Santa Barbara County Big Day #bigday

Peter Gaede

S.B. Birders --

Last night (4/27) Hugh Ranson, John Storrer and I ended a fantastic
20 hours of birding, big-day style, where we counted a total of 190
species. There were really no major rarity stand-outs, but instead
just nice combination of breeding birds, lingering winter visitors,
and a few migrants. We started off the day with 5 different owls and
Common Poorwill (all before dawn), and ran through the day finding
most of our target birds. To our surprise, the timing of stops in the
afternoon went especially well, and produced a fair number of new
species quickly. Birds that we hadn't seen where we might have
expected them began appearing, such as a MacGillivray's Warbler
calling and catching our attention near the car as we were getting
ready to leave the museum parking lot, a Western Wood-Pewee that was
absent from the mountains and foothills but showed up in the lowlands
on the Santa Ynez River, and a male Allen's Hummingbird found in a
tree behind the USA Gas on Carrillo Street. During the remaining few
minutes of light last night we were scrambling to find Downy
Woodpecker, American Robin, Vaux's Swift, Peregrine Falcon, Blue-gray
Gnatcatcher and Black Turnstone, the last four of which we never
ended up seeing.

A few of our highlights were finding 106 Yellow-headed Blackbirds, a
White-faced Ibis and two Common Moorhen at the Los Carneros/Mesa
wetlands, seeing 6 species of hummingbird, a late Merlin at Devereux
Slough, numerous Lazuli Buntings at many locations and all
elevations, and a MacGillivray's Warbler at the Santa Barbara Museum
of Natural History. Most of all, it was a fun day in the field with
great birding friends.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara

Here is our list of birds:

Ross's Goose
Canada Goose
Cackling Goose
American Wigeon
Northern Pintail
Blue-winged Teal
Cinnamon Teal
Northern Shoveler
Green-winged Teal
Ring-necked Duck
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
California Quail
Red-throated Loon
Pacific Loon
Common Loon
Pied-billed Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Brandt's Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Great Blue Heron
Great Egret
Snowy Egret
Cattle Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
White-faced Ibis
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Northern Harrier
Red-shouldered Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Kestrel
Virginia Rail
Common Moorhen
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Snowy Plover
Semipalmated Plover
Black-necked Stilt
American Avocet
Greater Yellowlegs
Spotted Sandpiper
Long-billed Curlew
Western Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
dowitcher sp.
Red-necked Phalarope
Bonaparte's Gull
Heermann's Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Caspian Tern
Royal Tern
Forster's Tern
Black Skimmer
Rock Pigeon
Band-tailed Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
Mourning Dove
Barn Owl
Western Screech-Owl
Great Horned Owl
Northern Pygmy-Owl
Spotted Owl
Common Poorwill
White-throated Swift
Black-chinned Hummingbird
Anna's Hummingbird
Costa's Hummingbird
Calliope Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Allen's Hummingbird
Belted Kingfisher
Lewis's Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Hairy Woodpecker
Northern Flicker
Olive-sided Flycatcher
Western Wood-Pewee
Pac-slope Flycatcher
Black Phoebe
Say's Phoebe
Ash-throated Flycatcher
Cassin's Kingbird
Western Kingbird
Cassin's Vireo
Hutton's Vireo
Warbling Vireo
Steller's Jay
Western Scrub-Jay
Yellow-billed Magpie
American Crow
Common Raven
Horned Lark
Purple Martin
Tree Swallow
Violet-green Swallow
Northern Rough-winged Swallow
Barn Swallow
Cliff Swallow
Mountain Chickadee
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Brown Creeper
Rock Wren
Canyon Wren
Bewick's Wren
House Wren
Marsh Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Western Bluebird
Swainson's Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
California Thrasher
Euro Starling
American Pipit
Cedar Waxwing
Orange-crowned Warbler
Nashville Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Yellow-rumped Warbler
Black-throated Gray Warbler
Townsend's Warbler
Hermit Warbler
MacGillivray's Warbler
Common Yellowthroat
Wilson's Warbler
Western Tanager
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
Rufous-crowned Sparrow
Chipping Sparrow
Lark Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Grasshopper Sparrow
Song Sparrow
Lincoln's Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Dark-eyed Junco
Black-headed Grosbeak
Blue Grosbeak
Lazuli Bunting
Red-winged Blackbird
Tricolored Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
Yellow-headed Blackbird
Brewer's Blackbird
Great-tailed Grackle
Brown-headed Cowbird
Hooded Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
Purple Finch
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch
Lawrence's Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
House Sparrow

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