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Swamp Sparrow, Morro Creek, 10/4

Tom Edell
 

Checked a few locations this morning. Most interesting bird was an early Swamp Sparrow on Morro Creek up creek of the pedestrian bridge by the beach. Two American Avocets were at the creek lagoon. Earlier, at least one of the four Black-necked Stilts Steve Tillman found yesterday afternoon was still at the small shallow lagoon north of Alva Paul Creek at Morro Strand State Beach.

 

Three male and two female Redheads were with an estimated 1500 American Coots and about 100 Ring-necked Ducks at Whale Rock Reservoir this morning.

 

I was told that the Blackburnian Warbler was present again this morning at Del Mar Park, Morro Bay.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Bufflehead (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Common Ringed Plover (10 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- American Redstart (5 reports)
- Bay-breasted Warbler (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (10 reports)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (5)
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 11:53 by Susan Carstens
- Oso Flaco Lake, Arroyo Grande US-CA 35.03069, -120.62085, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.030694,-120.620849&ll=35.030694,-120.620849
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74372173
- Comments: "Appear to be buffleheads -correct shape and color"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:45 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S74336924
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile since 9/29/20 (eBird report by Maggie Smith).---Cream-colored breast and belly with buff-colored spots; feathers on the back have dark centers and pale margins; dark crown lightly streaked with buff; pale supercilium; small dark patch on the auriculars; shorter, more slender bill than a Black-bellied Plover. - Recent sightings are only the second time this species has been reported on eBird at this location. The first was on 11/10/2016 (Maggie Smith/Herb Elliott)."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 07:33 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/S74335140
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing bird"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 10:13 by Mike Stiles
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74372893
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "I first saw the plover at post #6, where several birders were looking at the bird. The bird flew south and the birders went after it. I headed north back to my kayak, and saw the bird, which had apparently quickly doubled back on the chasers, a little distance north of post 6. Plover slightly larger than Semi-palmated. Black collar around neck and bleeding into upper breast, setting off bright white collar under the bill and around neck. White patch above bill, surrounded by black on the forehead and eye. Eye black with no eye ring. Bill orangish at base with dark tip."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 08:30 by Tom Slater
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74375096
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Virtually identical to Semipalmated Plover with the exception of a few things: white forehead patch extended all the way to the eye, it had a white eyebrow that started above the eye and went back and well behind it, no orbital ring, and had dark black head and chest stripes (summer plumage). Bill had an orange base with a black tip. The only one out there with summer (dark black) plumage on head and chest made finding it fairly easy, but it did take time to weed through the myriad of other plovers."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 08:21 by Jeff Davis
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74372364
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from 10/1/2020; associated with flock of Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, and Snowy Plovers."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 06:26 by Bradley Hacker
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74363408
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:17 by Will Knowlton
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74338871
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Found yesterday by Kevin Zimmer. Relocated today near these cordinates: 35.35098, -120.862077. More details to be added later."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:15 by Jay Carroll
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74338309
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Similar in general appearance to Semipalmated Plover, this breeding plumaged male had a wide black breast band, strongly contrasting facial markings, white supercilium, and lacked any eye ring; bill was orange at base, dark near tip; this individual appeared slightly larger overall than the Semipalmated Plovers; many observers, the bird was first seen here on the previous day by Kevin Zimmer."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 07:34 by Tom Edell
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74338192
- Media: 1 Video, 6 Photos
- Comments: "adult male -- details coming"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 07:34 by Mike Bush
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74341977
- Media: 1 Video, 6 Photos
- Comments: "adult male -- details coming"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 06:11 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74341425
- Media: 15 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Kevin Zimmer near post 6 on Morro spit on 10/1/20. M. Found today (10/2/20) by Jeff Miller and Jay Carroll.
Breeding plumage appearance with bright eyebrow and dark lores at gape; eye barely visible. Bill orange near base; black near tip."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 09:00 by John Sayers
- Morro Dunes Natural Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3498393,-120.8622477&ll=35.3498393,-120.8622477
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74337017
