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Bird Refuge this morning

Florence Sanchez
 

I went down to the Bird Refuge late this morning to see if there were any new Shorebirds about and found an investigative team looking for a reported possible Little Blue Heron.  Close looks through scopes and the fact that there were now two birds with the same suspicious plumage led us to conclude that we were seeing extremely juvenile Snowy Egrets, not Little Blues (plumage that is poorly illustrated in the field guides and that we don't often see). 

Another new sighting was two Forester's Terns.  One of them was a very buffy juvenile.  This too is a plumage we don't often see.  It's certainly the time of year to look for familiar birds like these in unfamiliar dress.

There were about 20 small shorebirds present.  They seemed to be divided pretty equally between Least and Western Sandpipers, with a single Spotted Sandpiper and Semi-palmated PLOVER making up the group while I was there.  Someone who was there earlier found 3 SP Plovers.

Florence Sanchez

Next Five SB County Birds, two years later

Wim van Dam
 

[Fall migration is clearly here and yesterday's cormorant gives me a good excuse for an update on the 2015 prediction of SBCO's Next Five County Birds".]

Two years ago 16 birders had a stab at predicting the Next Five Birds for Santa Barbara County. Below you will find these predictions, including some additional comments. 

Where are we now, two years later? 

The most predicted bird was Lesser Black-backed Gull: 10 out of 16 people predicted this one. Sure enough one was found a few months later by Nick Lethaby at the Santa Ynez River mouth. Probably the same bird returned a year later, so it's going to be interesting if it shows up again this coming winter.

What else? Well, we have had a ship-assisted Hawfinch and a Black-billed/Eurasian Magpie of dubious origin on Santa Rosa Island, but that's it. Unless I'm mistaken, that is pretty pathetic. 

So, let's hope that the coming months we can add something new to the county. After the LBB Gull, the most predicted birds were the following:

1. Arctic Loon [predicted by 6 birders: AA, JC, NL, CM, HR, BS]
2. Neotropic Cormorant [LB, WvD, WF, GK, NL, FS]
3. Ruby-throated Hummingbird [JC, DC, WF, LL, CM, BS]
4. Blue-winged Warbler [AA, WF, GK, GL, NL, HR]
5. King Eider [LB, PL, BS, GT]
6. Little Stint [AA, DC, WF, HR]
7. White-rumped Sandpiper [WvD, GK, FS]
8. Thick-billed Kingbird [DC, NL, FS]
9. Le Conte's Sparrow [PL, CM, HR]
10. Great Shearwater [JC, PL]
11. Glossy Ibis [WvD, GK]
12. Common Black Hawk [GL, GT]
13. Lesser Sand-Plover [PL, FS]
14. Terek Sandpiper [BS, GT]
15. Hudsonian Godwit [AA, CM]

Please. Any one will do. Thank you. 


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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SBCO #375: Gray Catbird

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2015 Predictions of SBCO's next Five County Birds

Alex Abela

Arctic Loon
Hudsonian Godwit
Little Stint
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Blue-winged Warbler

Additional predictions: King Eider, Nazca Booby, White-rumped Sandpiper, Iceland Gull, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Brambling.
For bragging rights: "Hugh Ranson will find all five (although he was actually really just looking for dragonflies at the time)."
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Larry Ballard

King Eider
Masked Booby
Neotropic Cormorant
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Black-billed Magpie
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Jamie Chaves

Arctic Loon
Great Shearwater
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Cerulean Warbler

Additional prediction: Thick-billed Kingbird
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Dave Compton

Wedge-tailed shearwater ("I tried hard to think of a new seabird that would show up during El Nino, and I don't think this is one. But we have a good chance of getting one, soon, and I really had to include a seabird.")
Little Stint ("We're all looking hard for this one, right?")
Lesser Black-backed Gull ("C'mon, how can we not have a Lesser Black-backed Gull?")
Ruby-throated Hummingbird ("Make sure you bone up on identifying females before September,")
Thick-billed Kingbird ("San Mateo County has several, so they aren't all south of us.")

