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Bald Eagle, Arroyo Burro trail

Steve Ferry
 

A friend of mine, Don Pies, reported a Bald Eagle on the Arroyo Burro trail this morning.  Report:

Hi Steve
This morning my friend (Christy Simas) and I spotted a mature Bald Eagle on the Arroyo Burro trail....YES, UNBELIEVABLE. Could you report this to the Audubon...I could not find out how to report it.

Here's the scoop:
- bird sighting at 9:28am, March 28, 2017
- location coord's at

34°28'40.3"N 119°44'33.8"W

34.477853, -119.742717

- Description of bird sighting:
Arriving at the large rocks just past the last power tower, a bird took-off from the rocks above and caught our attention. These are the same large rocks where Bill Fincher uses as our final destination on Wed hikes up Arroyo Burro trail. The bird had a large bright white fan tail. As the bird circled above the rocks, we could clearly see a white head and white neck. The rest of the bird was black. It was hard to estimate the size of the bird...but definitely not a small bird. It appeared that the bird was trying to head north, although high winds this morning were making that path challenging. We did see several Turkey Vultures on our hike, but the Bald Eagle had a distinctly different appearance. Christy had seen many Bald Eagles when she lived in Park City and this bird looked the same.
- Cachuma Lake Nature Center - I called the center and they said there were numerous Bald Eagle spottings today, but they did not have any spotting locations, or even if the spottings were on the ocean side of the ridge, i.e. front side.
- A possible theory why the Bald Eagle was on the front side could be that the high winds last night brought the eagle over the mountains.
- attached images: I tried to take photos with my smartphone, but the resolution is pretty bad for birding. I've attached the only image that seems to show the white head. I've also attached map locations of the spotting.
thanks for help reporting this spotting,
Don

Steve Ferry
Goleta


Re: More Los Padres National Forest access info

Nick Lethaby
 

These aren't the only places accessible year round. They are just places I am thinking of visiting.

From: Jim Greaves [mailto:lbviman@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2017 4:15 PM
To: Lethaby, Nick; sbcobirding@...
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] More Los Padres National Forest access info

Wow. I didn't know that those few areas cited were the only places in Los Padres NF that had been, until now, accessible year round. Fee required to "hike" ONE trail among many; fee required to "check out" one roadside canyon; fee required to hike from Cachuma Saddle towards (not actually TO?) McKinley Peak... As for Paradise Road, why not just shut down the entire Los Padres NF from HWY 154 eastward? How many other areas are still "open" for free access?

At 05:07 PM 3/28/2017, 'Lethaby, Nick' nlethaby@... [sbcobirding] wrote:



All,



I called up the Santa Maria USFS office (that covers Figueroa, Colson Canyon, etc.) and clarified that we apparently don't need any kind of adventure pass/permit to:



1. Check out Colson canyon along the road

2. Hike the Manzana (as long as you park in the Manzana trailhead lot)

3. Park at Cachuma Saddle to hike out towards McKinley Peak.



In the north county, it seems you only need the PMP permit for when you are actually camping at NIRA, Davy Brown, Figueroa, etc. It doesn't seem you need an adventure pass anymore. So for day use, the only area one needs the PMP permit is along Paradise Road. Given the lack of access here for now, I don't see a rush to buy an annual pass.



If anyone else has more details/clarifications to add, please post.



Nick Lethaby

IoT Ecosystem & TI-RTOS

Texas Instruments Incorporated

6750 Navigator Way

Goleta, CA 93117



Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

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More Los Padres National Forest access info

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I called up the Santa Maria USFS office (that covers Figueroa, Colson Canyon, etc.) and clarified that we apparently don’t need any kind of adventure pass/permit to:

 

1.       Check out Colson canyon along the road

2.       Hike the Manzana (as long as you park in the Manzana trailhead lot)

3.       Park at Cachuma Saddle to hike out towards McKinley Peak.

 

In the north county, it seems you only need the PMP permit for when you are actually camping at NIRA, Davy Brown, Figueroa, etc. It doesn’t seem you need an adventure pass anymore. So for day use, the only area one needs the PMP permit is along Paradise Road. Given the lack of access here for now, I don’t see a rush to buy an annual pass.

 

If anyone else has more details/clarifications to add, please post.

 

Nick Lethaby

IoT Ecosystem & TI-RTOS

Texas Instruments Incorporated

6750 Navigator Way

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 

Cattle egret at lagoons

Jake Broad
 

Thank you all for confirming. The egret is down at the Goleta sanitary district's lagoons right now (2:30) if anyone is in the area and wants to see it. Cheers!

Jake Broad
Goleta

Cattle egret at GSD

Jake Broad
 

Hi all
This morning I spotted what I believe to be a cattle egret at the Goleta sanitary district. Below there is a link to a photo I took. I tried to send a message earlier but I don't think it worked sorry if you get 2 messages. I first saw it around 8 and then located it again around 930. Worth noting the bird was in a restricted area and can't be viewed from public areas. If it moves to the lagoons I'll update. Thank you. 


Jake Broad
Goleta

Swainson's Hawk Migration

Glenn Kincaid
 

Borrego Springs reports over 1200 Swainson’s departing this morning, with another 500 in town tonight.

Surely some of these must be flying over SB county on their way north.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Re: Los Padres NF access

Jim Greaves <lbviman@...>
 

These fees are totally unacceptable. Can you imagine if Dick Smith and his contemporaries and followers had been assessed such fees to ride a horse into condor country? Would the condor have gone extinct because the roads and trails were taxed to the point (TEN bucks a visit!) that they are now? To apathetically accept as the "new normal" this nonsense is unacceptable to the few remaining of us who were able to freely access OUR public lands.

Jim Greaves, Thompson Falls (30 years a Santa Barbara resident)

At 09:03 PM 3/25/2017, Wim van Dam wim.van.dam@... [sbcobirding] wrote:
 

Access to Los Padres sites has indeed become complicated and more expensive. One resource that is useful needs an actual spreadsheet about the recent changes:

http://lpforest.org/los-padres-concessionaire-changes-more/

Around Figueroa Mountain/San Rafael Wilderness the rule-of-thumb seems to be that the traditional adventure pass can be used for the day use areas, but that for camping sites you need the other Parks Management Company pass. These changes went into effect last November, but I do not know to which extend the new rules are enforced.Â


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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On Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 6:06 PM, Nick Lethaby nlethaby@... [sbcobirding] < sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

All,

I discovered a few issues about access to Los Padres NF while attempting to visit Paradise Rd today.

1. The first ford across Paradise Rd is closed. I was told they hope to get it open by Memorial Day, which seems a long time.
2. The forest adventure pass (annual one) is no longer valid. There is a new company controlling access to all of the Los Padres NF campgrounds and many day use areas. Their website is www.campone.com.
3. The annual pass is now $50 and day use is $10. You definitely need it to access the area along Paradise Road. Not sure it is needed for day use around FIgueroa/Nira etc. but it is needed there for camping.
4. You can only buy the annual pass through regular mail. No e-commerce site etc.

Regards, Nick



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Re: Los Padres NF access

Wim van Dam
 

Access to Los Padres sites has indeed become complicated and more expensive. One resource that is useful needs an actual spreadsheet about the recent changes:


Around Figueroa Mountain/San Rafael Wilderness the rule-of-thumb seems to be that the traditional adventure pass can be used for the day use areas, but that for camping sites you need the other Parks Management Company pass. These changes went into effect last November, but I do not know to which extend the new rules are enforced. 


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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On Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 6:06 PM, Nick Lethaby nlethaby@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

All,

I discovered a few issues about access to Los Padres NF while attempting to visit Paradise Rd today.

1. The first ford across Paradise Rd is closed. I was told they hope to get it open by Memorial Day, which seems a long time.
2. The forest adventure pass (annual one) is no longer valid. There is a new company controlling access to all of the Los Padres NF campgrounds and many day use areas. Their website is www.campone.com.
3. The annual pass is now $50 and day use is $10. You definitely need it to access the area along Paradise Road. Not sure it is needed for day use around FIgueroa/Nira etc. but it is needed there for camping.
4. You can only buy the annual pass through regular mail. No e-commerce site etc.

Regards, Nick


Los Padres NF access

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I discovered a few issues about access to Los Padres NF while attempting to visit Paradise Rd today.

1. The first ford across Paradise Rd is closed. I was told they hope to get it open by Memorial Day, which seems a long time.
2. The forest adventure pass (annual one) is no longer valid. There is a new company controlling access to all of the Los Padres NF campgrounds and many day use areas. Their website is www.campone.com.
3. The annual pass is now $50 and day use is $10. You definitely need it to access the area along Paradise Road. Not sure it is needed for day use around FIgueroa/Nira etc. but it is needed there for camping.
4. You can only buy the annual pass through regular mail. No e-commerce site etc.

Regards, Nick

Searching for Tricolored Blackbirds

Peter Schneekloth
 

Took a lengthy tour from Buellton, up 101 through Los Alamos with a detour through Barka Slough out to Guadalupe then returned via 135 to Alisos Canyon Road to Foxen Canyon. Found only one adult male Tricolored at the Los Alamos wastewater facility where I also had a Bullock's Oriole. Barka Slough was full of song as usual with Warbling Vireo, Orange-crowned and Wilson's Warbler easy to find.


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton

Carp Salt Marsh

Rob Denholtz
 

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Bright male fos BULLOCK'S ORIOLE in Basin 1, as the trail curves westward away from Franklin Creek.

ROADRUNNER continues in Silver Sands Mobile Home Park.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

Pigeon-like bird

Marilyn Gutsche
 

Hi, I am not an experienced birder and I am mystified by a bird I saw today on Via Roblada in Hope Ranch. Brown/black barring on the back, size between robin and crow. At first I thought it was a hawk but it was on the ground and that did not seem hawk-like. Then it flapped up to the trees and sounded and looked more like a large dove or pigeon. We have had an influx of large flappy pigeon-like birds in the area over the past few years but they are light in color. This one was definitely black-barred.

Anyone have an idea of what I saw?

Thanks,
Marilyn
Hope Ranch

Re: Swainson's Thrush, 2017-03-23

Wim van Dam
 


Dave Compton pointed out to me that this would be unreasonably early for a California Swainson's Thrush. Upon further reflection a less unlikely explanation is that I heard the fluting song of a HERMIT THRUSH. My excuse is that this is still pretty uncommon for our county and as a result I have no experience in separating between the songs of Hermit and Swainson's. 

Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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On Mar 23, 2017, at 07:27, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

I'm sure that I just heard a morning SWAINSON'S THRUSH in my Solvang neighborhood (Quail Valley Rd), which would be unusually early. 


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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Roadrunner at Elings Park

Glenn Kincaid
 

My son reports seeing a Roadrunner at Elings Park yesterday. Based on his description, I would give moderate confidence to this report.

I see no ebird sightings of this species from this location, so I am passing it along.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Re: Grosbeak hunt

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I failed to see or hear any in about 30 minutes of looking this AM.

Nick

From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of Florence Sanchez sanchezucsb11@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Thursday, March 23, 2017 3:05 PM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: [sbcobirding] Grosbeak hunt




I was not successful at finding any Grosbeaks along Devereux Creek at the end of Santa Barbara Shores Road this morning. There were several Orioles present at this location and while looking up into a eucalyptus tree to get a better view of a singing Bullock's oriole, a bird flew out over my head that may have been a male RB Grosbeak, but ll I got was a brief leaning-over-backward glimpse as it continued on into the neighborhood. I heard no Grosbeak calls or songs.

The creek area in general was fairly birdy and number of species were sounding off. A male Allen's Hummingbird did a full-on display right in front of me and I saw at least two others.

I then went up on the bluffs and walked the cliffside path from the Sandpiper golf Course to Devereux and back to the Ellwood Beach-Santa Barbara Shores Road Trail. It was a beautiful morning up there and while I didn't see a lot of birds, I had four species of swallow flying overhead in small groups (Tree, Cliff, Barn, and Rough-winged) along with few White-throated Swifts.

I ran into Bill Murdoch and friends as I prepared to leave--don't know if they had any better luck on the Grosbeaks.

Florence Sanchez

Grosbeak hunt

Florence Sanchez
 

I was not successful at finding any Grosbeaks along Devereux Creek at the end of Santa Barbara Shores Road this morning.  There were several Orioles present at this location and while looking up into a eucalyptus tree to get a better view of a singing Bullock's oriole, a bird flew out over my head that may have been a male RB Grosbeak, but ll I got was a brief leaning-over-backward glimpse as it continued on into the neighborhood. I heard no Grosbeak calls or songs. 

The  creek area in general was fairly birdy and  number of species were sounding off. A male Allen's Hummingbird did a full-on display right in front of me and I saw at least two others.

I then went up on the bluffs and walked the cliffside path from the Sandpiper golf Course to Devereux and back to the Ellwood Beach-Santa Barbara Shores Road Trail.  It was a beautiful morning up there and while I didn't see a lot of birds, I had four species of swallow flying overhead in small groups (Tree, Cliff, Barn, and Rough-winged) along with  few White-throated Swifts.

I ran into Bill Murdoch and friends as I prepared to leave--don't know if they had any better luck on the Grosbeaks.

Florence Sanchez

New Facebook group: Birding Santa Barbara and Ventura

skoop123@...
 

(Corrected post - now includes name signature)

New Facebook group: Birding Santa Barbara and Ventura
Share photos, videos and observations

https://www.facebook.com/groups/birdingventuraandsb/

David Lee
Ventura, CA

Swainson's Thrush, 2017-03-23

Wim van Dam
 

I'm sure that I just heard a morning SWAINSON'S THRUSH in my Solvang neighborhood (Quail Valley Rd), which would be unusually early. 


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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Re: Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

Jim Greaves <lbviman@...>
 

Stand, head down, corrected! I thought you migh have... ;-)

At 03:41 PM 3/22/2017, Lethaby, Nick wrote:
I meant Black-headed.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Greaves [mailto:lbviman@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:40 PM
To: Lethaby, Nick; Glenn Kincaid
Cc: sbcobirding@...
Subject: RE: [sbcobirding] Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

I would NOT concur that any are Blue Grosbeak. Pale in superciliary is in the wrong part of the face.

At 02:56 PM 3/22/2017, Lethaby, Nick wrote:

There appear to be 4 different birds in the shots. The last bird is a
BHGR and similar looking to the one photographed by the original
finder. Two of the other birds are clearly RBGRs. I think the third
likely is a RBGR as well, although a case can be made for BLGR.


-----Original Message-----
From: sbcobirding@...
[mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of Jim Greaves
lbviman@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:48 PM
To: Glenn Kincaid
Cc: sbcobirding@...
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

I concur with your assessment - male and female RBGR, and 1 female
BHGR... based on photos at eBird list attached

Still waiting to see RBGR in MT...

Jim Greaves - Thompson Falls MT

At 01:37 PM 3/22/2017, you wrote:
This morning around 1030 AM, Marge and Don Thornton, Adrian O'Lochlen
and myself had good views of the continuing Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,
which were found just past the gate at the end of Santa Barbara
Shores Drive, at the first path intersection.

There was an adult male, and one or possibly 2 others. We are
looking through the photos.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

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Re: Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

Nick Lethaby
 

I meant Black-headed.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Greaves [mailto:lbviman@...]
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 2:40 PM
To: Lethaby, Nick; Glenn Kincaid
Cc: sbcobirding@...
Subject: RE: [sbcobirding] Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

I would NOT concur that any are Blue Grosbeak. Pale in superciliary is in the wrong part of the face.

At 02:56 PM 3/22/2017, Lethaby, Nick wrote:

There appear to be 4 different birds in the shots. The last bird is a
BHGR and similar looking to the one photographed by the original
finder. Two of the other birds are clearly RBGRs. I think the third
likely is a RBGR as well, although a case can be made for BLGR.


-----Original Message-----
From: sbcobirding@...
[mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of Jim Greaves
lbviman@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 1:48 PM
To: Glenn Kincaid
Cc: sbcobirding@...
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

I concur with your assessment - male and female RBGR, and 1 female
BHGR... based on photos at eBird list attached

Still waiting to see RBGR in MT...

Jim Greaves - Thompson Falls MT

At 01:37 PM 3/22/2017, you wrote:
This morning around 1030 AM, Marge and Don Thornton, Adrian O'Lochlen
and myself had good views of the continuing Rose-breasted Grosbeaks,
which were found just past the gate at the end of Santa Barbara
Shores Drive, at the first path intersection.

There was an adult male, and one or possibly 2 others. We are
looking through the photos.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

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