Lucy’s Warbler

Mark Holmgren

Being seen at 12:05 at Latitude: 34.415210
Longitude: -119.848504 In the only Tipu tree in the bus circle. Beware the gnatcatcher.


UCSB Lucy's Warbler

Thomas Turner <tomleeturner@...>

We have another LUCY’S WARBLER; this one is at UCSB. I found it a moment ago in a row of liquid amber trees at the central bus circle (at about 34.415207, -119.847447), where it was hanging out with a Townsend’s Warbler, a big group of American Goldfinches, some Purple Finches, and many other birds. I was checking the spot because Maggie has been telling me something good would turn up there. She was right!



Broad Billed Hummingbird continues in Goleta

Kay Regester

Enjoyed this bird at 132 N. La Patera Lane this pm.  Thanks Leann!  She advises:  go in the gate to lime tree.  then follow blue taped arrows on the walkway to this Broad-billed's personal oasis.  He is not shy, and remained for pics for a long time.  Overcast, so colors muted.  Kay Regester, Ventura

continuing Pine Warbler

Larry Ballard

From 10-10:30 this morning it was pretty easy to watch the Pine Warbler as it foraged on the ground with 6-8 Yellow-rumped Warblers. The flock moved around along the crest of the hill south of the Storke mausoleum. If you can find the Yellow-rumped flock on the ground you'll probably see the Pine Warbler. Both species fed on the fallen fruit of the Canary Island Palms.
Larry B.

Carp Warblers

Conor Scotland

Blackburnian warbler seen easily this morning at 7:20 in pepper tree across from 3551.

Lucy’s Warbler located a couple times from 8am to 9am (and possibly after that) in the tipu adjacent to the SW corner of the LDS church. 

Conor Scotland 
Santa Barbara 

Lake Los Carneros

Rebecca Coulter

I would encourage anyone who could go out for a bit of birding today to do so! I just spent two hours around Stow House and near the lake—it is incredibly active. I was astounded to see six Western Tanagers feeding in the olive trees and cotoneaster east of the house. It seems almost certain that some of these birds have just come in, considering how much coverage this park has had over the past week—I don’t have exact numbers memorized but I don’t think we had 6 tanagers at LLC on Saturday’s CBC. Also present is a first-year male Bullock’s Oriole. Perhaps the change in weather is responsible for the birds moving around a bit. Whatever the cause, it’s a pleasure to enjoy it!

Rebecca Coulter

La Cumbre Peak

Jim Long

Thought we'd check E Camino Cielo since all the fire break clearing. It's still closed at Gibraltar E-bound for continued fire break clean up and berm placement to deter slides and mud flow. 

Only bird of interest at the peak was the continuing Steller's Jay, others were  Hermit Thrush, Spotted Towhee, Dark-eyed Juncos and Golden-crowned Sparrows.

The peak and all along the roadway is completely devoid of the Manzanita and other brush and lower tree branches.  Same with the area of the old burn ( communication towers ) about 3/4 of a mile west.  A lot of habitat will take a long time to regrow.   We counted at least at least a dozen flatbed semis standing by while dozers and backhoes were at work with the continued clearing and clean up back to the Painted Cave turn off. 

Jim Long 

Santa Barabara

p s, my SB Co. bird # 375 is the same as Wim's,  Gray Catbird, only about 2 1/2 mos. later ;>)

Colson Canyon

John Deacon


Marc Moritsch and I birded Colson Canyon this morning.  Highlights were a couple of Northern Pygmy Owls, high numbers of Hermit Thrushes and Bewick's Wrens.  We also had a Sharp Shinned Hawk and a couple of Cooper's Hawks.  As an added highlight, we saw not a single person or car during our 3.5 hour visit.

John Deacon

More Mesa

Guy Tingos <guy.tingos@...>

This evening, notable birds on the Mesa were very similar to what I had on Count Day: 1 White-tailed Kite, 2 Northern Harriers, and another pair of Barn Swallows headed west around 4:10pm.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

Lucy's Warbler continues, plus others

Eric Culbertson

Hi all:

The LUCY'S WARBLER continued in the back parking lot of 1501 Linden Avenue in Carpinteria this morning at 7:35am. Continuing in the pittosporum at southwest corner of the church and in the tipu here. A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER continued here as well. In the small garden beyond the west end of the parking lot a WILSON'S WARBLER continues. Across the creek at Franklin Creek Park along Sterling Ave a second WILSON'S WARBLER was in myoporum at the south end of the park and the continuing WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was also here.

Two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH were in Monterey pines at 1130 Mark Ave in Carpinteria.

