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Re: Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Glenn Kincaid
 

Adrian O’Lochlen and myself were also at Carp Salt Marsh this AM.  After Rob departed for home we looked over the marsh one more time on the way to the car.  T this point we spied a juvenile Bald Eagle soaring over the marsh, drifting to the west.  It looked similar to the photo posted from UCSB Lagoon by Mark Holmgren a couple of days ago.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


On Dec 4, 2018, at 10:59 AM, Rob Denholtz <robdenholtz@...> wrote:

Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

33 species this morning . . . 

Best bird was a returning SNOW GOOSE.  BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS are not often seen in the Marsh Park these days, they are usually around Carpinteria Creek, but one flew in while I was out there this morning.  There were a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL in the Park.  Off-shore there was one definite CLARK'S GREBE with a WESTERN.  The full list is at:


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Carp
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Carpinteria Salt Marsh

Rob Denholtz
 
Edited

Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018

33 species this morning . . . 

Best bird was a returning SNOW GOOSE.  BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS are not often seen in the Marsh Park these days, they are usually around Carpinteria Creek, but one flew in while I was out there this morning.  There were a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL in the Park.  Off-shore there was one definite CLARK'S GREBE with a WESTERN.  The full list is at:


What !! You haven’t signed up for the Carp CBC yet?  Only 11 days left!  Better get hoppin’.   Remember, you can sign up on-line.  Copy and paste the following URL to complete your registration:

 

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   Participation is free and is open to beginning and experienced birders alike.


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Carp





wintering Yellow Warbler

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

I have been hearing Yellow Warbler-like chips on-and-off near my work the last few weeks. This morning the bird was finally calling persistently enough for me to confirm visually it is a Yellow Warbler. It is hanging out in the area S of the FLIR fab parking lot and E of KMART, but probably ranges more widely.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

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Email: nlethaby@...

 


More Mesa

Guy Tingos
 

Last evening at sunset, there were 2 Northern Harriers and 5 White-tailed Kites on the Mesa.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Continuing Lewis's Woodpecker @ San Marcos Foothills Preserve

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

I saw one of the three Lewis's Woodpeckers reported to be at SMF this morning (see eBird list - https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50399406). It was at the same location as first reported by Aaron Maizlish on 22 Nov (34.4634888, -119.7564543).

https://flic.kr/p/PzJUz8

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Santa Barbara Harbor from Sea Landing

Mark Bright
 

This morning at Sea Landing at the Santa Barbara Harbor the Red-necked Grebe was still present along with one Common Loon, a female Red-Breasted Merganser, and a couple of Pelagic Cormorants. One of the Pelagic Cormorants was actually swimming and foraging among the rocks directly below the Sea Landing office building. The usual Buffleheads, Surf Scoters, Eared Grebes were out and about.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Details of American Bittern sighting

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

They would likely want your I'd to check you not a known problem.

-------- Original Message --------
From: Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...>
Date: Mon, Dec 3, 2018, 4:37 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Details of American Bittern sighting

I really don't understand why they would want my ID. This is a picture of me in my usual birding attire at the spot on Sunday.

On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 4:17 PM Cher Hollingworth <hollingw@...> wrote:
Unless you have a base pass, the base police will come looking for you in the area.
Just be aware.    I've been "found" a couple of times.  It's not like the guns are out.
They will tell you that the public area is only at the end parking lot.

Cher Hollngworth
Lompoc


-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...>
To: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Dec 2, 2018 11:12 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Details of American Bittern sighting


if your pulling into off the main road to go to the main area at Ocean Park in Lompoc, there is what looks to be an old road leading out into the estuary. It goes out about 100 yards, and as you go out there the road take about a 10ft step down and keeps going. There is a small pond there which had ruddy duck, coot and both pie-billed and eared grebes. continuing past that there is a willow tree where I saw white-crowned sparrows, house finches and song sparrow. Also goods looks at the harrier, kite and Cooper's hawk. Just to the west is a cat tail reed area. As I turned to leave the bittern just rose out of the cat tails about 10 yards from me and flew off into the estuary. it was completely light tan with heavy brown streaks and the dark jaw stripe was clearly visible.
As I was leaving, I was about 1/3 of the way back I was stopped by an Air Force MP and they checked my ID and ran a check on me. Turns out I was on the base (!) . There were no signs! 
Anyway, he was very nice and told me that that used to be the 13th street bridge (I have learned that it was actually the old 35st bridge) many years ago.


