Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count, 2016-12-18Whew! It’s…

Posted December 18th, 2016 by John Callender

Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count, 2016-12-18

Whew! It’s done!

Doing the CBC at the Carpinteria Salt Marsh today was a lot of fun. The people in my group were real troopers. We started at first light and kept going until just before sundown with just one short break for lunch. We saw lots of great birds, including the Greater Roadrunner and Cooper’s Hawk above.

I was frustrated at not getting some of the really good birds I’d had during my scouting trips over the past week. On the other hand I got a number of birds that I hadn’t seen during scouting, so it all worked out.

The highlight for me was when we were out by the entrance lagoon checking out a mixed group of shorebirds: a bunch of Black-bellied Plovers and Sanderlings, mostly. As I was looking at the group through my binoculars a gray blur suddenly swooped in from the side moving really fast: a Peregrine Falcon! The shorebirds exploded in all directions and the Peregrine flew off with one of them (a Sanderling, I think) in its talons.

I’m looking forward to next year. Rob, the count organizer, has asked me to help out with the organizing, so I’ll probably be doing more next time around. That’ll be fun.

Details follow:

Carpinteria Salt Marsh Nature Park, Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 18, 2016 6:36 AM – 10:18 AM
Protocol: Traveling
2.0 mile(s)
Comments:     Carp CBC outings #1 and 2
58 species (+2 other taxa)

Mallard  5
Blue-winged Teal  8
Green-winged Teal  14
Green-winged Teal (Eurasian)  1     Continuing male
Bufflehead  19
Ruddy Duck  1
Pied-billed Grebe  1
Western Grebe  1
Double-crested Cormorant  4
Brown Pelican  2
Great Blue Heron  5
Great Egret  2
Snowy Egret  7
Yellow-crowned Night-Heron  6     Continuing birds at the Sandyland Cove Road bridge.
Turkey Vulture  1
Osprey  2
Cooper’s Hawk  2     1 adult, 1 immature
Red-tailed Hawk  1
American Coot  14
Long-billed Dowitcher  26
Spotted Sandpiper  1
Greater Yellowlegs  1
Willet  11
Ring-billed Gull  1
Western Gull  8
California Gull  4
gull sp.  38
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  8
Eurasian Collared-Dove  2
Greater Roadrunner  1
Anna’s Hummingbird  13
Allen’s Hummingbird  15
Belted Kingfisher  1     Female
Black Phoebe  4
Say’s Phoebe  2
California Scrub-Jay  5
American Crow  6
Bushtit  11
House Wren  2
Marsh Wren  6
Bewick’s Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  2
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  4
California Thrasher  2
Northern Mockingbird  4
European Starling  1
American Pipit  3
Orange-crowned Warbler  2
Common Yellowthroat  2
Yellow-rumped Warbler  8
Townsend’s Warbler  1
Dark-eyed Junco  2
White-crowned Sparrow  43
Golden-crowned Sparrow  1
Savannah Sparrow  3
Song Sparrow  4
California Towhee  7
Western Meadowlark  17
House Finch  26
House Sparrow  6

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Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 18, 2016 10:20 AM – 10:49 AM
Protocol: Stationary
Comments:     Birding from west end of Avenue Del Mar
16 species

Canada Goose  1
Double-crested Cormorant  1
Brown Pelican  1
Snowy Egret  1
Black-bellied Plover  3
Snowy Plover  1
Semipalmated Plover  7
Long-billed Curlew  10
Marbled Godwit  1
Sanderling  50
Willet  56
Forster’s Tern  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Loggerhead Shrike  1
American Crow  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1

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Carpinteria Salt Marsh Reserve (restricted access), Santa Barbara, California, US
Dec 18, 2016 12:06 PM – 4:34 PM
Protocol: Traveling
2.5 mile(s)
Comments:     Entered marsh at Estero Way, birded to marsh mouth lagoon, then along marsh edge to Santa Monica Creek and back, then outside fence along railroad tracks to near Santa Claus Lane and back.
50 species (+1 other taxa)

Brant  2     Didn’t have great views; two individuals seen in same location as on two previous scouting trips. They were distant, seen through the spotting scope with a significant amount of heat shimmer. They were two large, black waterfowl seen walking. I didn’t see more identifying details than that, but given that they were in the same location as the birds previously positively identified as Brant, and given the lack of alternative likely IDs, I’m comfortable saying I identified them as Brant.
Mallard  2
Bufflehead  17
Pied-billed Grebe  2
Double-crested Cormorant  17
American White Pelican  2     Seen by Deborah but not by other members of the party; we were distracted by a different bird and didn’t hear her calling our attention to them. She took photos and said she would forward them.
Brown Pelican  6
Great Blue Heron  4
Great Egret  3
Snowy Egret  4
Turkey Vulture  7
Osprey  2
Red-tailed Hawk  3
Black-bellied Plover  26
Semipalmated Plover  12
Killdeer  9
Whimbrel  2
Long-billed Curlew  7
Marbled Godwit  7
Sanderling  20
Least Sandpiper  3
Greater Yellowlegs  4
Willet  30
jaeger sp.  2
Heermann’s Gull  1
Western Gull  15
California Gull  15
Caspian Tern  1
Rock Pigeon (Feral Pigeon)  46
Eurasian Collared-Dove  4
Anna’s Hummingbird  1
Belted Kingfisher  1
Peregrine Falcon  1     Watched it attack a group of shorebirds and carry one off; believe the prey was a Sanderling.
Black Phoebe  1
Say’s Phoebe  1
Loggerhead Shrike  2
American Crow  7
Bushtit  14
Marsh Wren  1
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher  1
Ruby-crowned Kinglet  1
California Thrasher  1
Northern Mockingbird  2
American Pipit  1
Orange-crowned Warbler  1
Yellow-rumped Warbler  2
White-crowned Sparrow  42
Savannah Sparrow  12
Western Meadowlark  24
House Finch  18
House Sparrow  9

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