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Re: Black-legged Kittiwake

John Callender
 

Unfortunately it appears to have died overnight. Its body is floating in the basin just north of Venoco Road.

John Callender
Carpinteria

Black-legged Kittiwake

David Levasheff
 

Photo from late afternoon yesterday

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David

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David Levasheff
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (4 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Sage Thrasher (5 reports)
- Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle x Audubon's) (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 13:14 by Patricia Ayres
- Goleta Sanitary District Plant, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.42334,-119.83231&ll=34.42334,-119.83231
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63926164
- Comments: "Had received report from a kind border that a Eurasian Wigeon might be found at this location. Found swimming with American wigeons. Duck had reddish brown head with almost white crown and forehead. Had gray back and sides with pinkish brown breast."

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 12:02 by Patricia Ayres
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63926096
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Diving duck with black crest, back and tail with very white sides. Had yellow eyes with gray Bill with black tip. Male."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 12:27 by Adam Searcy
- 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/view/checklist/S63915994
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird found by others this morning."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 10:07 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/view/checklist/S63916669
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Floating in center of inundated basin. We never saw it fly or spread its wings. Medium-small gull with black bill and no gonydeal angle. Dark smudges behind eye and along nape. Black outer primaries, pale inner primaries barely visible. Viewed in poor light. Found by David Levasheff."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 10:07 by Lisa Stratton
- 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/view/checklist/S63918260
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Floating in center of inundated basin. We never saw it fly or spread its wings. Medium-small gull with black bill and no gonydeal angle. Dark smudges behind eye and along nape. Black outer primaries, pale inner primaries barely visible. Viewed in poor light. Found by David Levasheff."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 10:07 by Lori Gaskin
- 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/view/checklist/S63917171
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Floating in center of inundated basin. We never saw it fly or spread its wings. Medium-small gull with black bill and no gonydeal angle. Dark smudges behind eye and along nape. Black outer primaries, pale inner primaries barely visible. Viewed in poor light. Found by David Levasheff."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 08:32 by Laurel S Luby
- 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/S63913061
- Comments: "Frequent visitors to Salt Marsh past few years Gray body, black and white face with yellow crown and plume like feathers down back. Red eye, black bill."

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Peter Schneekloth
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63920153
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Guy Tingos
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63919287
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by John Callender
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63921963
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Tim Matthews
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63931577
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Sage Thrasher (Oreoscoptes montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 07:45 by Ryanne Pritchard-Bee
- Sedgwick Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.692571,-120.0405478&ll=34.692571,-120.0405478
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63926405
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow-rumped Warbler (Myrtle x Audubon's) (Setophaga coronata coronata x auduboni) (1)
- Reported Jan 29, 2020 12:27 by Adam Searcy
- 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/view/checklist/S63915994
- Comments: "Chip note sounded like AUWA. Bird had a MYWA face/throat but with a yellow patch in the middle of the white (the yellow bordered by white) and a faint white supercilium."

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Re: Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS

Steven Gaulin
 

This bird was still present at 3:00 PM, when it was just 50m NW of the Venoco Rd. bridge that separates NCOS from Devereux Slough. At that hour viewing was best from Venoco Road. 

Good Birding,
Steven Gaulin 
Santa Barbara

Farren Road and other Goleta Siting, January 29

Florence Sanchez
 

I got up very early and checked out LLC at 7:30 a.m. to see if I could pull up the elusive American Bittern.  No luck there, but the Summer Tanager previously reported was foraging in the blooming eucalyptus near the olive trees, and I had a pair of Tree Swallows over the east arm of the lake.

Since the forecasted wind did not materialize in Goleta this morning, I hiked Farren Road next.  IT was a beautiful hike but bird activity was low.  Nevertheless, I had a single Roadrunner at roadside near the highest point on the road and 2 Common Ground Doves at the ranch at the end of the road.  On the return trip, there was a very large flock of Western Meadowlarks in a pasture on the north side of the road.  It looked like there were a few ducks on the reservoir, but I didn't bother to try to scope them as the sun's reflection on t  ewater was fierce.

Next stop was the Sandpiper Golf Course.  On the fairways next to the pond, the goose flock included several Canada Geese and 3 Snow Geese (two white, one immature).  One of the white adults may be the possible hybrid discussed earlier in this forum.  No White-fronted Geese here this morning.

I made a final stop at LLC but the Bittern didn't appear and I heard that others had looked for it earlier without success today.

Florence Sanchez



Re: Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS

Adam Searcy
 

The NCOS Black-legged Kittiwake continues at 12:45 right around here:
(34.4194663, -119.8756279) resting out in the open water.

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
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On Jan 29, 2020, at 10:36, Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33@...> wrote:

While touring our guests, Ken and Anne Rosenberg, at NCOS David Levasheff spotted a Black-legged kittiwake at the NW corner. Immature. Present at 10:35am.

Mark Holmgren
SAnta Barbara

Hummingbird

Rob Hofberg
 

On Sunday I reported a calliope hummer in my backyard.

This hummer has been in the yard constantly. It was there this morning.  It hangs out on a rose bush and a low hedge branch and constantly fly-catches. The overall appearance is very light gray and green with slightly buffy sides. it spends almost all morning in the yard.

Through the binocular it does have some rufous spots near the back at the base of the tail and a few very sparsely specks sprinkled about. Also, the wings do not end at the end of the tail but above it.

I did have a male Allen's in the yard Monday and this bird chased it away, and later the male Allen's was doing a mating display in the oak where the gray hummer also hangs out.

All - in - all I can't say for certain, but it's probably an Allen's and not a calliope, and the presence of the male Allen's pretty much seals it.

Rob Hofberg

Black legged kittiwake at at NCOS

Mark Holmgren
 

While touring our guests, Ken and Anne Rosenberg, at NCOS David Levasheff spotted a Black-legged kittiwake at the NW corner. Immature. Present at 10:35am.

Mark Holmgren
SAnta Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (3 reports)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 28, 2020 13:20 by John Deacon
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63884306
- Comments: "Continuing. Obvious tuft at back of head. Dark back with white lower sides. Lacking RNDU white spur."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 11:10 by margeNdon thornton
- FranklinCreek_CarpSaltMarsh, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3982168,-119.527967&ll=34.3982168,-119.527967
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63873268
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "south of the bridge"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 28, 2020 06:51 by John Callender
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63874064
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 28, 2020 06:51 by John Deacon
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63875595
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male. Photos."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 16:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Santa Maria Country Club (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.905972,-120.442061&ll=34.905972,-120.442061
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63893747
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male. Very active and curious providing great views and shots. Responded very well to playbacks."

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (24)
- Reported Jan 25, 2020 17:42 by Carl Harders
- 1000 Perkins Rd, New Cuyama US-CA (34.9442,-119.6916), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.944199,-119.691602&ll=34.944199,-119.691602
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63889097
- Comments: "In the fields many living in the tumble weed thickets that accumulate by the barb wire fences"

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Santa Maria Briding

Florence Sanchez
 

I decided to bird various spots in Santa Maria today and had a pretty good day overall.  It got windy after 10 a.m. and thus landbird birding was pretty much a wash after that.

I started on Donovan Road where in past years we've had Ferruginous Hawks, Tri-colored Blackbird, Loggerhead Shrike, etc.  No sign of Hawks or Shrike today, but the Tri-colored were in a large mixed flock of Blackbirds that hangs around the area, sometimes near the horse corral.

I've also had Horned Larks here but figured today might not be good for them since cattle were feeding in the field right next to the road.  I found that actually helped, as it pushed a mixed Lark-Pipit flock quite close so that they were easy to see.  There were at least a dozen Horned Larks in with about as many American Pipits.  Across the road, I found a big sparrow flock that was almost entirely Lark Sparrows--30-40 birds.  I pulled a single Savannah Sparrow from the mix as well.

Next stop was Waller Park where I failed to anything of note in the pines.  The wind came up as I left.  I stopped at the little park where Jamie Chavez had a possible Pine Warbler, but the pines throughout the park were devoid of birds.

The next stop was the (formerly) flooded field on Black Road.  It was being watered but was not wet enough to pull in any of the birds we've seen there in the past.  In the rear field, I scoped out 5 Long-billed Curlew.

Next stop was the catchment basin on Blosser and Canals Roads.  It is hard to see the entire lake from either Grogan Park on the east or Canal Road on the west, so I checked from both sides.  From the Canal Road vantage point, I could see a large flock of ducks that were hidden from Grogan Park.  It meant looking into the light and over a tall fence, but I was able to pick out at least 6 Canvasbacks in the mix, along with Ring-necked Ducks, Ruddy Ducks, and a Bufflehead.  A single White Pelican circled overhead--I don't know if it landed on the water.

I moved up to Preisker Park to eat lunch and afterward walked through the park.  Between the wind and time of day, I didn't see much, but there were a few American Goldfinch in a deciduous tree with catkins on it, and a lot of Yellow-rumps in the large blooming eucalyptus on the north side of the park.

Next stop was the Santa Maria Mesa Road ponds.  I checked out two of them--one had a large flock of mostly American Wigeons and the other had a very large flock of mostly Ring-necked Ducks (at least 150).

Meanwhile, I started counting raptors as soon as I left Santa Maria via Foxen Canyon Road.  I continued back to U.S. 101 on Foxen and Zaca Station Roads.  The wind didn't seem to be a factor in turning up raptors and I saw a lot of them, but perhaps had more variety the last time I drove this stretch of road.  My totals for both the entire stretch is:

1 unidentified large falcon (fly-over on Foxen Canyon Road near Dominion Road
4 American Kestrel (way fewer than I had last time)
15 Red-tailed Hawks
6 Ferruginous Hawks (including 1 dark-phase immature)
1 Golden Eagle

And fellow travelers:
6 Turkey Vultures
6 Ravens

Florence Sanchez

Solitary Sandpiper

Larry Ballard
 

It was seen again around 1:30 this afternoon on the eastern mudflats of Lake Jocelyn. There were also 15 gregarious Killdeer, a large number for the location, and a male Hooded Merganser was there last Saturday. The receding shoreline may make it easier to find the Solitary in the coming weeks. 
Larry Ballard
Carpinteria

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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 21:21 by Mark Hays
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63865476
- Comments: "Seen with the scope at the eastern end of the reservoir away from the waterfall. One of a group of seven waterfowl. Poor photos were taken but the scope did show the tuft clearly over a 2 to 3 minute observation period."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 12:37 by Tom Boucher
- 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/view/checklist/S63856320
- Comments: "Similar in size to Cassius but notched tail and the yellow extended up through the breast to below the bill"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Jan 27, 2020 08:30 by Rebecca Coulter
- 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/view/checklist/S63848948
- Comments: "Continuing on east side of house near olive row, feeding on flowers and maybe bees of the white blooming eucalyptus North of the olive row. Bright orangey yellow below, large pale bill."

