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Tribute to Karen

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:  With Jamie’s permission, I’ve copied this here… 

 

                    TRIBUTE TO KAREN BRIDGERS – April 17, 2017

                         By Joan Easton Lentz

 

     Early on a fall morning in 1980 I found myself wandering around the empty Elks Club parking lot off Kellogg Avenue in Goleta. A Summer Tanager had been reported there, and I’d never seen one before.

     Over in the corner by the big hedge, I saw another female birder with binoculars who looked about my age.  We introduced ourselves, then spotted the Summer Tanager perched on a wire overhead catching bees.  The birder I met was Karen Bridgers, and our walk around the Elks Club parking lot started a friendship that was to last all our lives.

     Before Karen Bridgers relocated to Utah, she left behind over 25 years of commitment to the birding community and to Santa Barbara Audubon Society.

     Karen was, quite literally, the “voice of Santa Barbara Audubon”:  she recorded the weekly Rare Bird Alert on the local hotline faithfully for many years.  Recall that, before the internet and cell phones, one of the only ways to learn about rare bird sightings in the area was to phone the Audubon-sponsored Rare Bird Alert.  Karen’s voice would accurately and patiently tell us where to find the latest birding discovery.  Or, if a local or out-of-town birder had seen an unusual bird, they could call Karen and she would immediately report the sighting on the hotline.  What an amazing job she did, purely for the fun of spreading the bird news to all of us.    

     Karen Bridgers was not only the voice of Santa Barbara Audubon, she helped out in countless other ways.  During the days before the annual Christmas Bird Count, Karen would publicize the fact that we were looking for rare birds by writing about them in her newspaper column.  In this way, even total strangers to the birding community would call Karen, and we were able to locate the birds for the Christmas Count.

     Karen Bridgers’ column about birds in the Santa Barbara News-Press was an invaluable contribution to the birding cause.  Her timely remarks on seasonal bird species, many of which could be seen in our backyards, were spot on, and her readership was vast. 

     Not only did Karen know her birds, she was an excellent writer and editor. What’s more, her writing was sparked by a marvelous sense of humor.  She wrote many articles for various publications, both online and in print, and when they were about birds and birding, they could be very funny. 

     Karen once told me that the first bird she ever noticed was a European Starling, about which she called the Santa Barbara Museum of Natural History to get an identification.  Since then, Karen would go on to find and identify numerous species – many of them much sought-after rarities that excite birders.  She also had wonderful birds at her backyard feeder in Goleta:  Ruddy Ground-Dove, Brown Thrasher, and Harris’s Sparrow, to name a few.  At the same time, she raised two daughters, and was lucky enough to have a patient and “tolerant of birding” husband, Bud Bridgers. 

     On a personal note, I will miss Karen Bridgers dreadfully. She was my first real birding companion.  We were “suburban housewives” together, raising kids and staying home while our husbands went to work.  Back in those days, the top birders in Santa Barbara didn’t include many middle-aged women. 

     But we never let that stop us!  Every fall, year after year, would find Karen and me at Carpinteria Creek or Refugio State Beach looking for Eastern warblers that might have gone astray.  Karen –with her incredible eyes –would always get her binoculars on the bird first.  Then, we’d figure out together what we were seeing.

     Sometimes, we’d call each other several times a day to commiserate about mistaking a bird identification or to compare notes about family life. 

     We were both writers, but Karen was a professional journalist.  I always told her she could “write her way out of a paper bag.”  And she was that good that she could, and did, write about whatever project she was working on. Whether or not the subject was birds, she could edit a manuscript to make it sound perfect.

     Good-bye, Karen. I was so lucky to have had all the great birding adventures with you – whether it was Texas or Arizona, or just a park around the corner from your house – you were a fabulous birder and an even better friend.

