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Neotropic

Hugh Ranson
 

3:15 sitting on concrete, east corner of LLC dam. Point blank looks. 

Hugh


Nojoqui County Park highlights

Rebecca Coulter
 

Greetings,
I birded Nojoqui County Park and a little way east down the road this morning; the gate was open before 8:00, and pretty much empty. Purple Martins are showing well, with at least 8 birds I counted together—there are certainly more around the park, and I had another 4-5 just east of the pastures along the road. They were chattering constantly so easy to find. The starlings are also doing well, and present in every tree where I saw martins. Other migrants: Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Warbling Vireo were abundant, with a handful each of Ash-throated Flycatcher, Western Tanager, Violet-green Swallow, Bullock’s Oriole, Wilson’s Warbler, and Black-headed Grosbeak; a couple of Black-throated Gray and Townsend’s warblers, a pair of Hooded Oriole nest-building in the palms, and a drowsy Barn Owl rounded out the list. (https://ebird.org/checklist/S67923629 )

To get home, I drove over Refugio Rd. along Quiota Creek, up and over the ridge. At the top, I tried to listen for Black-chinned Sparrow out West Camino Cielo Rd, but it was windy in that passage, so not ideal (I’ve had this species here before). As it was nearly midday, activity was pretty quiet all along the way, and the only addition to my day’s bird list was a calling Western Wood-Pewee near Circle Bar-B. 

Clarkia, globe lily, paintbrush, lupine, and some poppies were blooming highlights; Pale and Western Tiger swallowtails, Sara Orangetip, Buckeye, and a couple of California Sisters were an added spring butterfly bonus.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Neotropic at LLC

Hugh Ranson
 


At Lake Los Carneros. Currently in middle of lake. 

Hugh Ranson 
SB

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- American Bittern (1 report)
- California Condor (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)

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American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Apr 26, 2020 09:02 by Barry Rowan
- 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/checklist/S67844178
- Comments: "Flew over lake at 9:30. Distinctive brown and black wings."

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2020 09:00 by Dennis Rich
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67837850
- Media: 5 Photos

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2020 09:00 by Dennis Rich
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67837850
- Comments: "Small empid at ranch at end of count road (same place as last visit). Long primaries. Not around on return trip"

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Atascadero Creek mitigation area April 26

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked the loop trail in the mitigation area this morning, hoping that the Gray Flycatcher so beautifully photographed and reported would still be around.  I had no luck and I gave it a thorough search, walking the loop twice, reversing my direction the second time around. Interestingly, I found NO flycatchers of any kind in this area today, though there were plenty of insects around (including mosquitos).  (I heard a Black Phoebe on the far side of Atascadero creek but not in the mitigation area itself.)

There was lots of other bird activity however, including several of Orange-crowned Warblers and Common Yellowthroats.  At one point, I saw two newly fledged chicks of the latter following their parents across the path.  Also present were a few Yellow Warblers and 1 Wilson's Warbler, as well as a good number of Warbling Vireos.  Black-headed Grosbeaks were present and singing, but I had only one Oriole here today (Hooded).  Chestnut-backed Chickadees very active here this morning.

I went to UCSB afterward for a quick check of Area K but there was not much going on there.  No sign of Avocet or Ibis while I was present.

Florence Sanchez

Farren Rd and Kinevan today

Rebecca Coulter
 

This morning I walked briefly at Farren Rd (30 mins). On the slope west of the road below the first turnout I watched three Lazuli Buntings singing and squabbling, moving back and forth over the road. Not much else around—one Ash-throated Flycatcher, a few Cliff Swallows, and a Phainopepla were the highlights besides the buntings. I was surprised to hear a Western Meadowlark singing in the field to the west of the turnout; I don’t think I’ve ever heard or seen one while birding Farren in the spring. I wondered if they might breed here, or down in Eagle Canyon to the west—Lehman indicates they are likely very uncommon, local breeders west of Goleta, though they were once more common breeders along the south coast.

I headed to Kinevan Rd. to escape the heat and walked the road from the upper bridge to the West Camino Cielo junction. Mark Holmgren was also there, and we enjoyed birding together-but-apart along the way. The expected spring arrivals were present in abundance: Warbling Vireo, Cassin’s Vireo, Yellow Warbler, Wilson’s Warbler, Black-headed Grosbeak, and a single Western Tanager atop a redwood snag. A couple of lingering Townsend’s Warblers sang heartily, and there are still at least half a dozen Pine Siskin at the “feeder house” near the WCC junction. Mark and I puzzled over a Zonotrichia sparrow we saw preening in the deep cover along the creek, and surmise it was a dull White-throated Sparrow. Mark may have a more detailed description—he saw it a bit more clearly than I did. Other highlights for me were Hairy Woodpecker, nesting evidence for Black Phoebe and Pacific-slope Flycatcher, and a Hermit Thrush that popped up next to my car near the upper bridge as I approached, then took off across the creek.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Painted Cave Road

