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Winter Orioles: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for Thursday, January 28

Friday, January 15th, 2021

Greetings, Carpinteria Birdwatchers. I hope that you’re doing well and like me, are looking forward to some great birdwatching in 2021.

I want to announce a few changes I’ll be making this year:

  • I’m going to reduce the frequency of our meetings to once per month. I’ve recently started working on a new nature festival that will take place in Carpinteria in March of 2022, and realistically I think once per month is the most I can comfortably do in terms of Carpinteria Birdwatchers meetings.
  • We’re going to change the time of the meetings to 6:30 p.m. This will hopefully make it easier for people with work schedules to participate.

I look forward to when we can go back to doing in-person meetings and outings, but for now we’ll be staying with online meetings via Zoom. With that said, I have a few ideas for ways to keep the meetings fun: More interactivity, with opportunities for participants to share; more guests; and shorter segments focusing on just a few birds, rather than trying to cover whole families.

Our first meeting of 2021 will be on Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. The topic will be: winter orioles.

We usually see orioles in the summer, but every winter a few birds stick around our area, taking advantage of non-native vegetation that provides the nectar they need to get through the winter. We’ll talk about which species are around, where to see them, and how to identify them.

Also, anyone who’s interested will have a chance to share their favorite bird they’ve seen so far in 2021. I’m looking forward to hearing what people have seen.

See you there!

— John Callender

[Zoom meeting info to come]

[YouTube livestream to come]

RESCHEDULED: Next Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting will be Thursday, January 28, 2021

Monday, December 28th, 2020

I need to apologize for the late notice, but I’ve decided to move the next Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting to Thursday, January 28, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.

Look here for an update on that meeting’s topic, as well as my thoughts on the larger topic of the format and frequence of Carpinteria Birdwatchers going forward, in the next few days. In the meantime, stay safe and enjoy your local birds. See you soon!

— John Callender

CBC cancellation and a fun photo quiz: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for December 17

Sunday, December 13th, 2020

This Thursday we’ll use our Carpinteria Birdwatchers online meeting to discuss the recent (unfortunate) cancellation of the 2020 Carpinteria Christmas Bird Count due to COVID-19 concerns, then will move on to something more fun: An eBird photo quiz! The meeting will take place this Thursday, December 17, 2020, at 4 p.m. I hope to see you there.

— John Callender

Zoom meeting info:

Topic: CBC cancellation and eBird photo quiz – Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for 2020-12-17
Time: Dec 17, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88647760248?pwd=TENmWFp6c09pVUEvaGJsNGROL01Hdz09

Meeting ID: 886 4776 0248
Passcode: 502068

YouTube livestream:

Links mentioned during the meeting:

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:

Topic: The 2020 CBC – Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for November 5, 2020
Time: Nov 5, 2020 04:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81357225724?pwd=NFVHOHZmRWo4L1dmemN4aHF3RHpuUT09

Meeting ID: 813 5722 5724
Passcode: 399784

YouTube livestream:

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.