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Re: Ferruginous Hawk Telemetry

Mark Holmgren
 

There’s probably no need to contact anybody. After all, it has a tracking unit on it.

Mark

On Dec 21, 2018, at 7:03 AM, Glenn Kincaid <glenn@...> wrote:

Hi John - 

That definitely looks like a tracking unit.  Very cool.  I do no know who one would contact to find out more about it.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara.

On Dec 21, 2018, at 6:46 AM, John Deacon <iseekbirds@...> wrote:

All:

At Mitchell Road yesterday, I took numerous photos of the two Ferruginous Hawks that are frequenting the area.  Can anyone that is familiar with radio telemetry tell me if, by looking at this photo, if this bird is equipped with a tracking unit?  This "string" over his back was observable in almost all the pics.  Thanks

John Deacon
<FEHA Mitchell Road 12-20-18 Radio Telemetered.jpg>


Re: Ferruginous Hawk Telemetry

Glenn Kincaid
 

Hi John - 

That definitely looks like a tracking unit.  Very cool.  I do no know who one would contact to find out more about it.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara.

On Dec 21, 2018, at 6:46 AM, John Deacon <iseekbirds@...> wrote:

All:

At Mitchell Road yesterday, I took numerous photos of the two Ferruginous Hawks that are frequenting the area.  Can anyone that is familiar with radio telemetry tell me if, by looking at this photo, if this bird is equipped with a tracking unit?  This "string" over his back was observable in almost all the pics.  Thanks

John Deacon
<FEHA Mitchell Road 12-20-18 Radio Telemetered.jpg>


Feruginous Hawk

Phila Rogers
 

Dear Friends:

I am late in posting this because I was unsure of the identity of the bird.  It was a large buteo (larger than our resident Red-shouldered Hawk) with a very white breast sittting briefly on the top of one of our Canary pines.  My attention was drawn to its presence by an hysterical group of crows.  Oak Park is certainly not its normal habitat, so I am assuming it was simply passing through.

Yesterday with a small group from my retirement community, I visited the almost birdless Carpenteria marsh.  We were fortunate, though, to have long looks at three Yellow-crowned Night-Herons.  The adult stood almost stationary in the shallow water while two brown juveniles walked slowly along the muddy edge.

Phila Rogers


Re: Ferruginous Hawk Telemetry

Adam Searcy
 



Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA

On Dec 21, 2018, at 06:46, John Deacon <iseekbirds@...> wrote:

All:

At Mitchell Road yesterday, I took numerous photos of the two Ferruginous Hawks that are frequenting the area.  Can anyone that is familiar with radio telemetry tell me if, by looking at this photo, if this bird is equipped with a tracking unit?  This "string" over his back was observable in almost all the pics.  Thanks

John Deacon
<FEHA Mitchell Road 12-20-18 Radio Telemetered.jpg>


Ferruginous Hawk Telemetry

John Deacon
 

All:

At Mitchell Road yesterday, I took numerous photos of the two Ferruginous Hawks that are frequenting the area.  Can anyone that is familiar with radio telemetry tell me if, by looking at this photo, if this bird is equipped with a tracking unit?  This "string" over his back was observable in almost all the pics.  Thanks

John Deacon


Devereux Birds

Mike Bush
 

Birds seen  11am.-

Black-necked Stilt, American Widgeon, Mallard, Northern Shoveler, American Coot, Eared Grebe, Redhead, Lesser Scaup, Ruddy Duck, Bufflehead, Double-crested Cormorant, Belted Kingfisher, White-tailed Kite, Black Phoebe, Killdeer, Black-crowned Night Heron, Red-tailed Hawk, Cassin's Kingbird, California Quail, California Towhee, California Scrub Jay, Mourning Dove, Bushtits, Anna's Hummingbird and Blue-winged Teal.

Seen with Jeanne Miller and Adam Lewis.

Mike Bush
Los Osos, California 


Orioles at UC Santa Barbara Campus

Mark Holmgren
 

Following up on Wim's email suggestion from yesterday, I birded UCSB near Ellison Hall and Davidson Library.  Two orioles were seen together at the Chicano Studies building (Bldg 406), which is shown on the aerial photo in this eBird checklist.
One was a 1st year male Bullock's Oriole (photos in checklist).  The other oriole was briefly seen and I heard no vocalizations, but the body was small and the bill was short. It was either Hooded or Orchard oriole.  The back was rather green, I did not see the front well.  The small body size makes me suspect it was an Orchard Oriole.
No other birds of interest were detected.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara



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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 14:14 by John Callender
- 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/S50829246
- Comments: "Continuing under the Franklin Creek footbridge. One adult, two immature."

