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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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The Feather Atlas website promotes feather identification, research, and appreciation by providing high-resolution scans of the flight feathers of North American birds. The Feather Atlas is maintained by the US Fish & Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory.

The Feather Atlas

The Feather Atlas >>

Posted July 31, 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