“People often ask me how it is that I seem to be so much at peace. There is a primary reason — and it is available to all who wish to have it. Here’s a simple prerequisite to attaining peace at that level. I invite you to observe the beasts, birds and fish and let them teach you. Let this be a daily routine and life, as you know it, will never be the same.”
– Eddie Bo

Monday, April 13, 2015

Day 103 - Not A Black-and-White Day

If I go by recent local reports there are very few birds for me to find within a one day's ride from home.  To be precise, 3 species: Ash-throated Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo, and as of yesterday Black-and-White Warbler.

Obviously it is about time to go farther afield where more species await.

As both the Ash-throated Flycatcher and Warbling Vireo are both species that I am certain to come by, I decided to try and find the Black-and-White Warbler.  This is a species I did not expect to find this year so it would be a bonus to see.

I arrived at Lake Los Carneros and went to the area where the Warbler had been seen.  I spent nearly two hours searching this area without any sign of the Warbler.  It was reported as singing but I heard none of that either.  In fact I saw very few birds in this area of the park.

No bird photos from this outing, only a butterfly.

Painted Lady

Here is a photo from our yard today.  This "Spice Finch" was previously known as Nutmeg Mannikin is now referred to as the Scaly-breasted Munia.  These introduced birds have been spreading throughout the Santa Barbara area over the past few years.  They are regulars at our feeders.

Scaly-breasted Munia

After today the year's total still stands at 207. 

Today I rode a total of 23 miles

More later,


  1. That's a Painted Lady. You're welcome.

  2. Thanks WIm, I hope this does not start me on the slippery slope of chasing butterflies as well!