Mark Bright
 

This morning between 8:30 and 9:30 am on Painted Cave Road just entering into the steep canyon woodland about a quarter mile below the actual Painted Cave. We saw about 5-6 Hermit Warblers, about as many Townsend's Warblers, 2 Black-throated Gray Warblers, 3 Wilson's Warblers, 1 Orange-crowned Warbler, 3 Warbling Vireos, 2 Pacific-slope Flycatchers, 1 Downy Woodpecker and 1 Cooper's Hawk. Further south in open brushland were two Ash-throated Flycatchers. Further up the road at the Painted Cave site was a singing and out in the open Canyon Wren, 2 others heard in lower part of the canyon. So many other warblers we couldn't make out in the canopy, quite lively.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

Atascadero Creek Blue-winged Teal

Christopher Kibler
 

This morning I observed three Blue-winged Teal swimming in Atascadero Creek immediately south of Turnpike Road. I also observed two Green Herons in the creek near San Marcos Road.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S67839819

Chris
Goleta

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- Cackling Goose (2 reports)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- California Condor (1 report)
- Lewis's Woodpecker (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (2)
- Reported Apr 22, 2020 10:30 by Cachuma Lake
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5739701,-119.9579144&ll=34.5739701,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67799491
- Comments: "nesting pair on Arrowhead Island"

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (2)
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 17:10 by Mark Hays
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67779972
- Comments: "Mallard sizes, very short necks"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2020 09:40 by Lukas Le Grice
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67796107
- Comments: "Continuing. In the North-west corner of the lake."

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (2)
- Reported Apr 25, 2020 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67807744
- Media: 2 Photos

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 22, 2020 10:30 by Cachuma Lake
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5739701,-119.9579144&ll=34.5739701,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67799491
- Comments: "perched on Arrowhead Island"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2020 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67807744
- Comments: "Small empid at ranch at end of count road (same place as last visit). Long primaries. Not around on return trip"

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Migrant push is over

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Brad and I checked Refugio Canyon this morning and it was deathly quiet. In about 45 minutes, we saw/heard about 6 warblers in the area above Circle BarB and none appeared to be actively migrating. The Brewer's Sparrow was still around.

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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (3 reports)
- Gray Flycatcher (3 reports)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 10:00 by Lori Gaskin
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67762656
- Comments: "Along the NE edge of the lake."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 05:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9519718,-119.6969408&ll=34.9519718,-119.6969408
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67735411
- Comments: "Heard distinctive two note call in small side pond"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 06:53 by Rob Denholtz
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3996863,-119.5353699&ll=34.3996863,-119.5353699
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67718160
- Comments: "Continuing juv."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 07:43 by Peter Schneekloth
- Cachuma Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.69805,-119.91246&ll=34.69805,-119.91246
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67729509
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Dark billed empid long wing extension photos to be added"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (5)
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 06:25 by Bradley Hacker
- Refugio Creek Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5082895,-120.0646985&ll=34.5082895,-120.0646985
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67724103
- Comments: "Gray, squarehead, long primaries (~1/3 length of tail)"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 08:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- Tepusquet at Blazing Saddle, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9834039,-120.2061573&ll=34.9834039,-120.2061573
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67734386
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 09:51 by Jessie Altstatt
- Atascadero Creek mitigation corridor, Santa Barbara, California, US (34.425, -119.805), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4247261,-119.80536&ll=34.4247261,-119.80536
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67422095
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Near location as found on previous day. Not calling or singing. ID made possible with help from various folks."

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 07:28 by Jessie Altstatt
- Atascadero Mitigation Ponds trail loop, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4250193,-119.8048889&ll=34.4250193,-119.8048889
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67737208
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Seen at close range. Greyish overall. Faint eyering, flattish-round crown. Bird repeatedly slowly dipping tail downwards. Not calling. Bill dark with lighter mandible (hard to see in shade). I have pics and video, which clearly show the tail dipping. Video file type apparently not supported but i am happy to supply it to anyone who is interested. Pic sequences show tail dip but eBird isn't displaying them in order. Also note that in my pics, underside of bird has yellowish-green cast from reflection from vegetation, this happens a lot with my camera and iI have not edited it out."

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) (3)
- Reported Apr 24, 2020 06:25 by Bradley Hacker
- Refugio Creek Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5082895,-120.0646985&ll=34.5082895,-120.0646985
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67724103
- Comments: "Gray with brown cast, weak wing bars, thin eyering, rounded head, long orange-tinged bill, short primaries (~1/4 length of tail)"

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Area K, variety and easy viewing this afternoon

Ron Hirst
 

From Area K blufftop a good variety of ducks and teal were seen incl. BW, GW and Cinnamon Teal, a Gr. White Fronted goose, an Avocet, and other birds  eBird list here:  https://ebird.org/checklist/S67753561 
Ron Hirst, SB

Neotropic Cormorant - Devereux Slough

Mark Bright
 

Sorry for the late post. On Wednesday morning 4/22 the Neotropic Cormorant was present in close company with three Double-crested Cormorants along the main channel in the middle of Devereux Slough. Also interesting was the sight of a parent Canada Goose taking a walk with three small very yellow goslings just behind the dunes along the slough outlet.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

Montecito Birding

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning, I hiked the lower portion of the Buena Vista Trail.  Most of the action was near the trailhead, where I quickly saw and heard 2 Olive-sided flycatchers working the creek.  Also heard here was a Western Wood-Pewee and on my way out, an Ash-throated Flycatcher.  In the tall dead trees, I had both Hooded and Bullock's Oriole and a couple of Black-headed Grosbeaks.  Warblers seen and/or heard along the creek were Yellow, Wilson's, Orange-crowned, and Yellowthroats.  I went as far as the intersection with the San Ysidro/Romero trails and then turned back.  That end of the trail was windy at first, but it died down completely a little after 8.  Back at the trailhead, I had outstanding looks at male and female Lazuli Bunting, and an Audubon's-type Yellowrump flycatching from one of the dead trees.

Next stop was the Ennisbrook trail.  We owe a debt of thanks to the Montecito Trails Association and the Bucket Brigade for getting this trail in good condition again.

The trail was popping with Warblers from the beginning all the way up to the loop, where I turned around and headed back.  I tried to keep count of numbers but it eventually got beyond me, so these are very rough estimates:  Orange-crowned-12, Yellow 8, Townsend's 5, Black-throated Gray-10, Nashville-6, Wilson's 6, Common Yellowthroat-1, Myrtle-type Yellowrump-1.  Warbling Vireos were everywhere, at least a dozen.  At the loop, I had a Cassin's Vireo singing and feeding.  I found no Western Tanagers this morning, but there were at least 8 Bullock's Orioles around, one of them a deep drop-dead neon orange male.  Also a couple of Hooded Orioles and a couple of Black-headed Grosbeaks.

I paid close attention to Flycatchers but the only Empids I could identify for sure were Pacific Slope, and there were a lot of them.  However, at the very start of the trail, there was a gray-looking Empid working some low vegetation along the creek, but it few off before I could home in on any details, never to be seen again.

Florence Sanchez

Isla Vista migrants

Hugh Ranson
 

I took a look along the swale at the Camino Corto Open Space mid-afternoon, and didn't expect to see much in the heat. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. There was a lot of bird activity, best being Cassin's Vireo, Yellow-breasted Chat, Hammond's Flycatcher, and lingering Ruby-crowned Kinglet and White-crowned Sparrow.

Best access for this line of trees is from Camino Corto, then follow the trees (largely willows and cottonwoods) towards the red barn.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


White-faced Ibis

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

Today I made a quick check at the pond on 246 and Campbell Road a few miles west of Buelton and saw 17 White-faced Ibis. Also there are lots of singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, Laz-Buntings and both Orioles. It’s just really good out there right now.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
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Solvang CA

Cachuma Campground Migrants - 9 Warbler Species

Peter Schneekloth
 

I spent the morning walking the length of Cachuma Campground up and back. It was quite windy which impacted my ability to see a lot of the birds so the e bird list attached below likely under reports many species. There seemed to be a slow steady flow of birds up canyon against the wind. I watched a gap between some trees for 15 minutes or so and there was a steady movement of 3-5 birds a minute skipping through the trees. I had 9 Warbler Species with Wilson's and Black-throated Gray being pretty much everywhere. Other highlights were at least 2 Hammond's Flycatchers, 6 Chipping Sparrows, 3 MacGillivray's Warblers seen and I think several more heard (hard to sort calls through the wind) and 3 Cassin's Vireo. On the way out I had a Roadrunner along the road near chicken springs.

List here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67729509

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Western Tanagers

John Deacon
 

I am at the Santa Maria Country Club. I have seen 16 Western Tanagers on the first 5 hole this morning. I’m guessing Waller Park is seeing similar numbers due to its proximity to the Club. If anyone is in the area it might be a good spot today.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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- Cackling Goose (1 report)
- Lewis's Woodpecker (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (2)
- Reported Apr 22, 2020 10:30 by Kristin Loft
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5739701,-119.9579144&ll=34.5739701,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67694447
- Comments: "Nesting pair Arrowhead Island"

Lewis's Woodpecker (Melanerpes lewis) (1)
- Reported Apr 22, 2020 10:30 by Kristin Loft
- Cachuma Lake Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5739701,-119.9579144&ll=34.5739701,-119.9579144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67694447
- Comments: "perched on Arrowhead Island"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 23, 2020 07:59 by Bradley Hacker
- Birabent Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7431289,-120.0605679&ll=34.7431289,-120.0605679
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67676302
- Comments: "All gray. Square head. Forked tail. Long primaries."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 07:28 by Lisa Stratton
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.407,-119.848&ll=34.407,-119.848
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67696833
- Comments: "Detected by call, as per Mark Holmgren"

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Addendum to kinevan Road, April 23

Florence Sanchez
 

I forgot to mention that Pine siskins continue in the Canyon.  I saw three at the seed feeder and heard more calling from the big incense cedar tree.  Why should they ever leave?  The cafeteria line is refilled daily, there is ample water both in the stream and in the bird baths, and there are those big trees to roost in.

Florence Sanchez