Hey birders -- what's the accepted wisdom on the Northern Cardinal in California? I didn't think their range was supposed to extend here, but I heard a cardinal -- at some length -- in Big Bear this weekend. After viewing several range maps online, none of which show Californian cardinals, I dug out my old Peterson's guide. It does, in fact, have a little dot in roughly the appropriate location, with the note, "introduced." Peterson's is more than a little outdated when it comes to something as changeable as a range map, though (I'm sorry, but I just don't like Sibley's illustrations).
I saw robins in Big Bear, too. They're supposed to be here, but I don't see them often, not like I did in Wisconsin. I kept forgetting what state I was in.