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Franklin's Gull

Bob Chapman
 

There is a FRANKLIN's GULL at Post 1 (Arroyo Grande Creek Lagoon). Oceano

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


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*** Species Summary:

- Lesser Black-backed Gull (2 reports)

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Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2019 08:34 by Robert Chapman
- Oso Flaco Creek Mouth/Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0334489,-120.6333643&ll=35.0334489,-120.6333643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55627147
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "The Lesser Black-backed Gull was observed for about 15 min. The bird first flew in and landed north of the creek mouth in the Snowy Plover protected area. Then it flew into the creek for a quick bath before going on to the beach.

The bird had a white head with a few dark color spots/streaks, white neck and darker streaks on a white nape and neck sides, yellow legs and yellow at the base of bill.

Bob Chapman first reported this bird a few miles north of Oso Flaco Creek mouth I relocated it at the Oso Flaco Creek mouth within a few minutes."

Lesser Black-backed Gull (Larus fuscus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2019 08:34 by Herb Elliott
- Oso Flaco Creek Mouth/Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0334489,-120.6333643&ll=35.0334489,-120.6333643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55618189
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "The Lesser Black-backed Gull was observed for about 15 min. The bird first flew in and landed north of the creek mouth in the Snowy Plover protected area. Then it flew into the creek for a quick bath before going on to the beach.

The bird had a white head with a few dark color spots/streaks, white neck and darker streaks on a white nape and neck sides, yellow legs and yellow at the base of bill.

Bob Chapman first reported this bird a few miles north of Oso Flaco Creek mouth I relocated it at the Oso Flaco Creek mouth within a few minutes."

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New eBird Hotspot

Tom Edell
 

If you don’t use eBird, no need to read further.

 

There are many personal locations at the Hwy 41/46 intersection (some called Shandon winery). To reduce clutter on eBird maps, I have created a new hotspot there called “Hwy 41/46 intersection”. Please merge your personal locations with this hotspot when you have time.

 

One more plea. Those of us using the eBird app have the option of using the app generated location and/or a hotspot when one is available. Please always use a hotspot when one is present at your location.

 

Thanks for your help and to everyone that uses eBird. It is certainly a great resource when local or abroad!

 

Tom Edell

SLO County Reviewer

Cayucos, CA

 


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Cayucos, CA


Wandering Tattler at Estero bluffs

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,


Yesterday (April 30) there were at least two and probably 3 WANDERING TATTLERS at Estero Bluffs, seen coastward from the Fig Tree pullout.


There were also many SPOTTED SANDPIPERS, each looking slightly different with respect to spottiness.   I was able to photograph one whose spots were especially appealing to me.


Today (May 1) I had good looks at an EARED GREBE in breeding plumage in Morro Bay from the Coast Guard pier.   With my binocs, it was clear that there are more than a few of them around.


When combined with the images I posted Monday(?) the total of breeding plumaged birds goes up 3 more to 14.   A lot of beautiful feathers have been freshly grown!


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


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




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*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (3 reports)
- Merlin (2 reports)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Apr 30, 2019 17:07 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- de Anza Trail - North Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5284194,-120.6995344&ll=35.5284194,-120.6995344
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55619559
- Comments: "Observed flying south over riverbed"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2019 08:38 by Martha Wilson
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55617831
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Dark cap, red neck. Many pics. The grebe was first seen south of the pier in the kelp beds - near two eared grebes. Eventually came and swam directly below the pier."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2019 08:38 by Nancy Christensen
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55613552
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Dark cap, red neck. Many pics. The grebe was first seen south of the pier in the kelp beds - near two eared grebes. Eventually came and swam directly below the pier."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2019 08:32 by Norman Pillsbury
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55599848
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First reported by Petra Clayton on 4/29/19. At 9:00 am it surfaced near the pier with several Pigeon Guillemonts then slowly worked it's way south into the kelp beds."

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2019 08:38 by Martha Wilson
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55617831
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Struggled with the ID on this because it was unexpected. Chasing swallows at end of pier. It does not show the dark wing linings expected for PRFA."

