Although Snowy Plovers previously bred along Carpinteria beaches, they had ceased to do so by 1960. In 2013 Adrian O’Loghlen found an adult with two fledglings on the beach just west of Carpinteria, but that had been the only documented breeding record in the last 60 years.* Until now! Two weeks ago, on May 10,…
Month: May 2021
Black Oystercatcher breeding attempt at the Carpinteria Bluffs
Dave Ledig is a Carpinterian who is also project leader for the California Condor recovery program with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. During a conversation last Friday he told me that he and his wife Julie had recently observed a pair of Black Oystercatchers nesting on the beach near the harbor seal pupping site…
Surprises along the Coast: Carpinteria Birdwatchers meeting for Thursday, May 27
Update: There have been so many cool bird surprises along the Carpinteria coast in the last few weeks that I’ve decided to make our next meeting all about them. We’ll cover banded bird reporting and not one but two species that have recently made historic nesting attempts along Carpinteria beaches: Black Oystercatchers and Snowy Plovers….
Female* Purple Finch singing?
I’m not sure why, but this year there have been more Purple Finches in our yard. One thing I’ve noticed is how much the female* Purple Finches vocalize. I learned growing up that male birds sing and females don’t, but it turns out that’s wrong. It is often that way for temperate-zone species, apparently, but…
House Wren at Toro Canyon Park Road
I’ve been experimenting with using my camera to take bird videos, and this House Wren singing near the entrance to Toro Canyon Park this morning is my latest attempt. I love listening to them sing.
Still working on making it fully functional, but Carpinteria Birdwatchers now has its own website.