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Re: A Golden Eagle?

Kathy Cohon
 

Hello.
I'm new to this .
Is there a Golden Eagle in the Edna Valley/Airport area?
About 4-5 weeks ago we saw a huge bird flying near the intersection of Price Canyon
at Broad Street.
It flew into the trees,on the west side of Broad, just north of Old Edna.

Then a week ago, I saw a bird rise from the vineyards near Biddle Ranch Road and Broad St. 
 It flew north into the trees at the old barn north of BRR, east side of Broad.
To my amateur eye it looked too big to be a Red Tail Hawk. 
Thank you.
Kathy Cohon


Oso evening

Thomas Slater
 

Finally some sunny weather and NO fog. It's been low visibility for a week or more.
It was worth it just to bask in the golden hour glow on the boardwalk.

Over 50 species in two hours.
There has been the same cast of characters out there for over a week...
Highlights -
2 Hermit and 2 Black-throated Grays, a bunch of Townsend's, Orange, and Yellow warblers with just a single Yellow-rumped Warbler.
There was a gorgeous Cassin's Vireo that wouldn't sit still for a photo so I just gawked at it through my binoculars.
4 Long-billed dowitchers.
The lake is fairly boring (a zillion northern shovelers, coots and ruddy ducks) with the exception of the addition of the Belted Kingfisher about 10 days ago. It's still around.

I hope a new wind brings in a new cast of characters.

If it doesn't, I'm moving to Morro Bay.

Full list and pics

Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Gallinule (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Baird's Sandpiper (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (4 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Magnolia Warbler (2 reports)
- Blackburnian Warbler (3 reports)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 14:18 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/S74227096
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. By campsite 17. Photos."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 14:18 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/S74227100
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. By campsite 17. Photos."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 09:05 by Mark Mushkat
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74249642
- Comments: "Found by Maggie Smith. M. Obs. Photos"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 13:09 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74225532
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile found earlier by Maggie Smith. Roosting with Snowy Plover flock near up coast end of beach. Buffy face and breast, gold spotting on back, three primaries visible beyond tertials, tertials with larger buff colored triangular marks than American. Silent. (photo and video)"

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 11:40 by Kai Mills
- Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3982858,-120.8678892&ll=35.3982858,-120.8678892
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74252104
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile near the terns. With Least sandpipers."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 11:12 by Rudy Lucero
- Laguna Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2623309,-120.6846991&ll=35.2623309,-120.6846991
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74257607
- Comments: "Lighter gray head than Cassin's and did not show white tail tips. Seen in sycamore next to gazebo."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 18:41 by Jeff Miller
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74229462
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Small Spizella sparrow, buffy overall. Gray nape, large buffy supercilium, small pink bill. Photos"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 18:04 by Norman Pillsbury
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74230353
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Broad whitish eyebrow, pale lores, gray band around neck. Photos"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 14:45 by Mark Mushkat
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74227116
- Comments: "Found by Tom E. this morning. On trail 100 ft. from parking lot. Photos"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 13:09 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74225532
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile at start of trail to beach near fence at parking area. Clear gray nape, buffy wash at sides of breast, pale lores, dark streaked buffy crown, overall a very warm colored bird."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 09:15 by Jeri Edwards
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74230364
- Comments: "First observed and reported on eBird by Petra Clayton, 9/28. I first noticed it because of its extreme backside/tail pumping, perched on a branch in a small tree/shrub just west of the circular walk. Distinct whitish stripe above the eye, spotted chest. Dropped down into the marshy reeds."

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 10:45 by Norman Pillsbury
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74254399
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Yellow breast with lower black streaks, strong white eye ring, dark back and head, two wing bars, white under tail coverts. See photos."

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 07:29 by Jeff Miller
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74243230
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Bright yellow underneath, black streaking on flanks, gray head, complete white eye ring, white lower belly and undertail coverts, white base of undertail with extensive black tip, faint white wing bars. Photo from underneath showing diagnostic tail."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 12:15 by Mark Mushkat
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74252347
- Comments: "M. Obs. Hampl bros. pointed it out."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 10:45 by Norman Pillsbury
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74254399
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bright yellow breast, strong yellow eyeline, gray cap, two white wing bars. See photos."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 09:30 by Kai Mills
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74251940
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird seen associating with a flock of warblers (mostly Townsend's), but also seen by itself. Seen just south of the small waterfall flying in and around the small eye-level flowering trees that are in the middle of the grass. Seen in the eucalyptus, willows, and coniferous surrounding these small trees. Very cooperative."

