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Cattle Egrets at Waller Park

John Deacon
 

A friend of mine took this picture this morning at Monkey Pond in Waller Park.  It's just a rough cell phone pic but they appear to be mostly Cattle Egrets.  I went over there an hour or so ago and they were gone.  I also checked SMCC and the Flooded Pasture on Black Road to see if they just relocated there, but no luck.

John Deacon








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my yard suet feeder

Ron Hirst
 

A few months ago I hung a 6" basket suet feeder from a shaded limb. At first just titmice used it. In the last weeks I'm having a few WC and GC Sparrows and a Fox Sparrow. Also Brown Towhee, House finches, and a pair of Scrub jays. I haven't seen the Calif. Thrashers or Mockingbirds or Crows use it. Now using one 6x6x1 chunk of seedy suet every 2 weeks. Ron Hirst, SB


Harbor breakwater Thursday afternoon

Ron Hirst
 

6 Black Turnstones, one or two Pacific and 3 Red Throated Loons, Western Grebes, 4 Eared Grebes, 2 Willets, 60 Brown Pelicans, a Red Breasted Merganser, Western & Heermann's Gulls, GT Grackles. Strong winds made it difficult to stand steady with binocs. Ron Hirst, SB


Albino House Finch

Mario Borunda
 



At Andree Clark BR this morning around 11:00am. It was with a male HOFI along the trail between the first and second platforms.


Mario Borunda


albino House Finch

Rob Denholtz
 

Mario Borunda just reported an albino House Finch seen this morning at Andree Clark Bird Refuge. He got a pic, eBird list #S66249120.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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Carpinteria


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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 16:26 by Sangeet Khalsa
- Lake Jocelyn, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3919961,-119.4772805&ll=34.3919961,-119.4772805
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66224492
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 10:00 by Tom Boucher
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66249405
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "In with Double Crested Cormorants; Smaller in overall size. Possible juvenile, but throat is reddish in color"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 12:18 by Erik Dodos
- Preisker Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9834912,-120.4376006&ll=34.9834912,-120.4376006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66247712
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Horrible digi pics is all I gotBright red male with red-orange belly. White spot on lower belly. Was flycatching at west side of the park near the western playground."

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Kinevan Road on Wednesday March 25

Florence Sanchez
 

I birded Kinevan Road yesterday morning.  There was no wind, but it was very chilly at the bottom of the canyon (46 degrees warming to only 53).  Nevertheless, there was a lot of bird activity, with singing Warbling Vireos and House Wrens just about everywhere.  I also had singing Wilson's and Townsend's Warblers, along with Ruby-crowned Kinglets galore, many of them singing.  They especially liked the emerging leaves of the Big-leafed maples just as they pop open from the buds.  Thank goodness I looked at just about every Kinglet because I turned up a completely unexpected GOLDEN-crowned Kinglet!    It seems an odd place for it to be now that spring is well advanced, but there is was--nice male, good looks.  It was foraging in the trees in the creek opposite road marker #11.

Pine Siskins continue at the feeders of the red and white house.  There was no sign of a Varied thrush and I did not hear a Hermit Thrush singing.

I looked for a Cattle Egret at Goleta Beach afterward but it had not turned up.  Another birder who was present had checked Devereux for it as well, and after the leaving the beach, I checked out the upper Slough form Ward Drive and Area K to see if it was there, but no luck.  Later that afternoon I returned to Goleta Beach at low tide, where the Egret colony was actively feeding across from the viewing platform.  There were lots of Snowies, but no Cattle Egret was with them.

Florence Sanchez


Farren Rd

Noah Gaines
 

3.25.20

I walked Farren Rd this morning.  It was gorgeous.  Highlights include loads of VG Swallows with a few Tree Swallows and a single WT Swift.  I heard a Greater Roadrunner in the avocado orchard above the reservoir. Also found a nice Mariposa Lilly and a CA Bumble Bee

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA


Re: White-crowned Sparrow Oddity

Nick Lethaby
 

We still have plenty as of today at our feeders. We have definitely seen an increase the last several weeks but I have been attributing that to the general early spring increase at bird feeder usage one sees as natural food runs low. We have had more birds of all descriptions lately.


On Wed, Mar 25, 2020 at 5:25 PM David Levasheff <levaweb@...> wrote:
For the past 15 years I have watched WCSPs come and go from my yard.

This year has been very odd. For the first several months of the fall I
had only 4-5 individuals, and only one Juvenile. As the months
progressed I saw a slow increase in  their numbers.

Yesterday was another day of typical frantic feeding as the time for
migration approached. I must have had 15-20 individuals at once.

Today Janice and I have seen nary a one. Really really odd. All my past
years there was an initial push out but several stragglers dwindling
down to the last in the 2nd week of April. But today none!

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Re: White-crowned Sparrow Oddity

David Levasheff
 

Nothing like posting an observation to make me eat my words. I no sooner went back to my kitchen and I observe 4-5 individuals. Much more what I would expect🥴

David

On Mar 25, 2020, at 17:25, David Levasheff via Groups.Io <levaweb=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

For the past 15 years I have watched WCSPs come and go from my yard.

This year has been very odd. For the first several months of the fall I had only 4-5 individuals, and only one Juvenile. As the months progressed I saw a slow increase in their numbers.

Yesterday was another day of typical frantic feeding as the time for migration approached. I must have had 15-20 individuals at once.

Today Janice and I have seen nary a one. Really really odd. All my past years there was an initial push out but several stragglers dwindling down to the last in the 2nd week of April. But today none!

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David



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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara


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Santa Barbara


Re: White-crowned Sparrow Oddity

Bradley Hacker
 

We have had between 0 and 1 all season—when we usually have many. 


On Mar 25, 2020, at 17:25, David Levasheff <levaweb@...> wrote:

For the past 15 years I have watched WCSPs come and go from my yard.

This year has been very odd. For the first several months of the fall I had only 4-5 individuals, and only one Juvenile. As the months progressed I saw a slow increase in  their numbers.

Yesterday was another day of typical frantic feeding as the time for migration approached. I must have had 15-20 individuals at once.

Today Janice and I have seen nary a one. Really really odd. All my past years there was an initial push out but several stragglers dwindling down to the last in the 2nd week of April. But today none!

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David



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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara




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Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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White-crowned Sparrow Oddity

David Levasheff
 

For the past 15 years I have watched WCSPs come and go from my yard.

This year has been very odd. For the first several months of the fall I had only 4-5 individuals, and only one Juvenile. As the months progressed I saw a slow increase in  their numbers.

Yesterday was another day of typical frantic feeding as the time for migration approached. I must have had 15-20 individuals at once.

Today Janice and I have seen nary a one. Really really odd. All my past years there was an initial push out but several stragglers dwindling down to the last in the 2nd week of April. But today none!

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David



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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)
- Cattle Egret (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 06:57 by Guy Tingos
- 5049 Walnut Park Drive, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4508251,-119.7977167&ll=34.4508251,-119.7977167
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66182623
- Comments: "3 small Chaetura swifts flying low around a soaring Red-tailed Hawk. Brown overall, paler below. Quick wingbeat with little soaring. Too distant to hear any vocalizations."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 09:27 by Andrew McGrath
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66202402
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Among DC cormorants. Smaller in size w/ relatively small head."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 08:19 by John Callender
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66199992
- Comments: "Continuing on the mudflat next to the channel north of the half bridge. Noticeably smaller than nearby Double-crested Cormorants, dark lores, relatively long tail."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 18:09 by Linus Blomqvist
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66187275
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bird found earlier today. Will add photos."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 16:48 by Lori Gaskin
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66184254
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Cattle Egret perched on wooden post across from parking lot viewing platform."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:09 by Conor McMahon
- UC Santa Barbara--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66189895
- Comments: "Large bill, yellow extending into upper chest, less contrasting white throat than Cassin's; silent. Regular at this site."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 07:52 by Mark Holmgren
- UC Santa Barbara--Campus Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4076516,-119.845165&ll=34.4076516,-119.845165
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66184604
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On the west side of the lagoon. Large, long-tailed yellow-bellied Kingbird. Tail brownish and slightly forked. Bill large."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:03 by Linus Blomqvist
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66170593
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "See photos"

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Mission Creek outfall

Steven Gaulin
 

Maggie's recent post about dead seabirds prodded me to post about my visit to Mission Creek outfall yesterday afternoon. There were good numbers of Brown Pelicans, Black Skimmers and Western and CA Gulls on the beach, but no shorebirds. However, the observation that I found a little odd was a single female Red-breasted Merganser sitting on the sandy creek bank just S. of the bridge. She was not obviously oiled, but a merganser out of water (and not on a nest) made me wonder about possible health issues.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


another dead fulmar

Maggie Sherriffs
 

Yesterday Wren and I found a dead (correct me if I'm wrong) Northern Fulmar on the beach west of Campus Point: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/40680263. Added to Noah and Hugh's observations that's three in one week, don't know how unusual that is.
There were actually 5-6 dead birds in a ~⅓ mile stretch of beach there (Brandt's Cormorant, Western Grebe, a couple of gulls...). None were visibly oiled.
Maggie Sherriffs
Goleta


On Fri, Mar 20, 2020 at 10:57 AerdaM Noah Gaines <Noahgaines@...> wrote:
3/20/20

I checked the mission Creek outflow and found a dead Northern Fulmar. 


