Re: Westernmost Ladder-backed Woodpecker Sightings
- I meant to attach the eBird map link in my previous post. It is here:
Santa Maria, CA
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Jamie Chavez <almiyi@...> wrote:
> Hi Kern birders,
> I was corresponding with a birder about a purported Ladder-backed
> Woodpecker from the Santa Barbara area and informed the observer that
> Nuttall's is the woodpecker he saw and added that the closest Ladder-backed
> sightings would be in Kern or Los Angeles counties. I added that the most
> likely spot a Ladder-backed might approach SBA county would be in the
> eastern portion in the more arid canyons bordering SBA, SLO, VEN and KER.
> To my knowledge there is no record in VEN county.
> By looking at eBird maps for these areas you can surmise my theory that a
> Ladder-backed might appear in this four-corners area by a few markers for
> this species near the spot I mention. However, this prompted me to question
> the validity of a few of these since there are no specific comments in the
> checklists and I would think a Ladder-backed Woodpecker "straying" this far
> west might be worthy of better documentation. A couple of others along I-5
> near Fort Tejon seem more likely moving up from the valley east of the
> mountains. Not knowing the details about these westernmost entries what can
> you tell me about the likelihood of Ladder-backed Woodpecker approaching
> the Maricopa/Bitter Creek area of Kern county? Any chance these are valid?
> What is the documented westernmost sighting for this species?
> Jamie Chavez
> Santa Maria, CA
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