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Preisker Park + North Blosser Rd. Flood Control Pond, 2016-09-16

Wim van Dam
 

This Friday afternoon I checked both Santa Maria locations, only to find nothing of interest.

Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
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SBCO #372: Yellow-billed Cuckoo

...and sparrows

mactire69
 

Sparrows are beginning to show at Sycamore Canyon. Tonight: three Lincoln's and two white-crowned.


There are some warblers and other migrants in the creek, also. A fair number of Wilson's warblers, a Black-Throated Grey, and a Willow Flycatcher.


Steven Courtney

 

Raptors...

mactire69
 

There has been a steady stream of vultures passing over Sycamore Canyon the past week. I haven't been able to put a consistent effort in, but there seems to be 30 or 40 birds passing east most days, starting mid-morning (or whenever the marine layer burns off). Other species in the past five days:
Cooper's Hawk 6 (plus the resident birds)
Red-Tailed Hawk 4 (plus the residents)
Osprey 1
Swainson's Hawk 1
Merlin 2

Steven Courtney

Re: Blackburnian Warbler

sbtech@...
 

Hi,  Around 1pm I saw this wandering mixed flock of warblers, W. Tanagers, Acorn Woodpeckers,  incl the ... Black-throated Gray Warbler  (but no Blackburnian) , a Bl Headed Grosbeak and a Hutton's Vireo. They seem to move up and down the euc row. I saw the grosbeak take a large bug (beetle?) from a treetop and the tanagers were eating some big bugs too (bees?). Best, Ron Hirst

SYRE, Ocean Beach Co Park

Don Tate
 

Fri 1:30 PM, four juv purple martins feeding at SYRE south basin. For several minutes they perched in a cozy group with 7-8 barn swallows on wires that cross the basin. The pm's were very inelegant compared to the bs's. Lots of hard charging. Also seen, one each of osprey, harrier, ibis, brant.

Don Tate, Vberg Vg

Re: Blackburnian Warbler

Robert Lindsay
 

Friday, 9/16, 9 am

 

After searching for about 45 minutes, the Blackburnian Warbler made a brief but definitive appearance near the top of the Eucalyptus tree north of the entry to Stow Grove Park. While waiting, other birds included several Yellow and Wilson's Warbler, single Townsend's and Black-and-white Warbler, Selasphorus Hummers, a Western Tanager (which were numerous yesterday afternoon), two Band-tailed Pigeon, and misc. common birds.

 

Rob Lindsay

Refugio Chestnut-sided Warbler

Peter Schneekloth
 

Here a link to the best capture I could manage on the Chestnut-sided Warbler at Refugio this morning: Chestnut-sided Warbler Refugio St Beach

 

Peter Schneekloth

Buellton

Stowe Grove and Goleta Beach

Dika Golovatchoff
 

At Stowe Grove I finally saw the Blackburnian along with six other birders.  Will try for better photos, though.  A Red-tailed Hawk came along which then posed high in a redwood.  Also, a bright Yellow Warbler appeared where the Blackburnian had been.

At Goleta Slough around noon I watched the usual herons and egrets and was thrilled to capture a Great Blue Heron in flight. It took off from right in front of me, giving me barely enough time to get the camera up and on it. The black-necked stilts were there, and on the beach were a couple of long-billed Curlews, a Whimbrel, and a Willet.  A bird I had never seen before that looked like a loon was swimming close to shore.  Glenn identified my photo as a Common Murre in winter plumage - not commonly seen so close to shore. I should also mention an abundance of Red-winged Blackbirds just near the cabin that were singing merrily.


Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

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Sta Ynez Mtns, SY Valley this morning

Mark Holmgren <maholmgren@...>
 

At publicly inaccessible spots near West Camino Cielo this morning, Adrian O'Loghlen and I saw two (probably Sooty) Fox Sparrows (very early), a Rose-breasted Grosbeak male, and a Hermit Warbler.
At Bridlewood Winery in the Santa Ines Valley we saw another Hermit Warbler.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

purple martins SYRE

Don Tate
 

Thurs 1:30 PM, at least 3 juv purple martins foraging low over Salicornia with barn swallows, in south basin. Their long, black "wing pits" were straight margined vs Sibley illus., underwing coverts black. And a muscrat by the gazebo.

Don Tate, Vberg Vg

North of Goleta this morning

Mark Holmgren <maholmgren@...>
 

Mark

Re: Red-breasted Sapsucker

Nick Lethaby
 

This is just fairly early for them. In October they won’t show up as rare in ebird anymore.

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Subject: [sbcobirding] Red-breasted Sapsucker



My first post...

It came up rare on eBird and I haven't seen one since January... maybe someone is interested? I saw and took a few pictures of a Red-breasted Sapsucker near the Stow House this morning.

Pete Wolf
Goleta

Blackburnian Warbler

Mark Bright
 

This morning at about 9:30 am at Stow Grove Park. Met Bill Murdoch in the parking lot where we observed the Blackburnian Warbler for about half an hour. Five other birders soon arrived and all found the warbler. A few Yellow Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, Western Tanagers, and a male Rufous Hummingbird were also present in the same eucalyptus trees between the parking lot and the street. I've added a few photos of the Blackburnian Warbler to the SBCOBirding Flicker Group photo site.

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Pete Wolf
 

My first post...

It came up rare on eBird and I haven't seen one since January... maybe someone is interested? I saw and took a few pictures of a Red-breasted Sapsucker near the Stow House this morning.

Pete Wolf
Goleta

Ocean Beach Park

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I checked this today. The vast majority of the shorebird habitat has dried up now with a corresponding large reduction of shorebirds. S Avocet, a single Dunlin and a Pectoral were on most interest, although a strafing Peregrine may have pushed some birds off. No terns at all and duck numbers are down too.

 

Nick Lethaby

IoT Ecosystem & TI-RTOS

Texas Instruments Incorporated

6750 Navigator Way

Goleta, CA 93117

 

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Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 

Around Goleta This morning

Glenn Kincaid
 

After leaving the Blackburnian Warbler at Stowe Grove I checked out a few more spots around Goleta:

Bella Vista Open Space - Fairly quiet but not totally dead. 1 Warbling Vireo, 1 Willow Flycatcher, flyover of 4 Vaux's Swifts.

Evergreen Open Space - Very few birds at all. A couple small puddles in the creek, did not look appealing.

Bacara Resort Bridge (entry road) - No water in the creek, no birds. Although some of the Eucs in this area look very good and are actually flowering.

Devereux, quick ride-by: 1 Avocet, 1 Female Pintail. Frankly, very depressing.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Mission Creek and Rocky Nook Park

Florence Sanchez
 

I did my usual loop walk this morning, following Mission Creek behind the Museum of Natural History and on into Rocky Nook Park.  There are bathing pools in the stream at various places but no running water.  The area was very dead this morning with only one migrant seen--a sole Wilson's Warbler in Rocky Nook.  However, because there is a little water, I believe it's worth checking the park from time to time.

Of interest this morning was a Canyon Wren calling loudly from one of the residences behind the park (on Mission Canyon Road).  When I've heard or seen them in the Park before, it's been in the creekbed or along the rocky canyon wall to the east.

Florence Sanchez



SB Audubon Events for September

Janice Levasheff
 

Dear all,

As with fall migration, the days are flying by!  Here is a list of SB Audubon events for the rest of September.

Saturday the 17th:  Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Field Trip.  Carpool meets at 7:00AM in the NE corner of Sears upper parking lot.  Trip is from 9:00AM - 11:00AM.

Friday the 23rd:  Honda Valley Open Space Bird Walk, 8:30AM to 10:30AM

Wednesday the 28th:  Monthly Evening Program in Farrand Hall at the SB Museum of Natural History, 7:30PM to 9:00PM (doors open at 7:00PM)
                                        Arroyo Simi:  Life on the Edge (of the Urban Interface)

With the exception of the $8 gas money to carpool drivers for the Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Field Trip, all of the above events are free and open to all.

To those of you who have signed up for our Premier Trip to Point Mugu on Friday the 23rd, you should have received a separate "Important Details to Remember" message recently.  Our trip is a sell-out and we THANK YOU for your support!

And a reminder to save the date for our Eyes in the Sky Open House at the Museum of Natural History on Sunday, October 16th.  The Silent Auction returns, and there are some great items (such as an ATS65 Swarovski Spotting Scope donated by Samy's)!  Bring your family!  Admission and parking are free.

For more information on our events, please go to http://santabarbaraaudubon.org/

Happy Birding at this wonderful time of the year!

Janice Levasheff
Publicity Chair
Santa Barbara Audubon Society, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization

Blackburnian Warblet

Glenn Kincaid
 

Now present at Stow Grove. Warbler numbers have dropped so it was easy to find.

Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Refugio State Beach - Chestnut-sided Warbler

Peter Schneekloth
 

Made my daily commuter stop at Refugio this AM. Just before leaving I had a Chestnut-sided Warbler in the big euc west of bridge. Strong eye ring, gray face, bright green back, and two broad yellowish wing bars. I have some just good enough photos I can deal with later this evening. The bird flew off towards the entry kiosk. Still Orioles, Yellow Warblers, Black-headed Grosbeaks in numbers.


Peter Schneekloth

Buellton