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This rare Great Crested Flycatcher was found in Carpinteria on September 17, 2017.

Photo: David Levasheff

Great Crested Flycatcher

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Calling all birders for a November Tricolored Blackbird eBird blitz throughout California. This survey will follow the eBird protocol and ask participants to bird anywhere they are able to in their local region from November 17th – 20th to collect data on Tricolored Blackbird distribution in the winter. Check the Audubon California website for upcoming information:

Tricolored Blackbird Blitz

Audubon California >>

Posted October 15, 2017

See the new feature recently added to eBird Hotspots: Illustrated Checklists. Each Hotspot in the county now features an Illustrated Checklist which includes a frequency bar chart and best quality media for each species observed. To learn more visit the link below. Just click on any Hotspot from the list followed by the Illustrated Checklist tab:

SBA Illustrated Checklists >>

eBird Illustrated Checklists

Posted June 18, 2017

Finding a rare bird can be an exciting and rewarding part of birding. Convincing others of your sighting may not be as important as adding your observation to the scientific record. Here are some links with helpful information on properly documenting rare birds, and just in time for fall migration.

How to Document Rare Birds  >>

Elements of a Bird Description  >>

How to Write Convincing Details  >>

Documenting Rare Birds

Posted August 27, 2017