Canada Warbler at Las Cruzitas

Mark Holmgren

A very boldly marked Canada Warbler is showing now approx 6 meters from this point 34.60958 -119.96030 in a Chokecherry tree immediately E of Cruz' pond.
I have not spoken to Cruz this morning, but generally she is totally open about birders visiting her homestead.
The bird seems to be favoring the insects attracted to the ripe cherries. This is lawnchair birding at its best. BYO lawn chair.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

Greater White-fronted Geese

Hugh Ranson

This morning the wandering flock of Greater White-fronted Geese was back at La
Cumbre Junior High on Modoc. The flock now totals 9 birds.

Hugh Ranson


Eric Culbertson


35-40 cackling type geese flying down coast together past Santa Clause lane in Carpinteria yesterday evening 10/11. The birds turned inland over the estuary and I lost them as they continued over Carpinteria.

Eric Culbertson 

large cowbird flock

Larry Ballard

A flock of 225 Brown-headed Cowbirds was in the grassy field at the south end of Linden Ave. in Carp.
Larry B.
Carpinteria CA

Canada warbler at las cruzitas

Cruz Phillips

8:30 and I have a nice male Canada Warbler in my yard at Las Cruzitas

Cruz phillips
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Addendum to Jameson Observations

Alan Prichard

Forgot to include:

Greater Scaup: 2

Ring-necked Duck: 10

Ruddy Duck: 2

Wim helped with the ID's. I'm working on getting some of you real birders out here to observe. Stay tuned...

Vermillion flycatcher at Preisker Park

Kathy Sharum

A friend and I birded Preisker Park in Santa Maria this morning and saw many yellow-rumped warblers. The highlight however was a flycatcher that I could not identify at first because it had streaking on the breast as well as lacking any kind of eyering. It wasn't until later that I realized it was a female vermillion flycatcher. My previous sightings of this bird were all males. I later returned at 4:45 to confirm and the bird was still there. Its location was on a knoll in the southeast corner of the park, near the fire station. I'm relatively new to the area and am unsure how rare this bird is but it was certainly noteworthy to me. The park was rather birdy. Other birds seen included Western bluebird, American goldfinch, Northern flicker, Townsend's warbler, Say's and black phoebe, other woodpecker sp. and a nuthatch sp.

Kathy Sharum

Santa Maria

Jameson Lake Observations

Alan Prichard

Too busy last week to do a proper observation, although I did spot a Great Egret at the East shore Monday that has been a regular  since. This past Monday and Tuesday were hammered by Santa Ana winds so not very birdy. Today was a good day though

On the Lake and on shoreline:
Lawrence's Goldfinch: 10
Pied-billed grebe: 8 adults, 2 juveniles
Great Blue Heron: 2
Great Egret: 1
Merlin: 1 (It has a regular hunting ground and is a dependable sight)
Belted Kingfisher: 2
Say's Phoebe: 1

Alder creek canyon:
Stellar's Jay: 2 (My first up close sighting, and first time hearing it's distinct call)
Western Meadowlark: 6

Bird class at Coal Oil Point this a.m., comments on Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at LLC

Joan Lentz ( address)

Hi All:
We had a good class this morning at Coal Oil Point, walking along the bluffs beginning at the end of Del Playa, circling back around to Devereux.
The best shorebird watching was in the extensive wrack washed up along the beach between the steps from I.V. west to Coal Oil Point. What a great place that beach is, especially in winter — lighting is great, many Sanderlings, some Westerns and Leasts for comparison, and finally three Dunlin mixed in, my first this fall. One Black Turnstone.
Many, many shorebirds too distant to really i.d. completely are roosting towards the mouth of Devereux Slough, if you scan with a scope from the Sands Beach overlook. We saw Snowy Plovers mixed in with masses of Black-bellied Plovers. Definitely worth a beach walk on your own.
In contrast, Devereux is pretty pathetic and held very few birds. The water there is drying up or at least has very little oxygen. Waiting for rain….
About the YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER that Brad Hacker has so kindly provided us with excellent photos of: I took the liberty of writing to Curtis Marantz, because I was confused as to the age of this sapsucker. Traditionally, the juvenal plumage of Yellow-bellied is much browner than this (on the head especially) at this time of year, but Curtis suggested that this bird was moving from juvenal to first basic plumage, i.e., had been born perhaps earlier in the spring than a more typical bird, so that the red throat is clearly visible and a little bit of red coming in on the forehead, thus a male (females have white throats). So, thanks to Curtis for clearing that up, and to Brad for his photos.
Perhaps there are two sapsuckers at LLC: a Red-naped somewhere in addition to this Yellow-bellied? Further exploration needed!

Joan Lentz

Black-and-white Warbler SBMNH

Rebecca Coulter

A beautiful female along Mission Creek right now, fresh plumage and calling occasionally. Nice lunchtime surprise.

Rebecca Coulter

Bella Vista Open Space - Hermit Warbler, Red-breasted Nuthatch

Peter Schneekloth

Hermit Warbler and Red-breasted Nuthatch seen at lunch time today. In the tall pines along western edge. Several Townsends Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers as well.

Peter Schneekloth


Sapsucker ID

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>

I can use some education with Sapsucker ID.

I photo'd a Sapsucker at LL Carneros this AM.

