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Elings Park South

Mark Bright
 

This morning from Elings Park South at the stone bench I saw a Merlin come in across the top of the hill like a bullet straight and fast from the west and about 10 feet above the ground. Several minutes later a White-tailed Kite was also foraging and kiting across the top of the hill.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Andree Clark Bird Refuge 9/9/19

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I spent about 30 minutes yesterday evening observing birds from the 3rd platform.  I briefly saw a Sora poke out from reeds, also a Common Yellowthroat.  There were 3 Killdeer, 3 Dowitchers (I think short-billed) doing their sewing machine act but being chased by one or more Black-necked Stilts.  Also a Spotted Sandpiper and 3 Least Sandpipers.  Besides Mallards and Coots there were 7 Northern Shovelers, 3 Snowy Egrets and a few Great Egrets on one of the islands along with a Great Blue Heron and Black-crowned Night Heron.  A Red-necked Phalarope was doing its (spinning) swim.  I posted a couple of photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/ and would appreciate a definitive ID on the Dowitcher flying away from Stilt.  Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Sep 09, 2019 14:25 by Margaret Lyons
- (34.398, -119.527), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3983383,-119.5274572&ll=34.3983383,-119.5274572
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59647973

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 10:00 by Cole Diem
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59645722
- Comments: "Immature bird, very distinct from both adult and young Black-crowned Night Heron."

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*** Species Summary:

- Cackling Goose (1 report)
- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Worm-eating Warbler (2 reports)
- Lucy's Warbler (2 reports)

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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 08:30 by Kurt Wahl
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59615014
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "very very small goose, short bill, white necklace"

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 06:36 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59614855
- Comments: "Distinctive series of single, ascending hoots heard to the south from near (34.4009608, -119.4919989)."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 16:09 by John Callender
- 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/view/checklist/S59595409
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Nick Lethaby. Seen briefly and photographed near the same location it was previously seen (34.423044, -119.886429). I observed the bird first through binoculars as it foraged in a eucalyptus about 50 feet directly overhead. My initial impression was of a compact, short-tailed warbler that was on the sluggish side. The tail was dark. The cream-colored belly blended into a darkish yellow (caramel/mustard-colored) breast and throat. As I followed the bird through the foliage I got a brief flash of a strong pattern that I thought might be the bold striping on the head. At that point I switched to my camera, and got a few shots before the bird (which was loosely associating with a mixed flock that included an Orange-crowned Warbler and two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers) flew into the larger eucalyptus trees immediately to the east, where I lost it. Photos show dark smudging on the undertail coverts, a buffy/mustard-colored throat, a sharply pointed beak, and a hint of a dark eye stripe."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 09:21 by Libby Patten
- 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/view/checklist/S59598083
- Comments: "Found originally by Nick Lethaby and refound by Bill Murdoch and others. Seen halfway up a tall tree on the short dead-end trail which heads north from the ‘willow trail’ which starts just west of the end of Ellwood Beach Drive. Got a decent short look from below. Warbler with light buff-colored underside and clear black line through its eye. Didn’t get clear view of its crown. At one point it flew to a different tree and sang its high-pitched trill song once. Unmistakable. Then flew behind us and not refound while I was there. "

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 12:07 by Mark Holmgren
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59626340
- Comments: "Small, dull-gray warbler foraging with Bushtits in Schinus molle near the park entrance. Pale gray below, gray head, gray mantle. Winds darker than body. Short tail. Black eye against dull gray face. The breast looked dingy compared to the rest of the underparts, and my first thought when I saw this was that the bird was a Virginia's Warbler, as I interpreted this off color area as being yellow. But a longer look revealed that it was NOT yellow. Also, the under tail coverts were clearly grayish white, and the bird did not have a prominent eye ring. I did not get a look at the rump."

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 12:07 by David Compton
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59624367
- Comments: "Small, dull-gray warbler foraging with Bushtits in Schinus molle near the park entrance. Pale gray below, gray head, gray mantle. Winds darker than body. Short tail. Black eye against dull gray face. The breast looked dingy compared to the rest of the underparts, and my first thought when I saw this was that the bird was a Virginia's Warbler, as I interpreted this off color area as being yellow. But a longer look revealed that it was NOT yellow. Also, the under tail coverts were clearly grayish white, and the bird did not have a prominent eye ring. I did not get a look at the rump."

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Tennessee Warbler@Refugio

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

This morning as I was headed down to look for the Worm-eating Warbler I made a couple of stops along the way.

My first stop was Gaviota State Park. No birds to report, it was extremely windy and it didn’t take long before I blew out of there.

Refugio State Beach was a little more pleasant. I saw a Tennessee Warbler gleaning the willows at the sand stone bridge near the campgrounds. I was in a little hurry to get to the Worm-eating Warbler before the wind picked up as forecasted.

I parked at the end of Coronado and headed towards the area where the Worm-eater has been most frequently. There were many birders there and some birders were birding in near by locations, so it was getting fair coverage. I was there only for 3 hours, but some birders stayed much longer. As far as I know, nobody saw the Worm-eater today. This does not mean it’s gone, so I encourage birders to keep looking for it as other good birds can be found.

Mark Holmgren, Dave Compton and I returned to Refugio look for the Tennessee Warbler. We did not refund the Tennessee, But Dave did find a Lucy’s Warbler and there was a  Willow Flycatcher hanging out near the creek. We saw a few other expected migrants, but not much else to report.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805-895-0685
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Solvang CA.


LLC

Larry Ballard
 

Blue Grosbeak, Sora and Virginia Rail were all calling east of the dam on the muddy flat closest to La Patera around noon today.

Tons of dragonflies were on the wing around the muddy flat, including Twelve-spotted Skimmer (2). Unknown in the county until last year, Nick's 2017 book described the skimmer as "a very plausible candidate for future occurrence" in the county.

Larry



Elings Park Upland Sandpiper

Peter Gaede
 

Fist off, probably not chaseable, as the bird flew off at 0845 to the west and seemed to continue in a more or less direct path without hesitation. I first heard the calls when it was on the ground a second before take off, then watched as it flew off from the open area close to the stone bench. It called 4 times in flight as it departed, and I was able to see the bird pretty well in flight (back, head, tail and bill) as it left heading up the coast. I searched the open short grass section below where the paragliders land to see if it might have doubled back. No luck, unfortunately.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara


Devereux Sunday

Mark Holmgren
 

21 Black-crowned Night-Herons is as many as I’ve ever counted here. 88 Snowys and 21 Great Egrets, 1 Northern Pintail, 1 Red Knot, 65 Red-necked and 1 Wilson’s Phalaropes.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Worm-eating Warbler again

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Your photos are certainly the bird.

On Sep 7, 2019 11:14 PM, John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:
I looked for the bird for a few hours after 4 p.m. today, staying mostly at the location where it was observed earlier today by several observers (roughly 34.423044, -119.886429). At one point I saw a good candidate directly overhead. I didn't get a conclusive view through binoculars, but I saw enough to make me think there was a good chance, and switched to trying to get photos. My first sequence of shots was badly out-of-focus, but the second showed most of the underside of the bird (alas, not including the crown). Based mostly on the dark smudging on the undertail coverts I'm hopeful the photos are sufficient to identify the bird, but I'd be grateful if people more familiar with the species would be willing to take a look and let me know what they think.

Photos are in the eBird list below. Thanks!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59595409

John Callender
Carpinteria

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Goleta, CA


Re: Worm-eating Warbler again

John Callender
 

I looked for the bird for a few hours after 4 p.m. today, staying mostly at the location where it was observed earlier today by several observers (roughly 34.423044, -119.886429). At one point I saw a good candidate directly overhead. I didn't get a conclusive view through binoculars, but I saw enough to make me think there was a good chance, and switched to trying to get photos. My first sequence of shots was badly out-of-focus, but the second showed most of the underside of the bird (alas, not including the crown). Based mostly on the dark smudging on the undertail coverts I'm hopeful the photos are sufficient to identify the bird, but I'd be grateful if people more familiar with the species would be willing to take a look and let me know what they think.

Photos are in the eBird list below. Thanks!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59595409

John Callender
Carpinteria


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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Horned Lark (2 reports)
- Bobolink (1 report)
- Worm-eating Warbler (2 reports)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (6)
- Reported Sep 06, 2019 18:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59568554
- Comments: "Continuing. Arrived precisely at the moment of sunset. Did not feed above the pond, but high over the riverbed. Only stayed a few minutes"

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (60)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 08:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9350598,-119.7259998&ll=34.9350598,-119.7259998
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59581773

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (20)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 07:30 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/S59581720

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 08:35 by Peter Gaede
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59582018
- Comments: "With large goldfinch flock feeding in tall grass and fennel approximately 150 yards east of the stone bench (about half way between stone bench and Calle Andalucia entrance to park). Flushed from ground to top of fennel for extended looks. Non-breeding plumage: overall buff-orange with a relatively bright yellow wash at the throat and upper breast. Plain orange face, dark line extending past the eye, and a contrasting dark crown. Patterned back and wings. Flew up and called once, then went back down a short distance away to the ground into dense grass and fennel."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 11:59 by Santiago Lupi
- 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/view/checklist/S59588500
- Comments: "I saw it well but only for a few seconds. It was brown and Buffy with a large bill and black stripes on its head. Seen at it’s usual spot."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 09:20 by Thomas Turner
- 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/view/checklist/S59580692
- Comments: "Drab, buffy warbler with three black stripes on head. Seen with Dave Levasheff, who has photos. Continuing bird found by Nick L and redound by Bill Murdoch. Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/4id2gGb6toHvqKaaA"

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Negative reports

Hugh Ranson
 

Peggy Grossman, Peggy and Jeff Hanson, and I scoured Elings Park late this afternoon but could not refind this morning's Bobolink. I followed a skulky sparrow for a while that I believe was a Vesper.

