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Gaviota Sunday morning--no bunting yet

Florence Sanchez
 

The Varied Bunting failed to show itself as of the time I left (9:30) in spite of a spate of well-qualified birders looking for it.  however, with many birders present, we pulled out quite a few things worth looking at.

In addition to the continuing Scripp's Murrelet, Gray Catbird, and Palm Warbler, we had Sage Thrasher, Clay-colored Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, and American Redstart, along with a Peregrine Falcon and a nice assortment of commoner species.

Florence Sanchez

Gaviota birds and Varied Bunting no show

Dave Compton
 

As of 10:50, no one had seen the Varied Bunting today. However, rarities observed included Gray Catbird, Palm Warbler, Clay-colored Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, American Redstart, White-throated Sparrow, and close to shore Scripps’s Murrelet.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Riverview Park Buellton - Greater White-fronted Goose

Peter Schneekloth
 

Riverview Park in Buellton had a Greater-white Fronted Goose this morning. It left for 30 minutes or so in the direction of the river. The park was fairly birdy in spite of a good number of people being out and about. Full list here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49675926

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Gray Catbird (2 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (2 reports)
- Harris's Sparrow (2 reports)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)
- American Redstart (4 reports)
- Palm Warbler (4 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 10:34 by Libby Patten
- 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/S49651884
- Media: 3 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Bright yellow underparts. Thick black bill and black eye stripe. White throat. Twittering call. Seen in stubby little tree right next to parking lot and sidewalk."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:35 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49672170
- Comments: "Gray passerine with black cap and reddish undertail in many locations in campground and surrounding areas. Seen by many."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Continuing male"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Details to come"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:35 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49672170
- Comments: "I found this bird east of the eastern most bathroom in the campground. I showed Dave C. and he confirmed the ID and alerted others. It was a spizella with strongly contrasting facial pattern, pale lores, gray unstreaked nape, and a hint of a buffy wash on upper breast. The bird flushed from the bathroom area, flew across the creek where it perched in the open for a minute, then it flew to the north and wasn’t seen after."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Well seen"

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 10:50 by Aaron Maizlish
- 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/S49676926
- Comments: "Continuing 1st year bird reported by Mark Holmgren this morning. Photos later."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 11:21 by David Compton
- lake Los Carneros - southeast corner, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.440921,-119.846574&ll=34.440921,-119.846574
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676449
- Comments: "Photos to come"

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 10:29 by David Compton
- 1501–1599 Miramar Bch, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4195,-119.6311), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.419496,-119.631066&ll=34.419496,-119.631066
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49652224
- Comments: "I heard and had brief views of a warbler that was yellow below and had a gray hood with what appeared to be white arcs below and above the eye. The chip call was consistent with my experience with this species’ call."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 09:08 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S49660901
- Comments: "Seen very briefly. Immature/female-type. Grayish body. Square yellow tail spots was all I saw. Sound by Cuylw. Taylor state ann."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (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: "I glimpsed a warbler in the willows near the corner with the Music Academy. In that brief glimpse, I saw a grayish warbler with a fanned tail behind several layers of willow leaves. My first instinct was American redstart, but I was unsatisfied with my view to be certain with that ID. I waited for about 10 minutes for the bird to reappear, but it didn’t so I brushed it off as a yellow-rumpled warbler struggling to get through some leaves. I returned on the following day, and I got diagnostic views of this bird: it was an American redstart."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:35 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49672170
- Comments: "Juvenile/female type (grayish overall with yellow, fanned tail with yellow patches on either side). Seen on north side of creek in low shrubs fairly consistently for a while in the morning."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Female type"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 10:34 by Libby Patten
- 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/S49651884
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "On mudflat opposite third platform. Constant bobbing of tail.
Brownish upper parts, thick supercilium, yellow undertail coverts. Brown streaking on flanks. Photos are poor, but show some key features."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:35 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49672170
- Comments: "Brownish warbler with pale supercilium, yellow undertail, and bobbing tail. Seen in many locations within the campground."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Possibly 2"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 16:30 by Mark Holmgren
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49660836
- Comments: "Very athletic warbler bouncing around on grassy lawn and cement out-dancing a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Seen by several other observers. I saw a pronounced tan supercilium. Undertail coverts bright yellow fading to pale anteriorly. Large white tail spot."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 16:27 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676491
- Comments: "Possibly 2"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:50 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/S49669834
- Comments: "Photos"

