Naturally the species occupies Central and South America, with a few records here and there in the northern region of Mexico, Arizona and some neighbouring states. Its been a pretty big deal over the birding community and you can expect that I wanted to see it. I personally found it this morning at its typical haunt, a telephone pole outside a Nursery on Viva Real (sp.?) Lane.
|Yes. Its grey.|
|The younger of the two. Very slender bill and rounded head are best physique indicators.|
There was a black-and-white warbler here too though I didn't really memorize the directions in favour of memorizing more important birds. It wasn't a big deal since of all the rare birds the black-and-white warbler seems to be fairly abundant. There seems to be a new one reported nearly every week.
The last stop was Ocean Meadows Golf Course, an old golf course that was long abandoned and is now turning into a wetland area. A massive 5 rarities have been reported at once at locations within seconds of each other. Not even the Laguna tamarisks can often boast that. Since today coincidentally happened to be the Santa Barbara Christmas Bird Count there were quite a few people here, better for me as more eyes searching increases the chance of seeing the birds if they are around. The tropical kingbird was the most conspicuous of the rarities and when it wasn't randomly disappearing it was rather omnipresent. I also saw the baltimore oriole for a moment. Apparently not many people saw the oriole today so I suppose that was fortunate, though I had already seen some in Canada.
|Grace's warbler. As with all cropped images|
this website/Google Picasa decides to super compress the images even more which highly
reduces the photo quality... Well you can see what it looks like anyway.
The Lewis' woodpeckers continue locally in Agoura...I have some better pictures this time.