Date   
Devereux Slough and Gardens along Slough Road

Mark Holmgren
 

I scouted Devereux including the gardens along the entrance road and the beach immediately adjacent to the southern slough channel.  I have absolutely nothing special to report, although it was birdy by species count but sparse in terms of numbers of terrestrial birds.  Beyond the water's edge there was little activity, although woodpeckers and raptors seem to be in typical numbers.  There are few fruits and flowers this year at Coal Oil Point Reserve.
Neither the Wood Duck nor the Eurasian Wigeon recently reported from Devereux were present.

Mark Holmgren
Sta Barbara

Colson Canyon Owling and Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds

John Deacon
 

All:

I couldn't sleep this morning so decided to head out to Colson Canyon to see if I could find any new owl species for this site.  It was very "owly" but mostly Great Horned.  I heard a couple of Western Screech Owls.  My target species, Saw whet and Spotted, were not to be found.

On the way home, I stopped by the Santa Maria Mesa Road Ponds.  Lots of ducks packed on the 3 ponds nearest the roads.  Best ducks were American Wigeons and Hooded Mergansers. Full checklist for the Ponds.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51046903

John Deacon 
Orcutt

Goleta CBC scouting

Hugh Ranson
 

I poked around bits of Goleta this afternoon. The area along the creek east of Pine Avenue, and opposite the UPS building, was virtually birdless. I walked along the south side of Twin Lakes Golf Course and didn't see anything of note. There are red and pink blooming eucs at what looks like the peak of their flowering, viewable from the club house and parking lot. Lots of Yellow-rumps, but I couldn't pull anything else out. Finally, I looked in the tipu trees along David Love Place and only saw common birds.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Laguna Blanca

Meg White
 

Just took my scope to Laguna Blanca at 2pm to see what might be there since the lake is so horribly low. The best , 6 Green-winged teal. Sadly I only saw 1 Ruddy duck and about 100 Coots, so unlike last year. There were about 10 American wigeon,  10 Least sandpipers,  1 Black-necked stilt, 1 Yellowlegs, 1 Kildeer, 1 Common yellowthroat and a flock of Meadowlarks.

Meg White
Hope Ranch

Goleta Summer Tanagers

Dave Compton
 

Some CBC scouting in Goleta today (12-29) yielded male Summer Tanagers in two locations: a continuing hatch-year male (with a red wash over parts of its body) near Stow House at Lake Los Carneros Park and a returning bird at Maria Ygnacio Creek north of Hollister (accessed from Overpass Rd, off Patterson). The latter bird, as far as I recall, remained pretty much yellow during the entire time it was present last winter. But it's nice and red, now, hanging out exactly where it was last year: across the creek, just south of where the bike path splits.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara

Waller Park Hybrids

Jamie Chavez
 

Not much else going on there but I have a few hybrids to report. First two are the returning Mallard hybrids in the front pond: American Wigeon X Mallard and the "Brewer's Duck" Gadwall X Mallard are both returning hybrids this winter. The wigeon mix has been there for a few weeks now, but the "Brewer's Duck" turned up sometime afterward I think (after Thanksgiving). The other possible hybrid is a junco I found in the back of the park that looks like it might be a cross between Slate-colored and maybe Pink-sided. Or it could just be a dull Slate-colored. Who knows. I would be interested in comments on the junco if you have any.

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51053822

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Carpinteria CBC recap

John Callender
 

Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count 2018
 
Results / Summary:
 
The tenth annual Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count took place on Saturday, December 15. We had good weather and a great turnout, both in terms of humans and in terms of birds.
 
The species total is a little different than it was at the compilation get-together that night. After review I decided not to report a few of the species we tallied then. On the other hand, several additional species turned up in lists I didn't see until later.
 
The final total:
 
Humans: 92 participants
Birds: 159 species
 
If all the reported rarities are accepted by the regional CBC reviewer, our 159 species this year will set a new record for the Carp CBC, passing the previous record by a single species. Congratulations to everyone who participted. Your hard work paid off!
 
