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- Ruddy Turnstone (2 reports)

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Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 10:30 by David Lawrence
- 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/S50911432
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "With Killdeer, beach debris at mouth of San Geronimo Creek"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 09:30 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/S50915045
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from several days ago. Mixed with Black Turnstones. Orange legs, white higher on breast than Black Turnstone, black band like a W shape across upper chest. See photos."

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Oso Flaco

Thomas Slater
 

So Owen and I birded Oso Flaco this morning.
I went yesterday morning, saw an American Bittern, some Wilson's Snipe, but didn't see much else of note.

We went back today hoping that we'd find a Canada Warbler.
We found 2 Townsend's Warbler, 2 OC Warblers, 2 Wilson's Warblers, many male and female Common Yellowthroats, may YR Warblers, 2 Blue-gray Gnatcatchers... but no Canada. We searched for 2 hours with one other birder.

However, on our way out, Owen spotted a Burrowing Owl... a first for us there.

I was able to get a good photo that I'll share...




Merry Christmas and Merry Birding,

Tom and Owen Slater
Nipomo



can the SLO site caretaker contact me?

Cher Hollingworth
 

Hi,

The wrong name appears on the posting.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


Oso Flaco today, Canada Warbler

Cher Hollingworth
 

There was a female Canada Warbler foraging around the 'old port-a-potty area' (just
inside the gate at the parking lot).    I was able to stand still and watch it forage on the ground toward me, coming within 6 ft ft
away, going in and out of the the short plants on the ground.

An American Bittern was out in the open, near the reed-island.   It went out of sight after a few minutes,
but then came back out and stood in the open again.  I left before it went back out of sight.
Two White Pelicans were present.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (6 reports)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Dec 21, 2018 09:15 by Norman Pillsbury
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50849197
- Comments: "Continuing bird; see photos under Ross McBean. I posted photos yesterday."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 12:20 by Nick Rosen
- 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/S50909258
- Comments: "Ongoing in same area. Unmistakable."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 12:20 by Emma Rosen
- 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/S50909269
- Comments: "Ongoing in same area. Unmistakable."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 10:00 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/S50897077
- Comments: "Continues peninsula loop trail and fence line "

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 09:10 by Scott Inman
- 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/S50899208
- Comments: "Common bird for the last several months "

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 10:30 by Mark Hays
- 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/S50880106
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "on the fence in recently seen location north of grassy area"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 10:30 by John Fields
- 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/S50885545
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "on the fence in recently seen location north of grassy area"

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1)
- Reported Dec 22, 2018 09:00 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S50885385
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video showing the Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) foraging:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/44611166600/in/dateposted-public/" title="Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus), Morro Bay, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4834/44611166600_1df7c04acb_o.jpg" alt="Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus), Morro Bay, CA" /></a>
Click on the image below for another Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/46377255832/in/dateposted-public/" title="Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus), Morro Bay, CA"><img src="https://farm8.staticflickr.com/7828/46377255832_7239dfc4c0_o.jpg" alt="Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus), Morro Bay, CA" /></a>"

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 09:45 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay yard, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.360935,-120.844846&ll=35.360935,-120.844846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50897858
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Occasional visitor to our yard since Nov. 13, 2018"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 08:15 by Nick Rosen
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50896913
- Comments: "Seen with flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers by Carousel Taffy. Emma first heard chip and then we spotted it. Flicking tail and walking on the ground. Brown warbler with tan eye-line, yellow below vent, white on outer tail feathers. Very familiar with this species from Minnesota. Photos forthcoming."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2018 08:15 by Emma Rosen
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50896931
- Comments: "Seen with flock of Yellow-rumped Warblers by Carousel Taffy. Emma first heard chip and then we spotted it. Flicking tail and walking on the ground. Brown warbler with tan eye-line, yellow below vent, white on outer tail feathers. Very familiar with this species from Minnesota. Photos forthcoming."

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AG Kingbirds

Brad Schram
 

I started checking Arroyo Grande Creek in AG Village just before Thanksgiving, looking for the annual winter flock of CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS gathering to feed on the ivy berries.  Starting that week with a grand total of one Cassin's, and checking sporadically, the biggest number I could come up with, through last weekend, was two (2) Cassin's.  I'd about resigned myself to a sub-par winter for them here.

This morning the kingbird flock had built notably, undoubtedly in concert with the ripening of the berries.  Today, simultaneously in two adjacent trees, I counted twenty-four Cassin's.  It looks like it will be situation normal along the creek this winter.

Other wintering birds included the usual American Robins (in low numbers), Yellow-rumped Warblers (low numbers), and an increase of American Goldfinches feeding on Sycamore seeds.  No Cedar Waxwings were seen this morning, although starling numbers are building along with the berry ripening.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (2 reports)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Dec 21, 2018 09:35 by Petra Clayton
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50851121
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "First reported on 11/27/18 by Janny and Steve Tillmann. ---
Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/45691561184/in/dateposted-public/" title="Redhead (Aythya americana), Atascadero, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4807/45691561184_c04ce77dc8_o.jpg" alt="Redhead (Aythya americana), Atascadero, CA" /></a>
Click on the image below for another Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/45691571154/in/dateposted-public/" title="Redhead (Aythya americana), Atascadero, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4807/45691571154_748ab8d69d_o.jpg" alt="Redhead (Aythya americana), Atascadero, CA" /></a>"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 21, 2018 09:15 by Ross Henderson-McBean
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50851797
- Media: 2 Photos

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (2)
- Reported Dec 22, 2018 07:22 by Konshau Duman
- 93430, Cayucos US-CA (35.4561,-120.9631), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.456142,-120.963132&ll=35.456142,-120.963132
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50863081
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Going among the black turnstones but easily distinguishable by symmetrical black breast markings."

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Estero Bluffs at high tide

marlin harms
 

After being tired of feeling lethargic from a virus-turned-minor infection this week, I took a short walk at Estero Bluffs this morning coinciding with the high tide. I walked mostly the cove down from the fig tree. What a scene! The very high tide was accentuated by this week's high surf and had the shorebirds perched on near-shore rocks for refuge. At the south end of the cove several rocks had oystercatchers and turnstones waiting it out, on four of those rocks a total of 34 oystercatchers, which I would assume was a pow-wow of all the oystercatchers for miles of coastline. There were 2 Ruddy Turnstones among the more numerous Blacks. In my short survey, Surfbirds were conspicuous in their absence. Further north in the cove, the two Harlequin Ducks were in the water as I walked north, though not visible on my return walk, as if they had found some shaded rock to perch on.

Marlin Harms

Morro Bay


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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 14:00 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50830528
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Non-bright, red crown surrounded by black; reddish chin and throat; brownish back. Probably junenile. Made very stealthy entrance to feeding site; remained on tree less than a minute. I left immediately so as not to harass the bird."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 21, 2018 10:15 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/S50846849
- Comments: "Same male who has been seen since mid-July, 2018, still hanging around the paved loop trail north of the dock"

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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (4 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 07:39 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50825691
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Pair together"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 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/S50810618
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. In the pond at the west end of Howard Avenue, with American Coot, American Wigeon. --- First reported 12/4/18. ---"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 11:00 by Kiehl Smith
- 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/S50825734
- Comments: "Have pic."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 11:00 by Kiehl Smith
- 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/S50825734
- Comments: "White underneath, dark breast, brown above, lost it in the godwits. Distinct."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 10:14 by Norman Pillsbury
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50826624
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male sapsucker with red crown and throat but no red on nape."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 10:14 by Eric Wier
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50824170
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male sapsucker with red crown and throat but no red on nape."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 07:54 by Herb Elliott
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50812523
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported and continuing at locations that have been described by others. The bird was frequently chased by Acorn Woodpeckers and/or Steller’s Jays - no red on nape, red throat bordered on sides by broad, black bar with light yellowish wash on belly."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 10:00 by Jeanette Stone
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50811682
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing ..."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 08:53 by Eric Wier
- 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/S50824038
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing small, reddish orange flycatcher with black mask, wings and tail."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 20, 2018 08:53 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/S50826616
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing small, reddish orange flycatcher with black mask, wings and tail."

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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 09:45 by Norman Pillsbury
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50803121
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continued; see photos."

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2018 09:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay yard, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.360935,-120.844846&ll=35.360935,-120.844846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50799631
- Comments: "Small warbler, bold eyeing, gray head, yellow throat and underparts with white between legs. Feeding along honeysuckle hedge. Last seen at this location 12/1/2018"

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Re: BURROWING OWL - ebird link

Cindy Sweeny
 

I was in Florida earlier this year and they have a lot of burrowing owls there. They put a ring of pvc pipe around their nests to create an exclusion zone and then erect a wooden tee as an outlook perch. Is that an option to protect our burrowing owls?


On Tue, Dec 18, 2018, 13:25 Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@... wrote:
Following up on Vicki’s comment about disclosures of owl locations

The Burrowing Owl is considered a species of special concern in California. While we all love to find and share a bird like the Burrowing Owl there are reasons for not disclosing owl roost locations. There have been reminders on this list serve over the years regarding the sharing of owl roosts and raptor nests for the well being of the species and why it isn’t recommended.  This may be as good a time as any to review those reasons. 

A link on ebird that I recently came across provides clear guidelines for not publicizing certain species observations and describes the protocol for recording specific data. The section on owls I found especially thought provoking. The link also includes American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics.  I believe this is a valuable reference and one to tuck away for each of us to  review from time to time.

The ebird link states it all much better that I can so I am including the link below. Please take a look. 



















On Dec 18, 2018, at 10:29 AM, Victoria Morrow <vmorrow@...> wrote:

P.S.  Should anyone be concerned about the disclosure of the owl location, be aware that this little bird has chosen a highly trafficked area with a nifty perch that is visible but is hard to get to.  Were that not so, I would not have repeated the share.  I had to forego many shots because of the people passing just behind and below the bird with their bright T-shirts and shorts.

Vicki Morrow

On Dec 18, 2018, at 9:14 AM, Victoria Morrow <vmorrow@...> wrote:

Hi Mitch,

Thanks so much for your first rate description.  I went to that spot this morning and after having no luck from the beach, I walked back up the steps to the street, stopped by the little trees and looked down from above.  Bingo!  Perched there close by was the little gem.  It was in shadow but clearly visible when I arrived about 8:20 and soon after the sun arrived and lit it up.

Vicki 

On Dec 17, 2018, at 6:01 PM, mitchpefa via Groups.Io <mitchpefa@...> wrote:

Yesterday around noon, there was an adult burrowing owl perched among a spindly group of young tobacco trees growing on the bluff at the western terminus of Wadsworth street in Pismo Beach. It flew down and perched in front of a small crevice/pot hole  under a chunk of concrete below the trees. It was approximately 40 feet from the public restroom facility and about 3/4 of the way up the slope from the beach sand below.

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande


Morro Bay CBC held 12/15

Jay Carroll
 

The Morro Bay CBC was held last Saturday under excellent conditions -- mostly clear and sunny skies with light breezes. Thanks to nearly 130 dedicated counters we were able to tally 201 species, slightly above our long-term average. We are still awaiting verification on some species, so this total may change.

 

A few of the count day highlights were: Black Scoter, Redhead, Eurasian Wigeon, Mountain Quail, Bald Eagle, Spotted Owl, Long-eared Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Vermilion Flycatcher, Tropical Kingbird, Mountain Bluebird, Yellow Warbler, Palm Warbler, Hermit Warbler, Grasshopper Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, Bell’s Sparrow, Clay-colored Sparrow, Hooded Oriole, and Bullock’s Oriole.

