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Via Diego tipu trees have many warblers

Ron Hirst
 

Many Townsends (26) and YR Warblers (45) in 40 Tipu trees lining Via Diego off of La Colina Rd.  Couldn't find a BT Gray or Nashville or Lucy's but these trees are worth checking again. Red eucalyptus trees near Franceschi Park on Riviera hillside and elsewhere are blooming sparsely and may soon have a more profuse blush of flowers. The sooner the better.  Ron Hirst  SB

Lucy's Warbler, and little else

Dave Compton
 

Around noon, I saw a Lucy's Warbler in the tipu trees on the east side of David Love Place, north of Francis Botello Rd, in Goleta (the light industrial area north of the airport). There was a decent size gull flock around the recycling center at the north end of David Love Place. Not much else at other stops, which included the Cabrillo Business Park (although the water and good size White-crowned flocks suggest some promise here) and Tecoloito Creek between Hollister and US 101. Also, no geese whatsoever at Storke Field, and no gulls of interest at Goleta Beach.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Chipping Sparrows

Hugh Ranson
 

This afternoon there were 3 Chipping Sparrows at the SB Municipal Golf Course, immediately to the east of the parking lot. No sign of any orioles.

Earlier I birded the Arroyo Burro Open Space (end of Alan Road) where I didn't see anything noteworthy.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Cachuma CBC - Brief Summary of interim results 143 Species

Peter Schneekloth
 

Snow and wind in the mountains, along with a malfunctioning tracking spreadsheet, were no match for 45 energetic birders which spread out across the circle to find at first estimate 143 species. 

The biggest disappointment perhaps were the Sandhill Cranes which had been around for a month or more, were seen earlier in the week, and then decided not to stick around for count day.

Highlight included the following.

In the mountains in spite of strong wind and road closure at Ranger Peak finds included Red Crossbills, Pygmy Nuthatch along with Mountain Chickadee (both of which had been hard to find during scouting), Mountain Quail and a single Varied Thrush.

In the lowlands the continuing Sage Thrasher, a Vermillion Flycatcher, Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Snow Goose, Cackling Goose and Grasshopper Sparrow were some of the better finds. Mountain Blue-birds made themselves scarce but were eventually found for the count.

At Lake Cachuma Greater White-fronted Geese, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Lewis's Woodpecker and Wood Duck some of the better finds.

7 Owl species including Spotted, No. Pygmy, Burrowing, W. Screech, No Saw-whet, Barn and Great Horned.

Some of the bigger misses were Prairie Falcon, Herring Gull, Hooded and Common Merganser.

Thanks go to:
All of the birders some of whom went to extraordinary lengths to find owls at insane hours of the morning, hike to remote sections of the mountain, get a boat out on a lake, adjust to a new assignment or bounce from area to area around the circle.  Lake Cachuma and Staff for supporting lake access and getting out and birding, Sedgwick Reserve for hosting dinner, many private land owners for allowing access.

Cachuma CBC Team
Cruz, Kate, Peter

Pine Siskins

Hugh Ranson
 

This morning I birded the Modoc Open Space/Cieneguitas Creek/ Vieja Valley School area. Not much to report besides 2 or 3 Pine Siskins in liquid amber at Vieja Valley School. This area has been good for tanagers and orioles in the past, but not a one could I find. The tipu trees outside Java Station (Hollister/Nopal) held good numbers of Yellow-rumped and Townsend's Warblers.

Despite the lack of birds, it felt great to be walking around after spending 8 1/2 hours in the car yesterday returning from Orange County.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Continuing Tufted Duck

asekoonce
 

The TUFTED DUCK continued at the UCSB lagoon late this afternoon, hanging out with a small number of Lesser Scaup.  The length of the tuft is impressive compared to most Tufted Ducks I have seen in CA.

Sandy

Sandy Koonce
Department of Mathematics
University of Redlands, Redlands, CA 92373

New Ventura Co. Birding Group

Adam Searcy
 

(Posting this with SB Co. moderator permission)

Hello Yahoo Groups subscribers/Santa Barbara Co. Birders,

If you're subscribed to the Ventura Co. Yahoo Group and wish to continue receiving/posting messages, please visit
and subscribe. I suspect that we'll be dealing with two listservs for a while as folks catch up, but please try to post only on Groups.io from here forward.

Please let me know directly if you have any issues signing up. Also note that all users have to have their first message moderated, so bear with us if there are some delays in your first posts coming through.

Thanks everyone!
Adam Searcy

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Adam J. Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA

Black-headed Grosbeak, Solvang, 2019-12-26

Wim van Dam
 

I just photographed a male adult BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK at my Solvang feeder. Alas my place is outside the Cachuma circle. 

After last night there's a fair amount of snow in the San Rafael Mountains, so more birds should be on the move. 

Wim  

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant

Area K Goleta Slough possible “Eurasian Teal”

Benjamin Byerly
 

All,

We had a similar experience to Dave at Area K where a large percentage of ducks flushed shortly after we walked up to the fence. 

Many returned including wigeon and gadwall and a couple of cinnamon teal. Before the ducks flushed I saw a bird that may have been a male “Eurasian” teal (lacking vertical white stripe). 

I’ll try to return tomorrow to investigate further. 


Ben,
Goleta 

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Benjamin L. Byerly

Lake Los Carneros

Guy Tingos
 

A quick walk around the lake yielded no rarities, but 12 White-throated Swifts was unexpected, 32 Cedar Waxwings was a nice count, and 2 Glaucous-winged Gulls was a nice addition.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

Re: Tufted Duck at UCSB lagoon

Benjamin Byerly
 

It returned to the scaup raft which is approximately 

(34.4081055, -119.8468729)
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Benjamin L. Byerly

Tufted Duck at UCSB lagoon

Benjamin Byerly
 

All,

There is a male tufted duck (atathya with bright white flanks and tuft on head)  at the UCSB lagoon. It was mixed in with a raft of scaup. Flushed when a RTHA came by and flew towards the marine science buildings. Currently trying to relocate. 



Ben,
Goleta 

NCOS this morning

Barbara Millett
 

Water levels are quite high at North Campus Open Space after recent rains.   Plenty of birds to look at this morning.  Just south of Phelps Bridge, there was a Common Gallinule.   This species is new for me at this location.   I found one photo online of the recent Common Gallinule at Lake Los Carneros — it did not appear to be the same individual I saw today at NCOS.

Complete eBird checklist here:



Happy Holidays,

Barb Millett
Santa Barbara

TK, Nashville, etc. (Goleta, this a.m.)

Dave Compton
 

This morning, I drove around Goleta a bit and hit several spots. I met oddly varying conditions, with strong winds north of 101 and mostly relatively calm conditions south. The only birds of note were a TROPICAL KINGBIRD and a NASHVILLE WARBLER around the UCSB Student Health Building at El Colegio and Ocean Rd. The TK was tussling with a Cassin's Kingbird around eucs on the other side of the green lawn southwest of the building, at the edge of Isla Vista. The Nashville was at the western corner of the building in a small blooming red gum that was attracting a lot of birds. No sign of the Summer Tanager that was here last month, and no sign of any orioles, probably the first time I've experience that here in winter in a few years.

Goleta Slough from the overlook at the Environmental Health and Safety Building has a fair amount of water. But as I approached the bluff, all several dozen of the ducks in Basin K flushed. I can only say that they were mostly shovelers and Green-winged Teal. Some Least Sandpipers and Long-billed Dowitchers were hanging around, too.

In North Goleta, I birded some of the area around the intersection of Ribera Drive and University. It was pretty windy here, but I found a couple of decent pockets of birds in eucs along Ribera and the parallel bike path south of University. Not too many blossoms in the eucs here, but birds were concentrated in areas where there were at least a few. And, if we get some sunny weather after this next storm, maybe these healthy looking eucs will get some more blossoms--and birds.

A couple of other notes--there were some ducks in the wetland at the Cabrillo Business Park, but I didn't stop to see what they were. There was a only small amount of water, and no birds that I noticed, in the northwestern CDFW wetland at the corner of Mesa and Los Carneros. Everything could change by Thursday, though.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Re: Santa Maria/Guadalupe CBC-Draft Results, Top Ten, Not So Top Ten

Alan Doty
 




On Dec 23, 2019, at 5:45 AM, John Deacon via Groups.Io <iseekbirds@...> wrote:


All:

Thanks again to those who participated in our 40th Anniversary Count.  Those of us that have done this count most years are having a hard time remembering a more miserable day with respect to weather (could be real or age related).  Wind and rain were almost constant.  In spite of the conditions, preliminary results show our 17 brave participants saw or heard 140 species.  We still have a couple of outstanding checklists, but that's about where we are.  Below are highlights and lowlights. 

Top Ten
  • Tropical Kingbird (2)
  • Red Fox Sparrow
  • Rhinoceros Auklet
  • Black Vented Shearwater
  • Pacific Golden Plover
  • Iceland Gull
  • Redhead
  • Yellow Headed Blackbird
  • White Throated Sparrow
  • Greater White Fronted Goose
  • Yellow Billed Magpie (Honorable Mention)
  • Cormorant Trifecta (Honorable Mention)
  • Loon Trifecta (Honorable Mention)
  • Hooded Merganser (Honorable Mention)
Not So Top Sixteen AKA Misses
  • Prairie Falcon (Seen prior day)
  • Burrowing Owl (Seen two days prior)
  • Hermit Thrush (Seen prior day)
  • Green Heron
  • Black Crowned Night Heron
  • Virginia Rail
  • Sora
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Willet
  • Whimbrel
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Any Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hutton's Vireo
  • Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Lincoln's Sparrow
  • Purple Finch
Some of our misses were obviously due to the trying conditions.  If anyone wants to hunt these down in the next couple of days for Count Week Credit, that would be great.  Let me know if you see any of these.

John Deacon
Orcutt



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John Deacon
Orcutt

Santa Maria/Guadalupe CBC-Draft Results, Top Ten, Not So Top Ten

John Deacon
 

All:

Thanks again to those who participated in our 40th Anniversary Count.  Those of us that have done this count most years are having a hard time remembering a more miserable day with respect to weather (could be real or age related).  Wind and rain were almost constant.  In spite of the conditions, preliminary results show our 17 brave participants saw or heard 140 species.  We still have a couple of outstanding checklists, but that's about where we are.  Below are highlights and lowlights. 

Top Ten
  • Tropical Kingbird (2)
  • Red Fox Sparrow
  • Rhinoceros Auklet
  • Black Vented Shearwater
  • Pacific Golden Plover
  • Iceland Gull
  • Redhead
  • Yellow Headed Blackbird
  • White Throated Sparrow
  • Greater White Fronted Goose
  • Yellow Billed Magpie (Honorable Mention)
  • Cormorant Trifecta (Honorable Mention)
  • Loon Trifecta (Honorable Mention)
  • Hooded Merganser (Honorable Mention)
Not So Top Sixteen AKA Misses
  • Prairie Falcon (Seen prior day)
  • Burrowing Owl (Seen two days prior)
  • Hermit Thrush (Seen prior day)
  • Green Heron
  • Black Crowned Night Heron
  • Virginia Rail
  • Sora
  • Spotted Sandpiper
  • Willet
  • Whimbrel
  • Belted Kingfisher
  • Any Sapsucker
  • Downy Woodpecker
  • Hutton's Vireo
  • Blue Gray Gnatcatcher
  • Cedar Waxwing
  • Lincoln's Sparrow
  • Purple Finch
Some of our misses were obviously due to the trying conditions.  If anyone wants to hunt these down in the next couple of days for Count Week Credit, that would be great.  Let me know if you see any of these.

John Deacon
Orcutt



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John Deacon
Orcutt

Santa Maria Guad CBC - A few early returns, Probable Red Fox Sparrow, Snow Geese

Peter Schneekloth
 

Birding with Jerry Rounds we birded the Santa Maria Waste Water Plant and a few spots along Black Road. The weather definately a factor, we felt lucky to find a Northern Pintail and American Wigeon at the WWTP as there were very few ducks other than the usual Shovelers, Mallards, Gadwall and many Coots to go with.

At the Black Road flooded field we found a flock of 5 white geese, they were quite far off. The white adult seemed a bit smaller than the 4 juv birds, a rough look:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49261124223/in/dateposted-public/

Later in the day I poached Pioneer Park and had a bird that looks decent for a Red Fox Sparrow, strong back streaks, distinct face pattern, white wing bars and well it's pretty darn red. Comments welcomed, three looks here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49261099433/in/dateposted-public/

There was also a White-throated Sparrow here which had been scouted by John Deacon:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49261098338/in/dateposted-public/

Looking forward to hear what others have found.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton 

Cachuma CBC scouting

Jim Hodgson
 

Hi all,

I birded a few spots this morning in preparation for next week. Highlights were a Prairie Falcon at the intersection of Armor Ranch and Happy Canyon roads. A Merlin and 3 Tri-colored Blackbirds in the horse ranch along Happy Canyon and on Alisos north of Happy Canyon were the continuing 5 juv. Sandhill Cranes, 1 Golden Eagle, 1 Ferruginous Hawk and 2 Vesper sparrows. It was a good day for raptors in general. No Mountain Bluebirds or Horned Larks.

Jim Hodgson
Santa Barbara

Saturday raptors

Nick Lethaby
 

Today I failed to find a RL Hawk in the Cuyama. Raptors out there included 9 Ferruginous (1 dark), 2 Prairie Falcons, 3 Merlins, 2 N. Harriers, and a Golden Eagle.

I drove back to Goleta via Foxen Canyon and around the Tres Hermanas raptor hotspot, saw a Bald Eagle, a Golden Eagle, a Merlin, and 7 Ferruginous Hawks with 2 dark phase in view at once.

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Goleta, CA

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Goleta, CA

Isla Vista and Coal Oil Point

Hugh Ranson
 

This morning I walked from east Isla Vista to the mouth of Devereux Slough. Highlights:

Costa's Hummingbird-- a young male in a pink-flowering shrub between 6509/6515 Pardall Road in IV.
Nashville Warbler-- one in tipus at the same location
9 Hooded Mergansers (inc. 2 adult males) and a Green Heron at Anisq’Oyo’ Park in IV.
7 Western Sandpipers and 3 Dunlin east of Coal Oil Point.
Osprey and c. 120 Snowy Plovers at the slough mouth.

Photographic evidence of the hummingbird here:


Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara