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Baywood Park birding

Steve Schubert
 

Hello all,
I went on a neighborhood walk this morning in the brisk chilly air following the recent rainstorms, at the north ends of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th streets in Baywood Park and overlooking the bay. At the Audubon Overlook there were 34 SNOWY EGRETS loafing and preening in the narrow strip of pickleweed marsh at high tide. On 3rd St. the resident NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was singing furiously and mimicking several excellent renditions that I could identify as California scrub-jay, Black phoebe, Oak titmouse, and American kestrel. Several PINE SISKINS have been singing the past couple weeks in the cypress trees along 3rd St.  Two BAND-TAILED PIGEONS were perched on a power line on 2nd St.
 
Steve Schubert
Los Osos
 
 

Emperor Goose, Pigeon Guillemot

Rubba Johanna
 

Viewed the Emperor Goose from the old Piedras Blancas motel and from the beach below the motel. Saw only one goose.

Stopped by San Simeon Pier on my way back and saw several Surf Scoters, Western & Clark's Grebes, and one Pigeon Guillemot. 

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

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*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (7 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 18:36 by Mark Hays
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65849377
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "1 of 2 previously reported. On a rock just north of the creek mouth near the old Piedras Blancas Motel"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 15:40 by Bruce Henderson
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65852962
- Comments: "Stakeout on the EMGO. Generally middle gray scalloped upperparts and underparts (later examination of photos showed wing coverts with black edging, and underparts with pale edging). Black eye on the white head. White cheek and back of neck. Blackish throat. Pale bill appeared multi-colored with a black lower mandible. Bright orange legs and feet."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 15:24 by Ross Henderson-McBean
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65852571
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing Bird seen on the rocks north of the Motel, just North of bridge"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 14:25 by Adam Searcy
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65840356
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "One continuing on rocks north of old hotel."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 14:15 by Linda Easter
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65842910
- Comments: "Smallish goose with gray body, black chin and throat, white head and nape, and bright orange legs. Perched on rock just offshore north of closed Piedras Blancas motel. Scope helpful."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 12:50 by Terri Osborn
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65853048
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "There have been many observations of this goose at this location. I did not see second goose reported previously. Goose was preening entire time I watched from the bluff."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 12:50 by Petra Clayton
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65853022
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing only one Emperor Goose, mostly preening on an off-shore rock shared with cormorants and a Western Gull, north of the Piedras Blancas Motel. Northern Elephant Seals were in the water and on the beach during a sunny break on an otherwise rainy day:

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49664292668/in/dateposted-public/" title="Emperor Goose (Chen canagica), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49664292668_75ae848f69_o.jpg" alt="Emperor Goose (Chen canagica), San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 08:50 by Maggie Smith
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65844517
- Comments: "flattish head, lots of red on neck, white face and large mostly yellow bill. feeding in kelp south of pier."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:54 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4478436,-120.9069453&ll=35.4478436,-120.9069453
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65839553
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult resting away from the California Gull flock"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 14:45 by Mark Hays
- 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/S65873893
- Media: 1 Photo

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (2)
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 10:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Turtle Creek Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6106898,-120.6468023&ll=35.6106898,-120.6468023
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65871577
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 16:30 by Michael Mulroy
- 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/S65848598
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing. heard sharp chips. saw foraging on ground in community garden. rusty red crown, long black eyeline, gray head, lighter gray breast. flew into tree with another chipping sparrow. photos soon."

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Cedar waxwings Morro Bay

sayers68
 

There is a flock of about 60-80 cedar waxwings moving uphill through the neighborhood on Blackhill from just above Quintans to maybe as high as Ridgeway and west of King's. 200pm

John Sayers
Morro Bay
On my lunch break 😁

Phalaropes

Bob Chapman
 

Lunch...

Since last post 14 more phalaropes have flown north to south, along the shore. I believe these all to be Red. Perhaps this rain and west Wind is pushing them ashore.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

Red Phalarope(s)

Bob Chapman
 

Coffee break,

Had a winter plumage Phalarope foraging in South Oso Flaco; medium gray with strong white wing stripe in flight, bill stout and yellow at base. Went to digiscope the bird and it quickly departed to the South. After taking flight 3 more phalaropes followed. Since those 4 birds I have seen 3 others and was able to photograph one, a Red Phalarope showing a calico red underside.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

P.S. shorebird #'s up

Re: Request: scope

Rick Derevan
 

From the motel lot, a scope is a good idea. If you drive a little further up the coast, then park on the highway 1 shoulder and walk to the bluff's edge, then a scope is not necessary, but it's possible the geese will be below the top of the rock, in which case, they are not visible from there. So I would take a scope, check them out from the motel lot, then if they're on the top, drive up a little further and walk. My photos here, from the further north location to give you an idea:






On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 9:06 AM Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
In general? Good idea. 
If referring to Geese, they were maybe only 40 yards away.




On Monday, March 16, 2020, 8:55 AM, Rubba Johanna <jer72701@...> wrote:

Hi, all
I'd like to respectfully request that folks indicate in their posts whether it's necessary to use a scope to get a view of a bird sufficient for ID. Thanks!

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

Re: Request: scope

Thomas Slater
 

In general? Good idea. 
If referring to Geese, they were maybe only 40 yards away.




On Monday, March 16, 2020, 8:55 AM, Rubba Johanna <jer72701@...> wrote:

Hi, all
I'd like to respectfully request that folks indicate in their posts whether it's necessary to use a scope to get a view of a bird sufficient for ID. Thanks!

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

Request: scope

Rubba Johanna
 

Hi, all
I'd like to respectfully request that folks indicate in their posts whether it's necessary to use a scope to get a view of a bird sufficient for ID. Thanks!

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

Red crossbills in Paso continue

 

Just saw 2 males, 2 females at my feeder. If anyone wants to come by just email me.They seem to like the dreary weather best. I need to restock the feeders.

Re: Harlequin Duck contiues , Port San Luis

Ryan Jorgeson
 

Great job on the picture




On Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:12 PM, Ryan Jorgeson <jorgesonryan@...> wrote:

The Hanford pier? The third pier out In Avila?



On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:41 PM, svlrchrd <kwibirder@...> wrote:

This patterned  duck is developing a pattern.  Work dock at Hanford Pier.  10 Mar at low tide on the buoy.  Today at high tide on the buoy.  

Rick Saval
AB

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*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (13 reports)
- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 11:30 by Jamie Woolf
- North of Piedras Blancas lighthouse, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.698372,-121.29706&ll=35.698372,-121.29706
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65797928
- Comments: "Pair continues on a rock near shore. Stunning birds. Lots of people watching."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:51 by Nico Schnack
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65829082
- Comments: "Continuing bird. 10/10 would chase again. Photos. No sign of a second goose."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:51 by Brian Schnack
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65829083
- Comments: "Continuing bird. 10/10 would chase again. Photos. No sign of a second goose."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 09:07 by Mike Stiles
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65830004
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sitting on large rock in the surf, just north of Piedras Blancas motel. Mostly dark goose with white head and back of neck. Orangeish legs and feet. Only one bird seen this morning."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 15:30 by Dessi Sieburth
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65826955
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing on rock north of Piedras Blancas Hotel. Beautiful geese with gray body feathers with black fringing, white head, small pink bills with bluish base. White tails, orange legs. Photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:59 by Scott Terrill
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65795580
- Comments: "The two adults continúe on offshore rocks north of the Piers Blancas motel. Documentation will be added to this checklist."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 13:45 by Jim Van Beveren
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65802656
- Comments: "Has been seen and reported by others 0.4 mi north of motel. Have photo, but cannot attach using the app."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:45 by Jeanette Stone
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65803252
- Media: 1 Photo
- 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"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:49 by Rick Derevan
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65795334
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "A pair of stocky geese standing in large rock near shore. White head, neck white on back, black on underside. Pink bill, body brownish gray. See photo."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 08:41 by Mark Scheel
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65805378
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Dark grey geese with neat black and white feather edging noticeable in scope views. Black throat. White head with white extending down nape. Orange-yellow legs. Small pink bill. In flight, white tail with dark gray rump same color as back. On rock 500m north of hotel parking lot. Photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 08:41 by Janet Scheel
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65805369
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Dark grey geese with neat black and white feather edging noticeable in scope views. Black throat. White head with white extending down nape. Orange-yellow legs. Small pink bill. In flight, white tail with dark gray rump same color as back. On rock 500m north of hotel parking lot. Photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 08:00 by Adam Panto
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65805534
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "I got out of the car, and looked north with my binoculars to the rocks where the Emperor Geese had been reported the previous day. I spotted one goose with a gray body, bright orange legs and a white head. I took a quick picture before heading up the highway to get a better look, where I got much better pictures. See that checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65743777"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:45 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- personal location, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6914159,-121.290081&ll=35.6914159,-121.290081
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65806736
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing pair."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:08 by Richard Norton
- 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/S65827367
- Comments: "Off east side of last pier. Distinctive male."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:35 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S65797518
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult male."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:45 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65807126
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:39 by Richard Norton
- 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/S65794940
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In field. Smaller medium plover. White supercilium. Dark eyes. Dark bill. Slight hunt of golden."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:39 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S65803694
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In field. Smaller medium plover. White supercilium. Dark eyes. Dark bill. Slight hunt of golden."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:51 by Brian Schnack
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65829083
- Comments: "Spotted by Dave flying north. Don’t think its tooooo rare here."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:51 by Nico Schnack
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, 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/S65829082
- Comments: "Spotted by Dave flying north. Don’t think its tooooo rare here."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 16:33 by Richard Norton
- 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/S65801206
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult, with yellow crown. On boat in third row from east end."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:45 by Bernice Hilton
- 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/S65802388
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Known marina location. Bird developing yellow crown."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 07:32 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/S65829128
- Comments: "Continuing. Heard one, seen one (bird with brighter red crown). Alongside baseball outfield with junco, lesser goldfinches and bluebirds."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 07:32 by Jane Hawley
- 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/S65829129
- Comments: "Continuing. Heard one, seen one (bird with brighter red crown). Alongside baseball outfield with junco, lesser goldfinches and bluebirds."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 07:20 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/S65819897
- Comments: "Continuing. Even with the rain he doesn't appear ready to leave yet."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 10:00 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/checklist/S65808578
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Emperor Geese, Point Piedras Blancas, 3/15

Tom Edell
 

The two Emperor Geese continued on the rock visible to the north of the closed Piedras Blancas Motel this stormy Sunday morning.

 

For eBird purposes, the existing motel hotspot has been renamed to “Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot" . Unless seen at a different location, please use this hotspot for eBird reports.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Ring Necked Ducks, Turri Road.

Tyson Baker
 

At least 7 pair of ring necked ducks in the last pond on the right towards the eastern part of Turri Road. The pond is down the hill to the right at the last sharp left turn, heading east. 

Tyson and Kristi
Osos and SLO. 

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*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (8 reports)
- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (3 reports)
- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)

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Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 17:55 by Kai Mills
- 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/S65760770
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing two birds. Striking white hoods, dark bodies, orange feet."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:24 by Richard Norton
- 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/S65791754
- Comments: "On large rock at Creek mouth 1500 feel north of motel. Patterned gray bodies with white heads, back of necks, and tail tips."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:35 by Don Glasco
- 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/S65780417
- Comments: "Continuing 500 m N of motel on rocks west of cypress grove. White head, small bill, orange legs. Photo"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:29 by Jacqueline 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/S65787986
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pair on rocks about 0.3 miles north of motel."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:29 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/S65780582
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pair on rocks about 0.3 miles north of motel."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:43 by Steve Summers
- 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/S65777484
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds. This morning they were on a sea rock just off of Arroyo del Oso ¼ mile away looking north from the north end of the old motel (second photo). I was also able to observe them from the old CA-1 roadbed. I stopped by the motel again around 1:20 pm and saw them again but on a rock farther north."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:30 by Dan Richards
- 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/S65761710
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "two geese on rock with pelagic cormorant"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 07:30 by Derek Hameister
- Stakeout Emperor Goose, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6934587,-121.2915593&ll=35.6934587,-121.2915593
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65766298
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds preening on the rock about 150 feet or so away from the cliff where we were observing them."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 11:15 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/S65790658
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 17:00 by Aaron Holschbach
- 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/S65766067
- Comments: "Male Harlequin Duck just east of the pier. Beautiful blue duck with rusty patch on side and bold white markings on face and breast."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 13:13 by Richard Norton
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65791719
- Comments: "Squared off head. Somewhat reddish neck. Whitish face"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 10:51 by Eric Wier
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65754056
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Feeding in kelp south of pier"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 10:45 by Roger Zachary
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65755785
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "south of the pier; RNGR continues"

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 10:18 by Jim Royer
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65754090
- Comments: "A small all dark swift (I only saw it from underneath), except for faint lighter throat patch. It had a short cutoff tail and lacked the contrasting black and white coloration of the larger more common White-throated swift."

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 08:14 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S65758544
- Comments: "non breeding adults with dark cap black going below eye, partial white collar and dark breast band; white showing on sides; white flanks."

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Harlequin Duck contiues , Port San Luis

svlrchrd
 

This patterned  duck is developing a pattern.  Work dock at Hanford Pier.  10 Mar at low tide on the buoy.  Today at high tide on the buoy.  

Rick Saval
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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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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