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*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (15 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (2 reports)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 08:15 by Adam Panto
- 93452, San Simeon US-CA (35.6934,-121.2914), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.693384,-121.29144&ll=35.693384,-121.29144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65743777
- Comments: "Continuing pair. Very cooperative this morning. On the rocks just north of Piedras Blancas motel. Photos to follow."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 11:32 by Philip LoCicero
- Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, California, US (35.692, -121.291), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.692486,-121.2911975&ll=35.692486,-121.2911975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65728231
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos to follow"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 17:55 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- Emperor Goose Spot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.698372,-121.2970603&ll=35.698372,-121.2970603
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65734532
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing two birds. Striking white hoods, dark bodies, orange feet."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 10:15 by Max Taylor
- Pacific Ocean, Ragged Point US-CA (35.6930,-121.2916), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.692977,-121.291615&ll=35.692977,-121.291615
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65747050
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds seen on the rocks north of the motel. I parked on the north side of the bridge near the water storage tanks and walked straight down to the bluffs. Seen by many other birders. I will add photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:58 by Eric Wier
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65747337
- Comments: "Photos coming"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 14:40 by Terri Osborn
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65734208
- Comments: "Continuing birds reported by several observers. Body is slate-gray with white head and nape, front of neck dark, also, white on tail. Initially was unable to spot them with binoculars as they were not on rocks where others reported seeing them. Many thanks to Will Knowlton who arrived with a spotting scope and pointed out the pair of geese about two miles further north along the shore."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 14:20 by Will Knowlton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65729644
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "The two geese were refound on a rock along the shoreline about 2 miles north of the hotel while scoping from the north end of the hotel.

White head and top of neck, white tails, slate gray plumage otherwise, yellow legs visible when the birds would stand to stretch, as they were mostly snoozing when I was observing them."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 11:58 by Maggie Smith
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65728260
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "These were smallish geese white heads and necks and black throats. They had orange legs, small bills and white tails. Good scope view from motel parking area and poor long distance photos"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 11:45 by Bradley Hacker
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65725872
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Birds were initially shown to us on rock with cormorants north of old Piedras Blancas hotel. About half an hour later the birds moved down onto the ocean side of the rock--perhaps to avoid the growing number of cormorants--where they were invisible from land. After another 20 min or so, the rising tide and a big wave caused them to fly up the coast about 2 km, where they were relocated at 35.6976N 121.2969W. At this relatively nondescript/ordinary location, the birds were on a rocky minor peninsula contiguous with the shoreline--within 10 m of the bluff and invisible from the road."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:11 by Tom Edell
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65731446
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "These are undoubtedly the same two birds initially found at the Elephant Seal Rookery south of Point Piedras Blancas on 9 Jan. The were found again mid-day yesterday by Petra and Jack Clayton. The birds preened most of the time they were observed, but were flushed once from their perch by a breaking wave. These distinctive geese displayed the white head and nape, black chin, throat and foreneck, other wise slate-gray plumage and white tail associated with this species. The eyes appeared dark and the feet orange with black nails. The bills showed a blueish colored base, preceded by a pink band, and had a yellow nail with a black tip. The lower mandible was black. Birds of North America indicates these bill colors are found on sub-adult birds. The wing coverts were slate-gray. Individual covert feathers showed slightly darker central shaft streaks and thin white fringes preceded by a slightly more prominent dark band. the body color was slate-gray and had horizontal dark streaks. The photos seem to show a brownish tinge to the sides. Prior to these two birds the last county record was in Dec 1968 and the only CBRC reviewed record, which was accepted, spanned from 12 Dec 1966 to 12 Feb 1967. (Photos)"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:11 by Roger Zachary
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65733494
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "These are undoubtedly the same two birds initially found at the Elephant Seal Rookery south of Point Piedras Blancas on 9 Jan. The were found again mid-day yesterday by Petra and Jack Clayton. The birds preened most of the time they were observed, but were flushed once from their perched by a breaking wave. These distinctive geese displayed the white head and nape, black chin, throat and foreneck, other wise slate-gray plumage and white tail associated with this species. The eyes appeared dark and the feet orange with black nails. The bills showed a blueish colored base, preceded by a pink band, and had a yellow nail with a black tip. The lower mandible was black. Birds of North America indicates these bill colors are found on sub-adult birds. The wing coverts were slate-gray. Individual covert feathers showed slightly darker central shaft streaks and thin white fringes preceded by a slightly more prominent dark band. the body color was slate-gray and had horizontal dark streaks. The photos seem to show a brownish tinge to the sides. Prior to these two birds the last county record was in Dec 1968 and the only CBRC reviewed record, which was accepted, spanned from 12 Dec 1966 to 12 Feb 1967. (Photos)"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:10 by Jay Carroll
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65724855
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing rarity seen by many observers; photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:10 by Jim Royer
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65726131
- Comments: "A pair that had been found a couple of months ago in the area, and then re-found yesterday. They were seen by many today."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:07 by Seth Ontiveros
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65727298
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Observed birds preening on rock from shoulder of Highway 1. Reported by Petra and Jack Clayton yesterday. Notified of presence by Jay Carroll and Jim Royer. Poor photo taken through car window."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 08:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.68836,-121.28826&ll=35.68836,-121.28826
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65722880
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen roosting on a near shore large rock. The two adult geese stayed close together, frequently preening during much of the observation. Photos taken by multiple observers."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 12:46 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/checklist/S65727249
- Comments: "adult that wintered at this location. Dark crown, pale supercilium, dark auricular spot, primaries barely extending beyond tip of tail, whitish underwings in flight and at distance and in flight back appeared brownish. Calling. Others may have photos"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 12:46 by Roger Zachary
- 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/checklist/S65730746
- Comments: "adult that wintered at this location. Dark crown, pale supercilium, dark auricular spot, primaries barely extending beyond tip of tail, whitish underwings in flight and at distance and in flight back appeared brownish. Calling. Others may have photos"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 17:29 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/checklist/S65733380
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile birds"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:11 by Norman Pillsbury
- Turtle Creek Park, Paso Robles US-CA (35.6102,-120.6454), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.610186,-120.645425&ll=35.610186,-120.645425
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65746195
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Male and female; photos"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:11 by Jeff Miller
- Turtle Creek Park, Paso Robles US-CA (35.6102,-120.6454), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.610186,-120.645425&ll=35.610186,-120.645425
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65744598
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Male and female; photos"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 15:10 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay yard, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.360935,-120.844846&ll=35.360935,-120.844846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65727434
- Comments: "FOS Small all bright yellow bird showing very faint streaking on upper breast. Bold eyeing. Short tail. Moving about in flowering eucalyptus with a small mixed group of Yellow-rumps, Orange-crowned and Townsend warblers. Heard the distinctive "chip" that initially called my attention to the bird."

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Emperor Geese, Glaucous Gull, Red-necked Grebe, 3/12

Tom Edell
 

Afternoon reports of the Emperor Geese placed them further north of the Piedras Blancas Motel than they were in the morning, though apparently still visible to the north of the motel site with a scope.

 

The first-cycle Glaucous Gull continued at the small lagoon (Arroyo del Corral) just south of the motel.

 

The Red-necked Grebe continued yesterday near the San Simeon Pier. It was reported seen “south of the end of the pier.”

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


SLO - Emperor Geese - a little story

Kaaren Perry
 

Having spent two long days in early January searching for these 2 very special geese without success the posts from last evening were intriguing and did again offer some hope.  I decided to give it another try!  

And as we all may know - stakeouts can be fun!  The wait for the dense fog to lift seem endless but soon I was joined on the bluffs north of the old Piedras Blances motel by a few birders and we shared our strategies for the morning. Some had already been walking the trails and were heading out again.  Norm Pillsbury and I decided to stake out the offshore rocks and vicinity right from the bluffs.  Norm brought out two beach chairs and we were set!

Two hours passed as we watched all that roosted, flew or swam past and it was almost 10:00 and time for Norm to head home.  At 9:59 he told me he was going to do just one final sweep with his scope and then let out a holler, "there they are! the two geese!! on the rocks!!”.  

Woohoo!!  Yes indeed, stakeouts can be fun!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay





On Mar 12, 2020, at 2:57 PM, William Bouton <boutonbill@...> wrote:

For anyone interested, a documentation-quality image of the two celebrity geese, which were observed by multiple birders today, can be viewed at:


Wishing to neither trespass, nor to spook the birds, the image was made at a distance of several hundred meters, through unstable, warming air. Thus the soft focus.

Bill Bouton
San Luis Obispo, CA



CANCELLED - MCAS Community Program - Birds of SLO 3/16

Kaaren Perry
 

Due to the rapidly moving changes in policy, both national and state, regarding the Covid-19 and it’s danger to the general public the Community Program : Birds of Slo Part 1 has been cancelled.  This program is a very popular event and is coordinated and presented by Dave Keeling and always receives rave reviews. 

Not an easy decision made by the MCAS Board but for the protection of our community and beyond we felt cancellation at this time was necessary. No plans in place for a new date for this program as of yet. 

Apologies to all who had planned to attend.

MCAS Board







Emperor Geese - photo

William Bouton
 

For anyone interested, a documentation-quality image of the two celebrity geese, which were observed by multiple birders today, can be viewed at:


Wishing to neither trespass, nor to spook the birds, the image was made at a distance of several hundred meters, through unstable, warming air. Thus the soft focus.

Bill Bouton
San Luis Obispo, CA


FOS Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole and Pacific-slope Flycatcher in Atascadero & window-strike "Yellow-shafted Flicker"

Kevin Zimmer
 

Our FOS Hooded Oriole showed at our feeders on March 2, which seems early by at least a couple of weeks. There has been 1 male present on our property since then. A male Bullock’s Oriole appeared at Bill Rucci’s feeders on March 7 and was still there on March 8, but has not been since as far as I’m aware.

This morning (March 12), I heard 2 different Pacific-slope Flycatchers in the neighborhood, one of which was from our property.

Yesterday (March 11), Bill Rucci delivered a specimen of a phenotypically classic (no signs of it being an intergrade) male “Yellow-shafted” Flicker which had died when it struck one of his windows. Over the years, we have had a number of obvious intergrade Northern Flickers on our property, but I can’t recall having seen an apparently pure “Yellow-shafted”-type flicker in the neighborhood before. I will deposit this specimen with the LA County Museum of Natural History, as I do with all such salvaged bird specimens.

In other news: We’ve had multiple Rufous Hummingbirds/Selasphorus sp? attending our feeders near daily since Feb 26 (when first reported by my wife), and certainly since March 4 (when I returned from Tanzania) through today.

As an aside, at least 2 of the 3 White-throated Sparrows that wintered in our yard are still present, and one of them has been singing from the riparian belt along Graves Creek.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


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*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (7 reports)
- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Glaucous Gull (3 reports)
- Brown Pelican (California) (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in San Luis Obispo County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN36231
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 11:32 by Jessie Knowlton
- Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, California, US (35.692, -121.291), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.692486,-121.2911975&ll=35.692486,-121.2911975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65716314
- Comments: "Photos to follow"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 09:00 by Norman Pillsbury
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65720004
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Two individuals, preening. White heads and neck, black throat, scaly look to wings and breast, orange legs and pink bill were evident. First seen last January. Relocated yesterday morning by Petra and Jack Clayton and again in the evening by The Wing Nuts. Relocated at dawn today by Jeff Miller, Herb Elliot and myself, and then again at 9:58 am by myself and Kaaren Perry."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 09:00 by Rick Saval
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65721463
- Comments: "Continues, documented by several SLO counties with photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Jeff Miller
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65710518
- Comments: "Seen in flight only, coming from vicinity of rock where they were seen last night, 3/4 mile north of motel. Adults. Small geese, overall slaty gray, including underwings. White end of tail, yellow feet, small billed. White heads and back of neck."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Norman Pillsbury
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65712211
- Comments: "Seen in flight only, coming from vicinity of rock where they were seen last night, 3/4 mile north of motel. Adults. Small geese, overall slaty gray, including underwings. White end of tail, yellow feet, small billed. White heads and back of neck."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 18:19 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65701186
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds observed by Petra & Jack Clayton earlier in the day that were seen previously at Point Piedras Blancas on January 9, 2020. Re-found tonight by Pat Vaughan while 4 of us scanned nearby rocky shores and beaches. The pair of geese were observed through scopes foraging on top of large, flat rock outcroppings north of the motel at approximately (35°41'51.0"N 121°17'48.2"W)."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 11:33 by Petra Clayton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65701640
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "These are most likely the same two birds photographed at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Jan 9, 2020, but not seen since. --- The last ebird county record for this species is from Morro Bay over the winter of 1966-67.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video showing the Emperor Geese napping or preening, while sharing a rock with cormorants, gulls, and a Black Oystercatcher:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49649870778/in/dateposted-public/" title="Emperor Goose (Chen canagica), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49649870778_eeb2fb2b3a_o.jpg" alt="Emperor Goose (Chen canagica), San Simeon, CA" /></a>

Flickr image of the location of the rock, about half a mile north of the old Piedras Blancas Motel:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49649870783/in/dateposted-public/" title="Piedras Blancas Motel, Highway One, San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49649870783_31aaf6d0a6_o.jpg" alt="Piedras Blancas Motel, Highway One, San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 08:31 by Michelle Summers
- 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/checklist/S65712646
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Pics to follow."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Jeff Miller
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65710518
- Comments: "Photos"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Norman Pillsbury
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65712211
- Comments: "Photos"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 11:33 by Petra Clayton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65701640
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing at the Arroyo del Corral Beach (3/9/20, Tom Edell). First year.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49650933652/in/dateposted-public/" title="Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49650933652_a077919ce9_o.jpg" alt="Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus), San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Brown Pelican (California) (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 16:17 by Pat Dwyer
- Cabrillo Hwy, Ragged Point US-CA 35.65252, -121.22836, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.652517,-121.22836&ll=35.652517,-121.22836
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65695727
- Comments: "Roosting with cormorants"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (3)
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 07:00 by Cindy McIntyre
- Paso Robles Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6070574,-120.6465368&ll=35.6070574,-120.6465368
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65698127
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Two males, one female passing through during a morning of rain showers, eating black oil sunflower seeds at my feeders"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 12:12 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Queenanne Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6068326,-120.6460193&ll=35.6068326,-120.6460193
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65701956
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds originally reported by Cindy McIntyre on January 20 and again earlier today."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 14:11 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/checklist/S65694619
- Comments: "Continuing. On baseball field. Outfield along fence. Birds about a foot apart, foraging. Half a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, two bluebirds and a few goldfinch nearby."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 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/checklist/S65720905
- Comments: "Still showing up. The big storm this week didn't send it on its way. First sighting: 11/11/2019"

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Re: Emperor Geese, SLO County

Tom Edell
 

After a short absence, the Emperor Geese continue at the same location on the SLO County north coast.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA 



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From: tedell@...
Date: 3/11/20 5:50 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: SLO Bird Listserv <slocobirding@groups.io>, CALBIRDS@groups.io
Subject: Emperor Geese, SLO County

Two Emperor Geese were photographed today along the coast north of Point Piedras Blancas. The birds were on rocks north of the old Piedras Blancas Motel. These are surely the same two birds photographed at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Jan 9, but not seen since.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Santa Margarita Lake in the rain

Rubba Johanna
 

Had a wet and dramatic (thunderstorm!) campout at Santa Margarita Lake Mon-Weds 3/9-11. The area is getting busy with birds. Wasn't able to bird as much as I wanted, as occasionally heavy rain kept me in my tent or my car! But the chorus surrounding my tent and out over the lake was wonderful!

Birds seen:
-Rafts of Clark's/Western Grebes, at least 60 birds total, hugging the reeds at lake edges.
-Canada Geese -- never saw more than about half a dozen. Flying over and landing on the tiny island near Mackey Point.
-2 pair Gadwall
-1 male American Wigeon
-1 male Cinnamon Teal
-several pair Bufflehead 

Oddly, I didn't see any Ruddies.

