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Turri and O'conner Road

David Lawrence
 

Greetings,

Goal species today were Lazuli Bunting and Blue Grosbeak: success.

Along the western straight section of Turri Road a partially brown-crowned 1st spring/non-breeding male was seen.  Off O’conner Road behind Cuesta College, 2 Lazuli buntings and 3 Blue Grosbeaks were found, one a 1st summer male with blue only on his head.

I find these species stunningly beautiful and among the most photogenic of our spring nesters.  Images demonstrate the variable plumage of young males:  http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande


Re: west Atascadero at 1700'

Claudia Freitas
 

That's probably a good point.  Also the huge influx of thistles - many more year after year.  I've watched the "italian" thistle, I think, take over our local hillsides, even out-competing the lupines.




Claudia


On Tue, May 8, 2018 at 6:22 AM, Laura Kass <lauranature@...> wrote:
Regarding the strange site yesterday of Redwinged Blackbirds eating seeds on your patio.  I wonder if the almost total coverage of all our hills with yellow mustard has had a huge impact on the food supply of native birds.  There are no more native plants on all those hills and roadsides everywhere...
 
Laura Kass


On Monday, May 7, 2018 8:22 AM, Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365@...> wrote:


We still have a few White-crowned sparrows and Pine siskins hanging out.
Cliff swallows are feeding babies in the many nests under our eaves and two couples are building new nests right now.

Lark sparrows are happy.  Bluebirds in many of our boxes.
Hooded oriole female comes to bathe almost daily
Lazuli buntings are here too.
Strange site yesterday - two male Red-winged Blackbirds eating seeds on our patio
Today saw our first Western Tanager in backyard. 
We were gone for 3 weeks, returned Friday and a trying to catch up with the "visitors"




Re: west Atascadero at 1700'

Laura Kass
 

Regarding the strange site yesterday of Redwinged Blackbirds eating seeds on your patio.  I wonder if the almost total coverage of all our hills with yellow mustard has had a huge impact on the food supply of native birds.  There are no more native plants on all those hills and roadsides everywhere...
 
Laura Kass


On Monday, May 7, 2018 8:22 AM, Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365@...> wrote:


We still have a few White-crowned sparrows and Pine siskins hanging out.
Cliff swallows are feeding babies in the many nests under our eaves and two couples are building new nests right now.

Lark sparrows are happy.  Bluebirds in many of our boxes.
Hooded oriole female comes to bathe almost daily
Lazuli buntings are here too.
Strange site yesterday - two male Red-winged Blackbirds eating seeds on our patio
Today saw our first Western Tanager in backyard. 
We were gone for 3 weeks, returned Friday and a trying to catch up with the "visitors"



west Atascadero at 1700'

Claudia Freitas
 

We still have a few White-crowned sparrows and Pine siskins hanging out.
Cliff swallows are feeding babies in the many nests under our eaves and two couples are building new nests right now.

Lark sparrows are happy.  Bluebirds in many of our boxes.
Hooded oriole female comes to bathe almost daily
Lazuli buntings are here too.
Strange site yesterday - two male Red-winged Blackbirds eating seeds on our patio
Today saw our first Western Tanager in backyard. 
We were gone for 3 weeks, returned Friday and a trying to catch up with the "visitors"


Lazuli buntings, lark sparrows, Pismo Preserve!

Tyson Baker
 

We saw 3 & heard 3 more lazuli buntings at the new Pismo Preserve! ! We also saw 2 lark sparrows! There is one more discovery day on May 20.

Tyson and Kristi.
Los Osos & SLO.


Western Field Ornithologists Annual Conference , Ventura CA

svlrchrd
 


Bullock's Orioles

njmann90
 

Again, somewhat unusual for my yard (fire effects?) 3 Bullocks Orioles in the yard today. 
NJMann near Vet's Hall SLO

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

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

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









Least Terns @ Oso Flaco Lake 5/4/18

Maggie Smith
 

Foggy conditions, but saw 2 Least Terns flying over lake for about 3 minutes; silent and no landing on bridge.

