Date: 1/29/20 2:58 pm From: Florence Sanchez via Groups.Io <sanchezucsb11=<yahoo.com...> Subject: [sbcobirding] Farren Road and other Goleta Siting, January 29
I got up very early and checked out LLC at 7:30 a.m. to see if I could pull up the elusive American Bittern. No luck there, but the Summer Tanager previously reported was foraging in the blooming eucalyptus near the olive trees, and I had a pair of Tree Swallows over the east arm of the lake.
Since the forecasted wind did not materialize in Goleta this morning, I hiked Farren Road next. IT was a beautiful hike but bird activity was low. Nevertheless, I had a single Roadrunner at roadside near the highest point on the road and 2 Common Ground Doves at the ranch at the end of the road. On the return trip, there was a very large flock of Western Meadowlarks in a pasture on the north side of the road. It looked like there were a few ducks on the reservoir, but I didn't bother to try to scope them as the sun's reflection on t ewater was fierce.
Next stop was the Sandpiper Golf Course. On the fairways next to the pond, the goose flock included several Canada Geese and 3 Snow Geese (two white, one immature). One of the white adults may be the possible hybrid discussed earlier in this forum. No White-fronted Geese here this morning.
I made a final stop at LLC but the Bittern didn't appear and I heard that others had looked for it earlier without success today.
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