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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!
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
[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
Field Checklists - feedback requested!
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
Visit this page Hill Canyon of Arroyo Conejo
San Luis Obispo County:
Ash-throated flycatchers nest in pipe
Alien plant use by native species!
Palm Warbler, Bohnett Park in Santa