New Information from North Campus Open Space (UCSB)

Mark Holmgren

On the monthly survey this morning, 50 species were seen.  The team covering the western route found 3 territories of Belding’s Savannah Sparrows.  2 of the 3 singing males were paired. Expanding the population of this species, at the very northern end of its range, is one of the goals of the project. 

Another goal is to provide habitat for Snowy Plovers.  A pair of Snowy Plovers were together on the west side.  

Despite the nesting of Cooper's Hawks (on N side of NCOS), fledgling Great Horned Owls and Red-tailed hawks (on the W side), and Red-shouldered Hawks with nestlings on the south side, the real challenge for small, exposed nests is the very effective predation of the large number of American Crows. 

There seem to be 3 pairs of Say’s Phoebes at NCOS, at least one of them has fledglings under their care.

A Spotted Sandpiper, a Greater Yellowlegs, and a Red-necked Phalarope were residue of spring shorebird passage.

Mark Holmgren

San Marcos Pass