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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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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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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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
AB

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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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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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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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[eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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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.