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Birding Event

119 Years… and Counting

  December 23, 2017.  I jolt awake at 3 a.m.  Was that a Great Horned Owl calling?  I strain to listen without getting out of bed, without opening a window.  I can’t be sure.  Better not count it.  In vain, I try to go back to sleep.  At 4:30, I finally get up even though…

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Oceanside Christmas Bird Count 2017

Summary  – Oceanside (CAOV) Christmas Bird Count – 2017 by Kirsten Winter The 72nd Oceanside Christmas Bird Count was held on December 23, 2017.  A very dedicated and talented group of 115 birders logged 191 hours, and recorded approximately 35,000 individual birds – detecting birds at a rate of 183 birds per hour.    A very…

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BVAS Costa Rica Bird Trip January 2017

This January, 14 people joined the first BVAS Costa Rica Bird Tour. Armed with note pads, Bird lists, binoculars, scope, sun screen and a great guide, we spent 10 days visiting critical birding “hot spots” in Costa Rica.  Overall, we managed to spot over 280 bird species, including resident, migratory and endemic species. That’s almost…

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2016 Christmas Bird Count Results

The 117th Oceanside-Vista-Carlsbad Christmas Bird Count Results The 117th Oceanside Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held on December 30th, 2016.  We had a very successful Christmas Bird Count, despite the cool, rainy weather. There were approximately 183 species seen, and more than 30,970 birds counted. We estimate there were more than 120 participants in 39…

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Christmas Bird Count Friday, December 30

Calling all birders for the 2016 Christmas Bird Count! All levels of birders welcome! For the Oceanside CBC (which includes the Buena Vista Lagoon, Whelan Lake, Anstine Nature Preserve, Oceanside Harbor, among other locations), please contact organizer Jane Mygatt: janemygatt@me.com  who will assign you to a group leader who will fill you in on when…

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Buena Vista Audubon participates in Brown Pelican roost survey

BVAS Team Participates in October Pelican Survey by Andy Mauro Following the ban of DDT in 1972, Brown Pelican populations rebounded to the point where the species was taken off the Endangered Species List in 2009.  Since that delisting, however, there has been a disturbing downward trend in population.  In recent years, pelican productivity has…

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Pelagic Birding Trip coming up soon!!!

Don’t miss an opportunity to experience the beauty of ocean birding-BVAS has a pelagic trip planned for September 25 and as usual, it will be a full day of spectacular sights, from sea mammals to birds. LIKELY BIRD SPECIES: Pink-footed, Sooty, & Black-vented Shearwaters, Black & Least Storm-Petrels, Brown Booby, Red-necked & Red Phalaropes, Pomarine…

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Ridgway’s Rail Surveying Project Updates and Conclusion

On the evening of August 14, the signal from Rail #3 was no longer heard. The survey was thus concluded. While we had now lost touch with all of our three Rails, our surveying helped demonstrate that the Buena Vista Lagoon provides the Ridgway’s rail’s basic needs for foraging opportunities and shelter.  We also believe that the…

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Threatened: California’s Woodpeckers and Their Habitats, with Steve Shunk

Join us Wednesday, September 21 for our monthly program. 6:30: Social and 7:00 Program begins. Woodpeckers have always captured our attention.  Their unique anatomy and behavior sets them apart.  But like so many species, the path ahead is uncertain. The official California bird list includes 17 woodpecker species, 15 of which breed in the state—more…

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