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US birding update in the California desert


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thirty minutes ago I dashed out the door with my camera after seeing something fly over....a Coopers Hawk.

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and now playing catch up.....early one morning when I went out to get the newspapers, I heard one.  Then there were a pair in our front yard:  Ladder-backed Woodpeckers.

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We have a little creek behind us separating yards/houses from the golf course.  And, it is also creates a flight path.  Long-legged Waders:  Great Blue Heron, Black-crowned Night and Great Egrets are fairly common sights.

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  • 4 months later...

back to work.....last year we did not get to Africa because of Covid.  We did not go to central Oregon because of the forest fires and the smoke.  So, last fall we went to the beach.  Santa Barbara is not so far away but the change from the desert sun to the morning fog was wonderful.  And, the birds.  So many we also see here. Familiar sightings: Great Blue Heron preening, Great Egret, Black-crowned Night Heron juvenile,  Snowy Egrets, House Sparrow, Great-tailed Grackle female and Double-crested Cormorant.  

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We spent all of our time at the beach, walking and sitting looking at the birds.  It took time to identify them:  Western Gulls, juveniles and adults, Willets, Black Turnstone, Black Skimmers, Marbled Godwit.

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 Brown Pelicans...they were every where.

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Kitsafari

Lovely additions!

 

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And, Harbor Seals  We plan to return next summer.  Santa Barbara first for the beach and the birds then on to the wine country for a bit of sipping.  Hopefully prior to going back to Africa!

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@Kitsafarithanks!  I am so trying to get caught up with everything at my desk and will get in touch soon!

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