Re: Details of American Bittern sighting

Rob Hofberg
 
Edited

I really don't understand why they would want my ID. This is a picture of me in my usual birding attire at the spot on Sunday.

On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 4:17 PM Cher Hollingworth <hollingw@...> wrote:
Unless you have a base pass, the base police will come looking for you in the area.
Just be aware.    I've been "found" a couple of times.  It's not like the guns are out.
They will tell you that the public area is only at the end parking lot.

Cher Hollngworth
Lompoc


-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...>
To: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Dec 2, 2018 11:12 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Details of American Bittern sighting


if your pulling into off the main road to go to the main area at Ocean Park in Lompoc, there is what looks to be an old road leading out into the estuary. It goes out about 100 yards, and as you go out there the road take about a 10ft step down and keeps going. There is a small pond there which had ruddy duck, coot and both pie-billed and eared grebes. continuing past that there is a willow tree where I saw white-crowned sparrows, house finches and song sparrow. Also goods looks at the harrier, kite and Cooper's hawk. Just to the west is a cat tail reed area. As I turned to leave the bittern just rose out of the cat tails about 10 yards from me and flew off into the estuary. it was completely light tan with heavy brown streaks and the dark jaw stripe was clearly visible.
As I was leaving, I was about 1/3 of the way back I was stopped by an Air Force MP and they checked my ID and ran a check on me. Turns out I was on the base (!) . There were no signs! 
Anyway, he was very nice and told me that that used to be the 13th street bridge (I have learned that it was actually the old 35st bridge) many years ago.


Re: Details of American Bittern sighting

Cher Hollingworth
 

Unless you have a base pass, the base police will come looking for you in the area.
Just be aware.    I've been "found" a couple of times.  It's not like the guns are out.
They will tell you that the public area is only at the end parking lot.

Cher Hollngworth
Lompoc


-----Original Message-----
From: Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...>
To: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@groups.io>
Sent: Sun, Dec 2, 2018 11:12 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Details of American Bittern sighting


if your pulling into off the main road to go to the main area at Ocean Park in Lompoc, there is what looks to be an old road leading out into the estuary. It goes out about 100 yards, and as you go out there the road take about a 10ft step down and keeps going. There is a small pond there which had ruddy duck, coot and both pie-billed and eared grebes. continuing past that there is a willow tree where I saw white-crowned sparrows, house finches and song sparrow. Also goods looks at the harrier, kite and Cooper's hawk. Just to the west is a cat tail reed area. As I turned to leave the bittern just rose out of the cat tails about 10 yards from me and flew off into the estuary. it was completely light tan with heavy brown streaks and the dark jaw stripe was clearly visible.
As I was leaving, I was about 1/3 of the way back I was stopped by an Air Force MP and they checked my ID and ran a check on me. Turns out I was on the base (!) . There were no signs! 
Anyway, he was very nice and told me that that used to be the 13th street bridge (I have learned that it was actually the old 35st bridge) many years ago.


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*** Species Summary:

- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 09:10 by Libby Lindsay
- River Park (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6545154,-120.4344893&ll=34.6545154,-120.4344893
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50393070
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult female sallying between dead pine and willow bordering lake (near pump). Striking orangish-red color from lower abdomen to vent. Streaked breast with white throat. White supercillium.
Black bill and dark gray tail and upper side."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 08:42 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/S50395917
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. On the east side of the bike path in a tall euc opposite the footbridge south of El Carro Lane. Roof work is being done on the house with the Cape Honeysuckle hedge. Hopefully it won’t continue until the Christmas count on 12/15."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 15:45 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/S50385831
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Heard the pik-tik-tik call, looked outside, and saw the same individual from last week fly down from the eucalyptus trees in the "woodland loop" behind the club house. It landed in the EITS aviary's persimmon tree, where it silently ate from a torn-open persimmon near the top, only staying there for 20 minutes or so."

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Cattle Egret

Rob Denholtz
 

8:00 AM,, Monday, Dec. 3, 2018, Carpintereia Salt marsh Nature Park

Cattle Egret.

See full checklist and not terrific cell phone pics at https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50395790.  The bird was doing an odd "dance," swaying its neck and sometimes body back and forth horizontally while it foraged.  I'd be interested to hear from you if you have information about that behavior.

Thanks,

Rob Denholtz
Carp


Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Details of American Bittern sighting

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

One strategy to look for bitterns is to park along the bluff on the road to Surf Station and scan the tule edges for bitterns as well as looking for them in flight. A scope is essential for this.

 

Nick

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jamie Chavez
Sent: Monday, December 03, 2018 6:14 AM
To: rhofberg@...
Cc: Sbcobirding
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Details of American Bittern sighting

 

Thanks for the bittern report, Rob but it came at a price. The washed-out bridge you mention is on Vandenberg. In fact, so is all of Ocean Park and Surf Beach for that matter. Ocean Park is a county park with public access but the fringes should probably be avoided. The VAFB boundary actually starts a little east of 13th Street west of Lompoc so anywhere west of there to the coast is technically on Vandenberg AFB and there are signs. Security Forces can pull anyone over and search vehicles and personal property for any reason. Also, back to back to back launches including one scheduled this morning means SF's are very active right now. Spaceflight Now is a helpful website which lists upcoming launch schedules. You can see that December is a busy month. Visitors can check this website to see what is coming up and just be aware that police are very active around those dates. Ocean Park is accessible throughout the year except during launches but wandering too far away from the park itself especially within a launch period will bring attention.

 

 

On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 11:12 PM Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...> wrote:

 

if your pulling into off the main road to go to the main area at Ocean Park in Lompoc, there is what looks to be an old road leading out into the estuary. It goes out about 100 yards, and as you go out there the road take about a 10ft step down and keeps going. There is a small pond there which had ruddy duck, coot and both pie-billed and eared grebes. continuing past that there is a willow tree where I saw white-crowned sparrows, house finches and song sparrow. Also goods looks at the harrier, kite and Cooper's hawk. Just to the west is a cat tail reed area. As I turned to leave the bittern just rose out of the cat tails about 10 yards from me and flew off into the estuary. it was completely light tan with heavy brown streaks and the dark jaw stripe was clearly visible.

As I was leaving, I was about 1/3 of the way back I was stopped by an Air Force MP and they checked my ID and ran a check on me. Turns out I was on the base (!) . There were no signs! 

Anyway, he was very nice and told me that that used to be the 13th street bridge (I have learned that it was actually the old 35st bridge) many years ago.


 

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Santa Ynez River Estuary (Ocean Beach Park)

Nick Lethaby
 

Mark,

FWIW, I only saw 10 Redheads and missed the LT Duck for the second time in  a row (but didn't look very hard for it) and didn't see Red Phalarope, Palm Warbler, or bittern.

Nick

On Mon, Dec 3, 2018 at 6:45 AM Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:
I birded there yesterday from 3 - 5 pm and had quite a different experience than others. I did not see Long-tailed Duck, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Horned Grebe, American Bittern, Red Phalarope, or Palm Warbler, all reported here today. I did see 10 duck species including 5 scaup and 24 Redheads, and a Pelagic Cormorant with Dc Corms on the north side pilings.
As dusk approached I was at the west end of the estuary. I watched shorebirds that had not been present come piling in suggesting that this is a gathering point before roosting. Western Sandpipers and Dunlin gathered in higher numbers than we typically see: 25 WeSa and 13 Dunlin.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara



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Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


Santa Ynez River Estuary (Ocean Beach Park)

Mark Holmgren
 

I birded there yesterday from 3 - 5 pm and had quite a different experience than others. I did not see Long-tailed Duck, Canvasback, Common Goldeneye, Horned Grebe, American Bittern, Red Phalarope, or Palm Warbler, all reported here today. I did see 10 duck species including 5 scaup and 24 Redheads, and a Pelagic Cormorant with Dc Corms on the north side pilings.
As dusk approached I was at the west end of the estuary. I watched shorebirds that had not been present come piling in suggesting that this is a gathering point before roosting. Western Sandpipers and Dunlin gathered in higher numbers than we typically see: 25 WeSa and 13 Dunlin.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Re: Details of American Bittern sighting

Jamie Chavez
 

Thanks for the bittern report, Rob but it came at a price. The washed-out bridge you mention is on Vandenberg. In fact, so is all of Ocean Park and Surf Beach for that matter. Ocean Park is a county park with public access but the fringes should probably be avoided. The VAFB boundary actually starts a little east of 13th Street west of Lompoc so anywhere west of there to the coast is technically on Vandenberg AFB and there are signs. Security Forces can pull anyone over and search vehicles and personal property for any reason. Also, back to back to back launches including one scheduled this morning means SF's are very active right now. Spaceflight Now is a helpful website which lists upcoming launch schedules. You can see that December is a busy month. Visitors can check this website to see what is coming up and just be aware that police are very active around those dates. Ocean Park is accessible throughout the year except during launches but wandering too far away from the park itself especially within a launch period will bring attention.


