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*** Species Summary:

- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Swainson's Thrush (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)
- Blue Grosbeak (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 11:05 by Karen Rusch
- Goleta Beach County Park, 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/view/checklist/S49374235
- Comments: "On far bank just below where BEKI nests were earlier this year. Foraging in shallow water. Known bird at this location. Bluish gray and same size as Snowy Egret. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2018 14:20 by Robert Long
- 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/S49352036
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted Along Northside of Park Along Rail"

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (3)
- Reported Oct 21, 2018 13:45 by John Doty
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49352634
- Comments: "No contrast between back and rail; spots on breast low contrast; eye ring"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (4)
- Reported Oct 21, 2018 09:13 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- 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/S49355631
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Spizellas with pale lores, strongly contrasting facial markings, and unstreaked gray nape that contrasted with buffy breast. On my way up the canyon, I had one at the beach and then two at the upper campground in the same view. When I got back to the beach, I had two in the same view. To rule out I had not double counted, I walked back up to the upper campground and had one bird. Unless the fourth bird moved between the beach and upper campground, which I highly doubt, there were a total of four clay-colored sparrows.

One bird near the beach was markedly more contrasting than the other, but had a grayer breast. The other bird near the beach had more buffy tones and was extremely confiding; it would actually land within 5 feet of me to forage, offering great views and opportunities to study it."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2018 09:13 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- 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/S49355631
- Comments: "Feeding with two clay colored sparrows and several chipping sparrows in the upper campground. Dark lores and less contrasting markings than clay colored. There may have been a second Brewer’s sparrow but there were so many spizellas in different plumages that I couldn’t be 100% positive."

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 08:03 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49372910
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Female/juvenile. Warm brown overall, light wingbars, large beak. Made “tink” call; flicked tail repeatedly at times."

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Farren Road

Florence Sanchez
 

I walked up and down Farren Road this morning.  Nothing too unusual was found but there were lots of the "usual suspects" for this location.  Best birds were a Red-breasted Sapsucker in the Calif. pepper trees on the west side of the road just above the oak woodland, and a Roadrunner crossing the road on my way down that was also fairly near this location.  I heard a couple of Ground doves calling. There are waterfowl on the reservoir, but without aa scope I could only do a fair job of identifying some of them (Coots, Bufflehead, and possibly Pied-billed grebe).

Florence Sanchez

north of the RR tracks down by Chase Palm Park

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
This morning Mark Holmgren and I sort of “discovered” a place that might be productive for birds as we go into the winter season and begin to think about our CBCs and good places to bird.
We walked from west to east in Chase Palm Park, which was boring, but then, in order to get the light behind us, we walked north along Calle Cesar Chavez, then east along the RR tracks back towards Laguna Creek.
This “new” spot is a bit of restored habitat, well-watered, that lies directly south of the new “desal” plant. Its fenced, of course. There are all sorts of nice shrubs thriving there, and Mark and I believe that we had a Western Kingbird perched on the fence looking in from the RR tracks. The whole place was very birdy indeed. Lots of elderberry bushes, other native shrubs, sparrows, Cassin’s Kingbird, Say’s Phoebe.
Going further along, the willows and reeds at Laguna Creek (I believe this is the one that goes out at the “East Beach outfall” as we call it) held numerous Yellow-rumps and a few common warblers bathing. ANYTHING COULD DROP IN at these two fairly coastal spots, so just a heads up!
You can see our report on e-Bird.

Joan Lentz

Prothonotary Warbler at Ocean Beach Park in Lompoc

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Message from Brad Hines: just saw it now. Has photos. Don’t know anything more!
Joan Lentz

White-winged Dove at Ellwood Marine Terminal

Mark Holmgren
 

34.41771 -119.88094
On powerlines over Venoco Road at northeast corner of Ellwood Marine Terminal Eucalyptus.
Mark Holmgren
SB

adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in my yard just now

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Wow! I guess fall isn’t over, although this may be a winterer, if we’re lucky. Gorgeous adult male bird, & I ran inside to get camera, as I came back out, it was flying away to the north. It will be back, I’m sure. Very vocal.
About Brad Hines’ Prothonotary Warbler: he’s looking for it now in the Myoporum bushes bet/ the bathrooms and the RR trestle at Ocean Beach Park in Lompoc.

Joan Lentz

Pectoral sandpiper devereux

Jake Broad
 

I believe I’m looking at a pectoral sandpiper at devereux at the last lookout by the half bridge. Bird has yellow legs. And strong contrast from a heavily streaked breast to white belly. No other birds like it here, it’s hanging with a couple of killdeer and it’s slightly smaller than them. I have photographs but can’t upload until later.

-Jake
Goleta

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*** Species Summary:

- Black-footed Albatross (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 15:17 by Bryan Calk
- (34.7494,-121.3736), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.749358,-121.373637&ll=34.749358,-121.373637
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49393314
- Comments: "Photos "

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 12:49 by John Doty
- Goleta Beach County Park, 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/view/checklist/S49378465
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Smaller than GBH, uniform steel blue. Greenish gray legs."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 12:05 by Julie Scotland
- 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/S49377304
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos to follow. Kingbird with bright yellow body, heard call, forked rail."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 10:01 by Joan Lentz
- Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4154287,-119.6832574&ll=34.4154287,-119.6832574
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49382473
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "A flycatcher along the railroad tracks caught our attention. Brown feathers in the wing were retained from a previous feather generation while the inner primaries and the tertials were new feathers. The head was pale gray and the bill was long, unlike the nearby Cassin’s Kingbird, whose bill was stubby and deep at the base. That it was a Western Kingbird was confirmed by the blackish tail, ashy-white throat and upper breast below which was yellow lower breast and belly."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 10:01 by Mark Holmgren
- Chase Palm Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4154287,-119.6832574&ll=34.4154287,-119.6832574
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49381602
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "A flycatcher along the railroad tracks caught our attention. Brown feathers in the wing were retained from a previous feather generation while the inner primaries and the tertials were new feathers. The head was pale gray and the bill was long, unlike the nearby Cassin’s Kingbird, whose bill was stubby and deep at the base. That it was a Western Kingbird was confirmed by the blackish tail, ashy-white throat and upper breast below which was yellow lower breast and belly."

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Re: Pectoral sandpiper devereux

Dave Compton
 

Hi Jake - One has been here since last week.
Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 11:32 AM Jake Broad via Groups.Io <californiajbroad=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I believe I’m looking at a pectoral sandpiper at devereux at the last lookout by the half bridge. Bird has yellow legs. And strong contrast from a heavily streaked breast to white belly. No other birds like it here, it’s hanging with a couple of killdeer and it’s slightly smaller than them. I have photographs but can’t upload until later.

-Jake
Goleta



La Cumbre Peak

Florence Sanchez
 

I took a trip to La Cumbre Peak this morning.  On the way up Gibraltar Road, signs were going up and work crews were gathering on East Camino Cielo at the point were the dirt road (gated ) goes down to the Reservoir.  I was able to bird the Peak but trucks and equipment were gathering there by 10 a.m., so I left for the Communications station down the road.  Several large trucks carrying asphalt etc. were going by on ECC and I followed some down the length of the Road when I left.  Just before the Painted Cave turnoff, a Road Closed sign had gone up there too.  From marks on the pavement and other signs, I think they may be putting a new cap on ECC from the Gibraltar Dam Road to the Peak (much needed!) and thus this situation is going to persist for at least a couple of weeks.

Back to the birds.  It was a lovely morning, and though bird activity wasn't high, the quality was good.  I had a Steller's Jay, Red & White-breasted Nuthatches, Townsend's Solitaire (great look at it!), 3 Hermit Thrushes, and one Ruby-crowned Kinglet, plus an assortment of chaparral birds.    The communications station was very quiet, but I had another Steller's Jay there, another Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Sparrows, and one Yellow-rumped Warbler.  The Madrone Bushes behind the station are loaded with berries this year, but there were no takers during the time I watched.

