Hello, hello! Should I add more clues of my location as the days draw closer? I think it would be fitting. Here’s another hint: I got to watch the end of Poe Party a bit earlier than it was released. As a result, I also met Shipwrecked and talked to them. They were just as lovely in-person as they are on-screen. How is the bird counting progressing and what is your favourite bird in the region you’ve seen? – Your Poe Party Secret Santa

Ooh; I’m guessing that means you may have been at the Buffer Festival screening in Toronto. Lucky you!

The preparation for the Christmas bird count continues; this morning I was able to go into the part of the salt marsh that normally is closed to the public. We had 49 species, which is pretty good for me. My favorite bird during this morning’s outing was probably the first-winter Bonaparte’s Gull that flew through my spotting scope’s field of view while I was trying to look at a different bird. Here’s a photo of a first-winter Bonaparte’s Gull courtesy of Andy Reago & Chrissy McClarren on Flickr:

My favorite bird overall in this region would be hard to pick; there are so many of them that I really love. I’ve sometimes said White-tailed Kite in the past, and it’s definitely at or near the top of the list. I’ll keep thinking about it.

Thanks for checking in, Santa! Hope you’re doing well!

(full count from this morning’s bird outing after a cut)

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 8, 2016 7:34 AM – 10:33 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Tide 3.5’ and falling
49 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  2
Mallard  2
Bufflehead  13
Red-breasted Merganser  4
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Eared Grebe  1
Western Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  16
Brown Pelican  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  6
Osprey  2
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-bellied Plover  74
Snowy Plover  8
Semipalmated Plover  2
Killdeer  2
Whimbrel  7
Long-billed Curlew  16
Marbled Godwit  7
Sanderling  40
Western Sandpiper  8
peep sp.  2
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  3
Willet  12
Bonaparte’s Gull  1
Ring-billed Gull  1
Western Gull  3
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Allen’s Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1     Female, perched on mudbank
Black Phoebe  2
Say’s Phoebe  1
American Crow  3
Bushtit  6
Marsh Wren  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
American Pipit  1
Common Yellowthroat  1
White-crowned Sparrow  12
Savannah Sparrow  13
Song Sparrow  4
Lincoln’s Sparrow  1
California Towhee  2
Western Meadowlark  2
House Finch  24

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