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Wood Ducks @ Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs SP

Maggie Smith
 

This morning there were 6 Wood Ducks in the creek.  I took a distant photo because I know how quick they are to fly off.  The photo which is part of my eBird report shows 5 birds.

I think it shows 1 eclipsed male , 2 females and 2 juveniles.  I'd like feedback if needed.

This is the first eBird report of this species at Villa Creek.


Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


Sweet Springs Preserve Breeding Bird surveys 2020. Wrap up.

Kaaren Perry
 

For the seventh consecutive breeding season our team of trained MCAS volunteers have completed the annual MCAS Sweet Springs Preserve Breeding Bird surveys. Our teams monitor the abundance and breeding status of the birds present in two-week intervals from early March through June 2020. As you will read in the summary, the main objective of the study is to provide a long-term standardized record of the numbers and types of birds that use the coastal preserve for nesting and rearing. 

I encourage you to take a little time to join us as we learn more about our resident and migrant spring breeders by viewing the annual report.  Even if you only occasionally or are just planning a visit to Sweet Springs, I do think you might find this report of interest.  The summary and some fun photos can be found at found on the Morro Coast Audubon web pg at: https://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/2020/07/sweet-springs-breeding-bird-survey.html. Once there then click on annual report. 

Sincere thanks to those dedicated survey participants who contributed their time and talents to another successful breeding bird survey season: Joanne Aasen, Bart Beckman, Karen Beckman, Jay Carroll, Wendy McKeown, Judy Neuhauser, Kaaren Perry, Max Taylor.

Very special recognition to Jay Carroll who compiles the survey data collected at each survey, puts together all the relative comparisons from past years and presents it to us in a comprehensive, understandable and enjoyable summary document.   This project definitely takes a village!

8th Sweet Springs breeding survey season will begin in early March 2021.

Kaaren Perry : Project Manager

Jay Carroll : Data Compiler


Lesser Yellowlegs - Turri Rd. Ponds

Kaaren Perry
 

A brief stop at the first pond east of South Bay Rd. this morning had a few surprises.  2 juvenile Lesser Yellowlegs and a Wilson's Phalarope were actively feeding with 5 Greater Yellowlegs.  No other shore birds were present at the time. The mixed flock was observed for about 5 minutes before all flew off, heading west.  Flight calls of both yellowlegs species was heard. 

A few distant photos can be seen on my ebird report.  https://ebird.org/checklist/S71781494



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- Redhead (1 report)
- Sharp-shinned Hawk (1 report)
- Indigo Bunting (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (5)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 19:21 by Sarah Toner
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71712135
- Comments: "Medium-sized Aythya. Small flotilla apart from female and young. Overall plain diving ducks, white belly, no white in front of hill, rounded heads, white smudging near eye."

Sharp-shinned Hawk (Accipiter striatus) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2020 19:48 by Mark Hays
- Hays Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.1337729,-120.5566585&ll=35.1337729,-120.5566585
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71764775
- Comments: "Perched in back yard with a covey of quail present, flew off soon after. Seen before smaller than Cooper,s Hawk"

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 23, 2020 11:30 by Tom Edell
- 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/S71758056
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "The bird twice perched briefly in coyote brush, both times in poor light. Given the almost completely brown wings, tail, and back and appearance of worn wing feathers this bird seems more likely an immature male than an adult molting into basic plumage (photo). No wing bars visible and grayish bill was too small for Blue Grosbeak. Bird in same location alternate plumaged male (photographed yesterday, not seen today) has been present for past two months. Bird located by calls."

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- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Black Skimmer (2 reports)
- Indigo Bunting (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 07:28 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- de Anza Trail - South Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4874054,-120.6409125&ll=35.4874054,-120.6409125
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71738565
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small, brownish and cigar-shaped swift with short tail and without noticeable bulge to inner primaries."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 07:27 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4478436,-120.9069453&ll=35.4478436,-120.9069453
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71723662
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "alternate plumaged bird that shows different colored covert feathers suggesting ongoing molt (photo)"

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 07:06 by Jeff Miller
- Cayucos Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4478436,-120.9069453&ll=35.4478436,-120.9069453
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71718590
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea) (2)
- Reported Jul 22, 2020 09:58 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S71729395
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male together with another male with blotchy blue and brown plumage, likely first summer; photos."

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Two Indigo Buntings at Stakeout

Jay Carroll
 

While checking the location off Quintana Road just east of Morro Bay where an adult male Indigo Bunting has been since mid-May, I saw a second male Indigo, but this one with blotchy blue and brown plumage, likely a first summer individual. They were together along the brushy hillside below Hwy 1 and also in the willows across the road. Photos at https://ebird.org/checklist/S71729395.

Jay Carroll
Los Osos


Shorebirds

Bob Chapman
 

Shorebirds have picked up in the last few days;

Wandering Tattler on Sunday
Greater Yellowlegs
Dowitchers (Short-billed for sure, possible Long-billed)
Red Knot
Black Turnstone
Wilson Phalaropes
Red-necked Phalaropes
Peeps, Western, Least, and possible early Baird's yesterday

Nothing unusual yet.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes



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- Greater White-fronted Goose (2 reports)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 17:10 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakers (Private - No Public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.515079,-120.672841&ll=35.515079,-120.672841
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71710658
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 17:10 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- The Lakers (Private - No Public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.515079,-120.672841&ll=35.515079,-120.672841
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71711761
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (5)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 19:21 by Larry Chen
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71712134
- Comments: "Medium-sized Aythya. Small flotilla apart from female and young. Overall plain diving ducks, white belly, no white in front of hill, rounded heads, white smudging near eye."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Jul 21, 2020 14:05 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos: Santa Ysabel Avenue, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3299409,-120.8197633&ll=35.3299409,-120.8197633
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71708241
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Mostly red plumage (head and breast) with yellow flanks. First eBird report at this location: July 16, 2020 (John Sayers, Seth Ontiveros)"

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- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Red-shouldered Hawk (elegans) (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2020 10:45 by Ken Feng
- Morro Bay harbor mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3640786,-120.8658353&ll=35.3640786,-120.8658353
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71676581
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seems like a juvenile female. Near shore along the trail south of Morro Rock, between the parking lot and the collection of cairns. Dove underwater and resurfaced a few times."

Red-shouldered Hawk (elegans) (Buteo lineatus elegans) (1)
- Reported Jul 20, 2020 11:08 by Kerry Ross
- Grams House, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3166025,-120.8474395&ll=35.3166025,-120.8474395
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71672153
- Comments: "Adult."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 20, 2020 07:47 by Tom Edell
- Santa Ysabel Ave--east end, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3300929,-120.8215475&ll=35.3300929,-120.8215475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71671465
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Immature male (photo) first reported on 16 Jul"

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Elegant Terns - Cayucos

Kaaren Perry
 

In case you haven't been along the coast lately, Elegant Terns are again feeding at sea and roosting on kelp beds off shore. At least 250 were seen from the Lucerne Dr vista in north Cayucos during a short observation this morning.  A scope would be useful but not absolutely necessary for distant views.

Just a little reminder that often not long after the Elegant Terns arrive come the jaegers. Time to open up that book and review ?  I always find it exciting to spot one of those flashy "sea-pirates" from shore. 


Kaaren Perry


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- California Condor (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (1)
- Reported Jul 19, 2020 10:49 by Tony Kurz
- 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/S71642397
- Comments: "Couldn’t believe seen from Bob Jones Trail/Blue Heron Ana Bay rd just East of country club Mulligans restaurant just above San Luis river. Adult bird seen flying away from me. It was headed NW just above TUVU’s towards the Diablo power plant. Noticed first from large size and NO V-shaped flight. I thought at first maybe GOEA then looked with bins and only had about a 20 second look before it flew over hill out of sight. It had diagnostic white arm pits leading out to primaries. And I could actually see pinkish small looking head. Tail looked somewhat short, but couldn’t see “fingers” in primaries because of strait flight gliding NW. I could not see from angle the tag number, but it could have had one. It had a rather pointed wing look. I tried to consider a juvenile bald eagle, but just couldn’t because of head color and just the strong bold white in the front of the under wings. I definitely didn’t expect that. I wonder if it’s just cruising the coast line."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 19, 2020 07:17 by Seth Ontiveros
- Santa Ysabel Ave and Los Osos Creek, Baywood-Los Osos, California, US (35.33, -120.817), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3304259,-120.8173977&ll=35.3304259,-120.8173977
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71632432
- Media: 1 Photo, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Mostly red male. Same area as previously observed. Closer to creek where power lines cross low over trail. At big cottonwoods."

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Re: Pied billed grebe nest on the Bob Jones Trail

Victoria Morrow
 

Hi Lynne,

I appreciate the concern you express and my love of birds ensures that I would never endanger them. I understand why we sometimes decline to specify the locations of nests in order to avoid disturbing birds. In this case, the location is one I am intimately familiar with, one where the grebes nest successfully every year (barring interference from storms or helicopters). This is an extremely well-used two lane road filled with people, bikes, and golf carts every day. Visiting birders constitute a very small blip in the population of the trail. To withhold information on the location of this nest would be unnecessarily stingy relative to my fellow bird lovers.

Vicki Morrow

On Jul 19, 2020, at 12:23 PM, Lynne Breakstone <breakstonelynne@gmail.com> wrote:

Unfortunately, telling exactly where a nest attracts way too many people, and often causes the birds to abandon the nest. Please, in the future don’t send out this kind of information to great numbers of people. Lynne Breakstone
On Jul 19, 2020, at 11:16 AM, Victoria Morrow <vmorrow@pacbell.net> wrote:
A pied billed grebe pair has successfully hatched a clutch of at least three chicks, notable because their prior nest was blown apart by a helicopter scooping water from the creek to fight the recent Avila Fire. Obviously I am not certain this is the same pair, but this nest appeared a few days after the helicopter incident and in precisely the same location.
The nest is readily visible from the trail. It is located downstream from the weir, upstream from the memorial bench about 60 yards. It is on the far side of the creek in the reeds but totally visible.
Vicki Morrow


Re: Pied billed grebe nest on the Bob Jones Trail

Lynne Breakstone
 

Unfortunately, telling exactly where a nest attracts way too many people, and often causes the birds to abandon the nest. Please, in the future don’t send out this kind of information to great numbers of people. Lynne Breakstone

On Jul 19, 2020, at 11:16 AM, Victoria Morrow <vmorrow@pacbell.net> wrote:

A pied billed grebe pair has successfully hatched a clutch of at least three chicks, notable because their prior nest was blown apart by a helicopter scooping water from the creek to fight the recent Avila Fire. Obviously I am not certain this is the same pair, but this nest appeared a few days after the helicopter incident and in precisely the same location.

The nest is readily visible from the trail. It is located downstream from the weir, upstream from the memorial bench about 60 yards. It is on the far side of the creek in the reeds but totally visible.

Vicki Morrow



Pied billed grebe nest on the Bob Jones Trail

Victoria Morrow
 

A pied billed grebe pair has successfully hatched a clutch of at least three chicks, notable because their prior nest was blown apart by a helicopter scooping water from the creek to fight the recent Avila Fire. Obviously I am not certain this is the same pair, but this nest appeared a few days after the helicopter incident and in precisely the same location.

The nest is readily visible from the trail. It is located downstream from the weir, upstream from the memorial bench about 60 yards. It is on the far side of the creek in the reeds but totally visible.

Vicki Morrow


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- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Red-breasted Nuthatch (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 17, 2020 08:10 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Atascadero Creek - Centennial Plaza, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4886761,-120.6663984&ll=35.4886761,-120.6663984
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71593837
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Pair flying together vocalizing with high-pitched, spaced "twit" calls."

Red-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta canadensis) (1)
- Reported Jul 18, 2020 06:24 by Carol Comeau
- Private Residence, Los Osos, CA (no visitors), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3184056,-120.8516995&ll=35.3184056,-120.8516995
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71597611
- Comments: "Heard distinctive “yank” call coming from the Pecho Willows area. Heard two separate times."

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Northern Pygmy-Owl in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

At about 3:30 this afternoon (July 18), I stepped outside of the house and was amazed hear a Northern Pygmy-Owl “tooting” steadily from the oaks lining Graves Creek on the eastern edge of our property.  After a cursory attempt to see if the owl was readily visible from the creek side of our house, I ran back inside to grab my binoculars and camera.  When I came back out, the owl was still calling away, and had attracted the attention of our resident Steller’s Jays, which were quickly mobilizing to mob the owl.  Unfortunately, the owl also seemingly managed to draw the attention of a Cooper’s Hawk which flew in and landed low in the riparian undergrowth very near to where the owl was calling.  The owl went silent, and the hawk sat there looking around before flying off – as best as I could tell, the hawk was not carrying anything when it flew off, and an inspection of the ground beneath where the hawk was perched revealed no feathers, so I think that the owl escaped.  But I never heard the owl again, although the jays still appeared to be mobbing something high in the oaks.  After a few more minutes, the jays calmed down and carried on with other activities.

We’ve lived in this spot for over 30 years, and I’ve never heard or seen a Northern Pygmy-Owl on the property, or even in the neighboring wooded foothills of the Santa Lucias which take off just across the street from our place.  I have seen nesting/territorial NOPOs at Cerro Alto Campground on multiple occasions over the years (including this year), so it’s not much of a stretch to have one show up on our well-wooded property.  I suspect this may have been a dispersing juvenile, just passing through after leaving its natal territory.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Wilson's Phalarope and Purple Martin at Atascadero Sewage Ponds

Kevin Zimmer
 

Yesterday (July 17), I birded the Atascadero Sewage Ponds from the trail that wraps around the back (east) side of the fence.  There was not much evidence of migrants, but I did photograph a single Wilson’s Phalarope.  There were large numbers of swallows (mostly Cliff and Tree, with a couple of Violet-greens and Northern Rough-wingeds), including 1 adult male Purple Martin.  I was watching closely for Vaux’s Swifts, but saw none, although there were at least 10–12 White-throated Swifts feeding over the ponds.  I photographed several of the White-throated Swifts, and all were in fairly heavy wing molt.

Lots of family groups of Ash-throated Flycatchers, Western Kingbirds, Western Bluebirds and several individual Black Phoebes were sallying out from the fence line on the back side of the ponds.  I also photographed a Green Heron flying over the ponds.  Waterfowl seen were 50+ Canada Geese, 40+ Wood Ducks, 100+ Mallards, and 6 Cinnamon Teal.  The only other shorebirds (besides the 1 Wilson’s Phalarope) seen were Killdeer.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


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Surfbird (Calidris virgata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 16, 2020 17:29 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S71567416
- Media: 1 Photo

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Wandering Tattlers at Estero Bluffs SP

Maggie Smith
 

This morning there were 3 Wandering Tattlers together on the near shore rocks north of the Fig Tree parking area.


Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


Avocets

Bob Chapman
 

American Avocets have been regular at Arroyo Grande creek lagoon all week; 7 on the 12th, 4 on the 13th and 14th. All juveniles. Have not noticed them here in these numbers this time of year before. SLO eBird checklist lists them as rare for early half of July.

Tallied 9 juvenile Heermann's gulls (HEEG) yesterday, a high number so far this season.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

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