Date: 7/27/19 7:46 pm From: Mark Holmgren <maholmgren33...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Some birds N County and Tecolote Creek
Yesterday in Los Alamos, the Barn Swallows are still breeding. Possibly as many as 5 pairs bred not far from Centennial Park this summer. The Santa Maria Wastewater Treatment Plant had only a few Greater Yellowlegs and no other shorebirds. The Santa Maria River Estuary had 5 Amer. White Pelicans, 2 Red-necked Phalarope, and more than 30 Least Terns flying around the estuary and on the beach. I did not see the Reddish Egret or the turnstones seen by Jamie C. earlier in the day.
This morning I walked 1.8 miles in Tecolote Ck bottom. A few birds still sang, and were presumably still involved in bringing off babies. But the activity was greatly diminished relative to that of 30 June. I attached a Common Ground-Dove recording to my checklist, found 4 Wilson's Warbler locations, only 1 Warbling Vireo, 4 Yellow Warblers, and the remainder were expected species. I've been surprised to not find Black-chinned Hummingbird in places I usually see them. A Red-shouldered Hawk took a crow and twice carried it into the forest with no great difficulty. https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S58497421 Tecolote Creek
Here's a quiz bird call taken from Tecolote Ck this morning for those of you named Libby Patten. Its the 6-note descending call. The clearest renditions are during the airplane pass over. I do not know what bird made this call.
Mark Holmgren Santa Barbara
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