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Blue-winged Warbler Photos

David Levasheff
 

I posted a couple of my best shots to a Flickr album... very challenging conditions/bird to capture.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157702389830695

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David


Blue-winged Warbler

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I was very happy to get a few views of this county first (I'm told by Wes Fritz) near the 8th st. bridge over Carpinteria creek - which has no water in it.  All the other birders were in the creek bed but I didn't find it safe to scramble down there so I took a peek from the creek bank.  You'll find a few very heavily cropped photos at:


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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)
- Lazuli Bunting (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Oct 13, 2018 08:50 by Larry Hess
- Puente @ Puente Plaza, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434891,-119.7840596&ll=34.434891,-119.7840596
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49164125
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Poor images (phone camera) with even more clarity lost through cropping. Odd characteristic of white continaully showing on tail. I thought the tail had not folded smoothly on landing, but it flew off and returned showing just as obvious as before.

**2018 TOTALS:
first WW seen only one day, 21Jan18.
second WW seen only one day, 23Jun18.
third WW seen thirty-two days, 13Aug-14Sep18.
fourth WW seen only two days, 15-16Aug18.
fifth WW seen only one day, 4Sep18."

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2018 16:00 by Dika Golovatchoff
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49151148
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Foraging slowly and methodically against rocks at far side of slough. To get a good view I had to walk down on sand (east end of parking lot) and out as far on sandspit without stepping into water myself. I watched the bird catch and eat a small crab. It is now a deep blue with no hint of white in feathers. Some purplish on neck. Bill is two-toned and very long legs are yellow. I last saw it on Aug. 13 and have observed it at regular intervals since first sighted as a very white juvenile bird."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2018 13:50 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49143533
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Possibly the continuing juvenile bird I observed at the same location about a month ago. This bird was in the southwestern corner of the lagoon near Cabrillo Blvd. Long neck, all dark bill, fine streaking/speckling on wings, longer legs than nearby BCNHs. I did not see the immature bird that has been seen in this area."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Oct 13, 2018 07:45 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3978981,-119.5374513&ll=34.3978981,-119.5374513
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49159684
- Comments: "no longer rare here . . . up to 7 seen on and off with some regularity"

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Oct 13, 2018 08:23 by Noah Gaines
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49159941
- Comments: "This bird continues. Greenish yellowish above and creamy below with a distinct supercilium and white undertail coverts. "

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2018 08:27 by Joan Lentz
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49146611
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Warbler found by David Kisner in vicinity of first viewing platform. Noted tail bobbing behavior, yellow undertail coverts, white supercilium."

Lazuli Bunting (Passerina amoena) (1)
- Reported Oct 11, 2018 09:44 by Mike Stiles
- Jim May Park (fmr River Oaks Park), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9747532,-120.4258633&ll=34.9747532,-120.4258633
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49145016
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Found in the marsh plants near the pier that juts into the lake. Thanks to Jamie Chavez's consultation regarding ID"

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Waller Park Band-tailed Pigeons

Jamie Chavez
 

A first for me as I have never seen Band-tailed pigeons anywhere in Santa Maria Valley in all my years of birding (no habitat), I spotted four birds flying above the northern edge of Waller Park this morning. These birds only made a pass overhead and did not stay or drop into the trees. There is little oak habitat around the area to sustain Band-tailed Pigeons so this was certainly an anomaly. Lehman mentions one SM record in June 2006 but I have no idea where that was recorded. Other birds of note were Black-throated Gray, Yellow, Hermit, and Nashville Warblers (singles of each), a couple of Pacific-slope Flycatchers and a few Western Tanagers were the only migrants detected. 

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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Coordinates to Blue-winged Warbler

Mark Holmgren
 

34.39378 -119.51332
These coordinates are of a Cottonwood in which the bird was seen on the E side of Carpinteria Creek closer to Carp. Ave than to 8th St.
Mark


Blue-winged Warbler refound by Larry B

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

100 yds south of Carp Crk. Get into creek at 8th St., then walk north to where old shed sits on east bank!


Re: Blue-winged warbler

Dave Compton
 

Nick just told me he erred in saying 6th St, as the bird was actually upstream of 8th St.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara 


On Sat, Oct 13, 2018 at 9:24 AM Peter Gaede <peteragaede@...> wrote:
Nick Lethaby just called and reports finding a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER on Carpinteria Creek. He said it was last seen about 100 yards upstream of 6th Street, with a large bushtit flock.

Peter Gaede



Blue-winged warbler

Peter Gaede
 

Nick Lethaby just called and reports finding a BLUE-WINGED WARBLER on Carpinteria Creek. He said it was last seen about 100 yards upstream of 6th Street, with a large bushtit flock.

Peter Gaede


Carp

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park and Reserve, Saturday, October 13, 2018

Took a casual walk through this morning, without binoculars.  The WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS are back in force.  There was a single juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON out by the white bridge (restricted area).  Nothing else interesting.

The dredging of Santa Monica Creek has left a 10' high mud wall along the west bank.  The mud dam in Franklin Creek has been removed.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


Osprey and Little Blue Heron at Goleta Beach

Dika Golovatchoff
 

After reading Steve's email yesterday I decided to go out in the late afternoon.  Little Blue was at first barely visible from east end of parking lot (about 4:30) so I walked down onto the beach and as far as possible toward rocks at far side of slough.  By 5 PM the little Blue had disappeared among the inlets in the cliff.

I've included some photos in the checklist at:


Elings, El Sitio

Hugh Ranson
 

Reasonable numbers of Yellow-rumped Warblers in the fennel at Elings Park this
evening which seemed to be finding plenty to eat--gives me hope that something
of note will drop in before fall ends.

Earlier I went to pick up food at El Sitio restaurant (De La Vina shopping
center--Grocery Outlet, Presto Pasta, etc). As I was leaving a heard a warbler
chip or two in the tipu tree outside El Sitio. I gave a pish and lo and behold,
the tree was full of warblers: 3 Black-throated Grays, 2 Townsend's, a
Nashville, an Orange-crowned, a Wilson's, a Yellow, and several Yellow-rumped.
So, for the next couple of weeks at least, whenever you pass a tipu, have a
good pish. You never know the reaction you'll get.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Santa Maria area birding

Peter Gaede
 

Hi All:

Wes Fritz and I checked a few areas in the Santa Maria Valley today specifically looking for fields with suitable habitat for shorebirds and pipits. We found a nice flooded field on the east side of Black Road just south of Stowell. We’re guessing this area might continue to be good for a couple of weeks if irrigation continues. In this field we had a nice group of foraging dowitchers, snipe and yellowlegs, with a few Dunlin and seven Pectoral Sandpipers in the mix. Also 13 Greater White-fronted Geese. This will probably be a good spot to continue checking for something interesting to show up.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara


Palm Warbler near first platform at Bird Refuge found by David Kisner

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
This morning in the pathway near the first viewing platform, I ran into David Kisner, who was able to show me a Western Palm Warbler. 
Good birding!
Joan Lentz


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*** Species Summary:

- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Mountain Bluebird (1 report)
- Cassin's Finch (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Oct 12, 2018 09:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Rancho Sisquoc, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8394878,-120.2113046&ll=34.8394878,-120.2113046
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49140449
- Comments: "Male in same location as previously "

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2018 16:27 by Mark Holmgren
- Quatal Canyon Rd x Hwy 33 34.8194,-119.4612, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819387,-119.461207&ll=34.819387,-119.461207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49131448
- Comments: "Briefly seen perched over young pistachio trees. Female showed all gray back and head, leaner more longer appearance than female Western."

Cassin's Finch (Haemorhous cassinii) (3)
- Reported Oct 11, 2018 09:20 by Mark Holmgren
- Tinta Trailhead 34.7491 -119.4976, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.749249,-119.497546&ll=34.749249,-119.497546
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49131713
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "3 birds flew in briefly calling ‘chiliup‘ The one bird seen well and photographed showed a bright red crown contrasting with a brownish nape."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2018 15:54 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S49127290
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Western race. Lawn-grazing with Yellow-rumped Warblers. Unlike Audubon's Warblers, this bird showed no yellow on rump, strong yellow undertail coverts, strong beige superciliary line. beige underparts with weak streaks across chest and on sides. No vocals."

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Lompoc Area - Black Skimmers, Greater White-fronted Geese

Peter Schneekloth
 

I visited Ocean Park west of Lompoc today. Best birds were two Black Skimmers sitting on the beach with a bunch of gulls. Also present with the flock a Brant, two Herring Gulls, Ring-billed Gull with good numbers of Western and California gulls as well as Royal Terns. A flock of 9 Greater White-fronted Geese flew in over the ocean from the south and then turned inland N of the river mouth.

On the way home stops at La Purisima Mission and Santa Rosa Park found nothing of note. A mile or so west of Santa Rosa Park (34.6098,  -120.3198) I had three Yellow-billed Magpies. This is an unusual location this far west.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Re: partially leucistic Red-Tailed Hawk

Mark Holmgren
 

Here again is the photo taken on 25 Feb 2017. 
So if we have the following dates:
Jan 2017          Turner
25 Feb 2017     Holmgren
March 2017     Gaulin
11 Oct 2018     Schneekloth
Are there other observation dates and photos of this bird?
If, in fact, its NOT seen during our definite breeding window, then we might have evidence of a Red-tailed Hawk choosing to over winter in our area.  If true, there is little prior evidence that our area serves in that way--to support RtHas choosing to winter here.  Of course, we have plenty of Red-tails that pass through our area in migration.  We'd know more about issues like this if we had more local bird banders.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


On Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 4:36 PM Thomas Turner <habarimbu@...> wrote:
Peter’s hawk reminded me of one that was in that same area in 2017. In January 2017 I sent this email to SBCObiring:

There was a partially leucistic Red-tailed Hawk on my ride to work this morning. At least, I think that’s what it was. The dorssal side of the wings were mostly white, mottled with a little brown, but I could see a bit of tail and it looked reddish. The head was dark brown with a bit of white on top. It certainly seemed like a red-tail in shape, size and posture.

It was in a eucalyptus North of the marsh at family student housing (NW corner of Mesa Rd. and Los Carneros Rd.

And Mark Holmgren got a picture in February:


Steve Gaulin reported it again in March 2017, but I see no mention of it after that.

Sure sounds like the same bird! I haven’t seen the bird around Devereux or UCSB since then, and I think I would have noticed it (though I am not up in that precise area too often).

-Tom



On Oct 11, 2018, at 4:24 PM, Peter Schneekloth <peterschneekloth@...> wrote:

Thanks, I didn't recall but sure adds a level of interest. I may go back and look at the old posts if I have time, let me know if you get photo's.

On Thursday, October 11, 2018, 4:10:00 PM PDT, Thomas Turner <habarimbu@...> wrote:


There was a Red-Tailed matching that description hanging out at Hollister x Los Carneros last year. I saw it, and I seem to recall several people mentioning it on the list-serve. I wonder if it is wintering there and breeding elsewhere. I will have to try for a picture!

On Oct 11, 2018, at 3:46 PM, Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io <peterschneekloth@...> wrote:

Stopped at Refugio this morning, Yellow-rumped, Wilsons, Yellow, Orange-crowned were only Warblers seen. They are very sneaky and come to the creek behind some cat tails on W bank of creek.

In Goleta their is a very weird Red-tail which I have seen serveral times above Hollister Ave at W end of Airport. It is mostly white on the top of the wings and shows some white plumage from below. It is very striking when you see the top from a distance.

The Newport Drive puddles are attracting birds but nothing but common Warblers this morning. One Orange-crowned has a rather large orange patch on top of its head which I inferred could not be hidden away.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton



Greater White-fronted Geese

Rebecca Coulter
 

A flock of 25 Greater White-fronted Goose just flew over the Museum of Natural History, headed west...perhaps check Devereux or environs in a few minutes! Interesting formation--one big V with a solo outrider (outflyer?) off to one side. 

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara


Santa Barbara Cyn area and New Cuyama

Mark Holmgren
 

A 2-day trip to the mountains off of Santa Barbara Cyn and in New Cuyama yielded some interesting birds.  The main motivation was to see if Pinyon Jays have found the Pinon Pine habitat in SB County.  I saw no PiJas and very few pines had any cones.

 

On 10 October on Cuyama Peak at dusk I heard and recorded the calls of Swainson’s Thrush in the chaparral. They were probably preparing for migration that night.  Pics of the habitat and recording are here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49116327

 

This morning (11 Oct) Tinta Trailhead was very birdy. Here were 3 Cassin’s Finches. See: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49131713

 

Other birding stops in Dry Canyon were not productive.

 

Richardson Park in New Cuyama had a western Palm Warbler, and a bunch of sparrows.  See: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49127290

 

At the New Cuyama Wastewater Treatment Plant were 12 Least Sandpipers, 1 Dunlin (quite unusual in the Cuyama Valley), and Black-necked Stilt, also unusual. I was surprised to find a Green-winged Teal there, also very unusual in the Valley.  The Baird’s Sandpiper has apparently departed. For details and photos, see:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49131748

 

Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara


Goleta Slough

Steven Gaulin
 

Following up on Dika's recent post, the Little Blue Heron was present near the slough outlet at 5:00 PM today on a strongly outgoing tide. An Osprey, one Long-billed Curlew, and one Greater Yellowlegs were also present.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Evening and morning birding today (Goleta, then SB)

Dika Golovatchoff
 

Having an errand in Goleta this morning I birded both eastern and western portions of Goleta Beach.  Did not find the Little Blue Heron.  The 5 Black Turnstones were interesting to watch.  List is at: 

My list from the evening off of Sternn's Wharf : https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49131485

Shows the perfectly healthy aechmorphous grebes (western and Clark's) as well as Brown Pelicans. These are the first of these species I'm seeing this year.  I hope I don't have errors in these lists.