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Atascadero scouting today

Ron Hirst
 

Up 200 yards from Patterson Bike Bridge in Maria Ygnacio Creek was a B&W Warbler (f) loosely associated with 3 Hutton's Vireos and a Bushtit flock. At Patterson Bridge were a pair of Hooded Mergansers. Another pair was in creek near end of Turnpike.  From 11-1pm along Atascadero from Patterson Bridge to Turnpike was ... not much. A couple Allen's Hummers and a couple Purple Finches, a Coopers and a Red Shouldered hawk, and 2 Cassin's Kingbirds plus a few even more common birds. Returning from Turnpike along base of More Mesa there was a hotspot in a big oak near the Myrtle Warbler arroyo a few hundred yards up the path from Orchid Drive. In the big oak and adjacent arroyo were 30 Myrtle, 50 Bushtits, 3 Red Shafted Flickers, 2 Purple Finches, 2 RC Kinglets, 3 OC Warblers, a Townsends, a Fox Sparrow, a few House Finches and a few WC Sparrows. Other birds in the area typical BG Gnatcatchers, RC Kinglets, Lesser Goldfinches, 4 RT Hawks, 2 BS Kites, 2 Cassin's Kingbirds, and a few overflights of Cedar Waxwings. 10 Purple Finches altogether in the general Patterson fields/Atascadero area near Toyon bushes and/or oaks.  
Ron Hirst, SB 


La Cumbre Peak Dec. 31

Florence Sanchez
 

I went up to La Cumbre Peak this morning.   Based on previous trips this winter, I felt mid-morning would be better for bird activity so I go there at 9:30 a.m.   The sun was shining only weakly through the high cirrus clouds, so the temperature was a chilly 42 degrees and it didn't warm up more than a couple of degrees while I was there.   

The mountain was practically birdless this morning.  I heard a Fox Sparrow below the Peak and caught a far-away glimpse of what looked like the Townsend's Solitaire that has been there on previous visits.  That was it for the Peak.  I walked the road west to the larger communications station and had a grand total of 2 Scrub Jays for bird activity.  I had 3 more Jays at the communications station and heard a California Thrasher singing somewhere in the scrub below. I also heard the call note of a Hermit Thrush near some toyon bushes.  On the way back, I found a Toyon with a good amount of berries just below the road and just west of the pine trees.  It had a lone Wrentit in it.  And that was it.

I know rain is forecast for Saturday afternoon, but I hope whoever counts this spot will have better luck.  Hopefuly it will be a little warmer at mid-morning and activity will pick up.

Florence Sanchez

PS--Nothing observed on Gibraltar Reservoir below.


Scouting Montecito and SB Muni GC today

Mark Holmgren
 

With Nancy Baron, I scouted today in Montecito and briefly the SB Municipal Golf Course, where access is restricted.

 

The Eucs between the Biltmore Tennis Courts and the RR tracks were quite active in proportion to the flowers on the Eucs.  Good numbers, but nothing other than the expected warblers and hummingbirds were detected.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51136036

 

At the Music Academy of the West (access is restricted here) we had a Wilson’s Warbler.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51134373

 

At the Andree Clark Bird Refuge there was nothing unusual.  But the Am. White Pelican remained at the west end, 320 Northern Shovelers was a rather large number, and a Merlin lurked over the area.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51127101

 

I went to check on the possible Baltimore Oriole seen at the SB Municipal Golf Course on Saturday.  I obtained better looks at the bird, but fewer photos.  I’m fairly solidly convinced this is a Baltimore Oriole.  Details here.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51135722

Also present were 6 Chipping Sparrows and a Lark Sparrow.

 

Mark Holmgren

Goleta


Afternoon scouting

Hugh Ranson
 


Best bird was a Tropical Kingbird at the SB Cemetery--almost certainly the same bird seen intermittently at the Bird Refuge. The White Pelican continues at the west end of the Refuge. No sign of the Red-necked Grebe in the harbor. There were single Horned and Eared Grebes. I dipped again on the Grasshopper Sparrow at Elings Park. That will be a tough one to get, if it's still around.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


NCOS

Meg White
 

Just left NCOS at 2 p.m.. at the very last pond at the end of the gravel path adjacent to the beginning of Ellwood I observed:

2 Ross's geese
3 Greater White-fronted geese
30 Canada geese
1 Ring-necked duck
2 immature Snow geese?? Geese were double the size of the Ross's Geese, approximately as large as the Greater white-fronted. Overall white goose with gray mottling on the back and top of head, a slight dark eye line through eye, dark pink upper bill,  black lower bill.

Meg White
Hope Ranch




Brant at Devereux

Benjamin Byerly
 

Three of us observed a Brant in Devereux Slough this morning shortly after 10AM. It was quite close to the road, about 1/2 between the 1st and 2nd pullout. It didn't stick around long, however. By the time we looped back from East Deveraux (approx 45 minutes later) it was already gone, or at least not easily located. 


Ben


White-throated Sparrows at Wilcox Property

Hugh Ranson
 

I birded bits of the Wilcox Property (aka Douglas Preserve) and Arroyo Burro Creek at Hendry's Beach. Not much at the latter, but the former had a couple of decent sparrow flocks, one of which, right at the end of Borton Drive, contained two White-throated Sparrows, a Fox Sparrow, and a couple of Purple Finches. Chestnut-backed Chickadees were quite vocal. There are a few blooming eucs but not many birds in them.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Varied Thrush

Conor Scotland
 

Varied Thrush at Kinevan Rd this morning around 7am, just west of the bridge to the red house with the American and California flags. 

Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara 


some Riviera, Rocky Nook and Goleta birds

Julie McLeod
 

I have a huge flock of Scaly Breasted Munea's at almost any time at my house. on Chelham Way. I think you are probably covered for them. We have 30-50 at almost any given time. It started with 3 birds about 4 years ago.

Also a White-Breasted nuthatch and occasionally his mate, but not always here.

The rest are rather common. 

Julie McLeod

816 Chelham Way, Santa Barbara

805-565-1332, cell 805-881-2181

















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*** Species Summary:

- Green-winged Teal (intergrade) (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (4 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)

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Green-winged Teal (intergrade) (Anas crecca crecca/nimia x carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 16:01 by Noah Gaines
- Andrée Clark Bird Refuge, Noah's Walk. Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4181,-119.6635), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.418113,-119.663506&ll=34.418113,-119.663506
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51102808
- Comments: "I think this is bird was reported before hard to tell as there were not any other males to compare to. The head patterning is quite bold with thicker tan outline around the green ear patch. When reported before people could not see the side bar. However, I could note a faint vertical side bar coming in on both sides. It appeared to have a hurt R foot. "

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Dec 29, 2018 11:10 by Alex Loos
- Hope Ranch Annex, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4370752,-119.7596846&ll=34.4370752,-119.7596846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51069279
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (6)
- Reported Dec 29, 2018 08:52 by Corine Barksdale
- Carpinteria Bluffs Open Space, Carpinteria US-CA (34.3864,-119.4989), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.386403,-119.498867&ll=34.386403,-119.498867
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51096762
- Comments: "2 immature 4 adults have pictures"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 11:28 by Jonah Benningfield
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51094084
- Comments: "Known birds "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 11:28 by Max Benningfield
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51101580
- Comments: "Known birds "

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (6) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 29, 2018 08:52 by Joe Beck
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3961231,-119.5283666&ll=34.3961231,-119.5283666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51092706
- Media: 3 Photos

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 27, 2018 11:38 by Elaine Tan
- Meadowlark Rd and surrounding offstreets, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6086074,-120.0621284&ll=34.6086074,-120.0621284
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51088053
- Comments: "Seen on pepper tree off Bluebird Lane, 0.7 miles outside the Cachuma CBC circle border. Sapsucker with no red on nape, white throat bordered by black. Photos."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 27, 2018 11:38 by Santiago Lupi
- Meadowlark Rd and surrounding offstreets, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6086074,-120.0621284&ll=34.6086074,-120.0621284
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51101990
- Comments: "Seen on pepper tree off Bluebird Lane, 0.7 miles outside the Cachuma CBC circle border. Sapsucker with no red on nape, white throat bordered by black. Photos."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2)
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 14:33 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/S51103300
- Comments: "Thick-billed kingbird, first observation it was perched high on phone line, second was high on treetop and singing like a robin. "

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (3)
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 13:15 by David Compton
- UCSB Student Health building, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.416106,-119.853115&ll=34.416106,-119.853115
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51096604
- Comments: "Returning adult male, HY male, female"

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (2)
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 13:15 by David Compton
- UCSB Student Health building, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.416106,-119.853115&ll=34.416106,-119.853115
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51096604
- Comments: "One on the northwest side of the building and one on the southeast."

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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Ruby-throated Hummingbird (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Hermit Warbler (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 29, 2018 15:35 by Angie Trumbo
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51065964
- Media: 1 Photo

Ruby-throated Hummingbird (Archilochus colubris) (1)
- Reported Dec 25, 2018 13:35 by Mark Brown
- Cal Poly--San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3024106,-120.6608403&ll=35.3024106,-120.6608403
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51095693
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "in field I thought it was a black-chinned hummingbird but lookin at the pictures the structure seems more like Ruby-throated. Probability birding: The Birds of SLO Co. Cal. their status and distribution that there is no winter records. Santa Barbara Co has one winter record. Lehman: Black-chinned Hummingbirds have been reported on a number of occasions during the late fall and winter months, particularly on CBCs. To date, only one of these records has been properly documented: 1 in Hope Ranch 2 January–20 February 1982. While there is a SLO record of Ruby-throated from late October 2006. ?? I heard a slight burst of high pitched chattering that did not sound like Allen's/Rufous or Anna's."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (2)
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 08:35 by Eduardo Jimenez
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51089330
- Comments: "Orange and black back turnstone with orange legs."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 11:00 by Petra Clayton
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51105246
- Comments: "Continuing since 7/14/18 (First report by Jim Royer)"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 10:36 by Scott Inman
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51091644
- Comments: "Regular spot of late...path N of boat launch. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 30, 2018 13:05 by Sarah Newton-Scott
- Morro Bay SP--Natural History Museum, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3470547,-120.8437825&ll=35.3470547,-120.8437825
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51095369
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "As reported by others in the eucalyptus by the museum and over the bathrooms behind the cafe. Most easily seen from the museum level. Bright yellow extending to throat, large bill."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 29, 2018 12:15 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51065776
- Media: 2 Photos

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 29, 2018 12:15 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51065776
- Media: 1 Photo

Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 29, 2018 12:15 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51065776
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for the first of three Flickr videos:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/44704992360/in/dateposted-public/" title="Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4826/44704992360_69e7949871_o.jpg" alt="Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis), Los Osos, CA" /></a>
Click on the image below for the second of three Flickr videos:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/44704993480/in/dateposted-public/" title="Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7809/44704993480_e0916f1fc8_o.jpg" alt="Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis), Los Osos, CA" /></a>
Click on the image below for the third of three Flickr videos:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/32649101898/in/dateposted-public/" title="Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4832/32649101898_dff6ee5e7b_o.jpg" alt="Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

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Mesa Swamp Sparrow

Hugh Ranson
 

I spent an hour or so looking around the Mesa Lane area this afternoon. I didn't find any blooming eucs. There is an overgrown yard opposite 107 Cooper Road that had lots of White-crowned Sparrows, a Lincoln's Sparrow, and surprisingly, a Swamp Sparrow.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



some Riviera, Rocky Nook and Goleta birds

Ron Hirst
 

This morning a Peregrine was on Riviera and this afternoon the Merlin is here. Rocky Nook had few birds with 2 Purple Finches being best. The parking lots at Sansum Clinic, Pesetas Lane have 10 red blooming eucs and 15 Tipu trees. A flock of 60 YR Warblers alternates between those trees and a Nashville Warbler was in the Tipus, staying with a Townsend's and a RC Kinglet. A Peregrine flew overhead. The creek restoration area of nearby St. Vincent's campus had a Nuttall's, a Downy, and some warblers and sparrows. In Goleta I saw the 6 Hooded Mergansers in the stream below Patterson Bridge. A Chestnut-backed Chickadee in nearby forest was best other bird. Other birds of the morning included a few Bewick's Wrens, 8 OC Warblers, a Yellowthroat, a Fox Sparrow, a couple Cassin's Kingbirds, and 2 Ring-necked Ducks in a new nursery pond next to the Patterson Bike Bridge. I plan to bird along Atascadero Creek manana. Ron Hirst, SB


UCSB Student Health Building

Dave Compton
 

Early afternoon today, I birded around the UCSB Student Health Building (at El Colegio x Ocean Rd). Birds of interest were three different BULLOCK'S ORIOLES (an adult male, a hatch-year male, and a female) and two NASHVILLE WARBLERS. The adult male Bullock's may be an individual that has wintered here for several years in a row. All three orioles were on the southeast side of the building (closer to Ocean Rd). One Nashville each was on the southeast side and the northwest side (around Lot 25) of the building. 

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Lower Riveria

Rob Hofberg
 

I live in “The Lower Riviera “ (that’s what Weather Underground says) near Alta Vista and Micheltorena.

This afternoon there was a fox sparrow in the hedge across the street. We also have a resident Lincoln’s sparrow under our seed feeders. 

One week ago I saw a sapsucker flying into the trees across the street.

Thought you might want to know for the upcoming count.

Rob Hofberg 


HoodedMergansers on Atascadero Creek

Marge and Don Thornton
 

There were 6 Hooded Mergansers seen on Atascadero Creek from the Patterson bridge; 3 male and 3 female.  There was a pair of Bewick's Wrens north of the bike bath a short ways west of Patterson.

Marge and Don Thornton
Goleta, Ca


Re: White Pelican at Bird Refuge

Julie Scotland
 

There is one white pelican at UCSB lagoon today.

Julie Scotland
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 11:41 AM William Murdoch <williammurdochsb@...> wrote:
One flew over my car on Friday in the same area - going from the Refuge to East Beach.

Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 10:03 AM Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann@...> wrote:
Currently (10 am) swimming toward the parking lot





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Bill Murdoch


Old Coast Hwy at Alisal (Nojoqui area) - Ferruginous Hawk

Peter Schneekloth
 

Went to Nojoqui Park to look for Juncos, not much of interest there but I did have great looks at a cooperative Ferruginous Hawk. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/31591652427/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


White-throated Swifts @ LLC

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There were an estimated 20 to 30 WTSW at LLC this morning (Sun) at about 10:30 am.  They were flying mainly above Stow House and were present the entire time I was birding at LLC - approx. 1 hour.
Nothing else of note to report.

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta 


Re: White Pelican at Bird Refuge

William Murdoch
 

One flew over my car on Friday in the same area - going from the Refuge to East Beach.

Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara

On Sun, Dec 30, 2018 at 10:03 AM Cuyler Stapelmann <cuylerstapelmann@...> wrote:
Currently (10 am) swimming toward the parking lot





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Bill Murdoch