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Island Packers July Pelagic date change, NOW JULY 15th, a Sunday

Joel Barrett
 

Apologies to everyone for the change in dates. I wanted to get this out as soon as I could. Due to a scheduling conflict the July Pelagic birding date will now be pushed back one day to the 15th of July, a Sunday. I hope this does not cause any major disruptions to anyone's plans. Thanks for the understanding and we'll see you out there!


Here is a new link to the updated information. All other trip details remain the same.

https://www.thesaltybird.com/trips-1

www.thesaltybird.com
Pelagic birding in and around the Channel Islands National Park and the Santa Barbara Channel. www.thesaltybird.com Information and trips.

Joel Barrett

Port Hueneme, Ca


Sent from Outlook

Purple Martins @ Nojoqui Falls PK

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

Gayle Hackamack and I saw 4 Purple Martins at Nojoqui Falls Park this morning (Fri). They were mostly observed flying above the Park but on a couple of occasions a pair land beside a cavity in a Sycamore tree  (see photo).  

https://flic.kr/p/2397e1u


Adrian O'Loghlen

Goleta

Leucistic D.C. Cormorant Devereux

Brad Hacker <bradley_r_hacker@...>
 

A leucistic D.C. Cormorant was photographed at Devereux yesterday by an acquaintance. I have not seen it. 


Good birding,

Pelagic birding trips for 2018, July 14th and Oct 6th

Joel Barrett
 

Hi all,

I'm sending out a notice to everyone that the dates are set for the Summer/Fall pelagic birding trips with Island Packers.


The dates are July 14th and Oct 6th.


See the link below for more details.

Trips can be booked at www.islandpackers.com

Click "Reserve Trip" and choose the special trips tab, then the correct month and then the correct trip, or give a call to 

(805) 642-1393


https://www.thesaltybird.com/single-post/2018/04/05/2018-Pelagic-Trips-with-Island-Packers


A few notes as to what is happening in the Channel lately. We have had a big increase in Red-necked Phalarope numbers with a few Red Phalaropes mixed in. Northern Fulmar numbers continue to be high in the channel with nearly 50 in the same location I saw over 100 earlier this year. Yesterday I also had my first Sooty Shearwaters of the year, while Pacific Loons are coming through in their spiffy alternative plumage. 


On the rarity side of things, a Brown Booby flew by the bow of our boat on 4/4/18 and we had a pair of Long-tailed ducks off the north shore of Santa Rosa Island.


I hope everyone is enjoying the spring birding and I hope to see some of you on the boat this summer and fall!

Joel Barrett

Port Hueneme, Ca



Sent from Outlook

Re: Northern Waterthrush at Bird Refuge - eBird Report

Julie Scotland
 

On the waterthrush at ACBR now. Same spot David saw it. Tail bobbing.


On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 6:34 PM Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <
sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:



Posted today:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44244034

Please report to the group if this bird is seen.


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA



[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]

Re: Northern Waterthrush at Bird Refuge - eBird Report

Julie Scotland
 

Great find!! Anyone get the bird today? I am going to try my luck later this afternoon.

Julie 

On Wed, Apr 4, 2018 at 7:53 PM, David Kisner david.kisner@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I am the one who reported this bird - saw it on east end in willow/palm thicket foraging along waterline. 

David Kisner


On Apr 4, 2018, at 18:34, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com> wrote:

 

Posted today:


Please report to the group if this bird is seen.


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


Re: Northern Waterthrush at Bird Refuge - eBird Report

David Kisner
 

I am the one who reported this bird - saw it on east end in willow/palm thicket foraging along waterline. 

David Kisner


On Apr 4, 2018, at 18:34, Jamie Chavez almiyi@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

Posted today:


Please report to the group if this bird is seen.


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Northern Waterthrush at Bird Refuge - eBird Report

Jamie Chavez
 

Posted today:


Please report to the group if this bird is seen.


--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Re: [EXTERNAL] La Cumbre Peak Wednesday April 4

Nick Lethaby
 

This type of fire break clearance is even worse for butterflies. California Buckwheat is a host plant for quite a few species and typically grows by the roadside. I have seen big areas removed during these operations.

From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of Florence Sanchez sanchezucsb11@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 3:55 PM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] La Cumbre Peak Wednesday April 4




I hiked around La Cumbre Peak this morning--nice up there above the fog. The flies are just starting to come out, so it was a pleasant walk.

Best bird was a continuing Townsend's Solitaire at the peak in the pine grove just south of the road. I saw just one long enough to clearly identify it before it took off and I lost it among the trees. Also at the Peak this morning was a surprise Mountain Chickadee. A single Steller's Jay continues. I heard Mountain Quail sounding off on either side of the road to the west. There were a few Yellow-rumps moving through the trees--one was a Myrtle. No other warblers.

I walked west along the road to the large communications station. I noticed there had been significant clearing for several feet on either side of East Camino Cielo Road, but when I got to the s! tation, I found the understory has been completely obliterated. I'm sure this was done for protection during the recent Thomas fire, but it was very drastic--mature Bay trees, Manzanita, and all other shrubs have been cut to the ground. Only the pines remain and they have been heavily pruned. Unfortunately, this has rendered the area pretty birdless as there is no real cover. Also, a lot of the cut brush was left behind and shoved up against the vegetation boundary, which seems counter productive if fire prevention was the key. All in all, it was pretty depressing!

Walking back from the communications station, a pair of Mountain Quail ran across the road, which was nice. Back at the Peak, it was very quiet so I decided to walk East on the road until the pines ended. Again, I found the roadsides had been heavily cut. All the large Big-leaf maples near the road edge have been cut down, and that is very s! ad. I can see no reason for doing that as other trees along the road side were not cut down, only pruned. Perhaps (because they are deciduous), those clearing the road thought they were dead. Still it was not a happy sight. A flock of White-throated Swifts overhead as I walked back to my car cheered me up a little.

There are a few flowers along Gibraltar Road, with Bush Poppy putting on a good show. There is a very pretty white-flowered Currant (Ribes) in bloom at the peak.

Florence Sanchez

La Cumbre Peak Wednesday April 4

Florence Sanchez
 

I hiked around La Cumbre Peak this morning--nice up there above the fog.  The flies are just starting to come out, so it was a pleasant walk.

Best bird was a continuing Townsend's Solitaire at the peak in the pine grove just south of the road.  I saw just one long enough to clearly identify it before it took off and I lost it among the trees.  Also at the Peak this morning was a surprise Mountain Chickadee.  A single Steller's Jay continues.  I heard Mountain Quail sounding off on either side of the road to the west.  There were a few Yellow-rumps moving through the trees--one was a Myrtle.  No other warblers.

I walked west along the road to the large communications station.  I noticed there had been significant clearing for several feet on either side of East Camino Cielo Road, but when I got to the station, I found the understory has been completely obliterated.  I'm sure this was done for protection during the recent Thomas fire, but it was very drastic--mature Bay trees, Manzanita, and all other shrubs have been cut to the ground.  Only the pines remain and they have been heavily pruned.  Unfortunately, this has rendered the area pretty birdless as there is no real cover.  Also, a lot of the cut brush was left behind and shoved up against the vegetation boundary, which seems counter productive if fire prevention was the key.  All in all, it was pretty depressing!

Walking back from the communications station, a pair of Mountain Quail ran across the road, which was nice.  Back at the Peak, it was very quiet so I decided to walk East on the road until the pines ended.  Again, I found the roadsides had been heavily cut.  All the large Big-leaf maples near the road edge have been cut down, and that is very sad.  I can see no reason for doing that as other trees along the road side were not cut down, only pruned.  Perhaps (because they are deciduous), those clearing the road thought they were dead.  Still it was not a happy sight.  A flock of White-throated Swifts overhead as I walked back to my car cheered me up a little.

There are a few flowers along Gibraltar Road, with Bush Poppy putting on a good show.  There is a very pretty white-flowered Currant (Ribes) in bloom at the peak.

Florence Sanchez

Re: Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton

Florence Sanchez
 

I''m still getting hummingbirds at my feeders, which is big change from last year when most of them departed the south coast in spring.  (Even the Anna's.)

Florence Sanchez


On Wednesday, April 4, 2018, 9:57:20 AM PDT, John Deacon iseekbirds@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:


 

I'm seeing larger than normal hummingbird numbers, but not the diversity others are getting.  I am, however, seeing larger than normal numbers of BH Grosbeaks (for my yard anyway).  Last night, I had 4 males and 1 female on a single feeder.  No telling what was happening on the other 6 seed feeders in my yard.    

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


-----Original Message-----
From: peterschneekloth@... [sbcobirding]
To: sbcobirding
Sent: Tue, Apr 3, 2018 7:54 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton

 
I've had pretty steady hummingbird activity with numbers down slightly the last few days but diversity picking up. I had Black-chinned show up today along with another Costa's. Rufous/Allen's continue and a moderate number of Anna's. Combined numbers down from roughly 30 to 15.

A look at the Black-chinned here:

Costa's:


Anyone else getting a good flow of Hummingbirds?
 
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton

Nick Lethaby
 

It looks like the WNW winds will pick up later this week, which will hopefully hold up more migrants.

From: sbcobirding@... [mailto:sbcobirding@...] On Behalf Of John Deacon iseekbirds@... [sbcobirding]
Sent: Wednesday, April 04, 2018 9:57 AM
To: peterschneekloth@...; sbcobirding@...
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton



I'm seeing larger than normal hummingbird numbers, but not the diversity others are getting. I am, however, seeing larger than normal numbers of BH Grosbeaks (for my yard anyway). Last night, I had 4 males and 1 female on a single feeder. No telling what was happening on the other 6 seed feeders in my yard.
John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

-----Original Message-----
From: peterschneekloth@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...>
To: sbcobirding <sbcobirding@...>
Sent: Tue, Apr 3, 2018 7:54 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton

I've had pretty steady hummingbird activity with numbers down slightly the last few days but diversity picking up. I had Black-chinned show up today along with another Costa's. Rufous/Allen's continue and a moderate number of Anna's. Combined numbers down from roughly 30 to 15.

A look at the Black-chinned here:
<https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40507885534/in/dateposted-public/>
https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40507885534/in/dateposted-public/

Costa's:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40507885534/in/dateposted-pub lic/<https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40507885534/in/dateposted-public/>

Anyone else getting a good flow of Hummingbirds?

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton

John Deacon
 

I'm seeing larger than normal hummingbird numbers, but not the diversity others are getting.  I am, however, seeing larger than normal numbers of BH Grosbeaks (for my yard anyway).  Last night, I had 4 males and 1 female on a single feeder.  No telling what was happening on the other 6 seed feeders in my yard.    

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


-----Original Message-----
From: peterschneekloth@... [sbcobirding] To: sbcobirding
Sent: Tue, Apr 3, 2018 7:54 pm
Subject: [sbcobirding] Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton

 
I've had pretty steady hummingbird activity with numbers down slightly the last few days but diversity picking up. I had Black-chinned show up today along with another Costa's. Rufous/Allen's continue and a moderate number of Anna's. Combined numbers down from roughly 30 to 15.

A look at the Black-chinned here:

Costa's:


Anyone else getting a good flow of Hummingbirds?
 
Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Re: Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton

Wim van Dam
 

Yes, the past few days my Solvang backyard has also seen an increase in migrating hummers. In fact, I got a male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD today, which is always a nice surprise in District I.  

Wim van Dam
Solvang, CA
---
SBCO #376+1: Pine Warbler





On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 7:54 PM, peterschneekloth@... [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

I've had pretty steady hummingbird activity with numbers down slightly the last few days but diversity picking up. I had Black-chinned show up today along with another Costa's. Rufous/Allen's continue and a moderate number of Anna's. Combined numbers down from roughly 30 to 15.


A look at the Black-chinned here:

 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40507885534/in/dateposted-public/


Costa's:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40507885534/in/dateposted-public/


Anyone else getting a good flow of Hummingbirds?

 

Peter Schneekloth

Buellton


Continuing Hummingbird Show - Buellton

Peter Schneekloth
 

I've had pretty steady hummingbird activity with numbers down slightly the last few days but diversity picking up. I had Black-chinned show up today along with another Costa's. Rufous/Allen's continue and a moderate number of Anna's. Combined numbers down from roughly 30 to 15.


A look at the Black-chinned here:

 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40507885534/in/dateposted-public/


Costa's:


https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/40507885534/in/dateposted-public/


Anyone else getting a good flow of Hummingbirds?

 

Peter Schneekloth

Buellton

Re: Mystery bird audio: Oak Titmouse?

John Callender
 

A couple of private correspondents are doubtful about Cassin's Vireo. One suggests Fox Sparrow, which is both a bird I'd expect to find in the area and one that might be more likely than a vireo to stay put in a dense pocket of foliage for the several minutes I spent trying to get a look at it.

Fox Sparrow recorded in Ventura County:


John


On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 2:28 PM, John Callender <callender.john@...> wrote:
After listening to a lot of birds on xenocanto I wonder if Cassin's Vireo would be a possibility. I've seen reports of a few of those moving through the area recently, and the general character of the song, at least, seems similar. Examples:



Among those who've responded privately to the email no one has committed to an ID, though a few have said they're pretty sure it's NOT a titmouse, at least. So that feels like progress, even if it ends up having to remain a mystery. :-)

Thanks again.

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 12:03 PM, John Callender <callender.john@...> wrote:
I heard a bird singing in the canopy of a Coast Live Oak near Carpinteria Creek yesterday, and am not sure what it was. I wasn't able to see the singer, which appeared to be stationary for the several minutes I tried to see it. The song reminded me vaguely of Oak Titmouse, but I didn't hear any of the vocalizations I'm more familiar with that I would have expected to hear if that's what it was. It had a warbler/vireo character, and there are a lot of species in that group whose vocalizations I need to learn better, so maybe the ID will be obvious to someone?

The recording is here, if anyone is willing to give it a listen:


Thanks.

John


Re: Mystery bird audio: Oak Titmouse?

John Callender
 

After listening to a lot of birds on xenocanto I wonder if Cassin's Vireo would be a possibility. I've seen reports of a few of those moving through the area recently, and the general character of the song, at least, seems similar. Examples:



Among those who've responded privately to the email no one has committed to an ID, though a few have said they're pretty sure it's NOT a titmouse, at least. So that feels like progress, even if it ends up having to remain a mystery. :-)

Thanks again.

On Tue, Apr 3, 2018 at 12:03 PM, John Callender <callender.john@...> wrote:
I heard a bird singing in the canopy of a Coast Live Oak near Carpinteria Creek yesterday, and am not sure what it was. I wasn't able to see the singer, which appeared to be stationary for the several minutes I tried to see it. The song reminded me vaguely of Oak Titmouse, but I didn't hear any of the vocalizations I'm more familiar with that I would have expected to hear if that's what it was. It had a warbler/vireo character, and there are a lot of species in that group whose vocalizations I need to learn better, so maybe the ID will be obvious to someone?

The recording is here, if anyone is willing to give it a listen:


Thanks.

John

Mystery bird audio: Oak Titmouse?

John Callender
 

I heard a bird singing in the canopy of a Coast Live Oak near Carpinteria Creek yesterday, and am not sure what it was. I wasn't able to see the singer, which appeared to be stationary for the several minutes I tried to see it. The song reminded me vaguely of Oak Titmouse, but I didn't hear any of the vocalizations I'm more familiar with that I would have expected to hear if that's what it was. It had a warbler/vireo character, and there are a lot of species in that group whose vocalizations I need to learn better, so maybe the ID will be obvious to someone?

The recording is here, if anyone is willing to give it a listen:


Thanks.

John

Swainson's Hawks over Franklin Trail

Peter Gaede
 

Hi All:

I counted a total of seventeen migrating north today between 3 and 4PM, approximately two miles up from the trailhead.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara

Novel Owl call and Carp birding 2 April 2018

Mark Holmgren
 

On the north side of the Santa Ynez crest is the Paradise Reserve.  (Access is by permission only.)  Lots of migrant birds have arrived or are passing through, most notably House Wren, Pacific-slope Flycatchers, and a couple of Black-throated Gray Warblers.  Mountain Quail and Common Poorwill were heard. An interesting owl vocalization was recorded and can be heard on this morning's eBird checklist. I believe its a nestling or fledgling Great Horned.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44205063

In Carpinteria, in the dreary fog hanging over Rincon Creek at Bate's Road, very few migrants have arrived. One Wilson's Warbler and Pacific-slope Flycatcher were all I could detect.  Lake Jocelyn was pretty wintery also, with N. Rough-winged and Tree swallows as the only newcomers.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass