Archive for June, 2018

ospreyphoto-blog: Common Murre Photo by Oleg…

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

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…

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

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.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174957660241.

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

Saturday, June 16th, 2018

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.

#271Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)I set up before 6…

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

#271

Mississippi Kite (Ictinia mississippiensis)

I set up before 6 a.m. in a spot that had a decent view of where the kite was seen yesterday. It was overcast and foggy, though, and there didn’t seem to be much possibility of an insect-hawking bird being active.

Just before 8:00 the sun broke through. I only had about an hour before I needed to head home for work, and I was busily scanning trees when a message came through the group chat: “Kite is showing now”.

No one was visible up or down the road from where I was. I texted back “Where?” and started hustling back to my car. “Just north of tennis courts” (a quarter-mile up the road from where I was). A few minutes later I was standing with a group of excited birders checking out my first-ever (and Santa Barbara County’s fourth-ever) Mississippi Kite. I got great views of the bird both perched and flying; the photo above is the best of the ones I digiscoped, though I’m sure there will be spectacular photos available on eBird shortly from the people who were near me with much better equipment.

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174888299296.

debunkshy: Dusky Flycatcherde Anza Trail, AZ, 1-21-17 #270The…

Sunday, June 10th, 2018

debunkshy:

Dusky Flycatcher

de Anza Trail, AZ, 1-21-17

#270

The best place in Santa Barbara County to find these fun little flycatchers breeding is Big Pine Mountain, so it’s super-helpful to go there if you want to hear them singing on-territory. And at least for someone with my limited Empidonax expertise, hearing them singing is pretty much required in order to identify them.

Anyway: Dusky Flycatcher achievement unlocked!

Reposted from http://lies.tumblr.com/post/174779108371.