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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Elegant Tern (1 report)
- Black Skimmer (6 reports)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (3)
- Reported May 07, 2020 10:02 by Jim Royer
- Elfin Forest Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3337626,-120.8267537&ll=35.3337626,-120.8267537
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68582268
- Comments: "Continuing"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported May 05, 2020 08:00 by Jim Royer
- Doris Street Coastal Access, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.321101,-120.848252&ll=35.321101,-120.848252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68582290
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Breeding plumage. It was with a large Black-bellied Plover flock. It was noticeably smaller and smaller headed than the Black-bellieds, with a smaller bill when compared with the Black-bellieds. The crown was noticeably darker on this bird than the nearby Black-bellieds and the white strip extended from the forehead to the flanks, with some dark mottling on the flanks and the undertail coverts. The Black-bellied Plovers occasionally harassed the golden and it opened its wings, showing no white rump. The white on the sides of the chest did not appear as wide as on an American Golden Plover. It was jet black from the eyes to the lower belly, with dark blotches in the mostly white undertail. The back was checkered black and gold, darker and more intense than on the Black-bellies, which were less golden and more faded on the back. It was completely in breeding plumage with only two Black-bellieds being mostly in alternate plumage (not totally) and the rest were mottled or in basic plumage. I could not see the tertials well enough on this bird to use them as a definitive field-mark. I did not see it well in flight. It was easy to pick out from the other plovers in the flock even if only the head was visible due to the suze differences and the dark crown. The black face, white stripe and the dark crown made it more distinctly colored than the Black-bellieds. The Black-bellied Plovers sometimes harassed it and it opened its wings on two of those occasions, showing no white in the rump. I believe that the white flanks, mostly white undertail and thinner white strip on the sides of chest identified this bird as a Pacific, rather than an American Golden Plover. It would appear that the jet black face, below the white that starts at the eye, makes this a male golden plover, regardless of whether it’s a Pacific or an American. A male American Golden Plover would be black all the way though the belly and undertail. This bird clearly had a white undertail, with some blackish marks. The photos were taken by holding my phone up to my scope"

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2020 10:02 by Jim Royer
- Elfin Forest Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3337626,-120.8267537&ll=35.3337626,-120.8267537
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68582268
- Comments: "Long thin slightly down-curved bill and a long black crest on this medium sized tern. Lacked the extensive dark primaries of a Caspian and the bill was not deep red, but orange. The bill was not the shape of a Royal - more slender and slightly down-curved. It flew fairly close to the overlook where I stood. Didn’t hear it call. First of the year for me."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2020 15:10 by Jim Van Beveren
- 1309 Pasadena Dr, Los Osos US-CA (35.3281,-120.8440), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.328143,-120.843986&ll=35.328143,-120.843986
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68568487
- Comments: "Tern-sized bird with black upper body and white face and breast with red bill and large black tip. Was with flock of Marbled Godwits and Willits on eastern edge of Morro Bay. Flew off to the west. Had been seen earlier at Baywood Pier about 500 feet to east."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 07, 2020 08:27 by Norman Pillsbury
- 3rd Street Baywatch, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3325258,-120.8397344&ll=35.3325258,-120.8397344
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68555700
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from May 5; report4ed by Jim Royer. Photos."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 07, 2020 10:43 by Mike Bush
- Baywood Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3267517,-120.841246&ll=35.3267517,-120.841246
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68552463
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Back Bay sandbar along roadside, in a large flock of Marbled Godwits and Willets."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 07, 2020 07:45 by Jane Hawley
- Morro Bay--Audubon overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3316478,-120.8383334&ll=35.3316478,-120.8383334
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68557003
- Comments: "Spotted northwest of overlook at about 9:40am. Bird flew above waters, looking downward, then began skimming along surface of inlet. Continuing."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 07, 2020 07:45 by Nick Belardes
- Morro Bay--Audubon overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3316478,-120.8383334&ll=35.3316478,-120.8383334
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68557002
- Comments: "Spotted northwest of overlook at about 9:40am. Bird flew above waters, looking downward, then began skimming along surface of inlet. Continuing."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2020 17:55 by Petra Clayton
- Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3217375,-120.8422726&ll=35.3217375,-120.8422726
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68577320
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing on the bay possibly since ebird report dated 3/29/20 (Jim Royer), but most likely since ebird report dated 5/5/20 (Jay Carroll); subsequently reported around the bay multiple times on 5/6/20 & 5/7/20. --- First and only prior ebird report of this species at this location: 4/13/2003.
Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Black Skimmer preening:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49869296177/in/dateposted-public/" title="Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49869296177_5cd9b9f46a_o.jpg" alt="Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported May 07, 2020 14:20 by Jim Royer
- 337 Henrietta Ave, Los Osos US-CA 35.31705, -120.85073, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.31705,-120.850735&ll=35.31705,-120.850735
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68582252
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male with pink in the chest (less intense and smaller patch than a full adult), black head with some white flecking, and a big light bill which was dark at the tip of the upper mandible. The bird also had some streaks on the side."

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