Florence Sanchez

WW Dove

Nick Lethaby
 

After years of checking the dove flock on the wires behind my house in Winchester Canyon, this evening I noticed a lone dove perched lower on another wire on its own. It proved to be a WW Dove.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Jamie Chavez
 

All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Fos BW Teal in Carp Salt Marsh Nature Park. Wed AM

Rob Denholtz
 


Rob

WT Kites

Rob Denholtz
 

2 in basin 1. CSM reserve. Wed 8:00 AM

Rob

Re: New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Kay Regester
 

You guys are the best!  Thanks for all you do.  Kay
Kay Regester
Ventura, Ca



On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:27 AM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


--

Kay Regester, Ventura

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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (2 reports)
- Black-footed Albatross (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 10:30 by Mark Holmgren
- Ellwood Marine Terminal, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.41771,-119.88094&ll=34.41771,-119.88094
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49406185
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A large dove popped out of the NE corner of the Eucalyptus surrounding the Ellwood Marine Terminals. Viewed and photographed while it sat on the power lines over Venoco Road. First to grab my attention was the contrast between the tail (brown) and the lower back (gray). This individual was distinguished by the long bill, orange iris surrounded by a blue orbital ring, and a 'displaced mustache' under the cheek instead of a black nape bar."

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 10:30 by Jessica Nielsen
- Ellwood Marine Terminal, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.41771,-119.88094&ll=34.41771,-119.88094
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49421029
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A large dove popped out of the NE corner of the Eucalyptus surrounding the Ellwood Marine Terminals. Viewed and photographed while it sat on the power lines over Venoco Road. First to grab my attention was the contrast between the tail (brown) and the lower back (gray). This individual was distinguished by the long bill, orange iris surrounded by a blue orbital ring, and a 'displaced mustache' under the cheek instead of a black nape bar."

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 15:17 by Rick Bowers
- (34.7494,-121.3736), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.749358,-121.373637&ll=34.749358,-121.373637
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49415953
- Comments: "Photos "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 07:45 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3986926,-119.5336282&ll=34.3986926,-119.5336282
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49419324
- Comments: "Seen here many times previously by many observers. By now, this bird should be on the regular list. It is NOT "rare for this date & location." Seen flying up Franklin Creek. Face is vaguely similar to Great Blue but bird is smaller over all; faster wing-beats. Absence of croaking call heard from startled Great Blue."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 10:45 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4341,-119.6351), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434078,-119.635051&ll=34.434078,-119.635051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49405671
- Comments: "I looked up in the magnolia tree that grows over my driveway, and I had good binocular views of an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. The bird had the red cap and red throat, delineated by a balck border, the long vertical white stripe along both sides, a faint yellowish blush on the breast below the black chest patch, and a variegated white/black ladder-like back pattern. It was just a classic adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. Usually, one has to take some time to figure out age and sex of these birds, or whether or not they are hybrids, but this identification was so straightforward. I had been alerted to the sapsucker's presence by its loud "mewing" call, and, if it's this vocal, I'm sure I'll be able to locate it again. I ran inside to get my camera, and came out in time to see it flying out of the garden to the north. Fingers crossed it stays for the winter."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 11:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Rancho Sisquoc, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8394878,-120.2113046&ll=34.8394878,-120.2113046
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49406215
- Comments: "Continuing adult male in exactly the same location as previously"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 12:08 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/S49402559
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing have photos"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 07:54 by Pete Wolf
- 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/S49421080
- Comments: "Large bill and yellow chest typical of Tropical... Viewed by several observers... Jason ?, Darwin ?, and Mark Holmgren"

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Three Tropical Kingbirds in Santa Barbara

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Hi all,

I just now had two tropical kingbirds at the Bird Refuge. According to eBird, the TRKI at Devereux/NCOS was seen this morning, so it would seem there are a total of three in Santa Barbara right now. 

