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Laughing Gull continues

Larry Ballard
 

It’s with a flock of 500+ gulls at the end of Elm

White-throated Sparrow - Buellton Feeders

Peter Schneekloth
 

My feeders have had a slow trickle of winter visitors including Red-breasted Nuthatch, Townsend's Warbler and American Goldfinch and this morning a White-throated Sparrow joined the flock.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/ 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Birding SBFP

Betsy Mooney
 

Yesterday Lisa Nelms and I birded Santa Barbara Foothill Preserve in the late afternoon: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61193091

The immature White-tailed Kites are still showing some juvenile plumage. There is an adult present, but the young ones appear to be successfully hunting prey on their own. Two Northern Harriers are hunting in the same area with the kites. 

We also observed three beautiful and lively coyotes.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Re: Laughing Gull, Carpinteria

John Callender
 

The bird was still there as of 3:20 p.m., having moved a short distance west to near the south end of Holly Ave. From looking at references I think it is a fairly advanced first-year bird with a broad terminal tail band and a few brownish upperwing coverts. Photos are in the eBird list below:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61186807

John Callender
Carpinteria

Laughing Gull, Carpinteria

Larry Ballard
 

There's a Laughing Gull on the beach at the end of Elm St. (a block west of Linden) with California and Heermann's Gulls.
Larry Ballard
Carpinteria CA

Cruise ship pelagics well west of Point Arguello

Paul Lehman
 

Late on Sunday November 3rd a slug of birders aboard a southbound princess cruise ship entered Santa Barbara County waters over 90 km west of Point Arguello. We had only just over 30 minutes of light before sunset and during that time saw a Flesh footed shearwater and a Buller's shearwater and a South Polar skua and two black-footed albatrosses and 30 Pomarine Jeagers, 27 of which were in a single flock. Overall bird numbers were rather low. However. but then instead of hanging a left and going down the Santa Barbara Channel, as usual, to Los Angeles, the boat continued south over deep water all the way to the San Juan Seamount and then turned east past San Nicolas Is. But all of that was in the dark. Bummer!!!!!!!!

Paul Lehman

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Re: Laguna Blanca and Coal Oil Point Reserve

Nick Lethaby
 

My impression is the large shorebird roost is on/off here. I have seen this many times in the past but i don't believe it is an every night thing. There is a similar phenomenon at the mouth of the Santa Ynez River, with large shorebirds arriving very late at dusk.


On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 8:04 PM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:

At dusk at Devereux Slough I watched as battalions of brown waders poured in to the slough just north of the half bridge. Before dark and fog settled in, I was able to count 175 individuals.  I got an exact count of the Long-billed Curlews.  I then estimated the proportion remaining that were Whimbrels and Marbled Godwits.  A healthy bunch of Semipalmated Plovers also arrived late, but spread out along the channel further north.  

I seldom bird Devereux at this time of day.  Have others noticed this roost of waders here?  eBird checklist is here: 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61165629

 

Elsewhere, the Dune Pond at Coal Oil Point Reserve provides excellent entertainment. Best light is in the morning. (Scope recommended)

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61162872

 

Duckage is getting quite good (13 species) at Laguna Blanca. There is a new attitude there that might be a bit more permissive to scopers on the south side (along Lago Drive) looking north.  La Cumbre Country Club locals have financed the water that is pumped into Laguna Blanca.  One objective is to make the place more bird friendly.  So some of the locals appreciate hearing about the birds we birders are seeing there.  Go easy there.  See https://ebird.org/checklist/S61151432

 

Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara



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Laguna Blanca and Coal Oil Point Reserve

Mark Holmgren
 

At dusk at Devereux Slough I watched as battalions of brown waders poured in to the slough just north of the half bridge. Before dark and fog settled in, I was able to count 175 individuals.  I got an exact count of the Long-billed Curlews.  I then estimated the proportion remaining that were Whimbrels and Marbled Godwits.  A healthy bunch of Semipalmated Plovers also arrived late, but spread out along the channel further north.  

I seldom bird Devereux at this time of day.  Have others noticed this roost of waders here?  eBird checklist is here: 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61165629

 

Elsewhere, the Dune Pond at Coal Oil Point Reserve provides excellent entertainment. Best light is in the morning. (Scope recommended)

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61162872

 

Duckage is getting quite good (13 species) at Laguna Blanca. There is a new attitude there that might be a bit more permissive to scopers on the south side (along Lago Drive) looking north.  La Cumbre Country Club locals have financed the water that is pumped into Laguna Blanca.  One objective is to make the place more bird friendly.  So some of the locals appreciate hearing about the birds we birders are seeing there.  Go easy there.  See https://ebird.org/checklist/S61151432

 

Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron at Goleta Beach County Park

Ryan Seppala
 

This afternoon I found (or re-found) a young Yellow-crowned Night-Heron in the slough at Goleta Beach County Park. It was mixed in with a number of Black-crowned Night-Herons near the following coordinates: (34.417704, -119.830896). It can be viewed from the bridge that runs over the creek at the park entrance, but a better idea would be to walk over the bridge towards Sandspit Road and then take the bike path east for a short ways. The last time one was reported here was just over a month ago, so it's uncertain whether this bird is a new individual or the same as before.

Checklist with photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61160793

Ryan Seppala
UCSB

Re: Mysterious canary! NOT

Bradley Hacker
 

It was a community effort. Different people found the bird, photo'd it, and ID'd it. Happiness all around.

On 11/3/2019 14:22, Joan Lentz (cox.net address) wrote:
Hi All:
	Oooops.  Looks like I blew off a really interesting leucistic Common Yellowthroat.  To be perfectly honest, I never really saw this bird clearly, so didn’t put it on my list.
	However, Marilyn saw the bird quite well, & said it didn’t look like anything she’d every seen before.  Hmmmm...
	No wonder.
	In any case, I was, of course, just following in the footsteps of my friend Mark, whom I expect to know these kinds of things!
	Thanks to energetic Brad Hacker, & his fine photographic skills, we’ve solved this mystery.
	It’s a gorgeous bird, & if I’d spent some time on it, I would’ve been better off, rather than fretting about missing the Northern Waterthrush.
	Lesson learned.

	Joan Lentz
	Santa Barbara





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Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630 
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EPMA, SEM & EBSD: http://sites.google.com/site/semgeolucsb

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Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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Santa Maria Valley

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I followed mostly in Wes's footsteps today. The large BB Plover flock just west of Jack McConnell Park held 2 adult Pacific Goldens. I had about 8 Ferruginous Hawks on the area, virtually all ultra distant to the SW along with a Prairie Falcon. The Santa Maria River mouth had Common and Pacific Loons offshore and the expected gulls, ducks, and shorebirds on the lagoon. Best was a Greater Scaup. Mitchell Road had 30 trikes and single Prairie Falcon and Ferruginous Hawk. The field along Betteravia just held Smaller numbers of the species Wes reported.

Nick, Goleta

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Goleta, CA

Mysterious canary! NOT

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Oooops. Looks like I blew off a really interesting leucistic Common Yellowthroat. To be perfectly honest, I never really saw this bird clearly, so didn’t put it on my list.
However, Marilyn saw the bird quite well, & said it didn’t look like anything she’d every seen before. Hmmmm...
No wonder.
In any case, I was, of course, just following in the footsteps of my friend Mark, whom I expect to know these kinds of things!
Thanks to energetic Brad Hacker, & his fine photographic skills, we’ve solved this mystery.
It’s a gorgeous bird, & if I’d spent some time on it, I would’ve been better off, rather than fretting about missing the Northern Waterthrush.
Lesson learned.

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

Re: Bird Refuge puzzler is a leucistic CoYe

Bradley Hacker
 

Group consensus is that this is a leucistic Common Yellowthroat. This makes good sense to me, especially this pic, in which you can see the faint white "eyebrow". Thanks to all who responded. Sorry the bird isn't something more exotic.

On 11/3/2019 11:19, Bradley Hacker via Groups.Io wrote:
One of my camera bodies is misbehaving and I have been trying to diagnose the problem before sending it back to Canon, so today I went down to the SW corner of the AC Birdless Refuge to shoot the Canary reported by Mark H and others in recent days. No problem finding a pale yellow bird. But, the bird I found is not a canary, but a leucistic warbler, I think.
* Is it a leucistic warbler?
* Nashville??
* Is this the same bird as the Canary?
(warning: pictures are bad)

(This bird was originally mistakenly reported by me from an incorrect location; please disregard.)
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Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


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Good birding, 

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

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Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630 
http://hacker.faculty.geol.ucsb.edu
LASS: http://www.petrochronology.com
EPMA, SEM & EBSD: http://sites.google.com/site/semgeolucsb

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Good birding, 

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

10 WTKs @ LLC

Steve Ferry
 

Today around 11 AM I saw 10 White-tailed Kites perched in snags south of the dam at Lake Los Carneros.

Steve Ferry
Goleta

Re: Bird Refuge puzzler

Mark Holmgren
 

Nice photos, Brad.  By graduated tail, face pattern, and bill shape this looks like a Common Yellowthroat that has lost its dark feather color expression. My fleeting glance of this bird on Friday led me to canary only because of this odd color. 

Mark Holmgren 
San Marcos Pass

On Sun, Nov 3, 2019 at 11:20 AM Bradley Hacker <hacker@...> wrote:
One of my camera bodies is misbehaving and I have been trying to diagnose the problem before sending it back to Canon, so today I went down to the SW corner of the AC Birdless Refuge to shoot the Canary reported by Mark H and others in recent days. No problem finding a pale yellow bird. But, the bird I found is not a canary, but a leucistic warbler, I think.
* Is it a leucistic warbler?
* Nashville??
* Is this the same bird as the Canary?
(warning: pictures are bad)

(This bird was originally mistakenly reported by me from an incorrect location; please disregard.)
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Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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Re: Bird Refuge puzzler

Rebecca Coulter
 

It really says Common Yellowthroat to me, too, but what about that bright yellow tail? Could it be a hybrid, leucistic or not? And if so, of the wood warblers, couldn't only Yellow Warbler contribute the yellow tail? Fascinating. 

Rebecca Coulter
SB

On Nov 3, 2019, at 11:25 AM, Glenn Kincaid <glenn@...> wrote:

I agree leucistic warbler, possibly yellowthroat?

On Nov 3, 2019, at 12:20 PM, Bradley Hacker <hacker@...> wrote:


One of my camera bodies is misbehaving and I have been trying to diagnose the problem before sending it back to Canon, so today I went down to the SW corner of the AC Birdless Refuge to shoot the Canary reported by Mark H and others in recent days. No problem finding a pale yellow bird. But, the bird I found is not a canary, but a leucistic warbler, I think.
* Is it a leucistic warbler?
* Nashville??
* Is this the same bird as the Canary?
(warning: pictures are bad)

(This bird was originally mistakenly reported by me from an incorrect location; please disregard.)
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Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


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Good birding, 

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

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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Re: Bird Refuge puzzler

Glenn Kincaid
 

I agree leucistic warbler, possibly yellowthroat?

On Nov 3, 2019, at 12:20 PM, Bradley Hacker <hacker@...> wrote:


One of my camera bodies is misbehaving and I have been trying to diagnose the problem before sending it back to Canon, so today I went down to the SW corner of the AC Birdless Refuge to shoot the Canary reported by Mark H and others in recent days. No problem finding a pale yellow bird. But, the bird I found is not a canary, but a leucistic warbler, I think.
* Is it a leucistic warbler?
* Nashville??
* Is this the same bird as the Canary?
(warning: pictures are bad)

(This bird was originally mistakenly reported by me from an incorrect location; please disregard.)
--
 ________________________________________________________

Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


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Good birding, 

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

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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Bird Refuge puzzler

Bradley Hacker
 

One of my camera bodies is misbehaving and I have been trying to diagnose the problem before sending it back to Canon, so today I went down to the SW corner of the AC Birdless Refuge to shoot the Canary reported by Mark H and others in recent days. No problem finding a pale yellow bird. But, the bird I found is not a canary, but a leucistic warbler, I think.
* Is it a leucistic warbler?
* Nashville??
* Is this the same bird as the Canary?
(warning: pictures are bad)

(This bird was originally mistakenly reported by me from an incorrect location; please disregard.)
--
 ________________________________________________________

Bradley R. Hacker             Professor of Geology
Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


--
Good birding, 

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

White-throated Swifts

Steven Gaulin
 

Yesterday (11/2/19) I saw two flying over the high bridge on Foothill Road that crosses Steven's Park in the San Roque neighborhood of Santa Barbara. I suspect they nest under this bridge but was mildly surprised to see them there at this season. Perhaps just a coincidence.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

No waterthrush today at Bird Refuge

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi Birders:
Marilyn Harding & I walked from the parking lot at the Bird Refuge to the southwest corner to look for Mark Holmgren’s Northern Waterthrush seen yesterday. No luck today, but we did see the yellow “canary” he mentioned, an escaped bird, so we were in the right location. We were joined by Marge & Don Thornton also looking for the waterthrush.
Yesterday, before I realized how smoky the air had become, I stopped at the patch of pines on Ortega Ridge Rd, where I heard at least 3 Red-breasted Nuthatches. It’s interesting that they’re unaccompanied this year by other montane species such as chickadees or Pygmy Nuthatches, as Dave mentioned in his post about Figueroa Mtn.
Loureyro Rd where Romero Creek crosses is still good with running water & common birds bathing.
Lastly, in my garden where seed and water is very available, I had NO White-crowned Sparrows on a list I made this evening!

Good birding!
Joan Lentz