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Wandering Tattlers, Estero Bluffs SP

Maggie Smith
 

Mid morning there were 2 Wandering Tattlers in breeding plumage at Estero Bluffs SP .  I went north from the fig tree parking area and first saw them just north of where the surfers take off.  Less notable were 14 Black Turnstones.

Also the female  Red Phalarope in breeding plumage continues at Arroyo Laguna.

ebird report for Wandering Tattlers:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47506632

eBird report for Red Phalarope:  https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S47506642


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


7/28 - Vermillion Flycatcher continues at Laguna Lake

Kaaren Perry
 

The previously reported brilliant male Vermillion Flycatcher was present this morning at Laguna Lake in San Luis Obispo.  It was seen fly catching in the open lake side area just before the turnaround near the farthest boat ramp.  Easy to spot with its bright red and black coloration and fly catching behavior. 

This tiny flycatcher has previously eluded me in the county and it was indeed a delight to see this morning. I did put up a recognizable photo, taken in misty fog and cloudy skies. 





MCAS Photo-to-Postcard Contest

Joanne Aasen
 

We are looking for nature photos, from amateur photographers who are members of Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS), as entries to our first annual Photo-to-Postcard Contest.
 
I know from all your posts to eBird and SLOCOBIRDING that there are many many photos out there that would be great entries to this contest!
 
The top three submitted photos, selected by contest voters, will be made into Postcards for sale in the MCAS office and at the MB Winter Bird Festival, just to name two places.
 
If you are interested, read more about the contest.
 
Also, please read detailed contest rules.
 
Email your questions to me at joanne@...
 
SUMISSION DEADLINE is AUGUST 31st!
 
Look forward to seeing your photo!
 
Joanne Aasen
Cambria, CA
 
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Fw: Reddish Egret

Bob Chapman
 




----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Robert Chapman" <trapmanlou@...>
To: "Slocobirding" <slocobirding@groups.io>
Cc:
Sent: Wed, Jul 25, 2018 at 12:34 PM
Subject: Reddish Egret
The Reddish Egret is back at Arroyo Grande Creek lagoon, Oceano Dunes.

Bob Chapman


Reddish Egret - San Simeon Creek Mouth

Joanne Aasen
 

still here. 

Joanne Aasen
Cambria, CA


Reddish Egret

Bob Chapman
 

The Reddish Egret is back at Arroyo Grande Creek lagoon, Oceano Dunes.

Bob Chapman


Phalarope Photo Phest

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,


Yesterday (Tuesday) there were 7 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at Morro Creek mouth.   In the morning and continuing into the afternoon the fog was ground-level making photographs even more difficult.   In the late afternoon it cleared so that their phrantic pheeding movement was the only remaining photographic challenge.   Advice to all photographers:   take WAY more photos than you normally do.   The reject rate is really high.   I've posted up 3 of the 7 on my Flickr site.


Enjoy,


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


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




Parasitic Jaegers

Bob Chapman
 

This morning there are hundreds if not thousands of jellyfish (purple stripe?) washed up on the shore. This is the most ever in Resource staff memory.

Along with this strange event there has been at least three Parasitic Jaegers cruising the shore, inside the breakers.

Also there has been a movement of other seabirds to the South although most could not be ID'd.

Bob Chapman
ODSVRA


Black Skimmer

Bob Chapman
 

Just sighted a Black Skimmer just beyond the breakers at Oceano. Bird was flying north towards Pismo Beach.

Bob Chapman
ODSVRA


Roadrunner, Los Osos.

Tyson Baker
 

Saw a roadrunner on the bike path right across the street from Los Osos Middle School. Also heard 2 swainson thrushes in the thickets behind the school. 

Tyson and Kristi. Los Osos & SLO. 


juvenile California Gull

marlin harms
 

Not sure about other people, but I saw my first juvenile California Gull of the season at Morro Strand adjacent to the campground this morning, just before seeing the 7 Red-necked Phalaropes noted by Jeff Miller.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


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

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