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some good news re target shooting

Wim van Dam
 

I just learned some good news for those of us who like to bird in Los Padres NF. Starting January 14 the USFS has closed and commits to enforcing the closure of unsupervised shooting ranges like the "Glass Factory" along East Camino Cielo and other ones. Pretty much the only one that remains open in our county is the Winchester Canyon Gun Club at West Camino Cielo. See here for more info on this: 

Here's hoping that the enforcement succeeds and that the earbirding will indeed be easier along ECC. 

Wim

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #383: Blue-winged Warbler


What’s new in the Breeding Bird Study?

Mark Holmgren
 

Over the winter UCSB intern Marissa DeVille and I harvested Don Schroeder’s bridge nesting data from the 1970s.  For his UCSB dissertation Don visited bridges, culverts, buildings, and natural nest sites documenting Black Phoebe nesting outcomes.  Other species than Black Phoebes nest under bridges and Don gathered that information also. 


Dig into the BBS to find out how many species nest under bridges in SB Co?  Here’s how:

Go to go to the SB Audubon web site https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-county-breeding-bird-study/  OR take this shortcut https://goo.gl/AJQxKj to get to the BBS data.

Put the Google Fusion Table in Map mode > Satellite view

Click the blue Filter button > choose Nest Species/Structure

Type bridge in the box, click Find.  302 records will show on the aerial photo.

Add a second Filter.

Click the blue  Filter button > choose Common Name

To sort these, look to the right of Common Name for the 3 horizontal lines. Click on the 3 lines and choose Sort by Count.

Pretty interesting result, huh!

 

So what’s the value of these bridge nesting data?

1.    It’s just good to know this stuff!

2.    We can see species by species where they are breeding. For example, go back to the filters you have set up and click the box next to White-throated Swift. Now, only the White-throated Swift records will show on the aerial photo.  Surely there are other bridges than just these 10 sites that support WtSw.  Let’s go find those other nest sites this summer.

3.    We could look at changes over time. I.e., one could add a 3rd Filter (Date) and select records before 2000 and after 2000 to see how the birds are doing at bridges or how bridge construction is changing the opportunities for bird nesting.

4.    Are any rare, threatened, or declining species using bridges? (I don’t see any.)

5.    CalTrans may appreciate an inventory of animals using its bridges.  It has used the BBS at an earlier stage to address impacts near Hwy 217.

6.    All sorts of classroom fun could come from this kind of query.

 Marissa and I have lots more of Don Schroeder’s data yet to enter.

Many thanks to Marissa and to Don.


Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara


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- White-headed Woodpecker (2 reports)

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White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2019 15:00 by Julie Scotland
- 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/S53389069
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. In large pine tree near entrance. Heard tapping, then located bird. It was the only bird in the tree. Will add a photo."

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 03, 2019 15:00 by Conor Scotland
- 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/S53386736
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. In large pine tree near entrance. Heard tapping, then located bird. It was the only bird in the tree. Will add a photo."

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2 Special Red-tailed Hawks

Mark Holmgren
 

A really beautiful leucistic Red-tailed Hawk is back this winter and once again it has a partner.  And a dark morph Red-tail is on territory for its 11th spring. 

You’ve read about this leucistic bird previously.  Why the fuss about this bird? What can repeat observations of this bird tell us?

Four approaches to bird study and appreciation are available to us in SB County.  We can acquire in-depth knowledge of birds through field study, museum collections, the scientific or popular literature on birds, and  photography to capture images we bring home to study.

A 5th approach to bird study is largely missing for us. Bird banding and electronic tracking operations would inform us about movements at local and larger scales, bird survivorship and longevity, molt, disease transmission, general health, and more.  Unlike Klamath, Marin, Kern, and other counties, SB County has no formal banding station. While we recover birds banded elsewhere, and we have had a few focused banding studies, we lack a fixed location, long-term bird banding operation. 

Therefore, when we find unique individuals – birds that are rare, leucistic or melanistic, maimed, feather damaged, or birds with song anomalies – that can be observed repeatedly, we are given the opportunity to obtain insights to local movements, territoriality, and longevity. 

David Levasheff’s pictures of this Red-tail from 2015 are seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157655950301764

We’ve seen this bird in winter and spring since 2015, but not during the winter of 2018-19.  We have never found its nest nor do we have any summer sightings.  Yet this bird is currently paired and has been seen in recent weeks.  Help us find this bird’s nest probably within ½ mile west of Los Carneros in Goleta.  See the mapped history of its previous sightings in the attached aerial photo.

Another probably unique Red-tailed Hawk is in western Goleta Slough at UCSB.  In recent years a dark morph, male Red-tail has occupied the same territory immediately west of Harder Stadium. Because we have so few dark morph Red-tails in coastal south county, it seems safe to assume that a male turning up here year after year is probably the same individual.  My records show the earliest date for this bird is October 2009.  Therefore, this bird has been on territory for at least 11 seasons.  You can view this bird from Mesa Road looking south. See aerial photo attached.

Help build the Breeding Bird Study, now in its 4 year of data gathering.  I expect to be a part of this project for another year after this one.  If you might be interested in carrying this study forward after 2020, please let that be known to Adrian O’Loghlen and me sooner than later.  Contribute your breeding records at SB Audubon https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


White Pelicans

Guy Tingos
 

The 7 White Pelicans are at the east end of Goleta Beach Park.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara, CA


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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara


Black Road Flood Field

John Deacon
 

Sandhill Crane continues at far eastern edge of field. Also noteworthy are literally hundreds of swallows. Almost all are tree swallows. A few barn swallows are in the mix. Now 7 snow geese.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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- Nashville Warbler (1 report)

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Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2019 16:39 by John Callender
- 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/S53364430
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in the Cape Honeysuckle hedge south of the footbridge over Santa Monica Creek. Gray hood, green back, complete white eye ring, yellow throat and breast."

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Re: American White Pelican

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi, The Magnificent Seven White Pelicans were resting and preening at the Goleta Slough outlet beach under the GBH rookery.
Many visitors were very happy to see them there, all seem to have a degree of bump on their upper bills.
They seemed very comfortable except for when a beach walker walked along the cliff and then  to the end of the sand under the rookery, they moved out into the water until he left, other than that they were cozy.
Cheers
Ken Hoesterey


Mountain Chickadee in the Westside

Hugh Ranson
 

Hot on the heels of the Pygmy Nuthatch at the Gaede abode, I was surprised to hear and then see a Mountain Chickadee near the south-east corner of the La Cumbre Junior High campus, specifically at the intersection of Portesuello and Vista Del Campo.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



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- Sandhill Crane (2 reports)
- Merlin (Black) (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 09:20 by Bruce Mast
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9322255,-120.4899069&ll=34.9322255,-120.4899069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53285693
- Comments: "Large gray bird with red forehead in back field"

Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 08:12 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9322255,-120.4899069&ll=34.9322255,-120.4899069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53297592
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Based upon previous photos and descriptions provided by other birders a continuing bird originally reported by John Deacon on Jan 12, 2019. Bird observed in far east end of pasture on slope below hoop house structures."

Merlin (Black) (Falco columbarius suckleyi) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9350598,-119.7259998&ll=34.9350598,-119.7259998
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53294890
- Comments: "Inky black, almost devoid of markings below"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 02, 2019 13:30 by Bruce Mast
- Santa Maria Country Club (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9085722,-120.4402547&ll=34.9085722,-120.4402547
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53295084
- Comments: "Flycatcher coming into red plumage. Along East fenceline next to SE pond near hole 4."

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Re: American White Pelican

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi
As of 4 o'clock the seven were there still, team feeding (3) and the three on the bank resting and one exploring. The fishing three then went around the corner up the Atascadero Creek arm, still Team Swimming.
  It is terrific to watch them fish and do their thing...next to the Cormorants they are giants!
Kingfisher was there on the wire hoping to see thru the fast muddy water.

When I got there at 11 am the juvenile Red Tail was drying out on the phone pole, watched carefully by the local neighborhood watch. He flew as the crow and two blackbirds started after him.
This juvenile that is likely the offspring of the Gas Company pair that was flying as a threesome last fall. The Goleta Beach Park is his new territory, so far. The park staff said he had been seen  harassing the Night Herons.
If he was in the surf perhaps he is now learning about shorebirds?
Good luck to him, he'll need it.
cheers
Ken Hoesterey


Re: American White Pelican

Marge and Don Thornton
 

This morning we saw the White Pelicans from the viewing platform at Goleta Beach. There were five at the conjuction of the creeks and one breeding male on bank opposite the platform.   While viewing the Pelicans, a citizen stopped to tell us that there was a damaged 'eagle' on the beach.  What we found was a thoroughly bedraggled juvenile Red-tailed Hawk who was able to eventually fly away.  A few pictures are here:



Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta CA


Re: American White Pelican

Dave Compton
 

At least 4 today seen from Ward Memorial Blvd, in the Atascadero Creek Channel near the confluence with San Pedro Creek. I assume this is the general area where Steve saw his 7, yesterday.

Around Goleta, I didn't find a lot of gulls today, from checking Goleta Beach, Devereux, and North Campus Open Space. Duck numbers at Goleta Slough--Basin K, Basin L/M, Basin A (viewed from the east campus entrance)--were surprisingly low. Or, maybe not surprising, considering how much habitat there must be now for the ducks to spread out in. No sign of the "Eurasian" Green-winged Teal.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Mar 2, 2019 at 11:38 AM Steven Gaulin <gaulin@...> wrote:
Following up on Peter's recent post, it's probably not surprising that 7 American White Pelican's were visible from the viewing platform at Goleta Slough about 5:00 PM yesterday, March 1.

