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Oso this morning

Thomas Slater
 

I walked into one big warbler flock with 2 HERMIT warblers. Both female. Also 3 Townsends, 6 Wilson's, 3 Yellow, one Orange warblers. Hutton's Vireo, Pac-Slope, BG Gnatcatcher mixed in along with bushtits and chickadees. Everything else expected was on the lake or chilling in the reeds, but nothing extraordinary. Not a puff of wind. Beautiful.

Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo


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*** Species Summary:

- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (4 reports)
- Virginia's Warbler (4 reports)
- American Redstart (6 reports)
- Blackburnian Warbler (3 reports)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (1 report)

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Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:24 by Sarah Toner
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73219388
- Comments: "Continuing presence at east end of Islay Creek Campground. Chipped and perched up briefly. Small long-tailed sparrow (typical Spizella) with black lores and long stripe through eye, streaked dull rufous-brown crown, unmarked greyish underparts."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:24 by Larry Chen
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73219387
- Comments: "Continuing presence at east end of Islay Creek Campground. Chipped and perched up briefly. Small long-tailed sparrow (typical Spizella) with black lores and long stripe through eye, streaked dull rufous-brown crown, unmarked greyish underparts."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 09:46 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/S73219721
- Comments: "Continues."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 09:15 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/S73254233
- Comments: "Previously seen and reported on Sept 5 by Jeff Miller. Rick Saval re-found the bird in the same location and called me over to observe. Boldly striped warbler in black and white. Foraging high in the pines; unable to photograph."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 07:29 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S73215977
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jeff Miller. Photos."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 07:29 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S73216229
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jeff Miller. Photos."

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 13:15 by Kilian Hampl
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73233329
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos. In pine between campsites 8 and 10. With a flock of Bushtits, Chickadees, Finches, and a Townsend's Warbler."

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 13:15 by Liam Hampl
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73232721
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos. In pine between campsites 8 and 10. With a flock of Bushtits, Chickadees, Finches, and a Townsend's Warbler."

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:24 by Larry Chen
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73219387
- Comments: "Mucking about with mixed flock here (35.2732924, -120.8835765), on southern edge of Islay Creek Campground. Appeared to favor brushy low veg and low-hanging boughs, but also appeared once in mid-storey in pine. Medium-sized warbler, lanky body structure, grey overall with bright white complete eyering and yellow rump and undertail. Bobbed tail quite a bit."

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:24 by Sarah Toner
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73219388
- Comments: "Mucking about with mixed flock here (35.2732924, -120.8835765), on southern edge of Islay Creek Campground. Appeared to favor brushy low veg and low-hanging boughs, but also appeared once in mid-storey in pine. Medium-sized warbler, lanky body structure, grey overall with bright white complete eyering and yellow rump and undertail. Bobbed tail quite a bit."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:24 by Larry Chen
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73219387
- Comments: "Continuing imm. male around (35.2751655, -120.8817033). Flitting about low in cypresses."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:24 by Sarah Toner
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73219388
- Comments: "Continuing imm. male around (35.2751655, -120.8817033). Flitting about low in cypresses."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 07:28 by Nick Belardes
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73220907
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pair in northeastern campground area cypress tree. Photos for species ID."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 16:35 by Stephen Bylin
- 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/S73238484
- Comments: "Female\juvenile. Grayish warbler from head and below to vent with yellow on flanks, wings and tail. Distinctive fanning of tail as it moved quickly in brush behind Campsite 49. Photo to be added by ‘conejomoon’ on shared list."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 16:35 by Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin
- 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/S73238485
- Comments: "Female\juvenile. Grayish warbler from head and below to vent with yellow on flanks, wings and tail. Distinctive fanning of tail as it moved quickly in brush behind Campsite 49. Photo to be added by ‘conejomoon’ on shared list."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 09:46 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/S73219721
- Comments: "Continues."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:24 by Larry Chen
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73219387
- Comments: "Pale female/immature type. First located at around (35.2744317, -120.8821540), then appeared with flock at (35.2731912, -120.8833140). Orange-yellow wash neatly confined to throat and upper breast, white brow stripe (not yellowish as in Townsend’s), grey-brown eyeline connected to pale brownish triangular auriculars (not as extensive as in TOWA), weak streaking on sides, prominent white wingbars, white vent and undertail with dark tail corners. Poor photos, others may have better ones."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 08:24 by Sarah Toner
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73219388
- Comments: "Pale female/immature type. First located at around (35.2744317, -120.8821540), then appeared with flock at (35.2731912, -120.8833140). Orange-yellow wash neatly confined to throat and upper breast, white brow stripe (not yellowish as in Townsend’s), grey-brown eyeline connected to pale brownish triangular auriculars (not as extensive as in TOWA), weak streaking on sides, prominent white wingbars, white vent and undertail with dark tail corners. Poor photos, others may have better ones."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 07:30 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73222200
- Comments: "First year bird; warbler with pale yellow throat and faintly pale upper breast; white belly and undertail coverts; dark eye line in lores and gray triangular auriculars; gray cap; large pale yellow supercilium; faint streaking down the side; dark wings with two prominent white wing bars; dark tail above."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 05, 2020 12:47 by Will Knowlton
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73227787
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male observed along the creek/riparian area west of the park."

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Re: Islay Creek

Larry Chen <lc637@...>
 

Hey SLO birders,

It’s been brought to my attention that my coordinates may not be compatible with folks’ homes 😂 so sorry about that!! Unfortunately, I didn’t take note of the campground numbers, but I’ll do my best to run some descriptions:

Chipping Sparrow: weedy scrub edge just past/east of main Isley Creek Campground numbers.

Virginia’s Warbler: in pines on south side of ICC, where there’s a slight rise at the foot of the hill. 

Blackburnian Warbler: initially halfway between main ICC and turnaround area at end of the path, later found with Virginia’s and other warblers in south pines.

American Redstart: in cypresses just before turnaround/end of road (left side when coming in).

Again, sorry about the coordinates kerfuffle, big thank you to those who contacted me, and good luck to those trying to find the warblers. 

Good birding!

Larry


On Saturday, September 5, 2020, petra schaaf <pcschaaf@...> wrote:
Hi Larry,

Thanks for spotting all the cool birds at Islay Creek campground today!

I was wondering if it is possible, in addition the the coordinates, to give the campsite numbers. Emoji

Thanks for considering!
Petra Clayton,
Los Osos

On Saturday, September 5, 2020, 12:09:04 PM PDT, Larry Chen <lc637@...> wrote:


Continuing American Redstarts at Islay Creek Campground, around here (35.2751786, -120.8816903). We only had the immature, but others had the adult male around briefly too. Blackburnian Warbler round here (35.2744727, -120.8820353), relocated with large flock here (35.2731920, -120.8833864). Virginia’s Warbler with large flock at same spot. Chipping Sparrow in brushy area around (35.2742455, -120.8826431).

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Larry Chen
Curatorial Assistant at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Environmental & Sustainability Sciences | Developmental Sociology | Law & Society
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University '21



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Larry Chen
Curatorial Assistant at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Environmental & Sustainability Sciences | Developmental Sociology | Law & Society
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University '21


Re: Sand Spit at Montaña de Oro

Thomas Slater
 

Cool. We don’t get numbers like that down here in south county.




On Saturday, September 5, 2020, 10:48 AM, Kevin Zimmer via groups.io <kjzimmerphd@...> wrote:

Yesterday (Friday, September 4), my wife and I hiked the sand spit, starting from the trail at the Sand Spit Road parking lot, and north almost to the end (opposite Morro Rock) and back.  Shorebird numbers, particularly of Sanderlings (750+), Western Sandpipers (200+), Long-billed Curlews (100+) and Marbled Godwits (60+) were good, as were numbers of Elegant Terns (120+) and Heermann’s Gulls (300+, maybe 5–10% of which were juveniles), but we did not see anything particularly rare.  

Highlights were 5 juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper (2 Lone Rangers plus a group of 3 that were sticking very closely together) and a lone Red Knot.  Other shorebirds seen were Willet (15), Least Sandpiper (20+), Black-bellied Plover (6), Semipalmated Plover (4), Snowy Plover (6), Black Turnstone (5), Ruddy Turnstone (3), Whimbrel (20+),  and Killdeer (2).  Two Osprey were patrolling the water just offshore for most of the time we were hiking.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero 


Islay Creek

lc637@...
 

Continuing American Redstarts at Islay Creek Campground, around here (35.2751786, -120.8816903). We only had the immature, but others had the adult male around briefly too. Blackburnian Warbler round here (35.2744727, -120.8820353), relocated with large flock here (35.2731920, -120.8833864). Virginia’s Warbler with large flock at same spot. Chipping Sparrow in brushy area around (35.2742455, -120.8826431).

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Larry Chen
Curatorial Assistant at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology
Environmental & Sustainability Sciences | Developmental Sociology | Law & Society
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Cornell University '21


Sand Spit at Montaña de Oro

Kevin Zimmer
 

Yesterday (Friday, September 4), my wife and I hiked the sand spit, starting from the trail at the Sand Spit Road parking lot, and north almost to the end (opposite Morro Rock) and back.  Shorebird numbers, particularly of Sanderlings (750+), Western Sandpipers (200+), Long-billed Curlews (100+) and Marbled Godwits (60+) were good, as were numbers of Elegant Terns (120+) and Heermann’s Gulls (300+, maybe 5–10% of which were juveniles), but we did not see anything particularly rare.  

Highlights were 5 juvenile Baird’s Sandpiper (2 Lone Rangers plus a group of 3 that were sticking very closely together) and a lone Red Knot.  Other shorebirds seen were Willet (15), Least Sandpiper (20+), Black-bellied Plover (6), Semipalmated Plover (4), Snowy Plover (6), Black Turnstone (5), Ruddy Turnstone (3), Whimbrel (20+),  and Killdeer (2).  Two Osprey were patrolling the water just offshore for most of the time we were hiking.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero 


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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Buff-breasted Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (2 reports)
- American Redstart (5 reports)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 18:45 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5143427,-120.6719139&ll=35.5143427,-120.6719139
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73201361
- Comments: "Continuing"

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 07:30 by Robert Chapman
- Oceano Dunes SVRA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0657368,-120.6275693&ll=35.0657368,-120.6275693
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73207278
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile. Observed today on 7 shore and along South Oso Flaco shore which is the first time I have noted it in a public area"

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 10:45 by Aaron Maizlish
- Oso Flaco Creek Mouth/Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0334489,-120.6333643&ll=35.0334489,-120.6333643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73179242
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "I found this juv on the beach a few hundred yards south of the Oso Flaco Lake outlet, with a flock of Sanderlings working their way southward on the beach. Flighty. I don't know if this is the same location (or bird) reported previously."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 10:05 by Petra Clayton
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73195967
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile: Pale supercilium, black eye line, pinkish bill. - eBird report 9/1/20 (Jeff Miller)"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 08:09 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73177440
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "White throat, Less dark throat stripe, white belly, white undertail covert. Black streaks on sides of belly. Black-and-white streaked back and wings. Long bill. Didn’t spot an eyering—though bird was high and constantly moving. Didn’t get the head pattern memorized. Watched bird forage in deciduous tree north of CASA DIABLO house (North end of park, a few trees north of feeders where water crosses path). Watched bird forage and fly to a few trees, catching up with it each time. Recorded chip calls. More on behavior: It flitted from small branch to small branch, staying stationary for only brief spells. Kind of like a Wilson’s. It flitted mostly on outside branches, but also went to internal branches briefly."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 07:35 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S73173140
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Entirely black and white streaked warbler creeping along trunk and pine cones like a creeper. Small downcurved bill, spotted undertail coverts. Photos"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 10:05 by Petra Clayton
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73195967
- Comments: "Adult male: Black head, back, and upper breast; white underparts; orange wingbar; orange patches on the sides of breast and tail - Active in cypress at ADA campsite in back loop."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 09:36 by Bonnie Clarfield-Bylin
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73188644
- Comments: "Adult male plumage, probable continuing bird. Warbler shape and size, mostly black with white belly with bold orange wing, side and tail patches. Often flared tail while going between branches. We saw it foraging in two different cypress trees and a small pine in a mixed flock of warblers, bushtits, chickadees and a Hutton’s vireo. (Found it three times near the end of the campground on the creek side, however it moved to quickly and was to deep in vegetation to get a photo.)"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 08:30 by Roger Zachary
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73183426
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Viewed near campsite 32 on creek side high up in the cypress; saw the bird briefly; 2 images"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 15:30 by Jeri Edwards
- 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/S73195110
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First reported by Jeff Miller this morning, a female/immature, yellow sides, black tail with yellow outer feathers, occasionally fanned tail while foraging. Very active forager in the thick willow making it almost impossible for a photo. A cropped photo showing tail for ID only is attached"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 07:35 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S73173140
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "One adult male, black with bright orange in base of tail and wings; one Juvenile/female, gray with yellow in base of tail and wings. Fanned tails while foraging. Photos"

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Oceano Black-and-white Warbler

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Black and White warbler is at Oceano campground now (8am). Its at the tree reported by Jeff Miller, tall pine along path at placard. 

Kilian and Liam Hampl
Grover Beach


Oso and south county migrants

Thomas Slater
 

I've been taking Oso Flaco's pulse almost every evening and today it finally came alive with a female Hermit Warbler, several Orange and Yellow Warblers of various shades and hues, female Townsend's Warbler, Western Wood-Pewee, and a Warbling Vireo. Red-necked Phalaropes still abound, but in far fewer numbers than last week, but still well over 60. I just saw one Wilson's.

I've also had Townsend's Warbler and Warbling Vireo in my yard.

The most comical event was showing SLO County's Administrative Officer his Lifer Wood Duck... marching him down a dirt road in Trilogy's back 40 one evening whilst wearing his suit and tie with shiny dress shoes. I handed him my bins and he scored his duck. I also spied a Belted Kingfisher at the reclamation ponds.

Bird on,


Tom Slater
Nipomo


ODSVRA query answered

Rubba Johanna
 

I have gotten good leads on action to protect the vehicle beach. Anyone wanting the information should send me a private email. 

Johanna Rubba
jer72701@...


Re: Oceano OSVRA peitition? & birds

Jeff Miller
 

Not sure who is circulating the petition, but you might try Oceano Beach Community Association:

https://oceanobeach.org/

 

Anyone interested in protecting Oceano Dunes and Oso Flaco, and snowy plovers and least terns from off-road vehicles should sign up with the Dunes Alliance and/or People for the Dunes. These are the coalition of groups working to protect Oceano and Oso Flaco from State park’s destructive off-roading plans:

https://www.dunesalliance.com/help-protect-our-dunes

https://www.peopleforthedunes.org/

 

You will get email and action alerts when State Parks releases their damaging public works plan for Oso Flaco (expected out this month), which would route off-road traffic through Oso Flaco, destroy the best birding spot in SLO County, expand off-roading into endangered shorebird habitat, and build a campground, race track, and other infrastructure. And their “Habitat Conservation Plan” which will actually expand off-roading and make conditions worse for protected bird species.

 

There is also a Protect Oso Flaco Lake list serve, ProtectOsoFlacoLake@groups.io

 

To keep this post about bird sightings, birded Arroyo Grande Creek mouth this morning – shearwaters were close enough to shore to identify them as Sooty Shearwaters. At the Oceano Campground I had a Black-andWhite warbler and 2 American redstarts.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Rubba Johanna via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, September 3, 2020 9:11 PM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: [slocobirding] Oceano OSVRA peitition? & birds

 

Hi,
Please pardon a somewhat off-topic query, but I couldn't think of who else to ask. I was on the Oceano vehicle beach today and some folks (on horses) said that there is a petition to keep the beach closed to vehicles. I know this is an extreme long shot, but I wanted to investigate. Has anybody heard about this? A web search turned up nothing.

I did see some birds on my trip. Upon entering the dunes by the houses on Strand Way, I saw (and heard!) a flock of 50-60 terns sitting tightly together in the little waves. I have some trouble with tern ID. These looked like Elegant Terns--white forehead with black funky crest; not-very-long, thin, red-orange bill. In flight were pure white above, black at wingtips from below. I couldn't distinguish leg color. Lots of krrrack-krrrack going on.

Farther along towards post 5 was a flock of around 100 peeps, hanging out on the dry sand. I didn't get too close for fear of flushing them. If I'm bad with terns, I'm awful with peeps. Probably a mix of Westerns and Sanderlings. Which peep is light grey on its back? There was a good number of those.

I also came upon a sick cormorant, possibly a Brandt's. It was standing on the dry sand, moving very little. Its wings were droopy and the bird looked oiled. It could walk, but didn't walk far, and walked away from the water. I was able to get within two feet of the bird--it did not flush, but peered at me. I was unable to phone Pac Wildlife because of my cell phone. I alerted a contractor who came by in a truck and said she would notify the rangers. Another beachwalker put a call in to Pac Wildlife. The bird was not there on my return journey. 

I forayed out in hopes of seeing the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, but it did not grace me with its presence.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

 

 


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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (2 reports)
- American Wigeon (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Buff-breasted Sandpiper (1 report)
- Laysan Albatross (1 report)
- Cedar Waxwing (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- American Redstart (10 reports)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 15:48 by Mike Bush
- Pine Mountain Cemetery--Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4957362,-120.6570252&ll=35.4957362,-120.6570252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73158527
- Comments: "Continuing goose since October, 2019."

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 15:30 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5143427,-120.6719139&ll=35.5143427,-120.6719139
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73155852
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing since Oct 2019."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 07:24 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S73123244
- Comments: "Blue bill with thin black gape, base and tip, grayish head with short dark mask leading back from eye, reddish-brown sides and chest. Similar looking bird in SB County"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 08:02 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S73151261
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "previously reported; https://ebird.org/checklist/S72301152"

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) (1)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 07:30 by Robert Chapman
- Oceano Dunes SVRA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0657368,-120.6275693&ll=35.0657368,-120.6275693
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73155299
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile observed twice today along 7 shore"

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 06:45 by Carie Randolph
- Oceano Dunes preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1102899,-120.6326723&ll=35.1102899,-120.6326723
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73147718
- Media: 1 Photo

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 13:50 by John Fields
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73158288
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Able to photograph, in a low tree fork near the camp host area"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 08:26 by Nick Belardes
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73145920
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile birds. Dark crown, pink bill, black eyeline extended from bill, past eye. Streaked back and pale underside with some streaks. One seen foraging alongside juncos in first main campground central lawn area. It flew to a tree and back down onto lawn. The other was behind museum on a branch. Pic for ID."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (2)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 10:00 by Petra Clayton
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73154642
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male: Black head, back, and upper breast; white underparts; one orange wingbar; orange patches on the sides of breast and tail.
Female/immature male: Light gray head; white underparts; olive-gray back; one yellow wingbar; orange-yellow patches on the sides of breast and tail."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 09:26 by Mike Stiles
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73145866
- Comments: "Male plumaged redstart, actively feeding and flashing orange/red patches in wings and tail. Found in back loop in pine near trailhead. In flock with Hermit Warblers"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (3)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 09:10 by Kilian Hampl
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73156260
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing birds.

One additional adult male in the pines before campsite 30. Seen with the other ad. male Restart and a flock of mixed warbler sp. Went to alert any birders nearby (there were several), and when I came back, both Redstarts and most of the flock were gone. Black warbler with bright orange sides, wings, and tail. Constantly fanned tail. Neither birds vocalized."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (2)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 09:10 by Liam Hampl
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73156311
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing birds."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 09:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73153999
- Comments: "Female type plumage with a bit of reddish-orange seen on side of breast. Immature male?? Striking bird, frequently fanning it's yellow and black tail."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (2)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 08:26 by Nick Belardes
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73145920
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male and first-summer male (or juvenile). Both birds were high in pine (back northeast corner of campground). Both fanned tales, hopped from branch to branch while foraging, sometimes taking brief flights. The adult male was black with white belly and undertail covert, orange sides of tail when fanned, and orange sides of breast and on wingbar. The lighter-colored bird had more of a yellow-orange coloring instead of the dark orange of the adult. Not sure if either of these birds were the continuing adult seen over the past few days. Several birders present. Pic for ID."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (2)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 06:46 by Mike Bush
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73158597
- Comments: "Continuing birds."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (2)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 06:42 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73136779
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; in pines in back of second loop"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 13:50 by John Fields
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73158288
- Comments: "Reported now for the third day. Distinctive red and white feathers"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 03, 2020 08:02 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S73151261
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "I found this immature male American Redstart foraging in Willow Trees near site #57. … blackish uppertail coverts with yellow patches on sides."

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Oceano OSVRA peitition? & birds

Rubba Johanna
 

Hi,
Please pardon a somewhat off-topic query, but I couldn't think of who else to ask. I was on the Oceano vehicle beach today and some folks (on horses) said that there is a petition to keep the beach closed to vehicles. I know this is an extreme long shot, but I wanted to investigate. Has anybody heard about this? A web search turned up nothing.

I did see some birds on my trip. Upon entering the dunes by the houses on Strand Way, I saw (and heard!) a flock of 50-60 terns sitting tightly together in the little waves. I have some trouble with tern ID. These looked like Elegant Terns--white forehead with black funky crest; not-very-long, thin, red-orange bill. In flight were pure white above, black at wingtips from below. I couldn't distinguish leg color. Lots of krrrack-krrrack going on.

Farther along towards post 5 was a flock of around 100 peeps, hanging out on the dry sand. I didn't get too close for fear of flushing them. If I'm bad with terns, I'm awful with peeps. Probably a mix of Westerns and Sanderlings. Which peep is light grey on its back? There was a good number of those.

I also came upon a sick cormorant, possibly a Brandt's. It was standing on the dry sand, moving very little. Its wings were droopy and the bird looked oiled. It could walk, but didn't walk far, and walked away from the water. I was able to get within two feet of the bird--it did not flush, but peered at me. I was unable to phone Pac Wildlife because of my cell phone. I alerted a contractor who came by in a truck and said she would notify the rangers. Another beachwalker put a call in to Pac Wildlife. The bird was not there on my return journey. 

I forayed out in hopes of seeing the Buff-breasted Sandpiper, but it did not grace me with its presence.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

 

 


3 Redstarts

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Sorry for the late post! Today we went to the Islay Crk. Campground, and saw all previously reported species (Hermit and Townsend's warbler, both Redstarts (imm. Male, Ad. Male). Many birders were present. On the way back, in the pines just before campsite 30, there was a flock of birds, most notably TWO ADULT MALE AMERICAN REDSTARTS (one previously reported). The immature male wasn't present. I then went back to the back of the campground to alert any remaining birders, and when I got back, both Redstarts and most of the flock were gone.

Another notable bird(s) were two Olive-Sided Flycatcher mobbing a Great-Horned Owl, before pines at campsite 30.

eBird Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73156260 

Good Birding,
Kilian Hampl
Grover Beach


FW: [pen-bird] How to ID the yellowlegs

Tom Edell
 

Forwarding this video by Alvaro Jaramillo with pointers on how to separate Greater and Lesser Yellowlegs.

 

https://youtu.be/eZmmku8DNz4

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, Ca

 

 

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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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

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*** Species Summary:

- American Wigeon (1 report)
- Buff-breasted Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Cedar Waxwing (1 report)
- American Redstart (3 reports)
- Blackpoll Warbler (2 reports)

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American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 07:24 by Tom Edell
- 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/S73121863
- Comments: "Blue bill with thin black gape, base and tip, grayish head with short dark mask leading back from eye, reddish-brown sides and chest. Similar looking bird in SB County"

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 13:22 by Nicole Durtschi
- Oceano Dunes SVRA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0657368,-120.6275693&ll=35.0657368,-120.6275693
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73111150
- Comments: "Continuing bird. By Post 7 on the shore."

Buff-breasted Sandpiper (Calidris subruficollis) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 07:30 by Robert Chapman
- Oceano Dunes SVRA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0657368,-120.6275693&ll=35.0657368,-120.6275693
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73122639
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile. Observed twice today; 7 shore and at Cable Fence (north Oso Flaco shore)"

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 13:50 by Mark Hays
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73124154
- Comments: "Able to photograph, in a low tree fork near the camp host area"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 16:40 by Mike Bush
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73122037
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen briefly in low branches of Monterey Cypress over the creek bank. Very dark bid with two bold red-orange markings on the side."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 13:50 by Mark Hays
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73124154
- Comments: "Reported now for the third day. Distinctive red and white feathers"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (2)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 11:00 by Jeanette Stone
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73120011
- Comments: "Previously reported."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 11:00 by Jeanette Stone
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73120011
- Comments: "Seen with Jim Royer.. Per Jim: Warbler with dark eyeline, yellowish breast with streaking on the sides, dark wings with white wing bars, olive back with faint streaking, and white undertail with no buff in undertail or flanks. In a mixed flock near campsite 30."

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 10:23 by Jim Royer
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73115077
- Comments: "Warbler with dark eyeline, yellowish breast with streaking on the sides, dark wings with white wing bars, olive back with faint streaking, and white undertail with no buff in undertail or flanks. In a mixed flock near campsite 30. Seen with Jeanette Stone."

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3 Baird’s Sandpipers. Morro Creek

Kaaren Perry
 

8:15. 3 BASA at creek mouth. Moving together along far channel

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Islay Creek Campground Blackpoll Warbler

Jim Royer
 

This afternoon, Jeanette Stone and I had a fall plumage Blackpoll Warbler Warbler in the Campground at Montana de Oro State Park. It was in a very active flock, between the two campground loops, in the area of campsite 30. The flock had several Hermit Warblers, Townsend’s Warblers, Yellow and Wilson’s Warblers, Bushtits, etc. 

Earlier in the day another mixed flock had a MacGillivray's Warbler, male Black-throated Gray Warbler, Yellow Warbler, Bushtits, etc.

Jeanette saw the male and female American Redstarts in the back campground loop, in the pines with other birds. 

My complete eBird list for today can be found at 
https://ebird.org/checklist/S73115077, not including additional birds that Jeanette had.

Jim Royer
Los Osos




Baird's Sandpiper - Willow Creek, Cayucos

Kaaren Perry
 

A Baird's Sandpiper was seen this morning at 11:30 at Wlllow Creek in Cayucos, viewed from Studio Rd.   It was seen moving along the distant edge of the creek mouth, sometimes in the water and usually at the shore edge.  It was moving with a few Western and Least Sandpipers. A scope would be helpful but not entirely necessary.
A Baird's Sandpiper was last reported at this location on August 30.

Whale Rock Reservoir -  Northern Shovelers were added to my seasonal Whale Rock Res. ebird list this morning.  A Wilson's Phalarope was also present. 



Re: Id request

bob.sidebotham@...
 

Thanks everyone for your responses.

It's most likely an Acorn Woodpecker.

I had thought mine had a pure white underbelly, but that could, in retrospect,  have been due to the bright sunlight and the distance.

I've also not seen them acting like I think a woodpecker acts. But that's probably just an observational bias of some sort: in fact I have seen woodpeckers in the area, but did not make the likely connection to these birds.

As you can probably tell, I am rather inexperienced :-).

Bob

On Tue, Sep 1, 2020, 10:03 AM <bob.sidebotham@...> wrote:
I've been noticing these birds in Three Bridges park in Atascadero, over the last couple of weeks. Last seen Monday 8/31/2020 at about 10:00 am about midway up the right branch of the loop trail Generally perched on oak branches or in flight. These are, I think, smaller than a jay, perhaps the size of a juvenile scrub jay. They look black overall, but have a white area around the eyes, black collar as seen from the front, and white underbelly. Each wing has a single large white area, clearly defined (but most visible in flight) as do the tail feathers. The tail is split at the end. Some of the birds, presumably males, have brilliant red coloration at the top of the head, towards the rear. The red is only visible when the bird is sitting on a branch when it tilts its head down, or from the rear, in flight. The birds are extremely raucous and appear to be quite social.

These seem to me to have all the described characteristics of a magpie, except for the red at the rear of the head. In fact, I originally assumed they were magpies, until I noticed the red coloration yesterday.

Can someone tell me what this bird is?

Thanks,
Bob Sidebotham, Paso Robles

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