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banded Least Tern photos requested

Joanna Iwanicha
 

Please send me photos of banded California least terns seen (CLTE) near SLO County for this 2017 season. Oceano Dunes State Park is a breeding site for CLTE and chicks are banded on the legs with color plastic bands. We band with single, bi-color, and tri-color bands using several color combinations which helps to identify the individual terns. The terns have of been at OSO FLACO LAKE where they are seen fishing and sometimes land on the boardwalk railing. I have found some great photos from the Lake on eBird which we will use to add to our information. Most of the terns have departed from our site, but there are still at least a couple that have not yet migrated south. In addition to photos, reports of sightings at the Lake or any other areas will help determine the last date at our site and where they head to. 


Thank you for your help!


Joanna Iwanicha

ODSVRA Environmental Scientist



Pomarine Jaeger @ Morro Strand 8/15

Woodrow Eggers <eggerswoodrow@...>
 

During our monthly Snowy Plover survey at Morro Strand today, Regena Orr, State Parks volunteer Steve Frost, and I came across a light adult Pomarine Jaeger resting on the beach a little north of the Azure St corridor. Another Snowy Plover monitor, Seth Ontiveros, later reported seeing it at approximately the same location on Sunday, August 13. We all took pictures with our smart phones, but they are all of poor quality.

A handful (I didn’t count today) of Red-necked Phalaropes hanging out at the small lagoon near the south end of the campground.

We counted 132 Snowy Plovers during the survey, with most found in one very large flock.

Woodrow Eggers
California State Parks
Los Osos


Harmony Headlands State Park, Swainson's Hawk, Lesser Yellowlegs, 8/14

Tom Edell
 

This morning I walked from the parking lot at Hwy 1 to the pond where I saw a juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs first reported there yesterday by Kirk Roth. It was foraging at the shallow western end of the pond. A juvenile Swainson’s Hawk was flying over the northern ridge with three Red-tailed Hawks as I walked back to the car. The number of raptors at Harmony Headlands State Park is impressive. In addition to the Swainson’s Hawk, I had a total of ten Red-tailed Hawks in view at one time and four juvenile Cooper’s Hawks at one time. This is surely due to the abundant rodents in the park.  After leaving the park I drove north toward Harmony, but stopped once to look through the ten or so more raptors flying overhead.

 

Yesterday morning, I birded the park with Pat and Ann Vaughan. We saw at least one White-tailed Kite, 5 juvenile Northern Harriers, 6 juvenile Cooper’s Hawks, and 6 Red-tailed Hawks (4 juveniles). My previous visit here last Monday I also had an immature and juvenile Bald Eagle and a juvenile Golden Eagle and Kirk Roth reported a Prairie Falcon. And, 2-5 Common Ravens now seem to be resident here. Definitely worth a visit if you want to see a variety of raptors.

 

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Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


Yellowlegs

Richard R. Hansen
 

Great day for Yellow legs today. 4 adults at the Overlook and one adult ans 2 juveniles at Sweet Springs today.

Rich & JoAnn Hansen


North Coast birding

Jim Royer
 

Kourtne Smith, Ross Schaefer and Mike Schaefer birded with me today - between Morro Strand and the Elephant Seal lookout near Piedras Blancas. Highlights included 3 juvenile Baird's Sandpipers at the Santa Rosa Creek Mouth (joined by a continuing alternate plumage Bonaparte's Gull, 2 Spotted Sandpipers and a Green Heron), and a Peregrine Falcon and a White-tailed Kite at San Simeon State Beach. Red-necked Phalaropes were widespread.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


North Coast Birds

William Bouton
 

Roger Zachary and I birded some favorite oceanside locations between Cambria and Point Sierra Nevada. Nothing earth-shaking, but lots of lovely scenery of mostly deserted beaches.

The Bonaparte’s Gull, Red-necked Phalaropes, and 2 Baird’s Sandpipers continued at Santa Rosa Creek mouth.

No shorebirds (not even Killdeer) were seen at San Simeon Creek.

At Arroyo Laguna: 2 juv Baird’s Sandpipers, 2 Black-bellied Plovers (one still retaining much alternate plumage; see image).


At Point Sierra Nevada, one Sanderling, molting out of alternate, and one dead Common Murre.

My most interesting sight, perhaps, was one Turkey Vulture that Roger pointed out.  It was 1/8 to 1/4 mile out to sea, standing upon and feeding upon what appeared to be a dead marine mammal.

Bill



Juv HEEG

Bob Chapman
 

A second count tallied 71.

Bob Chapman


Juvenile HEEG

Bob Chapman
 

55 at Arroyo Grande creek. High number for the season, probably more, can't see the whole flock.

Bob Chapman


Turri ponds and Old Creek mouth

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning there were 19 Red-necked Phalaropes moving about between the first 2 ponds on Turri Rd.  Also present were 8 Greater Yellow-legs and a few distant peeps.  Seems that the Red-necked Phalaropes have arrived in full force!

Two juvenile Baird’s Sandpipers were feeding in the tidal pond at the mouth of Old Creek. For me, always a treat to catch these late Summer migrants fom Alaska as they pass through the county on their way to their South America wintering grounds.  (photos) 

7 Red-necked Phalaropes at Old Creek in various stages of molting plumage and a smattering of Western and Least Sandpipers were seen but …. no Semipalmated Sandpiper yet.

The Elegant Tern spectacle continues at the Lucerne overlook in north Cayucos.  Amazing in both number and sound!


The north county coast birds

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,


Kaaren Perry's post inspired me to have my fun with the cooperative Bonaparte's Gull, Baird's Sandpipers, and Red-necked Phalaropes at Santa Rosa and San Simeon Creek mouths.


I've posted up some photos including the above along with my recent looks at wandering tattler, black oystercatcher, Wilson's phalarope, lesser yellowlegs, and others if you have enough energy.   Enjoy.


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/36325068142/in/dateposted/

San Simeon Creek mouth. The eye was visible in less than 1% of my phalarope photos taken this day. Whew!




Red-necked Phalaropes at Morro Creek mouth August 9, 2017

Kim Davis
 

We saw 7 Red-necked Phalaropes at the mouth of Morro Creek this afternoon, the first time we’ve seen them there. The creek had been dry for years but it’s still flowing from the winter rains; they were feeding along with a few Snowy Egrets and a Black-crowned Night-Heron.

Kim Davis & Mike Stangeland


Re: Some North County Birds

Claudia Freitas
 

Sunday we were at Audubon overlook in Baywood and there were at least(!) 40 Yellow legs - looked to be lessers


Claudia


On Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:36 PM, Bill Bouton boutonbill@... [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply@...> wrote:
 

Some of these have already been reported today.


Cayucos Creek mouth: 

1 Common Murre: “Ratty” looking; apparently molting out of alternate plumage
2 Red-necked Phalaropes



At the Lucerne Street overlook:

Elegant Terns: The largest gathering I’ve ever witnessed. Impossible for me to estimate as the flock on the rocks continued around the corner out of sight.
Heermann’s Gull: 4 juveniles noted



Harmony Headlands Trail (1st half mile):

1 Barn Owl
2 Common Ravens



Santa Rosa Creek mouth:

2 Baird’s Sandpipers
1 Bonaparte’s Gull: worn alternate plumage



San Simeon Creek mouth:

2 Baird’s Sandpipers
3 Red-necked Phalaropes


Bill




Some North County Birds

William Bouton
 

Some of these have already been reported today.

Cayucos Creek mouth: 

1 Common Murre: “Ratty” looking; apparently molting out of alternate plumage
2 Red-necked Phalaropes



At the Lucerne Street overlook:

Elegant Terns: The largest gathering I’ve ever witnessed. Impossible for me to estimate as the flock on the rocks continued around the corner out of sight.
Heermann’s Gull: 4 juveniles noted



Harmony Headlands Trail (1st half mile):

1 Barn Owl
2 Common Ravens



Santa Rosa Creek mouth:

2 Baird’s Sandpipers
1 Bonaparte’s Gull: worn alternate plumage



San Simeon Creek mouth:

2 Baird’s Sandpipers
3 Red-necked Phalaropes


Bill



Cuesta Ridge

Mike Stiles
 

In the cypress botanic area on west Cuesta I had a male and female HERMIT WARBLER. I suppose they are early-ish. Also a BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER. The number of BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHERS was impressive and they are still feeding young.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos


One more Baird's location 8/9 - Cayucos

Kaaren Perry
 

A juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper was seen briefly this morning in the tidal lagoon at Old Creek mouth.  It remained in the north end of the lagoon before being flushed by a few dogs. (photo)

Maggie Smith and I headed north this morning and saw that the Baird’s at San Simeon Creek mouth and a single Baird's at Santa Rosa Creek mouth continue. Adult Bonapartes Gull continues at Santa Rosa Cr. 

We found very few shorebirds at a few other frequently reported coastal locations between Cayucos and Arroyo Laguna.  



Baird's Sandpipers - North Coast

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning Jackie Knowlton, Freddy Howell and I birded a few “hotspots” between Cayucos and Arroyo Laguna.  A few of the more notable will be mentioned here.

Hundreds of Elegant Terns continue at the Lucerne/North Ocean overlook in north Cayucos. 

At San Simeon Creek we had a juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper and 2 Red-necked Phalaropes in the lagoon.  

Heading south to Santa Rosa Creek there were 2 more juvenile Baird’s Sandpipers, a single Red-necked Phalarope and a striking breeding plumaged Bonaparte’s Gull.  Heermann’s Gulls were seen at all locations with the juveniles most prevalent at Santa Rosa Creek.

A Wandering Tattler on the rocks seen from the trail leading from the Elephant Seal northern most parking lot.

Running out of time we did not stop at Villa Creek.


Heermann's Gulls, Whimbrel, but no Cuckoo

Tom Graves
 

I took the family to Hazard Canyon in hopes of seeing the Yellow-billed Cuckoo, but no luck. I did see Heerman's and Western Gulls, Willets and Whimbrels, and a pair of Semipalmated Plovers. And I got a few recordings.

Tom Graves.


Possible Stint

Bob Chapman
 

Don't want to be an alarmist but I just had a look at a small chunky sandpiper, mostly rufous back, short, straight bill, incomplete markings across upper breast, black legs, "soft, warm" overall look. Bird was associating, loosely with Sanderlings along 6 shore ( north of post 6 ) Oceano Dunes. Juvenile stint came to mind. Quick 2 minute look. Probably still in with flock but I am working and had to move on.

Bob Chapman


Villa Creek Road thick with raptors

Victoria Morrow
 

I was on Villa Creek Road in Cayucos twice last week and both times encountered loads of raptors--three white tailed kites, a dozen red-tailed hawks, a golden eagle, two Cooper's hawks.

Vicki


white winged dove slo

njmann90
 

Still present this morning near vet's hall--White winged dove.

NJ Mann
SLO

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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
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"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'


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