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NYTimes: A Trump Policy ‘Clarification’ All but Ends Punishment for Bird Deaths

Claudia Freitas
 


FYI


This is NOT a political statement.  ------All birds are the "canaries in the mine" of our existance.

A Trump Policy ‘Clarification’ All but Ends Punishment for Bird Deaths
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/24/climate/trump-bird-deaths.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share





-- Claudia 

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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 25, 2019 10:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62614535
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues, today at Dog Beach during high tide."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Dec 25, 2019 08:40 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S62627858
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juveniles perched on boats in the marina. Today seen on boats at the second and third dock from the eastern end: One next to the "Miss Behaven," one on and one next to the "Elizabeth Marie."

Click on the image below for a "Christmassy" Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49276895601/in/dateposted-public/" title="Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Morro Bay, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49276895601_8a7b2fb352_o.jpg" alt="Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Morro Bay, CA" /></a>"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 25, 2019 08:27 by John "Lefty" Arnold
- 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/S62612184
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juveniles. All three were seen within 30 feet of each other."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 25, 2019 11:50 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/S62617214
- Comments: "Continuing pair. Spotted on east side of baseball field, also in a conifer next to the east side of baseball field."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 25, 2019 07:40 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62610653
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing since 11/11/19. I am observing what a real 'loner' this GTTO is. Not another bird in sight"

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- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Dec 24, 2019 13:37 by Sarah Spotten
- 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/S62598697
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile on the boats. Photos."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 24, 2019 12:00 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62594439
- Comments: "Continuing. Like other times he showed up right before the big covey of quail and mid-sized flock of white-crowned sparrows and then disappeared"

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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Yellow-headed Blackbird (2 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 09:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62570201
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo.."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 09:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62570351
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 06:57 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/S62561330
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 06:57 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S62565920
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 08:42 by Teale Fristoe
- 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/S62564184
- Comments: "Continuing in the smaller pepper tree east of building 8000. Unfortunately our view was very brief before the bird apparently flushed and we couldn't refind it."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 11:00 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62576826
- Comments: "Continues to show up when larger flock of birds aren't around"

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 22, 2019 08:30 by Kathleen M Sharum
- Auto selected 34.97497, -120.59131, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.974969,-120.591314&ll=34.974969,-120.591314
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62574403
- Comments: "Mixed in with big blackbird flock. Female/immature male—all yellow breast and throat with mostly yellow throat."

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 22, 2019 08:30 by Tiffany Whitsitt-Odell
- Auto selected 34.97497, -120.59131, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.974969,-120.591314&ll=34.974969,-120.591314
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62574400
- Comments: "Mixed in with big blackbird flock. Female/immature male—all yellow breast and throat with mostly yellow throat."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 14:34 by Jay Carroll
- 1092 Vista del Collados, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2654,-120.6963), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265426,-120.696278&ll=35.265426,-120.696278
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62575585
- Comments: "Heard rattle call and had a distant look before it flew; some black on throat."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 14:34 by Jay Carroll
- 1092 Vista del Collados, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2654,-120.6963), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265426,-120.696278&ll=35.265426,-120.696278
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62575585
- Comments: "Continuing male"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Dec 23, 2019 14:34 by Jay Carroll
- 1092 Vista del Collados, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2654,-120.6963), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265426,-120.696278&ll=35.265426,-120.696278
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62575585
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Heard descending ‘pit-ti-tuck’ call; mustard yellow with some reddish-orange patches on upperparts and vent area, no wing bars, pale bill."

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White-faced Ibis, Pacific Wren

Brad Schram
 

Birding Pismo Creek mouth this morning, in hopes of something new blown in during the storm, proved disappointing because nothing seems to have changed since last week.

Following the creek mouth prowl I was pleasantly surprised to find a PACIFIC WREN in a willow and  German Ivy tangle along Pismo Creek behind the Pismo water treatment facility.  Many tries along AG Creek, and at the same location last winter, didn't produce one, and I was resigned to missing it on my 2019 5 Mile Radius list.

Moving on to the Pismo State Beach Golf Course at the end of Grand Ave I found the wintering juv. GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE & CACKLING GOOSE to be still working the grass in loose association with the CANADA GOOSE flock.  Young birders Liam and Kilian Hampl happened by, telling me that they'd found a WHITE-FACED IBIS on the course earlier this morning!  I was delighted to hear this, another bird missing from the 5MR thus far this year.  This bird proved a little difficult, feeding in the tules in a course pond, but finally revealed itself.

A surprising morning, two new birds for the 5MR this late in the year.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande

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*** Species Summary:

- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Yellow-headed Blackbird (4 reports)

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Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Dec 22, 2019 07:40 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62527946
- Comments: "Continuing!"

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1)
- Reported Dec 22, 2019 10:48 by Kathleen M Sharum
- Auto selected 34.97497, -120.59131, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.974969,-120.591314&ll=34.974969,-120.591314
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62548604
- Media: 3 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1)
- Reported Dec 22, 2019 10:48 by Tiffany Whitsitt-Odell
- Auto selected 34.97497, -120.59131, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.974969,-120.591314&ll=34.974969,-120.591314
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62548603
- Media: 3 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1)
- Reported Dec 22, 2019 10:48 by Sarah Toner
- Auto selected 34.97497, -120.59131, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.974969,-120.591314&ll=34.974969,-120.591314
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62535525
- Media: 3 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1)
- Reported Dec 22, 2019 08:30 by Sarah Toner
- Auto selected 34.97497, -120.59131, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.974969,-120.591314&ll=34.974969,-120.591314
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62533912
- Comments: "Mixed in with big blackbird flock. Female/immature male—all yellow breast and throat with mostly yellow throat."

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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 21, 2019 10:41 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/S62514018
- Comments: "Female. Browner than female Ring-necked Ducks with a round head, pale plumage at base of bill, faint eyering, gray-blue bill with dark tip"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 21, 2019 10:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62517066
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal (hybrid)

RoserComeau
 

Today Penny Principe and I observed the Blue-winged x Cinnamon Teal (hybrid) (photographed by Herb Elliot on Dec 12) in the pond at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve at about 9AM. An adult Bald Eagle was perched in the area.
Carol Comeau
Los Osos
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- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 20, 2019 12:23 by Nick Belardes
- Morro Bay harbor mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3640786,-120.8658353&ll=35.3640786,-120.8658353
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62473644
- Comments: "Continuing bird with Surf Scoters. Seen as recent as yesterday by Roger Zachary."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (8) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 20, 2019 09:30 by Claudia Duckworth
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62485740
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One single group of sparrows near baseball field"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (8) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 20, 2019 09:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62484651
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One single group of sparrows near baseball field"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 20, 2019 08:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62478521
- Comments: "Still showing up! Continuing since 11/11/19"

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- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2019 10:40 by Roger Zachary
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62453227
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing bird"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (6)
- Reported Dec 19, 2019 06:58 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Atascadero Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4646547,-120.6667256&ll=35.4646547,-120.6667256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62459720
- Media: 3 Photos

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (3)
- Reported Dec 19, 2019 12:07 by Kathleen Kent
- Heritage Ranch Trails: TW, ROR, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7328295,-120.8838163&ll=35.7328295,-120.8838163
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62451410
- Comments: "Photos will be posted. I could see the rufous crown, the dark lore and the plain gray chest and under belly on the birds."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Dec 19, 2019 08:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62457596
- Comments: "Still continuing!"

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Common Mergansers

Rick Derevan
 

Walking our dogs around Atascadero Lake this afternoon, I spotted a Common Merganser pair at the Pavilion end of the lake.

Rick Derevan
Atascadero

Osprey at Tidelands Park in MB

Rosalie Valvo
 

I had just descended the steps from Morro Ave to the Embarcadero at Tidelands Park in Morro Bay at about 9:30am on my way to the Audubon office. I looked up at the top of a lamppost and saw a large, suspicious-looking bird, not a crow, not a pigeon, not anything else I could think of. Lacking perfect eyes and specs or binocs, I moved closer.

