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*** Species Summary:

- Calliope Hummingbird (3 reports)
- Black-necked Stilt (4 reports)

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Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 07:54 by Tom Edell
- Carrizo Plain NM--Quail Springs, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9930616,-119.5548636&ll=34.9930616,-119.5548636
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54700006
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male (photo) perched up hillside from canyon bottom. Not sure what this bird was due to poor light and distance. Obtained photo that revealed the streaked throat of a Calliope. Looked for again on our way back but not seen."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 07:54 by Norman Pillsbury
- Carrizo Plain NM--Quail Springs, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9930616,-119.5548636&ll=34.9930616,-119.5548636
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54700739
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male (photo) perched up hillside from canyon bottom. Not sure what this bird was due to poor light and distance. Obtained photo that revealed the streaked throat of a Calliope. Looked for again on our way back but not seen."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 07:54 by Jeff Miller
- Carrizo Plain NM--Quail Springs, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9930616,-119.5548636&ll=34.9930616,-119.5548636
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54701169
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male (photo) perched up hillside from canyon bottom. Not sure what this bird was due to poor light and distance. Obtained photo that revealed the streaked throat of a Calliope. Looked for again on our way back but not seen."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 14:39 by Tom Edell
- 7 Mile Road W.- 0.5 mile culvert, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2683763,-119.9279037&ll=35.2683763,-119.9279037
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54699171
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Likely same brown-backed individual seen here on Apr 5 and possibly same bird seen on east basin of Soda lake on Apr 1. (Photo)"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 14:39 by Jeff Miller
- 7 Mile Road W.- 0.5 mile culvert, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2683763,-119.9279037&ll=35.2683763,-119.9279037
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54699749
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Likely same brown-backed individual seen here on Apr 5 and possibly same bird seen on east basin of Soda lake on Apr 1. (Photo)"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 14:39 by Norman Pillsbury
- 7 Mile Road W.- 0.5 mile culvert, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2683763,-119.9279037&ll=35.2683763,-119.9279037
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54699836
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Likely same brown-backed individual seen here on Apr 5 and possibly same bird seen on east basin of Soda lake on Apr 1. (Photo)"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (4)
- Reported Apr 07, 2019 12:05 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Bitterwater Rd-Ybarra Spring, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7077016,-120.2842855&ll=35.7077016,-120.2842855
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54697814
- Media: 1 Photo

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Carrizo Plain

Tom Graves
 

Jupiter faded with the sunrise as I drove into the Carizzo Plain. Not many on the road at that time, but later in the day the crowds blossomed. This was my first time at the Selby campground area. 

My list for the day: California and Mountain Quail, Turkey Vulture, Red-tailed Hawk, Golden Eagle, Mourning Dove, Greater Roadrunner (not seen, but I heard then singing for the first time!), White-throated Swift, Say’s Phoebe, Western Kingbird, Common Raven, Horned Lark, Bewick’s and Rock Wren, Blue-gray Gnatcatcher, California Thrasher, European Starling, American Pipit, Phainopepla (singing!), Spotted Towhee, California Towhee (singing), Sparrows: Savannah, Bell’s, White-crowned, and Lark (singing), Brewer’s Blackbird, Western Meadowlark, Lawrence’s Goldfinch, and House Finch.

 

Tom Graves

Listen to some of my recording for the day here: 

