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Little Blue Heron, Gadwalls--Arroyo Grande Creek mouth

Rubba Johanna
 

Late afternoon visit to the ponds at the Arroyo Grande Creek mouth rendered a LITTLE BLUE HERON, and three adult male and two adult female GADWALLS, one of which I'm sure I heard whistling, as the sound was just like what was given on my phone.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Lopez and Laguna Lake Thursday

David Lawrence
 

Greetings,

Some days are better than others, like today.

At Lopez Lake, along Grizzly Drive, an adult GOLDEN EAGLE perched eye-level on a down-slope oak branch.  It regarded me casually as I photographed from my Jeep.  Once, it interrupted its preening to endure a 30-second episode of bill-gaping retching, finally expelling nothing solid but a stream of bilious gastric juices.  How exciting as that--I’ve recorded a Golden Eagle vomiting! 

After some late morning appointments, and because the overcast made for fabulous light pushing into the afternoon, I visited Laguna Lake, where recent photographers have raised high the photographic bar of my favorite VERMILION FLYCATCHER.  I have not yet nailed good flight shots, but now have documented that the bird eats.  

And for a significant span this afternoon, the local Loggerhead Shrike filled in nicely while the flycatcher was off on its circuit.  Quite comfortable with people, it allowed me regularly to observe its behavior from 15-20 feet, and it eats as well.  It pulled 2 twisting earthworms from the wet grass/dirt, dropping on them from above with the suddenness of a raptor focused on a mouse.

Photographically, I hate artificial perches, especially barbed wire, and both species often choose the fence to launch and light and eat.  But, those barbs sure are handy for a shrike with a full belly and a spare cricket….

Images of the day are at:   http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande


Cassin's kingbird

njmann90
 

Sorry that's Cassin not Caddin
Njm
Slo

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Cuesta College's Caddin Kingbirds are present around the science complex

Njmann
Slo


Cassin's kingbird

njmann90
 

Cuesta College's Caddin Kingbirds are present around the science complex

Njmann
Slo


Snow Geese

mike stiles
 

I had two SNOW GEESE while scoping from the Bush Lupine Point in the Elfin Forest. They were seen flying then landing in the back bay salicornia near South Bay. The back of both were dusky colored, indicating juvenile birds.

I also had one EURASIAN WIGEON also near South Bay Blvd, and a GREATER SCAUP in a large flock of Lesser Scaups (200+) below the point.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- American Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 14:30 by Petra Clayton
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50432102
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Hatch-year male.
Different from Ring-necked Duck:
Pearl-gray speculum, not seen on Ring-necked Ducks; rounder head; less obvious pale eyering; longer bill and of a slightly different shape; less white feathering around the bill; dark feathers molting in on the breast."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (2)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:47 by Eric Wier
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50459004
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Resting on rock about 100 feet from shore"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:47 by Eric Wier
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50459004
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; found by Dave Keeling on December 2nd"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:47 by Eric Wier
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50459004
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Feeding on beach with black turnstones"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2018 09:28 by Tom Edell
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50453254
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male first reported here on 14 Jul 2018. Brilliant red below and mostly red head, but with dark mask through eye, and dark back, wings, and tail. Raining when observed (Photo)"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 09:30 by Jeri Edwards
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50463023
- Comments: "Continuing from July, 2018. Still hanging around the loop trail"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2018 09:28 by Tom Edell
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50453254
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Birds was first seen just west of Dalidio Road on road to lake and then along Dalidio at the intersection with the road to the lake and restrooms. Small sparrow compared to adjacent White-crowned Sparrows. It was pale below with a bit of clay color at the shoulder and along the flanks, had pale lores and a dark line posterior to the eye, dark lateral throat stripes, a gray collar and a small pinkish bill. See photos"

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2018 08:49 by Tom Edell
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50476186
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing large-billed Savannah Sparrow at the "corner" along the Morro Bay State Park Marina Boardwalk. Big bill and grayer plumage compared to the other Savannah Sparrow races made this bird stand out. (Photo)"

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skimmer, MB

marlin harms
 

This morning between rains I took a short walk on the boardwalk at the Morro Bay State Park marina and came upon Dave Keeling, who immediately pointed out a Black Skimmer in flight.  We watched it a bit and I got distracted by a Peregrine Falcon, which chased flocks of shorebirds and eventually encountered another Peregrine and then a third one.  The rain began by then, just before 10:00, and I started to leave.  As I walked away a few paces I saw an adult Bald Eagle flying over the bay.  Quite a show for just a few minutes of walking.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA


Re: Late report - Palm Warbler, Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

 I forgot to include the date.  Palm Warbler was present in Morro Bay yesterday, Dec. 5.  I forgot to include the date!

KP





On Dec 5, 2018, at 2:58 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

A Palm Warbler was certainly a surprise as it hopped around the little edge garden along the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.  It was first seen by Max Taylor near the stairway leading down from the Marina Gallery and MCAS Office. We watched it as it flew into some bushes and it was last seen heading to the now vacant aquarium building fence.  People coming and going all the while.   You just never know! 




Late report - Palm Warbler, Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

A Palm Warbler was certainly a surprise as it hopped around the little edge garden along the Embarcadero in Morro Bay.  It was first seen by Max Taylor near the stairway leading down from the Marina Gallery and MCAS Office. We watched it as it flew into some bushes and it was last seen heading to the now vacant aquarium building fence.  People coming and going all the while.   You just never know! 



Clay-colored Sparrow, Laguna Lake Park, 12/5

Tom Edell
 

This morning a Clay-colored Sparrow was present in Laguna Lake Park at the corner of Dalidio Drive and the unnamed road the leads to the lake. It was feeding with a flock of White-crowned Sparrow along the road shoulder.

 

The male Vermilion Flycatcher continues in the area just beyond the northern end of the lake front road. Rain stopped my search for the Tropical Kingbird.

 

There was a flock of at least 35 swallows feeding low over the lake. All seen well were Violet-green Swallows.

 

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Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- American Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Ruddy Turnstone (2 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (3 reports)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (1 report)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 10:35 by Maggie Smith
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50432590
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male on near shore rock"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:31 by Mike Stiles
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50431718
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Male and apparent female, sitting on offshore rock"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:31 by Mike Stiles
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50431718
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. On beach directly off fig tree parking lot in seaweed wrack. It moved almost the length of the beach while I was there. In the photo, I noticed some lingering golden feathers in the crown"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 12:45 by Jay Carroll
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50434272
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile; differentiated from Pacific Golden Plover by primary projection well beyond tail tip, smaller bill, overall grayish brown rather than buffy coloration; juvenile plumage with distinct patterning on upper and lower parts."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 10:35 by Maggie Smith
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50432590
- Media: 1 Photo

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:31 by Mike Stiles
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50431718
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On beach with some Black Turnstones"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 13:20 by Petra Clayton
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50432345
- Comments: "Continuing since first report by Jim Royer on 7/14/18. Today found flying and perching around the paved loop trail past the last boat ramp."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 12:45 by Norman Pillsbury
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50437634
- Media: 1 Photo

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 10:30 by Phil Dunn
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50434114
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Brilliant red crown and belly. Otherwise brown. Flycatching behavior from top of tree."

Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (Junco hyemalis mearnsi) (1)
- Reported Dec 05, 2018 09:26 by Mike Stiles
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50446383
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jay Carrol. First found in campsite #18, then it flew to base of hill of amphitheater along entrance road, then flew further back (east) into campground."

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:10 by Jeff Miller
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50419179
- Media: 1 Photo

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 13:00 by Phil Dunn
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50434740
- Comments: "Located just west of bridge over creek on far western end of park. Taking bath in stream, and hopping on ground. Frequent downflipping of tail. Exhibited typical behavior for this species. Only color was yellow rump. very drab brown crown. Pale whitish eyebrow. Some drab streaks on pale chest. ."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 15:07 by Kaaren Perry
- Parking lot view of the ocean off of Embarcadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3640542,-120.8530113&ll=35.3640542,-120.8530113
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50432895
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen first in a flower bed near the stairs going from the Gallery at Marina Square building in Morro Bay. When I got Kaaren from the Audubon office it was on the far side of the parking lot near the ocean. I heard it once and it was bobbing it's tail continuously. Last seen as it headed on the Aquarium birding fence across the parking lot, heading south."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 15:07 by Max Taylor
- Parking lot view of the ocean off of Embarcadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3640542,-120.8530113&ll=35.3640542,-120.8530113
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50432228
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen first in a flower bed near the stairs going from the building. When I got Kaaren from the Audubon office it was on the far side of the parking lot near the ocean. I heard it once and it was bobbing it's tail continuously."

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Morro Coast Audubon CBC coming soon, December 15Th

Kaaren Perry
 

The CBC Area leaders met on Sunday to review and assign sectors for 2018.  If you have registered, your assignment letter will soon be coming from your Area Leader.  Hopefully most have turned in their forms. Registrations are still being accepted but it is extremely helpful to the leaders to have that information ASAP!

As we were reviewing the forms we noticed that many who registered for a particular sector also indicated that they would like to do a feeder watch at their home.  If you are one of those participants and live within the circle, please be sure to register for your watch or let your Area Leader know your tally and location as it is recorded as a separate effort for the National. 

Here is some further information regarding feeder watcher registration-
If you live within the count circle and are interested in adding this activity into your CBC day or if for what ever reason don’t think you want to join in the all day CBC count we would love have you share your bird-watching talents while helping us with this survey. There is a sign up opportunity for doing a feeder watch right in the application. https://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/p/mcas-christmas-bird-count.html

After you register what a CBC feeder watch involves is to put aside some time during the count day to sit, watch your feeder/bath and complete the tally sheet of species numbers identified for the time dedicated and turn it in.  How long you want to observe is up to you.   Easy, fun and at the same time you will be a part of the many thousands of volunteers adding to the citizen science data gathered by CBC’ers all over North America for 2018 right from your own yard.  If you want to know more about becoming a feeder watcher for the 2018 CBC, feel free to just send me an email.




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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (4 reports)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- American Golden-Plover (10 reports)
- Ruddy Turnstone (2 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:06 by Tom Edell
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50424859
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male and apparent female perched together at the up coast end of the main cove (photo)"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 09:55 by Roger Zachary
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50404884
- Comments: "continuing; pair on off shore rocks"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 08:44 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50407904
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing birds."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 08:44 by Tom Edell
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50410129
- Comments: "Distant male and probable female together on the same nearshore rock at the northwest side of the main cove. Photos submitted by others today"

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 08:02 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Toro Creek Mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4150729,-120.8743527&ll=35.4150729,-120.8743527
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50407214
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Likely continuing birds"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:06 by Tom Edell
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50424859
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing Juvenile first reported on 2 Dec 2018. Today it was along the beach with numerous other shorebird species feeding in the algae wrack at about mid-cove. (photo)"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 06:50 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50425246
- Media: 7 Photos

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 12:15 by Petra Clayton
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50411154
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "First sighted by Dave Keeling on 12/2/18. --- Today spotted with the help of Jeannette Stone and Claudia Duckworth as it was foraging in the beach wrack directly below the bluff at the end of the trail leading from the Fig Tree parking area to the bluff.
Click on the image below for the first of three Flickr videos:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/31229661457/in/dateposted-public/" title="American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4891/31229661457_fd93b2ab2a_o.jpg" alt="American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos, CA" /></a>
Click on the image below for the second of three Flickr videos:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/31229689927/in/dateposted-public/" title="American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4829/31229689927_0d473331ef_o.jpg" alt="American Golden Plover (Pluvialis dominica), Estero Bluffs State Park, Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 10:00 by Jeanette Stone
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50417827
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously seen"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 09:55 by Roger Zachary
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50404884
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First seen by Dave Keeling; long wing projection; short bill; contrasting cap with light supercilium"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 08:44 by Kaaren Perry
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50410534
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile found by Dave Keeling yesterday was in the main cove directly out from the "fig tree" parking area. Compared to the Pacific Golden-Plovers seen in SLO County this fall, this bird had a noticeably smaller bill and longer wings with five primary tips visible beyond the tertials. This bird seemed slightly grayer than Pacific-Golden Plover and in the field appeared to lack golden spotting on the back. Also the ear patch was not as prominent as on a Pacific. This bird was on the beach and walking through the algae wrack and perhaps that's why the legs never seemed much different in length than a Pacific. (photos)"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 08:44 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50407904
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird originally reported by Dave Keeling previous morning on December 2."

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 08:44 by Tom Edell
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50410129
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile found by Dave Keeling yesterday was in the main cove directly out from the "fig tree" parking area. Compared to the Pacific Golden-Plovers seen in SLO County this fall, this bird had a noticeably smaller bill and longer wings with five primary tips visible beyond the tertials. This bird seemed slightly grayer than Pacific-Golden Plover and in the field appeared to lack golden spotting on the back. Also the ear patch was not as prominent as on a Pacific. This bird was on the beach and walking through the algae wrack and perhaps that's why the legs never seemed much different in length than a Pacific. (photos)"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 07:42 by Maggie Smith
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50405944
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Dainty round headed plover with dark cap and cheek spot; supercilium,small bill; not as long legged as Pacific Golden-Plover; showed 4 primaries extending beyond tail."

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 01:51 by Norman Pillsbury
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4601369,-120.970459&ll=35.4601369,-120.970459
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50410902
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "First id'd by Dave Keeling, then by many others including Tom Edell and Maggie Smith. See photos."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 08:06 by Tom Edell
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50424859
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "feeding along the sandy shoreline at the down coast end of the cove(Photo)"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 10:00 by Jeanette Stone
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50417827
- Media: 1 Photo

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2018 10:40 by Rick Saval
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50423065
- Comments: "Continues peninsula loop trail and fence line "

Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (Junco hyemalis mearnsi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 12:45 by Kaaren Perry
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50410807
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Bird seen feeding and calling from high in the oaks between campsites 17 -18. The small flock of DEJU finally came down to feed on the ground. Pale blue-gray hood, black lores, buffy pink sides, pale bill all helped to separate from nearby DEJU female nearby."

Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (Junco hyemalis mearnsi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 07:15 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50401391
- Comments: "Junco with bluish-gray hood, dark lores, pink bill, dull brown back, extensive pink on sides"

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 11:43 by Maggie Smith
- Santa Rosa Creek-below Windsor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5677012,-121.1064448&ll=35.5677012,-121.1064448
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50413923
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This bird in the vegetation between the northern end of the paved Shamel Park parking lot and Santa Rosa Creek. It flew off down creek when we last saw it. Brown upper parts with bright yellow undertail coverts and rump, a pale supercilium, dark line through the eye, a pale throat, and streaks across the breast. (photos)"

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 11:43 by Tom Edell
- Santa Rosa Creek-below Windsor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5677012,-121.1064448&ll=35.5677012,-121.1064448
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50409710
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This bird in the vegetation between the northern end of the paved Shamel Park parking lot and Santa Rosa Creek. It flew off down creek when we last saw it. Brown upper parts with bright yellow undertail coverts and rump, a pale supercilium, dark line through the eye, a pale throat, and streaks across the breast. (photos)"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 11:40 by Kaaren Perry
- Santa Rosa Creek-below Windsor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5677012,-121.1064448&ll=35.5677012,-121.1064448
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50410639
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird seen at the north end of the Shamel Park parking lot and Santa Rosa Creek."

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American Golden-Plover, Harlequin Ducks, Estero Bluffs, 12/4

Tom Edell
 

The juvenile American Golden-Plover and the adult male and apparent female Harlequin Ducks continued in the main cove down from the “fig tree” parking area (next large parking area up coast of San Geronimo Creek).

 

Also present today was a Ruddy Turnstone and two Common Raven. Yesterday, Kaaren Perry and I had four Common Ravens at the bluffs. Raven numbers are increasing along the coast, but it is still somewhat unexpected at most coastal locations and usually greatly outnumbered by American Crows.

 

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50424859

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


Re: A few nice birds!

Kaaren Perry
 

Forgot to sign off!

On Dec 3, 2018, at 8:28 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

Tom Edell and I spent the morning birding, happy to have Maggie Smith joining us along the way.  When Tom and I arrived at Estero Bluffs the American Golden-Plover was moving up and down the beach west of the Fig Tree trail but did allow photos to identify it to species.  (photo)

A careful search of Arroyo Laguna did not turn up anything of note.  A possible Pacific Golden-Plover had been seen and photographed earlier but despite our efforts, was not refound.

We decided to make a quick stop at Santa Rosa Creek looking for possibly interesting wintering gulls.  Only 2 Western Gulls were present in the lagoon but nice to find a Palm Warbler in the brush at the northern creekside edge of Shamel Park parking area.

I continued on to Montana de Oro in search of the previously reported “Pink-sided” Dark-eyed Junco.  After a long wait while hearing them calling from high in the oaks between site 17 and 18 the small flock finally came down to feed on the ground.  In the group was the Pink-sided!

 *Beware of a female Dark-eyed Junco that is also in the area.  Can be confused with the rare "Pink-sided” subspecies. I have put a photo of each on my flickr site for comparison.





A few nice birds!

Kaaren Perry
 

Tom Edell and I spent the morning birding, happy to have Maggie Smith joining us along the way.  When Tom and I arrived at Estero Bluffs the American Golden-Plover was moving up and down the beach west of the Fig Tree trail but did allow photos to identify it to species.  (photo)

A careful search of Arroyo Laguna did not turn up anything of note.  A possible Pacific Golden-Plover had been seen and photographed earlier but despite our efforts, was not refound.

We decided to make a quick stop at Santa Rosa Creek looking for possibly interesting wintering gulls.  Only 2 Western Gulls were present in the lagoon but nice to find a Palm Warbler in the brush at the northern creekside edge of Shamel Park parking area.

I continued on to Montana de Oro in search of the previously reported “Pink-sided” Dark-eyed Junco.  After a long wait while hearing them calling from high in the oaks between site 17 and 18 the small flock finally came down to feed on the ground.  In the group was the Pink-sided!

 *Beware of a female Dark-eyed Junco that is also in the area.  Can be confused with the rare "Pink-sided” subspecies. I have put a photo of each on my flickr site for comparison.




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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- American Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 12:05 by Jeri Edwards
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50378437
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male and female preening on top of one of the many craggy rocks inside the break in the cove that can be reached by walking straight out to the ocean from the fig tree at the Estero Bluff Fig Tree parking lot."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 11:00 by Max Taylor
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50384233
- Comments: "seen sitting on a rock and preening on the north side of the cove. Will add photo later"

American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1)
- Reported Dec 03, 2018 07:05 by Jeff Miller
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50396523
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Presumed American golden plover - on the beach just west of the fig tree entrance. In the kelp with turnstones and some other shorebirds. Very short bill, dark cap contrasting with white supercilium, does not appear particularly long-legged, less golden plumage than expected on Pacific (although my photos in sunlight appear more golden). Most importantly, the primaries extend well beyond the tail, the exposed primaries are approximately equal in length to the overlying tertials, and the tertials fall well short of the tip of the tail. Photos attached."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 15:53 by Karen Hall
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50384627
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird at this location; photo available"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 08:45 by Petra Clayton
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50381453
- Comments: "Continuing since July 14, 2018."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 15:53 by Karen Hall
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50384627
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This bird, spotted in a tree opposite the lake near the turnaround was about the size of a robin, with a heavy bill, and bright yellow breast and a distinctive notched tail. It has been seen in this location previously. Photo available."

Dark-eyed Junco (Pink-sided) (Junco hyemalis mearnsi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2018 12:10 by Petra Clayton
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50380518
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Pale blue-gray hood; black lores; pale throat; pinkish flanks. --- Foraging at campsite #18 with Dark-eyed (Oregon) Juncos with dark hoods."

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Re: American Golden-plover at Estero Bluffs

Jeff Miller
 

Thanks to Dave Keeling for posting about the plover.

 

The golden plover continues this morning on the beach just west of the fig tree entrance. In the kelp with turnstones and some other shorebirds.

 

It looks good for American golden-plover; very short bill, dark cap contrasting with white supercilium, does not appear particularly long-legged, less golden plumage (although in direct sunlight it appears more golden). Most importantly, the primaries extend well beyond the tail, the exposed primaries are approximately equal in length to the overlying tertials, and the tertials fall short of the tip of the tail.

 

Some photos in my eBird checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50396523

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos


Re: Add-on comments to Dave Keeling's post re: Harlequin Ducks

Bluebird Trail <Nyjes@...>
 

Dave and I shared Harlequin Duck notes this morning along the bluff. It was about 9:30 am or shortly thereafter. I was skunked. So I went on a hike and came back at noon to see if the pair had come in from feeding out beyond the break. And there they were, almost a straight line from the old fig tree out to the rocks inside the break, perched together on top of a craggy rock they shared with a cormorant. They were busy preening. So maybe there's better luck in catching them mid-day after they've come back from feeding. They weren't real close though, but through my scope they were definitely identifiable.
Jeri Edwards
in the hills of AG just outside the Village
2ravens.us


Ring-necked Duck, Atascadero Lake

Tom Graves
 

Atascadero Lake ducks around 4 PM, Sunday, 12-2-18 :

Ring-necked Duck: dark head,  grayish bill with white tip (too far to see more bill detail), black breast, back, and rump. White spur just between black breast and gray flank. And Female with white eye ring.

 

Female Goldeneye (Common?): reddish-brown head, bright eye, gray breast and flank. didn’t get a good look at the bill. Seen with Buffleheads.

 

Two male Cinnamon Teals with three females.

 

Also at the lake: Belted Kingfisher, immature Black-crowned Night-Heron, Great Blue Heron, California Thrasher singing, a raft of about seven American White Pelicans, two dozen Double-crested Cormorants roosting, a band of Band-tailed Pigeons, a Red-shouldered Hawk calling, and scads of American Coots.

Tom Graves 

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