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RN x RB sapsucker Hybrid

Conor Scotland
 

Today at lunch there was a Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker hybrid at Franceschi Park on the Riviera.



Conor Scotland
Santa Barbara

Armour Ranch Rd, 2019-01-25

Wim van Dam
 

Weekend tip for those who like a challenge: try counting the size of the flock of EUROPEAN STARLINGS at Armour Ranch Rd. My best estimate (counting in 100s) is that there are 2000 of them. And yes they do frequently do their murmuration thing. Also present: 2 FERRUGINOUS HAWK, ~150 far away HORNED LARK, MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, 50+ WESTERN MEADOWLARK. 

Wim

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #380+3: Blue-winged Warbler

Mid-winter backyard Bullock's Oriole

Peter Schneekloth
 

Yet another bizarre backyard arrival, a male Bullock's Oriole appeared in a neighbor's fruit tree this afternoon. Looking at e bird and reviewing Lehman's Birds of SBCo this may be a first for the valley in winter.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55934026@N05/39910904213/in/dateposted-public/

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton

FOS male Rufous Hummingbird

Cruz Phillips
 

We had our First of the season male Rufous Hummingbird at our feeders this morning.  It is very early.  My earliest other dates look like early February.  

Cruz
Las Cruzitas Ranch

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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (6)
- Reported Jan 24, 2019 16:13 by Miles Feinstein
- 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/S52007214
- Comments: "Resting "

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Jan 24, 2019 08:40 by Mario Borunda
- CA, Carpinteria, Shepard Mesa, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3944629,-119.474503&ll=34.3944629,-119.474503
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S52013422
- Comments: "Continuing bird on private property. Seen and identified during Carpinteria CBC. Red throat, crown, and pinkish nape patch. Long white stripe on primary wing is different from patterns on various web sites. Drilling neat rows of holes in an apple tree. Good view from 10 yards for 15 minutes."

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Mountain birding

Florence Sanchez
 

. . .is pretty quiet right now.  At least East Pinery Road was almost dead, even though it was a beautiful morning and viewing conditions were excellent.  I've run into this before in our mountains, but it was a little frustrating.   The only Montane species I found at East Pinery Road was a heard-only Mountain Chickadee.  Even the oak woodland/chaparral birds were pretty quiet.  I turned up only one Fox Sparrow (Sooty).  The usual "Fox Sparrow city" at the end of the keyhole was also dead.

I ate lunch at the Sawmill Basin (Tunnell Road) and there was a little more activity there, but again from only Oak Woodland species, though I did hear three times a Steller's Jay call.  

Thanks to all who replied to my request for info abut the road conditions.   They are O.K. but there are new large boulders at the road edge in a couple of places that have to be negotiated carefully.   Also some new downed trees.

I check out the mountain again in a few weeks.

Florence Sanchez

No Tufted Duck but Common Merganser

Steven Gaulin
 

I spent a little bit of time looking for the Tufted Duck late yesterday (1/23/19) afternoon. It was not present at Lauro Reservoir. There were several Scaup too distant to ID more precisely (but none with enough contrast between back and flanks to be the Tufted); and a male American Kestrel was feeding on a small rodent on the utility lines.

Next I checked the mobile home park at the South end of Ward Drive because there have been Ring-necked Ducks there and because I believe that was the location where Nick Lethaby first found this vagrant (as a first-winter bird) several winters ago. A dozen Ring-necks were present but without their exotic cousin. Somewhat surprisingly, a single female Common Merganser (sharply demarcated white throat) was present. At risk of repeating information everyone knows, our welcome at the mobile home park depends on our parking on Ward Drive and walking in.

Good birding everyone!
Steven Gaulin
Santa Barbara

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Murre (2 reports)
- Cassin's Auklet (3 reports)
- Rhinoceros Auklet (2 reports)
- Bonaparte's Gull (2 reports)
- Glaucous-winged Gull (1 report)
- Black-vented Shearwater (3 reports)
- Brown Booby (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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Common Murre (Uria aalge) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Ryan Terrill
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982177
- Comments: "Large, white below and black above alcid. Longish wings for an Alcid, swept back at wrist. Crisp separation between black and white. White on throat up into auriculars. "

Common Murre (Uria aalge) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Whitney Tsai
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982178
- Comments: "Large, white below and black above alcid. Longish wings for an Alcid, swept back at wrist. Crisp separation between black and white. White on throat up into auriculars. "

Cassin's Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) (12)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Whitney Tsai
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982178
- Comments: "Smaller, gray alcids, rounded heads and small bills"

Cassin's Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) (12)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Ryan Terrill
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982177
- Comments: "Smaller, gray alcids, rounded heads and small bills"

Cassin's Auklet (Ptychoramphus aleuticus) (2)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 07:32 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982132
- Comments: "Small, round all gray alcids with smudgy pale belly, pale spot above eye and short, sharp Bill rounded heads, smaller and paler than nearby RHAUs"

Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) (3)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Ryan Terrill
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982177
- Comments: "Larger and darker than CAAUs, flat heads and larger, orange bills. "

Rhinoceros Auklet (Cerorhinca monocerata) (3)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Whitney Tsai
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982178
- Comments: "Larger and darker than CAAUs, flat heads and larger, orange bills. "

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (2)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Whitney Tsai
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982178
- Comments: "Small hills with pale wedge on front of upper wing "

Bonaparte's Gull (Chroicocephalus philadelphia) (2)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Ryan Terrill
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982177
- Comments: "Small hills with pale wedge on front of upper wing "

Glaucous-winged Gull (Larus glaucescens) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 07:32 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982132
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Photos."

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (3)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Whitney Tsai
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982178
- Comments: "Counted by ones. "

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (3)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 10:48 by Ryan Terrill
- (33.5106,-119.0130), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.51064,-119.012981&ll=33.51064,-119.012981
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982177
- Comments: "Counted by ones. "

Black-vented Shearwater (Puffinus opisthomelas) (18)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 07:32 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982132
- Comments: "Counted by ones"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 11:07 by Whitney Tsai
- (33.5921,-118.8623), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.5921,-118.862336&ll=33.5921,-118.862336
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982197
- Comments: "One adult female. Brown above, white belly crisply cuts off with brown on neck and chest. Very long wings with white underwing coverts. Long, conical yellowish Bill. "

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 11:07 by Ryan Terrill
- (33.5921,-118.8623), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.5921,-118.862336&ll=33.5921,-118.862336
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982196
- Comments: "One adult female. Brown above, white belly crisply cuts off with brown on neck and chest. Very long wings with white underwing coverts. Long, conical yellowish Bill. "

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (68) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 07:32 by Ryan Terrill
- Santa Barbara Island (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=33.475842,-119.035716&ll=33.475842,-119.035716
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51982132
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Counted individually. Will add photos. All roosting on Sutil island and adjacent small rock."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (6) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 15:00 by Miles Feinstein
- 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/S51978603
- Comments: "On bank resting"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 07:46 by Bob Friedrichs
- Las Cruzitas Ranch (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6093342,-119.9600601&ll=34.6093342,-119.9600601
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51984293
- Comments: "Female. White throat with red just below. Red-nape. Pics "

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (6) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 23, 2019 11:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Southern Cuyama Valley Grasslands, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.8032135,-119.4517392&ll=34.8032135,-119.4517392
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51971171
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Did not respond to playback"

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Helmeted Guineafowl Alice Keck park and Bird Refuge

Dika Golovatchoff
 

On Sunday 1/20 a walk around Lake Los Carneros was encouraging to see so much water.  A White-tailed Kite perched obligingly.  Tuesday the 22nd I was entertained by the 4 noisy Helmeted Guineafowl, native to Africa, in Alice Keck Park.  I saw them in several different locations including the sidewalk at corner of Garden and Micheltorena.  They are very tame birds that have probably been someone's pets.  They attracted a lot of attention.  By this morning they were gone.  

This morning Mission Creek outflow had at least 135 Black Skimmers and a few Royal Terns with usual gulls and Chase Palm Park a nice assortment of gulls including several Heermann's among the Western.  I then walked to the 2nd viewing platform at the Bird Refuge.  Both viewing platforms were totally submerged in water and at the parking lot the water level was almost up to the sign.  I found 3 Black-necked Stilts, 2 Spotted Sandpipers, an Eared Grebe, a couple of Black Phoebes and Yellow-rumped Warblers and of course loads of Coots and Shovelers.

I've posted some photos at: https://www.flickr.com/photos/digolov/

I spent the 21st in our neighboring SLO county at the lovely Laguna Lake Park where I had good opportunities to observe the now long resident Vermilion Flycatcher.  

Dika Golovatchoff, Santa Barbara

Request for Speaker at Cachuma Nature Center on Vultures

Jamie Chavez
 

All,

I received the following message from Ally Wilding with the Nature Center at Cachuma Lake who is looking for someone who might be able to speak on vultures. If this is something you are interested in please contact Ally directly (not to the list) at her email or phone number listed below.

Thanks,

Jamie Chavez
Moderator
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I work at the N.T. Nature Center at Lake Cachuma. We're looking for an expert on vultures and condors (possibly also on the effect of pollution also on wildlife in our community and beyond) to speak here at the center. My number is 305-849-7339 and of course my email is wildingstrong@...  


Thank you for your time,

Aly Wilding




Sandhill Crane and other sightings in Santa Maria area

Florence Sanchez
 

I went back to the Sandhill Crane sight this morning and after a time I finally located it.  It was feeding along the back side of the fence that separates the flooded field from the one behind it, near some large white pipe structure.  Note:  I could not be seen from the wide spot along the road where one pulls off and parks.  I had to walk up the hill (east and scan from there before I located it.

The 6 Snow Geese and 2 Canada Geese were there when I arrived, but the Snow Geese flew off after about 20 minutes.  I couldn't even begin to tell you how many Greater Yellowlegs, Dowitchers (presumably Long-billed from the calls), and Least Sandpipers there were.  They were constantly on the move and flying everywhere.  Other shorebird species found were 1 Wilson's Snipe, 2 Marbled Godwits, and 3 Willets.  A large gull flock was present, but I found only California and Mew Gulls, though I left a couple of immatures unidentified.  No large gulls like Western or Herring were there today.  Raptors put on a good show too, with 2 Red-tails, 2 White-tailed Kites, and 1 female Northern Harrier working the fields.  The field is drying up, by the way.

After taking care of a purchase I needed to make in Santa Maria, I went back to the Mitchell Road site to see what I could uncover, though it was a little late in the morning for optimum birding.  Nevertheless, I spotted both Ferruginous Hawks, one of them on the same fence post as my last visit.  A Northern Harrier was also hunting over the field for a time.  A large mixed flock of Blackbirds was flying back and forth from the horse corral on airport property to the center of the field on the west.  Scoping the flock revealed that almost half of them were Tri-colored Blackbirds.  I can't recall the last time I saw so many Tri-coloreds in one place.  Small numbers of American Pipits flew back and forth across the road, and with them were a few Horned Larks.

I finished up at Mud Lake but did not find the Canvasbacks that John Deacon did previously in spite of careful scanning all along the fence.  There was a good number of Ring-billed Ducks hanging out there and a young Cooper's Hawk was in the willows.

Florence Sanchez



White-throated Swifts, Elings Park

Mark Bright
 

I saw about 6-8 White-throated Swifts above the paraglider hill at Elings Park south this morning. Also saw about the same number above Lake Los Carneros on Monday morning Jan. 21.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

Rufous Hummingbird

Rob Hofberg
 

I saw a male rufous hummingbird in my front yard this afternoon. It looked to be in full summer plumage! Very brilliant.
It was feeding at some sage bushes in the front. Located near the corner of Colina and Alta Vista.

Rob Hofberg

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*** Species Summary:

- Helmeted Guineafowl (1 report)
- Brown Pelican (California) (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Hutton's Vireo (Pacific) (1 report)

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Helmeted Guineafowl (Numida meleagris) (4)
- Reported Jan 22, 2019 07:10 by Noah Gaines
- Alice Keck Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4296434,-119.7060233&ll=34.4296434,-119.7060233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51930095
- Comments: "Extremely loud clacking drew me to the tree where they were all calling from. Large plump game birds in a tree short tail with white polka dots all over a dark gray body. Thin gray neck, white cheeks, red wattles, a horn "

Brown Pelican (California) (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) (10)
- Reported Jan 22, 2019 14:35 by Benjamin Clock
- (34.0186,-119.6849), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.01856,-119.684937&ll=34.01856,-119.684937
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51951821

Brown Pelican (California) (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) (6)
- Reported Jan 22, 2019 11:15 by Benjamin Clock
- (34.0186,-119.6849), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.01856,-119.684937&ll=34.01856,-119.684937
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51946153

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (7)
- Reported Jan 22, 2019 07:30 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3986926,-119.5336282&ll=34.3986926,-119.5336282
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51953922
- Comments: "continuing and well-documented"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (5)
- Reported Jan 22, 2019 11:35 by Miles Feinstein
- 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/S51941611
- Comments: "2 adults, 3 juveniles "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2019 09:43 by Nora Livingston
- Campus Point - Lagoon UCSB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4081644,-119.8433215&ll=34.4081644,-119.8433215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51938094
- Comments: "Likely continuing bird, large chunky bill, white cheek and throat, bright yellow belly that continues up to throat. Seen on fence on top of water structure on campus point beach then flew to bathrooms and storage container. "

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 22, 2019 09:43 by Kevin Brown
- Campus Point - Lagoon UCSB, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4081644,-119.8433215&ll=34.4081644,-119.8433215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51938093
- Comments: "Likely continuing bird, large chunky bill, white cheek and throat, bright yellow belly that continues up to throat. Seen on fence on top of water structure on campus point beach then flew to bathrooms and storage container. "

Hutton's Vireo (Pacific) (Vireo huttoni [huttoni Group]) (4)
- Reported Jan 22, 2019 11:15 by Benjamin Clock
- (34.0186,-119.6849), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.01856,-119.684937&ll=34.01856,-119.684937
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51946153

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Carp Salt Marsh

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Salt Marsh, Tuesday morning, Jan. 22, 2019

Very birdy.  38 species.  Highlights:  all three TEAL species . . . continuing YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS at the footbridge over Franklin Creek.  Nothing unusual this morning.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


Canada Geese over BMER

Don Tate
 

Tonight about 6:00 PM there was a fly-over V of 30-40 honking Canada Geese (I could see them but it was too dark to count them) at the Burton Mesa Ecological Reserve near the north end of Constellation Rd (Vandenberg Village). The flock was headed toward "Hidden Lake" (AKA "The marsh") at the edge of Santa Lucia Canyon's floor. 

I have seen ducks heading that way at dusk on several occasions in the past. It's often been my good intention to show up there pre-dawn one Xmas Count day for owling and ducking, but the vultures may get me first. I went out there diurnally one count day and saw 1 ruddy, 1 mallard and 1 coot.

Don Tate, Vberg Vg

Santa Ynez Valley today

Nancy States
 

This morning Debiet Konkel ,Jeanette Iwatsuki and I went out to Armour Ranch Rd and Happy Canyon Rd.

Every where we looked there were lots of birds. Plus all the green fields . Lovely.

The best sightings were 55 plus Mountain Blackbirds on Armour Ranch Rd. So many Meadow Larks too in that area.

Plus an imm Golden Eagle , Prairie Falcon a number of Kestrals and Red -tailed Hawks.

Happy Can RD also had Mountain and Western Bluebirds and two Kites sitting together in a tree. A Phainopepla and Magpies down farther near a ranch.

Lots of Lark Sparrows. a Savanna Sparrow and lots of Finches. We saw a Roadrunner at the gate to Traveler’s Farm Rd.

WE had a total of 30 species of birds. But the huge flock of Mt Bluebirds was the highlight.

Nancy States

Re: Status of Figueroa Mountain Road?

Peter Schneekloth
 

I was there yesterday. From los Olivos to Ranger Peak was fine. Over the weekend happy canyon all the way to Davy Brown camp on sunset valley was fine.

Peter Schneekloth 




On Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 4:35 PM, Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11@...> wrote:

Does anyone know about conditions on Figueroa Mountain Road?  There are often rock slides after rains like we had last week and the strong winds may have brought down some trees on the road.  The Forest Service office in SB is closed, so I am not able to get information from that source.

It doesn't show up on the list of SB Country road closures, but then again, it might not since it's in the National Forest.

I'd like to go up there Thurs. or Friday, but I don't want to get into conditions like the last time I went where I had to back uphill for a quarter of a mile after meeting an obstacle.

Please reply directly to me.

Thanks,
Florence Sanchez

Status of Figueroa Mountain Road?

Florence Sanchez
 

Does anyone know about conditions on Figueroa Mountain Road?  There are often rock slides after rains like we had last week and the strong winds may have brought down some trees on the road.  The Forest Service office in SB is closed, so I am not able to get information from that source.

It doesn't show up on the list of SB Country road closures, but then again, it might not since it's in the National Forest.

I'd like to go up there Thurs. or Friday, but I don't want to get into conditions like the last time I went where I had to back uphill for a quarter of a mile after meeting an obstacle.

Please reply directly to me.

Thanks,
Florence Sanchez

waterfowl wanderings

Florence Sanchez
 

This morning I had time for a very brief stop at Area K and found it full of ducks as previsouly reported.  i think I found all the dabbling ducks that have been reported recently except for Blue-winged Teal.  Especially nice views of Pintail, Cinnamon Teal, Green-winged Teal.

After lunch, I went down to Lake Jocelyn in Carp to see if I could turn up the Wood Ducks reported there yesterday but did not have success.  Lots of other ducks as Rob reported yesterday.

Florence Sanchez