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2019 08:38 by Nancy Christensen
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55613552
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Struggled with the ID on this because it was unexpected. Chasing swallows at end of pier. It does not show the dark wing linings expected for PRFA."

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Red-necked Grebe at San Simeon pier

Movienight Norm
 

Red-necked Grebe at San Simeon pier this morning on south side swimming near pier and south into the kelp. 


Norm Pillsbury 



Lesser Black-backed Gull

Bob Chapman
 

Second/third cycle LBBG on 8 shore this morning, heading toward Oso Flaco Creek.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


Oso Flaco today 4/29/19

rebeccacoulter
 

Guy Tingos and I led a birding group at Oso Flaco today. Light rain stopped around 9am and it was a lovely birding day. Migrant highlights in the riparian corridor were Cassin’s Vireo, Hermit Warbler, several Wilson’s and lots of Yellow warbler. A few lingering Townsend’s and Yellow-rumped were surprising. A completely drenched Great Horned Owl sat quietly grumpy in a snag alongside the entrance road; when we saw it on the way back out, it had dried somewhat and looked more normal. (Out on the dunes, we were surprised to hear a duetting pair of Great Horned Owls, midday and in relatively short willows.) Other expected migrants were Western Tanager, Black-headed Grosbeak, one or two Swainson’s Thrush calling, and Ash-throated Flycatcher out in the dunes. On the lake, Ruddy Ducks were displaying, at least two pair of Cinnamon Teal dabbled around the edges, and Mallard family groups were numerous. Both Virginia Rail and Sora were not hard to spot. Multiple Marsh Wrens were nest-building in a frenzy, singing around their potential nest starts; one pair seemed to be serious about one completed nest with its top cover in place. On the beach, 2-3 Snowy Plovers were in the dry sand areas north of the creek mouth; no Least Terns seen, though a Caspian flew overhead. Several Whimbrel and a few Long-billed Curlew provided nice opportunities for comparison, and a small flock of Sanderling in varying plumage rounded out the birds on shore.  


Many Santa Barbara birders envious of this productive and unique site in our neighboring county!
Rebecca Coulter
Santa  Barbara CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Elegant Tern (1 report)

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Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Apr 29, 2019 10:30 by Petra Clayton
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55580048
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First ebird report of a sighting at San Simeon Pier.
Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing an adult Red-necked Grebe in breeding plumage:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/47685713062/in/dateposted-public/" title="Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/47685713062_cf1ddd49a7_o.jpg" alt="Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena), San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 29, 2019 17:10 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- de Anza Trail - Central Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.49877,-120.6559105&ll=35.49877,-120.6559105
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55579038
- Media: 2 Photos

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (2)
- Reported Apr 29, 2019 09:07 by Mark Stacy
- 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/S55557797
- Comments: "Heard calling over bay"

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- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 28, 2019 08:16 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/S55541366
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult (now in alternate plumage and clearly a male) and immature (molting in black on underparts that is currently limited to middle of belly and chest). One poor photo of adult."

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I forgot the link

David L. Keeling
 


Oso Flaco

Michael Schaefer
 

Had a male Lawrence's Goldfinch in the Oso Flaco parking lot today.  Certainly not unusual for other spots in the county, but I don't think one has been posted on eBird from this spot in several years.


A few updates and Breeding plumaged Good-light birds of April

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,


On Wednesday, April 24, the two PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVERS remained just inland from the beach at Point Sierra Nevada.   The more dramatic of the two seemed to be in full breeding plumage.   On my way back down the coast I was totally lucky to see an adult GOLDEN EAGLE perched near the side of the road, still north of the elephant seal viewing spot.   It calmly sat allowing me to admire and photograph it for 20 minutes.


On Friday, April 26, there was a very young AMERICAN AVOCET chick at Carrizo NM.   I grabbed a few fast photos and exited, stage right.   There was also a lovely GREAT HORNED OWL nest with two youngsters who will soon fledge.   No Scott.


I'm posting a host of April photos (30 images, 24 species) with lots of breeding plumage (Ruddy Turnstone, Surfbird, Dunlin, Greater Yellowlegs, Red-necked Phalarope, Common Loon, Pied-billed Grebe, Ruddy Duck).   Also, I've had more good-light opportunites than normal (Black Oystercatcher, Double-crested Cormorant, Red-breasted Nuthatch, Warbling Vireo, Lawrence's Goldfinch, Black-headed Grosbeak) and a few good birds that do not often pose for me (Northern Flicker, Yellow-billed Magpie, MacGillivray's Warbler)


Enjoy, maybe in two doses.


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


Costa’s hummingbird

Movienight Norm
 

In small park at corner Eliano and Calle Milano in Atascadero. Coordinates are:
35°27′21″ N 120°37′43″ W.

Seen at 8:45 am. Moving back and forth across street. Photos to come.

First seen by Kees Frazier and the Wing Nuts 4/23/19.

Norm


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- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Elegant Tern (1 report)
- Harris's Hawk (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 27, 2019 09:03 by Tom Edell
- Dover Canyon Road at Jack Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5778677,-120.834927&ll=35.5778677,-120.834927
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55478477
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Male on Jack Creek, female calling in flight. Presumed pair"

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (2)
- Reported Apr 22, 2019 13:24 by Peter Colasanti
- 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/S55470162

Harris's Hawk (Parabuteo unicinctus) (1)
- Reported Apr 27, 2019 06:41 by Angel Ramirez
- (35.5937,-121.1094), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.593715,-121.109357&ll=35.593715,-121.109357
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55473893
- Comments: "Spring and perched "

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Interesting day at Pismo Beach, including Common Loon

Rubba Johanna
 

A long walk on Pismo Beach this afternoon rendered some interesting birds. There were throngs of Whimbrels and Marbled Godwits, small numbers of peeps, and very few gulls. One observed gull appeared to be a Mew Gull--met all specs except had a black-tipped bill (persisting from 2nd winter?) One Elegant Tern and two Royal Terns were present in the same area.

Unusual observations:
-likely Western Grebe, north of the pier, rather distant
-one Brant Goose, near the Grover end of the beach
-one male Common Loon in full breeding plumage, spotted from the pier on the south side, between the swells and the breakers.

No sign of the Red-necked Grebe. There was one smallish bird seen on the north side of the pier, but very far away; just looked black.


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- Cackling Goose (2 reports)
- Elegant Tern (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2019 15:00 by Dane Fagundes
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55443205
- Comments: "Reported by others before today.
Small. Miniature Canada Goose type with a white ring on the neck and short bill. Have photos."

Cackling Goose (Branta hutchinsii) (1)
- Reported Apr 26, 2019 08:50 by Norman Pillsbury
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55440836
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Smaller than Canada, stubby bill, white neck ring. Previously id'd at this location."

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (7)
- Reported Apr 26, 2019 07:45 by Norman Pillsbury
- Pismo Beach Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1379484,-120.6454299&ll=35.1379484,-120.6454299
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55439988
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously reported and id'd at Arroyo Grande Creek mouth. See photos."

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Black-legged Kittiwake

Bob Chapman
 

An adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE is on 8 shore (exclosure) but may move to Pismo or Oso Flaco.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


Oceano

Bob Chapman
 

There is a BLACK-NECKED STILT at the Arroyo Grande Creek lagoon this morning.

FYI, ELEGANT TERNS have been regular on the shore for the last 10 days with a high count of 20 on Wednesday.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2019 06:40 by Angel Ramirez
- 50 San Juan St, Pismo Beach US-CA (35.1799,-120.7360), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.179911,-120.735954&ll=35.179911,-120.735954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55395410
- Comments: "In the water moving around like a boat engine "

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (2)
- Reported Apr 20, 2019 08:15 by Ruth Wittersgreen
- Cuesta College Campus, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3299016,-120.7414627&ll=35.3299016,-120.7414627
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55409385
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "2 tiny hummingbirds, male with bright pink throat and green cap was doing display and buzzing"

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