Re: avian invasion - PIJA and LEWO
- JCS and others are correct to add ACORN WOODPECKER to the list of
invaders to odd places. Locally in MTY, I would note that these
woodpeckers were in exceptional numbers at both Chews Ridge and Cone
Peak over the last week. I had attributed that simply to good local
hatches but perhaps numbers are more attributable to birds moving
upslope or from well outside MTY.
A number of observers have sent me additional records of LEWO from SCZ
to MRN, and various ACWO from S.F. City to the Farallones, so clear
something major is going on. Forwarded below is more interesting
information from SLO and SBA.
I am not particularly compiling records but, rather, wished to alert all
to the movements underway. Regular posting on local chat lines would be
appropriate, and occasional summaries to this State service.
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- Sorry, the attempt to tack this info from SBA and SLO failed the first
time. Here is it. D. Roberson
"Mark Holmgren of UC Santa Barbara had 19 Lewis's Woodpeckers September
and 1 today.
"I'm not sure if I'm reporting on bird migration or insect swarms here,
but on Figueroa Mtn. and Ranger Peaks this Saturday, 27 Sept 03, I and
two friends, Galen Pittman and David Seibel, both Kansas birders, drove
to Figueroa Mtn where we saw two interesting bird behaviors. First, we
witnessed more Lewis' Woodpeckers than I have ever seen previously in
one day. We watched no fewer than 7 woodpeckers over the Pino Alto Camp
at Figueroa. All were flying NW. Then at Ranger Peak we watched at
least 8 Lewis' Woodpeckers beneath the canopy of oak trees. 4 more LeWo
were seen elsewhere near these two peaks. Approx. 19 birds were seen in
total. At one point 6 woodpeckers at a time were flycatching very
swallow-like over the pines near the summit of Ranger Peak.
Second, at both the summits were large numbers (perhaps 150, perhaps
many more) of swallows and all that were close enough to identify were
It was very hot (low to mid 90sF) in both places.
Tom Edell had an Acorn Woodpecker near the coast Sunday in SLO County.
An ACORN WOODPECKER was perched in a willow snag near
the mouth of Oso Flaco Creek (this species has been reported from many
atypical locations/habitats this fall