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Canada Warbler

Thomas Slater
 

So I was in Pismo at my XC meet at Judkins when my son called me.
"Canada Warbler in Meadow Park in SLO! We going for it?"
Um... yes. I was going to travel to SB to try for one after the races.
But this was much closer. After 30 minutes of searching, I refound it in a Hackberry Tree about 30' up at 1 pm. 
It was originally seen by Nick Belardes at 10 am that morning. 

Owen got on it, Herb, Killian...  maybe others? But then it just sort of faded into the foliage.
No photo. But great looks. Owen too. I've been wanting to see one ever since Will Knowlton saw one out at Carrizzo school a few years back. Took long enough. But after hearing about several being seen in SB I was optimistic that this was the year. Hope others can get on it. Now on to that darn Red Crossbill that keeps eluding me!

bird on,

Tom Slater
Pajaro Bird Sanctuary 


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Tom Slater
Nipomo


Canada Warbler at Meadow Park

Nick Belardes
 

Hi all,

While this hasn't been confirmed, those of you who like to chase cool bird species might be interested in this possible Canada Warbler at Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo.

Spotted about an hour ago. Details and photos in my checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95151286

Have a nice weekend,

Nicholas Belardes
San Luis Obispo


Re: Red-footed Booby, Estero Bay, 9/24/2021

Tom Edell
 

Dave already mentioned the star bird on Friday’s boat trip, so here is a brief rundown on the more interesting birds seen during the trip that maxed out at around 30 miles west of Morro Bay.

 

Pink-footed Shearwater

Buller’s Shearwater (1-2)

Sooty Shearwater

Ashy Storm-Petrel (2)

South Polar Skua (1-2)

Pomarine Jaeger

Parasitic Jaeger

Long-tailed Jaeger (1)

Sabine’s Gull

Common Tern

Arctic Tern

Black Tern (1)

Cassin’s Auklet

Rhinoceros Auklet

Magnolia Warbler (1)

Yellow-rumped Warbler (2)

Common Yellowthroat (1)

 

Great trip with glassy conditions and birds in view the entire time. Thanks to Alvaro’s Adventures for running this trip!

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of David Lawrence via groups.io
Sent: Friday, September 24, 2021 10:56 PM
To: Slocobirding <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-footed Booby, Estero Bay, 9/24/2021

 

Greetings,

 

In what surely ranks at or near the top of best-documented SLO County rare bird sightings, a RED-FOOTED BOOBY made a spectacular appearance Friday highlighting the Alvaro’s Adventures pelagic birding excursion out of Morro Bay.  Many fortuitous birders watching to port were jarred from mid-afternoon drowsiness by Alvaro’s appropriately high-decibel “BOOBY!!” as the screeching bird dropped in to scatter a lose gull flock drawn by chum (set from the stopped boat for a distant Black-footed Albatross that not many saw and that never responded.)

 

Many participants came prepared with sophisticated camera optics, and a number were within the closest focusing distant when the bird first set down.  Usually this is easily fixed by taking a few steps back, but can be a challenge on a crowded bobbing boat.  But this cooperative bird flew, circled, returned, sat in the water, and eventually preened beyond the bow, allowing more “documentation” for many.   Its encore was a final lift and fly off.

 

This is the 3rd record of this species in SLO County (I leave to others to guess whether this is the same bird photographically documented a few weeks back…).  There will be many images posted to various records.  I’ve put a batch on flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence.

 

Dave Lawrence 

 

  


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Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-chinned Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Herring Gull (1 report)
- Barred Antshrike (Caatinga) (1 report)
- Yellow-throated Vireo (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2021 08:55 by The Kingbirder
- Pecan street, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1121975,-120.5960095&ll=35.1121975,-120.5960095
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95118189
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird on feeders. Calling."

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2021 08:55 by Long-eared Owl
- Pecan street, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1121975,-120.5960095&ll=35.1121975,-120.5960095
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95118163
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird on feeders. Calling."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2021 07:28 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S95117014
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing juvenile."

Herring Gull (Larus argentatus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 06:34 by Kathleen Kent
- 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/S95049393
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Pale iris, yellowish bill with dusky tip, pink legs, black tail, mottled gray and brown back and scapulars. Probably a second to third cycle bird. See accompanying photos."

Barred Antshrike (Caatinga) (Thamnophilus doliatus capistratus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 12:00 by Karen Lange
- Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.11858,-120.591&ll=35.11858,-120.591
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95112125
- Comments: "eating insects in a coral tree"

Yellow-throated Vireo (Vireo flavifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2021 08:46 by Mike Stiles
- 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/S95105523
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "While photographing birds in a large mixed flock containing many Warbling Vireos, I came home and found this picture of a vireo with yellow head and breast, white underneath, prominent wing-bars on dark wings"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2021 15:44 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/S95124195
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Male of unknown age was observed branch gleaning in cypress trees at entrance to campground road just west of the ranch house. Bird was black and white above with black auriculars,distinct eye ring on lower half of eye, mostly white below with black streaking on sides and flanks, with black spots on undertail."

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Red-footed Booby, Estero Bay, 9/24/2021

David Lawrence
 

Greetings,

In what surely ranks at or near the top of best-documented SLO County rare bird sightings, a RED-FOOTED BOOBY made a spectacular appearance Friday highlighting the Alvaro’s Adventures pelagic birding excursion out of Morro Bay.  Many fortuitous birders watching to port were jarred from mid-afternoon drowsiness by Alvaro’s appropriately high-decibel “BOOBY!!” as the screeching bird dropped in to scatter a lose gull flock drawn by chum (set from the stopped boat for a distant Black-footed Albatross that not many saw and that never responded.)

Many participants came prepared with sophisticated camera optics, and a number were within the closest focusing distant when the bird first set down.  Usually this is easily fixed by taking a few steps back, but can be a challenge on a crowded bobbing boat.  But this cooperative bird flew, circled, returned, sat in the water, and eventually preened beyond the bow, allowing more “documentation” for many.   Its encore was a final lift and fly off.

This is the 3rd record of this species in SLO County (I leave to others to guess whether this is the same bird photographically documented a few weeks back…).  There will be many images posted to various records.  I’ve put a batch on flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence.

Dave Lawrence 

  


YELLOW-THROATED VIREO

mike stiles
 

While birding at the MDO campground, I came across a large mixed flock near the amphitheater. In the flock were numerous Warbling Vireos. I took some photographs and when I came home discovered I had also photographed a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO. 

I encountered the flock in the morning, walked to the back of the campground, and the flock had moved on when I arrived back. The bird was in the willows below the amphitheater around 9am.

ebird checklist with photo: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95105523

Mike Stiles
Los Osos


Macgillivray's Warbler - Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

A Macgillivray's Warbler made an appearance in our yard this morning, skulking along in the brush before finally coming out to bath.  This is the 5th year that this species has appeared in our yard in late September.  Twice it has arrived on Sept 24, 2017 and today, 2021. Other arrival dates here are between 9/22 and 9/27. Wondering how long this timely seasonal occurrence will continue…?  How long had it been passing by on it's way south before I first noticed??  Their wintering range is primarily along the Pacific slope of Central America from southern Mexico to northern Panama.


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay








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*** Species Summary:

- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- Black-chinned Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Black-necked Stilt (3 reports)
- Virginia's Warbler (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (1 report)
- Townsend's x Hermit Warbler (hybrid) (1 report)

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Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2021 12:20 by Petra Clayton
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95080951
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male in eclipse plumage (white forewing patch only found in males) - Observed in Cottontail Creek arm.
First-ever eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/51508793376/in/dateposted-public/" title="Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/51508793376_335666e93b_z.jpg" alt="Eurasian Wigeon (Anas penelope), Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 17:55 by The Kingbirder
- Pecan street, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1121975,-120.5960095&ll=35.1121975,-120.5960095
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95055742
- Comments: "Continuing? Late. Bird seen on the feeders. Calling. Photos."

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 17:55 by Long-eared Owl
- Pecan street, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1121975,-120.5960095&ll=35.1121975,-120.5960095
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95055570
- Comments: "Continuing? bird seen on the feeders. Calling. Photos."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 23, 2021 07:25 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S95073354
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing juvenile seen feeding slowly up and down muddy creek edge."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 23, 2021 07:18 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S95068687
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird foraging in the creek. Photos"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 06:34 by Kathleen Kent
- 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/S95049393
- Comments: "Photos to be submitted"

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 23, 2021 08:25 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay yard, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.360935,-120.844846&ll=35.360935,-120.844846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95056927
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Pale gray upperparts, bold eye ring bright yellow rump and undertail . Visited bubbling bird bath several times before flying off."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 23, 2021 09:05 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/S95062254
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Observed at about 10:30 a.m. from trailhead at back of campground. Bird was in mixed flock with Nashville, Yellows, Townsend’s and Chickadees in creek willows moving east. Extremely vibrant white wingbars, striped back. Yellow chest, yellow cheek, dark flank stripes, lightish bill. Appears to maybe have some mud on face from foraging, though I might be mistaken. Terrible photos reveal back stripes and vibrant wingbars. Including cropped and original pic of sideview."

Townsend's x Hermit Warbler (hybrid) (Setophaga townsendi x occidentalis) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2021 12:15 by Jeanette Stone
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95074423
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo"

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Virginia's Warbler - Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

A Virginia's Warbler stopped to take a  bath in our yard this morning. Because of the close fenced residential properties to our yard this bird is possibly not chaseable.  Once again the bubbling bird bath has attracted another doozie!

Photos now up on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay




Oceano Lagoon

Mitch Siemens
 

Relatively quiet yesterday around noon at the lagoon but I did see one female hermit warbler and 4 yellow warblers along with 2 or 3 three Townsends warblers on the peninsula.

Mitch Siemens 
Arroyo Grande 


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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (2 reports)
- Lesser Nighthawk (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (4 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 08:49 by Jeff Miller
- 520 Hastings St, Cambria US-CA 35.56436, -121.10298, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.564365,-121.102984&ll=35.564365,-121.102984
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95016510
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 11:30 by Norman Pillsbury
- Hastings St, Cambria, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5646911,-121.1020876&ll=35.5646911,-121.1020876
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95036017
- Comments: "A flyby with strong white hash marks in center of wings, top, bracketed by darker wing tips and dark-brownish body. Smaller than ECDOs in same flyover. Tried but could not locate where it landed."

Lesser Nighthawk (Chordeiles acutipennis) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 19:24 by Nick Belardes
- Vina Robles Amphitheater, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.646316,-120.629307&ll=35.646316,-120.629307
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95039796
- Comments: "Nighthawk flew at dusk over amphitheater. White wingbars on primaries. Floppy wingbeats."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 10:20 by Heather O'Connor
- 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/S95040501
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Wading in the creek mud flats. Black back, stripe up neck and top half of head and front white neck and belly. Pink legs. White dot at auricular and rear supercillium area of eye. Black bill."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 07:27 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S95034507
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing juvenile"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 07:20 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/S95013749
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2021 16:25 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S95001045
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile since 9/20/21 (Maggie Smith, Nick Belardes) - Observed up-creek with Great Blue Heron, Eared Grebe, and Reck-necked Phalarope.

Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 9/20/2019
Most recent eBird report at Villa Creek Marsh: 5/2/2020"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2021 18:30 by Jeff Zylland
- north beach lagoon pismo, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1314305,-120.6375907&ll=35.1314305,-120.6375907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S95038892
- Comments: "larger, darkish egret (backlit) doing its foraging dance, looked and acted like a reddish"

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2021: Final Year of Black Oystercatcher Nest Monitoring

petra schaaf
 

The following information was received from Jodi Isaacs, Environmental Scientist for California State Parks.

Attached is the "2021 Final Report" of the "Black Oystercatcher Reproductive Success Monitoring, San Luis Obispo County."

Background:
2021 marks the last year of official Black Oystercatcher nest monitoring on the San Luis Obispo coast, completing a 10-year data set to be included in Audubon California's Black Oystercatcher  population viability analysis.

In 2011 Audubon California had conducted a statewide population survey to attain baseline data regarding Black Oystercatcher distribution and abundance. In 2012, the study evolved into a collaborative effort between multiple agencies and organizations to assess the reproductive success of Black Oystercatchers within California.  Nest monitoring surveys were conducted from May through September over a ten-year period.

For the 2021 breeding season local monitoring efforts were conducted by community scientists and State Parks employees and coordinated by Jodi Isaacs, with funding assistance from Morro Coast Audubon Society Chapter.

Petra Clayton,
Los Osos, CA



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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (3 reports)
- Black-necked Stilt (3 reports)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Philadelphia Vireo (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2021 14:55 by Joanne Aasen
- 476 Hastings St, Cambria - Joanne's Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.564077,-121.1037433&ll=35.564077,-121.1037433
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94995213
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird seen in morning returned with EUCD flock. Photos taken thru window w/screen. If I opened the door or window the WWDO and EUCD would all fly away."

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2021 12:51 by Joanne Aasen
- 476 Hastings St, Cambria - Joanne's Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.564077,-121.1037433&ll=35.564077,-121.1037433
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94983886
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen from bedroom window on ground foraging with EUCD. Smaller, darker, than EUCD and white showing on bottom edge of folded wings. Last seen in my backyard on 8-27-2021."

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2021 13:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Hasting street, cambria, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.563918,-121.1043815&ll=35.563918,-121.1043815
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94992421
- Comments: "Continuing"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 20, 2021 11:00 by Charles Ritter
- Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3982858,-120.8678892&ll=35.3982858,-120.8678892
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94954838
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Resting on beach with other shore birds."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2021 11:15 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/S94981323
- Comments: "Previously reported at this location on 9/20"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2021 07:24 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S94992298
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Juvenile seen flying yesterday and photographed later by Nick Belardes. It was at creek mouth slowly working its way upstream. Cap and back was dark brown, underparts white."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2021 09:40 by Kaaren Perry
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94980787
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen from Cottontail Cr. Rd. feeding on muddy bank in small sheltered pond at north end of reservoir. Bold eye ring, dark brown upper parts and bobbing tail motion observed."

Philadelphia Vireo (Vireo philadelphicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2021 07:30 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94984347
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small vireo with smaller, pointier bill than surrounding Warbling Vireo flock. Rounded grey head, green back, green wings with pale edges (also some brown in its wings indicating a possible juvenile), short tail, yellow undertail, grey line through eye and a lengthy supercilium.

This bird was in a small flock of vireos and warblers, hopping from branch to branch quickly foraging, sometimes pausing to perch for a moment or two.

Found in southeastern area of park while snapping photos of vireos, especially the smaller flock specimens.

Been staring at Sibley’s Guide and online photos to compare this bird to Warbling Vireo and Philly Vireo, as this bird just seemed too different from the flock to not take note. One of the photos is washed out but included. Both pics have a branch blocking where you don't want a branch blocking."

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Cayucos Creek and Laguna Lake, 9/21

Tom Edell
 

This morning I too checked Cayucos Creek and saw the two juvenile Greater White-fronted Geese between the Ocean Ave Bridge and Hardie Park. Two Cinnamon Teal were also new there.  There has been an early incursion of the Greater White-fronted Geese this year. Normally mostly single birds are found prior to the last week of the Sep with the first large migrating flocks typically showing up in October. A flock of 51 seen over Morro Bay on 19 Sep was exceptional for mid-Sep and two more flocks have been recorded in eBird.

 

This morning I checked the Prefumo Creek outlet into Laguna Lake. The shallow water and sandbars continue to attract waterfowl and shorebirds to that area and this morning there were 6 Pectoral Sandpipers feeding there along with six Spotted Sandpipers, a Wilson’s Snipe, and Western and Least sandpipers. For those unaware of the current dredging plan for the lake, it will take place during the second half of September. This morning I saw silt fencing and other containment features from my location at the northeast end of Laguna Lane. This effort could lead to good shorebird and waterfowl opportunities for birders especially if temporary mudflats are created during the work. For more on the project and history of the lake checkout the city’s LAGUNA LAKE NATURAL RESERVE CONSERVATION PLAN . And, this seems like one of the places that the county’s first Neotropic Cormorant (a species that’s been recorded in all the surrounding counties) could be found.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


WWDO in Cambria backyard.... again

Joanne Aasen
 


Serendipitous viewing of WWDO foraging with EUCD in my backyard in Cambria.

Last sighting of WWDO in my yard was on 8/27/2021.

This individual may be staying with a flock of EUCDs in the area.

If I looked out of my bedroom window more often… 

As I “gently” moved in my window all the EUCDs flushed leaving the WWDO on ground looking up to the window. It also finally left. 
It only takes one dove to be spooked to alert the rest and then…. “We’re outta here!"

eBird checklist with photo: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94983886 

Joanne Aasen
Park Hill, Cambria, CA


May I? Request binocular suggestions

Rubba Johanna
 

I hope this is allowable ... I have a young friend (26) who has a budding interest in birdwatching. Her birthday is coming up and I would like to get her a pair of beginner's bins that won't cost the moon (in case her interest doesn't bloom) but is decent for beginner birding. I hesitate to get her a full-size pair; on the other hand, I don't find small bins (e.g., 8x25) very good for birding. I wouldn't go for 10x25s--the magnification relative to the lens size isn't very good for zeroing in on birds. I'd like to keep the cost under $100 if possible. I use Nikon Aculon 8x42s. I know these are not a high-end product, but they're quite satisfactory for my needs and affordable. They let in more light than I expected when I ordered them. But they're a full-size pair, and I don't know if my friend is keen to drag around 1+ lbs of glass & plastic. Any advice appreciated--please e-mail me directly. Thanks!

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Whale Rock Reservoir -

Kaaren Perry
 

A Solitary Sandpiper was present at the north end of the reservoir this morning seen from Cottontail Cr. Rd.  It was feeding along the muddy shore of a small pond.  
ID photos on my ebird list : https://ebird.org/checklist/S94980787

Duck numbers are increasing daily.  Nothing unexpected. I did see a single Wood Duck tucked in the reeds. 

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


oops

Kara Nelson
 

Sorry, I have not posted for so long, I forgot how!
Kara Hagedorn 
Atascadero, CA

Sent from Outlook


Black-Necked Stilt on Morro Strand

Kara Nelson
 

March 20, 2021
6:15 pm
Saw a Black-necked Stilt at Morro Strand State Beach by the campground where Alva Paul creek makes a lagoon.  A Phalarope was feeding deeper in the lagoon near the vegetation of the creek.  They must be traveling companions.  

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FW: Morro Bay pelagic this Friday

Tom Edell
 

FYI. Still two spaces available on this Friday's boat trip.

Below is part of the announcement to participants sent out by Alvaro this morning. Reserve a spot by contacting Alvarosadventures (link below).

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 

Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: Alvaro Jaramillo <alvaro@...>
Date: 9/21/21 8:21 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: chucao@...
Subject: Morro Bay pelagic this Friday

Hello all,

    We are nearing the day of the trip and all is looking good. Forecast is for low winds and waves, which is good for comfort, but we will be hoping that no fog develops. We shall see, but no problematic weather is on the horizon. If calm weather materializes, we will have a broader range of possibilities in terms of our destination. 

Note that we now have two openings, so if you have any friends that are interested do let me know.

Looking forward to it, and do let me know if you have any questions.

Alvaro Jaramillo

alvaro@...

www.alvarosadventures.com

 


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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