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*** Species Summary:

- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)

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Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2019 11:11 by Joey Negreann
- (34.0065,-119.7631), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.006548,-119.763126&ll=34.006548,-119.763126
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54186650
- Comments: "Sapsucker with red throat with partial border of black below not continuing up to the face to separate it from YBSA. The bird was very flighty and did not get a good look at the nape but am very confident about the throat observation to distinguish it from RBSA."

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Red-winged Blackbirds breeding in March

Mark Holmgren
 

Today Nick L. reported many Red-winged Blackbirds building nests at the Dune Pond at Coal Oil Point Reserve.  I have also seen Red-wings in winter in perfectly good habitats assuming territories and displaying as though they are taking the first steps toward breeding. Following up on those observations in spring, however, have shown that sometimes the birds leave these habitats. I couldn’t figure out what caused them to abandon these early breeding efforts.


I looked at the Birds of North America species account for RwBl. It turns out that “ . . . only the female builds the nest, although the male performs Symbolic Nest-site Selection Display, during which the male picks up and manipulates nest material; similarly, during the Symbolic Nest-building Display, nest-building movements are performed in an existing nest.”


I then checked the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study. Of 92 RwBl breeding records only two records indicate nest building in late March and the majority of nest building occurs after mid April. Therefore, if Nick saw females building the nest, that would be a very early record that we would want to get into the BBS database.


Would someone offer to follow up on these indications of early nest building at the Dune Pond and document nesting here and in other marshes in the county?   


To find those marshes where Red-winged Blackbirds have nested, use the BBS.

Go to https://goo.gl/AJQxKj    Stay in Table mode.

Click on the blue Filter button, choose  4-letter Code > type RWBL, click Find

Set a 2nd Filter. 

Click on the blue Filter button, choose Locality

Scroll up and down through the locations to find areas you wish to go to. Click the box to the left of that, or those, locations and read the details of previous breeding records. A few records have photos associated with them and those may be helpful. You could also do the same motions in Map mode. Click on the red dots for the details.

 

Submitting records at the Audubon Website: For several days we’ve had a problem with the SB Audubon web site where you usually can submit your observations.  We expect to solve the problem soon.  You can always submit using either of these forms, then emailing your data to Mark.

This link will download the Excel Data Entry file  https://goo.gl/HpNvnb

This link will download the fillable PDF Data Entry file  https://goo.gl/0GeW12


Thanks for your patience with the website and please report breeding Red-winged Blackbirds.


Mark Holmgren

Santa Barbara


COPR

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I walked the beach from Calle Majorca west to the trail to the Dune Pond and then around Devereux with a scan of NCOS. I was looked for migrant shorebirds but the only ones evident were 27 or so Western Sandpipers. A single Dunlin was likely a wintering bird.

The Dune Pond has a lot of water, even reaching past the tules at the south end. Very little on the pond, but a Sora was calling and many RW Blackbird were nest building. Not sure if there is too much water for it to be suitable for shorebirds this fall, but a good chance. The long drought has killed off much of the tules on the N part and I think the deep water should kill off the salicornia, so there is  decent chance for more extensive shorebird habitat this fall.

Devereux has enough water to be potentially good this spring although it is extremely shallow and could dry out quickly.

Nick

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Goleta, CA

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Mystery singer reveled

Hugh Ranson
 

A week ago I heard an unfamiliar song in my yard but couldn't find the singer. This morning he was singing again, and this time I clapped eyes on him; I was surprised to see a Lincoln's Sparrow in full song, the first I have knowingly heard sing along the coast. Hormones are raging.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



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*** Species Summary:

- White-headed Woodpecker (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (3 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

White-headed Woodpecker (Dryobates albolarvatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 08:50 by Kris Ohlenkamp
- Richardson Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.946546,-119.6853054&ll=34.946546,-119.6853054
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54153494
- Comments: "He is still there - near the bridge."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 15:00 by Judy Matsuoka
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54155248
- Comments: "Known bird here. Black head, brick red below. Sharp bill. Photo to be added"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 15:00 by Jim Moore
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54156708
- Comments: "Known bird here. Black head, brick red below. Sharp bill. Photo to be added"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 12:00 by Becky Turley
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54158502
- Comments: "Continuing near end of El Carro. Foraging in Cape Honeysuckle. brick red bird with black head. Photos."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 11:00 by Erik Dodos
- Santa Maria WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9487269,-120.4915452&ll=34.9487269,-120.4915452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54141539
- Comments: "Continuing at this location. Was bobbing tail and fluttering on the southern most fence. Have pics. Didn’t get a great look as my cameras battery died but noticed yellow undertail coverts and white supercilium. Need to review pics because I thought I saw a rufous cap. "

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Colson Canyon

John Deacon
 

All:

I visited Colson Canyon this morning.  Conditions were poor at the start and deteriorated into a rained out birding trip.  However, birding (and wildflowering) is heating up.  House Wrens are singing relentlessly, Warbling Vireos are returning, Pacific Slope Flycatchers are returning and Canyon Wrens were heard and seen at a couple of locations.  It's definitely worth a visit but bring your truck or Subaru.  Several flowing creeks have to be crossed and a couple of locations require a little extra clearance.  Checklist with a couple of photos attached.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54151630

John Deacon
Orcutt

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John Deacon
Orcutt


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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2019 09:22 by Peter Schneekloth
- Quiota Creek (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5623967,-120.088377&ll=34.5623967,-120.088377
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54107290
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Bird still showing much juv plumage, by this time of year Red-naped or Red-breasted should look more adult like."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2019 11:05 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8032135,-119.4517392&ll=34.8032135,-119.4517392
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54109952
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Singing - detected by song. Perched on wire. Small sparrow with obvious eyering and no other distinguishing marks."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2019 08:14 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54102495
- Comments: "Continuing wintering bird, presumably. Distinctive chip, relatively heavy beak, yellow overall. Relatively bright individual."

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Orioles on Santa Monica Creek

Florence Sanchez
 

I forgot to post this . . . 

Yesterday (March 21) after the morning rain shower, I had time for a short walk along Santa Monica Creek in Carpinteria.  I found the continuing Orchard Oriole in the large sycamore tree a little way beyond the Cape Honeysuckle hedge where it has been found in the past.   Also in the same sycamore were three different Bullock's Orioles:  A deep orange adult male, a golden yellow adult male, and a rather washed-out female, perhaps a young bird.

A good-sized flock of Cedar Waxwings was in the neighborhood, and the Cape Honeysuckle had several hummingbirds, including 2 adult male Allen's and one adult male Rufous.  I did not get the continuing Nashville Warbler.

Florence Sanchez


Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek

Peter Schneekloth
 

In response to request for the location, the bird was just up the hill from the end of the pavement as you drive south on Refugio Rd. About where the marker is here:





On ‎Friday‎, ‎March‎ ‎22‎, ‎2019‎ ‎03‎:‎23‎:‎12‎ ‎PM‎ ‎PDT, Florence Sanchez <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:


Good find,  Could you please give some details as to the location?

Thanks,
Florence Sanchez


On Friday, March 22, 2019, 2:54:43 PM PDT, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby@...> wrote:


I would agree this is a Yellow-bellied.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 1:00 PM
To: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek

 

All - I've posted 4 photo's of the best looks a sapsucker gave me. Seems to be showing some juv plumage with some red coming into the crown and an all white throat. I think this points towards Yellow-bellied. Thoughts welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47443704961/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek

Florence Sanchez
 

Good find,  Could you please give some details as to the location?

Thanks,
Florence Sanchez


On Friday, March 22, 2019, 2:54:43 PM PDT, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby@...> wrote:


I would agree this is a Yellow-bellied.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 1:00 PM
To: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek

 

All - I've posted 4 photo's of the best looks a sapsucker gave me. Seems to be showing some juv plumage with some red coming into the crown and an all white throat. I think this points towards Yellow-bellied. Thoughts welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47443704961/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

I would agree this is a Yellow-bellied.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Peter Schneekloth via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 1:00 PM
To: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Cc: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek

 

All - I've posted 4 photo's of the best looks a sapsucker gave me. Seems to be showing some juv plumage with some red coming into the crown and an all white throat. I think this points towards Yellow-bellied. Thoughts welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47443704961/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Possible Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Quiota Creek

Peter Schneekloth
 

All - I've posted 4 photo's of the best looks a sapsucker gave me. Seems to be showing some juv plumage with some red coming into the crown and an all white throat. I think this points towards Yellow-bellied. Thoughts welcomed.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/47443704961/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

Wim,

 

Thanks for posting this. I have always wondered how to distinguish first-year males from females. Hopefully this will help.

 

Nick

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Wim van Dam
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 11:34 AM
To: main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Bird Refuge

 

Related to this: Here is a good article on identifying mergansers
https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/82.pdf


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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #383: Blue-winged Warbler


Re: Bird Refuge

Wim van Dam
 

Related to this: Here is a good article on identifying mergansers
https://cobirds.org/CFO/ColoradoBirds/InTheScope/82.pdf


--
Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #383: Blue-winged Warbler


SB Audubon Website and Program Reminder

Janice Levasheff
 

Dear all,

We regret to inform you that our website is down temporarily.

Our event reminders usually include links to our website, so information about this week's event is below:

    Program Topic:  An Alternative to Rodenticides:  Ventura County's Raptor Pilot Study for Levee Protection
    Speaker:    Dr. Karl Novak, Deputy Director with the Ventura County Watershed Protection District and former Director of the Raptor Pilot Study
    Date and Time:    Wednesday, March 27, 7:30 pm
    Location:    Farrand Hall, S.B. Museum of Natural History

    The Ventura County Watershed Protection District developed a Raptor Pilot Study  to determine if owls and hawks can be attracted to a flood-control level and provide better protection from ground squirrels than traditionally applied rodenticides.  Please join us to learn more about the exciting findings of this study!  Doors open at 7:00 pm.  Free and open to all.


We anticipate that our website will be back on-line in the next few days and apologize for the inconvenience.

Please direct any questions to "Membership@...".

Many thanks to those of you who have asked about it, and we appreciate everyone's patience.


Happy Birding,

Janice Levasheff
Membership Chair, Santa Barbara Audubon Society


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*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Phalarope (4 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (4 reports)
- Brown Booby (4 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Bryce Lewis-Smith
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54080596
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Jessica Oswald
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077312
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Rowdy Freeland
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077859
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Josh Beisel
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54079256
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Josh Beisel
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54079257
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Rowdy Freeland
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077850
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Jessica Oswald
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077295
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Bryce Lewis-Smith
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54080597
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Bryce Lewis-Smith
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54080597
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Josh Beisel
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54079257
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Jessica Oswald
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077295
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Rowdy Freeland
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54077850
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

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Western Kingbirds at Mitchell Road in Santa Maria

John Deacon
 

All:

I saw 3 Western Kingbirds today while walking my dog at Mitchell Road today.  This is the first I've seen them this season.

John

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Area K UCSB overlook today 12:30

Ron Hirst
 

Teal - 2 Bl Winged, 12 Cinnamon
Duck - 85 Gadwall, 24 Ruddy, 54 Am. Wigeon, 100 Shoveler, 2 Bufflehead, 90 Mallard
Goose - 2 Canada
other - 110 Coot, 8 RW Blackbirds, 20 Violet Green Swallows, 4 Eared Grebe, 2 Mockingbird
Ron Hirst, SB


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*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Red-necked Phalarope (3 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (3 reports)
- Brown Booby (3 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2019 08:04 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S54041085
- Comments: "Large Podiceps. Long bill. Bright white face contrasts with black cap. Red neck. ~90-degree angle between top & back of skull.
First seen in SW part of Lagoon swimming N; last seen near crew dock. Spends much time diving."

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Ryan Terrill
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046605
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by Whitney Tsai
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046619
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (7)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:50 by James Maley
- Offshore--Santa Barbara Island vicinity (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.371762,-119.035291&ll=33.371762,-119.035291
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046618
- Comments: "all in one tight flock. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Whitney Tsai
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046280
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by James Maley
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046278
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (16)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046270
- Comments: "birds singing from inside the cave, and loafing in the water just before the cave. photos"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Whitney Tsai
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046280
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046270
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (60)
- Reported Mar 19, 2019 08:00 by James Maley
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54046278
- Comments: "I counted 55 sitting on Sutil island at once, and then looked around the boat and could see five birds in flight. Many photographs. Continuing colony on Sutil island, but no active nests seen this time."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2019 07:11 by David Assmann
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54042317
- Comments: "Previously reported bird - brown wings and tail, gray head, pale yellow belly, olive gray upperparts, white chin, forked tail, thick black bull."

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A correction

Florence Sanchez
 

For those who were on the great trip to Santa Barbara Ranch last Saturday and who are interested in wildflowers, I need to correct a mis-identification.

We were finding in the grasses lots of small plants with small, deep pink to magenta flowers.  It was identified first as a sage and then I called it "Seal-heal."  Neither is correct.  After checking with Larry Ballard, I have found that the correct name is "Henbit" or Lamium amplexicaule.

Like sage, it is a member of the mint family. It is not a native but is widespread in agricultural areas.  It is having a bumper year like many other annual and perennial species, both native and introduced.  I found an entire field of it on Highway 246 just west of Buellton a couple of weeks ago -- a solid sheet of deep pink.

Apologies to those I may have led astray by calling it Self-heal.  (That's Prunella Vulgaris.)

Florence Sanchez