Date: 6/4/18 2:06 pm From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Black-throated Sparrow on West Camino Cielo
I bumped into a singing *Black-throated Sparrow* early this morning on West Camino Cielo (at 34.52353 -119.92883, 3821 feet elevation). The location is 3.8 air miles west of the Winchester Gun Club and 1.8 air miles east of Broadcast Peak. This occurrence is unusual in SB County because according to Lehman's Birds of Santa Barbara County its only the second record for District M (Mountains) and the first June record outside of the Cuyama Valley. There was no indication in the 17 minutes I spent there that the bird was paired.
This is in the burn zone of the Whittier Fire. This study started by Dave Compton and me, now in its 9th year, should allow a comparison of the bird fauna between pre-fire dense chaparral and post-burn recovery. One photo of the sparrow is here https://flic.kr/p/JcwGW4 and a similar photo is at eBird https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46303427
BTW, the dirt road west of Winchester Gun Club is in good condition, but low-slung cars will need to use caution in several places.