Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)Santa Monica Creek, 2018-10-16

Tuesday, October 16th, 2018

Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

Santa Monica Creek, 2018-10-16

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hiimlesphotos: Snacking

Monday, October 15th, 2018

hiimlesphotos:

Snacking

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Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)Another shot of the…

Monday, October 15th, 2018

Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)

Another shot of the little dude who made my morning at the local cemetery.

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Dæmon Analysis: Vesper Sparrow

Monday, October 15th, 2018

urbandaemons:

Personality: Cheerful, outgoing, opportunistic. Vesper sparrows like to see the best in people and in different situations. As a rule, they tend to stay with a large circle of friends, and get lonely easily. People with vesper sparrow dæmons may not seek out change, but if it comes their way they roll with it, and they excel at recognising a promising opportunity.

Historical/Contemporary Figure: Jimmy Fallon (TV show host)

Fictional Characters: Kaylee Fry (Firefly)
                                                                                                         – Raylen

#317

I think it’s my favorite place in the county, San Miguelito Road. Every time I’ve gone there it’s felt special. I was thinking about it yesterday, trying to figure out what it is, specifically. I think it’s the lack of traffic. It’s 10 miles deep in the winding hills south of Lompoc. There are a few farms, and a distant view of the ocean, but the road just ends at the locked gate for Vandenberg (where they do the west coast rocket launches), so no one really goes there. I arrived at sunrise and stayed most of the day, walking down the middle of the paved road birdwatching, and in all that time I think I saw four cars on the road not counting mine.

I was there because there’s a Pinyon Jay irruption happening, and last week someone saw the first Pinyon Jays in Santa Barbara County since 2000 along that road. There’s no reason to think they’re still there; Pinyon Jays are notorious wanderers, thinly spread and hard to find even within their normal range, and these were on the far side of the county from where they presumably entered, via the mountains south of Cuyama. But it was as good a place as any to find them, and I really like going there. So I went.

I mentioned in the tags of a different post about all the great raptors I saw: Golden Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and Prairie Falcon, for starters, each one a legit bird celebrity that would have made my day on its own. But the real star for me were two little brown jobs skulking in the close-cropped grass next to the road: gray-brown streaking, complete white eye ring, light malar patch surrounded by a dark border; yeah! Vesper Sparrow!

I’d been thinking about Vesper Sparrows a lot lately.

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klemannlee:Blue-Winged Warbler#316This was kind of hilarious….

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

klemannlee:

Blue-Winged Warbler

#316

This was kind of hilarious. Nick Lethaby (who finds a disproportionate share of the rare birds in Santa Barbara County) put the word out at 9:28 a.m. that he’d found a Blue-winged Warbler in Carpinteria Creek. This is a big deal; it’s a first county record. And it was 5 minutes from my house, on a non-work day. So yeah; I obviously wanted to go check it out.

But there was a problem: I’d signed up for a table shift at the local supermarket in support of a local ballot measure (Measure X; don’t forget to vote, Carpinterians), and my shift started at 10. I went to Carp Creek and hung out on the 8th Street Bridge as long as I could, but I only had a few minutes and wasn’t really expecting to see the bird. Honestly, I was just thinking well, maybe Nick will be there and will be able to point out the bird to me. No luck, though; no bird, no birders.

At the tabling shift the group texts started coming in: more birders arriving, searching, and eventually refinding the bird, yay! Meanwhile, I was about 150 yards away chatting with shoppers about the city’s budget issues. I got a personal text: “Where are you?”

“I’ll be there as soon as I can!”

At noon my volunteer shift ended and I raced back to the creek. When I got to the bridge and looked upstream I saw the best thing possible: About 10 avid county birders all looking intently at the same point on the creek bank. Yeah!

A minute later I’d joined them and was getting great views of the bird, which was gorgeous.

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lies: They’re breathtakingly attractive. Also: great news! You’re surrounded by them! Get a pair of…

Saturday, October 13th, 2018

lies:

They’re breathtakingly attractive. Also: great news! You’re surrounded by them!

Get a pair of binoculars (any binoculars will do), go to one of those red hotspots where they’ve been reported in the last 30 days, and SEE ONE!

I feel like maybe I should drive up there and provide guide services. It is Very Important That You See This Bird. 🙂

Today’s entry in the World’s Classiest Birb competition:

I’m telling you, @anonsally, can’t walk out your door with a pair of bins without running into one.

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Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)Andree Clark Bird Refuge,…

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)

Andree Clark Bird Refuge, 2018-09-26

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Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)Romero Canyon, 2018-10-07People…

Friday, October 12th, 2018

Say’s Phoebe (Sayornis saya)

Romero Canyon, 2018-10-07

People birdwatch for lots of reasons. For me a lot of it is aesthetic: I just think they’re pretty to look at, and it makes me catch my breath when I see them.

The SAPH is one of my favorites. Maybe my favorite favorite. I’m not sure what it is, and this photo doesn’t do it justice. But this bird has it.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/178987609051.

Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus)Romero Canyon, 2018-10-07

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Canyon Wren (Catherpes mexicanus)

Romero Canyon, 2018-10-07

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Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)Santa Monica Creek,…

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

Santa Monica Creek, 2018-10-07

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Ravens in flightRomero Canyon hawk watch sites, 2018-09-25 and…

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Ravens in flight

Romero Canyon hawk watch sites, 2018-09-25 and 2018-09-29

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Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)Gray morning, bright…

Thursday, October 11th, 2018

Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)

Gray morning, bright bird. At the local cemetery.

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Immature male Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)Lake Los…

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Immature male Acorn Woodpecker (Melanerpes formicivorus)

Lake Los Carneros, 2018-09-30

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Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)Campus Point, Santa…

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

Greater Yellowlegs (Tringa melanoleuca)

Campus Point, Santa Barbara, California, 2018-09-21

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greenandflex: thinker

Wednesday, October 10th, 2018

greenandflex:

thinker

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White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)Carpinteria Bluffs, 2018-10-09

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

White-tailed Kite (Elanus leucurus)

Carpinteria Bluffs, 2018-10-09

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Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)Carpinteria Bluffs, 2018-10-09

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Lincoln’s Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii)

Carpinteria Bluffs, 2018-10-09

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Coot FracasKnowing how much @anonsally enjoys posts about…

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Coot Fracas

Knowing how much @anonsally enjoys posts about American Coots (Fulica americana), I wanted to share these photos of a coot dust-up I saw the other day at Lake Los Carneros.

I was photographing the original fight between Coots A and B, with Coot C an interested but apparently uninvolved onlooker (first photo above), when suddenly Coot D entered from the left, making a beeline for Coot C (second photo). Coot C was having none of it, and chased the interloper back from whence they came (third and fourth photo). Finally, the two original combatants settled into an uneasy détente (fifth photo).

I’ve tried, and so far failed, to come up with a compelling explanation for what all this fighting was about.

Postscript: While googling for the scientific name I saw this:

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🤔🤔🤔

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debunkshy: Bobolink Schurch-Thomson Prairie, WI,…

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

debunkshy:

Bobolink

Schurch-Thomson Prairie, WI, 6-18-17

#315

One of those birds I’d always read about growing up but never saw, because it’s an eastern species that’s rare along the Pacific coast.

Hugh (same Hugh who got the amazing shot of the humpback breaching on Saturday’s pelagic trip) reported one from Elings Park in Santa Barbara yesterday, so I got up early today and went looking. Conor was there before me, so I walked up and asked if he’d seen the Bobolink.

“Actually, yeah.” Oh wow; when? “About 5 minutes ago.”

I headed off in the direction he indicated, and a few minutes later I saw it: like a big sparrow, but with an overall yellowish wash, pale lores, and pointed wings when it flew. Yay!

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Birds with beaksTop: Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus),…

Tuesday, October 9th, 2018

Birds with beaks

Top: Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus), Carpinteria State Beach, September 16, 2018

Bottom: Whimbrel (Numenius phaeopus), Campus Point, Santa Barbara, September 21, 2018

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