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HoodedMergansers at Ansiq'Oyo' Park

Marge and Don Thornton
 

This morning was our third visit this month looking for the Hooded Mergansers.  We were handsomely rewarded with good views of six.  One Male, one female and four immatures.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca


GSD 2018-12-20

Wim van Dam
 

This morning the Goleta Sanitary District Plant was filled with ducks. The total number was about 250, with an estimated distribution of: 80 Mallard, 24 Blue-winged Teals, 8 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Green-winged Teal, 7 Northern Shoveler, 50 American Wigeon, 50 Gadwall, 30 Ruddy Duck.
Other observations that caught my attention: 50+ Black-necked Stilt, 4+ Spotted Sandpiper, 1 Mew Gull, 1 Osprey, 1 Caspian Tern, 3 Killdeer, 2 American Pipit, 0 Western/Least Sandpiper, 0 Canada Goose. 

Wim
  

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


Shrike at Bird Refuge

William Murdoch
 

Same area as before - near the first platform.

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Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Rufous Hummingbird (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 07:55 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/S50809726
- Comments: "Male, no green on back whatsoever."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 12:12 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50809470
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Male with red nape; 2 well-organized rows of white markings on either side of back; red on sides of throat impinge on black malar stripes; sharp boundary between red throat and black chest."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 11:30 by Reef Comer
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50808957
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen near the native plant nursery"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 13:30 by Adam Searcy
- 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/S50808182
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Photos to be added. "

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 13:30 by Adam Searcy
- 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/S50808182
- Comments: "Photo to be added"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 16:00 by Elaine Tan
- Mission Creek--SB Museum of Natural History, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4406812,-119.7149599&ll=34.4406812,-119.7149599
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50790875
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing female-type bird at persimmon tree. Yellow, darker wings, slight crest, thick pink bill. Today I noticed that the orange speckles around its face, previously thought to be persimmon juice stains, seem to be more prominent now - perhaps transitioning into red morph plumage? John Callender's eBird photos from Dec 8 also show faint reddish spots and red at base of tail. Still quite loud and chirpy, always signalling its arrival to the persimmon tree. Came twice before and during check. Photos to come. Betsy may have better photos."

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likely oriole at UCSB campus

Wim van Dam
 

At lunchtime I twice briefly heard a likely Oriole in the trees south and to the west of Ellison Hall. If I had to pick, I would say that it sounded more like a Bullock's than a Hooded Oriole. I heard it at two different locations, so there might be more than one bird. Obviously somebody needs to confirm all this before the Santa Barbara CBC. 

Wim 

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UCSB Campus Point and Campus Lagoon, 2018-12-19

Wim van Dam
 

This morning I did some scoping and I got the following:
East of Campus Point were 2 HORNED GREBE. I could not find any scoters in the uncooperative light.

The eastern leg of the Lagoon was quite birdy with possibly of note: 1 FORSTER'S TERN, 15+ LESSER/GREATER SCAUP, 19 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and a few BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON. I did not see any Redheads, and I did not really try to ID the scaups. In the surrounding vegetation were the usual warblers (AUDUBON, MYRTLE, TOWNSEND, ORANGE-CROWNED), HERMIT THURSH, and a breeding plumage, male ALLEN'S/RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD. 

Wim 

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SBCO #378+5: Blue-footed Booby


Phainopepla at LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

Two Phainopeplas were seen at Lake Los Carneros today, on the main path after Stow House, near the first dirt path leading west. They posed nicely. 


ID help with Summer Tanager

Betsy Mooney
 

Several of us have been observing a Summer Tanager female in the Persimmon tree at the SB Museum of Natural History. Recently we noticed that the bird, which is all yellow, has some pinkish spots on it. Perhaps it's an immature male? It's call is loud. 

I'd appreciate help confirming ID. Six photos here: 

Note: These photos were taken ~ 4:30 p.m. when the light was obviously fading. I had to work on them a bit to clarify the yellow coloring and the pinkish spots. The wings are yellow. 

Thanks, 
Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta


Wood Ducks at Lauro Canyon Reservoir

Julie Scotland
 

Male and female.


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- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2018 16:00 by George Chapman
- 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/S50764728
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. In tree at the North-East corner of foot bridge crossing creek. A fairly unique shade of red-brown colored lower breast and belly. Black head and throat. Black back and tail. Thin, sharp, downward curving oriole beak."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 14:21 by John Callender
- 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/S50786013
- Comments: "In the flower fields south of Tee Time. My attention was called to it first by its soft chip calls. Large brownish warbler, walking on the ground occasionally pumping its tail, pale supercilium, dark eyeline, yellow undertail coverts."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 07:45 by Pete Wolf
- Lake Los Carneros Park, 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/S50778273
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "34.442995, -119.851153 - Star Pine just East of Stow House... possibly 2 of them. Somewhat bright yellow overall, darker wings, a little orange "highlights" on slightly crested head, pinkish bill."

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Summer Tanager at Lake Los Carneros

Pete Wolf
 

This morning in the large star pine (?) just to the East of the Stow House (34.442995, -119.851153).

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Wood Duck st Devereux

David Levasheff
 

At the south west end, west of the Night-Heron roost sort of near the Kingfisher perch. Male/female pair.

David