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

Posted June 16th, 2018 by John Callender

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. 🙂

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

Posted June 14th, 2018 by John Callender

#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.

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

Posted June 10th, 2018 by John Callender

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!

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northwestnaturalist: Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea)…

Posted June 10th, 2018 by John Callender

northwestnaturalist:

Pygmy Nuthatch (Sitta pygmaea) Sittidae

Council Grove State Park, MT
March 16, 2015
Robert Niese

There are three species of Nuthatch in the Pacific Northwest, but the Pygmy Nuthatch is the only one endemic to our region. These birds are only found in the Rockies and inland Pacific Northwest. They are particularly fond of old Ponderosa Pine forests.

#269

Saw lots of these adorable little squeakers on Big Pine Mountain over the last few days. 🙂

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sunwendyrain: Scott’s Oriole Big Bend, Texas #268The other…

Posted June 3rd, 2018 by John Callender

sunwendyrain:

Scott’s Oriole 

Big Bend, Texas

#268

The other desert bird I was hoping to add in my Cuyama trip. I heard two of them singing before sunrise, then got good looks at a third one while hiking the trail.

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