Re: [CALBIRDS] Re: avian invasion - PIJA and LEWO
- 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