permagrinphoto:Reddish Egret #276Local SB birder Glenn, who’s…

Posted July 13th, 2018 by John Callender

permagrinphoto:

Reddish Egret

#276

Local SB birder Glenn, who’s 2015 green big year was a source of inspiration to me in working on my own non-green county list this year, sent a message this morning that he was seeing an adult Reddish Egret in Goleta. This turns out to probably be the same bird Nick (who was on the Big Pine Mountain survey trip last month) had recently seen up the coast at Ocean Beach County Park near Lompoc.

I was too busy to make it up to Lompoc to look for the egret there, but Goleta was only 20 minutes away. So when I saw Glenn’s update this morning I headed up to see it. And there it was! :-)

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/175861927431.

debunkshy: Virginia RailPleasant Valley, WI, 4-21-17 #275I…

Posted June 29th, 2018 by John Callender

debunkshy:

Virginia Rail

Pleasant Valley, WI, 4-21-17

#275

I didn’t see it; just heard it grunting before sunrise in a spot (Barka Slough) where they’ve been heard recently. Not the most satisfying identification, but good enough to count.

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ospreyphoto-blog: Common Murre Photo by Oleg…

Posted June 16th, 2018 by John Callender

ospreyphoto-blog:

Common Murre

Photo by Oleg Gurvits

#274

Spotted one out past the waves at Surf Beach, looking vaguely like a loon but with the snazzy black-and-white breeding plumage shown here.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174957756466.

montereybayaquarium: Sooty shearwaters undertake a remarkable…

Posted June 16th, 2018 by John Callender

montereybayaquarium:

Sooty shearwaters undertake a remarkable 40,000 mile migration every year, tracing a figure-eight path from breeding sites in the Southern Hemisphere to richer feeding sites in the North Pacific Ocean.

Hopefully they get frequent flyer miles!

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#273

They’ve been in the ocean off Santa Barbara County for a few months now, but I haven’t been out on a boat and they don’t usually come close enough to shore to be seen easily down in my part of the county. North county is another story, though; at the beach west of Lompoc this morning I saw hundreds of them. They were still out pretty far, but identifiable.

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acryptozoo: Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) #272A few weeks ago…

Posted June 16th, 2018 by John Callender

acryptozoo:

Least Tern (Sternula antillarum)

#272

A few weeks ago someone reported four of them out at Ocean Beach County Park west of Lompoc. This morning I drove out to see if they were still there.

They were. 🙂

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174956109991.