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Red-necked Grebe, San Simeon Point, April 2

Tom Edell
 

This morning Dave Keeling and I saw a Red-necked Grebe off San Simeon Point. Nothing else unusual, but there was a nice diversity of species in the area.

 

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Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Eurasian Wigeon (1 report)
- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Rough-legged Hawk (1 report)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (8)
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 09:53 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/S54451235
- Comments: "Continuing in marsh; seen next to Canadas"

Eurasian Wigeon (Mareca penelope) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 10:35 by Jeff Miller
- Elfin Forest Preserve--Lupine Point Overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3331065,-120.8302362&ll=35.3331065,-120.8302362
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54452543
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male with red head"

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 12:55 by Petra Clayton
- Cambria: Richard Ave/Stuart St., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5492019,-121.0756336&ll=35.5492019,-121.0756336
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54470596
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing - first reported by Terri Osborn on March 7, 2019."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 09:44 by Jeanette Stone
- Santa Margarita Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3291313,-120.4874811&ll=35.3291313,-120.4874811
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54461020
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously reported"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 08:34 by Mike Stiles
- North basin--Soda Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2336855,-119.8617405&ll=35.2336855,-119.8617405
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54468756
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "(Photo)"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 01, 2019 08:34 by Tom Edell
- North basin--Soda Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2336855,-119.8617405&ll=35.2336855,-119.8617405
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54465475
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "(Photo)"

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2019 10:30 by Jenny Phillips
- Carrizo Plain National Monument (within Monument Boundaries Only), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54469742
- Comments: "seen flying over center of plains, near Van Matre Ranch"

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Spring arrivals at home

Sue Girard
 

: Two days ago, a nebulously colored  Bullock's Oriole with very faint, smudgy throat and eye line markings; a bright male and female today; also minutes ago, a bright male Black-Headed Grosbeak. Glad they are arriving although it means Sparrows will be leaving in a few weeks. And a brazen Pocket Gopher is daring me to get out the wrist rocket.
Last fall a neighbor thinned out a lot of his Eucs with dead & dying material (sad face) and a dependable American Kestral pair may have moved elsewhere. Resident Red-Tailed Hawks continue with a previous year's young, but I don't see a nest. Barn Owl night-calls, but no resident in the nest box. A few bright Audubon Yellow-Rumped Warblers remain, but no unusual migrants this year so far. 2 Fox Sparrows remain. Four Hermit Warblers have moved on after stripping Toyon berries.
The bird baths are full, seed is out, and the suet is artisan house-made, and strictly Organic, crafted with hemp hearts, peanuts,pecan bits and chia . Doo drop in!

Sue Girard
Northside Nipomo


RED KNOT at Morro Bay State Park marina

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,


March ended with a pleasant surprise.   There was a single RED KNOT at the Morro Bay State Park marina, seen from the western tip of the boardwalk near the juniper.   It was mixed in with approximately 200 marbled godwits, a few willets, one dowitcher and one ruddy turnstone (that I've now seen there three times).


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Sagebrush Sparrow (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)
- Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 report)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2019 07:37 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Santa Margarita Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3291313,-120.4874811&ll=35.3291313,-120.4874811
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54427650
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Possible continuing bird first reported by Phil Dunn on 03/07/19. Bird observed in reeds across parking lot from swimming pool."

Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2019 10:51 by Sharon DeCray
- Carrizo Plain National Monument (within Monument Boundaries Only), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54407204
- Comments: "Lighter gray-brown back than Bell's; lighter crown than Bell's; central breast spot connected by “necklace”."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 31, 2019 07:52 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S54423649
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "The Palm Warbler was observed foraging near (35.267781, -120.663445 ) within the park. The bird had grayish brown upperparts with bright yellow undertail-coverts and throat."

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) (2)
- Reported Mar 31, 2019 13:28 by Michael Mulroy
- (35.287, -120.474), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2865856,-120.4737604&ll=35.2865856,-120.4737604
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54421505
- Comments: "2 observed foraging in blue oak with Nashville warbler. Overall plumage and black throat unmistakable."

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Sweet Springs - Bald Eagle

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning during our second 2019 MCAS seasonal breeding bird surveys we were delighted to see an adult Bald Eagle perched in a eucalyptus near the west overlook.  A surprise and the first I remember seeing during our surveys for the past 6 years at this location. (photo)

As far as the surveys, all areas were carefully covered by our three teams and lots of pairing up, singing and displaying was observed.  Tree Swallows were circling their favorite hollow trees, Song Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, White-crowns, Common Yellowthroats, Oak Titmice, Bullocks Orioles and more heard singing.  2 male Nuttall’s Woodpeckers were observed squaring off, chattering and flashing their red crowns at each other with 2 females nearby.  A California endemic subspecies of Savannah Sparrow was seen and photographed in the tidal marsh. (photo)

Many other species were also heard tuning up, establishing their territories and in general creating an active stage for us to have many chances to record spring breeding behaviors. This series of surveys will continue to be conducted every two weeks during the season until ending on July 21.

Great time of year to visit MCAS Sweet Springs Preserve. Get there a little early (maybe 7:30!?), walk slowly, look and listen!.  


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- Sagebrush Sparrow (1 report)

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Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2019 10:51 by Stephen Long
- Carrizo Plain National Monument (within Monument Boundaries Only), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54350361
- Comments: "Lighter gray-brown back; lighter crown; central breast spot connected by “necklace”."

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Violet green swallows in Avila Beach

Victoria Morrow
 

The violet green swallows are nesting once again in the uplifted Monterey shale along the Bob Jones Trail just downstream from the weir. They lost a choice spot to erosion and rockfall since last year, but happily there are plenty more options.

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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 report)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (8)
- Reported Mar 29, 2019 11:03 by Roger Zachary
- Park Ridge Trail Parking Area (use for viewing estuary), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3414123,-120.8237954&ll=35.3414123,-120.8237954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54346035
- Comments: "Tom Edell posting on 3/27; continuing birds"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2019 13:00 by Janet Rayner
- Golden Bridle Lane, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5220976,-120.5831051&ll=35.5220976,-120.5831051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54349828
- Comments: "Tiny, bright magenta and white striped gorget"

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 29, 2019 07:33 by Maggie Smith
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54351623
- Comments: "adult male with all black throat and yellow spot near eye"

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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (8) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 27, 2019 09:34 by Tom Edell
- Park Ridge Trail Parking Area (use for viewing estuary), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3414123,-120.8237954&ll=35.3414123,-120.8237954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54292284
- Comments: "Scope views only. Eight together in the pickleweed marsh have been present for a while. Smaller than nearby Canada Geese, white feathers around base of pinkish bill"

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Common Gallinule and lovely, entertaining birds of March

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,


Yesterday (Tuesday) at Santa Margarita Lake Elena and I had a COMMON MOORHEN in the reeds over by the swimming pool parking.   A SORA was in the same location.   (The grebes were a bit dispersed; dancing was intermittant.)   A two-headed WESTERN GREBE was somewhat notable.


A day or so earlier I visited the PURPLE MARTIN contingent at Highway 41 and San Gabriel Road for may annual hello.   I had a bonus visit with a WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH and an imm GOLDEN EAGLE flyover.   I need help with the identification of a sore or growth on the edge of the bill of a LESSER GOLDFINCH.   I cannot figure it out.


Posted on my Flickr site are other county birds of March, including a very funny Red-breasted Merganser reflection; a Mallard with 8 babies taken on March 14 which seems early; a Green-tailed Towhee; and some others that I liked.   Enjoy.


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


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- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Golden-crowned Kinglet (1 report)
- Sagebrush Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)

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Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 26, 2019 11:30 by Janet Rayner
- Golden Bridle Lane, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5220976,-120.5831051&ll=35.5220976,-120.5831051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54251941
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "An adult male flew from the feeder to the salvia and I noticed another adult male feeding there."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2019 08:11 by Ronald Beck
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54250001
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing adult and juvenile in the grassland inland of the beach. The adult is showing some black blotches on the underparts that have been there for a while. Visible from Hwy 1 (Photos)"

Golden-crowned Kinglet (Regulus satrapa) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 26, 2019 10:14 by Mike Stiles
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54253022
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird seen well, but poor pics. All white underneath, crown with black stripes bordering orange (seen in poorest of the pictures). In large cypress tree on peninsula. Tried in vain for better pictures, but bird quickly disappeared."

Sagebrush Sparrow (Artemisiospiza nevadensis) (2)
- Reported Mar 26, 2019 14:20 by ann linder
- Carrizo Plain NM--Pond at 7 Mile Rd. and Calcium Tr., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2777731,-119.9138693&ll=35.2777731,-119.9138693
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54262319
- Comments: "Medium size sparrow. Bobbed itt’s tail."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2019 09:58 by Ronald Beck
- Harmony Headlands SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4748896,-121.0018122&ll=35.4748896,-121.0018122
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54249900
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "The bird was 0.15 mile up the road from the entrance gate and on the northern side of the trail. This is a little past the last patch of willows on the southern side of the road. Given this species rarity in SLO County there is a good chance that this is the same bird reported 0.3 mile up the road from the gate on 19 Nov 2018. (Photos)"

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 26, 2019 09:30 by Jay Carroll
- Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4272109,-120.7491446&ll=35.4272109,-120.7491446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54259845
- Media: 1 Photo, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Heard harsh chip note at location along lower trail where this species (same individual?) has been seen during spring in previous years; sang briefly; yellowish-olive body, gray hood with some black feathering on lower margin, black lores, white eye arcs."

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more spring arrivals in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

A check of various spots in Atascadero today produced some more firsts for me for the year. Specifically, I had 2 Warbling Vireos in the hills above our house, a Western Kingbird on the back (east) side of the Atascadero wastewater ponds, and 8 Wood Ducks at the wastewater ponds.

We’ve had multiple Black-headed Grosbeaks at our feeders each day since March 18, although I have yet to see a female. We’ve also had both Bullock’s and Hooded orioles the past two days. Birds such as Hermit Thrush and Ruby-crowned Kinglet, neither of which breed here, and both of which are likely to be leaving soon, have both been vocal, singing typical songs as they gear up for nesting season.

