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Red Crossbill species - historical record.

Kaaren Perry
 

Today there was a little flurry of excitement on a local birding network regarding a reported single Red Crossbill in Los Osos.  ( finder unable to relocate)  The question was asked : what is the more expected type of Red Crossbill for this area.  

Review of a previous record -  I had a group of Red Crossbills visit my home for a few days back in February 2013.  At the time I was able to get photos and more useful a recording of their calls and sent the recording off to Cornell where a researcher was doing a study of calls and related types of Red Crossbills.  The recording of birds from 2013 in Morro Bay were determined from chip sound to belong to the Type 3 - Western Hemlock Crossbills.  



Nipomo Tanagers/

Sue Girard
 

Had two female Tanagers very briefly stop at my drip birdbath this afternoon.

One was solid olive,darker on the upperside, no wingbars; contrasting with lighter olive breast and underparts, yellowish UTC. Yellowish bill.  A Scarlet? I know ebird indicates they are not usually found here but I did have a bright vagrant male 2 falls ago. 

The other was a Pale Western with grayish white underparts, dbl wingbars, gray back & wings, olive rump, dull yellow bill.

In spring & summer they feed on nectar from cupped blooms of flowering Monkey Hand Tree x Fremontedendron a block away on Sandydale Dr.  Since the tree is still in bloom, I assume they they came from there to my yard for water.

A warbler+  mixed flock is active and confiding at the end of Sandydale where it intersects with Pomeroy Rd  An extensive canopy of live oaks over the street provides food sources late morning and mid afternoon. The usual Townsend's, Wilsons' and Yellow-rumped, plus RC Kinglets, Western Bluebirds, Oak Titmice, etc.   Many good looks in just a few minutes, at close range. (5-10') Near small horse corrals.

stay safe!
Sue Girard
near Nipomo Native Garden


Scarlet Tanager, Nipomo, 11/14

Tom Edell
 

Posted today to eBird. No further details available.

 

Scarlet Tanager (Piranga olivacea) (1)

- Reported Nov 14, 2020 11:30 by sue girard

- a cory yard list, San Luis Obispo, California

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0424457,-120.5001819&ll=35.0424457,-120.5001819

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76248995

- Comments: "Adult female; appeared briefly at grd BB with WETA female. olive green back, wings;  olive crown and cheek contrasting with lighter yellowy-green underside; no wingbars, UTC yellow . no media"

 

 

Serving as the messenger

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Pacific Golden-Plover at Sea Pines GC

Jay Carroll
 

A Pacific Golden-Plover was feeding on the golf course this morning along with a small group of Killdeer. It was easily seen from the road at the corner of Howard and Humboldt (a great "car-bird"!). It eventually flushed and flew, calling, west toward Shark Inlet. Based on a small tumor-like growth on the right leg, this is the same individual reported by Andrew Spencer two days ago along the bay shoreline near Pecho Road willows. 

Jay Carroll
Los Osos


<<Admin Notice -- Montana De Oro construction >>

mike stiles
 

Birders,

Just a heads up that between Nov 16 and Dec 11, the MDO entrance road will be closed just south of Spooner's Cove. Parking will no doubt be seriously impacted, as the Spooner's Cove/Ranch House parking area is the staging and turn-around area, with heavy equipment traffic coming and going. For more information visit www.pge.com

It seems they are constructing an emergency access road between MDO and Avila Beach. Please don't respond to the group about this. 

Mike Stiles
Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (5 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (6 reports)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (8 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 06:35 by Derek Hameister
- Montana de Oro SP (use a more specific hotspot when possible), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2679068,-120.888834&ll=35.2679068,-120.888834
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76204159
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female flying with flock of SUSC. dark face with light cheek. 3rd from rear in photo"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 12:05 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/S76203070
- Comments: "3rd time I see this bird here"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 10:32 by Ron Overholtz
- 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/S76201077
- Comments: "Continuing rarity found today adjacent to the children’s playground with the sea lions sculptures. Black To the bottom of the eye and sloping down slightly at the back of the head. Off-white cheek with back of the neck showing a very slight reddish tint; lighter in front. Dagger-like yellow bill and grayish-brown back. Bigger than the Eared Grebe and smaller and darker than Western/Clark’s."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:04 by David Blakely
- 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/S76216831
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found here by Nick Belardes on November 10th. Thanks to Jeff Miller and Nick Belardes for getting us on the bird this morning."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 11:05 by Chris Hiatt
- 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/S76218316
- Comments: "stouter bill than the cassin's nearby, and bigger white patch under eye and yellow higher on breast"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 07:53 by Rudy Lucero
- 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/S76197540
- Comments: "Continuing bird, thick bill, extensive yellow on breast"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 06:52 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76194507
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:04 by David Blakely
- 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/S76216831
- Comments: "Very similar to Cassin’s kingbird (seen close by), except this bird had longer, stouter bill, and yellow extended higher in breast, making the white “chin” appear more obvious."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 12:40 by Peggy Burhenn
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76208000
- Comments: "White chin, black stripe through Eye, no white outer tail feathers. Eating a monarch butterfly"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 07:40 by Chris Hiatt
- 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/S76218651
- Comments: "found by camp host, juvy"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 07:15 by Chris Hayward
- 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/S76215855
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing hatch year bird, actually this was my first bird of the day, seen on the short boardwalk and bench near the entrance road to the campground, photos attached.."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 06:36 by Alice Z.
- 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/S76215169
- Comments: "Juvenile seen foraging on the ground with a flock of White-crowned Sparrows at the entrance to the campground."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 14:17 by Ron Overholtz
- 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/S76198956
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Assumed to be the same juvenile bird found by Jim Royer. We saw it as soon as we parked above Spooner‘s Cove. Brown above and pale gray/tan on the breast and belly. Gray cheek with strongly contrasting supercilium and malar. Large Graybill surrounded by black. Photo will be added."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 08:15 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/S76208557
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile that has been spotted just outside of campground in mixed sparrow flock. This is my second signting of the bird, and first at this location. I was talking to Mike Stiles when the bird flew behind him and landed in some scrub. “What’s this?” I said, quickly realizing it was the continuing sparrow. The bird then flew across the creek and quickly made its way to a branch where it sat in the sun for at least a minute, sometimes preening. It then flew back across the creek into a bush and out of view. I do have to say the bird appeared a bit dissheveled in some of my photos. Perhaps it had just taken a dirt bath, or had dunked itself in the lagoon. Otherwise, the bird was quickly identifiable: thick white supercillium, dark gray cheek, brown-gray crown, thick gray bill, brown wings, white malars, smudgy throat, whitish belly."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 06:35 by Derek Hameister
- Montana de Oro SP (use a more specific hotspot when possible), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2679068,-120.888834&ll=35.2679068,-120.888834
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76204159
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing by the car park area. Juvenile"

