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Fulvous whistling duck & phalarope

Jake Broad
 

The fulvous whistling duck has moved to Goleta Sanitary District (unless it’s another one :) ) it’s currently on the deck between the lagoons. Very close to viewing range. There is also an unknown phalarope not a Wilson’s but I can’t ID. I did take photos of both birds that I’ll upload this evening. Currently 1443.

Jake
Goleta


Re: LLC Least Bittern

Jerry Rounds
 

A few minutes after you left, the bird flew from the little channel out across the water toward the culvert and then east, out of my sight.  A Blue Grosbeak was in the field about 100 yards to the east.

Jerry Rounds
Santa Ynez


Least Bittern

Dave Compton
 

Continuing in the same area as previously at Lake Los Carneros in Goleta, first spotted by John Callender at about 8:20. Interesting how years of drought have influenced occurrence of this species, as well as local birder interest when one actually shows up.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


LLC Bittern

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

I saw the Bittern this evening (Tues) around 6:30 pm in the reeds on the island across (north) from the culvert to the east of the dam.  Managed to get a few grainy photos before it flew to the south side of the lake and disappeared into the reeds.

Least Bittern at LLC

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


West Camino Cielo and Refugio Pass today.

Florence Sanchez
 

I drove to the top of Refugio Road today, then parked and walked East on W. Camino Cielo for a couple of mile.

Last year, the area at the top was pretty birdy, but not so much this year.  A singing Black-throated Gray Warbler was perhaps the most interesting bird.  Once one leaves the oak woodland, there is usually nothing but a few chaparral species, and that was certainly the case today.  No raptors except a couple of Turkey Vultures near the crest, but a flock of 4 White-throated Swifts was very active and fun to watch.

My quest was flowers, especially hoping to see some fire followers in the burn zone.  Before I got to that point, there was some nice stuff along the road (Bush Poppy and Chaparral Nightshade are particular nice up there right now) and more stuff just starting to come out (Pitcher Sage, Golden Yarrow, and Wooly Blue Curls).  In the shady roadcuts in the oak woodland, I found several Fairy Lanterns, which was nice since I found none along Alisal Road last week,  Also some unusually late early-blooming annuals such as Shooting Stars and Milkmaids.

Finally in the burn zone (just about all of it below the road--I didn't go as far to where both sides of the road were burned), I found a swath of Zygadene Lilies, making a nice show under the bare, burned-out stumps of shrubs.  Clif SMith's book says they can occur in good numbers after a fire in the Santa Ynez Mountains, and I checked them carefully to be sure I had not found the similar Soap Plant instead.  At the top of the slope was the lushest stand of Wild Hyacinth I have ever seen.  Then in a grassy swale, I had some nice annuals:  Chia Sage, large-flowered Phacelia (a common fire-follower),  Caespitose and California Poppies, and a couple of other things I could not identify.  Further on, the shrubs were starting to stump sprout and there was plenty of grass in some spots, but no more annuals.

When the hills are bare, it is startling to observe just how steep out hillsides are.  No wonder fires are so hard to fight.

Florence Sanchez


Re: LLC Least Bittern

Wim van Dam
 

After which I spent another hour between 1 and 2pm with the same 0 result. 

Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA


On Tue, Apr 24, 2018 at 17:16 Bradley Hacker via Groups.Io <bradley_r_hacker=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Glenn K, John C and I looked another 70 min after that to no avail. 


Good birding,


On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 17:04, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:

All,

This doesn't seem to have got out on this list but around 10 AM, Jeff Hanson and David Levashaff refound the Least Bittern at LLC. They got the message out on the group me list. I shot over only to find it had disappeared. We were literally about to give up about 10 minutes when it reshowed well for about 10 minutes, perched in the open on the tules.

It showed at the same spot both time. Go to the E end of the dam and look across the lake roughly NNE. Just above the tules, the trees include a lone slender euc. The bird was in the tules just to the left of this tree. A scope is helpful to get good looks, but it is easily identifiable through binoculars.

It was cool and overcast this morning. My guess is that this bird is most likely to show at dawn and dusk.

Nick Lethaby

Goleta

--

Sent from a phone


Re: LLC Least Bittern

Bradley Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

Glenn K, John C and I looked another 70 min after that to no avail. 


Good birding,


On Tuesday, April 24, 2018, 17:04, Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...> wrote:

All,

This doesn't seem to have got out on this list but around 10 AM, Jeff Hanson and David Levashaff refound the Least Bittern at LLC. They got the message out on the group me list. I shot over only to find it had disappeared. We were literally about to give up about 10 minutes when it reshowed well for about 10 minutes, perched in the open on the tules.

It showed at the same spot both time. Go to the E end of the dam and look across the lake roughly NNE. Just above the tules, the trees include a lone slender euc. The bird was in the tules just to the left of this tree. A scope is helpful to get good looks, but it is easily identifiable through binoculars.

It was cool and overcast this morning. My guess is that this bird is most likely to show at dawn and dusk.

Nick Lethaby

Goleta


LLC Least Bittern

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

This doesn't seem to have got out on this list but around 10 AM, Jeff Hanson and David Levashaff refound the Least Bittern at LLC. They got the message out on the group me list. I shot over only to find it had disappeared. We were literally about to give up about 10 minutes when it reshowed well for about 10 minutes, perched in the open on the tules.

It showed at the same spot both time. Go to the E end of the dam and look across the lake roughly NNE. Just above the tules, the trees include a lone slender euc. The bird was in the tules just to the left of this tree. A scope is helpful to get good looks, but it is easily identifiable through binoculars.

It was cool and overcast this morning. My guess is that this bird is most likely to show at dawn and dusk.

Nick Lethaby

Goleta


SB Harbor This Morning

Glenn Kincaid
 

Out on the breakwater on a rather gloomy morning, birds of minor note - large flock of Elegant Terns, 2 Wandering Tattlers, and a Surfbird.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


Birabent Canyon, 2018-04-23

Wim van Dam
 

This Monday I checked out Birabent Canyon to see how spring was doing. It was warm and busy with hikers, but nevertheless enjoyable. 

Breeding-wise the following birds were of note: the local pair of COMMON RAVEN, a pair of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, several RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROW, a pair+ of CANYON WREN, and a HAIRY WOODPECKER nest. As expected, singing/nesting HOUSE WREN were everywhere. 

Otherwise, I got a brief look of a CATHARUS Sp, a NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, and a few WILSON'S WARBLER. 


The tally of butterflies that I managed at the same time can be read here:



Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler





Lake Los Carneros this morning

Steven Gaulin
 

It's interesting to see what multiple groups, birding the same site in the same time block, did and didn't encounter.
I birded the Lake and associated trails from 8:00 - 11:00 AM today. I didn't bump into Rebecca Coulter though I did chat with a few of her students in the parking lot.

In addition to the birds mentioned in Rebecca's post, I saw two different Soras, a Green Heron, a couple of Great-tailed Grackles, a near-alternate-plumaged Eared Grebe, Allen's and Rufous Hummers, as well as several singing CA Thrashers and Black-Headed Grosbeaks. Most lovely was a single male Blue Grosbeak loosely associating with a large flock (~80) of Scaly-breasted Munias, east of the S.E. lobe of the Lake. For photography folks, Ruddy Ducks are plumage-perfect right now. 

I also missed the Fulvous Whistling-Duck today. Where has it gone after such a long sojourn?

Good birding!
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Consider Moving Flickr Images to eBird Macaulay Library... Now!

Jamie Chavez
 

For regular Flickr users, you may have received the notice that "Flickr has agreed to be acquired by SmugMug" or you might have noticed the new little icon at the top of the Flickr page. What this means for older Flickr photo links embedded in eBird checklists is anyone's guess. Things may completely change in the near future. What seemed like a great idea at the time - embedding photo images into your eBird checklists - may now become a mess of broken links or missing URL's. This has already happened with Google images. See this example of a perfectly fine checklist with embedded photos that has become marginally useful for displaying what was present (click on any image):


I'm not picking on Sheri, this is one example I found. I had several like this myself. Google images were later replaced by thumbnails that are too small for the checklist and when you try to see the full sized image it no longer exists. This is why eBird worked so hard on creating a means for adding photo documentation that is part of the checklist submittal process managed and maintained at Cornell Lab. The point of my message is to encourage those of you who care about your embedded photos to consider replacing them with uploaded photos directly to the Macaulay Library/eBird very soon. I worked on this several months ago by downloading my eBird data, sorting for Flickr images and replacing all of them with photos uploaded directly to eBird as we do today. Some images are really important to me. Lifers, documentation of unusual occurrences, map routes or GPS tracks, etc. Even though my photos of a Red-necked Stint at SM river mouth are poor (35mm slide scans) it means a lot to me to have this on a checklist since it was a life bird and takes me back to the moment. If this is of interest to you consider taking the time NOW to replace your Flickr photos or at least download your photos from Flickr so you can do this later.

Here's how to find which of your eBird checklists have embedded Flickr photos:

1. Go to the My eBird tab
2. On the right side, click Download my Data
3. Verify your email address and click Submit
4. Check your email after a few minutes and look for the message, Your eBird data are now available for download
5. Click on the link and download the zip folder and save it to your computer
6. Open this spreadsheet file, sort or find "Flickr" and a listing of all checklists with "Flickr" will be easily located. Usually in the form of a Flickr photo URL or with this word in comments
From here you can copy the URL to find the photo so you can download and save it to your computer. You can then edit your checklist replacing the Flickr photo and uploading it to the Macaulay Library/eBird.

Yes, this is a bit tedious, but probably a lot less trouble than when and if SmugMug changes all the URL's and the links no longer work. If someone has a better suggestion for doing this maybe pass it along. If you don't like SmugMug for some reason (I have no opinion one way or the other) you have until May 25th to download your Flickr images before they become part of SmugMug and whatever new URL's they provide for them.


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Colson Canyon

John Deacon
 

All:

I had 44 avian species in about 4 hours today at Colson Canyon.  Highlights were a MacGillivray's Warbler, FOS Western Wood Pewee, FOS Lazuli Bunting, audible and visual Mountain Quail and one Northern Pygmy Owl.  Black Headed Grosbeaks were noted at almost every stop.  Creek crossings are drying up but still a rough ride for anything but a high clearance vehicle.  Wildflowers are increasing in numbers and diversity.  Only 4 separate species of butterflies were noted.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44878726


John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


Botanic Garden April 23, 2018

Florence Sanchez
 

I got up to the Garden this morning and found that the fog had burned off there, so bird activity was pretty good.  The warbler surge of last week has passed but there were some other interesting species instead.

Best find was an unexpected Yellow-breasted Chat in an oak on the East Slope behind the Porter Trail. This is only the second Chat I have found in the Garden in many years of birding, and that spot is unusual habitat for one.  In the same area was an Ash-throated Flycatcher.  Continuing migrant warblers on the East slope were a single each Wilson's Warbler and Black-throated Gray.  One Costa's hummingbird continues in his previous location on the Porter Trail.

In the Canyon, I found at least 3 continuing Warbling Vireos, singing Yellow-rumps, one Townsend's and another Wilson's Warbler.  Also, a Yellow Warbler continues in the location I found it on Friday.  The Wilson's Warbler was hanging out at a popular bathing spot on the creek above the dam.  As I watched it, I spotted a male Lazuli Bunting quietly sitting on a sapling next to the Creek.  It flew off, but a few minutes later, I spotted a female Lazuli who had gone down to bathe and was preening herself dry. A nice Western Tanager was in the top of a tall sycamore tree along the creek.  I also had flyovers of Western Bluebirds, an uncommon species in the Garden.

"The matinee changes daily."  That's the birding mantra these days.

Florence Sanchez




Re: Cuyama

Wim van Dam
 

This reminds me that recently I created a new eBird Hotspot
​"​
Cuyama Dairy at Foothill Rd (restricted access)
​"​: 

https://ebird.org/hotspot/L1206144

​If you have eBird checklists for this location, please consider merging it with this Hotspot; like this:

Thanks

Wim van Dam
​ (eBird Hotspot editor, Santa Barbara County)
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #376+2: Pine Warbler


Re: Lake Los Carneros This Morning

Rebecca Coulter
 

I will add to Glenn’s notes about LLC this morning. During class, we focused on areas around Stow House, and were treated to a great show of interaction between White-tailed Kite, Red-shouldered Hawk, Red-tailed Hawk, Crow, and Cassin’s Kingbird. All these species seem to be nesting (except did not confirm the kingbird) in the vicinity of the house. The kites—two adults—were doggedly chasing Red-shouldered and crows out of the tree, more aggressive and determined than I’ve ever seen them. They were vocalizing both the chirpy whistle and that rattling, mechanical call. A red-tail was also chased out of the tree heading east. We saw something move in the known kite nest, but it’s very difficult to see inside so couldn’t confirm adult or chick. The kingbirds chattered constantly and flew in and out of a particular area of the tree, but I could find no nest. There is an active crow nest in a eugenia(?) tree on the southwest corner of the house, with both adults coming and going from it regularly. Most expected migrants were present, but the Fulvous Whistling Duck was missed by several birders looking for it. And I would agree that the lingering male scaup is a Greater.

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara

On Apr 23, 2018, at 10:15 AM, Glenn Kincaid <glenn@...> wrote:

I went looking for the Least Bittern in the SE arm of the lake, and met Brad Hacker there who was also looking. We had no sign of this bird, which of course does not preclude the continued presence of this secretive individual.

Some minor things of note - lots of Sora activity, at least 3 birds present. 2 Western Sandpipers. A single Scaup that we thought looked good for Greater.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


Lake Los Carneros This Morning

Glenn Kincaid
 

I went looking for the Least Bittern in the SE arm of the lake, and met Brad Hacker there who was also looking. We had no sign of this bird, which of course does not preclude the continued presence of this secretive individual.

Some minor things of note - lots of Sora activity, at least 3 birds present. 2 Western Sandpipers. A single Scaup that we thought looked good for Greater.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


Cuyama

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I birded various spots in the Cuyama Valley Sat evening and Sunday, including a pretty nice feeder set up at  private residence. My original plan to do some owling at Bates Canyon were nixed when I discovered the battery in LED torch was flat (it takes 12 hours to recharge). So my owling consisted of driving slowly along Foothill Rd (E of Bell Rd) and up Santa Barbara Canyon. This yielded two Barn and a Great Horned Owl.

On Sunday, I had at least 6 Bell's Sparrows and a few Lark Sparrows in Santa Barbara Canyon, but no Brewer's. There were 6 Loggerhead Shrikes scattered in the canyon and in the area just N or its mouth. The feeder was quite impressive with 3 Scott's Orioles and 5 species of hummers including a male Calliope, at least 3 Costa's, and at least 2 Black-chinned.

The roadside blackbirds at the dairy were mostly Tricolored but also featured a couple of Yellow-headed Blackbirds. There were 4 Swainson's Hawks feeding near the start of Aliso Park Rd and I finally actually saw 2 Lawrence's Goldfinches at Aliso Park. 

I had a Costa's Hummingbird and Phainopepla just off Cottonwood Canyon and a Solitary Sandpiper at the Caliente Ranch wetlands.

Nick


Little Blue Heron

Betsy Mooney
 

I observed the Little Blue Heron showing more blue feathers at Goleta Beach Slough on Saturday. The bird was at the far eastern end then flew westward along the slough and was gone.

https://wingblossoms.photoshelter.com/portfolio/G0000TdaVtN6LN50/I0000aOsAwDAvzxs

Enjoy, 
Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta


Re: Lake Los Carneros late afternoon birds

Terry Frewin
 

That coot nest is at the SW end of the dam.  My bad.

Terry