speakingofnature: Beautiful October weather brought out the…

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018


Beautiful October weather brought out the Yellow-rumped Warblers (Setophaga coronata) in good numbers today. They moved quickly through the trees gleaning what they could find.

So. Many. YRWAs.

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Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)Lambert Road, 2018-10-30

Tuesday, October 30th, 2018

Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)

Lambert Road, 2018-10-30

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greenandflex: not you again

Monday, October 29th, 2018


not you again

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virginiagreene: “I’m in a band–The Yellow Boys? Yeah. You’ve…

Sunday, October 28th, 2018


“I’m in a band–The Yellow Boys? Yeah. You’ve probably heard of us. We’re kind of a big deal.”

#bird #Inktober #ink #balladsofremex #commonyellowthroat #warbler

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Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)Gobernador Canyon Road,…

Friday, October 26th, 2018

Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)

Gobernador Canyon Road, 2018-10-26

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Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)Padaro Lane, 2018-10-23

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Orange-crowned Warbler (Vermivora celata)

Padaro Lane, 2018-10-23

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falseknees:oh dearoh dearoh dear Oh man. I just did…

Friday, October 19th, 2018


oh dear
oh dear
oh dear

Oh man. I just did my “Warblers” talk for the beginning birdwatching class on Wednesday. I would totally have used this if it was out before then.

Still. Good stuff. Go warblers.

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

Saturday, October 13th, 2018


Blue-Winged Warbler


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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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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Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)I never see a Townsend’s…

Monday, October 8th, 2018

Townsend’s Warbler (Setophaga townsendi)

I never see a Townsend’s Warbler without a little jolt of excitement. This one was gleaning insects in a cedar at the local cemetery.

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debunkshy:Chestnut-sided WarblerSPI Convention Center,…

Tuesday, September 25th, 2018


Chestnut-sided Warbler
SPI Convention Center, TX


They’d been seeing it at Winchester One, the same place I saw the Blackpoll. This morning I had a dentist appointment out near there at 9 a.m., so I went and looked at sunrise for the bird. Just before I had to leave Nick showed up and helped me find the bird. 😀

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permagrinphoto: Northern Parula #305Found one myself, in the…

Monday, September 24th, 2018


Northern Parula


Found one myself, in the tipu trees in downtown Carp. It takes a certain (smallish) effort for someone like me, introvert, to walk around a city street with binoculars and a camera staring into the treetops. But then I see a bird like this and suddenly I don’t care at all.

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brooklynbridgebirds:Blackpoll Warbler (female)Brooklyn Bridge…

Sunday, September 23rd, 2018


Blackpoll Warbler (female)
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1


One had been seen all week at Winchester One, a pocket park in Goleta with some lerped eucalyptus and a bunch of migrating warblers. I couldn’t get out there to chase it until today, but I finally did, and the bird was kind enough both to be there and to pose for a fuzzy documentation photo. Yay!

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bsharp321:Yellow Warbler at Marymoore Park.

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018


Yellow Warbler at Marymoore Park.

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brooklynbridgebirds:American Redstart (female)Brooklyn Bridge…

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018


American Redstart (female)
Brooklyn Bridge Park
Pier 6, Exploratory Marsh




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laurenzbaars: Tennessee Warbler at Lesser Slave Lake…

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018


Tennessee Warbler at Lesser Slave Lake park

Laurenz Baars


Peter S. had one at Refugio State Beach yesterday, so I headed up there at first light to see if it would still be around. And it was! It popped down and took a bath in the creek right in front of me just as I was about to call it a day and head back. I love it when that happens. 🙂

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boy-warbler:Magnolia warbler in his fancy Spring plumage.

Sunday, September 9th, 2018


Magnolia warbler in his fancy Spring plumage.

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brooklynbridgebirds: OvenbirdBrooklyn Bridge Park, Pier…

Saturday, September 8th, 2018


Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 1


The latest cool rarity to show up locally was an Ovenbird reported yesterday in Goleta. Since I’d already used my lunch break to chase the Vermilion Flycatcher I couldn’t get away, so I had to cross my fingers and hope it would still be there this morning.

I was on the right path through the Coronado Butterfly Preserve’s eucalyptus grove as it was getting light, and almost the first bird I was able to make out was the Ovenbird doing its weird chicken-like walk down the path right in front of me.

So cool. 🙂

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daddysbirds: Virginia’s warbler #291When I got to Refugio to look for the White-winged Dove I…

Saturday, September 1st, 2018


Virginia’s warbler


When I got to Refugio to look for the White-winged Dove I wasn’t even thinking abut the Virginia’s Warbler that had been reported there this morning; I hadn’t heard about it. But I quickly found out from the other birders who were there. I was standing on the bridge checking out the eucalyptus where it had been seen when Libby, who’d had a brief view of it before I arrived but was hoping for a better look because it was a life bird for her (as it was for me), called out, “Ooh! There it is!”

The bird was in a lemonade berry bush about 30 eet away. Then it flew to a closer bush, about 15 feet away. Then it flew into the bush RIGHT NEXT TO US.

It was very exciting. Hyperventilation may have been involved. 🙂

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