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Alisal Road and Santa Maria

Florence Sanchez
 

I went to Nojoqui Park this morning with the intent of walking Alisal Road. Even though it's no longer closed, traffic is light in the morning.  I did just that, but under a handicap.  When I got there, I realized I had not put my backpack in the car; therefore I had no binoculars, camera, and several other things I like to have along on a hike.  So I ended up birding mostly by ear as I didn't have the means to resolve or identify anything that wasn't close.

I still had a good number of birds.  Just like what Joan and I found on Kinevan Road yesterday, the area was full of singing Yellow Warblers and Warbling Vireos.  I also heard at least 7 Bullock's Orioles, and had a pair of Hooded Orioles in the Park.  Several Black-headed Grosbeaks were around and two different Robins were also singing, making a nice comparison between similar songs.  Purple Martins were plentiful and easy to identify.  Not so the many Swallows I saw overhead--most were just black outlines against the gray sky.  One exception was a Violet-Green Swallow that swept in front of me at almost Eye level.  I saw 3 different Western Kingbirds along the road and heard a singing Western Meadowlark in a grassy field near where the road was washed out a couple of years ago.  

The falls are flowing vigorously and may run throughout the summer.  There were some nice flowers along the roadside too:  Chinese Houses, White Lupine, Fairly Lanterns, and a few Mariposa Lilies.

I did put my scope in the car this morning, so I went on to Santa Maria to check out the still-wet field on Black Road.  Beautiful American Avocets are nesting here--I counted four that looked to be on nests while others fed in the shallows.  Also present were 4 Black-necked Stilts (2 appeared to be on nests) and two Kildeer (one of them apparently nesting near the road).  Other shorebirds included 1 Greater Yellowlegs and 17 alternate-plumaged Long-billed Dowitchers.  Waterfowl included a pair of Mallards, a drake Cinnamon Teal and a drake Blue-winged Teal, and a female Teal I didn't try to identify.  All three were swimming together.  Just as I prepared to leave, a Tricolored Blackbird dropped in.

I hope this spot stays wet enough that the breeding attempts can be completed successfully.  And if it stays wet enough during shorebird migration, who knows what might drop in?

Florence Sanchez

White fronted goose

Jake Broad
 

One of the operators at Goleta Sanitary District just sent me photo of a beautiful greater white fronted goose. He said there’s only one and that it’s hanging with the Canada geese. Seems to be fairly brave, his photos came from a phone and had good detail.

-Jake
Santa Barbara

Bird weather?

Thomas Turner
 

I wonder if the unusual weather this weak, with a system moving from East to West, will bring interesting birds to our area:

https://twitter.com/Weather_West/status/1125857608651485184?s=20

Tom

Goleta

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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)
- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)
- Hermit Thrush (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 16:50 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/S55988165
- Comments: "Fly by, calling. Settled into rotators (inaccessible area)"

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 08:45 by Anonymous eBirder
- Aliso Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9089576,-119.7673745&ll=34.9089576,-119.7673745
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55969986
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Silent. Near corral"

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 12:00 by Christopher Tarango
- (34.0044,-119.8161), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.004404,-119.816135&ll=34.004404,-119.816135
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55977473
- Comments: "Heard the call"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2019 09:17 by Joan Lentz
- Kinevan Rd., Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5069163,-119.8225639&ll=34.5069163,-119.8225639
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55982531
- Comments: "As we were walking south on Kinevan, we came to a spot just past Mile Marker 13 and midway to Mile Marker 12. In that area, both Florence and I, who are well-acquainted with the song of this species, heard one bird singing its full song. Starting out with the single bell tone and then rising flute-iike up the scale. We are hoping this is one of the small population of Hermit Thrush that breeds in moist forests close to the coast. I am not sure of the subspecies perhaps sleveni? In past years, Hermit Thrushes have bred sparingly on the north side of Refugio ridge, and, I believe, at Kinevan."

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Kinevan Rd today

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All:  This morning Florence Sanchez and I birded Kinevan Rd.  Weather was perfect with high overcast, calm, cool temps.  We had a lot of birds, not as many migrants as I’d hoped, but it was still great birding.  Highlights were a singing HERMIT THRUSH in an area where Florence heard one last year, and where this species may’ve bred in recent years, need to look at BOSBC.  Also, a Brown Creeper.  I was surprised to have missed Cassin’s Vireo.

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

eBird Rare bird alerts of not so rare birds explained

Wim van Dam
 

Some of you might wonder why they are getting Santa Barbara County rare-bird alerts for species like Cooper's Hawk, like here:

The explanation is that these eBird checklists are most likely from Channel Islands, like Santa Cruz Island, where such species are unusual. If the location description does not clarify things, you can select "View with Google Maps" (the little flag with location marker) to see where the bird was observed. 

Note also that Paul Lehman's "Birds of Santa Barbara County, California" does not discuss status and distribution on the islands. For that we have to wait for Paul Collins's book. Is there an update on that? 

Thanks
Wim



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SBCO #383: Blue-winged Warbler

Crows and hawks

Bryan Mumford
 

There was a big ruckus in the San Marcos Preserve this morning. Dozens of crows chattering. I went down and saw a Cooper’s hawk fluttering around under the oak canopy, also calling. Soon I also saw a big Red-Tailed hawk sitting on a big oak limb, holding something black and bloody in its talons. Everyone was yelling for many minutes. Eventually my presence made the Red-Tail uncomfortable and he flew off with his prey and the crows in tow.

I have no pictures, but will attach a recording.

Bryan Mumford
San Marcos Foothills

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- Elegant Tern (1 report)
- Cooper's Hawk (2 reports)

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Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (5)
- Reported May 04, 2019 17:10 by Zena Casteel
- Santa Cruz Island--Frasier Point, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0589882,-119.9213076&ll=34.0589882,-119.9213076
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55927413
- Comments: "Orange downturned bill distinctive on small bodied tern compared to western gulls. "

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2019 11:20 by Zena Casteel
- (33.9927,-119.7021), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.992686,-119.702071&ll=33.992686,-119.702071
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55927549
- Comments: "Accipiter in shape. Long tailed and rounded wings. Long head projection compared to wings which were also straight across. Undertail coverts flared out giving bird a slight white rump appearance in flight"

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2019 11:20 by Molly Fitzsimmons
- (33.9927,-119.7021), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.992686,-119.702071&ll=33.992686,-119.702071
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55903099
- Comments: "Accipiter in shape. Long tailed and rounded wings. Long head projection compared to wings which were also straight across. Undertail coverts flared out giving bird a slight white rump appearance in flight"

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Pelicans

Bradley Hacker
 

In recent days there have been lots of pelicans in West Goleta bay/Campus Point. There are 215 of them today; their main companions are immature Heerman’s Gulls


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Good birding, 

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
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- Elegant Tern (1 report)
- Cooper's Hawk (1 report)

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Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (5)
- Reported May 04, 2019 17:10 by Joey Negreann
- Santa Cruz Island--Frasier Point, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0589882,-119.9213076&ll=34.0589882,-119.9213076
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55882556
- Comments: "Orange downturned bill distinctive on small bodied tern compared to western gulls. "

Cooper's Hawk (Accipiter cooperii) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2019 11:20 by Joey Negreann
- (33.9927,-119.7021), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.992686,-119.702071&ll=33.992686,-119.702071
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55882184
- Comments: "Accipiter in shape. Long tailed and rounded wings. Long head projection compared to wings which were also straight across. Undertail coverts flared out giving bird a slight white rump appearance in flight"

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NCOS this morning

Barbara Millett
 

All,

Cathy Rose and I walked almost the full length of the Marsh Trail at North Campus Open Space this morning.   The highlight for me was observing two Adult Say’s Phoebes feeding two young fledglings.  The birds were near the western edge of NCOS.  In the last several years there have been occasional breeding records in the Coastal District for this species, but I had never seen direct evidence myself.

Other species seen with young: Canada Goose and Mallard.   Species seen carrying nesting material:  Cliff Swallow, Lesser Goldfinch and Red-tailed Hawk.

Barb Millett
Santa Barbara

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- Orange-crowned Warbler (orestera) (1 report)

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Orange-crowned Warbler (orestera) (Oreothlypis celata orestera) (1)
- Reported May 04, 2019 15:51 by Conor Scotland
- Sheffield Reservoir, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4453352,-119.6932286&ll=34.4453352,-119.6932286
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55816537
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Gray head, olive back. Pale yellow underparts. White eye arcs."

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Migration Count Santa Barbara Botanic Garden

Florence Sanchez
 

Today I participated in the National Migration Count by counting birds at the Botanic Garden.  I have done this count for at least 15 years.

It was not the best weather for such activity as the skies were gray, the ceiling was low, and the Garden was a bit misty and damp.  Past experience has shown that the birds in the Garden are less active in such conditions and that was also the case today.  Raptors are rare in such conditions and forget about Swallows or Swifts!I got 43 species, which is a bit beow average for this count, and I felt lucky to have done that.  

Migrants included 2 Wilson's Warblers (I have 5 on sunnier Thursday) and 3 Warbling Vireos.  I did not turn up a Western Tanager today--I had one singing on Thursday--nor did I find a Swainson's Thrush.  So far, this has not been a year for Western Wood-Pewee in the Garden, not for Olive-sided Flycatcher, and I assume they may not show up there at all given that they are ensconced elsewhere in the area already.  The Costa's Hummingbird that hung out in the Desert section of 3 weeks or so seems to have departed some time last week, and the male Black-chinned I found on Thursday did not show itself today.  It was not a good year for Hummingbirds in general at the Garden.  I found the elusive Downy Woodpeckers today, but missed the usually easier to find resident Hairy!  Strange day.  But I had an unexpected treat of a White-tailed Kite on the east slope early in the morning, perched in a dead tree.Kites are rare in the Garden.  I think the only other time we've had them  (and not ever on the count) was the spring after the Jesusita fire.

Florence Sanchez

Santa Barbara harbor

Guy Tingos
 

There were 38 Black Skimmers on the sand spit this morning. 5 Wandering Tattlers were at the east end of the breakwater.

Guy Tingos
Santa Barbara

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Farren - Blue Grosbeak Pair

Libby Patten
 

I went to Farren Rd. the last couple of days.  Heard and saw a good number of Lazuli Bunting, Phainopepla, and other typical species on both days, but failed to find the previously reported Blue Grosbeak on day 1. On day 2, was rewarded with a pair of BLGR (male and female) who flew from bushes east of the road and perched close together on the fence just south of the reservoir. Possible breeders?  

Libby Patten
Santa Barbara 

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- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)
- American Pipit (1 report)

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Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (1)
- Reported May 02, 2019 07:35 by Joey Negreann
- US-CA-Channel Islands National Park (34.0026,-119.8179), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.002564,-119.817919&ll=34.002564,-119.817919
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55688937
- Comments: "Heard making single note toots at a pretty slow interval. Recording to upload but tooting is faint and hard to hear "

American Pipit (Anthus rubescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 02, 2019 08:07 by John Callender
- Carpinteria Bluffs Nature Preserve, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3868956,-119.4986129&ll=34.3868956,-119.4986129
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55674380
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Walking the grass at Viola Fields. First heard and then seen. Rare after mid-April per Lehman."

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Ibiss

Rob Denholtz
 

Carp Salt Marsh Reserve, 8:30 AM, Thursday, May 2, 2019 - a flock of 13 WHITE-FACED IBIS flew over, heading west.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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- Tundra Swan (1 report)
- White-throated Sparrow (1 report)

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (2)
- Reported Apr 28, 2019 11:55 by Richard Sloane
- 6557 Covington Way, Goleta, California, US (34.445, -119.852), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4446105,-119.8520207&ll=34.4446105,-119.8520207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55526578
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Two swans at the lake, among other waterfowl. See photo for identification. That seems to match to photos posted of this species. If I'm wrong in my ID please let me know. Thanks."

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) (1)
- Reported May 01, 2019 07:00 by John Deacon
- Deacon Home (Restricted Access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.887029,-120.432212&ll=34.887029,-120.432212
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55658380
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "I've had a WTSP at my feeder almost all winter."

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West Camino cielo

Florence Sanchez
 

I returned to West Camino Cielo Road today to hike from the end of the pavement to Broadcast peak.  It was sunny when I arrived, but the mountaintops soon drew in a layer of fog/clouds.  It wasn't thick and varied a lot, but essentially I did most of the hike in light fog. I appreciated the coolness after last weeks 80 degrees, but visibility was slightly impaired.  Otherwise, it was a repeat of last week's hike.

I found lots of Lazuli Buntings again--I counted 17 males and 6 females today.  I also had a Lark Sparrow, an Ash-throated Flycatcher, four singing Black-headed Grosbeaks, 3 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers, and a few of the usual chaparral birds.  The only hummingbirds found were Anna's.  I hiked the service road up to both Santa Ynez and Broadcast Peaks, but the view was impaired by the fog.  On Santa Ynez Peak I had a pair of Western Bluebirds that appear as if they may be nesting, but I could not figure out where.  The structures are all covered with the thin anti-bird wire intended to keep pigeons away, so the structure appear to be unusable for the purpose.  As I did las week, I heard both California Quail and Mountain Quail calling in several places.

The fog broke up over the Santa Ynez Valley on my way back to my car, and I was able to enjoy a good view of the 80% full Lake Cachuma below.

As was the case last week, I did not find any of the fire followers I found last year at this location, but other things are blooming including some stunning blue ceanothus and lots of white Cryptantha.

I stoped at the top of Refugio Pass on my way down (it was socked in with fog on my way up), but there wasn't much activity at midday.

Florence Sanchez


Re: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Tennessee Warbler at Devereux

Nick Lethaby
 

I think the various  common bird monitoring surveys they run show American Kestrels have decreased >60%. Also the fact the two UK records are back from the 70s and 80s despite a massive increase in coverage in the kind of places they might show up as vagrants also supports they have declined, at least in the eastern USA. Locally, my feeling is that this species is absent from Santa Barbara/Goleta in summer now. I think there may be some pairs left along the Gaviota Coast as I have been seeing them lately around Refugio.

 

From: main@sbcobirding.groups.io [mailto:main@sbcobirding.groups.io] On Behalf Of Hugh Ranson
Sent: Tuesday, April 30, 2019 8:30 PM
To: sbcobirding
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Tennessee Warbler at Devereux

 

I birded a few spots in Goleta/Santa Barbara today. Some highlights:

 

Cathedral Oaks, west of La Patera (34.441517, -119.862203)--at least one Chestnut-backed Chickadee in willows

Farren Road: Blue Grosbeak, Lazuli Bunting, Phainopepla

Ellwood Mesa: Grasshopper and Lark Sparrow

North Campus Open Space: Red-necked Phalarope (2 or 3), Blue-winged Teal (pair), Say's Phoebe

Devereux Slough: many migrants just south of the first pullout. Best bird was a Tennessee Warbler, but there were also Nashville (3), Wilson's (2), Yellow-rumped (1), Warbling Vireo (2), Western Tanagers, Bullock's and Hooded Orioles, and a Western Wood-Pewee.

Devereux Beach: Dunlin; tern flock included Elegant, Royal, and Caspian.

 

I heard/saw  Hairy Woodpeckers in 3 locations: Ellwood, Atascadero Creek, and the creek by Vieja Valley School, where there's an active nest site with nestlings.

 

I saw no Kestrels today despite being in plenty of suitable habitat. Bad luck, or are they in trouble?

 

Hugh Ranson 

Santa Barbara