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Winter Birding | Lake Los Carneros Park, Goleta, CA

This post is about the 8th week class of 2020 Birds of the Santa Barbara Region: Intermediate.

Class started a Lake Los Carneros Park in Goleta where 47 bird species were identified.

This American Crow seemed to have lost the way back to its nest.

Birds were pretty shy at first. Oh wait, here is an Acorn Woodpecker...

...and a Northern Flicker.

Yeah! I scored a new life bird: a Red-breasted Sapsucker with stunning crimson color.

The fog cleared out as we reached the Boardwalk.

This Red-winged Blackbird landed, briefly sang and flew to its next destination...

A Spotted Towhee gave us a show.

A Song Sparrow was trying to get our attention but everyone was looking the other way.

Before moving on to the next habitat, we also identified Yellow-rumped warblers, Blue-gray Gnatcatchers and Finches.

Not to be mistaken with a Blue Jay, here is a territorial California Scrub-Jay:

We saw Bushtits, White-crowned Sparrows, House Finches, California Thrashers, Double-crested Cormorants, Tree Swallows, Barn Swallows, Northern Rough-winged Swallows and European Starlings. We looked for the Virginia Rail but could only hear it. Mallards, Gadwalls, Northern Shovelers, Cinnamon Teals, Rudy Ducks, and of course American Coots were present on the Lake.

Thank you Lydia for pointing this beautiful male Western Bluebird!

On our way back the Red-breasted Sapsucker was still around.



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