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*** Species Summary:

- Ring-necked Duck (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (2 reports)

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Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris) (1)
- Reported Sep 14, 2020 08:31 by Deann Purcell
- 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/checklist/S73593299
- Comments: "Presumably the same individual we saw on August 28. The bird seemed more white on its sides than last time we saw it. Overall, a black body with the white sides. Even from a distance, it’s golden eye was unmistakable. We saw him at a distance of perhaps 100 yards as it swam in front of the cormorants on the first island. We viewed the bird from the little beach at the parking lot. I got a picture but it’s so distant and blurry that it’s likely useless."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Sep 10, 2020 08:21 by John Deacon
- Deacon Home (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.887029,-120.432212&ll=34.887029,-120.432212
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73558763
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Somewhat smaller than HOORs that visit this hummingbird feeder. Black hood doesn't appear to extend past the eye. Darker than HOORs."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Sep 09, 2020 12:07 by John Deacon
- Deacon Home (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.887029,-120.432212&ll=34.887029,-120.432212
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73558387
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Somewhat smaller than HOORs that visit this hummingbird feeder. Black hood doesn't appear to extend past the eye. Darker than HOORs."

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White-crowned Sparrow - Buellton

Peter Schneekloth
 

Early, for here at least, a White-crowned Sparrow at my feeders this morning. I don't normally see them until October.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Berkeley Bike Bridge yesterday Purple Martins (2)

Ron Hirst
 

Lots of hummers and OC Warblers (80). 2 Purple Martins were very rare. Many passerines incl. 25 Cedar Waxwings.  List:  ebird.org/checklist/S73551734
Ron Hirst, SB


The most elegant of terns: Refugio State Beach

Steven Gaulin
 

I birded the S. end of Refugio Road and Refugio State Beach this AM. The creek crossings were dead, though a Merlin flew through, and the lerpy Eucs in the State Park produced only common warblers. The "ghostly Empid" put it cameo appearances at the N. end of the lagoon, but not sufficient to evaluate its specific status. What most caught my attention was the very pinkish breasts of the 8 Elegant Terns on the beach (along with 2 adult and 2 immature Royal Terns showing no such hue). I know this blush is well known but it was as intense as I've ever seen it in these birds. A friend had a camera and perhaps photos will follow. 

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Fw: Sora in Santa Monica Creek, Carpinteria

Tom Beland
 

Hi All,

This Sunday morning around 10:30 Laurel and I were birding at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park.  We walked towards Santa Monica Creek and after crossing Sandy Land Cove Road we saw a Mallard chasing a Sora at the end of the cemented part of the creek. We watched the Sora jump into a drain pipe in the cement wall, then jump out and it swam to the shore with the Mallard in pursuit. The Sora foraged on land on the north edge of the creek near the cement wall. We watched for approximately 10 minutes and it was still there when we left. I have a photo of the Sora in eBird.

Tom Beland
Carpinteria, CA


Adult Sabine's Gull - Jim May Park Santa Maria

Peter Schneekloth
 

I had time for a quick stop at Jim May this morning. Startled to see an adult Sabine's Gull circling around for a few minutes before it apparently departed departed to the east. Rough photo here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/50339620067/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 12, 2020 15:44 by Eric Hopson
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4169325,-119.8230261&ll=34.4169325,-119.8230261
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73526204
- Comments: "Continuing, seen east of bridge and from bike path. One adult looking with nearly all gray breast, dark streaked back, thick stout bill, and partial white cheek. One juv with thick stout nearly all dark bill, darker and smaller spotting on back than juv BCNH."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 12, 2020 13:00 by Ron Hirst
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), 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/checklist/S73517403
- Comments: "continuing almost-adult with tan cheek bar"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 12, 2020 08:30 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), 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/checklist/S73511632
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing 1 mature looking and 3 immature birds roosting in one tree near ranger's house"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Sep 11, 2020 06:51 by John Deacon
- Deacon Home (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.887029,-120.432212&ll=34.887029,-120.432212
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73542395
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Darker and somewhat smaller than HOORs who frequent this feeder. "Hood" doesn't appear to extend past the eye. Numerous pictures available."

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Baird's Sandpiper push

Nick Lethaby
 

it would be good if soneone could bird the beach around the SMRE south to Mussel Rock as there are unprecedented numbers of Baird's Sandpipers in SLO and MTY right now.

I will be counting the SYRE tomorrow.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


N. Waterthrush at Bird Refuge

Hugh Ranson
 

I heard the N. Waterthrush chipping in the willow clump 100 yards or so east of the car park, then enticed it into view for a few seconds. Not much else to report. 6 or 7 Avocets were at the west end, along with a couple of Green-winged and one Cinnamon Teal. I had a hoped for a kingbird or two, but nope.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Berkeley Bike Bridge Northern Parula

Ron Hirst
 

A adult fem. No. Parula in streetside bottlebrush and oak downcreek from bike bridge. May be 2 of them. Birds were active at 10:30am. List:  ebird.org/checklist/S73506200
Ron Hirst, SB


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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (2 reports)
- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Northern Parula (1 report)
- Canada Warbler (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 11, 2020 17:57 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73478233
- Comments: "Continuing. Drab dark-billed round-headed Aythya."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 11, 2020 17:57 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73478234
- Comments: "Continuing. Drab dark-billed round-headed Aythya."

