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Santa Maria Valley

Wes Fritz
 

SB Birders,
I birded up in SMV today, not much to report but this may be of some interest.

I slowed down for the formally flooded field on Black Road where the Sandhill Crane was chilling for a while. The field had a little mud in it but no birds. And now the interesting part, they ( somebody?) has been bringing in fill dirt for over a month now. The amount of fill dirt is starting to worry me. It looks like they plan on filling in the “vernal pool” mini wetland? Or simply a great birding location. I am not clear on the number of days this situation needs too hold water to be considered a wetland or a vernal pool, or if it can be saved?

The SMSW “ Santa Maria Sewage Works” is starting to look pretty good. Here I saw 22 Greater Yellowlegs, 18 Wilson’s and 4 Red-necked Phalaropes, 8 Dowitchers and one looked to be a Long-billed. The other shore bird that is rarely seen there was a Willet, also present was 100ish Least and Western Sandpipers, oh one Yelllow-headed Blackbird.
I then checked out Jack O’Connell Park, way sucky. I then moseyed on down to the SMRE ( Santa Maria River Estuary) did not walk out to the lagoon but scoped it from a distance and counted 13 White Pelicans mixed in with the Brown Pelicans. My mini seawatch was just that, watching the ocean. But as I was leaving I scoped back over the estuary from the high point of the road and I was able to see the Reddish Egret. This was kinda cool because, I saw a Reddish Egret on 7-2-19 at Devereux, 7-17-19 at Ocean Park in Lompoc and today the 31st at SMRE, I guess the 4th time was the charm. It was pretty cool to see Reddish Egrets at three different locations within one month and they were fairly distant from each other. I am not claiming they were all the same bird, or different birds, just Reddish Egrets.

Good birding,

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
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Solvang CA

Santa Maria Area

Florence Sanchez
 

I decided to check out various spots in Santa Maria today.  It was foggy and a bit misty to start but the ceiling lifted eventually and there was no wind.

My first stop was Jack O-Connell Park in Guadalupe.  The Park was quiet, but only shorebirds there were 3 Kildeer.  There is water in the old water treatment plant next door, but it didn't have any ducks or shorebirds in it, though 2 Least Sandpipers flew over.  After checking out a few ag fields, I went down to the Guadalupe  dunes and the Santa Maria River mouth.  A few ducks--Nothing of note in the river.  Least Terns were flying over the south part of the beach and estuary.

Heading up the beach, I could see there was a HUGE flock of Brown Pelicans roosting on the sand between the estuary mouth and the ocean (like 1000+ birds).  With them were 9 White Pelicans and more than 100 Heerman's gulls, with a few Western and California Gulls mixed in.  Also in the flock were 4 Caspian Terns, one of them a juvenile.  There were few shorebirds on the beach--1 Long-billed Curlew, 3 Snowy Plover outside the exclosure, and a fly-over of 2 Black-bellied Plovers.  There were 2 Bottlenose Dolphins in the surf.  After I got past the roped-off area and the pelican flock, I was able to get to the estuary mouth and see what was there.  The waterfowl were Mallards, Ruddies, and Coots, with a few Double-crested Cormorants mixed in.  The best birds were 3 Eared Grebes in breeding plumage at thte SLO County end of the estuary.  Shorebirds here were a few Black-necked Stilts and a good-sized flock of Red-necked Phalaropes.

I drove a few roads through the ag fields for a bit, looking for any flooded fields that might yield shorebirds, but had no success.  Our previously productive field near Black and Betteravia Roads had a tiny bit of water and mud at its lowest point, but no activity.  In addition, they are taking out some earth from some project at the far end of the field and dumping it near the road.  Not a good omen for winter here activity here.

My final stop was Ocean Beach Park in Lompoc.  There were at least 100 Peep at the water's edge of the far end of the blocked river mouth, but it was very hard to identify them from that distance, even with my scope cranked up.  I needed to be at least 100 yards closer, and that is not allowed at this time of year.  There definitely were a lot of Western Sandpipers--many juveniles with their rusty scapulars evident even at a distance.  I had one Least Sandpiper for sure in the mix and a possible candidate for Semi-palmated Sandpiper, but I was just a little too far away to be sure.  There were about a dozen Sanderlings there too, a few with their nice rusty breeding attire still in evidence.  In another spot, there were 6 Dowitchers feeding (sp. unknown) and an equal amount of Black-bellied Plovers.  Closer in at the edge of the reeds, I found 5 Greater-Yellowlegs.  No other large shorebirds present, and nothing of great interest swimming in the river mouth.

Florence Sanchez

Ycnh

Rob Denholtz
 

Two juv. Yellow-crowned Night Herons in Carp Nature Park this morning. Also a basic plumage Spotted Sandpiper.

Rob Denholtz
Carpinteria

shorebird possibilities

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

 

Devereux has dropped a fair bit and there is some mud starting to show on the E side just south of the first pull out. Most of the small shorebirds are still on the W side, but this should change over the next few days. Good chance of a Semipalmated Sandpiper showing up in the next week or two.

 

Area K is starting to see some usage from stilts. In years past, this typically meant usage by other shorebirds was 10-15 days away. Needless to say, I am out of town for a week starting Aug 17 …

 

Nick Lethaby

Goleta, CA 93117

 

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Re: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Black Tern yesterday

Nick Lethaby
 

I think I looked into this last year and found that these rusty buff fringes are diagnostic of juveniles and would not be shown by adults/second year birds at any stage. The SYR birds (or at least one of them) also showed fairly obscure rusty-buff fringes.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Mark Holmgren
Sent: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 3:49 PM
To: joanlentz@...
Cc: Sbcobirding; main@sbcobirding.groups.io
Subject: [EXTERNAL] Re: [sbcobirding] Black Tern yesterday

 

Hi Joan,
Thanks for posting this. I am at the corner of Foothill Rd X Highway 33 where I briefly have Internet.

I think you’re probably right that it was a juvenile but if your time allows take a look at some of the photos of other juveniles. Some of those have many more extensive and more extensively distributed pale fringes. If our bird was a hatchling this year, then on this date it should show fringes all over the place.  That is what confused me. Mark Bright’s killer photo shows those fringes more or less restricted to the rear end of the bird. So is there another explanation for those?
Just for conversations sake, the man on the beach was trying to photograph his little daughter while she scared the birds. It felt really good that they responded.

95F here. Starting to head up to SB Potrero where I’ll meet Elihu and Steve Junak. Elihu loaned me a forest key. 

Adult SwHawks were screaming when I passed by Quatal Cyn Rd. Did you know that El Peepero found and photo’d 2 fledglings yesterday?  I did not see them today.

Take care till we bird again!

Mark


On Jul 31, 2019, at 2:38 PM, Joan Lentz via Groups.Io <joanlentz@...> wrote:

Hi All:

            Yesterday Mark Holmgren & I did a little birding in the morning.  We began at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.  Here, there was a lot of bark being dumped on various areas, most of which we were able to avoid.  We walked along the north side of the lake, stopping at all the platforms.  There’s very little shoreline this year, and the shallow area near the northwest corner is still almost completely covered.  Our best find was a freshly fledged group of six tiny ducklings, being guarded by the adult Ruddy Duck pair to which they belonged. Also, we saw several Great-tailed Grackle adults carrying food purposefully towards the northwest corner of the Refuge to vegetation which bordered the Zoo property.  Mark felt this was a breeding record.

            Then we went to the base of Garden St. next to the skateboard park.  If you leave the car there, walk west towards Mission Creek outfall.  You need a scope, but you can set up on the berm of sand that’s nearby the bike path, & you have a great view of the place: tons of waterbirds of all kinds gathered around this little lagoon!  We were amazed at the large numbers of Long-billed Curlews, Whimbrels, Willets, 33 Black Skimmers, a couple of Elegant Terns — but here you are with this great birding place right in the middle of downtown.  Mark H actually shouted at a man who was scaring the birds up so he could take a photo.  And….he stopped flushing the birds.  That place needs some interpretive signs!

            The Black Tern was a surprise, but anything could drop in there.  Also, having looked at John Callender’s & Mark Bright's excellent photos, I do believe that the bird was a juvenile. 

            Good birding!

         Joan Lentz

 

           

           


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Black Tern yesterday

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All:
Yesterday Mark Holmgren & I did a little birding in the morning.  We began at the Andree Clark Bird Refuge.  Here, there was a lot of bark being dumped on various areas, most of which we were able to avoid.  We walked along the north side of the lake, stopping at all the platforms.  There’s very little shoreline this year, and the shallow area near the northwest corner is still almost completely covered.  Our best find was a freshly fledged group of six tiny ducklings, being guarded by the adult Ruddy Duck pair to which they belonged. Also, we saw several Great-tailed Grackle adults carrying food purposefully towards the northwest corner of the Refuge to vegetation which bordered the Zoo property.  Mark felt this was a breeding record.
Then we went to the base of Garden St. next to the skateboard park.  If you leave the car there, walk west towards Mission Creek outfall.  You need a scope, but you can set up on the berm of sand that’s nearby the bike path, & you have a great view of the place: tons of waterbirds of all kinds gathered around this little lagoon!  We were amazed at the large numbers of Long-billed Curlews, Whimbrels, Willets, 33 Black Skimmers, a couple of Elegant Terns — but here you are with this great birding place right in the middle of downtown.  Mark H actually shouted at a man who was scaring the birds up so he could take a photo.  And….he stopped flushing the birds.  That place needs some interpretive signs!
The Black Tern was a surprise, but anything could drop in there.  Also, having looked at John Callender’s & Mark Bright's excellent photos, I do believe that the bird was a juvenile. 
Good birding!
         Joan Lentz


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- Virginia Rail (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Black Tern (3 reports)

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Virginia Rail (Rallus limicola) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2019 10:20 by John Deacon
- Vandenberg AFB--Triangle Pond, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.7845304,-120.5407548&ll=34.7845304,-120.5407548
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58580829
- Comments: "Ongoing at this location. Grunt display heard from 2 birds."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2019 08:30 by Anonymous eBirder
- New Cuyama WTP, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9519718,-119.6969408&ll=34.9519718,-119.6969408
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58575458
- Comments: "Small white Tringa. Regular in Cuyama Valley in migration. Too far away to see spots and eyering - identified by size, stance, bill, behaviour. FOS. Bird no longer present at 1 p.m."

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 30, 2019 11:38 by John Callender
- Mission Creek outflow (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4127959,-119.6869361&ll=34.4127959,-119.6869361
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58572838
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Reported earlier today by Joan Lentz. Seen flying over the outfall lagoon and over the ocean between Stearn’s Wharf and East Beach. Small, gray wings above and below, characteristic head pattern, buoyant flight."

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 30, 2019 10:49 by Mark Holmgren
- Mission Creek outflow (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4127959,-119.6869361&ll=34.4127959,-119.6869361
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58578862
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "As Mark and I were scanning the birds here, I looked through the scope and spotted what I thought might be a Black Tern. Mark agreed. We watched the bird for a long time perched, took multiple photos, but they're distant. A small tern with dark gray wings above and below, white forehead, dark cap and nape, but white patch coming up on side of neck, then dark vertical patch reaches down. Separates white hindneck from underwing in flight. Not sure if bird is a juvenile or an adult coming into non-breeding plumage. Several other birders there saw it, got photos."

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 30, 2019 10:49 by Joan Lentz
- Mission Creek outflow (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4127959,-119.6869361&ll=34.4127959,-119.6869361
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58578089
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "As Mark and I were scanning the birds here, I looked through the scope and spotted what I thought might be a Black Tern. Mark agreed. We watched the bird for a long time perched, took multiple photos, but they're distant. A small tern with dark gray wings above and below, white forehead, dark cap and nape, but white patch coming up on side of neck, then dark vertical patch reaches down. Separates white hindneck from underwing in flight. Not sure if bird is a juvenile or an adult coming into non-breeding plumage. Several other birders there saw it, got photos."

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Black Tern

Bradley Hacker
 

I made a quick loop around the Mission Creek outflow this morning, and a brief foray out onto the wharf, and a distant look at the harbor jetty, and I did not see any terns this AM. Reports of any positive visuals appreciated


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Update on Banded Brown Pelican

Jamie Chavez
 

You might recall that I had a banded Brown Pelican at Guadalupe Beach less than a week ago. I submitted the band number and the results were returned to me today. This pelican was an 11-year-old male banded near San Francisco in 2009. I updated my eBird checklist with all the details if you care to read them:


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Devereux

Nick Lethaby
 

An adult Lesser Yellowlegs this evening. Lots of juv Western Sandpipers and both phalaropes.

Nick

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Re: Black Tern

Mark Bright
 

Went to Mission Creek outfall around noon and met Mark Holmgren and Libby there looking for the Black Tern. About 12:15 saw the Black Tern flying over the shoreline of the beach towards Stearn's Wharf. The tern returned and flew low over the Mission Creek Lagoon several times even over the Mission Creek pedestrian/bike bridge. Tern then flew back out over the ocean. Several photos taken. One photo attached here.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara


Carpinteria this morning

Florence Sanchez
 

I decided to check out a few spots in Carpinteria this morning.  I found nothing unsual.  The Caprnteria salt marsh at Ash Avenue was between tides and therefore had some nice exposed mud as well as a little water, which should have been good for shorebirds--but the pickings were slim.  2 Kildeer, 4 Semi-palmated Plovers, and 5 Western Sandpipers ( a couple looked like fresh juveniles--is this too early?). A Little later, 1 Long-billed Curlew flew in.  I heard a Greater Yellowlegs somewhere out on the big marsh.  Two Snowy Egrets were working the marsh a a green Heron flew in.

My next stop was Bates Road, which was very quiet.  I may have heard Chestnut-backed chickadees, but the calls were faint.  Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Western Wood-Pewee are still present.  No warblers heard or seen.

After that, I went to Lake Jocelyn, which has lots of water and therefore not a lot of marsh bird habitat around the edges.  The only things I found on the pond were a few each of Ruddy Ducks (males still in nice plumage), Coots, and Mallards.  Great-tailed Grackles are also present here, which for some reason surprises me this far from the shore.

Next I tried a sea watch from the bluffs at the end of Calle Ocho.  The fog had retreated to beyond the oil platforms, so visibility was o.k; however, there was little activity.  I was there about 45 minutes and had only 4 Brandt's Cormorants, 2 Brown Pelicans, and 2 Western Gulls fly by.  The beach below the bluffs also had little bird activity:  2 Whimbrels and 3 Heerman's Gulls.  Just as I was ready to leave, I spotted a basic-plumaged Common Loon in the surf, but lost it after it dived.

On my way home, I stopped at the Carpinteria slat marsh again.  The tide had come in.  Though there was still some exposed mud, the shorebirds were gone.  A great Blue Heron was present at that time, and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron ( a bird transitioning form juvenile to adult plumage) was working the shore.

I have been avoiding anything in Santa Barbara this week because of fiesta, but obviously I should have gone to East Beach this morning!

Florence Sanchez

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- Nazca Booby (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (2 reports)

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Nazca Booby (Sula granti) (1)
- Reported Jul 25, 2019 13:54 by Charlie Wright
- NABO_072519, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.463597,-120.544205&ll=34.463597,-120.544205
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58553987
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Only 3.5nm from shore. Identified from photos."

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 29, 2019 16:55 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S58561126
- Comments: "From where I scoped I could only distinguish a smaller cormorant, thus it is assumed to be the NECO"

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 29, 2019 14:20 by Kristina Wolf
- 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
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- Comments: "Perched next to a double-crested cormorant, considerably smaller in size. "

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Black Tern

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Roosting now at Mission Creek outflow at large lagoon there. With Mark Holmgren, photos taken.

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- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (6 reports)
- Bell's Vireo (Least) (3 reports)
- Lucy's Warbler (1 report)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 16:44 by David Sexton
- 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/S58532350
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, compared with Double-crested Cormorants nearby, overall smaller body., head, bill. White V at base of chin."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 08:03 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/view/checklist/S58527845
- Media: 1 Photo

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 08:03 by Jeff Miller
- 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/view/checklist/S58528328
- Media: 1 Photo

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 08:03 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/view/checklist/S58526027
- Media: 1 Photo

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 06:44 by Jeff Miller
- 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/view/checklist/S58528321
- Media: 4 Photos

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 06:44 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/view/checklist/S58525262
- Media: 4 Photos

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 06:44 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/view/checklist/S58527827
- Media: 4 Photos

Bell's Vireo (Least) (Vireo bellii pusillus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 10:46 by Norman Pillsbury
- Jim May Park (fmr River Oaks Park), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9747532,-120.4258633&ll=34.9747532,-120.4258633
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58527868
- Media: 8 Photos

Bell's Vireo (Least) (Vireo bellii pusillus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 10:46 by Jeff Miller
- Jim May Park (fmr River Oaks Park), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9747532,-120.4258633&ll=34.9747532,-120.4258633
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58528343
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Singing, photos"

Bell's Vireo (Least) (Vireo bellii pusillus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 10:46 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Jim May Park (fmr River Oaks Park), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9747532,-120.4258633&ll=34.9747532,-120.4258633
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58527359
- Media: 8 Photos

Lucy's Warbler (Oreothlypis luciae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 28, 2019 10:00 by Guy Tingos
- 5049 Walnut Park Drive, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4508251,-119.7977167&ll=34.4508251,-119.7977167
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58532808
- Comments: "small warbler at water feature: gray above, dark eye on a pale face, no chestnut seen on crown, small, buffy wing bars, some chestnut/buff in upper tail coverts, off-white below with diffuse buffy wash across breast. Very active and flighty at water feature.seen well but briefly several times. possible juvenile."

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Birding today at end of Coronado, etc.

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All:
Today Libby Patten, Cathy Peterson, and I started out by checking some areas where we knew there would be “lerped” eucalyptus — getting ready for fall landbird migration.  Our first stop was Winchester One Open Space, where we found only common birds and the trees were infested with lerps.  Hard to tell if there’d be any leaves left by early fall.  Then we crossed over the freeway & went to the Newport Dr. bridge area.  From here, you can park & walk north where the trail has been cleared out considerably, then crosses over Santa Barbara Shores Dr., and another pocket park is just to the west.  A rough trail continues on through the residential area and eventually ends up at Hollister Avenue.  Lots of trees were pruned in here, & the whole place has been opened up; good potential for fall.
Lastly, we stopped at the Coronado seep between 11:15 am - 12:15 pm:  place was jumping with birds, including possible early migrants (adult male Western Tanager) & a ton of other birds.  The water in the “seep” area is plentiful, and the branches growing over it make the birds a little difficult to see, but it is super fun to just stand there & watch all of them come in.  Lots of Chestnut-backed Chickadees (including at least one juvenile, if not two).
Lists on eBird below:
Getting ready for fall!


Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

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Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

Lucy's Warbler

Guy Tingos
 

This morning, Betsy called my attention to a small gray warbler in our water feature. I was able to observe it several times for brief periods and based on field marks I’m comfortable calling it a Lucy’s Warbler, most likely a juvenile. The bird was a very small warbler, gray above with a dark eye on a plain face. The reduced wing bars were buffy and there was a touch of chestnut/buff in the upper tail coverts. No chestnut was observed on the crown. Underparts were off white with a buffy wash across the breast. The bird was very active and was only visible for brief periods of time although I did get some scope views. Time to start checking out fennel patches.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

North Campus Open Space and Devereaux

Robert Lindsay
 

Sunday, 7/28, 7:30-1030 am

Started at NCOS. Not much on the walk down to Devereaux. Two Say's Phoebe and a Cassin's Kingbird along the path. All were quite darkly marked. The pond near the entrance has a layer of plant growth over the surface thick enough for the Song Sparrow and Lesser Goldfinch to walk on while gleaning from the surface. Most interesting birds here were at the bridge near the top end of the drainage where I saw 5 Western Sandpiper, a very cooperative Green Heron, 6 Canada Geese, and a somewhat surprising juvenile Lark Sparrow perched in the reeds.

The first pullout at Devereaux had 7 Least Sandpiper, 15 Western Sandpiper, a couple dozen Semipalmated Plover, and a single Short-billed Dowitcher (judging by the three-note call it made while flying). The bay between the pullouts had 6 Black-necked Stilt. The second pullout had many Black-Crowned Night Heron (but no Yellow-Crowned seen here or at NCOS). Both sites had abundant Great Blue Heron, Great and Snowy Egret. A few cormorants near the second pullout but no Neotropical this morning.

Walked the beach on both sides of Coal Oil Point next. The east side had 3 Whimbrel, 3 Western Sandpipers, and 15ish Semipalmated Plover. The west side (where the Plover Reserve is found) was much birdier. Here there were 5 Willets, a single Long-billed Curlew, 2 Black Turnstone, 7 Least Sandpiper (but no Western?), 25 or so Sanderling (with a fair amount of color still in their plumage), many Snowy Plover (but no obvious recently born birds) and very many Black-bellied Plover (half of which were somewhat to completely black-bellied). One large group of these were clustered near the mouth of the slew. I looked through these carefully but could find no other similar species lurking among them. There were 6 additional Canada Gees here. No Least Terns (or any other Terns for that matter) seen this morning. A single adult Heerman's Gull flew by. Otherwise all gulls were Western.

Walked next to the dune pond next and picked up an Ash-throated Flycatcher as I neared the pond. In the pond were 21 more Canada Geese. There were also 2 adult Pied-billed Grebe herding around 6 little red-faced greeblets. There was also a pair of Nutall's Woodpecker in the dead Eucalyptus here. All sites visited this morning had lots of Swallows with Cliff the most abundant but also saw Northern Rough-winged and Barn.

Nothing else of interest,
Rob Lindsay

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- Common Ground-Dove (1 report)
- Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 report)

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Common Ground-Dove (Columbina passerina) (2)
- Reported Jul 27, 2019 07:15 by Mark Holmgren
- Tecolote Ck, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.44727,-119.917904&ll=34.44727,-119.917904
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58497421
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "At 34.46108 -119.91599 on W side creek, another on E side"

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported Jul 27, 2019 10:14 by Thomas Turner
- Camino Corto Open Space and Del Sol Vernal Pool Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4145111,-119.8673469&ll=34.4145111,-119.8673469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58502577
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Strange time of year for one, but this perched hawk seemed to have a very small head and bill. See photos. Happy to be corrected if mistaken."

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Saturday birds

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

After a butterfly trip to the Cuyama Valley in the heat of the morning, I check Ocean Beach Park and Devereux on the way home. Ocean Beach was very disappointing shorebird wise. The thing to cheer me up were the first juvenile Least Terns of year appearing there. Hopefully a lot more Least Terns will be there in the next two weeks. The Neotropic Cormorant was at Devereux along with a Western Kingbird and various common shorebirds. There were 3 Say's Phoebes at NCOS.

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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA

Mobile: 805 284 6200
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Nick Lethaby
Goleta, CA