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Red-necked Grebe, 1/3

Tom Edell
 

One was seen from the end of the Port San Luis Pier this morning. It was near the second green buoy and required a scope when seen.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 



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hightide birding, Morro Bay

golden eagle
 

Had a good morning of birding at the marina board walk. With the 5.7ft high tide we went looking for the Nelson's sparrow but no luck today. There were abundant numbers of savannah sparrows and American pipits, some great very close views of least sandpipers, american avocets and a low flying peregrine falcon.  


Scanned the turkey vultures above the eucalyptus trees, looking for the zone-tailed hawk. Did not see the bird but, will continue to keep an eye out.


Fianna and Blythe Wilde

Los Osos, CA




Re: "Blue" Snow Goose, Chorro Flats, 12/31

ferdy01@...
 


Tom,
   Carol and I go to Avila about every day, to look for our Black Oystercatchers, Bob and Judy. We have been watching them for around 10 years ,and saw them both Saturday
  We walk around the golf course on Blue Heron Drive, and we have been seeing a Snow goose near the Bob Jones bridge a couple of days, earlier last week. Saturday ,there were two of them ,at the area near the Pro shop at the club ,and one is probably a juvenile, as it is not as white as the first one we saw, and now has moved to the club area,from the bridge area. They like the Canada's' as company


First Bird of the Year - Osprey in Morro Bay

Mary Watt
 

Well, I actually saw a scrub jay first, but right after that we spotted an osprey on a boat mast behind the Inn at Morro Bay, just before we were leaving around 11:45 today.

Mary


Re: Pine Siskin irruption and 4 White-throated Sparrows in Atascadero

Kaaren Perry
 

Not nearly the numbers reported by Rick and Kevin but we have had upwards of 30 Pine Siskin the past few days here in Morro Bay.  While they have been present in smaller numbers since October 27 there seems to be an increase here near the coast as well.   On the feeder, in the trees, bathing  and flying over head. 

First bird of the New Year seen as I made my coffee this morning!


On Jan 1, 2018, at 12:26 PM, Kevin Zimmer kjzimmerphd@... [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

Echoing Rick Derevan’s post, we are also experiencing an irruption of Pine Siskins in Atascadero.  Prior to the Morro Bay CBC on December 16, we had been seeing 40+ Lesser Goldfinches, a very few American Goldfinches, and no Pine Siskins at our feeders.  Our first siskins of the year showed up on Dec 18, when I saw just 2 birds.  Just in the past week, the numbers of siskins has risen dramatically, peaking today (January 1), when I counted 50 in view on the feeders and/or bathing in our fountain at one time.  When I went out onto our front deck, I could see that the siskins on the feeders were only a fraction of the total present, as there were dozens of siskins festooned over the oaks in the back yard.  A conservative estimate on numbers would be in the neighborhood of 120.  Oddly, concomitant with the dramatic increase in siskins, the number of Lesser Goldfinches in our yard has dropped way off (now fewer than 10 around at any one time).

Also, as of yesterday (Dec 31), I can confirm 4 different White-throated Sparrows hanging with the Zonotrichia-flock in our yard.  Two are adults, and two are streaky HY birds.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

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Pine Siskin irruption and 4 White-throated Sparrows in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

Echoing Rick Derevan’s post, we are also experiencing an irruption of Pine Siskins in Atascadero. Prior to the Morro Bay CBC on December 16, we had been seeing 40+ Lesser Goldfinches, a very few American Goldfinches, and no Pine Siskins at our feeders. Our first siskins of the year showed up on Dec 18, when I saw just 2 birds. Just in the past week, the numbers of siskins has risen dramatically, peaking today (January 1), when I counted 50 in view on the feeders and/or bathing in our fountain at one time. When I went out onto our front deck, I could see that the siskins on the feeders were only a fraction of the total present, as there were dozens of siskins festooned over the oaks in the back yard. A conservative estimate on numbers would be in the neighborhood of 120. Oddly, concomitant with the dramatic increase in siskins, the number of Lesser Goldfinches in our yard has dropped way off (now fewer than 10 around at any one time).

Also, as of yesterday (Dec 31), I can confirm 4 different White-throated Sparrows hanging with the Zonotrichia-flock in our yard. Two are adults, and two are streaky HY birds.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Siskin and goldfinches

Rick Derevan
 

Not sure how notable this is, but we have had large flocks (20+) of Pine Siskins and American Goldfinches at our feeders the past several days. While we have had Lesser Goldfinches on a consistent basis, American Goldfinches have been scarce the past several years at our feeders.

Rick Derevan
Atascadero


"Blue" Snow Goose, Chorro Flats, 12/31

Tom Edell
 

Following up on a tip from Ron Ruppert, I stopped by Chorro Flats this evening just before sunset to look for a dark (blue) morph Snow Geese. The bird was with two immature and two adult Snow Geese. Apparently the group has shown up there the past three evenings between 4:00 and 4:30 PM to feed in a recently plowed field. I believe this is the county’s first record of a dark Snow Goose.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41486645

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


Old Creek Lagoon - Cayucos

Kaaren Perry
 

Birding with Karen and Bart Beckman this morning we stopped at Old Creek Lagoon.  Arriving just a little after 9:00 there were several Royal and a few Caspian Terns along with Mew, Ring-billed, California and Western Gulls of various ages.  A few Least Sandpipers fed along the edges and 2 American Pipits were seen bobbing along as well.  

The best birds of the morning were the 2 previously reported Swamp Sparrows. At first they remained secluded in the grasses on the north side of the lagoon but after we waited a few minute they came out into the open, even feeding right at the lagoon edge.   Great looks were had by all!   

Happy New Year and wishes for the very best looks ever at SLO County birds in 2018!

Kaaren Perry


Lotsa turkeys

Rubba Johanna
 

I know it’s not news that we have wild turkeys in the area, but today I had an unusual sighting. I took a long drive out Huasna Road east of Arroyo Grande. I front of a large house among trees, I saw a big flock of turkeys pecking around in the grasses. Something spooked them and they flew or ran across the road, and I counted 42 turkeys. A few stayed behind, and I was able to park less than ten feet away from them. Two males were displaying and gobbling. The gobble is quite loud and startling! I was also surprised at how comfortably they fly. Just like any other bird.

There was no sign of them on the return trip.

The only other bird I bothered with was a large hawk, I presume red-tailed—it was dark brown on the head and body, white chest and belly with streaks of brown in between. There were streaks of white on the back just below the neck. I noticed that the tail had thin horizontal bars, dark reddish and very dark gray (if I was seeing correctly in the light). I didn’t catch the top of the tail in flight. Is this a weird marking? Was I seeing things?


Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Re: Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29

Marilyn Silva
 


Note: I observed the hawk on Friday 12/29/17 at about 1130 am.


Re: Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29

Marilyn Silva
 

We observed the Zone-tailed Hawk flying south over the Morro Bay Marina parking lot. It then turned east heading toward the South Bay Blvd/ State Park Rd. There were numerous vultures circling near the above intersection and I lost track of the hawk. Perhaps the hawk  joined the circling vultures.
The hawk flew overhead about 30-40' above the ground and just slightly east of me giving me an excellent view of him or her.


Tropical Kingbird

Thomas Slater
 

Owen and I took a quick spin around Oceano lagoon's eastern bank and saw and heard a Tropical Kingbird on the house antenna at the maintenance yard. Other than that, things were pretty quiet.

Our local hero White-crowned Sparrow stayed put today and was seen all day long in various parts of the front yard. I finally got a decent picture. I don't think it's a tan-stripe, but depending upon the light, sometimes it looks like one.



Bird on,

Tom and Owen Slater
Nipomo



Re: White-throated Sparrow Club

Tom Ogren
 

I've also got a couple of long-returning White-throated sparrows (cute little buggers, 'eh!)  in my own yard...along with three sooty fox sparrows and lots of Golden-crowned and White-crowned sparrows.

Tom Ogren
SLO

-----Original Message-----
From: "Thomas Slater tomslaterphotography@... [slocobirding]"
Sent: Dec 29, 2017 6:12 PM
To: Slocobirding
Subject: [slocobirding] White-throated Sparrow Club

96

While picking through the morning sparrows, I was elated to finally see what I've been hoping to see every morning for the last 5 years... a White-throated Sparrow looking back at me. I got my son on the bird as well. High fives and backslaps. We finally joined the WTS Yard Bird Club. Fox Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows were also present. 

Never give up,
Bird on,

Tom and Owen Slater
Nipomo






White-throated Sparrow Club

Thomas Slater
 

While picking through the morning sparrows, I was elated to finally see what I've been hoping to see every morning for the last 5 years... a White-throated Sparrow looking back at me. I got my son on the bird as well. High fives and backslaps. We finally joined the WTS Yard Bird Club. Fox Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows were also present. 

Never give up,
Bird on,

Tom and Owen Slater
Nipomo




Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29

Kaaren Perry
 

Despite several birders watching from the Coast Union High School parking lot in Cambria with binoculars and cameras ready, the Zone-tailed Hawk did not make an appearance this afternoon (at least not until I left at 4:30).  It is believed to be still in the area and all are encouraged to keep on the look-out and report to this listserve if seen again. 

Kaaren Perry


Red-naped sapsucker

Claudia Freitas
 

We had a first yard bird today - Red-naped sapsucker on our cottonwoods

Claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'



Swamp Sparrow, Old Creek, Cayucos, 12/29

Tom Edell
 

This morning the Swamp Sparrow continued on the beach at the upper end of the Old Creek lagoon and a Barn Swallow flew up coast over the shoreline.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


Re: ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/28

Tom Edell
 

I should have indicated this post was for this morning, Dec 28.

 

From: slocobirding@... [mailto:slocobirding@...] On Behalf Of 'Tom Edell' TEdell@... [slocobirding]
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:15 PM
To: slocobirding@...
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26

 




No sign of the Zone-tailed Hawk this morning. Several people looking from the east end of Village Lane later this afternoon will be hoping for a repeat performance of the past two days.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: Tom Edell [mailto:tedell@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:53 PM
To: 'tedell' <TEdell@...>; slocobirding@yahoogroups..com
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26

 

This afternoon Herb Elliot and I watched for the Zone-tailed Hawk from the east end of Village Lane in Cambria. We were essentially across the valley from the Santa Rosa Cemetery where the bird was seen yesterday. At about 3:50 PM, a dark raptor flew past us that looked a lot like a Turkey Vulture but had a longer tail and a more hawk like structure. When I first saw the bird I though I saw a pale tail band on an otherwise dark tail. Herb managed to take photos as the bird flew away that show the features I described above, plus barred flight feathers wuth a dark trailing edge and yellow feet and overall the right shape for Zone-tailed Hawk.

 

The bird was seen heading west when spotted and was essentially between us and the cemetery. It did not head to the Turkey Vulture roost on the hillside north of Main Street and the Bluebird Motel, but instead continued west. We lost sight of the bird and have no idea where it ended up.  If looking for the bird tomorrow morning, it might be best to position yourself somewhere on the south side of the town that affords a view of the area.

 

The other option is to set up where Herb and I did and watch birds approach the town from the east. There may be a better location for afternoon viewing. It was seen on Tuesday at 3:40 and today at 3:50.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41365235

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 





Re: ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26

Tom Edell
 

No sign of the Zone-tailed Hawk this morning. Several people looking from the east end of Village Lane later this afternoon will be hoping for a repeat performance of the past two days.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: Tom Edell [mailto:tedell@...]
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:53 PM
To: 'tedell' ; slocobirding@...
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26

 

This afternoon Herb Elliot and I watched for the Zone-tailed Hawk from the east end of Village Lane in Cambria. We were essentially across the valley from the Santa Rosa Cemetery where the bird was seen yesterday. At about 3:50 PM, a dark raptor flew past us that looked a lot like a Turkey Vulture but had a longer tail and a more hawk like structure. When I first saw the bird I though I saw a pale tail band on an otherwise dark tail. Herb managed to take photos as the bird flew away that show the features I described above, plus barred flight feathers wuth a dark trailing edge and yellow feet and overall the right shape for Zone-tailed Hawk.

 

The bird was seen heading west when spotted and was essentially between us and the cemetery. It did not head to the Turkey Vulture roost on the hillside north of Main Street and the Bluebird Motel, but instead continued west. We lost sight of the bird and have no idea where it ended up.  If looking for the bird tomorrow morning, it might be best to position yourself somewhere on the south side of the town that affords a view of the area.

 

The other option is to set up where Herb and I did and watch birds approach the town from the east. There may be a better location for afternoon viewing. It was seen on Tuesday at 3:40 and today at 3:50.

 

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41365235

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

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