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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



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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


Re: American Bittern @ LLC

Chris Spurgeon
 

Great photo!

I staked out the spot from about 7:15 to 8:30 this morning (Wednesday) with no luck. Anyone else?

Chris Spurgeon
Ventura/La Crescenta

On Dec 10, 2019, at 2:34 PM, Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:

Good and prolonged views of an American Bittern at Lake Los Carneros this am (Tues). It was near the west end of the dam. David and Jeff were the first to report it although it was found earlier by another birder (sorry - can't remember his name).

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Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Re: Goleta Beach Gulls

Ken Hoesterey
 


Hi, tonite before sunset several flocks of Whimbrels, Willets, Godwits, Curlews settled in on the low tide estuary outwash along with the many gulls.
Offshore about 20 porpoise fished among the rafts of hundreds of gulls and Pelicans offshore. They all were engaged fishing on the reef and as far west as the pier, and in very shallow water just outside the breaking small surf. Babies were sky hopping and leaping over the adults.
The large shorebirds could have been as many as 50 total, and the last few winters I have seen them roost and feed elsewhere during the days, but fly in there, spectacularly so, near dusk.
Cheers
Ken Hoesterey

On Tuesday, December 10, 2019, 4:31:42 PM PST, Steven Gaulin <gaulin@...> wrote:


I did a quick tour of Goleta Beach around 2:15 PM today. I was surprised to see no sandpipers of any type but there were hundreds of gulls, mostly on the bay, both east and west of the pier. Numbers and distance discouraged identification of those birds but there were at least 100 on the sand East of the easternmost parking lot. Those birds were Westerns, Californias and good numbers of both adult and first-winter Heermann's, with a single first-winter Glaucous-winged standing out.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Goleta Beach Gulls

Steven Gaulin
 

I did a quick tour of Goleta Beach around 2:15 PM today. I was surprised to see no sandpipers of any type but there were hundreds of gulls, mostly on the bay, both east and west of the pier. Numbers and distance discouraged identification of those birds but there were at least 100 on the sand East of the easternmost parking lot. Those birds were Westerns, Californias and good numbers of both adult and first-winter Heermann's, with a single first-winter Glaucous-winged standing out.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Vesper Sparrow

Steven Gaulin
 

Dan Conroy-Beam and I met at the San Marcos Foothills Preserve at 4:00 PM yesterday (12-9-2019) to look for the recently reported harriers and Short-eared Owls. We stayed until 5:15 without seeing either, but we did see a Vesper Sparrow quite near the entrance.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


American Bittern @ LLC

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Good and prolonged views of an American Bittern at Lake Los Carneros this am (Tues).  It was near the west end of the dam. David and Jeff were the first to report it although it was found earlier by another birder (sorry - can't remember his name).



Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Scouting the Sta Ynez River

Mark Holmgren
 

John Callender and I scouted the route I’ve had on the Cachuma CBC for 19 years.  John found all the special birds: Orange-crowned Warbler, Townsend’s Warbler (not common in winter on the north side of the Santa Ynez Mtns), and Chestnut-backed Chickadee.  All were seen in the vicinity of Bradbury Dam at Lake Cachuma. The chickadee, also seen below Bradbury Dam in the winters of 2011 and 2016, has never been detected on the SY River upstream of Bradbury Dam to my knowledge.

Other interesting birds were Sora, Virginia Rail, Marsh Wren, and Myrtle (Yellow-rumped) Warblers.

 

The Cachuma CBC is on 27 Dec this year. Contact Peter Schneekloth to participate.


Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass


White-throated Swifts

Steven Gaulin
 

Salvar Road is the first right off Via Chapparal N. of Cathedral Oaks in Santa Barbara. Salvar consists mainly of a bridge crossing CA 154. This morning around 10:30 there were at least a dozen White-throated Swifts flying low under and over that bridge. This is possibly relevant to the upcoming CBC and interesting given it's proximity to a probable swift nesting site under the Foothill Road bridge that stretches over Stevens Park.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


Re: Ross's Goose @ NCOS

Mark Holmgren
 

Gents,
I'm not convinced this is a Ross' Goose.  It has features that suggest a cross Ross' X Snow.
Mark

On Mon, Dec 9, 2019 at 1:58 PM Adrian O'Loghlen via Groups.Io <adrianologhlen=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
There was what I think was a Ross's Goose at North Campus Open Space this am (Mon).  It was on the south bank of the slough opposite the Phelp's Bridge (most westerly bridge at NCOS). 




Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta


Greater? Scaups at Lake Los Carneros

Pete Wolf
 

Since November 22nd I have been trying to figure out if the two scaups at LLC are Greater or Lesser... the female was determined to be Greater last week but the male is still un-determined. This morning I did a quick run to the lake to see if they were still there... I only saw the male and got some video of it preening and at one point (about 5 seconds in) it looks like you can clearly see white on the primaries (in addition to the secondaries) on the left wing.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPbRWlcKSok

After seeing the video from this morning I entered the male as "Greater" (as opposed to my previous Greater/Lesser entries) - eBird checklist (and still photo of video scene): https://ebird.org/checklist/S62174499

I also have this picture of the male from December 2nd... showing a large/wide black-tipped bill that seems to match the Greater more than the Lesser Scaup: https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/191101751

Any information from someone who knows more than me would be great :)

Thanks!


Ross's Goose @ NCOS

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was what I think was a Ross's Goose at North Campus Open Space this am (Mon).  It was on the south bank of the slough opposite the Phelp's Bridge (most westerly bridge at NCOS). 




Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta