I know we just went there back in November, but I ended up missing that outing myself, and the location is timely for another reason (see below), so for January I thought we’d head back to Santa Monica Creek off the west end of El Carro Lane in Carpinteria. The outing will take place Saturday, January 20, 2024 at 8 a.m. There have been some cool rarities seen there recently, including a Green-tailed Towhee and a beautiful Costa’s Hummingbird, so with any luck we might get to see one or both of those birds!
The other reason it’s timely is a less-happy one: Some of you may have heard that the City of Carpinteria has received a request to remove the large sycamore tree along the bike path just south of El Carro Lane for public safety reasons. Hopefully that can be avoided, but it makes it even more special to visit the location and appreciate that beautiful tree (and its birds). See this post for more details: Proposed Removal of the Santa Monica Creek Sycamore.
Hope to see you there!
- Location: Santa Monica Creek
- Date/time: Saturday, January 20, 2024, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
- Details: Take Santa Ynez Avenue north to El Carro Lane, then turn west (left) on El Carro Lane and drive to the end of the street and park. We’ll meet just beyond the end of El Carro Lane, then bird our way north and south along the dirt path and paved bike path by the Santa Monica Creek channel.
As always, Carpinteria Birdwatcher outings are free and open to all ages and ability levels.
— John Callender