https://www.xeno-canto.org/contributor/KGOCOOKTTU?dir=1&order=dt


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Rough-legged Hawk (1 report)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 12:04 by Maggie Smith
- 7 Mile Road W.- 0.5 mile culvert, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2683763,-119.9279037&ll=35.2683763,-119.9279037
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54615833
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "The stilt was associating with a flock of American Avocets, Killers and a Greater Yellowlegs. The bird had brownish black back, black wings contrasting with white underparts and long bright pinkish-red legs."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3)
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 10:14 by Dane Fagundes
- Soda Lake--Main Basin, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2282333,-119.8924255&ll=35.2282333,-119.8924255
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54652732
- Comments: "Both Avocet and Black-necked Stilt out in the lake about 600 feet. Lake like a mirror.
Red legs, black backed neck and head with white underneath.
Note: Herb Elliott had one along Seven Mile Road 4/5/2019 as per eBird."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 07:57 by Maggie Smith
- Carrizo Plain NM--Panorama Rd. gravel pit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1878192,-119.7371042&ll=35.1878192,-119.7371042
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54615889
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Observed on Calhoun Road within a mile of the gravel pit. The bird appeared to be a light morph with a white tail that was dark banded at the tip and pale at the base and pale underwings with dark patches at the bend of the wing."

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Cerro Alto this morning

Jeff Miller
 

I hiked the Cerro Alto trail loop this morning, 6.5 miles.

 

Best birds were a singing MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER 100 yards from the lower parking lot, and at least 4 BELL’S SPARROWS up on the ridgeline in the sage scrub. One MOUNTAIN QUAIL heard and my FOS ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS. Too early still I guess for Black-chinned Sparrows.

 

eBird checklist with some photos of Bell’s Sparrow here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54634511

 

The Ceanothus superbloom is amazing up there!

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Rough-legged Hawk (2 reports)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 12:04 by Herb Elliott
- 7 Mile Road W.- 0.5 mile culvert, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2683763,-119.9279037&ll=35.2683763,-119.9279037
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54605468
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "The stilt was associating with a flock of American Avocets, Killers and a Greater Yellowlegs. The bird had brownish black back, black wings contrasting with white underparts and long bright pinkish-red legs."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 03, 2019 09:03 by Gary Mele
- Carrizo Plain NM--Panorama Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1645468,-119.7734642&ll=35.1645468,-119.7734642
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54598973
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "White head, small beak, thin dark supercilium, speckled gray & white back, white tail with dark sub-terminal bands, dark wrists and belly"

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 05, 2019 07:57 by Herb Elliott
- Carrizo Plain NM--Panorama Rd. gravel pit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1878192,-119.7371042&ll=35.1878192,-119.7371042
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54605164
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Observed on Calhoun Road within a mile of the gravel pit. The bird appeared to be a light morph with a white tail that was dark banded at the tip and pale at the base and pale underwings with dark patches at the bend of the wing."

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Black-throated Gray in Nipomo

Sue Girard
 

Gray back with black specks.  White supercilium . Black auriculars and throat, bright yellow lores, black streaky sides. Again today , Bullocks and Hooded Orioles and BH Grosbeaks . All at ground bird bath with close-by, open shrubs with bare branchlets for staging. Thick nearby hedgerow.


Red breasted mergansers at Pismo Beach

Victoria Morrow
 

This morning at sunrise there were four red breasted mergansers in the surf at Pismo Beach just south of Addie St.—two male, two female. They moved from there to the lagoon. First time I have seen them there this yearn; it seems kind of late to me.

Vicki Morrow


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Gallinule (1 report)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 04, 2019 06:55 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S54566072
- Comments: "All dark adult bird with distinctive white flank stripe, bright red shield and bill with light tip to bill."

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Re: Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Western North America

Rick Derevan
 

Congrats, Tom!

On Apr 4, 2019, at 8:55 PM, Tom Graves <wtkite@...> wrote:

It’s here! Picked up mine at Barnes and Noble. My contributions are the female Gadwall’s long call, the California Thrasher’s chup call, and the California Towhee’s tseet call.

To make this official, I saw at least two Western Kingbirds at work, in the eucalyptus tree in the dirt lot above the old general hospital on Bishop. All I got as proof was bird poop on my windshield! Don’t think I’ll post that photo!

 

 

Tom Graves

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Peterson Field Guide to Bird Sounds of Western North America

Tom Graves
 

It’s here! Picked up mine at Barnes and Noble. My contributions are the female Gadwall’s long call, the California Thrasher’s chup call, and the California Towhee’s tseet call.

To make this official, I saw at least two Western Kingbirds at work, in the eucalyptus tree in the dirt lot above the old general hospital on Bishop. All I got as proof was bird poop on my windshield! Don’t think I’ll post that photo!

 

 

Tom Graves


Afternoon at the spa!

Kaaren Perry
 

Well not exactly a spa but rather 2 bird baths in our yard. Often birder friends ask me why I think we get a nice assortment of bird species, both expected  and rarities coming to our yard in Morro Bay.  I say water, food and shelter are the key features and  also you want to keep an eye on your yard when you’re home.

I still believe those are the necessary ingredients but if I were to ask to prioritize from my personal experience I’d say…  #1 is water.  We have 2 small bird baths in our little dedicated bird yard (16X16), one traditional pedestal bath with still water and one pedestal bowl with flat plate and a low bubbling center.  Different species seem to prefer one or the other. This afternoon I decided to do a little reading/window birding  from our home.  During the 1 ½ hours I “read” we had 18 species and 3 subspecies stop to bath, feed and hang out for a while. We have a platform feeder, I sprinkle seed on the ground and we have a dense hedge but the water continues to seem to be the main attraction.

I have attached todays ebird list that includes some photos and want to tell you, all but the American Crow and Northern Mockingbird made my todays notebook “bird bath bathing” list. 


Caution - If you’re considering putting up a bird bath :  placing near or providing shelter like trees, low brush, bushes is important because when the birds are wet they become easier prey. Cats out if at all possible!!!






FOS Black-chinned Hummingbird in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

Just photographed (1230h Thursday, April 4) a male Black-chinned Hummingbird at our feeders in Atascadero. This is the first BCHU that I’ve seen this year.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


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- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Rough-legged Hawk (2 reports)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2019 09:35 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S54534126
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "First reported on March 26, 2019 by Dave Keeling.
Click on the image below for a Flickr video showing the Common Gallinule first swimming, then preening:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/46617731485/in/dateposted-public/" title="Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), Santa Margarita Lake, Santa Margarita, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/46617731485_86360f6c4b_o.jpg" alt="Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), Santa Margarita Lake, Santa Margarita, CA" /></a>
Click on the image below for another Flickr video showing the Common Gallinule preening:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/46617730045/in/dateposted-public/" title="Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), Santa Margarita Lake, Santa Margarita, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/46617730045_2593297599_o.jpg" alt="Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata), Santa Margarita Lake, Santa Margarita, CA" /></a>"

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2019 11:30 by Rob O'Donnell
- Carrizo Plain NM--Panorama Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1645468,-119.7734642&ll=35.1645468,-119.7734642
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54532312
- Comments: "Soaring directly overhead. Dark wingtips and "wrists"; white on base of tail and beneath dark patches at wrists. Relatively light body. Picture to follow."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2019 11:30 by Anne O'Donnell
- Carrizo Plain NM--Panorama Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1645468,-119.7734642&ll=35.1645468,-119.7734642
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54529418
- Comments: "Soaring directly overhead. Dark wingtips and "wrists"; white on base of tail and beneath dark patches at wrists. Relatively light body. Picture to follow."

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*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)

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Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 02, 2019 08:03 by Tom Edell
- San Simeon Point, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6358068,-121.1946398&ll=35.6358068,-121.1946398
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S54494793
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen from the southeast end of the point, out beyond what topo maps label as "North Entrance Rock". It appeared to be molting in alternate plumage given red neck, face gray above and pale below, bill with yellow base and darkish tip, and slightly darker cap. (Photos )"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 02, 2019 14:15 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/S54498800
- Comments: "streaked gorgets rosy coloration; second sighting this spring; no photo"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 02, 2019 12:45 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S54498498
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. See photos."

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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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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


https://www.flickr.com/photos/142505326@N04/?




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

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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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