Osprey!

I’d been hearing about the many sightings of Osprey around the bay and was excited to have my own sighting - it’s one of my good-luck birds. It was eating something, a fish I assumed.

Rosalie

Determined: Purple Finch in Nipomo

Sue Girard
 

After consulting with several seasoned birders, will ID the three "finch-like" birds as female Purple Finch (Ca ssp). None appeared olive-backed, but light conditions varied--high overcast, indirect light from dull to bright. Chest striping was sharp rather than dull. Larger than House Finch when see together at birdbath. Another  joined the group yesterday. A first for my yard, will enjoy observing them this winter.

Sue Girard
Nipomo westside

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- Redhead (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2019 11:10 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5142034,-120.6716394&ll=35.5142034,-120.6716394
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62426204
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing from 12-17-19. See photo."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 16, 2019 14:47 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5142034,-120.6716394&ll=35.5142034,-120.6716394
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62386578
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Brown head, round crown and brown face. Confirmed by Tom Edell."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 18, 2019 11:40 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S62433994
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing since first sighting on November 23, 2019. First located in the pepper tree on the east side of building 8000 (Administration). It then flew into the large Horsetail Tree by the modular faculty offices (buildings 6600 B/C/D)"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2019 08:33 by Kathleen Kent
- Heritage Ranch Trails: TW, ROR, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7328295,-120.8838163&ll=35.7328295,-120.8838163
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62414391
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos of the CHSP. Rufous crown; dark line through eye, including dark lores; small conical beak; unstreaked gray chest and under parts."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 18, 2019 13:00 by Jeri Edwards
- Stagecoach neighborhood, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.135974,-120.56001&ll=35.135974,-120.56001
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62427671
- Comments: "Continuing since 11/11/19, this GTTO now seems to know when the primary flock of sparrows fly in at various intervals during the day to feed and I can usually catch a glimpse of him daily when it appears pretty quiet at the feeders."

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Morro Bay CBC 12/14

Jay Carroll
 

The Morro Bay CBC was held last Saturday 12/14 under cool, cloudy, and often blustery conditions. Despite the challenging weather, our 120 dedicated counters we were able to tally 199 species, slightly above our long-term average. We are still awaiting verifications on some of the reported species and the outcome of our compilation effort, so this total may change. A final summary will be posted next month.

 

A few Count Day highlights were: two Tundra Swans (our first since 1978), Eurasian Wigeon, Long-tailed Duck, Hooded Merganser, Mountain Quail, Red Knot, Iceland (Thayer’s) Gull, three Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, Bald Eagle, Spotted Owl, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Tropical Kingbird, Phainopepla, Chipping Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, White-throated Sparrow, Bullock’s Oriole, Yellow Warbler, Summer Tanager, and Western Tanager.

 

We missed some of our expected bay species such as Forster’s Tern and Clark’s Grebe, no doubt due to the windy conditions, but a heroic clifftop seawatch by Brad Schram netted Red Phalarope, Common Murre, Black-legged Kittiwake, and Black-vented Shearwater. In Morro Bay there were 571 Brant tallied by John Roser, which was our highest CBC count since 2013. 

 

A big thanks to the following volunteers: Mike Stiles, Eric Wier, Steve McMasters, and Jeff Miller, for being Area Leaders; Joanne Aasen for tracking online registrations, managing the MCAS website, and communicating important announcements; and all those who helped with this year’s well-attended Potluck dinner after the count.

 

 

Jay Carroll

Los Osos

2019 Count Compiler

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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Grasshopper Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2019 12:49 by Roger Zachary
- (35.5434,-120.9660), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.543424,-120.96596&ll=35.543424,-120.96596
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62404718
- Media: 2 Photos

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2019 11:45 by Jeff Miller
- Chumash Trail, Morro Bay State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3358096,-120.8158726&ll=35.3358096,-120.8158726
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62399987
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult. Buffy brown sparrow with complete white eye ring, orange lores, large pink bill; unstreaked underneath, white belly, Buffy vent; rufous and black patterning on back; white median stripe on crown. Appeared large-headed. Crappy photo"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 17, 2019 07:15 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62409962
- Comments: "Continuing!"

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Re: Count week birds

Tom Edell
 

More count week birds seen this morning were 35 Forster’s Terns seen from the Audubon Overlook and three female plumaged White-winged Scoters at the Morro Bay Harbor Mouth. I also had a Clark’s Grebe off Windy Cove with a bit more black above the eye than usual, but otherwise all features fit Clark’s. Ten Common Goldeneye were seen on the bay from Pasadena Ave in Los Osos.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Jeff Miller
Sent: Tuesday, December 17, 2019 12:47 PM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: [slocobirding] Count week birds

 

Today is the last day of count week for the Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count, and we picked up a couple species we missed on count day. Very early this morning there was a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL calling along upper Prefumo Canyon Road. And around noon I managed to locate an adult GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on the Chumash Trail in Morro Bay SP.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

Count week birds

Jeff Miller
 

Today is the last day of count week for the Morro Bay Christmas Bird Count, and we picked up a couple species we missed on count day. Very early this morning there was a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL calling along upper Prefumo Canyon Road. And around noon I managed to locate an adult GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on the Chumash Trail in Morro Bay SP.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

finch like birds

Sue Girard
 
Edited

Three, new to my yard Finch-like birds appeared today at my ground bird bath.  Got repeated looks near & far as they browsed new grass & alyssum flowers, perched in Prunus, and drank and bathed at bath. Not flighty at all. 

Stockier than a House Finch, impression of flatter head (like BHGR). Brownish crown, with broad, blurred white stripe below crown, extending to nape, also weaker white patch in malar area. Brown cheek area.Very slight dark brown line behind eye, no eyering.  Streaky brownish backs, light undersides with short crisp dark brown streaks from throat to flanks. Notched tail, stout bill (more so than a House Finch) pinkish legs. Closest I could come is Sibley's illust. for Eastern Purple Finch.  Thoughts? The blurred white crown stripes stand out from any angle, even when wet from bath.  

thoughts?

Sue Girard
Nipomo

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*** Species Summary:

- Tundra Swan (1 report)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)

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Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus) (2)
- Reported Dec 14, 2019 07:00 by David Richardson
- Morro Bay Estuary (use more specific location(s) when possible), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3377298,-120.8501072&ll=35.3377298,-120.8501072
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62372713
- Comments: "two young birds, smaller than Trumpeters. They were on Cuesta Pond for at least two days. Lots of photos viewed by many people for the CBC, agreeing that they were tundras. Grayish wash overall, especially the face, neck and back) but otherwise all white birds with their graceful long necks. The bill on one had some pinkish tinge but otherwise entirely black bills but no yellow on their bills which initially had us look carefully to rule out trumpeter. I've never had much luck adding media to ebird, but if needed I can foward photos via email."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (7) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 14, 2019 14:55 by Dan Richards
- 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/S62332209
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "male and several females swimming on lake"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 14, 2019 08:03 by Linda Penrose
- 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/S62365421
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Greenish-yellow belly, red under chin and on head; found in pepper trees in front of building 8000, per Petra Clayton's directions."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 16, 2019 12:30 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S62387244
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in the Peruvian Pepper Tree.
Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49231619633/in/dateposted-public/" title="Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis), Bob Jones Trail, Avila Beach, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49231619633_13d77ba31c_o.jpg" alt="Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis), Bob Jones Trail, Avila Beach, CA" /></a>"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2019 16:15 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62381741
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing to show up towards late afternoon/close to sunset. Photo for ID in low light"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 16, 2019 11:00 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S62375494
- Comments: "Continuing. Stays discreet when he feeds but still visible, confronts White-Crowned Sparrows when they enter his space."

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