Carpinteria Salt Marsh, December 17, 2016Last scouting day…

Posted December 17th, 2016 by John Callender

Carpinteria Salt Marsh, December 17, 2016

Last scouting day before the Christmas count. Crack of dawn tomorrow I’ll start at that “Dangerous Sea Wall” sign, then will spend the rest of the daylight hours counting birds in the marsh.

Today’s highlight was a male Eurasian Teal hanging out with the Green-wingeds in the city marsh park basin. The AOU in their wisdom deems him only a subspecies, but it still was fun to find him, and to watch the whole group chasing each other and displaying.

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 17, 2016 10:10 AM – 12:01 PM
Protocol: Traveling
0.75 mile(s)
Comments:     Entered at Sandyland Cove Road, walked to the bridge at Avenue Del Mar, then backtracked and walked through the Carp Marsh Park to the beach.
35 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard  7
Blue-winged Teal  9
Green-winged Teal  13
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian)  1     Adult male with a group of green-winged teal. Similar to green-winged, but no “pencil mark” on shoulder, buffy edging on facial pattern and horizontal buffy strip along lower edge of folded wing.
Bufflehead  7
loon sp.  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Western Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  2
Brown Pelican  4
Great Blue Heron  2
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  4     Continuing birds. Along bank east of Sandyland Cove Road bridge.
Turkey Vulture  7
Osprey  1
American Coot  7
Long-billed Dowitcher  17
Western Gull  2
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  27
Anna’s Hummingbird  5
Allen’s Hummingbird  4
Say’s Phoebe  1
California Scrub-Jay  2
American Crow  10
House Wren  1
Marsh Wren  4
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
California Thrasher  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  4
White-crowned Sparrow  15
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Song Sparrow  1
California Towhee  1
Western Meadowlark  14
House Finch  12
House Sparrow  4

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