The official results for the 115th Santa Barbara CBC on 3 January, 2015, have been completed and sent to the National Audubon Society.
Species Total: 214, which tops the list for California CBCs, and is second in the United States and Canada; only the Matagorda County-Mad Island Marsh (Texas) had a higher total.
BLACK SCOTER, two at Harbor
MOUNTAIN QUAIL, Arroyo Burro Trail
AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, Gibraltar Reservoir
RED PHALAROPE, seen during sea watch at Coal Oil Point, including a small group swimming in the kelp beds just offshore
ANCIENT MURRELET, seen from the boat on count day and from shore during count week
CASSIN’S AUKLET, during a sea watch at Coal Oil Point, and not recorded on the CBC since 1996
COMMON GROUND DOVE, four on private orchards
SPOTTED OWL and NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL
COMMON POORWILL, seen on the road at 5:45 PM near East Camino Cielo, a big surprise given the cold temperatures
COSTA’S HUMMINGBIRD, 2 birds at backyard feeders/salvia
LEWIS’S WOODPECKER, a count day surprise at Stevens Park
YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, both birds not seen before count day, one along McCaw Avenue near the Municipal Golf Course, one on Glendessary Lane in Mission Canyon
VERMILION FLYCATCHER, continuing adult female at North Campus Open Space (formerly Ocean Meadows Golf Course)
DUSKY-CAPPED FLYCATCHER, not seen on the CBC since 2005, this surprise was found at Storke Family Housing near the UCSB campus
TROPICAL KINGBIRD, likely the same bird seen near the UPS building on Pine Avenue and at the nearby Goleta Sewage Treatment Plant
BARN SWALLOW, one in Isla Vista, one at Goleta Sewage Treatment Plant
LUCY’S WARBLER, one on private agricultural fields in Goleta; the occasionally seen bird near Pesetas Lane in Santa Barbara was not located on count day
GRACE’S WARBLER, the returning bird at North Campus Open Space
PAINTED REDSTART, in Rocky Nook Park
GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, at Elings Park and San Marcos Foothills
HARRIS’S SPARROW, coming to a private feeder near San Jose Creek since December
LAWRENCE’S GOLDFINCH, one at Upper Oso Camp, off Paradise Road
TUFTED DUCK, seen only twice in December, was absent from all visited ponds, reservoirs, lagoons
LESSER NIGHTHAWK, both recently-seen birds (Coal Oil Point and Montecito Country Club) did not show on count day
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, last year’s count was 7!
Of interest to many birders this season, we were anxious to tally Varied Thrush numbers. The high count among individual routes on Saturday was 96 in Hope Ranch. This year’s overall total, 200, is the highest since 1977, when 355 birds were recorded, the highest number ever on any Santa Barbara CBC (though mountain coverage on the CBC was more limited prior to the 1960s). For more details see the blog post “How many thrushes, part 2…” There are also some photos to see on our blog as well.
Thanks to Santa Barbara Audubon, the CBC compilation committee, and all the dedicated birders who made this effort possible.
Rebecca Coulter, Jared Dawson, and Joan Murdoch
SB CBC Coordinators
(photo above of a Lewis’s Woodpecker taken by Adam Lewis at Lake Los Carneros on January 2, 2010, on the 110th Christmas Bird Count day in Santa Barbara)