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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

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


COMPASSION  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsZvU9EpGGk

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









white winged dove slo

njmann90
 

I just had a White-winged Dove at the feeders in SLO near Vet's Hall.

NJMann
SLO

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

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


COMPASSION  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsZvU9EpGGk

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









Late Posting

Craig Corwin
 

6/30, there were a couple hundred Heermann's Gulls on the bank of the creek along Park Ave.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/24146158@N00/35566273883/in/dateposted-family/

Not sure if I've done this right. This is the first time posting.


Craig C



Juvenile HEEG

Bob Chapman
 

At least twenty-five juvenile Heerman's gulls on the shore today, Oceano. Season's high number.

Bob Chapman


No YB Cuckoo, Hazard Canyon

Tom Edell
 

Maggie Smith,  Marlin Harms, and I looked for the cuckoo this morning without luck. It appears the excellent photo posted by the observer was taken at the mouth of west Hazard Canyon. 

The bird could have been tucked into the dense willows nearby. I suppose it could be in the same area this evening if it did not migrate last night.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 


Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


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From: "tedell TEdell@... [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@...>
Date: 8/4/17 5:27 AM (GMT-08:00)
To: Slocobirding <slocobirding@...>
Subject: [slocobirding] YB Cuckoo, Hazard Canyon

A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was photographed at Hazard Canon, Montana de Oro SP yesterday evening. See eBird report below. No further information.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 

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Date: 8/3/17 10:34 PM (GMT-08:00)
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Subject: [eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert

*** Species Summary:

Bufflehead (1 Mono)
Least Bittern (1 Stanislaus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1 San Luis Obispo)

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NOTE: all si ghtings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (3)
- Reported Jul 31, 2017 16:38 by Gil Ewing
- Bridgeport Reservoir, Mono, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2977508,-119.2256927&ll=38.2977508,-119.2256927
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38467459
- Comments: "Very small ducks with dark heads with an oval white patch in the post auricular area, small, dark bills, dark upper parts, pale underparts. The three were together, resting on the water. Females or immatures."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2017 18:40 by Xavier Sandoval
- Modesto Water Quality Control Wetlands, Stanislaus, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5078067,-121.0491309&ll=37.5078067,-121.0491309
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38467447
- Comments: "Flew West over the barbed wire fence to t he reeds. Buff and white coverts over black seen in flight."

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2017 18:30 by Brady Cabe
- Hazard Canyon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2885507,-120.882107&ll=35.2885507,-120.882107
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38467734
- Media: 1 Photo

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More details - Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Brady Cabe
 

 Yellow-billed Cuckoo


My inclination was some type of stalky flycatcher/kingbird based on its anatomy and habits with an almost hybrid shrike/oriole beak , but my Western NatGeo field guide was not leading me to a conclusion. It was flying short distances between low shrubs and down to the ice plant, assumedly looking for insects - reminding me of the Black Phoebes nearby. This felt very special at the time. During flight the reddish patches in the wings were stark and it did vocalize briefly while perched. 

Montana de Oro, end of hazard canyon Trail near ocean, yesterday evening, San Luis Obispo county

Brady Cabe - Photographer
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YB Cuckoo, Hazard Canyon

Tom Edell
 

A Yellow-billed Cuckoo was photographed at Hazard Canon, Montana de Oro SP yesterday evening. See eBird report below. No further information.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 

Sent from my Verizon 4G LTE smartphone


-------- Original message --------
From: ebird-alert@...
Date: 8/3/17 10:34 PM (GMT-08:00)
To:
Subject: [eBird Alert] California Rare Bird Alert

*** Species Summary:

Bufflehead (1 Mono)
Least Bittern (1 Stanislaus)
Yellow-billed Cuckoo (1 San Luis Obispo)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <hourly> California Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in California.  View or unsubscribe to this alert at http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35464
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (3)
- Reported Jul 31, 2017 16:38 by Gil Ewing
- Bridgeport Reservoir, Mono, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=38.2977508,-119.2256927&ll=38.2977508,-119.2256927
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38467459
- Comments: "Very small ducks with dark heads with an oval white patch in the post auricular area, small, dark bills, dark upper parts, pale underparts. The three were together, resting on the water. Females or immatures."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2017 18:40 by Xavier Sandoval
- Modesto Water Quality Control Wetlands, Stanislaus, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=37.5078067,-121.0491309&ll=37.5078067,-121.0491309
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38467447
- Comments: "Flew West over the barbed wire fence to the reeds. Buff and white coverts over black seen in flight."

Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) (1)
- Reported Aug 03, 2017 18:30 by Brady Cabe
- Hazard Canyon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2885507,-120.882107&ll=35.2885507,-120.882107
- Checklist: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S38467734
- Media: 1 Photo

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Yellow-billed Cuckoo - Hazard Canyon

Brady Cabe
 

I've also submitted this to eBird. Exciting find! Photo here:


Brady Cabe
Nature and Landscape Photographer
Astrophotography Instructor


Morro Bay Pelagic Trip

Mike Stiles
 

There are still plenty of spaces left for the pelagic trip out of Morro Bay on Saturday, October 14th. Cost of the trip is only $122. Leaders are the highly competent Tom Edell, Curtis Marantz, and Peter Gaede. 


Please email me for an application. 


Mike Stiles

Los Osos


Turri Ponds - 8/2

Kaaren Perry
 

Turri Ponds continue to be a nice place to observe the Lesser Yellowlegs and as of today 6 Wilson’s Phalaropes.  In addition, this morning there was a total of 8 Greater Yellowlegs, 4 of which were in fresh juvenile plumage showing sharply defined white spots. (photo) The Greater juveniles plumage is a big contrast to the adults which are now in “messy”  stages transitional plumage.

Although I think aging Wilson’s Phalaropes at this time of year can be tricky least 4 of the birds appear to be  juveniles. (photos)  A few Western and Least Sandpipers rounded out the group.  These species birds were observed in the first pond

Just a little further east there were many peeps.  After a brief stop from what I could tell the majority were Least.


Kaaren Perry


Wilson's Phalaropes, Greater yellowlegs, killdeer, Turri Road, Aug 1

golden eagle
 

This evening, we observes six Wilson's Phalaropes, four greater yellowlegs and two kill deer in the Tidal Panne closest to South Bay Boulevard. 



Blythe and Fianna Wilde


Los Osos, CA


World Shorebirds Day 2017

Gyorgy Szimuly
 

Thanks for the admins' support!



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Estero Bluffs, WANDERING TATTLERS

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,


Monday afternoon I saw a minimum of 3 breeding plumaged WANDERING TATTLERS at Estero Bluffs, primarily westward from the Fig Tree parking area.   In addition there was one shy BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, quite a few BLACK TURNSTONES, several SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, and one fully grown juvenile BLACK OYSTERCATCHER with a presumably proud parent.


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


P.S.   Will make an effort to post a photo soon.


Sabine's gull

Bob Chapman
 

Ryan Slack from State Parks Resources, photographed an adult Sabine's gull along the shore at Oceano Dunes, near Arroyo Grande creek this morning.

Bob Chapman


W. Tanager

njmann90
 

Male W. Tanager flew in to use the fountain this a.m. in SLO near Vet's Hall
NJMann
SLO

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

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


COMPASSION  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsZvU9EpGGk

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









Lesser Yellowlegs con't at Turri Ponds

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning the Lesser Yellowlegs and the Wilson’s Phalarope were still feeding in the first pond off South Bay Blvd. as reported yesterday by Tom Edell. A Long-billed Dowitcher and 7 Greater Yellowlegs were also present.

Lesser Yellowlegs breed in Alaska and northern Canada and are now heading to their southern wintering grounds. Most winter in South America with a few remaining in the U.S.  Lesser Yellowlegs are considered rare in SLO county with a small number reported in appropriate habitats during late June, July and August.  I was looking at my photos  of Lesser Yellowlegs from the months of July, August and including one taken on September 1 that I have  taken in SLO co. since 2011. All show the fresh, neatly patterned upper parts of juvenile plumage. No adults in the collection from those months.

I have put up a few photos for size comparison from this morning. There is a reason it is called Lesser Yellowlegs!


Kaaren Perry


Lesser Yellowlegs, Wilson's Phalarope, Turri Road, Jul 26

Tom Edell
 

This morning, a Lesser Yellowlegs and a Wilson’s Phalarope were in the tidal panne closest to South Bay Blvd.  Also, three distant scaup were in the Los Osos Creek channel where it meets Chorro Creek on the Morro Bay Estuary.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

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