-Pied-billed Grebes were abundant and very vocal, issuing their rather crazy songs & calls
-ca. half dozen Double-crested Cormorants, in the vicinity of the marina
-1 Great Egret
-1 Snowy Egret at marina
-1 Red-shouldered Hawk perched in a tree near my tent at Roadrunner campground
- Numerous American Coots, also vocal
-1 Spotted Sandpiper between Osprey campsites and Mackey Point
-1 Northern Flicker in a tree near my campsite
-1 Black Phoebe in same area as Spotted Sandpiper
-1 Western Scrub Jay
- Numerous Violet-green Swallows at different parts of the lake--Marina and around Mackey Point
-2 Oak Titmouse near my campsite
-1 Western Bluebird
-1 Yellow-rumped Warbler near campsite
-6 CA Towhee, various locations
-Numerous Brewer's Blackbirds roosting in trees around my campsite
-5-6 Great-tailed Grackles near marina and near my campsite

Birds heard:
-CA Quail
-Killdeer
-Barn Owl (loud screech at night right over my tent!)
-1 Western Screech Owl
-2 Great Horned Owl
-Acorn Woodpeckers
-Hairy Woodpecker
-Bushtits
-Numerous Common Yellowthroats
-Song Sparrow
-Pretty sure I heard Ruby-crowned Kinglets' partial song

I'm sure I would have seen far more birds had I been able to walk around without getting soaked! There were numerous calls/songs which were unfamiliar to me. It would be great to go back on a clear day to catch more action.

I know descriptions of calls are lame, but one in particular fascinated me. It seemed to come from off or near the water and was a rapidly descending series of close-together, high-pitched notes, trailing off with increasing time spans between the notes.


Ps- birding from the dentist chair

Thomas Slater
 

A house finch and a Dark-eyed Junco... I think I may have the record!

Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo 



Tanager at the dentist

Thomas Slater
 


While sitting in the dentist chair at Dr. Edgerton’s in AG this afternoon, I got great looks at a bright yellow female Western Tanager foraging through the big Ceanothus by the small pond. Also present was an Orange-crowned Warbler, 2 Western Bluebirds building a nest, a slew of White-crowned Sparrows, a selasphorus hummingbird, some Bushtits, and a RC Kinglet. I’ve never had so much fun at the dentist (and probably never will again).



Emperor Geese, SLO County

Tom Edell
 

Two Emperor Geese were photographed today along the coast north of Point Piedras Blancas. The birds were on rocks north of the old Piedras Blancas Motel. These are surely the same two birds photographed at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Jan 9, but not seen since.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

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

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 10:20 by Kaaren Perry
- 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/checklist/S65659584
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen diving at north end of reservoir . Brown upperpartw with slightly darker crown."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 18:41 by Grace Romero
- 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/checklist/S65669902
- Comments: "2 immature with dark bills, one starting to show yellow crown. On eastern shore of marina"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 07:25 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/checklist/S65669529
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Siskins and American Goldfinches

Rick Derevan
 

After being pretty much absent from my yard this winter, I just had a small flock of Pine Siskins and at least one American Goldfinch feeding on the ground in my backyard.

Rick Derevan
Atascadero


Re: Swallows in Baywood Park

Elizabeth Tjader
 

We also saw them over Cuesta Inlet yesterday at 6:00PM.

Betsy Tjader

On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:36 AM, jimvanbev <jim@...> wrote:

We had a large flock (30 to 50+) of swallows in Baywood Park this morning between 9:15 and 9:45 am. They were insect feeding over the vacant lots between Baywood Pier and Pasadena Park and eventually moved to the north towards Morro Bay State Park. They all appeared to have a squarish tail light to white underparts with brown observed occasionally. A white "patch" was visible when the were flying away. I am not able to make a positive id, but possibly Violet-green or Tree Swallows.

Jim Van Beveren - Los Osos/Baywood Park.


