Specialty Birds

Red-breasted Sapsucker
Copyrighted Photo courtesy of: Peter La Tourrette


Red-breasted Sapsucker
Sphyrapicus ruber

Breeds in coniferous mountain woodlands. Uncommon winter visitor to coastal lowlands where they are most easily found in pepper trees.

Some of the best Central Coast birding sites to find it are:

Santa Barbara County: 
La Purisima Mission[Winter]
Figueroa Mountain
Nojoqui Falls County Park [Winter]
Waller Park [In winter look in interior oaks and poplars as well as tamarisk, pine and cottonwood along borders.]

Ventura County:
Mt. Pinos (April-September)
Pine Mountain 
Wheeler Canyon Rd
Canada Larga Rd (winter)
Lake Casitas (winter)

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Specialty Birds of the California Central Coast

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