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 08:08 by Herb Elliott
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76204416
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "... larger bill than other nearby Savannah Sparrows"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 08:37 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/S76210818
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing rarity from west Mexico/Central America. I was at the campground around 8ish and the bird hadn’t vocalized or been seen. Ten birders congregated in an area examining the bushes behind campsites 10-12. While I went and looked elsewhere, the bird made an appearance. At least one birder was able to get a photo of the bird in the tangles of a coffeeberry bush. I then waited as most birders left and a new set of birders arrived. We waited, watching the same bushes the bird had been seen entering. I’m aware this particular bird is skulky and sneaky, and active as well. I assume it must be an expert skulker to survive unknown landscapes, and the great areas it has traversed. Knowing its behavior, the bird could easily have slipped out of the bush through the backside. After waiting about an hour I gave up looking at the bushes and began scanning the hillside as I’d noticed birds flying along the hillside. I spotted the bird to my right (south side of campground) flying rapidly westward about midway up the hill. The light was terrible. I was only able to ID the bird when it stopped, landed on the east side of a bush and I saw its black throat and oriole shape. I called out, “Got it!” and moved to the base of the hill below where I spotted the bird. I was able to get a couple of photos as the bird perched for about twenty seconds far up in the brush. I remember a birder days ago saying it had been seen high on these hills. It then flew down the slope of the hill into some scrub and moved northward, where I was able to get photos of the bird’s streaky back. The lighting was terrible, and the bird moved into the scrub so quickly that I wasn’t able to get as good of photos as I would have liked, but at least this time was able to get enough shots of the bird to show its distinguishing field marks: black streaks on orange back, mango-colored belly, red-orange undertail, chest and head, as well as its thick bill (at the base), and black throat-belly marking that extends up around its eyes."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 07:40 by Jamie Chavez
- 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/S76199450
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing rarity found in the Montana de Oro Islay Creek campground. As I arrived a few other birders were already watching the hillside behind campsite #10 but had not seen the bird. It eventually flew into the brushy hillside before 9:30 AM but remained hidden from view. After watching the area for a time it began to call with a rapid chatter reminiscent of Hooded Oriole. The bird flew out of the brush and it's bright, blood-orange colored head and upper breast could be seen well as it moved along the hillside. It dropped into a dense coffeeberry bush nearby and disappeared. Eventually, it moved upward through the brush where it could be seen (poorly) through openings in the branches. It was a large passerine approximately the size of a Hooded Oriole. It showed dark contrasty (blackish) wings, and it had a long dusky, yellowish-orange tail. I was unable to make out any streaking on the back as it flew but the mantle appeared to be a dull yellow-green color. The face showed a black facial mask to the eyes and black below the bill on the throat forming a small, narrow bib. The bill was heavy at the base, slightly curved with a pointed tip. It was silvery-gray in color except for the base of the lower mandible which was a paler gray color. The bird was heard chattering twice while I was present."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 07:40 by Chris Hiatt
- 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/S76218651
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "i saw it first by campspot 12, flew in from 40 yards up slope, stayed for 15 in brush before moved into coffeeberry by camp 10."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 07:30 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S76203281
- Comments: "Found Nov 4, 2020 by Jim Royer. Mostly orange bird with head and chest deeper hued; black lores and chin; back, gray streaked with white edgings. Seen between campsites 10 and 12."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 07:15 by Chris Hayward
- 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/S76215855
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jim Royer on Nov. 4th. Seen several different times behind campsites 10 and 12, with several other birders present. First seen flying across hillside behind campsite 12, then in Coffeeberry bushes behind campsite 10. Bright orange Oriole, dark orange almost reddish around the head, Black around the eyes and narrow black triangle on throat. Bill steely blue, Back only seen briefly in flight but appeared greenish, breast quite orange, fading to more yellowish orange around the legs. dark wing with two white wing bars. The bird called several times making a dry rattle. Poor document photo of the bird deep in a bush attached."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 06:36 by Alice Z.
- 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/S76215169
- Comments: "Continuing near campsite 10, flew into bush ~9:40 am. Tangerine orange bird with black streaks on back and a black eye/throat patch similar to Hooded Oriole. Heard rattling call. Secretive behavior, only brief views before it dropped down into the bush out of sight."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 14:17 by Ron Overholtz
- 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/S76198956
- Comments: "Continuing rarity found by Jim Royer. After searching near the camp host site without success, we continued walking through the campground. At Campsite 10, Ron spotted the Oriole perched up above a coffee berry bush in moss covered branches. It was glowing red-orange on the head and breast and more yellow-orange on the belly and mantle. We could clearly see the black streaks on the mantle. The wings were black with white edging and the tail was black. The bill was very pointed and silvery-gray it was surrounded by black. No photos. We walked through the campground the second time and watched as the bird flew across the road and into the canyon where it disappeared."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 13, 2020 06:35 by Derek Hameister
- Montana de Oro SP (use a more specific hotspot when possible), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2679068,-120.888834&ll=35.2679068,-120.888834
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76204159
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. mostly orange oriole that was brightest around the head. Similar to Bullock's seen flying, chattering, and perching (only briefly) in the coffee berry bushes behind campsites 10 and 12. Very skulky and surprisingly inconspicuous for a bight orange bird. crappy obstructed photo for documentation purposes"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 07:49 by Jay Carroll
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76194196
- Comments: "Adult male; conspicuous white wing patch, black eyeline."

