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Warbler city on the peninsula

Rubba Johanna
 

Just got back from about an hour's walk on the eastern side of the peninsula, on the dirt loop road. A ways in, in the general area of the bare pine and adjacent big tree, were numerous warblers. I was able to identify Townsend's, Yellow, and Orange-crowned. No Worm-eating warbler. There were a few others I could not identify. Sadly, my hands shake and make it difficult to get a steady look at a bird. There was one warbler that was yellow below and greenish-grey above, no obvious marks except a sliver of white on the edge of the wing mid-body. I think I've seen this before, but don't remember where. Anyone have a clue?

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) (1 report)
- American Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Ash-throated Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (3 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (3 reports)
- Worm-eating Warbler (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (4 reports)
- Indigo Bunting (3 reports)
- Dickcissel (1 report)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 11:52 by Long-eared Owl
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119350568
- Comments: "Seen all at once. Black and white stilts with pink legs."

Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) (Himantopus mexicanus mexicanus) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 11:52 by 🦆The Kingbirder🦉
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119350190
- Comments: "Continuing black and white stilts. Liam saw up to 3."

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 10:55 by Will Knowlton
- Arroyo Laguna, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6515286,-121.2196684&ll=35.6515286,-121.2196684
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119362247
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Long primary projection with four primaries extending past the tertials. Dark cap with whitish eyebrow. Fairly plain-colored overall without much gold speckling.
Observed foraging along the section of beach that is east of the main lagoon with other plovers."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 06:45 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/S119361762
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small empid, largish head, small bill, olive -green back, buffy wing bars, short tail often doing the 'flycatcher flick". Movement seen from deep in a ceanothus bush and finally seen for a few seconds as it flew into a small opening in the nearby brush. No sound heard."

Ash-throated Flycatcher (Myiarchus cinerascens) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 08:26 by Dale Ball
- The Lakes, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5143427,-120.6719139&ll=35.5143427,-120.6719139
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119366346
- Comments: "Rusty tail
Picture to follow"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 11:52 by 🦆The Kingbirder🦉
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119350190
- Comments: "He’s back! Continuing bird that seems to be back for another winter. This bird has got to be at least 10 years old? Pics."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 11:52 by Long-eared Owl
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119350568
- Comments: "He’s back! Continuing bird that seems to be back for another winter. This bird has got to be at least 10 years old? Pics."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 09:56 by Tom Edell
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119364021
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "likely returning bird that was first reported on 21 Sep. Very dark and brown colored tail feathers indicated ongoing molt. Photos"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 08:16 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4431992,-120.8954&ll=35.4431992,-120.8954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119365429
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "small sparrow with a pale mustache, thin dark malar stripe, and an eyeline that did not extend into the lores. Wide unstreaked gray nape, pink legs and small bill. Buffy colored breast with out streaks. Photos"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 07:39 by Long-eared Owl
- Cayucos residential area, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4429643,-120.8948035&ll=35.4429643,-120.8948035
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119344565
- Comments: "Cool! Found just sitting on a fence adjacent to an open lot on 10th street. Small Buffy spizella with pale lores, Buffy breast and flanks, and a gray nape. Seen in the open for a while, and then eventually lost in the weeds. Pics."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 07:39 by 🦆The Kingbirder🦉
- Cayucos residential area, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4429643,-120.8948035&ll=35.4429643,-120.8948035
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119344549
- Comments: "Cool! Found just sitting on a fence adjacent to an open lot on 10th street. Small Buffy spizella with pale lores, Buffy breast and flanks, and a gray nape. Seen in the open for a while, and then eventually lost in the weeds. Pics."