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Hardie park

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Greater White-fronted Goose seen 5 minutes ago in the creek swimming. Flew north, Villa Creek?
Kilian Hampl,
Arroyo Grande


Re: Blackburnian Warbler - Del Mar Park, Morro Bay

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Both Blackburnian and Magnolia Warbler continue, along with a American Redstart!

Liam Hampl,
Arroyo Grande
 


Re: Blackburnian Warbler - Del Mar Park, Morro Bay

Tom Edell
 

The Blackburniam continues up creek of the pedestrian bridge.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 



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-------- Original message --------
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...>
Date: 9/30/20 12:09 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: Slocobirding <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [slocobirding] Blackburnian Warbler - Del Mar Park, Morro Bay

This morning several birders were at Del Mar Park in search of the previously reported Magnolia Warbler.  It had been seen briefly before 9:00 am but as of 11:30 it had not been refound.

On the bright side, Kai Mills found a Blackburnian Warbler which was then seen by all present.  It was seen moving from the willows along the creek, into the low trimmed Manaleuca and occasionally into the Eucalyptus. Quite cooperative.  Flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay







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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Blackburnian Warbler - Del Mar Park, Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning several birders were at Del Mar Park in search of the previously reported Magnolia Warbler.  It had been seen briefly before 9:00 am but as of 11:30 it had not been refound.

On the bright side, Kai Mills found a Blackburnian Warbler which was then seen by all present.  It was seen moving from the willows along the creek, into the low trimmed Manaleuca and occasionally into the Eucalyptus. Quite cooperative.  Flicker http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay







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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Manx Shearwater (6 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Hermit Thrush (2 reports)
- Northern Waterthrush (1 report)
- Magnolia Warbler (2 reports)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 09:25 by Jim Royer
- Doris Street Coastal Access, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.321101,-120.848252&ll=35.321101,-120.848252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74194949
- Comments: "First one for this location. A slender long necked shorebird with black upper parts and white under, with a thin long bill. It was standing in vegetation, so I could not see leg color, but distinctive."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 07:29 by Maggie Smith
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74222482
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "photos"

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 11:44 by sonja raub
- Auto selected 35.54121, -121.25763, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.541205,-121.257635&ll=35.541205,-121.257635
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74194828
- Comments: "Seen by Kevin, and Jeff. Perhaps others? No photos, but they described it as more contrasting, darker above, and with violet-green swallow-like white saddle patches on the rump sides."

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 11:44 by Jeff Miller
- Auto selected 35.54121, -121.25763, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.541205,-121.257635&ll=35.541205,-121.257635
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74193243
- Comments: "Seen well in flight with BV Shearwaters and of similar size; very dark, glossy black back and upper wings, extensive white underneath, body and undertail completely white, very noticeable violet-green swallow-like white saddle patches on the rump sides."

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 11:44 by Alvaro's Adventures
- Auto selected 35.54121, -121.25763, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.541205,-121.257635&ll=35.541205,-121.257635
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74193075
- Comments: "Seen by Kevin, and Jeff. Perhaps others? No photos, but they described it as more contrasting, darker above, and with violet-green swallow-like white saddle patches on the rump sides."

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 11:44 by Amanda Alford
- Auto selected 35.54121, -121.25763, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.541205,-121.257635&ll=35.541205,-121.257635
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74194279
- Comments: "Seen by Kevin, and Jeff. Perhaps others? No photos, but they described it as more contrasting, darker above, and with violet-green swallow-like white saddle patches on the rump sides."

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 11:44 by Alvaro Jaramillo
- Auto selected 35.54121, -121.25763, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.541205,-121.257635&ll=35.541205,-121.257635
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74122204
- Comments: "Seen by Kevin, and Jeff. Perhaps others? No photos, but they described it as more contrasting, darker above, and with violet-green swallow-like white saddle patches on the rump sides."

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 11:44 by Garrett Lau
- Auto selected 35.54121, -121.25763, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.541205,-121.257635&ll=35.541205,-121.257635
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74193074
- Comments: "Seen by Kevin, and Jeff. Perhaps others? No photos, but they described it as more contrasting, darker above, and with violet-green swallow-like white saddle patches on the rump sides."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 11:43 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/S74218325
- Comments: "Photo to be added."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 14:22 by Mark Mushkat
- Pismo State Beach - Oceano Campgrounds, Oceano US-CA 35.10666, -120.62661, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.106663,-120.626608&ll=35.106663,-120.626608
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74187808
- Comments: "Tyrannus sp. with prominent white throat, light greenish streaked chest and brighter yellow upper to mid belly, darkening to greenish yellow at lower belly and undertail. Strong bill more prominent than WEKI. Seen flycatching at e. tip of peninsula."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 07:46 by Michael Mulroy
- Damon-Garcia Sports Field, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2516077,-120.6476746&ll=35.2516077,-120.6476746
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74213987
- Comments: "heard "chub" sound. thrush seen foraging in understory: brown bird with spotted breast and reddish trail feathers"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 07:13 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74193709
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Medium brown on back with reddish tail, complete eye-ring and dark spots on breast that taper off above belly."

Northern Waterthrush (Parkesia noveboracensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 09:40 by Petra Clayton
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74185668
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Brown crown, back, wings, and tail; cream-colored supercilium tapering behind the eye; dark line through the eye; cream-colored underparts with crisp dark streaking; dusky pink legs; slender pinkish bill.--- First perched on a tree branch, then dropping into the grass - in the barbecue area on the lake side, between the restrooms and the end of the paved road. --- First eBird report ever of this species at this location."

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 09:06 by Mark Mushkat
- Del Mar Park, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39966, -120.85893, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.399661,-120.858926&ll=35.399661,-120.858926
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74211070
- Comments: "Likely same bird as first reported by Petra Clayton on 9/26. Identical field marks. Near bench at fence, East edge of park."

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 29, 2020 12:50 by Jeanette Stone
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74220849
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported on Sept. 26 by Petra Clayton and re-found this morning by Mark Mushkat. Per Petra: Dark head and nape; bold white eyering; yellow throat, breast, and belly; black streaking on the flanks; distinctive tail pattern, showing a white basal half (inner band) and a black tip when flared."

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Pacific Golden Plover - Villa Creek SP

Maggie Smith
 

This morning I saw a juvenile Pacific Golden Plover on the beach.

eBird report with photos:


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


northside Nipomo yardbirds

Sue Girard
 

Western Tanager females and two juveniles continue feeding on Prunus "cherry" fruit skins along with Scrub Jays, House Finches.
Orange-crowned and Townsend's Warblers travel through daily with a small flock of Bushtits, Oak Titmice, and a Chickadee or two, picking among the leaves for insects and spiders. Hummers shun feeders in favor of various Salvia and Nicotiana,
CA Thrashers and Spotted and CA Towhees plus a Swainson's Thrush dig under the hedgerow leaf litter.
Cooper's Hawk regularly buzzes the sideyard between the house and hedgerow.
A few American Robins still remain, but the numbers are down. There was quite a hub-bub in the euc tops this past weekend at sunset, with groups of Robins moving back and forth in the treetops.  Now usual summer morning and evening calling is missing.
Sparrows arriving. One Golden crown, and half dozen White-crowned, some with the orange bill and brown & tan crown striping.

Sue Girard
Nipomo northside


 


Arctic Tern, Golden Plover

Bob Chapman
 

Just got sent photos of an Arctic Tern near Pismo Lagoon and a Golden Plover along 7 shore. Shoreline opens up on the 1st.

Bob Chapman
Los Osos


Re: Magnolia Warbler

Mark Mushkat
 

Sorry, Del Mar Park.

On Sep 29, 2020, at 9:22 AM, Mark Mushkat via groups.io <mmushkat=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:

Likely same bird as first reported by Petra Clayton on 9/26. Identical markings. Near bench at fence, east edge of park. Just flew south along fence line ~50m.




Magnolia Warbler

Mark Mushkat
 

Likely same bird as first reported by Petra Clayton on 9/26. Identical markings. Near bench at fence, east edge of park. Just flew south along fence line ~50m.


FOS Golden-crowned Sparrow

Judy Neuhauser
 

My FOS Golden-crowned Sparrow appeared this afternoon at the feeders, a single individual in amongst the White-crowned Sparrows, Dark-eyed Juncos, Oak Titmice, White-breasted Nuthatch, Townsend’s Warbler, Acorn Woodpeckers, CA Scrub Jays, CA Quail, Eurasian Collared Doves, Song Sparrow, Anna’s Hummingbirds, Lesser Goldfinch, Nuttall’s Woodpecker, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, CA Thrasher, CA Towhees, Spotted Towhees, and Bewick’s Wren.

Judy Neuhauser
Highland Dr, Los Osos
on the edge between suburbia and Coastal Sage Scrub/Live Oak, Cypress and Eucalyptus woodlands


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*** Species Summary:

- Horned Grebe (2 reports)
- Hermit Thrush (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (4 reports)
- American Redstart (1 report)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (1 report)

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Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 15:09 by Andrew Naegeli
- Oso Flaco Lake (not for beach/ocean), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0302072,-120.6207848&ll=35.0302072,-120.6207848
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74185158
- Comments: "Low confidence in ID. Lighter underneath, suggesting not an Eared Grebe."

Horned Grebe (Podiceps auritus) (1)
- Reported Sep 27, 2020 18:00 by Tom Slater
- Oso Flaco Lake (not for beach/ocean), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0302072,-120.6207848&ll=35.0302072,-120.6207848
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74156784
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Possible horned grebe: My observation: Flat crown, thin neck, dark on backside of neck, white on front, long narrow head with easy sloping forehead, not steep. Red eye. Was a little larger than a nearby Eared Grebe (whose head shape was more compact and pointed). Bill was light colored, even in fog. Dark gray back. Most notable characteristic was it's thin, elongated head shape and gradual forehead making the head look extremely long looking. Nothing was peaky or triangular."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (2)
- Reported Sep 26, 2020 16:09 by Jay Carroll
- East Hazard Canyon--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2928247,-120.8558382&ll=35.2928247,-120.8558382
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74153552
- Comments: "Grayish-brown upperparts contrasting with rufous tail; both birds seen and heard in riparian thicket.; “churt ” and “vree” calls."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 08:18 by Rudy Lucero
- 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/S74172539
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Nick Belardes. Black and white striped warbler with white throat and grayish cheeks."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 07:44 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/S74182911
- Comments: "Continuing bird first spotted the morning of Sept. 27, and again the same evening. Found creeping in bottlebrush trees near mid-park bridge around 7:30 a.m. Followed for about five minutes. Spotted same bird again when it flew over me into a deciduous tree along fence line close to CASA DIABLO feeder area. Bird crept up branches then darted to another tree. Spotted bird a third time while looking at warbler flock near fruit-bearing tree at northeast end of condos with Rudy Lucerno. We tracked the bird for five minutes or so as it crept up tree trunks and thick branches, flying to 2-3 different trees. It eventually flew into a sycamore tree next to paved path, again creeping up and down trunks and branches. While observing bird, a bicyclist on cell phone yelled “Watch it!” to Rudy. Afterwards we lost the bird. Details: black and white, medium-sized warbler with black-and-white lines down back and on crown, white throat, spotted undertail coverts. See Rudy’s checklist for ID images."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 27, 2020 17:40 by Kai Mills
- 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/S74155015
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first spotted by Nick Belardes earlier this morning. Ran into Nick and searched for it together. He showed me where he saw it earlier (bottlebrush tree furthest west of the bottlebrush row). While it was seen associating with a flock of Bushtit earlier this morning, only bird in the area was a Townsend's Warbler. Seen for about 10-15 minutes creeping along branches."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 27, 2020 17:40 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/S74155563
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first spotted by Nick Belardes earlier this morning. Ran into Nick and searched for it together. He showed me where he saw it earlier (bottlebrush trees just east of bridge in center of park). While it was seen associating with a flock of Bushtit earlier this morning, only bird in the area was a Townsend's Warbler. Seen for about 10-15 minutes creeping along branches."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 09:57 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/S74177312
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male. One photo."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Sep 28, 2020 12:16 by Roger Zachary
- Santa Rosa Creek Trail--Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.565858,-121.1005139&ll=35.565858,-121.1005139
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74184651
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Constantly moving and searching for food; surprise...first bird sighted in the flock; reported Sept. 27 by Will Knowton; eyeing white, gray underparts, green back"

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Re: Possible Philadelphia Vireo?

Jim Royer
 

Hi Dale,
Our Warbling Vireos can be relatively colorful this time of year. A Philadelphia Vireo typically has bright yellow in the middle of the chest and a dark eyeline that extends through the lores as well as a darker crown. Your photos look to be Warbling Vireos.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

On Mon, Sep 28, 2020 at 12:41 PM Dale Ball <Daleball56@...> wrote:
Hi All,
We had a little flock of these guys come through our Los Osos yard this morning, picking through the oak tree. At first I thought they were Warbling Vireos, but  these were more compact and greener than the warbling verios I'm familiar with in VA and CO. I only got one really terrible shot of the darkest one, and few shots of one of the lighter ones. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance, Dale in Los Osos











Possible Philadelphia Vireo?

Dale Ball
 

Hi All,
We had a little flock of these guys come through our Los Osos yard this morning, picking through the oak tree. At first I thought they were Warbling Vireos, but  these were more compact and greener than the warbling verios I'm familiar with in VA and CO. I only got one really terrible shot of the darkest one, and few shots of one of the lighter ones. Any help would be much appreciated! Thanks in advance, Dale in Los Osos


Cheryl’s yard the past few days

Cheryl Lish
 

Just a few notes ...
Now have approximately 200 small seed eaters foraging the back field. GOFI, LEGO, Dark eyed Juncos, Lark Sparrows, and a few White-crowned Sparrows.
Had 1 Townsend Warbler 9/23 on tar weed. Didn’t confirm what it was after. There are small spider webs on the plants.
I’ve also observed Anna’s Hummingbirds going into the tar weed- possibly for insects.
Hearing Golden-crowned Sparrows.
Goldfinch have almost completely stripped the leaves of the sunflowers I planted for them a couple months ago.

Most notable were 2 Hooded Orioles that frequented hummingbird feeders Saturday morning only, 9/26. Distant view with binos - dull in color so not adult males.
Bluebirds and Titmice used two nest boxes (in one large oak) this spring and are now bickering with a Hairy Woodpecker who’s decided one of them makes a pretty nice roost. There are other boxes not far away but I may install another in that tree.
Hummingbird food consumption goes up and down depending on how hot it gets. Lower on hot days. Currently around 3 to 3.5 gallons per day.
Cheryl Lish / Arroyo Grande


SLO CO Listers webpage

mike stiles
 

Birders,

The Morro Coast Audubon Society has graciously offered to host some of my old SLO County birding website, particularly the SLO CO listers and 400 club page. It can be found here: https://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/   then the BIRDS drop down menu, then SLO CO LISTERS. Or simply go here:  https://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/p/slo-co-listers.html 

If you are on the list, please take a look, and send me the needed updates. If you would like to be added to the list, send me the information as you see it on the webpage. I know, for instance, the recent first record of Emperor Goose added to many lists.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos


Morro Bay - a few fall arrivals

Kaaren Perry
 

I know I am not alone among our Sloco birding community to eagerly await August/September to watch as the wintering and passing migrants move through our area. It happens so quickly!  I am just going to share a few migrants that have appeared in our yard in the past 5 days.  Watching the arrivals, I still firmly believe that along with our seed tray and ground feeding, the main attraction is our water features. (FYI Our dedicated, cat proof, ground and platform feeding, 2 water features, one still and one bubbling, is 16x16 ft.)

On Sept. 22 we had our first lone White-crowned Sparrow. It was an adult of the orange-billed gambelii subspecies.  Today we have over 25 White-crowns of both the orange-billed and yellow-billed pugetensis subspecies. 75% of both species were immature birds.

I have been studying White-crowns for a while and learned that, unlike many of our other migrating species, they do not migrate in flocks. This fun fact  was revealed to me in online Birds of the World, Cornell regarding White-crown migration: "Individuals appear to follow their own flight schedules and do not migrate as cohesive flocks. Flocks observed during migration seldom exceed 8 birds, and individuals do not stay close together except when feeding".  Gotta love those White-crowns!

Golden-crowned Sparrow - Arrival of 3 on 9/23.   Today 4 were present… slowly arriving here.

Lincoln Sparrow - 3 seen today at the same time. 

Warblers - in the past 3 days we have had Yellow-rump, Orange-crowned, Yellow, Townsend's, Hermit and today a MacGillivray's (flickr) all have stoped to drink and bathe in our yard.  

Especially interesting to me in this group is the MacGillivray's arrival.  For the past 3 years they have made a single fall appearance in our yard.   Dates.  9/24/2017, 9/22/2019 and today 9/27/2020… quite a pattern, all within 6 day range!  This species breeds in SLO county and are now on their way to Central America to spend the winter.

Red-breasted Nuthatch. One seen yesterday feeding in a neighbors Redwood tree.

Wow! Fall migration is super fun. :-)




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