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Warblers, Elings Park

Hugh Ranson
 

I went to Elings Park this evening. The light was poor and the fog was swirling.
It seemed very quiet until I saw 3 distant warblers in the same fennel clump.
All were what I assumed to be Nashville Warblers. They soon dispersed, but not
before I got slightly better looks. All were very drab, the brightest areas
being the yellow undertails and the white eyerings. One had a yellow wash
across the chest, but I couldn't make out any yellow on the others. I've been
fooled by dull Nashville Warblers before, so I hesitate to say these were not
Nashville's especially because of the poor viewing conditions. Which is a
longwinded way of saying there could be Virginia's Warblers up there. They were
close to the green water tank, just east of the paragliding take off area.

Other birds up there were Lark Sparrow and Say's Phoebe. There were two large
flocks of bushtits feeding in the fennel, indicating there is a good food
source.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara

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Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2018 15:01 by margeNdon thornton
- LowerDevereuxPuddle, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4233015,-119.8880374&ll=34.4233015,-119.8880374
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48356839
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "small brown bird, quite light underneath with black stripes on breast and flanks. Pronounced eyering. spent most of its time foraging along the path"

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Re: immature Vermilion Flycatcher

Peter Gaede
 

Thanks for the post, Joan. 

I checked the creek briefly around 4PM. No Vermilion Flycatcher, but I did hear the Northern Waterthrush calling from across the creek at 6th Street. I think good things are possible at this location this fall. The creek is now more open, and there are lots of insects present over the saturated soil along the creekbed.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara


On Sep 7, 2018, at 3:48 PM, Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...> wrote:

Hi All:  Larry Ballard and I started out looking for the Northern Waterthrush that John Callendar had here yesterday.  No luck on the waterthrush, but a very lost immature Vermilion Flycatcher was down catching insects in the mud, using the logs as a perch, right opposite the sewage treatment plant!  I attach the list and some rather poor photos that at least show how this plumage looks in this species.  At first, I had no idea what I was looking at, to be honest.  Larry called it.  
Point being:  get out birding, because the turn-over is constant at these places we call vagrant traps:  Carp tams, Carp Creek, end of Coronado Dr., Refugio State Beach, Miguelito Park in Lompoc & so on.  
This fall let’s prove to ourselves that we can find as many fall vagrants as they used to “in the good ole days”, and by that I mean constant coverage of key places for migrants. That includes shorebird spots, like the Bird Refuge (also great for landbirds), East Beach outfall, Goleta Beach, Coal Oil Pt., Ocean Beach County Park.  
If you have a chance, go birding every day (peak times Sept 15-Oct. 15), and if it’s foggy, or even windy (north wind), chances are excellent for new birds.  What you don’t want is calm, sunny weather!
Let’s go for it! (excuse the lecture, but hey, some people might not know this).
Oh, and I forgot that Larry and I met a nice new birder today:  Amy Plasket (?) on the Eighth Street Bridge.  There are so many new birders out there now — let’s welcome them & help them as much as we can!

Joan Lentz

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Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2018 15:21 by Thomas Turner
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48354299
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found earlier today by Ron Hirst. Photos. Was foraging and walking right down the main trail through Coronado Grove, E of Coronado Drive."

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2018 14:50 by Rebecca Coulter
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48354142
- Comments: "First found by Ron Hirst, seen along same general area of the “car wash” and to the southeast along the main trail. I saw it walking along the trail after Tom Turner re-spotted it. Loosely associating with 3 young Song Sparrows. Unmistakable. Strongly cocked tail, paused frequently with one foot held up. Warm brown above, white below, with heavy black streaking on breast, belly and flanks. Orangey crown stripe not visible to me. Bold white eye ring stood out on brown face. Silent. "

Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2018 16:10 by Santiago Lupi
- Ellwood Mesa Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4216023,-119.8887134&ll=34.4216023,-119.8887134
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48354191
- Comments: "Was around a manhole on the main trail. Flew to a patch of poison oak directly south of the trail. "

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Birds Refugio

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I drove out to Refugio this morning in overcast though it cleared up after a while.  Along the creek under bridge to campground were quite a few house sparrows, house finches, a lovely song sparrow.  A couple of warblers flitted around but I was only able to get photos of one in some branches overlooking.  It's the non-descript color of an orange-crowned but the tail seems too long - and the wing bars fairly pronounced for that species.

A Kingbird perched on a wire which looks like an immature bird - and I remember seeing the tropical kingbird there around this time of year. It was not vocalizing.  There were also quite a few Eurasian collared doves on the were and a Mourning dove in the creek.

Nothing of interest on the bit of beach I saw, and there were two juvenile Black-crowned night herons in the creek. 

Getting back to my car I was delighted to find 4 Western Bluebirds perching on the wire and a Lark Sparrow across the road.  I drove to the spot between the two creeks and explored a bit without seeing or hearing a single bird.

A couple of miles further (where I've seen canyon wrens on the large boulders with holes in them) I heard and saw a Nuttall's woodpecker and heard a couple of Acorn Woodpeckers and Wrentits on the right side of the road.  There was a small warbler in the dense overhanging branches but I was not able to focus on it.

I'd be happy for an ID on the Kingbird and the warbler in the photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/
Dika Golovatchoff, santa barbara

Ovenbird photos

David Levasheff
 

Posted a few photo on my Flickr Photostream

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/

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Re: Coronado drive warblers

Ron Hirst
 

Hi Nick,  Very dead warbler-wise for me the last few times I've visited this week. Today a Townsends working some possibly lerped euc leaves near the car wash and recently a few OC Warblers. Today 2 Hairy Woodpeckers and a Nuttall's at the car wash. W. Tanager, PS Flycatchers, Wood Pewee, many titmice and wrens in the last few days so things are picking up. Ron

Coronado drive warblers

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I would be interested in any commentary on the general warbler situation in Ellwood. I have now had 3 shortish visits and seen almost no warblers (other than the Ovenbird) and there seem to be very few lerps on the trees.

 

Nick

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Ron Hirst
Sent: Friday, September 07, 2018 1:14 PM
To: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Coronado drive Ovenbird

 

12:45 below car wash area on ground and mid level trees. Long time since I’ve seen ovenbird locally. Well marked Orange crown stripe, boldly streaked breast, perky stout warbler

immature Vermilion Flycatcher at Carp Creek this a.m.

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:  Larry Ballard and I started out looking for the Northern Waterthrush that John Callendar had here yesterday.  No luck on the waterthrush, but a very lost immature Vermilion Flycatcher was down catching insects in the mud, using the logs as a perch, right opposite the sewage treatment plant!  I attach the list and some rather poor photos that at least show how this plumage looks in this species.  At first, I had no idea what I was looking at, to be honest.  Larry called it.  
Point being:  get out birding, because the turn-over is constant at these places we call vagrant traps:  Carp tams, Carp Creek, end of Coronado Dr., Refugio State Beach, Miguelito Park in Lompoc & so on.  
This fall let’s prove to ourselves that we can find as many fall vagrants as they used to “in the good ole days”, and by that I mean constant coverage of key places for migrants. That includes shorebird spots, like the Bird Refuge (also great for landbirds), East Beach outfall, Goleta Beach, Coal Oil Pt., Ocean Beach County Park.  
If you have a chance, go birding every day (peak times Sept 15-Oct. 15), and if it’s foggy, or even windy (north wind), chances are excellent for new birds.  What you don’t want is calm, sunny weather!
Let’s go for it! (excuse the lecture, but hey, some people might not know this).
Oh, and I forgot that Larry and I met a nice new birder today:  Amy Plasket (?) on the Eighth Street Bridge.  There are so many new birders out there now — let’s welcome them & help them as much as we can!

Joan Lentz

Hermit Warbler at Lake Los Carneros

Pete Wolf
 

Still hoping to see the Eastern Kingbird and/or Little Blue Heron... walked around the lake clockwise starting at the SE Cove (sandpipers, yellowlegs, virginia rail, sora, etc.). Just across the path from where I got a couple of pics and a video of a Wilson's Warbler yesterday I saw three more Wilson's Warblers foraging in the pine tree on the left side of the path... then there was a fourth one... but it was different... only the head was yellow. Spent quite a while in horrible lighting with a very active/uncooperative bird trying to get a decent picture.

Latitude: 34.442936 | Longitude: -119.847788

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Ovenbird (Seiurus aurocapilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2018 13:44 by Bradley Hacker
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
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- Media: 2 Photos

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SMWTP

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded SMWTP briefly today.  High points were Baird's Sandpipers and an Eared Grebe.  I checked out Triangle Pond and Los Alamos WWTP.  Nothing happening at those locations.  On the way back to Orcutt, I had very nice looks at a Golden Eagle flying very low to the ground at the Los Flores Open Space Park.

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Immature Vermilion Flycatcher in Carpinteria Creek

John Callender
 

After getting a tip from Joan Lentz about a bird found by Larry Ballard and seen by her and him this morning, I was lucky enough to see an immature Vermilion Flycatcher in Carpinteria Creek around 12:30 today. The bird was perching on logs in the creekbed and in the branches of the vegetation on the east side of the creek directly opposite the wastewater treatment plant south of 6th Street. I had good views of the bird by walking along the narrow concrete ledge between the creek and the treatment plant fence.

The bird I saw was a close match for Sibley's illustration of a 1st-year female, except that the yellow wash was confined to a small patch under the wing; I didn't see yellow extending to the undertail coverts.

After about 15 minutes the bird flew south along the creek, perching briefly on the railroad bridge before continuing into the campground on the west side of the lagoon. That was the last I saw of it.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Coronado drive Ovenbird

Ron Hirst
 

12:45 below car wash area on ground and mid level trees. Long time since I’ve seen ovenbird locally. Well marked Orange crown stripe, boldly streaked breast, perky stout warbler

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- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (5 reports)
- Philadelphia Vireo (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Sep 06, 2018 12:15 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/S48330844
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen perched on a wooden fence. Medium dove with distinct white on the edge of the wings. Also notable was red eye."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (2)
- Reported Sep 07, 2018 08:15 by Pete Wolf
- Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48349670
- Comments: "Continuing"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (3)
- Reported Sep 06, 2018 17:43 by Benjamin Byerly
- Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48337335
- Comments: "Continuing"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (3)
- Reported Sep 06, 2018 11:00 by Elaine Tan
- Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48332325
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (2)
- Reported Sep 06, 2018 10:00 by Dika Golovatchoff
- Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48338930
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird at this location"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (4)
- Reported Sep 05, 2018 18:20 by Curtis Marantz
- Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48339393
- Comments: "Shortly after we began our walk from Stow House out toward the dam I heard the distinctive “pweet, pweet” call of a Solidary Sandpiper and I looked up to see a relatively small shorebird that was flying with the deep wingbeats of this species. Shortly later I spotted what was presumably the same bird foraging along dry vegetation the northwestern shoreline of the lake. After working my way across the lake, I spotted three more birds foraging in loose association with other shorebirds in the southeastern corner of the lake, where they remained for our visit. I also checked back to ensure that the first bird was still present while I still had the other three in view, so I was confident that there were indeed four birds.
These were slim and relatively small shorebirds that were larger than nearby peep in the case of the three birds, but much smaller than two Greater Yellowlegs. They had slim, straight bills of medium length, a relatively small head, a medium-length neck, and a plump body with a tapered rear end. The legs were unremarkable in their length and mass, but given that these birds were foraging in the water, I never saw the feet and I was unable to determine the length of the legs.
All four birds appeared similar in their plumage patterns and coloration, but given the distance at which my observations were made, I was unable to discern the finer details of the plumage. These birds were a dark brownish color about the head, neck, upperparts, and what was visible of the closed wings. I did note some indication of a white eyering and a paler throat that contrasted with darker clouding that was extensive at the sides of the breast, but the belly, flanks, and undertail coverts were white an unmarked. I was too far from these birds to note any pattern on the wings, and I never saw the rump or tail even on the bird that I saw briefly in flight. The bill appeared to be black, and the eyes dark, but I noted only one some of these birds the greenish color of the legs."

Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 05, 2018 12:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4693091,-120.0686574&ll=34.4693091,-120.0686574
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48335220
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "It took some effort to relocate this bird, which was found earlier in the day by Tom Turner and relocated a short time later by Joan Lentz and Libby Patten in the same general area. After about 2½ hours of searching I spotted this bird in the creek just below the dip over which the creek crosses the road during period of high water. I first noticed this bird when it dropped into the water and returned to branches over the creek, where it shook itself and preened briefly before dropping again to the water and repeating the process. Unfortunately, the vireo was perched on an open branch behind another vegetated one, so I had to contort myself to get a clear view and several photos, and after only a minute or so in view this bird flew a short distance into low, dense vegetation to the north, where I lost it. I never heard this bird call, and even though I was able to get some pretty good photos, my views of this bird were brief and rather superficial, so I am unable to remember many of the details that are shown clearly in my photos.
This was a small bird, yet it seemed a little larger and plumper-bodied than the few warblers that we had seen. I noted a short bill that may have been stouter than that of a warbler, but I failed to notice the precise length or the shape at the tip. When seen from above as it perched near the water’s surface, this bird seemed to have a somewhat rounded crown on a heard that was unremarkable in size, a short neck, and a plump body. I did not notice in the field the wing length or the primary projection. I thought the tail was of medium-length, but the shape at the tip also evaded me, as did any detail on the legs or feet.
My views of the plumage pattern and coloration were about as superficial as those of the structure, yet I was confident that this bird was indeed a Philadelphia Vireo and one that was not in any way equivocal. When I first saw this bird it was facing away, but once it turned its head I was able to see quite clearly that it had a bold, whitish supercilium that contrasted at least relatively sharply with a gray cap that may have had a subtly darker border to accentuate the supercilium. I did not specifically notice a dark eyeline, but I suspect one was present given the boldness of the facial pattern. Also evident was a strong contrast between the gray to bluish-gray of the cap and the relatively bright, olive-green of the back and presumably also the scapulars. I did not notice much contrast between the wings and the back and I am confident that there were no bold wingbars, but I cannot remember the precise color of the wings or if there was a subtle pattern to them. Similarly, my only recollection of the tail was that it was dark enough to lack obvious contrast with the wings. Although I managed to get at least one good photo showing the underparts, my main recollection is that the throat and at least the upper part of breast were a bright, lemon-yellow color that was quite different than that shown by any of the species expected at this site, except maybe a Lesser Goldfinch. I do have some recollection that the chin and maybe uppermost part of the throat, along with the lower part of the face below the eye, were paler and maybe whitish, and I think the belly and flanks may have been paler or at least duller than the yellow that was concentrated on the throat. I have no recollection of seeing the undertail coverts or the underside of the tail on a bird that I saw from above.
My vague recollection is that the bill was dark gray and that the eyes were dark, but I cannot remember any more detail than this about the soft-part colors."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Sep 06, 2018 17:43 by Benjamin Byerly
- Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48337335
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Entirely red bird. Sallying out from eucalyptus branches."

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Ocean Park - Red Knot, Osprey

Peter Schneekloth
 

I spent a bit of time at Ocean Park this morning. Best bird was a single Red Knot. Others of interest were Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, Lesser Yellowlegs. Just a few passerine migrants including Yellow and Orange-crowned Warblers and a nice mix of other expected birds.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Refugio oriole

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I forgot to mention that I had a look at a potential Orchard Oriole this morning in the big euc by the creek. The bird and bill looked smallish, but didn’t have another species close by for a direct size comparison.

 

I had a definite Hooded drinking at the creek later on.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

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Refugio

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

Not much this AM. 2 WW Doves and some common warblers at the beach. A Pewee up by the vireo area. Only saw BCNHs.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

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Re: LLC Thursday evening

Betsy Mooney
 

Addendum: A Downy Woodpecker was also observed in the dead trees along the far western path.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

On Thu, Sep 6, 2018 at 11:04 PM, Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms@...> wrote:
I did not see the Eastern Kingbird again or the ibises. It was mostly the usual birds: 

There was a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron near the southwestern corner of the lake, along with a Green Heron nearby. 
 
Numerous Great and Downy Egrets, and two or three Great Blue Herons. 

Seven Pied-billed Grebes.

Up to maybe ten Canada Geese showed up. Many Mallards.

One Caspian Tern alighted among the many cormorants. 

A Cooper's Hawk was out hunting and flew over the mudflats. He didn't catch anything but the smaller shorebirds took flight. 

Two White-tailed Kites were observed.

Two, or possibly three, Nuttall's woodpecker were in the dead trees on the far western path.  

Scaly-breasted Munias were in the field along the western path, as well as House Finches, and one Black Phoebe.

Western Kingbirds were hanging out in the Eucalyptus trees by the parking lot. 

Photos available if needed. 

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

LLC Thursday evening

Betsy Mooney
 

I did not see the Eastern Kingbird again or the ibises. It was mostly the usual birds: 

There was a juvenile Black-crowned Night Heron near the southwestern corner of the lake, along with a Green Heron nearby. 
 
Numerous Great and Downy Egrets, and two or three Great Blue Herons. 

Seven Pied-billed Grebes.

Up to maybe ten Canada Geese showed up. Many Mallards.

One Caspian Tern alighted among the many cormorants. 

A Cooper's Hawk was out hunting and flew over the mudflats. He didn't catch anything but the smaller shorebirds took flight. 

Two White-tailed Kites were observed.

Two, or possibly three, Nuttall's woodpecker were in the dead trees on the far western path.  

Scaly-breasted Munias were in the field along the western path, as well as House Finches, and one Black Phoebe.

Western Kingbirds were hanging out in the Eucalyptus trees by the parking lot. 

Photos available if needed. 

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta