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Long-tailed Duck

marlin harms
 

The continuing Long-tailed Duck in Morro Bay was visible this morning inside the bay near the sand spit, seen from the south T-pier.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


My Western Tanager post

Mike Stiles
 

I've been kindly schooled that my reported tanager is more likely a wintering bird, than an incredibly early spring migrant. Or even a wintering bird that's moving around.

And, to be anatomically correct, WETA's don't have a yellow back as reported. They have a yellow rump and a black back. One has to be careful in their bird anatomy with descriptions.

Thanks,
Mike Stiles
Los Osos


Morro Bay Black Hill

Mike Stiles
 

I had what I assume is an early WESTERN TANAGER on Black Hill this afternoon near the golf course. I had a brief look, took a poor picture, then it was gone and not refound.


Bright yellow back, dark black wings, and no orange in the head makes it a winter plumaged adult male.


Mike Stiles

Los Osos


Kittiwakes on North Coast

Tom Edell
 

This morning Roger Zachary and I checked the north coast. A Black-legged Kittiwake flew down coast along the shoreline and then offshore just after we arrived at San Simeon Creek. Both Northern Rough-winged and Tree Swallows were seen over the lagoon.

 

A female plumaged White-winged Scoter seen from the end of the San Simeon Pier was off the point. Five Pigeon Guillemots were on the ocean below the bluff across the bay from the pier. Two female plumaged Hooded Mergansers were on Arroyo del Puerto (the small creek the empties into the cove near the base of the pier).

 

Another adult Black-legged Kittiwake was at the mouth of Santa Rosa Creek after noon. A flock of about 400 gulls was at the creek mouth and included three first-winter Heermann’s Gulls, about 5 Herring Gulls, Many Mew and Western Gulls, and mostly California Gulls. In addition, there was a rather small looking pale Iceland type gull with a small, dark-tipped pink bill. Photos have been circulated for comments.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


Kittiwake and Pacific Golden-Plover, North Coast

whknowlton
 

There was a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE in with a large flock of gulls at Santa Rosa Creek mouth this afternoon. It mainly loafed on the beach, but did take a short bath in the creek. Photos of the kittiwake can be seen here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43321990


At Point Sierra Nevada Beach farther up the coast, there was a PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER at the southern end of the beach. Photos of the plover can be seen here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43324019


Will Knowlton

San Luis Obispo, CA



White-throated Sparrow & Hummers

Cheryl Lish
 

The WTSP previously reported at my yard feeders continues. Have not seen the 2 reported in the seasonal creek on this property...possibly because I haven't spent much time there.
I've had very few hummingbirds thus far.  There are currently a couple of selasphorus that are likely Allen's, and a few Anna's. 
Cheryl Lish  Arroyo Grande


Gulls

Bob Chapman
 

Friends,

Looking for someone with more expertise than myself  interested in hashing over gull plumages. Working at ODSVRA I see hundreds sometimes a thousand or more gulls daily. Many are question marks, hybrids mostly. If interested please reply, I'll shoot you some photos.


Re: Banded Common Loon, Tidelands Park, Morro Bay

Mike Stiles
 

And to those who don't know, there was an extensive loon banding project back then, spearheaded by Morro Coast Audubon, thanks to local biologist Paul Andreano, and then MCAS president, Henry Pontarelli.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos

On Feb 26, 2018, at 6:04 PM, "petra schaaf pcschaaf@... [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@...> wrote:

 

On Monday, February 19, 2018 we observed and reported two banded Common Loons at Tidelands Park, Morro Bay. (Our ebird checklist includes the link to a Flickr video, which helped the wildlife biologist figuring out the banding on the right leg.)


Today we received the following information for one of the two individuals:

"This bird was banded as an adult in Morro Bay, CA on 2/5/2005. 
Over the years, information gathered from loon band encounters has shown that these birds regularly return to the same breeding areas, as well as to the same wintering areas."   

The above information was provided by:
Lauren Gilpatrick, Certified Wildlife Biologist ®
Permit and Band Manager
Museum Collections
Biodiversity Research Institute
276 Canco Road, Portland, ME  04103 

As to the age, according to https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Loon  Loons can get quite old:
"The oldest recorded Common Loon was a female, and at least 29 years old, 10 months old when she was spotted in Michigan in 2016 and identified by her band. She had been banded in the same state in 1989."

Jack and Petra Clayton
Los Osos


Banded Common Loon, Tidelands Park, Morro Bay

petra schaaf
 

On Monday, February 19, 2018 we observed and reported two banded Common Loons at Tidelands Park, Morro Bay. (Our ebird checklist includes the link to a Flickr video, which helped the wildlife biologist figuring out the banding on the right leg.)


Today we received the following information for one of the two individuals:

"This bird was banded as an adult in Morro Bay, CA on 2/5/2005. 
Over the years, information gathered from loon band encounters has shown that these birds regularly return to the same breeding areas, as well as to the same wintering areas."   

The above information was provided by:
Lauren Gilpatrick, Certified Wildlife Biologist ®
Permit and Band Manager
Museum Collections
Biodiversity Research Institute
276 Canco Road, Portland, ME  04103 

As to the age, according to https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Common_Loon  Loons can get quite old:
"The oldest recorded Common Loon was a female, and at least 29 years old, 10 months old when she was spotted in Michigan in 2016 and identified by her band. She had been banded in the same state in 1989."

Jack and Petra Clayton
Los Osos


Glaucous Gull Wed. 21, 2018 Near elephant seal rockery HWY 1

golden eagle
 


We emailed several birders photos of the gull, so that we could get a second option on the identification. After circulating several photos of the gull the identification was confirmed as a Glaucous gull.

Information on location were it was cited.

The bird was first seen at 5:55pm (Feb. 21, 2018), at a beach just south of the elephant seal rookery. Heading North on 1 you will see an unpaved pull out on the left-hand side of the road, just after the paved parking area with a sign that says "No Overnight Parking or Camping, $200 Fine". The gull was seen on the beach, you must walk from the pullout, though a brake in the fence, then though a grassy area to the short cliffs that overlook a beach. 

Approximate GPS coordinates 35.6559835, -121.2461988 on HWY 1

 

Blythe and Fianna Wilde

Los Osos, CA


Bald Eagles at MB Golf Course

danny lapp
 

Probably someone already posted this, but they are big beautiful birds, two of them, roosting for a short time in the euc's by the parking lot, then soared off down the 18th fairway, low and quite a few admirers below.


Brant Geese

Jeannette Reina
 

Back in 2008 and 2009 I saw Brant several times floating in a calm area of the open ocean off Arroyo de la Cruz.


Oso Saturday morning

Thomas Slater
 

I went for a morning spin out to the lake and a LEAST BITTERN was out and about this morning.
I also saw a beautiful WILSON'S WARBLER in striking colors (considered rare this time of year).
Numerous White Pelicans as well as some Lesser Scaup and Canvas Backs.
On the Trilogy treatment ponds I found 8 Blue-winged Teal swimming with about as many Gadwall.
Our yard WHITE-THROATED SPARROW is still hanging out at our feeder, which is wonderful.

Least Bittern photo here...

Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo


Re: Brants on ocean side of Sandspit

Tom Edell
 

Hi Woody,

While at Morro Rock about a week ago I saw a flock of about 25 flying south of the south jetty that looked like they landed on the ocean. In the past I recall John Roser mentioning that Brant often take refuge on the ocean during hunting season or when there is a lot of disturbance on the estuary. Fewer birds around now because of the decline of eelgrass so may fewer spending time on the ocean off the sandspit. Not at all unusual to see them on the ocean during spring migration, especially from places like Estero Bluffs State Park.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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Subject: [slocobirding] Brants on ocean side of Sandspit

On Thursday 2/22, I saw two Brants that appeared to be feeding (though I’m not sure what they were eating) along the shoreline among a small flock of Willets. This was about midway up the Sandspit, near rescue marker four.

In the past three years of monitoring Snowy Plovers along the Sandspit, I have not seen any Brants on the ocean side. eBird reports from the ocean side also suggest that this is a fairly uncommon occurrence, but I’m curious how often other folks in the area have seen Brants outside of the estuary?

Woodrow Eggers
Los Osos

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Brants on ocean side of Sandspit

Woodrow Eggers <eggerswoodrow@...>
 

On Thursday 2/22, I saw two Brants that appeared to be feeding (though I’m not sure what they were eating) along the shoreline among a small flock of Willets. This was about midway up the Sandspit, near rescue marker four.

In the past three years of monitoring Snowy Plovers along the Sandspit, I have not seen any Brants on the ocean side. eBird reports from the ocean side also suggest that this is a fairly uncommon occurrence, but I’m curious how often other folks in the area have seen Brants outside of the estuary?

Woodrow Eggers
Los Osos


Re: correction to Herring Gull note

Kaaren Perry
 

I recently read a listserv post from north of SLO County, perhaps the Monterey Bay Birds list.  There were reports of notably increased numbers of Herring Gulls at the time. The gathering was said to be associated with the large schools of herring then appearing along the coast.

Just the messenger,

Kaaren


Kaaren Perry

On Feb 23, 2018, at 7:44 AM, Marlin Harms marlin93442@... [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply@...> wrote:


Thanks to Robert Chapman for correcting me about (or at least adding to) my generalization yesterday  about large groups of Herring Gulls being unusual.  He reported that he had seen 40 earlier this week at Oceano Dunes.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA



correction to Herring Gull note

marlin harms
 

Thanks to Robert Chapman for correcting me about (or at least adding to) my generalization yesterday  about large groups of Herring Gulls being unusual.  He reported that he had seen 40 earlier this week at Oceano Dunes.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA


Big Day finds 2/21/2018

golden eagle
 

We had an amazing big day! 

Yesterday, we had a White-throated Sparrow on the fence in front of the Stolo Family Vineyards & Winery barn on Santa Rosa Creek Rd in Cambria. 

We saw the previously reported Long-tailed Duck from the Morro Bay Embarcadero at the overlook next to The Gallery Seafood Grill & Bar. We also had a banded Common Loon there. Does anyone know where we could report this bird?

A Lesser Yellowlegs flew by with a Greater Yellowlegs while we were birding the Marina board walk in Morro Bay State Park. Other highlights included a Red-breasted Sapsucker and a single Violent-green Swallow at El Chorro Regional Park. 



Fianna & Blythe Wilde
Los Osos, CA 


Nutmeg Mannikins

Tyson Baker
 

I work in SLO on the 300 block of Higuera. There are 2 resident red shoulder hawks here quite frequently. There is also a flock of about 50 nutmeg mannikins that are on my feeder behind the shop, daily! Our shop is right up against the creek, great for birdwatching.

Tyson Baker, Osos/SLO.


White-Throated Sparrow

Judy Neuhauser
 

The White-Throated Sparrow continues at my feeder, mixed in with a flock of Golden-Crowned Sparrows, White-Crowned Sparrows and Fox Sparrows.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/138747946@N04/40425962741/in/dateposted-public/

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