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Species of Local Concern
Acorn Woodpecker   Melnerpes formicivorus
Locally rare. Extirpated from the UCSB and Goleta Slough around 1976 due perhaps to nothing more than the degradation of the oak woodland habitat.
Black-crowned Night Heron   Nycticorax nycticorax
Locally rare (rookery site). A common resident along Santa Barbara coast and is regularly observed within the Goleta Slough and mouth channel. Roosts within eucalyptus and myoporum tress along the Slough channel bordering Goleta Beach County Park. Formerly (1930s) roosted in large numbers in dense oak woodland along north-facing campus bluff. The only known breeding in County occurs at the S.B Zoo.
California Horned Lark   Eremophila alpestris actia
Locally rare. A locally common but decreasing winter visitor in sparse grasslands and in disturbed fields including those in agriculture. Known to summer in Goleta Slough with 12 individuals recorded in May 1992 (Lehman 1994). 12 in 1994 (Holmgren and Kisner 1994) and 17-20 in 1995. A dead fledgling found at the grassy intersection of the runways on June 30, 1995 (UCSB 96-82) confirm breeding in this population.
 
California Quail   Callipepla californica
Locally rare. Extirpated from all of the campus mesa and Goleta Slough as a result of red fox introduction and the drought. Its re-occupation could only occur with the local eradication of the red fox.
Caspian Tern   Sternia caspia
Locally Rare (nesting colonies). Fairly common in summer and fall over aquatic habitats along the Santa Barbara coast and is regularly observed within the Goleta Slough. No records of breeding within the county.
Forster's Tern   Sterna forsteri
Locally Rare (nesting colonies). Common in summer and fall over aquatic habitats along the S.B. coast and is regularly observed within the Goleta Slough. No records of breeding within the county.
Great Blue Heron   Aredea herodias
Locally Rare (rookery site). A common resident in the county. Nests atop eucalyptus trees (6 to 9 active nests) along the Goleta Slough mouth channel. Open upland habitats well away from water as well as aquatic habitats within the Ecosystem support foraging birds.
Great Egret   Casmerodius albus
Fairly common late summer, fall and winter visitor in the open upland and aquatic habitats on the South Coast. Regularly observed from July to April throughout the Slough. Up to 15 birds have roosted on the north side of the campus lagoon and some may roost occasionally near the estuary mouth. Very few over summer, but in spring of 2003, and again in 2004 and 2005, the first Santa Barbara County breeding record occurred in the heron rookery at the slough mouth.
Greater Roadrunner   Geococcyx californianus
Locally Rare. Extripated from the coastal plain probably as a result of red fox expansion from the south and perhaps as a result of the drought of the late 1980s.
 
Little Willow Flycatcher   Empidonax trailii brewsteri
State Endangered and Locally Rare. Breeds in Sierra Nevada, but migrates through our area in spring and fall. Fairly common in the Ecosystem.
Snowy Egret   Egretta thula
Locally Rare (rookery site). A common winter visitor widespread throughout all aquatic habitats. Regularly observed within Goleta Slough and mouth channel from July to May. Only record of breeding in County was in 1966 in Sandyland Cove (Lehman 1994).
Swainson's Hawk   Buteo swainsoni
Locally Rare. Formerly a common migrant in spring and fall. Only a few recent records. Not likely to be a regular visitor to the Ecosystem. (Photo by Cyndy Shafer)
Western Screech Owl   Otus kennicottii
Locally Rare. Extirpated from the Ecosystem probably prior to the mid-1980s. Loss of most of the oak woodland community certainly reduces the chances of their recolonization.
 
White-breasted Nuthatch   Sitta carolinensis
Locally Rare. Not seen in the Goleta Slough since the 1980s which may be related to the degradation of the oak woodland.
Yellow Warbler   Dendroica petechia
State Species of Special Concern and Locally Rare. A common to very common spring and fall transient; possibly extirpated as a breeder in the Ecosystem. Found in nearly all shrubby and wooded habitats on migration.

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