 

 

oriantha White-crowned Sparrow

Larry Ballard
 

The single White-crowned Sparrow in the yard this morning was an oriantha.
Larry B.
Carpinteria

Mid-season Report on White-tailed Kites in the Goleta Valley

Mark Holmgren <maholmgren@...>
 

This is an update on the post-drought progress towards recovery of White-tailed Kites in the Goleta Valley. We are approaching the middle of the Kite breeding period. Recall that last year we had only two breeding events—at western More Mesa and western Ellwood Mesa.   In 2015, we also had only two.  They successfully bred somewhere in western Goleta Slough and at western More Mesa, with nest starts, but no completions, at Winchester Cyn and San Antonio Creek trail.  
 
This year we know of only 3 occupied territories.  At 2 of them—Lake Los Carneros and western More Mesa—breeding is progressing with chicks visible in nests.  This morning two fledgling Kites with an adult loosely attending them was a surprise at western Ellwood Mesa.  Prior to today we knew that adults were present at Ellwood, but we had no idea they were well into breeding.  These two babies were visible high in Eucalyptus from the southern end of Pebble Beach Drive.  https://flic.kr/p/TLGzt2
 
These are rather early-in-the-breeding period nestings, which offers the possibility that these three pairs might attempt second nests. 
 
We are quite certain that no kites are occupying many of their traditional foraging areas this spring.  Those include San Marcos Foothills, Glen Annie/Dos Pueblos High School, central Goleta slough, and western Goleta Slough.  But these areas could become occupied yet this spring.  We could use some surveillance to determine whether Kites are establishing territories in Winchester Canyon, western Isla Vista, eastern More Mesa, and eastern Ellwood Mesa.  Any and all reports of kites seen within the last 2 weeks would be most welcome.  For more information on Kites, see below. 
 
Thanks to all Kite Watchers, thanks to SB Audubon Society for supporting this effort, and Good Birding, 
 
Mark Holmgren
 
      ~~     ~~     ~~     ~~     ~~
To view a map of White-tailed Kite breeding records going back to the 1960s in Santa Barbara County, go to:
Click on Map of Latitude > Satellite > blue Filter button > Common Name > scroll to White-tailed Kite.  Check the box next to White-tailed Kite and only those records will show on the aerial photo.  Click on any red dot to display some of the data for that record.
To see Kite breeding year-by-year, add a 2nd Filter.  Choose Date. We do not show active nests.
This is the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study using Google Fusion Tables.  We have 4261 records of breeding events in the county and we want your observations, either recent or historical.  Contact me for guidance on how to contribute.
     ~~     ~~     ~~     ~~       ~~
A Short History of the White-tailed Kite Monitoring Effort
 The seed giving rise to the Santa Barbara White-tailed Kite Project was a 1973 Ph.D. dissertation by Lee Waian at UCSB.  His elucidation of Kite nesting and roosting behavior in the Goleta area led to a County policy that provides special protection for Kites beyond that provided to other Fully Protected species.  That protection exists today, in theory if not in practice.
Forty years ago, the Goleta Valley White-tailed Kite population was as high as 160 individuals.  In the middle 1990s, our Kite population vacillated between 25-50 individuals.  The Kite monitoring effort began in the late 1980s with the goal of assuring that the information was available to properly implement protective policies. By the early 2000s, Kites lost or abandoned the habit of communal roosting.  As Goleta continues to infill, the habitats that support kites are diminishing, and the corridors that link our open spaces are pinched or absent.  It will take a concerted effort and new and novel techniques to rebuild the Kite population to what it once was.
The Santa Barbara White-tailed Kite Project has studied several facets of Kite natural history including population trends, breeding and foraging ecology, diet, and habitat requirements in the Goleta Valley.  Looking forward, the work ahead will require field surveillance, new techniques to recover prey populations as well as habitat, and development of models to create functioning connections among open spaces.  
Mark

Re: Sad news

Florence Sanchez
 

The birding community has lost a good friend indeed.  Her enthusiasm and willingness to share her love of birds were hard to match.  She was also my personal friend. I shall miss her very much.

Florence Sanchez

PS--If there is a published obit, will whoever locates it please send me the link?





On Monday, April 17, 2017 5:59 PM, "John Deacon iseekbirds@... [sbcobirding]" wrote:


 


John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


-----Original Message-----
From: zonetail@... [sbcobirding]
To: sbcobirding
Sent: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 5:58 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sad news

 
I'm very sad to report the death of Santa Barbara birding legend Karen Bridgers.
She died this afternoon in Utah with her family at her side. She's flying with
the Red-headed Woodpeckers...

Hugh Ranson
SB



Odd Hummingbird from 2014 CBC

Jamie Chavez
 

During the Santa Barbara CBC three years ago, Matt Victoria, Sheri Lubin and I were covering the backside of the Fess Parker Doubletree Hotel when we encountered what we believed to be a female-type Costa's Hummingbird. The sounds coming from the bird included "tink" and twittering calls consistent with Costa's Hummingbird. In fact, it was the vocalizations that drew our attention to it in the first place. We photographed the bird and circulated the images around, but Costa's Hummingbird had already been confirmed elsewhere for the count that day so this hummer received little attention and our bird was left unidentified. Comments at the time settled on Anna's Hummingbird but I know the sounds we were hearing were not that of an Anna's Hummingbird. The appearance of the bird certainly looked reminiscent of Anna's but it appeared a bit smaller in my opinion and was perhaps lighter green and appeared bronze or golden in some lighting. I later tried to communicate with Sheri Williamson about this bird and sent her the link to my photos but never heard from her until today when she left comments on one image at my Flickr site. Her opinion is that the bird may have been a Costa's X Calliope Hummingbird. As expected, Matt's photos were much better than mine that day, but I don't have a link to his shots at the moment. Maybe he will chime in. I think the ID is still in question but her comments are worth reading and she has added these to a hybrid gallery she maintains. Her comments can be read here:


Additional images:


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Re: Sad news

John Deacon
 



John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


-----Original Message-----
From: zonetail@... [sbcobirding]
To: sbcobirding
Sent: Mon, Apr 17, 2017 5:58 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Sad news

 
I'm very sad to report the death of Santa Barbara birding legend Karen Bridgers.
She died this afternoon in Utah with her family at her side. She's flying with
the Red-headed Woodpeckers...

Hugh Ranson
SB

Sad news

Hugh Ranson
 

I'm very sad to report the death of Santa Barbara birding legend Karen Bridgers.
She died this afternoon in Utah with her family at her side. She's flying with
the Red-headed Woodpeckers...

Hugh Ranson
SB

Re: safety reminder, upper SYR and Mono Ck

Jim Greaves <lbviman@...>
 

I also remind people that in heavy rain years like this, rattlesnakes
are washed down into the riparian zones, and may be disoriented in
the process of having been displaced... Always, if you can afford the
100 bucks or so, wear snake boots or at least good calf-high types,
if you are serious about "going forth". The MANY times I "almost"
stepped on them I cannot recall - but it was MANY - and most were
during the time I wore thin, cheap shoes with velcro from K-mart...
even got "hit" by one in some cottonwood duff, wearing same, but the
3+ ft long snake was 15 or more feet away, going backwards, rattling,
by the time I "fell to earth" from my 4 foot leap! More afraid of me,
than it needed to be... And watch out for little ones that can creep
up on a hand holding you upright while seated while you eat lunch...
Of course, AFTER I bought several pairs of snake boots, I rarely if
ever encountered them! Go figure. I think I was more watchful,
knowing the low ankle on cheap shoes was no protection... Generally,
they are "relatively benign"... during the drought of 1989-90 [I
think it was 1990], in mid summer, I had the good fortune of seeing
one with its head stuck down what looked like a hole a skunk might
have made in Mono Ck... at the bottom of which was a smear of
water... missed that photo op, and it slithered away.