Additional prediction: King Eider ("OK, maybe not a great idea during El Nino, but there's no reason we can't get one of these some day relatively soon.")
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Wim van Dam

Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Random stranger with camera)
Neo-tropic Cormorant (Tom Turner at UCSB lagoon)
Glossy Ibis (Dave Compton at Ocean Beach Park)
White-rumped Sandpiper (Nick Lethaby at Devereux)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (Wes Fritz at River Park)
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Wes Fritz

Neotropic Cormorant
Little Stint
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Blue-winged Warbler

Additional predictions: Trumpeter Swan, King Eider, Arctic Loon, Wood Sandpiper, Hudsonian Godwit, White-rumped Sandpiper, Black-tailed Gull, Slaty-backed Gull, Thick-billed Kingbird, Northern Shrike, Arctic Warbler, Snow Bunting, Cerulean Warbler, Red-faced Warbler, LeConte's Sparrow
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Glenn Kincaid

Neotropic Cormorant
Glossy Ibis
White-rumped Sandpiper
Bronzed Cowbird
Blue-winged Warbler
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Paul Lehman

King Eider
Great Shearwater
Lesser Sand-Plover
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Le Conte's Sparrow

Additional predictions: Arctic Loon, Little Stint, Rock Sandpiper, Slaty-backed Gull, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Thick-billed Kingbird, Northern Wheatear, Smith's Longspur, Blue-winged Warbler, Brambling
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Gary Lester

Common Black Hawk
Purple Gallinule
White-winged Tern
White-collared Swift
Blue-winged Warbler
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Lauren Lester

Magnificent Hummingbird
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Xantus's Hummingbird
Fork-tailed Flycatcher
Golden-cheeked Warbler
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Nick Lethaby

Arctic Loon
Neotropic Cormorant
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Thick-billed Kingbird
Blue-winged Warbler

Additional prediction: Baird's Sparrow
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Curtis Marantz

Arctic Loon (at Goleta Bay or the harbor)
Hudsonian Godwit (at Santa Ynez River Mouth)
Lesser Black-backed Gull (at Goleta Beach)
Ruby-throated Hummingbird (at somebody's feeder)
Le Conte's Sparrow (at Patterson Ave fields or the farm off Hollister)

Additional predictions: King Eider, Arctic Loon, Great Shearwater, Lesser Sand-Plover, Hudsonian Godwit, Rock Sandpiper, White-rumped Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Black-billed Cuckoo, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Thick-billed Kingbird, Northern Shrike, Blue-winged Warbler, Le Conte's Sparrow
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Hugh Ranson

Arctic Loon
Little Stint
Lesser Black-backed Gull
Blue-winged Warbler
Le Conte's Sparrow
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Florence Sanchez

Bulwer's Petrel
Neotropic Cormorant
White-rumped Sandpiper
Lesser Sand-Plover
Thick-billed Kingbird

Additional prediction: Short-tailed Hawk
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Brad Schram

King Eider
Arctic Loon
Terek Sandpiper
Ruby-throated Hummingbird
Gray Wagtail

"In the late 70s Larry, Louis, Paul, and I did predictions before spring and fall, sealing them in an envelope for opening when the season ended. The most bizarre predictions (seemingly as outlandish as Gray Wagtail then) tended to win. So....look for that Gray Wagtail around creek mouths this fall!"
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Guy Tingos

King Eider (at Santa Barbara Harbor)
Common Black Hawk (in Carpinteria)
Terek Sandpiper (at Santa Maria Sewage Ponds)
Northern Shrike (in Cuyama)
Olive-backed Pipit (at South Patterson)
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COPR

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I was able to find 2 juv Baird’s along the beach here today, one between the Corte Madera steps and the point, with the other near the Snowy Plover area by the slough mouth. I rechecked the second bird on the way back to make sure there were two.

 

I also checked the Dune Pond. The hoped for yellowlegs-fest hasn’t materialized at all with just a single Greater. There were a few dowitchers, including both species, and a Pintail. There was a large Cliff Swallow flock feeding over the pond and perching up in the tules. This should be a good location for a Bank Swallow if the flock persists. You should come in the early morning and bring a scope to scan from the overlook area.

 

Nick Lethaby

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Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 

searching for cormorant

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Wed., Aug. 16, 2017

Early this morning I returned to the Salt Marsh Reserve to look for the NEOTROPIC/NEOTROPIC X DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT.  No luck.

REDDISH EGRET continues as does the large flock of WILLETS and several dozen BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, some still showing quite a bit of black.

New this morning was a small group of fos (juvenile) SANDERLINGS.

On the way home I spotted a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON in the Nature Park, immediately east of the conduit.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

Neotropic? Cormorant

Rob Denholtz
 

I've added two pics to our eBird posting at http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38658693.
White outline at base of bill argues for Neotropic.  Large size and relatively short tail point to Double-crested.  I'm going to call it a hybrid.  Interestingly, when I started to type "Neotropic" in the "Add Species" box, one alternative that popped up was that hybrid.  So, there are enough of them around . . . .

Rob Denholtz
Carp

"Neotropic" Cormorant

Rob Denholtz
 

More on Dika's report on what we first thought was a Neotropic Cormorant . . . 

Wes has pointed out that they have been know to hybridize with Double-crested.  The bird we saw had, at a minimum, enough Neotropic genes to produce the characteristic fine white angled border around the base of the bill.   However, we did not get a good look at the tail and, as I remember the bird, it did not look appreciably smaller than the Double-cresteds with which it was associated.  (Neotropics are 25" long vs. 33" for the Double-crested.  That's a big difference.)  So, in my mind, I'm going to think of it as a hybrid.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reddish Egret and other birds

Dika Golovatchoff
 

This Morning Rob Denholtz gratiously led three birders/photographers from the Ventura/Camarillo area and myself through a restricted portion of the salt marsh.  I had been especially eager to see the Reddish Egret that has been there for a while, and was not disappointed.  I had previously tried to find it by walking along the beach to the mouth of the lagoon at low tide but had not been successful.  Although distant we had good views of it through spotting scope ( which I was glad to have brought along) and binoculars and several of us got photos as well.  Also interesting to see were about 200 black-bellied plovers some still in their breeding plumage (showing the black belly).  

For starters we saw two Oprey perch and then fly through, two Green Herons, Song Sparrows, the first Marbled Godwit this season for me, abundant Willets, and three Great Blue Herons.   The Reddish Egret appears to be an adult dark morph (I had previously only seen a juvenile).  

Rob spotted a cormorant in the mix that appears to be a Neotropic Cormorant - based on the white triangular line marking near the base of the bill (back of gular pouch pointing into the cheek.) As it was quite distant it would have been better if I had been able to get a photo through the scope, but that was not to be.  This would be quite rare for our area.

I posted the list Rob shared with our group, adding a couple of photos,  at:

Dika Golovatchoff,
Santa Barbara


Barka Slough

John Deacon
 

I spent a couple of hours at Barka Slough yesterday.  No real rarities, but for those birding in the North County note that the Lompoc Casmalia Road from Triangle Pond to Highway 1 is open.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38653623


John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

Coal Oil

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

Coal Oil Point was good this AM. Lots of SAND, BBPL, SEPL, WESA; one Black Turnstone and one Bairds Sandpiper in the wrack west of the Del Playa Dr/Camino Majorca stairs (34.4091814,-119.8708328).

Brad Hacker
Goleta
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums
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Santa Maria Wastewater Treatment Plant, 2017-08-14

Wim van Dam
 

Migration is showing itself at the Santa Maria WTP. This Monday I had the following wader-wise: 6 BLACK-NECKED STILT (including 3 juvenile), 1 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, ~65 LEAST SANDPIPER, ~100 WESTERN SANDPIPER, 4 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPE, 1 RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, 70+ GREATER YELLOWLEG, and 7+ LESSER YELLOWLEG.

Non-waders of note were 1 PEREGRINE FALCON and 1 LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE. I did not pay attention to the waterfowl. 

Also: the people at the plant found a pair of prescription glasses last Friday; they think a birder must have lost it. If that birder is you, you can pick it up at the main office. 


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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SBCO #375: Gray Catbird



Fall migration

Florence Sanchez
 

Just some general things I've noted while walking my usual route (behind Museum of Nat history; then up and back through Rocky Nook Park) over the past couple of weeks:

-- I started finding Wilson's warblers both behind the Museum and in the park last week.  On most days, I've found at least one.  Today I had one in each place

-- A Yellow Warbler that was present all summer is still continuing to sing in Rocky Nook Park

--  A Hairy Woodpecker in Rocky Nook yesterday

--  A Western Tanager calling from Eucalyptus trees next to the Old St. Anthony's Chapel (at the top of the bluff overlooking Mission Creek)

Florence Sanchez

SB Bird Refuge, Monday am

George Roland
 

I was there from about 10:30 to noon, mostly sitting on the back viewing platform. Highlight was an adult Greater Yellowlegs loafing in plain view. Also moving around: about a dozen Least Sp., about half a dozen juvenile Western Sp., four Spotted Sp.( three juveniles. and one molting adult). A distant kingbird showed a lot of yellow on the chest but I couldn't get a good enough view to be sure of the i.d.

