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Tricolored Blackbirds - I forgot!

Kaaren Perry
 

I hit send and then realized I had forgotten to sign off on my last post. And after the recent reminder too. :-(

Phooey!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay

Tricolored Blackbird

Kaaren Perry
 

While driving along Cottontail Creek Rd. in Cayucos this morning I was surprised to see a male Tricolored Blackbird feeding with a small group of “black” birds.  2 Starlings, 1 male Brewer’s and 2 unidentified females were in the group. The females showed a supercillium, which would separate them from the Brewer’s. I was not able to identify either female as Tricolored or the more expected Red-wing before the group flew off. They were seen in the field about 1 /1/2 miles up the road near a group of bee boxes. 

While Tricolored Blackbirds are not considered rare in the county,  it was my first time seeing one on that road. 2 photos for identification purposes -  https://ebird.org/checklist/S66445282

Blackheaded Grosbeak

njmann90
 

FOS for my yard, male Blackheaded Grosbeak today along with increased #'s of Selasphorus including 2 male Rufous.  Near Vet's hall SLO

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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
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"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

'I've seen so much stupid in my years that I can't remember all of it,'  2014 James Turner


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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (2 reports)
- Calliope Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 13:55 by Mark Hays
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66390165
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "juvenile, previously reported"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (4)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 07:50 by Mark Hays
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66415446
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen with a flock of Canada Geese"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 08:24 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66407388
- Comments: "Continuing."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 14:55 by Norman Pillsbury
- Roger Zachary home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5219297,-120.6932978&ll=35.5219297,-120.6932978
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66382466
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Unmistakable long fingers of the purple gorget. Lousy photo."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 13:55 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66417072
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Migrating hummingbirds; seems like I've had a high number of Calliope's this season so far"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 06:50 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/S66398356
- Comments: "Continuing"

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 07:47 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S66403966
- Comments: "Adult female; Gray above, white underneath, black streaking down sides, faint white wing bars, white throat, black breastband, dark auriculars, white supercilium, dark cap, small yellow spot in front of eye"

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Oso Flaco Lake

Stephanie Little
 

CA State Parks Takes Additional Steps to Help Slow Down Spread of #COVID19: Vehicle Access Temporarily Closed at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, including Oso Flaco and Pismo State Beach. Press release can be found here: https://bit.ly/3duDuKx

Oceano Dunes

Bob Chapman
 

Break time...

Asked about our closure, foot traffic OK. Parking lots are closed.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (4 reports)
- Black Skimmer (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 09:45 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay Estuary (use more specific location(s) when possible), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3377298,-120.8501072&ll=35.3377298,-120.8501072
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66370932
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature seen grazing in estuary with scattered groups of Canada Geese."

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 11:05 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66373803
- Comments: "Continuing since Oct 2019."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:45 by Jim Moore
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66344199
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Female type. Photos will be posted. First bird seen today, near the Coast Guard pier. Seen from time to time at Morro Bay. I don't know if it's a new sighting for the season."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 14:55 by Norman Pillsbury
- Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.48937,-120.671&ll=35.48937,-120.671
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66382466
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Unmistakable long fingers of the purple gorget. Lousy photo."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 14:55 by Jeff Miller
- Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.48937,-120.671&ll=35.48937,-120.671
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66381810
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male; photos"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 12:20 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66380530
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing during migration at this location"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 17:30 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66342012
- Media: 1 Photo

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 13:21 by Jim Royer
- Morro Bay--Audubon overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3316478,-120.8383334&ll=35.3316478,-120.8383334
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66382070
- Comments: "Roosting on a sandbar out in the bay, with terns and cormorants. The low profile (short legs) with the all jet-black upper parts and white front of face, chest and belly with long black pointed wings gave it a very distinctive silhouette next to the larger cormorants. I couldn’t see the bill well, given the angle and distance"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 08:07 by Kathleen Kent
- Heritage Ranch Trails: Bluebird Meadow, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7182946,-120.8770108&ll=35.7182946,-120.8770108
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66158561
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This is almost certainly the same immature YBSA seen and photographed Feb 3, 2020"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 06:50 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/S66371806
- Comments: "Continuing. Showing up right about sunrise now"

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Rufous Hummingbird

njmann90
 

My first male Rufous Hummingbird today
Near Vet's Hall, SLO
Pacific Slope Flycatchers are back in the yard.


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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

'I've seen so much stupid in my years that I can't remember all of it,'  2014 James Turner


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Black Skimmer from Audubon Overlook

Jim Royer
 

A Black Skimmer is visible on a sand bar, toward Morro Rock, with cormorants. The tide is coming in so it is bound to move, but hopefully it will stay around this part of the bay for awhile.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

Bald Eagle - Laguna Lake

Steve McMasters
 

An adult Bald Eagle was circling over Laguna Lake near Madonna Road.

Bullocks Oriole o-rama

Thomas Slater
 

Did my loop today, highlights...

Oddly the Lawrence's Goldfinch was on the same wire as yesterday. 
Also there were 6 Bullocks Orioles in one tree. It was crazy.
4 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 3 Nutmeg Manikins, and 4 Pacific Slope Flycatchers. Saw a Bewicks Wren making a nest in the hollow metal tubing of a boat trailer that had been abandoned. Also saw 2 redtail hawks nesting.

Full list here  - 
Tom Slater
Nipomo

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 15:15 by Jeff Miller
- Oceano Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1053084,-120.6238164&ll=35.1053084,-120.6238164
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66327472
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 08:35 by Mark Hays
- 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/S66287707
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "previously reported at this location"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 09:20 by marlin harms
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66296373
- Comments: "Very distant view without a scope. Seen on north end of sand spit and then it moved into the bay with several Surf Scoters. Mostly whitish head and sides, much smaller than the adjacent scoters. I saw it flap wings and they looked dark (blackish) both above and below. I note the wings to indicate I considered male Bufflehead."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 16:05 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66294183
- Comments: "Second male Calliope of the season here; came in briefly but it hasn't returned yet; no photo; distinct long, finger-like reddish throat feathers"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 08:36 by Tom Edell
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66322989
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "one of the three immature birds that wintered at this location. (Photos)"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66327854
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "still here, lately showing up right at sunrise, photo for documentation only - it was still quite dark"

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CLOSED: Oso Flaco/Oceano Dunes

mike stiles
 

I've been asked by State Parks to inform you all that Oso Flaco Lake and the adjoining Oceano Dunes are now closed to birders due to the Covid19 virus.

Please don't respond here. Just the messenger.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 15:46 by Jeff Miller
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66292577
- Comments: "Photos"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 11:30 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S66259762
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Blue bill, light band, black tip. ---
Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Redhead in a brief territorial dispute with a Western Grebe:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49703212066/in/dateposted-public/" title="Redhead (Aythya americana), Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49703212066_9b594bccc6_o.jpg" alt="Redhead (Aythya americana), Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 15:59 by Will Knowlton
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66292323
- Comments: "Black and white stilt with long legs and straight bill."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 11:58 by Seth Ontiveros
- 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/S66262165
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in grass south of trail to beach."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66286906
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Snow Goose

Bob Chapman
 

Snow Goose and Cattle Egret, same location. Both in bins at same time.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

Cattle Egret

Bob Chapman
 

Relocated CAEG at Oceano Park.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

Cattle Egret

Bob Chapman
 

Taking a quick break;

Visitor showed me a photo of a cattle Egret taken at 12:23 at the end of Grand Ave. Bird flew south. 

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

Re: Grackle colony under eaves!

Peggy
 

I thought that might be the case (Starlings) as I live in AG and for the first time ever, I had a Starling in my yard today. I guess they are moving in.


On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 11:05 AM Sue Girard <susansales535@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks  

****EDIT: Starlings it is. Thanks to all who graciously replied to my query. A learning experience. 

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.  
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside



--
Peggy
=^. .^=


Lawrence's Goldfinch

Thomas Slater
 

I've been birding my neighborhood each morning since I am now working from home. It's a one-mile loop. So far a record high of 43 species.
Highlights are a LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH, HOODED ORIOLE, BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, and a PACIFIC SLOPE FC.

Usually, someone finds something rare during spring break, but I'm usually working at school and miss it.
Well...? What are you waiting for? 

Trying hard,
bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo

Re: Grackle colony under eaves!

Michael Hanson
 

I did my PhD on the Great-tailed Grackle and likely know more about them than anyone in the area.  I have always seen G-tG nesting in trees in colonies with open nests, one male to a few females.  I know the call even when I don't see the caller.  To me, seems unlikely for them to nest under eaves so I wonder what these birds could be.


From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> on behalf of Jamie Chavez via Groups.Io <almiyi@...>
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:10 AM
To: Sue Girard <susansales535@...>
Cc: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
 
Hello Sue,

I'm wondering if your friend identified these birds correctly. Great-tailed Grackle is a big bird and would build a big nest. Up to 12" in depth. Around here these birds nest in bulrushes, pines and palm trees. Probably other large trees where they can construct their cup-like nest supported between branches. Starlings, on the other hand, do nest in cavities. It would be odd to see grackles even looking for food under eaves let alone stuffing nest material into holes.

  --
Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:55 PM Sue Girard <susansales535@...> wrote:
A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.  
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside