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Carp Salt Marah

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Friday morning, Aug. 17, 2018

Juv. YC NIGHT HERON continues in CSM Nature Park, eating crabs.  NOTE:  The footbridge over Franklin Creek is closed while dredging goes on.

In the Reserve, at the Santa Monica Creek outflow (can't really call it a 'lagoon' any more) there was what for me was one fos SEMI-PALMATED PLOVER, 100+ WESTERN AND CA GULLS, several CASPIAN TERNS and (a first) a flock of 10 FORSTER'S TERNS.  There were 3 dowitchers in the channel to the west of the dirt road.  GREATER YELLOWLEGS are popping up all over the marsh.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


Two Yellow-crowned Night-Heron Refugio State Beach

Peter Schneekloth
 

A quick late morning stop at Refugio State Beach today found two Yellow-crowned Night-Heron perched in the lower section of the creek just below the bridge.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/29147289077/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Coronado, Ellwood

Hugh Ranson
 

With landbird migration creeping up, a spot of good news: there is quite a bit
of water at the end of Coronado in Ellwood, an area that in the past few years
has attracted a good number of migrants. The water extends further back than in
past years, and the birds are coming in to this back area making viewing
somewhat difficult. There was a fair turnover of birds yesterday, including two
Wilson's Warblers and a gang of Munias.

Hugh Ranson
SB


file under "improbable sightings"

Steven Gaulin
 

At about 3:30 PM today I turned onto Victoria St. from Chapala, in downtown Santa Barbara. Almost immediately a bird flew across my field of view and perched in a small tree in front of the Public Market. It looked like an Ash-throated Flycatcher in the less that 1/2 a second it was in view. I wouldn't be posting this except that a 15-minute parking space was available half way down the block. I took it and grabbed my glove-box bins. The bird had moved from its first perch and there seemed to be nothing but House Sparrows about; but I refound the target within a couple of minutes, in a small sycamore outside the Victoria St. entrance to the Public Market. It was indeed an Ash-throated Flycatcher, an adult with beat-up tail feathers that looked like nest-cavity wear. Improbable things do happen sometimes. 

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Birdingpal contact lost

Rob Denholtz
 

Hi all,

I just received a message from Colin Campbell, in Delaware through Birdingpal.org saying he had lost the contact information he had received from a SB birder who had contacted him regarding an upcoming visit to Delaware.   He asked if it was me; it was not.  If it was you, please get back in touch with him.

I'll inform him that I've posted this to SBCoBirding.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


SB Harbor and Ledbetter Beach 8-15

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked from Shoreline Park to the Harbor and around the Sandspit this morning on a moderately low tide.  Ledbetter Beach had a nice gathering of Large Shorebirds, including 10 Long-billed Curlews, 8 Marbled Godwits (first ones I've seen this fall), 6 Whimbrels, 5 Willets, and 4 Black-bellied Plovers.

In the Harbor, the Osprey was again sitting on the Dredge Stack, and the usual assortment of Double-crested Cormorants and Brown Pelicans were roosting on the machine and the pipes.  Also present around the Harbor were the usual herons:  Great Blue, Black-crowned Night, and Snowy Egrets.  The breakwater had 2 Black Turnstones and 1 Wandering Tattler on the rocks.

There were almost no shorebirds on the sandspit:  Just 2 Willets and 1 Long-billed Curlew; however, on West Beach I spotted 4 more Godwits and another Long-billed Curlew.  Gulls resting on the spit were all Western (including some very fresh juveniles) except for 1 adult California Gull.  I had two Elegant Terns flying by the breakwater and 1 Caspian Tern flew over the yacht basin.

As a side note, Joan Lentz and I made a trip to Pine Mountain (Ventura Co) yesterday, following up on a trip we made last year on Aug 1.  We didn't know how good the birding would be this late in summer, but it turned out to be very good indeed.  Late summer is a great time to pick up young birds that have bred in the mountains and we also had small groups of warblers moving around the various places we stopped, usually in mixed flocks with the Chickadees.  So don't overlook mountain birding this time of year!

Florence Sanchez


Re: Jameson Lake

Jamie Chavez
 

Hello Alan,

Any chance you can get a photo of the Pine Siskins? This would be quite unusual in summer. We wouldn't expect to see them until September.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Tue, Aug 14, 2018 at 5:13 PM Alan Prichard <alan.prichard@...> wrote:
On the lake and at the compound:

4 Acorn Woodpecker 
2 Western Scrub Jay
4 Pine Siskin
14 CA Quail
1 Black-headed grosbeak
95 American Coot
1 Great Blue Heron
4 Ruddy Duck
2 Black Phoebe 
6 Mallard
18 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Mourning Dove
1 Band -tailed Pigeon
2 Oak Titmouse

Of course and as usual, there were unidentified birds- I am getting better though, I ID’d most of the birds I spotted. I may have seen a group of Lawrence’s Goldfinches but can’t say for sure. Last week a Northern Harrier perched on the fence behind my trailer, and thoroughly upset the feeder regulars. The Pine Siskin are back! They appeared suddenly yesterday. I finally picked up a spotting scope, and that, combined with the guides that a few of your generous birders helped me obtain after the fire, I think I am finally starting to get the hang of this birding thing. Those Acorn Woodpeckers sure are nosy.

--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Yellow-crowned Night Heron

Peter Schneekloth
 

We apparently have another Yellow-crowned Night-Heron on our hands. One appeared in the lower section of Refugio Creek today during a brief mid-morning stop. David Levasheff  reported the bird recently being seen at Goleta Beach Park was present 45 minutes or so after I saw the one at Refugio.

Photo's here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/30172813668/in/dateposted-public/ 

If other have comparison photo's of other birds let us know if you see distinguishing marks.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Jameson Lake

Alan Prichard
 
Edited

On the lake and at the compound:

4 Acorn Woodpecker 
2 Western Scrub Jay
4 Pine Siskin
14 CA Quail
1 Black-headed grosbeak
95 American Coot
1 Great Blue Heron
4 Ruddy Duck
2 Black Phoebe 
6 Mallard
18 Red-winged Blackbird
3 Mourning Dove
1 Band -tailed Pigeon
2 Oak Titmouse

Of course and as usual, there were unidentified birds- I am getting better though, I ID’d most of the birds I spotted. I may have seen a group of Lawrence’s Goldfinches but can’t say for sure. Last week a Northern Harrier perched on the fence behind my trailer, and thoroughly upset the feeder regulars. The Pine Siskin are back! They appeared suddenly yesterday. I finally picked up a spotting scope, and that, combined with the guides that a few of your generous birders helped me obtain after the fire, I think I am finally starting to get the hang of this birding thing. Those Acorn Woodpeckers sure are nosy.


Least Terns

Bradley Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

3 on beach W of Campus Pt


Good birding,


Good afternoon for birds at Goleta Beach

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I learned from previous posts that the juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron could be found from the bridge as you enter the park, and sure enough he was very well camouflaged among dead trees above the water .  The Reddish Egret finally became active after standing around for a long time. The Little Blue Heron flew in while I was photographing the Osprey who was perched on a wire next to the wooden viewing platform.  The Little Blue Heron has been around for at least 6 months and it is the 1 month anniversary of the first report of the Reddish Egret at this location.

I've included photos of them all in my eBird post: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47836522

Dika Golovatchoff
, Santa Barbara



Goleta Beach herons and egrets and ospreys

Ron Hirst
 

Unique (?) Snowy Egret with pale orangish-brown frilly plumes. In all ways same as adult Snowy except for orangish-brown plumes that initially made me think Cattle Egret.  LBH and Reddish Egret also in channel and 2 Ospreys cruising the area. GBH and Great Egret there, no YC Night Heron seen.  Ron Hirst, SB


UCSB Beaches Aug. 13

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning I walked the UCSB beaches at low tide, starting about 6:30 a.m.  On the east facing beach, the stars were the Greater Yellowlegs--I had at least 20 of them scattered along the beach.  With them were about a dozen Semi-palmated Plovers, 5 Black-bellied Plovers, and a few Least Sandpipers.  Nearing campus Point, I picked up 4 Black Turnstones and on the point itself were 3 Wandering Tattlers.

The south-facing beach belonged to the "peep" today.  I gave up trying to count them as there were a lot and they kept moving up and down the beach and re-grouping, but the most numerous were the Semi-palmated Plovers, followed by Least Sandpipers.  Also present in smaller numbers were some Western Sandpipers.  There were no large shorebird encountered until I neared the Lagoon outfall, where there were about 10 Whimbrels and 2 Long-billed Curlews.

The UCSB Lagoon continues to almost devoid of birds. Present today were 2 Pied-billed Grebes and a couple of Mallards.  At the perimeter, I found 3-4 Black-necked Stilts and a lone Black-crowned Night Heron.  The cormorant roosts  of dead branches at water's edge had only a few Double-crested Cormorants, 1 Brown Pelican, and 1 Snowy Egret.

I made a quick stop at Goleta Beach to check on the various herons that have been reported over the past few days.  I did not turn up either the Little Blue Heron nor the juvenile Yellow-crowned Night Heron.  (The roost had only 1 adult Black-crowned NH in it.). However, the Reddish Egret was feeding in the middle of the channel for a brief period; then took off in full flight up the channel and out of sight.  In flight, this is a very beautiful, graceful bird, perhaps the most so of all the herons.  I never noticed it before.

Florence Sanchez


Santa Maria Wastewater Plant - Baird's Sandpiper

Peter Schneekloth
 

I birded the Santa Maria Wastewater plant this morning. Overall numbers of peeps continue to go up from what I saw a few weeks ago, best find was a Baird's Sandpiper. Perhaps 100 or so each of Least and Western Sandpiper in a nice variety of adult and juv. plumages to study. There were a few Wilson's and Red-necked Phalarope, nothing much else of note.

A quick look at the Baird's:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/30150916078/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buelltonn


Goleta Beach

Dave Compton
 

The Reddish Egret and Yellow-crowned Night-Heron were both present in the latter part of the morning at Goleta Beach today, seen by various birders. The egret was in the channel adjacent to the eastern parking lot, while the night heron was visible roosting in myporum east of the entrance bridge. If anyone saw the Little Blue today, I did not hear about it.

Larry Ballard directed me to the beach just west of the park, where a nice total of five Wandering Tattlers were foraging in the surf and kelp beds. Nothing else of note at this location, but the modest overall number of shorebirds included a decent species variety.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Aug 29 pelagic trip out of Ventura with Island Packers

David Pereksta
 


I am pleased to announce that Island Packers is offering a pelagic trip out of Ventura on Wednesday, August 29 at 7 am. Island Packers has graciously freed up a boat and we plan to run a 12-hour trip out to the edge that had all the Cook's Petrels and storm-petrels in July. Our July 15 trip had a Tristram's Storm-Petrel, Wedge-rumped Storm-Petrel, several Townsend's Storm-Petrels, 100+ Cook's Petrels, 2 Nazca Boobies, and a variety of other pelagic species including 1000s of shearwaters. There has been a persistent temperature break and favorable oceanic conditions in that area so it is likely there are still birds out there. There have been a lot of interesting birds offshore of southern California this summer including a number of Nazca Boobies, 2 Red-footed Boobies around San Diego this week, Craveri's Murrelets, Townsend's Storm-Petrels and more. One of our leaders was just on a fishing boat out of San Diego and said there are lots of Cook's Petrels and Leach's Storm-Petrels offshore, and he also had Black-footed and Laysan Albatrosses. The plan is to go directly to the spot where we had numbers of great birds in July (approximately 3 hours from Ventura) and spend our time working that edge for Cook's Petrels, storm-petrels, and whatever else might be out there. Last year we had numbers of Craveri's Murrelets in that same area and we have seen Townsend's Storm-Petrels there multiple times. Red-billed Tropicbird is also a possibility. To maximize our time in that productive area, we will not be stopping for common birds on the way out. We have a plan of attack and believe we have a chance of finding something good. Are we going to refind the Tristram's or Wedge-rumped? I don't know, but we will be in the same area we found those birds and will spend hours there searching.

If you are interested and able to make the trip, go to https://reserve.islandpackers.com/?tab=special_trips and select the Wed Aug 29 pelagic bird trip, which is the last of the three special trips listed. It will be a 12-hour trip at a cost of $195 per adult. If you prefer to not use the web-based reservation system, you can call Island Packers during their business hours at (805) 642-1393. We will need to fill this trip fast to make it a "go" so please sign-up quickly if you are interested. The trip will be on an ultra-fast catamaran that features a spacious and comfortable cabin, galley, and excellent viewing from both the upper and lower decks. A full contingent of outstanding seabird leaders will be present to make sure we see all that is out there.  The Captain and crew know how to run birding trips and are enthusiastic and helpful.  In addition, we work hard to creep up on birds and get them in the right light...photographers will not be disappointed!

Hope to see you at sea

Dave Pereksta
Ventura


COPR Least Terns

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

There are a couple of Least Terns at COPR. Jim Hodgson found them first and I refound them later. 

--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106


Ocean Beach Park

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

I checked this today. There are two Red Phalaropes west of the bridge. At least one is oiled on the belly. A Least Tern monitor saw a Black Tern. I failed to see on despite some effort. There are at least 19 Least Terns still, plus a Forster’s and Caspians and Royals. The first juv SB Dowitchers have arrived and a Ruddy Turnstone was present, but overall shorebird numbers are very low except for 100 RN Phalaropes. The first Shovelers have arrived.

 

The water level continues to drop and a sand bar is emerging west of the bridge that already is attracting terns and gulls. I think good shorebird habitat is still some way off. Also the roadside ponds have more vegetation this year, which will reduce the amount of open mud.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


WW Dove

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

On Tuesday, I had a WW  Dove by the broken bridge at Devereux. It flew off after a few minutes.

 

Nick Lethaby

IoT Ecosystem & TI-RTOS

Texas Instruments Incorporated

6750 Navigator Way, Suite 250

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


Goleta Beach herons & egrets Wed.

Ron Hirst
 

At 5:15pm Wed. the Reddish Egret and Little Blue Heron were in the channel zone near the restaurant. The juv. Yellow-Crowned Night Heron was in a tree behind the caretaker house. One or two Green Herons were along the channel. 5 Snowy Egrets and 2 Great Egrets were in the channel zone and a few Great Blue Herons were there too. Ron Hirst, SB