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Known crow roosts this summer?

Rebecca Coulter
 

Hi all,
I’m working with one of the teens from SBMNH this summer on a final project, and we’re looking for a decent-sized crow roost to take a quick video of the birds coming in to roost in the evening. Do you know of a current evening roost? Tuesday night I checked the one I’ve seen in the winter months on the west side of More Mesa, and found not one crow present. I did follow some birds moving west, and ended up finding a roost of a few hundred birds on Aero Camino near the airport. But the birds are pretty well scattered along this road, and not quite the dramatic and noisy fly-in I was hoping for.

Thanks for any info you can provide in the next few days.
Rebecca Coulter
SB

Solitary Sandpiper at SM Sewage Ponds

Jamie Chavez
 

Earlier this afternoon at the Santa Maria sewage plant I located a juv SOLITARY SANDPIPER in the first large settling pond to the left as you head west away from the sludge beds and buildings. The mystery (aka White-faced Ibis) continues there as well. It flushed with a bunch of ducks out of one of the tanks as I exited my truck to peer over the tank railing but I found it later in one of the large ponds (no birding around the actual tanks, please). This place is really poor for shorbirding right now. Almost no exposed mud anywhere around the property. Lots of water though.

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

Birds this morning at East Beach

Dika Golovatchoff
 

I was down at the end of Garden Street from about 10 until 11:30 this morning. I was fascinated by the black bellied plovers still showing their black bellies. Then a bird showed up that I had never seen before and I'm assuming that it is a Ruddy Turnstone. I took loads of photos including some video which I will post later. 

At least five snowy egrets, many barn swallows, several Brown Pelicans flew in and the large flocks of elegant turns grouped in clusters of several hundred each. There were only half a dozen black skimmers. Also the usual great blue heron was not present this morning.

The photo below was transferred from my camera to my smartphone.

Trip report from July Pelagic out of Ventura, Ca with Island Packers

Joel Barrett
 

Hi everyone,
I just published a blog post to www.thesaltybird.com detailing the findings of the July 12th Pelagic birding trip out of Ventura, Ca with Island Packers. The link is below. We have another trip coming up October 3rd, a link is at the end of the blog post for more details.

What a year huh? Understatement of the decade? Well perhaps this blog post will be something to take your mind off of the wider world if only for a few minutes. On July 12th, 2020 Island Packers ran a 12 hr dedicated Pelagic birding trip. I, Joel Barrett, was the captain of the motor vessel Island Explorer. We had six
www.thesaltybird.com

Pelagic birding in and around the Channel Islands National Park and the Santa Barbara Channel. www.thesaltybird.com Information and trips.
www.thesaltybird.com
Joel Barrett
Port Hueneme, Ca
Island Packers
Ventura, Ca

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South shore Cachuma 5 August 2020

Mark Holmgren
 

I tried to cover the major muddy/grassy shores on the S side of the lake yesterday thinking I might find shorebirds.  Last Saturday I walked the trail from Harvey's Cove westward and on Monday I took a boat out on the lake.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72136847  DeVaul Cyn shore

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72140092  Jackrabbit Flats

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72149214  Storke Flats

 

Migrants: Yesterday, juv Snowy Egret, Wilson's Snipe, and a very few Least Sandpipers.  From Saturday's hike I watched 5 dowitchers flying over the lake. An adult Peregrine was in Cachuma Bay on Monday. The Cachuma Naturalistas, Rosey and Kristin, reported 4 Eared Grebes on a couple of trips more than a week ago.

 

Breeding: As the naturalists have documented very well, the large grebes are pumping out young.  I would love to know exactly where they place their nests.  (They nest on open mounds on Santa Margarita Lake in SLO County. See beautiful video by Petra and Jack Clayton here   https://ebird.org/checklist/S72149935)  The 2 juvenile Spotted Sandpipers raised on Storke Flat may be the two juvs now at Jackrabbit Flat.  We could get another brood of Spotted Sandpipers from the breeding pair at Storke.  Before migration got going there were Spotted Sandpipers at a couple other spots on the lake, but breeding was only confirmed at Storke Flat.  37 Killdeer yesterday suggests breeding success, but having just recently practiced distinguishing juvenile from adult Killdeer, I can't speak to the number of juvs involved.   72 Canada Geese include a lot of juveniles, the 24 Mallards counted held a number of juvs.  The only other duck species seen this summer was one pair of adult Gadwall.  I saw 25 total American Coots, but far fewer juveniles than expected. Very few coots were in either Cachuma Bay or Santa Cruz Bay on Monday.  Both on the Monday boat trip and yesterday along the shore I counted only 5 Pied-billed Grebes.  I saw only 1 advanced juvenile among them.  

 

In short, Cachuma underperforms for a lot of insectivorous land birds, diving ducks and puddle ducks, eagles and hawks.  It is not very attractive to shorebirds that must be passing over. Though many Western Grebes and fewer Clark's Grebes are raising young right now, counting these birds, muchless comparing recent to older data, is daunting.  My sense is that there are declines since the early 2000s in, especially, wintering numbers of W and C Grebes, but also in breeding numbers.  

 

I don't know whether the Cachuma trends are seen at other inland reservoirs.  It would be helpful to have the thoughts of fishermen who might evaluate the changes in fish stocking at the lake. How has the effort to recover steelhead affected the resource base in the lake?  Is there a role that pest control agents have played with regard to insects at the lake?  Were the high numbers of birds in the 1980s and 90s a function of fish stocking? And are we seeing a return to a more typical level of support that might have been normal in the late 1950s and 60s?  Is the current situation a product of prolonged drought recovery?  The situation at Cachuma begs study.  


Thanks to Rosey and Kristin for their great interest and efforts to document bird events at the lake. 

 

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass

 



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- Wilson's Snipe (1 report)
- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- California Towhee (2 reports)

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Wilson's Snipe (Gallinago delicata) (1)
- Reported Aug 05, 2020 12:35 by Mark Holmgren
- Lake Cachuma - Jackrabbit Flats, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.5696862,-119.9422288&ll=34.5696862,-119.9422288
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72140092
- Media: 1 Photo

Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (2)
- Reported Aug 05, 2020 15:28 by Glenn Kincaid
- 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/checklist/S72144453
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "1 Reported yesterday. 1 on easternmost island, poor photos of this bird. 1 on western edge near Zoo. Bird in top of photo, smaller than adjacent Double-crested cormorants with pronounced white border to cheek patch."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Adrian Douglas
- 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/checklist/S72124470
- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Southwest Bird Study Club
- 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/checklist/S72139337
- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

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NCOS Rufous-crowned Sparrows

Adam Searcy
 

I spent some time at North Campus Open Space looking for (and finding) some recently reported birds, including two WILSON'S PHALAROPES and one VIRGINIA RAIL at Phelps Bridge among other more expected characters.

My most notable find was a pair of immature RUFOUS-CROWNED SPARROWS in one of the small willowy/scrubby swales (about here: 34.41801, -119.88138.) Two sparrows popped off the trail in front of me and I assumed they were going to be Song Sparrows (never assume anything about sparrows), then one of them gave a gentle "deer deer" and I stopped in my tracks. Thankfully they both perched in willow quite closely allowing for digiscope photos which are in my checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72141629. These were my personal first obviously migrant/dispersing Rufous-crowned Sparrows (a "lifer" of sorts).

Yours in local 'vagrancy',
Adam

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Santa Barbara, CA

Re: Continuing Neotropic, and poss. Semi-P

Glenn Kincaid
 

Make that 2 Neotropic Cormorants.

Just after Hugh left, one of the cormorants that had been sleeping on the west edge of the island closest to the parking area awoke, revealing itself.  I got some rather poor photos.  The bird that Hugh describes was also present when I arrived at the W end of the path.

I could not convince myself that any of the peeps had short enough bills to be a Semipalmated Sandpiper.  I will be reviewing photos.  


On Aug 5, 2020, at 4:44 PM, Hugh Ranson <zonetail@...> wrote:

The Neotropic Cormorant continues at the Bird Refuge. It was quite distant, and I've only just been able to look at my photos and confirm the identity. It was at the west end of the refuge, resting on shore with other cormorants. It was on a promontory on zoo property, best seen from just east of the bridge/ 3rd platform. It would have not been visible from Cabrillo despite being quite close.

There were quite a few peeps at the western end. Most were Least on the mud, along with a few Western feeding in the water. Mixed in with the Least was what appears to be a Semi-palmated Sandpiper. It's longer billed than the recent NCOS bird. Nick L. has looked at my photo on his phone and his initial reaction is that it's a Western. Glenn K. was heading out there as I was leaving, so perhaps he'll have more to say.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara




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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Continuing Neotropic, and poss. Semi-P

Hugh Ranson
 

The Neotropic Cormorant continues at the Bird Refuge. It was quite distant, and I've only just been able to look at my photos and confirm the identity. It was at the west end of the refuge, resting on shore with other cormorants. It was on a promontory on zoo property, best seen from just east of the bridge/ 3rd platform. It would have not been visible from Cabrillo despite being quite close.

There were quite a few peeps at the western end. Most were Least on the mud, along with a few Western feeding in the water. Mixed in with the Least was what appears to be a Semi-palmated Sandpiper. It's longer billed than the recent NCOS bird. Nick L. has looked at my photo on his phone and his initial reaction is that it's a Western. Glenn K. was heading out there as I was leaving, so perhaps he'll have more to say.

