[eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert <daily>


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*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (7 reports)
- Cassin's Vireo (1 report)
- White Wagtail (ocularis) (1 report)
- White Wagtail (15 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (2 reports)
- Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 17:19 by Ian Davies
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510226
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "*rare; continuing bird. Quite a dull individual, but head/neck pattern (golden patch below cheek; dark eyespot) and relatively short primaries point towards this over AMGP."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 16:50 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510504
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile photographed this morning. https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Kilian Hampl
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75508616
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Liam Hampl
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75508623
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:40 by John Luther
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510842
- Comments: "seen by many birders"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:09 by Mark Mushkat
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75489985
- Comments: "Continuing"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:24 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile present since 18 Oct"

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:29 by Jay Carroll
- 1900 Pecho Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317395,-120.851943&ll=35.317395,-120.851943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75492660
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bold white “spectacles”, white wing bars, yellowish on sides; greenish-gray head color blending gradually between auricular and lighter throat area."

White Wagtail (ocularis) (Motacilla alba ocularis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 17:19 by Ian Davies
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510226
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "**very rare; found earlier today by Maggie Smith. Feeding on beach south of creek, above high tide line. Seen picking insects off of wrack, as well as short sallies a couple feet off the ground for flying insects. After ~10 minutes of watching the bird took off and flew distantly to north over hills, vanishing from sight."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 16:50 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510504
- Media: 2 Videos, 6 Photos
- Comments: "see details at https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105. Photos, videos"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Liam Hampl
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75508623
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Maggie Smith. Actively catching insects. Endearing little fellow."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Kilian Hampl
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75508616
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Maggie Smith. Actively catching insects. Endearing little fellow."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:40 by John Luther
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510842
- Comments: "found by Maggie this morning and seen and photographed by many others"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:56 by David Cox
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75489765
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, more that a dozen views, there will be lots of nice photos."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:50 by Jeanette Stone
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75501980
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First reported by Maggie Smith. Mostly white except for gray upperparts (back and crown) and black breast. Black tail with white outer tail feathers that flicked continuously when walking. Black bill, legs and feet. Similar size to an American Pipet."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:48 by Nick Belardes
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75503334
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pipit-like bird from earlier in the day. Spotted by Maggie Smith. Appears to be a first-winter female of the Siberian subspecies, which if having summered in northwestern Alaska, should be wintering, or on its way to winter, in tropical Asia. Two white wingbars on the bird were apparent. It also had a black eyeline, narrow black bill, thick white supercilium, pale forehead, white throat, gray crown, nape, and back. Its belly was white, with some gray near the upper flanks, and a wide black bib on its chest, with the black from the bib extending in a broken black pattern on each side of the throat. When I arrived, the bird was foraging south down the main beach. It often darted quickly, sometimes quickly changing direction. It constantly repeated this behavior, sometimes eating sandflies. About a dozen birders came onto the beach to record the bird. After several minutes it flew over to the southern shore of Villa Creek. It foraged there for a few minutes then flew to the opposite bank where it foraged northward by some American Coots. It was out of view for a short time. Heading south again along the creek, it foraged for several more minutes before flying to the western portion of the lagoon. After a few minutes it flew west over a shrub-covered hill. A few birders went in search of the wagtail but couldn’t find it. I later heard from another birder that it had returned to the creek area. About a dozen birders were on hand, with another arriving as I left."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:45 by Mike Bush
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75494931
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Rarity found earlier this morning by Maggie Smith. Arriving at 10:45 there were already a dozen people on the bird. Generally small in size with a long body, moving while wagging the tail, and jumping-darting for insects. Pale yellow on face, gray crown and nape, extending into the back. Completely white underneath save for a large noticeable v-shaped black blaze on the chest. Photos."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:39 by Jim Royer
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75511156
- Comments: "Slender passerine with a long black tail with white outer edges, wagging regularly on the ground, two light wingbars on dark gray wings, plain gray back, black semicircular bib, vocalization: “chit....chit....chit....chit,chit.....” in flight, roller coaster flight, inconspicuous light wing patches in flight"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:17 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75509828
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Maggie Smith earlier in the day. Slender first winter bird with long tail, gray on back, neck and back of head with distinct eye-line to gape, black chest collar, and two narrow wing-bars. High energy bug catcher on the move much of the time in view."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:15 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75507984
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Mockingblrd sized (approx) bird with gray upper parts, white wing bars, white below and a black bib-like marking on the breast. Found earlier by Maggie Smith."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:09 by Mark Mushkat
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75489985
- Comments: "M. Ob."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:03 by Jeff Miller
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75490064
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Maggie; photos"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:45 by Roger Zachary
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75497584
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reported by Maggie Smith; MOB there to view the bird; 2 images"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:24 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105
- Media: 1 Video, 4 Photos
- Comments: "I arrived about 15 minutes after Maggie Smith found this bird. The bird was feeding on files on the beach just down coast of the Villa Creek lagoon. We watched the bird move from there to the wet sand closer to the creek mouth and the bluff edge, and then to the lagoon where it fed along the shoreline. While birders were arriving and leaving the bird was very active, often jumping or running after flies and during the time I was here it cycled from the beach to the lagoon and back to the wet sand shoreline several times. Twice it flew over the bluff and out of site, but both times soon reappeared on the beach. During one of those flights it was pursued by a Merlin.
This bird was essentially medium gray from crown to tail and white below. It had a long tail with two white outer retricies and when closed looked black above and white below. It had a whitish supercilium and forehead, a dark line through the eye that extended from the bill to the gray nape and an otherwise pale face that at times seemed to have a tinge of buffy color in the auriculars and front of the supercilium. The throat was white and there was a black bib on the upper chest that was wide and mottled across the throat and narrowed to somewhat of a point at its lower extent roughly forming a triangular shape. The edges at the bib extended out to under, but not to, the faint auricular patch. The gray wings showed two whitish wing bars and somewhat wide white edges on the median coverts. The tertials were pale edged and sometimes appeared slightly buffy. The eye, legs, and feet appeared black and the short narrow bill was mostly black but pale at the base. The length of the bill was about equal to the distance from the base of the bill to the middle of the eye. An American Pipit was often close to the bird. The pipits were a bit bulkier and had shorter tails which was most obvious when both were in flight together. Photos and video"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 08:45 by Petra Clayton
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75472294
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Feeding with White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows; noticeably smaller than the White-crowned Sparrows; white throat; broad pale supercilium; dark auriculars; pale malar stripe with dark borders; finely streaked dark brown crown with thin light median stripe; gray nape; brown back; gray unstreaked breast and belly; small black spot on the chest; two faint wing bars; pinkish bill with a dusky culmen and tip; fairly long, notched tail. --- First eBird report of this species at this location: 10/25/20 (Jim Royer)"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:10 by Petra Clayton
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510219
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Fairly large head; brown crown and face; noticeable white eyering; buff-colored superciliium and malar stripe; conical blue-gray bill; buff-colored breast and belly with fine brown streaking on breast and flanks; darker legs and feet than nearby Savannah Sparrow. - Possibly first year bird based on fine streaking. --- First-ever eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 10/20/20 (Steve Summers)"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (2)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:29 by Jay Carroll
- 1900 Pecho Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317395,-120.851943&ll=35.317395,-120.851943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75492660
- Comments: "Continuing male and female coming to nectar feeder."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 08:40 by Ian Davies
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75500657
- Comments: "Continuing female at Jay’s feeders. Thanks Jay!"

Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) (Agelaius phoeniceus californicus/mailliardorum) (14)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 08:40 by Ian Davies
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75500657
- Comments: "Expected subspecies here"

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