Carrizo Plain CBC

Photo of Carrizo Plain by Roger Zachary

(The Carrizo Plain CBC, originally scheduled for January 2, 2022, was canceled due to several factors. The next Carrizo Plain CBC will be held on December 31, 2022.)

Sunday, January 2, 2022 will be the 51st Carrizo Plain Christmas Bird Count. Morro Coast Audubon Society sponsors two CBCs, and this one is located 42 miles east of Santa Margarita on CA-58 near Soda Lake Road. We will again follow COVID restrictions*. Bring your own food and water, and arrive with a full tank of gas in your vehicle. There are no services within one hour’s drive of the CBC area. Expect to bird from cars and on short walks from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., while some birders will be in the field for a longer time.
Contact CBC Compiler, Kathanne Lynch, at or 303-968-4750 and indicate in which habitat area you wish to identify birds. Participants will receive maps of their survey area and birding checklists prior to the CBC Count day.  Participants will meet on ZOOM December 29th at 1:00 p.m.

Bell's Sparrow
30 participants in our 2020 Carrizo Plain CBC found 62 bird species from 9,361 individuals. Highlights were a Golden Eagle pair bringing sticks to a nest, 11 Northern Harriers, 1 Rough-legged Hawk, 8 Ferruginous Hawks, 694 Long-billed Curlews, 4 Greater Roadrunners, a few owls (Great Horned, Long-eared, Short-eared), 6 Merlins, 6 Prairie Falcons, 56 Loggerhead Shrikes, 252 Common Raven, 2381 Horned Lark, 65 Mountain Bluebirds, 45 American Pipits, 8 Phainopepla and 28 Golden-crowned Sparrows (higher elevation), 97 Bell's Sparrows, 20 Vesper Sparrows, 771 Savannah Sparrows, and 1081 Western Meadowlarks.

* COVID-19 guidelines specified by National Audubon, SLO County, MCAS, and the Bureau of Land Management will be followed including:
  • Social distancing and/or masking are required at all times in the field.
  • Carpooling may only occur within existing familiar or social “pod” groups.
Thanks, Kathanne