Archive for October, 2020

Big Sit wrap-up, sbcobirding and eBird, and the CBC: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for November 5

Wednesday, October 28th, 2020

The next online meeting for Carpinteria Birdwatchers will be a bit of a grab-bag. We’ll talk about the following topics:

  • a recap of the Big Sit on October 10 and 11, including the astonishing 72 species Linus Blomqvist saw in his big sit at Haskell’s Beach
  • a discussion of using eBird and the sbcobirding email list to keep track of rare bird sightings in Santa Barbara County
  • the upcoming 2020 Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count (CBC)

The meeting will take place via Zoom  at 4 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, November 5, and will also be available via YouTube livestream.

[Zoom meeting info to come]

[YouTube livestream to come]

Links/followup:

Ducks: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for October 22

Monday, October 19th, 2020

Migrating waterfowl are starting to appear in our local wetlands, so join us at our next Carpinteria Birdwatchers online meeting for a quick brush-up on… ducks! The meeting will take place via Zoom  at 4 p.m. Pacific time on Thursday, October 22, and will also be available via YouTube livestream.

Zoom meeting info:

Topic: Ducks: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for 2020-10-22
Time: Oct 22, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82208323057?pwd=K2wzc05oeElDd3RXa1NlVVFiaVdLUT09

Meeting ID: 822 0832 3057
Passcode: 721647

YouTube livestream:

Links/followup:

  • Nancy Baron’s recent article in the Coastal View News about Townsend’s Warblers and the hazards of migration: A hard journey home.
  • Information on the (hopefully) upcoming 2020 Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count.
  • In our last meeting on sparrows we discussed how identifying Spizella sparrows can be tricky. To help drive that message home I went out after the meeting and promptly misidentified a Spizella sparrow! :-) See my eBird list here for photos of a very cool sparrow I saw along Santa Monica Creek. I initially called it a Brewer’s Sparrow, but subsequent input from helpful experts led me to correct the ID to Clay-colored Sparrow.
  • I’m really enjoying a the 8-part podcast Grouse by Ashley Ahearn. It’s about the Greater Sage Grouse, including how the bird’s decline is causing tension between different groups of people who care deeply about the future of sagebrush country. (Content warning: She uses profanity a few times.)

You can also view the slides from the meeting.

Sparrows: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for October 8

Monday, October 5th, 2020

In this week’s meeting we’ll talk about the subtle but rewarding charms of those adorable little brown jobs: sparrows! The meeting will take place online via Zoom and YouTube livestream on Thursday, October 8, 2020, at 4 p.m. Pacific. Hope to see you there!

Zoom meeting info:

Topic: Sparrows: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for October 8, 2020
Time: Oct 8, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86567462510?pwd=ZXVFM2tYWWViOXhLQnV1NjZGMXoxQT09

Meeting ID: 865 6746 2510
Passcode: 564623

YouTube livestream:

You also can view the slides from the meeting.