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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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Santa Maria, CA

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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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Carpinteria on Tuesday morning

Florence Sanchez
 

Very quiet.  I checked the Tams between City Hall and the driving range--a lot of common residents species (House Finches, Western Bluebirds, Bushtits) but pretty much no migrants.  I found 1 young male Common Yellowthroat, a female Yellow Warbler, and 2 Pacific Slope Flycatchers along with a couple of House wrens.  That was pretty much it.  Tams behind the driving range parking lot were birdless.  Carpinteria Creek also quiet:  no sign of the Northern Waterthrush found earlier.  Only warbler found was 1 male Townsend's Warbler near the Eighth Street Bridge.

Florence Sanchez

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- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 17, 2019 10:06 by Joan Kent
- 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/S59878818
- Comments: "Small black cormorant in tree near half bridge. Dark lores without yellow. White edging underneath the base of the bill. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 16, 2019 16:21 by Teri 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/S59867263
- Comments: "Smaller than dc cormorant. Long tail. No yellow on the face at all. White gular border. Previously reported bird. "

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Tuesday Birds

David Levasheff
 

All,

Jeff and I started at NCOS as I have an Audubon Central Coast Council meeting bird walk there on Saturday. The east foot bridge had a nice Green Heron, a couple of young Black-crowned Night-Herons, a hand full of Malards and a Greater Yellowlegs. Black and Says Phoebes were around the area. At the long bridge we counted 57 Snowy Egrets around 10 Great Egrets and 2-3 Great Blue Heron. A second Greater Yellowlegs was in to the east of the bridge. A Red-necked Phalarope arrived east of the bridge but did not stay long. It was hot and exposed so we did not stay long.

Second stop was the Bird Refuge. At the parking lot was several young Great-tailed Grackle, Mallards, one Northern Shoveler and other usual suspects. Again very warm, we walked past the first platform, second platform was uneventful, third platform was more lively. Several young Pied-billed Grebe were around and one Spotted Sandpiper. Maybe 20 ducks, which on inspection, were all Northern Shoveler. There was one petite duck in the reeds on the island to the east, working hard at something which appeared to be teal sized; it was not showing its head.

Then to Mission Creek outfall. About 47 Black Skimmers, with at least half being youngsters. Two Red-necked Phalarope, a dead gull and some usual shore birds. It was fun to see the skimmers literally bask/loll on the sand... they really a fun species to just sit back and observe.

Next to Rocky Nook Park. Nothing special there. Hutton's Vireo, Acorn Woodpeckers, Oak Titmouse etc. Then it was time to eat... Yum Three pickles.

Goleta Beach after lunch. The Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was still there from last Friday's sighting. Kingfisher on its wire. Lots of Mullets?? jumping out of the water, and two Osprey were in the area... but being chased off by a Red-tailed Hawk. A few of our normal shore birds were around.

The big surprise was at the west end bluff overlooking Goleta bay. In the water and on the sand there must have been 200-300 Juvenile Heerman's Gull. We were at a distance, but do not recall seeing any adults. A bit of a wrack,  there were Wimbrel, Curlew, several small flocks of Sanderlings, some American Pipits, Black-bellied Plovers, and one Wandering Tattler! Of course some Western & Calif gull as well. It was quite birdy in the bay!

Back a home, getting dinner ready and small yellowish warbler type caught my attention in the kitchen slider, but did not stay long for me to retrieve my optics to see what it was. I positioned myself to prepare dinner (today's and tomorrow's) to keep an eye on the back area. Then something large appeared. Bins up! It's a Yellow-breasted Chat! New yard bird!!

Good Birding All!

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David

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Santa Barbara

Carp Creek

Nick Lethaby
 

Virginia's warbler by 8th Street bridge

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Goleta, CA

Mountain Lion near Devereux this afternoon

Ron Hirst
 

HI,  Something to watch for if you are birding near UCSB/Devereux/Ellwood....The lion was near Campus Lagoon yesterday afternoon. ....   A mountain lion was spotted in the area of the Devereux Lagoon. Police are in the area. Avoid area until further notice. California Fish and Wildlife have been called to respond. Update will be provided when information is available.

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- Redhead (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (3 reports)
- Virginia's Warbler (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Sep 17, 2019 13:30 by Mark Holmgren
- Santa Ynez River Estuary, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.690362,-120.600358&ll=34.690362,-120.600358
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59892618
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Diving frequently in the estuary west of the railroad trestle."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 18, 2019 11:03 by Adrian O'Loghlen
- Dune Pond at COPR, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136777,-119.881839&ll=34.4136777,-119.881839
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59912752
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Cassin's Kingbird left"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 18, 2019 11:03 by Mark Holmgren
- Dune Pond at COPR, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4136777,-119.881839&ll=34.4136777,-119.881839
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59912666
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Cassin's Kingbird left. Tropical shows large, slender body with full lemon-yellow belly and breast, brownish and slightly forked tail with no margination, and long bill."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 17, 2019 12:59 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S59892561
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Reported yesterday by Peter Schneekloth."

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1)
- Reported Sep 18, 2019 14:52 by Adam Searcy
- 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/S59911146
- Comments: "Photos to be added"

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Re: Mountain Lion near Devereux, Thursday

Ron Hirst
 

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION UPDATE: A mountain lion was spotted in the area of the West Campus Child Care Center this morning. Police are in the area. Avoid area until further notice. California Fish and Wildlife have been called to respond. Update will be provided when information is available. Be aware of your surroundings and report sightings. Safety tips provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife can be found here: https://www.wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Lion

Continuing Virginia's Warbler on Carpinteria Creek

John Callender
 

The Virginia's Warbler found yesterday by Nick Lethaby was still at Carpinteria Creek this morning around 8:00, foraging in the understory foliage on the west bank of the creek about 150 feet north of the 8th Street footbridge. Photos in the eBird list below.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59929491

Other highlights (that I didn't manage to photograph, unfortunately) included a Red-breasted Nuthatch and a Yellow-breasted Chat.

John Callender
Carpinteria

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- Horned Grebe (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Virginia's Warbler (1 report)

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Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
- Reported Sep 19, 2019 06:25 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/S59930802
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small grebe associating with Pied-Billed. Strongly marked cap, with 'rear-peaked' not rounded head, and strong white auricular. Attempted photographs but dawn light insufficient for any definition. Attached photos taken at 1600 1S0 with wide open lens. White cheek and head shape just about visible. No longer present at 3 p.m."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 19, 2019 15:16 by Betsy Mooney
- 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/S59938635
- Comments: "In usual spot, next to a Double-breasted Cormorant. It then flew west in an arc to the middle of the slough. "

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 19, 2019 07:15 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/S59929491
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found yesterday by Nick Lethaby. Good views from the creekbed 150 feet north of the 8th Street Bridge as the bird foraged low on the west bank giving occasional chips. Small plain warbler, medium gray above and lighter below, prominent white eye ring, bright yellow undertail coverts. Frequent downward tail flicking."

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Devereux birds

Dave Compton
 

Did a quick stop at Devereux today, 19 September, with Larry Sansone, who spotted the Neotropic Cormorant perched with several Double-cresteds in the lower part of the slough. A couple of Avocets were around as well. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Santa Maria

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,

I first checked out the pond on Hwy 246 and Campbell Road just west of Buellton, looks great but no birds of interest to report.

I then went to Guadalupe and birded the Agg fields, again nothing to report. 

Jack O’Connell Park, you know it, sucky.

Santa Maria Sewage Works,
Best bird, Pectoral Sandpiper, then one Lesser Yellowlegs in with the 35+ Greaters. 16 Dowitchers, did not care about ID. 100+ Red-necked Phalaropes, 2 White-faced Ibis and decent numbers of Western and Least Sandpipers. It looked great and expected higher numbers of shorebirds.

The flooded fields on Black Road are dry, I think they may start irrigating them next week?

Good birding.

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

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- Cackling Goose (2 reports)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Eastern Kingbird (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 20, 2019 13:01 by Thomas St Pierre
- 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/S59957437
- Comments: "Short bill. Have photos to upload later. "

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 20, 2019 13:01 by Susan Strasevicz
- 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/S59957436
- Comments: "Short bill. Have photos to upload later. "

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 19, 2019 13:30 by David Compton
- 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/S59943054
- Comments: "Continuing bird, now molted into adult plumage, with solid black underparts and very neat, contrasting white border to gular area. Much smaller than adjacent Double-cresteds."

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Sep 20, 2019 18:30 by C Jones
- Janin Way, Solvang US-CA (34.6003,-120.1156), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.600277,-120.115592&ll=34.600277,-120.115592
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59966214
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Perched on fence, black crown, eye, beak & back to dark brownish wings;white breast & belly; black legs; aerial hawking observed; long sturdy bill; posture of the more commonly observed Cassin's Kingbird."

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Lake Los Carneros, 2019-09-20

Wim van Dam
 

Yesterday at LLC I got all excited by an odd looking rail, until I figured out that it was a partially leucistic SORA:


Pretty fun nevertheless. Also seen while I was looking for odonata: juvenile GREEN HERON, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and BLACK PHOEBE catching a Variegated Meadowhawk.

Wim 

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SBCO #385: Neotropic Cormorant