Worm-eating Warbler (Helmitheros vermivorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 07:45 by Kevin Zimmer
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119306859
- Comments: "Found at 1219h, on the east side of the peninsula, less than 50 m along the dirt loop trail. I was actually walking back to the north along the trail, tracking a small group of warblers (mostly Yellow, with a couple each of Wilson's and Orange-crowned) moving in the dense vegetation along the edge of the lagoon. I had just glimpsed a bird that had a fairly bright green back, that I thought might be the Chestnut-sided Warbler seen earlier by multiple observers, and stepped off the sunlit trail into the shade to the right of the path, in an effort to get a better look. As I stepped into the shade, I saw a slightly larger, stouter-looking bird pop up in the crown of a blackberry bramble. Based on the chunkier, longer-billed appearance (evident to the naked eye), I thought it was going to be a vireo rather than a warbler. The bird was less than 15' from me, and only 6-7' above ground, but in fairly deep shade and backlit, and I was just stepping out of the sun into the shade, so my eyes were still adjusting and I needed binoculars to discern color. As I was raising my binoculars, I noticed that the bird was sitting atop a spray of branches in the bramble, and probing into a cluster of dead leaves hung up in the crown of the bramble. As soon as I laid my glasses on the bird, I could see that it was obviously a Worm-eating Warbler, a species that I had not previously seen in the county (or even in California), but one that I know well from years of guiding tours on the Gulf Coast of Texas in spring, from its breeding areas in Arkansas where my parents lived, and from 3 decades of leading tours to various countries in Central America, where the species winters. My view was brief (barely a second in the binoculars), but the bird was in profile, relatively low, and very close. The most striking aspect of the plumage was the very saturated, rich ochre-buff to cinnamon-buff head, throat and upper breast, with bold, black lateral crown stripes framing the buff median crown, and a long, black eyeline extending rearward from the eye, giving a bold, black-striped-on-rich buff look to the head. This was a particularly richly colored Worm-eating Warbler on the head and upper breast, bordering on almost orange-buff, but fading to duller buff on the belly and lower abdomen. The back and wings (no wingbars) were a contrastingly duller grayish-olive-brown. The head was flat-crowned in profile, and the bill was long and spiky, with an extensively pale, pinkish basal section to the mandible, blending to a duskier tip, and with a mostly dusky culmen. I barely got the binoculars squarely on the bird, before it hopped up and over the top of the bramble, and out of my sight, although I didn't have the impression that it had flown far. I think of this species as a bit more sedate and sluggish in its movements, usually pausing to rummage in aerial leaf litter before moving on, so I eased around to the far side of the bramble, with camera in hand, expecting to find it nearby. Frustratingly, I never saw it again. The other warblers in the loosely associated group were leapfrogging one another and moving actively along the water edge, and I can only assume that the Worm-eating moved out with them. I lingered around the blackberry bramble for several minutes, and tried pishing and even audio playback of call notes, but got nothing. I then worked up and down both sides of the peninsula very thoroughly, for another 20-30 minutes, with zero success, before texting the Group-Me RBA. I spent another 90 minutes working the Peninsula and the loop trail around the lagoon, but without so much as a whiff of the Worm-eating Warbler."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 13:40 by Heather O'Connor
- Meadow Park--San Luis Obispo, 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/S119368167
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Behavior was similar to Nuthatch searching in inverted position. Female/immature."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 06:45 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/S119361762
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Yellow-green upper parts with white undertail coverts, faint wing bars, lime green rump, eyeline and rather faint pale supercilium, largish flat bill. Bird flew in with a Yellow Warbler and then proceeded to spend a few minutes bathing, sometimes alone or joined but the YEWA. It was not seen again, despite some careful waiting."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 09:02 by Carly Boyd-Dovideo
- Meadow Creek/Monarch Butterfly Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1298771,-120.6328654&ll=35.1298771,-120.6328654
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119338089
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Apparent non-breeding female warbler foraging in the willows at the entrance to the campground. Bold white eye ring, lime-green crown and back. Chestnut streaks along the side."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 08:45 by Jeanette Stone
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119324916
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Warbler with bright lime-green back and wingbars. Off white to light grey underneath with bold white eyering. Seen foraging in the willows in two different locations. Poor Photos"

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 07:46 by Janet Rayner
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119362150
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 07:46 by Ann Stockert
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119307789
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 11:45 by Mike Bush
- Meadow Park--San Luis Obispo, 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/S119348451
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Female-immature bird, two wingbars, rufous back with diffuse blue in wing and tail. Photos."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 09:07 by Doug Drynan
- Meadow Park--San Luis Obispo, 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/S119367526
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing female bird first obs by Dave Clendenin at his bird feeder. Then obs by Nick Belardes later same morning. Thanks to Nick for showing me his pics and pointing out features to look for. I saw the bird feed with group of house finches. Plain brownish breast with faint streaks down into belly and sides. Lighter throat. Wingbars. Very faint tint of blue on tail that I could only see once I reviewed my Pics."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1)
- Reported Sep 24, 2022 08:48 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park--San Luis Obispo, 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/S119345740
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "I've seen a pair of buntings twice over the past few days, and one the day before that above his fence. Today's birds include one cinnamon-colored bird with pale wingbars that has a streaky breast and grey-blue tail. Depending on how the bird was positioned, the tail would seem even bluer in the late morning light.

These birds were reported to me this morning by a homeowner along the eastern park. He said to have seen the pair at a back yard feeder. Yesterday I reported a pair of buntings in the far western creek area. The homeowner said two buntings had been visiting a platform feeder for a few days.

