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This juvenile Vermilion Flycatcher made an appearance at Jim May Park in Santa Maria on 14 August, 2016.

Photo: Jamie Chavez

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Project FeederWatch is a winter-long survey of birds that visit feeders at backyards, nature centers, community areas, and other locales in North America. Anyone interested in birds can participate. The 30th season begins November 12. You can join now for the 2016-17 by signing up at the website.

Project FeederWatch >>

Posted September 18, 2016

The Fifty-seventh Supplement to the American Ornithologists’ Union Check-list of North American Birds is out (link >>) and among the changes is a split that adds Townsend’s Storm-Petrel to the county bird list. Other decisions involve name changes and a shuffling in the linear sequence of orders. These changes are now incorporated in the county bird list found here >>. Read this ABA Blog summary to learn more:

AOU Checklist Supplement

2016 AOU Supplement >>

Posted July 10, 2016

Joel Barrett of Island Packers has put together a new website specific to birds and birding in the Santa Barbara Channel, the Channel Islands, and surrounding waters. Joel shares his experiences, as well as updates on sightings and his first hand knowledge of the area at The Salty Bird. >>

The Salty Bird: Birding The SB Channel and Beyond

Posted August 28, 2016