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Fw: Highlights of Santa Barbara CBC, Jan. 3 '09

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  • Joan Lentz
    ... From: Joan Lentz To: sbcobirding Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 8:30 AM Subject: Highlights of Santa
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      From: "Joan Lentz" <joanlentz@...>
      To: "sbcobirding" <sbcobirding@yahoogroups.com>
      Sent: Sunday, January 04, 2009 8:30 AM
      Subject: Highlights of Santa Barbara CBC, Jan. 3 '09


      > Hi Birders:
      > Below is a brief summary of another fantastic Santa Barbara Audubon
      > Society Christmas Bird Count. The PRELIMINARY TOTAL IS 209 species.
      >
      > WINTER WREN (Eastern race, possible/probable split from Western soon)
      > GRACE'S WARBLER
      > NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH
      > Ancient Murrelet (2)
      > Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
      > Gray Flycatcher
      > Cassin's Vireo
      > Tennessee Warbler
      > American Redstart
      > Hooded Oriole (adult male)
      >
      > Other sightings included (please forgive the order here, I want to get
      > this out quickly):
      > Eurasian Wigeon, White-winged Scoter, Red-necked Grebe, White-winged
      > Dove, Burrowing Owl,
      > Spotted Owl, Tropical Kingbird (2), Tree Swallow(s), Red-naped
      > Sapsucker, Summer Tanager (2),
      > Black-and-white Warbler, Palm Warber (2), Bald Eagle (3).
      >
      > Some observations: We noted the seemingly low numbers of common
      > landbirds, and a general lack of montane species (both in the mountains &
      > on
      > the coastal plain). Some species are definitely increasing on the Count:
      > Long-billed Curlew, Cassin's Kingbird, and Allen's Hummingbird. Others
      > are
      > declining: Ruddy Turnstone and Green Heron come to mind.
      > Unprecedented numbers of Glaucous-winged Gulls (mostly all first year)
      > were a total of 57. Black Skimmers were at an all-time high of nearly 420
      > birds wintering at East Beach and Goleta Beach and even Coal Oil Point.
      >
      > Thanks to all the wonderful coverage -- both before and after the
      > CBC --
      > by local and out-of-town birders. Come join us next year! We always have
      > fun!
      >
      > Joan Lentz, Compiler
      >
      >
      >
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