- Comments: "I just happened by the flock of birders trying to locate this bird this morning. It was just north of Rescue Marker 6 in the wrack with a larger group of semi-palmated and further up the beach western snowy plovers. I Was in a side by side vehicle and tried not to flush the flocks on my way north. On the way south I stopped to see if they had found the bird. Very striking dark black markings on face and neck with very orange bill. Contrasted nicely compared to all the other semi-palmated plovers around who were much more drab in color. Closer to the north end of the spit which would be a shorter walk if one has a kayak or canoe and can walk south from Tidelands Park corridor @ rescue marker 7. I cheated as I was working and happened upon the sighting . Happy coincidence."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:00 by Petra Clayton
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74337904
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Bright yellow breast, belly, under tail; gray head and nape; green back; white throat; stout black bill; notched tail. --- Only one prior eBird report of this species at this location: 10/23/2011 (Tom Edell)"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 12:44 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S74373328
- Comments: "Warbler. No wing bars. Green-yellow uppers. Green-yellow face with dark eyeline. White breast and UTC. Willows N of trail to wooden bridge in S corner of park 35.3988 120.8598"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:52 by Rick Saxton
- 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/S74379298
- Comments: "Female/juvenile type."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:52 by Gary Woods
- 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/S74341992
- Comments: "Female/juvenile type."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:46 by Jan Bugge
- 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/S74341803
- Comments: "Viewed with 3 other birders as it was actively darting about in willows and other trees near footbridge; gray head and back, white throat, dark gray tail with yellow side patches; observed tail fanning"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:46 by Lisa Gattuso
- 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/S74338258
- Comments: "Viewed with 3 other birders as it was actively darting about in willows and other trees near footbridge; gray head and back, white throat, dark gray tail with yellow side patches; observed tail fanning"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:45 by Kaaren Perry
- 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/S74337373
- Comments: "Female plumage, seen fanning yellow-based tail, pale yellow on sides of breast, dark head."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:27 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74341622
- Media: 12 Photos
- Comments: "Rust streaks on sides, white eye arcs, lime-greenish head, strong double wing bars, buffy breast. Continuing from 10/1/20; first seen by Belardes."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 12:44 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S74373328
- Comments: "Warbler. Yellow throat. White sides with black stripes. Yellow face with gray triangle. Two white wing bars. Buff UTC."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 10:39 by Santiago Lupi
- 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/S74365010
- Comments: "Continuing in the willows near the bridge at (35.3994386, -120.8584744)."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 09:48 by Tom Edell
- 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/S74376714
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "present here since 30 Sep. Photo"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 09:48 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/S74364587
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 07:55 by John/Linda Mendoza
- 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/S74367813
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:52 by Gary Woods
- 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/S74341992
- Comments: "continuing in first tree east of the bridge"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:52 by Rick Saxton
- 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/S74379298
- Comments: "continuing in first tree east of the bridge"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:46 by Lisa Gattuso
- 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/S74338258
- Comments: "Viewed in willows and a pine tree near footbridge; yell ow throat and face, white belly with dark.streaks on flanks, grey head with yellow lateral crown stripes"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:46 by Jan Bugge
- 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/S74341803
- Comments: "Viewed in willows and a pine tree near footbridge; yell ow throat and face, white belly with dark.streaks on flanks, grey head with yellow lateral crown stripes"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:45 by Kaaren Perry
- 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/S74337373
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing fall bird. Working in the willows along the creek. Often at eye level."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 09:00 by Jeff Miller
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74360526
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Tom Edell; photos"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 07:42 by Tom Edell
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74376725
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "first noted the yellow undertail coverts and that the bird was wagging its tail. Brwonish above, creamy colored below with faint streaks on the breast ad along fanks. Pale supercilium and dark line through the eye and with white eye arcs above and below eye. Photo"

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Palm Warbler and a few more

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

Yesterday, before slogging out to view the much-reported Common Ringed Plover, I had nice views of a PALM WARBLER in good light at Lila Keiser Park in Morro Bay.   It was on the ground, right where the pathway from the parking lot branches to go either along the creek bank or down into the creek bottom.   It disappeared over the fence into what looks like a flood control ditch by the RV/Trailer Park.

Have posted some photos on my FLICKR site.   Enjoy as many as you have time for.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


Nashville Warbler - Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning a very bright Nashville Warbler stopped to bathe in our yard. It returned later to feed on the  blossoms of a low growing scrub.  The Nashville has appeared 6 out of the last 7 years at this location, occasionally wintering over.  Two photos from this morning on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

2 rather late in the season Hooded Orioles also dropped in, taking a quick bath before heading off. 

The White-crown Sparrows are steadily increasing in numbers, still far outnumbering the Golden-crowns.  It is such a pleasure to again hear the White-crowns adding their wintering songs to our resident species chorus.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay

  




Common Ringed Plover adventure

Thomas Slater
 

First, thanks Kevin Zimmer for finding this terrific bird. Last time I saw one I was in Ireland.

Second, thank you locals for pointing me to the correct dock to successfully launch across the bay.
We departed from Tidelands Park/parking/dock. Probably the shortest route across.

Mike Schaefer and I took my canoe across the bay to the spit this morning just after 8 AM and walked south on the spit. We ran into Bradley Hacker and another birder who were walking north along the spit who had not seen the bird yet. Brad had been there early in the morning and had already walked to the jetty and back. Reasoning that the best place for success was back near post 6 where Mike and I saw the most semipalmated plovers (they were congregating in that one area for some reason) we doubled back. 

We had seen flocks flying over the sandspit dunes (east to west) to the ocean side and the bird numbers were increasing by the minute. We started picking our way through the flock for a second time. That proved to be the ticket. It's black head and breast stripes were the most distinguishing feature when trying to separate it from the 100+ semipalmated plovers that we were seeing everywhere around it. Nice going Mike!

Mike Stiles waltzed right up after kayaking across and picked up the bird just as we found it. Talk about perfect timing.

A very fun and unique adventure. I've used boats to find good surf but this was a first using a boat (besides a pelagic trip) to go find a good bird. 

photos here

Bird on


Tom Slater
Smokey Nipomo


Re: Common Ringed Plover

Tom Edell
 

At 10 AM the Common Ringed Plover was at the same location it was present at the past two days. It appears that the tide needs to be high enough to flush birds from Morro Bay. It was not seen during yesterday lower afternoon tide.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Bradley Hacker
Sent: Saturday, October 3, 2020 8:00 AM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: [slocobirding] Common Ringed Plover

 

Have not seen this AM between post 3 and end of spit. 2 Semi-P.  Waiting for high tide. 
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Good birding,

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Re: Palm warbler, Cayucos Creek

Michael Schaefer
 

Common Collared Plover
Refound
Same spot


On Oct 3, 2020, at 8:52 AM, Tom Edell via groups.io <TEdell@...> wrote:



Big influx of yellow-rumps and sparrows this morning. Palm warbler along creek behind Hardie Park. No sign of Tropical Kingbird see here yesterday.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Palm warbler, Cayucos Creek

Tom Edell
 


Big influx of yellow-rumps and sparrows this morning. Palm warbler along creek behind Hardie Park. No sign of Tropical Kingbird see here yesterday.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Common Ringed Plover

Bradley Hacker
 

Have not seen this AM between post 3 and end of spit. 2 Semi-P.  Waiting for high tide. 
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Good birding,

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums


Boat launch info

Thomas Slater
 

Greg Smith mentioned launching from the south of the Embarcadero. I am not from Morro Bay nor am I familiar with the area as far as boating goes. Mike Schaefer and I are going to launch a canoe and are wondering for good directions on where to launch from. Thank you very much.




Common Ringed Plover, Morro Bay Sandspit, 10/2

Tom Edell
 

The plover is a male in breeding plumage. It was present to at least 12:15 today in approximately the same location it was found yesterday, which is about 4 miles north of the sandspit parking lot off Pecho Valley Road in Montana de Oro State Park. The GPS coordinates for the bird’s location this morning are 35.3515401, -120.8622091. Be aware that the walk on the beach is on soft sand and the high tide tomorrow is 5.0 ft at 11:19 AM. There is cell service from the sandspit.

 

The gate for the parking lot is suppose to open at 0800 hours, however this morning a ranger opened it at 7:15 AM – I have no idea why or it one could count on that this weekend. One person rented a kayak this morning, paddled cross the Morro Bay, and walked in from the north to shorten the hike.

 

Photos in eBird

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


A few warblers- Del Mar Park, Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

Del Mar Park continues to host 2 interesting warblers. 

The Blackburnian Warbler, a rare eastern migrant, was seen repeatedly.  It was usually seen just a little above eye level moving about in the willows on either side of the little bridge.

The American Redstart, also a rare migrant, was seen but not as cooperative.  It usually appeared on the west side of the bridge flitting about high deep in the willows.  Watch for the fanning tail! 

Other warblers seen in the morning were Orange-crowned, Townsend's, Yellow-rumped, Yellow and Wilson's. 

PS. Looking forward to hearing about some of the morning adventures as the Common Ringed Plover was refound on the MB spit!  The 8 mil r/t distance on the deep sand dunes, heat forecast and air quality discouraged me from attempting the quest.  "Gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em". 


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Common Ringed Plover (6 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- American Redstart (4 reports)
- Bay-breasted Warbler (5 reports)
- Blackburnian Warbler (4 reports)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (2 reports)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:40 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S74323878
- Comments: "Ruth saw pointed out the bird; under tail coverts white; white stripe on flank; continuing bird; feeding under willows along the edge of lagoon"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 09:20 by David Cox
- 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/S74321902
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile cheek spot. Photos, Very hard to spot moving very slowly, spotted in a crowd of about 22 Snow Plovers that were moving all about."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 01, 2020 09:30 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S74297341
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First reported by Maggie Smith. Mottled brown with a golden wash on back and head. See Photos"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:36 by Mark Mushkat
- Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3401384,-120.8621235&ll=35.3401384,-120.8621235
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74326104
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found yesterday by Kevin Zimmer around marker 6 on Morro spit. M. Obs. found it today around (35.3515401, -120.8622091). Classic breeding plumage appearance with bright eyebrow and dark lores at gape. Slightly larger than close by SEPL. Photo to follow.
Kayaked from Sub Sea (Dakota helped with advice) in Morro Harbor about 200 yds. to Morro spit. Canoe would be good too. Walked ~300yds. west on vehicle path to beach, then about 1/2 mile south to where CRPL was resting. (35.3515401, -120.8622091). Perhaps an easier route for those disinclined to hike 6-8 miles round trip.