This morning I birded Bohnett Park on the Westside but didn't see much.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



White-wiinged Dove

Larry Ballard
 

One was feeding in the parking lot at La Cumbre Feed on Calle Real this morning.
Larry


Blackpoll Warbler @ Ellwood

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Here's a link to a couple of photos of the Blackpoll Warbler I saw at Ellwood yesterday (Fri) am.  The bright pink feet, a diagnostic feature of this warbler, can be clearly seen in one of the photos.

https://flic.kr/p/2hc1E1h://flic.kr/p/2hc1E1h

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Elings Park Bobolink

Peter Gaede
 

Lucas Gaede and I found a Bobolink this morning. It was up top approximately 150 yards east of the stone bench. Look for a large concentration of feeding Lesser Goldfinches in the fennel and tall grass. Access point either from the end of Calle Montilla or Calle Andalucia. The Grasshopper sparrow was in this same general area yesterday.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara


Possible Blackpoll Warbler @ Ellwood

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Yesterday morning (Fri) I photoed what a consensus of local bird experts believe is a Blackpoll Warbler in the same area where Nick saw the Worm-eating Warbler.  I will post the photos later today.

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Bird Refuge in Montecito

George Roland
 

Finally......some birds other than the usual riff-raff are showing up at the Bird Refuge in Montecito. Yesterday there was a Short-billed Dowitcher at "Mallard Beach" ( i.e.at the parking lot). It was still there this morning (Saturday). In addition this morning I found a Cassin's Kingbird, a Spotted Sandpiper and a Kingfisher. A few Northern Shovelers have returned. There is now a small island of sand/mud off the viewing platform nearest the zoo that is maybe providing some shorebird possibilities.

The Dowitcher is easily approached and is a pretty cool study of the basic (winter) plumage in these birds. As far as I can tell from my photos, it is in complete fresh  basic plumage with no trace of juvenile or adult feathering. It gives the typical rapid coocoocoo alarm call of Short-billed Dowitcher if disturbed.

Bird 0n...George Roland, Montecito.


Worm-eating Warbler again

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Same area in Ellwood. Much better looks.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


September breeding records since 2000

Mark Holmgren
 

Which species breed towards the end of the breeding season?  

September breeding records set the outer limits of the breeding season for several species.  Below is a list of September records since 2000 in the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study.

 

Please give us your observations of parental caredependent youngfamily groups togetherfood deliveriesand nestlings in the nest.  You might even notice nest building or attendance at a nest.  All may constitute evidence of breeding.


Submit records here: https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/

Its easiest to get the coordinates of your record before submitting.  I find Mapper.acme.com most helpful; others prefer Google Maps, Google Earth, or Apple Maps.

 

Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen

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California Quail            7

Scaly-breasted Munia   5

Acorn Woodpecker       3

Band-tailed Pigeon       2

Lesser Goldfinch          2

White-tailed Kite          2

Barn Swallow               1

Great Blue Heron         1

Hooded Oriole             1

N. Mockingbird           1

Pied-billed Grebe        1

Spotted Towhee           1

Yellow Warbler           1

House Sparrow           1

 

Breeding events that began in late August may be continuing into Sept for several additional species.

To view the entire BBS in Google Fusion Table, go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj

We are grateful to the sponsors of the project: UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration (CCBER) and the Santa Barbara Audubon Society (SBAS).   


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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Eastern Kingbird (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Sep 06, 2019 08:00 by Tom Beland
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59554870
- Comments: "white stripe, red eye, shorter bill"

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Sep 06, 2019 07:12 by Jamie Chavez
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59552415
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Dark-backed kingbird with white throat and contrasting blackish head. The bird was all white below and it showed a pale terminal band on the dark tail. At one point it appeared to squabble with a Black Phoebe and uttered short call notes which is how I initially noticed it. It was originally found on the brushy slope under the train trestle, then flew to the top of the small clump of tamarisk trees at the base of the pier. It flew off and I was unable to relocate it. Poor back-lit photos were obtained"

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