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No Nelson’s Sparrow at Jalama

Mark Holmgren
 

Four of us are birding and Jalama Creek at Jalama County Park for 2.5 hours now. Swamp sparrow, 2 gray-headed Orange crowned Warblers seen. No Nelson’s Sparrow.

Mark Holmgren
SB

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*** Species Summary:

- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 report)
- Swainson's Thrush (2 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (2 reports)
- Blue-winged Warbler (3 reports)
- Magnolia Warbler (1 report)

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Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 09:22 by Donald Pendleton
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49274660
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2018 07:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49258003
- Comments: "Others spotted this bird as it foraged actively in the upper branches of the large sycamores that were directly over the streambed a short distance above the bend. Although this bird was difficult to follow given its very active behavior, I eventually managed to get views that were sufficient to make a definitive identification. Although others noted that this bird flicked its wings, I never saw it do so, probably in part because it took me a little longer to get onto the bird with my scope, so I would have missed any wing-flicking that ti did when it perched. I never heard this bird give the distinctive "pip" calls of this species, but I did hear some generic Empidonax, "chase" calls that may or may not have been given by this bird when it interacted with a second Empidonax that was probably a Western Flycatcher.
This was a small flycatcher that looked much like the "Western" and Willow Flycatchers that we saw in the same general area. Given that my views were generally brief and involving a bird that was perched high overhead, I had a difficult time seeing the finer details of its structure. I nevertheless noted that this was a small bird, with an upright posture, a plump body, a large head, a conspicuously small bill, and long wings that appeared to extend some distance out a relatively short tail. My best views suggested that the bill was both short and relatively slim as it tapered from a base of medium-width to what appeared to be a blunt tip when seen from below. I further thought the bill would have extended backward on the face to a point somewhere near the eye. I also noted what appeared to be a large-headed appearance and a weak peak to the crown. Although it was difficult to discern the shape overall shape from below, I thought this bird had a short and somewhat stocky neck, a plump body with an upright posture, and noticeably long wings that had a primary projection that had to be almost as long as the entirely length of the exposed secondaries. I had a difficult time comparing the length of the tail relative to the body, but I did note that the tail appeared to be both short and parallel-sided. I have no recollection whatsoever of the legs or feet.
My views of the plumage patterns were even more superficial than those of the structure, but I was confident that this bird’s coloration and plumage patterns were typical of an Empidonax. This bird appeared to be conspicuously olive throughout the head and what I could see of the upperparts, but the color was unlike what I would have expected on either a Western or a Willow Flycatcher. I did note a think but well-defined and relatively conspicuous eyering that appeared to be more white than yellow, but I noted no other pattern on the face. The wings were sooty in color and apparently with the tips of the greater and median coverts appearing light gray and not white or yellow. The remiges were edged with either whitish or light gray to create a finely striped pattern to the rear part of the wing, but the wingtips were rather uniformly dark. In all, I thought this bird’s wing was duller than that of a Least or Yellow-bellied Flycatcher, but I cannot now recall if I noted a dark band below the lower wingbar. My views of the underparts were not great, but I thought they were both paler than the upperparts, but also not too different in color and seemingly a dingy, grayish-olive in color. I cannot now recall if the belly was paler or if there was a vested appearance.
I thought the bill was entirely dark when seen from below, but it is possible that I could have missed a limited amount of paler coloration at the base of the lower mandible. I also noted that the eyes were dark, but their precise color evaded me, and I as noted above, I have no recollection at all about the legs or feet."

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2018 07:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49258003
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Near the end of my visit we saw in the understory along the creek a conspicuously ragged juvenile flycatcher that clearly represented a Myiarchus on the basis of the large size, slim body, long tail and bill, and rather blocky appearance to the head. I also noted that the head, neck, and underparts were dark brown, that the underparts were creamy whitish to light gray and quite mottled in appearance, and that the truly ragged tail had quite a bit of rufous. This bird never called, but I did manage to get several photos, including some while it perched atop my scope."

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2018 07:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49258003
- Comments: "I believe Brittany heard at one point a call that she thought represented this species and shortly later I saw a bird perched in the mid-levels of the trees on the west bank of the creek a silent bird that I identified on the basis of the dark brown color of the head and upperparts, with the wings unmarked and not contrasting conspicuously with the tail, and well-defined spectacles that were buff in color, complete, and connected to the base of the bill through a supraloral stripe. I also noted at one point that the undertail coverts were tapered and white in color, but I never had a good view of this bird's underparts from the front, so I cannot now recall if I saw a spotted breast, Given the shaded conditions under which my observations were made, I would avoid identification of this bird to subspecies-group."

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (3)
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 09:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49256073
- Comments: "Heavy chest spotting, Buffy eye-rings, brown tail"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 08:45 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49269738
- Comments: "Seen running along the ground between road and fig tree beyond the kayak guide site. Distinct yellow, slightly curved bill, and white on edge of tail feathers were observed."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 17, 2018 11:30 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0489615,-119.5560551&ll=34.0489615,-119.5560551
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49271069
- Comments: "Seen in the area of the kayak conscession operations. Bird was seen moving along the ground and perched on a fence post. Grey bird with a curved bill, streaky breast, yellow eye, and white on the edge of tail."

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2018 15:30 by Jim Moore
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49259607
- Comments: "Continuing bird since Friday, seen flying into a tree in the parking lot behind the Creekwind condos, with a flock of Bushtits. All light yellow face and undersides, post ocular mascara and smugy wingbars."

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2018 07:30 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49258003
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "We again saw this bird in trees along the creek above 8th Avenue at 8:05-8:17 am, and relatively consistently from 9:15 am to 11:55 am.
This was a relatively colorful and well-marked bird, yet for a Blue-winged Warbler its patterns seemed muted. The crown, nape, back, scapulars, and rump were a relatively bright, lime-green in color and seemingly unmarked; however, the lower edge of the green cap was demarcated by a relatively well-defined supercilium that connected narrowly across the forehead from which it extended back through the supraloral region, over the eyes, and then back about halfway across the upper edge of the auriculars. Contrasting more sharply with the supercilium than the green cap was the black eyeline that combined a line of medium width that extended through the lores from the base of the bill to the front part of the eye (where it was slightly broader than the eye where the two met), and then a narrower and relatively finely tapered wedge of black just behind the eye. The lower part of the face below the loral stripe and eye was a bright lemon-yellow, but the yellow extended backward only about halfway through the auriculars, the rear edge of which was the same shade of green as the back and sides of the neck. The throat, breast, belly, sides, and flanks were a bright, lemon-yellow from the chin down through the vent region, but the tapered undertail-coverts were a dull white from the vent to their terminus. I further noted a weak suffusion of olive to the sides of the breast and along the flanks, but in general, the underparts appeared to be yellow and unmarked. The underside of the tail showed white spots on the inner webs of the outer rectrices that were visible from just behind the undertail coverts, but the edge curved inward to reach the inner edge just short of the tips of the outer feathers. The white was framed by black on either side of the tail and the black expanded distally across the inner web to cover the tips of the outer feathers. Contrasting with the green back, the wings were more boldly marked and tending toward bluish in color. I noted bluish-gray at the shoulder, between the wingbars, and on the rear part of the wing. The median coverts were bluish-gray (and maybe a shade more blue than battleship-gray) basally before merging sharply6 with the white tips of these feathers to produce an upper wingbar that was both broader and shifted forward on the wing relative to the lower wingbar. The greater coverts had medium to dark gray centers that contrasted with both the relatively narrow white tips and edges that were about the same shade of blue-gray as the bases of the median coverts. Further apparent was a darker wedge along the leading edge of the wing that represented the primary coverts. The secondaries appeared to be medium to dark brownish internally, but with edges that were similar in color to those of the greater coverts that were narrow but well-defined on most of the feathers but broader and more poorly defined on the innermost secondaries, on which the contrast between the centers and edges was relatively subtle. Finally, the exposed primary tips appeared to be brownish and poorly marked, but I did see fringes that were sufficiently conspicuous for me to distinguish the various feathers in the wingtip. The upperside of the tail was dark gray with subtly paler edges that were probably light gray. The spread tail showed a moderate amount of white on the outer feathers.
Whereas the bill typically appeared to be black, views directly from below suggested a narrow edge of a paler and seemingly flesh color on the inner part of the lower mandible that was not visible from the side. I once thought the eyes were dark brown when seen in good light and at relatively close range through my scope. The legs generally appeared to be dark, but I noted at least some flesh tones to the undersides of the legs. I thought both the toes and claws were generally dark."

Blue-winged Warbler (Vermivora cyanoptera) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 13, 2018 15:00 by Curtis Marantz
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49177018
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "(calling; we observed the continuing bird that had been found earlier in the day by Nick Lethaby at distances down to about 15 meters at 3:06-3:10 pm, briefly at about 4:00 pm, and intermittently between 5:10 pm and 5:40 pm; see composite description from 14 October)"

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 09:00 by Jamie Chavez
- Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Park--from entrance to sand plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9591002,-120.6272971&ll=34.9591002,-120.6272971
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49274017
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "HY bird. Fairly bright underpants including the with faint dusky streaks on flanks, grayish head and yellow throat with pale eyering. It had grayish wings with two white wingbars, white undertail coverts, black tail tips as seen from below. It was well concealed in willows most of the time but sat still preening for several minutes. Identifiable photos"

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Re: No Nelson’s Sparrow at Jalama

John Callender
 

Just to follow up, Wim van Dam and I stayed until shortly after 1 p.m. without refinding the Nelson's Sparrow.

My list (including photos of the Swamp Sparrow, and of one or more gray-headed Orange-crowned Warblers that I'm not qualified to assess as to subspecies) are here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49280095

John Callender
Carpinteria

Redstart and ‘celata’ OCWA at Carpinteria Creek

Noah Arthur
 

Mid-day today I met up with Don Pendleton at Carpinteria Creek in search of the Blue-winged. Nobody saw it today and it seems gone. However, I was very impressed with the high density of birds in the creek area. Warblers everywhere. Our best finds were a female AMERICAN REDSTART and a very gray ‘CELATA’ ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, both in tall cottonwoods a little ways down the creek from the Carpinteria Avenue bridge (between this bridge and the Calle Ocho footbridge). A getting-late WILLOW FLYCATCHER was also in the area.


Noah Arthur (Oakland)

Black Road Flooded Field

John Deacon
 

I am at the flooded field on the east side of Black Road between Winset Farms and Black Road Auto. Nothing too unusual. One Greater White Fronted Goose, numerous Wilson’s Snipe, a White Tailed Kite and most interesting, no fewer than 20 Red Tailed Hawks within an acre or so of each other.

Other birds in the field were species expected in a field like this.

John Deacon

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*** Species Summary:

- Western Wood-Pewee (1 report)
- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (celata) (2 reports)
- American Redstart (2 reports)

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Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 10:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9089576,-119.7673745&ll=34.9089576,-119.7673745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49276074
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Late. Photo"

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 10:47 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277551
- Comments: "No eye-ring. Got photos. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 11:48 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49276992
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Bright yellow breast and belly, brownish/green back, large bill, faint dark mask extending from the bill and over the eye. It was first on a tree above the railroad tracks between the 1st and 2nd platform, then it was on the dead fallen tree between the 2nd and 3rd platform."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 14:53 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3868956,-119.4986129&ll=34.3868956,-119.4986129
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49280173
- Comments: "Got distant photos. Breast doesn’t look any darker than throat. "

Orange-crowned Warbler (celata) (Oreothlypis celata celata) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 10:47 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277551
- Comments: "Very drab; more or less grayish all over. "

Orange-crowned Warbler (celata) (Oreothlypis celata celata) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 12:24 by Bradley Hacker
- Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Park--from entrance to sand plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9591002,-120.6272971&ll=34.9591002,-120.6272971
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277870
- Comments: "Gray head, gray wings, white eyering, faint black line thru eye. Lightly streaked chest. Could not see undertail."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 11:50 by Donald Pendleton
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277574
- Comments: "Female, or immature bird"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 18, 2018 10:47 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49277551
- Comments: "Female "

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Yellow-headed blackbird

Jake Broad
 

This morning at work (Goleta Sanitary) I spotted a male Yellow-headed blackbird in with a flock of red winged blackbirds. I managed to grab my camera and catch up with it for a few photos please find the link below. 


-Jake 
Goleta 

Summerland

Rob Denholtz
 

Following up on Jason Siemen's sightings of yesterday, I found one PYGMY NUTHATCH in the tall pine on the SE corner of Greenwell and Ortega Hill.  The trail around the valley was dead until, in the tall conifers to the right of the trail, about 200 yds. down the west fork, I found (at least) two MOUNTAIN CHICKADEES picking through the pine cones.  I met a new birder who pointed out a Red-shouldered Hawk's nest on the trail between Ortega Hill Rd. and Ortega Ranch Lane.  The nest was not active but she had seen birds in and on it earlier in the year and recognized the RSHA's calls from my Sibley's app.

At the Greenwell Preserve - also very slow - I had an overhead RED-TAILED HAWK and a BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)
- Swainson's Thrush (1 report)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Oct 20, 2018 10:35 by Cruz Phillips
- Las Cruzitas Ranch (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6093342,-119.9600601&ll=34.6093342,-119.9600601
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49318379
- Comments: "In yard feeding with two other mourning doves. White on edge of folded wing clearly seen Slightly larger than mourning and longer bill. Was around yesterday too which is unusual. They generally only stick around a few hours. "

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2018 10:19 by Mark Holmgren
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49301553
- Comments: "Several good Willow Flycatcher “whit” notes heard from a dark-fronted Empidonax that lacked an eyering."

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (2)
- Reported Oct 19, 2018 12:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49302448
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen here a few days ago. Large dark spots, dark brown tail. Bad photos to show tail"

Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (Oreothlypis celata celata/orestera) (1)
- Reported Oct 19, 2018 10:19 by Mark Holmgren
- Carpinteria Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3930006,-119.5140259&ll=34.3930006,-119.5140259
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49301553
- Comments: "Gray-green overall. Perhaps the palest OcWa I've ever seen. This roughly matches the description offered by Noah Arthur on 17 October."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (2)
- Reported Oct 20, 2018 10:06 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Police Station tams, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3897587,-119.5055068&ll=34.3897587,-119.5055068
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49320368
- Comments: "At the far end of the euc/tamarix row, by the train tracks. Foraging in a patch of irrigated cultivated sunflowers, and sometimes flying up into the eucs to flycatch."

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Pectoral Sandpiper at COPR

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was a Pectoral Sandpiper at the 'half bridge' area at COPR yesterday afternoon (Fri).

https://flic.kr/p/2b9GFC9

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Vesper at Elings

Hugh Ranson
 

This afternoon there was a Vesper Sparrow at Elings Park in SB, approx. half way
between the Calle Montilla entrance and the stone bench. Also present was a
fairly tight flock of 12 White-throated Swifts buzzing a Red-tail.

Yesterday a Red-breasted Nuthatch called from the pines at Bella Vista Open
Space in Goleta.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara

Carp Creek, and city hall tams Palm Warblers

Ron Hirst
 

This morning from 9-10:30 a few birders were on Carp Creek and nothing rare was found as far as I know. There weren't a lot of birds except above 8th St.  On the creek there were a few Townsends, a Wilson's Warbler, a drab Yellow Warbler with unmarked face and the bulging eyes, a Pac Slope Flycatcher, 3 Bl. Phoebes, 40 YR Warblers, about 10 OC Warblers, a few Am. Goldfinches, a House Wren, a Cassins or Western Kingbird near the outflow, Some Ca. Towhees, Yellowthroats, sparrows, finches and munias were seem. A No. Flicker flew over.  btw Yellow Shafted Flickers and YB Sapsuckers were abundant in a couple parks I visited 2 weeks ago in NY/NJ. There were 6 YS Flickers in one bush in the Rambles of Central Park.

At the city hall tamarisk row in the small birdy sunflower field near the ocean 10:30-11 Noah Arthur found a Palm Warbler and a second one was seen at the same time. In the tams were a couple small flocks including a Wilson's, 3 Bl Throated Gray, 2 Townsends, a Warbling Vireo, and a Gnatcatcher Noah saw which seemed to have a mostly black undertail. A Pac Slope Flycatcher, a couple W. Bluebirds, a Say's Phoebe and a few YR Warblers and Lesser Goldfinches rounded out the tam row birds. 
Ron Hirst, SB

Red-breasted Sapsucker

Betsy Mooney
 

I got in a little birding on Thursday, October 18, at LLC. A Red-breasted Sapsucker was in the tree with four trunks near Stow House. 
Five photos here: https://wingblossoms.photoshelter.com/portfolio/G0000u5QjI2lVMeI

Also observed were Northern Shovelers, Ruddy Ducks, Pied-billed Grebes, a Northern Flicker, and one American Kestrel. Yellow-rumped Warblers are everywhere. 

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta

Arnold/Casper Rd. parking

Noah Arthur
 


I can’t seem to get this through to Ventura Co. Birding, so I’ll try posting it here... 


There is no longer any parking available to birders around the Arnold Rd. and Casper Rd. sod fields, right? (This is on the Oxnard Plain, Ventura Co.) I drove around there and couldn’t find any parking I was confident was legal, and I don’t see any recent ebird checklists from there, which I’m guessing is because of the parking issues...?


