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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)
- Swainson's Thrush (1 report)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Oct 20, 2018 10:35 by Cruz Phillips
- Las Cruzitas Ranch (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6093342,-119.9600601&ll=34.6093342,-119.9600601
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49318379
- Comments: "In yard feeding with two other mourning doves. White on edge of folded wing clearly seen Slightly larger than mourning and longer bill. Was around yesterday too which is unusual. They generally only stick around a few hours. "

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2018 10:19 by Mark Holmgren
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49301553
- Comments: "Several good Willow Flycatcher “whit” notes heard from a dark-fronted Empidonax that lacked an eyering."

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (2)
- Reported Oct 19, 2018 12:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49302448
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen here a few days ago. Large dark spots, dark brown tail. Bad photos to show tail"

Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (Oreothlypis celata celata/orestera) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2018 10:19 by Mark Holmgren
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49301553
- Comments: "Gray-green overall. Perhaps the palest OcWa I've ever seen. This roughly matches the description offered by Noah Arthur on 17 October."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (2)
- Reported Oct 20, 2018 10:06 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Police Station tams, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3897587,-119.5055068&ll=34.3897587,-119.5055068
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49320368
- Comments: "At the far end of the euc/tamarix row, by the train tracks. Foraging in a patch of irrigated cultivated sunflowers, and sometimes flying up into the eucs to flycatch."

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Summerland

Rob Denholtz
 

Following up on Jason Siemen's sightings of yesterday, I found one PYGMY NUTHATCH in the tall pine on the SE corner of Greenwell and Ortega Hill.  The trail around the valley was dead until, in the tall conifers to the right of the trail, about 200 yds. down the west fork, I found (at least) two MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES picking through the pine cones.  I met a new birder who pointed out a Red-shouldered Hawk's nest on the trail between Ortega Hill Rd. and Ortega Ranch Lane.  The nest was not active but she had seen birds in and on it earlier in the year and recognized the RSHA's calls from my Sibley's app.

At the Greenwell Preserve - also very slow - I had an overhead RED-TAILED HAWK and a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

Yellow-headed blackbird

Jake Broad
 

This morning at work (Goleta Sanitary) I spotted a male Yellow-headed blackbird in with a flock of red winged blackbirds. I managed to grab my camera and catch up with it for a few photos please find the link below. 


-Jake 
Goleta 

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*** Species Summary:

- Western Wood-Pewee (1 report)
- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (celata) (2 reports)
- American Redstart (2 reports)

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Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 10:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9089576,-119.7673745&ll=34.9089576,-119.7673745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49276074
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Late. Photo"

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 10:47 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277551
- Comments: "No eye-ring. Got photos. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 11:48 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49276992
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Bright yellow breast and belly, brownish/green back, large bill, faint dark mask extending from the bill and over the eye. It was first on a tree above the railroad tracks between the 1st and 2nd platform, then it was on the dead fallen tree between the 2nd and 3rd platform."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 14:53 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3868956,-119.4986129&ll=34.3868956,-119.4986129
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49280173
- Comments: "Got distant photos. Breast doesn’t look any darker than throat. "

Orange-crowned Warbler (celata) (Oreothlypis celata celata) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 10:47 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277551
- Comments: "Very drab; more or less grayish all over. "

Orange-crowned Warbler (celata) (Oreothlypis celata celata) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 12:24 by Bradley Hacker
- Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Park--from entrance to sand plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9591002,-120.6272971&ll=34.9591002,-120.6272971
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277870
- Comments: "Gray head, gray wings, white eyering, faint black line thru eye. Lightly streaked chest. Could not see undertail."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 11:50 by Donald Pendleton
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277574
- Comments: "Female, or immature bird"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 10:47 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277551
- Comments: "Female "

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Black Road Flooded Field

John Deacon
 

I am at the flooded field on the east side of Black Road between Winset Farms and Black Road Auto. Nothing too unusual. One Greater White Fronted Goose, numerous Wilson’s Snipe, a White Tailed Kite and most interesting, no fewer than 20 Red Tailed Hawks within an acre or so of each other.

Other birds in the field were species expected in a field like this.

John Deacon

Redstart and ‘celata’ OCWA at Carpinteria Creek

Noah Arthur
 

Mid-day today I met up with Don Pendleton at Carpinteria Creek in search of the Blue-winged. Nobody saw it today and it seems gone. However, I was very impressed with the high density of birds in the creek area. Warblers everywhere. Our best finds were a female AMERICAN REDSTART and a very gray ‘CELATA’ ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, both in tall cottonwoods a little ways down the creek from the Carpinteria Avenue bridge (between this bridge and the Calle Ocho footbridge). A getting-late WILLOW FLYCATCHER was also in the area.


Noah Arthur (Oakland)

Re: No Nelson’s Sparrow at Jalama

John Callender
 

Just to follow up, Wim van Dam and I stayed until shortly after 1 p.m. without refinding the Nelson's Sparrow.

My list (including photos of the Swamp Sparrow, and of one or more gray-headed Orange-crowned Warblers that I'm not qualified to assess as to subspecies) are here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49280095

John Callender
Carpinteria

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*** Species Summary:

- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 report)
- Swainson's Thrush (2 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (2 reports)
- Blue-winged Warbler (3 reports)
- Magnolia Warbler (1 report)

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Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 09:22 by Donald Pendleton
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49274660
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2018 07:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49258003
- Comments: "Others spotted this bird as it foraged actively in the upper branches of the large sycamores that were directly over the streambed a short distance above the bend. Although this bird was difficult to follow given its very active behavior, I eventually managed to get views that were sufficient to make a definitive identification. Although others noted that this bird flicked its wings, I never saw it do so, probably in part because it took me a little longer to get onto the bird with my scope, so I would have missed any wing-flicking that ti did when it perched. I never heard this bird give the distinctive "pip" calls of this species, but I did hear some generic Empidonax, "chase" calls that may or may not have been given by this bird when it interacted with a second Empidonax that was probably a Western Flycatcher.
This was a small flycatcher that looked much like the "Western" and Willow Flycatchers that we saw in the same general area. Given that my views were generally brief and involving a bird that was perched high overhead, I had a difficult time seeing the finer details of its structure. I nevertheless noted that this was a small bird, with an upright posture, a plump body, a large head, a conspicuously small bill, and long wings that appeared to extend some distance out a relatively short tail. My best views suggested that the bill was both short and relatively slim as it tapered from a base of medium-width to what appeared to be a blunt tip when seen from below. I further thought the bill would have extended backward on the face to a point somewhere near the eye. I also noted what appeared to be a large-headed appearance and a weak peak to the crown. Although it was difficult to discern the shape overall shape from below, I thought this bird had a short and somewhat stocky neck, a plump body with an upright posture, and noticeably long wings that had a primary projection that had to be almost as long as the entirely length of the exposed secondaries. I had a difficult time comparing the length of the tail relative to the body, but I did note that the tail appeared to be both short and parallel-sided. I have no recollection whatsoever of the legs or feet.
My views of the plumage patterns were even more superficial than those of the structure, but I was confident that this bird’s coloration and plumage patterns were typical of an Empidonax. This bird appeared to be conspicuously olive throughout the head and what I could see of the upperparts, but the color was unlike what I would have expected on either a Western or a Willow Flycatcher. I did note a think but well-defined and relatively conspicuous eyering that appeared to be more white than yellow, but I noted no other pattern on the face. The wings were sooty in color and apparently with the tips of the greater and median coverts appearing light gray and not white or yellow. The remiges were edged with either whitish or light gray to create a finely striped pattern to the rear part of the wing, but the wingtips were rather uniformly dark. In all, I thought this bird’s wing was duller than that of a Least or Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, but I cannot now recall if I noted a dark band below the lower wingbar. My views of the underparts were not great, but I thought they were both paler than the upperparts, but also not too different in color and seemingly a dingy, grayish-olive in color. I cannot now recall if the belly was paler or if there was a vested appearance.
I thought the bill was entirely dark when seen from below, but it is possible that I could have missed a limited amount of paler coloration at the base of the lower mandible. I also noted that the eyes were dark, but their precise color evaded me, and I as noted above, I have no recollection at all about the legs or feet."

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2018 07:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49258003
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Near the end of my visit we saw in the understory along the creek a conspicuously ragged juvenile flycatcher that clearly represented a Myiarchus on the basis of the large size, slim body, long tail and bill, and rather blocky appearance to the head. I also noted that the head, neck, and underparts were dark brown, that the underparts were creamy whitish to light gray and quite mottled in appearance, and that the truly ragged tail had quite a bit of rufous. This bird never called, but I did manage to get several photos, including some while it perched atop my scope."

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2018 07:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49258003
- Comments: "I believe Brittany heard at one point a call that she thought represented this species and shortly later I saw a bird perched in the mid-levels of the trees on the west bank of the creek a silent bird that I identified on the basis of the dark brown color of the head and upperparts, with the wings unmarked and not contrasting conspicuously with the tail, and well-defined spectacles that were buff in color, complete, and connected to the base of the bill through a supraloral stripe. I also noted at one point that the undertail coverts were tapered and white in color, but I never had a good view of this bird's underparts from the front, so I cannot now recall if I saw a spotted breast, Given the shaded conditions under which my observations were made, I would avoid identification of this bird to subspecies-group."

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (3)
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49256073
- Comments: "Heavy chest spotting, Buffy eye-rings, brown tail"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 08:45 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49269738
- Comments: "Seen running along the ground between road and fig tree beyond the kayak guide site. Distinct yellow, slightly curved bill, and white on edge of tail feathers were observed."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 11:30 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0489615,-119.5560551&ll=34.0489615,-119.5560551
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49271069
- Comments: "Seen in the area of the kayak conscession operations. Bird was seen moving along the ground and perched on a fence post. Grey bird with a curved bill, streaky breast, yellow eye, and white on the edge of tail."

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2018 15:30 by Jim Moore
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49259607
- Comments: "Continuing bird since Friday, seen flying into a tree in the parking lot behind the Creekwind condos, with a flock of Bushtits. All light yellow face and undersides, post ocular mascara and smugy wingbars."

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2018 07:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49258003
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "We again saw this bird in trees along the creek above 8th Avenue at 8:05-8:17 am, and relatively consistently from 9:15 am to 11:55 am.
This was a relatively colorful and well-marked bird, yet for a Blue-winged Warbler its patterns seemed muted. The crown, nape, back, scapulars, and rump were a relatively bright, lime-green in color and seemingly unmarked; however, the lower edge of the green cap was demarcated by a relatively well-defined supercilium that connected narrowly across the forehead from which it extended back through the supraloral region, over the eyes, and then back about halfway across the upper edge of the auriculars. Contrasting more sharply with the supercilium than the green cap was the black eyeline that combined a line of medium width that extended through the lores from the base of the bill to the front part of the eye (where it was slightly broader than the eye where the two met), and then a narrower and relatively finely tapered wedge of black just behind the eye. The lower part of the face below the loral stripe and eye was a bright lemon-yellow, but the yellow extended backward only about halfway through the auriculars, the rear edge of which was the same shade of green as the back and sides of the neck. The throat, breast, belly, sides, and flanks were a bright, lemon-yellow from the chin down through the vent region, but the tapered undertail-coverts were a dull white from the vent to their terminus. I further noted a weak suffusion of olive to the sides of the breast and along the flanks, but in general, the underparts appeared to be yellow and unmarked. The underside of the tail showed white spots on the inner webs of the outer rectrices that were visible from just behind the undertail coverts, but the edge curved inward to reach the inner edge just short of the tips of the outer feathers. The white was framed by black on either side of the tail and the black expanded distally across the inner web to cover the tips of the outer feathers. Contrasting with the green back, the wings were more boldly marked and tending toward bluish in color. I noted bluish-gray at the shoulder, between the wingbars, and on the rear part of the wing. The median coverts were bluish-gray (and maybe a shade more blue than battleship-gray) basally before merging sharply6 with the white tips of these feathers to produce an upper wingbar that was both broader and shifted forward on the wing relative to the lower wingbar. The greater coverts had medium to dark gray centers that contrasted with both the relatively narrow white tips and edges that were about the same shade of blue-gray as the bases of the median coverts. Further apparent was a darker wedge along the leading edge of the wing that represented the primary coverts. The secondaries appeared to be medium to dark brownish internally, but with edges that were similar in color to those of the greater coverts that were narrow but well-defined on most of the feathers but broader and more poorly defined on the innermost secondaries, on which the contrast between the centers and edges was relatively subtle. Finally, the exposed primary tips appeared to be brownish and poorly marked, but I did see fringes that were sufficiently conspicuous for me to distinguish the various feathers in the wingtip. The upperside of the tail was dark gray with subtly paler edges that were probably light gray. The spread tail showed a moderate amount of white on the outer feathers.
Whereas the bill typically appeared to be black, views directly from below suggested a narrow edge of a paler and seemingly flesh color on the inner part of the lower mandible that was not visible from the side. I once thought the eyes were dark brown when seen in good light and at relatively close range through my scope. The legs generally appeared to be dark, but I noted at least some flesh tones to the undersides of the legs. I thought both the toes and claws were generally dark."

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 13, 2018 15:00 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49177018
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "(calling; we observed the continuing bird that had been found earlier in the day by Nick Lethaby at distances down to about 15 meters at 3:06-3:10 pm, briefly at about 4:00 pm, and intermittently between 5:10 pm and 5:40 pm; see composite description from 14 October)"

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 09:00 by Jamie Chavez
- Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Park--from entrance to sand plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9591002,-120.6272971&ll=34.9591002,-120.6272971
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49274017
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "HY bird. Fairly bright underpants including the with faint dusky streaks on flanks, grayish head and yellow throat with pale eyering. It had grayish wings with two white wingbars, white undertail coverts, black tail tips as seen from below. It was well concealed in willows most of the time but sat still preening for several minutes. Identifiable photos"

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No Nelson’s Sparrow at Jalama

Mark Holmgren
 

Four of us are birding and Jalama Creek at Jalama County Park for 2.5 hours now. Swamp sparrow, 2 gray-headed Orange crowned Warblers seen. No Nelson’s Sparrow.

Mark Holmgren
SB

Magnolia Warbler at Guadalupe Beach Entrance Willows

Jamie Chavez
 

Found this morning in a mixed flock in the willows near the second bend in the road past the kiosk. Nothing else of note.

Photos:


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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Mountain Birds in Summerland

Jim Long
 

Just updating that the Mountain Chickadees and Pygmy Nuthatches are still there as of 10:00 am today ( 10-18 ).   I found the area where the trail crosses the Ranch entrance road when Jason a birder that lives nearby pointed out the trees he'd seen them in yesterday around 4 pm and within minutes we had at first of several Mountain Chickadees followed by 2 and possibly 3 Pygmy Nuthatches. This is best accessed from the trail head at Ortega Ridge and approx. coords are 34.428052, 119.601217.

Jim Long 
Santa Barbara

Blue-winged location this past Monday

Michael Zarky
 

Since learning from yesterday's posts about the possible absence of the Blue-winged Warbler, in which Joan Lentz wrote

Today Larry Ballard and I birded Carp Creek for over 2 hours without finding the Blue-winged Warbler. However, we ran into John and Ann Doty, who said theyd seen a good candidate for the bird, and they had some photos. I am hoping they will submit those with their eBird checklist. They were standing about 10 yds. north towards the Carp Ave. bridge from the run-down wooden shed, when they had the bird. That is as far north as its been, I believe.

I thought I should tell (I've been busy and I'll never get through the thousands of images I took etc etc) my experience on Monday. In late morning the bird was very frenetic in trees just south of the white 'shack', and it rarely was out of sight since its constant movement revealed its location regularly. [never came low enough for good photos even from up on the bank]. When I returned about 3pm some birders showed it to me on the east bank as before, but north of the shack. I saw it less frequently up until I left at 4pm; but I can give one specific location. There is a low wooden deck visible from the creek, overgrown with an orange-flowered vine, and looking beyond it there is a not-so-large sprawling cottonwood tree  which perhaps overhangs the deck a bit; the bird was feeding there at times. Not the closest view but any movement in the leaves is easily seen.


Michael Zarky
Moorpark, CA 93021 USA

Jalama Beach: Nelson's Sparrow, 'celata' OCWA

Noah Arthur
 

I fulfilled a years-long dream by exploring Jalama Beach Park out on the end of Pt. Conception this afternoon. I've always thought Jalama looked like a really interesting (Pt. Reyes-like) potential vagrant trap habitat, and it lived up to all my hopes today. Most of the migrant action was in a meadow of rabbitbrush along the creek just east of where the creek dead-ends into the beach sand. The best bird was a glowing orange-gold NELSON'S SPARROW that made several appearances around the east end of the meadow, mostly along the shrubby border between the meadow and the willow thicket. Warblers foraging at knee-height in the blooming/seeding rabbitbrush included a few COMMON YELLOWTHROATS, at least two YELLOW WARBLERS, two WILSON'S WARBLERS, an 'ORESTERA' ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and a spectacularly drab 'CELATA' ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. (This is the eastern subspecies and a nice vagrant on the West Coast.) 

It was interesting to see the 'celata' and other warblers foraging low in fading flowers and seedheads of the rabbitbrush, as this habitat and behavior closely mimics what I've seen many 'celata' doing in late fall in Nebraska. There, mixed gangs of 'celata' and Nashville Warblers forage at knee-height in mistflower and goldenrod, both of which resemble rabbitbrush in height and flower type. Half a continent away from the eastern mistflower thickets where it "should" be, this 'celata' has found an almost identical foraging niche (and a misfit gang of late-migrant western warblers to share it with).

Nelson's Sparrow photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157699315191362
'Celata' Orange-crowned Warbler photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/99231652@N07/albums/72157702545951295

Noah Arthur (Oakland)



Re: [eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Santa Barbara County <hourly>

Jamie Chavez
 

If you are seeing this Jim meant Blue-winged Warbler (yesterday).

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 4:03 PM <ebird-alert@...> wrote:
*** Species Summary:

- Golden-winged Warbler (1 report)

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Golden-winged Warbler (Vermivora chrysoptera) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2018 15:30 by Jim Moore
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49259607
- Comments: "Continuing bird since Friday, seen flying into a tree in the parking lot behind the Creekwind condos, with a flock of Bushtits. All light yellow face and undersides, post ocular mascara and smugy wingbars."

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today at Carp Creek

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Today Larry Ballard and I birded Carp Creek for over 2 hours without finding the Blue-winged Warbler. However, we ran into John and Ann Doty, who said they’d seen a good candidate for the bird, and they had some photos. I am hoping they will submit those with their eBird checklist. They were standing about 10 yds. north towards the Carp Ave. bridge from the run-down wooden shed, when they had the bird. That is as far north as its been, I believe.
Also, we had a problematic flycatcher that Larry and I at first thought was a Hammond’s, but after consideration I am putting it down as an Empid sp. on my eBird list. The bill was completely orange and wide-based, just seemed too long for a Hammond’s. And also the primary projection didn’t seem long enough on this bird, which appeared long-tailed to me. These were instant views of a bird straight overhead, & I am not comfortable with identifying it. I do know that a Hammond’s was seen a couple of days ago on the creek, but this may or may not be it. I apologize to the Dotys, because at the time I told them what I thought it was, and it mayn’t be. If they put it on their eBird list, it may be in error.
Larry and I found the creek to be somewhat less birdy than over the weekend, but of course just because the Blue-winged Warbler has gotten harder doesn’t mean it’s gone. Jon Dunn reminded me of one of this species that had wintered in Humboldt County! So, we should keep a watch out & perhaps this bird will stick around!

Good birding!
Joan Lentz

Blue-winged Warbler Reported Wednesday 10/17

Jamie Chavez
 

Blue-winged Warbler was reported TODAY to eBird. This is tentative until the photos are seen (to be attached to the checklist) but I wanted to get the word out.



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Santa Maria, CA

Re: Mountain Birds in Montecito (Summerland?)

Julie Scotland
 

Birds still here at 2:15pm. I had at least 2 Pygmy Nuthatches and a possible 3rd. Leaving now.


On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 1:37 PM Conor Scotland <scotland.conor@...> wrote:
Today at lunch, the pine trees up near the intersection of Greenwell and Ortega Ridge had 4 or 5 Mountain Chickadees and a Pygmy Nuthatch. The chickadees were calling frequently. They roamed, but were most easily encountered not far down the trail that begins just south of Ortega Ranch Rd.

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

Re: Carp Creek - No Blue-winged this morning and Swarovski scope for sale

Jamie Chavez
 

FYI - there is a Pacific Wren in Carpinteria Creek in the vicinity of the (now) AWOL Blue-winged Warbler. It certainly appears "tailless" but it was calling on Monday so this should be apparent that the Pacific is different and not a House Wren.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 11:23 AM Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz@...> wrote:
Carpinteria Creek, Wednesday, October 17, 2018

31 species but nothing special.

BEST BIRD:  LINCOLN'S SPARROW - cooperative, just north of 6th St.

INTERESTING:  tail-less HOUSE WREN, sale location

I have decided to sell my Swarovski scope (ca.2010, 65 mm objective, 20-60 eyepiece) and Manfrotto tripod . . . both for $1,900.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Santa Maria, CA

Mountain Birds in Montecito (Summerland?)

Conor Scotland
 

Today at lunch, the pine trees up near the intersection of Greenwell and Ortega Ridge had 4 or 5 Mountain Chickadees and a Pygmy Nuthatch. The chickadees were calling frequently. They roamed, but were most easily encountered not far down the trail that begins just south of Ortega Ranch Rd.

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

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

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*** Species Summary:

- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Broad-winged Hawk (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Blue-winged Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 16, 2018 12:45 by Pete Wolf
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49237284
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "34.417940, -119.830101"

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 16, 2018 09:50 by Mark Holmgren
- Honda Cyn Road (SE of VAFB), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.58016,-120.518637&ll=34.58016,-120.518637
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49240381
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small hawk flying with a Red-tail (left bird) and a Golden Eagle (top bird). This bird showed pale underside of flight feathers with a black margin around the primaries and secondaries. No patagial bar. The base of the primaries showed no pale crescent. Tail was on the short side. This bird was closer to us than the Red-tail. I'm aware that this can be considered a late date for this species. The second photo is cropped from the first photo."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 09:05 by John Doty
- Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3938,-119.5131), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.393771,-119.513092&ll=34.393771,-119.513092
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49254284
- Comments: "Orange bill; yellow belly; dark back"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 16, 2018 11:25 by Anonymous eBirder
- Richardson Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.946546,-119.6853054&ll=34.946546,-119.6853054
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49236662
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported. Broad buffy eyestripe. Pale in front of eye. Buffy rump. Grey collar. Notched tail. Central crown stripe is pale"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 08:00 by Conor Scotland
- Lower Romero Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232213,-119.6159889&ll=34.4232213,-119.6159889
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49252607
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Brown upperparts, buffy tan below, with dark brown streaking on underparts. Buffy supercilium that matched the breast color. Supercillium seemed to narrow behind the eye. Constant tail pumping. "Chink" calls. Photo."

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 09:05 by John Doty
- Carpinteria Ave, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3938,-119.5131), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.393771,-119.513092&ll=34.393771,-119.513092
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49254284
- Comments: "Bright yellow belly, photo to follow "

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 07:37 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S49251055
- Comments: "Brownish warbler, white supercilium, yellow vent. Pumping tail."

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