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- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2019 12:15 by Jeanette Stone
- Stuart Street, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5491281,-121.0752891&ll=35.5491281,-121.0752891
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59619978
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "on feeder, as previously reported by Teri Osborne"

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Arctic & Common Terns

marlin harms
 

Mid-morning I ran into a familiar group of birders who had just seen an Arctic & sev. Common Terns at Old Creek, but word was that the terns had flown to near the Cayucos Pier. After looking there a while we noticed an Arctic & 3 Common Terns near the rocky shore, just north of the sandy beach at the creek mouth.  We lost them as they gradually moved north there. A Bonaparte's Gull was also in the area and pelicans, cormorants and a few Elegant Terns were actively catching fish in that area.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


Some Phalarope musing

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

Tom's post about the Red-necked Phalarope at Cayucos Creek mouth made me want to add a bit.   Yes, there is one breeding plumaged individual at Cayucos Creek.   There are many others both there and at Morro Bay State Park campground at the small puddle beachwear from the more northerly campground restroom.   They've been seen at numerous other places too.

I encourage folks to take the time to visit them.   They are totally entertaining.   Some photo advice:
1)  Early morning light is GREAT for both of the two places I watched them.
2)  A plastic shopping bag is great for sitting on damp sand.
3)  The birds become oblivious to your presence really quickly.   They will come right up to you.
4)   Knee level gives a nice angle and retains reflection potential.
5)  Watch your exposure, it's easy to "blow out" the white.
6)  Take WAY more images than normal.   The discard percentage is VERY high.

I've posted a few on my FLICKR site.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


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*** Species Summary:

- Least Bittern (2 reports)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 07:47 by Jane Hawley
- Oso Flaco Lake (not for beach/ocean), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0302072,-120.6207848&ll=35.0302072,-120.6207848
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59583415
- Comments: "Juvenile, on shore, hunched and still. Long bill, light-brownish striped throat, light brownish overall."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 07:47 by Nick Belardes
- Oso Flaco Lake (not for beach/ocean), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0302072,-120.6207848&ll=35.0302072,-120.6207848
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59583413
- Comments: "Juvenile, on shore, hunched and still. Long bill, light-brownish striped throat, light brownish overall."

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2019 08:50 by Phil Dunn
- 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/S59582888
- Comments: "Heard and seen on east side of pond on trail. Initially thought it might be song sparrow but then heard it sing which matched my bird app song for the species and was very different from song sparrow song, which I know well. Then got additional looks at it. Black line through eye. Gray above eye. Rufous crown stripe and white mustache stripe. Relatively short tail. Spotted chest but buff colored with no central black spot."

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Oceano Dunes

Bob Chapman
 

Yesterday was the last field day, end of the plover and tern season.

It ended wonderfully. The adult Lesser Black-backed Gull is the first breeding plumage LBBG I've seen (they seem to be winter birds or juveniles).

Tom helped me with the ID of the third Sterna of the day, an Arctic Tern! (Along with 2 Commons and 1 Forster's on the day). Hat Trick!

The big miss though was that hooded gull that flew away, out of AG Creek lagoon. The mantle was not striking like Sabine's or Bonaparte's (too big anyway). The mantle and wings were uniform medium dark gray, black wingtips. I did not notice white at the tips but not a long luxurious look. Best guess is adult Laughing but we'll let that one go.

I am sure there will be lots to come. I just won't be there to see them.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes



Arctic and Common Terns, Old Creek, 9/6

Tom Edell
 

The amount of bird and humpback whale activity off Cayucos has been spectacular the last two days. Today, two adult Arctic Terns and at least three Common Terns were found onshore at the mouth of Old Creek. Lots of Elegant Terns feeding offshore are attracting Parasitic Jaegers with up to four seen chasing a single tern. Add in several thousand Sooty Shearwaters and abundant Heermann’s and Western Gulls, cormorants, and Brown Pelicans. A large number of anchovies was visible below the Cayucos Pier and at least one Common Murre was in the area. Surely there is more out there.

 

A juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs was at Morro Creek mouth this afternoon.

 

A single breeding plumaged adult Red-necked Phalarope with about 20 juveniles in Cayucos Creek yesterday evening seemed late. It’s the first I’ve seen in breeding plumage in a while.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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Cayucos, CA


Lesser Black-backed Gull

Bob Chapman
 

A beautiful adult at Post 1!

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


R.B. nuthatch

Steve Schubert
 

Hello all,
This morning I heard the vocalizing and then saw a RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH creeping along the branches of a eucalyptus tree bordering Camp KEEP in Montana De Oro State Park, my first of fall sighting near the coast.
 
Steve Schubert 
Los Osos

 


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*** Species Summary:

- Least Bittern (1 report)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Sep 06, 2019 08:25 by Maggie Smith
- Oso Flaco Lake (not for beach/ocean), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0302072,-120.6207848&ll=35.0302072,-120.6207848
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59564726
- Comments: "heard loud Keck, keck call; not seen."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (3)
- Reported Sep 05, 2019 14:00 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/S59544871
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Seen on 1700 block of Stuart St., one male and two females. Likely the same male I reported seeing in 1900 Block of Stuart St. on August 21, 2019. On 8/29/19 B. Kivoski reported a male and two female Rose-breasted Grosbeaks at this location(1700 block Stuart). These 3 RBGR seen today are likely the same birds. They are coming to a seed feeder and then fly back to lower branches of a nearby cedar tree."

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Gull

Bob Chapman
 

A large hooded gull just flew out of AG Creek Lagoon out over ocean.