Another WILSON'S WARBLER was at the southeastern corner of Seaside Gardens on Via Real.

The SWAMP SPARROW continued across from 3545 Padaro Lane along with a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER at 1030 but I had no luck with the Blackburnian Warbler during an hour there.

Eric Culbertson 

Mtn Plover at East Depressions

Mark Holmgren

The Mountain Plover is being seen now (12:37pm) at 34.40611 -119.8479. This is at the eastern of 2 sandy expansions of the beach that formerly connected UCSB campus lagoon to the ocean.


Pine Warbler at SB Cemetery

Glenn Kincaid

The Pine Warbler was refound around 11AM by Wim Van Dam. I joined him and after 45 minutes or so the Weed Whacker crew quit for lunch and the bird was relocated near

34.418481, -119.655819

This is near a large Norfolk Pine tree, and just to the SE of a Mausoleum named “Heath”

The bird was foraging on the ground with a mixed flock.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Cemetery

Glenn Kincaid

Visited the cemetery this AM hoping to find the Pine Warbler. I found Larry Ballard, who had a brief glimpse just after 8AM, but we had no Pine Warbler joy after that until I departed at 915.

Conditions were less than ideal with the weed whacker patrol out in full force.

Consolation Prize for me was a Tropical Kingbird.

Any further reports on the Pine Warbler are encouraged.

Glenn Kincaid

Re: New Warbling Vireo, Mtn. Plover, 27 White Pelicans

Wim van Dam

Regarding those American White Pelicans that were missed on Saturday December 30, but that showed up again along the coast the day after: I heard that on Sunday they were also seen flying over Painted Cave, suggesting that these birds go back and forth between the coast and Lake Cachuma. I still don't know why they were absent this year at Gibraltar Reservoir, where they have been seen in previous years. 

Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
SBCO #376*: Garganey

On Sun, Dec 31, 2017 at 9:07 AM, Paul Lehman lehman.paul@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

On Sunday morning the mountain plover continues in exactly the same spot on the main UCSB campus at the low cut of the Lagoon just west of Campus Point, on the upper Beach.  Several of us trying to refind Dave Compton's yellow palm warbler at Seymour Duncan in Goleta have found a warbling Vireo, casual in winter; so thank goodness for the bohnett park bird on count day. Also, as we stood there, a flock of 27 American white pelicans flew over, which of course we missed yesterday on the count.....

Paul Lehman

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New Year's Day Pine Warbler image

Michael Park

Happy New Year! The Pine Warbler was a treat. It's the dullest and most
brown individual that I've seen, and the only HY/SY bird that I've seen.

To kick off a new tradition -- birding Santa Barbara on New Year's Eve
with friend Noah Gaines and New Year's Day, I am posting a link to an
image to the Tombstone Warbler:


Checklist here:

Michael Park, Berkeley CA

Lompoc Ferruginous Hawks

Cher Hollingworth

Yesterday & today I saw the Lompoc Ferruginous Hawks in the usual 'So. C St tree'.
There's been one for a while, but now three!  and at 14:30 both days.  That is a really early roosting time.
I had thought that the Thomas smoke had scared them off.
Then I went to Ocean Park and saw 2 Virginia Rails in the small path of reeds by the big drift-wood by the pathway to the trestle.
They were going back and forth together feeding in the woodpiles on the shore.  But staying very near the reeds.
Clark's Grebes were doing that dating mirror-preening.  I wondered if the rails staked out the reeds for breeding.
Cher Hollingworth

New Year's Day Birding

Dika Golovatchoff

This afternoon I visited the garden of Lee Ann who has opened her place to birders wishing to observe the Broad-billed Hummingbird.  She happened to be gardening when I stopped by and showed me exactly where the bird hung out most of the time in a lemon tree.  She was most cordial and is an extremely experienced birder.  A Cassin's Kingbird perched nicely next to the driveway. Some photos are attached to the checklist at:

From there I drove to Anisq'Oyo Park hoping to find the Gray Catbird and was astonished and horrified to find the total devastation of the two ponds.  Parts of the fence were removed and cordoned off with yellow ribbon where a tractor or backhoe had been driven into the water to remove all the vegetation surrounding the ponds.  

The two male hooded mergansers were easily seen as were 129 Mallards.  Another birder named Lisa arrived and neither of us thought to explore the rest of the park as it was getting late.  We did however see white-crowned sparrows, Yellow-rumped warblers, a Townsend's and a Yellow Warbler around the water's edge of the smaller pond. The Black-crowned Night Herons which usually roost there were not seen. Just as I was leaving a Great Blue Heron flew in and caught a gopher, which was too large for him to swallow, so he dropped it back in the pond.  I find the destruction of this habitat very disturbing.   A little bit of trimming of the reeds would have been acceptable.  Can see no explanation for this.


Catbird New Year's Day

Mark Bright

After looking for about half an hour the Gray Catbird was found again by two visiting birders from Sacramento in the oak trees immediately to the left of the stage in Anisq Oyo Park in Isla Vista. Seven of us were present to view the Catbird for a few minutes there before it disappeared again. Seen about 2:50 pm.

Mark Bright, Santa Barbara

Pine Warbler at Cemetery continues this morning

Joan Lentz ( address)

Hi All:
Happy New Year! It’s going to be a good birding year, since I was able to see the PINE WARBLER at the Santa Barbara Cemetery this morning around 11:30 a.m. The bird seems to range rather widely, but it is almost always found in those long-leaved pines (are they Canary Island Pines?) that are planted in the cemetery. As Jamie Chavez, who found the bird, has mentioned: the best place to start is the Storke Mausoleum, which is surrounded by a variety of pines. These Canary Island Pines then form a loose row that leads south (towards the ocean) from the Mausoleum. (see Jamie’s previous post which includes a map of the cemetery).
When I arrived, Peter Gaede and the Scotlands were in the car leaving, and they said the bird was in the extreme southwest corner of the cemetery . I went there with no luck. Then Jeff Hanson arrived, and Libby Patten. We decided to go back and start at the pines around the Mausoleum. Then we got lucky when Todd Easterle and Fritz Stewar (?) arrived, visiting from Sacramento. They got on the bird in one of those Canary Island Pines just back (south) from the Mausoleum Pines, but in another section of the Cemetery. Bingo! Great views had by all. This is one of the “brighter” Pine Warblers I’ve seen, with a nice yellow chest and rather prominent wing bars, at least in contrast to the Yellow-rumped Warblers it hangs out with.
May I make a New Year’s plea to all you birders? If you are using eBird to report your sightings, that’s great. But lots of folks don’t use eBird, and even if they do, they don’t troll through to get reports all the time. PLEASE LET US KNOW YOUR SIGHTINGS OF RARITIES ON SBCOBIRDING! This brings the birding community together and let’s us know what’s going on — especially with rarity sightings, which might’ve changed their locations, or, having been absent, have reappeared, etc.!
Thank you and good birding!

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

Prelim Results, SB CBC

Rebecca Coulter

Happy New Year birders,
Preliminary results for the 118th Santa Barbara CBC on Saturday, December 30 are below. Compilation and documentation are still underway. Locations for many of these birds are to be found in previous posts to this list. eBird is another place to find exact locations for some of these reports. It was a remarkable year in terms of conditions beyond anyone’s control, mainly due to the massive Thomas Fire. After much revision to our coverage, at the last minute we were fortunate to regain access to most of our count circle’s areas in the fire closure zone, and we scrambled to re-revise! It was a great effort by all involved.

Species Total (preliminary): 203

Three species never before recorded on the Santa Barbara CBC:
MOUNTAIN PLOVER at Devereux Slough outfall
GRAY CATBIRD in Isla Vista
BLUE GROSBEAK at Elings Park

WHITE-FACED IBIS, three at the refreshed Laguna Blanca
MOUNTAIN QUAIL, on West and East Camino Cielo
BROAD-BILLED HUMMINGBIRD at a private feeder near Lake Los Carneros
TROPICAL KINGBIRD, three in south Goleta
PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER, a surprise at the private property gas plant in Goleta
WARBLING VIREO at Bohnett Park, returning for 5th winter
Three swallow species: NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED, TREE, and BARN
SAGE THRASHER at Gibraltar Reservoir, only the second time recorded on our CBC
PINE WARBLER surprise appearance at the SB Cemetery
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW on the Municipal Golf Course
BALTIMORE ORIOLE on coral trees at the Municipal Golf Course

Notable misses (if you observed any of these species on Saturday, Dec 30, please contact us!)

GREATER SCAUP, not among the noticeably small Lesser Scaup flocks this year
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN seen all around count circle but absent on Count Day
LARK BUNTING, seen regularly until three days before Count Day and then disappeared

Thanks to Santa Barbara Audubon volunteers and all the dedicated birders who made this effort possible. And don’t forget that Count Week goes continues through Tuesday, January 2, so please let us know if you see any of the “misses” above or any other rarity.

Good birding in 2018!
Rebecca Coulter, Liz Muraoka, Joan Murdoch, Libby Patten, and Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara CBC Compilers