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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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*** Species Summary:

- 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
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Santa Maria Country Club VEFL and more

John Deacon
 

All:

I birded SMCC this a.m.  Forty two species observed included a Vermilion Flycatcher, 6 Vaux's Swifts, Red Breasted Nuthatches, Hermit Thrush (FOS), numerous Yellow Rumped Warblers and a few Townsend's Warblers. 

Checklist is here:

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John Deacon
Orcutt

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Coal Oil Point Reserve and Hawk Watch

Mark Holmgren
 

The Dune Pond at COPR had a Yellow-headed Blackbird among lots of Red-winged Blackbirds.  I think the blackbirds commute between the free food at the Nature Center and the tules in the Dune Pond.

Devereux Slough had 8 Dunlin and 3 American Avocets.

John Callender and I did a 2-hour Hawk Watch at the Bella Vista Drive overlook starting at 4:13.  Vultures especially were moving while the NW wind was blowing.  But it stopped about 5:10 and so did the migrating vultures and hawks.  We did see 39 Turkey Vultures, 15 Red-tailed Hawks (including close-up looks at a dark morph bird), and singles of Cooper's and Red-shouldered Hawks.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass

thrush migration at sunrise

Wim van Dam
 

Last Friday night (2019-09-27/28) I had a reasonable successful recording of the night migration over my Solvang backyard. Most notable was the large number of thrushes that could be heard at sunrise. Between 7 and 7:30AM I had at least 20 SWAINSON'S THRUSH and a handful of HERMIT THRUSH. 

If your neighborhood is quiet enough it should be possible to hear and distinguish the upslurred "wee" of the Swainson's and the downslurred/monotone "teer" of the Hermit Thrush. See/hear here for a comparison:

Other night flight calls that I managed to ID so far are: CANADA GOOSE, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SONG  SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. There is still a lot of stuff that I have to decipher though. 

Wim 


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Re: thrush migration at sunrise

Wim van Dam
 

Correction: the thrushes were recorded an hour earlier, between approximately 6 and 6:30 AM, i.e. just before sunrise.  

Wim

On Mon, Sep 30, 2019 at 10:44 PM Wim van Dam via Groups.Io <wim.van.dam=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Last Friday night (2019-09-27/28) I had a reasonable successful recording of the night migration over my Solvang backyard. Most notable was the large number of thrushes that could be heard at sunrise. Between 7 and 7:30AM I had at least 20 SWAINSON'S THRUSH and a handful of HERMIT THRUSH. 

If your neighborhood is quiet enough it should be possible to hear and distinguish the upslurred "wee" of the Swainson's and the downslurred/monotone "teer" of the Hermit Thrush. See/hear here for a comparison:

Other night flight calls that I managed to ID so far are: CANADA GOOSE, SAVANNAH SPARROW, SONG  SPARROW, and DARK-EYED JUNCO. There is still a lot of stuff that I have to decipher though. 

Wim 


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*** Species Summary:

- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (1 report)
- Double-barred Finch (1 report)
- Bobolink (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2019 11:15 by Karen Rusch
- 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/S60244808
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Sitting with flock of DCCOs. Noticeably smaller in height and bulk-bill was more petite."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2019 08:00 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60243438
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female (possible first year male). Seen in the general area of the VEFL documented earlier this year."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2019 08:15 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S60245752
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Unusual at this season"

Double-barred Finch (Taeniopygia bichenovii) (1)
- Reported Sep 29, 2019 08:15 by Steve Rothstein
- Home, Santa Barbara, California, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4461375,-119.7872829&ll=34.4461375,-119.7872829
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60253984
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First seen feeding alone on ground and then feeding on platform with Scaly-breasted Munias. Likely an escaped bird."

Bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2019 15:29 by Aaron Kreisberg
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60243160
- Comments: "Seen foraging in grass in the area of the bathroom at the end of the lower loop of the campground. Most noticeable was the distinct striping on the head. Also a thick bill and brownish streaking on the back Flew from the grass near the bathroom into the "reserved" campsite area at end of the lower loop of the campground."

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El Capitan and Refugio state beaches

Rebecca Coulter
 

I spent some time this morning at El Capitan and Refugio State Beaches. I started at El Capitan, which was far better than Refugio, though also slow-ish. But I was surprised to find an adult Red-naped Sapsucker at El Cap, in the lower campground loop. Other migrants were few but scattered around the campground and nature trail. Red-breasted Nuthatches, Townsend’s, Wilson’s, and Black-throated Gray warblers, and a single Western Tanager were all I could find of note besides the sapsucker.

Refugio has a good-sized flock of Elegant and Royal terns, and 110 immature Heerman’s Gulls. But the bridge area over the creek was almost devoid of land birds. The outfall is closed of course, so the water below the bridge is fairly deep and very stagnant, with few bathing areas along the banks. The last remaining large eucalyptus next to the bridge was empty.

Rebecca Coulter
SB

Carpinteria area

Florence Sanchez
 

First of all, I'm going to say I blew it. I'm pretty sure I had a Yellow-throated Vireo in the tams near City Hall this morning, but I didn't realize it in time to confirm my suspicion.  I first saw the bird in a small mixed flock about half-way down the row on the driving range side.  I mostly saw it from below--yellow head and breast, strong wing bars on blackish wings, slightly larger and bulkier than the warblers it was with, actively feeding.  My initial call was Western Tanager.  The flock moved on and so did I, but something was not right.  The bird had a white lower chest, belly and undertail coverts.  I retraced my steps and got another quick look at it, this time picking up what seemed to be some sort of pattern on the head or face, not plain yellow.  Then it disappeared in the vegetation and another half hour of searching did not turn it up nor the rest of the flock it was with.

I checked some materials when I got home, all of which seem to confirm my hunch that the bird in question was a Yellow-throated Vireo.  But I'd need to see it again clearly to be sure.  If anyone birds this area tomorrow, I suggest keeping your eyes peeled for it.

Other warblers seen at this location today were Wilson's (1) Yellow-rumps (2), Orange Crowned (1), Yellow (1), Townsend's (1) and Common Yellowthroat (1).  I also found a Sapsucker in the tams that looked like a Red-breasted X Red-naped hybrid.

I walked along Carpinteria Creek from Sixth Street to Eighth Street and spent some time on the bridge.  Not a lot happening here--one each Orange-crowned, Wilson's and Townsend's Warbler.  The birds of interest were a small group of loudly calling RED-BREASTED Nuthatches in the big pine by  the Creekwood Condominiums entrance at the end of Eight Street.  It's shaping up to be a good winter for them.

Florence Sanchez

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*** Species Summary:

- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)

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Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 01, 2019 08:49 by Rebecca Coulter
- El Capitan SB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4604811,-120.0230491&ll=34.4604811,-120.0230491
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60266062
- Comments: "Adult. Generally black with extensive white markings down the back. Black wings with broad white slash along folded wing. Underside white and black mottling. Boldly patterned black, white and red head: Incomplete black border around red throat. Bright red crown and throat, slightly paler red nape. Forgot to note chin color to help sex bird (d’oh! Sapsuckers). Did not vocalize but occasionally heard softly tapping. In main lower campground along western part of loop. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 01, 2019 09:25 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/S60268511
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Two were seen and photographed on opposite corners of the lagoon. The first was at the lawn just north of the Marine Operations Facility. The second was found later by the trail intersection southeast of Manzanita Village where the north-south facing arm of the lagoon almost reaches the ocean. Photos soon."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Oct 01, 2019 13:40 by Noah Arthur
- 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/S60271493
- Comments: "With a small flock of warblers by where the foot bridge crosses over the creek, south of Carp. Ave."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Oct 01, 2019 16:05 by Noah Arthur
- Carpinteria Police Station tams, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3897587,-119.5055068&ll=34.3897587,-119.5055068
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60272433
- Comments: "Drab individual, showing off his/her long wings with lots of flashy fighter-jet flycatching maneuvers in the tam.s at the end of the row, by the construction site."

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Carp low-end rarities

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

Florence, John C., and I all looked for the YT Vireo this morning without success. It was quite birdy there with lots of Yellows. A Blackpoll showed well in the tams closest to the road.

 

After that I checked Carp Creek. I was able to refind the Tennessee Warbler seen yesterday about 100 yards upstream of the 8th street bridge, although it appeared to head off into a yard. Very few other birds along the creek.

 

Nick Lethaby

Texas Instruments

6750 Navigator Way, Suite 250

Goleta, CA  93117

USA

 

Email: nlethaby@...

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Carpinteria Oct. 2

Florence Sanchez
 

As Nick has reported, this morning he, John Callender, and I  failed to turn up the possible Yellow-throated Vireo I saw yesterday in the tams between City Hall and the driving range.  Adrian was still looking when I left.

It was a pretty good morning for warblers nonetheless.  Besides the Blackpoll warbler, I had Orange-crowned, Wilson's, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow (several of those), Yellow-rumped, Townsend's, and Black-throated Gray Warblers in the tams.  I also checked the tams behind the driving range parking lot, which were pretty quiet.  However, I eventually found one each of Warbling Vireo, Pacific Slope Flycatcher, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow, and Yellow-rumped Warblers.  It's best to bird this row from the sunny side, which means tromping around over the dried stalks of Mustard.

On my way out, I noticed a White-tailed Kite hovering over the Bluffs open area.