Noah

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*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2018 09:42 by Mark Holmgren
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49326815
- Comments: "Over Venoco Road. Kingbird with bright yellow belly reaching up to the throat. Grayish white throat. Long dark bill. Tail brownish."

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Carpinteria CBC call for participation

John Callender
 

This year the Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count will take place on Saturday, December 15, 2018. That's the first Saturday in the official count window. Participation is free; all ages, levels of experience, and degree/duration/intensity of effort are welcome. :-)

To sign up for the count please complete the following online form:
 
https://goo.gl/forms/vBHH4UV7i944icVD2
 
As we get closer to count day more information will be available on the following website:
 
 
If you have questions or suggestions please follow up with me (John Callender) directly, rather than to the list. Thanks!
 
John Callender, jbc@...
Carpinteria

Sunday birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I birded around Lompoc today. At Ocean Beach, I saw 3 WF Ibis, 3 Pectoral Sandpipers and a Common Tern. The area by the road is now drying out and has quite a few ducks and shorebirds. Might be worth checking for a Sharp-tailed Sandpiper.

In some non-public ag areas, I found 150 Horned Larks, 600 Tricolored Blackbirds, 2 Bobolinks, and 30 Scaly-breasted Munias.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

Scorpion at Santa Cruz Island

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Hi all,

After seeing Nick’s post last weekend and hearing about the continued, though less intense, Santa Ana’s all week, I spent today at Scorpion. Much of that time was spent sorting through sparrows. In total I had 10 species of sparrow: chipping, clay-colored, Brewer’s, fox, juncos, white-crowned, song, Lincoln’s, rufous-crowned, and spotted towhee. Some of the mixed sparrow flocks had 6-7 species, and of course within each species there were varying plumages, plus they kept getting flushed by hikers, so it took some effort but it paid off. I finally found all three expected fall/winter spizellas in the same flock and in the same view at the same time (chipping, clay-colored, and Brewer’s). I ended up with a total of four clay-colored sparrows, which seemed noteworthy, and obtained photos of three of those individuals. One clay-colored sparrow was particularly unafraid of me, and at one point I was looking down at my feet to watch it feed. There wasn’t anything else too exciting but a pair of warbling vireos, a pair of peregrine falcons, and a Nashville warbler kept things interesting.

Also, someone needs to put those foxes on a diet.

Cuyler
Santa Barbara

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Scorpion at Santa Cruz Island

Nick Lethaby
 

There are a number of species that seem much more frequent on Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara Islands compared to the mainland: Vesper, Brewer's, Chipping, and Clay-colored Sparrows, Green-tailed Towhee, and Sage Thrasher.


I have had single day counts of 4 and 5 CCSPs on SBI, and there might have been more individuals present those days.

The big mystery to me is why Scorpion gets so few warblers. Like you did, I quite often get a Nashville, but overall numbers and variety is always low.

-----Original Message-----
From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Cuyler Stapelmann
Sent: Sunday, October 21, 2018 8:08 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Scorpion at Santa Cruz Island

Hi all,

After seeing Nick’s post last weekend and hearing about the continued, though less intense, Santa Ana’s all week, I spent today at Scorpion. Much of that time was spent sorting through sparrows. In total I had 10 species of sparrow: chipping, clay-colored, Brewer’s, fox, juncos, white-crowned, song, Lincoln’s, rufous-crowned, and spotted towhee. Some of the mixed sparrow flocks had 6-7 species, and of course within each species there were varying plumages, plus they kept getting flushed by hikers, so it took some effort but it paid off. I finally found all three expected fall/winter spizellas in the same flock and in the same view at the same time (chipping, clay-colored, and Brewer’s). I ended up with a total of four clay-colored sparrows, which seemed noteworthy, and obtained photos of three of those individuals. One clay-colored sparrow was particularly unafraid of me, and at one point I was looking down at my feet to watch it feed. There wasn’t anything else too exciting but a pair of warbling vireos, a pair of peregrine falcons, and a Nashville warbler kept things interesting.

Also, someone needs to put those foxes on a diet.

Cuyler
Santa Barbara

CBC circles and dates, 2018/2019

Wim van Dam
 

For those of you who want to remind themselves of how the 5 Christmas Bird Counts circles look like in our county I created the following map:

https://goo.gl/uYSN9f

You're welcome.
Wim

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #378+4: Blue-footed Booby