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Coronado seep area last few days

Ron Hirst
 

I birded the area at lunch the last few days and best bird was a crisply marked Hammond's Flycatcher on Tues. in the willow/euc area at the end of Ellwood. Thurs 12:30 was very quiet and birdless. Birds mostly on Tues/Wed included 1 Hairy and 2 Downy Woodpecker, 10 Juncos, a couple Wilson's Warblers, a few Townsends Warblers and OC Warbers and Common Yellowthroats, a CB Chickadee, 6 Oak Titmouse, 40 munia, 20 House Finch, 3 Bewicks and 1 House Wren, 10 Lesser Goldfinch, some Annas and Allens hummers, a few small Bushtit flocks.  Ron Hirst, SB

Santa Cruz Island

Hugh Ranson
 

I spent yesterday (9/26) at Scorpion Valley on Santa Cruz Island (I would love to have been out there today with this high overcast). I had a good time despite low numbers of migrants. Best birds were a Bobolink and a Blackpoll, both of which were near the fruiting fig trees in the lower campground. It was novel to see the Bobolink feeding on the ground with the Song and White-crowned Sparrows rather than teed up in grasses or corn. Photos of the Bobolink here:


Other birds included Vesper Sparrow, Western Wood-pewee, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 3-4 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 3 Western Tanagers, and a Yellow Warbler. There is a very cooperative SCI Loggerhead Shrike in the ranch house yard that you can walk right up to. I've been going out to Scorpion in the fall now for several years, and this is the first time I've seen no spizellas or empids.

A birder I met on the boat went on to Prisoners, so it was good to compare notes on the return journey. He saw even fewer migrants and nothing of real note. Of interest was that he saw 4 Island Scrub-Jays, his target bird. At Scorpion I lost track of how many Jay sighting I had--they were seemingly all over the place. I have a photo with 5 in one frame. Employees at the concession confirmed that the Jay population at Scorpion has exploded in the last year. Even just a few years ago Jays were hard to find at this location. It might be that those looking for the Jay consider making Scorpion their destination now that it is a reliable location; there are generally more birds to see there of other species, and there are more hiking options if the birding is slow.

Having said all that, Island Packers will be stopping its service to Scorpion on November 1st whilst the pier is rebuilt. The job is hoped to be  finished within 4 months (we'll see!).

Not too much to report from the passage. A score or two of Black-vented Shearwaters, a Pink-footed, 30 or so Red-necked Phalaropes. No alcids.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Santa Cruz Island

Nick Lethaby
 

The Island Scrub Jays have probably been reliable at Scorpion for about 3 years now. There are also a zillion more if one hikes up Scorpion Canyon and up towards Montanon Ridge, which is easily done in the time available. As Hugh points out, the Island Loggerhead Shrike is also reliable at Scorpion but difficult at Prisoners.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hugh Ranson
Sent: Friday, September 27, 2019 4:38 PM
To: sbcobirding
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Santa Cruz Island

 

I spent yesterday (9/26) at Scorpion Valley on Santa Cruz Island (I would love to have been out there today with this high overcast). I had a good time despite low numbers of migrants. Best birds were a Bobolink and a Blackpoll, both of which were near the fruiting fig trees in the lower campground. It was novel to see the Bobolink feeding on the ground with the Song and White-crowned Sparrows rather than teed up in grasses or corn. Photos of the Bobolink here:

 

 

Other birds included Vesper Sparrow, Western Wood-pewee, 2 Black-headed Grosbeaks, 3-4 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 3 Western Tanagers, and a Yellow Warbler. There is a very cooperative SCI Loggerhead Shrike in the ranch house yard that you can walk right up to. I've been going out to Scorpion in the fall now for several years, and this is the first time I've seen no spizellas or empids.

 

A birder I met on the boat went on to Prisoners, so it was good to compare notes on the return journey. He saw even fewer migrants and nothing of real note. Of interest was that he saw 4 Island Scrub-Jays, his target bird. At Scorpion I lost track of how many Jay sighting I had--they were seemingly all over the place. I have a photo with 5 in one frame. Employees at the concession confirmed that the Jay population at Scorpion has exploded in the last year. Even just a few years ago Jays were hard to find at this location. It might be that those looking for the Jay consider making Scorpion their destination now that it is a reliable location; there are generally more birds to see there of other species, and there are more hiking options if the birding is slow.

