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Eastern/Western Wood-Pewee in Goleta

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  • Dave Compton
    A contopus species flycatcher popped up at Maria Ygnacio Creek in Goleta, Santa Barbara County, today that is either a WESTERN or an EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE. The
    Message 1 of 1 , Dec 3, 2001
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      A contopus species flycatcher popped up at Maria Ygnacio Creek in Goleta,
      Santa Barbara County, today that is either a WESTERN or an EASTERN
      WOOD-PEWEE. The bird seems to show some characteristics suggesting both
      (nearly all dark lower mandible and grayish color above suggesting Western,
      rather pale below and with prominent whitish wingbars suggesting Eastern).
      Two observers heard it vocalize twice. At least one of the observers thought
      the vocalization suggested Eastern, but it's still inconclusive. Either
      species would be pretty amazing this time of year.

      Hopefully, it'll stay around long enough for someone to get videotape or an
      audio recording. I'll post it if the bird is seen again and especially if
      it's ID'd to species.

      If you want to look for the bird, exit U.S. 101 in Goleta at Patterson Ave.
      and go south (toward the ocean). Keep going past the light at Hollister Ave.
      and continue south another three quarters of a mile or so until you come to
      a bike path crossing and a bridge over a creek. Park in the wide turnout
      just before the creek (if you make it to the leftward bend in the road,
      you've gone too far). Walk to the east side of the road via the bike path
      and walk over the little wooden bike bridge. Two creeks come together here.
      The bird was found in the creek that runs under the bike bridge and
      parallels the road, NOT the one that runs under the road. The bird was first
      found about 150 yds upstream, where a single sycamore stands among the
      willows on the east bank of the creek. Later, it was followed down to the
      area around the bike bridge.

      Also in the area in the last couple of days have been a a PLUMBEOUS VIREO
      and BLACK-THROATED GREEN, Black-and-White, Palm, Black-throated Gray, and
      Wilson's Warblers, and two Yellow Warblers. The Black-throated Green was
      further north, near where you come to the houses, but was not seen today.

      Dave Compton
      Santa Barbara


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