Bird on...George Roland, Montecito

Surfbird at Campus Point

Tessa Rhinehart
 

I took some folks out to Campus Point this morning. The highlight was a surfbird. Also got nice looks at several wandering tattlers, three species of cormorant, a handsome short-billed dowitcher, and others.

Full checklist, plus some digiscoped photos of varying qualities:

Tessa Rhinehart
Isla Vista

Pectoral Sandpiper

Tom Turner <tomleeturner@...>
 

There is a Pectoral Sandpiper in the beach wrack at the West Campus Bluffs. About 200 yards E of COP.

Also a peregrine hunting a Red Necked Phalarope! After about 3 minutes of dive bombing, with the Phalarope submerging, the falcon gave up.

-Tom.

Sat birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I had a couple of WF ibis in the pond NE of Mesa x Los Carneros. At COPR, I had 2 Least Terms and Lesser & Greater Yellowlegs and Short-billed Dowitcher on the Dune Pond.

Nick

Possible sighting of Tropical Kingbird at UCSB Lagoon

Gage Ricard
 

About 2 p.m. today, George and I saw what we believe to be a TROPICAL KINGBIRD. The bird had a dark brown notched tail with no white on outer edges (sides or tip); extensively greenish back; dark mask; and a particularly bright yellow belly. We watched the bird for approximately 5 minutes alternately flycatching just over the water and then perching in one of the small bare trees at the NW corner of the lagoon. It then flew off in the direction of Manzanita Village. I have seen Tropical Kingbirds only a couple of times before and although this bird appeared to be a Tropical Kingbird, I am particularly suspicious given the lack of records for this date.


Location: Seen in the NW corner of UCSB Lagoon where the path curves; nearby are steps leading to Manzanita Village. In this NW corner, there are three to four small, bare (dead?) trees in which the bird perched. I see that Jasen Liu posted a September 30, 2016 sighting at this same location.


Gage Ricard

Santa Barbara

Purple Martins still at Nojoqui

Larry Ballard
 

At least four Purple Martins were still around the park this morning. Unfortunately repairs to Alisal Rd. may have it open to traffic again in a week or two.
Larry B.
Carpinteria

Refugio Road, Kinevan, SYRE birds today

Thomas Turner <tomleeturner@...>
 

I did some birding with Tessa Rhinehart today. Refugio Road and Kinevan both had some nice migration beginning.

The Refugio Road first creek crossings had at least three male Western Tanagers, Warbling Vireo, Yellow & Wilson’s Warblers. I also had Rufous-Crowned Sparrow on the hillside for the second time this summer. Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38604777

Kinevan was also great, with all of Refugio migrants plus Cassin’s Vireo and Black-Throated Gray Warbler. We were also happy to see Brown Creeper and Stellar’s Jays. Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38612304

We also went to Ocean Beach Park and saw the juvenile Reddish Egret reported by Dave C a week or so ago. Full list: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38608053

-Tom

Goleta

Carp Salt Marsh Reserve

Rob Denholtz
 

Carp Salt Marsh Reserve,  Santa Monica Creek lagoon, Sat., Aug 12, 2017

In the restricted area, one juvenile REDDISH EGRET continues as does the very large flock of WILLETS.  today they were joined by at least 100 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, many still showing much breeding black.  

Rob Denholtz
Carp

Greater Roadrunner

Aaron Maizlish
 

On Wednesday afternoon (8/11), while heading northbound:  There was a Greater Roadrunner running around in the dirt pull-out on Cat Canyon Road, just 50 ft. north of Hwy 101 at Los Alamos.  

Aaron Maizlish
San Francisco, CA
(but a Santa Barbara native for what it’s worth)


From: [sbcobirding]
Subject: [sbcobirding] Gaviota area - Roadrunner
My son reported seeing a Greater Roadrunner at Gaviota as he drove home from work. It was on the N side of the road just before entering the curve headed N. Never a ton of reports on them so thought I would post. 


Peter Schneekloth (for jr.) 
Buellton