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Tropical Kingbird Continues at Fairway and A in Santa Maria

John Deacon
 

All:

These little ponds continue to harbor a Tropical Kingbird.  I also had 8 Wilson's Snipes there today.  If you plan to visit this site, park at the far western end of the huge FedX parking lot.  There are two ponds, one to the north and one to the west.  The Tropical Kingbird generally hangs out near the west end of the parking lot and the northern pond.  If you walk west to the chain link fence (about 100' or so), you get a pretty good look at the second pond.  

Checklist is here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61313287


John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt

Red Crossbills at NCOS

Mark Holmgren
 

A surprise this morning was seven Red Crossbills calling, flying over on the eastern side of North Campus Open Space. Otherwise, 2 Greater White-fronted Geese hung with the Canada Geese. A Tropical Kingbird was calling furiously as it jousted with another kingbird. That TK is completing its tail molt and shows the outer 2 tail feathers shorter on both sides. A calling TK also with 2 outer tail feathers incoming is now at the Dune Pond 2 hours later. Possibly the same individual.

Mark Holmgren
SB


Mark

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Orchard Oriole

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I ran into Tom while walking around Devereux and COPR. I went to the eucs and found a couple of Bullock's Orioles but missed the Orchard. The slough had 3 Pintail and there was a juvenile Whitefront on NCOS.

nick

On Nov 9, 2019 9:25 AM, Thomas Turner <habarimbu@...> wrote:
I think I had an Orchard Oriole this morning in Isla Vista. It was a female, so I could be mistaken, but it looked good to me. I had that typical “what warbler is that?!” reaction at first, due to its small size, non-contrasting coloration, and short tail. It didn’t have the face pattern of a Bullock’s Oriole.

It was in the Eucalyptus row that goes from the Red Barn near Devereux to the West Campus Bluffs. It was pretty closely lined up with Fortuna Park. The eucs there are really full of hummingbirds and warblers at the moment, so there could be other things in there.

Tom Turner

Goleta





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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Orchard Oriole

Thomas Turner
 

I think I had an Orchard Oriole this morning in Isla Vista. It was a female, so I could be mistaken, but it looked good to me. I had that typical “what warbler is that?!” reaction at first, due to its small size, non-contrasting coloration, and short tail. It didn’t have the face pattern of a Bullock’s Oriole.

It was in the Eucalyptus row that goes from the Red Barn near Devereux to the West Campus Bluffs. It was pretty closely lined up with Fortuna Park. The eucs there are really full of hummingbirds and warblers at the moment, so there could be other things in there.

Tom Turner

Goleta

Goleta Beach YC Night Herons

Ron Hirst
 

I'm pretty sure there are 2 YC Night Herons about 1.5 years old at Goleta Beach. They are usu. near the parking lot/channel birding platform. Yesterday at 5pm dusk they were hunting in channel, and one was on the overhead wire a week ago at 1pm. What I first noticed was the white patch developing under and behind the eye plus the thick mostly black bill. The small white spots on covert tips are there and one of the birds has beginning shoulder plumes and a beginning white plume at the top of its head. Ron Hirst, SB

A few Carp birds

Larry Ballard
 

While snacking at the end of Linden a Yellow-headed Blackbird landed on our table. Three Yellow-crowned Night-Herons were along Franklin Creek and a female Hooded Merganser was at the Carp Creek lagoon.

Larry Ballard
Carpinteria CA

GSD teal

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I checked out GSD at lunch today. There were an impressive 54 Blue-winged Teal. Just one Cinnamon and about 15 Green-winged. There were 22 A. Wigeon. Didn’t count the Mallard (numerous), Gadwall or Shoveler (surprisingly few).

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA  93117

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

possible nesting parakeet in SB

Don Tate
 

Monday on Santa Barbara St just NW of Palm Ave I heard a really loud, fast, whistled call of several notes. I looked up and saw only fan palms, one with two holes showing, with lots of fresh scratch marks around one of the holes. Nesting parakeet? I had not the birders' patience to hang out and wait for activity, sorry.

Don Tate

Re: Carpinteria State Beach/Campground vagrants this morning

John Callender
 

After looking at the photos I took this morning I'm no longer sure they show the Rusty Blackbird. The bird from this morning appears to have less brown than the bird photographed previously; I also think it might have a thicker beak and a more even-length tail. (The Rusty Blackbird had noticeably shorter outer tail feathers, which I don't see in the photos of this morning's bird.) On the other hand, the photos from this morning are more distant and in poorer light, so maybe that accounts for the different appearance?

Photos are in this eBird list:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61252062

On balance I think there's a decent chance the bird I saw this morning was a different individual, maybe an odd-looking Brewer's Blackbird. I'd be interested in feedback on that question if people are willing to share their opinions. Thanks!

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Carpinteria State Beach/Campground vagrants this morning

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

As an FYI, I and another birder spent a couple of hours looking for the Rusty Blackbird yesterday AM, so it may not be that reliable. We did find the blackbird flock and it was not with them. I also missed the Laughing Gull.

 

Nick

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of John Callender
Sent: Thursday, November 7, 2019 3:20 PM
To: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Carpinteria State Beach/Campground vagrants this morning

 

The continuing Rusty Blackbird was bathing on a log in the Carpinteria Creek lagoon at 7:45 this morning (Thursday). It later flew into some myoporum in the campground just west of the lagoon.

I checked the gull flock on the beach just west of Linden avenue around the same time, but did not find the Laughing Gull previously seen there.

John Callender
Carpinteria


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Carpinteria State Beach/Campground vagrants this morning

John Callender
 

The continuing Rusty Blackbird was bathing on a log in the Carpinteria Creek lagoon at 7:45 this morning (Thursday). It later flew into some myoporum in the campground just west of the lagoon.

I checked the gull flock on the beach just west of Linden avenue around the same time, but did not find the Laughing Gull previously seen there.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher

Marge Erickson
 

Yes.  Closer to the farm, but pretty much in the same place.


On Wed, Nov 6, 2019 at 2:34 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
Very handsome bird.  Where on the reserve was it?  Same place as previous years?
Mark

On Wed, Nov 6, 2019 at 2:17 PM Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
The weekly survey at Sedgwick netted a total of 47 species (list here https://ebird.org/checklist/S61230285?share=true ) with the highlight a Sage Thrasher. The Sage Thrasher was originally spotted by Fred Emerson last Friday during docent training. The bird was refound today by Marge Ericson and seen by the group present. Other highlights were a Northern Harrier, American Goldfinch and a large flock of Western Meadowlark.

We are hoping the Thrasher will stick around for the Cachuma CBC on Dec 27th, a few looks at the bird here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49025466508/in/dateposted-public/ 

Peter Schneekloth (for the entire Sedgwick Crew)
Buellton



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Marge Erickson

Re: Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher

Mark Holmgren
 

Very handsome bird.  Where on the reserve was it?  Same place as previous years?
Mark

On Wed, Nov 6, 2019 at 2:17 PM Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
The weekly survey at Sedgwick netted a total of 47 species (list here https://ebird.org/checklist/S61230285?share=true ) with the highlight a Sage Thrasher. The Sage Thrasher was originally spotted by Fred Emerson last Friday during docent training. The bird was refound today by Marge Ericson and seen by the group present. Other highlights were a Northern Harrier, American Goldfinch and a large flock of Western Meadowlark.

We are hoping the Thrasher will stick around for the Cachuma CBC on Dec 27th, a few looks at the bird here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49025466508/in/dateposted-public/ 

Peter Schneekloth (for the entire Sedgwick Crew)
Buellton

Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, Sage Thrasher

Peter Schneekloth
 

The weekly survey at Sedgwick netted a total of 47 species (list here https://ebird.org/checklist/S61230285?share=true ) with the highlight a Sage Thrasher. The Sage Thrasher was originally spotted by Fred Emerson last Friday during docent training. The bird was refound today by Marge Ericson and seen by the group present. Other highlights were a Northern Harrier, American Goldfinch and a large flock of Western Meadowlark.

We are hoping the Thrasher will stick around for the Cachuma CBC on Dec 27th, a few looks at the bird here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49025466508/in/dateposted-public/ 

Peter Schneekloth (for the entire Sedgwick Crew)
Buellton

Re: Carpinteria Rusty Blackbird reports

John Callender
 

Tom Beland and Laurel Luby got great photos of the bird:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61214957

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: Carpinteria Rusty Blackbird reports

Dave Compton
 

Hi again everyone,

I should acknowledge that my implied criticism of Ryan for his list was not particularly fair, and he even describes his route pretty well and acknowledges that he later realized there was a separate hotspot. So, apologies to Ryan, and a big thanks to him for finding a really good bird while he was in town. Ryan's list also described exactly where he found the blackbird, by the way.

My intended point, by the way, was that people should be mindful about including birds on an eBird checklist that are well outside the area the hotspot was intended to represent. An out-of-town birder, of course, will not necessarily have an easy time figuring out what area a hotspot is supposed to cover.

Dave Compton 


On Tue, Nov 5, 2019 at 3:08 PM Dave Compton via Groups.Io <davcompton60=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
A Rusty Blackbird is being reported in Carpinteria today. It was first included in an eBird checklist for the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, but the notes say the bird was actually at Carpinteria State Beach at the end of Linden.


So someone needs an eBird lesson there.

John Callendar subsequently refound the bird at the same location, with Brewer's Blackbirds, and watched it fly each to toward Carpinteria Creek lagoon. Note that Brewer's Blackbirds often hang out in the campground in this area.

I have not seen photos of the bird, so don't know if it's supposed to be a male or female.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Re: Carpinteria Rusty Blackbird reports

John Callender
 

Oops. That link was to the original eBird list by Ryan O'Donnell. My eBird list is here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61212449

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: Carpinteria Rusty Blackbird reports

John Callender
 

Photos of the Rusty Blackbird are in my eBird list here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61205114

I'm not sure about the bird's sex, but would welcome input from people who are more familiar with the species.

The list also includes more photos of the continuing Laughing Gull that was on the beach with a large group of gulls a short distance west of Linden Avenue.

John Callender
Carpinteria

East Pinery Road Nov. 5

Florence Sanchez
 

After reading Dave Compton's report about some montane species he found in the area, I decided to hike East Pinery Road this morning.  I did not find Townsend's Solitaire, Pine Siskins, or Golden-crowned Kinglet this morning.  Red-breasted Nuthatches continue to be abundant, and Steller's Jays were especially visible and active this morning.  I had one Mountain Chickadee but no other montane species of note.  Otherwise, it was the usual chaparral and oak woodland birds, and unfortunately still lots of those pesky flies.  Last week's cold nights did not kill them off.

One bird of interest was a Western Meadowlark in the pine forest at the end of the"keyhole."  I have seen flocks of Meadowlarks from time to time in the meadows below, but do not recall having one in the forest before.  It looked most odd in the top of a pine tree.

Puzzling was the complete lack of Fox Sparrows at this location.  In years past, there have always been at least a few in the ceanothus thickets along the road.

Florence Sanchez

Carpinteria Rusty Blackbird reports

Dave Compton
 

A Rusty Blackbird is being reported in Carpinteria today. It was first included in an eBird checklist for the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, but the notes say the bird was actually at Carpinteria State Beach at the end of Linden.


So someone needs an eBird lesson there.

John Callendar subsequently refound the bird at the same location, with Brewer's Blackbirds, and watched it fly each to toward Carpinteria Creek lagoon. Note that Brewer's Blackbirds often hang out in the campground in this area.

I have not seen photos of the bird, so don't know if it's supposed to be a male or female.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara