Goleta Birds, November 1

Because of a need for exercise and sun, I had considered shooting in the back country today. However, after yesterday’s sighting of the Sandhill Crane, I decided to photograph Goleta birds instead. Unfortunately, the Sandhill Crane was not at Devereux Slough this morning.

I then went to Lake Los Carneros, where I was fortunate to see a Lewis’ Woodpecker and possibly Red-naped Sapsuckers. The sapsuckers were flying between a pepper tree on the right-hand side of the main path and a willow tree on the left, just before the first large path to the right toward the dead trees where the Lewis’ Woodpecker was hanging out. I was unable to get a clear shot of the sapsuckers, and returned in the evening hoping to do so.

Lewis' Woodpecker
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In the evening, there was a surprise – bobcat appearance at Lake Los Carneros. Photographing the bobcats took too much time to allow any search for the sapsuckers, but was I able to shoot the very apparent Great-tailed Grackles – nice to see them back there again.

Lewis' Bobcat
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Lewis' Bobcat
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Lewis' Grackle
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