On Sun, Dec 2, 2018 at 11:12 PM Rob Hofberg <rhofberg@...> wrote:

if your pulling into off the main road to go to the main area at Ocean Park in Lompoc, there is what looks to be an old road leading out into the estuary. It goes out about 100 yards, and as you go out there the road take about a 10ft step down and keeps going. There is a small pond there which had ruddy duck, coot and both pie-billed and eared grebes. continuing past that there is a willow tree where I saw white-crowned sparrows, house finches and song sparrow. Also goods looks at the harrier, kite and Cooper's hawk. Just to the west is a cat tail reed area. As I turned to leave the bittern just rose out of the cat tails about 10 yards from me and flew off into the estuary. it was completely light tan with heavy brown streaks and the dark jaw stripe was clearly visible.
As I was leaving, I was about 1/3 of the way back I was stopped by an Air Force MP and they checked my ID and ran a check on me. Turns out I was on the base (!) . There were no signs! 
Anyway, he was very nice and told me that that used to be the 13th street bridge (I have learned that it was actually the old 35st bridge) many years ago.



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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Details of American Bittern sighting

Rob Hofberg
 


if your pulling into off the main road to go to the main area at Ocean Park in Lompoc, there is what looks to be an old road leading out into the estuary. It goes out about 100 yards, and as you go out there the road take about a 10ft step down and keeps going. There is a small pond there which had ruddy duck, coot and both pie-billed and eared grebes. continuing past that there is a willow tree where I saw white-crowned sparrows, house finches and song sparrow. Also goods looks at the harrier, kite and Cooper's hawk. Just to the west is a cat tail reed area. As I turned to leave the bittern just rose out of the cat tails about 10 yards from me and flew off into the estuary. it was completely light tan with heavy brown streaks and the dark jaw stripe was clearly visible.
As I was leaving, I was about 1/3 of the way back I was stopped by an Air Force MP and they checked my ID and ran a check on me. Turns out I was on the base (!) . There were no signs! 
Anyway, he was very nice and told me that that used to be the 13th street bridge (I have learned that it was actually the old 35st bridge) many years ago.


N. County birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I birded N. county today, looking for raptors around Santa Maria and later at Miguelito Canyon. I saw 10 Ferruginous Hawks, 3 Golden Eagles, and a Prairie Falcon. There was a large Trike flock just N of Los Alamos on the 135. Ocean  Beach has 6 Canvasbacks and 3 Common Goldeneye, but not much else.

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Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


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- Long-tailed Duck (6 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 07:22 by Bradley Hacker
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50369675
- Comments: "Far side of pond sitting in salicornia"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2018 09:30 by Jasen Liu
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50359747
- Comments: "Continuing by bridge"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2018 08:56 by Glenn Kincaid
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50355519
- Media: 2 Photos

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2018 08:56 by Adrian O'Loghlen
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50356116
- Media: 2 Photos

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2018 08:45 by Julie Scotland
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50355954
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing near train trestle."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2018 08:45 by Conor Scotland
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50355584
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing near train trestle."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 01, 2018 11:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Barbara Pistachio, Highway 33, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.847304,-119.4799447&ll=34.847304,-119.4799447
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50350139
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Initially drawn to strange calls, like a mixture of soft raven and turkey. Distant views only. Bad photos for documentation"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2018 08:23 by Jasen Liu
- Jack O'Connell Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9586988,-120.5904007&ll=34.9586988,-120.5904007
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50359742
- Comments: "Long-billed kingbird with greenish-gray back, extensive yellow on undersides foraging by water treatment pond. First time seeing this species in North County."

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Bald Eagle at UCSB Campus Lagoon

Mark Holmgren
 

At 8:30am.
Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


SB breakwater W. Tattler

Ron Hirst
 

A quick dog walk along the breakwater Sat. morning produced one Wandering Tattler and 8 Black Turnstones and an Osprey and a couple Eared Grebes.
Ron H. SB