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*** Species Summary:

- Black-footed Albatross (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Red-eyed Vireo (1 report)

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Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2018 15:17 by Tracy McCarthey
- (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/S49478420
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2018 12:03 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S49495622
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2)
- Reported Oct 27, 2018 08:53 by David Compton
- 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/S49492356
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Ron Hirst pointed out the first bird I saw.. This bird was silent whenever I saw it. It had yellow up through the breast and a long, slim bill compared to Cassin's Kingbird, one of which was also in the area. This individual also had a ragged tip to the tail. The tail feathers obviously had not molted recently and were all roughly the same length. The greater coverts were all evenly fresh, and I therefore assumed this bird to be an adult. I also looked at the folded primary tips on this bird, in relation to the tertials. The bird was apparently molting its primaries, given only one primary was obviously visible beyond the tertials.
The second bird appeared somewhat later. While at the middle viewing platform, I heard a Tropical Kingbird calling back to the east, near where the first kingbird had been perching when I arrived. As I walked back to that area, I saw a kingbird, still calling as a Tropical, fly to the easternmost island in the lagoon and land in the top of a myoporum shrub. Another long-billed kingbird was also ion the island. After a minute or so, one of the kingbirds returned, calling, then chased a Cassin's Kingbird from the sycamore where I had seen the first Tropical. This bird was overall in fresher plumage than the first, and had a tail feather growing in on the right side, exactly as can be seen in the photos of a reported Couch's Kingbird posted here:

https://ebird.org/spain/view/checklist/S49479801

Like the first bird, this one had yellow up through the breast, although I noted in this case that it was more greenish on the upper breast, with no gray anywhere on the breast. The bill was similar in shape to that of the first bird, but I thought maybe a little shorter and stouter. But subtly so. The tail was very fresh, and not at all ragged on the tip, and the outermost rectrix on the bird's right side was short and apparently growing in. The longer tail feather visible on the right side from underneath on the perched bird was relatively round at the tip, while the feather on the left side was pointed toward the outer edge. The tail looked less forked than that of the first bird. Several primary tips were visible beyond the tertials in the folded wing of this bird. There was a somewhat larger gap, but a substantial one, between two primary tips in the middle somewhere (I can't say between which primaries), This didn't strike me as being the obvious gap that appears to be common (consistent)? in Couch's.

I had no doubt the second bird was the one reported in the above checklist. It's persistent call was a typical version of the twitter that I have heard on occasion from Tropicals wintering in California."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 26, 2018 08:53 by Don Hoechlin
- 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/S49479801
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Similar in size to Cassin’s Kingbird that was in the same dead tree. White throat that graded into bright yellow chest and belly. Greenish back with brown wings with lightly edged wing coverets and secondaries. Brown tail with no notching or white outer tail feathers. Call was like the call on Sibley’s first call recording. Disclaimer I have high frequency hearing loss in left year , but cadence was like the call just mentioned to me. + photos"

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2018 08:30 by Libby Patten
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4145111,-119.8673469&ll=34.4145111,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49452484
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Vireo with dark eyestripe, white eyebrow and dark cap. Eye appears to have a dark amber quality. Underparts a mix of white and yellow. Didn't have clear view of back. Found high up in Eucalyptus next to student housing units on west side of row of eucalyptus on Camino Majorca. Tree was just north of where grassland abuts housing area."

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Carpinteria Creek birding, dredging operation

John Callender
 

I birded Carpinteria Creek from Carpinteria Avenue to the wastewater treatment plant south of Sixth Street this morning. I didn't see anything super unusual, but once the fog lifted there was a fair amount of activity. My eBird list is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49492424

I saw that the Carpinteria Sanitary District has begun a dredging operation in the Carpinteria Creek channel next to the wastewater treatment plant. Photos of what it looks like are in this Flickr album:

https://flic.kr/s/aHskLgkp9Y

Plastic sheeting has been set up in the creek bed, presumably to prevent silt from the dredging from getting into the rest of the creek. The earth-moving equipment (including a crane and two large backhoes) appear to be operating from within the wastewater treatment plant itself, reaching across the fence to dig out the portion of the creek bed next to the retaining wall.

A new sign reading "Keep Out: Authorized Personnel Only" has been placed at the northeast corner of the treatment plant, in the location often used by birdwatchers to access the retaining wall to bird the portion of the creek next to the plant. The nearby "Notice of Pending Permit" doesn't mention start or end dates for the project, which it describes as "Removal of dirt and debris from the damaged concrete embankment in order to assess the extent of damage and design for repair and replacement."

I plan to contact the sanitary district on Monday to see if I can get more specifics on the expected length of the operation.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Birding Lompoc today 10-27

Julie Scotland
 

Sudden Road area highlights:
FERRUGINOUS HAWK and GOLDEN EAGLE
Non-bird highlight: Long-tailed Weasel

Ocean Beach highlight:
RUDDY TURNSTONE 

Miguelito Park:
No birds of note but I did meet eyes with a Bobcat whose attention was locked on my dog and me. Yikes . . . but also awesome. Got some cool pics.

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Also GOLETA stop at Venoco Road - highlight approx 8 KINGBIRDS including 1 TROPICAL and a second which also looked good for tropical but want to look at my photos to confirm. 

Bird on,

Julie Scotland
Santa Barbara 


Prothonotary Warbler still at Ocean Beach Park

Julie Scotland
 

Currently on it 8:54 AM - it’s in the tulles on the sandbar across from the cement walkway just past the train track (South of the trestle) on the Oceanside.

Least Bittern

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Just now at South West arm of lake los Carneros near Dam.

Joan Lentz

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*** Species Summary:

- Black-footed Albatross (4 reports)
- Cook's Petrel (2 reports)
- Prothonotary Warbler (3 reports)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (5)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 16:16 by Julie Schallmann
- (33.4039,-120.5126), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.403922,-120.512643&ll=33.403922,-120.512643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49502238
- Comments: "Following ship. "

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (5)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 16:16 by Bob Schallmann
- (33.4039,-120.5126), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.403922,-120.512643&ll=33.403922,-120.512643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49501543
- Comments: "Following ship. "

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 15:17 by Julie Schallmann
- (33.5834,-120.6943), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.583368,-120.694254&ll=33.583368,-120.694254
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49502239
- Comments: "Following cruise ship"

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 15:17 by Bob Schallmann
- (33.5834,-120.6943), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.583368,-120.694254&ll=33.583368,-120.694254
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49501366
- Comments: "Following cruise ship"

Cook's Petrel (Pterodroma cookii) (2)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 16:16 by Bob Schallmann
- (33.4039,-120.5126), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.403922,-120.512643&ll=33.403922,-120.512643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49501543
- Comments: "Pterodroma with gray upperparts w/ white below. Long, arching flight pattern. Investigated ship then moved on. "

Cook's Petrel (Pterodroma cookii) (2)
- Reported Oct 23, 2018 16:16 by Julie Schallmann
- (33.4039,-120.5126), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.403922,-120.512643&ll=33.403922,-120.512643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49502238
- Comments: "Pterodroma with gray upperparts w/ white below. Long, arching flight pattern. Investigated ship then moved on. "

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2018 07:38 by Conor Scotland
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49516955
- Comments: "Bright mustard warbler with blueish gray wings. Horrible photo will be added. Seen west of trestle in tulles on sandbar across water."

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2018 07:38 by Julie Scotland
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49517804
- Comments: "Bright mustard warbler with blueish gray wings. Horrible photo will be added. Seen west of trestle in tulles on sandbar across water."

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2018 08:00 by Matthew Caligiure
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49498463
- Comments: "We were looking with the group along the railroad berm cypress trees. Sure enough, the cypress to the right of the bathrooms was a warbler party. The Prothonotary was the by far the brightest and largest of the other warbler species in the tree. I had seen it reported earlier in the week on the list serve with limited information. This bird showed deep egg yolk yellow coloring on breast and head and blue gray wings, lacking wing bars. The bird showed well, allowing the small group of beginning birders enough time to pick out some relevant field marks for Prothonotary. No photos, unfortunately. However, long enough observation makes this a pretty confident ID. The same tree also had multiple Townsend's, Yellow-Rumped, Orange Crowned (1), and another unidentified warbler showing strong gray head and some rendition of an eye ring."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2018 07:38 by Julie Scotland
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49517804
- Comments: "Brown warbler pumping tail near trestle. Photos."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2018 07:38 by Conor Scotland
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49516955
- Comments: "Brown warbler pumping tail near trestle. Photos."

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Least Bittern this a.m. at LLC

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
This morning at about 10:45 a.m., the Least Bittern was sunning itself in the reeds on the north side of the southwest arm that’s near the dam. Sorry for the late post. I couldn’t connect to sbcobirding out there for some reason!

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Prothonotary Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2018 14:34 by David Rymal
- 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/S49529183
- Comments: "Seen very well at less than 10yds from perch tree. It was on the North side of the reserve in trees along the railroad tracks, a bit farther west than the first viewing platform. It was interacting with a Cassin’s; twice the Cassin’s called and the Tropical responded with its high twitter call. The much brighter and more extensive yellow and the distinctly longer bill stood out well in close comparison with the Cassin’s. Will attach pictures when I get somewhere with WiFi."

Prothonotary Warbler (Protonotaria citrea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2018 07:30 by Kris Ohlenkamp
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49527950
- Comments: "Seen through the scope of 2 SB birders who graciously let me look. It was on the west side of the creek near the top of the rushes. Easy to see the completely yellow body and head, white undertail coverts, and plain gray wings."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2018 12:25 by Santiago Lupi
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49522830
- Comments: "Brown warbler with yellowish rump and white corners on the tail. Behind the tide pool Singh."

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De La Guerra Spring, Cachuma Camp - Possible late Swainson's Thrush

Peter Schneekloth
 

Hiked out to De La Guerra Spring, not much of interest. A Norther Harrier and Sharp-shinned Hawk were seen cruising around other that that it was the expected birds. At Cachuma Camp a Thrush has me thinking it may be a very late season Swainson's. A faint buffy spectacle, at least on one side, and no back/tail contrast seem to work for Swainson's. It's late in the year so comments welcomed, several looks at my flickr site:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/45621798491/in/dateposted-public/ 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/30680770047/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Carpinteria and Summerland local interest

Eric Culbertson
 

I checked some areas in Carpinteria plus the Ortega Ridge pines yesterday October 29th and saw some nice birds of local interest.

At Padaro Ln a CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEE was with bushtit in Arroyo Paredon Creek. Also here was a cackling goose (very small without a white neck band) and a Black-throated gray warbler. I couldn't find a swamp sparrow where one has been found during previous years along the south end of the lane although habitat is slightly reduced here since last winters flooding.

At the Pacifica Graduate Institute along Lambert Rd a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (white-striped) was in the vegetable garden along with sooty fox sparrow. Previous winters I've found tan-striped birds here. An impressive group of 14 white pelican passed over headed west while I was birding the campus. Where did they end up?

Two PYGMY NUTHATCH continued in pines at the corner of Ortega Ridge Rd and Greenwell above Summerland. 

Lillingston Canyon Rd in Carpinteria continues to be a reliable spot for STELLER'S JAY with two seen there in the afternoon.

Lake Jocelyn in Carpinteria had eight aleutian cackling geese and seven blue-winged teal among other waterfowl.

I was unable to find a varied thrush at Carpinteria creek when I walked between 6th and 8th streets during the late afternoon. 

Eric Culbertson 
Carpinteria 

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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (2 reports)
- Pacific-slope Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Oct 29, 2018 09:00 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/S49550833
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Small sandpiper at back of very small wetland near entrance. I assumed it was a Spotted Sandpiper, even though it did not bob. Photos show prominent eyering and barred tail, and (on one lucky shot) white spots on back"

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2018 08:30 by Libby Patten
- 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/S49547235
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird for nearly one year. All slate blue. Seen on sand berm near slough mouth."

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2018 08:20 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/S49548322
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "See photo of this continuing bird."

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) (1)
- Reported Oct 29, 2018 14:08 by jacquelynn lockhart
- 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/S49547636
- Comments: "It was olive green, very small and white coloration around the eye. And I see them most of the time at prisoners."

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) (3)
- Reported Oct 28, 2018 10:31 by jacquelynn lockhart
- Santa Rosa Island--Historic Ranch Area, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.005341,-120.051646&ll=34.005341,-120.051646
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49547698
- Comments: "This bird was an olive green color, with white around the eyes and very small."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2018 09:00 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/S49550833
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male in same general vicinity as previously"

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Thick-billed Kingbird,

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,
There is a eBird report of one of these first county records being seen at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.

It would be cool if someone was to check it out. The one in San Diego has already returned.

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

Re: Thick-billed Kingbird,

Adam Searcy
 

The eBird report says “continuing” and only one of two found—seems likely that this was an error and the user intended to enter Tropical Kingbird.

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...

On Oct 30, 2018, at 13:59, Wes Fritz <wes-fritz@...> wrote:

Hi all,
There is a eBird report of one of these first county records being seen at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.

It would be cool if someone was to check it out. The one in San Diego has already returned.

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


Re: Thick-billed Kingbird,

Mark Holmgren
 

The report of a Thick-billed Kingbird at Andree Clark has all the symptoms of an observer error.  I've written to the observer asking for a correction.

Mark Holmgren


On Tue, Oct 30, 2018 at 2:08 PM Adam Searcy <serpophaga@...> wrote:
The eBird report says “continuing” and only one of two found—seems likely that this was an error and the user intended to enter Tropical Kingbird.

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
Serpophaga@...

> On Oct 30, 2018, at 13:59, Wes Fritz <wes-fritz@...> wrote:
>
> Hi all,
> There is a eBird report of one of these first county records being seen at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.
>
> It would be cool if someone was to check it out. The one in San Diego has already returned.
>
> Wes Fritz
> 805 895 0685
> wes-fritz@...
> Solvang CA
>
>
>



Armour Ranch Rd, 2018-10-30

Wim van Dam
 

This Tuesday afternoon at Armour Ranch Rd I had: 1 FERRUGINOUS HAWK, 1 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, a few HORNED LARK, a dozen or so WESTERN MEADOWLARK, only one or two SAVANNAH SPARROW, and a congress of 50+ COMMON RAVEN. The latter was a surprise as I'm used to seeing such numbers in early spring at his location, not in fall. 

Wim

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

Little Blue Heron and Horned Grebe at Goleta Slough

Steven Gaulin
 

Yesterday (October 30) at about 9:10 AM in the channel north of the eastern-most parking lot, the Little Blue Heron was again present along with roughly 25 Snowy Egrets, 18 Black-necked Stilts, 8 Least Sandpipers, 6 Great Egrets, 5 Great-Blue Herons, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, and a single Horned Grebe. (Nope, no partridge in the pear tree.) I have seen Eared Grebes at other locations, but this is the first Horned I've seen this fall. Peregrines and Osprey which seem to be increasingly common here were not in evidence.

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

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- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 30, 2018 11:15 by Hans Spiecker
- 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/S49565066
- Comments: "Continuing. Long billed Kingbird yellow up to throat. Size is difficult but seemed the same size as a Couch's 0r Cassin's. Saw at a distance on power line across the road. Only found on of 2 reported. Silent."

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Message Delivery Problems

Jamie Chavez
 

All, 

It turns out that cox.net sometimes treats emails from groups.io as spam. As a result, those of you with a @cox.net email address might receive the sbcobirding posts only after a significant delay, or not at all (hopefully you are reading this at some point). Until this gets resolved by Cox, those of you with @cox addresses have two options to stay up-to-date: (a) Use the website at https://sbcobirding.groups.io/g/main/topics , or (b) Consider changing your email address to something other than Cox. We used to see occasional problems like this through the old Yahoo group and most often it was a subscriber's ISP blocking group messages rather than a message delivery problem from the group. It looks like this is the situation presently. 

Thanks,
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Redheads

Dika Golovatchoff
 

It was a joy to find a group of 8 males and 2 female Redheads swimming in Lake Los Carneros yesterday late morning.  They swam as a group from the north end of the lake toward the dam and then hid in the reeds along the southeast shore.There were also 6 American Wigeons, a female Bufflehead, a couple of Ruddy Ducks, the usual Mallards now lovely after their mold, and of course the resident Mute Swan and the swan hybrid.  Some photos are at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/

Earlier I had visited Goleta Slough, which was quiet and beautiful, but I failed to find the Little Blue Heron, which I last saw on 10/12.   I checked ebird and noted that the first report had been February 16th by Mark Holmgren.  It's a question of timing, and I think it prefers a very low tide.  I wonder if it will make its 1 year anniversary.

Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

Burrowing Owl @ NCOS

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was a Burrowing Owl at the North Campus Open Space this morning (Thurs).  This bird was first spotted by Darwin Richardson and Beau Tindall two days ago while they were working at the site.  It has been using the hibernaculum rock structures created for wildlife on the south side of the slough as 'burrows'.  Public access to this area is restricted but the bird can be seen from the path on the north side of the slough.

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

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta