Date: 8/10/17 3:36 pm
From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] Coal Oil Point Reserve this morning
Birds are released from their breeding obligations and many are tumbling coastwards. COPR had lots of birds in areas that were empty during the breeding period. Devereux Beach had a Baird's Sandpiper and a Short-billed Dowitcher at 7am, both of which were seen in the lower slough channel at 11:30. Kipp Callahan spotted a tight flock of about 250 Cliff Swallows slightly inland of the beach and moving downcoast. Many other ClSw also passed through heading east. More than 100 Snowy Plovers were on the beach. The Dune Pond was crazy with activity--a Red-necked Phalarope was the highlight. We had fun aging first, then identifying juvenile Cassin's vs Western kingbirds. On Devereux Slough a baby Green Heron was accompanied by 2 adults near the half bridge. Only 7 Least and about 17 Western Sandpipers were present there.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara

Posted by: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...>

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