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Colson Canyon

John Deacon
 

Today was the first day that you could enter Colson Canyon due to the mandatory evacuation order issued as a result of the Alamo Fire.  Thankfully, Colson Canyon was spared.  High points included 2 Pygmy Owls tooting to each other and about 1 mile south of the Colson Canyon Road/Tepusquet Canyon Road intersection, I found a pair of Golden Eagles.  Checklist attached including photo of Golden Eagle.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38133504


John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

Summer Tanager

Jasen Liu
 

Hi all,

There is currently a first year male SUMMER TANAGER in the willow thickets along San Antonio Rd. E. Coordinates approximately 34.764899, -120.438240.

Good birding,
Jasen Liu

Re: Laughing Gull, when last seen?

Hugh Ranson
 

I believe Liz Muraoka photographed the bird on May 20th at the Rancho Goleta
lake.

Hugh Ranson

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

The last reports I am aware of are the ones Wim mentions. The last mention
in SB Co Birding was 17 May, when Larry Ballard noted the previous day had
been the anniversary of the first report. So the reports span exactly one
year.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 2:51 PM 'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby@...
[sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:



I have failed to see it around Goleta Beach or the GSD on several visits
over the least 3 weeks. I was checking for it since I got the impression it
might have left.

From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On
Behalf Of Wim van Dam @wimvandam [sbcobirding]
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2017 2:42 PM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: [sbcobirding] Laughing Gull, when last seen?





Two days ago an adult Laughing Gull was photographed in San Luis Obispo
County, and I can't help but wonder if that is the same bird that we had
hanging around Goleta for such a long time.

The last SBCo eBird reports of it are May 15 (Dika Golovatchoff at Goleta
Beach) and May 16 (Jasen Liu in IV). Did anyone see the Goleta Laughing
Gull after that?


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










Re: Laughing Gull, when last seen?

Dave Compton
 

The last reports I am aware of are the ones Wim mentions. The last mention in SB Co Birding was 17 May, when Larry Ballard noted the previous day had been the anniversary of the first report. So the reports span exactly one year.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


On Thu, Jul 13, 2017 at 2:51 PM 'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I have failed to see it around Goleta Beach or the GSD on several visits over the least 3 weeks. I was checking for it since I got the impression it might have left.

From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of Wim van Dam wim.van.dam@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2017 2:42 PM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: [sbcobirding] Laughing Gull, when last seen?





Two days ago an adult Laughing Gull was photographed in San Luis Obispo County, and I can't help but wonder if that is the same bird that we had hanging around Goleta for such a long time.

The last SBCo eBird reports of it are May 15 (Dika Golovatchoff at Goleta Beach) and May 16 (Jasen Liu in IV). Did anyone see the Goleta Laughing Gull after that?


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








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Re: Laughing Gull, when last seen?

Nick Lethaby
 

I have failed to see it around Goleta Beach or the GSD on several visits over the least 3 weeks. I was checking for it since I got the impression it might have left.

From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of Wim van Dam @wimvandam [sbcobirding]
Sent: Thursday, July 13, 2017 2:42 PM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: [sbcobirding] Laughing Gull, when last seen?




Two days ago an adult Laughing Gull was photographed in San Luis Obispo County, and I can't help but wonder if that is the same bird that we had hanging around Goleta for such a long time.

The last SBCo eBird reports of it are May 15 (Dika Golovatchoff at Goleta Beach) and May 16 (Jasen Liu in IV). Did anyone see the Goleta Laughing Gull after that?


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

Laughing Gull, when last seen?

Wim van Dam
 

Two days ago an adult Laughing Gull was photographed in San Luis Obispo County, and I can't help but wonder if that is the same bird that we had hanging around Goleta for such a long time. 

The last SBCo eBird reports of it are May 15 (Dika Golovatchoff at Goleta Beach) and May 16 (Jasen Liu in IV). Did anyone see the Goleta Laughing Gull after that?


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



Goleta Sanitation District, 2017-07-13

Wim van Dam
 

This afternoon I checked out GSD for shorebirds. Unfortunately it has too much water at the moment so it's all ducks and gulls and not much else. Moderately interesting was a juvenile GREEN HERON.  

