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Slate-colored Fox Sparrow

Sue Girard
 

Had one each Sooty and Slate-colored Fox Sparrows stop by for water, standing together on the damp ground next to the drip ground birdbath yesterday morning. A Slate appeared again this morning and late afternoon.  If it's the incredible bouts of heat sending them in for water, I'll take it, and stop grumbling about it.

I had what may be a Nashville Warbler today, a little larger than an Orange-crowned, gray head, yellow chin to vent, gray vent( behind legs) , greenish back, yellow under tail, complete white large eye ring. No crown patch visible.  Active, and I noticed when perched head-on, it didn't flick its tail up/down or side to side but slung it around in a circle. Comments?

It's been a fairly birdy fall, with higher multiples of usual winter residents than in the past 6-8 years. 3-4 Ruby Crowned Kinglets, 5 Orange crowned Warblers, 3-4 Townsend's, 3-4 Hermit Thrush ( based on chest patterns). This fall it's multiple times a day. The prunus hedge is still offering ripe cherry-like 'fruits' (big hard seeds with only a thin purple skin, no flesh, that the birds relish). It's carrying the fruits late into fall, normally they are gone by mid Sept, so perhaps it's the food that is the attraction.  I don't  irrigate at all, but Thrashers, Thrush & Robins are here daily. My yard is a fairly brushy habitat--no manicured garden here, next to a big open parcel of oaks & scrub, so maybe they feel safe. No cats for about 3 years.  

Sue Girard
Nipomo northside  


first of the fall White-throated Sparrows in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

In the last hour (4:00 p.m., Tuesday, 10/13), we just recorded our first-of-the-fall White-throated Sparrow in our yard. Amazingly, we had 3 White-throated Sparrows arrive simultaneously – 1 very bright white-striped adult, 1 tan-striped adult with a very white throat, and 1 juvenile with a dingy throat and a very streaky breast.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Mountain Plover (1 report)
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 report)
- Grasshopper Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (3 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 18:19 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74723341
- Media: 1 Photo

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 08:38 by Herb Elliott
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74751340
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "... continuing"

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 08:38 by Herb Elliott
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74751340
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "... continuing"

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (1)
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 07:04 by Jim Royer
- Elfin Forest Preserve--Lupine Point Overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3331065,-120.8302362&ll=35.3331065,-120.8302362
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74751005
- Comments: "Brown backed swallow with brownish gray chest light belly and white undertail."

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 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/S74723214
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: ""Flat" head, relatively large bill; buffy face; conspicuous white eyering; faint dark line behind the eye extending to the auriculars; buffy throat and flanks; whitish belly; two wingbars with pattern of black bordered by light edges; grayish, finely streaked nape; upper back patterned with rufous, black, and light. - Upper Loop Trail. --- Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 6/29/20."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 08:12 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/S74744358
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, Rufus crown, white throat, foraging with sparrows, yellow-throat, wren and hermit thrush at west end of playground lawn next to parked cars"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 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/S74723214
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Olive green back; lime green wing tips and tail; rufous crown; white spot above the lores; white throat bordered by a black stripe; gray breast; pinkish legs. --- Actively foraging in leaf litter and dry grass by "double scratching:" moving both feet in hopping motion forward, and simultaneously kicking them backward. --- Observed along the lakeside road (going west from the lakeside restrooms) at the first bend, by the large eucalyptus tree with a white pipe (on the right side of the road). --- First eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 10/10/20 (Brad Hacker)"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 06:51 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/S74722603
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Gray with greenish-yellow wings and tail, rufous crown, white throat, red eye. Photos"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 09:25 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74722786
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "White throat. Creeping along truck. Small eye ring. See photos."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 12, 2020 10:44 by Dane Fagundes
- 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/S74747054
- Comments: "Across from rest rooms in creek bed.
Whitish supercilium , yellow undertail converts. Light underneath, but with some streaking. Light tan/brown on upper parts. Western Fall."

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Possible Green-tailed Towhee

Michael Schaefer
 

This morning I saw a good candidate for Green-tailed Towhee behind campsite 71 in Oceano.  No photos and I am not 100% sure.  

Michael Schaefer
Nipomo


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Mountain Plover (4 reports)
- Baird's Sandpiper (2 reports)
- Arctic Tern (1 report)
- Western Wood-Pewee (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (3 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (2 reports)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 11:20 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S74669047
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Most likely one of the four present on October 3, 2020 (Steve Tillmann / https://ebird.org/checklist/S74391020) --- Continues to forage in the "No Name" drainage/lagoon as it has since October 4, 2020."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 07:30 by Mike Bush
- 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/S74673602
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing juvenile. Photos"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 11:15 by Jeanette Stone
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74710310
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Per Tom Edell; Thin bill, dark cap and long legs. Black blotches on the belly indicate is is an adult still molting out of breeding plumage."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 07:20 by Tom Edell
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74709779
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "returning adult, this year present here since 13 Aug. Photos"

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 13:42 by Mark Mushkat
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74711597
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Slightly smaller and much paler than nearby Killdeer. No breast bands, white eyebrow, grayish legs. Photos."

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 11:15 by Joanne Aasen
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74718468
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photo to come..."

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 11:15 by Jeanette Stone
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74710310
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported by Mike Stiles on 10/10: Light Brown on back, head and breast band."

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 07:20 by Tom Edell
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74709779
- Media: 2 Videos, 2 Photos
- Comments: "First reported here 10 Oct. Photos, video"

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 11:13 by Kathleen Kent
- Arroyo Laguna, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6515286,-121.2196684&ll=35.6515286,-121.2196684
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74709682
- Media: 3 Photos

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 08:30 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Arroyo Laguna, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6515286,-121.2196684&ll=35.6515286,-121.2196684
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74716762
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos below"

Arctic Tern (Sterna paradisaea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 08:52 by Mark Stacy
- Arroyo de la Cruz, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7087645,-121.3053274&ll=35.7087645,-121.3053274
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74711958
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Adult. Arrived by itself at the river mouth and soon landed, first on a gravel bar of the river and then it moved to the dunes just south of the river mouth which is where we left it."

Western Wood-Pewee (Contopus sordidulus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 08:40 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/S74709004
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "1 photo; brownish; broad bill; shortish to medium wing projection; flycatching"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 08:14 by Tom Edell
- 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/S74551762
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "seen briefly from the loop trail at the based of the peninsula. Bright yellow breast, pale upper breast and throat, somewhat pale gray head, dark mask, green back, notched tail. Likely same bird back for 7th winter"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 11:47 by Lisa Roeder
- 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/S74700888
- Comments: "At edge of road by large Eucalyptus Tree"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 06:51 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S74691905
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Gray with greenish-yellow wings and tail, rufous crown, white throat, red eye. Photos"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 06:51 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S74700976
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Gray with greenish-yellow wings and tail, rufous crown, white throat, red eye. Photos"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 09:25 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S74700210
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "White throat. Creeping along truck. Small eye ring. See photos."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 11, 2020 09:25 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S74697188
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "White throat. Creeping along truck. Small eye ring. See photos."

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Arctic Tern. Arroyo de La Cruz, 11 Oct

Tom Edell
 

Mark Stacy relayed that he just found an adult Arctic Tern on the beach just south of the creek mouth.

Just the messinger.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Northern Mockingbird - song in the night

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning, at 2:30 am, I was awaked by a short song from a Northern Mockingbird.  I always think of the distinctive night song as something that comes with the breeding season and this Fall singing seemed worth investigating.  

I remembered a similar middle of the night Mockingbird song last October, at the time I briefly wondered and then let it go.  I've recently also noticed Mockingbird song fragments during the day and again wondered what was going on. I found this well sourced article from the Washington Post and thought I'd share it.  Maybe you too are hearing their Fall song? 

Here is an excerpt from the article:
Fall mockingbird songs

Mild days, chilly nights, mockingbird songs: Sounds like springtime, but it's only a dress rehearsal.

In October, young northern mockingbirds are carving out their territories and stepping up to debut their songs.

Most of the prominent warbling is performed by single males trying to attract a mate. Females also sing, softly and less frequently, and sometimes establish fall territories of their own without a mate. But it may be more advantageous to pair up in the fall, giving those birds a head start on breeding once spring arrives.

Mockingbirds' autumn song will subside in November, but singing returns in late winter with a repertoire distinctly different from fall's collection.


Sources: The Birds of North America: Life Histories for the 21st Century, The Auk, Journal of Field Ornithology







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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Mountain Plover (1 report)
- Willow Flycatcher (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (3 reports)
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (6 reports)
- Blackpoll Warbler (1 report)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 07:30 by Tom Edell
- 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/S74658322
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing juvenile. Photos"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 07:03 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S74637572
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Pictures."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 07:32 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/S74667067
- Comments: "continuing juvenile; flew before I could get a photo"

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 15:45 by Mike Stiles
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74669533
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Plover similar in size to Killdeer. Upright posture, brownish back and head, white underneath. Typical plover activity of walking fast and stopping. Seen at far south end of beach."

Willow Flycatcher (Empidonax traillii) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 07:47 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S74642402
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Empid. Med-short primary projection. Brown wingbars. Faint eyering. Broad bill. Broad, straight tail. Upper mandible dark brown, lower mandible yellow-orange. Pale throat contrasts with darker head and wings."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 10:10 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S74656627
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Previously reported (yesterday) by Roger Zachary - bright yellow underparts continuing through the upper-breast and a large broad-based bill."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 09:28 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S74650287
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Herb E kindly showed me its hangout."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 14:52 by Tony Kurz
- 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/S74626367
- Comments: "Continuing found earlier today by Roger Zachary. Photos to add later."

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 18:13 by Jim Royer
- 93402, Los Osos US-CA 35.33106, -120.85992, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.331064,-120.859923&ll=35.331064,-120.859923
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74663548
- Comments: "Brown swallow with whitish belly to white undertail, with short tail."

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (Passerella iliaca [megarhyncha Group]) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 16:30 by Eric Heisey
- Coon Creek Trail--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2543048,-120.8808124&ll=35.2543048,-120.8808124
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74650096
- Comments: "Photos; large, gray headed and backed FOSP with a very large, pale bill and higher pitched chip call."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 15:17 by Moed Gerveni
- 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/S74664738
- Comments: "Same bird seen today by multiple people. Across the street from 1st reported location 35.2639287, -120.6844674 in the bushes next to lake edge. Photo’d - will uploaded soon"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 15:08 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S74670281
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted by other birders earlier than my arrival. One of the birders took me to the location where I had a brief glimpse, lakeside of the frontage road, west of the playground, across from lawn. Two tree stumps mark the area. I searched again and couldn’t find the bird, then left and returned twenty minutes later. I got another glimpse 20-30 yards east amid thick reeds/brush. The bird then went back to original location, scratching along the ground, flying into shrubs, then eventually flying across the road into a tree where I lost sight of the bird."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 14:55 by Mark Mushkat
- 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/S74666297
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen on ground and low in shrubs close to road. Covered about 100ft. of willow and reeds next to road. Affiliating with WCSPs. (35.2632785, -120.6848587)"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 12:00 by Mike Bush
- 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/S74654313
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Olive-green back and wings, pale gray breast with bright white throat patch. Rufous red crown. On ground under shrubs along lakeside road. Photos."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 10:10 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S74656627
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "The Green-tailed Towhee had grayish underparts, green wings and tail, bright rufous cap, and a white throat.
I relocated the bird about 100 ft south of where it was originally found earlier this morning by Bradley Hacker [35.2639287, -120.6844674."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 10, 2020 09:28 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S74650287
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "35.2639287, -120.6844674"

Blackpoll Warbler (Setophaga striata) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 08:48 by Jim Royer
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74664087
- Comments: "Warbler with yellowish breast and throat, with a dark eyeline, yellow supercilium, slight streaking on sides and on the olive back, with white undertail and wingbars."

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Mountain Plover

mike stiles
 

Late afternoon sighting of MOUNTAIN PLOVER  on Point Sierra Nevada Beach, at south end. 

Highly zoomed photo on ebird report 

Mike Stiles
Los Osos



GReen Tailed towhee at Laguna Lake

Bradley Hacker
 

Eucalyptus with upright white plastic pipe. (35.2639287, -120.6844674)
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Good birding,

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


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Gallinule (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Mountain Plover (1 report)
- Baird's Sandpiper (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Swamp Sparrow (7 reports)

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Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 09:45 by Nellie Thorngate
- 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/S74610214
- Comments: "Slate gray body, brown back, white rects, bill yellow with orange at base."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 17:21 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74588311
- Media: 1 Photo

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 11:25 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S74589134
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Most likely one of the four present on October 3, 2020 (Steve Tillmann / https://ebird.org/checklist/S74391020) --- Continues to forage in the "No Name" drainage/lagoon as it was on October 5, 2020."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 08:14 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/S74620780
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "juvenile"

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 10:08 by Nicole Durtschi
- Oceano Dunes SVRA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0657368,-120.6275693&ll=35.0657368,-120.6275693
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74606486
- Comments: "Large plover with tan brown back with no distinct markings, white underbelly, white eyebrow line. Photos taken."

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (3)
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 09:56 by Will Knowlton
- Arroyo Laguna, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6515286,-121.2196684&ll=35.6515286,-121.2196684
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74607608
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "On far east end of beach. All three observed together, which I have photos of. I'll put those up later when I have more time."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 09:45 by Nellie Thorngate
- 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/S74610214
- Comments: "Red on forehead and nape, white eyeline, red at throat with dark chest, white line across nares, cheek, and down side of neck to breast, considerable white mottling on back. Spotted at Oceano Lagoon between Oceano Campground and the lagoon in the willows at the edge of the lagoon adjacent to the live oak scrub area."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 11:10 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S74619365
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "bright yellow breast; sizable bill; green back; photos"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 12:30 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S74621274
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First Reported by Ann and Pat Vaughn: continuing sparrow with rufous wings"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 10:57 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S74619996
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "On first pass only saw Lincoln’s Sparrows foraging in mud across from playground. When I returned from lagoon the Swamp Sparrow was amidst the Lincolns, scratching back and forth in the mud. Observed for several minutes a few times while at the park."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 09, 2020 09:14 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/S74614425
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "same bird found here on Oct &. Photos"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 17:45 by Mike Bush
- 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/S74588843
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, loosely foraging with Lincoln's Sparrows. Pale lightly striped breast, dark line through eye, with pale gray above and rufous in two stripes over crown. Small bill. Dark and rather bright rufous on back, pale gray nape. Photos."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 16:40 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74588138
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Ann Vaughan previous day."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 13:30 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/S74584236
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Gray, unstreaked breast and belly; buff-colored flanks; dark back with blackish and buff streaks; mahagony-colored wings; gray face and nape; streaked rusty cap; dark line behind the eye; light brown cheeks; white throat; thin dark malar stripe. --- First ebird report on 10/7/20 (Ann & Pat Vaughan)"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 09:10 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/S74583558
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Gray, unstreaked breast and belly; buff-colored flanks; dark back with blackish and buff streaks; mahagony-colored wings; gray face and nape; streaked rusty cap; dark line behind the eye; light brown cheeks; white throat; thin dark malar stripe. --- First ebird report on 10/7/20 (Ann & Pat Vaughan)"

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Oceano Campground and Oso Flaco updates for Oct 9

Kevin Zimmer
 

I checked out Oceano Campground and Oso Flaco Lake today (Oct 9).  

The most unusual thing that I saw was a Red-naped/Yellow-bellied Sapsucker glimpsed head-on in the willows on the north side of Coolidge Street where I had parked my car.  The angle I had prevented me from seeing enough detail on the head (and none of the back pattern) necessary to narrow the ID below that of Red-naped/Yellow-bellied, but the absence of discernible yellow tones on the belly suggested a Red-naped.  I did not see any white on the chin or throat, so I believe it was a male bird.  Almost as soon as I laid my binoculars on it, the sapsucker flew right at me, carried on over my head, and disappeared in the direction of the lagoon (this was about 10:20 a.m.

There were decent numbers of warblers mixed among the chickadee/bushtit flocks (which are now swelling with both Ruby-crowned Kinglets and Yellow-rumped Warblers), but nothing rare.  Most noteworthy were at least 4 different Black-throated Gray Warblers (there seem to be lots of these moving through the county right now – we’ve had 1 or 2 visiting our backyard pond in Atascadero virtually every day this month).    I also had 4 Warbling Vireos, 30 Townsend’s Warblers, 3 Wilson’s Warblers, 6 Orange-crowned Warblers and the first “Myrtle” Yellow-rumped Warblers that I’ve seen this fall (in among 25+ “Audubon’s” Yellow-rumps).

Oso Flaco was very quiet.  Virginia Rail & Sora heard calling from the reeds and a couple of Black-crowned Night-Herons were about it, other than the usual ducks and grebes.  There was virtually no activity in the willows between the parking lot and the lake, but there was a little flock moving through the fingers of willows stretching out into the dunes – that flock included a House Wren and yet another Black-throated Gray Warbler.  I checked the creek mouth for shorebirds.  Habitat there looked promising, but the only shorebirds present were 4 Killdeer, 2 Greater Yellowlegs, 2 Long-billed Curlews, 9 Least Sandpipers and 3 Dunlin.

Finally, I checked the creek behind the Monarch Butterfly Preserve, and saw Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped, and Orange-crowned warblers, but nothing unusual.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Mockingbirds cavorting?

Rosalie Valvo
 

I witnessed a scene in my backyard that has left me baffled.  It looked like a dozen (?) mockingbirds (?) flitting around, chasing after one another, in and out of the shrubbery, for several minutes.  None of them settled in sight long enough for me to get a good look.  I’ve never seen mockingbirds behave like that or gather in numbers like that.  Could it be one or more families of first-year youngsters having fun?  Are they even mockingbirds?

 

Rosalie

Morro Bay

 


Red-naped sapsucker at Oceano Lagoon this AM

Jessica Griffiths
 

This morning (Oct 9) at ~11 AM there was a Red-naped Sapsucker in the willows at Oceano Lagoon, on the west side of the main body of the lagoon (approx loc:  35.108502°, -120.626375°).

Also saw the Common Gallinule, which is continuing there at the Lagoon.  Additionally: several black-throated gray warblers, and assorted other warblers including Townsends, Wilson's, orange-crowned, yellow-rumped, common yellowthroat; and a couple warbling vireos.

Jessica Griffiths
SLO 


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Common Ringed Plover (1 report)
- Mountain Plover (1 report)
- Baird's Sandpiper (1 report)
- Least Tern (1 report)
- Swamp Sparrow (5 reports)

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Black-necked Stilt (Black-necked) (Himantopus mexicanus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 09:00 by Norma Wightman
- Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3918488,-120.8664322&ll=35.3918488,-120.8664322
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74569397
- Comments: "seen in lagoon south of Morro Strand S P"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 17:45 by David Lawrence
- 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/S74568316
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Active on small lagoon north of Alva Paul outlet"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 11:43 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/S74582859
- Media: 2 Videos, 2 Photos
- Comments: "Most likely same juvenile seen here 29 Sep-2 Oct. (Photo)"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 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/S74575995
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "juvenile; appeared to be the same bird found earlier and then not seen last 3 days"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 10:30 by David Lawrence
- 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/S74553076
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Very similar to the Semipalmated Plovers nearby, but slightly larger, and in breeding plumage with complete jet-black ring around neck and broadening across chest, facial black across forehead and extending to gape with partially orange bill. No orbital ring. Brighter yellow/orange legs than any SPPL"

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 08:03 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S74582547
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Likely the continuing bird discovered by Kevin Zimmer. Seen around marker 3. Bird was headed south along beach moving from one clump of seaweed to the next, pausing here and there."

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 07:17 by Herb Elliott
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74576880
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "foraging on beach"

Least Tern (Sternula antillarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 12:37 by Rudy Lucero
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74574964
- Comments: "Small, slender tern with black bill and black eyepatch"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 10:31 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S74575951
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "feeding on the mudflat opposite the playground"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 10:15 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S74582705
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Tom Edell. Photos. Next to the playground."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 10:15 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S74582700
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Tom Edell. Photos. Next to the playground."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Oct 08, 2020 10:04 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/S74582889
- Comments: "Continuing bird photographed by other observers and by me yesterday"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 13:41 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/S74552340
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier by Ann and Pat Vaughan. Photos"

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Costa's Hummer

njmann90
 

I just had an immature male Costa's Hummingbird on the feeders.  Near Vet Hall, SLO.
NJ Mann

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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
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Pacific Golden-Plover - Villa Creek

Maggie Smith
 

This morning I saw a juvenile Pacific Golden-Plover.  I sent some photos to Tom Edell who thinks its the same bird that was recently here.  It had not been seen  the previous 3 days.  Tom suggested it had perhaps  moved to the back side of the foredunes.

List and photos:





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


Blackpoll Warbler, Montana de Oro

Jim Royer
 

I found a first fall Blackpoll Warbler this morning at the bridge just above Spooner’s Cove. It was in a loose flock of chickadees and kinglets.

I found nothing unusual in the campground except 4 or 5 Chipping Sparrows (all feeding on the ground with other sparrows and juncos) and 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches scattered in pines. 

Jim Royer
Los Osos 


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Ringed Plover (1 report)
- Baird's Sandpiper (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (1 report)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (1 report)
- Swamp Sparrow (1 report)

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Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 11:38 by kenny kimbrough
- 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/S74538604
- Comments: "Continuing 100yards north of the #6 sign. Viewed the bird with Dave Lawrence. Dark black breast band, bright orange legs, slightly larger than nearby semipalmated’s. Pics."

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (3)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 07:18 by Herb Elliott
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74541296
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "foraging together on beach"

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 14:44 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/S74545880
- Comments: "Tyrannus sp. with dull yellow chest and belly, faded gray upper chest indistinctly blending into whitish throat. Gray head, dark lores and eyes, brownish gray back with browner tail. Eating Monarch Butterfly suggests it’s aHY bird."

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (Passerella iliaca [megarhyncha Group]) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 06:00 by sue girard
- a cory yard list, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0424457,-120.5001819&ll=35.0424457,-120.5001819
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74341633
- Comments: "FOS Fox sparrow--Thick Billed. Gray head and back, dark charcoal chest markings, grayish neutral bill color, reddish brown wings. Not spooked by air traffic near BB. Very striking appearance"

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 07:18 by Herb Elliott
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74541296
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This savannah had a larger body, duller coloration, and much larger bill compare to a typical Savannah Sparrow.

Note: On Mon 28 Sep 2020, I had a Large-billed Savannah at Oso Flaco Creek Mouth/Beach [https://ebird.org/checklist/S74186120]"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 16:15 by Mark Mushkat
- 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/S74547213
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "M. Obs. In mud patch near park restrooms."

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Re: Swamp Sparrow, Hardie Park

Patrick Vaughan
 

There now is one across from the bathroom with the other sparrows.

Ann Vaughan
Morro Bay

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