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Re: Long-eared Owl

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders, please accept my apology. I really do not want a birding feud to start, or have any division in our birding groups and reports.

Hi Jim,
Sadly you want to take this to a personal level and I guess this note/attack was meant for me. As stated, my note was for everybody.
  First off, ebird only thinks of only a few owls of being special enough to keep their data from the LURKING TROLLS.
  Secondly, the “ nocturnal”
Owls you mention are more like diurnal and are crepuscular.
 Many of the owls you mention were on private property. And we are not clear if you are spouting off about our county, state or going national?
  Being I don’t use ebird, I want to thank you for your explanation and education regarding the Lat and long for the LLC site.
  I am also pleased that you and your stealthy troop tracked down the sleeping owl. That’s pretty cool, only 50% are left. Please, do not worry about me seeing these birds. I have seen plenty in Santa Barbara County, I just don’t report them. This is great news that you now can add this bird to your life, ABA, State, county, city, park, year, daily or if you wear a special pair of underwear list. ( just saying) example* Olaf Danielson did a Big Year in 2012 in the NUDE , he managed 594 in the lower 48 while being naked!!! You can read his Big Year book “ Boobys Peckers and Tits” ( so there are some strange lists out there) I am very happy for you that you feel your self worth is much more valuable now.
  Yes, and the smart phone remark was for all the curious people using the park that are seeing us birders staring into a tree. On many occasions I have witnessed the public trying to capture an image with their smart phones to keep their Facebook/social media  lifestyle alive?. I apologize for the misunderstanding.

I have only heard about the news paper deal, but I know that nobody’s happy about that. My apologies.
 
What ever happened  to good ol’ healthy birding? You know, where you head out to the field to see the unknown? Anybody can follow a map with the lat and long on it, where’s the challenge? Skill? Conscience? No guilt? That’s like going golfing and having a pro hit the ball for you and you take the score for yourself, all you have to do is show up.

The only list of birds that should really matter, are the <SELF FOUND BIRD LIST>, something to be proud of.

If you want to discuss this further. Please contact me off list, call me, come over to my house and we will have a few beers and we can work this misunderstanding out.

Just to reiterate, I want our county to be one happy family that helps each other see the birds they want to see.

Happy and productive birding.

Wes 

On Jan 6, 2019, at 6:21 PM, Jim Long <tagdesjim@...> wrote:

Found fairly easily late this morning by myself and 3 other birders thanks to the information given in the News Press.  Evidently my earlier post " ruffled a few feathers " .  I didn't realize that your having it on the front page of the News Press with a plethora of telling details was in line with keeping it a secret.  Additionally no less than 4 different posts  regarding  Burrowing, Short-eared and Northern Pygmy were listed timely with precise locations within the last month.  The Short-eared and Northern Pygmy  are nocturnal just like the Long-eared. Notable that they were all posted by names listed today that should know better than I what's acceptable.  Wes, rest assured we were very stealthy and one is still there for you.  Also those coords were not misleading to keep a secret, they are just the generic location by Google for LLC.  So now that I'm aware of the rules regardless of all your contradictions any birder with Iphone will not be privy to my Garmin GPS readings

Jim Long 
Santa Barbara

Iceland Gull

Noah Gaines
 

On count day, 1.5.19, I found an adult Iceland Gull at Alice Keck Park.

This bird does frequent all three parks (Alameda and Kids World are just across the street) so make sure to check around.

This is undoubtably the same individual that has been returning every winter. I first found this bird on 12/15/12 and it was in 3rd winter plumage at that time. So that would make the bird 9 years old now! Please correct me if my math is wrong.

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA

Re: Santa Barbara CBC preliminary results

Rebecca Coulter
 

Dang it! Missed a couple of things:

CBC Addendum: 

LUCY’S WARBLER, found at Pesetas Lane parking lots, favoring the tipu trees

Only one of the ORCHARD ORIOLES and half the NASHVILLES were actually picked up on count day, after the higher numbers were seen just prior.

And we probably have more than one very active WHITE PELICAN—the timing looks that way. 

Rebecca Coulter
SB CBC Compiler

On Jan 7, 2019, at 9:53 AM, Rebecca Coulter via Groups.Io <rfcphoebe@...> wrote:

Hello birders,
The results of the CBC on Saturday are still coming in, and the job of compiling data from 200 birders has just begun. Saturday evening’s count dinner did reveal one thing for certain: dedicated birders, some from across the country, don’t let a bit of stormy weather dampen their spirits. Thanks to all of you who make it happen.

Saturday’s stormy weather definitely contributed to our preliminary species count of 198. And ironically, it seems to be the continuing drought conditions that tell us the glory days of 215 species are probably behind us until we get significant rainfall for a few seasons. It will be very telling as we settle in this week to compile numbers of individual species to see how they differ from past years.

Notable hits:
TUFTED DUCK, returning for its 6th season in Santa Barbara, appeared on Lauro Reservoir
MOUNTAIN QUAIL along West Camino Cielo
ANCIENT MURRELET, scoped from Butterfly Beach
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, seen by many as this (presumably) single bird moved between water points from one side of the count circle to the other.
SPOTTED OWL, 6 birds recorded and photographed at known locations in the mountains
LEWIS’S WOODPECKER, 2 continuing at San Marcos Foothills Preserve, and 1 surprise along Paradise Rd.
PACIFIC WREN 
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE, lucky find of 1 of the 6 seen at La Cumbre Peak during count week
SWAMP SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE, 3 individuals in Goleta locations
BULLOCK’S ORIOLE
NASHVILLE WARBLER, up to 8 individuals, mostly in Goleta
YELLOW WARBLER
HERMIT WARBLER
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER
WILSON’S WARBLER
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, feeding on pomegranate fruit at Fairview Gardens

Two species never before recorded on our CBC appeared on count day: LONG-EARED OWL and DUSKY FLYCATCHER. The Dusky Flycatcher, a high-elevation breeder in our county, was found on private property in Hope Ranch. There are only two previous winter records in the county, and this is the first on the south coast. The two owls were found on a day roost at Lake Los Carneros. By sheer coincidence, the SB News-Press reporter was assigned to the group counting there, and the owls made the front page Sunday. Fortunately the article did not provide detail that would cause a stampede of people clamoring to see them. Enough has been said about this subject here, but I will add that Audubon’s official stance on owl locations is that they do not publish them (the CBC is an Audubon-sponsored project). Any details posted on this platform or any other type of social media are up to the birder posting them. In the end, I think we can all appreciate the caution and sensitivity of birders who keep the birds’ well-being as a priority.

Notable misses:
GREATER SCAUP, none apparent with the flocks of the more common Lessers
RUDDY TURNSTONE

Due to the grim conditions on the ocean, these species were not seen (but all mariners returned home safely!):
COMMON MURRE, only one bird was seen on count day, deceased at Goleta Beach
RHINOCEROS AUKLET
BONAPARTE’S GULL

WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER, female found at La Cumbre Peak during Count Week, but missed in Saturday’s socked-in conditions on the ridge
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, completely absent this winter after a few present in the fall
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, but present at the Municipal Golf Course on Friday
PALM WARBLER, not found despite several birds seen this fall and winter

Thank you to everyone who participated. 
Rebecca Coulter
Compiler




Santa Barbara CBC preliminary results

Rebecca Coulter
 

Hello birders,
The results of the CBC on Saturday are still coming in, and the job of compiling data from 200 birders has just begun. Saturday evening’s count dinner did reveal one thing for certain: dedicated birders, some from across the country, don’t let a bit of stormy weather dampen their spirits. Thanks to all of you who make it happen.

Saturday’s stormy weather definitely contributed to our preliminary species count of 198. And ironically, it seems to be the continuing drought conditions that tell us the glory days of 215 species are probably behind us until we get significant rainfall for a few seasons. It will be very telling as we settle in this week to compile numbers of individual species to see how they differ from past years.

Notable hits:
TUFTED DUCK, returning for its 6th season in Santa Barbara, appeared on Lauro Reservoir
MOUNTAIN QUAIL along West Camino Cielo
ANCIENT MURRELET, scoped from Butterfly Beach
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, seen by many as this (presumably) single bird moved between water points from one side of the count circle to the other.
SPOTTED OWL, 6 birds recorded and photographed at known locations in the mountains
LEWIS’S WOODPECKER, 2 continuing at San Marcos Foothills Preserve, and 1 surprise along Paradise Rd.
PACIFIC WREN 
TOWNSEND’S SOLITAIRE, lucky find of 1 of the 6 seen at La Cumbre Peak during count week
SWAMP SPARROW
ORCHARD ORIOLE, 3 individuals in Goleta locations
BULLOCK’S ORIOLE
NASHVILLE WARBLER, up to 8 individuals, mostly in Goleta
YELLOW WARBLER
HERMIT WARBLER
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER
WILSON’S WARBLER
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, feeding on pomegranate fruit at Fairview Gardens

Two species never before recorded on our CBC appeared on count day: LONG-EARED OWL and DUSKY FLYCATCHER. The Dusky Flycatcher, a high-elevation breeder in our county, was found on private property in Hope Ranch. There are only two previous winter records in the county, and this is the first on the south coast. The two owls were found on a day roost at Lake Los Carneros. By sheer coincidence, the SB News-Press reporter was assigned to the group counting there, and the owls made the front page Sunday. Fortunately the article did not provide detail that would cause a stampede of people clamoring to see them. Enough has been said about this subject here, but I will add that Audubon’s official stance on owl locations is that they do not publish them (the CBC is an Audubon-sponsored project). Any details posted on this platform or any other type of social media are up to the birder posting them. In the end, I think we can all appreciate the caution and sensitivity of birders who keep the birds’ well-being as a priority.

Notable misses:
GREATER SCAUP, none apparent with the flocks of the more common Lessers
RUDDY TURNSTONE

Due to the grim conditions on the ocean, these species were not seen (but all mariners returned home safely!):
COMMON MURRE, only one bird was seen on count day, deceased at Goleta Beach
RHINOCEROS AUKLET
BONAPARTE’S GULL

WILLIAMSON’S SAPSUCKER, female found at La Cumbre Peak during Count Week, but missed in Saturday’s socked-in conditions on the ridge
RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, completely absent this winter after a few present in the fall
BALTIMORE ORIOLE, but present at the Municipal Golf Course on Friday
PALM WARBLER, not found despite several birds seen this fall and winter

Thank you to everyone who participated. 
Rebecca Coulter
Compiler



Re: Long-eared Owl

Dave Compton
 

I'm not sure what people think happened, yesterday. All I know is that the News-Press was with the group that found the Long-eared Owl. I would not presume anything else about the process that led to the article in the paper, such as anyone telling them it was OK to publicize the owls. I'm sure most of us wish that the article had never been written. As for the different owl species that have been reported lately, Burrowing, Short-eared, and Northern Pygmy-Owl all have very different habits from one another, and from Long-eared Owl. The former three are all birds that are active outside they're roosting locations to different levels in the day time. Long-eared Owls are highly secretive birds during the day that select well-hidden, undisturbed roost sites.

