Thu, 30 Dec 2010 -- A believe that we set a new record with 149 species,
which excludes 2 species seen during Count Week. I have records going
back to 1995, the closest total was 147 (+1 seen CW) in 2006.
Birds that were not on the official tally sheet were MARBLED GODWIT and
LONG-EARED OWL. (Bob Keiffer wrote that "many" years ago, Jerry White
saw a LEOW on Kinney Ln, but it had been dropped from the current list).
The two Count Week birds were a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK seen by me
on Mon, 27 Dec and a PALM WARBLER seen 12/27 and by Connie Shimbor
and myself Fri, 31 Dec. The PAWA is surely the same bird found in the
immediate area near the Garcia R. bridge as last year. This sneaky guy was
only a Count Week bird then, also!
Other rare species included SANDHILL CRANE, NASHVILLE WARBLER,
SWAMP SPARROW, CATTLE EGRET and PACIFIC-GOLDEN PLOVER.
GREEN HERON and WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH were good birds, too.
Sea conditions did not favor shearwater/tubenose species, and we missed
Snow/Ross's and Cackling Goose. Area 1's hit-n-miss Am Dipper was a
miss this time.
>>>> Some of the leaders think that Friday, 30 December 2011, will be
a good date for the 112th CBC. Unless, many people have a conflict with
this date, we will set 30 Dec, 2011, as our next South Coast count day.
Thanks again TO ALL who helped out on this count!!! It was cold, but the
rain and high winds abated. Thank you, thank you.
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