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Just to make sure I'm not inadvertently spreading the false impression that I'm somehow able to distinguish between male and female catbirds, the notation of "continuing male" in my eBird checklist from Gaviota State Beach was an error that I wasn't able to correct before the alert went out.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara
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*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Gray Catbird (2 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (2 reports)
- Harris's Sparrow (2 reports)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)
- American Redstart (4 reports)
- Palm Warbler (4 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 10:34 by Libby Patten
- 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/S49651884
- Media: 3 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Bright yellow underparts. Thick black bill and black eye stripe. White throat.  Twittering call. Seen in stubby little tree right next to parking lot and sidewalk."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:35 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49672170
- Comments: "Gray passerine with black cap and reddish undertail in many locations in campground and surrounding areas. Seen by many."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Continuing male"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Details to come"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:35 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49672170
- Comments: "I found this bird east of the eastern most bathroom in the campground. I showed Dave C. and he confirmed the ID and alerted others. It was a spizella with strongly contrasting facial pattern, pale lores, gray unstreaked nape, and a hint of a buffy wash on upper breast. The bird flushed from the bathroom area, flew across the creek where it perched in the open for a minute, then it flew to the north and wasn’t seen after."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Well seen"

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 10:50 by Aaron Maizlish
- 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/S49676926
- Comments: "Continuing 1st year bird reported by Mark Holmgren this morning. Photos later."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 11:21 by David Compton
- lake Los Carneros - southeast corner, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.440921,-119.846574&ll=34.440921,-119.846574
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676449
- Comments: "Photos to come"

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 10:29 by David Compton
- 1501–1599 Miramar Bch, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4195,-119.6311), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.419496,-119.631066&ll=34.419496,-119.631066
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49652224
- Comments: "I heard and had brief views of a warbler that was yellow below and had a gray hood with what appeared to be white arcs below and above the eye. The chip call was consistent with my experience with this species’ call."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 09:08 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S49660901
- Comments: "Seen very briefly. Immature/female-type. Grayish body. Square yellow tail spots was all I saw. Sound by Cuylw. Taylor state ann."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (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: "I glimpsed a warbler in the willows near the corner with the Music Academy. In that brief glimpse, I saw a grayish warbler with a fanned tail behind several layers of willow leaves. My first instinct was American redstart, but I was unsatisfied with my view to be certain with that ID. I waited for about 10 minutes for the bird to reappear, but it didn’t so I brushed it off as a yellow-rumpled warbler struggling to get through some leaves. I returned on the following day, and I got diagnostic views of this bird: it was an American redstart."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:35 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49672170
- Comments: "Juvenile/female type (grayish overall with yellow, fanned tail with yellow patches on either side). Seen on north side of creek in low shrubs fairly consistently for a while in the morning."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Female type"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 10:34 by Libby Patten
- 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/S49651884
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "On mudflat opposite third platform. Constant bobbing of tail.
Brownish upper parts, thick supercilium, yellow undertail coverts. Brown streaking on flanks. Photos are poor, but show some key features."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:35 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49672170
- Comments: "Brownish warbler with pale supercilium, yellow undertail, and bobbing tail. Seen in many locations within the campground."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:29 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676511
- Comments: "Possibly 2"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 16:30 by Mark Holmgren
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49660836
- Comments: "Very athletic warbler bouncing around on grassy lawn and cement out-dancing a Yellow-rumped Warbler. Seen by several other observers. I saw a pronounced tan supercilium. Undertail coverts bright yellow fading to pale anteriorly. Large white tail spot."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 16:27 by David Compton
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49676491
- Comments: "Possibly 2"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:50 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/S49669834
- Comments: "Photos"

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One more try

Florence Sanchez
 

I went back to Gaviota SP this afternoon at about the time the Varied Bunting was found yesterday (allowing for the time change difference), but had not luck at finding it.  A birder form San Mateo County who was passing through on his way to Ventura had been there before me, and he had found the Grey Catbird, so it was still around, and I had good looks at the the Palm Warbler and the Scripp's Murrelet, which was a lot closer to shore than when I was there in the morning.  Otherwise, it was common birds only.  I think I looked at every House Finch and White-crowned Sparrow that was feeding on the ground at least half a dozen times.

Props to Wes--this was a great find regardless of the fact it didn't stick around.  And a great ID!

Florence Sanchez

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Harris Sparrow at Lake Los Carneros

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I saw this bird in the same area as Mark found it around 7.45 this morning. I had walk down into the lakeshore brush and pish it up. There was quite a bit of disturbance along the track due county workers transporting a generator to the dam, dog walkers, etc. There is a convenient seat up on the path you can wait for the bird to emerge but it was wet from the low cloud today.

Nick

-----Original Message-----
From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Holmgren
Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2018 9:35 AM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Harris Sparrow at Lake Los Carneros

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

Mark

Gaviota State Park

Mark Holmgren
 

Seen Monday morning: Scripps’ Murrelet, Gray Catbird, White-throated Sparrow, Lawrence’s Goldfinches, 2 Palm Warblers
3 of us birding here.

Mark Holmgren
Sta Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Phalarope (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Gray Catbird (5 reports)
- Sage Thrasher (2 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (2 reports)
- Harris's Sparrow (4 reports)
- American Redstart (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (7 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 10:35 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/S49687167
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "In the channel near the entrance road. Dark, streaky back; dark eye patch; thin, needle-like beak."

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 09:26 by Jasen Liu
- 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/S49690050
- Comments: "Late individual swimming in saltmarsh area. Streaking on dark back, needle-like bill separating from winter REPH"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 10:45 by Christopher Michalek
- 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/S49700927
- Comments: "Continuing- Seen perched in the large half dead tree between the tracks and 101 about halfway down the trail. The flying south toward the cemetery."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 12:35 by Joshua Stacy
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49680933
- Comments: "Continuing with photos."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 11:57 by Santiago Lupi
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49678872
- Comments: "Flew from the creek to a pepper tree around the benches. Large and Overall gray with black cap and tail."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 09:10 by Joan Lentz
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49682873
- Comments: "This bird was found yesterday, so we were on the lookout for it, and we knew where it had been seen in a tangle of brush along the north side of the creek. We got brief views of a gray bird with a black cap, about the size of a California Towhee. Its tail was long, and the bird flew from one side of a bunch of dead sticks to another, then hid itself. Having seen Gray Catbird numerous times on visits to MT, I was confident of the i.d. of this species. However, had we not been warned of its location prior to seeing it, we would never have had even this fleeting a glimpse."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Curtis Marantz
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49689972
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This was a relatively small passerine that was roughly comparable in size to a towhee but seemingly slimmer overall. The short bill tapered little throughout its length from a base of medium-depth to a blunt tip along a culmen that was straight almost to the tip of the bill. I further thought the bill would have extended backward on the face to a point near the rear edge of the auriculars. Typical of this species, the forehead was weakly sloping and the crown was gently rounded on a head of unremarkable size. The neck was short and inconspicuous, and the body was slim and with a posture that was closer to horizontal than diagonal. The wings were short and rounded, with wingtips that appeared to reach right about to the tips of the uppertail coverts, and a primary projection that appeared to be less than a third the length of the exposed secondaries (though the feathers in the wingtips were misarranged when I saw them best, which complicated this assessment somewhat). I thought the tail was about as long as the head and body combined, and I noted that it was often flared somewhat and with a rounded tip when flared as such. The legs were unremarkable in both their length and mass for a bird of this size that spends moderate amounts of time on the ground (i.e., probably not all that different from a towhee in both respects).
This bird a generally dark bird with the plumage dominate by slate-gray. I was not quite sure if the black cap reached the base of the bill narrowly on the immediate forehead, but if not, it came close to doing so despite being pinched off to a point at its leading edge. The cap was uniformly black from the forehead back through the crown to the nape and seemingly at least a short way down the back of the neck. The outer edge of the cap was sharply demarcated along the upper edge of the superciliary region, but the rear terminus on the back of the neck appeared to be more diffuse. The sides of the head were uniformly slate-gray from the lores and supraloral region back through the superciliary and auricular regions, and down across the moustachial, submoustachial, and malar regions, which resulted in a plain-faced appearance. I also thought the back and sides of the neck, along with the breast, sides, belly, and flanks were this same shade of slate-gray and wholly unmarked. I was not sure if this bird had a paler throat, but I never specifically noted one in the field. What I could see was a contrast between the slate-gray belly and the dark, rufous-chestnut undertail-coverts. The underside of the tail appeared to be black. I was unable to determine if the outer rectrices were tipped paler, but I did not see them very well.
Returning to the upperparts, the back and scapulars appeared to be similar in color of the face, neck, and underparts. The wings contrasted as generally darker than the body, and even though I failed to notice the finer details of the pattern on the median coverts, I did note that the greater coverts had blackish centers that contrasted with narrow but well-defined fringes that were the same slate-gray as the back. The remiges were similarly patterned, with the inner secondaries contrasting black inner-webs with slate-gray on the outer webs. The remaining remiges also had black centers that contrasted with relatively narrow but again well-defined edges of slate gray that created a conspicuously striped pattern to the rear part of the wing; however, the exposed primary tips appeared to be rather uniformly blackish. I likewise thought the upperside of the tail was quite blackish and without obvious pattern.
The bill, legs, and feet were dull black, and the eyes were dark enough as to often appear black, but I did think they had brown tones when seen in good light."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Tom Edell
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49688936
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing bird first reported on 3 Nov. Was seen mostly along the creek today, but also flew into the campground (Photo)"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Curtis Marantz
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49689972
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "I believe it was Dave who initially spotted the Sage Thrasher perched atop some dead branches on the north side of the creek opposite the campground. I looked at this bird briefly to identify it with confidence and I tried to get a photo or two before it flew off to the northeast toward the highway, where we saw it briefly as it perched atop a shrub at great distance and then as it vanished. I never heard this bird call and my views were from behind and not very good, but I did note several key characters of the species.
This was a relatively small passerine that seemed similar in size and overall shape to the catbird that we saw repeatedly over the course of our visit. My views of the bill were not very good on a bird that was typically see as it faced away from me, but I did think it was similar in mass to that of the catbird but maybe a little longer and slightly decurved. I thought the forehead was weakly sloping and the crown gently rounded on a head that appeared similar to the catbird in its proportion to the body, and in general, I thought the neck and body were similarly shaped in these two species. The tail may have been even longer than that of the catbird and it appeared square-tipped. I am not sure I ever saw the legs or feet clearly.
Given that my views of this bird were from behind, I saw the upperparts far better than the underparts. The crown, nape, back, and scapulars all appeared to be a sandy-brown in color and without obvious markings. The wings were dark brown, but I did notice what appeared to be at least one, whitish wingbar that was produced by whitish tips to greater coverts that had dark brown centers and seemingly also light brown edges to produce a set of stripes between the wingbars. I also thought the remiges had paler edges to create a striped pattern on the rear part of the wing, but the finer details of this pattern eluded me. I also noted that the tail was generally dark brown, but I was unable to discern any pattern and even if the corners were paler. Given that I saw this bird mostly from behind, I noted only that the flanks were a creamy-whitish in color and seemingly with at least a few dark streaks, but I never saw the throat, breast, or belly, and even my views of the flanks were quite limited.
I thought the bill was gray and I noted that the eyes were pale, seemingly either yellowish to cream-colored, but I cannot now recall any more detail than this about the soft-part colors."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Tom Edell
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49688936
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "seen across Gaviota Creek from the campground. Photo"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Tom Edell
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49688936
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "heard and then spotted across Gaviota Creek from the campground. Photo"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Curtis Marantz
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49689972
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "I believe it was Dave who initially spotted this bird perched atop dead branches in very nearly the same place where we had earlier seen the Sage Thrasher, and like the thrasher, this bird flew off to the northeast and disappeared. We later heard one or two clear, “seep” calls but we never did relocate the sparrow and we could not be sure if it gave these calls. I studied this bird only briefly from behind and even thought it did turn around before flying off, I was trying unsuccessfully to get a photo when it faced is, so I never saw it at all well at this time. I suspect my photo shows more detail than I can remember from the field, and I would not be surprised if others managed to get better photos of this bird than did I.
This bird was conspicuously smaller than the White-crowned Sparrows that we had been seeing, but its shape was typical of a sparrow. I noted that it had a small, conical bill, a strongly rounded crown on a head of unremarkable size, and short and inconspicuous neck, and a plump body, but I failed altogether to note the primary projection or the lengths of either the wings or tail.
This appeared to be a relatively colorful and well-marked bird that had a dark brown crown that was demarcated below by a cream to light-buff supercilium, brown auriculars that were framed by dark brown, a whitish submoustachial-stripe, a dark malar&#61;stripe, and pale lores that lacked a dark eyeline. I also noted a gray band on the side of the neck, and a light brown back that was boldly streaked with black. I did not notice a string contrast between the wings and the upperparts, but I did think there were two whitish wingbars and striping on both the coverts and remiges, but I did not see any more detail than this on the wings and I saw even less on the tail. About all I could say of the underparts was that they were pale, unmarked, and maybe buffy in color on either the breast or sides but more whitish on the belly.
I further thought the eyes were dark and that there was some pinkish or flesh color to the bill, but I cannot remember anything more about the soft-part colors."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 06:09 by John Callender
- 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/S49694504
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing first-year bird associating with White-crowned Sparrows at the southeast corner of the lake, near the eastern end of the dam. Large, long-tailed sparrow. Bold streaking on back, white wing-bars, pink bill, pale brown face, extensive bright white on sides of breast and onto belly, black bib."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 12:41 by Jasen Liu
- 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/S49690081
- Comments: "Continuing by dam, foraging alone. Large Zonotrichia with buffy head, white underside, black bib extending down breast, very long-tailed impression"

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:34 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S49677794
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "With White-crowned Sparrows at 34.44032 -119.84798. A broad-headed, long tailed, droopy-winged, large brown sparrow. Large pink bill. Necklace of black dripping down center of breast across a white chest. Brown streaks along sides."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:34 by Marissa DeVille
- 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/S49688554
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "With White-crowned Sparrows at 34.44032 -119.84798. A broad-headed, long tailed, droopy-winged, large brown sparrow. Large pink bill. Necklace of black dripping down center of breast across a white chest. Brown streaks along sides."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Tom Edell
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49688936
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "female plumaged bird along Gaviota Creek (Photo)"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Curtis Marantz
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49689972
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "I am not sure if it was Nick or Dave who initially spotted a female-plumaged redstart foraging actively in the low vegetation along the creek immediately north of the campground. Although this bird was difficult to miss early in the morning, it seemed to vanish when the light was good for photos. I never heard this bird vocalize, but I did study it and take several mediocre photos.
This was a small, slim warbler with a long tail that it often held fanned and cocked upward with the wings held down at the sides. I noted a short, slim bill that tapered to a pointed tip, a small head with a rounded crown, a neck that was short and relatively inconspicuous, a plump body, medium-length wings, and a relatively long tail that was about as long as the head and body combined and rounded at the tip when flared.
The plumage was generally dull apart from the bright yellow markings at the sides, on the wings, and in the tail. The head was medium-gray with at most a weak suggestion of a partial eyering below the eye. The back contrasted as darker and maybe also browner than the cap, and the wings were generally quite dark and brownish. Obvious on the wings was a well-defined band of yellow across what I suspect was the bases of the secondaries, but I could not be completely sure it was not instead on the tips of the greater coverts. The exposed primary tips and the remiges in general were sooty-brown and unmarked. The tail had large rectangles of lemon-yellow basally on either side, but the distal third or so of the tail was black and the center was dark. The throat, breast, and belly were whitish, but the sides and foreflanks had broad patches of what appeared to be yellow as opposed to orange, and I saw no black markings on the breast or sides.
I thought the bill, eyes, legs, and feet were all quite dark, but the color of each eluded me."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 15:10 by Aaron Maizlish
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49684771
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo later"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 11:57 by Santiago Lupi
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49678872
- Comments: "In the creek close the to campsite 36"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 11:05 by Jasen Liu
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49690059
- Comments: "Continuing. Otherwise drab warbler with bright yellow undertail covers, dark-capped appearance, bobbing tail while foraging on ground, light streaking on undersides"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 09:10 by Joan Lentz
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49682873
- Comments: "Ron Hirst showed us exactly where he'd spotted the Palm Warbler, along the entrance road to the state park west of the campground. There was a fence there, and as soon as we walked over to that location, we saw the Palm Warbler bouncing around in the short grass by the wooden fence. It was a brownish warbler with a pronounced whitish supercilium, and a bright yellow patch on the undertail coverts. Distinctive bobbing behavior."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Curtis Marantz
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49689972
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "We saw repeatedly and all around the campground either one widely moving or two Palm Warblers, but given the extent to which I saw this bird move, I do suspect only one bird was present. Others apparently had a similar impression the previous day. This bird typically foraged by hopping actively about the ground covering quite a bit of distance even on the ground, but when it was flushed it either flew into the trees or moved to another location. Although this bird was generally quiet, I did hear it give both a dry “chick” call and a “tinkling” flight-call, both of which are typical of this species.
This was a medium-sized warbler with a short and obviously slim bill, a sloping forehead and a gently rounded crown on a head of unremarkable size, a short and inconspicuous neck, a plump body with a posture that was a little more upright than horizontal, medium-length wings, slim legs, and a relatively long tail that seemed to be weakly notched.
The overall coloration was a warm, sandy-brown above and a creamy-buff below, but I did think the crown was a darker brown than the back, and I noted a pale-buff supercilium and a dark eyeline and border to auriculars that were paler internally. The throat and submoustachial region were about the same shade of pale buff as the supercilium, but I cannot now recall if this individual had obvious malar stripes. The underparts were pale buff to cream colored and with some relatively fine streaking of dark brown at least at the sides of the breast. I further thought there was some pale yellow in the center of the belly and that the flanks were buff to sandy-brown. The lemon-yellow undertail-coverts contrasted conspicuously with both the more buffy belly and the black bases to rectrices that had large, white spots distally. Returning to the upperparts, the back was a warm, sandy-brown in color and without obvious markings. The wings were a darker and colder brown with a diffuse wingbar that was produced by buffy tips to the greater coverts, but I did not notice an obvious upper wingbar on this bird. The remiges were also edged with buff to create a striped pattern to the rear part of the wing. I cannot remember seeing the rump and I have little or no recollection of the pattern on the upperside of the tail.
The bill and eyes were dark, and the legs appeared to bel blackish."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 06:21 by Tom Edell
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49688936
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first reported on 3 Nov. (Photo)"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 04, 2018 07:50 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/S49696585
- Comments: "Photos"

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Clay-colored Sparrows

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

This morning at 11:30 at James May Park in Santa Maria, on the southwest corner of the park had four Clay-colored Sparrows and one Chipping Sparrow.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
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Solvang CA

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*** Species Summary:

- Pectoral Sandpiper (1 report)
- Gray Catbird (3 reports)
- Harris's Sparrow (7 reports)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)
- Black-headed Grosbeak (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Pectoral Sandpiper (Calidris melanotos) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 14:30 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/S49709376
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "In small wetland at entrance"

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 12:10 by John Doty
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49704570
- Comments: "Continuing bird; medium size slightly smaller than a robin; gray body; black cap; beady black eye"

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 08:07 by Mark Holmgren
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49706253
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Gray bird with black crown and chestnut undertail coverts. First seen at creek edge north of campground where it drank. Later it crossed the creek and flew across the campground southward and was not seen again. No vocals."

Gray Catbird (Dumetella carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 08:07 by Adrian O'Loghlen
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49707940
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Gray bird with black crown and chestnut undertail coverts. First seen at creek edge north of campground where it drank. Later it crossed the creek and flew across the campground southward and was not seen again. No vocals."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2018 09:36 by Adam Searcy
- 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/S49720649
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing bird feeding with other Zonotrichia along fence at east end of dam. First-fall bird. Larger than White-crowns. Dark cap with frosty-edged feathers, light brown-buffy face, mostly white below with large dark central spot on breast in the middle of ‘necklace’, and with white throat. Large pink bill. "

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2018 06:45 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S49715762
- Comments: "Continuing at east end of dam. Pale-headed sparrow with black bib."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 14:15 by Pete Wolf
- 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/S49706459
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "34.440360, -119.847447 - A little larger than White-crowned it was foraging with... "droopy" wings, long tail. black "bib"."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 12:30 by George Chapman
- 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/S49710681
- Comments: "South-East corner of dam. Foraging in dirt path, between last bench and fence. Buffy face, dark patterned throat and upper chest. Larger than associated white-crowned sparrows."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 12:15 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- 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/S49701872
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "The bird was located in the previously reported location at the east end of the dam, where an old asphalt path branches off from the main path and goes down closer to the water. There are several benches in this area, a trash can, and a sign. The bird at this approximate latitude and longitude: 34.440333, -119.847948."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 11:20 by margeNdon thornton
- 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/S49705550
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "somewhat larger than the White-crowned Sparrows with a buffy brown head, a white underside and a black spotted bib. The chin was white, beak orange pin and legs light pink."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 10:19 by Libby Patten
- 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/S49709579
- Comments: "Reported yesterday by Mark Holmgren and redound by Nick Lethaby and others. Seen with WCSP at the far eastern side of the dam, scratching on the ground next to the chainlink fence. White undersides. Black necklace and dot (like a stickpin). Buffy face with white throat. Richly streaked brown back. Pink bill. Obviously larger than the WCSP nearby. Don Thornton took photos. "

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (2)
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 08:07 by Mark Holmgren
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49706253
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "2 are barely discernible in one of these photos."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (2)
- Reported Nov 05, 2018 08:07 by Adrian O'Loghlen
- Gaviota SP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4727321,-120.228442&ll=34.4727321,-120.228442
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49707940
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "2 are barely discernible in one of these photos."

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2018 09:57 by Mark Holmgren
- Railway track W of Eucalyptus Lane 34.4192 -119.6343, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.419154,-119.63429&ll=34.419154,-119.63429
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49660911
- Comments: "Grosbeak called twice. Heard also by Dave Compton. Later viewed and identified by Nick Lethaby as a BhGr."

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Snow Goose at NCOS this morning

Libby Patten
 

Birded just a portion of the northern channel. Had a TRKI near the first bridge, but more notable was a Snow Goose that flew in and landed on the south bank of the west channel.  Stayed at least a half hour, at which time I left. Got good scope views to confirm its facial silhouette in contrast with a Ross's Goose. Some black on bill. Ken Pearlman got a decent photo that I'll attach to the eBird list later.  Looked for the Burrowing Owl, but only found a squirrel in the hibernaculum structure where the owl was seen previously. 

Libby Patten
Santa Barbara 


Mitchell road PRFA

John Deacon
 

The Prairie Falcon is becoming a regular at Mitchell Road. Second day in a row on power pole by horse corral on west side.

John Deacon

Merlin

Rob Hofberg
 

For the past two days in the very late afternoon there has been Merlin roosting on a tall dead eucalyptus just a block west of the corner of Alta Vista and Sola. Crows have chases it away after awhile but it is pretty persistent.

Snow Goose @ LLC

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was a young Snow Goose at Lake Los Carneros this morning (Tues). This was a different individual than the goose reported by Libby and Ken at NCOS this am. The LLC bird was clearly a juvenile while the NCOS bird appears to have been an adult.  Also the birds were seen at their respective locations at the same time.

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

The Harris's Sparrow continued on the path beside the fence at the east end of the dam.

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta 

Tennessee Warbler - Carpinteria Creek

Eric Culbertson
 

A Tennessee Warbler was in the creek downstream of Carpinteria Ave this afternoon. I assume this is a continuing bird found and reported from this same area by Peter Gaede 10/24/2018. Today it was foraging in the tall sycamores on the north side of the creek within sight of Carpinteria Avenue within a mixed flock of mostly bushtit but also including several kinglets and one each townsend's 

Eric Culbertson 
Carpinteria 

MItchell Road Raptorfest

John Deacon
 

All:

This afternoon while walking my dog on Mitchell Road, I had great looks at a Prairie Falcon.  It was perched on the power pole at the north and west end of Mitchell Road by the horse corral.  This is the second day in a row I've seen this bird here.  I watched it successfully pursue what appeared to be a Mourning Dove.  I rushed home to get my camera.  Upon my return, there was no Prairie Falcon to be photographed, but I found a Ferruginous Hawk harassing a Golden Eagle.  

Sorry about the poor photos in the E Bird checklist.  A better photographer would have made better use of this cool opportunity.  I found, what I believe to be, a second FEHA on Mitchell Road on the way back home.

If you are coming to northern SBC to bird, check out this location.  In summary, I had Ferruginous Hawks, Golden Eagle, Red Tailed Hawks, Turkey Vultures and a Prairie Falcon, all within an hour.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49728679

John Deacon
Orcutt

Palm Warbler and Local Interest at Ortega Park

Cuyler Stapelmann
 

Hi all,

While taking my dog out for its morning walk, I discovered a palm warbler at Ortega Park near SB Junior High. I saw it bathing in a puddle on a concrete pad near Ortega Street, but if attempting to relocate this bird I would look for it on the fenced-off lawn. The City has been restoring the turf in the fields, so the lawn was seeded awhile back and has now been well-irrigated and fenced-off for the better part of the last 2 months. The fenced-off lawn has been very popular with meadowlarks, crows, savannah sparrows, house finches, blackbirds, yellow-rumps, and now a palm warbler, as well as several Cooper’s hawks, one of which finally took down a pigeon last week.

Cuyler
SB

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*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Harris's Sparrow (5 reports)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2018 10:44 by Libby Patten
- 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/S49723181
- Comments: "Twitter call. Yellow up to throat. Heavy dark bill. Seen just west of pond at the first bridge."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 11:29 by Ryan Terrill
- 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/S49740460
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Hanging out in the brush and ground around the bench adjacent to the east edge of the dam. Confiding, with WCSP and GCSP flock. Zonotricgia with white underparts, pink Bill, black bib."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 08:15 by Elaine Tan
- 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/S49737306
- Comments: "Continuing. Foraging with WCSP down at southeast corner of dam, close to the bench on the lower path. First year, orangey chin with black on chest. Chasing ECSP that get close."

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 07:01 by Julie Scotland
- 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/S49737803
- Comments: "Continuing at east end of dam. Photos to come. Large zonitricha sparrow with dark “bib.” Orange bill and legs. Light underparts. "

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 07:01 by Conor Scotland
- 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/S49737768
- Comments: "Continuing at east end of dam. Photos to come. Large zonitricha sparrow with dark “bib.” Orange bill and legs. Light underparts. "

Harris's Sparrow (Zonotrichia querula) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 06:11 by John Callender
- 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/S49735270
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing at east end of dam."

Tennessee Warbler (Oreothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2018 12:48 by Eric Culbertson
- 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/S49722806
- Comments: "Below Carpinteria Ave. I was standing here: 34.3936, -119.5131 in the creek
watching a bushtit flock pass above me along the north side of creek. If seems safe to assume this is the same bird Peter Gaede reported in this same area October 24,2018. The bird moved through the mid levels of a sycamore with a group of bushtit, and one each orange-crowned and townsend's. About the size of an orange-crowned with a short and broad taill with white'ish undertail coverts. The undertail was darker than undertail coverts but not dark. The upper tail appeared similar to wing color and contrasted with the rest of the undertail. The underparts appeared dirty white and possibly tinged green (?) but definitely contrasted with darker wings and a green back. (EDIT: I observed clearly a green wash through breast, throat and face but failed to include this description in original written description). I observed a darker face patch with defined off-white(greenish?) supercillium. The top of head was darker than throats and lighter parts of face but not studied well. The bill wasn't studied well but appeared dark and straight. There may have been some downward tail flicking as the bird foraged. Probed into curled sycamore leaves while le foraging. Rare. At this date possibly still considered a fall migrant."

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2018 09:04 by Mark Holmgren
- Railway track W of Eucalyptus Lane 34.4192 -119.6343, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.419154,-119.63429&ll=34.419154,-119.63429
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49723718
- Comments: "In same place as seen on 3 November by Dave Compton and very briefly by me. Today I saw it better. It was 50 meters west of Eucalyptus Lane on the south side of the railroad tracks. Gray-headed, greenish-yellow warbler with pale arcs above and below the eye. Undertail coverts were brighter yellow than the vent area. It presented itself well only once, and I could not draw it up again."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2018 07:25 by Cuyler Stapelmann
- Ortega Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4249973,-119.6900714&ll=34.4249973,-119.6900714
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S49735480
- Comments: "I’ve been waiting for a palm warbler to show up here. I saw the bird bathing with yellow-rumps in a puddle on a concrete pad near Ortega Street. This warbler was brownish overall rather than gray, had a pale supercilium, yellow undertail and rump, white corners on tail tips, and bobbed it’s tail even while bathing. If attempting to relocate this bird, I would first look at the fenced-off well-irrigated lawn. The lawn has been frequented by the hoards of yellow-rumpled warblers since it was fenced off 1-2 months ago to reseed bare patches."

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Catway Road

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked Catway Road on the back side of Figueroa Mountain today.  It was very quiet birdwise (a strong downslope wind at the start, and much of the forest was in deep shade all morning).  There were not a lot of Montane birds around apart from STeller's Jays, which seem particularly numerous this year.  I had one Mountain Chickadee in a mixed flock at the intersection of the Road and the Willow Springs trail; two more at the intersection of the main road and the Catway Jeep road (which was open).  otherwise, it was oak woodland and Chaparral birds, and not a lot of those.  The views were excellent, however.

After the hike, I drove down to Tunnell Road and had lunch in the Sawmill Basin.  Virtually no pines left here--it's an oak woodland now, and apart from Steller's Jays, there were no montane birds there either.

Florence Sanchez