Date: 10/9/17 3:24 am From: Dave Compton <davcompton60...> [sbcobirding] <sbcobirding-noreply...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Refugio and Stow Grove
I haven't seen any other posts about Refugio, so thought I'd post what I know. Several people saw the PROTHONOTARY WARBLER from the bridge. It can be a very long wait before it comes to the creek, so it might be worthwhile to look in the trees in the western half of the park. I had it in Eucalyptus and Monterey cypress on Friday evening,
Also present was a BREWER'S SPARROW, which was by the water in the creek at about 11:45am. No sign of the Blackburnian, which I suspect is gone.
Connor Scotland showed me a photo of a confusing looking bird that he, Julie Scotland, and Larry Ballard thought was a Tennessee Warbler. I'm hoping to see the photos on my computer screen before I settle on an opinion. They're probably right, but the bird looked pretty odd.
Earlier, at Stove Grove in Goleta, the eucalyptus was filled mostly with Yellow-rumped Warblers. Only a few other migrants--one Western Tanager, several Townsend's Warblers, a couple of Orange-crowneds, and a single Wilson's--were present. Of some interest were calling RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and a flyover PINE SISKIN, the first I've heard of in the county this fall.