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Re: Northern waterthrush

Patrick Vaughan
 

Northern Waterthrush continues at Hardie Park.


Interesting afternoon in Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

A juvenile Black-headed Grosbeak, none seen here during the  breeding season (flickr)  Orange-crowned, Wilson's Warbler and finally a Willow Flycatcher all passed though our yard this afternoon.

Needless to say, I was quickly off to buy more bird seed and trim a few bushes around our seed tray and water features. Binoculars and camera ready! 

Gotta love Fall migration in SLO!


Nashville Warbler at Oso

Thomas Slater
 

Tonight I had: ORANGE, YELLOW, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, WILSON'S, TOWNSENDS, HERMIT, BLACK-THROATED GRAY and NASHVILLE warblers. 

Multiple Warbling Vireos. 

Nothing rare on the lake.
Fun encounter with a Virginia's Rail that thought it was a troll under the bridge.

Bird on,


Tom Slater
Nipomo
(805)-441-6945
@surfinslater  on Instagram


Northern waterthrush

Tom Edell
 

One along cayucos creek at down creek end of Hardie Park around willow clump overhanging northern side of creek.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA 



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*** Species Summary:

- American Wigeon (2 reports)
- Rufous Hummingbird (4 reports)
- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Red-eyed Vireo (1 report)
- Purple Martin (2 reports)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (6 reports)

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American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 18:42 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/S73331249
- Comments: "Drifted into SLO co. Long-bodied ducks with white patch near base of tail, squarish head."

American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 18:42 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/S73331250
- Comments: "Drifted into SLO co. Long-bodied ducks with white patch near base of tail, squarish head."

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2020 14:53 by Micah Silver
- 580 Estero Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.36344, -120.84397, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.363443,-120.843969&ll=35.363443,-120.843969
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73288036

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (2)
- 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

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (2)
- 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

Rufous Hummingbird (Selasphorus rufus) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2020 19:00 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73123511

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 08, 2020 06:55 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/S73344017
- Comments: "Red shield, yellow bill tip, brown back, white flank stripe and white in tail"

Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 10:24 by Jay Carroll
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73312570
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Vireo with mostly olive-green upperparts and white below, except a yellow wash across the vent area; red eyes, white supercilium, black eyeline and black lateral crown stripes; the bill appeared fairly large; Yellow-green Vireo would have more extensive yellow below and duller crown stripes; seen well at first in the undergrowth, the bird was observed for several minutes foraging in the upper willow canopy."

Purple Martin (Progne subis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 06:53 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S73331550
- Comments: "While walking along the creek bed we had a ten second look at two flying swallows. The smaller was a Barn Swallow and the larger was a Purple Martin. The martin was pale below with a dark breast and head and a forked tail."

Purple Martin (Progne subis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 06:53 by Tom Edell
- 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/S73308498
- Comments: "While walking along the creek bed we had a ten second look at two flying swallows. The smaller was a Barn Swallow and the larger was a Purple Martin. The martin was pale below with a dark breast and head and a forked tail."

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 07:12 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S73331052
- Comments: "Observed bird feeding with small, mixed flock of Song Sparrows and White-crowned Sparrows at base of fig tree near SE corner of Ranch House at campground entrance. Similar to Song Sparrow but noticeably smaller with stubby tail and black streaks on buffy sides. Bird was was quickly driven from the group by an aggressive Song Sparrow and not seen again."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 09:55 by Sheila Brown
- 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/S73311846
- Comments: "Pale yellow on bottom gray on top with streak across eye. Confirmed with other birders."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 08:00 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/S73323561
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing bird in the first pine tree on the right, in the last loop."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 08:00 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/S73324223
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing bird in the first pine tree on the right, in the last loop."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 07:15 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/S73315242
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "In pine at beginning of second camp loop, pale below, striped above."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 07:12 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S73331052
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird originally reported at this hotspot by Larry Chen on 9/5.2020"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 07, 2020 06:32 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/S73310767
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First year bird in back campground loop"

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24 Ibis

Thomas Slater
 

Oso was gorgeous this evening, with no wind, light crowd, and beautiful light.

Highlights were 2 male Black-throated Gray warblers (stunning) and 24 White-faced Ibis flying low over the southern portion of the lake.

My guess is that if you go early enough, you may find them in the estuary tomorrow morning. (Bob??) I got a lousy low light photo but didn't bother to post it. But it was neat to see that many ibis.

Bird on,

Tom Slater
Slater Photography
(805)-441-6945
@surfinslater  on Instagram


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (1 report)
- Virginia's Warbler (2 reports)
- Blackburnian Warbler (8 reports)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 06:36 by Maggie Smith
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73279891
- Comments: "brown back, gray underside with white flank stripe. Didn't get good look at bill; but not all red. Seen from peninsula looking back at campground. just south of handicapped parking spot."

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 10:20 by Jay Carroll
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73273463
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Sparrow with fine streaking and buffy wash across breast, streaking extending down sides; narrow eye ring, mostly grayish face, eyeline extending posteriorly; skulking in undergrowth; photos."

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 08:03 by Tom Edell
- 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/S73273320
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "First reported at this location yesterday. Today it was found feeding on the hillside above the maintenance hut and then seen in the large Monterey cypress tree by the campground host. Most prominent features were bright yellow undertails coverts that wrapped up onto the rump, pale yellow wash on pale breast, and a pale eyering. This bird was gray above including the head, and pale below. (photo)"

Virginia's Warbler (Leiothlypis virginiae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 08:03 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/S73285707
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "First reported at this location yesterday. Today it was found feeding on the hillside above the maintenance hut and then seen in the large Monterey cypress tree by the campground host. Most prominent features were bright yellow undertails coverts that wrapped up onto the rump, pale yellow wash on pale breast, and a pale eyering. This bird was gray above including the head, and pale below. (photo)"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 09:30 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/S73278491
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported and seen by numerous birders today."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 09:16 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/S73266328
- Comments: "Dark with stripes above yellow."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 08:03 by Tom Edell
- 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/S73273320
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird first reported yesterday. Today it stayed relatively high in Monterey pines in the center of first campground loop (near the camp host). This was a fairly dull individual that was initially picked out by its grayish back with pale braces, a fairly pale supercilium, yellowish throat and upper chest, and a darkish cheek patch with a half eyering below the eye. The bird had two white wingbars and some faint streaking at the side of the breast.It often fed in clumps of pine needles and occasionally perched on open branches. (photo)"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 08:03 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/S73285707
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird first reported yesterday. Today it stayed relatively high in Monterey pines in the center of first campground loop (near the camp host). This was a fairly dull individual that was initially picked out by its grayish back with pale braces, a fairly pale supercilium, yellowish throat and upper chest, and a darkish cheek patch with a half eyering below the eye. The bird had two white wingbars and some faint streaking at the side of the breast.It often fed in clumps of pine needles and occasionally perched on open branches. (photo)"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 07:50 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S73286241
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, foraging with mixed flock high in pines; prominent white wing bars, yellowish wash on throat and breast blending to white underparts, broad supercilium; photos."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 07:03 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S73272603
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported at this location by Larry Chen on 9/5/2020"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 07:03 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/S73276238
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported at this location by Larry Chen on 9/5/2020"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2020 07:03 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S73278853
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported at this location by Larry Chen on 9/5/2020"

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Clark's Grebes and Western Grebes with young at Santa Margarita Lake

kathannelynch1@...
 

counted 251 Western&Clark's Grebe by boating Santa Margarita Lake.  Further information is on my eBird Checklist https://ebird.org/checklist/S73284367 or kathannelynch3 AT gmail DOT com.  

If you plan to make a special trip to Santa Margarita Lake to see the grebes, contact me first if you'd like to get an idea of how to see what you hope to see. Only 12 nests left in the main bay, and adults will depart within days. All viewing will then be more distant but possible in certain places with binoculars from land or visually by boat. 

GREBE COUNT DATA (count by me, not official group):
Western Grebe: 23 adults plus 8 young
Clark's Grebe: 93 adults plus 13 young
Western/Clark's Grebe: 77 adults plus 37 young
TOTAL = 251 Western&Clark's GREBE on Santa Margarita Lake (summed the above 31 Western plus 106 Clark's plus 114 W/C)

NEST DATA By motorboat. Verified 12 active nests by several (boat and land) counts.
NOTE: The ratio of Western: Clark's was 1:3. (yes, meaning three-quarters were Clark's and Westerns were outnumbered by Clark's)


Request

Rubba Johanna
 

Could I respectfully request that folks reporting a bird give the most exact location possible? I know a bird does not always stay put, but some do, and a specific location provides at least a starting point. Many folks already do this, for which I'm very grateful.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


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.

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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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