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1)
- Reported Sep 12, 2020 07:18 by Peter Schneekloth
- beach to backcountry trail, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.473261,-120.230235&ll=34.473261,-120.230235
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73494932
- Comments: "Flushed from side of trail, bird mottled brownish overall, long narrow wings Buffy patch on outer wing. Flew away low over shrubs bouncy or bouyant flight."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Sep 08, 2020 07:11 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3986926,-119.5336282&ll=34.3986926,-119.5336282
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73493705
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 11, 2020 17:48 by Mario Borunda
- Salt Marsh Nature Park, Carpinteria US-CA 34.39768, -119.52742, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.39768,-119.527417&ll=34.39768,-119.527417
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73481567
- Comments: "Two juveniles. One by Franklin Bridge and the other in pond nearest Ash St."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 12:45 by Stephen Bylin
- Nojoqui Falls County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5338803,-120.1769972&ll=34.5338803,-120.1769972
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73492749
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Streaky Black and white overall warbler with long slightly down curve Bill. Observed moving and foraging up trunk of large oak tree like a nuthatch in the dry creek adjacent to falls parking lot. Photo to be attached by conejomoon(shared list)"

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Sep 12, 2020 10:20 by Ron Hirst
- Berkeley Bike Bridge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4459023,-119.8141929&ll=34.4459023,-119.8141929
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73506200
- Comments: "1 or 2 adult f. Steel gray upper parts, yellow orangish upper breast cut off before belly, with 2 big white wing bars, eye ring, gray back with green patch. Fed in bottlebrush and oak near Maravilla."

Canada Warbler (Cardellina canadensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 12:45 by Stephen Bylin
- Nojoqui Falls County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5338803,-120.1769972&ll=34.5338803,-120.1769972
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73492749
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Warbler, dark gray from head to tail above; yellow from chin to vent below with lightly marked black streaks on the chest (necklace). Vent white down to dark tail end. Complete white eye ring and yellow spectacles on face to bill. Found foraging in dry creek bottom about 200 below foot bridge on waterfall trail. Photo to be attached by conejomoon (shared list)"

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cedar waxwings

William Murdoch
 


In the last 2 days I'm pretty sure I have seen a flock of waxwings come into a tree in the neighborhood (no bins available at the time).

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Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara


Nojoqui and SYRE 9-11

Florence Sanchez
 

I decided to go over to the Valley this morning to see if I could escape the dense coastal fog.  In that I was successful and it was less smoky to start than it has been along the coast.  Consequently, it was chilly to start but there was real sunlight, albeit hazy sun.  

Not much was happening at the Park--just the expected oak Woodland birds and it generally was pretty quiet.  The falls are still flowing a trickle and there is water in the upper part of the creek, but it trickles out between the third and fourth bridges as you return down the path.  Nothing was bathing.  I discovered that a few birds were drinking from the concrete trough in the adjacent field.  This would be a spot worth checking.

There were Turkeys seen at three points:  A flock of 15+ in the cut alfalfa fields off Highway 154 near San Antonio Creek; a few on the Alisal Golf Course; and several in the field to the right of Alisal Road just before you reach the park.  In the field across the road, there were 3 deer, including a buck with antlers.

It got hazier by the time I left.  I decided to chance fog and go to the Santa Ynez River Estuary, but it was fairly foggy there.  The fog wasn't too dense, but unless birds were pretty close, views through binoculars and scope were always slightly hazy.  There was a nice assortment of Shorebirds but not too many of each until something disturbed a flock well upstream where they'd been out of sight when I arrived. Then the numbers increased a lot, especially Marbled Godwits.  The count went from 4 to 40 after the upstream birds arrived.  Remembering the Bar-tailed Godwit of a couple of years ago, I scoped the flock as well as possible and didn't pick up any odd Godwit--they all looked the same.  The only Terns seen were 4 Elegants flying upriver and 2 Caspian Terns that flew downriver.  There was also another buck mule deer with antlers at the park entrance.

My last stop was a brief one at Gaviota, which was fairly clear of fog but not much was happening at 12:30.

Some nice signs of fall were patches of goldenrod along San Marcos Pass Road and really stunning color on the poison oak along Alisal Road from Solvang to the Park.  Also interesting were individual plants of blooming Scarlet Monkey flower poking up like spikes among the Venus-Hair ferns on the rockface beside the falls.

Florence Sanchez


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*** Species Summary:

- Fox Sparrow (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)

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Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca)
- Reported Sep 10, 2020 08:15 by Dennis Doordan
- 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/checklist/S73428801
- Comments: "scratching on the ground between first and second viewing platforms, underparts streaked with triangular spots"

Fox Sparrow (Sooty) (Passerella iliaca [unalaschcensis Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 10, 2020 11:25 by Mark Holmgren
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73429442
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen in creek bottom at about the mid-point on Kinevan Rd. At 34.50687 -119.82402. Very chocolate-colored bird. Second photo is a lightened version of the first photo. This would seem to be the earliest fall arrival of Fox Sparrow (at 1985' elevation) by 2 days."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 10, 2020 12:54 by Bradley Hacker
- Dos Pueblos Cyn x US 101, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4478,-119.9596&ll=34.4478,-119.9596
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73432819
- Comments: "Large warbler. Bobbing tail. Brown back & wings. Pale yellow supercilium and pale yellow breast streaked with brown. Found by Nick L."

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waterthrush, Tennessee

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I spent some time birding from Western Goleta west this AM. At Refugio, the spiffy leucistic Willow Flycatcher continues. A small warbler flock contained a BT Gray. A Sora and single Cinnamon and GW Teals were on the creek.

A stop at the Dos Pueblos Ranch exit turned up a Tennessee Warbler in a lerped eucalyptus on the N side of the freeway (it was the only warbler in these trees). I then checked the creek underneath the freeway bridge and found a N. Waterthrush.

Subsequent checks at Ellwood, Winchester One, Evergreen, and a fennel patch in W Goleta just turned up common western migrants although only Winchester One was reasonably covered. I had a Nashville there.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Re: Fox Sparrow in upper San Jose Creek

Rob Hofberg
 

I would call that Milk Chocolate.

Rob Hofberg


Fox Sparrow in upper San Jose Creek

Mark Holmgren
 

On Kinevan Road this morning was a very dark chocolate-colored Fox Sparrow. (Lightened photo attached.  Original and lightened photos in checklist.)

https://ebird.org/checklist/S73429442

This appears to be the earliest fall arrival of Fox Sparrow in the county by 2 days.

There is no water in the creek along Kinevan Road. Very few birds were detected.

 

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass


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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Sep 09, 2020 16:30 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), 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/checklist/S73403424
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds. One adult looking and two juveniles seen east of bridge and from the bike path"

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Santa Monica Creek - A warning...

Libby Patten
 

Joan Lentz and I went to the path next to Santa Monica Creek off El Carro Lane late this morning. We were just starting to enjoy some nice hummingbird activity near the Cape honeysuckle, when a youngish man (late 40s, white) walking a big healthy German Shepard came up to us. He was at first just a bit weird and overly friendly, but kept telling me that “my mother” shouldn’t be starting fires with her magnifying glass. He jogged away for a few minutes, then came back and said he had our photos and that he was with law enforcement. I tried to calm him and say that we would leave, but he then started yelling obscenities and told us to stop walking away and that he would detain us. He pulled out his wallet trying to show me his official ID. We left as quickly as we could, but he was the most aggressive person either one of us has ever encountered ever during birding. 

I suspect he is a regular on that path, so just a heads up!  Luckily, although it was stressful and we felt bad for this guy, we were able to laugh later at the absurdity of it all. 

Libby

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Libby Patten
Santa Barbara


Quiet morning at Refugio and El Capitan

Florence Sanchez
 

I looked for the Virginia's Warbler (reported from Refugio) for a long time this morning without success.  The large Eucalyptus in the Campground that is just west of the little Lagoon had a fair amount of warbler activity but it was hard to identify individuals due to the heavy fog.  After keeping at it, I found several Orange-crowns, a few Wilson's, 1 Yellow Warbler, and a tail-less Townsends.  I walked up the road to the first stream crossing, but it was very quiet there.

I went down to El Capitan, where I birded the nature trail and the area around the entrance kiosk, then took the trail running along the entrance road for some distance.   Again, activity was almost non-existent.  The best bird of the morning was a Sharp-shinned Hawk that flew across the end of the nature trail that comes out on the meadow. (Small accipiter with slightly retracted head position, fast wingbeat, and notched tail)

A note about the grapevines at Bates Road (Ventura County side).  Joan Lentz and I birded them yesterday and found the feeding activity continues there.  We had Hooded Orioles, Western Tanagers, Spotted Towhees, and a most interesting Grosbeak coming to the grapes.  The Grosbeak appeared to be a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak but there were some variations in the coloring of the underside that had us puzzled.  We had long looks at it but it flew away before it could be photographed.  

Later we ran into David Levasheff and friends at the Bird Refuge and found they had been to. Bates Road before us.  They saw and David photographed an unmistakable male Rose-breasted Grosbeak.  We looked at his photographs and noted how clean white the underparts were, while in our bird, the underparts appeared to be dirty white and Joan thought there was also some orangish coloration as well.  It might have been our angle but we are left wondering if what we saw was a hybrid Rose-breasted X Black-headed Grosbeak.  That would mean there may be two Grosbeaks present.  Just something to look for if you bird this spot in the next couple of days.

Florence Sanchez