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Morro Bay Birds, 5/25

Tom Edell
 

A drake NORTHERN PINTAIL was seen in the Chorro Creek channel from Parkview
Road in Morro Bay State Park (scope required). Seen from the shoreline
between Pasadena Ave and 3rd Street in Los Osos were an EARED GREBE
(breeding plumage) in the Clark's/Western grebe flock, a female RUDDY DUCK,
a single BRANT goose, and 44 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS (numbers building).



The rookery along Embarcadero and had at least 15 active SNOWY EGRET nests,
one with three hatchlings.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


Black Swifts, Bank Swallow, Common Gallinue/Oso Flaco 5/25

Maggie Smith
 

When i arrived at Oso Flaco Lake about 7am, Dave Lawrence and a visiting birder named Tom were looking for the birds seen the last two days.  Tom had seen the COMMON GALLINULE  at the beginning of the bridge on the left hand side.  I looked there but couldn't find it..  Nothing else was evident.  I got a good scope view of a BANK SWALLOW, but it vanished before I could get Dave on it. 

Dave left and in less than 10 minutes, Tom and I started seeing BLACK SWIFTS which were flying low over the lake and bridge.  I estimated about 8.  I relocated the gallinule on the far left side of the lake across from the first pushed out area of the bridge.

The high count for Red-necked Phalaropes was 123.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


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Carrizo Plain N.M.

Spencer <spencer.riffle@...>
 

This is somewhat of a late post, but I camped in Carrizo on Wednesday and drove out on Thursday. KCL campground had both Hooded and Bullock's Orioles. I saw a total of 11 Loggerhead Shrikes during my time in the Monument. The most unusual bird was a striking Prairie Falcon, that was about half a mile south of the Fire station on a telephone pole. This seems to be abnormal, are Prairie Falcons normally here this late? I hiked Caliente ridge as well, which was just beautiful. I saw 9 Pronghorn Antelope too. A special place!

-Spencer Riffle
Nipomo


Oceano campground 5/24

Maggie Smith
 

Mid morning I birded Oceano Campground.  Had an adult female HERMIT WARBLER in pines behind camp site 70. 
A singing OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was in the pines west of the campground.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


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Oso Flaco Lake - Black Swifts 5/24

Tom Edell
 

This morning Maggie Smith and I looked for the species Kevin Zimmer reported
yesterday. Our highlight was 15 BLACK SWIFTS flying around the lake and
over the dunes to the south. We were unable to relocate the Common
Gallinule. Other birds of interest were four AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS (3
adults, one immature), 144 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, a basic plumaged
BONAPARTE'S GULL, one BANK SWALLOW, and a single male TRICOLORED BLACKBIRD.



The immature White Pelican, the bird was distant, but clearly showed grayish
wing coverts and a pale pinkish bill compared to brighter yellow-orange bill
of the three adults. Late May should be too early for a juvenile, so I'm
assuming this was a second year bird.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


Bonaparte's Gull - Morro Strand State Beach this morning

Mike Bush
 

Hi SLOCO Birders!

It is a beautiful morning with hardly a breeze (9:15am) at Morro Strand
State Beach - great light, and BIRDS, too.

A quick look gave big flocks of both LONG-BILLED CURLEWS and MARBLED
GODWITS, with many gulls about, too. Also saw TURKEY VULTURES feeding on a
seal carcass that's been moved high on the beach by last night's tide.

Best bird - a single BONAPARTE'S GULL posed for photos, then came closer,
then flew over the water.

I've also seen a rather pale RED-SHOULDERED HAWK about the Park that Jeanne
saw carrying a small Ground Squirrel yesterday.

Photos with a GULL-QUESTION at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bushblog/

Best in birding,

Mike Bush
Morro Strand State Beach


Re: white pelican

Tom Edell
 

There were 18 White Pelicans on Grassy Island (Morro Bay) on 14 May.

Looking at eBird data the lowest numbers now occur from early Apr to early
May. Numbers start to increase after the first week in May and peak in the
third week in July. After that numbers decline into winter when somewhat
stable numbers are present until about mid-Mar. Not surprisingly the
numbers fluctuate each year, but this is the general pattern recently. Poor
conditions on breeding grounds is a possible reason for our May influx, but
every year?

Birds are regularly noted on Morro Bay in summer, where concentrations were
once rare. Counts for Morro Bay in 1987 illustrate what was historically
the normal at this favored location: two present between 14 Apr and 18 May;
a single bird, 1-15 Jun; two on 25 Jun; eight birds (including two immature
birds) on 30 Jun; 12 on 12 Jul; 14 on 18 Jul; 23 on 23 Jul; 38 by 17 Aug;
and 44 on the bay on 19 Aug. The first large "mid-summer" count at Morro Bay
occurred during the third year of the 1988-1992 drought when 72 birds were
present on 17 Jun 1990. Large mid-summer numbers were recorded again in
2000 and continued through 2012. The highest mid-summer count for Morro Bay
is 233 on 18Jun 2010. Once casual in mid-summer at Santa Margarita Lake and
Oso Flaco Lake, low numbers have recently been present at these locations.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: slocobirding@yahoogroups.com [mailto:slocobirding@yahoogroups.com] On
Behalf Of Jim Royer
Sent: Thursday, May 23, 2013 4:42 PM
To: Nancy Mann
Cc: slocobirding@yahoogroups.com
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] white pelican

I had 6 White Pelicans on the back bay this morning. These are the first
ones I have seen this May. Are these birds that were not able to nest
successfully? I have seen similar numbers return around now, or slightly
later, in prior years.

