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White-throated Sparrow

njmann90
 

Finally a White-throated Sparrow in the yard today, white stripe morph, near Vet's Hall, SLO
Nancy Mann

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

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









Arroyo Grande Feeder Action

William Bouton
 

This is not a rare bird report, but rather an interesting (to me, at least) behavior description. 

At Patricia Price's feeder array near old town Arroyo Grande, one of the feeders is a platform containing some black oil sunflower in the shell and, more recently, some shelled sunflower mixed in. Within a few hours of adding the shelled sunflower, one of the local Yellow-rumped Warblers (that usually feeds at the suet feeder) discovered the shelled seed, and began consuming it and dominating the feeder. There can be a mixed crowd in the feeder (House Finches, Lesser and American Goldfinches, White-crowned Sparrows), and, with the arrival of the warbler, most will flush in fear. Any birds that don’t flush are immediately attacked by the Yellow-rumped. He feeds in privacy, with any new bird arrival, even a normally aggressive House Sparrow) being chased away. I’ve never seen the warbler back down to any other bird, even though most are significantly larger.

Bill



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- Nashville Warbler (2 reports)

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Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Dec 27, 2018 09:20 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/S51004243
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Nashville Warbler (Oreothlypis ruficapilla) (1)
- Reported Dec 24, 2018 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/S50981947
- Comments: "Continuing species. Small warbler, bold eye ring, gray head, bright yellow underparts, white below legs, olive green back."

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Re: Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...>
 

I had seen quite a few least sandpipers there, but for some reason I had thought this was a larger bird, and the eye ring was more distinct than others I had photographed. Mystery solved. Thanks!


Cindy McIntyre
207-522-4664 cell


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- Vermilion Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)

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Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 26, 2018 09:31 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/S50966995
- Comments: "Continues peninsula loop trail and fence line "

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Dec 25, 2018 12:10 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/S50957467
- Comments: "Continuing since 7/14/18 (First report by Jim Royer)"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 25, 2018 08:11 by Emma Rosen
- 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/S50956630
- Comments: "I spotted a kingbird in the eucalyptus trees on the far west side of the parking lot. My first thought was that's an odd place for a Cassin's Kingbird. Closer looks revealed that it clearly was not a Cassin's Kingbird. The bill was too long and thick, the back was too green, and there was too much yellow on the breast, extending all the way up to the throat. The probably even more unlikely possibility of Western Kingbird can be eliminated for the same reasons. The bird was silent, so the extremely unlikely Couch's is hard to eliminate, but all the signs of a Tropical were there; the extremely long flat looking beak, the shallow forehead, and a distinctly forked tail. The less reliable but still mildly suggestive features of a strongly dark face mask and a brighter green back were also present on this bird. Even not considering that Tropical is far more likely, I think that the features of the bird show that it is a Tropical and not a Couch's. Photos forthcoming. Seen well for 4-5 minutes in perfect lighting, within 50 feet."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 25, 2018 08:11 by Nick Rosen
- 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/S50956364
- Comments: "I spotted a kingbird in the eucalyptus trees on the far west side of the parking lot. My first thought was that's an odd place for a Cassin's Kingbird. Closer looks revealed that it clearly was not a Cassin's Kingbird. The bill was too long and thick, the back was too green, and there was too much yellow on the breast, extending all the way up to the throat. The probably even more unlikely possibility of Western Kingbird can be eliminated for the same reasons. The bird was silent, so the extremely unlikely Couch's is hard to eliminate, but all the signs of a Tropical were there; the extremely long flat looking beak, the shallow forehead, and a distinctly forked tail. The less reliable but still mildly suggestive features of a strongly dark face mask and a brighter green back were also present on this bird. Even not considering that Tropical is far more likely, I think that the features of the bird show that it is a Tropical and not a Couch's. Photos forthcoming. Seen well for 4-5 minutes in perfect lighting, within 50 feet."

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Palm Warbler, San Simeon

marlin harms
 

Along with Dennis Sheridan and Richard Neidhardt I saw a Palm Warbler on kelp wrack at the beach and then moving up into the park, just north of the San Simeon Pier at 3:20 this afternoon.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


Re: Carrizo Plain CBC

Roger Zachary
 

Hello All,


Now that the Morro Coast CBC is over it’s time for the Carrizo Plain CBC.  The count will occur on Saturday December 29th.  Count week starts today through next Tuesday.  I've got a good list of birders to help out and I'm looking forward to the count on Saturday.  Thanks to those who are helping and I'll see you on the 29th at 8 am.  

Information about the count can be found:  http://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/p/carrizo-plain-cbc.html

Happy Holidays,

Roger Zachary
Carrizo Plain CBC Compiler
Atascadero,CA
(805) 458-8838


Re: Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

John Sterling
 

Both least and sharp tailed have the eyering. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 26, 2018, at 8:00 AM, Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...> wrote:

The strong eye ring threw me. Thanks.

Cindy McIntyre



On Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 10:26 PM -0800, "John Sterling" <jsterling@...> wrote:




John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 10:04 PM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:

Yeah. Guess just a Least. If it was the size of a turnstone it couldn’t be a Least Sandpiper but that’s the best fit. 

Thanks Todd for setting me straight. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 9:17 PM, calfrosty <calfrosty@...> wrote:

Not on sibleys. What am i doing  wrong?



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: John Sterling <jsterling@...>
Date: 12/25/18 20:50 (GMT-08:00)
To: Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

Looks like a winter sharp tailed sandpiper to me. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 7:41 PM, Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...> wrote:

<_DSC1956 copy.jpg> Saw this bird at Estero Bluffs Dec. 24 - seemed like it was about the size of the black turnstones out there. 


Re: Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...>
 

The strong eye ring threw me. Thanks.

Cindy McIntyre



On Tue, Dec 25, 2018 at 10:26 PM -0800, "John Sterling" <jsterling@...> wrote:




John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 10:04 PM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:

Yeah. Guess just a Least. If it was the size of a turnstone it couldn’t be a Least Sandpiper but that’s the best fit. 

Thanks Todd for setting me straight. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 9:17 PM, calfrosty <calfrosty@...> wrote:

Not on sibleys. What am i doing  wrong?



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: John Sterling <jsterling@...>
Date: 12/25/18 20:50 (GMT-08:00)
To: Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

Looks like a winter sharp tailed sandpiper to me. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 7:41 PM, Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...> wrote:

<_DSC1956 copy.jpg> Saw this bird at Estero Bluffs Dec. 24 - seemed like it was about the size of the black turnstones out there. 


Re: Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

John Sterling
 




John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 10:04 PM, John Sterling <jsterling@...> wrote:

Yeah. Guess just a Least. If it was the size of a turnstone it couldn’t be a Least Sandpiper but that’s the best fit. 

Thanks Todd for setting me straight. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 9:17 PM, calfrosty <calfrosty@...> wrote:

Not on sibleys. What am i doing  wrong?



Sent via the Samsung Galaxy S7, an AT&T 4G LTE smartphone

-------- Original message --------
From: John Sterling <jsterling@...>
Date: 12/25/18 20:50 (GMT-08:00)
To: Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

Looks like a winter sharp tailed sandpiper to me. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 7:41 PM, Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...> wrote:

<_DSC1956 copy.jpg> Saw this bird at Estero Bluffs Dec. 24 - seemed like it was about the size of the black turnstones out there. 


Re: Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

John Sterling
 

Looks like a winter sharp tailed sandpiper to me. 


John Sterling
530 908-3836
26 Palm Ave
Woodland, CA 95695

On Dec 25, 2018, at 7:41 PM, Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...> wrote:

<_DSC1956 copy.jpg> Saw this bird at Estero Bluffs Dec. 24 - seemed like it was about the size of the black turnstones out there. 


Shorebird ID needed-white eyering

Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...>
 

 Saw this bird at Estero Bluffs Dec. 24 - seemed like it was about the size of the black turnstones out there. 


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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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- 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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- 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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