Date: 9/23/17 10:25 pm
From: Wim van Dam <wim.van.dam...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [sbcobirding] Possible Sage Thrasher at Carpinteria State Beach
That is indeed a Sage Thrasher. Nice.

I'm amazed at how well your iPhone x binoculars photos turned out. I must
be doing something wrong.


Wim van Dam (Solvang, CA)
SBCO #375: Gray Catbird

On Sat, Sep 23, 2017 at 8:15 PM, John Callender <jbc...>
[sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...> wrote:

> Around 6 pm today I was walking past the entrance kiosk for the State
> Beach Campground at the south end of Palm Avenue in Carpinteria when I saw
> a bird foraging on a grassy patch. The bird appeared to be a relatively
> short-billed thrasher, grayish above with a speckled throat and breast. It
> was repeatedly running and stopping in a robin-like manner.
> The bird was fairly tame, allowing me to watch it through binoculars at
> close range (as little as 20 feet) for about 30 minutes. A couple of times
> it was flushed from the spot by passing pedestrians, but each time it
> returned. When it flew I saw that it had prominent buffy patches in the
> outer corners of its otherwise-dark tail.
> I was able to get some low-quality photos by holding my phone up to my
> binoculars; I've attached them to my eBird report. See:
> I realize sage thrasher would be very unusual, but I've had a hard time
> coming up with an alternative ID. I'd appreciate suggestions. :-)
> If people want to try to see if the bird is still there tomorrow, I'd
> suggest parking on the street at the south end of Palm Ave., just north of
> the railroad tracks, then walking (carefully) across the tracks toward the
> State Beach campground entrance. There's a model tomol (Chumash canoe) on
> the right side of the entrance road at that point; the bird was foraging in
> the grassy area in which the tomol is located. It's possible to stand in
> the area of the campground amphitheater immediately to the west and have
> good views of the grassy patch.

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