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Possible Tricolored Blackbird @ LLC

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was what looked like a Tricolored Blackbird at LLC this morning (Mon). It was in a dead shrub in the reeds near the water's edge at the west end of the dam.
Photos at;
https://flic.kr/p/M5owso

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta

Brief pelagic report

Hugh Ranson
 

There will be a more detailed e-bird report on yesterday's 12 hour pelagic
birding trip, but I thought I'd give a few of the highlights. Not only did we
see some great birds, but there were birds in view almost the entire time,
sometimes in their thousands. Often on these trips, we can go for long
stretches with seeing very little. It was gratifying to see large numbers of
Sooty Shearwaters, a species that has declined in our area (and everywhere
else?). A few of the highlights, apart from spending time with terrific people:
Two Nazca Boobies, a species that breeds in the Galapagos--one was in Ventura
County, the other, near Santa Barbara Island, was only the second ever seen in
Santa Barbara County--a lifer for most; many, many Cook's Petrels (close to
100?); Long-tailed Jaegers; South Polar Skua; Sabine's Gull; Scripps'
Murrelets; Storm-petrels in a variety of flavors (Black, Ashy, Leach's
(Chapman's)-- and a couple of people saw Townsend's and Fork-tailed); Brown
Boobies on Sutil; Northern Fulmars; Pink-footed, Sooty, and Black-vented
Shearwaters; American Oystercatcher on Anacapa Island; and to round things off,
Minke, Blue, and Fin Whales. Phew!

A few photos here:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/159344319@N03/with/42318706375/

Hugh Ranson
SB

update Lehman's Birds of Santa Barbara County, July 2018

Wim van Dam
 

Dear Santa Barbara County birders,

Paul Lehman has once again updated his Birds of Santa Barbara County (BOSBC) and this July 2018 edition can be freely downloaded (as an epub or pdf file) here: https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/

This site also contains a pdf of the county map, clarifying the districts and locations that BOSBC uses. We excluded this map (as well as the original 1994 photos and drawings) to prevent the files from getting too big.

When relying upon this resource, please use the recommended citation: 
Lehman, P. E. "The Birds of Santa Barbara County, California", Revised edition, March 2018, available at https://sites.google.com/site/lehmanbosbc/2018. Original edition: The Vertebrate Museum, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1994.

I'll end by repeating Paul's request for additional information:

Input from the birding public is eagerly sought. If you have corrections or other information that would be valuable to include in any of the species accounts, please submit it, preferably labelled "BOSBC", to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sbcobirding . But recent records from the current 'season' should be sent to county compiler Dave Compton. We will consider these data for all future updates. This electronic publication can be modified easily, and the plans are to do so on a regular basis.[...] Feel free to comment privately to Paul as well, but we encourage suggested changes to be posted publicly on the sbcobirding site, so that we can all share in this potential new information.

Technical questions or remarks regarding the site and its files should be emailed to Wim van Dam.

Thanks Paul.

--
Wim van Dam 
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #377+3: Least Bittern

Re: Pelagic?

Glenn Kincaid
 

The SB county Nazca Booby.  Many Cooks Petrels.  Black, Ashy, and Leach’s Storm Petrels.  For a Start.

Glenn

On Jul 15, 2018, at 6:28 PM, Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam@...> wrote:

So, besides the VEN county Nazca Booby, what else was seen at today’s pelagic?

Thanks
Wim
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Sent from a phone

--
Wim van Dam 
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #377+3: Least Bittern

Pelagic?

Wim van Dam
 

So, besides the VEN county Nazca Booby, what else was seen at today’s pelagic?

Thanks
Wim
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Sent from a phone

--
Wim van Dam 
Solvang, CA
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SBCO #377+3: Least Bittern

Goleta Beaches Sunday

Robert Lindsay
 

7/15/18, 7:30 - 9 am

 

Started at Goleta Beach. The Little Blue Heron was present and feeding, using wings to create shade beneath as it grabbed fish. The Reddish Egret was not present.

 

Went to UCSB Campus point next. The east end of the lagoon was as birdless as I've ever seen it (1 Pied-billed Grebe, handful of DC Cormorants, three Mallards). The point was better. Three Greater Yellowlegs on the beach east of the rocks. Two Black Turnstone and a Wandering Tattler on the rocks at the point.

 

Finished at the Devereaux pull-outs. First pullout had 16 peeps along the channel. I forgot to bring my scope so could not positively ID. I'd say Western Sandpiper if forced to guess. Nothing exciting at the Bridge to Nowhere. A Green Heron, a Black-necked Stilt, two active GB Heron nests were all worth mentioning.

 

That's all,

Rob Lindsay_._,_._,_

Reddish Egret and Little Blue Heron, etc.

Dave Compton
 

This morning, several birders saw the continuing Reddish Egret and Little Blue Heron at Goleta Beach County Park, in the slough outlet. 

Later, at Devereux, I counted about 70 peeps, so not a ton, but it'll be worth keeping en eye on this place. The oversummering Greater White-fronted Goose was hanging out with Double-crested Cormorants.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

American Goldfinch - Buellton

Peter Schneekloth
 

I had an American Goldfinch stop by my feeders this morning. Lehman has as rare or absent in district I in summer. This individual appears to have some health issues judging by the feet and plumage.

I have also had a few Lesser and Lawrence's this week. I have also had a White-breasted Nuthatch take up residence at my feeders. Not overly remarkable but I have never had one stick around as this one has.

A look at the American here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/43356137112/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

SB Bird List at 499 Species

Jamie Chavez
 

I just updated the Santa Barbara County bird list I maintain at the sbcobirding website. With the addition of LeConte's Sparrow found in December 2017 by Hugh Ranson which has been accepted by the CA Bird Records Committee my total is 499 species. I also rearranged the taxonomic sequence per the recent AOS update published in late June. It will be interesting to learn what #500 will be for Santa Barbara. Go find it before #500 is the result of a split. The county list and other sources I referenced can be found here:


Good birding,
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Goleta Slough herons and egrets

Dika Golovatchoff
 

The juvenile Reddish Egret Egretta rufescens was consorting with several Snowy Egrets as was the Little Blue Heron ( Egretta caerulea) which should be called a Little Blue Egret.  I photographed each bird along with one or more Snowys to show the difference in size. These can be seen in the eBird list
Dika Golovatchoff
​, Santa Barbara​

Little blue and reddish

Jake Broad
 

I just ran over to the slough for a brief visit and both the little blue heron and reddish egret are giving fantastic looks. The little blue heron is becoming territorial I saw it chase the reddish egret and then it walked directly towards me opposed to my previous encounters where the bird shied away from me, even flying away up the channel. Very good outing as the reddish egret was a first time sighting for me :)

-Jake
Goleta

Magnificent Frigatebird in Ventura

Ron Hirst
 

Hi,  Please keep your eyes peeled along the ocean for Magnificent Frigatebird. One or two were seen south of here in the last few days. Best, Ron Hirst, SB..
Date: 7/10/18 10:27 pm
From: <joelbsalty...> [venturacobirding] <venturacobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [venturacobirding] Magnificent Frigatebird
Hi all,
This evening I walked out into my front yard a bit after 8 pm and saw a Magnificent Frigatebird slowly circling high up in the sky. I grabbed my camera and was able to get a few pictures at 8:20 pm just before it got too dark. I was standing on the corner of Hemlock and Jetty St. This is one block north of Channel Islands Blvd. and maybe a mile down the road from the Channel Islands harbor.
I just saw a report that someone spotted a similar if not the same bird a bit further south this morning I think near Malibu. So keep and eye out tomorrow. Last I saw it, it was still high up slowly circling on a very slow course to the northeast, but it really wasn't moving any which way with much speed.

Goleta Beach Reddish Egret continues

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I just checked this morning and the Little Blue Heron and (dark morph) Reddish Egret continue. The Reddish Egret appears to be the same bird that was at Ocean Beach Park last weekend as it shows very little rust in the plumage.

--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

Re: Reddish Egret or another adult Little Blue heron?

Glenn Kincaid
 

Hi Jamie and all - 

Although those photos make the Snowy Egret appear large, I think it is really a Snowy Egret.  The Little Blue Heron really is little.  I have added a photo to the checklist below showing the two side by side.

I hope to get down there soon to look for Ken’s Reddish Egret.

Glenn


On Jul 13, 2018, at 5:56 AM, Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:

All,

This bird was reported to eBird as a Reddish Egret a few days ago and the observer's checklist comments noted that photos were taken so I've been waiting for the photos to be attached to the list before reviewing the record as a Reddish Egret. The checklist was only recently updated with the photos which can be seen here:


Clearly, this is a strange bird (based on size), and if the photos are correctly depicting the size difference and it isn't just a photographic anomaly, this white egret is larger the continuing Little Blue Heron at Goleta Beach. A Snowy Egret should be about the same size. However, it looks like an ordinary Snowy Egret with yellow lores and not a juvenile Reddish Egret but I will admit based on the photos that it appears quite a bit larger which is perplexing. If possible others should try to study this bird get additional images in comparison to the Little Blue Heron and Snowy Egrets.

Good birding,

On Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 5:37 AM kenbee60 via Groups.Io <kenbee60=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Arriving at the Goleta Beach east parking lot at 3 o'clock I saw several gulls and a Heron on the mud island. Then I did a double take as what I had first assumed was the Little Blue we all know so well now looked larger than the nearby Snowy Egrets, it was also chasing fish around the shallows....it just looked huge compared the Little Blue as I remembered it.
I took many pictures.
Then it flew to the near bank under me by the Osprey's Eucalyptus tree perch.
As I eased over above them, keeping some vegetation between us, I saw that it was standing 3' away from the actual Little Blue itself.
The comparisons were then way more obvious, I took side by side pictures until they both flew upstream to the hidden bank across from the restaurant.
The internet gave the Little Blue body size range as 22-27", the Reddish Egret as 26-32", so I suppose it could be another larger Little Blue adult, but I would guess it's really a Reddish Egret.
Later they both appeared around the Slough outlet with the large gathering of Snowies and Great Egrets, GBH's, and BBNight Herons until run off by a dog being Free.
About 4 o'clock the Osprey made an appearance as did a Spotted Sandpiper. There was a pair of Spotties there all winter that I have not seen since I presume their breeding migration.
The Peregrines have also been showing there recently after being absent for several weeks, also presuming they were busy making little Peregrines, which may explain the Peregrine I heard giving it's war cry and diving repeatedly on the local Red Tail adult that was cruising the Eucs. The Peregrine gave up and flew north toward the airport after a few sorties, having given the RT appropriate what for. The Red Tail flinched once, then continued nonplussed.
I took pictures of that as well.
I do not see any way to attach pictures to this post, if anyone is interested I can email them where ever...thanks.
KHoesterey, Noleta


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Re: Reddish Egret or another adult Little Blue heron?

Nick Lethaby
 

The white egret is clearly a Snowy, Sounds like Ken had a Reddish Egret there for sure. I would be interested to see the photos to compare against the SYRE bird.

On Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 12:06 AM, kenbee60 via Groups.Io <kenbee60@...> wrote:
Arriving at the Goleta Beach east parking lot at 3 o'clock I saw several gulls and a Heron on the mud island. Then I did a double take as what I had first assumed was the Little Blue we all know so well now looked larger than the nearby Snowy Egrets, it was also chasing fish around the shallows....it just looked huge compared the Little Blue as I remembered it.
I took many pictures.
Then it flew to the near bank under me by the Osprey's Eucalyptus tree perch.
As I eased over above them, keeping some vegetation between us, I saw that it was standing 3' away from the actual Little Blue itself.
The comparisons were then way more obvious, I took side by side pictures until they both flew upstream to the hidden bank across from the restaurant.
The internet gave the Little Blue body size range as 22-27", the Reddish Egret as 26-32", so I suppose it could be another larger Little Blue adult, but I would guess it's really a Reddish Egret.
Later they both appeared around the Slough outlet with the large gathering of Snowies and Great Egrets, GBH's, and BBNight Herons until run off by a dog being Free.
About 4 o'clock the Osprey made an appearance as did a Spotted Sandpiper. There was a pair of Spotties there all winter that I have not seen since I presume their breeding migration.
The Peregrines have also been showing there recently after being absent for several weeks, also presuming they were busy making little Peregrines, which may explain the Peregrine I heard giving it's war cry and diving repeatedly on the local Red Tail adult that was cruising the Eucs. The Peregrine gave up and flew north toward the airport after a few sorties, having given the RT appropriate what for. The Red Tail flinched once, then continued nonplussed.
I took pictures of that as well.
I do not see any way to attach pictures to this post, if anyone is interested I can email them where ever...thanks.
KHoesterey, Noleta




--
Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
Work: 805 562 5106

Re: Reddish Egret or another adult Little Blue heron?

Jamie Chavez
 

All,

This bird was reported to eBird as a Reddish Egret a few days ago and the observer's checklist comments noted that photos were taken so I've been waiting for the photos to be attached to the list before reviewing the record as a Reddish Egret. The checklist was only recently updated with the photos which can be seen here:


Clearly, this is a strange bird (based on size), and if the photos are correctly depicting the size difference and it isn't just a photographic anomaly, this white egret is larger the continuing Little Blue Heron at Goleta Beach. A Snowy Egret should be about the same size. However, it looks like an ordinary Snowy Egret with yellow lores and not a juvenile Reddish Egret but I will admit based on the photos that it appears quite a bit larger which is perplexing. If possible others should try to study this bird get additional images in comparison to the Little Blue Heron and Snowy Egrets.

Good birding,

On Fri, Jul 13, 2018 at 5:37 AM kenbee60 via Groups.Io <kenbee60=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Arriving at the Goleta Beach east parking lot at 3 o'clock I saw several gulls and a Heron on the mud island. Then I did a double take as what I had first assumed was the Little Blue we all know so well now looked larger than the nearby Snowy Egrets, it was also chasing fish around the shallows....it just looked huge compared the Little Blue as I remembered it.
I took many pictures.
Then it flew to the near bank under me by the Osprey's Eucalyptus tree perch.
As I eased over above them, keeping some vegetation between us, I saw that it was standing 3' away from the actual Little Blue itself.
The comparisons were then way more obvious, I took side by side pictures until they both flew upstream to the hidden bank across from the restaurant.
The internet gave the Little Blue body size range as 22-27", the Reddish Egret as 26-32", so I suppose it could be another larger Little Blue adult, but I would guess it's really a Reddish Egret.
Later they both appeared around the Slough outlet with the large gathering of Snowies and Great Egrets, GBH's, and BBNight Herons until run off by a dog being Free.
About 4 o'clock the Osprey made an appearance as did a Spotted Sandpiper. There was a pair of Spotties there all winter that I have not seen since I presume their breeding migration.
The Peregrines have also been showing there recently after being absent for several weeks, also presuming they were busy making little Peregrines, which may explain the Peregrine I heard giving it's war cry and diving repeatedly on the local Red Tail adult that was cruising the Eucs. The Peregrine gave up and flew north toward the airport after a few sorties, having given the RT appropriate what for. The Red Tail flinched once, then continued nonplussed.
I took pictures of that as well.
I do not see any way to attach pictures to this post, if anyone is interested I can email them where ever...thanks.
KHoesterey, Noleta

--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Reddish Egret or another adult Little Blue heron?

Ken Hoesterey
 

Arriving at the Goleta Beach east parking lot at 3 o'clock I saw several gulls and a Heron on the mud island. Then I did a double take as what I had first assumed was the Little Blue we all know so well now looked larger than the nearby Snowy Egrets, it was also chasing fish around the shallows....it just looked huge compared the Little Blue as I remembered it.
I took many pictures.
Then it flew to the near bank under me by the Osprey's Eucalyptus tree perch.
As I eased over above them, keeping some vegetation between us, I saw that it was standing 3' away from the actual Little Blue itself.
The comparisons were then way more obvious, I took side by side pictures until they both flew upstream to the hidden bank across from the restaurant.
The internet gave the Little Blue body size range as 22-27", the Reddish Egret as 26-32", so I suppose it could be another larger Little Blue adult, but I would guess it's really a Reddish Egret.
Later they both appeared around the Slough outlet with the large gathering of Snowies and Great Egrets, GBH's, and BBNight Herons until run off by a dog being Free.
About 4 o'clock the Osprey made an appearance as did a Spotted Sandpiper. There was a pair of Spotties there all winter that I have not seen since I presume their breeding migration.
The Peregrines have also been showing there recently after being absent for several weeks, also presuming they were busy making little Peregrines, which may explain the Peregrine I heard giving it's war cry and diving repeatedly on the local Red Tail adult that was cruising the Eucs. The Peregrine gave up and flew north toward the airport after a few sorties, having given the RT appropriate what for. The Red Tail flinched once, then continued nonplussed.
I took pictures of that as well.
I do not see any way to attach pictures to this post, if anyone is interested I can email them where ever...thanks.
KHoesterey, Noleta

Re: Fulvous Whistling-Duck still around?

Jamie Chavez
 

Assuming it hasn't gone back to Lake Los Carneros.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Wed, Jul 11, 2018 at 4:58 PM Jake Broad via Groups.Io <californiajbroad=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I was going to send an email this evening to say the duck departed Goleta Sanitary District sometime over the last few days. I saw it last on Saturday July 7th. Since it showed up here I searched and located it everyday I worked. It was absent yesterday and today. I thoroughly searched. I did not work Sunday or Monday so it likely departed one of those days. 

On Jul 11, 2018, at 3:42 PM, Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp@...> wrote:

One was photographed at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh in LA County this morning. Has anyone seen the bird in Goleta since 26 July?
Larry B.
Carpinteria CA

--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Re: Fulvous Whistling-Duck still around?

Jake Broad
 

I was going to send an email this evening to say the duck departed Goleta Sanitary District sometime over the last few days. I saw it last on Saturday July 7th. Since it showed up here I searched and located it everyday I worked. It was absent yesterday and today. I thoroughly searched. I did not work Sunday or Monday so it likely departed one of those days. 

On Jul 11, 2018, at 3:42 PM, Larry Ballard via Groups.Io <larryincarp@...> wrote:

One was photographed at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh in LA County this morning. Has anyone seen the bird in Goleta since 26 July?
Larry B.
Carpinteria CA

Fulvous Whistling-Duck still around?

Larry Ballard
 

One was photographed at the Ballona Freshwater Marsh in LA County this morning. Has anyone seen the bird in Goleta since 26 July?
Larry B.
Carpinteria CA