Wednesday, October 26, 2011

A few birds in the garden

Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch
Blue-gray Gnatcher

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A hike at Ellwood

It was a foggy day on my hike at Ellwood.  I saw some California Towhee's.

California Towhee
California Towhee
They really blend into the environment.

California Towhee
Overhead I heard the honking of a flock of Canadian Geese.

Canadian Geese
Canadian Geese
Canadian Geese
Canadian Geese
Foot path down to the beach.

A fishing boat was floating in the calm ocean surrounded by a few gulls, kelp and lobster trap bouys.

Helium balloons floating in the ocean.  I hope a fisherman brings them in before they deflate and get ingested by wildlife.  A reminder, do not release helium balloons into the sky.  They end up in the ocean and whale, seals and other wildlife mistake the balloons for food.

On the way back I saw several Black Phoebes.

Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe
Black Phoebe

Monday, October 24, 2011

A short visit to Devereux Slough

I made a quick visit to Devereux Slough which is located west of the UCSB campus.  I wanted to check out the birding.  The last time I was in the area was about twenty years ago.  Back then you could drive past the Devereux School and park your car a short walk from the beach.  That has now been closed to the public and there is UCSB permit parking only.  It's now a good hike from the main road to the foot path that circles the slough. 

Sign at Devereux Slough
The area is protected and you can only hike around the parameter of the place.

However, I was able to get some pictures of birds from the path the followed the road on the east side of the slough.  It was a foggy day and will return on a sunny day to spend more time photographing the area.
American Coots
Snowy Egrets
Snowey Egret
Greater Yellowlegs, a large Sandpiper
Greater Yellowlegs
Greater Yellowlegs
I believe this is an immature male Northern Shoveler.  Notice the spoonbill shape of it's bill.
Northern Shoveler
Northen Shoveler
Northen Shovelers, Female and Male
Northern Shovelers, Females

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Autumn is on it's way

Here are a few closeup pictures that I took in the garden today showing that Autumn is on it's way.  Some color is starting to show on the tip of this leaf.

The tree down on the hillside has more color.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

California Thrasher returns to the Garden

It has been one year since I have seen a California Thrasher in the garden.  They live in the Santa Barbara area year round so I was surprised when they stopped coming to the garden.  I'm glad to see this one back in the garden.  The BirdCam took these pictures and video of the California Thrasher in the bird bath.
California Thrasher

California Thrasher

California Thrasher

Friday, October 21, 2011

White-crowned Sparrow returns

The first White-crowned Sparrow as returned for the season.  I have seen them in the garden, but so far I only have this one video taken by the BirdCam.