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Wilson's snipe

jansurbey
 

Today, around 2:45, there was a Wilson's snipe along the Alva Paul pond adjacent to Morro Strand campground. 

Jan Surbey
Morro Bay


Lost fleece jacket; Oso Flaco

Jeff Miller
 

Somewhere in the frenzy of rare birds over the past week I left behind my black fleece Marmot jacket. I have no idea where, except that it was probably left at some birding hot spot in SLO County. If anyone has seen it, please message me.

 

The best birds at Oso Flaco Lake this morning were a MERLIN and some very cooperative SORAs.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 


Red Phalarope Morro Creek mouth

marlin harms
 

Downstream from the bridge there is a red phalarope this morning.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (5 reports)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Little Gull (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (9 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (13 reports)
- Western Tanager (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 14:16 by Bruce Aird
- 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/S76024823
- Comments: "Known bird at this location, showing a distinctive white face pattern on what is overall a brownish bird. Photos to add."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 16:15 by Erik Dodos
- 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/S76029588
- Comments: "Observed associating with Surf Scoters west of Harford Pier. Continuing Breeding plumage male with reddish brown sides. Flew out towards mooring boats at the end of the pier"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 11:58 by Carly Boyd-Dovideo
- 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/S76009445
- Comments: "Beautiful bird with bright coloration. Long tail made it’s silhouette distinct amongst the surf scoters. White bars around the neck and rust colored flanks. White spots on face and white/rust/dark stripe down crown."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 11:30 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S76030755
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Possibly the same adult male that wintered in this area last year and possibly same bird here annually since 2011. --- First fall 2020 report on 10/23/20. --- Today observed from the parking lot at Harford Pier and from Harford Pier.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Harlequin Duck with Surf Scoters:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50582623081/in/dateposted-public/" title="Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Avila Beach, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50582623081_56b1275f4a_b.jpg" alt="Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Avila Beach, CA" /></a>"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:15 by Jeri Edwards
- 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/S76014995
- Comments: "Previously reported and continuing in the group of scoters in-between Calpoly Pier and Harford Pier"

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:25 by Jim Royer
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76010519
- Comments: "Slightly smaller and grayer than Surf Scoters that it was flying with, and had a large white face patch and light belly."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 09:32 by William Rockey
- 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/S76015369
- Media: 2 Photos

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:30 by Mark Hays
- 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/S76016190
- Comments: "first identified as a possible kittiwake, Later birders observed the bird and confirmed the ID. White tail and black terminal band helped. Also photos showed the head plumage clearly. Small size compared to gulls present too."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:08 by Conor McMahon
- 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/S76024233
- Comments: "Continuing."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:42 by Owen Castagnoli
- 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/S76012601
- Comments: "Continuing. On ground at the border of bush. White supercilial and moustachial stripe. Some black around bill. Half ring of faint white under eye. Gray cheeks and cap a little more brown. Juvenile."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:35 by Scott Terrill
- 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/S76005205
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos will be added."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 by brendan galvin
- 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/S76009055
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile pics to come"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 by Paul Galvin
- 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/S76028287
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile pics to come"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 by Bobby Figarotta
- 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/S76009043
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile pics to come"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 07:48 by Kaia Colestock
- 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/S76007295
- Comments: "Photo"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 07:20 by Kris Dunlap
- 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/S76024328
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen in small Oak across from campsite 1, and then it flew into that campsite, and spent a few minutes there. Then disappeared into the willows in the creek area behind the campsite."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:26 by Bruce Aird
- 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/S76005050
- Comments: "Continuing known rarity near the entrance to Islay Creek Campground. Seemed like a young bird with brown on the crown, prominent white supercilium above grayish auriculars, remarked by a paler throat. Still showing faint streakiness on the chest. Photos to add."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 14:59 by Kaia Colestock
- 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/S76023583
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jim Royer. Added recording. Photos to follow. This was the second round of searching today. This morning brought four fleeting unsatisfying views with no identifiable photos, but there were also 25+ birders present, and the bird flushed twice into the canyon, presumably to hide. This time we had about 13 continuous minutes with the bird in full view about 100 feet away; no other birders present. It spent most of its time foraging a few feet above ground or ON the ground in dead stalks. The most reliable spot is directly behind the camp host RV in coffeeberry, but it flushed several times and finally landed across the campground in a Baccharis shrub by site 10, then slowly moved 6” or so at a time through the veg low to the ground toward site 13. It was 70 minutes this morning before the first glimpse, and then it disappeared for 30-40 minutes at a time before popping up. No chatter vocalizations this morning at all (in 4 hours), but the winds were also gusting to 20 mph. Listen for “rattle” calls, which were relatively frequent this evening."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:08 by Conor McMahon
- 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/S76024233
- Comments: "Continuing. Several brief looks as it flew between perches. Never seen while stationary.
Moving between dense vegetation at W end of first campground loop."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:42 by Owen Castagnoli
- 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/S76012601
- Comments: "Continuing. Oriole seen flying from coffee berry bush to oak trees. Skulking for long periods of time. Quick glimpse but notably more reddish than hooded and less black on back."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:35 by Scott Terrill
- 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/S76005205
- Comments: "Continuing: details will be added."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 by Paul Galvin
- 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/S76028287
- Comments: "Continuing. Fleeting looks as it hopped in between bushes every 30 minutes or so."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 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/S76018125
- Comments: "Continuing rarity in first campground loop"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 by brendan galvin
- 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/S76009055
- Comments: "Continuing. Fleeting looks as it hopped in between bushes every 30 minutes or so."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 by Bobby Figarotta
- 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/S76009043
- Comments: "Continuing. Fleeting looks as it hopped in between bushes every 30 minutes or so."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76003911
- Comments: "Continuing rarity in first campground loop"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 08:30 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/S76018025
- Comments: "Continuing rarity in first campground loop"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 07:48 by Kaia Colestock
- 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/S76007295
- Comments: "Seen 3 and 4 times respectively. Not great looks but it was a reddish orange oriole."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 07:20 by Kris Dunlap
- 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/S76024328
- Comments: "Continuing in the area of the camp host and across from campsites 1&2. Myself and one other birder first heard it vocalize at about 7:40 am at least 2 times with its stacatto chatter call. It was first seen in flight across from campsites 1&2 a little after 8:00 am. It had moved toward the entrance gate, and when it flew back to the area across from campsite 2 and near the host campsite, I was able to observe it fairly well in flight. Several minutes later most of us saw it fly overhead into the willows in the creek canyon. It went undetected for over an hour, and was finally relocated in the area behind campsite 20 where I had originally heard it call earlier. I last saw it fairly well, but only in flight again when it flew from behind the host campsite across the road and into the willows beside campsite 1. Both times that I saw it in flight, I was fairly close as it flew past me. I could see a dark reddish-orange head that had black extending from the base of the bill to around the eyes. Its bill was a silverish dark gray. The underparts were also orange. The wings and tail were dark. It's back was not black, and it wasn't orange, and I could not see streaks. This bird was very difficult to locate, and very skulky."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:26 by Bruce Aird
- 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/S76005050
- Comments: "Continuing known rarity. Seen by many. Orange head, face, nape and belly, black wings with white wingbars, and vertical black streaks against an orange background on the mantle. Seen briefly while perched, and then in flight several times. Epic fail: no photos on several brief looks."

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 10:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay yard, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.360935,-120.844846&ll=35.360935,-120.844846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76020996
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Single female typed plumage bird made a brief stop at our bird bath."

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[sbcobirding] Santa Maria/Guadalupe CBC

iseekbirds@verizon.net
 


All:

It appears that the Santa Maria/Guadalupe CBC is on for Sunday, December 27, 2020.  Obviously, COVID 19 will impact the way we conduct the count, but we still should be able to perform an effective and safe count.  One thing is almost for sure; the weather should be better than it was last year.  Last year's hardy bunch of birders logged 135 species in spite of cold, rain and wind almost the entire day.  Several seasoned birders commented that this was the worst weather that they had ever experienced on a CBC.  

For those of you that haven't participated on this count, please consider getting involved.  Because of the large area and the great diversity of habitat, the lack of birders has assuredly resulted in fewer species and numbers of species being documented.  Last year was the 40th year for this count.  Let's make the 41st year the best ever.

If you are interested, please contact me at the email address or cell number listed below.  For your interest, I've attached a copy of our 2019 report results for last year.

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...

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John Deacon
Orcutt


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Black Scoter (2 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Little Gull (3 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (4 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (15 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (West Mexican) (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in San Luis Obispo County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN36231
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

eBird encourages our users to bird safely, responsibly, and mindfully. Please follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and respect any active travel restrictions in your area. For more information visit: https://ebird.org/news/please-bird-mindfully

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 09:15 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S75954486
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Based on the same roosting location at the upcoast end of the main cove, this is presumably a returning individual that was last reported here on 22 Jan 20; see eBird list S63398692 for a comparison photo."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 12:20 by Santiago Lupi
- 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/S75951450
- Comments: "All black duck with a large yellowish orange knob on its bill. Swimming with surf scoters. Reported yesterday by Mark Holmgren and today by Bradley Hacker."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 09:38 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S75943032
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male. All black with orange bill. Reported yesterday by Mark H."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 16:44 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/S75963591
- Comments: "Image posted on local GroupMe chat."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 07:50 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/S75967497
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Gold on face, gold speckling on back, white speckling on wings. Overall warm brown tone, no black under wings as it flies. Possibly same bird seen last week, seen in same location - south of Post 8 on the shoreline."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 14:00 by John Luther
- 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/S75937939
- Comments: "juv found by others earlier in the day, seen on the water and flying"

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:10 by marlin harms
- 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/S75953192
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "With a group of birders, then briefly by myself, I saw the Little Gull intermittently from 1:20 to 2:40. It was not visible for longer periods than it was visible, apparently among a group of larger gulls flying about or on the ocean surface outside the cove. But several times it flew into the cove, sometimes flying low over the water and sometimes flying about and making quick changes of direction tern-like. Occasionally it lit on the ocean in the cove and several times landed on the beach in a group of larger gulls. Very small in comparison to Western, California and Heermann's Gulls. Dark brown-black M pattern on wings/mantle in flight; dark brown smudging to crown and nape with round blackish spot at ear coverts; black terminal tail band thickest at central rectrices and two photos show that outer tail feathers had only minimal black tip on inner vane. One photo shows a tumor or growth on lower right leg."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:35 by Kaaren Perry
- 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/S75940016
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "The small gull was seen mostly flying low over the strong surf, occasionally resting/feeding on the water. The flight was very buoyant, tern like, perhaps due to the persistent gusty onshore winds. The dark head, bold black carpel bar creating a prominent M on the wings seen in flight, white underwings with narrow dark edging on wing tips and outer primaries and and dark band on the tail were seen. A large pink tumor is faintly visible in the flight photo seen clearly in other's photo submissions. A few times it landed on the sand and allowed closer looks, revealing the dark juvenile pattern on the upper parts. The size comparison of the tiny Little Gull and other gulls in the area was striking."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 13:35 by Josh McLaughlin
- 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/S75958477
- Comments: "Continuing, found hawking between the gazebo and the lakeshore; lighter gray head and bigger bill than CAKI, less contrast between the head and throat, brown color to wings and tail. Pics tba"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 09:26 by David Cox
- 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/S75946433
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, appears to be a Juv."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 07:44 by Carol Comeau
- 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/S75952784
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Details: Continuing immature. First found by Jim Royer on Wednesday, October 28. We encountered
the Black-throated Sparrow in the thick bushes along the road across from the quonset hut- just past the ranch house. Later we encountered the Sparrow again. It was on the road edge by all the parked cars above Spooner's Cover (on the ocean side). The Sparrow flew across the road and landed on top of the Holloway Garden sign before flying back towards the Ranch House. See photos. The bird seems very habituated. It flew right up to our feet."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 08:24 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75968807
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile bird found by Jim Royer on 10/28/2020 observed foraging along bluff road overlooking Spooner's Cove. 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 Nov 07, 2020 06:50 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S75933155
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Next to road"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 10:47 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S75959617
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "previously reported on 5 Nov 2020 - https://ebird.org/checklist/S75875833"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 10:17 by Santiago Lupi
- 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/S75946305
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large, bright orange oriole. It had a black bib on its throat and black lores. A lot of White on its wings. Like others had said, it was easier to see in flight because it hid very deep in the bushes. It made some chatter calls too, which helped locate it. Seen with Curtis Marantz, Herb Elliot and another birder who’s name I didn’t get. I’ll add a terrible photo later."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 09:26 by David Cox
- 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/S75946433
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, first loop in camping ground last seen near vamp host. Photo taken near paystation, underside of tail white and yellow questions identification."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 08:55 by Peter Schneekloth
- 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/S75953337
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photos to be added. Previously reported. Observed and photographed by many. Streaking on upper back, above wings, distinctive."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 08:55 by John Deacon
- 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/S75952207
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported. Observed and photographed by many. Streaking on upper back, above wings, distinctive."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 08:36 by Carol Comeau
- 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/S75954142
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Found by Jim Royer on Nov 5, 2020. We joined a dozen birders (including Curtis Marantz, Herb Elliott, and Eric Wier) in the first loop who had been watching the SBOR. The bird was moving along the hillside between the campground host site and site 11. It moved quickly allowing for mostly quick glimpses. Occasionally it would land in the top of a bush allowing for a longer look. See poor photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 08:32 by William Rockey
- 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/S75962746
- Comments: "I spotted it perched low in between sites 19 and 20. Furtive; flew into cover but afforded brief views. Bright orange male with dark streaks on back. Stout straight pale-based bill."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 08:28 by Eric Wier
- 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/S75959512
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Chunky oriole with orange head, black mask and throat, and orangish yellow underparts. Dark flight feathers edged with white. Bird stayed hidden in vegetation most of the time, but would disclose its location with occasional chattering vocalizations."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 08:28 by Steven McMasters
- 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/S75962100
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Chunky oriole with orange head, black mask and throat, and orangish yellow underparts. Dark flight feathers edged with white. Bird stayed hidden in vegetation most of the time, but would disclose its location with occasional chattering vocalizations."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 08:26 by Josh McLaughlin
- 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/S75944269
- Comments: "Continuing bird, 12 other birders present including Curtis Marantz; yellow-orange with darker head, narrow black bib down the throat, prominent white edging to wing feathers, very skulky bird moving back and forth along the hillside between sites 13-20"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 07:55 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/S75940666
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 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/S75968315
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Jim Royer on 11/4/2020 and re-found this morning by Mike Schaefer. This large oriole was orange/yellow overall and darker on head with distinct rows of black streaks on back, black lores and upper throat. Wings had bold, white wing-bars and whitish outer feathers. Bird foraged behind campsites on south and east sides of 1st loop. Soft chatter calls were heard intermittently."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 07:11 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/S75938183
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. ~30 ft. uphill from sites 12-13. Flitty."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 07:10 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/S75959024
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Jim Royer; viewed by many birders the last few days (MOB); 3 images"

Streak-backed Oriole (West Mexican) (Icterus pustulatus [pustulatus Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 07:07 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S75938333
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Male ssp. microstictus (after Jaramillo & Burke 1999), based on presence of long, widely spaced streaks on back"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:25 by John Luther
- 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/S75937389
- Comments: "observed and photographed by many"

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Re: Varied Thrush Islay Creek mouth

Lynne Breakstone
 

Continuing Varied Thrush today, Nov 7 around 15:30; female very easy to see and not skittish.
Lynne Breakstone


Re: Streak-backed Oriole 11/5

Michael Schaefer
 

Oriole is present in first loop this morning 


On Nov 5, 2020, at 9:53 AM, Tom Edell via groups.io <TEdell@...> wrote:



The bird continued in the back part of the Islay Creek Campground this morning.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, Ca


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Varied Thrush Islay Creek mouth

Jeff Miller
 

The Pair of Wing Nuts have found a VARIED THRUSH at Islay Creek mouth on the creek bank. Just the messenger.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Black Scoter (2 reports)
- Costa's Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (1 report)
- Little Gull (21 reports)
- Laysan Albatross (1 report)
- Black-footed Albatross (1 report)
- Manx Shearwater (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (15 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:30 by Mike Bush
- 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/S75921338
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, highly patterned, with an overall blue body, marked with dull red and white."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 11:50 by Ryan Terrill
- 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/S75898544
- Comments: "Continuing male. Small, striking sea duck, bluish overall with large white crescent on face, white lines on lower neck and back, reddish flanks."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:14 by Ian Davies
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916468
- Comments: "*rare; two females in with group of SUSC right off cliffs; smaller than SUSC with clear pale cheeks below eye."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:30 by Mike Bush
- 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/S75921338
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Small dark seaduck, with rounded head and small yellow knob on the bill."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:53 by Eileen Murphy
- Carrizo Plain National Monument, Santa Margarita US-CA 35.13575, -119.84600, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.135751,-119.846001&ll=35.135751,-119.846001
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75907409
- Comments: "In juniper"

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2020 15:00 by Lisa Gattuso
- Knute's Ranch, O'Donovan Rd, Creston, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4749304,-120.5009651&ll=35.4749304,-120.5009651
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75915591
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen by both Lisa and me. Hope to get a photo one of these days."

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 11:07 by uku leslie
- 18625 Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, California, US (35.769, -121.325), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7685841,-121.3250125&ll=35.7685841,-121.3250125
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75903678
- Comments: "Saw a small group of juveniles (4-6) in a sheltered cove at a creek mouth"

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 07:35 by Mark Hays
- 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/S75921906
- Comments: "Identified first as a possible kittiwake. Ian Davies and Tom Slater gave current ID. Photos taken and are expected to be posted soon."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 14:32 by Carol Comeau
- 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/S75915278
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "First seen by Steve Turley up on the bluffs at the parking area and reported around noon by Hampl brothers. ID confirmed by Kevin Zimmer and Brad Schram. When I arrived Herb Elliott and Marlin Harms were observing the Little Gull on the south end of Spooner's Cove. It was making flights out over the cove and returning to the rocks below the cliff where a mixed flock of Western Gulls and Herrmann's Gulls were resting. At one point the bird landed close to us on the beach. I noticed the bird had a large tumor on its right leg. When in flight the leg dangles. When I left at 3PM the bird was settled in on a protected area on the rocks. During the observation period several other birders arrived. First cycle juvenile plumage."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:45 by Mike Bush
- 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/S75919543
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Extremely small white gull with charcoal and black markings. Short, wide white tail with black-colored notch. Dark cap and spot behind the eye. Apparently a first-year bird."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:34 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S75915204
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "A small gull with white head and brown-black crown, incomplete lower band on cheek and crescentic mark in front of eye. Found earlier today by Steve and Becky Turley ."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:08 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/S75922421
- Comments: "This first year gull was tiny, with a distinct dark W on the upper parts in flight, with a thin dark line through the secondaries, a dark cap and collar, dark spot on face behind bill, dark molting in the back, small thin black bill, and a black terminal tail band. It was dwarved by the other gulls (Western, California and Heerman's). I don’t know who found this gull but I cycled out just to see it. Others saw it closer and took photos. My photos were all in flight and not useful."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:07 by Eric Wier
- 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/S75920889
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First seen by Steve Turley and reported around noon today by Killian and Liam Hampl. ID confirmed by Kevin Zimmer and Brad Schram. Very small gull with distinctive wing pattern on and black terminal tail band. Small, dark bill with dark spot behind eye. Pink legs and feet (right leg has large growth)."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:00 by Tom Edell
- 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/S75917782
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier (who found and identified the bird is unclear). When I arrived it was intermittently sitting on the water and making short flights. This was a very windy day and many flight were made to avoid wind waves. Eventually in flew in and landed on the beach near the creek mouth, It also landed fourth down the beach toward the steep bluff at least twice. Clearly a hatch year bird molting into its first basic plumage based on the dark tip on the tail, the strong "m" pattern on the wing and dark secondaries, white underwing, mottled dark brownish feather on the head and nape, and messy brownish ear patch. The bill was black and the legs pink and the right leg had a large pink growth on it. This was a very small gull that was dwarfed by the California Gulls flying with it, but even more so by the Western Gulls it stood with on the beach."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:00 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- 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/S75916488
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier by Steve Turley. Observed on the beach, rocks, and flying over over the water all at Spooner's Cove.

Very small gull with blackish M pattern on wings and back, dark cap and hindcollar, and slim bill. It also appeared to have a growth of some sort on its right leg, which is evident in some of my photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:00 by Will Knowlton
- 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/S75916353
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier by Steve Turley. Observed on the beach, rocks, and flying over over the water all at Spooner's Cove.

Very small gull with blackish M pattern on wings and back, dark cap and hindcollar, and slim bill. It also appeared to have a growth of some sort on its right leg, which is evident in some of my photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:44 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75921143
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile bird found earlier in the day by Steve Turley who first viewed this small gull with binoculars at an estimated 450 yards......through his vehicle windshield no less! ID confirmed with help of photos taken by Kilian and Liam Hampl. This gull appeared miniature compared to nearby Western, California and Heermann's Gulls. Features included small head with black bill and with brownish feathers on nape/neck collar, ear spot, crown and small patch in front of dark eye. Bird was mostly white underneath with black tail tip and displayed strong "M" pattern on wing and back during flight. Legs were pink and right leg displayed large bulbous, pink deformity mid-leg."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:40 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S75915712
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "many observers; a very small gull that, in flight, showed a bold black "M" pattern across upper wings, white tail with a terminal black band, smudgy dark-gray crown and nape, and whitish underparts; thin black bill; at rest the bird showed a black carpal bar and flesh-pink legs (the right leg appeared to have some injury or deformity); loosely associating with a mixed gull flock, frequently resting on the choppy nearshore waters, but showing a very buoyant flight in the gusty winds."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:15 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S75913795
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First found by the Hampl Brothers: Small Gull with a black band on the tail, Black M shaped pattern on back and winged when viewed from above, all white underneath, small slender black bill with pink legs. Dark brown crown and ear patch."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:10 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S75910187
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile; very tiny gull with dark cap, dark spot behind eye, thin small dark bill, pink legs; in flight bold dark black M and dark secondaries on upperwings, white tail with black tip. Photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 11:45 by Kai Mills
- 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/S75913503
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Steve Turley. Seen flying in the cove fighting the wind, landing on the ocean, and later on the beach in flock of gulls."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 11:10 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S75919967
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "I’m uncertain who found the bird, though when I arrived, it had just been seen and had not yet been identified as a Little Gull. At that point it was thought to possibly be a Kittiwake. As I was getting out of my car, the Hampl brothers informed me of an interesting gull floating in the surf. We spotted the bird, which soon landed on the beach. We headed down steps from the bluffs parking area with Jeanette Stone. 1-2 other birders were observing the bird. I snapped a few pics of the very small gull, noting how tiny it was compared to a nearby Western Gull. The bird nipped at some of its feathers, then soon flew low over the surf. Its flying behavior made the bird seem both like it wanted to land in the water, and not. It also nipped at the surf too, which I realized was its way of foraging. It was clearly used to being in such stormy and turbulent waters, and could easily forage for fish in this manner, and partly splashed into licking waves, and on one occasion, rose away from the surf with a fish in its pointy bill. The anchovy, in a photo I took, seemed large compared to the flying gull. The bird was seen flying low for several minutes. It sometimes soared above the waves, gliding. I then went and looked for another bird in the nearby campground. More than an hour later, many birders were present on the beach and bluffs looking for the gull. At least 14 or so, many trying to spot the bird, which was flying out near what Liam Hampl called “cormorant rock.” The wind had picked up, the seas appeared more stormy than before, and 100-200 gulls were wind surfing high above the beach. The gull appeared to be a juvenile, with a dark cap, dark cheek spot, tern-like long pointy black bill—sharp and slightly curved. A dark patch marked the tiny gull on either side of its breast that connected to the nape, though not connecting in a collar, and separated from the crown with a narrow band of white. Its legs were red, though my washed-out photos don’t show the brightness or color. Its breast was white otherwise, as was its belly, and undertail, and underwings. The rounded tail tip was black, and it had an interesting black W pattern along its wings and back. Its primaries were dark. I do wonder where the gull originated. Seems more likely that it was from deep in open seas than flew all the way across the east coast of North America from Northern Europe. It may have been from the Palearctic, a Siberian bird that migrated as a juvenile over open water, and eventually got caught up in storms, even this latest, which might have brought it ashore."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:35 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/S75922115
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted by Steve Turley from the bluff as the gull was flying in the cove. It was first thought to be a Sabine's Gull or Black-legged Kittiwake. Kilian and Liam Hampl alerted birders in the campground, when they still thought it was a Kittiwake. Kilian and Liam also sent a text message with a flight photo to Brad Schram, who ID'ed the bird as a sub-adult Little Gull. Kevin Zimmer and Jim Lomax, who had come from the campground, concurred with the ID.

Hatch year bird: Dark back; dark crown and nape; dark auricular patch; white underparts; white tail with terminal black band; black "M" pattern across upper surface of wings; pink legs; slender black bill.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Little Gull in flight, but mostly sitting on the extremely choppy sea:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50574951601/in/dateposted-public/" title="Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50574951601_a7afd96e69_b.jpg" alt="Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA" /></a>

Only other eBird reports of this species in SLO County: Oso Flaco Lake on 4/20/1992 (Tom Edell / Jamie Chavez)"

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:30 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S75916430
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First seen by Steve Turley up on the bluffs at the parking area. Thought is was a kittiwake or sabine's gull at first but checked with Kevin Zimmer and Brad Schram and was confirmed a Little Gull! Mostly spent it's time out floating on the water, but sometimes flew closer and maybe even landed on the beach. It looked like a tern in flight because of the small size. Dark black hood, mostly white with dark wingtips and M pattern on the wings, black band on the tail and white rump. Photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:30 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S75916431
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First seen by Steve Turley up on the bluffs at the parking area. Thought is was a kittiwake or sabine's gull at first but checked with Kevin Zimmer and Brad Schram and was confirmed a Little Gull! Mostly spent it's time out floating on the water, but sometimes flew closer and maybe even landed on the beach. It looked like a tern in flight because of the small size. Dark black hood, mostly white with dark wingtips and M pattern on the wings, black band on the tail and white rump. Photos."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:30 by Becky Turley
- 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/S75920103
- Comments: "Spotted by Steve Turley from the bluff as the gull was flying in the cove. Very small gull with a bold dark upper wing pattern. Kilian
and Liam Hampl sent photos to confirm identification. Bold M pattern on upper wing, white underwing, white tail with black terminal band. Black bill, dark cap, ear patch and nape. Pink legs, right leg with a growth. photos to follow."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:14 by Ian Davies
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916468
- Comments: "*rare; found earlier in day, I’m not sure who by. Flying around southern part of Spooner’s Cove; gorgeous juvenile."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 13:15 by Mike Stiles
- Spooner's Cove, Montana de Oro State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2738443,-120.8891966&ll=35.2738443,-120.8891966
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75913215
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "With many observers, watching reported rarity. I first saw the bird when someone yelled that it was on the beach, which at that point it was relatively close to us. It then flew out over the breakers, but not flying far from shore for 15 or so minutes, sometimes sitting on the ocean surface, then it flew farther offshore and was lost. I noticed its small size and tern-like flight. It was mostly white with dark wingtips and a large black "V" shape on the uppersides of the wing. I saw some dark on the head but couldn't be specific about coloration. My photo shows some black on the neck and on the tip of the tail, with a white rump."

Laysan Albatross (Phoebastria immutabilis) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 10:02 by Jim Royer
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75922227
- Comments: "A huge sea bird with very long wings. It was far out, but stood out as so big. It flew with long glides with one wing up and the other down. It had white underparts, white underwings with dark outlines and dark tips, a light rump, and white head. I watched it for almost 30 seconds with its unmistakable size and shape. It was not a Short-tailed because it was uniformly dark from wing tip, across the back, to other wingtip. It also had thinner wings than I would expect on a Short-tailed. I did not notice a large pink bill."

Black-footed Albatross (Phoebastria nigripes) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:14 by Ian Davies
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916468
- Comments: "*rare; very distant bird headed south. Huge dark bird with long thin wings, dark body and underwings. Separated from Laysan by body color; from Western Gull by wing shape and length, and ponderous flap."

Manx Shearwater (Puffinus puffinus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:14 by Ian Davies
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75916468
- Comments: "**rare; small black and white shearwater heading south close to land. Stood out immediately as only shearwater that had been close to shore after 80 minutes of watching. Quickly noted small size, strikingly bright white underparts from white chin through white undertail coverts, and dark black upperparts (as opposed to brownish of Black-vented)."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 08:17 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/S75905454
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Two Tropical Kingbird birds were simultaneously observed at Laguna Lake this morning. The first was in its usual spot ornamental cherry trees on the peninsular and the second was in a cyprus tree between the gazebo and the road."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 11:04 by Ryan Terrill
- 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/S75898598
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing along edge of lake at disc golf course. Larger kingbird than nearby CAKI, long, thick Bill, brown tail."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 09:45 by Kai Mills
- 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/S75913792
- Comments: "Adult bird seen at the beginning of the first loop, in the near vicinity of a flock of sparrows but didn't seem to associate with them. Pale chestnut/rufous colored cap with a dark colored eyestripe from its bill past its eye. Pale cheek and lighter moustachial stripe. Flew off before I could get a photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 07:35 by Mark Hays
- 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/S75921906
- Comments: "Reported for the third day. Sighted flying from bush to bush. Sometimes being visible for 3 to 5 seconds."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 12:30 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/S75920737
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male. I received a note from Kai Mills at about 11:18 a.m. “Got the bird just now. In the same bush still hunkered down.” I assumed he meant a bush in the eastern section of the campground first loop where he and I thought we may have seen the bird on our last visit, but didn’t record the sighting, as it hadn’t been a good enough look. When I arrived after seeing the Little Gull outside the campground, Kevin Zimmer, Kai Mills, Jeanette Stone and another birder were on hand. Most then left to see the Little Gull. After about half an hour or so the bird hadn’t shown itself. I was cold, so went to my car to retrieve a jacket. Eventually, on my return, I was waved down that the bird had been seen in a nearby bush (south side of first loop). I could hear the bird vocalizing, a fast chatter, faster than the Bullock’s I’d just seen at Meadow Park the day before, and perhaps a higher pitch too. The bird, skittish, clearly did not like to be seen. After a minute or so it darted—a missile of red-orange, with a dark chin patch—into the southeast loop corner brush, still actively chattering, and actively hunkering down in the brush out of sight. I’d taken a photo while it was flying, a terrible pic that does show the lighter patch on its belly, and indicates the Oriole coloration, and tail and wing shape. I could not see any other field marks, as in its streaked back, or thick bill, as the bird flew quickly out of the bush, otherwise noting it was larger than the Bullock’s I observed at Meadow Park in San Luis Obispo the day before. Luckily, Kai Mills and Jeanette Stone both took photos of the bird in the open. Those would be great for further ID. After about a minute, the bird flew back to the bush Kai had orginally indicated where it had been hunkered. The bird didn’t appear again, and no longer vocalized, though I waited another 20-30 minutes. I should add that along with this bird’s skulky, skittish behavior was the fact that it seemed to hunker for long periods, and may have been sneaky enough to get away unnoticed, though such a bright color. I assume this behavior has helped this bird listed as “threatened” the ability to survive not only western Central America and western Mexico habitats, but those in the U.S. as well, as this rare bird has skulked extremely far out of its range, farther north than my Sibley’s Guide says it’s been seen. This bird may be the first in San Luis Obispo county. Unsure how many times its been seen in California."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 09:55 by Dana Bangs
- 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/S75901785
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Brief views with ~25 birders as it skulked on hillside behind campsite 30 and flew back and forth to the creek riparian. Clearly reddish orange headed and bodied, with black wings/tail evident in flight. No "Photo" moments and streaking not observed."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 09:45 by Kai Mills
- 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/S75913792
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bird was found by Jim Royer on Nov. 4th. Continuing bird first seen a little past 11:00 am in the first loop by Rick, Kevin Zimmer and I. Got distant but better looks about a hour and half later (Nick Belardes and Jeanette Stone also present this time). Vocalizing a bit."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 08:15 by Alex Abela
- 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/S75905095
- Comments: "Continuing. Mostly seen flying between coffeebushes on the hillside behind campsite 13 in the front loop of the campground. It also spent some time buried in willows along the creek. Deep, rusty orange colored oriole with light but more muted grayish back with faint dark streaking, black mask surrounding eyes and bordering based of the bill, dark wings with white wingbars. Poor flight photos."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 08:00 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/S75913030
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Jim Royer on November 4. Continuing bird. Large Oriole with Orange head, orangish-yellow underparts. Black lores (face) and chin. Two bold white wing bars. Photo"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 07:05 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/S75916111
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim Royer two days ago. Photo. After looking for an hour, we found the bird in the first loop around campsite 13."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 07:05 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/S75916108
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim Royer two days ago. Photo. After looking for an hour, we found the bird in the first loop around campsite 13. One horrible photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:30 by Becky Turley
- 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/S75920722
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jim Royer on Nov. 4, '20. Refound today by Kilian Hampl in the first loop of the campground. Observed in bushes at the base of the hillside, flying multiple times around the area. Orange head and underparts, white wing patches and feather edges. vocalized."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:29 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/S75920856
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Jim Royer on 11/4/2020 and re-found this morning by Kilian Hampl while I was there. Observed with MOB. This large oriole was orange/yellow overall and darker on head with black lores and upper throat. Wings had bold, white wing-bars and whitish outer feathers. Bird was skulky and the flight, observed four times, was direct and fast. Chatter calls were heard four or five times."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:23 by Emmett Iverson
- 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/S75920151
- Comments: "Continuing 10th state record found Nov. 4 by Jim Royer. First relocated at approx 810 in the first (Westernmost) loop where it showed decently well for an hour in the coffeeberry (mostly in flight, but tee’d up on occasion); also provided killer looks in the riparian. Chattering on occasion. Some poor photos were taken."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 06, 2020 06:23 by Ethan Monk
- 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/S75919560
- Comments: "Continuing 10th state record found Nov. 4 by Jim Royer. First relocated at approx 810 in the first (Westernmost) loop where it showed decently well for an hour in the coffeeberry (mostly in flight, but tee’d up on occasion); also provided killer looks in the riparian. Chattering on occasion. Some poor photos were taken."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 07:40 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S75911386
- Comments: "Found by Jim Royer on Nov 5, 2020. SBOR observed in back loop of campground. We joined a group of about 20 birders that had refound and identified the bird. The bird was secretive - flying from bush to bush along the hillside- providing very quick looks. In flight you could easily see the deep rich orange color of the bird’s head and underparts. Black throat and white on wings could be seen in flight. Unfortunately I was unable to see the streaking on the back. Although, I did not get any photos others did."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 07:05 by Curtis Marantz
- 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/S75923400
- Comments: "This was both a notably colorful and well-marked bird, even for an oriole. The head and at least the sides of the neck were an intense orange in color and seemingly tending more towards reddish than yellow. Contrasting with the generally orange face was a band of black that connected the bill with the leading edge of the eye, and seemingly about as deep as was the eye where the two met. I did not notice any black extending behind the eye. Complementing the black in the lores was a wedge of black that extended from the base of the lower mandible down across the chin and throat before apparently tapering to a point near the junction of the throat and upper breast. I further through the sides of this relatively narrow wedge were a bit jagged, but I also thought the submoustachial and malar regions were about the same shade of orange as the rest of the face all the way to the base of the lower mandible, meaning that the black on the lores and throat were not connected. My recollection is that the back of this bird’s neck from the nape down to the upper back was more olive than the face and auriculars, but this is now a bit fuzzy in my memory. The back generally appeared to be a light to medium, grayish-olive, but I noted at least once a faint suffusion of orange in the middle of the lower part of the back, and also that scattered across the mantle and scapulars short, dusky streaks that were narrow and relatively inconspicuous without pretty good views. The wings contrasted as more strikingly patterned. The median coverts had relatively narrow, white tips that created a somewhat wavy upper wingbar, but I also noted a row of blackish spots across the uppermost visible part of the wing that I took to represent the centers of these feathers contrasting with olive edges that separated the various spots. The more elongate, greater coverts instead had sooty to blackish centers that contrasted with white tips that were sharply demarcated and slightly broader than the edges to these same feathers that were similarly colored, if not subtly more light grayish and less purely white. The result was a relatively inconspicuous lower wingbar that was obscured to a degree by the row of bold stripes between the wingbars. I never clearly saw either the primary coverts or the alula. The remiges again had sooty to blackish centers that contrasted with well-defined fringes of white that produced a boldly striped pattern to the rear part of the wing. I did not notice any obvious distinction between the edges on the primaries and secondaries, yet I thought the fringes on the innermost secondaries may have been slightly broader and even more conspicuous. I further thought the primary tips were sufficiently fringed paler that I could make out the various feathers in the wingtip even though I was too far from the bird to actually count them. I cannot recall having seen the rump, but the upperside of the tail, or more appropriately, the visible, central rectrices, appeared sooty to blackish with narrow fringes of yellowish to yellowish-orange that appeared to extend along both edges of the feathers and maybe around the tip to produce a striped pattern. I saw the underparts clearly only a few times, but each time I was struck by just how bright orange the underparts were overall. I noted an uneven appearance to the color of the underparts and maybe also that the flanks were a little paler and maybe not as orange, but in general, the underparts were about the same shade throughout of intense orange tending more toward red than yellow. My views of the underside of the tail suggested that it was relatively uniform in appearance and yellowish-olive with a slight suffusion of orange.
I noted only that the bill was relatively dark, maybe with the lower mandible paler and more grayish, I thought the eyes and legs were dark, but in general, my assessment of the soft-part colors was rather weak."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 05, 2020 07:03 by Ryan Terrill
- 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/S75898742
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Will add photos and description. Young male found yesterday. Deep orange prior with striking white edges to secondaries and secondary coverts. Short, thick Bill bordered by black feathers. Back grayish with faint streaking."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Nov 03, 2020 15:00 by Lisa Gattuso
- Knute's Ranch, O'Donovan Rd, Creston, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4749304,-120.5009651&ll=35.4749304,-120.5009651
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75915591
- Comments: "Saw movement in the locust tree in the backyard. At first the way it moved looked like a Nuthatch. It then moved into full view. Very distinct black and white bird with striped head and median white streak. Bill was black. Black and white striped chest. Foraged in the tree for awhile and flew off. We were no more than 15 ft away from it. Left to quickly for a photo."

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Laysan Albatross, and miscellaneous other birds

Jim Royer
 

I birded this morning from the base of the southwest side of Morro Rock, (above the rock piles near the base of the jetty). The stiff wind blew in goodies like Parasitic Jaeger, Black-vented Shearwaters, and Rhinoceros Auklets, but the real prize was an adult Laysan Albatross just close enough to see the unmistakable size, shape and rough details through my scope. (It flew around for a short bit and then went north and out of sight.) It was so windy even in this relatively sheltered part of the rock, that I had to lower my scope and hold the tripod with my legs as I sat - to prevent it from falling over. I also stopped by the Los Osos Middle School and saw an adult White-fronted Goose in the middle of the athletic fields (get there early), near the track. At the Sea Pines Golf course there were 2 Canvasbacks in the last (westmost) pond that you can see from the west end of Howard. They were in with scaup, Ring-necked Ducks and Green-winged Teal.

After riding out to see the Little Gull at Spooner's Cove, I joined Ian Davies who had already been out on the Bluff Trail for some time, doing a Seawatch. The wind was more manageable there, a little ways back from the edge of the bluffs. In the time I was there I saw Rhino. Auklets, Parasitic Jaegers, Common Murres, Bonaparte's Gulls, etc., but you need to see his list on eBird for the amazing birds he found. He was still counting when I left. Check the weather reports for the next couple of days. If its really windy I would recommend taking a scope out to the Bluff Trail or elsewhere along the coast and look patiently out to sea, from whatever shelter you can find near a point.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Birds at Avila Bay

Mark Holmgren
 

Stiff wind prevented decent photos but in 1.5 hours we were able to scope a nice bundle of birds embedded within a single flock dominated by Surf Scoters.  Present were a male Black Scoter, 2 and possibly 3 White-winged Scoters, the male Harlequin Duck, and a Red-necked Grebe.  

Our viewing position was at Jetty Point near the Port San Luis Pier; the flock of birds was at approximately 35.17242  -120.74993. I.e., they were closer to the Port San Luis Pier than to the Cal Poly Pier.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


Re: The Streak-backed Oriole

Thomas Slater
 

Ps- after getting home from the oriole I had to climb right back into the car and drive back to MDO for the Little Gull. The cherry on the cake was my son went after work at 5pm and got it by himself. Proud papa. 

Bird on,




On Friday, November 6, 2020, 11:57 AM, Penny Rand <penrand@...> wrote:

Love this! And congratulations!

On Nov 6, 2020, at 11:15 AM, Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography@...> wrote:

In life, and in birding, there are the Haves, and the Have-nots.

We've all seen them, the Have-nots are shuffling around the campground or on the trail, a little ruffled, a little twitchy and touchy. While the Haves are showing up on the second or third day for "better pictures". Silently, the Have-nots want to scream at the Haves for being so audacious enough to show up and whine about the lighting. 

You identify with what I'm writing because you've been there. And so have I. All too many times.
But not today baby! Today I got the damn bird!

It took Owen and me three trips, traveling from the Nipomo Bird Sanctuary all the way to MDO, where all the birds that should have been at Oso Flaco were hiding this year. 

We learned from our previous 2 mistakes and showed up this time at 6:15 am this morning to catch this skulky oriole. Actually, we didn't. We birded the back loops for 2 hours and gave up. A cold front was coming in, everyone said. It must have moved on. We were just about to walk through the locked gate by the Ranch House when I said... "Hey Owen, the sun is coming out from behind the fog, let's go back and give it one more quick look." So we did. And you know what!? Nothing! We didn't see jack. 

Just then the eldest Hampl brother came huffing up (to his credit!!!) and hollered in a winded voice, "I found it!" pant pant "In the front loop" pant pant. Then the marathon of teenagers, middle-agers, and geriatrics all hustled over to stare at a coffee bush. The coffee bush. I can't really keep straight what happened next but it was a parade of jogging, shuffling, and sprinting all over the first loop of the campground. This Houdini would go into a bush and magically appear up the hillside, or in another bush, leaving almost everyone facing the wrong direction. It was dizzying. 

But oh so sweet. The last look I got, I went with the bins instead of the camera (a near-impossible bird to photograph) and followed this beautiful bird all the way across the campground soaking in it's dazzling colors. Owen and I high-fived, the Hampl bros and I bumped elbows, I congratulated Bill and Brad, and then I booked it to Starbucks with 3 minutes to spare so I could teach my online class.

So to you Have-nots... I'm sorry. It sucks to be you.
Ha ha, no I mean it. We're all Have-nots with some birds that are still off our lists. 
And I feel for you. But don't give up. You may still get it yet. But you might not.
You see birding isn't about Having. It's about the search, the beauty, the birds. Sometimes you see them and sometimes, we miss them. It makes us empathetic. It makes us grateful. And it keeps us out on the trail.

Bird on,
(photoless but grateful)

Tom Slater
Nipomo Birdless Sanctuary

Penny Rand




The Little Gull

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

I posted two ID photos of the Little Gull on my Flickr site.   Others will soon post much better ones, I'll bet.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


Little Gull - Montana de Oro

Kaaren Perry
 

A 1st cycle, juvenile plumaged Little Gull was reported from Spooner's Cove around noon today.  The bird was seen flying over the water and landing out in the  surf on several occasions. During my stay it did come in for a brief stop on the sand near Islay Creek mouth. The bird was seen by many excited birders as we all called out things like " it's overhead, flying low just over the water, flying right, flying left, near the rocks etc etc.etc!  Easy to pick out among the other flying gulls because of it's small size. The smallest gull in the world!  

While this species is know to occur in small numbers in North America, found primarily on the east coast, the main range of this species is in the Palearctic.

I have just put up two photos from today on flickr.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

What a extraordinary few weeks this has been in the SLO birding world!!!





Eurasian Wigeon, Cayucos Creek, 11/6

Tom Edell
 


Immature male at Cayucos Creek by Ocean Ave Bridge.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA 


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Update: Gull

Liam&Kilian Hampl <thomshe@...>
 

Kittiwake is actually Little Gull. Confirmed by Kevin Zimmer, Brad Schram, and Jim Lomax. 


Little Gull

Brad Schram
 

I just received a text with a flight photo of what appears to be a sub-adult LITTLE GULL taken about half an hour or so ago at Spooner's Cove, MDO.  I don't know if the bird is hanging around or not, it should hit groupme text when confirmed from the many more photos I understand were taken, but have not seen of course..

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


The Streak-backed Oriole

Thomas Slater
 

In life, and in birding, there are the Haves, and the Have-nots.

We've all seen them, the Have-nots are shuffling around the campground or on the trail, a little ruffled, a little twitchy and touchy. While the Haves are showing up on the second or third day for "better pictures". Silently, the Have-nots want to scream at the Haves for being so audacious enough to show up and whine about the lighting. 

You identify with what I'm writing because you've been there. And so have I. All too many times.
But not today baby! Today I got the damn bird!

It took Owen and me three trips, traveling from the Nipomo Bird Sanctuary all the way to MDO, where all the birds that should have been at Oso Flaco were hiding this year. 

We learned from our previous 2 mistakes and showed up this time at 6:15 am this morning to catch this skulky oriole. Actually, we didn't. We birded the back loops for 2 hours and gave up. A cold front was coming in, everyone said. It must have moved on. We were just about to walk through the locked gate by the Ranch House when I said... "Hey Owen, the sun is coming out from behind the fog, let's go back and give it one more quick look." So we did. And you know what!? Nothing! We didn't see jack. 

Just then the eldest Hampl brother came huffing up (to his credit!!!) and hollered in a winded voice, "I found it!" pant pant "In the front loop" pant pant. Then the marathon of teenagers, middle-agers, and geriatrics all hustled over to stare at a coffee bush. The coffee bush. I can't really keep straight what happened next but it was a parade of jogging, shuffling, and sprinting all over the first loop of the campground. This Houdini would go into a bush and magically appear up the hillside, or in another bush, leaving almost everyone facing the wrong direction. It was dizzying. 

But oh so sweet. The last look I got, I went with the bins instead of the camera (a near-impossible bird to photograph) and followed this beautiful bird all the way across the campground soaking in it's dazzling colors. Owen and I high-fived, the Hampl bros and I bumped elbows, I congratulated Bill and Brad, and then I booked it to Starbucks with 3 minutes to spare so I could teach my online class.

So to you Have-nots... I'm sorry. It sucks to be you.
Ha ha, no I mean it. We're all Have-nots with some birds that are still off our lists. 
And I feel for you. But don't give up. You may still get it yet. But you might not.
You see birding isn't about Having. It's about the search, the beauty, the birds. Sometimes you see them and sometimes, we miss them. It makes us empathetic. It makes us grateful. And it keeps us out on the trail.

Bird on,
(photoless but grateful)

Tom Slater
Nipomo Birdless Sanctuary


Re: Gull

Liam&Kilian Hampl <thomshe@...>
 

It’s a kittiwake!

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