Florence Sanchez

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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Wilson's Storm-Petrel (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (3 reports)

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Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2019 16:30 by Jeremiah Bender
- 93117, Goleta US-CA (34.4193,-119.8774), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.419349,-119.877424&ll=34.419349,-119.877424
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60286258
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen at North Campus Open Space, identified by NCOS Manager "

Wilson's Storm-Petrel (Oceanites oceanicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2019 07:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Barbara Harbor-Santa Rosa Transit, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.158125,-119.9600601&ll=34.158125,-119.9600601
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60302121
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Solitary bird mid-channel. White-rump wrapping to the sides. Feet projecting far past square tail. Relatively short, rounded wings"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2019 08:30 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/S60291842
- Comments: "Juvenile. Thick black bill, dark gray/brown back with small white spots. Longer legs than Black-crowned Night-Heron. Will add photo. "

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2019 10:00 by Rebecca Coulter
- Carpinteria Police Station tams, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3897587,-119.5055068&ll=34.3897587,-119.5055068
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60288278
- Comments: "Continuing gray buff individual, two strong white wing bars and white lower belly and undertail. Seen at north end of row. "

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2019 06:44 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Police Station tams, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3897587,-119.5055068&ll=34.3897587,-119.5055068
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60285882
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "In the north end of the “police station” tams near Carpinteria Ave. Reported yesterday by Noah Arthur; refound earlier today by Nick Lethaby and Florence Sanchez. Large, active warbler. Olive above, light below, dark eye line, bold wing bars, faint streaking on sides."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2019 10:30 by Adam Searcy
- Mission Creek outflow (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4127959,-119.6869361&ll=34.4127959,-119.6869361
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60290020
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photographed. A large Warbler with yellowish face and pale eye arcs, pale yellow breast with blurry streaks, fading to a white vent and undertail, dark wings with two white wing-bars, yellowish edging on primaries and bold white tertial edges. Back dull yellow-green with faint dark streaks, spread tail mostly black with white spots on inner webs of r6/r5. Flew in giving buzzy flight calls, landed in a saltbush then attempted to get to edge of water, presumably to drink but was immediately harassed by BLPH and HOSPs (peculiarly). Last seen flying into small mulefat and sandbar willow patch."

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Lincoln's Sparrow

Steven Gaulin
 

Not unexpected at this season but unusual at my backyard fountain.

Good birding,
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

3 locations

Rob Hofberg
 

Hi All -

This morning I hit 3 spots:

At the Coronado Seep area there weren't a lot of birds. I did see Western tanager, 2 red-breasted nuthatches, white-breasted nuthatch, several Townsend's warblers, 2 very high-flying swifts, a kingbird, one Hutton's vireo and a chestnut-backed chickadee. There were also several yellow-rumped warblers.

On to the Santa Barbara Botanic Gardens, hardly anything of interest except a hermit thrush.

Finally at Alice Keck Park Gardens not much there as well: orange-crowned warblers, yellow-rumped warblers, 4 cedar waxwings and a Belted Kingfisher at the pond!! That one was a shocker!

have a good birding day,

Rob Hofberg

Help with ID

Betsy Mooney
 

I birded Lake Los Carneros today. I need help IDing a small, all-yellow bird with a wide, white eye ring. It was observed on the shore of the NE corner of the lake. 

I've tried Bird Sleuth and I get a different answer for each photo. Most answers were for an Orange-crowned Warbler, but I think this bird was more yellow than that species. Any help appreciated. 


Thanks, 
Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta 

Sedgewick Reserve (restricted access) - Prairie Falcon and more

Peter Schneekloth
 

The Sedgwick Reserve bird survey group amassed 61 species on the weekly survey on Wednesday, October 2. Migrant and Winter birds continue to reappear in the valleys and foothills as expected with some of the more interesting returnees found yesterday being Vesper Sparrow, Sora, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Western Meadowlark and a Prairie Falcon. Numbers of other birds such as Say's Phoebe and White-crowned continue to rise. Summer visitors getting scarce with only a single Violet-green Swallow making an appearance. The entire list here:
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60298887

A look at the Falcon here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/48835509547/in/dateposted-public/ 

For the Sedgwick Survey Group, 
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Help with ID

Nick Lethaby
 

Yellow Warbler

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Betsy Mooney
Sent: Thursday, October 3, 2019 4:06 PM
To: sbcobirding@groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Help with ID

 

I birded Lake Los Carneros today. I need help IDing a small, all-yellow bird with a wide, white eye ring. It was observed on the shore of the NE corner of the lake. 

 

I've tried Bird Sleuth and I get a different answer for each photo. Most answers were for an Orange-crowned Warbler, but I think this bird was more yellow than that species. Any help appreciated. 

 

 

Thanks, 

Betsy Mooney

Santa Barbara/Goleta 


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