Date: 10/2/17 8:19 am
From: 'Lethaby, Nick' <nlethaby...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [sbcobirding] RE: Scorpion Ranch, Santa Cruz Island
Joel, the bunting is an Indigo for sure.

I have a id paper on fall Lazuli and Indigo Buntings that can be viewed here:

I am starting to think that the key conditions for a good fall-out at Scorpion is me not being there! Certainly the weather yesterday wasn't any different to several dull trips I have been on.

From: <sbcobirding...> [mailto:<sbcobirding...>] On Behalf Of Joel Barrett <joelbsalty...> [sbcobirding]
Sent: Sunday, October 01, 2017 11:25 PM
To: SBCOBirding Group
Subject: [EXTERNAL] [sbcobirding] Scorpion Ranch, Santa Cruz Island

Hi all,

I had an opportunity to stay ashore at Scorpion Ranch, Santa Cruz Island today. It was very birdy.

The highlights were a White-winged Dove, Brewer's Sparrow, Clay-Colored Sparrow, Sage Thrasher, and Red-throated Pipit. I also saw a Bunting that I'm trying to pin to species. I have posted some photos of it in my ebird list. Unfortunately I didn't have my camera for the first hour of birding between boat drop offs so I missed my chance for great shots of the Pipit and Thrasher.

If anyone wants to email me directly with comments on the Bunting let me know. I have placed it as a Lazuli/Indigo at this point. I'm not sure any of the rarer Bunting Sps. fit well.

Joel Barrett

Port Hueneme, Ca

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Posted by: "Lethaby, Nick" <nlethaby...>

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