Re: Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest

Jim Greaves <lbviman@...>
 

Thanks Nick. I never hiked from C.Cielo, so wasn't sure of distance. I did hike from Pendola (middle syr campground) that one year, after an all-night rain "shower" that filled the river and creek and made the road a delight! In any case, even after a few days of sun, one can expect to get one's feet quite wet this time of year, given the amount of rain to date - and NEVER discount late April to early May for rain - my son and I had to do a slip and slide in my 4wd pickup along the admin road to Upper Oso one time, making it only by sheer luck of gravity and NOT using 4wd in the slime... a longer ride and a bit spooky considering it was still raining the whole way from Mono - Jim

Anyway - I still hope there are adventurous folks out there willing to hike, bike, trek, camp, and enjoy what is perhaps the ONLY truly "naturally wild" and NON-wilderness sections of Santa Barbara County. Bobcats, skunks, weasels, black bears, cougars... I've seen them all back there during my "tenure", including hearing cougars calling at night above or along Mono Ck at Mono Campground, before the Sunburst Farm group removed their 100s of sheep back in the late 1970's... First bear I encountered, I thought was a wild pig... but could never prove it to be porcine.

At 04:11 PM 4/17/2017, 'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby@... [sbcobirding] wrote:
 

My recollection is that it is a 10-12 mile round trip down into LBVI area from Camino Cielo down the Cold Springs Trail. I did the hike once to get the bird. It's pretty rough because you have a 2000 ft climb on the way out, after you have already walked about 7 miles ....

I think I went in a low water year. It might be challenging to cross the SYR this year.

From: Jim Greaves [ mailto:lbviman@...]
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 3:05 PM
To: Lethaby, Nick; sbcobirding@...
Subject: RE: [sbcobirding] Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest

At the end of April 1983, I drove to Pendola, then hiked (with small tent and canned goods) to Mono, 7 miles, along the road (left food buried in duff for next trek into the area). Mono was RAGING over the debris dam, and I was not able to cross "into" the reservoir's woods on the SYR-Mono side of the junction until mid-May... But it was do-able - albeit, I had to stop several times to remove the mud from the road from my boots. Hope that there are still any youngsters around who would relish such a challenge... Heck, only 11 miles from Juncal, if you can get that far... Distance down to Blue Canyon and then to Mono would be about 11 miles [or slightly more?] - Jim Greaves

At 03:14 PM 4/17/2017, Lethaby, Nick wrote:

Jim,

I think the road is closed due to landslides etc. so only way to get down would be hiking down and back from Camino Cielo.

Nick

From: sbcobirding@... [ mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of lbviman@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 12:13 PM
To: sbcobirding@...
Subject: [sbcobirding] Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest

19 April 2004, was the date of my last Santa Barbara County Bell's vireo nest. Lark found it while we were doing a quick survey in lower Mono Creek, near confluence with Santa Ynez River. 4 eggs. No knowledge of its outcome. Just thought this might be a not-so-subtle way of enticing the adventurous into the woods back there - it's almost the 19th... - Jim Greaves, MT [this may have been sent at a past date as well, but it is not posted, so thought I'd do it again...]

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Re: Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest

Nick Lethaby
 

My recollection is that it is a 10-12 mile round trip down into LBVI area from Camino Cielo down the Cold Springs Trail. I did the hike once to get the bird. It's pretty rough because you have a 2000 ft climb on the way out, after you have already walked about 7 miles ....

I think I went in a low water year. It might be challenging to cross the SYR this year.

From: Jim Greaves [mailto:lbviman@...]
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 3:05 PM
To: Lethaby, Nick; sbcobirding@...
Subject: RE: [sbcobirding] Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest

At the end of April 1983, I drove to Pendola, then hiked (with small tent and canned goods) to Mono, 7 miles, along the road (left food buried in duff for next trek into the area). Mono was RAGING over the debris dam, and I was not able to cross "into" the reservoir's woods on the SYR-Mono side of the junction until mid-May... But it was do-able - albeit, I had to stop several times to remove the mud from the road from my boots. Hope that there are still any youngsters around who would relish such a challenge... Heck, only 11 miles from Juncal, if you can get that far... Distance down to Blue Canyon and then to Mono would be about 11 miles [or slightly more?] - Jim Greaves

At 03:14 PM 4/17/2017, Lethaby, Nick wrote:

Jim,

I think the road is closed due to landslides etc. so only way to get down would be hiking down and back from Camino Cielo.

Nick

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Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 12:13 PM
To: sbcobirding@...
Subject: [sbcobirding] Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest




19 April 2004, was the date of my last Santa Barbara County Bell's vireo nest. Lark found it while we were doing a quick survey in lower Mono Creek, near confluence with Santa Ynez River. 4 eggs. No knowledge of its outcome. Just thought this might be a not-so-subtle way of enticing the adventurous into the woods back there - it's almost the 19th... - Jim Greaves, MT [this may have been sent at a past date as well, but it is not posted, so thought I'd do it again...]





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Bird Refuge Swan

Guy Tingos <guy.tingos@...>
 

The swan was at the west end of the Andree Clark Bird Refuge this afternoon, right in front of the viewing platform closest to the zoo.  I don’t have a lot of experience with swans but what I saw seemed a better match for Tundra than the alternatives: eye appearing separate from bill, yellow lore spots, broad arc of top of bill between the eyes, round head not in line with slope of bill.

 

Guy Tingos

Santa Barbara

Re: Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest

Jim Greaves <lbviman@...>
 

At the end of April 1983, I drove to Pendola,
then hiked (with small tent and canned goods) to
Mono, 7 miles, along the road (left food buried
in duff for next trek into the area). Mono was
RAGING over the debris dam, and I was not able to
cross "into" the reservoir's woods on the
SYR-Mono side of the junction until mid-May...
But it was do-able - albeit, I had to stop
several times to remove the mud from the road
from my boots. Hope that there are still any
youngsters around who would relish such a
challenge... Heck, only 11 miles from Juncal, if
you can get that far... Distance down to Blue
Canyon and then to Mono would be about 11 miles
[or slightly more?] - Jim Greaves

At 03:14 PM 4/17/2017, Lethaby, Nick wrote:
Jim,

I think the road is closed due to landslides
etc. so only way to get down would be hiking down and back from Camino Cielo.

Nick

From: sbcobirding@...
[mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf
Of lbviman@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 12:13 PM
To: sbcobirding@...
Subject: [sbcobirding] Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest




19 April 2004, was the date of my last Santa
Barbara County Bell's vireo nest. Lark found it
while we were doing a quick survey in lower Mono
Creek, near confluence with Santa Ynez River. 4
eggs. No knowledge of its outcome. Just thought
this might be a not-so-subtle way of enticing
the adventurous into the woods back there - it's
almost the 19th... - Jim Greaves, MT [this may
have been sent at a past date as well, but it is
not posted, so thought I'd do it again...]




Re: Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest

Nick Lethaby
 

Jim,

I think the road is closed due to landslides etc. so only way to get down would be hiking down and back from Camino Cielo.

Nick

From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of lbviman@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Monday, April 17, 2017 12:13 PM
To: sbcobirding@...
Subject: [sbcobirding] Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest





19 April 2004, was the date of my last Santa Barbara County Bell's vireo nest. Lark found it while we were doing a quick survey in lower Mono Creek, near confluence with Santa Ynez River. 4 eggs. No knowledge of its outcome. Just thought this might be a not-so-subtle way of enticing the adventurous into the woods back there - it's almost the 19th... - Jim Greaves, MT [this may have been sent at a past date as well, but it is not posted, so thought I'd do it again...]

Botanic Garden this morning

Florence Sanchez
 

I spent a couple of hours in the Garden this morning.  I did not find the level of Warbler activity that Guy Tingos did last Friday, but migrants and summer residents were still making their presence known.

I had at least four Warbling Vireos at several places along Mission creek and above the dam.  Also above the dam, I had a Yellow-rump and a Wilson's Warbler.  The resident Orange-crowns were very active physically and vocally, and a Common Yellowthroat was singing in its usual location about a 100 feet below the Campbell Bridge.  House Wrens were also very vocal, and a pair is nesting behind the singles of one of the staff houses as it has for the past several years.  I was also very pleased to find Blue-Gray Gnatcatchers on the East Slope, just below the Porter Trail.  They were not present last year.  Also on the East Slope, I had an Ash-throated Flycatcher. 

My most interesting bird was an Empid that was NOT a Pacific-slope Flycatcher.  It landed slightly above me in an oak tre just below the Pritchett Trail and was partially blocked from view.  It was small, compact, wth definite wingbars, but I never got a good look at the face.   It called three times:  a short "pink" followed immediately by a buzzy two-note call reminiscent of Willow's "REE-bew" but very short.  In fact, at first I thought it must be a Willow's but the "jiz" and the call just didn't seem right.  It then dropped down into the oak woodland below and I could not refind it.  Checking several calls after I got home, I think this was a Hammond's.  The call note was correct and the following notes sounded very much like a partial Hammond's song.

In spite of plenty of attractive blooms, the south coast hummingbird dearth was very evident here.  I had a hummingbird species zoom by me on the Porter Trail, and a female Rufous/Allen's above the dam.  That was it!

Florence Sanchez

Added photo - our last Bell's Vireo nest

lbviman@...
 

19 April 2004, was the date of my last Santa Barbara County Bell's vireo nest. Lark found it while we were doing a quick survey in lower Mono Creek, near confluence with Santa Ynez River. 4 eggs. No knowledge of its outcome. Just thought this might be a not-so-subtle way of enticing the adventurous into the woods back there - it's almost the 19th... - Jim Greaves, MT [this may have been sent at a past date as well, but it is not posted, so thought I'd do it again...]

Re: Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Noah Arthur
 

In this photo, there's clearly patchy yellow extending down to the cutting edges of the bill. A.k.a. a large yellow area on the bill. This bird still looks like something Asian to me; either Bewick's or Whooper.

Noah
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On Sat, 4/15/17, Christopher Kibler <kibler@...> wrote:

Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge
To: "Dave Compton" <davcompton60@...>
Cc: "Noah Arthur" <semirelicta@...>, "SB County Birding" <sbcobirding@...>
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 10:43 PM

Thanks for
everyone's insights. Bradley Hacker took a much nicer
photo than I was able to capture, for those who are
interested: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35996470
ChrisGoleta
On Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at
7:56 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...>
wrote:
People should know that I've received emails
from a couple of people expressing the sentiment that this
bird might be a hybrid involving Mute, per one of Noah's
suggestions. 
Dave
ComptonSanta Barbara
On Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Noah
Arthur semirelicta@...
[sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@
yahoogroups.com> wrote:















 









That's an odd bird,
and likely Asian IMHO... If a Tundra, it's an Old World
'Bewick's' Swan, given all the yellow on the
bill. Another possibility might be immature Whooper Swan,
and yet another might be MuteXTundra... But I'm no
expert when it comes to swans...



Noah



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On Sat, 4/15/17, Christopher Kibler kibler@...
[sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogrou
ps.com> wrote:



Subject: [sbcobirding] Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge

To: sbcobirding@...

Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3:42 PM





 



















I spotted a swan in Andree Clark

Bird Refuge this morning, on the west side near the SB
zoo.

It's not a mute swan. I tentatively IDed it as a
tundra

swan, but I would appreciate the insights of someone
with

more expertise. Sorry for the poor photo quality.

The eBird checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/

view/checklist/S35987631

Thanks,ChrisGoleta





















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Re: Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Hugh Ranson
 

Here are a couple more photos. My feeling is it's a Tundra Swan. You can click
on the photos to get a closer look.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/zonetail/

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Quoting "Dave Compton davcompton60@... [sbcobirding]"
<sbcobirding-noreply@...>:

People should know that I've received emails from a couple of people
expressing the sentiment that this bird might be a hybrid involving Mute,
per one of Noah's suggestions.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Noah Arthur semirelicta@...
[sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:



That's an odd bird, and likely Asian IMHO... If a Tundra, it's an Old
World 'Bewick's' Swan, given all the yellow on the bill. Another
possibility might be immature Whooper Swan, and yet another might be
MuteXTundra... But I'm no expert when it comes to swans...

Noah

--------------------------------------------
On Sat, 4/15/17, Christopher Kibler kibler@... [sbcobirding] <
sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

Subject: [sbcobirding] Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge
To: sbcobirding@...
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3:42 PM












I spotted a swan in Andree Clark
Bird Refuge this morning, on the west side near the SB zoo.
It's not a mute swan. I tentatively IDed it as a tundra
swan, but I would appreciate the insights of someone with
more expertise. Sorry for the poor photo quality.
The eBird checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/
view/checklist/S35987631
Thanks,ChrisGoleta










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Re: Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Dave Compton
 

People should know that I've received emails from a couple of people expressing the sentiment that this bird might be a hybrid involving Mute, per one of Noah's suggestions. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Noah Arthur semirelicta@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

That's an odd bird, and likely Asian IMHO... If a Tundra, it's an Old World 'Bewick's' Swan, given all the yellow on the bill. Another possibility might be immature Whooper Swan, and yet another might be MuteXTundra... But I'm no expert when it comes to swans...

Noah

--------------------------------------------
On Sat, 4/15/17, Christopher Kibler kibler@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [sbcobirding] Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge
To: sbcobirding@...
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3:42 PM


 









I spotted a swan in Andree Clark
Bird Refuge this morning, on the west side near the SB zoo.
It's not a mute swan. I tentatively IDed it as a tundra
swan, but I would appreciate the insights of someone with
more expertise. Sorry for the poor photo quality.
The eBird checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/
view/checklist/S35987631
Thanks,ChrisGoleta










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Cuyama

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

Made a sweep through Cuyama today, with the principal objectives being Bell's, Black-Chinned, and Brewer's Sparrows. Only found Bell's Sparrows, in Qatal and Ballinger Canyons. Very pleasant day with temperatures initially of 32F, climbing to 75F.

I found a weird thrasher with a white mask; I'd appreciate comments from those who can ID the species. There are some rotten pictures here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S35980539
 (memory card garbled most of the files)
 
Brad Hacker
Goleta
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums
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Re: Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge

Dave Compton
 

Just looked at these, first on my phone and then on my monitor. I think we can all agree this bird is not (1) a Mute Swan or (2) a Trumpeter Swan. The first look on my phone really got my attention because of what I first perceived to be a large yellowish area on the bill. But zooming in on the image, and then looking at it on my monitor, shows what looks to me like a discrete area of yellow as an adult Tundra (Whistling) would have, and a pale, off-color area next to the yellow. I suspect this is your basic Tundra, and that pale area will soon enough turn black. This is a young bird transitioning to a more adult appearance. And part of the bill is still clearly pink. So it would be interesting to see this bird when the pink has all gone. 

Of course, if I'm right, this is still a nice bird for the location and the time of year. I've never seen one here in April, and this is only a few days from being record late here. If I'm not right, I'd be happy to be corrected, and really hope this bird stays around.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Apr 15, 2017 at 2:40 PM, Noah Arthur semirelicta@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

That's an odd bird, and likely Asian IMHO... If a Tundra, it's an Old World 'Bewick's' Swan, given all the yellow on the bill. Another possibility might be immature Whooper Swan, and yet another might be MuteXTundra... But I'm no expert when it comes to swans...

Noah

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On Sat, 4/15/17, Christopher Kibler kibler@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

Subject: [sbcobirding] Swan ID - Andree Clark Bird Refuge
To: sbcobirding@...
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017, 3:42 PM


 









I spotted a swan in Andree Clark
Bird Refuge this morning, on the west side near the SB zoo.
It's not a mute swan. I tentatively IDed it as a tundra
swan, but I would appreciate the insights of someone with
more expertise. Sorry for the poor photo quality.
The eBird checklist is here: http://ebird.org/ebird/
view/checklist/S35987631
Thanks,ChrisGoleta










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