Hugh Ranson
Santa Barbara


Terns and Bird Refuge

Florence Sanchez
 

I checked on the East beach tern flock this morning only to find that most of them were on the sandspit at that time (about 8:30 a.m.). I didn't walk out there to count the numbers but it was a large flock.  A Small flock at the East Beach site left soon after for the ocean beyond.

I went on to the Bird Refuge and checked the parking lot area, and all three islands.  Unfortunately, I had not read Adam Searcy's post about an adult Neotropic Cormorant on one of the islands or I would have gone over the roosting cormorants more closely.  Therefore, I can't say whether or not it was still present this morning.  

I found no sign of the Cinnamon Teal I saw last week.  There were a few shorebirds present:  3 Least Sandpipers opposite the parking area; 1 fresh juvenile Western Sandpiper on the mud island off the third platform; 1 Dowitcher (appeared to be Long-billed, perhaps the same bird that was that last week) and Black-necked Stilts at several locations.  There also was a big flight of swallows over the water today, mostly Rough-winged Swallows and most of them were very young birds, still getting the hang of aerial flycatching.

An interesting bird hanging around the third island was a leucistic bird that appeared to be a Red-winged Blackbird.  It was a marvelous shade of ivory buff.

Florence Sanchez


Origin of banded Least Terns at Coal Oil Point 8-4-20

Glenn Kincaid
 

Following my post yesterday about  banded Least Terns, I have received this response from Joanna at Oceano Dunes SVRA

Hello Glenn,
 
Thanks for submitting these photos.  The banded juveniles hatched from Oceano Dunes State Park, San Luis Obispo County.  We band each chick with a unique band and these two hatched 6/17-19 and fledges were last seen here at Oceano 7/14-16.  It is great to see them making their way south.

 

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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

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- Neotropic Cormorant (1 report)
- California Towhee (2 reports)

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Neotropic Cormorant (Phalacrocorax brasilianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 15:59 by Adam Searcy
- 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/checklist/S72115431
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Adult roosting on west side of east island with DCCOs. Obviously smaller cormorant. Underparts appeared glossy black with scaly back-pattern/wing panel with slight gloss of green (details not easily discernible), long tail, yellow bill with obvious white feathering at base."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Rose Leibowitz
- 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/checklist/S72119797
- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

California Towhee (Melozone crissalis) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2020 11:10 by Jim Moore
- 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/checklist/S72116788
- Comments: "Seen near the shoreline. All brown with redish vent. Not sure why it's uncommon."

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Neotropic Cormorant at Andree Clark

Adam Searcy
 

During a quick afternoon stop today at Andree Clark I spotted an
(the?) adult NEOTROPIC CORMORANT perched on sticks on the west side of
the eastern island along with about 15 Double-crested Cormorants.

At the far western end there was a nice scattering of mostly juvenile
LEAST and WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a Dowitcher that wasn't heard or seen
closely enough to ID, and my first juvenile CALIFORNIA GULLS (2) of
this season loafing on the little 'beach' in front of the NE parking
lot.

Some photos in my checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72115431

Good birding,
Adam

Adam Searcy
Santa Barbara, CA
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Sands Beach and Coal Oil Point early a.m., August 4

Florence Sanchez
 

I got down to the beach about 6:30 this morning to take advantage of as much of the minus low tide as possible.  My numbers were similar to Glenn Kinkaid's observations made about an hour after I left.  Lots of Black-bellied Plovers and Sanderlings and a mixed Tern flock resting on the beach.  There were no Least Terns in it, but I did find Caspian, Royal, and Elegant resting together.  A nice opportunity to compare the differences between the three species.

No sign of a Ruddy Turnstone this morning.

Florence Sanchez

Elegant Tern flock grows at Mission Creek outflow

Joan Lentz (cox.net address)
 

Hi All:
Florence Sanchez and I got out for a minute this morning.  At Mission Creek outflow on East Beach, we counted a flock of 680 Elegant Terns, at least 1/3 of which were juveniles.  They are joining the Black Skimmers roosting down there near the lagoon formed at the creek mouth.
We also went to Bates Road bridge, hoping to refind the Summer Tanager & to check it out.  Pretty quiet, water flowing, great riparian vegetation.
Lists below:

Joan Lentz
Santa Barbara

Least Terns, Coal Oil Point

Glenn Kincaid
 

This morning I was pleased to see a group of 4 Least Terns (2 adults, 2 immature) at the Coal Oil Point reserve, I presume a family.  I could see bands on the 2 young birds and 1 of the adults.  The other adult would not stand to show off its legs.

Some pics in this checklist.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72108087
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Glenn Kincaid
Santa Barbara

Jim May Park in Santa Maria

John Deacon
 

The lake is being drained and dredged. Lots of heavy equipment operating made it difficult to bird. It may be worth watching evenings and mornings when equipment isn’t operating. The sandpipers I did see were quite interested in the disturbed lake bottom material.

