High tide at the Carpinteria Salt MarshIt was a 7′ high tide,…

Posted December 13th, 2016 by John Callender

High tide at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh

It was a 7′ high tide, which is about as high as it gets around here, so I did another CBC scouting trip this morning.


  • The western end of the marsh completely full of water, with a cute Pied-billed Grebe in the lower right. It was awesome to set up the spotting scope and be able to see everything; at lower tides the birds tend to hide down in the channels.
  • Crappy digiscoped view with a male Shoveler in the lower left, a Royal Tern toward the right, and Willets and Long-billed Curlews in the middle. In the back are some smaller shorebirds: a Black-bellied Plover on the left, and some harder-to-identify (at least in this shot) birds on the right.
  • What I’m calling a first-year Glaucous-winged Gull. I’ve forwarded the photo to the count organizer for a second opinion, but I think it looks pretty solid.
  • The lagoon at the marsh entrance. You can’t tell from the photo, but the tide had turned and there was about a 2-knot current setting out the entrance.
  • Another crappy digiscoped photo, this time of a mixed flock at the edge of the marsh lagoon. Lots of Black-bellied Plovers, a handful of Semipalmated Plovers, a couple of Sanderlings, and (because I identified them visually, not because you can tell in this shot) some Western Sandpipers. Also, toward the left side of the photo, there’s a bird that’s a little bigger than the Sanderlings and considerably smaller than the Black-bellied Plovers; I’m calling that a Dunlin (one of three I identified visually, though I didn’t take the time to get a good photo).

The full list via eBird:

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 13, 2016 8:22 AM – 10:47 AM
Protocol: Traveling
1.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Tide 7’ max.
55 species (+2 other taxa)

Brant  2
American Wigeon  2
Mallard  32
Northern Shoveler  1
Green-winged Teal  4
Bufflehead  15
Red-breasted Merganser  2
Pied-billed Grebe  4
Double-crested Cormorant  33
Brown Pelican  1
Great Blue Heron  3
Great Egret  6
Snowy Egret  8
Osprey  1
Northern Harrier  1     Female hunting near south side of marsh
Red-tailed Hawk  1
Black-bellied Plover  45
Semipalmated Plover  6
Killdeer  18
Whimbrel  3
Long-billed Curlew  19
Sanderling  4
Dunlin  3
Least Sandpiper  4
Western Sandpiper  6
peep sp.  15
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  6
Willet  115
Ring-billed Gull  1
Western Gull  1
California Gull  1
Glaucous-winged Gull  1     1st year
gull sp.  1
Caspian Tern  2
Forster’s Tern  1
Royal Tern  1
Eurasian Collared-Dove  9
Belted Kingfisher  1     Female
Black Phoebe  1
Say’s Phoebe  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1
American Crow  23
Bushtit  1
Marsh Wren  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
Northern Mockingbird  1
European Starling  3
American Pipit  25
Yellow-rumped Warbler  1
White-crowned Sparrow  32
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  24
Song Sparrow  1
Western Meadowlark  7
House Finch  3
House Sparrow  2

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This report was generated automatically by eBird v3 (http://ebird.org)

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