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Palm Warbler at Morro Creek

marlin harms
 

The Palm Warbler was difficult to find at first this morning as Jeanette Stone and Claudia and I looked around the creek mouth and upstream from the bridge. It was found by an out-of-state birder down the dirt road south about 100 yards, on the cable separating sidewalk from beach vegetation and the sidewalk itself. By the time I walked that way a truck had scared it up. After looking about 20 min., I found it right where he had seen it, along the sidewalk and on the cable.  But another vehicle scared it up, this time flying to the creek.  We had looks on the west side of the bridge and briefly on the upstream side, mostly in the weedy vegetation. It seemed much more mobile and skittish than other Palm Warblers I have seen.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA


Phainopepla

Tom Graves
 

Just saw a Phainopepla in SLO, on Terrace Hill at the top on the south side. Poor light, but saw the white wing patches and the crown. Not sure if male or female. My first in the city.
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*** Species Summary:

- Bufflehead (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- American Redstart (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)
- Indigo Bunting (2 reports)

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 16, 2019 07:35 by Tom Edell
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60668589
- Comments: "2 Males, 2 female plumaged. Small ducks with males showing dark front and white rear head, dark above, white below"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Oct 16, 2019 09:00 by Kai Mills
- 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/S60668395
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen on the furtherest east boats."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2019 09:09 by Herb Elliott
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60565111
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male. Most likely the same male that wintered here the past four years (since winter 2015-2016) (photos)"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 08:59 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S60565330
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "one perched in snag on south side of loop trail at north end of lake frontage road. Found at 0920 and still present in same location at 1215. Bright yellow below continued onto breast where it became grayish-green, pale throat, large and long all black bill, notched tail. Although not seen in field, some photos show a green back. Likely same bird wintering here since 2013-2014 winter. (Photos)"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 09:52 by Herb Elliott
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60598011
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "An immature male with gray head, olive back, and yellow/orange patches on sides of breast. This bird was hyperactive constantly foraging and habitually flicking its tail and wings. Found by Bill Bouton on 10.11.19"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2019 17:39 by Seth Ontiveros
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60681399
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Yellow under tail. Seen from bridge. Directed to by Herb Elliott, Patrick and Ann Vaughn. Poor photo"

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2019 17:32 by Herb Elliott
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60681537
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing bird"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2019 07:54 by Kai Mills
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60668115
- Comments: "Continuing seen from the bridge. Came out of nowhere at around 8:00am constantly chipping, silent afterwards. Pumping tail"

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1)
- Reported Oct 16, 2019 15:52 by Herb Elliott
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60681404
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing bird ... previously reported [https://ebird.org/checklist/S60658224]"

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 10:18 by Herb Elliott
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60658224
- Comments: "Found earlier this morning (10.14.19) by Tom Edell and seen at 10:32 am.
The bird was observed briefly foraging about three feet above the ground in a weedy patch. It moved quickly into a willow canopy and was not relocated.

My best view of the bird was its head and underparts while perched. Its underparts were blue sprinkled /infused with brown. It had dark eyes with thin whitish eyelines and a relatively large and wedge shape grayish bill. The bird did vocalized in flight."

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Re: Elfin Forest Big Sit Results

jobstsb@...
 

Sorry I couldn’t make it on Sunday.

 

Congratulations!  First in the U.S. and second in the world for numbers of species!

 

  Steve Jobst

  Shell Beach

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jim Royer
Sent: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:55 PM
To: Slocobirding <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [slocobirding] Elfin Forest Big Sit Results

 

Thanks to everyone who helped find birds at the local "Big Sit" that was held this last Sunday! Thanks also to everyone everyone who came by with food and to show their support for the "Sit". We had 101 species for the day from the observation platform at Bush Lupine Point. We had no rare species or new ones for the count that has been going on at the same location for 22 years. Somewhat unusual birds found included 7 White-fronted Geese,  2 Red Knots, Bonaparte's Gull, and Wilson's Snipe. Results of other counts can be found at https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bigsitlive/.

 

Well Sat!

 

Jim


Elfin Forest Big Sit Results

Jim Royer
 

Thanks to everyone who helped find birds at the local "Big Sit" that was held this last Sunday! Thanks also to everyone everyone who came by with food and to show their support for the "Sit". We had 101 species for the day from the observation platform at Bush Lupine Point. We had no rare species or new ones for the count that has been going on at the same location for 22 years. Somewhat unusual birds found included 7 White-fronted Geese,  2 Red Knots, Bonaparte's Gull, and Wilson's Snipe. Results of other counts can be found at https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bigsitlive/.

Well Sat!

Jim


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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)
- Indigo Bunting (5 reports)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 11:20 by Priscilla Summers
- 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/S60658696
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "A continuing bird sitting on a boat at the east end of the marina."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 11:20 by Steve Summers
- 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/S60653565
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "A continuing bird sitting on a boat at the east end of the marina."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 08:41 by Maggie Smith
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60655649
- Comments: "Warbler with brownish upper parts, light streaks on breast and yellow under tail coverts. Had light supercilium, and dark eye line. Saw it pumping tail."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 08:02 by Tom Edell
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60652015
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found yesterday by Steve Summers (Photo)"

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 11:31 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653254
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male, scruffy with dark blue and brown patches; yellowish feather edges. See red outline . in photos. It is behind the Common Yellowthroat in 2nd photo. Photos taken at 12:33 pm."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 11:31 by Norman Pillsbury
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60652273
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male, scruffy with dark blue and brown patches; yellowish feather edges. See red outline . in photos. It is behind the Common Yellowthroat in 2nd photo. Photos taken at 12:33 pm."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 09:38 by Jeff Miller
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60644942
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male. Photos"

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 09:16 by Maggie Smith
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60655137
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "male giving single note calls. I initially flushed this bird from a weedy patch on the north creek bank and saw it when it landed in a sparsely leaved Elderberry. The bird was facing me and I could see that it was had bluish underparts, that the wings had two buffy wingbars, a warm brown head with a thin pale eyering, and a dark conical bill. The bird flew and I relocated in the top of a willow a short time later and after Maggie joined me. I noted nothing new with that look as the bird soon flew farther down creek. Jeff Miller joined us and we found the bird shortly after, again perched in the top of a willow. But Jeff and I were able to get photos of the bird partially obscured by willows that showed blue on the rump and lower back, and on the lower flank. I had two more brief looks at the bird further down creek where I noted previously described features. Overall, less than satisfying views. Looking at photos taken by others, it does appear that there is some faint blue on the head."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 15, 2019 08:28 by Tom Edell
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60653860
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "male giving single note calls. I initially flushed this bird from a weedy patch on the north creek bank and saw it when it landed in a sparsely leaved Elderberry. The bird was facing me and I could see that it was had bluish underparts, that the wings had two buffy wingbars, a warm brown head with a thin pale eyering, and a dark conical bill. The bird flew and I relocated in the top of a willow a short time later and after Maggie joined me. I noted nothing new with that look as the bird soon flew farther down creek. Jeff Miller joined us and we found the bird shortly after, again perched in the top of a willow. But Jeff and I were able to get photos of the bird partially obscured by willows that showed blue on the rump and lower back, and on the lower flank. I had two more brief looks at the bird further down creek where I noted previously described features. Overall, less than satisfying views. Looking at photos taken by others, it does appear that there is some faint blue on the head."

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Indigo Bunting, Morro Creek, 10/15

Tom Edell
 

This morning a hatch-year male Indigo Bunting was along Morro Creek behind Lila Keiser Park. It was seen from near the backstop of the two fields down creek to the “S” curve.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


The PALM WARBLER at Morro Creek mouth

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

The Palm Warbler at Morro Creek mouth was seen by several this morning.   It was especially kind to me, perching such that the light was behind me and very flattering.   I posted two pictures.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


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- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2019 15:31 by Priscilla Summers
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60632620
- Comments: "Brown tail pumping warbler with yellow undertail, pale yellow rump. Faint breast streaking. Pale supercilium and dark eyeline. Seen along creek edge from foot bridge."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 14, 2019 15:31 by Steve Summers
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60627826
- Comments: "Brown tail pumping warbler with yellow undertail, pale yellow rump. Faint breast streaking. Pale supercilium and dark eyeline. Seen along creek edge from foot bridge."

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About the Pecho willows American Redstarts

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

As I reported previously, alongside numerous others, I saw two American Redstarts on Saturday at Pecho Willows.   On Sunday I saw one.   Today I saw none, although they easily could still be there.

In Elena's warbler "app" it mentions that the yellow on the sides extends further downward on some individuals than the normal amount.

I have posted the best of my dismal images on my FLICKR account (Herb Elliott's images are the best I've seen so far).   I invite everyone to look at the yellowness of the sides/flanks/belly/vent, ie most of the undersides.   To me it looks like there is one individual that looks typical whiteish, and a second that has much more extensive yellow.   The one with yellow still shows white in the throat, suggesting that the camera didn't invent the yellow hue.

Have a look.   Enjoy.   Comments welcome. 

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay



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- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- American Redstart (3 reports)

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Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 13, 2019 16:38 by Jay Carroll
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60601511
- Comments: "Continuing; heard distinctive ‘whistle/chink’ call repeated several times."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 13, 2019 16:38 by Jay Carroll
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60601511
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; warbler with yellow median tail panels foraging in willows."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 13:50 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60577117
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 09:52 by Herb Elliott
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60598011
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "An immature male with gray head, olive back, and yellow/orange patches on sides of breast. This bird was hyperactive constantly foraging and habitually flicking its tail and wings. Found by Bill Bouton on 10.11.19"

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- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- American Redstart (6 reports)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 14:32 by Will Knowlton
- 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/S60567588
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Smaller than coots with white horizontal line on flanks."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2019 09:09 by Herb Elliott
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60565111
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male. Most likely the same male that wintered here the past four years (since winter 2015-2016) (photos)"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 08:59 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S60565330
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "one perched in snag on south side of loop trail at north end of lake frontage road. Found at 0920 and still present in same location at 1215. Bright yellow below continued onto breast where it became grayish-green, pale throat, large and long all black bill, notched tail. Although not seen in field, some photos show a green back. Likely same bird wintering here since 2013-2014 winter. (Photos)"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 12:10 by Petra Clayton
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60571001
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/48889002907/in/dateposted-public/" title="American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/48889002907_2ca3dc9c8f_o.jpg" alt="American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 11:00 by Jeanette Stone
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60568681
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen by multiple birders"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 09:50 by Norman Pillsbury
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60554983
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Blue gray head, yellow on midsection of tail feathers and orange near edge of wings, white breast. See photos."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 09:45 by Seth Ontiveros
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60569986
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing, seen by others"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 09:42 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60565896
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported by Bill Bouton on 10-11-19"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2019 09:35 by Maggie Smith
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60564984
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Not sure of age but lean toward young male. I got one poor ID photo of fanned tail."

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Multiple American Redstarts at Pecho willows

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

There were quite a few of us in Pecho Willows this morning, and many of us had long looks at this super-energetic species.   At two different moments I was first suspicious, and then 100% confident that there were two individuals (as suspected by Bill Bouton).   Everyone's first question is/was "How are they different?"   In the field I was too rattled and the birds too uncooperative.   At home, looking at my blurry photos, it appears that the belly and the vent are whiter in some of the images and distinctly more yellow in others.   The light was dim, perfect for my camera to make mistakes, so it might mean nothing.   But, there should be many other images and I encourage everyone to have a look to see if anyone else has evidence supporting two birds.   I'll post my quite bad photos, hopefully tomorrow.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


Geese

Steve Schubert
 

Hello all, 
Presently 545pm there is a flock of more than 150 Canada geese that flew in from Laguna Lake area, landed in a mowed field and feeding on the stubble off of Los Osos Valley Rd., on Valle Vista Pl., San Luis Obispo. Largest flock of this species I have seen in the county.

Steve Schubert
Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Bufflehead (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (3 reports)
- Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) (1 report)
- American Redstart (3 reports)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1)
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 09:15 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S60541560
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "FOS
Last ebird report at this location: April 26, 2019
Last ebird report for SLO County: May 21, 2019"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 09:45 by Mike Stiles
- 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/S60526994
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sitting on most northeasterly dock in marina. Continuing juvenile bird"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 16:13 by RJ Baltierra
- 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/S60539215
- Comments: "Found by Tom Edell this morning. Green back bright yellow underneath with green breast and greenish back. Did not hear it vocalize but I assume ID has already been confirmed."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 13:05 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/S60537183
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Last report at this location: March 2, 2019. First reported this morning at 9:20 a.m. (Tom Edell: "Likely same bird wintering here since 2013-2014 winter.")
Observed at 1:05 p.m. on top of a snag along the paved loop (left side) past the last boat ramp. ---
Black large, sturdy bill; bright yellow vent and belly; gray head with darker mask; white throat; notched tail.
Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/48882920986/in/dateposted-public/" title="Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus), Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/48882920986_e02b1c29a2_o.jpg" alt="Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus), Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo, CA" /></a>"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 08:59 by Tom Edell
- 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/S60536377
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "one perched in snag on south side of loop trail at north end of lake frontage road. Found at 0920 and still present in same location at 1215. Bright yellow below continued onto breast where it became grayish-green, pale throat, large and long all black bill, notched tail. Although not seen in field, some photos show a green back. Likely same bird wintering here since 2013-2014 winter. (Photos)"

Savannah Sparrow (Ipswich) (Passerculus sandwichensis princeps) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2019 07:23 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- River Oaks Pond--Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6521772,-120.6817331&ll=35.6521772,-120.6817331
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60516858

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 08:30 by Maggie Smith
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60536454
- Comments: "Female; saw large yellow tail patches as it raised and flared tail."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 16:41 by Jeff Miller
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60537353
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Crappy photos"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 13:56 by Will Knowlton
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60534312
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Foraging in the large cypress tree that is furthest from the road."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2019 11:37 by Will Knowlton
- Chorro Creek Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3585012,-120.8253193&ll=35.3585012,-120.8253193
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60530473
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Yellow feet. Near creek crossing. Working it’s way back along road through the willows."

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American Redstart

William Bouton
 

Midmorning today, I attempted to bird in Pecho Willows for the first time this migrant season. Upon taking my first several steps in, from Pecho Road, I heard sounds of a flock, looked up to the right into the first cypress, and saw an AMERICAN REDSTART. It was very active and difficult to see, and I could not tell if it was a female or a 1st year male. The bird flew north back into no-trail-land, and I lost it. 

As I have traditionally done, I turned left at the first fork, to take the trail toward the golf course. I had not realized into what disrepair that route had fallen! I found myself and my optics entangled, in branches, and spider webs (and spiders). Turning around, I took a wrong route and was further covered with debris and silk. Finally I “successfully” struggled out of the wilderness, cleaned up as much as I could, and took the other fork that goes under the next couple of cypresses. Seeing movement overhead, I looked up at a female AMERICAN REDSTART! It remained in the dark shadows and I was unable to get an image. I don’t know for sure that there were not more than one redstart.



American Redstart, White-throated Sparrow & Pine Siskin - M0ntana De Oro Islay Creek Campground

Maggie Smith
 

A female American Redstart  seen in the tress behind the amphitheater was fanning and flashing its tail showing the bright yellow tail patches; 2 Pine Siskins were briefly in the large fir tree at the amphitheater; the  white striped White-throated Sparrow was feeding with a singe junco at camp site 34.

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


Tropical Kingbird, Laguna Lake, 10/11

Tom Edell
 

One continues in snag at base of peninsula. Seen from loop trail at northwestern end of frontage road

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 



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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2019 07:57 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/S60514093
- Comments: "seen with American coots in fog. could see light stripe on flank and bill was not white."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2019 14:08 by Tom Edell
- 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/S60518701
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile on the stern of a sail boat at the eastern end of the marina"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2019 09:09 by Tom Edell
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60518460
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male. Most likely the same male that wintered here the past four years (since winter 2015-2016) (photos)"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2019 10:26 by Dane Fagundes
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S60517619
- Comments: "Red in wing linings. Buff breast. Found at amp theater in Cypress Tree. Possibly two.
Found by others same location 10/9 & 10/8/2019"

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Final Big Sit Schedule for Elfin Forest, October 13, 2019

Jim Royer
 

I have tried to include everyone at a time that was acceptable for them. Please let me know if I forgot to include someone who wanted to count, or I misspelled your name or put down a bad time for you (I can blame it on my age). I will add you to the group on or make other corrections. Despite missing a couple of veteran Big Sitters this year, we have a great group of birders for this coming Sunday's Sit. I encourage any Big Sitters, or others, who want to take food or drinks (not required, but fun!). Any one who wants to pledge (totally optional)  to a fundraiser for SWAP (who created and manages the preserve) is more than welcome. Thanks to all counters. Any non-counters who want to come by to see how its going, or see some birds, are welcome. Let's break 100 species again this year! (Last year we were second in the U.S. with 106 species.)

Jim Royer
Los Osos   Early shift:  Mike Stiles   


6am - 7am: Mike Stiles and Jim Royer


7am - 8am: Jim Royer, Mike Stiles, and Tom Edell


8am - 9am: Tom Edell and Brad Schram


9am - 10am: Brad Schram and Mark Holmgren


10am - 11am: Jeff Miller and Steve Schubert


11am - 12pm: Jeff Miller and Maggie Smith


12pm - 1pm: Mike Stiles and Herb Elliot


1pm - 2pm: Herb Elliot and Norm Pillsbury


2pm - 3pm: Jerry and Lynne Breakstone, and Carly Boyd-Dovideo


3pm - 4pm: Wendy Walwyn and Jim Royer


4pm - 5pm: Steve Tillman and Steve McMaster


5pm - 6pm: Steve McMaster and Steve Tillman


6pm - 7pm: Jim Royer and Mike Stiles


Owls            ?

 

Sunrise: 7:07

Sunset: 6:30

High Tide: 10:50 (5.1)

Low Tide: 5:10 (0.8) (tide times adjusted 30 minutes for distance back in the bay) 

Forecast: 49 - 70 degrees, and possible fog

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