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Northern Harrier

Guy Tingos
 

There was a male Northern Harrier on More Mesa this evening and 4 Wandering Tattlers on the rocky shore below.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Worm-eating Warbler (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 13, 2019 19:14 by Peter Gaede
- Arroyo Burro Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4024482,-119.7432518&ll=34.4024482,-119.7432518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59794288
- Comments: "The bird was observed flying west to east along the bluffs and beach directly overhead. Nighthawk shape and flight style, with white wing patches relatively close to wing tips. It flew leisurely with irregular wingbeats but flew in a direct path and did not appear to land. Flew towards the Wilcox property (aka Douglas Family Preserve) and out of sight."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 14, 2019 08:27 by Thomas Turner
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59793617
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Gape less than 90 degrees and bordered by white. No yellow skin above eye. Continuing bird roosting in eucalyptus near bridge to nowhere. "

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 12, 2019 09:30 by Peter Gaede
- 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/S59794575
- Comments: "Continuing; seen with several others in the general location where originally found. The bird was foraging in a Eucalyptus tree approximately 20 high. Seen only briefly, but at relatively close range. Warbler with overall buff orange tones, striped head pattern."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1)
- Reported Sep 14, 2019 16:21 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/S59808409
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported earlier today by Nick Lethaby. In the creekbed about 150 feet north of 6th Street. Brown above, heavily streaked below, constant tail-pumping as it foraged on the banks of the creek. Loud “pink” calls."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 14, 2019 08:35 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/S59795696
- Comments: "Continuing tailless individual"

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Ocean Beach

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I checked Ocean Beach this evening. Highlights were a Baird's Sandpiper, a Red Knot, 7 WF Ibis and 16 Avocets. No terns present.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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South Coast Saturday, 14 September

Dave Compton
 

Few highlights other than the continuing tailless  Blackpoll Warbler at Refugio State Beach. A flock of 60 Royal Terns at the same location was pretty unusual for the date. Few other migrant at this location other than 6 or 7 Yellow Warblers. Incidentally, the Blackpoll stayed in the lone red gum just west of the creek. I never saw it from the bridge.

In Goleta, around the parking lot at Lake Los Carneros and at Stowe Grove, no migrants at all could be found in the red gums. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Kinevan Rd--Black-and-white Warbler

Mark Holmgren
 

A Black-and-white Warbler was in maples along San Jose Creek on Kinevan Rd this morning.  Also present were 2 Red-breasted Nuthatches -- one on Kinevan and another was heard at a pond near West Camino Cielo Rd.
Photos are in this eBird checklist:

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

Ocean Park - Brewers Sparrows, continuing Lucy's Warbler

Peter Schneekloth
 

Two sparrows seen at Ocean Park look good for Brewers. Small sparrows, streaked crown with only minimal central crown stripe, white eye-ring, streaked neck and low contrast face and bird overall. Any thoughts on the ID certainly welcomed, photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48739042321/in/dateposted-public/ 

Also brief glimpses of a very pale bird likely the Lucy's Warbler reported a few weeks ago.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Greater Yellowlegs (1 report)
- Herring Gull (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1)
- Reported Sep 15, 2019 18:40 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/S59841719
- Comments: "Single bird. Presumably one of the last individuals lingering on the breeding grounds"

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 11, 2019 11:37 by BRANT Nature Tours
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59811543
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Hanging out on beach and in marsh. Large wader with long slightly upturned bill, long yellow legs, all white belly, back wings and chest mottled white black and gray. White rump in flight. Call a very loud emphatic tew tew tew! "

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) (1)
- Reported Sep 15, 2019 15:01 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S59837373
- Comments: "Pale gray back, bright yellow eyes "

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 15, 2019 09:16 by Mark Holmgren
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59829533
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird was at the only point where the creek has a bit of a bend. This point is 2/3 of the way between the 2 bridges. In the 5 min I spent with the bird it preferred Big-toothed Maple."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 15, 2019 15:01 by Benjamin Byerly
- 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/S59837373
- Comments: "Continuing tail-less bird. Two white wing bars, pale yellow breast with white belly/vent. In large tree west of stone bridge. "

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Santa Cruz Island today

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I took the boat to Scorpion today and my wife and I hiked over to Smagglers Cove.
The hike took over 4 hours round trip and I didn't have much time to bird. In the fig patch in Scorpion Campground, I saw a YB Chat, a Hooded Oriole, and a couple of BH Grosbeaks. There was a RB Nuthatch in the Cypress Trees by the visitor center.

I had just about 25 minutes to bird around Smugglers Cove. I saw a Hooded Oriole, Western Tanager, 3 Lark and one WC Sparrow. There were more fig trees here, as well as walnut trees and a lemon tree. I had no time to check the extensive olive groves here, although a number of trees had fruit.

The hike in between produced a couple of Peregrines and a Vesper Sparrow. Island Scrub Jays were scattered all over the area and I saw 3 Island Loggerhead Shrikes.
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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

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Goleta, CA

Great Horned Owl calls

Rebecca Coulter
 

Around 5:00 this morning I woke hearing a sound I’ve never heard from Great Horned Owl before: a piercing, hawk-like single call note, repeated every 5-10 seconds. I grabbed my binoculars and found the bird perched on a power line next to my house, which is near the municipal golf course. Though I could barely make out any detail, I could see that it was very large (female?), with just a suggestion of “ear” tufts visible. (young bird?) Unfortunately I didn’t think to record the call, but after a bit of poking around on Xeno-Canto and Birds of North America, it seems this call is given in a number of scenarios: a young bird begging for food; hatch-year birds calling for adults when they are no longer present; and sometimes given by adults (typically females) as a contact call. I hear plenty of duetting and songs during the fall when birds are setting up territories nearby, but I’ve never heard this sound before. Eventually it flew off toward the golf course, but I could still hear the calls from a more distant perch, so plaintive and persistent. It was a surprising change from the pre-dawn screeching of my neighborhood Barn Owls, which have also been very vocal lately. Owl season.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Re: Great Horned Owl calls

Dianna Ricky
 

Hi Rebecca and all,

I have heard such a sound from the roof of our house, probably right above our bedroom window because it is so loud.  It has startled me awake during the night once a year for several years in a row, including on August 7 of this year.  I thought it was a young Great Horned Owl because I would always hear another owl, I think a male, hooting in return from a nearby tree with its  low-pitched call. This would go on for several minutes.

I did record it once and, like you, Rebecca, found similar sounds on Xeno Canto.

Dianna Ricky
Santa Barbara

On Mon, Sep 16, 2019 at 6:00 AM Rebecca Coulter <rfcphoebe@...> wrote:
Around 5:00 this morning I woke hearing a sound I’ve never heard from Great Horned Owl before: a piercing, hawk-like single call note, repeated every 5-10 seconds. I grabbed my binoculars and found the bird perched on a power line next to my house, which is near the municipal golf course. Though I could barely make out any detail, I could see that it was very large (female?), with just a suggestion of “ear” tufts visible. (young bird?)  Unfortunately I didn’t think to record the call, but after a bit of poking around on Xeno-Canto and Birds of North America, it seems this call is given in a number of scenarios: a young bird begging for food; hatch-year birds calling for adults when they are no longer present; and sometimes given by adults (typically females) as a contact call. I hear plenty of duetting and songs during the fall when birds are setting up territories nearby, but I’ve never heard this sound before. Eventually it flew off toward the golf course, but I could still hear the calls from a more distant perch, so plaintive and persistent. It was a surprising change from the pre-dawn screeching of my neighborhood Barn Owls, which have also been very vocal lately. Owl season.

Rebecca Coulter
SB


Devereux at Sunrise (Monday)

Benjamin Byerly
 

All,

Devereux continues to host a nice complement of shorebirds. Early this morning here were 230 very vocal red-necked phalaropes (+ two Wilson's) feeding in the channel best viewed from the first turnout. Among them were also western sandpipers, Baird's sandpipers, red knots, dowitchers, and black-necked stilts. There were also three american avocets - all together. Not sure if this is two plus the one that has been around for several weeks or a entirely new crew.

Ben
Goleta

Cedar Waxwings

Guy Tingos
 

I had a flock of 23 Cedar Waxwings fly over the house this morning; a bit early for a flock that size.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara



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Ocean Park - Tropical Kingbird, continuing Brewer's Sparrows

Peter Schneekloth
 

I made another visit to Ocean Park this morning, the Brewers Sparrows continued and a Tropical Kingbird came in to view. It was last hawking insects from the rail trestle. An OK shot of the Tropical Kingbird:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48744556593/in/dateposted-public/

I visited Miguelito Park, 5 or 6 Townsends Warblers were seen, noting else of note.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

White-crowned sparrow

Rob Hofberg
 

This morning I saw my first white-crowned sparrow of the season. Always a landmark on my calendar.

Rob Hofberg

Red-breasted Nuthatches at Bella Vista Open Space

Gage Ricard
 

At Bella Vista Open Space this morning, George and I heard and saw approximately four Red-breasted Nuthatches actively feeding in the pines near the playground.

Gage Ricard
Santa Barbara

Re: White-crowned sparrow

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was also a White-crowned Sparrow at Ellwood Eucalyptus Grove this morning (Mon). 



Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Devereux Slough

Guy Tingos
 

Still good birding there although it is drying up and the birds are getting more distant. The lone Avocet and the Neotropic Cormorant continue. The cormorant has molted into adult plumage and is now jet back below. No Yelow-crowned Night Herons were seen.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Alisal Lake

John Deacon
 

All:

I got the opportunity to bird Alisal Lake today.  Great spot.  Hopefully I'll get a chance to get back there with some regularity.  Nothing unexpected for this habitat.  Fun to see a Bald Eagle and then my first Northern Pintail and Ring Necked Ducks of the fall.   When I got home, I had my first Fall White Crowned Sparrow at my feeders.  

Checklist of birds spotted today is here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59864694



John Deacon
Orcutt

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>>>Thread Closed<<< Re: [sbcobirding] White-crowned sparrow

Jamie Chavez
 

I'm going to be the grinch who stole fall birding. Every year we receive these "first of fall" messages for a commonly returning/wintering species and it is probably not necessary to report. Peter Schneekloth reported one at Gaviota on Aug 26 (subspecies?). Now that was unusual and worth reporting because it was early by about two weeks. After that, we all know they are on the way. Generally speaking, I think we can handle one FOF message for common returning species but me too's are not needed. 

Bah humbug, and good birding,

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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*** Species Summary:

- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 16, 2019 16:21 by Barry Tillman
- Devereux Slough, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136013,-119.8756027&ll=34.4136013,-119.8756027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59863964
- Comments: "Smaller than dc cormorant. Long tail. No yellow on the face at all. White gular border. Previously reported bird. "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Sep 16, 2019 19:00 by Eve Martin
- 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/S59866726
- Comments: "Continuing. One immature and one sub-adult at the Franklin Creek Bridge and one immature in the channel near the outlet just east of the creek around 7:25 pm."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Sep 16, 2019 13:27 by Aaron Kreisberg
- 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/S59859301
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Black eyeline, two white wing bars, streaking on sides of breast with yellow wash on sides, white belly and vent. As previously described, no tail."

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