Hopefully it will come ashore again.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


OD

Bob Chapman
 

Adding to Brad and Tom's posts; there have been more than a handful of Sterna spp. on the shore this week. Commons being common and Forster's also. They are lounging at various locations with or near gull flocks in the afternoons.

No Arctic that I have picked out, but lots of passing question marks.

Besides the terns, Red-necked Phalaropes (good numbers) passing through. The Black Skimmers as posted yesterday. I had a quick look at a Red Phalarope on the shore but did not relocate. My best guess was a juvenile molting into winter.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

P.S. no AMGP or FRGU.



Modestly Interesting Pismo Birds

Brad Schram
 

I've been walking the beach at Pismo Creek mouth regularly in mornings, my five-mile radius year list is in sore need of shorebirds.  The beach has been extravagantly uninteresting all summer, due largely to tourist hordes and dog-walkers.  This week, post Labor Day, it's become a bit more suggestive of fall movement--coinciding with the obvious drop-off in daily beach walkers. A few birds, new to the 5MR this year, are of modest interest due to their status for the location.

Although RED-NECKED PHALAROPES have been at the mouth of AG Creek for some time, they first showed at Pismo Creek mouth this week.  A COMMON TERN was loafing with ELEGANT & CASPIAN terns on the 3rd, not seen subsequently. A BLACK-NECKED STILT (adult) was at the creek mouth on the 4th, a noteworthy bird here.  The stilt was MIA today, although I had an interesting hybrid gull, an adult in non-breeding plumage, showing the characteristics of a GLAUCOUS-WINGED X HERRING GULL hybrid.  I'd like to have had my camera with me for that bird.

Off shore the SOOTY SHEARWATER flock has been a constant since 8-22.  On 8-27 the better part of an hour scoping this flock finally revealed three PINK-FOOTED SHEARWATERS moving down coast in the swirl of tens of thousands of birds.  The Sooty flock held one Sooty with all white head and upper breast, while another Sooty was virtually all white save for some dark feathers in the wings and tail.

Meadow Creek has been very quiet with very few passerine migrants. By "very few" I mean fewer than the fingers on one hand.  Thus far.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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*** Species Summary:

- Least Bittern (1 report)
- Merlin (Taiga) (1 report)
- White-crowned Sparrow (pugetensis) (1 report)

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Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2019 09:05 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/S59518548
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video (the bird does not move):
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/48681060156/in/dateposted-public/" title="Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/48681060156_5c33dedde2_o.jpg" alt="Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo, CA" /></a>"

Merlin (Taiga) (Falco columbarius columbarius) (1)
- Reported Sep 05, 2019 10:01 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S59533873
- Comments: "Juvenile (white throat, paler underwings though strong Taiga pattern). Chased unknown small bird into tree. "

White-crowned Sparrow (pugetensis) (Zonotrichia leucophrys pugetensis) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2019 16:14 by Tom Edell
- Estero Bluffs-San Geronimo Ck, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4487639,-120.9338218&ll=35.4487639,-120.9338218
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S59522306
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature tan back streaks and yellowish bill (photo)"

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Skimmers

Bob Chapman
 

Two juveniles sticking around Oso Flaco Creek mouth.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


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- American Golden-Plover (1 report)

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American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 03, 2019 12:30 by Erik Dodos
- 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/S59498603
- Comments: "Continuing...Observed north of closed area in the dunes through bins. Smallish head, Bill...primaries extending past tail."

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Trespass

Bob Chapman
 

I was hoping not to have to make a post like this but if you are birding Oso Flaco Creek, or anywhere at ODSVRA, please respect the exclosures.

Trespass will come back on me personally for having posted sightings. 

Thanks!

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


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- American Golden-Plover (1 report)

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American Golden-Plover (Pluvialis dominica) (1)
- Reported Sep 03, 2019 08:57 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S59496575
- Comments: "Saw at distance w/ bins. Smaller than Black-bellied Plover with small head and bill; long wings; overall brownish; could not see any golden color on back."

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Oceano Dunes

Bob Chapman
 

Crazy day!

Franklin's Gull on the shore for my first run, but not seen again. Still in the area!

American Golden Plover is still here but getting shy, hiding in the dunes.

A "gazillion" Sooty Shearwaters (close in) one with a white head, but couldn't pick anything else out.

A juvenile Least Tern, a straggler since they've all moved on two weeks ago, has a deformed bill making it mysterious.

Bonaparte's Gull, my First of Fall.

Now a juvenile Mew Gull. I got this wrong two seasons ago and Tom corrected me, ring-billed, but I think I got it right this time.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


Islay Creek, Montana de Oro

Tom Edell
 

I checked the creek mouth and campground this morning. Had some of the expected warblers (yellow-throat, Wilson’s, Townsend’s, and Hermit), but not many and no other obvious migrants. Two juvenile Cooper’s Hawks and a juvenile Peregrine were working the creek and campground so the small passerines spent a lot of time buried in the vegetation.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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Cayucos, CA


Oso Flaco Exclosure sentry

David Lawrence
 

Greetings,

I’ve thrice dipped on the American Golden Plover, once on the Franklin’s Gull, yet Oso Flaco remains a favorite and I still enjoy the place.  I’m getting tired of the acres of oobleck covering the lake, swallows everywhere, ducks nowhere, Least Terns AWOL, a few good birds in the reeds.  And maybe things are starting to change.  

I do miss the days when one could explore the debouchment so much more than allowed now.  And, there’s a new sentry guarding the exclosure…..

A few images at: www.http//:flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence

Dave Lawrence

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