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Yard Bird

Sandra Danielson <treehugr38@...>
 

Dahlias
Had an adult, female turkey glide into the yard yesterday. I was flabbergasted!  She walked around the yard, then out to the deck, jumped on the railing, checked out the dry creek bed, then flew down and disappeared.  I was glad I had not been drinking - would have questioned my eyesight.
A very special few moments.
S. Danielson
Arroyo Grande
Dahlias


Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak

Kara Nelson
 

Had a Western Tanager and Black-headed Grosbeak at my pond and feeder this morning.  Also my Western Bluebird box just fledged a second clutch of 4 young for the season! 
Kara Hagedorn
Atascadero, CA


2 (?) Roadrunner Little Morro Ck Rd, 5/12

Sue Girard
 

Driving out to the end @ mid afternoon last week, a Roadrunner with a lizard in its beak crossed just in front of me to run into a downslope farm yard. 10 minutes later, about 75 yds farther along the road, another did the same thing. Not sure if the same bird. This is where the road striping starts at the 90 degree turn.


2 female, 1 male Hooded Oriole have finally found the Oriole feeder at home. (just as soon as I cleaned it out and put it away)


Sue Girard

Nipomo


Northern Waterthrush @ Sweet Springs

petra schaaf
 

This morning at 10:45 a.m. the Northern Waterthrush found at Sweet Springs by Dave Clendenen yesterday and reported by Mike Stiles, was present.
It was feeding and bobbing along the edge of the pond at the far (east) end, where a trickle of water comes in.

Jack and Petra Clayton
Los Osos


R.B. nuthatch

Steve Schubert
 

Hello all,
Surprised to hear a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH vocalizing in a tree at the Camp KEEP native plant garden this morning in Montana De Oro State Park.
 
The WILD TURKEY Jim Royer reported near Hazard Canyon parking area on Pecho Rd. last weekend is one of the two hen turkeys that resides here year round (the tom turkey present the last two years disappeared about a month ago). Two recently hatched turkey poults I saw 10 days ago -following one of the hens that nested near Camp KEEP under the eucalyptus trees- have also disappeared and must have not survived. 
 
Steve Schubert
Los Osos


Indigo bunting

Jeannette Reina
 

I'm 99.9% sure I saw a male Indigo Bunting on Islay Hill today. Much more slender bill than the Blue Grosbeak. I didn't have my binoculars but he was within very close range, probably 10-15 feet away. The Lazuli Bunting continues in the same area.


50+ Warblers Oso Flaco Lake

Thomas Slater
 

I went for a last minute hike to Oso Flaco Lake this evening (Owen finally had to pay the piper and do homework).

I got there after 6pm and it was cloudy and the light was seedy, also it was very cold and windy. BUT...

I saw the most warblers I've ever seen there! It was crazy!!

25+ Wilson's Warblers
Over 2 dozen Yellow Warblers (8 on the reedy island)
Over 2 dozen Townsend's Warblers
5 Hermit Warblers, in different stages of development.
6 Warbling Vireos

Basically from the parking lot to the Reedy Island (as far as I got) it was a giant flock.

I only counted on my way in.

I was hoping to scrounge up something other than the "usuals" but it was still fun being that busy.

If I didn't have to work tomorrow, I know where I'd be at sunrise!!!!!

***NOTE - Owen and I are doing a slideshow together for MCAS Monday May 18 at 7pm.
 It's at the SLO Botanical Garden’s Oak Glen Pavilion in El Chorro Regional Park, Dairy Creek Road across from Cuesta College. Hope you can come join us!

Tom Slater
Nipomo
Hermit Warlber_0875







Northern Waterthrush

Mike Stiles
 

Dave Clendenen found a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH at Sweet Springs along the edge of the pond. We watched it feeding and bobbing along the muddy edge on both sides of the wooden bridge, and eliminated the "better" waterthrush.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos


Skimmers from the Overlook & Poorwills at MDO

Jim Royer
 

At the Audubon Overlook, I saw 2 Black skimmers this morning, at an intermediate tide (at 8:30 - 9 am) - on a sandbar to the northwest, with Caspian Terns and gulls. A scope would be very handy to re-find these birds. It was surprisingly good birding, with young Black Phoebes being fed, a Greater Scaup, Clark's Grebe, etc. (A complete list of 39 species can be found on eBird.) 

Last night I had 2 or 3 Poorwills calling from the brushy slope above the trail that goes back from the campground at MDO. I walked the Islay Creek Road back almost a mile at 8:15 and the birds were calling at about 8:30 - 8:45 pm, about .7 to .9 miles from the main paved road. I did not see any in the road, like you can in the winter. The calling birds were on the slope on the south side of the creek. I did not hear the Screech Owl, previously reported by Steve Schubert (as were the Poorwills and the skimmers).

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Re: Big fun day

Thomas Slater
 

ps- Some pics from the day can be found here. 

Black-headed Grosbeak Male_0667
 
We saw one chick, we're guessing a Western Tanager chick, or it's a Hooded Oriole chick. Any help with the ID would be welcomed! Thanks!

Bird on,

Tom and Owen Slater
Nipomo
 
Tom Slater
Slater Photography
(805)-441-6945
www.slatervision.com


From: "Tom Slater tomslaterphotography@... [slocobirding]"
To: "slocobirding@..."
Sent: Saturday, May 16, 2015 5:34 PM
Subject: [slocobirding] Big fun day

 
Owen and I hit oceano and saw

4 WARBLING VIREOS,
9 HOODED ORIOLES,
3 WESTERN TANAGERS,
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER,
12+ ALLENS HUMMINGBIRDS
and
2 PURPLE FINCHES.

Earlier on Dana Foothill Rd I saw 7 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS in the lemon orchards.

Bird on
Tom and Owen Slater




North coast

Elaine Townsend
 

While birding the north coast today an adult Bald Eagle was seen winging across Hwy 1 towards the shore.  Notable at the shore locations we checked was the dearth of birds.  Crows, song sparrows but one Black Turnstone.  Most surprising at one site were a small flock of Mallards!

Bert Townsend


Coon Creek 5/16

Jim Royer
 

I walked about a mile back on the Coon Creek Trail this morning in Montana de Oro State Park. Highlights included a singing Olive-sided Flycatcher, 3 Canyon Wrens (easy to hear near the second bridge), a late Sooty Fox Sparrow and a pair of Hairy Woodpeckers together in the burnt riparian habitat. The list of the rest of the 32 species found can be seen on eBird. As I drove into the park this morning I had a Wild Turkey along the road near the entrance to Camp Keep (just past lower Hazard Canyon).

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Big fun day

Thomas Slater
 

Owen and I hit oceano and saw

4 WARBLING VIREOS,
9 HOODED ORIOLES,
3 WESTERN TANAGERS,
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER,
12+ ALLENS HUMMINGBIRDS
and
2 PURPLE FINCHES.

Earlier on Dana Foothill Rd I saw 7 BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAKS in the lemon orchards.

Bird on
Tom and Owen Slater


Cliff Swallows back in Cambria

Joanne Aasen
 

Walking past Shamel park at 8:45 am today I notice swallows heading toward Santa Rosa creek. At the creek near the park I saw a small number (20 or so) gathering mud at creek side. On my way somewhere now but will watch them later to see what house they've chosen for their nests, I just follow the swallow traffic. Those house owners who don't want nests typically put up netting before nesting season.

Always enjoyable to see the mud gathering.

Joanne Aasen
Cambria



From joliaa's iPhone. How 'bout that!


Oso Flaco Thursday

Brandy
 

Great day out at Oso Flaco. Highlights include: 1 WESTERN KINGBIRD, 2 GREEN HERONS, several YELLOW and WILSON'S WARBLERS. 


Plus, two new life birds for me; 1 LEAST BITTERN and 1 male WESTERN TANAGER! 


Brandy 

Grover Beach 


Re: Red-necked Phalarope and Hammond's Flycatcher

Maggie Smith
 

I'm talking Oso Flaco Lake.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande

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



From: "Maggie Smith milleniummaggs@... [slocobirding]"
To: Slocobirding CALIF
Sent: Thursday, May 14, 2015 1:41 PM
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-necked Phalarope and Hammond's Flycatcher

 
Mid morning today there was HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER in the willows along the road to the lake (long primary extension, small, straight sided all dark bill and complete eye ring. 

A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was twirling incessantly on the far south side of the lake.

Continuing birds include 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS (1 male singing) and 3 HERMIT WARBLERS (2 adult males and 1 female type.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande

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



Red-necked Phalarope and Hammond's Flycatcher

Maggie Smith
 

Mid morning today there was HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER in the willows along the road to the lake (long primary extension, small, straight sided all dark bill and complete eye ring. 

A female RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was twirling incessantly on the far south side of the lake.

Continuing birds include 3 TOWNSEND'S WARBLERS (1 male singing) and 3 HERMIT WARBLERS (2 adult males and 1 female type.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande

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


Oso Flaco Wednesday

marlin harms
 

Don Quintana & I went to Oso Flaco and saw some of the Yellow Warblers--maybe 5--that Dave mentioned on Tuesday in the reed islands near the bridge.  We also saw 4 Green Herons, all adults.  Plus the usual suspects.  A  highlight for me was watching a male Marsh Wren alternately singing and collecting wet pieces of reeds to weave into his nest.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA


Oso Flaco Tuesday

David Lawrence
 

Greetings,

At least 10 Yellow Warblers, most paired, were feeding in the rushes in the mid-way islands, coming and going.  Along the entry the birds were making too much noise.  A Hermit Warbler, I’d bet a hybrid Hermit-Townsends, was seen early in.  The school kids that crowded the walkway were really very well behaved and interested in the goings on, checking off their sightings.  Many were missing their front teeth, so I’d bet they’d pish terribly.  I salute their dedicated chaperones.  


Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande


cassin's kingbird

njmann90
 

Cuesta's mascot pair of Cassin's Kingbird is aggressively repelling all crows trying to infiltrate the science complex (2300 buildings).  Cliff Swallow numbers appear to be severely depressed from past years (drought?)
NJMann
SLO Cuesta College

--
Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'


'I've seen so much stupid in my years that I can't remember all of it,'  2014 James Turner.



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