Date: 3/26/21 2:20 pm
From: Garrett Lau <Garrett.Lau...>
Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Lazuli Bunting at Santa Teresa
I just came from Santa Teresa County Park. I spent most of the time looking
for the Lazuli Bunting, but I did not find it. I did see and hear a House
Wren, which sounds similar to me, but I talked to Steve when he arrived as
I was leaving, and he said that he can tell the difference.

Along the dirt trail that leads to the restroom for the Pueblo Day Use
Area, I saw and heard a Red Crossbill.

Garrett Lau

On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 1:34 PM Al Eisner via <eisner=
<SLAC.Stanford.EDU...> wrote:

> Hi, Steve:
> If I were going to suggest an alternative of similar size and similar
> light/dark patter, it would be Rufous-crowned Sparrow. We know they
> ca be singing at this time of year, and that the park is a good place
> for them. The songs can generally be differentiated, but perhaps a
> less common variant could be confused. I'm not suggesting that it was
> one, just something for you to consider. eBird show no March records
> for any year locally. Bill will no doubt have better data on early
> arrival dates in April. But it may well be a really odd year.
> Al
> On Fri, 26 Mar 2021, Steve Patt wrote:
> > It was not a Mockingbird, I assure you. I couldn’t have made a positive
> ID from the visual I had, but I could definitely make a negative one. It
> was definitely the right size and shape for a Lazuli, with the correct
> general light/dark pattern (which was all I could see as it was facing me
> almost head-on — darker head area, lighter belly). And of course the song.
> >
> > Steve Patt
> > ________________________________
> > From: Nancy Asquith <nancyasquith...>
> > Sent: Friday, March 26, 2021 10:44:22 AM
> > To: Steve Patt <stevenpatt...>
> > Cc: <southbaybirds...> <southbaybirds...>
> > Subject: Re: [southbaybirds] Lazuli Bunting at Santa Teresa
> >
> > Steve, yours is the only "recent" sighting in California.
> >
> > I looked at ebird's Lazuli bunting sightings map, checking roughly the
> western 2/3 of California for red markers (starting well into Oregon and
> continuing well into Mexico) and found nothing. Then I checked the
> unconfirmed sightings for California for the last 7 days--the rare bird
> alert--and found only your Santa Teresa sighting.
> >
> > Let's hope someone re-finds the bird and confirms that it isn't a
> mockingbird with a long memory.
> >
> > On Fri, Mar 26, 2021 at 8:44 AM Steve Patt <stevenpatt...>
> <mailto:<stevenpatt...>> wrote:
> > Just following up on this posting. I checked my records from past years
> (including last year) and this sighting was definitely early. Last year my
> first sighting, at virtually the identical spot in Santa Teresa CP, was on
> April 20, and April 20 of 2018 was my first sighting by the water tank at
> Rancho San Antonio, one of the most reliable spots in the county for the
> species. However, I am 100% confident of the ID based on the song (not on
> the sighting itself, which was too far away and with the naked eye). So
> either LAZB have shown up earlier this year, or this one individual was
> just an outlier.
> >
> > Steve Patt
> > ________________________________
> > From: <southbaybirds...><mailto:<southbaybirds...> <
> <southbaybirds...><mailto:<southbaybirds...>> on behalf of
> Steve Patt <stevenpatt...><mailto:<stevenpatt...>>
> > Sent: Thursday, March 25, 2021 9:24 PM
> > To: <southbaybirds...><mailto:<southbaybirds...> <
> <southbaybirds...><mailto:<southbaybirds...>>
> > Subject: [southbaybirds] Lazuli Bunting at Santa Teresa
> >
> > Out running at Santa Teresa CP this afternoon I had my first (THE first
> for the county according to eBird) Lazuli Bunting of the year, on the
> hillside above the Ridge Trail just after it splits off from the Hidden
> Springs Trail. I had no bins but it sang multiple times and was visible by
> eye (not well, to be sure).
> >
> > Steve Patt
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> >
> --

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