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Checklist S23637784

 
Location
Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Mon May 25, 2015 7:50 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
3 hour(s), 5 minute(s)
Distance:
2.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Jamie Chavez
Comments:
Birded from the lower portion of the canyon where the barbed wire fence begins to about the campground entrance. Approximately 2 miles. Weather clear and warm with light wind.
Species
21 species (+1 other taxa) total
7
8
5
4

While birding just off the road I heard soft, repetitive chuck calls coming from somewhere around me. When I turned around to look for the source of the sound I saw two Lesser Nighthawks flying around me very close by. A short walk up the road and I spotted a couple more coming out of the narrow wash. They seemed to be paired when flying around. I photographed one or two of them as they circled around me, and one that landed on the ground in the wash. Possibly as many as six but flying birds would drop into the brush and it appeared others would be flying out from a different location.

© Jamie Chavez

Average Quality

Lesser Nighthawk in Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA

© Jamie Chavez

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Lesser Nighthawks in Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA

© Jamie Chavez

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Lesser Nighthawk in Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA

© Jamie Chavez

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Lesser Nighthawk in Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA

2
hummingbird sp.
2
2

© Jamie Chavez

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Western Kingbird at Songdog Ranch, Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Sex Unknown
2
1
4
27

Active nests on a cliff face south of the road

Breeding Code
NB Nest Building (Confirmed)
3
2
4
7
2
10

Some were singing. One streaked juvenile observed

Breeding Code
FL Recently Fledged Young (Confirmed)

© Jamie Chavez

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Bell's Sparrow in Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA

6
Breeding Code
CF Carrying Food (Confirmed)
2
2

Two males seen. Possibly more in the area as I could hear Scott's Oriole song coming from the cedars at the base of the hills. One male was a younger bird with a smudgy, incomplete blackish head and a streaked back. The other was an adult male that flew into a tree next to me on the road and began singing. Photographs:

© Jamie Chavez

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Male Scott's Oriole in Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male

© Jamie Chavez

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Male Scott's Oriole in Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, CA

Age:
Adult
Sex:
Male
3
1
 

Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?

Yes