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Recent birds

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

Yesterday I checked Devereux in the NW wind in the afternoon. There was a smallish gathering of common gulls and terns and about 180 Western Sandpipers. This morning I checked Refugio Canyon and was disappointed to find very few migrants. A BT Gray and about 7 Wilson’s being the majority. I would appeal to local birders to carefully study the wind conditions prior to each visit here, so we can get a more precise understanding of exactly which conditions are triggering major fallouts there. Perhaps the N airflow was not strong enough last night.

 

Regards,

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

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Mallard Ducklings

John Bailey <johngregorybailey@...>
 

Mallard moms and Mallard ducklings are about, in nature’s byways as well as the byways of mankind. Two days ago the groundskeeper of my residential complex in Carpinteria reported one Mallard mom and THIRTEEN ducklings paddling about in our pool. Shooing this flotilla to safety with a leaf-catcher pole proved ineffective as the wee ones were not able to jump from pool surface to coping yet were fast enough to avoid being scooped up.

I learned of the birds' predicament when I visited our hot tub in the evening. Thirteen ducklings had been reduced to eleven. Neighborhood cats perhaps? Feeling the ducklings would not make it through the night paddling about on the cool pool surface, I determined to herd them from pool to nearby bushes. Mom boogied for the bushes with three of her little ones, ducklings who managed to scramble up the backs of their brothers and sisters and make the coping. I placed my towel in the water, on the top entry step, hoping the rest of the ducklings would make use of it to rejoin Mom, clucking from the protection of the shrubs.

I left the birds to themselves for an hour. Returning to the pool, I could detect no evidence of mom or the sheltering three. Enough! With a little patience, I managed to scoop up the swimmers. I placed them in a cardboard box with bread crumbs and a shallow dish of water. All survived till morning, crowded together in one corner of the box.

My best chance of placing these ducklings with another female Mallard was Lake Los Carneros, far end of the dam where birds gathered for bread-crumb handouts. Sure enough, there were a number of Mallards about, mostly males . . . but there was one female, and she was escorting two wee ones, and a head-bobbing male was close at hand.

I released one duckling through the wire fence. It ran / tumbled down the face of the dam to join the hen and her two little ones. I watched for rejection for a few minutes, but it was all happiness. I let go a second, then a third and all of them. The head-bobbing drake was kept apart from this growing gang by a protective mother. An hour later, all—drake included—were resting at the other end of the dam, seemingly one happy family.

John Bailey
Carpinteria Bird Photographer

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- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)

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Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Apr 16, 2019 07:28 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S55019984
- Comments: "Dark--but not black--head, pale orange chest, white belly, pale orange vent. Distinguished from HoOr by dark nape. Distinguished from BuOr by dark face. Female; not the male bird photo'd recently by Ryan Seppala. Foraging near tops of flowering gums in concert with BuOr."

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Goleta Beach

Benjamin Byerly
 

All,

There is a large group of terns and gulls at Goleta beach in the area where the county recently added all of the new sand/gravel/debris. I counted roughly 250 Elegant Terns, plus smaller numbers of Royal, Caspian, and Forsters. Heermans, ring-billed, California, Western, and Bonaparte’s gulls also present. 


Ben
Goleta

Coronado seep

Bradley Hacker
 

I spent an hour yesterday and today searching the Coronado seep area between the seep and Newport Dr for the male BaOr photographed by Ryan Seppala on 12 Apr. The area is much greener than many previous years, with a few water pockets, and a fair number blooming gum trees--both red and white flowers. Numerous orioles and WeTa are present. Most are BuOr and HoOr, but I found one female BaOr:

Dark--but not black--head, pale orange chest, white belly, pale orange vent. Distinguished from HoOr by dark nape. Distinguished from BuOr by dark face. Female; not the male bird photo'd recently by Ryan Seppala. Foraging near tops of flowering gums in concert with BuOr.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55019984

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

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Good birding, 

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

Botanic Garden April 15

Florence Sanchez
 

It was a different morning at the Botanic Garden than it was a week ago.  Most of theWarblers I saw then apparently moved on when the wind died down, as I suspected might happen.  It was also overcast and a little foggy.  I only had time for a short loop through the Garden today, but when I tallied up my species list, I still ended up with 40 species; just fewer individuals.

I didn't find a single Yellow-rumped Warbler today, but still had 1 Nashville, 1 Black-throated Gray, 1 Wilson's, and 1 Common Yellowthroat in addition to the resident Orange-crowns.  I also picked up a Warbling Vireo on the Campbell Trail, but the Cassin's Vireo that was there last week was not to be found.  It was a pretty good morning for Hummingbirds though.  I ran into Barbara Millett and the Ricards by the Desert Section, where a Costa's hummingbird was still present.  Just across from there in what's called "the lower meadow" we found a male Black-chinned hummingbird, appropriately feeding in the Hummingbird Sage.  I had two Anna's up on the Porter Trail.

