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

January through Sept 2006

Turkey Vulture
Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura - Shaver Lake - September 5, 2006

Turkey Vulture Cathartes aura

Birds around Coal Oil Point Reserve - Aug. 21 - Sept. 2, 2006 slideshow

Century Plant with Hummingbird
Century Plants, Coal Oil Point Reserve, humming birds, Least Terns - August 2006

There are a wonderful assortment of birds at Sands Beach - Coal Oil Point Reserve lately - August 2, 2006 slideshow of Terns at differnt ages

Least Terns and Hermann
Elegant Terns and Heerman's Gulls at Sands Beach July 2006

Birds, COPR - July 2006

This slideshow includes pictures of Elegant tern Sterna elegans, Least tern Sterna antillarum, Peregrine falcon Falco peregrinus, banded Long-billed curlew Numenius americanus, banded COPR Snowy plover Charadrius alexandrinus, Heerman's gull Larus heermanni

Quick Time Movie (134MB) of a Snowy Plover feeding by the shoreline

Santa Cruz Pelicans
Brown Pelicans and Cormorants at Scorpian Bay - Santa Barbara Channel Islands, Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz 07/09/06

Least Tern chicks

Least Tern chicks - July 1, 2006

Least Tern Chicks Sterna antillarum at Coal Oil Point Reserve - July 1, 2006

This is the first Least Tern nest reported hatching at the reserve in at least 4 decades. The Coal Oil Point Reserve is part of the University of California Natural Reserve System and it protects natural areas for research and education. Since 2001, the reserve has worked on a beach protection program to restore the wildlife on the beach and the estuary of the Devereux Slough. The increased protection includes symbolic fencing, signs, weed removal, a docent program, and prohibition of some activities such as unleashed dogs, bonfires, launching of sailing sports, and fireworks. (Chris Sandavol, COPR director)

July 4th pictures from Jim Greeves and Lark Chadwick

House Finch and Sowthistle

Purple Finch Carpodacus purpureus and Perennial sowthistle [Sonchus arvensis L.][SONAR][CDFA list: A] - Coal Oil Point Reserve - June 20, 2006

Perennial sowthistles are a "vigorous herbaceous perennial, with milky sap and creeping roots that produce new shoots, to 1.8 m tall. Noxious. Plants are highly competitive, persistent, and can rapidly colonize new sites by vegetative reproduction. Introduced from Europe. " (Infomation is from the California Department of Food and Agriculture Encycloweedia site.) I have grown up with this troublesome plant, trying to pull out thier roots only to have them come back again. However they do have their own beauty and they can be used as a salad green. It is not a good weed to have around lettuce because it can harbor mosaic.

Birds and habitat, Coal Oil Point, Devereux Slough and Goleta Slough - May and June 2006

Snowy Plover chicks
First Snowy Plovers Chicks of the season at COPR were sited on Thursday May 11, 2006
The above picture was taken May 14, 2006 | Snowy Plover Chicks - May 2006 Slideshow

Steller's Jay - Shaver Lake -  September 03, 2006
Steller's Jay - Shaver Lake, California - September 3, 2006

Island Scrub Jay
Comparison of Island Scrub-Jay that lives on Santa Cruz Island and Western Scrub-Jay that lives in Santa Barbara
Santa Cruz Island Slideshow May 4, 2006

Mocking bird study at Yankee Farm - May 7, 2006

Pelicans at Anacapa Island
Anacapa Island, April 22, 2006  (Brown Pelicans Nesting spot, Black Oystercatcher, Humpback Whale, Shearwater)

Goleta Area - Birds and wetland areas - March, April 2006
(Del Sol Vernal Pool Reserve - Isla Vista Recreation and Park District, Ocean Meadows Golf Course, Sands Beach and Devereux Slough)

(Case Study) Vernal Pool Enhancement, Restoration, and Creation in Santa Barbara, California - By Wayne R. Ferren Jr., Maser Consulting
Recovery Plan for Vernal Pool Ecosystems of California and Southern Oregon

Brants Cormorant
Brant's Cormorants nesting at Monterey, California near location where cannaries once were

Photos from Audubon California State Assembly Trip March 19-21, 2006 at Asilomar | Comments on the trip

Vilet-green Swallow
Violet-green Swallow, Sands Beach 03/11/06

Devereux Slough and Coal Oil Point Reserve Bird photos and links (some from early 2006)

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