Hello birders,

Preparations for Audubon’s 118th Christmas Bird Count (CBC), to be held on Saturday, December 30, 2017, are well underway as compilers Rebecca Coulter, Liz Muraoka and Joan Murdoch welcome Libby Patten to the coordinating team! Former compiler Jared Dawson has moved to Northern California, where he is busy enjoying his new birding patch—we will greatly miss him but wish him all the best.

The 118th CBC season will see some adjustments in our site coverage, as among other things, Goleta continues to expand its housing area and the North Campus Open Space transitions from golf course to restoration area. Last winter brought some relief to drought-weary habitats, but we are ready for our first rain of this season to bring more water. Many plants seem to have set record amounts of fruit: acorns are abundant, and the Toyon berry crop looks promising, already ripening in some places. All these, plus flowering trees, shrubs, and trees that have psyllid or other infestations act as feeding stations for warblers and others. Keep your eyes and ears tuned for hotspots!

If you are interested in participating in the CBC, please contact us by December 21 at casb.cbc@gmail.com.  Thanks!

Good birding,

Rebecca Coulter, Joan Murdoch, Liz Muraoka and Libby Patten
SB CBC Coordinators


above photo of Eurasian Wigeon taken by Jared Dawson; these birds were counted on the 117th CBC