The bird has a complete black malar stripe, compatible with YBSA, but the back of the bird has white longitudinal bands more like a RNSA. There is no white on the chin, so it can't be a female RNSA, which I guess can have a black malar stripe. There's no red nape, but apparently that is not diagnostic.

Brad Hacker

10-Oct-2017 birding

David Levasheff

Started at Refugio, no special warblers seen. Lots of activity all around. Good looks at a  sub-adult Sora in the lower creek. Also two good looking male Bullock's Oriole. Also nice looks up close of Wrentit just north of the freeway bridges. A lone Canada style Goose in the ocean. 

Lake Los Carneros - 3 young Kites, 3 American Kestrel, and a Merlin. The hybrid Goose and Clarks Grebe were present. Also a young Green Heron and a Sora. 

Greater White-fronted Goose count now at 4. New for me were 26 Semipalmated Plovers hanging out in the natural seep area of the Snowy Plover sand area. The Kestrel was present, several Kingbirds, and a Red-tailed hawk. 1 Spotted Sandpiper & 1 Blue-wing Teal. Also had 8 Western Meadowlark north of the east arm. 

Re: White-faced Ibis

Rebecca Coulter

John’s post reminds me that last Saturday evening 10/7, at a non-birding event at the harbor (is there such a thing?), I had a White-faced Ibis fly from the Sea Landing overhead toward the breakwater. And just to prove that there IS no such thing, as I stood on the deck of the Spirit of Dana Point tall ship, an immature Peregrine Falcon landed on the mast of a nearby sailboat, calling insistently and peering down at the flock of potential meals resting on the beach. I made a valiant effort to point this out to the non-birding crowd…they were not impressed. Oh well, their loss. 

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara

On Oct 10, 2017, at 1:15 PM, John Bailey johngregorybailey@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

White-faced Ibis foraging along parking lot shoreline at Andree Clark Bird Refuge 11:00-ish today.

Very touchy. When I moved away from car, bird took to air. Did get a few pics.

John Bailey


Nick Lethaby


I camped out at Scorpion Monday night and birded Scorpion both days and Prisoners this afternoon. Prisoners was really dead, but Scorpion had several scarcities with Brewer's and Clay-colored Sparrows, WW Dove, Sage Thrasher, Green-tailed Towhee, and Palm Warbler.


White-faced Ibis

John Bailey <johngregorybailey@...>

White-faced Ibis foraging along parking lot shoreline at Andree Clark Bird Refuge 11:00-ish today.

Very touchy. When I moved away from car, bird took to air. Did get a few pics.

John Bailey

Carpinteria police station tams this a.m.

Joan Lentz ( address)

Hi All:  Larry Ballard and I did a quick walk out from Carpinteria Ave. to the RR tracks and back.  Best bird was the Greater White-fronted Goose grazing on the Tee Time golf course!  Otherwise, still a smattering of migrants, but nothing great.  We also checked the tamarisks to the east of the Tee Time parking lot and found very little of interest there, not half as birdy as the police station row.
Joan Lentz

Nashville and Prothonotary Warblers @ Refugio SB

Adrian O'Loghlen

Saw a Nashville Warbler make a brief visit to a pool near the Refugio campsite bridge at approx. 9:15 this am (Mon).  Did not seen this bird again during the subsequent hour or so.

The continuing Prothonotary Warbler made a number of visits to the creek and Peter Schneekloth and I had excellent views of this spectacular bird,

Adrian O'Loghlen


Tenn Warbler on campus

Thomas Turner <tomleeturner@...>

Hi all,

I bumped into a probable Tennessee Warbler on campus today. My description of the bird and it’s location are below.

The alders East of the bus circle were birdy again, with at least 3 Black-Throated Gray Warblers and some common birds. There are lots of Yellow-Rumps in the Morton Bay Fig on the Physics Quad, but I didn’t see other warblers in the ~2 minutes I looked.

The Tenn Warbler: An indistinct, yellow-all-over warbler, but I think it was was a 1st year Tenn rather than an Orange Crowned Warbler. It had a very different face than OCs, lacking the dark eye line. It had a distinct pale superscillium. I remembered to check under-tail coverts and they were lighter than the rest of the bird, if not by much. Didn't remember to check tail length or whether streaking was limited to flanks. It was feeding actively in a mallet flower tree (Schefflera pueckleri, I think) that is growing up against the South side of Campbell Hall. A Townsend's Warbler was working in the same tree.



Refugio and Stow Grove

Dave Compton

I haven't seen any other posts about Refugio, so thought I'd post what I know. Several people saw the PROTHONOTARY WARBLER from the bridge. It can be a very long wait before it comes to the creek, so it might be worthwhile to look in the trees in the western half of the park. I had it in Eucalyptus and Monterey cypress on Friday evening,

Also present was a BREWER'S SPARROW, which was by the water in the creek at about 11:45am. No sign of the Blackburnian, which I suspect is gone.

Connor Scotland showed me a photo of a confusing looking bird that he, Julie Scotland, and Larry Ballard thought was a Tennessee Warbler. I'm hoping to see the photos on my computer screen before I settle on an opinion. They're probably right, but the bird looked pretty odd.

Earlier, at Stove Grove in Goleta, the eucalyptus was filled mostly with Yellow-rumped Warblers. Only a few other migrants--one Western Tanager, several Townsend's Warblers, a couple of Orange-crowneds, and a single Wilson's--were present. Of some interest were calling RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a flyover PINE SISKIN, the first I've heard of in the county this fall.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara