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Laguna fowl

Hugh Ranson
 

I took a look at Laguna Blanca late this afternoon, sans scope. There are pretty good numbers of waterfowl out there. Ruddy Ducks were most numerous, followed by Bufflehead (20+), with smaller numbers of Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Mallard, American Wigeon, and Ring-necked Duck. Best was a first winter male Common Goldeneye. Also there were a Wilson's Snipe and a Bonaparte's Gull.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Re: Redhead status

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,

To add to Nick’s ducked-up duck deal. There are a few other duck species that are in very low numbers or are completely absent. I should mention first that I can not find any Canvasback Ducks even at location that normally hold a minimum of 30 and some years 60+. Then the Ring-necked Ducks seem to be dropping in numbers over the last couple of years. I have found one pond at the Alisal River Course, Golf Course that has 32, but that leaves us with less than 60 in the north county. Also, American Wigeons seem to be few and far between up this way. The Buffleheads seem OK for numbers but it still seems way low for what was normal. We had a few Northern Pintail pass through a few weeks ago, but again they are hard to refind. The number of Lesser Scaup has dropped like crazy over the last decade and now they are becoming very hard to find. We very low numbers of Green-winged Teal last Saturday at SMRE which normally has/had good numbers of this specie and the other mentioned species. I can say this though, the Ruddy Ducks seem to be doing alright. Other than the Common Goldeneye and the Hooded Mergansers at Mission Hills Sewage works in Lompoc it has been pretty grim.

I have not checked out the southern portion of our county for ducks yet. It will be interesting to see what’s going on down that way. Hopefully some weather will push some ducks south.

Not so ducky up this way, good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA

On Wednesday, November 27, 2019, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby@...> wrote:

All,

 

Sorry to keep up the doom and gloom on ducks, but I wanted to find out if folks have seen any Redheads on the south coast in the last week or so. Ebird shows that 10-15 birds arrived around Nov 10 spread over Laguna Blanca, UCSB Lagoon, and LLC. Brad Hacker told me he saw no birds at all on the UCSB lagoon a few days ago. I am wondering if we have any Redheads around still. This species has been declining locally the last few years and become increasingly erratic.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta

 

Email: nlethaby@...

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Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, continuing SageThrasher

Peter Schneekloth
 

In spite of the weather a small group of our Wednesday birders worked around the downpours and found 43 species. A decent count despite being limited to the area around the ranch buildings. Best birds were the continuing Sage Thrasher, Loggerhead Shrike and unusual at this season around the Reserve a Townsends Warbler. Full list here:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S61798456

Peter Schneekloth for the Sedgwick birding crew
Buellton

Redhead status

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

Sorry to keep up the doom and gloom on ducks, but I wanted to find out if folks have seen any Redheads on the south coast in the last week or so. Ebird shows that 10-15 birds arrived around Nov 10 spread over Laguna Blanca, UCSB Lagoon, and LLC. Brad Hacker told me he saw no birds at all on the UCSB lagoon a few days ago. I am wondering if we have any Redheads around still. This species has been declining locally the last few years and become increasingly erratic.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta

 

Email: nlethaby@...

Office: +1 805 562 5106

Mobile: +1 805 284 6200

 


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Goleta, CA

Deveruex water levels

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

We had an inch of rain in Goleta last night and Devereux has filled up considerably to very bird-friendly level. Already there were quite a few ducks using it this morning, mostly mallards.

 

Shoveler may be the latest duck species that is in rapid local decline. Not sure there are more  than 10 around Goleta currently. It will be interesting to see if they bounce back after the rain.

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA  93117

USA

 

Email: nlethaby@...

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Cachuma Boat Cruise

Mark Holmgren
 

Lisa Nelms, Elaine Tan, and I boated on Cachuma on Monday, 25 Nov. Highlights were 1 Snow Goose, 5 Greater White-fronted Geese, 2 Peregrines, 1 Lewis Woodpecker, and end-of-breeding breeding evidence for both Clark’s and Western Grebes.  The other story is those species and numbers of individuals missing relative to previous years.  See checklist https://ebird.org/checklist/S61780948

In our fairly extensive survey of the lake we saw only 2 American White Pelicans, 22 Canada Gooses, 2 Eared Grebes, no loons, no eagles, and very few ducks.


Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara

Warbling Vireo returns

Hugh Ranson
 

This morning I came across a Warbling Vireo in Bohnett Park on Santa Barbara's Westside. Presumably this is the returning bird, now back for its SEVENTH winter. I missed the bird last winter despite considerable searching, but then again there were very few birds in the park last year.

Earlier I saw a spiffy-looking Fox Sparrow at Orpet Park on the lower Riviera. My best guess is that it's an intergrade between Red and Slate-colored. Interestingly, it was singing quite persistently. There were a couple of typical Sooty Fox Sparrows in the park. 

I also looked at Lauro Reservoir and Rocky Nook Park without seeing anything of note.

Photos of sparrow and vireo here:


Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


NCOS Pied-billed Grebes

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

I've been wondering what the Pied-billed Grebes at the Whittier Pond (east end of NCOS) have been eating and this am I was lucky enough to see at least one item that's on their 'menu'!



Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Carpinteria birds

Eric Culbertson
 

Hi all,

Early this morning the northern waterthrush continued in Carpinteria Creek at Sixth Street. Later in the morning I walked some residential streets off Carpinteria Avenue in downtown Carpinteria with the best bird being a nashville warbler along Sawyer Avenue. The tipu trees at Cactus Lane next to Smart & Final are holding lots of birds but nothing noteworthy this morning. East of downtown Carpinteria within the business park centered around Mark Avenue I had another nashville warbler in a small stand of tipu trees near Cindy Lane.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria

recent birds or lack of them!?

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Got out this morning with Libby on this gorgeous day, birded the Music Academy thoroughly, including the tipu trees there: nothing to report. (seriously)
As of yesterday, the Yellow Warbler found by Dave Compton was still present at the willow thicket to the east of the parking lot at the Bird Refuge.
On Friday, I had good luck at the Santa Monica Creek Orchard Oriole in Carpinteria, as the bird showed itself at 9 a.m. in the Cape Honeysuckle hedge. After that I went to Franklin Creek Park, which was pretty dead, but both Franklin & Sta. Monica Creek have water, so birds are attracted. I also walked over the bridge and found myself in the Mormon Church Parking lot (across from the north end of Franklin Crk) where an empty vegetable garden patch has a pomegranate and a fig tree that lures birds.
A few of the Eucalyptus are blooming in Montecito, but it’t too early to tell how the show will go.
Paul Lehman writes of a general lack of birds in San Diego, except in certain areas, and he says Brad Schram reports the same in SLO county.
Perhaps the forecast rain will shake things up a bit?
Good birding and Happy Thanksgiving! I, especially, have a lot to be thankful for this year!

Joan Lentz

NCOS and Devereux

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I walked around Devereux via NCOS. The TK was by the Dune Pond. There were 3 Pintails and a Sora on the pond by the entrance to NCOS. I had snipe at both these locations.

There were 6 Dunlin on the beach.

Nick

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Re: Sat birds

Bradley Hacker
 

A few moderate-quality pix here


On Sat, Nov 23, 2019 at 5:55 PM Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=ti.com@groups.io> wrote:
Wes, Brad, and I checked the SMRE. Pretty much the same species as I reported last weekend but pelican and gulls numbers were down.

At Miguelito x Sudden, we had very nice looks at Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcon.

Nick

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Goleta, CA



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Dept of Earth Science and Earth Research Institute
University of California, Santa Barbara CA 93106-9630


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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums

Sat birds

Nick Lethaby
 

Wes, Brad, and I checked the SMRE. Pretty much the same species as I reported last weekend but pelican and gulls numbers were down.

At Miguelito x Sudden, we had very nice looks at Golden Eagle and Prairie Falcon.

Nick

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Davey Brown Trail/Fir Canyon - Varied Thrush and Pacific Wren

Peter Schneekloth
 

Went out to do a bit of scouting for Cachuma CBC and was able to find two targets, Pacific Wren and Varied Thrush, along Davey Brown Trail. The wren was right at the old cabin site, the thrush about 130 paces S. Otherwise it was relatively quite along the trail except for large flocks of Band-tailed Pigeons, Stellar's Jays and lots of Ruby-crowned Kinglets. At the top of the trail there is usually a concentration of birds including Fox Sparrow, Hermit Thrush, Purple Finch and other common expected birds. Full list: https://ebird.org/checklist/S61678284

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

Jessie Altstatt
 

I know that the squid fishing fleet have been working down between Pt Magu and Leo Carrillo, possible that more seabirds and scoters are there also.

Thanks, Jessie

On Fri, Nov 22, 2019, 4:42 PM David Levasheff <levaweb@...> wrote:

We had two groups of 5 or 6 in Goleta Bay on Tuesday.

David
On 11/22/2019 4:40 PM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io wrote:

It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last couple of years.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wes Fritz via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 4:38 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

 

SB Birders,

 

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries

In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,

 

Wes Fritz

805 895 0685

Solvang CA


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Re: Lompoc

Wes Fritz
 


SB Birders,


I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries
In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea, there were 2 Bonaparte’s Gulls too. I then went to check out Miguelito Park, the dude with the blower was doing his thing. I do not think that mattered too much it was pretty birdless. Well, one bird was pretty coo, a really dark Red-tailed Hawk was circling over head while I was checking out a Ruby-crowned Kinglet. Although on the way to Miguelito there was one Ferruginous Hawk on W. Ocean near Lasallle Canyon Road. I finished my birding punishment at River Park, yep no birds to report from this location either.

I apologize for such a bummer report, but knowing if it’s good or sucky helps a lot when trying to decide where to go birding.

Yesterday at Gainey winery there was a newly arrived Red-naped Sapsucker near the entrance, the lesser Sandhills were still present and Cruz had a White-throated Sparrow show up

I thank you all that made through this dismal bird report, Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA

It's a little slow birding outside, but spend some time with your photos!!

David Levasheff
 

All,

Mark Holmgren and Adrian think they want to close out the 2019 BBS data real soon.

With birding so slow, why not go back to your photos from years past. Check especially March, April, May, June & July. I was totally amaze how many Breeding Observations I captured on 'film'. All you have to do is check the BBS (only a week till Google takes down the Fusion Table interface) and then submit your sighting or add a photo to an existing photo-less sighting and presto, Mark & Adrian have something to do. I think I added 8 to 10 today!

You can also check your notes!

Cheers and good birding

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David



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Santa Barbara

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

David Levasheff
 

We had two groups of 5 or 6 in Goleta Bay on Tuesday.

David
On 11/22/2019 4:40 PM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io wrote:

It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last couple of years.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wes Fritz via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 4:38 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

 

SB Birders,

 

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries

In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,

 

Wes Fritz

805 895 0685

Solvang CA


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

Nick Lethaby
 

It seems like Surf Scoter numbers have completely collapsed the last couple of years.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wes Fritz via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, November 22, 2019 4:38 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Lompoc

 

SB Birders,

 

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries

In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,

 

Wes Fritz

805 895 0685

wes-fritz@...

Solvang CA


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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Lompoc

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I made my first stop at the pond on Hwy 246 just east of Campbell Road. This pond is nearly dry now with only three A. Coots remaining. My next stop was the garden area at La Purisima Mission, all the expected birds were present while there was a lack of wintering birds. The most common birds were Hermit Thrush and they were feeding on the berries
In the Madrones and Olive Trees. I then checked out the Mission Hills Sewage Works, it had a few more ducks than the 14th today had 22 Hooded Merganser, 28 Buflehead ducks, 6 Blue-winged Teal and one Common Goldeneye and 7 Ring-necked Ducks. Next stop was Surf Beach and with a short sea watch I could only find 27 Surf Scoter and a unidentified loon which I believe could have been common, but it was too distant. I then checked out Ocean Park, the best bird was a Horned Grebe and the a single Avocet. Oh yea,


Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@...
Solvang CA