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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

Mitchell Road

John Deacon
 

All

Mitchell Road continues to be good for raptors. In addition to the expected Red Tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures and American Kestrels, a Ferruginous Hawk continues mainly on or near the ground in the northern part of the eastern field. While looking at him this afternoon, I had a very nice Prairie Falcon fly low overhead.

John Deacon

Figueroa Mountain/Pino Alto, Oct. 31

Florence Sanchez
 

Joan Lentz and I hiked up the closed road to the Pino Alto Picnic Area yesterday and then continued on to the peak.  It was a lovely morning and there was a lot of bird activity.  However, it was from mostly Chaparral and oak woodland birds, with the exception of numerous Steller's Jays.  We saw 25 species, which was pretty good for the conditions (and the fact that one of us left her binoculars at home).

The bird population observed reflects the drastic change in habitat that has occurred here in the last couple of years.  I'd estimate more than half of the Ponderosa pine forest is gone, lying in felled remnants and cut-up logs on the forest floor, and there are still many dead trees standing.  Consequently, the kind of habitat that would be attractive to mountain birds is just not there for the most part.  

As I mentioned, the exception were Steller's Jays, which seemed to everywhere.  Along with their even more abundant cousins, the California Scrub Jays, they kept us hopping.  We found only White-breasted Nuthatches (no Pygmy or Red-breasted), and no montane woodpeckers, including no Hairy Woodpeckers.  We almost missed out on Mountain Chickadees, but finally found two on the back side of the peak.  Ruby-crowned Kinglets were also abundant and fortunately we checked them all out, because one turned out to be a Golden-crowned Kinglet, our best find of the day.  Joan (the one who DIDN'T forget her binoculars) was able to determine that it was a male. 

Joan has posted the list for the day to e-bird.

Florence

[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Rufous Hummingbird (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (4 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2018 09:10 by Kris Ohlenkamp
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49613375
- Comments: "Good looks and saw no green on head or back."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 01, 2018 16:20 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/S49611667
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing small sandpiper with eyering"

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2018 14:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S49611598
- Comments: "Continuing"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 01, 2018 09:10 by Kris Ohlenkamp
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49613375
- Comments: "Great looks as it was dancing its way (pumpiing its tail) along the spillway. Yellow undertail coverts and black eye stripe with light eyebrow."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 02, 2018 07:55 by Rebecca Coulter
- 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/S49622595
- Comments: "Possibly two birds: one on the ground at the extreme south east corner near Venoco Road; another on the north side of the Marsh Trail between the trail and the housing fence, about halfway between the two bridges. Seen about 90 minutes apart. "

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 02, 2018 07:42 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S49622551
- Comments: "First pointed out by Rebecca. on the ground just off the gravel path by the footbridge. Drab warbler near the ground bobbing its tail."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 02, 2018 07:42 by Gary Byerly
- 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/S49623567
- Comments: "First pointed out by Rebecca. on the ground just off the gravel path by the footbridge. Drab warbler near the ground bobbing its tail."

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Figureroa Mtn, Davey Brown Trail - Canyon Wren

Peter Schneekloth
 

Spent several hours along Davey Brown Trail this morning. The only surprise was to find a Canyon Wren well down the trail in a fairly heavily wooded area. Mountain Quail were heard at a number of locations. Beyond that it was mostly expected resident species.

Full list: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49625186 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

American redstart at Bird Refuge

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Currently (830 am) looking at a juvenile/female type redstart in the willowy corner near the Music Academy. It was here yesterday but I brushed it off as a butter butt since I only had extremely brief views.

Cuyler
SB

Blue Grosbeak

Noah Gaines
 

I am currently watching a Blue Grosbeak near the center of Kids World Park where the two main trails make an x. It was also seen near the corner of Sola and Santa Barbara St. it is a buffy young bird.

Noah Gaines.
Santa Barbara Ca.

[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Common Tern (1 report)
- Little Blue Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- American Redstart (1 report)
- Black-throated Blue Warbler (1 report)
- Blue Grosbeak (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Common Tern (Sterna hirundo) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 02, 2018 13:28 by John Callender
- 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/S49635283
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Medium-sized tern with dark hindcrown, dark carpal-bar."

Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 02, 2018 14:00 by Gary 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/S49633489
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, well seen several times moving up and down lagoon with snowy egrets about same size."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 02, 2018 11:49 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/S49628981
- Comments: "A continuing long-billed yellow-breasted and bellied kingbird giving twittering call while 3 Cassin’s kingbird squabbled nearby"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 08:28 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/S49644635
- Comments: "Female/juvenile type in willow corner nearest to the Music Academy. Gray overall with darker back and lighter below. Tail fanning showed yellow patches on either side of the tail. I saw what appeared to be yellow at base of remixes, suggesting adult female, but I can’t be certain of this age/sex determination. This bird is somewhat skulky and doesn’t offer easy views in the short time I was watching for it."

Black-throated Blue Warbler (Setophaga caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 09:34 by Eric Culbertson
- 1437 S Jameson Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4194,-119.6341), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.419394,-119.634074&ll=34.419394,-119.634074
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49645634
- Comments: "A warbler with dull green back, darker wings (with white at base primaries). Dirty off-white/green below and on throat. Dark face patch highlighted above (supercillium) and below by same color as underparts. Light undertail coverts. From afar I thought I might be looking at a Tennessee. Hard clear loud call note. Foraged low in shady understory. "

Blue Grosbeak (Passerina caerulea) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 07:40 by Noah Gaines
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49642737
- Comments: "Foraging along lawn of university club with mixed flock and perching in trees and wires around corner of Santa Barbara and Sola Sts. Also seen at kids world park where the two paths make an X foraging on ground and flying up to and perching in trees. Seen at up to 20 feet with bins for about 20 min. Same size or slightly larger than wcsp. Rich uniform cinnamon brown overall darker above and lighter below with massive conical bill. 2 very faint wing bars the first was buffy and the second was cream. Colder brown flight feathers and tail with light edging. Call a low “chunk”. Very approachable once redound near center of park "

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Varied Bunting at Gaviota in campground. Photos by Wes.

Jamie Chavez
 

The message below is from Nick Lethaby sent to the old Yahoo group address in error. Forwarding this here to get the word out ASAP.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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From: "Lethaby, Nick" <nlethaby@...>
To: Sbcobirding <sbcobirding@...>
Cc: 
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Date: Sat, 3 Nov 2018 22:29:59 +0000
Subject: Varied Bunting at Gaviota in campground. Photos by Wes.  
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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Varied Bunting not refound

Nick Lethaby
 

Despite many birders looking for 3 hours, the Bunting was not seen again in the Gaviota campground. Hugh briefly saw and photographed a Varied and Mark Holmgren found a close in Scripps' Murrelet by the pier which several of us got to see. At least one Palm Warbler was around the campground.

Re: Varied Bunting not refound

Dave Compton
 

I think it was a Gray Catbird that Hugh found.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

On Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 6:24 PM Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby=ti.com@groups.io> wrote:
Despite many birders looking for 3 hours, the Bunting was not seen again in the Gaviota campground. Hugh briefly saw and photographed a Varied and Mark Holmgren found a close in Scripps' Murrelet by the pier which several of us got to see. At least one Palm Warbler was around the campground.



Catbird

Hugh Ranson
 

Yes, Dave is correct. I wish I'd seen the Varied, but the Catbird was a nice
consolation. Photo here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159344319@N03/with/45655260482/

Hugh Ranson
SB

Gaviota Bunting

Wes Fritz
 

Hi All,
Here a two photos of the Varied Bunting found today at 3:00pm. It was moving around the campsite area. Also seen was one Palm Warbler, one Pacific Loon. I believe Hugh Ranson found a Gray Catbird near campsite 36 and Mark Holmgren found a Scripp’s Murrelet out near the pier.
Another bird of note was a Red-throated Pipit seen yesterday in Lompoc on the west side of Renwick Road.



Good birding,

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

Varied Bunting

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,
I am sorry this image did not go through. I also apologize for attaching photos to emails.


Please forgive, good birding.

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

Re: Varied Bunting

Wim van Dam
 

In case people have troubles viewing these photos, they can be seen here:


Thanks Wes.

Wim

On Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 7:31 PM Wes Fritz <wes-fritz@...> wrote:
Hi all,
I am sorry this image did not go through. I also apologize for attaching photos to emails.


Please forgive, good birding.

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




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

Catbird and Bunting hunting car pool

Ron Hirst
 

Hi, I'll be driving up to Gaviota from SB about 7:00am if anyone needs a ride. I'll depart Gaviota back to SB around 9. Reply to me. Best

Re: Varied Bunting

Jamie Chavez
 

Thanks to Wes for sharing the photos as soon as he could. There is no apology necessary. Just to remind everyone below is the message link about the "new" group policy regarding photo attachments in emails which was sent out in July. Wes's photos clearly fall within the accepted guidelines so I wanted to point this out. Opportunities will come up in the future and attaching rarities photos to outgoing messages is permitted. The old Yahoo Group would have stripped the attachment before sending the message out. We would like to take advantage of this option in Groups.io for this very reason.


Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Sat, Nov 3, 2018 at 7:31 PM Wes Fritz <wes-fritz@...> wrote:
Hi all,
I am sorry this image did not go through. I also apologize for attaching photos to emails.


Please forgive, good birding.

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



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Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Harris Sparrow at Lake Los Carneros

Mark Holmgren
 

At the E end of the dam with White-crowned Sparrows along the gravel walkway. At 0930 hrs.

Mark