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Red-necked Grebe Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

Continues to be seen this morning. Last seen near Giovanni’s restaurant swimming south.

Kaaren
Morro Bay


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Common Gallinule (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (4 reports)
- Mountain Plover (1 report)
- Lesser Yellowlegs (1 report)
- White Wagtail (1 report)
- Grasshopper Sparrow (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (2 reports)
- Bay-breasted Warbler (2 reports)
- Black-headed Grosbeak (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 11:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75617622
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "adult male first reported on 23 Oct. with group of Scoters (Surf, White-winged and Black)"

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 11:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75617622
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male showing large orange/yellowish knob at base of bill and was otherwise all dark. Rounded head shape."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 18:18 by Moed Gerveni
- Tidelands Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3590612,-120.8514118&ll=35.3590612,-120.8514118
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75620665
- Comments: "Poor light for pictures. Non-breeding or 1st winter plumage. Dark neck, grey cheeks, dark yellow base of Bill. Larger than eared/horned grebe. Long-ish neck sticking up and long, pointy (but not sharp tipped) bill. Dark back and flanks. Only dove twice for the 3-4 minutes it was visible."

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 14:00 by Jeri Edwards
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75622771
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature. Likely the same one reported in previous months. Photo attached for ID purposes only"

Common Gallinule (Gallinula galeata) (1)
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 14:22 by Dane Fagundes
- Pismo State Beach - Oceano Campgrounds, Oceano US-CA 35.10645, -120.62677, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.10645,-120.626768&ll=35.10645,-120.626768
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75615203
- Comments: "This years young. Continues."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 07:28 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/S75620113
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "No black underneath the wings seen when flying, rules out black-bellied plover. Black back with white speckling, white belly with some pale speckling, black on the top of its head, white eyebrow and white around the bill."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 09:43 by Will Knowlton
- 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/S75622076
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult that seems to winter here for the past few years. Maybe since either 2015 or 2016?"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 07:55 by John/Linda Mendoza
- 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/S75576441
- Media: 2 Photos

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:42 by Mark Hays
- 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/S75546501
- Comments: "seen first by Herb Elliott near the surfline"

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 07:28 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/S75620113
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Smooth tan plover with a white belly."

Lesser Yellowlegs (Tringa flavipes) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 15:38 by Jeff Davis
- Morro Bay Estuary (use more specific location(s) when possible), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3377298,-120.8501072&ll=35.3377298,-120.8501072
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75619504
- Comments: "Substantially smaller than adjacent Greater Yellowlegs, with an all-dark bill about the length of its head and a relatively short, straight neck."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:42 by Mark Hays
- 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/S75546501
- Comments: "previously reported, first seen on inner lagoon and then along the beach/dune area"

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 09:50 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S75624639
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Buffy face; conspicuous white eyering; buffy throat and flanks; whitish belly; grayish, finely streaked nape; finely streaked dark crown with a whitish median stripe; two wingbars with pattern of black, gray, and rufous bordered by light edges. --- First-ever eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot. - One and only eBird report at the Islay Creek Campground: 5/19/1991. - More recent eBird reports at Montaña de Oro State Park were along the Pt. Buchon trail (2018 / 2019 / 2020) .

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50549775106/in/dateposted-public/" title="Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50549775106_415e9c4436_b.jpg" alt="Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 16:36 by Kees Eglowski
- [Home] Hill Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4552779,-120.6282493&ll=35.4552779,-120.6282493
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75618309
- Comments: "Small sparrows foraging with white-crowned sparrows. Continuing."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 10:50 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75607701
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile bird"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 07:59 by Nick Belardes
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75613735
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile, desert-dwelling sparrow, possibly passing through to Mexico, having hatched in Southwestern breeding grounds. Seen with flock of White-crowned Sparrows at base of trees southwest of restrooms just outside campground. A walker passing through the campground told me where the sparrow was located. He also mentioned a Chipping Sparrow, which I didn’t see after double-timing to the front of the campground. The sparrow was easy to identify amid the flock: white lower orbital feathers, bold white supercilium, gray cheeks and brownish-gray crown, white malars, pale throat, white belly with breastband of brown streaks, plain brown back, brown wings, brown tail, white undertail coverts, darkish patches on flanks, and conical-shaped dark gray bill. Though this bird sometimes reacted along with the White-crowned, skittish as car doors slammed, it also often behaved more bold than other sparrows, as is the nature of its species, calmly foraging further from the safety of nearby trees. At one point it flew out to a road sign and foraged beneath it, only scrambling away when a car passed. A White-crowned had joined it at the sign. I took some photos and a brief video."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 13:56 by Moed Gerveni
- 495 Pembrook Dr, Cambria US-CA 35.56724, -121.10456, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.567239,-121.104556&ll=35.567239,-121.104556
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75610409
- Comments: "Clear looks next to Will K. Bay-color flanks, whiteish below, double wing bars. Drab overall."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 12:15 by Will Knowlton
- Santa Rosa Creek-below Windsor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5677012,-121.1064448&ll=35.5677012,-121.1064448
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75614352
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Largish warbler with large bill, two bold white wingbars, slight hint of chestnut coloration to the flanks, limited streaking on the back, and no yellow on the feet.

First observed with large mixed flock to the south of the intersection of Windsor Blvd and Heath Ln. Later refound on the north side of Windsor Blvd in large cottonwood near the road."

Black-headed Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 30, 2020 15:42 by Ian Davies
- 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/S75619046
- Comments: "Along edge of lake at (35.1085559, -120.6276894). Photographed; large passerine with massive pinkish bill, warm orange-buff underparts, dark upperparts with white spots and white at base of primaries. Appears to be HY M given mottled upperparts and molt limit in wings."

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Oso Evening

Thomas Slater
 

Today marked 9 years in this birding life. 9 years of bliss...

Many of the same species as last night, but got beautiful looks at a Horned Lark and a Merlin. Burrowing owl still present. Please drive slowly on Oso Flaco Rd.


Tom Slater
Nipomo bird sanctuary 
(Jk)




Red-necked Grebe, Morro Bay

marlin harms
 

Late this afternoon I found a Red-necked Grebe near Tidelands Park. I followed it south along the park, then as I tried to move from the dock south to the observation deck near the boats, I was intercepted by someone asking me a bird question and tried to oblige. I never did re-find the bird, but assumed it was going south near the boat launch at Tidelands Park. Luckily, it was seen again.  Because of a couple dark lines on the side of the head, I assume this is a first year bird.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (3 reports)
- Warbling Vireo (1 report)
- White Wagtail (3 reports)
- Grasshopper Sparrow (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (7 reports)
- Lark Bunting (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 10:58 by Tom Edell
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75576129
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "adult male first reported on 23 Oct. Likely same adult male that wintered in this area last year and possibly same bird here annually since 2011. Seen from pier, but likely closer to Port San Luis beach (photo)"

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 10:58 by Tom Edell
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75576129
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male and female plumaged with Surf Scoters. Scoped from pier, but likely closer to Port San Luis beach. Male showed large orangish knob at base of bill and was otherwise all dark. Female had same rounded head shape as male and the pale face, which extended onto neck, created a dark cap appearance on the head."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 07:57 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/S75576132
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing juvenile"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:45 by Kathanne Lynch
- 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/S75574374
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Pointed out to me by T. Edell 1720h while he photographed it in high rack line. Later at water's edge."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:22 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S75544437
- Comments: "previously reported"

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 14:20 by Kilian Hampl
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75569738
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "First seen in the bushes behind where the CCSP was. Then vanished down into the brush. Jim Royer then arrived and so did Jeanette Stone. We went back into the brush to try and refind the bird, but we had no luck. We came out and it was in the exact same area as it was before. Jim concluded that it was a WAVI. Photos. Lighter cap than Philly, not as strong of an supercilium."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:45 by Kathanne Lynch
- 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/S75574374
- Comments: "Poor look. Maybe remove. Flight only. White. Shape right. Not enough for my ID. Thanks Elena. Undulating flight as opposed to sorta similar Am Pipit (e.g., tail wag) which flies more directly.

Sound recorded immediately prior to flight by Tom Graves and posted on xeno-canto. Thank you.

For me: No sound. No clear view of this frenetic bird hopping in high wrack line at low tide."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:22 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S75544437
- Media: 3 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing ...this bird had a gray back, black eye line, legs, feet and bill with white chin and black upper chest - moved continuously while feeding near the mouth of the creek.

last seen in county on Fri 22 Apr 2016 - https://ebird.org/checklist/S29134552
Media:"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 11:20 by marlin harms
- 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/S75575802
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "I saw the bird that had been found earlier in the morning by Maggie Smith. I was among a group of other birders. I saw the wagtail off-and-on between 11:30 and 12:30 when it was actively feeding at the edge of the creek and on the beach. It was seen jabbing at flies, mostly kelp flies I assume, as well as lunging, running and occasionally jumping up for flies (see one of the photos). The wagtail did fly out of sight a couple times during the hour, going around a rocky point, but returned within minutes. On one of those flights it was chased by a Merlin."

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 09:11 by Mark Mushkat
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75566842
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "At 35.4493687, -120.9259460 Small sparrow with yellowish tint across head, chest and upper flanks. Whitish throat, belly, prominent eye ring and median stripe. Median stripe bordered by brown crown stripes below which are thin golden eyebrows. Throat not showing dark borders. Brown line behind eye. Bill and legs pink. Relatively flat head and short tail."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 14:20 by Kilian Hampl
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75569738
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim Royer. Breif looks at the bird while on the feeder, then flew back into a tree and couldn't refind. Jim and Jeanette came and later, and Jim saw the bird on the ground, and a car scared it away. Small orange bill, gray nape. Photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 10:30 by Roger Zachary
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75573369
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reported by Jim Royer; found at location posted; 2 images"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 10:00 by Kilian Hampl
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75569614
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim. Could not find the bird the first time we were there, we walked the campground, came back, and then found it in the brush right of the parking lot. Pale white supercilium, lots of streaking on the chest. Juvenile. Photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 10:00 by Liam Hampl
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75569610
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim. Could not find the bird the first time we were there, we walked the campground, came back, and then found it in the brush right of the parking lot. Pale white supercilium, lots of streaking on the chest. Juvenile. Will add photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 07:45 by Mike Bush
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75565608
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "To me this is a surprisingly pale muddy-brown bird, with highly noticeable very pale supercilium, and only slight dark streaking on the breast. photos"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 07:13 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75579830
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile bird found by Jim Royer on 10/28/2020. Bird was brown on back with gray-brown cap and cheeks, dark eye bordered by bold, white supercilium above and partial, white eye-ring below, heavy blue-gray beak and faint breast streaking."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 07:04 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75557123
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile; gray back and head with bold white supercilium, white underneath with faint streaked breastband, dark lores, partial eye ring. Poor photos"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 12:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75557018
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First reported by Jim Royer. Small sparrow with two bold white stripes and soft brown back coloring. Streaking on the chest indicates a juvenile."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 08:55 by Norman Pillsbury
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75565616
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "See photos"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 29, 2020 11:52 by Ian Davies
- Bear Grove, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317537,-120.851343&ll=35.317537,-120.851343
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75565707
- Comments: "**rare; AHY M came into bird bath for 10 seconds, flying in from SW and exiting in same direction. Maybe headed to Pecho Rd willows? Small warbler, boldly striped black and white from beak to tail. Very bold facial pattern with dark cheek and throat, darker than immatures or an ad female."

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Oso evening, Oct. 29

Thomas Slater
 

A spectacular evening at Oso Flaco. Almost nobody there. No bugs. Beautiful sunset...
American Bittern, Burrowing Own, White-tailed Kite, Pipits, and a gaggle of assorted ducks.

A few photos might even be Dave Keeling worthy ;)



Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo Hermit Thrush Sanctuary
(no not really)


"Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow on West Cuesta Ridge

Kevin Zimmer
 

Susan and I went to West Cuesta Ridge this morning (Thursday, 10/29) hoping to find any signs of irruptive montane species in the cypress groves up near the antennas.  Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us, the road (which is in quite good condition) was closed to vehicular traffic sometime since my last visit in June, probably to reduce fire risk from campers.  So, instead of driving to the botanic area and hiking the road from there, we had to park at the bottom of the road, just off the 101, and hike 4+ miles uphill just to get into the cypress groves, followed by 4+ miles of hiking back down.  By the time we made it to the cypress, it was warm and sunny, and there was scarcely a bird not named “Ruby-crowned Kinglet” to be seen or heard.  However, on the way up, we did see 1 “Thick-billed” (stephensi-type) Fox Sparrow and heard a second one (their call notes are sharp and metallic; very different from the “smacking” or “tooth-sucking” calls of most other Fox Sparrows) in one of the ridge-top saddles vegetated with chaparral.  I heard several typical sounding “Sooty” Fox Sparrows (fuliginosa-types) as well, but I was pleased to find these “Thick-billed” Fox Sparrows — the first I have encountered in the county.

On a side note:  Pine Siskin numbers have been building steadily at our feeders (N end of Atascadero) for the past week (at least 20 present today), and, as of this afternoon, they have been joined by 3 American Goldfinches, our first ones since May.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Snow geese at Alva Paul pond

jansurbey
 



Today about 2:30pm, two snow geese (one adult and one juvenile) were in the Alva Paul pond adjacent to the Morro Strand campground.

Jan Surbey
Morro Bay


Another late post

Cheryl Lish
 

I last posted a single Cassin’s Kingbird but had 2 additional that day. The property to the south has a vineyard and the CAKI are in the area daily.

Watched a coyote eating grapes - a doe was also watching the coyote.

10/25 Sunday - for some reason a couple of Turkey Vultures caught my eye but when I got one in view I actually also had a Swift in view - very high and just a silhouette. Unmistakable wing shape and movement.

Lincoln’s Sparrow continues
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande


Harlequin Duck, Black and white-winged Scoters, Port San Luis, 10/29

Tom Edell
 

All species seen from Port San Luis Pier while looking NE toward beach west of Cal Poly Pier. Male and female plumaged Black Scoters, female plumaged White-winged. Adult male Harlequin. Scope helpful.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 



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Cayucos, CA


pine siskin 2

njmann90
 

Now a female is here.  Could be a little flock. Near Vet's Hall SLO
NJMann

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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'

“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

'I've seen so much stupid in my years that I can't remember all of it,'  2014 James Turner


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pine siskin

njmann90
 

An adult male Pine Siskin just popped in on the feeders.  Had no siskins last year.  Near Vet's Hall, SLO
NJMann

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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'

“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

'I've seen so much stupid in my years that I can't remember all of it,'  2014 James Turner


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- White Wagtail (ocularis) (2 reports)
- White Wagtail (11 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (3 reports)
- Lark Bunting (3 reports)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:38 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/S75546092
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile (photos)"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 07:57 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/S75513198
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile present since 18 Oct"

White Wagtail (ocularis) (Motacilla alba ocularis) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:54 by Tom Graves
- 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/S75546843
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Single bird feeding along creek mouth, then flying south to feed along the wrack line of the sandy beach, eventually flying back north to the creek mouth to start over. Characteristic tail bobbing noted, white lateral tail feathers, black “bib”, white throat and belly, dark eye line, gray back and crown. Two pale wing bars noted vs a panel indicates subspecies ocularis. Call notes given in flight. (Sennheiser ME62 omni mic, 24 inch Roché parabola, Marantz PMD 661). (also on XenoCanto XC598632 )"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:38 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/S75546092
- Comments: "Same hatch year bird found by Maggie Smith yesterday. See https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105 for description of the bird. Photos taken by others while I was here are being submitted."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 13:32 by Carole Rose
- 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/S75535952
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "35.459974, -120.969862 general location. Seen about 1:50 and again at 2:25. Foraging across lagoon on sandbar. Continuing from yesterday and found by Maggie Smith. For those unfamiliar with area, park in the obvious dirt lot a bit farther south from where Google maps takes you with the Hotspot location. Walk Wide trail to beach. Look for wagtail on the way as we saw it on the beach near the berm when returning from the lagoon, which is at the far end north of the beach. Be patient and scan."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 13:26 by Carol Comeau
- 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/S75539484
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Maggie Smith on October 27th. The Bird was seen with 4 other birders at
2:00PM at the north end of the beach. It was foraging along the edge of the creek lagoon- where it bends. The bird foraged with quick movements along the edge of the mud- wagging and flashing its tail. After a few minutes it crossed to the side of the creek where observers where standing. It then flew south on the beach."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 12:40 by Sarah Lane
- 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/S75547062
- Comments: "Found yesterday by Maggie Smith. The Rose’s and another birder who I believe is a local to the SLO area found the Wagtail for us and we had lovely views of it flying up into the air and grabbing a fly. Walking along the mud around the lagoon. And finally flying off toward the beach. Unmistakable. Carole Rose has photos."

White Wagtail (ocularis) (Motacilla alba ocularis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 12:22 by Dane Fagundes
- 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/S75532999
- Comments: "Continues."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 11:45 by Jeff Seay
- 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/S75547162
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from previous day."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 10:34 by Steve Summers
- 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/S75543845
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Found yesterday, continuing today. The wagtail didn't show up until 11:55a when Michelle Townsley discovered it feeding on the beach when she was heading back to her car to retrieve her lunch. It then stayed around the rest of the time I was there. It was active, flying back and forth from the beach to the lagoon several times."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 07:02 by Norman Pillsbury
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75525324
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from 10/27/20; found by Maggie Smith. Gray back, white fringe on tail when flying, long tail constantly in motion, entire bird constantly darting and lurching about feeding on flies, dark throat patch, white breast below patch to tail, two strong wing bars with gray between, thick supercilium. Black bill and legs. Foraged alone and was not associated with any other birds in the area including the American Pipit. Foraged along the creek bank in the muddy edge until it ran out of mud then flew over the ridge to the northwest."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 15:48 by Seth Ontiveros
- 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/S75546237
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Seen by many others. Observed actively foraging on beach. Flew to small gravel bar in creek and then perched on driftwood at north end of beach"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 15:48 by Annie Lamas
- 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/S75546239
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Seen by many others. Observed actively foraging on beach. Flew to small gravel bar in creek and then perched on driftwood at north end of beach"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 12:12 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S75494645
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier this morning by Maggie smith. This bird had a gray back, black eye line, legs, feet and bill with white chin and black upper chest - moved continuously while feeding near the mouth of the creek.

last seen in county on Fri 22 Apr 2016 - https://ebird.org/checklist/S29134552"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 07:57 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/S75513198
- Media: 1 Video, 6 Photos
- Comments: "I arrived about 15 minutes after Maggie Smith found this bird. The bird was feeding on files on the beach just down coast of the Villa Creek lagoon. We watched the bird move from there to the wet sand closer to the creek mouth and the bluff edge, and then to the lagoon where it fed along the shoreline. While birders were arriving and leaving the bird was very active, often jumping or running after flies and during the time I was here it cycled from the beach to the lagoon and back to the wet sand shoreline several times. Twice it flew over the bluff and out of site, but both times soon reappeared on the beach. During one of those flights it was pursued by a Merlin.
This bird was essentially medium gray from crown to tail and white below. It had a long tail with two white outer retricies and when closed looked black above and white below. It had a whitish supercilium and forehead, a dark line through the eye that extended from the bill to the gray nape and an otherwise pale face that at times seemed to have a tinge of buffy color in the auriculars and front of the supercilium. The throat was white and there was a black bib on the upper chest that was wide and mottled across the throat and narrowed to somewhat of a point at its lower extent roughly forming a triangular shape. The edges at the bib extended out to under, but not to, the faint auricular patch. The gray wings showed two whitish wing bars and somewhat wide white edges on the median coverts. The tertials were pale edged and sometimes appeared slightly buffy. The eye, legs, and feet appeared black and the short narrow bill was mostly black but pale at the base. The length of the bill was about equal to the distance from the base of the bill to the middle of the eye. An American Pipit was often close to the bird. The pipits were a bit bulkier and had shorter tails which was most obvious when both were in flight together. Photos and video"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 14:49 by Jim Royer
- West Hazard Canyon--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2879464,-120.8812916&ll=35.2879464,-120.8812916
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75547544
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A small sparrow (clearly smaller than White-crowned next to it in a bush) with a long thin tail, small orange bill, light complete eyering, no dark line through lores, dark mustache stripe with light strip below it and dark stripe below that, a as well as a light supercilium. Dark outline to auricular. Brownish back with light off-white underparts and unstreaked gray nape. Some brown on sides of chest."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 15:45 by Jay Carroll
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75542752
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small sparrow with a white supercilium on gray head, white throat, fine streaking on breast, white outer tail feathers; found earlier by Jim Royer; photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 15:14 by Mark Mushkat
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75538940
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Jim Royer this morning. Where camp road hits main MDO road, n side next to folding hazard sign. Immature. Thanks to Jay Carroll for getting me to the bird. Later 150m into the campgrounds, next to 15MPH SLOW sign, across from handicapped parking spot with picnic tables stacked up. In both cases, bird was foraging next to road."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 11:37 by Jim Royer
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75547542
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile with small dark streaks across the chest, no black throat, large thick gray bill, two white stripes on gray face, thin black tail with white sides, brownish slightly patterned back - otherwise the bird was different shades of gray. Noticeably smaller than Zonotrichia sparrows in the flock and it skulked low along the ground and stayed hidden more than the other sparrows when feeding. But it would also fly up and stand on a picnic table or a metal fire ring in the open."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 14:31 by Steve Summers
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75543763
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing since 10-20-2020"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 12:25 by Jay Carroll
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75542150
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird with relatively large blue-gray conical bill, broad whitish supercilium, streaked breast; photos."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 08:24 by Nick Belardes
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75537805
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This plump sparrow native to the American and Canadian midwest, especially grassland areas, possibly a juvenile summer bird from perhaps the Colorado-Idaho region (mere speculation on my part), and migrating to Mexico, is a continuing bird discovered about a week ago. It was first reported sitting on the same fence in relatively the same area near the southwestern portion of the Cholame Creek Bridge on Bittercreek Road in San Luis Obispo County. The bird has a thick bluish-gray bill, a tan underside with fine brown streaking, a thick tan eyestripe, dark brown crown, white eyering, and pale spots on either cheek. My hands went numb from the cold while awaiting this bird. I scanned fence lines, reeds, powerlines, continuously returning to the same area of the bridge. House Finch, White-crowned and Savannah sparrows, sat on the same fence section. A Mourning Dove also sat on the same perch. Sometimes there were no birds at all. Finally, the bunting arrived. It didn’t vocalize. It rather flew its plump body onto the barbed wire, its head on a swivel, while I took pics and a short video. It then flew off and I was able to return to the car and turn on the heater."

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White Wagtail

Tom Graves
 

Got a recording: https://www.xeno-canto.org/598632

Tom Graves


Oceano beach Weds.10/28

Rubba Johanna
 

Took a next-to-last walk on Oceano Beach prior to return of vehicles. I saw 68 of what I took to be Black-bellied plovers, but I'm puzzled by their coloring. These birds' mottling on the back and wings was very dark, black, but looks grey in my field guide. Some birds' cap was very dark. The throat and chest on the birds had lighter-color mottling. I counted 68 between posts 1 & 3; beyond 3 I could see a flock of likely the same bird counting a hundred or more. 

Next I saw a small plover. Dark brown back; black shoulder band that did not meet across the chest; white forehead; black around the eye; dark cap. I thought at first Semipalmated Plover, but then began to doubt that and considered Snowy Plover. But the Snowies I see in my guide don't have brown backs. I would expect Snowies on that beach, since they nest there.

One I am sure of is three Buffleheads, 2 M 1 F, cruising and diving in the surf.

I hope many of you can join us tomorrow to "occupy" the beach from 4:30 through sunset to express our desire to keep the beach free of vehicles. Another gathering will take place Friday morning from 6:45-9 am (the beach will open to vehicles at 7 am). Enter the beach at either Grand Ave. or Pier Ave. Anticipate possible parking problems at both locations. Be careful of sand parking lots. Many get stuck on a regular basis.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Black-throated Sparrow

Jim Royer
 

Juvenile Black-throated Sparrow in Islay Creek Campground, Montana de Oro State Park, feeding on the ground in campsite 2 with a tan-striped White-throated Sparrow and White-crowneds.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Snipe seen from bridge over Morro Creek

Chris Van Beveren
 

Did anyone else see the Wilson's Snipe yesterday midday? It was about 40 feet east of the footbridge feeding with a Greater Yellowlegs. Remained in view at least 10 minutes. Quite a few years since I had seen one.



Chris Van Beveren
Beck Travel
565 Baywood Way

Los Osos CA 93402

Phone:  805 439-2023



becktravel@yahoo.com


White Wagtail, Villa Creek, 10/28

Tom Edell
 


The wagtail Maggie Smith found yesterday just returned to the mouth of Villa Creek at Estero Bluffs State Park.

Just the messenger, 

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA 


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (7 reports)
- Cassin's Vireo (1 report)
- White Wagtail (ocularis) (1 report)
- White Wagtail (15 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (2 reports)
- Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 17:19 by Ian Davies
- 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/S75510226
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "*rare; continuing bird. Quite a dull individual, but head/neck pattern (golden patch below cheek; dark eyespot) and relatively short primaries point towards this over AMGP."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 16:50 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/S75510504
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile photographed this morning. https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S75508616
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S75508623
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:40 by John Luther
- 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/S75510842
- Comments: "seen by many birders"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:09 by Mark Mushkat
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75489985
- Comments: "Continuing"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:24 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/S75510105
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile present since 18 Oct"

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:29 by Jay Carroll
- 1900 Pecho Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317395,-120.851943&ll=35.317395,-120.851943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75492660
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bold white “spectacles”, white wing bars, yellowish on sides; greenish-gray head color blending gradually between auricular and lighter throat area."

White Wagtail (ocularis) (Motacilla alba ocularis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 17:19 by Ian Davies
- 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/S75510226
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "**very rare; found earlier today by Maggie Smith. Feeding on beach south of creek, above high tide line. Seen picking insects off of wrack, as well as short sallies a couple feet off the ground for flying insects. After ~10 minutes of watching the bird took off and flew distantly to north over hills, vanishing from sight."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 16:50 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/S75510504
- Media: 2 Videos, 6 Photos
- Comments: "see details at https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105. Photos, videos"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S75508623
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Maggie Smith. Actively catching insects. Endearing little fellow."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S75508616
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Maggie Smith. Actively catching insects. Endearing little fellow."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:40 by John Luther
- 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/S75510842
- Comments: "found by Maggie this morning and seen and photographed by many others"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:56 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/S75489765
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, more that a dozen views, there will be lots of nice photos."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:50 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/S75501980
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First reported by Maggie Smith. Mostly white except for gray upperparts (back and crown) and black breast. Black tail with white outer tail feathers that flicked continuously when walking. Black bill, legs and feet. Similar size to an American Pipet."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:48 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S75503334
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pipit-like bird from earlier in the day. Spotted by Maggie Smith. Appears to be a first-winter female of the Siberian subspecies, which if having summered in northwestern Alaska, should be wintering, or on its way to winter, in tropical Asia. Two white wingbars on the bird were apparent. It also had a black eyeline, narrow black bill, thick white supercilium, pale forehead, white throat, gray crown, nape, and back. Its belly was white, with some gray near the upper flanks, and a wide black bib on its chest, with the black from the bib extending in a broken black pattern on each side of the throat. When I arrived, the bird was foraging south down the main beach. It often darted quickly, sometimes quickly changing direction. It constantly repeated this behavior, sometimes eating sandflies. About a dozen birders came onto the beach to record the bird. After several minutes it flew over to the southern shore of Villa Creek. It foraged there for a few minutes then flew to the opposite bank where it foraged northward by some American Coots. It was out of view for a short time. Heading south again along the creek, it foraged for several more minutes before flying to the western portion of the lagoon. After a few minutes it flew west over a shrub-covered hill. A few birders went in search of the wagtail but couldn’t find it. I later heard from another birder that it had returned to the creek area. About a dozen birders were on hand, with another arriving as I left."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:45 by Mike Bush
- 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/S75494931
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Rarity found earlier this morning by Maggie Smith. Arriving at 10:45 there were already a dozen people on the bird. Generally small in size with a long body, moving while wagging the tail, and jumping-darting for insects. Pale yellow on face, gray crown and nape, extending into the back. Completely white underneath save for a large noticeable v-shaped black blaze on the chest. Photos."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:39 by Jim Royer
- 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/S75511156
- Comments: "Slender passerine with a long black tail with white outer edges, wagging regularly on the ground, two light wingbars on dark gray wings, plain gray back, black semicircular bib, vocalization: “chit....chit....chit....chit,chit.....” in flight, roller coaster flight, inconspicuous light wing patches in flight"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:17 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75509828
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Maggie Smith earlier in the day. Slender first winter bird with long tail, gray on back, neck and back of head with distinct eye-line to gape, black chest collar, and two narrow wing-bars. High energy bug catcher on the move much of the time in view."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:15 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- 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/S75507984
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Mockingblrd sized (approx) bird with gray upper parts, white wing bars, white below and a black bib-like marking on the breast. Found earlier by Maggie Smith."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:09 by Mark Mushkat
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75489985
- Comments: "M. Ob."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:03 by Jeff Miller
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75490064
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Maggie; photos"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:45 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S75497584
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reported by Maggie Smith; MOB there to view the bird; 2 images"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:24 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/S75510105
- Media: 1 Video, 4 Photos
- Comments: "I arrived about 15 minutes after Maggie Smith found this bird. The bird was feeding on files on the beach just down coast of the Villa Creek lagoon. We watched the bird move from there to the wet sand closer to the creek mouth and the bluff edge, and then to the lagoon where it fed along the shoreline. While birders were arriving and leaving the bird was very active, often jumping or running after flies and during the time I was here it cycled from the beach to the lagoon and back to the wet sand shoreline several times. Twice it flew over the bluff and out of site, but both times soon reappeared on the beach. During one of those flights it was pursued by a Merlin.
This bird was essentially medium gray from crown to tail and white below. It had a long tail with two white outer retricies and when closed looked black above and white below. It had a whitish supercilium and forehead, a dark line through the eye that extended from the bill to the gray nape and an otherwise pale face that at times seemed to have a tinge of buffy color in the auriculars and front of the supercilium. The throat was white and there was a black bib on the upper chest that was wide and mottled across the throat and narrowed to somewhat of a point at its lower extent roughly forming a triangular shape. The edges at the bib extended out to under, but not to, the faint auricular patch. The gray wings showed two whitish wing bars and somewhat wide white edges on the median coverts. The tertials were pale edged and sometimes appeared slightly buffy. The eye, legs, and feet appeared black and the short narrow bill was mostly black but pale at the base. The length of the bill was about equal to the distance from the base of the bill to the middle of the eye. An American Pipit was often close to the bird. The pipits were a bit bulkier and had shorter tails which was most obvious when both were in flight together. Photos and video"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 08:45 by Petra Clayton
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75472294
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Feeding with White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows; noticeably smaller than the White-crowned Sparrows; white throat; broad pale supercilium; dark auriculars; pale malar stripe with dark borders; finely streaked dark brown crown with thin light median stripe; gray nape; brown back; gray unstreaked breast and belly; small black spot on the chest; two faint wing bars; pinkish bill with a dusky culmen and tip; fairly long, notched tail. --- First eBird report of this species at this location: 10/25/20 (Jim Royer)"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:10 by Petra Clayton
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510219
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Fairly large head; brown crown and face; noticeable white eyering; buff-colored superciliium and malar stripe; conical blue-gray bill; buff-colored breast and belly with fine brown streaking on breast and flanks; darker legs and feet than nearby Savannah Sparrow. - Possibly first year bird based on fine streaking. --- First-ever eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 10/20/20 (Steve Summers)"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (2)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:29 by Jay Carroll
- 1900 Pecho Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317395,-120.851943&ll=35.317395,-120.851943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75492660
- Comments: "Continuing male and female coming to nectar feeder."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 08:40 by Ian Davies
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75500657
- Comments: "Continuing female at Jay’s feeders. Thanks Jay!"

Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) (Agelaius phoeniceus californicus/mailliardorum) (14)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 08:40 by Ian Davies
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75500657
- Comments: "Expected subspecies here"

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White/black Wagtail continues at Villa Creek

Maggie Smith
 

Just got a phone call from Jim Lomax.  He and John Luther and the Hampl brothers, Liam and Kilian  just relocated the wagtail that I found about 9 am this morning.  They said it was at the north end of the beach

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

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