Cuyler
SB

Re: New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Hi,

So this is a little off topic, but it is related to eBird data so I'm going to use this thread as a segue. From what I can gather, there is currently no way to filter observations in an eBird species map to those observations with breeding codes. The only way I've been able to do this is to download eBird data in a tabular format and import it into a Geographic Information System (GIS), then use queries in GIS to filter by breeding codes. However, downloading tabular data for a county in eBird often exceeds row limits in Excel, so unless someone is operating database software this data is not easy to view in either a table or a map/GIS. I understand that there are local sources of information for breeding bird data (i.e., breeding bird atlas, studies, etc.), but it would seem that the eBird platform would be a great way to supplement local sources with continuously updated data.

Is there a way to do this within the eBird website? If not, is anyone aware of plans by the Cornell Lab to make this possible? The California Natural Diversity Database is great, but it lacks records for certain special-status species (i.e., brant). Breeding bird data is probably the most valuable information eBird has to offer to the consulting world, but it is not easy to access. I am interested to know if anyone has any insights. Thanks.

Cuyler
SB

On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 11:49 AM Kay Regester <kayregester@...> wrote:
You guys are the best!  Thanks for all you do.  Kay
Kay Regester
Ventura, Ca



On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:27 AM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

--

Kay Regester, Ventura

Re: New County eBird Reviewers Announcement

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

I agree totally!  What would we do without the great team of birders here in SBA and on eBird?  We are so lucky, because so many counties don’t have this kind of dedicated, excellent support in their birding communities.
Joan Lentz

On Oct 24, 2018, at 11:49 AM, Kay Regester <kayregester@...> wrote:

You guys are the best!  Thanks for all you do.  Kay
Kay Regester
Ventura, Ca



On Wed, Oct 24, 2018 at 6:27 AM Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
All,

I wanted to share the news that recently two additional reviewers for SBA have been added: Mark Holmgren and Nick Lethaby have both volunteered to be eBird reviewers for our area. This territory includes the county mainland and the Channel Islands within SBA. Along with Peter Gaede and myself as continuing reviewers and Wim van Dam as our county Hotspot editor, we have a really solid team in place to review and manage much of the eBird checklist data that comes in. 

eBird receives its fair share of criticism while at the same time provides birding data like no other system available which is why it has become so popular so having the added help will be a huge benefit to those of you who participate in eBird and rely on the information. I occasionally receive email outside of the eBird review process when someone discovers erroneous information such as obvious misidentifications, high counts without comments, distance and location issues, etc., and now there will be additional local expertise to handle these problems. We ask that you continue to notify one of us when you find such problems so we can address it. We are all users of eBird (volunteering as reviewers) so we want it to be as accurate as possible. This is a team effort and we also thank you for your participation and accuracy which makes our job easier! Thanks again to Nick and Mark for helping out.

Good birding,
-- 
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA



-- 

Kay Regester, Ventura


East Pinery Road Oct 24

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked East Pinery Road this morning in what has become an annual ritual to find an Evening Grosbeak in the County.  This year, there is also the possibility of finding Pinyon Jays in our mountains as well.  I struck out on both of these remote possibilities, but it still was a fine morning on the mountain.  I had 5 species of Woodpecker and ALL THREE species of Nuthatches, among other things.  After an absence for all of last year, the Pygmy Nuts are back!  I had a flock of about 12  in one of their past regular spots along the road.

I also had at least 10 Fox Sparrows.  Not all could be seen well, but those I got a good look at included 4 Sooty Fox Sparrows and one "Slaty" (gray back, reddish tail and wings, and finer streaking on the breast, but NOT the think-billed form).  One other glimpsed VERY briefly might have been a Thick-billed:  it appeared to have a large pale bill, but this might have been an aberration of the light.

Florence Sanchez