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Indigo Bunting Report

Tom Edell
 

There was an eBird report of a male Indigo Bunting seen from Quintana Road today.

 

Species: Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Count: 1
Observation Date: May 18, 2020
Location: Quintana Road, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California, US
https://ebird.org/checklist/S69280122

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Green-winged Teal (1 report)
- Green-winged Teal (American) (1 report)

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Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) (8)
- Reported May 17, 2020 10:30 by Mike Bush
- Turri Road Tidal Ponds, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3354332,-120.8218378&ll=35.3354332,-120.8218378
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69246335
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "males with white marks along the rear flank and base of the neck; green lateral crown stripe"

Green-winged Teal (American) (Anas crecca carolinensis) (1)
- Reported May 17, 2020 09:20 by Kaaren Perry
- Turri Road Tidal Ponds, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3354332,-120.8218378&ll=35.3354332,-120.8218378
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69230909
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "More than likely one of 2 females reported yesterday by Mike Stiles. Seen in first pond off S Bay Blvd."

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Phalaropes, Turri Road

Tyson Baker
 

A pair of red neck phalaropes in two different ponds, Saturday and Sunday. Full breeding plumage! 

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Osos and SLO


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- Green-winged Teal (1 report)
- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)

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Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 16, 2020 07:59 by Mike Stiles
- 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/S69168851
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "One male, 2 females in easternmost tidal pond"

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 16, 2020 08:48 by Rick Saval
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69153639
- Comments: "HO yank, yank call"

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Oceano and Lagoon area

Thomas Slater
 

Lots to see. Nice to have entire campground without all the campers. 3 Hooded Orioles, 7 Western Tanagers, 2 Warbling Vireos, BH Grosbeak, many Pac-slopes, and plenty of typical warblers.

Highlight was a flyover of 8 White-faced Ibis on Silverspur Road. 

Bird on,
Tom Slater
Nipomo




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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 14, 2020 19:30 by Jeff Miller
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69066017
- Comments: "Continuing"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported May 14, 2020 19:38 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/S69068786
- Comments: "Continuing."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 16:20 by Marilyn Kircus
- Morro Rock Natural Preserve, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3673,-120.8671), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.36731,-120.867055&ll=35.36731,-120.867055
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69038136
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At a distance from Morro Rock - appears to be a nonbreeding female"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported May 12, 2020 06:59 by Kathleen Kent
- Heritage Ranch: Nacimiento River Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7588909,-120.8746623&ll=35.7588909,-120.8746623
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S69024167
- Comments: "Male and female. Photos"

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Re: White-winged Scoter

Skip French
 

Unusual sighting atop valley oak in n w atascadero this morn was great blue heron..it perched a few min, flew atop another oak , a big loop over meadow and headed south west. Appeared to have missing feathers or injury to front left wing for ID but this didn't seem to affect flight...skip


On Thu, May 14, 2020, 7:26 AM Bob Chapman via groups.io <trapmanlou=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
Tried sending yesterday, failed.


End of day...

Coming off the shore at the end of my day, I approached 3 scoters foraging close to shore at Post #5, inside the breakers. They became annoyed with my presence as I passed and scooted back to the open ocean. Thinking Surf Scoters I was pleased to see white secondaries, bilaterally, on one of the birds. Brownish in color; a female White-winged Scoter! I have only seen this species a couple of times here at OD, and usually in flight at a distance over the open water.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


White-winged Scoter

Bob Chapman
 

Tried sending yesterday, failed.


End of day...

Coming off the shore at the end of my day, I approached 3 scoters foraging close to shore at Post #5, inside the breakers. They became annoyed with my presence as I passed and scooted back to the open ocean. Thinking Surf Scoters I was pleased to see white secondaries, bilaterally, on one of the birds. Brownish in color; a female White-winged Scoter! I have only seen this species a couple of times here at OD, and usually in flight at a distance over the open water.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


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- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)

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Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported May 12, 2020 17:21 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Morro Bay SP--Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3468444,-120.8387738&ll=35.3468444,-120.8387738
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68989059
- Media: 3 Photos

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another Phalarope?

Marjorie Lane
 

good morning - 
yesterday around 10 at Lake Oso Flaco, saw what I believe is a female Redneck Phalarope.


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- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2 reports)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 12, 2020 10:51 by Tom Edell
- 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/S68949038
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Male showing a mostly pink bill with a dark tip across the harbor from the North T-Pier (photo). The gray scapulars appeared much less prominent that the last time I saw this bird in March and it was missing at least one primary on its right wing. What was surely the continuing female was with a flock of Surf Scoters close to the south jetty. Unfortunately it never untucked its head in the half hour I was there so I only observed a similar sized but paler duck (whitish below, brownish above). Given distance and viewing conditions could have been a leucistic Surf Scoter...but I think not."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 09:55 by Petra Clayton
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68952853
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video, which includes vocalization:

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49885236363/in/dateposted-public/" title="Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49885236363_950c7011df_o.jpg" alt="Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 12, 2020 08:05 by Mike Stiles
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68931756
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing rarity, heard this morning singing from Eucalyptus above trail entrance to the willows. Noticed black head, red upper chest, and white undersides and under tail."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 09:55 by Petra Clayton
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68952853
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing since ebird report 5/7/20 ( Jim Royer)."

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Lazuli Bunting and Blue Grosbeak

Tom Graves
 

On Monday, May 11, both the Lazuli Bunting and the Blue Grosbeak were again at Cottontail Creek Road, and were singing. I saw the Bunting, but not the Grosbeak, and recorded both. I had to research the Grosbeak and posted it as a mystery on Xeno Canto (all agreed on Blue Grosbeak). 

Males of both species sing a single song type with some truncation. The Lazuli has frequent double-notes. The Blue Grosbeak’s song is a short warble, with medium to low whistled notes with a few short burry notes. I confused this with a House Finch in the past. The field guide states that it’s similar to these: Warbling Vireo (but the Vireo’s notes are distinctly up and down—sing-songy-); Purple Finch (faster than the Grosbeak); and the Varied Bunting (not in area, and slightly higher in pitch). 

 

Lazuli Bunting

https://www.xeno-canto.org/557827

 

Blue Grosbeak

https://www.xeno-canto.org/557445

 

Anyone know the Bald Eagle’s call? A Red-tailed Hawk was mobbing a Bald Eagle, and I recorded the interaction. One of them was calling. Some calls from the B Eagle are up-slurred, like my recording. This would be my first Bald Eagle, and my 200th recorded species!

 

Bald Eagle ?

https://www.xeno-canto.org/557446

 

Another mystery bird has a distinct mellow whistle, increasing in rhythm, and descending slightly in pitch. Similar to a Wrentit, but I’ve never heard a Wrentit like this.

 

Mystery (Wrentit?)

https://www.xeno-canto.org/557806

 

The Lark Sparrow would not sing, but I got a few good call notes. 

 

Lark Sparrow

https://www.xeno-canto.org/557833

 

Got a nice California Thrasher, too. 

 

California Thrasher

https://www.xeno-canto.org/557832

 

 

Enjoy.

 

Tom Graves

 

https://www.xeno-canto.org/contributor/KGOCOOKTTU?dir=1&order=dt


Re: Nashville, BLack Throated Gray Warblers Nipomo

Skip French
 

I got a brief glimpse thru binocs of bird at top of sycamore in oak forest in north Atascadero yesterday.  Not as big as robin but outstanding feature was light orange/rusty head and neck, lighter white grey breast, darker grey on back.  Closest match in Peterson's is Olive warbler which is not found here...any suggestions?


On Fri, Apr 17, 2020, 2:56 PM Sue Girard <susansales535@...> wrote:
Yesterday I had a male Black Throated Gray Warbler late afternoon in my ground birdbath/drip. 

Today at noon under dense overcast, and while 6-8 Juncos took turns hogging the birdbath, three Nashville Warblers dropped in. Two showed their rusty crown patch, one did not, and this individual also had whitish underparts at the leg area. All had the complete white eye ring, gray crown and olive back and bright yellow sides and chest.   They jockeyed back and forth with the resident Juncos and finally had a good bathe, then were gone.

A few minutes later a male  Wilson's had a quick bath and left. 
Sue Girard
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- Northern Parula (3 reports)
- Summer Tanager (6 reports)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2 reports)

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Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 09:33 by Rick Saval
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68876405
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues, photo."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 08:15 by Kelly Cherry
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68890772
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "heard call, hard to get a good pic - very high up! yellow on throat and lower mandible, some red on breastband"

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 06:33 by Maggie Smith
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68893227
- Comments: "small blue headed warbler with white eye arcs. Throat was yellow with black/rufous band across chest; rest of underparts white. singing a buzzy unmusical song."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 10:40 by Norman Pillsbury
- 337 Henrietta Ave, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171269,-120.850661&ll=35.3171269,-120.850661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68883798
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing from 5/10/20, found by Larry Owen."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 11:00 by Jeanette Stone
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68885959
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 09:41 by Mike Stiles
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68884429
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Actively catching wasps. Just inside the willows near Pecho trail entrance. Calling and singing"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 07:30 by Mark Hays
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68880311
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Previous reported. Seen by three other present birders."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 07:29 by Jeff Miller
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68862500
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 06:31 by Mike Bush
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68866360
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "This is a second bird, different from the one seen two days ago."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 10:40 by Norman Pillsbury
- 337 Henrietta Ave, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171269,-120.850661&ll=35.3171269,-120.850661
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68883798
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. First posted by Jim Royer."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 11, 2020 06:31 by Mike Bush
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68866360
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in eucalyptus, seen from Pecho Rd."

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New Summer Tanager & Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Pecho Rd

Mike Bush
 

This morning at 7am, two other birders and I saw both a Summer Tanager and the continuing Rose-breasted Grosbeak on Pecho Rd., Los Osos.

The Summer Tanager farther south, or uphill in the first open space beyond the Monterey Cypresses. The Rose-breasted Grosbeak was seen lower on Pecho Rd., in the Eucalyptus.

The Summer Tanager is a second bird, different from the one seen two days ago.

Photos can be seen on my Flickr page.



Mike Bush
Los Osos, California


Re: Northern Parula

Kelly Cherry
 

Still here this morning, site 71


On Sun, May 10, 2020, 5:26 PM Nick Belardes <nickbelardes@...> wrote:
The Northern Parula reported yesterday at Oceano Campground was still singing this morning around nine or so. Discovered in a eucalyptus tree in one of the northerly campground areas near a restroom and employee service road back entrance. Study its song and it will be relatively easy to find. It sings rather loud.

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- Sharp-shinned Hawk (2 reports)
- Northern Parula (5 reports)
- Summer Tanager (5 reports)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported May 10, 2020 15:45 by Nico Schnack
- Old Creek Ranch (No Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.480553,-120.842912&ll=35.480553,-120.842912
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68838381
- Comments: "Small accipiter with small head and snappy wingbeats. Shorter tail than coopers. Carrying a mouse/vole."

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported May 10, 2020 15:45 by Brian Schnack
- Old Creek Ranch (No Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.480553,-120.842912&ll=35.480553,-120.842912
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68838382
- Comments: "Small accipiter with small head and snappy wingbeats. Shorter tail than coopers. Carrying a mouse/vole."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2020 10:20 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- Pismo SB--North Beach Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1309827,-120.6345294&ll=35.1309827,-120.6345294
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68823165
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Not the best lighting"

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported May 10, 2020 16:50 by Kai Mills
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68848039
- Comments: "Continuing in the northern part of the campground. Only soft, quiet vocalizations."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2020 09:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68841190
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported and described by Jeff Miller: Presumed male; singing. Charcoal blue-gray above, with greenish-yellow back. White eye arcs and white wing bars. Bright yellow throat and breast with faint red breast band. Large, sharp bill with bright yellow lower mandible. White belly and undertail coverts."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported May 10, 2020 08:08 by Nick Belardes
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68814853
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing. Reported in campground the day before. Heard Northern Parula’s loud rising trill while in one of northern campground areas. Made way toward back of campground near restroom where park worker service road enters campgrounds. Heard birdsong from eucalyptus tree. The bird sang from high in tree, sometimes perching for more than a few seconds, other times moving from branch to branch, sometimes hard to spot in the foliage. Its song was surprisingly loud, repetitive though sometimes several seconds passed before repeating. All the while it moved, it stopped to sing. The bird flew from the eucalyptus to a few other trees and back, usually staying high in the canopy. Other birders arrived. Bird perched on top of a lower tree for a great view and continued to sing. It then flew to another eucalyptus, then into some deciduous trees, still singing. Notable marks: Green back, grey head and wings, white wingbars, yellow throat, yellow chest with rufous breast band. White underside and undertail. Yellow lower mandible. Bird’s entire body shook while singing."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 15:11 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68827675
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported earlier in the day by Rick Saval."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2020 11:30 by Jay Carroll
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68817214
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "continuing immature male reported on the previous day by Jim Royer; calling occasionally."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2020 10:03 by Carol Comeau
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68819258
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "See photo. Found and photographed by several local birders. The first year male was seen from Pecho Road at the edge of Pecho Willows that is closest to the the golf course area."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2020 10:03 by Cathy Bonnett
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68823212
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "See photo. Found and photographed by several local birders. The first year male was seen from Pecho Road at the edge of Pecho Willows that is closest to the the golf course area."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2020 06:43 by Norman Pillsbury
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68842976
- Media: 7 Photos

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2020 06:43 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68820360
- Media: 7 Photos

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 10, 2020 14:00 by Jeanette Stone
- 337 Henrietta Ave, Los Osos US-CA (35.3171,-120.8507), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171517,-120.8507846&ll=35.3171517,-120.8507846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68841814
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously reported"

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Birdbane strikes again!

Rubba Johanna
 

I call myself birdbane because when I show up, the birds tend to disappear. This was my luck yesterday and today when I went to Los Osos to look for the Rose-breasted Grosbeak. No sign of him or the Magnolia Warbler or the Summer Tanager. I did see CB Chickadees, a Spotted Towhee, and a red-shouldered hawk being chased by a crow and a gull. Along the bay shore were 8  Willets. I checked out the Turri Ponds, and there were no birds there at all.

Today I did a very productive wildflower walk out San Simeon Point--my first time walking there since I moved here in 1995! While flower-hunting, I saw a Purple Finch and a Steller's Jay. There was also a Double-crested Cormorant rookery in the eucalyptus trees overlooking the little bay. I haven't heard Cormorant noises before and they are quite impressive--croaking and honking and rattling. There were numerous nests with females sitting in them, and males perched and fluttering roundabout.

I forgot to post in my previous Oceano campground report that I found a dead male Downy  Woodpecker on the east path. It must have been a Downy, because it was tiny. Poor little thing.

 

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Oops

William Bouton
 

Thanks to Kaaren Perry for pointing out that, in my SLOCObirding post, I reversed the plumage descriptions of male and female phalaropes. (Though, I did get it correct on Flickr.) 

The females are the more spectacularly plumaged sex in phalaropes.

Bill 


Bill Bouton
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 USA


Blue Grosbeaks back along Cottontail Creek Road

Kevin Zimmer
 

Sorry to be late with this post, but I visited Whale Rock Reservoir last Tuesday (May 5), and both Blue Grosbeaks and Lazuli Buntings were back in force along Cottontail Creek Road. I had 5 different territorial male Lazuli Buntings along the road (no females seen), and saw 4 male Blue Grosbeaks and 2 female Blue Grosbeaks. Both the buntings and the grosbeaks were very vocal through 1030h.

Other species seen were pretty much expected (Ash-throated Flycatchers, Rufous-crowned Sparrows, Yellow Warblers, etc), with the exception of a male Northern Harrier, which seemed a little late. I did not hear any Yellow-breasted Chats in the riparian corridors below the road.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

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