First west of the Divide in Montana, and latest fall date for MT, by nearly 2 weeks!
Please thank all veteran and active
duty military for protecting your right to bird watch Say's Phoebe at Ventura Cemetery
Say's Phoebe at Ventura Cemetery
On 20 November 2013, Lark saw this male Anna's hummingbird at our feeder,
bringing to at least 7 the species we have added to Sanders County MT since March 2008, including
Tufted duck, White-winged dove, Philadelphia vireo, Western scrub-jay, Black-throated Green Warbler
and Swamp sparrow!
Calliope Hummingbird visiting a Leopard Lily with its moth!
Late fall transient White-crowned Sparrow
With our 2nd wintering Harris's Sparrow - latter [a male] present
from 02 Dec 2013 through 02 May 2014
The first reported wintering Myrtle Warbler
in Sanders County Montana!
On 11 November 2005, Lark and I found a Wood Thrush [more images, click underlined] at Waller Park in Santa Maria.
First ever reported in Santa Barbara County, only the 16th for California!
On 06 March 2008, we found a TUFTED DUCK [more images, click underlined] on Bull River, Sanders County
First reported in Montana since 1990, 2nd accepted record by MBRC, first chaseable, and our first ever!
Montana's 2nd Scrub-jay Found Us in October 2010, stayed to May 2011!
Obviously the coastal race!!
Blue and Scrub Jays on Fence, latter on its first day!
Both Jays late April 2011
Winter 2011-12 was an "irruptive" year for Common Redpolls
Swamp Sparrow in Sanders County MT 23 Sept 2012
about 35th state record
American Tree Sparrow - first wintering at our home
with 30 juncos [OR and SC]
Harris' Hawk - Potentially first for State
found by another birder near Elmo Montana
An amazing fall for birding for us
when we found
our first California SCARLET TANAGER . . .
Preceded 3 weeks earlier by this
which Lark and I found in Goleta CA on 05 October 2007,
present until the 16th, eaily seen by most who sought it
as it hunted along the face of the dam!
[above photo made 09 October 2007]
Which was eclipsed the next day by
Hugh Ranson's DUSKY WARBLER!
See here for the Magnolia Warbler that foraged nearby
First-fall Chestnut-sided Warbler at Stow House, Goleta CA-USA
September 2007 adult
LATEST [2006-07] HUMMINGBIRD PHOTOS
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2007 trip to see Curve-billed Thrasher in Montana!
Expanding Nutmeg Mannikin population
Juvenile/first cycle California Gull
One species that LOVES orchards and
Arundo donax thickets:
See additional photos here
See MORE here
Warbling Vireo - finally found a nest
for Santa Clara River
Ventura County California
CBC Rarity found by Curtis Marantz
We find Santa Barbara County's first
See more and a Varied Thrush here
Santa Maria CA Yellow-bellied Sapsucker near Wood Thrush
Probable 6th winter Thick-billed Kingbird in Ventura County
2005 Fall's First County Record of Baikal Teal
and first chaseable one for California
Several Snowy Owls in Northern Rockies, Feb 2006
Whistling-Duck in Goleta CA
Kyle Braunger's Surprise December Bird!
February and August 2005 Northwest Road Trip Birds and Wildlife
[see bottom of this page for other bird group links; NOTE
some of the links need revision, and are blind for now]
Purple Martin nests [Summer 2005] in Santa Barbara County
Lark finds first in 72 years: Snowy Plover nest in Santa Barbara CA
in 2005 . . . then, 6 weeks later . . .
Eventually only one of the three - the middle "runt" - survived to fledge by late July 2005
Found in breeding location, Soledad Canyon,upper Santa Clara River [digital, flash]
YELLOW-BILLED LOON (Gavia adamsii)
Goleta Beach Park, Santa Barbara 23 Feb-12 Apr 1982
appeared to be oily, eventually died, now at SBMNH
(very rare; winter) [Kodachrome64, no flash]
REDDISH EGRET (Egretta rufescens)
Bell Canyon estuary, Goleta, Santa Barbara Co, 2001
(rare in west; migrant) [Kodacolor200, no flash]
SOUTHWESTERN WILLOW FLYCATCHER
(Empidonax traillii extimus)
Female near nest on Arundo donax which fledged 1 Fillmore Fish Hatchery, Ventura County
(of 8+ eggs in 3 nests during 2000, 5 were infertile and 2+ were broken by cowbird).
Two females + at least 1 male fledged 6 of 7 nestlings in 2001; none nested there in 2002.
In 2002, 2 of 3 pairs raised 8 chicks at Hedrick Ranch Nature Area
where several solo birds had been found in recent years.
(Endangered in 5-6 states; extremely rare in California;
breeds regularly in Santa Barbara County between
Surf and Buellton, and sporadically in Ventura County
between Fillmore and Saticoy) [Sensia100, flash]
Steven's Park, Santa Barbara, CA
Thousand Oaks, Ventura County CA
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San Luis Obispo County:
Ash-throated flycatchers nest in pipe
Alien plant use by native species!
Palm Warbler, Bohnett Park in Santa