I will be counting birds at the Garden on International Migration Day, May 4.  I am hopeful that we will get another wave of migrants in the coming couple of weeks.  In the meantime, I would appreciate it if anyone who birds at the Garden from now until May 4 would e-mail me their species list.  It helps me focus on where I will need to devote the most attention.  One species that I'm sure is present but that has been hard to locate this spring is Downy Woodpecker.  I heard one calling in the Canyon about two weeks ago but haven't seen or heard one since.  I often miss this Woodpecker on Count Day, even though I'm sure it's been around.

Thank you,
Florence Sanchez

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- African Collared-Dove (1 report)
- Black-chinned Sparrow (1 report)

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African Collared-Dove (Streptopelia roseogrisea) (1)
- Reported Apr 14, 2019 18:12 by Joey Negreann
- Santa Cruz Island--main ranch, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9961771,-119.7196054&ll=33.9961771,-119.7196054
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54974098
- Comments: "Extremely light colored and contrasting greatly with EUCD it was flocked with. Primaries and covs white and not contrasting with rest of body or wing. Unfortunately the photos aren’t the best in showing light color seen in field. Spread wing and tail shot though blurry show lack of contrast throughout feather tracts and in tail. Photos to be posted. "

Black-chinned Sparrow (Spizella atrogularis) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2019 10:27 by James Bailey
- (34.0166,-119.8288), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.016577,-119.828834&ll=34.016577,-119.828834
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54955017
- Comments: "During this stop I continually heard what sounded like the trill portion of a BCSP song off in the distance, repeated every 15 seconds or so. In more typical habitat I have found that the initial higher notes don’t carry as far as the trill, which could explain why I did not note the full song as usually given. I am sure it was not just a SPTO variation. It would be ideal to have better confirmation, but at this part of the Island that is probably doubtful. The habitat was higher chaparral with chemise, so actually quite like BCSP habitat on the mainland although lower elevation."

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- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)

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Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2019 07:24 by Joey Negreann
- US-CA-Channel Islands National Park (34.0026,-119.8179), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.002564,-119.817919&ll=34.002564,-119.817919
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54922381
- Comments: "Flyover. IDed by chip notes. Otherwise red body and finch like flight. Recording to be uploaded "

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Apr 13, 2019 06:45 by Dan Fontaine
- Ellwood Mesa Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4216023,-119.8887134&ll=34.4216023,-119.8887134
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54899115
- Comments: "Bright orange oriole with entirely black head and distinct white wing bar. Seen looking south into the tops of tall eucalyptus trees from the Coronado Butterfly Preserve, and looking west into the same trees from near the end of Coronado Drive. Was with Hooded Orioles and gave a harsher chatter and a lower pitched whistle than they (HOOR) did."

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Request for info

Florence Sanchez
 

I noted in a recent ebird report a mentionof the Aliso Campground in the Cuyama Valley.  I think I found it on a map, but I had trouble figuring out how to get there.  If someone could give me directions, I would appreciate it, and also info about how car-friendly any roads to it might be.

Thanks,
Florence Sanchez

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- Indian Peafowl (2 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)

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Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2019 08:46 by Mark Holmgren
- Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4190644,-119.5117751&ll=34.4190644,-119.5117751
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54884037
- Comments: "A ranch animal, not feral, very vocal."

Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2019 08:46 by Lori Gaskin
- Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4190644,-119.5117751&ll=34.4190644,-119.5117751
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54884566
- Comments: "A ranch animal, not feral, very vocal."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2019 15:27 by Conor Scotland
- Franklin Trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4140361,-119.5137639&ll=34.4140361,-119.5137639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54889692
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Notes from encounter:

Appearance: Gray-headed empid, overall more gray than I am used to seeing in PSFL. Very small bill. In the light, could not see primary projection well, though the bird looked short-tailed. No visible crest of any sort, offering a kind of rounded head appearance. Eyering somewhat even, lacking the rear almond extension of PSFL. The photos reveal a vested breast. I'm not sure what to make of the primary projection in the photos. It doesn't look overly long, but it also doesn't seem overly too short. I assume angle is playing a part.

Behavior: Observed for about 1 minute. The bird flew among branches in the understory of oak trees. When perched, the bird was rather statuesque for an empid, only moving its tail occasionally. In this regard, it gave a very different overall impression than PSFL and other empids.

Voice: Heard one call very faintly. Kind of a piik or peep note. It sounded somewhat similar to the calls of the LEFL that I observed last fall. I am not that confident in my interpretation of the call.

