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Beach walk at COPR & Sands beach

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning I took advantage of a minus low tide and very pleasant temperatures to walk the entire length of the beach from Coal Oil Point to Ellwood, rounding the point to the west where I had a clear view of the cormorant nesting platforms before turning back.  Human activity was low.

I found a mix of shorebirds, but not in any great number (with the exception of Snowy Plovers, of course).   I had 7 Semi-Palmated Plovers, a few Kildeer (most inside the enclosed area), 1 Willet, 2 Marbled Godwits, about 6 Long-billed Curlew, and 8 Whimbrel.  Based on earlier reports, I think these are all birds that over-summered.  Also present were a few Western Gulls and one Heerman's Gull.  I had flybys of both Brandt's and Double-crested Cormorants, Brown Pelicans, and 1 Caspian Tern.  Feeding at the surf's edge were a couple of Great Blue Herons and a Great Egret.  A good number of Barn Swallows were foraging near Coal Oil Point, while up at the Ellwood end of my walk, I came across a lot of Cliff Swallows with a couple of rough-wings in the mix.  There is an apparent Cliff Swallow colony in the rocky bluffs at that end.

Florence Sanchez


Andree Clark Bird Refuge and Devereux

Mark Holmgren
 

Because the only breeding record from ACBR this spring was Larry Ballard’s house sparrow, I thought there was a need to gather some breeding evidence.  I walked and scoped the entire lagoon edge except for that on the Zoo property. Lots of half-grown to full-grown Mallards of course, maybe 15 Ruddy Duck fledglings, approximately 10 baby Pied-billed Grebes and only a couple of American Coot babies.  Puzzling was the Great Blue Heron that carried a large, multi-branched stick from the Euc at the east side westwards. The only Acorn Woodpecker I saw was a dark-eyed fledgling or independent juvenile. An adult Black Phoebe fed three fledglings.

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I wonder where the large number of Northern Rough-winged Swallows came from, many fledglings among them. Starling babies were begging, a Munia pair were carrying nesting material, and Hooded Orioles were feeding kids.

Not yet showing fledglings were Great-tailed Grackles and Red-winged Blackbirds, though there were plenty of adults of both.  

Unexpected was a Ring-necked Duck.  Checklist and photos here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70723030

 

At Devereux, a lone Great Egret nestling remains.  I witnessed a 2 TuVu in a GBHe nest feeding on a dead youngster. The adult (parent?) heron was a couple branches above trying to evict the scavengers. I heard especially harsh calls during that aggression from the adult heron.  6 Wilson's Phalaropes were present.

 

I need help identifying a sandpiper seen in the main channel.  At first I thought it was a Sanderling, but the plumage should have shown more reddish.  When it flew the wingstripe was not very bold.  So, I’m left with Western Sandpiper, but I’d like some opinions.  There is just too much of a dark bib to fit WeSa nicely.  
See photos at https://ebird.org/checklist/S70723095.

 

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass


Red-tail Hawk / Western Kingbird Interaction

Glenn Kincaid
 

This morning at the “Ranch Entrance” to Alisal Ranch along Alisal Road (where the cattle pens are), Adrian O’Loghlen and I observed an interesting Kingbird / Hawk interaction.

As we arrived at the site we noticed a large collection of Starlings and Blackbirds, along with one Western Kingbird on top of the cattle pen fences.

They were watching a Red-tailed Hawk which was on the ground with a squirrel in its grasp.

When the hawk lifted off with the rodent, the Kingbird chased closely and actually rode on the hawk’s back a couple of times before the hawk lit in a tree to eat lunch.

Sadly no photo or video of the Hawk Rodeo was obtained.




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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara


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- Cackling Goose (1 report)
- White-faced Ibis (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Jun 20, 2020 16:10 by Mark Hays
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70653665
- Comments: "In main pond"

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 20, 2020 11:04 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70648843
- Comments: "3 continuing birds, seen in both northwest ponds."

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Lark Sparrow yard bird

Peter Schneekloth
 

A nice Father's Day visitor was a Lark Sparrow at my feeders. Per Lehman they are rare at feeders, this mirrors my experience here as this is only the second time and they are common in areas of the valley.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


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- Mew Gull (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- White-faced Ibis (4 reports)

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Mew Gull (Larus canus) (1)
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 16:34 by Lauren Brock
- 5905 Sandspit Road, Goleta, California, US (34.417, -119.83), 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/checklist/S70614250
- Comments: "Continuing, now a quarter mile west of the pier on the beach where people were feeding the gulls. Diminutive gull, dark tiny bill. Photos obtained."

Mew Gull (Larus canus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 09:51 by Glenn Kincaid
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), 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/checklist/S70602442
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Dark legs."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 16:34 by Lauren Brock
- 5905 Sandspit Road, Goleta, California, US (34.417, -119.83), 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/checklist/S70614250
- Comments: "Continuing bird, still in the same spot where previously reported. Photos obtained. Gray bill."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3)
- Reported Jun 20, 2020 10:50 by Bernadette and Amante Mangaser
- UCSB North Campus Open Space, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4222749,-119.8781991&ll=34.4222749,-119.8781991
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70639215
- Comments: "Continuing, now seeing 3 of them at the northwest lagoon of the North Campus Open Space."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3)
- Reported Jun 20, 2020 09:38 by Lukas Le Grice
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70641803
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing birds in the NW pond."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 16:15 by Susanne Meyer
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70619559
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Two of the three White-faced Ibises reported earlier by John Callender were still there. They were together foraging at the most Western pond. Photographed from the bridge."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 12:47 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70612571
- Comments: "Continuing in NW pond."

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*** Species Summary:

- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Mew Gull (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- White-faced Ibis (4 reports)
- Hermit Thrush (1 report)

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Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (2)
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 10:25 by Jamie Chavez
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70604310
- Comments: "Two adults in alternate on the far shoreline. Possibly in SLO county. These two looked to be paired. Only came out in the open briefly then turned back into the bulrushes out of my view. Too distant to photograph"

Mew Gull (Larus canus) (1)
- Reported Jun 18, 2020 12:30 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), 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/checklist/S70579817
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Single bird at edge of slough mouth, smaller than other gulls, pale with dark beak and legs - see photos. Asked Mark Holmgren for ID help. According to him this is a 1 year old Mew Gull"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 09:51 by Glenn Kincaid
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), 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/checklist/S70602442
- Comments: "Subadult. Thick dark bill, long legs. Photos"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 18, 2020 12:30 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), 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/checklist/S70579817
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Large bird with thick gray bill. Continuing bird. Reported several times at this location. Resting in bushes East of entrance bridge, see photos taken at 11:37AM and 12:20PM. Bird seen first with eyes open, then eyes closed. Immature Black-Crowned Night Heron nearby."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 18, 2020 08:40 by Betsy Mooney
- Lake Los Carneros, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4403627,-119.8479331&ll=34.4403627,-119.8479331
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70580553
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Flew in & landed by southern shore of dam."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jun 18, 2020 18:30 by Susanne Meyer
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70587210
- Comments: "Observed from sand spit area at South East corner of lake. These three large dark birds with their typical long curved bills circled in formation once above the the lake and then flew off towards North-West. Unfortunately, I could not take any photos."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3)
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 12:09 by John Callender
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70606662
- Comments: "On the shore of the far northwest pond. Photos."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3)
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 08:36 by Andrew McGrath
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70601667
- Comments: "Continuing birds. In same NW pond as reported by others. Arrived between 9 and 9:30"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Jun 19, 2020 09:53 by Dee Bee
- Toro Canyon Park, Santa Barbara US-CA 34.43433, -119.55761, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434331,-119.557613&ll=34.434331,-119.557613
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70604900
- Comments: "Identified by behavior, movements in a wash, the movements of his tail, and breast pattern. I immediately assumed it was a hermit thrush. A few minutes later i was able to look through the field guide, which confirmed that my identification was correct."

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More (or likely the same) Horned Larks

Hugh Ranson
 

John Callender reported 7 Horned Larks from Carpinteria this morning. At 11:40 7 Horned Larks flew in to Elings Park from the east. They lit briefly, and in that time I saw 3 clearly, one adult and two juvies. They were soon flushed by a mountain biker and flew east. Big numbers of bikers seem to have discovered the park recently, and any birds that feed on the dirt paths are constantly flushed.

There was an Ash-throated Flycatcher close to the park entrance.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Pine Mountain area June 18

Florence Sanchez
 

I birded around the Reyes Peak area yesterday, stoping at two spots before hiking a mile or so of the trail.  It was great weather for birding.  I ran into no one on the trail, but the campgrounds were pretty full.  I think people were just grateful to be able to camp again.

I saw plenty of the usual mountain birds.  For the first time in several years, I had at least 3 singing Green-tailed Towhees in different locations.  Usually I count myself lucky to turn up one.  White-headed Woodpeckers were easy to find because they were coming down to the roadside above the Pine Mountain campground to feed on the smashed pine cones at the edge.  I found nests for both Red-shafted Flickers and Violet-green Swallows, as well as young Red-breasted and Pygmy Nuthatches.

The unexpected find was a singing Black-throated Gray warbler on the trail about 1/2 mile from the trailhead.  It was extremely active and sang almost constantly for a long time.  It's behavior suggested a male on territory rather than a late migrant.  Are there any records of this species breeding on the Pine Mountain complex?

Flowers were surprisingly nice.  Fremontia is in full bloom along the road in and there were orange wallflowers in all the grassy areas.  Both Scarlet Bugler and Penstemon bridgesii were in bloom and there was a great patch of lupine along the dirt road to the trailhead.  On highway 33, Matilija Poppies were making a good show was is Yerba Santa.  Near Ojai, I came across a nice specimen of Blazing Star.

Florence Sanchez


Horned Larks at the Carpinteria Bluffs

John Callender
 

This morning I saw a group of 7 Horned Larks near the Bailard Avenue parking at the Carpinteria Bluffs. The were in a flock that would rise, flit about the area making their twittering flight calls, then drop into the grass and disappear. I saw them in flight through binoculars at fairly close range and am confident of the ID, but I failed to get any photos.

I don't recall seeing this species at the bluffs before, and Paul Lehman's Birds of Santa Barbara County confirms that they're unusual in this part of the south coast at this time of year.

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Wilson's Warbler in SB and other recent stuff

Jessie Altstatt
 

  FWIW, there have been multiple singing Wilson's Warblers in the willows within the Atascadero Creek Mitigation area (south of the creek) since April.


On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 9:44 AM Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...> wrote:
This morning, June 19th, there was a singing Wilson's Warbler in my SB Westside yard. I'm not sure what to make of this one: it seems late for a migrant (Mr. Lehman gives a late date of June 9th, 2016, in SB), and too early for a fall bird. Perhaps summer wanderer might fit this bird best?

I've been regularly walking the southern portion of Elings Park. A  young male Blue Grosbeak is summering at the park, sometimes being seen near the stone bench, and sometimes south of here, even as far as near the car park close to Cliff Drive. He's still singing away. A female was present a few weeks ago, but I'm guessing she was not impressed with his blueness--only his head is blue. There's a country song in there somewhere.

Other interesting birds a the park were a previously reported one day only Horned Lark on June 5th, and a Western Meadowlark on June 10th.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara




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Jessica Altstatt


Wilson's Warbler in SB and other recent stuff

Hugh Ranson
 

This morning, June 19th, there was a singing Wilson's Warbler in my SB Westside yard. I'm not sure what to make of this one: it seems late for a migrant (Mr. Lehman gives a late date of June 9th, 2016, in SB), and too early for a fall bird. Perhaps summer wanderer might fit this bird best?

I've been regularly walking the southern portion of Elings Park. A  young male Blue Grosbeak is summering at the park, sometimes being seen near the stone bench, and sometimes south of here, even as far as near the car park close to Cliff Drive. He's still singing away. A female was present a few weeks ago, but I'm guessing she was not impressed with his blueness--only his head is blue. There's a country song in there somewhere.

Other interesting birds a the park were a previously reported one day only Horned Lark on June 5th, and a Western Meadowlark on June 10th.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara



Re: White-faced Ibis LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

Checklist with White-faced Ibises: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70580553

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta



On Thu, Jun 18, 2020 at 9:31 AM Betsy Mooney <wingblossoms@...> wrote:
Three White-faced Ibises flew in to LLC this morning. Currently along southern dam.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta



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- White-faced Ibis (3 reports)
- Northern Parula (4 reports)

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White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (1)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 14:03 by David Blue
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70553152
- Comments: "One at the northern-most pond along the Marsh Trail West. It was not seen there at 1:50 PM, but was seen there 15 minutes later from the hill to the southwest along the western edge of NCOS, and was still there an hour later."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (1)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 12:05 by Susanne Meyer
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70548676
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird at edge of small pond near housing community - see photo"

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3)
- Reported Jun 13, 2020 18:00 by Alex Kinsella
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70555690
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Three ibises standing next to a pond"

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 09:15 by Laurel S Luby
- Alisal Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.53976,-120.16228&ll=34.53976,-120.16228
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70545419
- Comments: "Continuing bird in the Sycamore Tree by the dry creek bed. In the top of tree singing. Throat and breast bright yellow, dark chest band and belly and under tail coverts white."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 09:15 by Tom Beland
- Alisal Road, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.53976,-120.16228&ll=34.53976,-120.16228
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70545495
- Comments: "Continuing bird in the Sycamore Tree by the dry creek bed. In the top of tree singing. Throat and breast bright yellow, dark chest band and belly and under tail coverts white."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 15:48 by James Chapman
- Nojoqui Falls County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5338803,-120.1769972&ll=34.5338803,-120.1769972
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70556069
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Heard only. Ascending trill, snap at end. At previously reported creek crossing, ~ 1 mile toward Solvang from Nojoqui Park."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 15:48 by George Chapman
- Nojoqui Falls County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5338803,-120.1769972&ll=34.5338803,-120.1769972
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70556068
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Heard only. Ascending trill, snap at end. At previously reported creek crossing, ~ 1 mile toward Solvang from Nojoqui Park."

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Northern Parula

Steven Gaulin
 

I went to look for this bird this morning and am pretty confident I was at the right location (a large partially broken sycamore arching over Alisal Road just a mile E. of the entrance to Nojoqui Falls Park). I did not see the bird but I heard a N. Parula singing just occasionally perhaps 60-70 m S. of the road on fenced and posted private property. There was lots of activity at this location--Ash-throated Flycatchers, Purple Finches, many vocalizing Pac-slope Flycatchers, Yellow Warblers, Oak Titmice, and House Wrens, several Violet-green Swallows, and one Common Raven--but after an hour and fifteen minutes I went to look for Purple Martins at Nojoqui. The martins were easy to find (flying high over the meadows), as were more Yellow Warblers, Purple Finches, and a family of W. Bluebirds with three spotted fledglings. After half an hour at the Park, I went back to the Parula spot hoping for better luck. I heard it sing just once in ten minutes, even farther off the road than before. Bottom line: The bird is still there but may have shifted its activity to a less accessible area. It's a lovely spot though, with relatively little traffic. 

Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara


White-faced Ibis LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

Three White-faced Ibises flew in to LLC this morning. Currently along southern dam.

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta



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Some observations from Lake Los Carneros

Mark Holmgren
 

LLC continues to amaze me.  It has such a complete combination of resources that attract species other areas can't support.  Full surveys of natural areas at this time of year (after migration, before dispersal, and before migrants pass through in any numbers) provides the best snapshot of how our natural areas work to support breeding birds.  Most adult birds in our area now probably intend to breed.

I did not do such a full survey today! I circled LLC looking for highlights and breeding records.

Western Kingbird may breed in Goleta and Santa Barbara only at Lake Los Carneros. An adult fed a short-tailed fledgling NE of the lake at the edge of Eucalyptus.  If you know of other Western Kingbirds breeding in SB and Goleta, please send or post photos. While one adult fed the fledgling, another  single adult foraged with the Cassin's Kingbirds SW of the lake.

Like Western Kingbirds, Ash-throated Flycatchers in the urban South Coast are declining.  So it was interesting to see a calling bird in the Euc grove east of the lake. 

Breeding Bullock's Orioles are scattered sparsely around the urban South Coast.  A pair tended a fledgling near Stow House.

A marshy cove near the NE corner of the lake supplied insects for at least 5 breeding bird species while I watched.  Up to 20 Red-winged Blackbird fledglings flocked near there while adults continued to bring food to the tules in the marsh.  Only a couple other marshes work at all along the South Coast.

Pairs of Yellow Warblers were on the west and east sides of the lake.  An apparently independent juvenile plumaged YeWa also used the marsh. 

Additional birds of interest were 1, maybe 2, pairs of Hairy Woodpeckers, a Barn Swallow (scarce, I think, this year along the coast), a circling Peregrine.  It seems that there has been no Mallard breeding at LLC this year. All I saw were 25 molting adults. I did not see Wf Ibis or Least Bittern.

Mark Holmgren
San Marcos Pass
 
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Wilson's Phalarope at NCOS

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

There was a Wilson's Phalarope in breeding plumage at NCOS this am (Wed).  It was in the pond nearest the path at the north-west end of the Open Space.  As previously reported, there was a single White-fronted Ibis was also feeding in this pond.

https://www.flickr.com/gp/104247213@N05/s5Gb35

Adrian O'Loghlen
Goleta 


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- White-faced Ibis (4 reports)
- Northern Parula (1 report)

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White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (2)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 09:03 by margeNdon thornton
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70543468
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Dark green Ibis with maroon shoulder patch, broad white outline around eyes and beak, dark pink legs."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (2)
- Reported Jun 17, 2020 07:56 by Glenn Kincaid
- Lake Los Carneros Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44322,-119.84975&ll=34.44322,-119.84975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70537172
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (1)
- Reported Jun 16, 2020 16:10 by Mary Suydam
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70521365
- Comments: "Clear as day. Very striking. A birder nearby said there are 2 others but they squabble a lot for territory so those 2 had moved off before we got there. Seen on the smaller pond on the way to the bluffs."

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (3)
- Reported Jun 16, 2020 16:00 by Barbara Millett
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70521482
- Comments: "Maroon colored plumage on head, neck and body. Blue-green iridescence to wings. White feathered margin around red face. Long, slender, decurved bill. Foraging in western-most pond near NW portion of NCOS."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported Jun 16, 2020 09:45 by Rebecca Coulter
- Nojoqui Falls County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5338803,-120.1769972&ll=34.5338803,-120.1769972
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70512859
- Comments: "Continuing male singing often at this location, about a mile east of the park entrance. At one point while watching the male singing I thought I may have heard another bird singing farther off. But I could never confirm seeing two at a time. Favored the tall sycamores, often coming close to the road allowing great views."

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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- White-faced Ibis (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Jun 15, 2020 08:25 by Susanne Meyer
- Goleta Beach County Park (including east end of Goleta Slough), 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/checklist/S70476367
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Standing on wire above viewing platform, long legs, thick bill, see photos. Looked for a second bird in the bushes East of the traffic bridge, but only saw juvenile black-crowned night herons over there"

White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi) (2)
- Reported Jun 16, 2020 10:58 by Bernadette and Amante Mangaser
- UCSB North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.421439,-119.8713662&ll=34.421439,-119.8713662
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S70508821
- Comments: "Must be same bird seen at Goleta Slough three days or so ago - curved bill, reddish legs, coppery red body with greenish feathers under wings."

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