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Re: rescued Common Murre Goleta Beach outlet

Jamie Chavez
 

Hi Ken,

Thanks for your report. Common Murre is rare in early summer but not unheard of. When you turn the corner at Pt. Conception things can be very different. Your question about eBird gives me the opportunity to mention that eBird protocol states that only living birds should be submitted in checklists. Occasionally birders will enter a deceased bird not knowing the rules. In your situation, it is perfectly acceptable to submit this in a checklist because the bird was alive and you would be documenting an uncommon June sighting. Let's hope it gets well and can be released soon.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Thu, Jun 27, 2019 at 11:22 PM Ken Hoesterey via Groups.Io <kenbee60=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
There are reports that there are a lot of pelagic birds seen beached weak or dead this summer all up and down the coast, along with  Bernardo's previous mention  here of the probable nesting failures of other pelagic seabirds elsewhere.
This afternoon at Goleta Beach at 4pm I saw a gull attack a bit of kelp that tried to stab back at it, and since I never have seen black and white kelp act that way, I beetled on down to the estuary outlet at Goleta Beach to investigate. 
    A nice young woman had already rescued the very exhausted Common Murre from the gull and was only to happy to send it on with me to the Wildlife Care Network, which I did.
The nice people there said they have seen quite a few this year but few or none lately, that they would get a feeding tube in it and fix it up and release it...so that one was lucky enough to wash up at the feet of the nice young person. 
It's a big coastline and not all are so lucky.
This one was all black head and chin and back.
I had seen them before offshore but this was my first Common Murre rescue....and another good excuse for you birders to beachwalk.
Good luck to that Murre, the oldest one was reported on the Pacific Coast to be 27 years old.
Audubon map shows it south to Pt Conception, All About/Cornell says 'rare' south of PtC.
Should this be an ebird report?
thanks and cheers
Ken Hoesterey

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

rescued Common Murre Goleta Beach outlet

Ken Hoesterey
 

There are reports that there are a lot of pelagic birds seen beached weak or dead this summer all up and down the coast, along with  Bernardo's previous mention  here of the probable nesting failures of other pelagic seabirds elsewhere.
This afternoon at Goleta Beach at 4pm I saw a gull attack a bit of kelp that tried to stab back at it, and since I never have seen black and white kelp act that way, I beetled on down to the estuary outlet at Goleta Beach to investigate. 
    A nice young woman had already rescued the very exhausted Common Murre from the gull and was only to happy to send it on with me to the Wildlife Care Network, which I did.
The nice people there said they have seen quite a few this year but few or none lately, that they would get a feeding tube in it and fix it up and release it...so that one was lucky enough to wash up at the feet of the nice young person. 
It's a big coastline and not all are so lucky.
This one was all black head and chin and back.
I had seen them before offshore but this was my first Common Murre rescue....and another good excuse for you birders to beachwalk.
Good luck to that Murre, the oldest one was reported on the Pacific Coast to be 27 years old.
Audubon map shows it south to Pt Conception, All About/Cornell says 'rare' south of PtC.
Should this be an ebird report?
thanks and cheers
Ken Hoesterey

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*** Species Summary:

- Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (1 report)
- Eurasian Collared-Dove (2 reports)
- Buller's Shearwater (4 reports)
- Black-vented Shearwater (2 reports)
- Brown Booby (4 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Great Egret (1 report)

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Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon) (Columba livia (Feral Pigeon)) (2)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 08:00 by Bernardo Alps
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57727811
- Comments: "Unmistakable. Seen well at a distance of about 75 meters in flight. Dark birds."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 08:23 by Nico Heyning
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730505
- Comments: "Seen well at close range, perched and in flight. A pale, medium-sized dove with a long, squarish tail with prominent white corners; black collar across hindneck."

Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 08:23 by Carl Mayhugh
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730352
- Comments: "Seen well at close range, perched and in flight. A pale, medium-sized dove with a long, squarish tail with prominent white corners; black collar across hindneck."

Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 13:55 by Carl Mayhugh
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730459
- Comments: "Unexpected at this date. Seen well for extended period of time at a distance of approximately 150 meters. Largish shearwater; flying in high arcs; bright white below; medium to pale gray above with dark M pattern on the upperwing."

Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 13:55 by Nico Heyning
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730500
- Comments: "Unexpected at this date. Seen well for extended period of time at a distance of approximately 150 meters. Largish shearwater; flying in high arcs; bright white below; medium to pale gray above with dark M pattern on the upperwing."

Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 12:55 by Carl Mayhugh
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730434
- Comments: "To come"

Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 12:55 by Nico Heyning
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730501
- Comments: "To come"

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 13:55 by Carl Mayhugh
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730459
- Comments: "This species has become more common further offshore in recent years. Numbers observed in recent weeks have been triggering eBird filters, likely early returns to the area due to nesting failure. Seen well for extended period of time at a distance of approximately 150 meters. Small shearwater with rapid wing beats; uniformly dark above; white below with faint dark pattern in the axilaries and dark edges to the wings, more pronounced in the trailing edge and wingtips; dark undertail coverts and underside of tail."

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 13:55 by Nico Heyning
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730500
- Comments: "This species has become more common further offshore in recent years. Numbers observed in recent weeks have been triggering eBird filters, likely early returns to the area due to nesting failure. Seen well for extended period of time at a distance of approximately 150 meters. Small shearwater with rapid wing beats; uniformly dark above; white below with faint dark pattern in the axilaries and dark edges to the wings, more pronounced in the trailing edge and wingtips; dark undertail coverts and underside of tail."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 12:55 by Nico Heyning
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730501
- Comments: "Not really rare in this area at this time. A large sulid with a squarish-based bill taking up a large part of the face. Dark brown above and white below with a straight demarcation between the dark brown head and neck and the white belly across the chest."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 12:55 by Carl Mayhugh
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730434
- Comments: "Not really rare in this area at this time. A large sulid with a squarish-based bill taking up a large part of the face. Dark brown above and white below with a straight demarcation between the dark brown head and neck and the white belly across the chest."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (70)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 14:29 by Nico Heyning
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730502
- Comments: "23 Brown Boobies were visible perched on the cliffs when a Peregrine Falcon flushed the flock. Counted multiple times in groups of 10 as the flock circled overhead. Difficult to count as the birds were flying in a very disorganized manner. Conservative count (groups of 10 might have contained 12 or more birds), there were likely more birds present."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (70)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 14:29 by Carl Mayhugh
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730396
- Comments: "23 Brown Boobies were visible perched on the cliffs when a Peregrine Falcon flushed the flock. Counted multiple times in groups of 10 as the flock circled overhead. Difficult to count as the birds were flying in a very disorganized manner. Conservative count (groups of 10 might have contained 12 or more birds), there were likely more birds present."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 26, 2019 12:33 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/view/checklist/S57718289
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Been in the area awhile now. Perched next to larger Double-crested Cormorants in Euc tree just north of 1/2 Bridge."

Great Egret (Ardea alba) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 08:18 by Carl Mayhugh
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57730417
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Unmistakable. A large ardeid with yellow bill and black legs."

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Santa Barbara Island and Vicinity

Bernardo Alps
 

Hi all.

The magician out of 22nd Street Landing in San Pedro will be offering monthly overnight trips to Santa Barbara Island. The trips leave around 10 p.m., and return around 6 p.m. two days later. In other words, we leave in the evening, wake up at the island, have a whole day at the island spend another night and leave around noon on the next day. Time on the island, RIB trips, and snorkeling will be offered.

The inaugural trip took place this past weekend. Weather and sea conditions were favorable and there are still lots of flowers on the island because of the abundant rains. The Brown Pelican nesting season on the island now spans almost the entire year. There were many hatch-year birds flying around but also chicks of many ages. The Western Gulls were all over the island but there were no fledged birds observed and very few chicks and still nests with eggs. All three cormorant species and Pigeon Guillemots rounded out the seabirds. Black Oystercatcher were the only shorebirds.  There were Horned Larks, including many young birds of many ages, all over the island. A few Meadowlarks and at least one Peregrine Falcon. A couple of Orange-crowned Warblers were heard only. One American Kestrel. One Great Egret, one Eurasian Collared Dove, and two Rock Pigeons all triggered the eBird filters. 

On Saturday morning, during a RIB trip to Sutil Rock, Jeremiah Prisopoulus counted 32 Brown Boobies perched on the cliffs. On Saturday afternoon, I counted 23 Brown Boobies in the same area when a Peregrine Falcon flushed the flock. In the ensuing pandemonium, I counted the swirling birds in groups of ten several times and came up with a minimum of 70, but likely more. Jeremiah observed one bird carrying nesting material. Most birds were adults or near adults.

On the return trip, we took a detour to the Osborn Bank. The seas were flat calm but there was not much bird activity. the most interesting find was three early Buller's Shearwaters. We also had a couple of Black-vented Shearwaters, a species that seems to be returning to Southern California early again this year. As for the expected shearwaters, we only saw a few dozen Sooty Shearwaters and two Pink-footed Shearwaters during the entire return trip in both counties. The only alcid away from the island were a handful of Common Murres spread out over both counties. 

About five miles off Point Fermin in Los Angeles County, we found a mini storm-petrel flock consisting of five Black Storm-petrels and one likely Ashy Storm-petrel. 

There were huge numbers of California sea lions on and near the island, and smaller numbers of elephant seals and harbor seals. We saw bottlenose dolphins while at the island and the only cetacean species on the return trip was a small scattered pod of short-beaked common dolphins.

The next trip is scheduled for July 22-24, more info at 
http://CatalinaExplorer.com
And, mark your calendar, the Magician has an 8-hour pelagic birding trip on November 9. 

Take care,

Bernardo

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Bernardo Alps
Wildlife Biologist
California Whales & Wildlife
www.photocetus.com
bernardo.alps@...
310.597.0449
P.O. Box 1667
San Pedro, CA 90733

late post

Florence Sanchez
 

I forgot to post this yesterday--I visited Area K yesterday (June 25) morning.  Not a lot happening while I was there--I didn't find any Teal nor the Common Gallinule.  But I did turn up three nicely-plumaged Wilson's Phalaropes in the back part of the western area of the slough.

Later at Deveruex, I found the Neotropic Cormorant perched well up in a dead tree just north of the half bridge.

Florence Sanchez

Neotropic Cormorant

Glenn Kincaid
 

Presently in Euc tree just N of half bridge at Devereux.

Glenn Kincaid
SB


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Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 09:50 by Dave Weber
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57695948
- Comments: "Males. Previously reported I believe."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 09:50 by Dave Weber
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57695948
- Comments: "Adult. Yellow-tipped bill with orange frontal shield. Black/dark gray body, brown back, white stripe on side, white outer tail feathers. Don't know it was already reported, but it has been since."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 07:40 by Dave Weber
- 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/view/checklist/S57696685
- Comments: "Previously reported. A small cormorant maybe 2/3 size of DC nearby. Overall brownish, pale underparts but not as pale as immature DC. Yellow facial skin did not touch eye. Tail was not spread so could not discern shape but it appeared to be relatively longer than DC."

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Re: Blocking up woodpecker holes

Jerry Rounds
 

Many years ago I was building a large house and it took years. One season swallows showed up; there were many nests. I convinced the owners that all would be fine. A bit later, they said that bird lice infested the room where they would hang out during the construction. Jerry Rounds

Santa Ynez River at Buellton

Mark Holmgren
 

Peter Schneekloth showed me some of his birds along the north side of the SYR south of Buellton.  We covered about 1.5 miles along the river stopping and carefully birding at 4 spots all overlooking beaver ponds.  
Some numbers include: 1 singing Southwestern Willow Flycatcher, 0 Bell's Vireo, and now I'm estimating 13 Ash-throated Flycatchers, only 2 Warbling Vireos, several Chestnut-backed Chickadees, 6 Swainson's Thrushes, 6 Yellow-breasted Chats, 11 Yellow Warblers, and 6 Wilson's Warblers.

Mark Holmgren 
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Collared-Dove (1 report)
- Buller's Shearwater (2 reports)
- Black-vented Shearwater (1 report)
- Brown Booby (2 reports)
- Great Egret (1 report)
- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)
- Bell's Vireo (1 report)

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Eurasian Collared-Dove (Streptopelia decaocto) (1)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 08:23 by Bernardo Alps
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57659674
- Comments: "To come "

Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 13:55 by Bernardo Alps
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57659532
- Comments: "To come "

Buller's Shearwater (Ardenna bulleri) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 12:55 by Bernardo Alps
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57659568
- Comments: "To come "

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 13:55 by Bernardo Alps
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57659532
- Comments: "To come "

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 12:55 by Bernardo Alps
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57659568
- Comments: "To come "

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (70)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 14:29 by Bernardo Alps
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57659636
- Comments: "To come "

Great Egret (Ardea alba) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 08:18 by Bernardo Alps
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57659601
- Comments: "To come "

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 07:00 by Peter Schneekloth
- Santa Ynez River at Santa Rosa Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6071008,-120.1943135&ll=34.6071008,-120.1943135
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57667072
- Comments: "Continuing bird, distinctive fitz bew calls hear repeatedly"

Bell's Vireo (Vireo bellii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 07:00 by Peter Schneekloth
- Santa Ynez River at Santa Rosa Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6071008,-120.1943135&ll=34.6071008,-120.1943135
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57667072
- Media: 1 Photo, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Bird was detected by song and was moving around in a small area perhaps 15 - 20 feet up in the trees."

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2 boat trips on Cachuma Lake

Mark Holmgren
 

Glenn Kincaid and I took a 9.9 hp boat on the lake on Friday 21 June and today, Monday 24 June 2019.  Warm and sunny both days. Our intent was to get into the nooks and crannies of the lake to find out who is there and who is breeding.  Cachuma Naturalists Rosey and Kristin cannot get into some of these areas with their tour boat.  On both days we worked east of the Marina.  Our coverage is shown on these 2 checklists:

Highlights are:
* Yellow-breasted Chat in Santa Cruz Bay.
* 6 Blue Grosbeaks
* Spotted Sandpipers are liberally sprinkled around the lake (5 on Friday, 6 today).  We found no direct breeding evidence, but pairs and single adults.  
* Bald Eagle pair was seen today looking as they often do in winter--perched together along the south shore. One adult grabbed what appears to be a fledgling Coot and carried it north towards Santa Cruz Ck where they've nested in years past.
* 7 pairs of Western Grebes carried small babies on their backs.  We saw no free swimming juvenile grebes.  In the man fewer Clark's Grebes we saw only agitated territoriality in one pair.   

Conspicuously Absent were:
Ducks other than Mallards.  We saw only 6 Gadwall, 1 Cinnamon Teal, 1 Ruddy Duck.  Very few Bullock's Orioles, Yellow Warblers, Warbling Vireos, Black-headed Grosbeaks, Cowbirds, no Western Meadowlarks, Western Bluebirds, or kingbirds.

We obtained breeding records for:
Canada Goose, Mallard, Turkey Vulture, American Coot, White-throated Swift, Western Grebe, 4 species of swallows, Rock Wren, Song Sparrow, Red-winged Blackbird, European Starling.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

Re: Blocking up woodpecker holes

conejomoon@verizon.net
 

Hi Noah,

The reporting party should all the CAL Tip hotline for California Fish  & Wildlife.  If there was active nesting, it is a violation of  the Federal and State Migratory Bird Treaty Act.   This phone call should be made sooner than later.  (Sadly, there are lots of selfish humans who would consider nesting birds pests, who remove nests and block holes.)

CAFish & Game - Cal Tip to report active “poaching” (888) 334-2258

Sincerely,
Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin
(Retired Park Ranger)




On Jun 24, 2019, at 05:40, Noah Arthur via Groups.Io <semirelicta@...> wrote:

This is probably illegal at this season, since eggs and chicks will die if parents can’t get in the holes...

Noah



On Sunday, June 23, 2019, 8:07:33 PM PDT, Thomas Turner <habarimbu@...> wrote:


I noticed that someone had blocked up these woodpecker holes in a palm in Isla Vista. Does anyone know who would do this, and why? They are 20 feet off the ground in a palm that is in active use by Acorn Woodpeckers (I have no idea if they were using these nest holes). Do arborists do this for some reason?

Thanks for the info,

Tom Turner

Goleta


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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (2 reports)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Hermit Thrush (1 report)
- American Redstart (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 17:58 by Lori Gaskin
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4320095,-119.7586155&ll=34.4320095,-119.7586155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57650693
- Comments: "Male. I could not see well the female duck next to this male."

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 17:58 by Mark Holmgren
- La Cumbre Country Club, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4320095,-119.7586155&ll=34.4320095,-119.7586155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57641649
- Comments: "Male. I could not see well the female duck next to this male."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 11:43 by Glenn Kincaid
- Goleta Slough Ecological Reserve--Area K, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42119,-119.84824&ll=34.42119,-119.84824
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57625461
- Comments: "Continuing in usual spot N side of water"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (2)
- Reported Jun 23, 2019 11:00 by Rebecca Coulter
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57629989
- Comments: "Two birds singing about 100m apart, up the slope south of the creek here: 34.50677, -119.82288"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 12:00 by Nathan Mast
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57637357
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "first located by song, which I am very familiar with from where I live in Ohio. Immature male. This bird was located just past the old buildings."

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Birding Happy Cyn Rd at Cachuma Creek and Laguna Blanca in Sta Barbara

Mark Holmgren
 

Too late in the morning for productive birding yesterday (23 June 2019), I nevertheless drove up Happy Cyn Rd to Cachuma Creek where I birded three spots shown on the attached topo image.  A pair of Peregrine Falcons circled high above the ridge between Goat Rock and Cachuma Creek. 
A Western Tanager was singing up Lion Cyn (point F on the attached map). https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57647920
This is another of a spate of low elevation Western Tanagers seen recently in SB Co.

In the evening at Laguna Blanca in SB there was a male Blue-winged Teal, which is now the third area in which we have summering BwTe along the South Coast.  Laguna Blanca has been very productive this year, especially for Pied-billed Grebes and Coots.  See https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S57641649

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara
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Re: Blocking up woodpecker holes

Ken Hoesterey
 

Hi, is this in a park or a street tree or clearly on private property?
If a park, call the IV Parks dept and see if they do that, and if so what is their protocol?
If on private property someone maybe needs an education and/or even a police response.

In Carpinteria on Third Street is a 4 unit apartment building that is inundated with Swallow nests...I'm sorry I don't have the address but it should be sorta easy to find I hope.
When the Swallows first appeared a tenant notified the landlord
several times, but no response.
 Now, 6-8 weeks later the landlord is demanding a painter knock the colony down all nests basically occupied with nestlings.
 She has been told that it is now illegal to disturb the nests and young, and yet 
the painter has started to try and knock them down, but neighbors have come out and stopped him and told him it IS illegal to now do so until September when they abandon the colony. 
The grounds and windows and screens and walls can be washed (I think)
etc but the nests and inhabitants cannot be disturbed..and washing the walls windows and patios had better not be used as a pretext. This is so stupid because the property owners newsletters has this in there pretty often....ignorance can be no excuse.
The poor painter: 'I'm only doing my job...'
...so far.
And good on the neighbors for defending this colony!

So, any of you in Carpinteria that can look into this, please do so, because likely tomorrow she is going to try to force the painter to knock them down, despite the warnings that it is now illegal for her and him to do so. Raise some hell, politely of course..

thanks for noticing that Tom,

Ken Hoesterey

Re: Blocking up woodpecker holes

Noah Arthur
 

This is probably illegal at this season, since eggs and chicks will die if parents can’t get in the holes...

Noah



On Sunday, June 23, 2019, 8:07:33 PM PDT, Thomas Turner <habarimbu@...> wrote:


I noticed that someone had blocked up these woodpecker holes in a palm in Isla Vista. Does anyone know who would do this, and why? They are 20 feet off the ground in a palm that is in active use by Acorn Woodpeckers (I have no idea if they were using these nest holes). Do arborists do this for some reason?

Thanks for the info,

Tom Turner

Goleta


Blocking up woodpecker holes

Thomas Turner
 
Edited

I noticed that someone had blocked up these woodpecker holes in a palm in Isla Vista. Does anyone know who would do this, and why? They are 20 feet off the ground in a palm that is in active use by Acorn Woodpeckers (I have no idea if they were using these nest holes). Do arborists do this for some reason?

Thanks for the info,

Tom Turner

Goleta


Santa Ynez Peak

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Although i didn't actually make it to the peak, my wife and hiked a couple of miles (and then back) along Camino Cielo West a bit west of Santa Ynez Peak today. Unlike earlier trips this year, I did connect with a few Lawrence's Goldfinches along here.

Driving back towards Goleta, I saw Kestrels at 4 different spots between Refugio and El Capitan. I didn't stop to age or sex these but suspect that young are fledging and birds are getting more conspicuous. I also a Loggerhead Shrike, likely a returning migrant.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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Re: Cassin's Vireos on Kinevan Road and Ranch

Rebecca Coulter
 

Following the notes on Mark’s post, I went up to Kinevan Road seeking sunshine and Cassin’s Vireos. I found both, it was a lovely short walk today from the upper bridge about .3 miles down the road and back. I observed three CaVi, in the same locations as Mark had them yesterday. One bird was bathing in the creek, singing all the while. The other highlight was hearing two Hermit Thrushes singing in the distance about 100 m apart (at least). 

EBird list here:

Rebecca Coulter 
SB

On Jun 22, 2019, at 10:53 PM, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:

I'm reporting on more Cassin's Vireos than I expected to see and hear on Kinevan Road, Kinevan Ranch, and National Forest today.  One passes through Kinevan Ranch (access restricted) to get to Natl. Forest land.

As many as 6 or 7 Cassin's Vireos were heard or seen in less than 1.5 miles along San Jose Creek.  4 individuals were along Kinevan Road.  2 or 3 more were heard on Kinevan Ranch and Natl. Forest.  The aerial photo attached here shows the locations of the vireos.  I heard no Hermit Thrush today.

The checklist linked here reports only on those birds seen from the upstream (new) bridge on Kinevan Rd, through Kinevan Ranch, to the National Forest along San Jose Creek.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass
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*** Species Summary:

- Blue-winged Teal (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in Santa Barbara County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN35915
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Blue-winged Teal (Spatula discors) (2)
- Reported Jun 22, 2019 13:28 by Heidi George
- 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/view/checklist/S57609413
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Male and female resting on semi-submerged wood as observed from the north east viewing pullout. After waiting until they swam, the crescent white on the side of forehead and cheek stood out as a distinct I’d for the male. Assuming the companion is a female."

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