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Black Road Flooded Field

John Deacon
 

Sandhill Crane continues in eastern field. New additions are Blue Winged Teals and Black Necked Stilts.

John Deacon
Orcutt


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Carp State Beach

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria State Beach, Monday morning, March 18, 2019

A few nice sightings this morning. Highlights: BH COWBIRDS, GT GRACKLES, and a huge flock (approx. 500) SANDERLINGS. Also, on Elm Street, about a block from the beach, there was a pair of DE JUNCOS (OR). I’d not seen this species in our neighborhood before.

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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*** Species Summary:

- Tundra Swan (2 reports)
- Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 16, 2019 17:00 by Giacomo Catalina
- 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/S53960917
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Hanging out with the Mute Swan. Could be a cross of a Tundra and Mute?"

Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (1)
- Reported Mar 16, 2019 17:00 by Anne Brown
- 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/S53960926
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Hanging out with the Mute Swan. Could be a cross of a Tundra and Mute?"

Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis cismontanus) (1)
- Reported Mar 13, 2019 10:00 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4341,-119.6351), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434078,-119.635051&ll=34.434078,-119.635051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53784448
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Cassiar's subspecies of the "Slate-colored" group of Dark-eyed Junco was below the seed feeder on the ground with a couple of other juncos. I tried to get a photo, which isn't great, but will attach later. The bird in question has a dark blackish hood, contrasting with a grayish back. It has prominent white outer tail feathers. It's white underneath, although in this photo I see a suggestion of pale coloring where the black meets the white breast. Circulated to experts who said OK for Cassiar's."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2019 09:07 by Eric Hopson
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53938454
- Comments: "Continuing male foraging in the old sycamore tree. "

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Weekend Birds in Buellton

Peter Schneekloth
 

Yesterday I had Lesser, American and Lawrence's Goldfinch in the backyard at the same time.

Today the Hermit Warbler reappeared, Hooded Oriole arrived and several male Rufous Hummingbirds where doing battle with the resident Anna's.

Several White-tailed Kites have been in the neighborhood off and on. This is new for this immediate location. Last night two perched and flew off to the W just before dark. Tonight the same pattern but three birds. 

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

Ocean Park

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Nothing much here other than a bunch of Cinnamon Teal and a few other dabbling ducks.The river mouth is still tidal but a sand bar is almost blocking it now. Stilts are back and 3 Greater Yellowlegs were feeding by the entrance road. I think it should be OK for some shorebirds here in during spring.

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FOS hooded oriole

Phila Rogers
 

Hello:

At the municipal golf course yesterday I heard a brief dust up between a crow and an oriole in a tall palm near the restaurant.  Several male Orange-crowned Warblers are singing along the free-running Mission Creek in Oak Park.  Phila Rogers

FOS Orioles

Cruz Phillips
 

This past week at Las Cruzitas we has our First of the Spring male Bullock's Oriole and Hooded Oriole.  Both arrived on Thursday.  Wintering White-throated Sparrow is still here as is the Sharp-shinned Hawk and the other crowned sparrows, but most (not all) of the Savannah and Vesper Sparrows have moved on.  Lots of singing and nest material carring by resident breeders.

Cruz

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*** Species Summary:

- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (1 report)

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Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2019 08:00 by Mark Holmgren
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071221,-119.8483944&ll=34.4071221,-119.8483944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53894159
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Known to be here."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2019 08:00 by Lori Gaskin
- UC Santa Barbara--Lagoon, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4071221,-119.8483944&ll=34.4071221,-119.8483944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53919362
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Known to be here."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1)
- Reported Mar 13, 2019 10:00 by Joan Lentz
- 433 Pimiento Ln, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4341,-119.6351), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.434078,-119.635051&ll=34.434078,-119.635051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53784448
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Cassiar's subspecies of the "Slate-colored" group of Dark-eyed Junco was below the seed feeder on the ground with a couple of other juncos. I tried to get a photo, which isn't great, but will attach later. The bird in question has a dark blackish hood, contrasting with a grayish back. It has prominent white outer tail feathers. It's white underneath, although in this photo I see a suggestion of pale coloring where the black meets the white breast. Circulated to experts who said OK for Cassiar's."

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Rancho Santa Barbara Audubon field trip

Dika Golovatchoff
 

This morning 33 Santa Barbara birders joined Rob Lindsey in a 3-hour field trip to this lovely Santa Ynez ranch bordering Lake Cachuma much of the way.  Some of the most experienced area  birders participated as well as 10-year old Olivia, a new birder accompanied by her dad - who is a photographer.  Several participants were sporting cameras with very long lenses as well as a few spotting scopes.  This was Rob's tenth time leading this trip - sharing both his extensive birding expertise as well as his many years of teaching.  

I had taken this trip a couple of times before but this one was my most satisfying, both in terms of the birds observed and the terrain that is now abundantly green. The lake reservoir is now more than 70% full following recent rains.  Rob asked me to post a few of the highlights, which for me included a Roadrunner first perched high in a dead tree, then showing his crest among the grasses; a Lewis's Woodpecker which I was seeing for the first time showing the distinctive breast and head coloration; numerous Violet-green Swallows perching so as to be readily distinguished from Tree Swallows.  At least 15 White Pelicans were in the lake; several wild Turkeys were displaying their breeding plumage in low light.  Clarks' Grebes, Double-crested Cormorants, Ruddy Ducks, Canada Geese and Bufflehead were also present.  I'm posting a few photographs on my Flickr site:  https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/

Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (3 reports)

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Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2019 11:30 by Jelmer Poelstra
- Santa Cruz Island--Prisoners Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0187319,-119.6821404&ll=34.0187319,-119.6821404
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53871199
- Comments: "Continuing bird near the dock. Dusky grebe with white cheek and yellow base of long, slightly drooping bill."

Northern Flicker (Yellow-shafted) (Colaptes auratus auratus/luteus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2019 10:10 by Erik Dodos
- Preisker Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9834912,-120.4376006&ll=34.9834912,-120.4376006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53860408
- Comments: "Observed at eastern area of park in tress just north of the playground. Adult female yellow shafted with bright yellow undertail coverts, red crescent on nape, and black chest patch...have pics this time. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 11, 2019 12:31 by Libby Patten
- Andree Clark Bird Refuge, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4215353,-119.6572856&ll=34.4215353,-119.6572856
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53863456
- Comments: "Seen on top of trees north of main trail. Thick black bill, pale yellow breast and white chin. Forked tail, dark eye patch, medium gray head. "

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2019 10:02 by Joan Lentz
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53868831
- Comments: "At 11 o’clock, Libby and I saw the Orchard Oriole fly in to the cape honeysuckle hedge on the west side of the creek. This bird has been present for the second (?) winter in this location, seen by many observers. It had a dark hood dark back with white feather edgings, deep brick red breast and undertail coverts longish dark tail. Had good views of bird feeding on honeysuckle flowers, but it first flew in on the south end of the patch of honeysuckle, then made its way gradually north feeding in the hedge, stayed for maybe 10 mins., then flew away."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2019 10:02 by Guy Tingos
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53869386
- Comments: "At 11 o’clock, Libby and I saw the Orchard Oriole fly in to the cape honeysuckle hedge on the west side of the creek. This bird has been present for the second (?) winter in this location, seen by many observers. It had a dark hood dark back with white feather edgings, deep brick red breast and undertail coverts longish dark tail. Had good views of bird feeding on honeysuckle flowers, but it first flew in on the south end of the patch of honeysuckle, then made its way gradually north feeding in the hedge, stayed for maybe 10 mins., then flew away."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2019 10:02 by Libby Patten
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53870595
- Comments: "At 11 o’clock, Libby and I saw the Orchard Oriole fly in to the cape honeysuckle hedge on the west side of the creek. This bird has been present for the second (?) winter in this location, seen by many observers. It had a dark hood dark back with white feather edgings, deep brick red breast and undertail coverts longish dark tail. Had good views of bird feeding on honeysuckle flowers, but it first flew in on the south end of the patch of honeysuckle, then made its way gradually north feeding in the hedge, stayed for maybe 10 mins., then flew away."

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Recent birding notes

Florence Sanchez
 

On Wednesday, I walked down to the harbor area.  It was a fairly low tide, so the breakwater rocks were fairly exposed.  I picked up a breeding Surfbird and a Black Turnstone on them.  Inside the harbor, I saw all three species of loon (but not the one Noah brought to our attention a few days ago).  Buffleheads, Surf Scoters, and Red-breasted Mergansers were diving  near the dredge pipe.  Nothing was resting on the sandspit, but in the Harbor area I picked up a second-year Mew Gull and a first-year Heerman's Gull among the Western Gulls.  Best bird of this trip was an Osprey that was circle over the bluffs and surf at Shoreline Park.

On Thursday, I hiked the La Cumbre Peak area.  AS it has been all winter, it was not very birdy, but there were two Steller's Jays hanging around the Peak and California Thrashers were singing in several places.  I looked diligently for the Townsend's Solitaire that was present November-January, but did not find it.  Not much is in bloom up on top and I suspect bird activity will increase when things finally start to blossom.  It's still cold up there--a chilly 44 degrees when I started, warming only to the mid-fifties when I left at noon.

A lot of different species of Ceanothus are in bloom along Gibraltar Road, as well as Bush Poppy.

Florence Sanchez

"Cassiar's" subspecies of Slate-colored group of Dark-eyed Junco

Joan Lentz <joanlentz@...>
 

Hi All:  Finally got confirmation that my photo is OK for “Cassiar’s Junco”, the subspecies I saw with Florence Sanchez and then with Larry Ballard at my feeder the last week or so.  Present since January 5. 
Here’s my list with two rather poor photos, but it gives you the idea of the dark head contrasting with the gray back.
Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

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- Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)

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Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (Junco hyemalis mearnsi) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2019 18:24 by John Dutton
- 3919 La Colina Rd, Santa Barbara US-CA (34.4439,-119.7519), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.443901,-119.75191&ll=34.443901,-119.75191
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53838422
- Comments: "It had a notably black head with a distinct transition to a light breast with brown sides. "

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Mar 14, 2019 07:49 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53811449
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in the Cape Honeysuckle hedge south of the footbridge. Later watched him foraging in the outer canopy of the large sycamore north of the footbridge."

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Mar 14, 2019 07:49 by John Callender
- Santa Monica Creek, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4070435,-119.5278168&ll=34.4070435,-119.5278168
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53811449
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in the Cape Honeysuckle hedge."

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Carp Salt Marsh

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Thursday morning March 14, 2019

Among other more usual birds,

In Franklin Creek: 1 NORTHERN SHOVELER (rare for this location) male, 9 RING-NECKED DUCKS

In vernal pool just to the west of Franklin Creek: 4 pairs of CINNAMON TEAL

Rob Denholtz
Carp

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Mar 13, 2019 16:48 by Mark Holmgren
- Lake Cachuma, BLM access point, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.561903,-119.92505&ll=34.561903,-119.92505
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53797177
- Comments: "Expected here"

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Mar 13, 2019 12:18 by Casey Richart
- Santa Barbara Botanic Garden, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4567922,-119.710266&ll=34.4567922,-119.710266
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S53786142
- Comments: "Seen well, purple gorget, near conservation center"

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Re: Refugio frigatebird

Wim van Dam
 

Actually, remember your camera. In March there is the possibility that this Frigatebird is something else than a Magnificent one. 

Wim


On Wed, Mar 13, 2019 at 11:14 AM Kate McCurdy via Groups.Io <k8andk9=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:
I did not have my binoculars with me yesterday (gasp!) but was driving Jalama Road and caught a glimpse of a large bird with a split tail soaring low over a ridge. it might have been a raptor carrying nesting material but the first thought that pooped into my mind was “frigate bird!”. Anyway, keep your eyes out (and remember your binoculars!) while in the Jalama area. 

Kate 

Kate McCurdy
Reserve Manager
Sedgwick Natural Reserve
3566 Brinkerhoff Ave
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 729-7981
http://sedgwick.nrs.ucsb.edu


On Mar 13, 2019, at 10:03 AM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:

Hi folks,

This morning, Wes Fritz reported a Magnificent Frigatebird flying east, up the coast from Refugio State Beach. He later searched east to El Capitan, but could not refind it. No additional word.

Dave


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Re: Possible American Tree Sparrow

Shawn McVicar
 

Clear, unstreaked breast with a single black spot, higher than I've seen on Lark sparrows. A rufous crown and light rufous eyestripe are the only head marks I saw (I wish I had known to look for the bicolored bill). Rufous patch on the upper wing, and a white wingbar, along with dark streaks on the back. I'm going to keep my eye out and try to record its song as well as get a picture if I see it again. 
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Buellton, Ca

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Re: Refugio frigatebird

Kate McCurdy
 

I did not have my binoculars with me yesterday (gasp!) but was driving Jalama Road and caught a glimpse of a large bird with a split tail soaring low over a ridge. it might have been a raptor carrying nesting material but the first thought that pooped into my mind was “frigate bird!”. Anyway, keep your eyes out (and remember your binoculars!) while in the Jalama area. 

Kate 

Kate McCurdy
Reserve Manager
Sedgwick Natural Reserve
3566 Brinkerhoff Ave
Santa Ynez, CA 93460
(805) 729-7981
http://sedgwick.nrs.ucsb.edu


On Mar 13, 2019, at 10:03 AM, Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:

Hi folks,

This morning, Wes Fritz reported a Magnificent Frigatebird flying east, up the coast from Refugio State Beach. He later searched east to El Capitan, but could not refind it. No additional word.

Dave

Refugio frigatebird

Dave Compton
 

Hi folks,

This morning, Wes Fritz reported a Magnificent Frigatebird flying east, up the coast from Refugio State Beach. He later searched east to El Capitan, but could not refind it. No additional word.

Dave

Possible American Tree Sparrow

Mark Holmgren
 

Hi Shawn,
You might pull together the details of what you DID see and we might make progress with that. For example, what was the overall coloration of the bird? What patterning did you see? Was the bill dark or light or bi-colored? Tail length, etc.  
In the future, remember that smart phones can make reasonably good recordings of bird vocalizations.

Mark Holmgren 
Santa Barbara 

On Mar 13, 2019, at 8:09 AM, Shawn McVicar <shawnmcvic@...> wrote:

This morning on my way into work I saw a sparrow perched on top of a tree. The clear breast with a single black spot made me think Lark sparrow, but when I got my bins on it it definitely was not. All the field marks point to American Tree sparrow, but I'm nervous about reporting a bird in ebird that shows as rare and has only 7 reported sightings in BOSBC, though a couple are in my area. It was on Timber lane, between Highway 1 and Mountain View Rd. near the Vandenberg main gate. I heard it singing, and it sounded very much like the song in my Sibley app. It flew off before I could get my camera out, so I have no pictures. Before posting, does anyone have any other ideas of what it could be? This would be a life bird for me, so I want to be sure. 

Thanks! 
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Buellton, Ca

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