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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 09, 2019 12:00 by Timothy Burkhardt
- 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/S51543356
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Stunning male returned and continues."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2019 09:14 by Noah Gaines
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51529643
- Comments: "A loud low gurgulling call called our attention to the reeds. Wes noted a young bird larger than the nearby Sora white on side yellowish tip orange Bill."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (8)
- Reported Jan 10, 2019 09:25 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S51542145
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "All were characterized by their large heavy beaks. The three adults showed the black head with the white cheeks and mostly white crown that had a yellow patch on the forehead. Two appeared to be molting from the 1st summer plumage to adult, while the remaining three appeared to be juveniles."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2019 09:14 by Noah Gaines
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51529643
- Comments: "Yellow up to chest large bill. Greenish back. Twittering call."

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La Cumbre Peak 1-10-19

Florence Sanchez
 

Though it was chilly, the sun was out and there was lots of activity at the Peak and Communications STation this morning, though from the local Chaparral species, rather than montane species.  Still, it was a lot better than my last visit to those sites, where I had a total of 10 birds, five of them Scrub Jays!

It took some time, but I finally located the Townsend's Solitaire that has been on the mountain since mid-fall.  Today , it was well east of the Peak where the pines start to run out.  It was fly-catching in a Coulter Pine next to the road.   In the same vicinity was a Hairy Woodpecker, the first one of seen on the mountain in over a month.   

I noticed on Gibraltar Road that the white ceanothus are starting to bloom on the lower slopes, and up on top, the Manzanitas seem to have burst into bloom overnight.  This means more pollen and insects are available, which in tern means more birds (hopefully).

Great Views, wonderful piney scent in the fresh cool air this morning.

Florence Sanchez

 

Re: Refugio State Beach - Elegant Terns

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,
Just to add to Peter’s post, I hit up Gaviota this morning shortly after 8:00am. The sand was still present on the beach, so the gulls may possibly be loafing more west of Refugio at Gaviota SP and on the pier. I did scope a mess of gulls feeding offshore this morning from the Gaviota Pier. I would guess they are bunching up somewhere near by.
  A Common Gallinule was seen in the western portion NCOS in the reedy area of Devereux Creek shortly after noon today. Also seen was one Tropical Kingbird, Rock Wren and one Burrowing  _ _ _.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Jan 10, 2019, at 1:32 PM, Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth@...> wrote:

I've been stopping at Refugio throughout the week to check gulls. Early in the week there were hundreds sitting on the beach. The storm has pretty much wiped out any sand and most of the gulls have moved off. I did have two Elegant Terns there this morning. I have a few photos I will post later tonight but the smaller size, longer thinner bill and larger black crest were obvious vs the immediately adjacent Royal Terns.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Refugio State Beach - Elegant Terns

Peter Schneekloth
 

I've been stopping at Refugio throughout the week to check gulls. Early in the week there were hundreds sitting on the beach. The storm has pretty much wiped out any sand and most of the gulls have moved off. I did have two Elegant Terns there this morning. I have a few photos I will post later tonight but the smaller size, longer thinner bill and larger black crest were obvious vs the immediately adjacent Royal Terns.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Williamson's Sapsucker (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2019 11:05 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S51506060
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Aythya duck with very white sides and sharply contrasting black stripe down the back and black head, neck and breast. At distance the tuft was more a suggestion at the back of the head than clearly visible."

Williamson's Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus thyroideus) (1)
- Reported Jan 03, 2019 12:27 by Wim van Dam
- 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/S51512807
- Comments: "Female. Photos and details to follow"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Jan 09, 2019 15:00 by Jim Moore
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51508020
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Brick read breast and undersides, with black hood. Smaller than hooded or bullocks."

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Isla Vista area (including Student Health) recent rarities

Paul Lehman
 

In case anyone is interested in further avian exploration of Sin City (er, Isla Vista):

Hooded Merganser: up to 4 sporadically at pond in Anisq'oyo Park 02-05 Jan, where present in winter now for at least seven or eight years in a row.

Tropical Kingbird:  one bird is hanging out in faculty housing area on West Campus and in adjacent western and central Isla Vista, seen flying from former to latter on 03 Jan, inside the faculty housing on 04 Jan, and back out along 6700 block of Sabado Tarde on 05 Jan.

Orchard Oriole:  3 separate female-types-- 1 in 'regular plumage' @ Sabado Tarde X Camino Lindo on 02 Jan,  1 @ bottlebrush tree @ 6718 Sabado Tarde in early AM on both 03 & 05 Jan was a molting, tattered mess and missing much of its tail, and 1 in 'regular plumage' at blooming coral trees at UCSB Student Health building on 03 Jan.

Bullock's Oriole:  imm male at north end Fortuna Road on 03 & 05 Jan, and adult male and female in blooming Cape Honeysuckle bordering volleyball (and basketball) court along eastern-most block of Segovia & Picasso on 05 Jan, which is only a block from Student Health so undoubtedly the same two birds seen there earlier by DMC et al.

Nashville Warbler:  grand total was at least 5 birds between 02-05 Jan, as I again think that the 2 returning (fourth year!) birds at tipus behind 6509 Pardall are likely the SAME 2 birds that are at the Student Health building, which is a fair ways away indeed, but I could never see the two at both locations anytime close to the same time (the Pardall birds are more reliable in the PM than in the AM), and then the 3 other birds were at 6656 Pasado tipus and also at 6625 Trigo bottlebrush (1/2 block away), at Abrego X Camino Pescadero tipu, and in line of tipus behind 6639 Picasso.

Black-and-white Warbler:  1 (probably a young male) feeding on sidewalk under tipus and then flew to nearby blooming meloleuca @ Embarcadero del Mar X Segovia on 05 Jan--is only about 2 blocks north of I. V. Market where individual seen a few weeks back, so could easily be the same bird.

Wilson's Warbler:  1 at Student Health 03-05 Jan

--Paul Lehman

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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Townsend's Solitaire (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2019 11:00 by Dika Golovatchoff
- 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/S51475490
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Duck was swimming in various locations in reservoir, but always distant. Clear demarcation between black upper part and white below. Bill is bluish with black tip. Eye is yellow. Tuft is visible in one photo."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (11)
- Reported Jan 08, 2019 09:11 by Mark Holmgren
- Vandenberg AFB--Surf Beach to Point Pedernales (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6432356,-120.621686&ll=34.6432356,-120.621686
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51487172
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "6 males, 5 females"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (4)
- Reported Jan 08, 2019 06:45 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3978981,-119.5374513&ll=34.3978981,-119.5374513
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51466428
- Comments: "continuing . .. . .x 3 yrs."

Townsend's Solitaire (Myadestes townsendi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 03, 2019 08:00 by Carol Fields
- Sierra Blanca Ridge, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9832994,-119.8190832&ll=33.9832994,-119.8190832
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51473139
- Comments: "1 individual seen in flight, then perched atop Bishop Pine tree in a drainage East of Sierra Blanca Ridge. Initially caught our attention in flight and with flared tail while landing. Stayed perched on the tree 5 minutes allowing closer approach and ID with scope. Full eye ring, smooth grey/brown body feathers with light patterning on folded wing."

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (11) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 03, 2019 08:00 by Carol Fields
- Sierra Blanca Ridge, Santa Cruz Island, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.9832994,-119.8190832&ll=33.9832994,-119.8190832
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51473139
- Comments: "Observed a flock in flight along the Sierra Blanca Ridge just South of Maggie Peak. 11 individuals tightly grouped and flying quickly and indirectly, constantly making one-note calls during flight. Larger than House Finches and with a much different flight pattern. Large heads, dark wings. Several individuals with red bodies. Diagnostic beak seen on 1 individual briefly during flight."

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>>>Thread Closed<<< Re: [sbcobirding] Long-eared Owl

Jamie Chavez
 


Thank you, birders, for your interest in this subject but the LLC Long-eared Owl thread is closed at this time since it continues to generate discussion that is probably not in the best interest of the group as a whole.

Thank you,

Jamie Chavez
Moderator (1 of 3)

Farren Road Jan 8, 2019

Florence Sanchez
 

I felt like I needed a good hike this morning, so I went to Farren Road.  It was not very birdy, but it was nice to see the fields greening up and the views were great.  A few things are coming into bloom:  Bush Sunflower, Wild Cucumber.  

I did not turn up either Roadrunner or Common Ground Dove this morning, though I thought I heard the latter calling way in the distance in the avocado groves of the ranch at the end of the road.

My favorite sighting this morning was a good-sized flock (40 or so) of Western Meadowlarks.  A couple of them hopped up on the fence and sang for a bit.  How I've missed that beautiful song.  Also, a dark-phase Red-tail caught the stiff breeze coming from the southeast so perfectly that it was able to hang in midair for a long period of time, barely quivering its wings to stay aloft and aligned.  The resident Raven pair made a couple of swipes at the Hawk, but they barely disturbed it.  Last time I saw a raptor do that so perfectly, it was a Golden Eagle.

Surprising misses: No Sparrows.  No White-crowns, Golden-crowns along the roadside, no Lark Sparrows on the wires.  There were lots of them here last month.  Also missing were Western Bluebirds on top, just a few on the lowest part of the road up and in the field below.  No waterfowl in the reservoir except Coots.

Florence Sanchez



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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Wilson's Plover (1 report)
- Pigeon Guillemot (1 report)
- Western Bluebird (1 report)
- Mountain Bluebird (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Lucy's Warbler (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 11:50 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S51446004
- Comments: "Continuing male. Aythya duck strikingly white on the sides, contrasting with a dark back. Dark head with tuft drooping off the back of the head. Blue bill."

Wilson's Plover (Charadrius wilsonia) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 09:40 by Michael McConnell
- Beach Road Closed, California, US (34.706, -120.6), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7057685,-120.6002944&ll=34.7057685,-120.6002944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51450014
- Comments: "Feeding with turnstones and snowy plovers"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (1)
- Reported Jan 04, 2019 08:00 by Philip Goldstein
- Santa Barbara Channel--Santa Cruz Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.1697721,-119.7605896&ll=34.1697721,-119.7605896
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51324030
- Comments: "Initially seen seated on the water and then flying away from boat. whitish belly and neck as well as mostly white head with some brownish streaking. White coverts. Obvious red feet while flying away"

Western Bluebird (Sialia mexicana) (2)
- Reported Jan 04, 2019 10:58 by Matt Howard
- (33.9942,-119.7097), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.994163,-119.709662&ll=33.994163,-119.709662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51443271
- Comments: "Observed alongside mountain bluebirds in the Central Valley if Santa Cruz Island. "

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) (2)
- Reported Jan 04, 2019 10:58 by Matt Howard
- (33.9942,-119.7097), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.994163,-119.709662&ll=33.994163,-119.709662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51443271
- Comments: "Observed in the Central Valley of Santa Cruz Island. During the Christmas bird count. "

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Jan 07, 2019 10:00 by Thomas Turner
- UC Santa Barbara--campus, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4148759,-119.8450041&ll=34.4148759,-119.8450041
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51434414
- Comments: "Bumped into one in the courtyard between Noble Hall and the bioshop. Presumably 1 of the 3 seen in the area on the CBC on 1/5/19. Female, very small bodied, uniform yellow (unlike Bullock's)."

Lucy's Warbler (Oreothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2019 11:16 by Libby Patten
- 4050 Calle Real, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4432,-119.7580), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443245,-119.757969&ll=34.443245,-119.757969
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51452544
- Comments: "In the center of north end of the parking lot in the largest Tipu tree. A very whitish-looking small bird flew in from the condos to the east. Very light gray with slightly darker wings and a dark smudge on top of the crown. The lighting made it hard to see the crown patch color. A white eyebrow. Obviously smaller than the numerous YRWA. It flitted near the top of the tree and had good views for a couple of minutes. Later it appeared to fly back towards the housing to the east. It didn’t vocalize. "

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 08:03 by Libby Patten
- Mission Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4383187,-119.7118914&ll=34.4383187,-119.7118914
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51432740
- Comments: "Continuing at this location for several weeks. All yellow undersides. Upper parts darker yellow with dark edging to wing feathers. Seen in pepper tree in Mission parking lot and in pepper tree in Olive Garden. Distinctive long chip. "

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2019 13:46 by Libby Patten
- 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/S51443753
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Varying shades of yellow all over this wet-looking tanager. Continuing in this general location for weeks. Various vocalizations that at times sounded closer to a Western Tanager than I expected it should. Seen in multiple spots near the persimmon tree east of the aviary. Perched in this tree near the last persimmon. There had been at least two dozen of this fruit a few weeks ago."

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Ducks--thanks!

Florence Sanchez
 

Thank you to all who replied to my earlier posts asking where the ducks are.  A couple of these spots I have checked but the species in question were not there on the date I looked; others were new spots.  I'll check these all out, new sites and repeats.  I have always been very fond of waterfowl!

Florence

Cooperative Townsend's Warbler on State St. and Alice Keck Park comes to life after rain

Dika Golovatchoff
 

This morning as I was walking past the Divine Inspiration gallery at 1534 State st. as the return part of my daily walk dog walk I was very surprised to see a Townsend's Warbler foraging in the rose bushes in front of the gallery.  I did not have a camera so I walked the rest of the way home and got my camera and car.  I was amazed to find this cooperative bird still there waiting for me, and was able to get a few photos.  I have seen fewer Townsend's this year than before and this was the last place I would have ever expected to see one - that stayed around for at least 25 minutes.  (He has actually eating insects from the rose leaves as you can see in one of the images).

Then I birded Alice Keck Park for a half hour.  The rain had recently stopped and the grass was wet and full of birds, (Yellow-rumped Audubon's, White crowned sparrows,etc.).  Around the creek below the tipu trees I had a Hermit Thrush,
a Common Yellowthroat, a Song and a Lincoln's Sparrow, as well as a very active Ruby-crowned Kinglet in the loropetalum shrub that was even showing its ruby crown.  I have seen more of these birds than ever before. There was also a Western Bluebird, several Acorn Woodpeckers, a Northern Mockingbird, and an Allen's Hummingbird.  I did not even go near the pond with its ducks and gulls.

Some photos are posted on my Flickr site at:

Ducks

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked out the Lauro Reservoir today and the Tufted Duck is still present.  I then decided to look for the Hooded Mergansers that were reported last month in I.V.  They are one of my favorite ducks.  Unfortunately not a duck to be had in the park.  Does anyone know where they have gone?

And speaking of ducks, I have found plenty of American Wigeons, Gadwall, and Northern Shovelers this winter, plus a few Blue-winged teal; however, I have yet to run across Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal, or Pintail.  Has anyone else found that to be the case?  Lack of water may be the reason why they are absent.   Good news is that I noticed some of the seasonal wetlands in Goleta (like Area K) are starting to fill in.  With more rain coming, the situation should improve.

I looked for the Lucy's Warbler this afternoon about 4 p.m., but there was very little activity in the CenCal parking lot.  I failed to pull it out.

Florence Sanchez

Re: Santa Barbara CBC preliminary results

Rebecca Coulter
 

The long list, including some very long shots:
Brant
Eurasian Wigeon
Canvasback
Greater Scaup
White-throated Swift
Ruddy Turnstone
Pomarine Jaeger
Common Murre
Rhino Auklet
Bonaparte's Gull
Northern Fulmar
American Bittern
Golden Eagle
Mountain Chickadee
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Hooded Oriole
Baltimore Oriole
Palm Warbler

The rain is clearing…go birding!
Rebecca Coulter
SB

On Jan 7, 2019, at 1:57 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

So what birds are still painfully missing for this count week? We still have today and tomorrow.

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

Re: Santa Barbara CBC preliminary results

Glenn Kincaid
 

Red-necked Grebe has been AWOL.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara / Castle Valley / Rarangi

On Jan 7, 2019, at 1:57 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

So what birds are still painfully missing for this count week? We still have today and tomorrow.

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

Re: Santa Barbara CBC preliminary results

Wim van Dam
 

So what birds are still painfully missing for this count week? We still have today and tomorrow.

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

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