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Stellar's Jay in Morro Bay Heights

Rosalie Valvo
 

I'm not sure which surprised me more: Seeing a Stellar's Jay in my back
yard this morning in Morro Bay Heights, or discovering that I had two
earlier yard records (October 2004 and June 2007). I do live close to Black
Hill and the golf course, but still....



Rosalie


kingbirds in the nieghborhood again

Marlin Harms
 

After my experience with Western Kingbirds congregating around an ivy bush
April 2-5 ended abruptly, I was not expecting any more. But while Connie
and I were walking early evening yesterday we came upon some several blocks
away, near the intersection of Olive and Fresno St., again over a large
ivy shrub. There were about 15 visible, though there may have been a few more
in a nearby large tree. They scattered as we approached, as the shrub is
near the street. And I must add the disclaimer that there may have been
some Cassin's in the group--we were out without binoculars.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA


cliff swallows

jerubba <jerubba@...>
 

Heard cliff swallows this morning. I was away on the weekend, so I don't know the precise day they arrived.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


MU Ranch birds on the Carrizo April 12 thru 15

sharumkathy <ksharum@...>
 

On April 12 a male rufous hummingbird was at our feeder. In the midst of the storm we had one very wet female Bullock's oriole at the hummingbird feeder and a yellow-rumped warbler was also present. Today a male black-chinned hummingbird showed up. White-crowned sparrows are still here.
Kathy Sharum
Carrizo Plain National Monument


Migration Notes, Swainson's #3

Brad Schram
 

Very little obvious movement over Deer Canyon, AG, this morning, but birds filtered through in ones and twos, ending the day with a decent list here--fifty-seven species in a cumulative four hours' birding. Not a yard one-day record, but respectable. It's of interest to note that, of the fifty-seven species, twenty are represented by one bird only.

Highlights included the third SWAINSON'S HAWK moving through here this spring, this one a sub-adult bird flying low over Varian Arabians heading west up Corbett Canyon about five this afternoon. This is the first afternoon Swainson's migrant this year. A white stripe WHITE-THROATED SPARROW was undoubtedly a bird that wintered in the garden, although we haven't seen it in weeks. A NORTHERN ROADRUNNER on the driveway this morning is an enigma. One appears here every spring, calling around the north ridge, then disappears the rest of the year.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


Western Tanagers/Arroyo Grande

Maggie Smith
 

Just had 2 adult male  Western Tanagers in my back yard water feature.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


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Imm. Nutmeg Mannikin and 30 cowbirds

Ron Ruppert
 

An immature NUTMEG MANNIKIN is visiting my feeders.

Also have a large flock of BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS.

Ron

Los Osos


Great-tailed grackles, SLO

macro2953 <jcarroll@...>
 

There is a small breeding colony of a dozen or so Great-tailed Grackles in the wetland at the south end of the parking lot by the Running Warehouse in San Luis Obispo (181 Suburban Rd.). The loud whistles, squeals, clacking, and displays are quite entertaining (especially for those of us that are easily entertained)!

Jay Carroll
Los Osos


Cal Poly Ornithology Trip Report: Morro Bay Marina/Campground

Jessica Griffiths
 

Hi everyone,

We had a very rainy outing this morning to the Marina/Campground area at Morro Bay State Park. We saw just under 40 species. We didn't see or hear many spring migrants, except for a good-looking pair of BULLOCK'S ORIOLES. We did get nice side-by-side comparisons of winter & breeding plumage for COMMON LOON, EARED GREBE, and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER.

Not much breeding activity either, mostly birds were just foraging or laying low. We did observe a female ANNA'S HUMMINGBIRD feeding a fledgling! The fledgling was sitting low in a coyotebush, cheeping loudly. We also watched a BLACK PHOEBE scoop mud for a nest, and saw many DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS flying overhead with nesting material on their way to the rookery.

We spent some time observing four TURKEY VULTURES on the edge of the mudflat feeding on a skate or ray that had washed up.

This weekend I am taking the class camping at San Simeon SP for a weekend of birding...I'll let you guys know if we see anything cool.

-Jessica


Adding Black-chinned hummers

Cheryl Lish
 

Returned home last night from a week in No. Carolina - just adding to
the "Black-chinned hummingbird list". Had 2 adult males this morning.
At least one adult male Rufous, and Allen's are also present.

