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


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Black Scoter (2 reports)
- Costa's Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (1 report)
- Little Gull (21 reports)
- Laysan Albatross (1 report)
- Black-footed Albatross (1 report)
- Manx Shearwater (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (15 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:30 by Mike Bush
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75921338
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, highly patterned, with an overall blue body, marked with dull red and white."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 11:50 by Ryan Terrill
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75898544
- Comments: "Continuing male. Small, striking sea duck, bluish overall with large white crescent on face, white lines on lower neck and back, reddish flanks."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:14 by Ian Davies
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916468
- Comments: "*rare; two females in with group of SUSC right off cliffs; smaller than SUSC with clear pale cheeks below eye."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:30 by Mike Bush
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75921338
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small dark seaduck, with rounded head and small yellow knob on the bill."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:53 by Eileen Murphy
- Carrizo Plain National Monument, Santa Margarita US-CA 35.13575, -119.84600, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.135751,-119.846001&ll=35.135751,-119.846001
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75907409
- Comments: "In juniper"

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2020 15:00 by Lisa Gattuso
- Knute's Ranch, O'Donovan Rd, Creston, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4749304,-120.5009651&ll=35.4749304,-120.5009651
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75915591
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen by both Lisa and me. Hope to get a photo one of these days."

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 11:07 by uku leslie
- 18625 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, California, US (35.769, -121.325), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7685841,-121.3250125&ll=35.7685841,-121.3250125
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75903678
- Comments: "Saw a small group of juveniles (4-6) in a sheltered cove at a creek mouth"

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 07:35 by Mark Hays
- Coon Creek Trail--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2543048,-120.8808124&ll=35.2543048,-120.8808124
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75921906
- Comments: "Identified first as a possible kittiwake. Ian Davies and Tom Slater gave current ID. Photos taken and are expected to be posted soon."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 14:32 by Carol Comeau
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75915278
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "First seen by Steve Turley up on the bluffs at the parking area and reported around noon by Hampl brothers. ID confirmed by Kevin Zimmer and Brad Schram. When I arrived Herb Elliott and Marlin Harms were observing the Little Gull on the south end of Spooner's Cove. It was making flights out over the cove and returning to the rocks below the cliff where a mixed flock of Western Gulls and Herrmann's Gulls were resting. At one point the bird landed close to us on the beach. I noticed the bird had a large tumor on its right leg. When in flight the leg dangles. When I left at 3PM the bird was settled in on a protected area on the rocks. During the observation period several other birders arrived. First cycle juvenile plumage."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:45 by Mike Bush
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75919543
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Extremely small white gull with charcoal and black markings. Short, wide white tail with black-colored notch. Dark cap and spot behind the eye. Apparently a first-year bird."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:34 by Herb Elliott
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75915204
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "A small gull with white head and brown-black crown, incomplete lower band on cheek and crescentic mark in front of eye. Found earlier today by Steve and Becky Turley ."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:08 by Jim Royer
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75922421
- Comments: "This first year gull was tiny, with a distinct dark W on the upper parts in flight, with a thin dark line through the secondaries, a dark cap and collar, dark spot on face behind bill, dark molting in the back, small thin black bill, and a black terminal tail band. It was dwarved by the other gulls (Western, California and Heerman's). I don’t know who found this gull but I cycled out just to see it. Others saw it closer and took photos. My photos were all in flight and not useful."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:07 by Eric Wier
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75920889
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First seen by Steve Turley and reported around noon today by Killian and Liam Hampl. ID confirmed by Kevin Zimmer and Brad Schram. Very small gull with distinctive wing pattern on and black terminal tail band. Small, dark bill with dark spot behind eye. Pink legs and feet (right leg has large growth)."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:00 by Tom Edell
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75917782
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier (who found and identified the bird is unclear). When I arrived it was intermittently sitting on the water and making short flights. This was a very windy day and many flight were made to avoid wind waves. Eventually in flew in and landed on the beach near the creek mouth, It also landed fourth down the beach toward the steep bluff at least twice. Clearly a hatch year bird molting into its first basic plumage based on the dark tip on the tail, the strong "m" pattern on the wing and dark secondaries, white underwing, mottled dark brownish feather on the head and nape, and messy brownish ear patch. The bill was black and the legs pink and the right leg had a large pink growth on it. This was a very small gull that was dwarfed by the California Gulls flying with it, but even more so by the Western Gulls it stood with on the beach."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:00 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916488
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier by Steve Turley. Observed on the beach, rocks, and flying over over the water all at Spooner's Cove.

Very small gull with blackish M pattern on wings and back, dark cap and hindcollar, and slim bill. It also appeared to have a growth of some sort on its right leg, which is evident in some of my photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:00 by Will Knowlton
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916353
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier by Steve Turley. Observed on the beach, rocks, and flying over over the water all at Spooner's Cove.

Very small gull with blackish M pattern on wings and back, dark cap and hindcollar, and slim bill. It also appeared to have a growth of some sort on its right leg, which is evident in some of my photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:44 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75921143
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile bird found earlier in the day by Steve Turley who first viewed this small gull with binoculars at an estimated 450 yards......through his vehicle windshield no less! ID confirmed with help of photos taken by Kilian and Liam Hampl. This gull appeared miniature compared to nearby Western, California and Heermann's Gulls. Features included small head with black bill and with brownish feathers on nape/neck collar, ear spot, crown and small patch in front of dark eye. Bird was mostly white underneath with black tail tip and displayed strong "M" pattern on wing and back during flight. Legs were pink and right leg displayed large bulbous, pink deformity mid-leg."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:40 by Jay Carroll
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75915712
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "many observers; a very small gull that, in flight, showed a bold black "M" pattern across upper wings, white tail with a terminal black band, smudgy dark-gray crown and nape, and whitish underparts; thin black bill; at rest the bird showed a black carpal bar and flesh-pink legs (the right leg appeared to have some injury or deformity); loosely associating with a mixed gull flock, frequently resting on the choppy nearshore waters, but showing a very buoyant flight in the gusty winds."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:15 by Jeanette Stone
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75913795
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First found by the Hampl Brothers: Small Gull with a black band on the tail, Black M shaped pattern on back and winged when viewed from above, all white underneath, small slender black bill with pink legs. Dark brown crown and ear patch."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:10 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75910187
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile; very tiny gull with dark cap, dark spot behind eye, thin small dark bill, pink legs; in flight bold dark black M and dark secondaries on upperwings, white tail with black tip. Photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 11:45 by Kai Mills
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75913503
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Steve Turley. Seen flying in the cove fighting the wind, landing on the ocean, and later on the beach in flock of gulls."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 11:10 by Nick Belardes
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75919967
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "I’m uncertain who found the bird, though when I arrived, it had just been seen and had not yet been identified as a Little Gull. At that point it was thought to possibly be a Kittiwake. As I was getting out of my car, the Hampl brothers informed me of an interesting gull floating in the surf. We spotted the bird, which soon landed on the beach. We headed down steps from the bluffs parking area with Jeanette Stone. 1-2 other birders were observing the bird. I snapped a few pics of the very small gull, noting how tiny it was compared to a nearby Western Gull. The bird nipped at some of its feathers, then soon flew low over the surf. Its flying behavior made the bird seem both like it wanted to land in the water, and not. It also nipped at the surf too, which I realized was its way of foraging. It was clearly used to being in such stormy and turbulent waters, and could easily forage for fish in this manner, and partly splashed into licking waves, and on one occasion, rose away from the surf with a fish in its pointy bill. The anchovy, in a photo I took, seemed large compared to the flying gull. The bird was seen flying low for several minutes. It sometimes soared above the waves, gliding. I then went and looked for another bird in the nearby campground. More than an hour later, many birders were present on the beach and bluffs looking for the gull. At least 14 or so, many trying to spot the bird, which was flying out near what Liam Hampl called “cormorant rock.” The wind had picked up, the seas appeared more stormy than before, and 100-200 gulls were wind surfing high above the beach. The gull appeared to be a juvenile, with a dark cap, dark cheek spot, tern-like long pointy black bill—sharp and slightly curved. A dark patch marked the tiny gull on either side of its breast that connected to the nape, though not connecting in a collar, and separated from the crown with a narrow band of white. Its legs were red, though my washed-out photos don’t show the brightness or color. Its breast was white otherwise, as was its belly, and undertail, and underwings. The rounded tail tip was black, and it had an interesting black W pattern along its wings and back. Its primaries were dark. I do wonder where the gull originated. Seems more likely that it was from deep in open seas than flew all the way across the east coast of North America from Northern Europe. It may have been from the Palearctic, a Siberian bird that migrated as a juvenile over open water, and eventually got caught up in storms, even this latest, which might have brought it ashore."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:35 by Petra Clayton
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75922115
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted by Steve Turley from the bluff as the gull was flying in the cove. It was first thought to be a Sabine's Gull or Black-legged Kittiwake. Kilian and Liam Hampl alerted birders in the campground, when they still thought it was a Kittiwake. Kilian and Liam also sent a text message with a flight photo to Brad Schram, who ID'ed the bird as a sub-adult Little Gull. Kevin Zimmer and Jim Lomax, who had come from the campground, concurred with the ID.

Hatch year bird: Dark back; dark crown and nape; dark auricular patch; white underparts; white tail with terminal black band; black "M" pattern across upper surface of wings; pink legs; slender black bill.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Little Gull in flight, but mostly sitting on the extremely choppy sea:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50574951601/in/dateposted-public/" title="Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50574951601_a7afd96e69_b.jpg" alt="Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA" /></a>

Only other eBird reports of this species in SLO County: Oso Flaco Lake on 4/20/1992 (Tom Edell / Jamie Chavez)"

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:30 by Liam Hampl
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916430
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First seen by Steve Turley up on the bluffs at the parking area. Thought is was a kittiwake or sabine's gull at first but checked with Kevin Zimmer and Brad Schram and was confirmed a Little Gull! Mostly spent it's time out floating on the water, but sometimes flew closer and maybe even landed on the beach. It looked like a tern in flight because of the small size. Dark black hood, mostly white with dark wingtips and M pattern on the wings, black band on the tail and white rump. Photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:30 by Kilian Hampl
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916431
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First seen by Steve Turley up on the bluffs at the parking area. Thought is was a kittiwake or sabine's gull at first but checked with Kevin Zimmer and Brad Schram and was confirmed a Little Gull! Mostly spent it's time out floating on the water, but sometimes flew closer and maybe even landed on the beach. It looked like a tern in flight because of the small size. Dark black hood, mostly white with dark wingtips and M pattern on the wings, black band on the tail and white rump. Photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:30 by Becky Turley
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75920103
- Comments: "Spotted by Steve Turley from the bluff as the gull was flying in the cove. Very small gull with a bold dark upper wing pattern. Kilian
and Liam Hampl sent photos to confirm identification. Bold M pattern on upper wing, white underwing, white tail with black terminal band. Black bill, dark cap, ear patch and nape. Pink legs, right leg with a growth. photos to follow."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:14 by Ian Davies
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916468
- Comments: "*rare; found earlier in day, I’m not sure who by. Flying around southern part of Spooner’s Cove; gorgeous juvenile."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:15 by Mike Stiles
- Spooner's Cove, Montana de Oro State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2738443,-120.8891966&ll=35.2738443,-120.8891966
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75913215
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "With many observers, watching reported rarity. I first saw the bird when someone yelled that it was on the beach, which at that point it was relatively close to us. It then flew out over the breakers, but not flying far from shore for 15 or so minutes, sometimes sitting on the ocean surface, then it flew farther offshore and was lost. I noticed its small size and tern-like flight. It was mostly white with dark wingtips and a large black "V" shape on the uppersides of the wing. I saw some dark on the head but couldn't be specific about coloration. My photo shows some black on the neck and on the tip of the tail, with a white rump."

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:02 by Jim Royer
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75922227
- Comments: "A huge sea bird with very long wings. It was far out, but stood out as so big. It flew with long glides with one wing up and the other down. It had white underparts, white underwings with dark outlines and dark tips, a light rump, and white head. I watched it for almost 30 seconds with its unmistakable size and shape. It was not a Short-tailed because it was uniformly dark from wing tip, across the back, to other wingtip. It also had thinner wings than I would expect on a Short-tailed. I did not notice a large pink bill."

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:14 by Ian Davies
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916468
- Comments: "*rare; very distant bird headed south. Huge dark bird with long thin wings, dark body and underwings. Separated from Laysan by body color; from Western Gull by wing shape and length, and ponderous flap."

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:14 by Ian Davies
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916468
- Comments: "**rare; small black and white shearwater heading south close to land. Stood out immediately as only shearwater that had been close to shore after 80 minutes of watching. Quickly noted small size, strikingly bright white underparts from white chin through white undertail coverts, and dark black upperparts (as opposed to brownish of Black-vented)."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 08:17 by Herb Elliott
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75905454
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Two Tropical Kingbird birds were simultaneously observed at Laguna Lake this morning. The first was in its usual spot ornamental cherry trees on the peninsular and the second was in a cyprus tree between the gazebo and the road."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 11:04 by Ryan Terrill
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75898598
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing along edge of lake at disc golf course. Larger kingbird than nearby CAKI, long, thick Bill, brown tail."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 09:45 by Kai Mills
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75913792
- Comments: "Adult bird seen at the beginning of the first loop, in the near vicinity of a flock of sparrows but didn't seem to associate with them. Pale chestnut/rufous colored cap with a dark colored eyestripe from its bill past its eye. Pale cheek and lighter moustachial stripe. Flew off before I could get a photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 07:35 by Mark Hays
- Coon Creek Trail--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2543048,-120.8808124&ll=35.2543048,-120.8808124
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75921906
- Comments: "Reported for the third day. Sighted flying from bush to bush. Sometimes being visible for 3 to 5 seconds."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:30 by Nick Belardes
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75920737
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male. I received a note from Kai Mills at about 11:18 a.m. “Got the bird just now. In the same bush still hunkered down.” I assumed he meant a bush in the eastern section of the campground first loop where he and I thought we may have seen the bird on our last visit, but didn’t record the sighting, as it hadn’t been a good enough look. When I arrived after seeing the Little Gull outside the campground, Kevin Zimmer, Kai Mills, Jeanette Stone and another birder were on hand. Most then left to see the Little Gull. After about half an hour or so the bird hadn’t shown itself. I was cold, so went to my car to retrieve a jacket. Eventually, on my return, I was waved down that the bird had been seen in a nearby bush (south side of first loop). I could hear the bird vocalizing, a fast chatter, faster than the Bullock’s I’d just seen at Meadow Park the day before, and perhaps a higher pitch too. The bird, skittish, clearly did not like to be seen. After a minute or so it darted—a missile of red-orange, with a dark chin patch—into the southeast loop corner brush, still actively chattering, and actively hunkering down in the brush out of sight. I’d taken a photo while it was flying, a terrible pic that does show the lighter patch on its belly, and indicates the Oriole coloration, and tail and wing shape. I could not see any other field marks, as in its streaked back, or thick bill, as the bird flew quickly out of the bush, otherwise noting it was larger than the Bullock’s I observed at Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo the day before. Luckily, Kai Mills and Jeanette Stone both took photos of the bird in the open. Those would be great for further ID. After about a minute, the bird flew back to the bush Kai had orginally indicated where it had been hunkered. The bird didn’t appear again, and no longer vocalized, though I waited another 20-30 minutes. I should add that along with this bird’s skulky, skittish behavior was the fact that it seemed to hunker for long periods, and may have been sneaky enough to get away unnoticed, though such a bright color. I assume this behavior has helped this bird listed as “threatened” the ability to survive not only western Central America and western Mexico habitats, but those in the U.S. as well, as this rare bird has skulked extremely far out of its range, farther north than my Sibley’s Guide says it’s been seen. This bird may be the first in San Luis Obispo county. Unsure how many times its been seen in California."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 09:55 by Dana Bangs
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75901785
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Brief views with ~25 birders as it skulked on hillside behind campsite 30 and flew back and forth to the creek riparian. Clearly reddish orange headed and bodied, with black wings/tail evident in flight. No "Photo" moments and streaking not observed."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 09:45 by Kai Mills
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75913792
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird was found by Jim Royer on Nov. 4th. Continuing bird first seen a little past 11:00 am in the first loop by Rick, Kevin Zimmer and I. Got distant but better looks about a hour and half later (Nick Belardes and Jeanette Stone also present this time). Vocalizing a bit."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 08:15 by Alex Abela
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75905095
- Comments: "Continuing. Mostly seen flying between coffeebushes on the hillside behind campsite 13 in the front loop of the campground. It also spent some time buried in willows along the creek. Deep, rusty orange colored oriole with light but more muted grayish back with faint dark streaking, black mask surrounding eyes and bordering based of the bill, dark wings with white wingbars. Poor flight photos."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 08:00 by Jeanette Stone
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75913030
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Jim Royer on November 4. Continuing bird. Large Oriole with Orange head, orangish-yellow underparts. Black lores (face) and chin. Two bold white wing bars. Photo"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 07:05 by Kilian Hampl
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916111
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim Royer two days ago. Photo. After looking for an hour, we found the bird in the first loop around campsite 13."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 07:05 by Liam Hampl
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916108
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim Royer two days ago. Photo. After looking for an hour, we found the bird in the first loop around campsite 13. One horrible photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:30 by Becky Turley
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75920722
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jim Royer on Nov. 4, '20. Refound today by Kilian Hampl in the first loop of the campground. Observed in bushes at the base of the hillside, flying multiple times around the area. Orange head and underparts, white wing patches and feather edges. vocalized."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:29 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75920856
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Jim Royer on 11/4/2020 and re-found this morning by Kilian Hampl while I was there. Observed with MOB. This large oriole was orange/yellow overall and darker on head with black lores and upper throat. Wings had bold, white wing-bars and whitish outer feathers. Bird was skulky and the flight, observed four times, was direct and fast. Chatter calls were heard four or five times."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:23 by Emmett Iverson
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75920151
- Comments: "Continuing 10th state record found Nov. 4 by Jim Royer. First relocated at approx 810 in the first (Westernmost) loop where it showed decently well for an hour in the coffeeberry (mostly in flight, but tee’d up on occasion); also provided killer looks in the riparian. Chattering on occasion. Some poor photos were taken."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:23 by Ethan Monk
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75919560
- Comments: "Continuing 10th state record found Nov. 4 by Jim Royer. First relocated at approx 810 in the first (Westernmost) loop where it showed decently well for an hour in the coffeeberry (mostly in flight, but tee’d up on occasion); also provided killer looks in the riparian. Chattering on occasion. Some poor photos were taken."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 07:40 by Anonymous eBirder
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75911386
- Comments: "Found by Jim Royer on Nov 5, 2020. SBOR observed in back loop of campground. We joined a group of about 20 birders that had refound and identified the bird. The bird was secretive - flying from bush to bush along the hillside- providing very quick looks. In flight you could easily see the deep rich orange color of the bird’s head and underparts. Black throat and white on wings could be seen in flight. Unfortunately I was unable to see the streaking on the back. Although, I did not get any photos others did."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 07:05 by Curtis Marantz
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75923400
- Comments: "This was both a notably colorful and well-marked bird, even for an oriole. The head and at least the sides of the neck were an intense orange in color and seemingly tending more towards reddish than yellow. Contrasting with the generally orange face was a band of black that connected the bill with the leading edge of the eye, and seemingly about as deep as was the eye where the two met. I did not notice any black extending behind the eye. Complementing the black in the lores was a wedge of black that extended from the base of the lower mandible down across the chin and throat before apparently tapering to a point near the junction of the throat and upper breast. I further through the sides of this relatively narrow wedge were a bit jagged, but I also thought the submoustachial and malar regions were about the same shade of orange as the rest of the face all the way to the base of the lower mandible, meaning that the black on the lores and throat were not connected. My recollection is that the back of this bird’s neck from the nape down to the upper back was more olive than the face and auriculars, but this is now a bit fuzzy in my memory. The back generally appeared to be a light to medium, grayish-olive, but I noted at least once a faint suffusion of orange in the middle of the lower part of the back, and also that scattered across the mantle and scapulars short, dusky streaks that were narrow and relatively inconspicuous without pretty good views. The wings contrasted as more strikingly patterned. The median coverts had relatively narrow, white tips that created a somewhat wavy upper wingbar, but I also noted a row of blackish spots across the uppermost visible part of the wing that I took to represent the centers of these feathers contrasting with olive edges that separated the various spots. The more elongate, greater coverts instead had sooty to blackish centers that contrasted with white tips that were sharply demarcated and slightly broader than the edges to these same feathers that were similarly colored, if not subtly more light grayish and less purely white. The result was a relatively inconspicuous lower wingbar that was obscured to a degree by the row of bold stripes between the wingbars. I never clearly saw either the primary coverts or the alula. The remiges again had sooty to blackish centers that contrasted with well-defined fringes of white that produced a boldly striped pattern to the rear part of the wing. I did not notice any obvious distinction between the edges on the primaries and secondaries, yet I thought the fringes on the innermost secondaries may have been slightly broader and even more conspicuous. I further thought the primary tips were sufficiently fringed paler that I could make out the various feathers in the wingtip even though I was too far from the bird to actually count them. I cannot recall having seen the rump, but the upperside of the tail, or more appropriately, the visible, central rectrices, appeared sooty to blackish with narrow fringes of yellowish to yellowish-orange that appeared to extend along both edges of the feathers and maybe around the tip to produce a striped pattern. I saw the underparts clearly only a few times, but each time I was struck by just how bright orange the underparts were overall. I noted an uneven appearance to the color of the underparts and maybe also that the flanks were a little paler and maybe not as orange, but in general, the underparts were about the same shade throughout of intense orange tending more toward red than yellow. My views of the underside of the tail suggested that it was relatively uniform in appearance and yellowish-olive with a slight suffusion of orange.
I noted only that the bill was relatively dark, maybe with the lower mandible paler and more grayish, I thought the eyes and legs were dark, but in general, my assessment of the soft-part colors was rather weak."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 07:03 by Ryan Terrill
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75898742
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Will add photos and description. Young male found yesterday. Deep orange prior with striking white edges to secondaries and secondary coverts. Short, thick Bill bordered by black feathers. Back grayish with faint streaking."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2020 15:00 by Lisa Gattuso
- Knute's Ranch, O'Donovan Rd, Creston, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4749304,-120.5009651&ll=35.4749304,-120.5009651
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75915591
- Comments: "Saw movement in the locust tree in the backyard. At first the way it moved looked like a Nuthatch. It then moved into full view. Very distinct black and white bird with striped head and median white streak. Bill was black. Black and white striped chest. Foraged in the tree for awhile and flew off. We were no more than 15 ft away from it. Left to quickly for a photo."

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