Routes, Scout, and Count

We will be posting all assignments here approximately one week before count day.

For count day we will again be using Google Sheets as a tool for everyone to check in with what they have found and to see what others have found. If enough folks participate it should be a great tool to help avoid missing common birds and to let us know what less common or rare birds need to be  chased.

1. Instructions for Unrecorded Species Search. Thank you Avery!
Hello birders! We are excited to again use google sheets as a more efficient system for ensuring we observe as many species as possible on December 30.
We will need ONE member from each birding team to download the Google Sheets app onto their smartphones. Login requires a Google (gMail) account. If no one in your group has a Google account AND a smartphone, set up an account in advance of the Bird Count.
Once downloading the app, please open the following link to this spreadsheet: Google Sheets Species Tracking Form
You can update this list throughout the day with whether or not you have observed a particular species. This will help your fellow birders keep track of which species we have and have not yet observed throughout the course of the Bird Count. You may go ahead and update the list throughout the CBC, however if you would prefer to only enter data once we are asking each team to ensure they are in a location with cell service at 2pm and to be prepared to take a 15-min water and snack break while your designated data recorder enters your presence/absence observation at that time info into the online spreadsheet.
By 2:15, all of the day’s observances thus far will be recorded on the spreadsheet. We want to make sure that at least one team sets off in hot pursuit of the remaining unobserved uncommon species (species seen in 10 or fewer years—see column C on the spreadsheet). At 2:15, you and your team can review the species left to observe (the cells are marked in red in Column D) and decide if there is an uncommon species you’d like to try and observe by the end of the day. If you’d like to chase an unobserved species please add your name to the spreadsheet to indicate which species. We are hoping that this method will ensure we have focused attention on attempting to observe remaining unwitnessed uncommon species in the latter half of the afternoon without too much overlap between teams. Whatever information we possess on the location where those species were historically observed will be included in the spreadsheet.
That does it! Total numbers and final observances of all species can be recorded at the end of the Bird Count upon your team’s return to the Field Station at Sedgwick.

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Once you have access to the sheet you can check in at any time to input birds you have seen or which are still missing. Once a bird has been marked that is all we need. If you decide to go chase a bird you can enter that info into the sheet so others are aware.

Here is where you can shop for an area to scout prior to the 30th Dec or count on CBC day.  Once you find an interesting area or route, get in touch with Peter to finalize it.  Note:  Counters should refer to our individual discussions, not the links to routes shown below, for their 2015 routes. The routes on this page may not reflect updated assignments.

Some sites are already claimed, but you may be able still to join the group.  Any route not filled in with a party leader’s name is not yet claimed.  If you don’t see an area listed below and you have access to it, please let us know.

Most area descriptions below have a ‘.kmz’ file associated with it.  These files show the route or area of interest in Google Earth.  You will want to have Google Earth on your computer to open a .kmz file.  Google Earth is a free, easy to download program from the net.  To download it, go to:

When you wish to view a route or an area, click on the ‘*. kmz’ file. The kmz file is actually folded into a zip file. Save the zip file to your computer. Go to the place that zip file is stored on your computer.  Click on that file and the kmz file will appear.  Click on the *.kmz file. When it opens, Google Earth also will open and display the route information.  It’s very nifty.  Try it.  Call Mark for assistance, if needed.

On count day, you may find yourself in an area that is not part of your assignment. Keep separate notes for any counting you do that is not part of your area, especially if that area is assigned to someone else.

Forest area

  • Figueroa Mountain area, from circle edge E to Pino Alto Rd, Fig Mtn summit, and Sawmill Basin.  Figueroa Mountain Peak Area
  • Ranger Peak, East Pinery Rd, Lion Cyn to Cachuma Saddle Ranger Peak Area

    Northern Pygmy-Owl near Ranger Peak (Mark Holmgren)
    Northern Pygmy-Owl near Ranger Peak (Oscar Johnson)
  • Fir Canyon Trail (from Davy Brown Camp on Davy Brown Creek in Fir Cyn to Fir Cyn trail head on Fig Mtn Rd) Davy Brown/Fir Canyon Trail
  • Ranger Peak Trail (from Fig Mtn Rd (34.72025  -119.95566) down to Happy Cyn Rd along the N side of De la Guerra Spgs)  (Ranger Peak trail to HC Rd)
  • Trail to Birabent Cyn, Zaca Ridge Rd.
  • South from Davy Brown Camp, Willow Spring trail (from Fig Mtn summit to Fir Cyn trail and return  Davy Brown Camp to Willow Springs
  • White Rock Canyon Trail (from E Pinery Rd to jct Munch trail (34.73045 -119.93907) and return. White Rock Trail
  • View from the top of Birabent CanyonLooking northwest towards Birabent Canyon from the trail to it. (Mark Holmgren)
  • Davy Brown Camp and lower Munch Ck  Davy Brown Campground
  • Cachuma Creek.  2.9 miles on Happy Canyon Rd from N of De la Guerra Springs (34.68955  -119.90796) to Cachuma Saddle (34.72688  -119.91982)  Cachuma Campground 
  • De la Guerra Spring Area, HC Rd from Natl. For. border to corner near Cachuma Creek. De La Guerra Spring
  • South of Hwy 154 – canyons on N slope of Santa Ynez Mtns (South of Hwy 154
    N Slope Santa Ynez Mtns

Lake and Lowlands areas

  • Lake Cachuma   
  • Bradbury Dam and SY River below dam.   RESTRICTED ACCESS
  • Terrestrial areas around Lake Cachuma (2 teams).
  • Happy Cyn Road.
  • Santa Barbara Ranch  (Lone Star Ranch).  RESTRICTED ACCESS
  • SY River on both sides of the Hwy 154 bridge.
  • Santa Ynez Pastures (Meadowlark Rd)
  • far eastern Santa Ynez neighborhood.


  • Cruzitas and LaBrock Ranches, Sta Cruz Creek mouth;  (Las Cruzitas and much moreCruz
  • Road to Las Cruzitas (Road to Cruz Phillips Ranch)
  • Lower Johnson Canyon toward Cachuma Lake
    Lower Johnson Canyon looking south toward Cachuma Lake (Mark Holmgren)
  • Sedgwick Reserve   Sedgwick crew
  • Happy Cyn Road from Alisos Road NW to National Forest Boundary  (Hodgson polygon)  
  • N of Baseline Road. Brinkerhoff Rd from Roblar to the entrance to Sedgwick, Long Valley, Long Cyn, Montecielo, Woodstock, Edison, Mattei, Casey Ave, etc. (N of Baseline Road)  
  • North of Happy Canyon Road. Includes Ag areas, Armour Ranch Road (separate notes), grasslands (North of Happy Cyn Rd)

Double Coverage Routes (keep separate notes for these areas)

  • E-W arm of Armour Ranch Rd
  • SY River on both sides of the Hwy 154 bridge
  • Figueroa Mtn/Ranger Peak vicinity
    Keep separate notes for any counting you do that is not part of your area, especially if that area is assigned to someone else.

Owl , Poorwill, and Mountain Quail Routes

  • Tunnel Rd, Ranger Peak and Lion Cyn, and Figueroa Mtn. areas
  • Tequepis Trail

For the Wild Ones

  • Jeep trail (closed to public) in the vicinity of McKinley Peak (34.70260 -119.84539) and Cachuma Mtn. (34.72609 -119.90058).  Lieske