A Southern CA trip (02/10-02/11/07)

Saturday 02/10/07, I ventured around Santa Barabara. Here the highlights:

– Lucy’s Warbler & Painted Redstart at UCSB

– Black-throated Green Warbler (Stowe Crow Park)

– Tropical Kingbird (at Devereaux Slough)

– 80+ Black Skimmers at Santa Barbara beach

There were a few misses though: Orchard Oriole, Zone-tailed Hawk, Swamp Sparrow

This Band-tailed Pigeon just didn’t want to flush near the Biltmore in Montecito.

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On 02/11, I stopped by Maricopa to catch my year bird LeConte’s Thrasher. I then proceeded to drive through the Carrizo Plain. 7 Sage Thrashers, lots of Mountain Bluebirds, 2 Ferruginous and 1 Rough-legged Hawk, Lapland Longspur were among the keepers.

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The highlight of the trip though was Mercey Hot Springs. This Say’s Phoebe was just asking for me to take a picture of it.

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Surveying the tamarisks, I counted 25+ Long-eared Owls. After sunset many of them started hooting and when it got dark I could see them fan out across the area. An amazing spectacle!

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