Hello All, The Carrizo Plain CBC was held Saturday, December 30,
2017. Thirty-tw0 birders joined in the count. The total species count
was 68. We usually get totals from 55-75 species.
Special aspects of the count included 175 Bell's Sparrows (high
count) at a location along the wet ditch off of Soda Lake Road, an
eruption of Barn Owls (high count) in 3 locations totaling 71
individuals, and a few notable birds including Sandhill Cranes (6),
Tree Swallows (2 flyby), Cinnamon Teals ( 2 flyby), California Gull (1
flyby), and Mountain Plovers (3). Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks,
and Northern Harriers were also present. It was a nice day and all the
roads were passable.
I've finished inputting the data on Audubon CBC site and you can
view the summary bird list at www.christmasbirdcount.org  The date
for the 2018 Carrizo Plain CBC will be December 29th.
Thanks to all the participants for a successful and fun day of
Happy Birding in 2018, Roger Zachary Atascadero Carrizo Plain
CBC Compiler   http://www.flickr.com/photos/sloroger