Of course bird could be one mile or one hundred miles further south this time tomorrow."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 07:27 by Kaia Colestock
- Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3401384,-120.8621235&ll=35.3401384,-120.8621235
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74319347
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; previously found by Kevin Zimmer yesterday. Observed at 35.3510665, -120.8623180. Jet black forehead down to gape, dark wide breast band, black orbital ring. Roosting on beach in wrack line with semi-palms. Birds flying in over dunes with the rising high tide. Likely feeding in bay during low tide. Peregrine occasionally flushing flocks to south. Seen by 13 birders. Photos."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 06:11 by Jeff Miller
- Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3401384,-120.8621235&ll=35.3401384,-120.8621235
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74327447
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Kevin Zimmer near marker 6 on Morro spit. M. Found today by Jeff Miller and Jay Carroll.
Breeding plumage appearance with bright eyebrow and dark lores at gape; eye barely visible. Bill orange near base; black near tip. Photos."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 06:11 by Liam Hampl
- Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3401384,-120.8621235&ll=35.3401384,-120.8621235
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74327643
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Kevin Zimmer near marker 6 on Morro spit. M. Found today by Jeff Miller and Jay Carroll.
Breeding plumage appearance with bright eyebrow and dark lores at gape; eye barely visible. Bill orange near base; black near tip. Photos."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 06:11 by Kilian Hampl
- Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3401384,-120.8621235&ll=35.3401384,-120.8621235
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74331608
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Kevin Zimmer near post 6 on Morro spit on 10/1/20. M. Found today (10/2/20) by Jeff Miller and Jay Carroll.
Breeding plumage appearance with bright eyebrow and dark lores at gape; eye barely visible. Bill orange near base; black near tip."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 06:11 by Norman Pillsbury
- Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3401384,-120.8621235&ll=35.3401384,-120.8621235
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74324987
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Kevin Zimmer near post 6 on Morro spit on 10/1/20. M. Found today (10/2/20) by Jeff Miller and Jay Carroll.
Breeding plumage appearance with bright eyebrow and dark lores at gape; eye barely visible. Bill orange near base; black near tip."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 11:30 by Mike Stiles
- Yard, 13th St, Los Osos, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3312845,-120.8285379&ll=35.3312845,-120.8285379
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74331182
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Smallish sparrow, slightly smaller than nearby White-crowned. Finely streaked crown with pale median stripe. Bold face pattern with grayish nape. Photos"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 14:25 by gerard van heijzen
- 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/S74332461
- Comments: "Female. Flashing tail. Gray head. White supercilium. Yellow spot on wing. White belly. White undertail. Yellow spots on tail."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 09:18 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S74323410
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Foraging with small flock atop inner willow canopy."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1)
- Reported Oct 01, 2020 15:00 by Kaia Colestock
- 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/S74298507
- Comments: "Continuing. 35.3994525, -120.8588462, hawking in tops of willows. Gray head, white throat and belly, yellow patches on sides, black tail with yellow patches in outer tail feathers and wings. Photos TBA."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 12:45 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/S74298304
- Comments: "Spotted by Liam and Kilian Hampl while we were photographing the Blackburnian Warbler: Gray head, with white throat; distinct tail pattern - showing yellow base. Displayed typical tail fanning behavior."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 09:20 by Kai Mills
- 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/S74324087
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen yesterday, 10/1/20, by Nick Belardes. Seen just east of the peninsula with a grill and benches, in a tree about 10-15 yards off the main lakeside road. Associated with bushtit, yellow-rumped and townsends warblers."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:27 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo US-CA 35.26364, -120.68506, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.263644,-120.68506&ll=35.263644,-120.68506
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74327436
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from 10/1/20; first seen by Belardes. Photos coming."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:27 by Liam Hampl
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo US-CA 35.26364, -120.68506, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.263644,-120.68506&ll=35.263644,-120.68506
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74327641
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from 10/1/20; first seen by Belardes. Photos coming."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:27 by Kilian Hampl
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo US-CA 35.26364, -120.68506, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.263644,-120.68506&ll=35.263644,-120.68506
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74331611
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Rust streaks on sides, white eye arcs, lime-greenish head, strong double wing bars, buffy breast. Continuing from 10/1/20; first seen by Belardes."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:27 by Norman Pillsbury
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo US-CA 35.26364, -120.68506, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.263644,-120.68506&ll=35.263644,-120.68506
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74325479
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Rust streaks on sides, white eye arcs, lime-greenish head, strong double wing bars, buffy breast. Continuing from 10/1/20; first seen by Belardes."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 10:05 by Linda Dalton
- 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/S74328884
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Flitting across branches in trees near stream; confirmed by other birders in the area"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 09:18 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S74323410
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing near foot bridge."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 01, 2020 15:00 by Kaia Colestock
- 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/S74298507
- Comments: "Continuing. Just NW of the footbridge at 35.3994060, -120.8585649, foraging in outer branches of willows. Working north along creek. Orangish-yellow wash on throat and face, dark ear patch, white belly with dark streaks on flanks, white wing bars. Photos TBA."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 12:45 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/S74298304
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Reported earlier in the day by Kai Mills; Triangular cheek patch, white wing patch, yellowish throat."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 01, 2020 16:54 by Tom Edell
- Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4431951,-120.8953657&ll=35.4431951,-120.8953657
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74299360
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted this bird in the front yard at the water feature. Photos"

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 14:26 by Will Knowlton
- 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/S74332499
- Comments: "Most likely one of the two individuals I found here last weekend. Photos to be added."

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Thick -billed Fox Sparrow yard bird, Nipomo

Sue Girard
 
Edited

This morning, moving with a Hermit Thrush. Picking in damp soil around a ground water basin, in high traffic area. Not intimidated by larger birds flying in for water: Robin, Jay, Mockingbird.

Thick finch-like bill, gray crown and nape, reddish brown wash to wings and rump. Stunning bird, chest markings are dark charcoal.

I usually have a brownish Sooty or two in winter, hope this one sticks around.

** edit to include possible 1FF Mourning Warbler. Brief drink at gd BB, then gleaning through Prunus hedge at 3' consistently, never venturing upwards as Orange-crowned do, skulky.  Grayish crown blending softly to soft yellow throat; yellow breast, all yellow undertail coverts. Large bill. Sleek and trim in appearance.  Flattened head, large eye w/complete white eye ring.
Sue Girard
northside Nipomo


Common Ringed Plover

Wes Fritz
 

Hi All,
Jeff Miller has relocated the COMMOM RINGED PLOVER. 100 yards ( American measurements) of marker #6 @ 9:30 am tho morning 10.2.02

Good luck and good birding

Wes Fritz
805 895 0685
wes-fritz@verizon.net
Solvang CA


UPDATE: GATE OPEN Re: [slocobirding] Common Ringed Plover Sandspit Parking Access Posted 8am

Mike Bush
 


On Fri, Oct 2, 2020, 06:46 Mike Bush via groups.io <mbushii=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Hi All,

Following Marlin Harms' comment last night, I went to the Moñtana de Oro State Park Sandspit access road this morning. 

The roadway is gated and locked; posted with a 'Closed Sunset - 8am' sign.

Best to all,

Mike Bush
Los Osos


Common Ringed Plover Sandspit Parking Access Posted 8am

Mike Bush
 

Hi All,

Following Marlin Harms' comment last night, I went to the Moñtana de Oro State Park Sandspit access road this morning. 

The roadway is gated and locked; posted with a 'Closed Sunset - 8am' sign.

Best to all,

Mike Bush
Los Osos


the Common Ringed Plover

Kevin Zimmer
 

In my haste to get the word out about the Common Ringed Plover, I see that I forgot one additional important field mark that distinguishes an alternate (breeding) plumage male Common Ringed from the corresponding plumage of male Semipalmated Plover, and that is the presence or absence of a contrastingly colored orbital ring. Common Ringed shows either no orbital ring, or, at best, a dark gray orbital ring which provides no contrast with the dark eye and black mask. Semipalmated Plover in breeding condition, typically shows a contrasting orange orbital ring, which shows well with close views or in decent photos.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Re: Common Ringed Plover on Morro Bay Sandspit

Jim Royer
 


Everybody,

As the Administrator of the SloBird GroupMe, I will try and figure out why the first post didn’t go through. As was already suggested, perhaps any photos attached interfered with the the post. As was also suggested, it is probably better to send a link to the photos posted to a source like eBird or slocobirding that is accessible to all. (Although I understand that photos sent to slocobirding can fill up a fairly limited memory.)
I’m also a little surprised that people are so sensitive about repeated posts about a bird as rare as this one. The information should be interesting to anyone interested in rare local birds, since it was not previously posted on slocobirding. After a point though, I would agree it could go onto slocobirding, with a reference to the slocobirding post on the GroupMe. I don’t agree, however, that private messages would be a good way to relate info on how to refind a bird like this, that is a first county record.
I think it’s safe to say that a majority of this group are interested in such info. 
Also, a lessen we probably all learned from this - when anyone posts to the GroupMe, it’s always a good idea to check the posts to make sure your post went through. 
For anyone possibly interested in joining the GroupMe for rare San Luis Obispo County birds, send me a text.

Jim Royer
Los Osos 


On Thu, Oct 1, 2020 at 7:32 PM Kevin Zimmer via groups.io <kjzimmerphd=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
All,



At around 1130h this morning, I found and photographed a male Common Ringed Plover in alternate plumage on the ocean side of the Morro Bay Sand Spit near dune marker #6.  I parked in the parking lot at the end of Sand Spit Road in Montaña de Oro SP, and took the trail that leads down to the beach.  From there, I would estimate that it is about 4 mile hike (one-way) to where I saw the bird.  It was loafing in the wrack line, well off the beach, loosely associated with 50+ Semipalmated Plovers and 20+ Snowy Plovers, and a bunch of Sanderlings and Least and Western sandpipers.



The key in looking for this bird is that it was the only ringed plover-type still in alternate plumage.  None of the 150+ Semipalmated Plovers that I saw along the spit today or on 9/23 were in alternate plumage.  So, this bird should grab your attention.  Key marks to separate it from a  like-plumaged Semipalmated Plover are as follows:  1) prominent, long white brow above the black mask; 2) longer bill, with more extensive orange at the base; 3) black of mask meets the bill at the gape or just below (in Semipalmated, the mask joins the bill above the gape line); 4) paler and grayer-brown coloration of the upper parts in Common Ringed (SP is darker and browner); and 5) really hard to see in the field, but it does show in some of my photos, is that Common Ringed lacks webbing between the toes, whereas SP has a little webbing at the base.  The vocalizations are a good clue, but you need comparative experience.



I couldn't really examine my photos very well in the harsh, nearly mid-day light conditions, so I did not even attempt to call this in while I was out there.  I was still watching it when all of the plovers and nearby Sanderlings burst into flight, as a response to a passing Merlin.  Almost thought I heard one mellow CRPL-like call amongst the other calls when all of the birds flushed, but couldn't be sure.  The birds flew hundreds of meters to the north along the sand spit, but I couldn't relocate THE bird, and I was still looking at a minimum 4-mile walk back to my car, so I gave up.



It was VERY WARM today, and is supposed to be that way again tomorrow, and the hike is a long one (with a steep uphill through loose sand at the end to get back to the parking lot), so take LOTS OF WATER.



I did photograph a Mountain Plover out on the spit today also, as well as what I assume is the same melanistic Western Sandpiper that I photographed on 9/23.



Finally, I did attempt to post this to the Group Me text message alert, when I first got home late this afternoon.  Apparently, that message did not post, although I don’t understand why my queries to Jeff Miller went through, but the plover post didn’t.  Jim Royer, perhaps you can sort this out?



Oh, and Bart Beckman:  Sorry to have troubled you, but I was trying to get the rare bird info to post, and no way for me to find out if it was working without “chatting” with others.  Seemed kind of important!



Kevin Zimmer

Atascadero














Re: Morro Bay Sandspit

marlin harms
 

Thanks, Kevin. I'm remembering that the last time I saw a sign on the road down to the Sandspit parking lot, it said the road opened at 8:00 AM. Someone might clarify if they know better than that. Thanks,

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay

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