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Announcement - SLO County Annual Fall Pelagic Boat Trip, Sep 22

Tom Edell
 

Please note that this trip will be leaving from Port San Luis, not Morro Bay.

 

Morro Coast Audubon is joining forces with Alvaro’s Adventures for the chapter’s annual fall pelagic bird trip. Those of you that have been lucky enough to join Alvaro on other California boat trips or heard him talk at a past Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival know how knowledgeable and personable he is as both trip leader and a speaker. This year’s trip will be on Saturday, Sep 22 and is leaving from Port San Luis, which is adjacent to Avila Beach. This is Alvaro’s first scheduled trip in SLO County and is sure to be a good one. The price is $140 and you can sign up at Alvaro’s Adventures website.

 

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


The remarkable SLO birds of this summer

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,


June, July, and August normally battle it out for fewest bird photos submitted to the Birds of San Luis Obispo presentations.   I doubt that will be the case this year.


I had one of the multitude of imm Reddish Egrets at Pismo Creek mouth on the 16th, and the Vermilion Flycatcher in Laguna Lake on the same day.   The egret was my SLO second ever and the Vermillion was my third.   I estimate I've been birding in SLO for 4,000 days, so I calculate the odds of seeing BOTH on the same day at 1 in 8,000,000.


Photos newly posted on my Flickr site go back to early June and include my attempts at the Little Blue Heron, the White-eyed Vireo, and more recently, the beautiful but injured Red Phalarope, along with some other favorites.


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/




Follow-up on Recent Reddish Egrets Post

Tom Edell
 

Since my post on July 15 it has become clear that at least four Reddish Egrets have been in the county this month. Photos of the San Simeon and Cayucos birds taken show each has a distinctive bill color pattern. The bills of the San Luis Obispo Creek and Pismo Creek birds are less distinctive, but those birds have been seen by the same observers on the same day and by separate observers at similar times on the same day, so it seems that different individuals are at both locations. One of those two birds is likely the one first found at Arroyo Grande Creek mouth on July 11. The most observed in a previous year was one bird, so four this year is unpresented.

 

A composite of head shots is at https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedell/41684792640/in/datetaken-public/

 

Yesterday (July 17) the San Simeon Creek bird flew to Santa Rosa Creek at mid-day.  It was back at San Simeon Creek this morning.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: Tom Edell <tedell@...>
Sent: Sunday, July 15, 2018 5:47 PM
To: San Luis Obispo County Listserv (slocobirding@groups.io) <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Recent Reddish Egrets

 

The recent sightings of Reddish Egret at multiple locations in the county suggest that up to three juveniles have been present. Although there are photos of all these birds, it is difficult to find features that clearly identify an individual bird. This is mostly due to lighting and distance when the photos were taken. So ignoring the photos available and looking strictly at date, time, and location it appears that at least three juveniles have been in the county between  11-15 Jul.

 

  1. The first Reddish Egret was found at Arroyo Grande Creek mouth (AGCM) on 11 Jul. This is presumably the same bird that was seen there on July 12, at both the AGCM and Pismo Creek mouth on 14 Jul, and is presumably the same bird found at San Luis Obispo Creek mouth in Avila on 15 Jul.
  2. One was found at San Geronimo Creek around 1050 AM on 13 Jul that moved to Cayucos Creek mouth and Little Cayucos Creek mouth where it remained for the rest of the day. It was present again at Cayucos Creek mouth the next morning and remained there through at least mid-day.
  3. Another was found at San Simeon Creek mouth around 3:30 PM on 13 Jul. Presumably the same bird was the one seen there around mid-morning on 15 Jul

 

These birds fit this species recent pattern of northward juvenile movement along the coast from Jul-Sep. San Luis Obispo County appears to be about as far north as most venture. It is presumed that these birds move north from Mexico after fledging and in previous years only one juvenile has reached the county, so three this year is unprecedented. The first county record involved a juvenile Al Schmierer found at Whale Rock Reservoir on 5 Sep 2003 that remained through 26 Oct.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


Golden Plover

Bob Chapman
 

Just flushed a Golden Plover from South Oso Flaco shore. Flying with 2 BBPL. Birds flew towards Oso Flaco lakes, may be in the AG fields?

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


Red Phalarope at Arroyo Laguna, July 16

Thomas Benson
 

I came across this observation on iNaturalist of an adult female Red Phalarope at Arroyo Laguna today, July 16, and thought locals would want to know: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14424906

 

Tom Benson

San Bernardino, CA

 


Vermillion Flycatcher, Laguna Lake

David Lawrence
 

Greetings,

The bright Vermillion Flycatcher remains at Laguna Lake, seen this morning (Monday) from 7:45-9:30.  It could thereafter not be located for an hour.  It was also present yesterday afternoon.  Yesterday it favored the willows by the boat dock before the turn-around.  Today it was initially found there, but favored nearby trees on the opposite side of the road.

Images of this gorgeous bird are at:   http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande


Reddish egret in Avila

Victoria Morrow
 

A reddish egret continues in Avila this morning in the estuary along with a red throated loon. The loon was there yesterday too, but only today did I get a photo good enough for an ID.

Vicki Morrow


Recent Reddish Egrets

Tom Edell
 

The recent sightings of Reddish Egret at multiple locations in the county suggest that up to three juveniles have been present. Although there are photos of all these birds, it is difficult to find features that clearly identify an individual bird. This is mostly due to lighting and distance when the photos were taken. So ignoring the photos available and looking strictly at date, time, and location it appears that at least three juveniles have been in the county between  11-15 Jul.

 

  1. The first Reddish Egret was found at Arroyo Grande Creek mouth (AGCM) on 11 Jul. This is presumably the same bird that was seen there on July 12, at both the AGCM and Pismo Creek mouth on 14 Jul, and is presumably the same bird found at San Luis Obispo Creek mouth in Avila on 15 Jul.
  2. One was found at San Geronimo Creek around 1050 AM on 13 Jul that moved to Cayucos Creek mouth and Little Cayucos Creek mouth where it remained for the rest of the day. It was present again at Cayucos Creek mouth the next morning and remained there through at least mid-day.
  3. Another was found at San Simeon Creek mouth around 3:30 PM on 13 Jul. Presumably the same bird was the one seen there around mid-morning on 15 Jul

 

These birds fit this species recent pattern of northward juvenile movement along the coast from Jul-Sep. San Luis Obispo County appears to be about as far north as most venture. It is presumed that these birds move north from Mexico after fledging and in previous years only one juvenile has reached the county, so three this year is unprecedented. The first county record involved a juvenile Al Schmierer found at Whale Rock Reservoir on 5 Sep 2003 that remained through 26 Oct.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


Re: Vermillion Flycatcher

Movienight Norm
 

Vermillion Flycatcher at Laguna Lake today between 11 and noon.

Norm PIllsbury


Reddish egret at Avila Beach this morning

Victoria Morrow
 

A reddish egret appeared in the estuary at Avila Beach about 8:30 this morning, visible from the car bridge, and was still there at 12:40, though the tide is coming in and the shallow water it likes is disappearing.

Vicki Morrow


Re: Vermillion Flycatcher

birderjaime
 

The Laguna Lake vermillion flycatcher was still there at 5 p.m. Lovely bird. Same location as described earlier.
Jamie


Reddish Egret (Cayucos)

petra schaaf
 

To add to the documentation of the juvenile Reddish Egret sighting yesterday in Cayucos, I assembled footage and stills taken yesterday as we tracked the bird from San Geronimo Creek south, first to the mouth/lagoon of Little Cayucos Creek and then to the mouth/lagoon of Cayucos Creek by the pier.




Petra Clayton,
Los Osos


Vermillion Flycatcher

William Bouton
 

Between 11:00 and noon this morning, the Vermillion Flycatcher at Laguna Lake park was in view most of the time. This in spite of frisbees actually flying into some of its favorite perch trees. Be aware if you go for the flycatcher, that part of the frisbee golf course goes directly through the area so far preferred by the bird. If you are unaware of the players they’ll eventually politely call out to you to move to safety. Passers-by (and some of the frisbee players) showed great interest in what the birders, with their impressive optics, were looking at. Some very much enjoyed hearing about the bird and looking at it through our binoculars. (A great opportunity for public outreach is available.)

While I was there the bird was perched high in a group of 3 or 4 cypresses that are the right side of the road as you go north, just before it splits into the turnaround loop. 

A photo can be viewed at:

www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/

Bill


Vermillion Flycatcher

Jim Royer
 

My neice Joanna and I found a Vermillion Flycatcher at Laguna Lake in San Luis Obispo this morning. It liked to hang out in the dead tops of cypress trees and occasionally in the willows on either side of the paved lakeside road near the north end, where cars park. It disappeared at times but reappeared in the tree tops. Several birders got photos.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Announcement - Morro Bay Annual Fall Pelagic Boat Trip, Sep 22

Tom Edell
 

Following up on my June post about this fall’s pelagic trip out of Morro Bay.  Alvaro’s web site is now accepting reservations for the trip.  Below is my original post. Please join us for what we surely be a great trip. 

 

Morro Coast Audubon is joining forces with Alvaro’s Adventures for the chapter’s annual fall pelagic bird trip. Those of you that have been lucky enough to join Alvaro on other California boat trips or heard him talk at a past Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival know how knowledgeable and personable he is as both trip leader and a speaker. This year’s trip will be on Saturday, Sep 22 and is leaving from Morro Bay. This is Alvaro’s first scheduled trip out of Morro Bay and is sure to be a good one. The price is $140 and you can sign up at Alvaro’s Adventures website.

 

http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


Reddish Egret, Red Phalarope

David Lawrence
 

Greetings,

Yesterday, early morning, the REDDISH EGRET worked back and forth at the Arroyo Grande Creek mouth, watched from the west-side rope fence.  The reported continuing Little Blue Heron was not seen over an hour or so.

Up the coast at Arroyo Laguna the injured female RED PHALAROPE was followed for a feeding excursion around the small lagoon at the north end of the beach.  The bird was initially still and well-camouflaged among the kelp debris, then circled the water’s edge feeding.  If was able to fly across the pond, maybe 30-40 feet.  The injury is significant, exposing several cms. of her left pectoral region.  While appearing superficial to me, I doubt the area will re-feather once scarred in, and may be a site of heat loss on the open ocean.  Surely all wish this beautiful bird well, but she is in some straits.

At the Lucerne pull-out, the Black Oystercatcher parents were with the single growing chick.  One brought in several molluskan meals for the chick.  Between deliveries the young bird was seen sometimes flipping over empty shells weathering on the home rock, prepping for the future.

Images of the Red Phalarope and one of the Reddish Egret are at:  http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande





Arroyo Laguna

William Bouton
 

The gorgeous female Red Phalarope, first reported by Tom Edell at 8:15 this morning, was still at Arroyo Laguna when I left at 10:40. This bird has a serious-looking wound on the left side of her breast, with red muscle showing. Nevertheless, she was seemingly oblivious to human activity in her immediate vicinity, paying almost no attention to me as I knelt nearby photographing. 

Five images may be viewed at: www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/




Black Skimmer, Morro Bay, 7/8

Tom Edell
 

This morning a Black Skimmer at Morro Bay was with a group of Caspian Terns on the mud flat adjacent to Grassy Island. Three male Northern Shovelers continued in the Chorro Creek Channel, today seen from the parking area for the Park Ridge Trail off South Bay Blvd. When I last saw the shovelers from State Park Road on Jul 3 there was also a male and female scaup with them in the Chorro Creek Channel, but they were too far away for me to positively identify them to species. Hopefully someone can get a closer look.

 

Yesterday, a male Wood Duck in the Cottontail Creek arm of Whale Rock Reservoir and five Northern Pintail (3 males, 2 females) were there on 29 Jun.

 

As a side note, for the first time in many years there were no reports of a Harlequin Duck at Estero Bluffs or Cayucos in June. Also bucking the recent trend, a hatchling Black Oystercatcher below the Lucerne Drive vista point was present again today and has survived longer (now 15 days old) than any chick at this location in many years.

 

Yesterday I counted 41 Clark’s Grebes from the Cayucos Pier. This is the highest number ever recorded at this location and more than typically expected at any marine location in the county.

 

Lawrence’s Goldfinch is present along the coast in above average numbers this summer, but it was still surprising to find a flock of about 20 along the ocean bluff edge at Harmony Headlands SP on 1 Jul.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


Red Knot at Morro Strand

Woodrow Eggers <eggerswoodrow@...>
 

While conducting a beachcomber survey and regular Snowy Plover monitoring at Morro Strand this morning, Regena and I observed a breeding plumage Red Knot foraging near the "Alva Paul" lagoon area just south of the campground.

Woodrow Eggers
California State Parks
Los Osos


Turri Rd. 7/4/18

Rubba Johanna
 

Cruised Turri Rd. in the late afternoon July 4. Saw a Lazuli Bunting in a big bush about opposite the sign warning of buried gas lines, not far from the windmill. Got unusually close looks at two Wrentits near the gate closing off a private road a ways towards Los Osos from the Bunting bush. The Wrentits were chattering emphatically, and followed me as I walked along the road. I must have been near their nest.

Also heard and saw one Red-Shouldered and two Red-tailed Hawks, all calling frequently, numerous Western Bluebirds in the open fields, and one probable Lark Sparrow—it had the distinctive facial markings and white in the tail.



Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

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