Jim Royer

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Nancy Mann wrote:

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While at Ron Ruppert's house on Sunday a lone White Pelican was seen
circling over the bay near 10th street.
Nancy mann
SLO

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Heerman's Gulls

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning I noticed the Heerman's Gulls showing up in good numbers and all ages along our north coast. They appear to be making their annual early Summer return from their Mexican breeding grounds.

One Red-necked Phalarope was circling in a small puddle at the mouth of Toro Creek. in Morro Bay.


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/


Black Swifts, Common Gallinule and Bank Swallow at Oso Flaco

Kevin Zimmer
 

I spent a few hours this morning at Oso Flaco, mostly trying to avoid being blown away by the strong (and cold) winds. No migrants in the willows, but there were at least 8 Black Swifts (photographed) and 1 White-throated Swift feeding over the willows and the lake. They were mixed in with a large aggregation of swallows (mostly Cliff & Barn, with 1 Tree and a few Violet-greens), and were present throughout our stay at the lake.

There were 2 Least Terns hanging out on the boardwalk railing (one bird was banded), 1 adult Common Gallinule (photographed) working the shore at the northwest end of the lake, and 1 Bank Swallow foraging low over the lake.

Oceano Campground was devoid of migrants, but flowering Eucalyptus were attracting lots of hummers and a family group of Hooded Orioles (+1 Western Tanager as the sole migrant). The Snow Goose was still in the campground.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Re: white pelican

Jim Royer
 

I had 6 White Pelicans on the back bay this morning. These are the first
ones I have seen this May. Are these birds that were not able to nest
successfully? I have seen similar numbers return around now, or slightly
later, in prior years.

Jim Royer

On Wednesday, May 22, 2013, Nancy Mann wrote:

**


While at Ron Ruppert's house on Sunday a lone White Pelican was seen
circling over the bay near 10th street.
Nancy mann
SLO

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white pelican

njmann90
 

While at Ron Ruppert's house on Sunday a lone White Pelican was seen
circling over the bay near 10th street.
Nancy mann
SLO

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Possible Lesser Black-backed Gull

Jim Royer
 

This morning I spotted a lone immature gull behind Pecho Willows, floating on the bay. It was smaller than a Western or other large gull - about the size of a California Gull, with an all dark bill (faint light smudge at the tip?) which was about the size of a California Gull bill (smaller than the bill of a Western or a Herring), had a very patterned back and wings, long primary extension past the tail tip. I ran home to get my camera and it was gone when I got back. If other birders are birding around the bay keep an eye out for this bird and try to get photos. I did not see it in flight or see the legs.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Help with ID

jojo7272001
 

Hi,

I need help with a song. For years I thought it was a Purple Finch, but the song on allaboutbirds.org does not sound like what I'm hearing. It's not a Warbling Vireo, and it's not a House Finch. I heard multiples of them at Oceano yesterday, and regularly hear them there and elsewhere.

The song is 3-5 short phrases of a sort of bubbly warble, each sliding slightly upward and ending on an upward note (if I'm remembering correctly). There's a pause, sometimes long, between each burst. It's "softer" than other finch songs, not as sharp, and has none of the buzzing or drawn-out tumbling song characteristic of the House Finch.

=Out-of-county query= I'm going to Albuquerque for 5 days this weekend. Any suggestions for spots to catch good birds at this time of year? I'll check the usual info sources, but was wondering if anyone had special knowledge. Especially interested in hummers, though I saw 14 species in SE AZ a number of years ago. They don't have Trogons there, do they? Reply to me individually. Thanks! I will share individually when I get back.

Johanna Rubba
jer727@earthlink.net

Grover Beach


Oceano campground, 5/20

jojo7272001
 

Did a fast walk around parts of Oceano campground yesterday in hopes of seeing the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. I didn't hear or see any grosbeak action, anywhere. In fact, it was a very quiet early evening. Lots of the usual warblers singing, and hummers mobbing the usual tree on the peninsula. Not even an interesting duck. I heard one interesting call/song -- a kind of wheezy whine. I couldn't see the bird, and did not mentally record it.

Several geese were over at the campground rather than at their usual spot over by the lake, including the continuing Snow Goose. Was able to walk right near it and have a good look. Backed away when the larger geese started honking and moving towards me. Unfriendly animals. They bite children.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


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Maggie Smith
 

Mid morning, at Oceano Campground, I saw the male ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK first found by Tom and Owen Slater.

I first heard the grosbeak call from a willow at the base of the peninsula, and then it started singing.  I had a killer chance for a photo when it flew to a red flowering euc.  It flew before I could bring my camera up.  It flew often but kept calling and singing.

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


Waxwing vs. Window SLO

Thomas Slater
 

Some friends and I were standing across the street on Higuera St. in SLO, watching a flock of waxwings do their thing, and one hit the window of a store. I ran across the street and picked it up and was relieved to see it still breathing and moving its head. It seemed very stunned and had its beak open and it was panting (probably not a good sign?) I put it on a wide wooden railing on the second floor of an office building in hopes that it'd be safe from predators there until it hopefully flew off. Here's hoping.

I put a pic of the little fella on flickr

bird on (and put stickers on your big windows!)

Tom Nipomo

 

BIRDS - Flickr Photos
TOM'S BIG YEAR VIDEO

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Re: Oso Flaco Lake, Birding by Ear

Michelle LaMoustique
 

Apparently sleep deprivation has affected my recall of bird names! I hope you all chuckled at my "Common Goldenthroat" and realized I simply substituted one name for one a little more elegant! I did that last week too. Only three more weeks of school...
Michelle Maani
Nipomo, CA

--- In slocobirding@yahoogroups.com, "lamoustique" <lamoustique@...> wrote:

I joined an Audubon's society Birding By Ear group this morning at Oso Flaco lake. Very interesting class, and I learned a lot, but obviously it is something I need a lot of practice at!
Among the birds seen: Yellow Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, American Robins, Song Sparrows, House Finches, Downey Woodpeckers, Barn Swallows, Cliff Swallows, and Tree Swallows. A couple of Black Swifts flew overhead, honestly I could not have made an ID on my own and had to rely on the expertise of our group leader to point out identifying markers. She also noted a Vaux's Swift, which I did not see. Heard but not seen: A Purple Finch, a Bewick's Wren, a Common Goldenthroat and a Hutton's Vireo. Again, identified with expert help!

On and about the lake were Ruddy Ducks, Mallards, Gadwalls, American Coots, Marsh Wrens, Red-winged Blackbirds, a single Great-tailed Grackle, Barn Swallows, and three Least Terns. And all by its lonesome was a Red-necked Phalarope that seems to have missed the call to go north. http://www.flickr.com/photos/11815777@N07/8751693326/in/photostream

Michelle Maani
Nipomo, California


Rose-breasted Grosbeak Oceano 5-18 pm

Thomas Slater
 

I took some friends birding at Oceano between 5-7pm.
The highlights were 4 GREEN HERONS, a couple of BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS that were being followed by a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK out on the peninsula. Also saw the SNOW GOOSE and a PURPLE FINCH.
The Rose brought my 9-year-old son's county number up to 212. He was over the moon!
It stuck around a long time, flew and perched low and close often. Of COURSE I left the camera in the car!

Bird on,

 
Tom Slater
Slater Photography
(805)-441-6945
Slatervision.com

NHS SPORTS / SENIOR PORTRAITS
WEDDINGS
BIRDS - Flickr Photos
TOM'S BIG YEAR VIDEO

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Oso Flaco BBE (follow-up), 5/18 field trip

Jessica Griffiths
 

Just want to follow up on Michelle's post about the Birding By Ear field trip. As she mentioned, we had one RED-NECKED PHALAROPE (surely one of the birds Maggie saw a few days ago), two BLACK SWIFTS, and three LEAST TERNS (foraging and hanging out on the rail, no presenting of fish).

Lots of breeding activity: HOUSE FINCHES building a nest, WILSON'S WARBLER, SONG SPARROW, and DOWNY WOODPECKERS all carrying food, lots of fledgling CHESTNUT-BACKED CHICKADEES, and three different female MALLARDS with ducklings.

We also saw three little ducklings who did not seem to be associated with any adult ducks. There was a pair of Gadwalls sort of near them, but they did not act interested in the ducklings. So I'm not sure what was going on there. Could have been some lackadaisical Gadwall parenting, or Mallard ducklings that got separated from their mother.

-Jessica


Oso Flaco Lake, Birding by Ear

Michelle LaMoustique
 

I joined an Audubon's society Birding By Ear group this morning at Oso Flaco lake. Very interesting class, and I learned a lot, but obviously it is something I need a lot of practice at!
Among the birds seen: Yellow Warblers, Wilson's Warblers, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, American Robins, Song Sparrows, House Finches, Downey Woodpeckers, Barn Swallows, Cliff Swallows, and Tree Swallows. A couple of Black Swifts flew overhead, honestly I could not have made an ID on my own and had to rely on the expertise of our group leader to point out identifying markers. She also noted a Vaux's Swift, which I did not see. Heard but not seen: A Purple Finch, a Bewick's Wren, a Common Goldenthroat and a Hutton's Vireo. Again, identified with expert help!

On and about the lake were Ruddy Ducks, Mallards, Gadwalls, American Coots, Marsh Wrens, Red-winged Blackbirds, a single Great-tailed Grackle, Barn Swallows, and three Least Terns. And all by its lonesome was a Red-necked Phalarope that seems to have missed the call to go north. http://www.flickr.com/photos/11815777@N07/8751693326/in/photostream

Michelle Maani
Nipomo, California

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