John Deacon


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John Deacon
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- Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (2 reports)
- Redhead (2 reports)
- American Coot (Red-shielded) (2 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 17:47 by Larry Chen
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72090458
- Comments: "Presumably long-time resident bird. Tiny goose with adorably stubby bill and white neck ring, hanging out on island in main pond. Can provide photos if necessary."

Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 17:47 by Sarah Toner
- Waller Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9029675,-120.4392958&ll=34.9029675,-120.4392958
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72090459
- Comments: "Presumably long-time resident bird. Tiny goose with adorably stubby bill and white neck ring, hanging out on island in main pond. Can provide photos if necessary."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 19:10 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72092676
- Comments: "Continuing presence. Two drab, brown-headed, dark-billed Aythya. No sign of young birds. Photos."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 19:10 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72092677
- Comments: "Continuing presence. Two drab, brown-headed, dark-billed Aythya. No sign of young birds. Photos."

American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (30)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 19:10 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72092676
- Comments: "All hugging bulrush line in back."

American Coot (Red-shielded) (Fulica americana (Red-shielded)) (30)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 19:10 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SBA Co.), Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9671044,-120.6473815&ll=34.9671044,-120.6473815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72092677
- Comments: "All hugging bulrush line in back."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2020 17:20 by Michael I Christie
- Ocean Beach County Park, Santa Barbara, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.6909567,-120.6003785&ll=34.6909567,-120.6003785
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S72094615
- Comments: "Initially I thought two, but later only one for sure, in slough, same area as last time."

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Update on the Santa Barbara Breeding Bird Study

Mark Holmgren
 

The Breeding Bird Study is almost ready to go public again.  We’re reaching out to users to test the system and to give us feedback.  Let us know if you are interested in assisting with this testing phase.  Also, we are preparing short videos to show how to use the ArcGIS software the database is mounted on.  We’re most grateful to CCBER at UCSB (co-collaborator with Santa Barbara Audubon Society) for all the support they’ve given us to pull this together.

 

We’ve received more contributions this year by this date than any other of the past 5 years.  Very happy about that and the 9300 records now assembled.  But there is so much information not making it to the Breeding Bird Study (BBS).  End of the season breeding records are especially important.  They form the outer time limit on the breeding period.  Knowing the duration of the breeding period for each species may be the most useful information for some users.  Typical late season breeding evidence comes from observations of begging fledglings or adults feeding fledglings, but some species still have birds in their nests.  It’s so easy to contribute.  First, find the coordinates of the breeding event, prepare your photo evidence if you have a photo, then submit at

https://santabarbaraaudubon.org/sb-breeding-bird-survey-data-submittal/

  

Here is one example of how BBS data inform us -- Nest Placement


Data on nest placement are available for nearly all species. Here are the choices made by just 4 species.  Before looking at the results for Red-shouldered Hawk, Ash-throated Flycatcher, Violet-green Swallow, and European Starling, form your best guesses for each: 

 

 

What tree species are used by Red-shouldered Hawks?

Of 71 breeding records, 46 records specify a nest tree.

Eucalyptus

16

palm

10

Western Sycamore

9

pine

5

Coast Live Oak

3

Ash

1

California Bay

1

Fremont Cottonwood

1

 

 Where are the cavities that Ash-throated Flycatchers choose for their nests?

Of 50 breeding records, 26 records specify a nest structure.

fence post, pipe, or pole

11

oak

6

Western Sycamore

5

cliff

1

cottonwood

1

Eucalyptus

1

pine

1

 

Where do Hooded Orioles place their nests?

Of 135 breeding records, 58 records specify nest placement.

palm

23

Eucalyptus

15

Bird-of-Paradise

5

Western Sycamore

4

Bunya Pine

3

banana tree

2

castor bean

1

Coast Live Oak

1

hanging basket

1

Liquidamber

1

Monterey Cypress

1

Toyon

1

 

Where are the cavities that European Starlings choose for their nests?

Of 217 breeding records, 120 records specify nest placement.

Western Sycamore

52

oak

16

building

12

utility or phone pole

10

Eucalyptus

7

palm

6

cottonwood

5

pine

5

car wash

2

Ash

1

Monterey Cypress

1

nest box

1

outhouse

1

unknown dead snag

1

 

Thanks to you many contributors!


Mark Holmgren and Adrian O'Loghlen

Santa Barbara

American Kestrels at LLC

Betsy Mooney
 

I observed a pair of American Kestrels at Lake Los Carneros today. I haven't seen them there for a long time. Look for them on the northern path. Facing the mountains, they were perched on the wire and flying over the field to the right of the closed bridge. 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S72089259

Betsy Mooney
Santa Barbara/Goleta