There were 6 Purple Martins at the usual spot near the intersection of San Gabriel and Morro Road (Hwy 41) at the west edge of Atascadero. Two pairs of the martins seemed to be defending cavities in different sycamores.

The wastewater ponds also had 22 Canada Geese, and there was a White-throated Sparrow singing repeatedly from brushy thickets between the ponds and the nearby de Anza Trail.

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- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2019 08:11 by Tom Edell
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54233076
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing adult and juvenile in the grassland inland of the beach. The adult is showing some black blotches on the underparts that have been there for a while. Visible from Hwy 1 (Photos)"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2019 09:58 by Tom Edell
- Harmony Headlands SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4748896,-121.0018122&ll=35.4748896,-121.0018122
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54229186
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "The bird was 0.15 mile up the road from the entrance gate and on the northern side of the trail. This is a little past the last patch of willows on the southern side of the road. Given this species rarity in SLO County there is a good chance that this is the same bird reported 0.3 mile up the road from the gate on 19 Nov 2018. (Photos)"

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Green-tailed Towhee, Harmony Headlands SP, 25 Mar

Tom Edell
 

This morning Ron Beck spotted a Green-tailed Towhee along the road into Harmony Headlands State Park. The bird was 0.15 mile up the road from the entrance gate and on the northern side of the trail. This is a little past the last patch of willows on the southern side of the road. Given this species rarity in SLO County there is a good chance that this is the same bird reported 0.3 mile up the road from the gate on 19 Nov 2018.

 

Earlier this morning both of the Pacific Golden-Plovers were in the grassy field inland of Point Sierra Nevada Beach. 

 

A look for the White-winged Dove in Cambria was unsuccessful.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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- Calliope Hummingbird (3 reports)
- Rough-legged Hawk (1 report)

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Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2019 09:35 by Norman Pillsbury
- Roger Zachary home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5219297,-120.6932978&ll=35.5219297,-120.6932978
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54178160
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At feeder at Roger Zachery home. Gorget stripes. See photo."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2019 09:35 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54198557
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At feeder at Roger Zachery home. Gorget stripes. See photo."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2019 08:15 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54172797
- Media: 1 Photo

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Mar 24, 2019 09:00 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Carrizo Plain National Monument (within Monument Boundaries Only), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54195394
- Media: 4 Photos

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Morro Bay Estuary this morning

Chris Van Beveren
 

Today was one of those 10,000 birds mornings looking out my upstairs window around 9AM. I dropped everything and hustled down to the beach. So many birds impossible to count. The tide was incoming so there were two sandbars loaded with birds, and many harbor seals, which would soon be under water. Many many feeding terns of several species, one sandbar with multiple Great Blue Herons, two of which were jumping up and down in a courtship dance, next to a dozen
Great Egrets and another dozen Snowy Egrets all crowded together. In front of them were uncountable Western Grebes probably with some Clarke's, even more Double-crested Cormorants, squadrons of Scaups and Buffleheads, and two late departing Brant. An Osprey on top of a pole. Large squadrons of Willets and Godwits with some LBCurlews and white flashes of 50 peeps going by. Perfect weather, perfect morning.



Chris Van Beveren
Beck Travel
565 Baywood Way

Los Osos CA 93402

Phone:  805 439-2023
Fax:  805 439-2042


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Sea Watch & Oso Flaco "Improvement"

Brad Schram
 

An hour this morning doing a sea watch at a Pismo vantage point showed a subtle change in bird activity.  I finally had PACIFIC LOONS moving northward, but only six, each one alone.  It won't be long before they should be going by in flocks, on a good day the total will number in the thousands.  No alcids this morning, while CALIFORNIA GULLS are moving up coast in small flocks as is the occasional CASPIAN TERN.  Tern numbers should increase before long.

A month ago the water off Pismo had an astonishing lack of cormorants, probably due to a lack of bait fish inshore, but both BRANDT'S & PELAGIC (the latter in small numbers) are obvious now in an hour's watch.

On the Oso Flaco front, I understand that a bulldozer is going to be "improving" the picnic area along the boardwalk near the rest room on Tuesday.  It will be interesting to see what "improving" means this go-round.
The fact that improvement involves a bulldozer in that delicate habitat causes concern.  Sigh.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


Hummingbirds

Roger Zachary
 

Hello all,

A foggy morning here in Atascadero but to my surprise an increase in hummingbird activity at my feeders.  At 8:15 am several Anna's, male Rufous, and one male Calliope were present.

Roger Zachary
Atascadero


[eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- White-winged Dove (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 14:00 by Terri Osborn
- San Simeon SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5966526,-121.1236721&ll=35.5966526,-121.1236721
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54154134
- Comments: "Continuing group of birds. Only 3 spotted from original group of 8"

White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 23, 2019 09:45 by Terri Osborn
- US-California-Cambria-1870-1958 Stuart Street - 35.549x-121.075, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5491004,-121.075272&ll=35.5491004,-121.075272
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54141700
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, first seen at this location on 3/7/19. Seen on power cable over Stuart Street on east side of CCSD water tanks."

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