The following 5 species were all firsts for the count:
 
* Greater White-fronted Goose (seen by Bob Marshall at Birnham Wood Golf Club)
* Red-naped Sapsucker (seen by Laurel Luby after being found by Jim Williams at Shepard Mesa)
* Lewis's Woodpecker (seen by Jeff Hanson after the bird was found the day before the count by Jason Siemens at the intersection of the 192 and Ortega Ridge Road)
* Pygmy Nuthatch (seen by Conor Scotland at the Ortega Ridge pines)
* Orchard Oriole (seen by me at Santa Monica Creek)
 
The following 2 species were NOT seen on count day for the first time since the Carpinteria count began:
 
* Blue-winged Teal
* Brown-headed Cowbird
 
Overall it was a rough year in terms of waterfowl and shorebirds; a dozen species from those two groups that we've had in at least half of the previous Carp counts were not seen this year.
 
If you're interested in more detail about this year's results you can view the Google docs spreadsheet here:
 
 
Once I've completed our count's official submission I'll update the spreadsheet to include the total number of individuals reported for each species this year. For now you can see both high counts and non-deduped mergerd counts for each species in the "2018 eBird export" tab.
 
Lessons learned:
 
The online "Google forms" signup worked well for me. Having that information collected in one place was very helpful when I was assigning people to groups.
 
I also liked having a publicly viewable Google docs spreadsheet to keep track of species seen and needed. I could have done a better job keeping the spreadsheet updated on count day, though. The way the Cachuma CBC used their spreadsheet to keep track of needed species seemed to work really well for their count this year; I'm totally stealing how they did that for the next Carpinteria count.
 
My favorite memory from count day was all the participants who told me how much fun they had. It means a lot to me to know that so many people were able to enjoy birds as part of our count.
 
Looking forward, next year's Carpinteria CBC will be on:
 
Saturday, December 14, 2019
 
In the meantime, we'll be resuming our monthly birdwatching classes (held the third Wednesday evening of each month) and informal morning outings (on the Saturday after each class). More information about those events is available at the following web page:
 
 
Thank you again to everyone who made the 2018 Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count a success.
 
John Callender
Carpinteria

Scouting for SB CBC

Rebecca Coulter
 

Greetings birders,
We’re one week away from the Santa Barbara CBC—thank you to everyone who’s already been out there scouting, and kudos to the counts that have already finished. Count Day (Saturday, January 5) is forecast to hold the possibility of rain…oh no! I mean yay! Whatever the day holds, we will be on track for a great CBC, thanks to all of you dedicated birders. 

With recent years of drought, and the devastating fires of the last few years, it’s unclear how this loss of habitat has impacted the populations of common species. We already know that numbers of birds in general are low. You can help by checking out your neighborhoods or other areas to let us know what you’re seeing and what you’re NOT seeing in terms of the expected common species. Below are some scouting ideas. Remember to look for blooming eucalyptus and other exotic flowering and fruiting trees as well as the usual natives. And as always, every water point is critical: reservoirs, lagoons, ponds, backyard birdbaths, etc. You can find the count circle boundaries—and lots of other information—on our website, especially The List page for species we’d like to hear about.

Rocky Nook Park
Goleta Parks
Harbor and beaches
Arroyo Burro Creek and new restoration area at end of Alan Rd.
UCSB and SBCC campuses
Other Isla Vista and Goleta hotspots
La Cumbre Peak environs
Paradise Road
Laguna Blanca

Let us know your observations by emailing Libby Patten at: webmaster.sbbirdcount@....

Thank you and good birding,
Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara

Alice Keck Park Hotspot. A review of 2018. (long)

Noah Gaines
 

Alice Keck Park Hotspot. 2018 Review

I live close to Alice Keck Park Memorial Gardens and walk through it frequently.  I usually walk through the park with my dog and do not have my binoculars on me, however, I will often do some light birding and have found a number of interesting birds.  On 5/8/18 of this year, I found a pair of Gadwall and a Wood Duck mixed in the Mallards.  Gadwall was a new species for the Hotspot and as I looked at the bar chart, I figured that I could easily fill in all the missing data points for the rest of the year.  From that point on, I made a point to start bringing my binoculars on my morning dog walks and birded the park pretty regularly.  I saw some interesting bird movement that I have not noted before in the many years that I have been walking through this spot: Lots of new birds for the list, evidence of migration patterns, and some interesting phenomenon.

Here are the stats:

Alice Keck Park has total of 115 species and 284 checklists.

For 2018, all birders documented 104 species and 191 checklists.

In 2018, I found 100 species and reported 122 checklist (though I probably walked through the park at least 200 times).

I submitted a checklist for every month except March.

I submitted the most checklists from June and September (24 each).  I found the most species in September (59)

Here is the deep dive:

I am not really going to comment on the year round residents (Anna’s Hummingbird), the normal summer residents (Hooded Oriole), or the winter residents (White-crowned Sparrow).  I feel the distribution here matches the rest of Santa Barbara fairly well.  There were just so sightings that I found interesting I am going to share those here.

Alice Keck park used to be mostly known as a good winter birding spot.   The gulling is generally good here and Jan of 2018 was no exception with 6 species represented.  Of note, gull diversity and numbers have been significantly down for the winter of 2018/2019 with no Icelands seen yet this winter.  Hopefully this is because the public has stopped feeding the ducks (more on that later).

Wintering birds in Jan/Feb included a Swamp Sparrow and Nashville Warblers.

In May, I found the Wood Duck and the Gadwalls.  While the Gadwalls were new (and did not stick around).  The Wood Duck follows a pattern of birds showing up between March and May.

As I starting birding the park regularly, it quickly became apparent that I was noting a small pulse of spring migrants in the park that had previously gone undetected at this location.  These birds would not stick around.  I was surprised on 5/12 to hear and see two Swainson’s Thrushes by the sundial.  A pair of Ash-throated Flycatchers on 6/9 was a surprise as well.  More expected spring migrants here were Wilson’s Warblers, Western Tanagers, Yellow Warbler, and Pacific-slope Flycatcher.

Cliff, Tree, N Rough Winged, and Barn Swallows appeared in a very clear cut window between the beginning of May and the end of June.  They were obviously feeding off of bugs which lived on the Tipu trees.  The Cliff Swallows could be seen foraging high over the large Tipu grove while the N Rough winged would be foraging low over the grass and under the lone Tipu early in the morning.

Around this time, the City started draining the pond so that they could clean the feet of gunk in the bottom of the pond.  As the levels became shallow, this provided a unique environment for a Snowy Egret.  This bird was seen daily from the end of May until June.  Great Blue Heron, Great Egret, and Black-crowned Night Heron were all noted but they show up at random times and usually do not stay around for more than a day.

In June a Mallard had a failed brood and I watched as everyday, the hen had less and less chicks.  I even watched an American Crow grab one of them.  In July, the Domestic Mallards there had a successful brood and their numbers swelled from 3 to at least 10.

Nuttalls Woodpeckers start being seen in July and they taper off in August.

In early August, a Belted Kingfisher was seen for one day!  The only sighting that I know if for the park.

September was by far the best month for birding in the park.  There were loads of migrants and just tons of birds in general.  In late August, the Wilson’s Warblers started to show up, then by September there numbers really increased to the point where I was easily seeing 30 on a quick walk of the park.  Then lots of Yellow and BT Grays started showing up and I was hopeful that I would find something good which would entice other birders to check the park would show up.

The bird ended up being a Tennessee Warbler which stuck around for quite a while (9/17 till 10/13).  After that, the park got much more coverage and it seemed like every other day, a new hotspot birds was found! Peter Gaede first reported a Blackpoll Warbler on 9/27 and lots of people were able to see it as it stuck around till 9/30.  Black-and-White Warbler (9/24) and Virginia’s Warbler (9/19) were seen by others (not me).  These warblers were almost invariably located in the Tipu Trees.  There is a large grove in the NW corner of the park with a creek below that provides excellent habitat and forage for insectivores.  As the day warms up the warblers will often come down to the creek and bathe and drink, offering killer looks.  There is also a large lone Tipu in the SE corner of the park that should be checked as it often holds a handful of birds and is slightly easier to bird.  The Tennessee and Blackpool would bounce from one spot to the other regularly.

In September, it seemed like a new hotspot bird could be found daily as birds passed through on migration.  I found Western Kingbird, Willow Flycatcher, W Wood-Pewee, and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. I would try to walk through the park twice a day and would often find different birds on the same day.  Other birders located Lazuli Bunting and Black-headed Grosbeak. 

The absolute highlight of the year occurred on 9/18.  For about a week, 50 + bats had been convening over the pond at dusk for about 10 minutes before dispersing.  I was watching this spectacle and was stunned to see a VAUX’S SWIFT foraging with them.  Definitely the coolest thing I saw all year!

The migrants definitely dried up by the first week in October, and there were no big surprises for the rest of that month. 

November on the other hand offered up two unexpected bonuses:  A Blue Grosbeak and an Indigo Bunting.  Both of these first winter birds were incredibly confiding and I thought for sure that they would stick around for a while, however neither could even wait long enough for me to get my long lens. I also had what was undoubtably the same Fox Sparrow under the same bush a few times this month, but it seems to have moved on.  The Blue Grosbeak was hanging out on the grassy lawn down by Kid’s World Park.  Towards the end of the year, I started checking all three parks (Alice Keck, Kid’s World, and Alameda), and found that there are almost always new birds at the other parks.  For example, Chipping Sparrow is easier to find at Kid’s World while Hermit Warbler seems to be more regular in the pines at Alameda Park.

On November 20th, I tallied my 100th bird for the year at Alice Keck, A Great Horned Owl, as I was driving by at night!

The birding in December has slowed down appreciably, however raptor diversity is up with Merlin and Sharp-shinned Hawks being seen.  I will let you know if an Iceland Gull shows up. 

Overall, birding this hotspot over and over and over and over has been more rewarding than I imagined.  While it seems like I see the same birds every single day, looking back over the year, it is easy that my sightings really were quite diverse. 


Noah Gaines

Santa Barbara, CA

Santa Barbara Municipal Golf Course

Mark Holmgren
 

I arranged access to the golf course for scouting and counting on the upcoming CBC.  While there I birded Hole 1 only.  One of the 5 Coral Trees around Hole 1 was in flower.  It attracted 2 orioles.  One of the two might be Baltimore Oriole, but the photos are not convincing.
Also present were a Northern Flicker intergrade and at least 8 Cassin's Kingbirds.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

[eBird Alert] Santa Barbara County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1 report)
- Brewer's Sparrow (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Dec 28, 2018 12:57 by Michael Berry
- Santa Barbara Harbor, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4078515,-119.6898863&ll=34.4078515,-119.6898863
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51029496
- Comments: "Continuing"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Dec 28, 2018 13:15 by Teodelina Martelli
- US-101 N, Carpinteria US-CA (34.4088,-119.5497), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.408754,-119.549737&ll=34.408754,-119.549737
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51031614
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small egret walking on the right side of the highway, apparently not bothered by cars rushing past. Appeared to head back closer to the vegetation after we passed. Due to small size I believed it to be a Snowy, but as we approached and passed, I noted the thick yellow bill, black feet, and light orange markings on the nape and lower back, which for the Snowy-sized bird is characteristic of Cattle Egret."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (8)
- Reported Dec 27, 2018 07:00 by Rob Denholtz
- CA, Carpinteria, Carpinteria Salt Marsh & Beach, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.3978981,-119.5374513&ll=34.3978981,-119.5374513
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51028943
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing . . . please change filter, already!"

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) (2)
- Reported Dec 26, 2018 10:45 by Keri Dearborn
- Santa Cruz Island--Scorpion Campground, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.0488223,-119.5624803&ll=34.0488223,-119.5624803
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S51010219
- Comments: "flycatcher with pale yellow wash on belly and white wingbars in the trees at the farm house - calling to each other and catching insects on the wing; have seen them at this location frequently at other times of the year (non-migrating island population)"

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (8) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 28, 2018 10:30 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/S51025964
- Comments: "Continuing. Minimum count. These were just the birds that were seen close to route 33. There were many other sparrows in the areas further from the road"

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SB Audubon Reminders - CBC Dinner, and more!

Janice Levasheff
 

Greetings!

Just wanted to remind everyone of a few of our upcoming events and deadlines:

Tickets are still available for our CBC dinner on January 5 in Fleischmann Auditorium at the Museum of Natural History.  Dinner tickets are still $17 and you have your choice or meat or vegetarian lasagne.  Bird all day and have a relaxed dinner.  Well, sort of relaxed - you'll be on pins and needles waiting to hear about birds seen that day!  Newsflash: Deadline for buying your CBC dinner ticket has been extended to January 1st!

Our next 8:30AM Friday birdwalk is January 11 at San Jose Creek West.

Our first evening program of 2019 is on January 23rd and will be about Acorn Woodpeckers.

Winter Bird Count 4 Kids is on January 26th at Lake Los Carneros Park! Thanks to many of you great birders out there, this successful event celebrates its 5th anniversary this year, and continues grow.


For more information about these, and other events in January and beyond, please see our website.


All are welcome.  The more, the merrier.  Please join us!  


Janice Levasheff
Membership Chair,
Santa Barbara Audubon Society

Carp Creek

Rob Denholtz
 

Carpinteria Creek, Friday morning, Dec. 28, 2018

I spent a little time this morning birding from the lagoon up to the 8th St. Bridge.  Best sightings were a HUTTON'S VIREO at the 8th St. Bridge, a fly-over PEREGRINE FALCON, and a big flock of ROBINS bathing in the creek near 6th St.  

At 6th St., much of the poison oak blocking access to that nice little nook on the creek has been cleared out, inviting birders down.  But, the "path," if you can call it that, is steep and weirdly-angled, so use caution if you don't want to get wet or hurt!

Rob Denholtz
Carp

Stevens Park Pygmy Owl

Rebecca Coulter
 

Hello birders,
This morning while doing a bit of CBC scouting, Libby Patten and I noticed a sizable mob of birds making a racket on the west side of the creek, upstream of the Foothill Bridge about 100 meters. After a few minutes we found a Northern Pygmy-Owl tucked away in a eucalyptus sapling. We watched it tolerate the mob for about 15 minutes, until we left the area. The mobbing behavior was different from other alarms from small birds, in that the activity was intensely focused around the owl itself, as birds moved in closer to chatter and fly about its head much as crows do with perched hawks. The Bushtits did not give the usual “Cooper’s Hawk!” alarm but instead joined the mob, made up mostly of Oak Titmouse, White-breasted Nuthatch, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, and Yellow-rumped Warbler. Townsend’s and Orange-crowned warblers joined in occasionally, as did Spotted Towhee and Hermit Thrush from the ground.

In other Stevens Park news, we didn’t find a reported Varied Thrush, but the place is crawling with Robins and Hermit Thrushes feasting on the toyon berries. There are a few heavily laden toyon just below the check dam; more scouting there might turn up this Varied Thrush.

Rebecca Coulter
Santa Barbara

BT Gray

William Murdoch
 

Male in oak trees bordering Butterfly Lane on the east side of the Music Academy.

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Bill Murdoch
Santa Barbara

ID help - Costa’s Hummingbird or?

Alexandra Loos
 


This hummingbird arrived in my yard in Santa Barbara on October 1st 2018, took ownership of one of the nectar feeders and sat in a nearby tree. I noticed a wound on its left wing most likely preventing from continuing its migration. The wound was very swollen for the first couple of days and I thought this little fellow was not going to make it, but it used its beak to clean the wound and survived. 


This friendly bird is still in my yard as of this morning, I believe it’s a Costa’s, but please help confirm ID:

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/adornature/albums/72157701811777242

 

Many thanks,

 

Alex

Alexandra Loos

 

Santa Barbara

Red-breasted Sapsucker Santa Barbara Mesa

Mark Bright
 

One Red-breasted Sapsucker this morning on Santa Barbara's Mesa near Cliff Dr. and Mesa Lane.

Mark Bright
Santa Barbara

Bullock's Orioles

Hugh Ranson
 

I did a little CBC scouting this morning. Cieneguitas Creek was very quiet, almost devoid of birds. The eucs overlooking Vieja Valley School (along Vieja Drive) held an adult male Bullock's Oriole. Heading east along Vieja Drive takes you alongside the Modoc Preserve. There were a few bloomimg eucs here, and hence more birds. There was another Bullock's, this one a young male. There were three White-throated Swifts overhead, and I heard a Phainopepla call once.

Yesterday there were two White Pelicans at Lake Los Carneros. I went to Bohnett Park again, but it was very dull.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Cachuma CBC Summary (apologies for prior partial report send)

Peter Schneekloth
 

The 20th Cachuma CBC was held today with approximately 35 birders joining in including a fair number of birders new to the count. Thank you all for making the effort especially considering the windy conditions today. Our preliminary total is a somewhat disappointing 130 species in spite of finding some pretty good birds. There was no doubt the wind hampered the birding with the wind at lower elevations growing increasingly uncomfortable during the day and at higher elevation being downright intolerable all day long.

We had one new bird for the Count Circle, a Short-eared Owl found by Wes Fritz and Bradly Hacker. Of the 79 birds seen on all prior counts all were seen again this year, so no new misses.

Other highlights include:

In addition to the Short-eared Owl we had six other species including Burrowing, Barn, Great-horned, Spotted, Northern Saw-whet, Western Screech. The only real miss in the Owl column was Northern Pygmy.

On and around the lake some good finds were Long-billed Dowitcher, Virginia Rail, Osprey, Marsh Wren and Lewis's Woodpecker.
 
In the lowlands several White-throated Sparrows, Red-naped Sapsucker, Yellow-headed Blackbird and Tri-colored Blackbird were good finds.

In the mountains Brown Creeper, Canyon Wren, Pygmy Nuthatch and Mountain Quail were found in very challenging conditions.

Some birds that had been scouted or otherwise missed included Townsend's Solitaire, Orange-crowned Warbler, Chestnut-collared Longspur, Lesser Scaup, Varied Thrush, Ring-billed Gull, Common Poorwill and Tree Swallow. Birds that just seem not to be around this year include many of Montane species such as Red-breasted Nuthatch, Pine Siskin and Golden-crowned Kinglet.

I hope some of the groups or individual participants will post more detailed reports on their hits and misses.

A big thanks to Kate and Cruz for being part of the organizing team as well as giving access to Sedgwick and providing dinner respectfully. Avery Hardy did a great job providing our google sheets tracking format which was well received and used. The Naturalist Team at Lake Cachuma Park and the many private landowners which allow access for count day.
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Cruz, Kate, Peter

Cachuma CBC Summary

Peter Schneekloth
 

The 20th Cachuma CBC was held today with approximately 35 birders joining in including a fair number of birders new to the count. Thank you all for making the effort especially considering the windy conditions today. Our preliminary total is a somewhat disappointing 130 species in spite of finding some pretty good birds. There was no doubt the wind hampered the birding with the wind at lower elevations growing increasingly uncomfortable during the day and at higher elevation being downright intolerable all day long.

We had one new bird for the Count Circle, a Short-eared Owl found by Wes Fritz and Bradly Hacker. Of the 79 birds seen on all prior counts all were seen again this year, so no new misses.

Other highlights include:

In addition to the Short-eared Owl we had six other species including Burrowing, Barn, Great-horned, Spotted, Northern Saw-whet, Western Screech. The only real miss in the Owl column was Northern Pygmy.