This is just a trip report with birds of primarily local interest for
these counties: LA, Ventura, Santa Barbara, SLO, and Fresno.
Visited my parents in Hidden Hills, west end of the San Fernando
Valley. An absolutely amazing hummingbird spectacle ensued when I
filled her three feeders (in keeping with other reports on the LA and
Santa Barbara listservs). On Thurs, 4/12 and Fri, 4/13, I had six
species at the feeders, including:
ANNA'S and ALLEN'S - resident
BLACK-CHINNED - several
RUFOUS - many
CALLIOPE - at least 2 males and 2 females, probably more
COSTA'S - one female (several times side by side with female Black-
Also in the neigborhood:
the usual calling W SCREECH-OWL, which I think benefit from the
cavities in the Chinese pepper trees.
1 RED-WHISKERED BULBUL, calling from treetops as it passed thru the
neigborhood-- never seen one there before; it didn't stay.
PHAINOPEPLA and PAC-SLOPE FLY- new for the 'hood.
In some past years, Lawrence's Goldfinches had nested in the 'hood;
none seemed to be around this year. BAND-TAILED PIGEONS are nesting
again-- and I saw them in Woodland Hills as well.
A brief stop at Sycamore Cyn revealed the BLACK-HOODED PARAKEETS (aka
Nanday Conures) are as thick as ever.
Santa Barbara Co, Refugio State Beach:
As reported earlier, hundreds of BONAPARTE'S GULLS on 4/13 and the
pair of CINNAMON TEAL in the creek. The Western Grebe in the creek
is oiled, as was one offshore, probably from natural seep tar
patties, as it seems very thick and dark. The pond at the campground
also held SORA, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and 5 species of egrets/herons.
A ROYAL TERN was on the beach on 4/14. That morning, LOONS were
migrating north offshore at a rate of almost 1,000/minute for at
least an hour.
The swallow flock included two VAUX'S SWIFTS on 4/13, and piqued the
interest of a MERLIN. That evening, over 20 CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS came
in to roost in a single tree.
On 4/14, early am, I walked a mile up the canyon and found lots of
RUFOUS HUMMERS several
ASH-THR FLYCATCHER 1
WARBLING VIREO 1
MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER 1
WILSON'S WARBLER many
LAZULI BUNTING 1
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK several
PURPLE FINCH 2
LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES were present at the rest stop on Hwy 46 near
Shandon. I've seen them here in past years.
EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVES were present at Harris Ranch. Am I really
the first to notice them here?