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Foxen Canyon

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

After seeing Peter's list yesterday, I decided to check this area this morning. Fog made raptor watching impossible until about 9.30. I killed time by birding around a winery with decent tree cover by the road and had two each of Phainopepla and Lewis's Woodpecker and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Once the fog lifted i counted along 8 miles of road. I saw 2 Bald and 3 Golden Eagles, 34 Red-tailed and 7 Ferruginous Hawks, 11 Kestrels, and singles of Cooper's and Sharp-shinned. At least three of the Ferruginous were juveniles, which is a much higher ratio than I have seen elsewhere in the county this winter.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Townsend's Solitaire still at Miguelito

Cher Hollingworth
 

Hi,

Simon & I went for our usual weekend walk through Miguelito Park;   
Thank you to whoever put out the bird-chum....it's working with a busy junco flock.

I was going to check for  Varied Thrush.   I didn't see any, though.  A 10-yr-old's b-day party
was getting started.

The Solitaire was at the playground on a bench, then a rock.
Then bug-catching on the ground along the fence by the creek.

Although Simon was doing various noises, talking, whistles & screeches, the solitaire seemed quite tame,
Flying within 2 fence posts to us to see what we/Simon were.
It flew back to a playground rock, then flew to a fence post just one post away from us.

We stared at each other for a while.   Then I heard more party attendees arriving, so I left.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


Lake Los Carneros Saturday

Robert Lindsay
 

12/14, 8:00-10:00 am

I led a group of 32 birders around Lake Los Carneros this morning. Biggest disappointment was NO American Bittern. Bird numbers and diversity generally were quite low. However, a few highlights included a brilliant male Allen's Hummingbird giving a very colorful show, an abundance of Nothern Shoveler with a few Gadwall and Cinnamon Teal, a single female Common Goldeneye, a single Red-breasted Sapsucker in the Pepper Tree above the trail leading to the bridge, and a pair of White-tailed Kite foraging all around the lake. 40 species were seen altogether. While we didn't see it, fresh owl pellets at the base of a palm near the depot building indicate a Barn Owl is using the park.

That's all,
Rob Lindsay


Franceschi Park oriole

Ron Hirst
 

This morning there was a putative Bullock's Oriole (f) near the condemned mansion. I tried to make it a Baltimore since it had dusky orangier shading vs. yellowish and seemed smaller with pointier bill. But the vague eyeline and extensive whitish belly seems to indicate Bullocks, or a hybrid. I'll try for photos in the next week.
Ron Hirst, SB


More from Santa Ynez Valley

Florence Sanchez
 

Joan Lenz and I also birded the Valley today, concentrating on the Happy Canyon Area.  It was a beautiful morning to be out.

We spotted the flock of Cranes in the air over N. Alisos Road.  They eventually dropped down out of sight, presumably where the pond behind the house is. In the field on the northeast corner of the intersection with Happy Canyon Road, we first heard, then saw two Horned Larks.  In the field on the southeast corner, we had three American Pipits pop up on the fence.

We failed to turn up a Ferruginous Hawk in this area, but we had several Red-tails, Turkey vultures, at least 3 American Kestrels on the entire route, 1 White-tailed Kite, and a Prairie Falcon near Rancho Felicia.  There also was a Phainopepla at Rancho Felicia.

We left Via Armour Ranch Road, taking it back to the Highway 154 traffic circle.  Shortly before reaching the roundabout, we spotted a Golden Eagle cruising low over the fields on the north side of the road.

Florence Sanchez


More Mesa

Nick Lethaby
 

This evening I saw 5 harriers (one male) and a Short-eared Owl, as reported previously by Guy.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA


Foxen Canyon Road - Bald and Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk including dark phase, Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Peter Schneekloth
 

I had time this afternoon to go out Foxen Canyon and see if the raptor show was still on. Seemed to be 6-8 birds in the air everywhere I looked and many perched as well. Highlights were both eagle species, a dark phase Ferruginous Hawk (plus many light phase) and some Yellow-headed Blackbirds. Most of the action is within a mile east or west of Tres Hermanas Vineyard. Decent photos of the dark phase Ferruginous and the other birds mentioned at my flickr site.

dark phase Ferruginous:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49215497836/in/dateposted-public/

Bald Eagle: 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49215016638/in/dateposted-public/

Yellow-headed Blackbirds in mixed flock:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/49215497896/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


San Lorenzo Seminary, 2019-12-13

Wim van Dam
 

I briefly checked the subject location for the upcoming Cachuma CBC. Alas, there wasn't much. Best bird was a FERRUGINOUS HAWK. There was also a flock of 20+ HORNED LARK that should be checked more thoroughly (I was scope-less and I didn't hear anything unusual.)

Wim 

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant


Santa Ynez Valley This AM

Glenn Kincaid
 

Birding several spots around the valley with Mark Holmgren and Adrian O’Lochlen. Highlights were a male Vermillion Flycatcher at Casey Rd and the continuing Sandhill Cranes at N Alisal Rd.
ebird reports will be submitted.

Glenn Kincaid
SB


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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


Re: Solitary sandpiper in Carpinteria

Noah Arthur
 

I wonder if this is the same Solitary that was on Carpinteria Creek in Oct?

Noah


On Thursday, December 12, 2019, 9:08:32 PM CST, Eric Culbertson <ebc101@...> wrote:


This afternoon a solitary sandpiper was at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria. The bird was in and out of view walking amongst the stalks of cut tule in the far northwest corner of the pond. It seems possible at this infrequently birded location that this is the same bird that was recorded here November 16th through the 20th.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria


Keep an eye on your feeders for the Santa Barbara CBC!

Libby Patten
 

All,

The Santa Barbara Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Saturday, January 4th. In addition to all the talented birders who will fan out across the count circle on that day, we wanted to reach out to those of you who have bird feeders around your home.  We would appreciate you keeping an eye on the species coming to your feeders and letting us know if you see anything unusual, such as any grosbeaks, orioles or hummingbirds other than Anna’s or Allen’s.  A list of species of particular interest for our CBC is at: 
https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/santa-barbara-christmas-bird-count/The-List/.

So, if you see any of the species on this list or other potential rarities at your feeders, please let us know either by posting here on sbcobirding or by emailing me directly at infocbc@....  We’re interested in sightings both before the count and anytime during count week (January 1 - 7), but especially on January 4.

Many thanks,
Libby Patten
SB CBC Coordinator



Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPad

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Libby Patten
Santa Barbara


Prairie Merlin in Goleta

Hugh Ranson
 

This afternoon a Merlin hunted from atop one of the star pines at Hollister Elementary School in Goleta. It was very pale. I took some photos and sent them to Jerry Liguori, who knows his bird of prey. He says it's a Prairie Merlin  (race richardsonnii) "for sure." There are only a handful of records of this race for the county.

One photo here:


Solitary sandpiper in Carpinteria

Eric Culbertson <ebc101@...>
 

This afternoon a solitary sandpiper was at Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria. The bird was in and out of view walking amongst the stalks of cut tule in the far northwest corner of the pond. It seems possible at this infrequently birded location that this is the same bird that was recorded here November 16th through the 20th.

Eric Culbertson
Carpinteria


SM/Guadalupe CBC

John Deacon
 

All:

The Santa Maria/Guadalupe CBC is scheduled for December 22, 2019.  We still have room for birders of all skill levels.  If you are interested, please contact me.

John Deacon
805-314-8201


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John Deacon
Orcutt


Pacific Golden-Plover at Devereux -- 4 pics

Mark Holmgren
 

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Joan Lentz article in LA Times today

Ria Marsh
 


Pacific Golden-Plover at Devereux

Mark Holmgren
 

At the mouth of Devereux Slough where water meets beach is a single Pacific Golden-Plover mixed in with the black bellies.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access) - Weekly Survey, 60 species with continuing SageThrasher, Ferruginous Hawk and uptick in Purple Finch

Peter Schneekloth
 

The improved weather this week brought out the birders and the birds as a full survey crew managed 60 species in spite of not being able to drive roads up canyon. Highlights were the continuing Sage Thrasher, a distant Ferruginous Hawk and a higher than usual count of Purple Finch. Entire list follows:

https://ebird.org/checklist/S62229894

For the Entire Sedgwick Birding Crew
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Santa Maria Sewage

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I made a brief stop by the sewage treatment works on Black Road in Santa Maria. There is not really much to report but 2 adult Iceland ( Thayer’s) and one juvenile, 7 Herring Gulls and 4 Glaucous-winged Gulls that were in the Gull flock. And I sure you all know there was 80+ Greater Yellowlegs. I guess the bird of note at this location was one Tricolored Blackbird. I only mention this is because this is the first one I have seen at this location in 20 years.
  The duck numbers are up, but not by much. The best duck seen today was a Northern Pintail. I should mention that the flooded field on Black Road is still dry and birdless.
  Monday 12-9-19 I birded along our south coast. I stopped by Gaviota, Refugio, Goleta Sewage Works, Goleta Beach, Rancho Goleta, Laguna Blanca ( did not see the Goldeneye) Mission Creek Outflow, Sterns Wharf, La Pattera and Sandpiper Golf Course. It was sobering how low the bird numbers were along with low number of species. I did see 3 Glaucous-winged Gulls and the Black Skimmer flock looks good with 250+ birds being present at the outflow. It was hard to get a better estimate of the Skimmers due to some dude riding his electric bike around the outflow area.

Good birding,

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


Re: American Bittern @ LLC

Mark Bright
 

I was there later this morning (Wednesday) perhaps around 10:30. Don & Marge Thornton found the American Bittern straight across in the reeds from the east side of the dam. We watched for about 10 minutes. Sometimes it came out fully exposed at the front of the reeds. It then took flight to the eastern end of the cove east of the dam and was then at the edge of the reeds on the shady side (south side of the cove) but could be viewed from the mudflat across it at the east end. After 15 minutes It then flew into the area of the concrete outflow on the south side. Never as close as Adrian had it yesterday on the west side of the dam.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara