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*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Forster's Tern (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 08, 2020 09:59 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S71282466
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing immature female on north tip of sand spit (photo)"

Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 08, 2020 07:25 by Roger Zachary
- Pasadena Park--Baywood, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3300241,-120.8439875&ll=35.3300241,-120.8439875
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71282464
- Comments: "two distant small terns roosting across the estuary on the mudflat, one in basic plumage showing a black mask was first seen flying, the other similar size tern was in alternate plumage with a full black cap but view was poor due to visual distortion and mostly this birds is presumed to be this species by association."

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*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (2 reports)
- Forster's Tern (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 08, 2020 09:59 by Tom Edell
- 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/S71270778
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing immature female on north tip of sand spit (photo)"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 16:35 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Morro Rock Natural Preserve, Morro Bay US-CA 35.36894, -120.86495, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.368939,-120.864947&ll=35.368939,-120.864947
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71248529
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sitting on sand spit east of inlet and morro rock; with two surf scoters"

Forster's Tern (Sterna forsteri) (2)
- Reported Jul 08, 2020 07:25 by Tom Edell
- Pasadena Park--Baywood, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3300241,-120.8439875&ll=35.3300241,-120.8439875
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71270783
- Comments: "two distant small terns roosting across the estuary on the mudflat, one in basic plumage showing a black mask was first seen flying, the other similar size tern was in alternate plumage with a full black cap but view was poor due to visual distortion and mostly this birds is presumed to be this species by association."

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*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (3 reports)
- Eared Grebe (1 report)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (1 report)
- American Redstart (2 reports)
- Indigo Bunting (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 10:50 by John Deacon
- 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/S71240033
- Comments: "Ongoing local rarity. On a sand bar on the west side of the harbor. Small bill, dark above and lighter below."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 16:35 by Graham Lederer
- Morro Rock Natural Preserve, Morro Bay US-CA 35.36894, -120.86495, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.368939,-120.864947&ll=35.368939,-120.864947
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71242042
- Comments: "Sitting on sand spit east of inlet and morro rock; with two surf scoters"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 07:09 by Anonymous eBirder
- Morro Rock Natural Preserve, Morro Bay US-CA 35.36965, -120.86538, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.369646,-120.86538&ll=35.369646,-120.86538
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71228008
- Comments: "Continuing"

Eared Grebe (Podiceps nigricollis) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 10:50 by John Deacon
- 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/S71240033
- Comments: "Breeding plumage male. Golden yellow plumes extending from the back of the eyes to the back of the head. Overall dark. Noticeably smaller than nearby Surf Scoters."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 06:43 by Katherine Heck
- Islay Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.2490649,-120.6262145&ll=35.2490649,-120.6262145
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71225728
- Comments: "Flying, darting and perching in long grass on Islay Hill. Bright red-orange head with dark gray back; small bird, identified via Merlin app photos."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 09:23 by John Deacon
- 347 Garden St, Los Osos US-CA 35.31885, -120.85010, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.318846,-120.850097&ll=35.318846,-120.850097
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71230276
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Ongoing local rarity. Found in the oak trees at the NW corner of Nancy and Garden."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 09:00 by Liam Hampl
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71242488
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male first reported by Jim Royer. Very pale bird with yellow on both sides of wings and orange on the tail. Photos."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1)
- Reported Jul 07, 2020 10:35 by John Deacon
- Indigo Bunting Stakeout--Quintana Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3625791,-120.8167097&ll=35.3625791,-120.8167097
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71232961
- Comments: "Ongoing rarity. First heard singing on north side of road in scrubby vegetation. Bright blue. Smaller and slimmer than Blue Grosbeak. Beak smaller, more finch sized, than the large beak of a Blue Grosbeak. Lacked rufous wingbars of Blue Grosbeak."

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HEEG

Bob Chapman
 

Well, just bumped into the first juvey Heermann's gull!

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


Re: OD shore

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Bob

  Do your Western Gulls fledge earlier down there? I am wondering as we are weeks away from our Bay Area birds fledging right now. Curious.

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chapman via groups.io
Sent: Tuesday, July 7, 2020 3:10 PM
To: Slocobirding <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [slocobirding] OD shore

 

Some slow changes along the shore.

 

July 3, First juvey California gull, at least 2 on shore now.

 

July 4, First juvey Western Gull.

 

July 6, First Elegant terns of the summer (2)

 

Caspian terns with young, don't know when they first showed.

 

Western and Least Sandpipers in handfuls.

 

Coworker photographed a Short-billed Dowitcher on Sunday.

 

No juvey Heermann's gulls yet.

 

Bob Chapman

Oceano Dunes


OD shore

Bob Chapman
 

Some slow changes along the shore.

July 3, First juvey California gull, at least 2 on shore now.

July 4, First juvey Western Gull.

July 6, First Elegant terns of the summer (2)

Caspian terns with young, don't know when they first showed.

Western and Least Sandpipers in handfuls.

Coworker photographed a Short-billed Dowitcher on Sunday.

No juvey Heermann's gulls yet.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes


Pismo Creek Mouth, Negative Report

Brad Schram
 

The mouth of Pismo Creek is flooded today with little muddy edge for shorebirds, if any, to exploit.  This morning there were no (zero) shorebirds of any species either at the creek mouth or on the beach between Pismo pier and the creek mouth.

The gull flock (maybe 40 birds total) included no terns, and no gulls other than Western and summering California, all in various stages of molt and general shabbiness.  The Californias in particular looked like they had been assembled from a spare parts bin of random plumages and stages of molt.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


Re: Leucistic Turkey Vulture

Chris Van Beveren
 

A female House Sparrow that comes to our seed feeder often has a crown of white feather on the top of her head. We have named her Paint.



Chris Van Beveren
Beck Travel
565 Baywood Way

Los Osos CA 93402

Phone:  805 439-2023



becktravel@...

On Monday, July 6, 2020, 05:11:22 PM PDT, Peggy <peggysueburhenn@...> wrote:


I think I have a leucistic Turkey Vulture that has been around for 2 seasons (we named him Whitey, since he seems to live here). It has white feathers surrounding its neck but otherwise appears to be a normal looking TUVU.
Just today I saw what I presume to be a juvenile TUVU with a black head and a white patch of feathers just on the right side of his neck.
Is leucism in TUVUs becoming more common?, is this a likely offspring of Whitey?
Just curious if anyone has any knowledge they can share about this.
Thanks so much,

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Peggy
Arroyo Grande



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*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Red-eyed Vireo (1 report)
- American Redstart (3 reports)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 06, 2020 07:32 by Seth Ontiveros
- 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/S71192874
- Comments: "Roosting on north tip of sandspit along bay entrance. With surf scoters."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (2)
- Reported Jul 06, 2020 06:21 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- De Anza Trail--North Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.5267508,-120.6974933&ll=35.5267508,-120.6974933
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71211473
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Small, cigar-shaped, brown swift. Both birds photographed had wings that were evenly tapered, straight-edged and lacked bulging inner primaries more characteristic of Chimney Swift"

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1)
- Reported Jul 06, 2020 08:09 by Jim Royer
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71209275
- Comments: "Continuing bird singing within Pecho Willows on the northwestern side at 8:10"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 05, 2020 09:10 by Petra Clayton
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71183337
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "First ebird report: July 4, 2020 (Jim Royer): Gray head and back; black splotches on the head, around the eyes, and at the sides of the neck; white breast and belly; yellow on the sides of the breast; yellow patches on the wings; black tail with orange sides and orange under the tail; black bill; did not fan the tail.
Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50081735101/in/dateposted-public/"; title="American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50081735101_879edcfd20_b.jpg"; alt="American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 06, 2020 07:19 by Rick Saxton
- Nancy and Garden Streets, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.318697,-120.8520126&ll=35.318697,-120.8520126
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71210876
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Probable bird first observed and reported by Jim Royer. Observed and photoed in willows at the corner of Nancy and Garden Streets."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 06, 2020 09:15 by Jim Royer
- US-CA-Los Osos-347 Garden St - 35.3190x-120.8501, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.319022,-120.850116&ll=35.319022,-120.850116
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71209508
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

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Leucistic Turkey Vulture

Peggy
 

I think I have a leucistic Turkey Vulture that has been around for 2 seasons (we named him Whitey, since he seems to live here). It has white feathers surrounding its neck but otherwise appears to be a normal looking TUVU.
Just today I saw what I presume to be a juvenile TUVU with a black head and a white patch of feathers just on the right side of his neck.
Is leucism in TUVUs becoming more common?, is this a likely offspring of Whitey?
Just curious if anyone has any knowledge they can share about this.
Thanks so much,

--
Peggy
Arroyo Grande



Falcon nest poaching - SLO

Kaaren Perry
 

It has been brought to my attendtion that active poaching has been detected at one of our county raptor nest sites. Poaching is the illegal taking of wildlife, in violation of localstatefederal, or international law. This  includes taking of live animals or eggs for profit.  Fish and Wildlife have been notified and are investigating. 

If you any information or notice any suspicious activity at such a location please notify the Fish and Wildlife authorities immediately.  

California Department of Fish and Wildlife CalTIP number to contact is : 1 888-334-2258







Red-eyed Vireo, American Redstart, Indigo Bunting

Jim Royer
 

The Red-eyed Vireo continues at Pecho Willows in Los Osos. It was singing at 8:10 this morning in the northwestern corner of the grove of trees best reached by taking the dirt path that meanders back from Pecho at the end of Henrietta Ave. (watch for poison oak and ticks). The American Redstart continues in the willows and oaks along Nancy, between Binscarth and Garden. It chips occasionally and is generally by itself. The Indigo Bunting was still along Quintana, near Morro Bay (If you're going toward Highway 1 on South Bay Blvd. - turn right on Quintana - away from Morro Bay) midday yesterday. Go past †he mobile home park. It was sporadically singing in the willows next to the dirt road that goes right out into the ag. fields, and on the highway side of Quintana, in willows and coyote brush toward the veterinary clinic.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Juvenile California Gulls

Tom Edell
 

I was surprised to find two juvenile California Gulls on the beach at San
Simeon Creek this morning. The county's expected arrival for juveniles is
around 21 Jul : https://ebird.org/checklist/S71168840



Almost no returning shorebirds at San Simeon or Santa Rosa creeks where I
had a grand total of two adult Least Sandpipers.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA



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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (2 reports)
- Rough-legged Hawk (1 report)
- American Redstart (5 reports)
- Indigo Bunting (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2020 12:00 by Michael Ridder
- 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/S71154596
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Square head, diving, short bill, large brown patch on side of head"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 05, 2020 15:05 by Anonymous eBirder
- Morro Rock Natural Preserve, Morro Bay US-CA 35.36965, -120.86538, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.369646,-120.86538&ll=35.369646,-120.86538
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71175083
- Comments: "Continuing. Even w western face of Morro Rock."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2020 18:29 by Elisabeth Waechter
- Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.5552913,-121.0983569&ll=35.5552913,-121.0983569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71142896
- Comments: "Hovering over cliff edge in wind"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 05, 2020 09:45 by Jeanette Stone
- 344 Binscarth Rd, Los Osos US-CA 35.31859, -120.85033, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3190301,-120.850474&ll=35.3190301,-120.850474
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71168821
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, photos"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 05, 2020 09:38 by Jeff Miller
- 344 Binscarth Rd, Los Osos US-CA 35.31859, -120.85033, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.318591,-120.850329&ll=35.318591,-120.850329
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71159831
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing first year male; photos"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 05, 2020 09:30 by Graham Lederer
- 352 Binscarth Rd, Los Osos US-CA 35.31851, -120.84988, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.318507,-120.849881&ll=35.318507,-120.849881
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71159890
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "At top of tree"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 05, 2020 09:30 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 352 Binscarth Rd, Los Osos US-CA 35.31851, -120.84988, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.318507,-120.849881&ll=35.318507,-120.849881
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71165350
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Based on comparative photos, continuing bird initially reported by Jim Royer at this location the previous day, July 4, 2020"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2020 17:12 by Jay Carroll
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71145124
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found earlier by Jim Royer; warbler calling high sweet chip notes; flashing yellowish orange tail panels while foraging in oak; photo."

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1)
- Reported Jul 05, 2020 11:22 by Jim Royer
- Indigo Bunting Stakeout--Quintana Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3625791,-120.8167097&ll=35.3625791,-120.8167097
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71166834
- Comments: "Singing and perched in coyote brush on slope to east of road. Continuing all dark adult male with all blue underparts, head, back and rump."

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Black-crowned night herons on the beach

Rubba Johanna
 

Took a long walk on the Oceano vehicle beach about 8:30 this morning (Sunday). Blessedly free of vehicles! Saw 4 black-crowned night herons foraging in the little waves. First time I've seen them in salt water. Also 2 whimbrels.


Re: Black phoebe nest update

Lynne Breakstone
 

Hooray for Pacific Wildlife Care! I encourage all birders to consider donating to them; I know from experience that they use their $$$ very carefully.
Friday, July 3 saw a very cooperative Ash-throated Flycatcher at El Chorro park, right at gated off entrance to road, after the dog park. Also a possible Hammond’s Flycatcher.
Lynne Breakstone


Black phoebe nest update

Rubba Johanna
 

First off, thanks to several fellow birders who made suggestions on what to do about the black phoebe nest.

A volunteer from Pacific Wildlife Care came to the house and removed the dead adult and one dead chick from the nest. One live chick remained, and he took it with him to PW's center to be rescued. The other adult phoebe was not to be seen. PW suggested that the bird may have ingested pesticide, perhaps from an insect. 

Sad, but at least one of the little ones has a chance. We're very lucky to have Pacific Wildlife.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Re: summer status of Ring-billed Gull along CA coast

Tom Edell
 

Following up on Friday's post I walked Morro Strand State Beach from just south of North Point to Morro Creek this morning and found one Ring-billed Gull (second-cycle).

https://ebird.org/checklist/S71139761

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: tedell@aol.com <tedell@aol.com>
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2020 11:20 AM
To: SLO Bird Listserv (slocobirding@groups.io) <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: FW: [CALBIRDS] true summer status of Ring-billed Gull along CA coast?

I've always felt that especially in summer immature California Gulls are misidentified as Ring-billed Gulls, so I think that Paul Lehman's post is one worth reading. In SLO County, Ring-billed Gulls are found on sandy beaches in the South County and from Morro Bay (sandspit and estuary) to Cayucos. This species is unexpected along the rocky north coast where one or maybe two occasionally summer on sandy beaches at creek mouths such as Santa Rosa, San Simeon, and Arroyo Laguna. If you think you see more than a couple, look again. It happens, but very rarely in mid-summer. And don't identify young Ring-billed Gulls solely by a dark tipped bill! For eBirders, consider brief comments/photos for summer sightings and when unsure of the species enter gull sp. or Larus sp.

And like Paul, I'd be interested to hear what the maximum counts are that other people can find. Thanks...Tom

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: CALBIRDS@groups.io <CALBIRDS@groups.io> On Behalf Of lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io
Sent: Friday, July 3, 2020 9:52 AM
To: calbirds@groups.io
Subject: [CALBIRDS] true summer status of Ring-billed Gull along CA coast?

A coastal, alternate-adult Ring-billed Gull photographed here in San Diego County yesterday (July 2nd) by Sue Smith reminded me of the good question raised by a number of folks over the past decade or so: What the true status of late-spring and early-summer Ring-billed Gulls is along the coast of California, between mid-May and mid-July? Certainly the first returning adults and juveniles start appearing around mid- (third week of) July. But true over-summering birds appear to be actually quite rare along the immediate coast for almost the entire length of the state. Can one find the occasional single bird, or perhaps a group of 2 or 3, sure! But very, very few. A couple favored sites might have up to 6 or 7. And a couple of the very large estuaries in the state may have more than that--places like the more interior sections of the San Francsico Bay complex and also perhaps locally up at Humboldt Bay. But what of many such reports from open beaches, mudflats, and rocky shores? The species in the past has been reported fairly regularly in such plces between mid-May and mid-July, and there are even some published reports of moderate numbers during this period. Multiple counts of 20-35 birds, with no details, along the outer coasts from several counties can still be found in the eBird data. But, Ring-billed Gull is actually quite rare at that season along almost the entire immediate coast--particularly any count over just one or several birds--and many such reports almost certainly involve young California Gulls (showing strongly bicolored bills), which are fairly numerous in those areas through the summer. Many of the RBGU reports have involved visiting out-of-state birders who do not appreciate the true summer status of these two gull species, and often they come from popular "birder tourist" destinations such as Monterey. But summering Ring-billeds are actually very rare along the immediate coast of Monterey, at least south of Moss Landing. Just one example.

So, if anyone is looking for a quick early-summer project, go to as many of your outer-coastal gull hang-outs as you can in the next 10 days or two weeks--before the southbound Ring-billeds and Californias start arriving--and see how many Ring-billeds you can actually find. And then also try some lakes and park ponds inland on the coastal plain. I have yet to find ANY Ring-billeds in San Diego County this summer, although I haven't checked some interior lakes which could well support a couple.
I'd be interested to hear what the maximum counts are that other people can find (away from San Francisco and Humboldt Bays). Anything over 5-7 birds, if that?

--Paul Lehman, San Diego








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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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

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- American Redstart (4 reports)

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American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2020 11:38 by Jeff Miller
- 344 Binscarth Rd, Los Osos US-CA 35.31859, -120.85033, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.318591,-120.850329&ll=35.318591,-120.850329
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71131453
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First year male found by Jim Royer. Pale warbler with gray head, completely pale underneath, yellow on sides and faint yellow in wings, yellow base of tail with some orange, faint white eye arcs. Photo."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2020 12:25 by Norman Pillsbury
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71133870
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Young male, distinctive yellow patch on side, yellow on wings and tail. White under and above eye."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2020 11:52 by Carol Comeau
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71131193
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Jim Royer. The bird was foraging deep in the willows at the intersection of Binscarth and Garden. First year male."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Jul 04, 2020 11:31 by Jim Royer
- US-CA-Los Osos-347 Garden St - 35.3190x-120.8501, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.319022,-120.850116&ll=35.319022,-120.850116
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71130021
- Comments: "Young male with a liquid sounding chip. A warbler with a thin black warbler bill, yellow on the sides of the upper tail and yellow stripe across the underside of the dark tail near the base, yellow on the sides, splotchy black and gray in the head and chest, yellow stripe across dark wings and whitish belly. Confirmed by Jeff Miller."

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Greater Yellowlegs on the move

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning there were 8 adult Great Yellowlegs on the first pond on Turri Road.  They were all in transition from their heavily streaked breeding into wintering plumage.  Lots of preening going on!  These are the first of the returning shorebirds I have seen this season.  I did a little review on their breeding location and found this on Birds of the World, Cornell:  the Greater Yellowlegs restricts itself as a breeder to swampy muskeg habitats of central Canada and southern Alaska.  Welcome back!  
(photo on flickr)

There was also a Wilson’s Phalarope on the second pond, frequently hidden from view when along the distant shore line.



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