Seen in an oak around here: 34.42773,-119.50573"

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Apr 12, 2019 14:25 by Ryan Seppala
- 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/S54885957
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "An adult male BAOR was found west of the Elwood Bluffs Trailhead, foraging high up in a eucalyptus. I took the main trailhead off of Coronado Dr. and turned right once I got into the eucalyptus grove, following a trail that moves north and away from the bluffs. At least a couple hundred feet down this way, and before you reach Newport Drive, there is a side trail that forks off to the left and goes up towards some houses. The bird was at this intersection. It was silent for the entire 10 to 15 minutes that I observed it, and stuck to the top of a single eucalyptus.

Estimated coordinates: (34.424930, -119.891383)"

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Franklin Trail

Conor Scotland
 

Good walk 2.5 miles up and back on Franklin Trail this afternoon. 1 Swainson's Hawk, 1 Hammond's Flycatcher, and 1 Hermit Warbler were the highlights. Additionally there were several Nashville and BTG(ray) Warblers at the oak riparian area near the 2.5 mile mark. List and photos:


Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

Baltimore Oriole at the Goleta Monarch Grove

Ryan Seppala
 

Today I ran into an adult male BALTIMORE ORIOLE in the Goleta Monarch Grove near the Ellwood Mesa Open Space. It was foraging near the top of a eucalyptus in the northern stretch of the grove. We took the main trailhead off of Coronado Drive and turned right at the intersection just inside the grove. This way heads north towards the main bend of Newport Drive. The bird was at a fork where a side trail on the left heads up towards some homes to the west/southwest, close to these coordinates: (34.424930, -119.891383).

Checklist with more details: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54885957


Ryan Seppala
Orange, CA

Buena Vista Trail, redux

Florence Sanchez
 

I returned to the Buena Vista Trail this morning with the right map and thus was able to hike the Romero Canyon cutoff.  The cutoff is  a series of switchbacks up the steep side of the hill, but going up actually wasn't too bad.  I found the first clump of Wind Poppies (Fire poppies) a little before reaching the cutoff trail and more all the way up.  I walked on the steep Edison Road for a few hundred yards until I reached the side path that used to go to a bench,  The bench was apparently a casualty of the Thomas fire, but the view from there was great.  The tiring part was coming down the hill as sometimes the road and trail were steep and gravelly so that I had to more or less brace myself continually to keep from slipping.  Keep that in mind if you decide to go--the trail is rated moderate to difficult deservedly.  Also, the trail part is narrow and lined with stickery annual grasses that will be ripening very soon.  

Bird activity was very different today, perhaps because it was windier.  I missed several of the species I found here yesterday (Rufous Hummingbird, Yellow Warbler, Nashville Warbler, Wilson's Warbler).  One bird present at the trail head parking both days was a Ruby-crowned Kinglet.  Before yesterday, I had not seen or heard one in any of its usual haunts and I assumed they must all have migrated.

Florence Sanchez

Sea bird migration

Thomas Turner
 

It seemed like there was a definitive uptick in the number of loons, brant, and scoters migrating near shore yesterday & today. After work today should be good at Campus Point!

-Tom Turner

Goleta

Buena Vista Trail

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked a good portion of the Buena Vista Trail this morning, intending to reach the Romero connector and walk up that trail to see the Fire Poppies (Wind Poppies) Mark Bright found.  Unfortunately, I left the right map at home and so turned back before reaching that point, thinking I'd missed the connector.  When my parked car came back in sight, I realized I hadn't missed it and when I got home and consulted the map, I found I just had not walked far enough.

Nonetheless, it was a good hike with plenty of other flowers and a good assortment of birds.  The chaparral is recovering well and in addition, there are lots of blooming annuals and perennials along the trail.  Fire-followers found on this portion of the trail were Sticky Snapdragon and Large-flowered Phacelia.  The dominant plant on the hillsides right now is the white wild Morning Glory, not necessarily a fire follower, but it really becomes abundant after a fire until the chaparral fills in.

The riparian forest along the creek was badly burned.  Some of the sycamores are putting out a few leaves but most of the others along with the cottonwoods are just skeletons.  However, the sycamores at least are putting up a lot of new growth around their bases and the oak trees are recovering well.  But because the habitat along the stream is so open , it was easy to see birds.  Among the species I found there were two Nashville Warblers, a couple of Wilson's Warblers, a beautiful MacGillivray's Warbler, singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, Hooded Oriole, and a couple of Lincoln Sparrows.  I also heard a Canyon Wren, which was nice since I have not found any elsewhere so far this spring.  Giant Echium has escaped from the gardens across the creek to the trailside and is good bloom.  This is important because the species is very attractive to hummingbirds.  I found 2 Anna's, 1 Rufous, and a Rufous/Allen's type in their vicinity.

I hope to try this trail again soon, this time with map in hand.

Florence Sanchez

Nashville Warbler

Steven Gaulin
 

Not hugely noteworthy but a sign of the season: A Nashville Warbler visited my fountain this morning in the Mission Canyon area.

Good birding,
Steven Gaulin

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

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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