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Possible Blackpoll Warbler @ Ellwood

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Yesterday morning (Fri) I photoed what a consensus of local bird experts believe is a Blackpoll Warbler in the same area where Nick saw the Worm-eating Warbler.  I will post the photos later today.

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Elings Park Bobolink

Peter Gaede
 

Lucas Gaede and I found a Bobolink this morning. It was up top approximately 150 yards east of the stone bench. Look for a large concentration of feeding Lesser Goldfinches in the fennel and tall grass. Access point either from the end of Calle Montilla or Calle Andalucia. The Grasshopper sparrow was in this same general area yesterday.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara

Blackpoll Warbler @ Ellwood

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Here's a link to a couple of photos of the Blackpoll Warbler I saw at Ellwood yesterday (Fri) am.  The bright pink feet, a diagnostic feature of this warbler, can be clearly seen in one of the photos.

https://flic.kr/p/2hc1E1h://flic.kr/p/2hc1E1h

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

White-wiinged Dove

Larry Ballard
 

One was feeding in the parking lot at La Cumbre Feed on Calle Real this morning.
Larry

Negative reports

Hugh Ranson
 

Peggy Grossman, Peggy and Jeff Hanson, and I scoured Elings Park late this afternoon but could not refind this morning's Bobolink. I followed a skulky sparrow for a while that I believe was a Vesper.

This morning I birded Bohnett Park on the Westside but didn't see much.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Horned Lark (2 reports)
- Bobolink (1 report)
- Worm-eating Warbler (2 reports)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (6)
- Reported Sep 06, 2019 18:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Quatal Canyon (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.819282,-119.4588733&ll=34.819282,-119.4588733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59568554
- Comments: "Continuing. Arrived precisely at the moment of sunset. Did not feed above the pond, but high over the riverbed. Only stayed a few minutes"

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (60)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 08:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Canyon Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9350598,-119.7259998&ll=34.9350598,-119.7259998
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59581773

Horned Lark (Eremophila alpestris) (20)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 07:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9519718,-119.6969408&ll=34.9519718,-119.6969408
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59581720

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 08:35 by Peter Gaede
- Elings Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4098484,-119.7349691&ll=34.4098484,-119.7349691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59582018
- Comments: "With large goldfinch flock feeding in tall grass and fennel approximately 150 yards east of the stone bench (about half way between stone bench and Calle Andalucia entrance to park). Flushed from ground to top of fennel for extended looks. Non-breeding plumage: overall buff-orange with a relatively bright yellow wash at the throat and upper breast. Plain orange face, dark line extending past the eye, and a contrasting dark crown. Patterned back and wings. Flew up and called once, then went back down a short distance away to the ground into dense grass and fennel."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 11:59 by Santiago Lupi
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59588500
- Comments: "I saw it well but only for a few seconds. It was brown and Buffy with a large bill and black stripes on its head. Seen at it’s usual spot."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 09:20 by Thomas Turner
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59580692
- Comments: "Drab, buffy warbler with three black stripes on head. Seen with Dave Levasheff, who has photos. Continuing bird found by Nick L and redound by Bill Murdoch. Location:
https://goo.gl/maps/4id2gGb6toHvqKaaA"

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Re: Worm-eating Warbler again

John Callender
 

I looked for the bird for a few hours after 4 p.m. today, staying mostly at the location where it was observed earlier today by several observers (roughly 34.423044, -119.886429). At one point I saw a good candidate directly overhead. I didn't get a conclusive view through binoculars, but I saw enough to make me think there was a good chance, and switched to trying to get photos. My first sequence of shots was badly out-of-focus, but the second showed most of the underside of the bird (alas, not including the crown). Based mostly on the dark smudging on the undertail coverts I'm hopeful the photos are sufficient to identify the bird, but I'd be grateful if people more familiar with the species would be willing to take a look and let me know what they think.

Photos are in the eBird list below. Thanks!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59595409

John Callender
Carpinteria

Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Worm-eating Warbler again

Nick Lethaby
 

Your photos are certainly the bird.

On Sep 7, 2019 11:14 PM, John Callender <jbc@...> wrote:
I looked for the bird for a few hours after 4 p.m. today, staying mostly at the location where it was observed earlier today by several observers (roughly 34.423044, -119.886429). At one point I saw a good candidate directly overhead. I didn't get a conclusive view through binoculars, but I saw enough to make me think there was a good chance, and switched to trying to get photos. My first sequence of shots was badly out-of-focus, but the second showed most of the underside of the bird (alas, not including the crown). Based mostly on the dark smudging on the undertail coverts I'm hopeful the photos are sufficient to identify the bird, but I'd be grateful if people more familiar with the species would be willing to take a look and let me know what they think.

Photos are in the eBird list below. Thanks!

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59595409

John Callender
Carpinteria

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Devereux Sunday

Mark Holmgren
 

21 Black-crowned Night-Herons is as many as I’ve ever counted here. 88 Snowys and 21 Great Egrets, 1 Northern Pintail, 1 Red Knot, 65 Red-necked and 1 Wilson’s Phalaropes.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Elings Park Upland Sandpiper

Peter Gaede
 

Fist off, probably not chaseable, as the bird flew off at 0845 to the west and seemed to continue in a more or less direct path without hesitation. I first heard the calls when it was on the ground a second before take off, then watched as it flew off from the open area close to the stone bench. It called 4 times in flight as it departed, and I was able to see the bird pretty well in flight (back, head, tail and bill) as it left heading up the coast. I searched the open short grass section below where the paragliders land to see if it might have doubled back. No luck, unfortunately.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara

LLC

Larry Ballard
 

Blue Grosbeak, Sora and Virginia Rail were all calling east of the dam on the muddy flat closest to La Patera around noon today.

Tons of dragonflies were on the wing around the muddy flat, including Twelve-spotted Skimmer (2). Unknown in the county until last year, Nick's 2017 book described the skimmer as "a very plausible candidate for future occurrence" in the county.

Larry


Tennessee Warbler@Refugio

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

This morning as I was headed down to look for the Worm-eating Warbler I made a couple of stops along the way.

My first stop was Gaviota State Park. No birds to report, it was extremely windy and it didn’t take long before I blew out of there.

Refugio State Beach was a little more pleasant. I saw a Tennessee Warbler gleaning the willows at the sand stone bridge near the campgrounds. I was in a little hurry to get to the Worm-eating Warbler before the wind picked up as forecasted.

I parked at the end of Coronado and headed towards the area where the Worm-eater has been most frequently. There were many birders there and some birders were birding in near by locations, so it was getting fair coverage. I was there only for 3 hours, but some birders stayed much longer. As far as I know, nobody saw the Worm-eater today. This does not mean it’s gone, so I encourage birders to keep looking for it as other good birds can be found.

Mark Holmgren, Dave Compton and I returned to Refugio look for the Tennessee Warbler. We did not refund the Tennessee, But Dave did find a Lucy’s Warbler and there was a  Willow Flycatcher hanging out near the creek. We saw a few other expected migrants, but not much else to report.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805-895-0685
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Solvang CA.

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- Cackling Goose (1 report)
- Common Ground Dove (1 report)
- Worm-eating Warbler (2 reports)
- Lucy's Warbler (2 reports)

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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 08:30 by Kurt Wahl
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59615014
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "very very small goose, short bill, white necklace"

Common Ground Dove (Columbina passerina) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 06:36 by John Callender
- 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/S59614855
- Comments: "Distinctive series of single, ascending hoots heard to the south from near (34.4009608, -119.4919989)."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 16:09 by John Callender
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59595409
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Nick Lethaby. Seen briefly and photographed near the same location it was previously seen (34.423044, -119.886429). I observed the bird first through binoculars as it foraged in a eucalyptus about 50 feet directly overhead. My initial impression was of a compact, short-tailed warbler that was on the sluggish side. The tail was dark. The cream-colored belly blended into a darkish yellow (caramel/mustard-colored) breast and throat. As I followed the bird through the foliage I got a brief flash of a strong pattern that I thought might be the bold striping on the head. At that point I switched to my camera, and got a few shots before the bird (which was loosely associating with a mixed flock that included an Orange-crowned Warbler and two Blue-gray Gnatcatchers) flew into the larger eucalyptus trees immediately to the east, where I lost it. Photos show dark smudging on the undertail coverts, a buffy/mustard-colored throat, a sharply pointed beak, and a hint of a dark eye stripe."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 09:21 by Libby Patten
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59598083
- Comments: "Found originally by Nick Lethaby and refound by Bill Murdoch and others. Seen halfway up a tall tree on the short dead-end trail which heads north from the ‘willow trail’ which starts just west of the end of Ellwood Beach Drive. Got a decent short look from below. Warbler with light buff-colored underside and clear black line through its eye. Didn’t get clear view of its crown. At one point it flew to a different tree and sang its high-pitched trill song once. Unmistakable. Then flew behind us and not refound while I was there. "

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 12:07 by Mark Holmgren
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59626340
- Comments: "Small, dull-gray warbler foraging with Bushtits in Schinus molle near the park entrance. Pale gray below, gray head, gray mantle. Winds darker than body. Short tail. Black eye against dull gray face. The breast looked dingy compared to the rest of the underparts, and my first thought when I saw this was that the bird was a Virginia's Warbler, as I interpreted this off color area as being yellow. But a longer look revealed that it was NOT yellow. Also, the under tail coverts were clearly grayish white, and the bird did not have a prominent eye ring. I did not get a look at the rump."

Lucy's Warbler (Leiothlypis luciae) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 12:07 by David Compton
- Refugio SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4643601,-120.0694835&ll=34.4643601,-120.0694835
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59624367
- Comments: "Small, dull-gray warbler foraging with Bushtits in Schinus molle near the park entrance. Pale gray below, gray head, gray mantle. Winds darker than body. Short tail. Black eye against dull gray face. The breast looked dingy compared to the rest of the underparts, and my first thought when I saw this was that the bird was a Virginia's Warbler, as I interpreted this off color area as being yellow. But a longer look revealed that it was NOT yellow. Also, the under tail coverts were clearly grayish white, and the bird did not have a prominent eye ring. I did not get a look at the rump."

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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Sep 09, 2019 14:25 by Margaret Lyons
- (34.398, -119.527), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3983383,-119.5274572&ll=34.3983383,-119.5274572
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59647973

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 10:00 by Cole Diem
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59645722
- Comments: "Immature bird, very distinct from both adult and young Black-crowned Night Heron."

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Andree Clark Bird Refuge 9/9/19

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I spent about 30 minutes yesterday evening observing birds from the 3rd platform.  I briefly saw a Sora poke out from reeds, also a Common Yellowthroat.  There were 3 Killdeer, 3 Dowitchers (I think short-billed) doing their sewing machine act but being chased by one or more Black-necked Stilts.  Also a Spotted Sandpiper and 3 Least Sandpipers.  Besides Mallards and Coots there were 7 Northern Shovelers, 3 Snowy Egrets and a few Great Egrets on one of the islands along with a Great Blue Heron and Black-crowned Night Heron.  A Red-necked Phalarope was doing its (spinning) swim.  I posted a couple of photos at https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/ and would appreciate a definitive ID on the Dowitcher flying away from Stilt.  Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

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Elings Park South

Mark Bright
 

This morning from Elings Park South at the stone bench I saw a Merlin come in across the top of the hill like a bullet straight and fast from the west and about 10 feet above the ground. Several minutes later a White-tailed Kite was also foraging and kiting across the top of the hill.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

Goleta, Tuesday afternoon

Robert Lindsay
 

9/10, 1:00-3:00 pm

Spent an hour at the Coronado seep which was better than expected. It was never full of birds but things did come in at a steady pace. Species list below:
Hairy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Scaly-breasted Munia
Song Sparrow
Oak Titmouse
Pacific-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Hooded Oriole (female)
Western Tanager
Black-headed Grosbeak (female)
Orange-crowned Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Wilson's Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee

Went to Goleta Sewage Plant next in the hopes of seeing an Ibis. One flew in as soon as I arrived. Other noteworthy birds included single Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs, single Red-necked Phalarope, several Northern Shoveler, three Gadwall. Rest of the list below:
Black-necked Stilt
Spotted Sandpiper (1)
Western Sandpiper (2)
Killdeer
Western Gull
California Gull (3)
Mallard
Double-crested Cormorant
Black-crowned Night Heron

That's all,
Rob Lindsay

bt pigeon minutia

Don Tate
 

Tues 11 AM 600-700 blocks E. North St, Lompoc, band-tailed pigeons milling and wheeling and perching in big sycamores and utility wires. Counted 18 all in one view at one point, guessing roughly twice that were present.

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- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Worm-eating Warbler (1 report)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 09, 2019 19:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9519718,-119.6969408&ll=34.9519718,-119.6969408
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59652624
- Comments: "Over the main pond, which is the first time they have been seen there. Flying west to east"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 09, 2019 16:32 by Betsy Mooney
- Goleta Beach Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4173939,-119.8280364&ll=34.4173939,-119.8280364
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59653829
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Observed by itself on opposite side of Goleta Slough. Brown overall with white streaking and tear-shaped spotting. Thick black bill."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 09:40 by Curtis Marantz
- Coronado Dr.--south end (Goleta Monarch Grove), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4232079,-119.8898008&ll=34.4232079,-119.8898008
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59650032
- Comments: "I arrived this morning about 15 minutes after others had seen this bird, yet more than two hours had elapsed before Jeff relocated the warbler as it moved along a eucalyptus branch over the narrow track to the north of its intersection with the main trail. Unfortunately, the warbler flew off after I had seen it for only a few seconds as a small, brownish bird that was creeping along the branch. I heard intermittent calls by this bird over the following half-hour, yet it took me almost two hours to see the bird amid the dense vegetation of a vine-covered tree along the riparian corridor 50 meters west of the trail from which the other observations had been made. The warbler spent several minutes in this tree, but the vegetation was so dense that it was difficult to see for extended periods of time, so I had it in view for no more than a minute in total. I lost track of the warbler for about a half-hour, before I again heard it call several times and I again saw it for a few seconds before it flew off to the east toward the trail and disappeared. The warbler was difficult to see and hard to follow because it was often hidden amid dense vegetation in which it worked clusters of live leaves and vine tangles as opposed to the dead leaves that it was visiting when initially seen in the eucalyptus. I located this bird by hearing its distinctive, yet easily overlooked, calls that I described as a thin “zeeeet” that was intermediate in quality between the buzzy, “zeeet” flight-call of a Yellow Warbler, and the clear, “seeet” of an Orange-crowned Warbler, but unlike the calls of these species, this bird called in series of twos or threes.
My views of this bird were more than sufficient to identify it with confidence, yet they were not overly satisfying, given that my best views of it were directly from below and in dense shade. I was nevertheless able to note that this was a small bird that seemed similar in size to the other warblers that were in the area, but also seemingly plumper overall, with a seemingly large head and a long bill, but little in the way of a neck. Further apparent from below was that the tail was relatively short, maybe comparable to the length of the body without the head and neck, broader than that of an Orange-crowned Warbler, and with a square tip. The long, tapered undertail-coverts reached about halfway out the tail. I never did see the wingtips, the primary projection, or the placement of the wingtips relative to the tail or undertail coverts.
Given my position below this bird, I saw its underparts far better than the upperparts. I was therefore able to see that the throat and breast were a rich buff to nearly cinnamon-buff in color and with any obvious markings. The belly was beige and unmarked, but the flanks were a little darker and more olive. The undertail coverts were about the same shade of beige as the belly, but they also had dusky brown centers to the various feathers that gave the undertail coverts a distinctly spotted appearance. The underside of the tail itself was uniformly dark, and seemingly olive-brown. I did not see paler corners to the tail or any suggestion of tail spots. My views of the head, upperparts, and wings were brief. I saw a relatively narrow, but sharply demarcated, postocular-stripe that was blackish if not truly black, and which was bordered above by a pale supercilium, but I did not clearly see the lateral crown-stripes or the median stripe when the bird was in the vine tangles. The wings were dark and not boldly marked, but I easily could have missed some subtle contrast, and I had only an impression that the wings were olive as opposed to brown. It was only when I saw the bird in the ash tree that I thought I saw a striped crown, but I was unable to make out any detail.
When seen from below, the underside of the bill appeared to be entirely flesh-colored, the eyes were dark, and the legs also appeared to be either pinkish or flesh colored."

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Ellwood and Winchester 1

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

I checked these before work this morning. Winchester 1 continues to have very low numbers with just two warblers, 3 Western Tanagers, and singles of both orioles. Ellwood had a good smattering of the common western warblers and Yellow Warbler numbers are picking up. The Worm-eating Warbler continued in the same area. A Western Wood-Pewee was also there.

 

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