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Clarks Nutcracker

Crystal
 

I don't get to Atascadero to bird often so this might not be as unusual as it seems to me to be, but I have never seen a Clarks Nutcracker on the Central Coast, only near Mammoth Lakes.  I saw a rather friendly one on East Cuesta Ridge yesterday.

Is this common?

Crystal



Glaucous Gull - north coast

Kaaren Perry
 

While scoping from a vista point just south of Little Pico Creek a large gull flew below me, heading south.  The upperparts and upperwing were uniformly pale gray and the wingtips were completely white.  The secondaries and inner primaries were tipped with white creating a broad trailing edge contrasting with the pale gray upperwing. The tail was white with no darker markings. Because of the angle when it appeared I did not see the head but am certain this was an adult Glaucous Gull.  I stopped at several pullouts, scoping the beach and ocean hoping to refind the bird to photograph but was unsuccessful.

I was driving south when a group of 15-20 White-faced Ibis flew past, heading north over the coastline near Hearst Ranch.

Mew Gulls are arriving in good numbers with 25 at Little Pico Creek and several other smaller groups between San Simeon Creek and Arroyo Laguna.















Re: Thrushes, Wh Pelicans, Peregrine, Osprey, Ravens--Deer Canyon Today

claudia freitas <cfreitas@...>
 

VARIED THRUSH yesterday afternoon about 430pm on San Marcos Rd at 1700' on west side

we're hoping it will come to our yard to add to our yard list ;-)

--
Claudia
​ in west Atascadero at 1700'​


Thrushes, Wh Pelicans, Peregrine, Osprey, Ravens--Deer Canyon Today

Brad Schram
 

The morning south to north flight over Deer Canyon AG was less robust this morning. Having said that, there were more noteworthy species for the location than yesterday.

First, the thrushes. Totals between 6:45 and 9:45 were: VARIED THRUSH--58; Am. ROBIN--32; Unident. large thrush 26. Surprisingly, two Varied Thrushes we seen flying due south high overhead at 8:05--fifty-six were seen flying lower above the ridges due north.

Yesterday I speculated that the Varied Thrushes could be repositioning following a strong flight night as they moved south. Paul Lehman in San Diego sent me a note telling me that "thousands" of Varied Thrushes were seen one morning in reverse (northward) early morning flight over a ridge in the Santa Cruz Mountains within the past week. This plus the fact that I could find no Varieds in the Edna Valley yesterday lead me to believe this is what I've been watching the last two mornings.

I found a link to an interesting paper positing a theoretical explanation for the early morning "reoriented bird migration", discussing this issue--if you're interested, see:
http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/3543491?uid=3739560&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=21104952261627

A flight of nineteen WHITE PELICANS came from the coastal plain immediately south to circle over Deer Canyon for three or four minutes before gaining altitude and moving ENE toward Lopez Lake 4 1/2 miles distant.

Two migrant raptors were seen going south: a juv. PEREGRINE FALCON & an OSPREY.

Ravens are always noteworthy south of the Santa Lucias, therefore the first two I've seen here this fall were an interesting addition to the morning.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande

https://www.flickr.com/photos/chaparralbrad/


Re: White-winged Scoter - Little Pico Creek

claudia freitas <cfreitas@...>
 

VAried thrush
On San Marcos drive at 1700' on north west side of 41 west at 430pm today,

Two view of it

Keeping our eyes open up here.  Hopefully it will show up in our yard with the few Robins still around

--
Claudia
​ in west ATascadero at 1700'​


Re: Bald Eagle Sweet Springs

bocabird@...
 

Bald Eagle spotted in the “usual tree” at 12:30pm today.  Due east of the overlook platform.

Bob and Robbie Revel

Los Osos

 

 


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Subject: [slocobirding] Bald Eagle Sweet Springs

 

 

Our BALD EAGLE is resting in his usual tree at Sweet Springs this morning. Seen at 7:48 am. I also see several other birders at the Sweet Springs lookout this morning. Hopefully they spot him. 

 

Beedie in Baywood


White-winged Scoter - Little Pico Creek

Maggie Smith
 

This morning 1 female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was among a large strung out raft of Surf Scoters at Little Pico Creek.
Six BONAPARTE'S GULLS were swimming and feeding  in the lagoon at San Simeon Creek.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande

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


102 Varied Thrushes Over Deer Canyon

Brad Schram
 

Each clear winter morning we can depend on loose flocks of birds flying over Deer Canyon AG south to north, from the AG Valley/Nipomo Mesa direction toward the Edna Valley vineyards a mile + to the north. The birds always include Cedar Waxwings, American Robins, Western Bluebirds, and Yellow-rumped Warblers. Some years the robins are in big numbers, usually not.

While puttering outside this morning I heard a robin call, looked up, and saw a small flock of large thrushes going overhead northward--the winter pattern in action--and thought little of it. A bit later I stopped puttering and set up the scope on the terrace; there were lots of birds in the air.

I put my bins on the next flock (8) of robin-sized thrushes that flew by and saw that two birds were obviously VARIED THRUSHES. Interesting, I've only seen them here one other winter--but they're being reported all over central and southern California this fall. Then a trend became obvious: MOST of the large thrushes close enough to identify in flight proved to be Varied Thrushes!

Morning totals, by category (other species not counted):

8:35-9:00 AM: Varied Thrush--57; American Robin--8; unidentified large thrush--65

9:00-9:30 AM: Varied Thrush--42; American Robin--2; unid. large thrush--25

9:30-9:45 AM: Varied Thrush--3; American Robin--1; unid. large thrush--12

I left at 9:45 to check vineyards in Edna Valley because former winters showed these to be the destination of the robins, warblers, etc--gleaning grapes following the harvest.

I found three AMERICAN ROBINS, no Varied Thrushes.

Along the creek in Arroyo Grande Village I saw no robins or Varied Thrushes, but I did hear one Varied Thrush calling. Interestingly, I also heard a HERMIT THRUSH in full song!

Where are the Varied Thrushes going? Are they following the robin's winter lead to a food source? Are they repositioning to wet canyons in the Santa Lucias after overshooting during a big flight night?

Time will tell.

I posted poor but diagnostic flight shots of one of this morning's overhead Varied Thrushes on Flickr:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/chaparralbrad/

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


Arroyo Grande, Clay-colored sparrow(s)!

mitchpefa
 

Greetings,

 

The juvenile clay-colored sparrow discovered in my backyard on 31 Oct. was joined this morning by a clean looking adult clay-colored sparrow. A couple of photographs can be found here: 

 

 https://www.flickr.com/photos/mitchpefa/

 

Mitch Siemens

Arroyo Grande

 


Bald Eagle Sweet Springs

beedie@...
 

Our BALD EAGLE is resting in his usual tree at Sweet Springs this morning. Seen at 7:48 am. I also see several other birders at the Sweet Springs lookout this morning. Hopefully they spot him. 


Beedie in Baywood


Hermit Thrush Yard bird-Nipomo

Sue Girard
 

7 am. A low thundering across the Nipomo foothills brought me to my front porch in search of the noise source. Just a helo. Five Towhees swooping in to poke through the mulch at closer range brought my attention to the foreground, and from there I wandered the house from window to window in search of the morning yard birds. (Bit chilly out for robe & slippers).  Back and side yards quite busy with Coastal Scrub morning feeders. On a slope in front of some Carolina Cherry, a Varied Thrush was methodically hacking away at a cherry fruit. It moved lethargically, allowing me time to focus on the beautiful scaled effect of the flank feathers, (wow) burnished a bit more bronze by the first rays of sun. I first for my yard, I think. After a minute or so, it retreated under the hedgerow.

Yesterday, an unknown hawk took a Townsend's Warbler which had been conspicuously flitting and poking across the house stucco in search of insects. In a flash, taken and gone. The "blurr of feathers".

Sue Girard

Nipomo


Varied Thrush at Lopez Lake

petra schaaf
 

We birded at Lopez Lake today. The lake is down from two weeks ago, but hosts quite a few species of water fowl, including Buffleheads, various grebes (Eared, Pied-billed, Western), Ruddy Ducks, Northern Shovelers, Lesser Scaups, Ring-necked Ducks, White Pelicans. There was an abundance of American Coots and Double-crested Cormorants. On shore only a few Spotted Sandpipers.

On land we saw  among others Purple Finches, Oak Titmouse, various sparrows (White-crowned, Golden-crowned, Lincoln's), towhees (Spotted, California), Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Yellow-rumped Warblers, Hermit Thrushes. The most abundant species seemed to be Acorn Woodpeckers. The highlight were two sightings of a male VARIED THRUSH, most likely two individuals, given the timing and the separate locations.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/15513475820/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/15513079167/
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/15513078557/

Jack and Petra Clayton
Los Osos, CA


Pismo Creek 11-02

Thomas Slater
 

Owen and I saw RING-NECKED, LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, and the regular assortment of other common waterfowl, and a Spotted Sandpiper. We also saw a late season YELLOW-WARBLER in the weeds along the western bank.

We briefly did a walk-through at Sweet Springs on our way to the Los Osos skateboard park but didn't see anything except many Ruby-crown Kinglets and some Townsend's Warblers.