 

Having said all that, Island Packers will be stopping its service to Scorpion on November 1st whilst the pier is rebuilt. The job is hoped to be  finished within 4 months (we'll see!).

 

Not too much to report from the passage. A score or two of Black-vented Shearwaters, a Pink-footed, 30 or so Red-necked Phalaropes. No alcids.

 

Hugh Ranson

Santa Barbara

 


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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2019 18:13 by John Deacon
- Deacon Home, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8871835,-120.432204&ll=34.8871835,-120.432204
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60150426
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird at my feeders. Caught on GameCam."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 27, 2019 08:30 by Kevin Schwartz
- 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/S60151717
- Comments: "Continuing.. smaller than Double-crested and with white bordering bill."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Sep 27, 2019 10:13 by Libby Patten
- Goleta Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4171771,-119.829812&ll=34.4171771,-119.829812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60156433
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juveniles. Dark gray back with small white spots. Long greenish legs, steep forehead, thick black bill. Both next to channel near parking lot platform. Continuing. Will post photo. "

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (2)
- Reported Sep 24, 2019 13:56 by Jeremy Yawney
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60166236
- Comments: "With chipping sparrows and similar in size but with plainer face and no dark eyeline. Also having duller color. "

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SB Bird Refuge Sat. morning

Ron Hirst
 

Medium abundance and nothing rare. A WF Ibis on the populated mudbar at 3rd viewing platform. 2 Cassin's Kingbirds, hundreds of Shovelers, 25 Snowy Egrets, 40 BN Stilts. 5 Great Egrets 12 BC Night Herons, 3 GB Herons. A juvenile stripe-faced Pied Billed Grebe. A western Sandpiper and Spotted Sandpiper. 5 YR Warblers at Cemetery.  Ron Hirst, SB

Gray Vireo

Hugh Ranson
 

There's a Gray Vireo at Elings Park (south side--paraglider side). It's been in fennel, coyote brush and weeds on both sides of the main trail. When I just left it it was near the bike jump. Access from the end of Calle Montilla. Other birders present. First mainland SB record, I believe.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Gray Vireo photos

Hugh Ranson
 

More Gray Vireo photos

David Levasheff
 

In a Flickr album:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/levaweb/albums/72157711106220548

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Chestnut-sided Warbler at Nojoqui

Rebecca Coulter
 

Birders,
This morning while leading a group for the SYV Natural History Society, I found a Chestnut-sided Warbler in the sycamores along the northeastern boundary of the park., near the restroom. Yellow-green above, light chestnut wash along the sides, white wing bars and white eye ring. Very actively foraging among the sycamores on both sides of the creek. Birding was somewhat slow in the intermittent drizzle, but the expected migrants were present in small numbers. Of note were at least two Mountain Bluebirds in the field to the east of the park, a single calling Red-breasted Nuthatch, and three high-flyover White-tailed Kites heading northwest.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Re: SB Bird Refuge Sat. morning/Tropical

Ron Hirst
 

On review of photos of the Kingbirds sitting together one has more yellow on upper breast especially near wing top bend, and bigger bill, and more white on chin, and had greenish back making me consider it mostly Tropical. But it is a very dull one without clean yellow upper breast. The upper breast is a mixture of gray and yellow. Ron Hirst

possible sage thrasher, SYR at Lompoc

Don Tate
 

Saturday 12:50 PM while walking sans bins on Hancock College Bike Path along edge of river plain, I heard an unfamiliar vociferation, much repeated. Consistent with Xeno-Canto examples of Sage Thrasher call. It popped up looking like a thrasher, but too gray and short-billed to be Cal Thrash. It overflew me to other side of canyon mouth, and I saw fairly big white spots along the rear edge of long (for a dickie bird) tail. It looked mockingbird-ish, but I think I would have discerned any big white patches in wings. I didn't scan it quickly enough to make out any streaking on breast.

The canyon mouth is where the bike path from Hwy 1 near old drive-in turns north toward Hancock College.

Don Tate, Vandenberg Village

Neotropic Viewing Area

wagtail1997
 

Hi,

Could someone off-line give me some information about seeing the Neotropic Cormorant.  I've looked at the GPS coordinate area posted on the RBA.. The link is in water at Devereux Slough. Is that an exact coordinate or a generic for the Slough?   Is it being seen in the water?  The online satellite maps don't show any nearby parking areas.  Does one park just off the road?  Any information would be appreciated.
Joel Weintraub
Dana Point, CA

Tropical Kingbird at the UCSB Lagoon

Ryan Seppala
 

This morning (9/28) around 10:00 am I found a TROPICAL KINGBIRD on the south side of the UCSB lagoon near the following coordinates: (34.408107, -119.847305). It was sitting and flycatching from the top of a eucalyptus. This is more likely than not a returning bird from the last few winters.

Checklist with photos: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60184870

Good birding!

Ryan Seppala
UCSB

Gray Vireo refound at Elings Park

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All: On behalf of Brad Schram: the vireo was refound by Curtis Marantz at 4:36 pm. Park at Calle Montilla, go straight up the main path to the top of the hill where a lone Yucca bush marks the general area.
Go now!

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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Scoter (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Gray Vireo (3 reports)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)
- Bobolink (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (1 report)

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White-winged Scoter (Melanitta deglandi) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2019 13:45 by Matthew Bowman
- Carpinteria SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3923207,-119.5230103&ll=34.3923207,-119.5230103
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60175106
- Comments: "Flying off-shore from north to south in a group that included a five surf scoters. Seen clearly in scope. The white-winged scoter's large white wing-patch, size, bill shape, and head/neck pattern clearly contrasted with the surf scoters."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 27, 2019 17:16 by Casey Richart
- 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/S60168675
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Smaller than adjacent DCCOs, strong white bar at base of lower mandible. Image to be added."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2019 09:18 by Ryan Seppala
- UC Santa Barbara--campus, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4148759,-119.8450041&ll=34.4148759,-119.8450041
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60184870
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Bright kingbird with a forked tail, long bill, and yellow extending up to the breast. High in a eucalyptus around where one was seen last winter, on the south side of the lagoon near these coordinates: (34.408107, -119.847305)."

Gray Vireo (Vireo vicinior) (1)
- Reported Sep 28, 2019 17:31 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S60198620
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Hugh Ranson this morning. Seen by many observers. Small, gray bird, small even for a vireo. Bill short, stubby, light gray at the base of the mandible especially. Culmen gradually decurved. Clean white eye ring on gray face, no white spectacles. Throat and belly light grayish-white with dull greenish cast to flanks. This odd greenish cast showed on the lesser wing coverts, scapulars, flanks, and rump. This greenish tone was more evident in photos than in field views. Lateral edges of tertials and secondaries were whitish. White edges on the lateral edges of several tail feathers was most prominent on the lateral rectrix. Short projection of primaries beyond folded tertials. Legs and toes uniformly black. I heard no vocalizations. This bird was like a professional model on the runway giving us nearly endless postures and views at very close range"

Gray Vireo (Vireo vicinior) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2019 12:03 by Barry Rowan
- 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/S60188492
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reported by Hugh Ranson. Have photos. "

Gray Vireo (Vireo vicinior) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2019 10:52 by David Compton
- 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/S60189435
- Comments: "Watched off and on for at least 10 minutes soon after I arrive. Dave Levasheff, George Roland, Bill Murdoch were on the bird when I arrived, and we watched it foraging low in fennel, coyote brush, and other vegetation. It would sit in a spot, moving around bit, occasionally cocking it's tail, then would fly a few feet to a few meters, and then stay in more or less the same spot for a bit. So it was fairly active, but sort of methodical. It was a smaller passerine with a short but relatively heavy bill, especially for its length. The tail was relatively long, but shorter than that of a Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher. The bird was similar in shape to a Bell's Vireo, but larger and heavier. The crown was rounded. The bird was overall rather gray above and whitish below. The wing feathers (flight feathers and greater coverts) were somewhat darker, with paler edges. The rump, which I got some good looks at, appeared to be a bit olive. The bird had a pretty distinct eye ring, but no other distinguishing features on the head."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (2)
- Reported Sep 24, 2019 13:56 by Cameron Codd
- Santa Barbara Canyon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8446954,-119.5384598&ll=34.8446954,-119.5384598
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60197333
- Comments: "With chipping sparrows and similar in size but with plainer face and no dark eyeline. Also having duller color. "

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 25, 2019 10:15 by Mick Baisley
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0489615,-119.5560551&ll=34.0489615,-119.5560551
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60193597
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Pics to add."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 27, 2019 14:37 by Casey Richart
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60168660
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "White throat, broad white supercilium, creeping along oak bark nuthatch-like, generally black dorsally with white streaks, generally white ventrally with black streaks. Poor quality images have been added."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2019 07:49 by Rebecca Coulter
- Nojoqui Falls County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5338803,-120.1769972&ll=34.5338803,-120.1769972
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60188963
- Comments: "Foraging mostly in sycamore trees on both sides of creek, loosely associating with a mixed flock, along the eastern boundary of the park near the restroom. Very active warbler, with lots of tail flicking. White to light gray below, with pale chestnut slashes on each side. Greenish yellow cap and back. Prominent narrow white eye ring. Called once, a soft, somewhat flat “chit.”"

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No Gray Vireo to report so far

Florence Sanchez
 

Looked for the bird starting at 7:30 a.m. this morning (Sunday)--Ron Hirst also looking.  No luck as of 9:00 a.m.  Other birders now looking.

Large flock of Lesser Goldfinches has invaded overnight (told they were not present yesterday) so there was lots of activity.  Birds of note:  a flock of four LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES was in the fennel along the two-track path leading from the stone bench down to the paraglider parking lot.  It flew off to the southeast and was not seen again.  Also some returning fall birds:  1 Say's Phoebe, 1 Western Meadowlark, a large flock of White-crowned Sparrows near the Calle Montilla entrance, and with them at least three Golden-crowned Sparrows--a bit early for the latter.

Florence Sanchez

No Gray Vireo as of 11am

Mark Holmgren
 



Mark Holmgren 
SB

On Sep 29, 2019, at 10:35 AM, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:

Looked for the bird starting at 7:30 a.m. this morning (Sunday)--Ron Hirst also looking.  No luck as of 9:00 a.m.  Other birders now looking.

Large flock of Lesser Goldfinches has invaded overnight (told they were not present yesterday) so there was lots of activity.  Birds of note:  a flock of four LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES was in the fennel along the two-track path leading from the stone bench down to the paraglider parking lot.  It flew off to the southeast and was not seen again.  Also some returning fall birds:  1 Say's Phoebe, 1 Western Meadowlark, a large flock of White-crowned Sparrows near the Calle Montilla entrance, and with them at least three Golden-crowned Sparrows--a bit early for the latter.

Florence Sanchez

Good time to look for Broad-winged Hawks

John Callender
 

This is potentially a good time to look for migrating Broad-winged Hawks in Santa Barbara county.

If you check the sightings reports from the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (for example, at https://twitter.com/hawkcount), it shows they had 20 Broad-winged Hawks there Saturday, their high count so far this fall. That pulse could mean Broad-winged sightings in Santa Barbara a day or two later.

Broad-winged Hawks have been seen from the following eBird hotspot locations the last few years:
 
Bella Vista Dr - https://ebird.org/bcn/hotspot/L4827186
Romero Canyon Rd - https://ebird.org/bcn/hotspot/L6317318

Bella Vista Drive involves hawk watching from the side of a quiet Montecito street that offers good views of the mountains and somewhat obstructed views to the south. Romero Canyon Road offers better all-around views, but requires a hike up from the Romero Canyon trailhead.

I hope to observe from both of these locations over the next few weeks.

John Callender
Carpinteria

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- Stilt Sandpiper (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)

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Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Sep 29, 2019 14:17 by Sue Riffe
- 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/S60223034
- Comments: "Photo, in water up to belly near SBDO for comparison. Medium length decurved bill. Thinner and less stocky than SBDO. Bill shorter and decurved. White rump in flight."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2019 09:00 by Heidi George
- 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/S60227024
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "White line seen tracing the side of bill. First seen downstream of Devereux Slough bridge among the egrets. Later landed next to a solitary great egret."

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Vermillion Flycatcher

John Deacon
 

At SMCC in same general area as last year.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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