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Checklist S43540056

 
Location
Ballinger Canyon, Santa Barbara County, California, US ( Map ) ( Hotspot )
Date and Effort
Sat Mar 10, 2018 9:00 AM
Protocol:
Traveling
Party Size:
1
Duration:
1 hour(s)
Distance:
4.0 mile(s)
Observers:
Anonymous eBirder
Comments:
99% of birds were in a small area at the mouth of the canyon, just to the north of the road
Species
23 species (+1 other taxa) total
25
4
2
1
1
1
2
4
1
4
1
2
8
2

Two together at mouth of canyon, 50 feet from road, to the north.

Part of apparent local Sage Thrasher movement. Over past few days I have noted 20 individual Sage Thrashers at 5 locations (Ballinger Canyon and Santa Barbara Canyon (both SB county) and Klipstein Canyon, Elkhorn Grade and Soda Lake Roads (all 3 locations in Kern Co). Respectively 2, 4, 4, 7 and 3 birds.

P. E. Lehman in "Birds of Santa Barbara County (2016 revision) states:

"Sage Thrashers may prove to be rare-but-regular visitors during the fall, early winter, and, especially, late winter and early spring to the semidesert scrub and agricultural areas in District V."

My observations support there being a spring migration of Sage Thrashers through this area. All five locations showed similar habitat - heavily cropped pasture with remnant sage.

1
6
12
5
25
1
4
50
sparrow sp.

Too far to identify. Probably mostly White-Crowned. A few had white in the tail, and were probably Lark Sparrows

15
2
 

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

Yes