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mystery hawk tail

Rob Denholtz
 

Yesterday, Mario and I birded East Camino Cielo.  A couple of interesting hawk sightings:

A large soaring hawk with a solid black tail and terminal white band did not show up in Sibley's  Help ID-ing would be appreciated.

Also, would Harriers fly that high?  We had two fly-over birds with long tails, white rumps, slight dihedral wing positions . . . . 

No Broad-wings.

Later, lots of common birds near the creek in Rocky Nook.

Rob Denholtz
Carp


Hawk Watch today

Florence Sanchez
 

After giving the reported Alder Flycatcher a shot this morning (without any real success), I spent the period 11:30-2:00 at the Bella Vista Hawkwatch site.  After about a half-hour, I was joined by John Luther of Oakland.   The past few afternoons have been slow; therefore, I was pleasantly surprised to have a lot of activity over the noon hour.  Nothing rare with one possible exception, but we did see a lot of hawks for a change. After 1 p.m., things slowed down markedly and John & I packed it in at 2:00.

Estimated list:
Turkey Vulture--lots!
Sharp-shinned Hawk--at least 4
Cooper's Hawk--at least 3
Red-tailed Hawk--more than a dozen sightings, some may have been of the resident birds
Red-shouldered Hawk--1
Northern Harrier (seen by John)--1
American Kestrel--2

We also had an unidentified buteo fly to the east of us.  John, who had a better angle on it than I did, thought it could be a Broad-winged Hawk.

It will be interesting to see how the front that will move through tomorrow evening will affect the migration.  We might see some hawk movement ahead of the front.

Florence Sanchez





Re: Sunday birds

Wes Fritz
 

Hi all,
I would like to add to Nick’s post. While leading field trips for the WFO conference, last Thursday 9-26 we saw a Brant also at Ocean Park. Yesterday, Sunday 9-30 we also saw a Pectoral Sandpiper at Ocean Park in Lompoc. Along the ag fields we saw a conservative estimate at 60 Tricolored Blackbirds.
   We also birded River Park and saw most all of the expected species, our best birds were 12 Lawrence’s Goldfinch, a very nice Clay-colored Sparrow and what I believe was the returning Vermillion Flycatcher, as it was in its favorite tree near the lake.
  Our birding route started at Bradbury Dam overlook then went to Cruz’s Ranch that had a Red-naped Sapsucker and my first Golden-crowned Sparrow of this season along with all the great birds she has at the ranch. We also saw one Burrowing Owl and one Mountain Bluebird as we birded our way to Figueroa Mtn Rd where we saw 2 Golden Eagles. We then birded River Park in Lompoc. We also had one Golden Eagle a few miles above Miguelito Park headed straight into the proposed wind turbine farm area. We then hit up a few ag field and ended at Ocean Park with a total of 122 birds. It was another great day of birding along the Santa Ynez River drainage.

Good birding.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On Oct 1, 2018, at 11:51 AM, Nick Lethaby via Groups.Io <nlethaby@...> wrote:

All,

 

I birding the Lompoc area on Sunday morning. In the ag field W of town, I found a Bobolink and a Grasshopper Sparrow. Ocean Beach Park was very quiet. A juv Whitefront and an adult Brant appeared to be new. I got a brief look at a Bank Swallow in a small swallow flock that passed through. There were 3 WF Ibis. There are now 4 newish broods of Clark’s Grebes but interestingly none of Western.

 

Miguelito Park had a couple of Hermit Warblers and a single BT Gray.

 

Nick Lethaby

IoT Ecosystem & TI-RTOS

Texas Instruments Incorporated

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Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Lake Los Carneros this morning

John Callender
 

Thank you very much to everyone who weighed in on both the grosbeak and on my presumed "empid." I've updated the eBird list to identify the former as a Rose-breasted Grosbeak and the latter as the Western Wood-Peewee that it almost certainly was.

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Lake Los Carneros this morning

Joe Morlan
 

All,

This is a Rose-breasted Grosbeak. There is no plumage of Black-headed
that has such thick heavy streaking in the middle of the breast. Also the
mustard yellow wing linings confirm. Bill color is not helpful in the
fall.

On Sun, 30 Sep 2018 20:29:48 -0700, "John Callender" <@jbc>
wrote:

I’ve changed the bird to “passerine sp.” in eBird based on input that it could in fact be a Black-headed Grosbeak. Live and learn...

I’d be interested in hearing any additional opinions. Thanks!

John Callender 
Carpinteria

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Broad-winged Hawk soaring above 101 at DP Ranch

Peter Schneekloth
 

Stopped at Refugio for a bit nothing but common migrant warblers and the continuing White-fronted Goose.

Driving towards Goleta a number of birds in the air, a smaller one caught my eye and fortunately there was an exit dead ahead at DP Ranch. The bird soared west at first but once it gained altitude set it wings and away to the east it went. Very light underneath with dark trailing edge, slightly marked tail etc., Broad-winged Hawk hiding in plain sight.

Peter Schneekloth
Buellton


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

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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Broad-winged Hawk (2 reports)
- Swainson's Hawk (2 reports)
- Alder Flycatcher (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (2 reports)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Sep 29, 2018 13:13 by John Lewis
- 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/S48866709
- Comments: "On chimney on southern edge of park. (corner of Ash & 3rd). Photos."

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 09:56 by Conor Scotland
- Bella Vista Dr overlook, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4495182,-119.5820028&ll=34.4495182,-119.5820028
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48846353
- Comments: "Seen with red-tailed hawk, smaller in size, light underwings with distinct dark trailing edge and wing tops. No patagial mark. Tail faintly banded, not thick bands like some birds have. Broad proportions similar to red-tailed but much smaller. Unfortunately was unable to get a photo."

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 09:56 by Julie Scotland
- Bella Vista Dr overlook, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4495182,-119.5820028&ll=34.4495182,-119.5820028
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48856359
- Comments: "Seen with red-tailed hawk, smaller in size, light underwings with distinct dark trailing edge and wing tops. No patagial mark. Tail faintly banded, not thick bands like some birds have. Broad proportions similar to red-tailed but much smaller. Unfortunately was unable to get a photo."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 09:56 by Conor Scotland
- Bella Vista Dr overlook, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4495182,-119.5820028&ll=34.4495182,-119.5820028
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48846353
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Will add Photo. Seen at 10:52 am. Assuming I have the ID right, appears to maybe be a juvenile dark morph. Oddly, the bird was moving NW. Hawk with a conspicuous long/slender winged appearance. At times held wings bent forward at the “elbow,” which we both immediately thought made the bird look unusual. Pale undertail was conspicuous."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 09:56 by Julie Scotland
- Bella Vista Dr overlook, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4495182,-119.5820028&ll=34.4495182,-119.5820028
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48856359
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Will add Photo. Seen at 10:52 am. Assuming I have the ID right, appears to maybe be a juvenile dark morph. Oddly, the bird was moving NW. Hawk with a conspicuous long/slender winged appearance. At times held wings bent forward at the “elbow,” which we both immediately thought made the bird look unusual. Pale undertail was conspicuous."

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 12:22 by Kristie Nelson
- Lake Los Carneros, 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/S48850311
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "This was a medium/large, rather lanky Empidonax – similar in size and structure to the Willow flycatcher that was at times on the same reed as this bird. Unlike the Willow, this bird had exceptionally crisp, sharp, well-contrasting white tertial edges and wing-bars. The other thing that stood in very stark contrast to the Willow flycatcher was this birds very long primary projection. Because it had thin white tips on the primaries, I could clearly see that the number of primaries projecting past the tertials was substantially longer than the Willow flycatcher, which made the Willow look very stubby winged compared to the Alder. When I counted what looked like 6 primary tips extending on the Alder and about 4-5 on the Willow, I ran for the camera.
The eye-ring was slightly better defined than on the Willow. Also the bill looked a little smaller.
Calls: The bird called several times over the course of the few hours I was there. Unfortunately no one as far as I know actually observed it calling nor obtained a recording, which is a bummer, but considering how difficult it was to see and stay on this bird visually in the thick vegetation, it isn’t too surprising. However, a few times I and others heard the distinctive pip calls which were distinctively Empidonax in quality coming from the bushes where this bird had been seen. The times I heard it calling:
• There was a Pacific-slope flycatcher present. At one point right as I got visual on the Pac-slope, it dive-bombed a second Empidonax which I barely saw, as my focus had been on the Pac-slope. The second Empid dropped off and down to my left, behind some vegetation, and called several times – Empid quality pip notes, which I would consider a bit lower and less sharp than a Hammond’s. It didn’t sound particularly agitated, although it was following an interaction. A few other of the observers also heard this. I was thrilled and relived to finally hear promising or downright confirming vocalizations.
• Some time later, Joan Lentz played ALFL calls a couple times on her phone. The first time we had no response, but the second time there was. After the second time we listened quietly and at first heard nothing. For a few moments I thought there was no response, but then from the bushes near us, again the distinctive pip calls were heard. I was thrilled as I heard clearly Empid quality pip calls coming from where the bird had been. It called in two short bouts during this time. Again I would describe the calls as slightly lower and a bit less sharp than a Hammond’s. Hearing these calls a second time confirmed the identification as Alder in my mind.
I may have heard it call another time when I first arrived on the site. As I was first approaching the lakeshore before I encountered the two Empidonax, I had heard a single pip note. As I got out to the shore, there were two Long-billed dowitchers there. I just assumed the pip came from one of them, but something about it – that it was just a single note – had seemed odd. But I had forgotten about that until - the moment that Joan first played the ALFL call. That was the sound I had heard! But, it is entirely possible I heard the LBDO, and I hardly consider this worth mentioning. But in retrospect, it is likely I heard the bird call and passed it off as a LB dowtcher. I would describe the calls we heard in the bushes as very similar to a Long-billed dowitcher."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 13:02 by Becky Kitto
- River Park (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6545154,-120.4344893&ll=34.6545154,-120.4344893
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48847533
- Comments: "Female. Returning bird from last year. Rusty flanks, slight mask, gray overall and sallying out from high perch to catch flies. And our birding guide identified the bird."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 13:02 by Becky Kitto
- River Park (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6545154,-120.4344893&ll=34.6545154,-120.4344893
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48847533
- Comments: "Identified by birding guide"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 13:30 by Wayne Weber
- 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/S48861554
- Comments: "Photographed, seen by most in the group"

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 10:30 by Dika Golovatchoff
- Alice Keck park pond, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.4289363,-119.7062206&ll=34.4289363,-119.7062206
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48855338
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "The bird was pointed out by Jon Dunn who described the dull greenish back, prominent wing bars, white undertail coverts and long wings. In the fall he said both sexes and immatures look the same. It was hard to see the bird as it was being blocked by a branch of the Tipu tree (from where I was). This is my first time observing this bird."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 11:15 by Libby Patten
- Lake Los Carneros, 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/S48865087
- Comments: "Seen flying from an oak just east of Stow House. All red male. Found by a member of a WFO group led by Jon Dunn and Joan Lentz. "

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Sep 29, 2018 07:55 by David Compton
- Lake Los Carneros, 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/S48863458
- Comments: "Male. Seen only by Ben Pearl and Larry Modesitt"

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Sunday birds

Nick Lethaby <nlethaby@...>
 

All,

 

I birding the Lompoc area on Sunday morning. In the ag field W of town, I found a Bobolink and a Grasshopper Sparrow. Ocean Beach Park was very quiet. A juv Whitefront and an adult Brant appeared to be new. I got a brief look at a Bank Swallow in a small swallow flock that passed through. There were 3 WF Ibis. There are now 4 newish broods of Clark’s Grebes but interestingly none of Western.

 

Miguelito Park had a couple of Hermit Warblers and a single BT Gray.

 

Nick Lethaby

IoT Ecosystem & TI-RTOS

Texas Instruments Incorporated

6750 Navigator Way, Suite 250

Goleta, CA 93117

 

Office: 805 562 5106

Mobile: 805 284 6200

Email: nlethaby@...

 


Call of Alder Flycatcher?

Wim van Dam
 

So what specific call have people heard when they were finding the Alder Flycatcher? Anything that is on any of the common birding apps?

Wim
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Sent from a phone

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Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #377+3: Least Bittern


Isla Vista Canyon Wren

Maggie Sherriffs
 

Tom Turner, Wren Turner, and I found a Canyon Wren this evening at the red barn near the UCSB horse stables. Apparently a woodpile isn’t unheard-of microhabitat for this species, but we sure were surprised to find it there.
Maggie Sherriffs
Goleta


Bella Vista Hawkwatch site this p.m.

Florence Sanchez
 

I got there this afternoon about 2:30.  Rebecca Coulter and friends had been there for about two hours.  They hadn't seen anything the the usual hawks we've been observing most of the time down there:  Red-tails, Cooper's & Sharpies.  They left before 3:00 p.m.  I stayed until 4:45.  Jim Long joined me for part of the time.  My count for the day:

8 Turkey Vultures
4 Red-tails*
2 Sharp-shinned Hawks
1 Cooper's Hawk

I also had a fast look at a Falcon that appeared to be a Merlin.  It was a small Falcon, definitely not a Peregrine, and appeared to be very dark.  It was flying rapidly east to west just over the vegetation above the road and disappeared behind it.  I looked for a long time but did not see it emerge.  The overall dark color on the wings and back and the rapid steady flight is what makes me think Merlin; however, there has been an American Kestrel reported in the vicinity most days and because of the brief time I saw this bird, I could be mistaken.

Florence Sanchez



Re: Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Lake Los Carneros this morning

John Callender
 

I’ve changed the bird to “passerine sp.” in eBird based on input that it could in fact be a Black-headed Grosbeak. Live and learn...

I’d be interested in hearing any additional opinions. Thanks!

John Callender 
Carpinteria


Re: Possible Alder Flycatcher

Nick Lethaby
 

All,

Just to add a bit more. A bird called shortly after Alder Flycatcher playback several times that was sounded exactly the same as the call in the playback. Although we didn't see the source of the call, it seems reasonable that it was the flycatcher observed in the field. The bird shows a well-marked narrow eye-ring, more so than I can recall on Willow, along with more contrasting wings, and a longer primary projection.

Nick

On Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 3:50 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Apologies to Calbirders who don’t know the location. This is a local park in Goleta, Santa Barbara County.
Dave C.

On Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 3:31 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Kristie Nelson found a possible Alder Flycatcher at Lake Los Carneros this afternoon, along the edge of the lake between the boardwalk and the northeast corner. This is a challenging ID, and Jon Dunn, Nick Lethaby, Tom Wurster, and others are here trying to establish the ID of the bird in question. At least one Willow and a Pac-slope are also here.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara



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Rose-breasted Grosbeak at Lake Los Carneros this morning

John Callender
 

This morning I saw a female Rose-breasted Grosbeak in the eucalyptus grove next to the parking lot at Lake Los Carneros. Photos here:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48840772

Interestingly, I also got some poor photos of an empid northeast of the lake, in the same area where the excitement happened later with the possible Alder Flycatcher. My photos were from a bad angle, and could well show a Willow Flycatcher (which is what I assumed the bird I saw was at the time). But you can see the best of the photos I got in the same list.

John Callender
Carpinteria


Upper Romero Canyon Road Hawk Watch

John Callender
 

Yesterday I tried out a new-to-me spot for hawk watching: Along the upper part of Romero Canyon Road, on a southward facing spur with good views to the west, south, and east. It's just a little bit northwest of the Romero Canyon Road hawk watch site we've been using, on the other side (the western side) of Romero Canyon. It's higher up, at 2800 feet elevation, as opposed to the lower site's 1500-foot elevation. You can actually see where I was if you look up at the big ridge west of Romero Canyon, because the upper part of Romero Canyon Road is clearly visible on the hillside. I was watching from the southernmost point on that upper section of road, at (34.463240, -119.601743).

I reached that spot by driving up Gibraltar Road to E. Camino Cielo, then driving east on E. Camino Cielo to the end of the pavement at Romero Saddle. I parked there, then rode my mountain bike 1 mile south along Romero Canyon Road to the site. It was an easy, gentle downhill; coming back took more effort, but it wasn't too long or steep.

Here's a hawk's eye view of the various sites, looking northwest:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/johncallender/44110557045

There was lots of raptor activity up there, though I didn't see any Broad-winged Hawks. My list is here:


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S48826909

Interestingly, almost all the raptors I saw were near my elevation or above me; I saw relatively few down below at the elevation of the lower hawk watch site or the Bella Vista Drive site (both of which I could see from my location). This despite the fact that Cuyler Stapelmann was at the lower site and saw a Broad-winged Hawk and two Northern Harriers circling together at the same time I was watching. I didn't see any of those birds. I think this reflects the difficulty of picking out flying hawks when the ground, rather than the sky, is the backdrop.

I also think that I was seeing a lot of raptor activity that we miss from the lower sites, however. Sharp-shinned and Cooper's hawks were whipping by close to the ridge at eye level; I think it would have been hard to pick out most of those birds from below.

In summary, I think this is a useful spot for hawk watching. If a marine layer has the lower sites socked in it might be worth trying to get above the clouds and watch from there. I don't think it should replace watching from the lower sites, especially since nearly all of the Broad-winged Hawks seen around here in the last few weeks have been at lower elevation. But if we get a day with good northerly winds in the next few weeks and if there are people already covering the lower-elevation sites, it might be worth someone heading up there to expand our coverage.

John Callender
Carpinteria


Re: Broad-winged Hawk

John Callender
 

Jason Siemens texted me that he saw a Broad-winged Hawk today (Sunday) at 1:30 p.m. above his home near Ortega Ridge Road in Montecito. He has phone video of it circling above a Turkey Vulture.

John Callender
Carpinteria


Broad-winged Hawk

Jim Hodgson
 

One juvenile over lower Mission Canyon a block north of the Museum of Natural History at 4:15 headed SE.
Jim Hodgson
SB


[eBird Alert] Needs Alert for Santa Barbara County <hourly>

Wim van Dam
 



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*** Species Summary:

- Alder Flycatcher (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Alder Flycatcher (Empidonax alnorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2018 12:22 by Kristie Nelson
- Lake Los Carneros, 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/S48850311
- Comments: "Have much to add that I can't do with cell phone. Photos and was calling, and has been refound. Super bright crisp wingbars and retrials, thin eyering. Lanky traills structure."

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Re: Possible Alder Flycatcher

Dave Compton
 

Apologies to Calbirders who don’t know the location. This is a local park in Goleta, Santa Barbara County.
Dave C.

On Sun, Sep 30, 2018 at 3:31 PM Dave Compton <davcompton60@...> wrote:
Kristie Nelson found a possible Alder Flycatcher at Lake Los Carneros this afternoon, along the edge of the lake between the boardwalk and the northeast corner. This is a challenging ID, and Jon Dunn, Nick Lethaby, Tom Wurster, and others are here trying to establish the ID of the bird in question. At least one Willow and a Pac-slope are also here.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara


Possible Alder Flycatcher

Dave Compton
 

Kristie Nelson found a possible Alder Flycatcher at Lake Los Carneros this afternoon, along the edge of the lake between the boardwalk and the northeast corner. This is a challenging ID, and Jon Dunn, Nick Lethaby, Tom Wurster, and others are here trying to establish the ID of the bird in question. At least one Willow and a Pac-slope are also here.

Dave Compton
Santa Barbara