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



Canyon Wren Goleta, day 2

Peter Schneekloth
 

I had to go back and double check on the Canyon Wren I heard yesterday at work. This is south of 101 and N or the Airport in Goleta. Sure enough it seemed quite happy foraging amongst the pallets, unused equipment etc. Also a nice brush pile there. Will be interesting to see how long it stays around:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/35080489443/in/dateposted-public/


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton

Rancho Estates/Devereux Creek Update and GSD Photo Contest Reminder

Janice Levasheff
 

Dear all,

Santa Barbara Audubon has a couple of news items for you, and has received approval from the sbcobirding moderator to share this information with the birding community.

Please note:  If you have comments or questions about these items,  please do not reply to the entire sbcobirding yahoo group.

Please reply ONLY to the entities identified in each news item, or to Publicity@....

Item#1:  Show your support for Alternative 2b to the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project!

Attend the City of Goleta's hearing on Tuesday, July 18, at 6PM in the Goleta City Council Chambers!  At this meeting, the Planning Commission will recommend that the City of Goleta approve Alternative 2b of the Final Environmental Impact Report for the Rancho Estates Mobile Home Park Fire Improvements Project, and reject the project as proposed.  Your presence at the hearing will show support for the Planning Commission's recommendation, in which no road will be built next to Devereux Creek.

If you can’t testify in person, please send your comment letter to the City Clerk's office so it is received before noon on July 17.  Comments may be sent via email to dlopez@... or by mail to the attention of the City Council and City Clerk at 130 Cremona Drive, Suite B, Goleta, CA  93117.

Many thanks to those of you who attended the FEIR hearing and/or provided oral or written comments.  Your support for birds and their habitat has been heard, loud and clear.

Goleta City Council Chambers are at 130 Cremona Dr., Suite B, Goleta. Enter on the east side of the building.  You don’t need to be a resident of the City of Goleta in order to speak, but to do so please pick up a speaker slip near the entrance, fill it out, and give it to a City official inside the Council Chambers.

If you have questions or would like to help the Conservation Committee with this, please send an email to Conservation@....


Item #2:  Fellow Birders: Submit your photos for our Photo Contest by August 1!

The Goleta Sanitary District and Santa Barbara Audubon are sponsoring this contest.  Entry is free, and winning photos will be mounted on GSD office walls.  With a list of over 150 species, there as to be a lot of great photos out there, so check your archives - it's OK to use photos taken at the GSD in prior years!

For rules and contact information, please go here.



Please remember:  For either of the above topics, do not reply to the entire sbcobirding yahoo group.

If you have trouble with the links in this message, you may also go directly to the Santa Barbara Audubon Society's website or email me at Publicity@....

Also check the website periodically for updates.

Thank you for your support, and Good Birding!

Janice Levasheff
Publicity Chair
Santa Barbara Audubon Society, Inc., 1 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
Publicity@...

Canyon Wren in Goleta

Peter Schneekloth
 

I heard a Canyon Wren singing this morning at an industrial location at the end of Robin Hill Road in Goleta. Possibly driven this way by the fire.


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton

Weekend birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Today, I checked out Ocean Beach Park. Least Terns have been showing consistently here the last 2-3 weeks and there were 9 today.No juveniles yet. Shorebird habitat is very limited and just the commoner species are present.

Miguelito Canyon had a Golden Eagle and 2 adult sordida OC Warblers is close proximity to a fledged juvenile, although this might have been coincidence.

On Saturday, Devereux had just the commoner shorebirds. On the N. side of Refugio Pass, I had Steller's Jay, Purple Finch, and White-breasted Nuthatch.

Nick

Northern Rough-winged Swallow nestlings

Peter Schneekloth
 

A fun photo of some soon to fledge Northern Rough-winged Swallows.


https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/35655285461/in/dateposted-public/ 




Peter Schneekloth

Buellton

beach birding

Guy Tingos <guy.tingos@...>
 

Yesterday at the SB Harbor sandpit, there were numerous Long-billed Curlews, Whimbrels, and Heerman’s Gulls. One adult Peregrine Falcon and an Osprey were also there.

Today, there was no sign of the Reddish Egret at Goleta Beach, but there was an adult Peregrine Falcon.


Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

Re: Reddish Egret at Goleta Slough

Mark Holmgren
 

I failed to see the Reddish Egret at about 1:15 to 1:30pm today when I looked from the central and eastern parking lots.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

On Thu, Jul 6, 2017 at 10:37 AM, Libby Patten libby_patten@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Currently seen from east end of parking lot. Immature. 


Libby Patten




Bradbury Dam, 2017-07-06

Wim van Dam
 

This afternoon at the west end of Lake Cachuma there were 6 COMMON MERGANSER. Judging by the white above the gape at least two of them were juveniles (likely more). Also on the water were 2 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT and 10 CLARK'S/WESTERN GREBE. 

Wim

PS: Goodbye Thayer's and Hello Iceland Gull:


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



Shrike sighting

David Levasheff
 

Had a Loggerhead Shrike on a telephone cable about 0.1 mile up Alisal road from Old Coast highway. About 34.532966 -120.188513. 7/6/2017 10:50am

David

Reddish Egret at Goleta Slough

Libby Patten
 

Currently seen from east end of parking lot. Immature. 

Libby Patten



Re: Breeding Eared Grebes, Devereux shorebirds

Dave Compton
 

This is an embarrassing email to have to write. For all those of you who thought that SEVEN grebe chicks seemed like an awful lot, you were right (four would be a high number). I had really poor light for this observation and was pretty far from these birds, and I now believe I was really careless in my ID. I went back to Laguna Blanca today and could not find ANY Eared Grebes or any grebe chicks of any type. But rest assured that, while I did not get this one totally right, I did identify it correctly as in the class Aves.

So, in sum, no Eared Grebe nesting at Laguna Blanca this year. Also, I have placed myself on birder probation.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Tue, Jul 4, 2017 at 3:42 PM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
A couple of things of mild interest during a relatively brief morning of birding. A visit to Devereux, where I  birded for a time with Ken Perlmann and Judy Chen, suggested southward shorebird migration is picking up, although nothing unusual was present. Western Sandpiper totals are up from about 35 two days ago to 140 today. Three Short-billed Dowitchers were the first I'd seen this season. Other shorebirds were Semipalmated Plovers (8), Willets (11), Long-billed Curlew (2), and Whimbrel (7). Also, we watched the total of Greater Yellowlegs decrease from 2 to 1 as a Peregine snatched and flew off with one of them.

At Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch, I saw an adult Eared Grebe with 7 small chicks (another adult was nearby). The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California tells me this species nested here previously in 1991 and 1992, and has also nested at Bettaravia Rd near Santa Maria in 1992, at Goleta Slough (Basin L/M) in 2005, and at the Santa Ynez River estuary (Ocean Park) in 2007. So this is a very rare event in the county. However, given the number of places it has occurred in late spring/early summer this year, I won't be surprised if someone finds a brood somewhere else. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Breeding Eared Grebes, Devereux shorebirds

Dave Compton
 

A couple of things of mild interest during a relatively brief morning of birding. A visit to Devereux, where I  birded for a time with Ken Perlmann and Judy Chen, suggested southward shorebird migration is picking up, although nothing unusual was present. Western Sandpiper totals are up from about 35 two days ago to 140 today. Three Short-billed Dowitchers were the first I'd seen this season. Other shorebirds were Semipalmated Plovers (8), Willets (11), Long-billed Curlew (2), and Whimbrel (7). Also, we watched the total of Greater Yellowlegs decrease from 2 to 1 as a Peregine snatched and flew off with one of them.

At Laguna Blanca in Hope Ranch, I saw an adult Eared Grebe with 7 small chicks (another adult was nearby). The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California tells me this species nested here previously in 1991 and 1992, and has also nested at Bettaravia Rd near Santa Maria in 1992, at Goleta Slough (Basin L/M) in 2005, and at the Santa Ynez River estuary (Ocean Park) in 2007. So this is a very rare event in the county. However, given the number of places it has occurred in late spring/early summer this year, I won't be surprised if someone finds a brood somewhere else. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Lake Los Carneros and Devereux

Dika Golovatchoff
 

Walking briskly from parking lot at Stowe House to dam on the lake I observed an absence of Coots; and 68 Mallards and the hybrid swan (though not the Mute Swan) at the east end of the dam.

Contrast this with the walk from the end of Fortuna to the end of Slough road and back yielding a nice variety of birds: including an Osprey perched near far side of "bridge to nowhere" who plunged down for a fish and then flew off with it to the north; a Great Blue Heron, two Great Egrets, 1 Snowy Egret, 2 Black-crowned Night Herons, a Wilson's Phalarope among the Greater Yellowlegs, two Caspian Terns joined by a large flock of Western Sandpipers - first seen circling overhead; eight Black-necked Stilts, four Killdeer, and two Green Herons foraging and viewed at quite close range.  Also, Northern Mockingbirds and Hooded Orioles (both male and female and at least six juveniles) flying around the Mexican fan palms where it appears that they have been nesting.  A quiet but enjoyable walk.


Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara