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This American Golden-Plover was present on 28 October 2017 at Jack O’Connell Park in Guadalupe.

Photo: Jamie Chavez

American Golden-Plover

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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

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Posted October 15, 2017

Below are the dates for the upcoming Santa Barbara County Christmas Bird Counts. Please visit the Santa Barbara Audubon Society website for further information about participating:

16 December - Carpinteria, 17 December - La Purisima, 23 December - Santa Maria/Guadalupe, 27 December - Cachuma, 30 December - Santa Barbara

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Christmas Bird Counts

Posted October 22, 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