Wood Thrush in Santa Maria
- Found today, Thursday November 10, 2005: a WOOD THRUSH in Waller County Park in Santa Maria, Santa Barbara County. Observed and photographed by multiple observers. This bird is in a publicly accessible spot and very cooperative.
Waller Park is located in Santa Maria on South Broadway (135) at Waller Lane. Continue toward the west end of Waller Ln. near it's intersection with Lorencita. This is approaching the SM Country Club entrance (private). You can only park on the north side of the street. Look for the park caretakers residence just inside the park near the end of the street on the south side. The thrush has been feeding on the ground behind the house where there are several oaks and other low shrubs between the disc golf basket, and the pathway that heads toward the parking area by the pony ride. This parking area inside the park can be reached by driving along the entrance road from Orcutt (Frontage) Road. Drive beyond the first playground and restroom facility about mid-way into the park. Look for the bird under the dense low hanging branches in this area and at the edge of the lawn. Also seen here was a Varied Thrush, Hermit Thrush and Am. Robin for comparison.
The park closes at dusk and the front gate is closed, although walking in can be done at first light as the gate is sometimes not opened until 8:00 a.m.
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA USA
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