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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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- 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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- 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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Black-necked Stilt at Audubon Overlook

Dave Lamkin
 

Feeding with Marbled Godwits. Poor photo at great distance with wimpy camera.


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- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)

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Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 22, 2019 10:14 by Stephanie Little
- 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/S55310293
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large grebe with prominent grayish bill, yellow at base; plumage overall was light gray above with a whitish throat, foreneck, and face, extending up into a whitish "chinstrap" appearance; head profile appeared more rounded than angular, possibly indicating an immature individual; the bird was foraging in the shallow surf zone along the beach."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 23, 2019 06:33 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Pine Mountain Cemetery--Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4957362,-120.6570252&ll=35.4957362,-120.6570252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55323128
- Media: 1 Photo, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Observed small flycatcher hunting quickly at tree-tops nearly non-stop. Grayish head with small, mostly dark bill, distinct "vest" and long wing projection on shorter, narrow and notched tail. Bird was mostly quiet except for several "pip" calls that were recorded."

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Re: Oso Flaco ducks, etc., & mystery mammal

Marjorie Lane
 

my guess is a muskrat? I have seen them twice in the last four years -- 
Marjorie

On Tue, Apr 23, 2019 at 9:35 AM Rubba Johanna <jer72701@...> wrote:
A visit to Oso Flaco rendered some late duck species: a couple dozen Ruddy Ducks, males in full breeding plumage, and 4 male and 3 female Cinnamon Teal. There was also one White Pelican.

At the signpost near the entrance gate, I saw what I believe was an immature Yellow Warbler. Its head, chest, and belly were uniformly yellow, with some dark in the wings and tail. Also, a pale eye ring. No streaking anywhere.

Mystery mammal: in the thick reeds near the culvert at the entrance to the bridge, we got a partial look at a small mammal, tucked in near the bottom of the reeds, chewing on vegetation. It was light  grey and looked very chubby and fuzzy. It had dark eyes, and we could see a stubby snout.  Did not look like a possum, raccoon, squirrel, or river otter. Much too large to be a rat, and minus the pointy rat snout. Any ideas?

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Black-chinned Sparrow, Cerro Alto

Jeff Miller
 

Norm Pillsbury and I hiked up the Boy Scout Trail this morning at Cerro Alto and located a singing BLACK-CHINNED SPARROW. The sparrow was just due west of the brown plastic “no vehicles” sign on the trail, and seemed to favor a perch on the largest dead brush snag west of the trail. EBird shows that now is the first peak of Black-Chinned Sparrow observations in SLO County, but that detections drop off dramatically until early May, when they peak again around May 8.

 

Also a couple of singing Bell’s Sparrows up there, calling Mountain Quail. One Olive-sided Flycatcher singing in the campground, and continuing pair of MacGillivray’s Warblers on the lower Boy Scout Trail.

 

Photos in our eBird checklist here: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S55299819

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 


Yellow-headed Blackbirds@Oso Flaco Lake

Maggie Smith
 

Early this morning a small flock of Yellow-headed Blackbirds flew to the back of the reeds where I couldn't see them.  First I heard singing and finally the males came up where I could see them and get a distant photo.
I counted them when they flew;  3 males followed by six female plumaged birds.

eBird report:


Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
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Oso Flaco ducks, etc., & mystery mammal

Rubba Johanna
 

A visit to Oso Flaco rendered some late duck species: a couple dozen Ruddy Ducks, males in full breeding plumage, and 4 male and 3 female Cinnamon Teal. There was also one White Pelican.

At the signpost near the entrance gate, I saw what I believe was an immature Yellow Warbler. Its head, chest, and belly were uniformly yellow, with some dark in the wings and tail. Also, a pale eye ring. No streaking anywhere.

Mystery mammal: in the thick reeds near the culvert at the entrance to the bridge, we got a partial look at a small mammal, tucked in near the bottom of the reeds, chewing on vegetation. It was light  grey and looked very chubby and fuzzy. It had dark eyes, and we could see a stubby snout.  Did not look like a possum, raccoon, squirrel, or river otter. Much too large to be a rat, and minus the pointy rat snout. Any ideas?

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


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*** Species Summary:

- Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Elegant Tern (1 report)
- Ferruginous Hawk (1 report)

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Cackling Goose (Aleutian) (Branta hutchinsii leucopareia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 22, 2019 11:23 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S55264880
- Media: 1 Photo

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 22, 2019 10:14 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S55268898
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large grebe with prominent grayish bill, yellow at base; plumage overall was light gray above with a whitish throat, foreneck, and face, extending up into a whitish "chinstrap" appearance; head profile appeared more rounded than angular, possibly indicating an immature individual; the bird was foraging in the shallow surf zone along the beach."

Elegant Tern (Thalasseus elegans) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 22, 2019 13:30 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/S55271524
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 22, 2019 11:55 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S55285844
- Media: 4 Photos

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