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


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (3 reports)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker (hybrid) (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (2 reports)
- Orchard Oriole (8 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:50 by Wendy Walwyn
- Cal Poly Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1770149,-120.7413109&ll=35.1770149,-120.7413109
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79053726
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male; photos"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 07:51 by Kai Mills
- 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/S79029226
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult wintering male. In surf near dog beach shore with a handful of Surf Scoters."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 07:51 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S79025190
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult wintering male. In surf near dog beach shore with a handful of Surf Scoters."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 10:01 by Kai Mills
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79018730
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile male seen in the surf just north of the creek mouth. Drifting north. Developing that distinct white crescent"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:16 by Carly Boyd-Dovideo
- Pismo State Beach, Pismo Beach US-CA 35.13714, -120.64267, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.137141,-120.642673&ll=35.137141,-120.642673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79011683
- Comments: "Previously reported juvenile male. Diving in the waves just off shore. Distinct golden eye, complete white collar, and emerging white crescent behind bill on cheek."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:21 by Tom Edell
- E. Hazard Canyon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2979994,-120.862956&ll=35.2979994,-120.862956
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79050518
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing male drilling eucalyptus tree downslope from road just past the traffic mirror. Initially found when tapping was heard. All red throat with black border, red crown, no red on nape. Horizontal white bar at side of closed wing, messy back markings. (Photo)"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 08:54 by Kai Mills
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79012234
- Comments: "Found in the pepper tree surrounded by cacti, beside the maintenance shed. Chased off to an adjacent tree by a CATO below it, chased off again from this new tree and flew off towards the creek."

Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker (hybrid) (Sphyrapicus nuchalis x ruber) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 16:32 by Tom Slater
- Pajaro Lane Loop, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.018773,-120.5092185&ll=35.018773,-120.5092185
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79056767
- Comments: "tapping sap in pepper tree, continuing bird. Slight smudge of red on cheek, otherwise looks just like a male red-napped sapsucker."

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (Passerella iliaca [megarhyncha Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:12 by Wendy Walwyn
- West Cuesta Ridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3657353,-120.661226&ll=35.3657353,-120.661226
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79053723
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (Passerella iliaca [megarhyncha Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:12 by Jeff Miller
- West Cuesta Ridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3657353,-120.661226&ll=35.3657353,-120.661226
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79027387
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 12:00 by Eric Wier
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79042643
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 12:00 by Stephanie Little
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79055389
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 12:00 by Carrie Miller
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79055453
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 11:15 by Jeanette Stone
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79058647
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature male first reported on 8 Jan, Seen in the big torch aloe at the next door residence and in the large cape honeysuckle nearby. Small oriole with a rounded head and a rather short only slightly decurved bill. It had black on the face only at the sides of the bill and in the lores. It was bright yellow below, had two white wing bars."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:56 by Tom Edell
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79050500
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male first reported on 8 Jan, but probably here for longer. Seen in the big torch aloe at the next door residence and in the large cape honeysuckle nearby. At one point I followed it through the nursery and into the field to the southwest where it eventually flew to a large eucalyptus behind residences. It was soon back at the aloe. Before I saw this bird I head it giving "chuk" calls from the aloe. This was a small oriole with a rounded head and a rather short only slightly decurved bill. It had black on the face only at the sides of the bill and in the lores. It was bright yellow below, had two white wing bars and pale edged tertials, a fairly short primary extension beyond the tertials and the tail appeared relatively short compared to a Hooded Oriole. It had a dark culmen on an otherwise pinkish colored bill."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:14 by Nick Belardes
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79026560
- Comments: "Continuing bird rediscovered Jan. 8 by Petra Clayton that may have been initially been found Dec. 15, 2020 by Jim Royer. Jane Hawley spotted bird atop flowering aloe. By the time I saw the bird, I only had a glimpse just before, and as it ducked out of sight. Spotted bird again atop honeysuckle. Bird was smaller than a Hooded Oriole (though larger than the nearby Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned warblers), with a small downcurved bill. I noticed its yellowish belly and olive head and back. Didn’t see it long enough to describe its wing patterns, though I did notice its long tail and overall oriole shape the way it clung to the aloe flower. Reminded me of the body position of the Streak-backed Oriole in MDO as it clung to stalks. Waited another 40+ minutes. The bird didn’t reappear."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 10:45 by Jim Royer
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78982726
- Comments: "Young male oriole with some black at the base of the bill and a black spot on the center of the upped chest. It seemed brighter yellow in the underparts than a young male Hooded Oriole. It was yellowish in the underparts and olive green in the upper parts with whitish wing bars on blackish wings. The bill did seem less decurved than a Hooded and the tail may have been shorter, but I was not totally convinced it was an Orchard Oriole until it gave chuck call, and a slurred whistle call that was different than the “veek” call of a Hooded. I first saw this bird on December 15, but misidentified it as a Hooded Oriole and did not hear it call or whistle then. Since December 15 it appeared to have gain more black at the base of the bill. Otherwise it looked the same. It was seen by Petra Clayton on January 8 and was identified on that day as a likely Orchard Oriole. Norm and I heard this bird give chuck calls and whistle."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 12:10 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78909495
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Yellow head and underparts; olive-green back and tail; olive-gray wings with white wingbars; a small black patch below the eye on either side of the bill; small black throat patch; fairly straight, sharply pointed bill. (Overall slightly smaller in size than Hooded Oriole, shorter tail, shorter, less downcurved bill) .
Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 12/27/2018 (Jay Carroll)

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Orchard Oriole"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 08:41 by Eric Wier
- 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/S79043459
- Media: 1 Photo

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 08:41 by Stephanie Little
- 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/S79055334
- Media: 1 Photo

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 08:41 by Carrie Miller
- 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/S79055456
- Media: 1 Photo

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 07:26 by Tom Edell
- 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/S79050555
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing bird present here since 4 Nov 2020. I first saw this bird perched in the leafless California Buckeye at 0730 hours. It soon flew down to the torch aloe on the slope behind the ranch house where it gave a few rattle like calls and dropped further into the riparian vegetation. It eventually was heard calling in the same area again but not seen. Orangey colored oriole (especially the head) with black around the base of the blue-gray bill and onto the chin and into the lores. Back appeared greenish with dark streaks. All visuals were brief as is usual for this bird. (Photo)"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 12:10 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78909495
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Bullock's Oriole feeding:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50819426138/in/dateposted-public/" title="Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii), female, Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50819426138_7cf17a8721_b.jpg" alt="Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii), female, Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

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