 

Offshore breezes in the morning made conditions difficult for sighting pelagic species such as alcids and jaegers, but some Black-vented Shearwaters were tallied nonetheless. In Morro Bay there were over 500 Brant, which was the highest count since 2013. 

 

A big thanks to the following volunteers: Kaaren Perry, Steve McMasters, Eric Wier, and Mike Stiles for being Area Leaders; Joanne Aasen for making it so easy to use the web site to sign-up and download count information; Bert & Elaine Townsend for tracking registrations; and Connie Harms for Count Day assistance.

 

Jay Carroll

Count Compiler

Los Osos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 07:15 by Jeff Miller
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50775941
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; red on head and throat with complete dark border, no red on nape, extensive white barring on back, slight yellow wash on belly"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2018 10:22 by Maggie Smith
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50763313
- Comments: "Red crown surrounded by black; red chin and throat with some white flecks totally bounded by black; no red on anpe; belly dirty white with yellow wash. Bird was very active and flying from tree to tree."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2018 08:58 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/S50776117
- Comments: "Continues peninsula loop trail and fence line. "

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2018 10:35 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/S50764064
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing since 7/14/18 ( first reported by Jim Royer)"

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Re: BURROWING OWL - ebird link

Kaaren Perry
 

Following up on Vicki’s comment about disclosures of owl locations

The Burrowing Owl is considered a species of special concern in California. While we all love to find and share a bird like the Burrowing Owl there are reasons for not disclosing owl roost locations. There have been reminders on this list serve over the years regarding the sharing of owl roosts and raptor nests for the well being of the species and why it isn’t recommended.  This may be as good a time as any to review those reasons. 

A link on ebird that I recently came across provides clear guidelines for not publicizing certain species observations and describes the protocol for recording specific data. The section on owls I found especially thought provoking. The link also includes American Birding Association Code of Birding Ethics.  I believe this is a valuable reference and one to tuck away for each of us to  review from time to time.

The ebird link states it all much better that I can so I am including the link below. Please take a look. 



















On Dec 18, 2018, at 10:29 AM, Victoria Morrow <vmorrow@...> wrote:

P.S.  Should anyone be concerned about the disclosure of the owl location, be aware that this little bird has chosen a highly trafficked area with a nifty perch that is visible but is hard to get to.  Were that not so, I would not have repeated the share.  I had to forego many shots because of the people passing just behind and below the bird with their bright T-shirts and shorts.

Vicki Morrow

On Dec 18, 2018, at 9:14 AM, Victoria Morrow <vmorrow@...> wrote:

Hi Mitch,

Thanks so much for your first rate description.  I went to that spot this morning and after having no luck from the beach, I walked back up the steps to the street, stopped by the little trees and looked down from above.  Bingo!  Perched there close by was the little gem.  It was in shadow but clearly visible when I arrived about 8:20 and soon after the sun arrived and lit it up.

Vicki 

On Dec 17, 2018, at 6:01 PM, mitchpefa via Groups.Io <mitchpefa@...> wrote:

Yesterday around noon, there was an adult burrowing owl perched among a spindly group of young tobacco trees growing on the bluff at the western terminus of Wadsworth street in Pismo Beach. It flew down and perched in front of a small crevice/pot hole  under a chunk of concrete below the trees. It was approximately 40 feet from the public restroom facility and about 3/4 of the way up the slope from the beach sand below.

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande


Re: Pismo Beach BURROWING OWL

Victoria Morrow
 

P.S.  Should anyone be concerned about the disclosure of the owl location, be aware that this little bird has chosen a highly trafficked area with a nifty perch that is visible but is hard to get to.  Were that not so, I would not have repeated the share.  I had to forego many shots because of the people passing just behind and below the bird with their bright T-shirts and shorts.

Vicki Morrow

On Dec 18, 2018, at 9:14 AM, Victoria Morrow <vmorrow@...> wrote:

Hi Mitch,

Thanks so much for your first rate description.  I went to that spot this morning and after having no luck from the beach, I walked back up the steps to the street, stopped by the little trees and looked down from above.  Bingo!  Perched there close by was the little gem.  It was in shadow but clearly visible when I arrived about 8:20 and soon after the sun arrived and lit it up.

Vicki 

On Dec 17, 2018, at 6:01 PM, mitchpefa via Groups.Io <mitchpefa@...> wrote:

Yesterday around noon, there was an adult burrowing owl perched among a spindly group of young tobacco trees growing on the bluff at the western terminus of Wadsworth street in Pismo Beach. It flew down and perched in front of a small crevice/pot hole  under a chunk of concrete below the trees. It was approximately 40 feet from the public restroom facility and about 3/4 of the way up the slope from the beach sand below.

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande


Re: Pismo Beach BURROWING OWL

Victoria Morrow
 

Hi Mitch,

Thanks so much for your first rate description.  I went to that spot this morning and after having no luck from the beach, I walked back up the steps to the street, stopped by the little trees and looked down from above.  Bingo!  Perched there close by was the little gem.  It was in shadow but clearly visible when I arrived about 8:20 and soon after the sun arrived and lit it up.

Vicki 

On Dec 17, 2018, at 6:01 PM, mitchpefa via Groups.Io <mitchpefa@...> wrote:

Yesterday around noon, there was an adult burrowing owl perched among a spindly group of young tobacco trees growing on the bluff at the western terminus of Wadsworth street in Pismo Beach. It flew down and perched in front of a small crevice/pot hole  under a chunk of concrete below the trees. It was approximately 40 feet from the public restroom facility and about 3/4 of the way up the slope from the beach sand below.

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande


Pismo Beach BURROWING OWL

mitchpefa
 

Yesterday around noon, there was an adult burrowing owl perched among a spindly group of young tobacco trees growing on the bluff at the western terminus of Wadsworth street in Pismo Beach. It flew down and perched in front of a small crevice/pot hole  under a chunk of concrete below the trees. It was approximately 40 feet from the public restroom facility and about 3/4 of the way up the slope from the beach sand below.

Mitch Siemens
Arroyo Grande


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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)
- Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 10:30 by Petra Clayton
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50732974
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. First reported 12/10/18 (Eric Wier). --- Red crown with black border; red chin and throat with black border; black bib on upper breast; bold white lines border the black eye line; lower breast and belly whitish with yellow wash; dusky streaks on sides and flanks; prominent white vertical bar along the side of the folded wing; --- Today first spotted at the Toyon Reservation Area, but it never stayed very long in one spot. Frequently being chased by Acorn Woodpeckers, it was moving from tree to tree in a large circle, including the pepper trees along the lawn area between the restrooms and the freeway.
Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/46296167392/in/dateposted-public/" title="Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), San Luis Obispo, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4803/46296167392_d90bb5c6d4_o.jpg" alt="Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), San Luis Obispo, CA" /></a>
Click on the image below for another Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/31407287267/in/dateposted-public/" title="Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), San Luis Obispo, CA"><img src="https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4892/31407287267_8e091abdc1_o.jpg" alt="Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius), San Luis Obispo, CA" /></a>"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 15:53 by Eric Wier
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50753545
- Media: 3 Photos

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 12, 2018 09:27 by Eric Wier
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50630763
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Sapsucker visited a Peruvian pepper tree with fresh workings for a total of about three minutes during about 90 minutes of my watching the place on the tree where I had seen the same bird two days earlier. Bird showed no red on nape, ruling out red-naped sapsucker. Sapsucker chased away a ruby-crowned kinglet that was feeding on sap. An Anna's hummingbird also visited the fresh holes, presumably to feed on sap."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 14, 2018 11:20 by Kees Frazier
- 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/S50754780
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing and unmistakable bird."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 14, 2018 11:20 by Kees Frazier
- 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/S50754780
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Kingbird with brilliant yellow underside extending up the neck. White under the chin fades easily into its light gray face."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 07:05 by Curtis Marantz
- San Luis Obispo Creek downtown SLO, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.278945,-120.6653191&ll=35.278945,-120.6653191
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50741449
- Comments: "I saw this bird only briefly as it perched atop the roof of a house along the northern part of Buchon Street before it flew off. I initially thought this bird was a phoebe given a sharp contrast between a white belly and the slate-gray that characterized the hood, upperparts, and flanks, but I briefly noted a pale bill and when this bird flew also the white outer tail-feathers. My views of this birds were briefly and not very good, but it did appear to be a pretty typical, male "Slate-colored" Junco."

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Dec 17, 2018 09:13 by Kevin Enns-Rempel
- Cambria — northwest of Fiscalini Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.561502,-121.107111&ll=35.561502,-121.107111
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50751942
- Comments: "Overall drab greenish-yellow with gray head, yellow throat, and solid white eye ring. Yellow breast and under tail coverts with small area of white belly. Greenish wings with no wing bars. Chip calls consistent with NAWA. Seen in large flowering bush growing on house at Windsor and Huntington. "

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 07:05 by Curtis Marantz
- San Luis Obispo Creek downtown SLO, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.278945,-120.6653191&ll=35.278945,-120.6653191
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50741449
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "I stood around for several minutes in the area where Jim Royer had reported this bird before I eventually heard it calling from the vacant lot just west of the walkway. After a bit of “spishing” this bird approached and spent a short time moving about the trees over the path before it flew back into the lot and disappeared into to what appeared to be an oak tree. Given that this bird was not in view for an extended period of time and that I tried to get photos when it was in view, I did not study it all that carefully. Nevertheless, I did see this bird well enough to identify with confidence visually and I noted at least the key characters for this species. Moreover, my photos are also more than sufficient to identify this bird with confidence as S. p. palmarum. The call that this bird gave was a sharp but also somewhat dry “chick” that was unlike the other birds in the area, but probably more like the call of a Townsend’s Warbler than anything else.
This was a small passerine with a short bill that was slim and sharp-tipped. The forehead appeared to be sloping and the crown was gently rounded on a head of unremarkable size for a warbler. I thought this bird’s plump body was a little smaller than those of the Yellow-rumped Warblers that I had been seeing. I further thought the neck was short and inconspicuous, and that the posture was a bit more upright than horizontail with the tail held downward in the plane of the body and dipped slightly yet not conspicuously wagging. Given that I saw this bird exclusively perched overhead, I never saw the primary projection or the placement of the wingtips, and I noted only that the tail appeared to be of medium-length. I cannot now remember anything about the shape of the tail or the legs or feet.
This was a subtly-patterned warbler with the underparts a pale buff in color with no more than subtle, dark streaking at the sides of the breast, but it did have conspicuously yellow undertail-coverts that contrasted sharply with both the pale belly and the black base to a tail that had conspicuous white spots distally. I further noted a dark eyeline and a pale-buff supercilium, but I did not carefully examine the face pattern. I likewise noted that what I could see of the upperparts and wings were a sandy-brown in color, possibly a little darker on the wings, and also with at least some suggestion of pale fringes to the wing coverts but no obvious wingbars. I cannot remember anything about the pattern on the remiges, and I never clearly saw the wingtips or the upperside of the tail, but I have some recollection of noting that the rump was yellowish. I thought the bill and eyes were dark, but I cannot now remember noting the color of the legs or feet."

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 07:05 by Curtis Marantz
- San Luis Obispo Creek downtown SLO, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.278945,-120.6653191&ll=35.278945,-120.6653191
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50741449
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "I spotted this bird foraging in trees along the walkway between Nipomo and Broad Streets and then spent a short time studying it and taking a few photos before it moved off. I never did hear this bird call. Although my views of this bird were relatively brief, I did see it well and I managed to get at least a few reasonable photos that should clarify a few of the details that I failed to notice in the field.
This was a small passerine with a short bill that was at least relatively slim, a rounded crown on a head of unremarkable size for a warbler, an inconspicuous neck and a plump body that had a rather horizontal posture, wings that appeared to reach near the tips of the undertail coverts but on which I was unable to see the primary projection, and a tail that was slim and of medium-length.
This bird was relatively boldly marked yet for a warbler it was not particularly colorful. I am confident that the back was medium-gray, and I thought the crown was as well. I was less sure that the gray crown was bordered by black frames that demarcated the flaring, white supercilium that extended back from the eye over the black auriculars. I did note a small spot of yellow in the surpraloral region and also a white submoustachial-stripe that demarcated the black auriculars from a mostly black throat that appeared to have a white chin and some clouding internally, but the underparts from the throat down across the breast, belly, sides, flanks and undertail coverts were white, albeit with two rows of relatively narrow, black streaks on the flanks. I also noted that the tail was white centrally when seen from below, but also with black frames along the outer edges. I did see the wings and I thought they had two white wingbars on a rather dark background, but I cannot now remember the finer details of the pattern on the wings and I do not think I ever clearly saw either the wingtips or the upperside of the tail.
I thought the bill and eyes were dark, but I cannot now remember much about the color of the legs or feet."

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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)
- Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 08:35 by Max Taylor
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50723336
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen briefly on the pepper tree between about in-between the Arroyo reservation area sign and the orange plastic net across the trail cutting it of. will add photo."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 15:35 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50700892
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird originally reported by Eric Weir on Dec 10, 2018. Briefly observed bird about noon and re-found bird for better photos later in the afternoon. Distinct red cap with solid black band, lack of red on nape and complete black border from bill to breast indicate Yellow-bellied Sapsucker."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 15:35 by Kees Frazier
- Cuesta Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50702551
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird originally reported by Eric Weir on Dec 10, 2018. Briefly observed bird about noon and re-found bird for better photos later in the afternoon."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 10:50 by Max Taylor
- 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/S50723485
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "will add photo"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 07:47 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S50693862
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously reported and continuing"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 16, 2018 10:50 by Max Taylor
- 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/S50723485
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen flycatching on the cluster of trees near the last small dock. will add photo"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 07:47 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S50693862
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously reported (https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50602529) and continuing - bright yellow underparts continuing through the upper-breast and a large broad-based bill."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (3)
- Reported Dec 12, 2018 10:29 by Kathleen Kent
- Heritage Ranch Trails: TW, ROR, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7328295,-120.8838163&ll=35.7328295,-120.8838163
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50620636
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "There were at least three CHSP in a group of approximately six birds. I took several photographs from several yards away. There are photos of three individual CHSP in various groupings of the three birds; I've numbered them, from left to right: Bird #1, #2, and #3. The fourth photograph shows all three birds."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 07:47 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S50693862
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "The sparrow was was relatively smaller, lighter colored than the White-crowned Sparrows in the flock. It’s upperparts were a mixture of grays and browns with some dark streaking; pale lores, a bold whitish crown stripe, buffy auriculars and gray collar. Underparts were buff. continuing"

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (Passerella iliaca [megarhyncha Group]) (3)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 06:43 by Mike Stiles
- TV Tower Rd, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.3802,-120.6933), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.380244,-120.693336&ll=35.380244,-120.693336
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S50712160
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Two heard only giving chink call. One at pond showing mostly gray back, large bill"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 07:47 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S50693862
- Media: 1 Photo, 1 Audio
- Comments: "The warbler had bright olive-yellow upperparts, yellow underparts, light rust streaks on breast and sides with yellow on inner webs of tail feathers"

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) (1)
- Reported Dec 15, 2018 07:47 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S50693862
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "overall black, white, and gray, with very small yellow spot on lores."

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