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Bird Pictures Mostly from Devereux Slough, Goleta Slough, Coal Oil Point
and Sands Beach in Santa Barbara County

January thru March 12, 2008

Surf Scoters at Hollister Ranch, Gaviota Coast

Migrating Surf Scoters

Migrating Surf Scoters at Hollister Ranch, Gaviota Coast - March 12 , 2008

Gull with Sea Urchin

Gulls with Urchins

Birds - February 2008, Brown Pelicans, Snowy Egrets and Great Blue Heron along the shore, shorebirds enjoying the storms harvest of sea urchins, Condor recognition event

Audubon California honors Condor heroes (Allison Leete put together this video of Audubon California’s Feb. 28, 2008 reception at the Santa Barbara Museum of National History honoring Assemblyman Pedro Nava, Helen and Noel Snyder, and Jan Hamber for their leadership and dedication in protecting the California Condor.)

Coal Oil Point Reserve - February 2008, Devereux Slough open to the sea, Snowy Plovers, Semi-palmated Plovers

Great Egret and Sea Otter at Hollister Ranch

Sea Otter Count, Bixby/Hollister Ranch - February 12, 2008
25 Otters, 19 Harbor Seals and 2 Sea lions, Surfing Percos

January's Welcomed Guest (A little story)

Coal Oil Point Reserve, Devereux Slough winter changes and reflections, Snowy Plovers - January 2008

Dev Pelicans and others

Dev Rainny Day
Rainny day at Devereux Slough with snow on the mountains - January 23, 2008

Coal Oil Point Reserve and Ocean Meadows - January 23, 2008 - Rain, Snow on mountains, wetland drainage, American White Pelican

Gulls at Goleta Beach - SBCBC
Gulls at the mount of Goleta Slough - January 5, 2008 - Overcast Christmas Bird Count Day

Santa Barbara Audubon Christmas Bird Count Day Slideshow
January 5, 2008 - SB Audubon Bird Count Page

Immature Bald Eagle at Lake Cachuma
Immature Bald Eagle at Lake Cachuma - January 12, 2008

Lake Cachuma, Eagle Count, fishing and tour boats, Immature Bald Eagles, American White Pelicans, Rock Wren, birders - January 2008

2007 Santa Barbara Audubon's Christmas Bird Count (January 5, 2008)

Joan at Christmas Brid count

Joan Lentz officiated the event. This year we had some challenges with the rain and rough seas that prevented some areas from being covered. The unofficial count for species was 204. The tradition of going through the complete list of expected and hoped for birds takes some time but is an interesting learning experience. I learned a new term called poaching which is what happens when others find important birds that are not in their zone for counting. The potluck had a nice assortment of tasty food to eat after a long cold day.

Valiant efforts of both describing where the birds are located and unusual markings and species were given. Rare finds are of special interest and many will be checked on the next day if possible. I think Joan does a great job in trying to keep the bird count as accurate as possible. I found it amazing how hard everyone worked at getting a good tally of what is happening in the Santa Barbara area with the local birds.

CBC  CBC Folks

 

Kyle CBC

Kyle, Evan and I were assigned to count the birds in the Goleta Slough, Beach and Sanitation Plant area. Here Kyle is counting the Western Grebes, and Scoters near the Goltea shore for the Christmas Bird count.
Black-necked Stilts and Blue-winged teal
Black-necked stilts and one Blue-winged Teal at Goleta Sanitation Plant. This place is not exactly getting back to nature but can be a good place to spot hard to find birds. The Blue-winged Teal was a target bird for the Christmas Count.

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