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


Yellow-headed Blackbirds

Thomas Slater
 

Tired of looking at empty trees in my yard (where's the party?), I zipped over to Oso Flaco this evening.

Highlights were two male Yellow-headed Blackbirds.
Also there was a single Black-necked Stilt feeding on the lake. I don't see those at Oso very often.
It was also refreshing to see some very brightly colored Yellow Warblers.
Two Spotted Sandpipers fed at opposite sides of the lake. One even walked the railing for a bit, apparently eating insects in spider webs.
Cliff, Barn, and Tree Swallows were all over the place.
One BC Nightheron and one GB Heron.
Lots of Ruddy Ducks, a few Cinnamon Teal, one Gadwall pair.
A Bewick's Wren took a dirt bath in the parking lot. That's always a good watch.

I did have a pair of Hooded Orioles in my yard yesterday, and some Nutmeg Mannikins. I deduced that the White-crowned Sparrow that has been lingering in my yard, way past due for departure, has an injured wing. Unfortunate.

Anyway, Oso Flaco was a fun departure from my yard. Spring migration... meh.
I'll take Fall migration any day.

Bird on,
Tom Slater
Nipomo



Re: Pacific Golden-Plover, Pt. Sierra Nevada

bocabird@...
 

From: slocobirding@groups.io [mailto:slocobirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of njmann90
Sent: Thursday, May 3, 2018 5:11 PM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Pacific Golden-Plover, Pt. Sierra Nevada

 

Marlin.  I'm really unclear on exactly where Pt. Sierra Nevada Beach is in terms of mileage north of a landmark.  Could/would you help me out?  Thanks.

Nancy

 

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 5:07 PM, marlin harms <marlin93442@...> wrote:

After having missed this bird earlier I tried again today.  Kaaren Perry and Maggie Smith were already looking when I got there and we walked the entire beach without seeing the bird.  While I continued south, they walked back over the same beach and found the bird, but by the time I got there they had lost it.  Together we could not re-find it, but after they left I did find it, in about the middle of the beach.  After I had watched it a while, something startled the shorebirds and the golden-plover flew into the dunes. Its alternate plumage is coming in nicely.  I posted a couple distant photos at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/marlinharms/

 

Marlin Harms

Morro Bay




--

Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...
"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'

“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken


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

 




 

 


Re: Pacific Golden-Plover, Pt. Sierra Nevada

marlin harms
 

It's a hole-in-the-fence pullout on the ocean side of Highway One about (very approximately) 1/2 mile north of the bridge at Arroyo de la Cruz.--Marlin

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 5:11 PM, njmann90 <njmann50@...> wrote:
Marlin.  I'm really unclear on exactly where Pt. Sierra Nevada Beach is in terms of mileage north of a landmark.  Could/would you help me out?  Thanks.
Nancy


On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 5:07 PM, marlin harms <marlin93442@...> wrote:
After having missed this bird earlier I tried again today.  Kaaren Perry and Maggie Smith were already looking when I got there and we walked the entire beach without seeing the bird.  While I continued south, they walked back over the same beach and found the bird, but by the time I got there they had lost it.  Together we could not re-find it, but after they left I did find it, in about the middle of the beach.  After I had watched it a while, something startled the shorebirds and the golden-plover flew into the dunes. Its alternate plumage is coming in nicely.  I posted a couple distant photos at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/marlinharms/

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay




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

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

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










Re: Pacific Golden-Plover, Pt. Sierra Nevada

njmann90
 

Marlin.  I'm really unclear on exactly where Pt. Sierra Nevada Beach is in terms of mileage north of a landmark.  Could/would you help me out?  Thanks.
Nancy


On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 5:07 PM, marlin harms <marlin93442@...> wrote:
After having missed this bird earlier I tried again today.  Kaaren Perry and Maggie Smith were already looking when I got there and we walked the entire beach without seeing the bird.  While I continued south, they walked back over the same beach and found the bird, but by the time I got there they had lost it.  Together we could not re-find it, but after they left I did find it, in about the middle of the beach.  After I had watched it a while, something startled the shorebirds and the golden-plover flew into the dunes. Its alternate plumage is coming in nicely.  I posted a couple distant photos at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/marlinharms/

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay




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

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

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









Re: Pacific Golden-Plover, Pt. Sierra Nevada

Wes Fritz
 

Nicely done!!!

Thank you for sharing.

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
Solvang CA

On May 3, 2018, at 5:07 PM, marlin harms <marlin93442@...> wrote:

After having missed this bird earlier I tried again today.  Kaaren Perry and Maggie Smith were already looking when I got there and we walked the entire beach without seeing the bird.  While I continued south, they walked back over the same beach and found the bird, but by the time I got there they had lost it.  Together we could not re-find it, but after they left I did find it, in about the middle of the beach.  After I had watched it a while, something startled the shorebirds and the golden-plover flew into the dunes. Its alternate plumage is coming in nicely.  I posted a couple distant photos at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/marlinharms/

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


Pacific Golden-Plover, Pt. Sierra Nevada

marlin harms
 

After having missed this bird earlier I tried again today.  Kaaren Perry and Maggie Smith were already looking when I got there and we walked the entire beach without seeing the bird.  While I continued south, they walked back over the same beach and found the bird, but by the time I got there they had lost it.  Together we could not re-find it, but after they left I did find it, in about the middle of the beach.  After I had watched it a while, something startled the shorebirds and the golden-plover flew into the dunes. Its alternate plumage is coming in nicely.  I posted a couple distant photos at  https://www.flickr.com/photos/marlinharms/

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


Re: cuesta college open database for bird id

njmann90
 

I would email Denise Fourie (dfourie@...) and ask her how the public can access the database.  It may be that you need a Cuesta College library card which has always been free to county residents.
Best
NJM

On Thu, May 3, 2018 at 11:24 AM, Kees Frazier <keesfrazier@...> wrote:
Hello Nancy,

I have tried following the link through the Cuesta College Library site to access the Birds of North America site, but every species account I visit still has the bulk of the information locked behind a paywall. I'm not sure where to go to enter in library information in order to access the full articles for the birds. Is there another page I am missing that allows me to "sign in"?

-Kees




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

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

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









Re: cuesta college open database for bird id

Joe Morlan
 

Institutional subscriptions are usually granted by IP address(es)/ranges.
Sometimes remote, off-site access can be arranged via a proxy requiring a
student/faculty login. I suspect you probably have to be using a computer
inside the Cuesta College network for free access. E.g. a computer at the
college library.

Incidentally eBird users can get a no-hassle deeply discounted BNA
subscription.

https://ebird.org/news/ebird-birds-of-north-america-online/

$25/year. Well worth it in my opinion.


On Thu, 03 May 2018 11:24:33 -0700, "Kees Frazier" <keesfrazier@gmail.com>
wrote:

Hello Nancy,

I have tried following the link through the Cuesta College Library site to access the Birds of North America site, but every species account I visit still has the bulk of the information locked behind a paywall. I'm not sure where to go to enter in library information in order to access the full articles for the birds. Is there another page I am missing that allows me to "sign in"?

-Kees
--
Joseph Morlan, Pacifica, CA


Re: cuesta college open database for bird id

Kees Eglowski
 

Hello Nancy,

I have tried following the link through the Cuesta College Library site to access the Birds of North America site, but every species account I visit still has the bulk of the information locked behind a paywall. I'm not sure where to go to enter in library information in order to access the full articles for the birds. Is there another page I am missing that allows me to "sign in"?

-Kees


Point Sierra Nevada Beach

Mike Stiles
 

The PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER continues at the beach, seen at the north end of the beach in the foredunes.


https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S45187401


Mike Stiles

Los Osos


Long-tailed Duck, Red-necked Grebe 5/2

Tom Edell
 

This morning a male Long-tailed Duck (likely a first-spring bird) and a Red-necked Grebe were seen from the North Point Natural Area. Both birds were well outside the small breakers and a scope was need to see them.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


Black Swifts @ Oso Flaco Lake

Maggie Smith
 

Early this morning I had 3 Black Swifts flying over the dunes to the south west of the lake.

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie

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