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


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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- California Condor (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)
- Summer Tanager (5 reports)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 12:24 by Grace Romero
- Toro Creek Mouth/Dog Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4126797,-120.8734381&ll=35.4126797,-120.8734381
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81224128
- Comments: "As previously reported by others, in surf at the end of Studio Drive with a group of surf scoters. Same body shape and behavior as surf scoters but very different head and bill shape — head more rounded, less elongated, less heavy bill. No spot on back of head."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:30 by Rick Saval
- Hill Park, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455278,-120.628249&ll=35.455278,-120.628249
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81243327
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues; photo."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:02 by Jeff Miller
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81154492
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Upright golden colored plover with prominent white supercilium. Poor photos"

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:42 by Kilian Hampl
- Eastern Phoebe stake out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6089036,-121.0775634&ll=35.6089036,-121.0775634
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81221934
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Exact count. All adults. Largish pinkish heads, large size, white on underwing, large, broad wings large fingers, wedge-shaped tail. At multiple times seen flying all together.
We made out 2 condor clips. 8 and 11.

(7)11
Adult Male
Nickname: "Big Gulp"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 20, 2013
Age: 7 Years 8 Months
Hatch Location: World Center for Birds of Prey
Release Date: October 14, 2015 (San Simeon)
Father: Number 47
Mother: Number 51
Currently Paired With: Numbers 566 and 725
Foster Offspring: Number 1004
Biological Siblings: Numbers 150, 165, 182, 191, 203, 210, 224, 227, 235, 243, 257, 280, 282, 297, 309, 319, 339, 349, 354, 378, 448, 478, 518, 572, 621, 668, 748, 780, 836, 874, 890, 940, 951, 990

Full Bio: This bird stood out in his pre-release cohort because of his entertaining feeding style. Big Gulp enjoys eating large bites of partially defrosted food, often gulping down slushy bits of meat. He is 24/7 entertainment- Oh thank heaven for 711!! Starting from the time he was released in 2015 he formed a very close friendship with resident dominant male, 566. You rarely saw one without the other, and they often cuddled and preened together. In 2019 they joined forces and paired with Pinnacles Condor #725 to form a nesting trio. They are currently raising their first chick, #1003.


(20)8
Adult Female
Nickname: "Solo"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 14, 1999
Age: 21 Years and 8 Months
Hatch Location: Los Angeles Zoo
Release Date: March 4, 2000
Father: Number 1
Mother: Number 43
Biological Offspring: 431, 530, 606, 729
Foster Offspring: 429, 621, 665
Biological Siblings: 90, 91, 140, 141, 157, 166, 202, 217, 268, 284, 290, 307, 351, 357, 373, 397, 418, 429, 470, 492, 521, 537, 565, 623, 638, 642, 652, 684, 709, 725, 727, 772, 791, 805, 815, 852, 985

Full Bio: Solo has been an explorer her entire life. She knows the Big Sur backcountry and coastline intimately and preferred to roam these remote places alone until she matured and paired with Condor #168. Her preference for isolated areas has meant that Solo can be difficult to track and that she spends a lot of time in hunting territory, which puts her in danger of feeding on carcasses killed with lead bullets. In November 2005, Solo suffered severe lead poisoning and was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo for chelation treatment. Her life was saved thanks to intensive treatment by the highly qualified zoo staff.
​In 2006, Solo paired with #168 and they spend most of their time together, even when they don't have a chick relying on their care. This couple appears to us to have the happiest "marriage" of any of our paired birds. The one tiny tension in their partnership is that Solo prefers the backcountry east of the Santa Lucia Mountains, while #168 prefers the coast south of Big Sur. In 2007, they became the first pair to lay a fertile condor egg in the wild in Monterey County in over a century (this was #431, who was deemed genetically irreplaceable and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo). After several nesting attempts, Solo and #168 fostered Condor #665 in 2012 and, as expected, were spectacular parents!"

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:42 by Liam Hampl
- Eastern Phoebe stake out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6089036,-121.0775634&ll=35.6089036,-121.0775634
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81221526
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Exact count. All adults. Largish pinkish heads, large size, white on underwing, large, broad wings large fingers, wedge-shaped tail. At multiple times seen flying all together.
We made out 2 condor clips. 8 and 11.

711
Adult Male
Nickname: "Big Gulp"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 20, 2013
Age: 7 Years 8 Months
Hatch Location: World Center for Birds of Prey
Release Date: October 14, 2015 (San Simeon)
Father: Number 47
Mother: Number 51
Currently Paired With: Numbers 566 and 725
Foster Offspring: Number 1004
Biological Siblings: Numbers 150, 165, 182, 191, 203, 210, 224, 227, 235, 243, 257, 280, 282, 297, 309, 319, 339, 349, 354, 378, 448, 478, 518, 572, 621, 668, 748, 780, 836, 874, 890, 940, 951, 990

Full Bio: This bird stood out in his pre-release cohort because of his entertaining feeding style. Big Gulp enjoys eating large bites of partially defrosted food, often gulping down slushy bits of meat. He is 24/7 entertainment- Oh thank heaven for 711!! Starting from the time he was released in 2015 he formed a very close friendship with resident dominant male, 566. You rarely saw one without the other, and they often cuddled and preened together. In 2019 they joined forces and paired with Pinnacles Condor #725 to form a nesting trio. They are currently raising their first chick, #1003.


208
Adult Female
Nickname: "Solo"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 14, 1999
Age: 21 Years and 8 Months
Hatch Location: Los Angeles Zoo
Release Date: March 4, 2000
Father: Number 1
Mother: Number 43
Biological Offspring: 431, 530, 606, 729
Foster Offspring: 429, 621, 665
Biological Siblings: 90, 91, 140, 141, 157, 166, 202, 217, 268, 284, 290, 307, 351, 357, 373, 397, 418, 429, 470, 492, 521, 537, 565, 623, 638, 642, 652, 684, 709, 725, 727, 772, 791, 805, 815, 852, 985

Full Bio: Solo has been an explorer her entire life. She knows the Big Sur backcountry and coastline intimately and preferred to roam these remote places alone until she matured and paired with Condor #168. Her preference for isolated areas has meant that Solo can be difficult to track and that she spends a lot of time in hunting territory, which puts her in danger of feeding on carcasses killed with lead bullets. In November 2005, Solo suffered severe lead poisoning and was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo for chelation treatment. Her life was saved thanks to intensive treatment by the highly qualified zoo staff.
​In 2006, Solo paired with #168 and they spend most of their time together, even when they don't have a chick relying on their care. This couple appears to us to have the happiest "marriage" of any of our paired birds. The one tiny tension in their partnership is that Solo prefers the backcountry east of the Santa Lucia Mountains, while #168 prefers the coast south of Big Sur. In 2007, they became the first pair to lay a fertile condor egg in the wild in Monterey County in over a century (this was #431, who was deemed genetically irreplaceable and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo). After several nesting attempts, Solo and #168 fostered Condor #665 in 2012 and, as expected, were spectacular parents!"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:42 by Liam Hampl
- Eastern Phoebe stake out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6089036,-121.0775634&ll=35.6089036,-121.0775634
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81221526
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen along its favorite stretch of fence line about 2.3 miles in. Constantly dipping tail. Photos."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:42 by Kilian Hampl
- Eastern Phoebe stake out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6089036,-121.0775634&ll=35.6089036,-121.0775634
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81221934
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen along its favorite stretch of fence line about 2.3 miles in. Constantly dipping tail. Photos."

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 08:06 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S81272435
- Comments: "Off-white underneath brown on top no bright white markings"

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 08:06 by Peggy Burhenn
- 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/S81168584
- Comments: "Off-white underneath brown on top no bright white markings"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 15:09 by Charlotte Miranda
- 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/S81269493
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen on Cactus Patch!!"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 07:01 by Bill Hubick
- 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/S81213377
- Comments: "**** Mega. Continuing at Opuntia patch (https://maps.google.com/?q=35.274763,-120.886261)."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 06:28 by Kevin Enns-Rempel
- 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/S81171526
- Comments: "Saw only fleeting glimpses in prickly pear by bridge and heard rattling call a few times. Visual details only enough to confirm that it was an oriole."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 13:29 by Harry Graham
- 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/S81086880
- Comments: "Unaided views on prickly pear patch West of road near bridge. Displaced SOSP Who was alternately vocalizing and feeding on a cactus blossom. Bird flushed up the creek due to vehicle traffic but returned to forage approximately 10 minutes later.
Orange underparts white streaking on wings and streaks on its back"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 12:05 by Janet Rayner
- 2671 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39208, -120.85247, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392081,-120.852467&ll=35.392081,-120.852467
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81146175
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing... Bright red male SUTA observed along the middle edge of the Eucalyptus grove between Koa Ave and Laurel Ave, and the Pyracantha bush at end of Laurel Ave eating bees. Flew from tree to tree. Bird finally appear around 2:35 and was visible moving from tree to tree for about 20 minutes."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 12:05 by Ann Stockert
- 2671 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39208, -120.85247, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392081,-120.852467&ll=35.392081,-120.852467
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81095963
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing... Bright red male SUTA observed along the middle edge of the Eucalyptus grove between Koa Ave and Laurel Ave, and the Pyracantha bush at end of Laurel Ave eating bees. Flew from tree to tree. Bird finally appear around 2:35 and was visible moving from tree to tree for about 20 minutes."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 12:26 by Mike Bush
- 2680a Laurel Avenue, Morro Bay, California, US (35.393, -120.852), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3926302,-120.8523607&ll=35.3926302,-120.8523607
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81220636
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Brief short look at an unmistakeably bright red bird."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 11:40 by Nick Belardes
- 2702 Koa Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39239, -120.85285, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392391,-120.852849&ll=35.392391,-120.852849
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81272602
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird possibly found last December coming to a feeder, and to nearby trees in hilly Morro Bay neighborhood. Relocated this year, according to a neighbor two houses down from the dead-end street of Laurel Avenue, about four weeks ago. He said he informed his neighbor (who made the original posts in December 2019 of a bright red male Summer Tanager visiting her feeder). The original spotter then located the bird (see multiple eBird reports of bird in her yard, at her suet feeder, and in tree across street) and began posting on eBird. We arrived, planning to stay in the dead-end street area on Laurel Avenue from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. After not spotting the bird by then (we were joined at this time by Mike Bush, while two other birders came and went), we decided to wait until 12:30 p.m. to call off our search. Our search included observing eucalyptus trees, as well as scanning area yard trees, and peeking at an avocado tree in a backyard that we could spot between homes. Close to 12:30 p.m., Mike Bush, Jane Hawley and I spotted the bird fly into the lower portion of a eucalyptus tree down the hill. A neighbor soon informed us that he could see the bird from his backyard behind the avocado tree in his yard (he was very polite and informed us that he’d been searching an hour already earlier in the day for the tanager). We were soon able to gain a view of the bird, observe some of its foraging behaviors, and obtain views of its bright plumage. The bird is rosy red except for whitish splotches (leusistic?) on the right side of its neck, as well as a larger whitish patch on its right rear flank that bled some over to its belly. I noticed in a video I took of the bird that the low white patch fluffed out from its side more than its opposite flank when caught in the wind. The bird was eating some kind of larvae it was finding on tree branches. At one point it had two larvae lined up on a branch, chewed one, swallowed it, then picked up the other, chewed that, swallowed, then wiped both sides of its bill clean on the branch it was on. I’m still learning so much about bird feeding behaviors and found the tanager’s behavior interesting and methodical. In a second video on another branch, the bird also wiped both sides of its bill onto a branch after chewing/squishing a larvae. The bird was observed feeding atop a bush/tree and on a eucalyptus branch. I’m uncertain whether this bird is an Eastern or Western subspecies, though the various angles of the photos I’ve uploaded may help others in determining."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 08:00 by Gail Laporte
- Laurel Avenue, Morro Bay, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.39227,-120.85241&ll=35.39227,-120.85241
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81236377
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "red adult male, short pale beak"

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