Owen's #300 lifer was the Greater Scaup we saw on Halloween (his 3 year anniversary of birding) so now he's big time. His county list is currently #280. Not bad for a 10-year-old. Many of you can consider yourself a part of that due to your faithful posting. Thank you for a great 3  years of birding.

Tom and Owen Slater
Nipomo




Biddle Pk/AG--a Varied Thrush & Hermit Thrush Hoedown

Sue Girard
 

Decided to try Biddle Park about 20 min. before sundown. Parked near the entrance gate, where I'd flushed a suspect VT yesterday @ the same time.  Had the park to myself and aside from road noise, it was very quiet. Walked slowly toward the back of the park.


At the Tot Lot  had 3 Hermit Thrush and a Sooty Fox Sparrow in the open, plus a Varied Thrush in the open with an A. Robin just past the Tot Lot.  


The  VT flushed up to some weedy Sycamore growth at an old stump. It posed for about 2-3 minutes, then flew to a tall straight Syc at the brush line, about 40 ft up (excellent camo) for about 3 minutes,  before flying east. Also, 1 HT down the bank by the black walnuts, feeding on poison oak berries.  

 

Returning to the truck, a dozen more HT flitted at ground level("chup-chup"calls were everywhere) across ahead of me, pecking the asphalt or ground for goodies. They were not shy at all, I got within 10 -12 ft of them. At the entrance kiosk there were 6 dancing in and out of the roadway near the lg puddle chasing insects, about 15 ft away. By then light was failing but their light breasts made them easy to count.


So late day is also a good quiet time to catch plenty of HT, and perhaps even  a VT without risking poison oak.


Sue Girard

Nipomo


Arroyo Grande Creek, Oceano; Tennessee warbler!

mitchpefa
 

Greetings!

The birding gods are smiling at me these last couple of days.   After seeing nothing but the expected species this morning at Oceano Lagoon, I left and was on my way to try and see the White-throated sparrow at Oso Flaco. While in route, I changed my mind and decided instead to bird a new location and check out Arroyo Grande Creek in Oceano between Highway 1 and the Oceano airfield. I was rewarded with my first sighting of a TENNESSEE WARBLER (seen while walking the Flood Control road about a quarter mile west of the 22nd street bridge over the creek) ! At the same time, the CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues in my backyard, feeding on the lawn as I type this message.

 

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande


Wood Duck addendum

marlin harms
 

After looking at more photos, there were actually 17 Wood Ducks over Sweet Springs this AM.  Wonder where they went.

I did post two photos of smaller number of birds: www.flickr.com/photos/marlinharms

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA


Tropical kingbird at oso flaco?

Mary Ann Ambrose <ambrose.m@...>
 

As we (Jerry and Mary Ann Ambrose) were leaving oso flaco just now we saw a good candidate for a tropical kingbird on the wires- olive breadth, nice yellow, good amount of whit throat, bigger bill, Buffy tail tips...

No least bittern:( Virginia and sora rails. Canvasbacks, avocets, a peregrine, fox sparrow, townsends and yellow warbler, several ruby crown kinglets and American pipit


more Wood Ducks, Los Osos

marlin harms
 

This morning, while standing at the end of the boardwalk at Sweet Springs I saw a group of ducks fly by that I didn't immediately recognize.  I took some photos and they turned out to be Wood Ducks--11 of them.  I thought they flew towards the ponds, but couldn't find any there.  Guess they kept flying.  While I was near the ponds the bald eagle flew right past where I had just been at the end of the boardwalk, harassed some coots briefly, then flew to a tree just back from the corner of the cove, landing at a spot not visible from the overlook.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA

photos of the ducks later today at www.flickr.com/photos/marlinharms


roadrunner

Steve Schubert
 

Hello all,
A friend told me there has been a GREATER ROADRUNNER frequenting his property at the end of the road cul-de-sac on Valle Vista Place in the lower Irish Hills. This is off Los Osos Valley Rd. near the intersection with Foothill Blvd, within section 22, and might be worth taking a look on Christmas count day.
Steve Schubert
Los Osos


Greater Roadrunner and puddles

David Lawrence
 

Greetings,

I tried for multiple Varied Thrushes at Santa Margarita Lake Saturday, and in my greed had none.

It was wonderful to drive in the rain.  There were huge puddles nearly blocking Shell Creek Road, and I drove through some of them twice.  I stood in one just to be sure my shoes remembered how to be waterproof, yet half hoping they'd forgotten.

My best bird was a Greater Roadrunner along the shore of the ailing Santa Margarita Lake, down from the swimming pool.  It was sunning to warm up, a behavior I always enjoy watching and the first time I've been able to try to photograph it.

A few photographs are at http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande

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