The birds had visited three times altogether this morning, according to the homeowner. I sat and waited with another birder in the homeowner's yard and first only saw the less streaky bunting. I then birded the park for a while then, after splitting up from the other birder, was notified the buntings had come back to the platform feeder. They weren't in the yard when I returned. I waited and the Indigo came to a tree that is visible from outside the yard (the feeder isn't super viewable from outside the yard so you would have to watch for the bird to fly into what I think the homeowner called a toyon tree. If you're super tall you might be able to see the platform though). The bird fed at a feeder for several minutes, then eventually flew to a cherry tree just outside of the yard, worked its way through it, and I lost sight."

Dickcissel (Spiza americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 17:14 by Tom Edell
- Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4431951,-120.8953657&ll=35.4431951,-120.8953657
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119307732
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "I first spotted this bird in the backyard where it was perched in a myrica shrub with House Finches. I initially thought it was going to be a yellow House Finch because it had yellow on the breast but quickly noted the yellow supercilium, brown cheek, pale malar suffused with yellow, a faint and thin dark sub-malar stripe, and white throat. Its lesser and median coverts were brown with a reddish tinge. I could also see that the pinkish bill with a dark culmen was much larger than the adjacent House Finches though the bird was comparable in size. It eventually flew to the ground and fed with House Sparrows and a White-crowned Sparrow before flushing. I never came back to feed again and over the next 30 minutes I saw it on a utility wire on 9th Street, the fig tree behind my yard, and a tall Monterey cypress tree. When feeding on the ground I observed the pale braces on the dark back and that the dark tail had pointed retricies. When perched on the utility wire showed the notched tail and that the yellow on the breast continued down the center of the belly which was otherwise pale. Unfortunately, after the bird departed three people showed up but the bird was not seen again. (Photos)"

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Re: Fall arriving yard birds.

Kaaren Perry
 

Hi Birders, 

Please ignore the flickr reference in the second paragraph. No flycatcher will be there!   A product of cut and paste!  

Kaaren


On Sep 24, 2022, at 5:04 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

With migration reports popping in from all over the county I decided to pass some time today watching my yard for what ever might choose to pop in. Well worth the time spent. It was a yellow day for warblers with multiple Yellow, Wilson's, Orange-crowned Warblers all making an appearance. Townsend's came to bath also and was the only one with wing bars!. The surprise was a very bright Tennessee Warbler!  The TEWA arrived with a Yellow Warbler and they spent quite a while bathing together before heading off. The Yellow returned several times during the day but the TEWA was not see again.  

A little while later I noticed the flicking tail https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/52380763707/in/datetaken-public/ a flycatcher and on further investigation a  Hammond's Flycatcher appeared. Viewed for a second or two and I was able to get one photo before it disappeared. 

FOS Lincoln's and Golden-crowned sparrows appeared early in the morning and continuing adult and immature White-crowns Sparrows representing pugetensis and gambelii subspecies were poking around in the seed most of the day.  

Photos of some of these are available on my ebird report here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119361762 and TEWA also now up on flickr.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay









Fall arriving yard birds.

Kaaren Perry
 

With migration reports popping in from all over the county I decided to pass some time today watching my yard for what ever might choose to pop in. Well worth the time spent. It was a yellow day for warblers with multiple Yellow, Wilson's, Orange-crowned Warblers all making an appearance. Townsend's came to bath also and was the only one with wing bars!. The surprise was a very bright Tennessee Warbler!  The TEWA arrived with a Yellow Warbler and they spent quite a while bathing together before heading off. The Yellow returned several times during the day but the TEWA was not see again.  

A little while later I noticed the flicking tail https://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/52380763707/in/datetaken-public/ a flycatcher and on further investigation a  Hammond's Flycatcher appeared. Viewed for a second or two and I was able to get one photo before it disappeared. 

FOS Lincoln's and Golden-crowned sparrows appeared early in the morning and continuing adult and immature White-crowns Sparrows representing pugetensis and gambelii subspecies were poking around in the seed most of the day.  

Photos of some of these are available on my ebird report here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119361762 and TEWA also now up on flickr.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay








Indigo Bunting at Meadow Park

Mike Bush
 

Hi SLOCO Birders - 

Originally found by Meadow Park neighbor Dave Clendenin and then Nick Belardes in the SE portion of the park along a newer fence with a 'No Hunting' sign. 

This is also the area where a Tennessee Warbler has been seen very recently.

Immature -female bird, two wingbars, rufous back with faint blue highlights on wing and tail.

Bird responsibly!

Mike Bush
Los Osos 


Dickcissel, Cayucos, 9/23

Tom Edell
 

This afternoon a Dickcissel visited my backyard feeder and was seen off and on for a little over an hour. Internet is out in Cayucos this evening. I'll post an eBird checklist with photos tomorrow.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 



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Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (2 reports)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (2 reports)
- Wilson's Warbler (chryseola) (1 report)
- Indigo Bunting (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 07:26 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/S119298532
- Media: 1 Photo

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 12:07 by Doug Drynan
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119296423
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first obs this fall by Jeff Miller. In same spot as others have indicated. Dead tree on paved walking route near last dock on northwest side lake. Large bill and bright yellow under. White throat. Brown tail with no terminal white band. Bird was silent. Pics."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 07:58 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park--San Luis Obispo, 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/S119284464
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing rarity. Dark eyeline, pale supercilium, lime back, tail, and crown, pale underside. Feeding on cherries. Photo."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:14 by Tom Edell
- 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/S119204809
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "This bird was first seen in a cape honeysuckle hedge at the Panorama/Island Street intersection. It flew across Island into a residential yard and perched in a tall palm tree before disappearing. The brightly colored orangey-yellow breast and otherwise pale underparts first attracted my attention (though the photos do not show any orangey color), and I quickly noted the two white wingbars, dark trianglular face pattern, yellow supercilium, and pale braces on the back. I then concentrated on taking photos which show other features expected on this species including dark streaks along the side, a partial eyering under the eye, dark crown, and short tail. The bird was not seen again while Mike and I were at the park."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:14 by Mike Bush
- 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/S119207430
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "This bird was first seen in a cape honeysuckle hedge at the Panorama/Island Street intersection. It flew across Island into a residential yard and perched in a tall palm tree before disappearing. The brightly colored orangey-yellow breast and otherwise pale underparts first attracted my attention (though the photos do not show any orangey color), and I quickly noted the two white wingbars, dark trianglular face pattern, yellow supercilium, and pale braces on the back. I then concentrated on taking photos which show other features expected on this species including dark streaks along the side, a partial eyering under the eye, dark crown, and short-tail. The bird was not seen again while Mike and I were at the park."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 07:46 by Jeff Miller
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119282159
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 07:46 by Norman Pillsbury
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119291012
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Wilson's Warbler (chryseola) (Cardellina pusilla chryseola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 08:00 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/S119208216
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male. showing black cap, orangish forehead and face above bill."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (2)
- Reported Sep 23, 2022 07:58 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park--San Luis Obispo, 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/S119284464
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juveys/adult nonbreeding. Pair flew in bottle brush tree and perched momentarily. I had noticed them flying in the vicinity of a flock of munias and two house wrens. They appeared dark, far darker than the lazuli I had just seen across the street, which was very pale in comparison and had a two-toned non-striped underside. These buntings were dark. The heads, wings and back were dark brown and tums were a shade lighter brown, but streaked. Didn’t notice any wingbars. Including original photo and a cropped photo."

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First of the season

Jan Bugge
 

Hallelujah just saw my first two White Crowned Sparrows and a Lincoln’s Sparrow in Creston!!!
Jan

Jan Bugge
Creston, CA


WCSP

William Bouton
 

FOS White-crowned Sparrow arrived today at Patricia Price’s feeders (near Oldtown) Arroyo Grande. A date one day later than usual.




Re: FOS Golden-crowned sparrow

Rick Derevan
 

And in Atascadero, too.  I'm looking at our FOS white-crowned sparrow as I type. 

Rick Derevan
Atascadero 

On Sep 22, 2022, at 10:05 AM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

We just now had our FOS White-crown arrive in the yard. Here they come👏👏

Kaaren Perry 
Morro Bay


On Sep 22, 2022, at 9:24 AM, Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365@...> wrote:


A winter adult Golden-crowned sparrow is in our backyard looking for seeds.
First of the season


Claudia  - in west Atascadero at 1700'

"The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth"
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White-crowned sparrow

Thomas Slater
 

FOS. Same day as the last four years since I’ve been keeping track. Absolutely amazing.

Tom in Nipomo




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Nipomo


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

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Cackling Goose (1 report)
- Bufflehead (3 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (6 reports)
- White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Northern Waterthrush (2 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (2 reports)
- Tennessee Warbler (2 reports)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)
- Wilson's Warbler (chryseola) (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 15:19 by Nick Belardes
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119165135
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing small goose. Short bill and neck."

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:47 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119194570
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 06:58 by Sam Larkin
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119186376
- Comments: "In Perfumo Creek outlet"

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 11:19 by Heather O'Connor
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119172474
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:47 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119194570
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:06 by Griffin Davies
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119190528
- Comments: "Identified by Jeff Miller himself"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:06 by Jason Talbott
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119191655
- Comments: "Continuing individual. Seen with Jeff Miller"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:01 by Tyler Gianni
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119190403
- Comments: "1 viewed at the top of a conifer. Identified by jeff"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 16:09 by Nick Belardes
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119165064
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Worn adult. Returning bird found earlier in the day. Thought I would check in since this location is so close. How old does that make this bird? 8? I forget. It returns each fall. The light wasn’t great but I could make out its long black bill, its large kingbird size, the bright yellow tum and undertail too. I could see its green back in photos. It was perched in its usual spot, easily viewable from second dock in willows."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 11:19 by Heather O'Connor
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119172474
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On paved walking path loop. In eucalyptus tree overlooking lake facing SE. Yellow belly. Larger than standard kingbird bill. Heard a trilling call."

White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 19, 2022 11:45 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/S119155090
- Comments: "(calling; an apparent male with a black cap seen in pines in the front loop of the campground was heard giving the "yank" calls typical of S. c. aculeata)"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 19, 2022 11:45 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/S119155090
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "While checking birds on the slope above the gate at the lower end of the single lane between the two campground loops, I heard several “check” calls and shortly thereafter I saw a small, yellow oriole in a Coffeeberry bush about halfway up the slope. We the spent a short time studying this bird and taking photos as it moved the Coffeeberry, Coyotebush, and eventually a relatively large Toyon. We heard this call several times, but managed to get only mediocre views and photos, given the distance. Unfortunately, this bird vanished when I went back to the vehicle to get my scope, and we were unable to relocate it when I returned.
This was a small oriole that appeared to be roughly comparable in size to a House Finch, but with a slimmer body and maybe a slightly longer tail. I thought the bill was short and relatively straight, but I could not determine its length relative to field-marks on the head or discern the precise details of its shape. The forehead was sloping, and the crown was rounded, on a head that was unremarkable in size for an oriole. The neck was inconspicuous and the body was relatively slim and elongate. I was unable to see both the primary projection and the placement of the wingtips relative to the tail. The tail was slim and of medium length. Although I was unable both to determine the length of the tail relative to the body and to see the shape at the tip, my photos show the tail to have been slightly graduated. I am not sure I ever saw the legs or feet clearly, but even if I did, I have no recollection of them.
This was a brightly colored bird for a yellow-bodied oriole. The throat, breast, and belly were a relatively bright, lemon-yellow in color, and even though my photos show the flanks to be duller in color. The head and neck were quite green, and a somewhat yellowish green that did not contrast strongly with the throat. I did not see any real face pattern. The back appeared to be greenish, but I did not see it all that well. The wings contrasted as somewhat darker than the body, but I thought the color was dark brown to sooty rather blackish. I noted two whitish wingbar that appeared to be relatively narrow, yet well-defined, and I thought there were paler fringes to the remiges, but I was unable to make out either their coloration or their character. My recollection is not as good that the undertail coverts were yellow, but I was confident that the underside of the tail was uniformly rather yellow.
I thought the bill was relatively dark, and even though I could not see any pinkish at the base, it was only after looking at my photos that I concluded that the base of the lower mandible was grayish. The eyes were dark, but I could not see the precise color, and as noted above, I have no recollection of the legs or feet."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 10:15 by Petra Clayton
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119167868
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot (prior to today's sighting by Tom Edell): 9/9/2020

Chocolate-brown crown, nape, back, wings (no wingbars) and tail; cream-colored supercilium tapering behind the eye; cream-colored throat (with dark spots); cream-colored breast, belly, and flanks with crisp dark streaking; unmarked whitish undertail coverts; dusky pink legs; slender dark bill.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Northern Waterthrush foraging up-creek, frequently bobbing its tail:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/52375934608/in/dateposted-public/" title="Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis), Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/52375934608_c7c20dd8b8_c.jpg" alt="Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis), Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 08:57 by Tom Edell
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119163657
- Media: 1 Video, 3 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "This bird was found up creek of the Hardie Park horseshoe pits. It was initially heard calling and then seen foraging along the creek bottom and left bank where it moved in and out of the overhanging willows and brush. This was an active feeder that regularly bobbed its tail. Primary features included the dark streaked, cream colored underparts, long pale supercilium, and brown back and upper tail. Photos, video, and audio."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 09:01 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S119203941
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Creeping along tree limbs in typical foraging behavior; white throat, pale cheek, and lack of buffy wash on flanks suggest adult female or immature male."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 08:13 by Nick Belardes
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119153940
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "All black-and-white warbler with black spots on white undertail, black stripes on white flanks, white underside. Double-white wingbars and long pinkish bill. That’s about all I recall from the field. In examining my photos I could see all the striking black-and-white stripes on head, back, tail and wings. Black eyeline from eye back toward the nape, strong white supercilium, striped crown, smudgy cheeks, white throat. And yellow feet! Seen in mixed flock (see Chestnut-sided Warbler entry). Photos"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:56 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- Meadow Park--San Luis Obispo, 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/S119200767
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted by Torrey. Dark eyeline, pale supercilium, lime green wings, crown, nape, back, tail. Pale throat and underside with some greenish hue, white undertail. Photos"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2022 07:56 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park--San Luis Obispo, 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/S119195396
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted by Torrey. Dark eyeline, pale supercilium, lime green wings, crown, nape, back, tail. Pale throat and underside with some greenish hue, white undertail. Photos"

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 08:13 by Nick Belardes
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119153940
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Warbler with all white/light grey underside, double light green wingbars on grey/black to green wings, grey face, white eyering. Green crown, green back, some green in wingpits (is that a thing?) In mixed flock with Black-and-White Warbler, Wilson’s, Orange-crowned, Townsend’s, Hutton’s Vireo, and Yellow Warbler. I was taking pics of the Black-and-White along the maintenance road when I spotted a warbler with an all-white underside. I soon spotted its wingbars then eventually its crown, back and eyering. Its wingbars on its left side seemed a bit broken but otherwise seemed like other juvenile/females I’ve seen. I’m guessing this was a migrating juvenile. From my photos I can see a bit of yellowy-green just in front of undertail coverts and a few spots of chestnut coloring on its flanks. Very friendly and curious bird that came close when I psshhed. It rarely perched for long. It was along the west side of the road then moved to east side and hopped in canopy along the dirt trail. Photos."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 19, 2022 11:45 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/S119155090
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Elliott spotted what was probably a continuing Blackpoll Warbler foraging in a small live oak along the back loop of the campground, but it remained in this tree only briefly before flying up into the larger pines, where we lost track of it. I saw this bird only relatively briefly, and given that I tried to get photos under less-than-ideal conditions, I had little time to study it before it vanished. I also never heard this bird vocalize.
From what I could see, this was a relatively large warbler with a plump body, an stocky neck, and a head of unremarkable size and a rounded crown. My photos appear to show long wings and a relatively short tail, but I never noticed either in the field, and I likewise have no recollection of the legs or feet from my field observations. What I did see was that this bird was an olive green on the head and what I could see of the back, but an olive-yellow across the throat, breast, and sides blending to white on the belly and undertail coverts. I cannot recall seeing any streaking on the breast or any markings or contrast on the flanks. Also apparent was that the wings were rather blackish, but with two bright, white wingbars that represented the tips to the greater and median coverts. I have some recollection of a pattern of fine striping on the remiges, but I cannot recall the color of this striping, or it is extended across all of the remiges, and I have no recollection whatsoever of the pattern on the tail. I am pretty sure the eyes and bill were dark, but I have no further memory of seeing the soft-part colors (though my photos do show the legs and feet as being at least partially flesh-colored."

Wilson's Warbler (chryseola) (Cardellina pusilla chryseola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 19, 2022 11:45 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/S119155090
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "(a male seen along the edge of the front loop of the campground had a black cap that contrasted with a forehead and front part of the face that were a deep orange in color, typical of the locally breeding C. p. chryseola)"

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Blackburnian Warbler, Del Mar Park, 9/22

Tom Edell
 

This morning at sunup it was very birdy from the parking lot on the north side of the park. A Blackburnian Warbler with a fairly bright orangey yellow breast was in a cape honeysuckle hedge at the corner of Island and Panorama. A total of six warbler species, 4 Western Tanagers, and a handful of pugentensis White-crowned Sparrows were also present. Surprisingly, the park itself was slow for birds.

Later, Lila Keiser Park and Morro Creek only had a few migrants.



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Re: FOS Golden-crowned sparrow

Jan Bugge
 

None in Creston so far!  


On Sep 22, 2022, at 10:05 AM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

We just now had our FOS White-crown arrive in the yard. Here they come👏👏

Kaaren Perry 
Morro Bay


On Sep 22, 2022, at 9:24 AM, Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365@...> wrote:


A winter adult Golden-crowned sparrow is in our backyard looking for seeds.
First of the season


Claudia  - in west Atascadero at 1700'

"The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth"
Albert Einstein



Re: FOS Golden-crowned sparrow

Kaaren Perry
 

We just now had our FOS White-crown arrive in the yard. Here they come👏👏

Kaaren Perry 
Morro Bay


On Sep 22, 2022, at 9:24 AM, Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365@...> wrote:


A winter adult Golden-crowned sparrow is in our backyard looking for seeds.
First of the season


Claudia  - in west Atascadero at 1700'

"The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth"
Albert Einstein



FOS Golden-crowned sparrow

Claudia Freitas
 

A winter adult Golden-crowned sparrow is in our backyard looking for seeds.
First of the season


Claudia  - in west Atascadero at 1700'

"The ideas that have lighted my way have been kindness, beauty and truth"
Albert Einstein



MCAS Field Trip-Cloisters to the Strand, October 7

Freddy Howell
 


Morro Coast Audubon Society Presents

FIELD TRIP: Cloisters to the Strand
DATE: Friday, October 7, 2022
TIME: 8:30am to 11am
LEADER: Robbie Revel
CO-LEADER: Freddy Howell

Trip is limited to 12 participants - Signups  will be taken for 24 hours. 12 participants will be randomly selected. The remainder will be put on standby status in case of cancellations. 

Enjoy a leisurely walk through many different habitats; from grassy park, reed lined pond, backyard bird feeders, tree tunnel and finally out to the Morro Strand State Park Beach. RED-WINGED and BREWER’S BLACKBIRDS visit many of the feeders and BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS are lurking in the trees around the pond. There are a variety of breeding and migrant birds in the willows along the trail north and south. The nuttalli race of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW is often seen up close. Just as the trail reaches the beach sand there is a seasonal pool. In another 100 yards to the north there is another seasonal pool. When present these pools, although small, can sometimes have an amazing variety of species present and easy to view! Look for GULLS, TERNS and SHOREBIRDS.  Walk will be on a flat trail and beach with some areas of deep sand. Expect to walk 1 – 2 miles at a slow pace.

Bring a hat, water, snacks, sunscreen, binoculars and field guides (if you have them) and dress in layers to accommodate wind and changing weather. Sturdy shoes are recommended.  Restrooms are available. Rain cancels. 

 Experience Level: All Levels Welcome

RSVP and Proof of Full COVID Vaccination Required! 

 

To register, CLICK HERE. You will receive an email either to confirm your reservation or to notify you that you are on the waiting list. Exact meeting location will be given to those with confirmed reservations. 

Questions? Email Freddy Howell freddy@...

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Bay possibles

Rubba Johanna
 

Two woefully inadequate sightings .... kayaking on Morro Bay, saw two possible Forster's Terns--black through eye only. On the big Turri pond, a possible Phalarope, too distant to nail down, but correct "attitude," needle-like bill, slender neck, right size.

Not satisfying, I realize, but maybe folks can get out there and verify.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Bufflehead (2 reports)
- Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Whimbrel (Hudsonian) (1 report)
- Black Tern (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (1 report)
- Hermit Thrush (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (1 report)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)
- Wilson's Warbler (chryseola) (1 report)

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 09:51 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119149328
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing at Prefumo Creek mouth; photos"

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 07:18 by Sam Larkin
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119141216
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "In outlet of Perfumo Creek"

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1)
- Reported Sep 20, 2022 17:45 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/S119121244
- Comments: "*Late. Of course the only BCHU I’ve seen in the yard this year turns up now, when it is flagged as “rare” on eBird, and it’s too dark and doesn’t stick around long enough for a photo. &#x1f621; Oh well. Immature male came to the feeder giving characteristic “chup” calls, and was almost immediately chased off by one of the local Anna’s. Looks were too brief to get a good read on overall structure or size compared to the incoming ANHU ballistic missile, but low chup notes point to this species or Ruby-throated, which this bird was not clean or pale enough for, and seems even more unlikely (although it seems to be a good year for this species in CA). Definitely a migrant at this date and location. Unfortunately, and as mentioned before, no photos."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 20, 2022 07:02 by Sam Larkin
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119082080
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "In lake near Perfumo creek outlet"

Whimbrel (Hudsonian) (Numenius phaeopus hudsonicus) (6)
- Reported Sep 20, 2022 08:35 by Curtis Marantz
- Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3351672,-120.8652992&ll=35.3351672,-120.8652992
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119123746
- Comments: "(calling; I would consider this a minimum number tallied on our walk north, but there seemed to be more Whimbrels on our way back south; the birds seen in flight all had the dark rumps of N. p. hudsonicus)"

Black Tern (Chlidonias niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 18, 2022 14:17 by Amanda Northrup
- Auto selected 35.27846, -120.92513, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.278455,-120.925133&ll=35.278455,-120.925133
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119078366
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Marky Mutchler saw and photographed it, not seen by all."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 21, 2022 09:51 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Lake, 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/S119149328
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

White-breasted Nuthatch (Pacific) (Sitta carolinensis aculeata/alexandrae) (1)
- Reported Sep 19, 2022 11:45 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/S119069815
- Comments: "(calling; an apparent male with a black cap seen in pines in the front loop of the campground was heard giving the "yank" calls typical of S. c. aculeata)"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Sep 20, 2022 07:45 by sue girard
- 535 cory way / yard list, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0424457,-120.5001819&ll=35.0424457,-120.5001819
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S119149624
- Comments: "back =has grey/green look, no reddish tint at all. White eyering. Thick Dark wingbar just under greater coverts at top of primaries.No white wingbar visible. Possibly two individuals. have not seen together yet. Breast markings are soft brown over very light, yellowish-tinged buffy, (not high contrast as illustrated as Hermit in Sibley's.) White undersides, Tail pumping as it moves thru Prunus hedge.every fall I get individuals like this."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Sep 19, 2022 11:45 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/S119069815
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "While checking birds on the slope above the gate at the lower end of the single lane between the two campground loops, I heard several “check” calls and shortly thereafter I saw a small, yellow oriole in a Coffeeberry bush about halfway up the slope. We the spent a short time studying this bird and taking photos as it moved the Coffeeberry, Coyotebush, and eventually a relatively large Toyon. We heard this call several times, but managed to get only mediocre views and photos, given the distance. Unfortunately, this bird vanished when I went back to the vehicle to get my scope, and we were unable to relocate it when I returned.
This was a small oriole that appeared to be roughly comparable in size to a House Finch, but with a slimmer body and maybe a slightly longer tail. I thought the bill was short and relatively straight, but I could not determine its length relative to field-marks on the head or discern the precise details of its shape. The forehead was sloping, and the crown was rounded, on a head that was unremarkable in size for an oriole. The neck was inconspicuous and the body was relatively slim and elongate. I was unable to see both the primary projection and the placement of the wingtips relative to the tail. The tail was slim and of medium length. Although I was unable both to determine the length of the tail relative to the body and to see the shape at the tip, my photos show the tail to have been slightly graduated. I am not sure I ever saw the legs or feet clearly, but even if I did, I have no recollection of them.
This was a brightly colored bird for a yellow-bodied oriole. The throat, breast, and belly were a relatively bright, lemon-yellow in color, and even though my photos show the flanks to be duller in color. The head and neck were quite green, and a somewhat yellowish green that did not contrast strongly with the throat. I did not see any real face pattern. The back appeared to be greenish, but I did not see it all that well. The wings contrasted as somewhat darker than the body, but I thought the color was dark brown to sooty rather blackish. I noted two whitish wingbar that appeared to be relatively narrow, yet well-defined, and I thought there were paler fringes to the remiges, but I was unable to make out either their coloration or their character. My recollection is not as good that the undertail coverts were yellow, but I was confident that the underside of the tail was uniformly rather yellow.
I thought the bill was relatively dark, and even though I could not see any pinkish at the base, it was only after looking at my photos that I concluded that the base of the lower mandible was grayish. The eyes were dark, but I could not see the precise color, and as noted above, I have no recollection of the legs or feet."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Sep 19, 2022 11:45 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/S119069815
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Elliott spotted what was probably a continuing Blackpoll Warbler foraging in a small live oak along the back loop of the campground, but it remained in this tree only briefly before flying up into the larger pines, where we lost track of it. I saw this bird only relatively briefly, and given that I tried to get photos under less-than-ideal conditions, I had little time to study it before it vanished. I also never heard this bird vocalize.
From what I could see, this was a relatively large warbler with a plump body, an stocky neck, and a head of unremarkable size and a rounded crown. My photos appear to show long wings and a relatively short tail, but I never noticed either in the field, and I likewise have no recollection of the legs or feet from my field observations. What I did see was that this bird was an olive green on the head and what I could see of the back, but an olive-yellow across the throat, breast, and sides blending to white on the belly and undertail coverts. I cannot recall seeing any streaking on the breast or any markings or contrast on the flanks. Also apparent was that the wings were rather blackish, but with two bright, white wingbars that represented the tips to the greater and median coverts. I have some recollection of a pattern of fine striping on the remiges, but I cannot recall the color of this striping, or it is extended across all of the remiges, and I have no recollection whatsoever of the pattern on the tail. I am pretty sure the eyes and bill were dark, but I have no further memory of seeing the soft-part colors (though my photos do show the legs and feet as being at least partially flesh-colored."

Wilson's Warbler (chryseola) (Cardellina pusilla chryseola) (1)
- Reported Sep 19, 2022 11:45 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/S119069815
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "(a male seen along the edge of the front loop of the campground had a black cap that contrasted with a forehead and front part of the face that were a deep orange in color, typical of the locally breeding C. p. chryseola)"

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Northern Waterthrush, Cayucos Creek, 9/21

Tom Edell
 

One just up creek of Hardie Park this morning. Blue Grosbeak seen near Ocean Ave Bridge.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 



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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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