Red crossbills in Paso

Cindy McIntyre <cindy@...>
 

They're baaack. This time I only see two males and a female for sure. Hard to see through rain-streaked window. Just noticed them an hour ago. A larger group was here for a few days around Jan. 20.


Swallows in Baywood Park

jimvanbev
 

We had a large flock (30 to 50+) of swallows in Baywood Park this morning between 9:15 and 9:45 am. They were insect feeding over the vacant lots between Baywood Pier and Pasadena Park and eventually moved to the north towards Morro Bay State Park. They all appeared to have a squarish tail light to white underparts with brown observed occasionally. A white "patch" was visible when the were flying away. I am not able to make a positive id, but possibly Violet-green or Tree Swallows.

Jim Van Beveren - Los Osos/Baywood Park.


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Glaucous Gull (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (3 reports)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (2 reports)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 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/checklist/S65657436
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continues, today at the Harford Pier Work Dock; photos"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 09:15 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/checklist/S65631209
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing adult that probably wintered here, but was "found again" on 14 Feb after not being reported since Oct 2019. Also likely a returning adult that wintered here last year (Photo)"

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:46 by Tom Edell
- Lucerne Dr. Vista Point -- Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.44965,-120.9141691&ll=35.44965,-120.9141691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65654061
- Comments: "Two together inside outer kelp bed. Small birds with tiny short bills, dark above, white below, dark crown, white face and collar, white in scapulars. Likely continuing birds from those seen a few days ago"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 08:39 by Tom Edell
- Arroyo del Corral-Hwy 1, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6841517,-121.2862666&ll=35.6841517,-121.2862666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65633794
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First-cycle bird with brown mottling in wing coverts and a brownish wash on the breast. Pure white primaries and a pink bill with a dark tip. Small dark-eye on white face."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 10:00 by Jeri Edwards
- Islay Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2490649,-120.6262145&ll=35.2490649,-120.6262145
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65623244
- Comments: "intermingled with a group of white-crowned and golden crowned sparrows in the grassy edge of the volleyball sand court"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:21 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/checklist/S65653427
- Comments: "Continuing. Community garden. Pair seen together."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 12:58 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/checklist/S65634139
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted in dandelions just east of baseball field with Lesser Goldfinch, a junco and bluebirds. This was the brighter red-crowned of the pair spotted in the park since Nov. 2019."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 16:50 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65633632
- Comments: "down curved beak; two wing bars; black face and throat; yellow hood"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:21 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/checklist/S65653427
- Comments: "Female. Foraging high in trees next to fjord/bottlebrush trees. Same tall deciduous tree where male sighted a few days ago. Bird didn’t make sound until she was startled by a truck driving through the park. White belly. Yellow chest and head. Line through eye. Dark wings. White wing bar. Flew into bottlebrush tree."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:07 by Jim Royer
- 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/checklist/S65651511
- Comments: "Continuing calling male"

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Northern Flickers

Claudia Freitas
 

This morning my  husband and I were lucky enough to watch two male Northern Flickers squaring off with each other for more than 15 minutes.
They alighted next to each other in a bare tree.  One would hang head down, the other head up, then they would fan their tail feathers.  After a minute they would change positions - the one that was up went down, and the one that was head down would go up!  Then after doing that a few times they would peck at each other a few times.  Then they would pose in the exact same position, side by side, looking the same way and just stand there.   Then back to the tail spreading and upside down movements.  What fun to watch.  
Never saw a female around so they were just showing off for themselves.  Territorial?  Mating?  
Very interesting to watch.

Claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'


Yellow-rumped Warblers - Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

We have reliably had a few Yellow-rumps in our yard during the winter months.  This morning was different. There were at least 25 calling and foraging in 2 nearby red flowering eucalyptus. As the sun began to rise what I could see and hear were numbers of both Audubon’s and Myrtle subspecies, Audubon's being the most numerous as expected.  I did see 6 Myrtle as they flitted about and there may have been more.   With the daylight they all flew out of the 2 trees and into the neighborhood.  

I would suspect that they are gathering their numbers before heading off to their breeding grounds.

Spring is here!

Kaaren

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