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Island Packers Pelagic Birding Dates for 2020

Joel Barrett
 

Hello Everyone,

Island Packers out of Ventura, Ca has set the dates for this years Pelagic Birding Trips.
For easy viewing and PREVIOUS TRIP REPORTS AND DETAILS visit https://www.thesaltybird.com/trips-1

To book directly visit the Island Packers website  https://islandpackers.com/birding-excursions-2/ or call 805 642-1393


March 8th (Sun), and April 18th (Sat), 2020

Anacapa & Santa Cruz Island + the Island Scrub-Jay 

New! These trips will be on the Island Explorer out of the Ventura Harbor in Ventura, Ca

9hr trip with about 1.5 hrs on the island and potential to explore deep waters south of the islands or far west in the SB Channel

March 8th, (Sunday)

April 18th, (Saturday)
9 hrs 8 am-5 pm
Each trip is only $85 per adult. 
This is an amazing value (Trips will drop off at Santa Cruz Island so we can search for the endemic Island Scrub-Jay)

Trips can be booked by calling Island packers at (805) 642-1393 or Visit www.IslandPackers.com Click on the Reserve Trip tab, then Special Trips tab, Remember to select the month of March or April and then select the date (March 8th or April 18th)

July 12th (Sun), 2020 

12hr Deep Water Pelagic

We depart Ventura Harbor at 7 am and return approximately 7 pm (12 hrs)

 

Ticket prices are $195 and can be booked by calling Island packers at (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.com

  

Visit www.IslandPackers.com Click on the Reserve Trips tab, then Special Trips, Remember to select the month of July and then select the date (July 12th)



October 3rd (Sat),  2020

11hr Fall Pelagic

We depart Ventura Harbor at 7 am and return approximately 6 pm (11 hrs)

 

Ticket prices are $170 and can be booked by calling Island packers at (805) 642-1393 or online at www.IslandPackers.com

   

Visit www.IslandPackers.com Click on the Reserve Trips tab, then Special Trips, Remember to select the month of October and then choose the date (Oct 3rd)


I hope to see you out there this year,
Joel Barrett
Island Packers
Ventura, Ca


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American Bittern @ LLC.

Adrian O'Loghlen
 

The continuing American Bittern was in the reeds on the north side of the lake opposite the eastern end of the dam this am (Mon., approx. 11 am).  It flew across the lake and landed in the reeds close to the western end of the dam. 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/104247213@N05/with/49452702433/

Adrian O'Loghlen
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*** Species Summary:

- Tufted Duck (1 report)
- American Bittern (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Yellow-crowned) (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (3 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2020 06:44 by John Callender
- Lauro Canyon Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4557306,-119.7257638&ll=34.4557306,-119.7257638
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63797541
- Comments: "Continuing male associating with scaups. Bright white sides with sharp black upper border; long head tuft."

American Bittern (Botaurus lentiginosus) (1)
- Reported Jan 26, 2020 12:17 by Libby Patten
- 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/view/checklist/S63815280
- Comments: "Continuing. Was perched in tall grasses at water’s edge on northside of eastern arm. Appeared to be sunning itself for several minutes until it walked back into the grasses."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Yellow-crowned) (Nyctanassa violacea [violacea Group]) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 25, 2020 14:00 by Estelle Ichino
- Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3969082,-119.5278039&ll=34.3969082,-119.5278039
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S63799338
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "2 in channel N of bridge, 2 on N bank south of bridge"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2)
- Reported Jan 23, 2020 09:00 by Alex Loos
- 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/S63701213
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Catching insects"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2020 07:37 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/view/checklist/S63804956
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing on the wire along Venoco Road. Chittering vocalizations; photos."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2)
- Reported Jan 23, 2020 07:03 by Conor McMahon
- 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/view/checklist/S63804883
- Comments: "Both vocally interacting. Yellow higher in chest than cassin's, large bill, lower contrast between face and throat, voice a trill completely disimilar to Cassin's. Pretty cool, I haven't heard these actually vocalizing very often in California."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 26, 2020 09:54 by John Callender
- 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/view/checklist/S63806992
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Posed nicely in a eucalyptus over the parking lot. Overall greenish yellow, including the wings, with a large tanager-type beak. Some hints of orangey-pink in the vent area."

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Early Breeding Bird Records

Mark Holmgren
 

Yo! Birders and astute Naturalists!

We have already received some submissions of breeding birds in SB County in 2020. Great Blue Herons at Coal Oil Point Reserve were at 2 nests and were clearly rearranging sticks on 14 January.  8 of 16 GBHe nests at Goleta Beach were occupied (birds standing at or on the nest) on 24 Jan.  Other records received are of Red-tailed Hawks carrying sticks and nests of Anna's and Allen's Hummingbirds.

 

These breeding initiation records are important.  For example, the Breeding Bird Study information led the Coastal Commission to revise its guideline for GBHe nesting from 15 February to 15 January.  This kind of data-driven change in management is one of many uses of the BBS data.  

 

Submit your data, and attach your photo evidence if you are able to obtain it, at the SB Audubon website: 

https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/

Currently, we don't have a way of interacting with the 8118 breeding bird records (since Google shut down its Fusion Table app), but Adrian and I and others are working to find a new interactive platform.  Meanwhile, keep the records coming.  

 

Thank you,

 

Mark

Some good duck counts

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

I started this AM at Ocean Beach where I had (for that location) a very high count of 511 Shoveler. Other duck numbers were unexceptional. After aborting my other Lompoc area plans due to poor weather, I checked out Area K and Devereux. Area K had 234 GW Teal, which is one of my highest ever counts in the county. There were 25 Blue-winged and 10 Cinnamon Teal as well. I counted 136 Wigeon here and there were lots of Gadwalls and Shoveler as well. At Devereux, 25 Redheads were the most I have seen this winter.

As noted by Dave C earlier this winter, Bufflehead numbers continue to be very low.

Nick

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Calliope hummingbird

Rob Hofberg
 

Good Morning!!

There is a female or juvenile calliope hummingbird at our collection of feeders this morning. He has been in the same small area for about 1/2 hour. It seems to be flycatching and feeding very actively.

Rob Hofberg

Probable Pine Warbler in Santa Maria

Jamie Chavez
 

Chasers of rarities,

A dog walk around the small Rod Rodenberger Park in Santa Maria produced what I am 99% sure was a PINE WARBLER. There is a stretch of Canary Island pines and some other exotic pines or firs on a berm separating Rodenberger Park from Miramonte North (immediately to the south of Rodenberger) at 34.909056, -120.430348. This is where I happened upon a largish warbler that showed a long tail looking slightly forked, it had a pale yellowish wash across the upper breast, no breast streaking, a slightly brighter yellowish face, broken eye-ring with a darkish line through the eye and a robust bill. I did not notice wing bars but I was concentrating on other things when I just as quickly lost it. For the very brief moment I saw it it was sluggishly feeding deep in some needles and moved in the open for just a second where I blurted out "Pine Warbler" and then it moved off and I could not find it. It is quite breezy up here today so it is difficult to see movement in these trees, but this is "good" Pine Warbler habitat for a wintering bird as there are several Canary Island pines around the ball fields here, although I'm surprised I haven't noticed it before as we walk the dog here almost every weekend (me with binoculars in hand). It is not a  terribly birdy park but this might entice others to look for it. Too many activities to try for it today but I will return w/camera and keep looking when I can.

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

birding in Carpinteria today

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Today Florence Sanchez and I did a little birding in Carpinteria.  We looked unsuccessfully for the Orchard Oriole at Santa Monica Creek, entering at the end of El Caro.  Then we stopped at Lake Jocelyn, where we failed to find the Solitary Sandpiper — I’ve tried several times with no luck— had some nice Green-winged Teal there.  At Carp. Salt Marsh Nature Park, we heard a Red-breasted Nuthatch calling from a a nearby sycamore tree just outside the park.  The tide had been high, but was falling.  We got nice views of three individual Yellow-crowned Night-Herons on the western bank of Franklin Creek, viewed easily from the iron bridge.  See checklists below.  We ran into Nancy States and Peggy Kearns at Santa Monica Creek.       
https://ebird.org/bcn/checklist/S63741335

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara