Ventura County line had a ton of sparrows (mostly White-crowneds on the move), but none of the several to many Brewer’s Sparrows that overwintered here. The calls of several Mountain Quail could be heard echoing off the hills more than 1km to the SW of us.

A flock of more than 100 Tricolored Blackbirds were foraging at the junction of Hwy 33 X Quatal Cyn Rd.  No territorial behavior or pairing was going on here.

A Mountain Chickadee, present since Nov 2018, was at the Pistachio store.

At an Ag Pond along Hwy 33 was a Snowy Egret. This is one of perhaps only 6 records in Lehman’s District V, but I suspect others have been overlooked as though this species was expected.

A quite late Ferruginous Hawk was along Foothill Rd. {Today 5 April this bird was seen over the New Cuyama WTP}

Richardson Park in New Cuyama did not have White-headed Woodpecker or Spizella sparrows, but 2 or more American Goldfinch were present. A small flock of Cedar Waxwings were present; the status of that species in District V is fuzzy.

The New Cuyama Wastewater Treatment Plant had a Whimbrel and a Dunlin. Among more than 80 peeps, Western Sandpiper greatly outnumbered Leasts. {Many more peeps were seen today, 5 April}

In a very incomplete survey, at least 7 Tricolored Blackbirds were at the Caliente Wetland along Hwy 166.  At least 2 males were singing and one pair seen closely was paired and territorial.  Hopefully, folks will get more careful counts of Trics here earlier in the day in the weeks to come.

Details and a few photos are on eBird.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Migrants at SBMNH this morning

Rebecca Coulter
 

Greetings birders,
There seems to have been some migration movement overnight--I saw a few new species at the Museum of Natural History this morning: Wilson's Warbler, Cassin's Vireo, and Black-throated Gray Warbler. Pacific-slope Flycatcher has been here about three weeks, Bullock's Oriole and Black-headed Grosbeak came in last week, and on Monday I heard the wintering Summer Tanager calling behind the Nature Club House. No sign of it today, but it could be still around. Both Black-throated Gray and Wilson's warblers are singing nonstop, as are the lingering Yellow-rumps and Townsend's. Hermit Thrushes seem to be departing or silent, and the Ruby-crowned Kinglets I heard singing early this week were not obvious today. I haven't had Western Tanager yet. 

Welcome spring!
Rebecca Coulter
SB