Haven't yet spent much time outside. :(
Cheryl Lish
Arroyo Grande


yard birds

elsie1freitas <cfreitas@...>
 

Up here at 1700+' in hills looking out to ocean south of us (by the way we see the horizon at 55 miles out - looked it up online - ha), our yardbirds now are:

Cal towhees
spotted towhees
white-crowned sparrows
golden-crowned sparrows
mourning doves
lesser goldfinch and occasional American goldfinches
house finches
dark eyed juncos
band-tail pigeons
western bluebirds
anna's hummers
rufous hummers - male and female
barn swallows
violet green swallows
house wren
cal quail
starlings
american crows
common raven
killdeer pair in our pasture area
red tails
kestrels
coopers hawk
red-shouldered hawks
cedar waxwings
robins
hermit thrush
chipping sparrow
scrub jays
steller's jays
flickers
acorn woodpeckers
great horned owls calling at night
We had one Bullock's oriole male but no others and he didn't come back

I think that's it for what we've been seeing. It's raining like heck right now!!!! We need it
claudia in Atascadero hills


caracara

elsie1freitas <cfreitas@...>
 

We went looking for the Caracara yesterday, 11th, but never saw it. We did see two very, very pale red-tails; one in zebra area of San Simeon and one up near Piedras Blancas motel. Very interesting color patterns, but surely Red-tails. Did see a Northern Harrier, a Kite, and kestrels too. Also a coyote! Elephant seal weiners everywhere!
Nice drive even though we didn't find the caracara.
Always beautiful up that way.
claudia in Atascadero


Black-chinned Hummingbird in Atascadero, also

donnaos <twinkletoes1942@...>
 

About 5:30 yesterday evenng I, too, had a BLACK-CHINNED HUMMER at my feeder along with a male ROUFOUS HUMMER. A pair of BULLOCK'S ORIOLES have been making daily appearances, but so far only one male HOODED ORIOLE has been seen about a week ago. Location is south of Santa Barbara Road off Hwy 101 in south Atascadero.

Donna O


Black-chinned Hummingbird in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

Had my FOS Black-chinned Hummingbird (a male) visiting our feeders all day. I was in Texas for the past 10 days, so not sure when this bird first showed up. Still lots of Rufous Hummingbirds coming through.

Kevin Zimmer


Re: Pterodroma Posts

Todd Easterla
 

Richard,



I for one will miss all of your posts! They were very informative with lots
of great information. Have a great trip to where ever it is you are going on
that long pelagic journey. Richard is an amazing birder and story teller for
sure, but this might be because he is originally from the good old mid-west
in my opinion. Thanks for representing those of us that are from that
general area in good fashion and have a great time.





Todd Easterla

Rancho Cordova, Ca.



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Thanks Dean for the kind words and to others of you who expressed similar.
At least no one said "yea, good riddance!" :-)) I too will miss the
opportunity to report on the goings on at the lighthouse, the place, the
Coast,
and the SLO life experience and will always be looking forward to all
opportunities for future visits to one of the finest Counties in all of
America. Happy birding to all. ---Richard

Richard Rowlett
Seattle, WA

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Subject: Pterodroma Posts
From: Dean Thompson <ososclan AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2012 21:15:52 -0700 (PDT)

I for one will miss those posts from The Point. Thanks for the
wonderfully detailed observations of life on our coastline. Safe travels
Richard.


Spring migration birds 4/11

Maggie Smith
 

I think Greg is right about some movement last night.  After birding  Reservoir Canyon on 4/9, I returned early this morning and  saw a male LAZULI BUNTING.

At Cerro Alto, I walked the road from the lower parking area to the main campground and up the trail as far as the riparian habitat held.  On the lower road, I saw and heard a WESTERN WOOD-PEEWEE; also saw a bright NASHVILLE WARBLER.

On the upper trail, I saw a HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER presumably the bird seen recently by Kaaren Perry.

Also saw the CASSIN'S VIREO singing north of the upper trail just beyond where campsite 18 ends.


Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


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Long-tailed Duck - Cayucos

Kaaren Perry
 

The female Long-tailed Duck was visible from the Studio Rd. @ Hwy 1 lookout. I looked for the male both at that location and from the Cayucos pier with no success.

The Harlequin was not seen hauled out on the rocks north of the pier. If it is still in the area I suspect that it may be seen on the rocks more reliably during higher tide. I was there at a -0.7 tide.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Re: Pterodroma Posts

Pterodroma@...
 

Thanks Dean for the kind words and to others of you who expressed similar.
At least no one said "yea, good riddance!" :-)) I too will miss the
opportunity to report on the goings on at the lighthouse, the place, the Coast,
and the SLO life experience and will always be looking forward to all
opportunities for future visits to one of the finest Counties in all of
America. Happy birding to all. ---Richard

Richard Rowlett
Seattle, WA

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Subject: Pterodroma Posts
From: Dean Thompson <ososclan AT sbcglobal.net>
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2012 21:15:52 -0700 (PDT)


I for one will miss those posts from The Point. Thanks for the
wonderfully detailed observations of life on our coastline. Safe travels Richard.


Swainson's Thrush

Greg Smith
 

There must have been a little migration last night as I have a singing
Swainson's Thrush In my yard that was not here yesterday...

Greg Smith
Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless


Estero Bluffs

Marlin Harms
 

I strolled Estero Bluffs this AM and had a number of birds, especially in
the cove/beach just down from the fig tree parking area: 65 brant, 2 ruddy
turnstones, 8 dowitchers that I believe were short-billed, and a short look
at 1 dunlin in alternate plumage. There were a number of baby harbor seals
at a distance bleating (or whatever baby harbor seals do). Besides
animals, there are many blue-eyed grass plants flowering on the bluffs.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA

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