3/19/20
A Western Kingbird was a Lake Los Carneros

The long continuing adult Iceland (Thayers) gull was seen at Alice Keck Park. 

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara CA


Alice Keck birds.

Noah Gaines
 

3/24/20, 

Another nice walk through Alice Keck Park this morning.  Good birds include, Myrtle Warbler, Chipping Sparrows, and Red-breasted Nuthatch. 

Noah Gaines
Santa Barbara, CA


Lompoc/Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

Today’s first stop was the ponds at Hwy246 and Campbell Road, 8 pairs of Cinnamon and one pair of Green-winged Teal and a pair of Ring-necked Ducks. Probably won’t count Mallards today.
I stoped off at another pond near 246 and Tularosa Road ( trespassing) and saw one male Tricolored Blackbird in with 30ish Brewers and a couple Red-winged Blackbirds.
Mission Hills Sewage, ( not open to public)
22 pairs of Bufflehead, 2 pair of Cinnamon, one pair of Blue-winged and one pair of Green-winged Teal and 20 pairs of Ring-necked Duck, still a gob of N Shovelers. 1 G Yellowlegs and Dowitcher that had barring along the flanks up into the rear flanks leading me to believe it was a Long-billed. The Great-tailed Grackles have completely taken over the giant reeds/tules with no less than 15 pairs.
The retention basin at Olive and “O” Street was completely dry?
I checked out the pond at the end of Moonglow in Vandenberg ( 34*41’20” 120*28’33”) it’s kinda hard to find. Nothing great here just a 2 Soras out walking around. A one song burst from a Bell’s Sparrow in the chaparral, I did not hang around,It’s been raining all morning.
I wanted to check out Punchbowl Pond at the end of Firefighter Road, but it is now gated and locked, I guess we can scratch this “former Trike colony off the list.
On a better note, the Loggerhead Shrike is still holding strong at Clark Ave and Hwy 1 in Old Orcutt.
I tried to get to the Tanglewood Pond, but the road was way too muddy and gnarly.
Stoped by the ever so sucky Jack O’Connell Park to look for John’s freaky duck. You can go to north end of the park
And walk up on the berm to
Look in to the Guadalupe Sewage Works, just a bunch of Gadwall and Mallards and a swarm of swallows. I could see two White Pelicans from the hill looking in the pasture pond. The agg fields were Ploverless again.
As I was headed out to
SMRE I could hear a Yellow Warbler singing constantly while listening to for other bird songs at willows by the kiosk. The estuary is way full and the birds are spread out. I did see 8 American Avocets some distant Scaup and the 7 Gulls I saw were all Western except on Glaucous-winged. I stoped by the willows and saw 2 Wilson Warblers getting their scrap on for territory?
I made my way to the Santa Maria Sewage Works and saw the “new”sign that says closes at 3:30, possibly just for entry. Also, the road is not repaired yet, maybe too much rain? Anyway it yielded 3 Greater White-fronted Geese, 4 Lesser Scaup, which is good for this location, one Lesser Yellowlegs about 40 Greaters, 26 BN Stilts 15 peeps 500+N Shovelers and the other expected ducks. The gull situation is a mess out there with 2 Mews remaining, 2 Thayer’s, glaucous-winged, Herrings and some misguided gull Parents making some freaky gulls.
Lastly, the Black Road flooded fields are flooded again and has decent numbers of birds. It could get good in the next few days. Well, it is already good. The light is best in the afternoons and it’s still safe to park.

Good birding.

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


Re: Morning Birding

Linus Blomqvist
 

Hi all,

Just to follow up on the LLC sightings - I was the birder who'd seen the bittern. And while I was not the birder that Florence talked to about the summer tanager, I found it later in the Stow House garden. I put photos of both bittern and tanager on ebird. Checklist here. Also, there were (at least) two hooded orioles (I saw them at the same time).

After my walk around LLC, I went to Refugio Road where it crosses the stream and had a good look at a rose-breasted grosbeak. Unfortunately it flew off the moment I got my camera out, so I don't have any photos, but I included a fairly detailed description in my ebird checklist here.

Linus
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On Tue, Mar 24, 2020 at 2:51 PM Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
This morning, I felt I had to do some birding to lift my spirits, so I checked out Area K, LLC, and Devereux/Coal Oil Point.  Glad to say none of the places were crowded and people were observing "social distancing" when you passed them on the path.

Area K still has a nice assortment of ducks, with the greatest number by far being Shovelers.  Also present were Canada Geese, Mallards, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, Cinnamon Teal, Ruddy Ducks, and lots of Green-Winged Teal.  I heard Pied billed Grebes and a Sora sound off from the reeds.  The only shorebirds there were Black-necked Stilts.  I had hoped for a swallow show, but all I found was 1 pair of Rough-winged Swallows.  An Eared Grebe in full breeding plumage was diving in the deeper water.

At Lake Los Carneros, everything is singing and it looked and sounded like spring is in full swing.  Among notable sightings were a singing Townsend's Warbler, a Hooded Oriole,  singing Common Yellowthroats and Orange-crowned Warblers, singing Song and White-crowned Sparrows, and lots of Tree Swallows.  At least one pair was seriously investigating a nesting box.  One birder told me he had seen the elusive American Bittern this morning at the western corner of the lake next to the dam (not out when I went by).  Another described to me a bird he wasn't sure about that he'd found along the path lined with olive trees.  When he finished, I determined he'd seen the over-wintering Summer Tanager, apparently still around.  He said it sang briefly.  No Western Kingbirds sighted today.

Then I went to Devereux, where most of the ducks that had converged on the channel when the slough emptied have finally departed.   Still present are some American Wigeons, Cinnamon Teal, and Ruddy Ducks.  The Scaups have moved down the channel from the bridge and are hard to see.  I scoped them but could not pull up the Tufted Duck seen here earlier today.  I checked the small group of cormorants out on a mudflat north of the bridge and was able to pull out the Neotropic Cormorant when it finally stopped its constant preening and stood still for a while.

Finally, I took a scope out to Coal Oil Point.  We had a northwest wind that wasn't too bad to start and I was able to pick up some modest seabird movement offshore.  I had two groups of Surf Scoters, totaling 33 birds, 2 Common Loons, Several Brandt's Cormorants, and best of all two groups of Brant, totaling 17 in all.  But after about 20 minutes, the wind really picked up and though I could see birds were still moving, the blast was coming in behind my glasses, making my eyes water and it was very hard to see anything.  I packed it in after 40 minutes.  It's worth checking for seabirds again over the next few days providing the wind permits.

Florence Sanchez


Hooded Oriole at LLC - Good to be out birding

Betsy Mooney
 

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*** Species Summary:

- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (2 reports)
- Short-eared Owl (2 reports)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 12:20 by Mark Holmgren
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66152521
- Comments: "Small immature cormorant in the midst of Double-crested Cormorants of various ages. Bill shorter, neck thinner, legs shorter and thinner that DcCo around it. Tail slightly longer in some views I had of the bird."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:03 by Linus Blomqvist
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66170593
- Comments: "Continuing bird, perched in reeds in southwest corner of the lake. Will add photos."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:00 by Dennis Doordan
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66170157
- Comments: "breeding plumage, near the half-bridge"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 12:47 by margeNdon thornton
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66179493
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "white with rufous crown and rufous plumes down the back. Short yellow beak, dark legs."

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 18:47 by Guy Tingos
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66152400
- Comments: "Continuing"

Short-eared Owl (Asio flammeus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 18:47 by Betsy Moles
- More Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215576,-119.7963064&ll=34.4215576,-119.7963064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66152427
- Comments: "Continuing"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 11:53 by Linus Blomqvist
- Refugio Rd--first creek crossing, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4695413,-120.0689661&ll=34.4695413,-120.0689661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66175155
- Comments: "In the trees by the creek just south of where the road crosses the creek. Watched it for about 30-60 seconds and got a good look, but it flew off just as I was getting out my camera so I have no photos. Slightly larger than a sparrow with bulky head and very fat, triangular, light colored bill. Upperparts mostly black but slightly mottled with brown. White underparts/belly with slight streaking on the side. Fat white wingbar and striking pink/red-ish (rose is an apt description of the color) patch on breast. Head and uppermost part of breast black with some brown, and a vestige of a supercilium. The presence of brown in the dark/black parts of the plumage suggests it's an immature male, perhaps a second year."

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