I don't blame anyone for wanting to see these birds. I considered going there myself yesterday, but elected not to. I definitely would not have posted to this list, if I had seen them (not knowing that the News-Press was going to put a photo on their front page!). I hope if anyone else does see the birds, they won't post it here. For eBirders, you might consider holding off entering the observation for a week, or maybe hide your checklist until a week has passed. That way, no one will see the birds on the weekly alerts.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



On Sun, Jan 6, 2019 at 6:21 PM Jim Long <tagdesjim@...> wrote:
Found fairly easily late this morning by myself and 3 other birders thanks to the information given in the News Press.  Evidently my earlier post " ruffled a few feathers " .  I didn't realize that your having it on the front page of the News Press with a plethora of telling details was in line with keeping it a secret.  Additionally no less than 4 different posts  regarding  Burrowing, Short-eared and Northern Pygmy were listed timely with precise locations within the last month.  The Short-eared and Northern Pygmy  are nocturnal just like the Long-eared. Notable that they were all posted by names listed today that should know better than I what's acceptable.  Wes, rest assured we were very stealthy and one is still there for you.  Also those coords were not misleading to keep a secret, they are just the generic location by Google for LLC.  So now that I'm aware of the rules regardless of all your contradictions any birder with Iphone will not be privy to my Garmin GPS readings

Jim Long 
Santa Barbara

La Cumbre Peak, 2019-01-03

Wim van Dam
 

Last Thursday I scouted my CBC route along East Camino Cielo, including La Cumbre Peak. The warm-ish afternoon weather made this spot more birdy than it has typically been this winter as it got me a female WILLIAMSON'S SAPSUCKER and 6+ TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE. Alas, two days later these numbers had dwindled down to a single Townsend's Solitaire on count day. 

Pictures of the Williamson's Sapsucker are here:

Wim 

--
Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+5: Blue-footed Booby

[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (6 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Long-eared Owl (American) (2 reports)
- Dusky Flycatcher (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Lucy's Warbler (2 reports)
- Yellow Warbler (Northern) (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (3 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 14:30 by Giacomo Catalina
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51411426
- Comments: "Continuing adult Male Tufted Duck. Black back and tuft from back of head. Seen with small group of Lesser Scaup."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 11:50 by David Compton
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51393830
- Comments: "Continuing male. Aythya duck strikingly white on the sides, contrasting with a dark back. Dark head with drooping head tuft."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 11:15 by Benjamin Byerly
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51392215
- Comments: " Recently reported bird. Loosely associated with scaup near north end of reservoir. Brilliant white sides with namesake head tuft"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 10:12 by John Callender
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51390772
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in association with Lesser Scaup. Clean white flanks, black back, tuft seen briefly when the bird untucked its head."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 09:01 by Noah Gaines
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51385410
- Comments: "Seen from a distance. Tucked up. Black on front and back and top with white sides. Lacking white spur of ring necked Duck. "

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 15:03 by Jasen Liu
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51370130
- Comments: "Continuing male with distinctive tuft"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Jan 04, 2019 16:00 by Bill Weisberg
- Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3978,-119.5279), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.397846,-119.52795&ll=34.397846,-119.52795
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51407003
- Comments: "Mating pair and juvenile. Have pics ..these have been seen regularly at this location over past several weeks"

Long-eared Owl (American) (Asio otus wilsonianus/tuftsi) (2)
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 09:00 by Christopher Taylor
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51395545
- Comments: "2 birds discovered yesterday during CBC. Obtained documentation photos, did not want to disturb birds any further for better photographs. Myself and Liz Muraoka were the only ones present but the birds seemed a bit agitated.

<a href="http://www.kiwifoto.com/galleries/birds/long_eared_owl/#B13K7949"><img src="https://www.kiwifoto.com/images/galleryphotos/long_eared_owl/long_eared_owl_B13K7949.jpg" /></a>"

Long-eared Owl (American) (Asio otus wilsonianus/tuftsi) (2)
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 09:00 by Liz Muraoka
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51400383
- Comments: "2 birds discovered yesterday during CBC. Obtained documentation photos, did not want to disturb birds any further for better photographs. Myself and Liz Muraoka were the only ones present but the birds seemed a bit agitated.

<a href="http://www.kiwifoto.com/galleries/birds/long_eared_owl/#B13K7949"><img src="https://www.kiwifoto.com/images/galleryphotos/long_eared_owl/long_eared_owl_B13K7949.jpg" /></a>"

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 07:00 by Robert Hamilton
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4320095,-119.7586155&ll=34.4320095,-119.7586155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51399256
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "I found this bird foraging out in the open, near the ground, in the fenced-in part of Laguna Blanca. Later, in the afternoon, Peter Gaede and I heard it call three times when it made a flight -- a soft "whit" that did not seem as sharp as that of a Least Flycatcher. See photos; points indicating Dusky Flycatcher include: Small empid with olive-brown back, wings, and tail; short primary-projection with feather-tips evenly spaced; brownish panel between two whitish wing-bars giving low-resolution appearance compared with Least Flycatcher, which has blackish panel; dull yellowish underparts contrasting with whitish throat; prominent pale loral area; teardrop-shaped eye-ring; fairly long, narrow-based bill. First record of this species on the SB CBC."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 07:00 by Robert Hamilton
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4320095,-119.7586155&ll=34.4320095,-119.7586155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51399256
- Comments: "First-winter male in eucalyptus trees northeast of Laguna Blanca. Yellow below; two white wing-bars; black throat and black trans-ocular streak; upperparts could not be seen well. First detected by its harsh chatter. I called in the bird to within about 100 feet by making similar chattering noises."

Lucy's Warbler (Oreothlypis luciae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 16:08 by Mark Holmgren
- CenCal Parking Lot, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.442203,-119.75776&ll=34.442203,-119.75776
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51411779
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Non-descript, pointy-billed, Bushtit-like warbler with maroon rump. Some dark marking on crown but I couldn't tell the color of it. Otherwise, the back and wings were gray and ventral it was dirty white. Slight eyering sometimes visible, sometimes not. The bird was seen just N of the middle of the parking lot, then at the NW corner."

Lucy's Warbler (Oreothlypis luciae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 14:46 by Conor Scotland
- CenCal Parking Lot, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443035,-119.758023&ll=34.443035,-119.758023
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51403618
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing bird found yesterday by Ron H. Petite warbler. Overall gray above, cream below, with some buff coloration in the flanks. Small, pointy, straight bill. Rust colored rump. Bird was silent. Spent most of the time in the smaller Tipus in the middle of the CenCal parking lot."

Yellow Warbler (Northern) (Setophaga petechia [aestiva Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 07:00 by Robert Hamilton
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4320095,-119.7586155&ll=34.4320095,-119.7586155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51399256
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In eucalyptus. Typical sweet "chip" notes heard repeatedly. See photo."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 08:00 by George Chapman
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51386862
- Comments: "Continuing rarity spotted by others. Orange-red tanager."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 16:08 by Conor Scotland
- Mission Creek--SB Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4406812,-119.7149599&ll=34.4406812,-119.7149599
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51410041
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo. Continuing."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 08:21 by Noah Gaines
- Mission Creek--SB Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4406812,-119.7149599&ll=34.4406812,-119.7149599
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51382805
- Comments: "Feeding and calling from the last persimmon o the tree. Olive all over with large bill. "

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Long-eared Owl

Jim Long
 

Found fairly easily late this morning by myself and 3 other birders thanks to the information given in the News Press.  Evidently my earlier post " ruffled a few feathers " .  I didn't realize that your having it on the front page of the News Press with a plethora of telling details was in line with keeping it a secret.  Additionally no less than 4 different posts  regarding  Burrowing, Short-eared and Northern Pygmy were listed timely with precise locations within the last month.  The Short-eared and Northern Pygmy  are nocturnal just like the Long-eared. Notable that they were all posted by names listed today that should know better than I what's acceptable.  Wes, rest assured we were very stealthy and one is still there for you.  Also those coords were not misleading to keep a secret, they are just the generic location by Google for LLC.  So now that I'm aware of the rules regardless of all your contradictions any birder with Iphone will not be privy to my Garmin GPS readings

Jim Long 
Santa Barbara

No Williamson's Sapsucker or Townsend's Solitaire, but yes Lucy Warbler

Mark Holmgren
 

I'm sure Dave Compton would agree that one should not try to see the Sapsucker on La Cumbre Peak if you cannot see the peak from Santa Barbara.  Really cold and miserable up there this early afternoon.
The Lucy's Warbler was at the CenCal Parking Lot on Pesetas Lane today at 4:20pm.  It was just slightly north of the center of the parking lot, then later in the NW corner of the lot.  See:
A Lucy's Warbler was also seen at this same spot during the winter of 2013-2014.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Owls and guidelines for not publicizing certain bird observations

Gage Ricard
 

There was some dismay expressed regarding the late and minimal information posted about the Long-eared Owls seen at Lake Los Carneros on Count Day. I do understand this feeling, but to look at another side of this issue, please see eBird's "Guidelines for Not Publicizing Certain Bird Observations," specifically the paragraph on Owls. At the Bird Count dinner last night, it was announced that detailed information about the owls' location was sensitive information and not divulged for that reason. I'm not an expert in these matters, but gratefully defer to the expertise of our local Birding Committee. 

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara

Western Tanagers

Don Blackwill
 

We found a bird yesterday morning that we decided was/reported as a female Western Tanager.   Right size, greenish/yellowish, yellow conical bill, wing bars.  In hindsight I think it could have been a male in winter plumage.   A second bird the same size, same bill shape but appearing all gray, joined the 1st bird very briefly.  We didn't get a real good look at the second but I wonder now if it could have been a very gray female.  This was at the east end of SBCC, the wooded area close to the Pershing Park tennis courts.
Also got good looks at a Downy Woodpecker, which was kinda fun. 

Re: Long-eared Owl

Wes Fritz
 

   Hi all, not just SB Birders.

I do not think it is too sad that the owls just want to rest/sleep in peace and be left alone. This is just a guess, but I think they are hiding for a reason. With this turning out to be a record low for wintering bird numbers and other animals they would forage on is a very sensitive situation. The weather forecast is not going to help these two owls get their hunting needs done in a park surrounded by houses. Once the word gets out to the LLC community there is going to be a lot of smart phone photos of these birds by people that have a poor understanding of how close you can get. Well, that is If the Long-eared Owls return.

Do you remember the Bobcat paparazzi situation at LLC with people driving for hours to photograph their kittens?. Well, there are a lot more birders that want killer Long-eared Owl photos that they can just walk up to.

Have I seen these birds?- No. Do I want to see these birds? -Yes. Will I look for these birds? -Yes. Am I disappointed they have already been flushed off their day roost?- YES.

I personally applaud the mis-marked exact location of these two birds. Thank you for giving them the respect while they lasted. Nice job!!!

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Jan 6, 2019, at 9:33 AM, Jim Long <tagdesjim@...> wrote:

I guess this site sadly has lost it's relevance when no one bothers to post the rarest bird found on the CBC.   When posted here some 8 hours after it was discovered there was no location given that I could find.  Even on eBird all I saw was the oft used inaccurate decimal, 5 digit coords that show the owls out in the water.   The ultimate insult was to wake up and find it on the front page of the News Press.  
Jim Long
Santa Barbara

Tufted Duck

Dave Compton
 

A male Tufted Duck found yesterday by Rebecca Coulter was present at midday at Lauro Reservoir today. Recall that one was here briefly last year at about this time, which was presumably the bird that had been in the area for several winters. I think this may be the 6th winter for this returning rarity.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Lost and Found 2.0

Rebecca Coulter
 

Did you leave a red Igloo cooler bag at the CBC Dinner last night? Inside was an empty beer can, a full Peak IPA can, and a glass. Let me know and I can get it back to you or leave it at the Museum for you to pick up sometime.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Long-eared Owl

Jim Long
 

I guess this site sadly has lost it's relevance when no one bothers to post the rarest bird found on the CBC.   When posted here some 8 hours after it was discovered there was no location given that I could find.  Even on eBird all I saw was the oft used inaccurate decimal, 5 digit coords that show the owls out in the water.   The ultimate insult was to wake up and find it on the front page of the News Press.  
Jim Long
Santa Barbara

Lucy’s Warbler

Dave Compton
 

Paul Lehman reports that a Lucy’s Warbler, found yesterday by Ron Hirst along Pesetas Lane near the Samsun Clinic in Santa Barbara, was still present this morning. While Ron apparently saw the bird on both sides of Pesetas Lane, Paul found it on the east side of the street, in tipi trees in the center of the CenCal parking lot. This is the same area one was present several winters ago. The area is near Hwy 154 and Calle Real.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Green fleece

Rebecca Coulter
 

Did you leave a dark green fleece jacket at the Christmas Bird Count dinner at the museum tonight?

Contact me and I’ll get it back to you.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Lake Los Carneros CBC

Dika Golovatchoff
 

Teresa Rounds led the group that birded LLC Park in Goleta (her 30th time as leader).  Gage and George Ricard found two Long-eared Owls (of which I only saw and photographed one) through the leaves and branches of a pepper tree.  A photo of the owl and a few other birds are posted on my Flickr site:

Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

(sorry, I accidentally sent this to old yahoogroups site)


[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (6 reports)
- Long-eared Owl (3 reports)
- Williamson's Sapsucker (1 report)
- Dusky Flycatcher (3 reports)
- Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Western Bluebird (1 report)
- Mountain Bluebird (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 15:11 by Glenn Kincaid
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51359454
- Comments: "Reported earlier today. Adult male. Differentiated from nearby Scaup by black back and obvious tuft."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 14:26 by Sarah Toner
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51354592
- Comments: "Continuing male. Photos. Associating w male lesser scaup and female ruddy duck by dam"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 14:26 by logan kahle
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51354591
- Comments: "Continuing male. Photos. Associating w male lesser scaup and female ruddy duck by dam"

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 13:15 by Julie Scotland
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51363991
- Comments: "Aythya with gleaming white sides and black back, making it easy to pick out among neighboring scaup. Adult male with conspicuous tuft."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 13:15 by Conor Scotland
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51361039
- Comments: "Aythya with gleaming white sides and black back, making it easy to pick out among neighboring scaup. Adult male with conspicuous tuft."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 08:07 by Rebecca Coulter
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51359696
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Returning for 6th winter. Adult male Aythya with jet black back, snow white sides, and a tuft of black feathers on back of the very rounded blue-black head. Yellow eye, blue gray bill with black nail. Did not see open wing."

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) (2)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 13:46 by Bradley Hacker
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51352767
- Media: 1 Photo

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) (2)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 12:12 by Jenny Slaughter
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51347358
- Comments: "Found on CBC, two adult owls roosting in pepper tree. Spotted by others and shown to me."

Long-eared Owl (Asio otus) (2)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 08:00 by Dika Golovatchoff
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51352108
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "I only saw one of them through the foliage of a pepper tree. They were found by George and Gage Ricard"

Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus) (1)
- Reported Jan 03, 2019 13:43 by Glenn Kincaid
- La Cumbre Peak, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4956226,-119.7147721&ll=34.4956226,-119.7147721
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51358845
- Comments: "Found by Wim Van Dam. Adult female. Light brown head, black back with fine white barring. Wim has photos."

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 13:24 by logan kahle
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4320095,-119.7586155&ll=34.4320095,-119.7586155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51354140
- Comments: "Careful study of bird originally found by rob hamilton in small cluster of palms around here (34.4323262, -119.7589860). Apparently second winter record for the county and first on the count. Foraging low to the ground, often using brush piles. Overall small empid seeming relatively compact on the upper body and head and longer/rangier towards the posterior. Primary projection was short and evenly-spaced. Roundish head showing slight crest. Decently long tail showed pale outer rectrices at times. Head gray with white throat contrasting slightly with greenish/olive back, and on the front white throat contrasting with dingy olivy-yellow cast across breast and belly. Wing panel bright for a dufl, showing relatively dark brownish panel and somewhat bright white wingbars, but not as contrasty as I would expect a least. Bill narrow and somewhat short, with black at the tip of the yellow mandible. Not definitively heard vocalizing"

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 13:24 by Sarah Toner
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4320095,-119.7586155&ll=34.4320095,-119.7586155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51354142
- Comments: "Careful study of bird originally found by rob hamilton in small cluster of palms around here (34.4323262, -119.7589860). Apparently second winter record for the county and first on the count. Foraging low to the ground, often using brush piles. Overall small empid seeming relatively compact on the upper body and head and longer/rangier towards the posterior. Primary projection was short and evenly-spaced. Roundish head showing slight crest. Decently long tail showed pale outer rectrices at times. Head gray with white throat contrasting slightly with greenish/olive back, and on the front white throat contrasting with dingy olivy-yellow cast across breast and belly. Wing panel bright for a dufl, showing relatively dark brownish panel and somewhat bright white wingbars, but not as contrasty as I would expect a least. Bill narrow and somewhat short, with black at the tip of the yellow mandible. Not definitively heard vocalizing"

Dusky Flycatcher (Empidonax oberholseri) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 13:10 by Bradley Hacker
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4320095,-119.7586155&ll=34.4320095,-119.7586155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51351765
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Empid. Long, narrow tail & short wings. Moderately strong eyering with slight teardrop. Spent most of the time &lt;1 m above ground. Much upward tail flicking and less wing flicking."

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) (1)
- Reported Jan 03, 2019 10:53 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Pelican Bay Trail (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0232403,-119.6923032&ll=34.0232403,-119.6923032
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51359413
- Comments: "Small bird with white eye-ring, two white wingbars, and a downward facing tail."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 12:04 by Jamie Chavez
- Santa Barbara Cemetery, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4200447,-119.6559405&ll=34.4200447,-119.6559405
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51353858
- Comments: "Photographed"

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) (6)
- Reported Jan 04, 2019 11:55 by Aaron Kreisberg
- (33.993, -119.702), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9926732,-119.7021195&ll=33.9926732,-119.7021195
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51360100
- Comments: "Showed blue wings/head with orangish breast."

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) (2)
- Reported Jan 04, 2019 11:55 by Aaron Kreisberg
- (33.993, -119.702), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9926732,-119.7021195&ll=33.9926732,-119.7021195
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51360100
- Comments: "Sky blue color with white breast contrasted markedly with adjacent Western Bluebirds. Appeared to be a male a female (one bird showed light blue but appeared grayish brown overall)."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 10:30 by Jasen Liu
- Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4348058,-119.7371793&ll=34.4348058,-119.7371793
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51368142
- Comments: "Imm male"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 10:30 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4348058,-119.7371793&ll=34.4348058,-119.7371793
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51358458
- Comments: "Imm male"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 12:23 by Jenny Slaughter
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51349127
- Comments: "One individual observed in eucalyptus trees in parking lot. Possible juvenile male showing mostly solid pale orange and some reddish coloration."

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And we're on

Wim van Dam
 

Good luck everyone with today's Santa Barbara CBC. We've had some last minute reports of White-throated Swifts and Eagles sp. so those at the higher altitudes should keep an eye out for those. 

Let's hope the rain waits until the afternoon. 

Wim


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Wim van Dam
Professor and Vice Chair
Department of Computer Science, Department of Physics
University of California, Santa Barbara

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+5: Blue-footed Booby