Good birding, everyone,
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


American White Pelican

Steven Gaulin
 

Following up on Peter's recent post, it's probably not surprising that 7 American White Pelican's were visible from the viewing platform at Goleta Slough about 5:00 PM yesterday, March 1.

Good birding, everyone,
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


"Cassiar's" Junco at my feeder yesterday 3/1/19

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All: This proves that even if you’re homebound, you can learn more about birds! I began watching my backyard (where I have a couple of seed feeders and a small water feature) & doing a bird list regularly. In fact, on the SB CBC, I first saw this bird (January 5, ’19) and passed it off as a weird hybrid of a Slate-colored Junco.
Ha!
The bird appears irregularly, but yesterday, when Florence Sanchez was over watching the feeders from the deck, I showed her this “weird” junco, and she immediately recalled Peter Schneekloth’s post to sbcobirding awhile back about a similar bird he’d found at Nojoqui. Peter was most helpful in filling me in on the facts, plus he has photos, which I don’t have….yet. When I get them will add to yesterday’s list and post.
This junco looks like a Slate-colored, but the hood and back are not the concolorous (sp?) dark gray. The hood contrasts darker black than the gray back. The underparts are clean white and the outer tail feathers are white, too.
If you look in the big Sibley, he’s got a plate that shows what he calls the Canadian/Rocky Mountains subspecies. I believe the feeling is that there’s a certain population of J. hyemalis cismontanus, Slate-colored Junco, which is called “cassiar” because it has the contrasting hood and little if no brownish tones on the back. It has been recognized as a distinct breeding population & therefore is a candidate for a subspecies. You can google Cassiar’s Junco & get some images online.
So that’s my rainy day story! You never know what you’ll find when you start to look more closely at common birds. And thanks to Peter Schneekloth for his help & careful observations,
Good birding!
Joan Lentz


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- Sandhill Crane (1 report)
- Surfbird (1 report)
- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2019 12:05 by George Chapman
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9322255,-120.4899069&ll=34.9322255,-120.4899069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53271359
- Comments: "Continuing. Crane with red forehead cap."

Surfbird (Calidris virgata) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2019 10:46 by john bishop
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53268251
- Comments: "Small gray bird with stout bill foraging on boulders near wave line"

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2019 15:45 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/S53268350
- Comments: "Continuing. Seems to show up mid-to-late afternoon in the area near the ballpark. Feeding quietly at sapsucker holes. Best found by listening for Sapsucker or Nuttall's calls."

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Lawrence's Goldfinch - backyard birdbath

Peter Schneekloth
 

Just had a single male Lawrence's Goldfinch stop in at my water bath, hoping for more and that they stick of course!! 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


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- Sandhill Crane (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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Sandhill Crane (Antigone canadensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2019 10:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Black Road pasture, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9322255,-120.4899069&ll=34.9322255,-120.4899069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53229502
- Comments: "Distant view"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Feb 28, 2019 11:21 by Dave Ward
- 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/S53231279
- Comments: "Sitting on the bank by the bridge. "

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2019 08:50 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53234932
- Comments: "Continuing and documented bird. Continues at its favorite willow tree at the east side of the southeast pond near the #4 green."

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American White Pelican - Over Hollister Ave at Airport

Peter Schneekloth
 

I had a single American White Pelican at 3:15 this afternoon flying S over Hollister Ave near the airport tower. 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Ducking off in SMV

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I set out late this morning to see how many “ male “
Cinnamon Teal I could find and count one by one. It was a great day for this project due to the lack of wind. I did not venture west of Hwy 1. So, I left a lot of great habitat unchecked.

I walked into the Tanglewood Ponds, yes it was pretty muddy and disappointing. This pond has been the most consistent body of water for seeing large numbers of Canvasback Ducks for about 20 years. Today it was pretty much void of ducks with the highlight being 28 American Wigeon.

Black Road Flooded Fields,
I checked this location 2 times today because of the continuous turnover. One Mew Gull and the Crane were present along with most of the shorebirds. No Snow Geese. Today I saw 3 Western Sandpipers there which was a little surprising.

Santa Maria Sewage Works,
All the same birds reported over the last month, but 5 Western Sandpipers were new.

Retention Basin @ Canal & Blosser,
The 28ish Canvasbacks are still hanging out, but the numbers of Ring-necked Ducks have dropped considerably.

James May Park,
4 American White Pelicans, no Gulls.

Los Alamos Sewage Works,
One Common Goldeneye and 30+American Wigeon, and 2 Western Sandpipers.

A Farm Pond a few miles West of Los Alamos on Hwy 135 had 12 Ring-necked Ducks and 8 Redheads. This pond has been good in the past for Canvasbacks.

The final tally on the male Cinnamon Teal was 158 individuals.

Also of note, there is a sign posted for development at the corner of Zaca Station Road and Hwy 154. Anyway, this has been a nesting territory for Golden Eagles for several years. The nest can be seen if you know where to look.

Good birding,

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA