Date: 7/30/19 2:19 pm From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Carpinteria this morning
I decided to check out a few spots in Carpinteria this morning. I found nothing unsual. The Caprnteria salt marsh at Ash Avenue was between tides and therefore had some nice exposed mud as well as a little water, which should have been good for shorebirds--but the pickings were slim. 2 Kildeer, 4 Semi-palmated Plovers, and 5 Western Sandpipers ( a couple looked like fresh juveniles--is this too early?). A Little later, 1 Long-billed Curlew flew in. I heard a Greater Yellowlegs somewhere out on the big marsh. Two Snowy Egrets were working the marsh a a green Heron flew in.
My next stop was Bates Road, which was very quiet. I may have heard Chestnut-backed chickadees, but the calls were faint. Pacific-slope Flycatcher and Western Wood-Pewee are still present. No warblers heard or seen.
After that, I went to Lake Jocelyn, which has lots of water and therefore not a lot of marsh bird habitat around the edges. The only things I found on the pond were a few each of Ruddy Ducks (males still in nice plumage), Coots, and Mallards. Great-tailed Grackles are also present here, which for some reason surprises me this far from the shore.
Next I tried a sea watch from the bluffs at the end of Calle Ocho. The fog had retreated to beyond the oil platforms, so visibility was o.k; however, there was little activity. I was there about 45 minutes and had only 4 Brandt's Cormorants, 2 Brown Pelicans, and 2 Western Gulls fly by. The beach below the bluffs also had little bird activity: 2 Whimbrels and 3 Heerman's Gulls. Just as I was ready to leave, I spotted a basic-plumaged Common Loon in the surf, but lost it after it dived.
On my way home, I stopped at the Carpinteria slat marsh again. The tide had come in. Though there was still some exposed mud, the shorebirds were gone. A great Blue Heron was present at that time, and a Yellow-crowned Night Heron ( a bird transitioning form juvenile to adult plumage) was working the shore.
I have been avoiding anything in Santa Barbara this week because of fiesta, but obviously I should have gone to East Beach this morning!
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