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MDO - Streak-Backed Oriole continues

Kaaren Perry
 

The elusive oriole was again seen by birders this morning around 10:00 as it moved about on the hillside and brush near campsite #10.  



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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (5 reports)
- Little Gull (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (3 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (4 reports)
- Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (5 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 07:31 by Nancy Overholtz
- Avila Beach Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1779805,-120.7343611&ll=35.1779805,-120.7343611
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76157392
- Comments: "A gorgeous male associating with SUSCs. Blue gray on back with rufous flanks and white patches and lines. It had a white crescent around the bill, a white spot behind the eye and another on the neck. Photos will be added."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 07:31 by Ron Overholtz
- Avila Beach Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1779805,-120.7343611&ll=35.1779805,-120.7343611
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76157393
- Comments: "A gorgeous male associating with SUSCs. Blue gray on back with rufous flanks and white patches and lines. It had a white crescent around the bill, a white spot behind the eye and another on the neck. Photos will be added."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 15:15 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S76178312
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reported earlier by Andrew Spencer; plover with relatively thin bill, gold specks on upperparts, shorter primary projection than American Golden-Plover; this individual had a tumor-like growth on the right leg."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 14:15 by Jim Royer
- 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/S76180924
- Comments: "Found by Andrew Spencer. This medium sized shorebird seemed to have a more delicate build with a smaller head and thinner bill than the similar and much more common Black-bellied. It had a prominent ear spot and buff supercilium, golden spots on the back, and when it flapped its wings it had no dark armpits or white rump. The primaries had little extension past the tertials. It called with a different call than a Black-bellied, “Klooeep”."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 14:12 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S76180910
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Andrew Spencer found the Pacific Golden Plover in the back part of the bay - near the intersection of Pecho Road and Binscarth. Jim Royer also present. When I arrived the bird was foraging along the edge of the bay just south of the parking area located at the end of Binscarth. The bird then flew further back in the bay into the salt marsh- just below the houses on eastern part of Butte Drive. There are a couple of very small "ponds" just below the houses and the bird was walking along the edge of those "ponds". The plover has a tumor on its right leg in between the tarsus and tibia. Golden color, Smaller bill than BBPL. Shorter primary tip projection that AMGP. No black axillaries. See photos."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 14:12 by Carol Comeau
- 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/S76177473
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Andrew Spencer found the Pacific Golden Plover in the back part of the bay - near the intersection of Pecho Road and Binscarth. Jim Royer also present. When I arrived the bird was foraging along the edge of the bay just south of the parking area located at the end of Binscarth. The bird then flew further back in the bay into the salt marsh- just below the houses on eastern part of Butte Drive. There are a couple of very small "ponds" just below the houses and the bird was walking along the edge of those "ponds". The plover has a tumor on its right leg in between the tarsus and tibia. Golden color, Smaller bill than BBPL. Shorter primary tip projection that AMGP. No black axillaries. See photos."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 13:56 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/S76175775
- Comments: "Extensively photographed and recorded. Large plover but smaller and slimmer than Black-bellied, and much more brightly colored. No white in tail or black under the wing. Short primary extension, bright coloration, and call among other marks all distinguished it from American Golden."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 14:45 by Jan Bugge
- 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/S76156449
- Comments: "Very small gull seen skimming the surf and landing on the water. Distinct black band on end of tail, white underparts, short bill, greyish above. Seen by other birders. There may have been two. Both exhibited the same behavior but the second bird was to far away to positively identify."

Little Gull (Hydrocoloeus minutus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 14:45 by Lisa Gattuso
- 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/S76176256
- Comments: "Very small gull seen skimming the surf and landing on the water. Distinct black band on end of tail, white underparts, short bill, greyish above. Seen by other birders. There may have been two. Both exhibited the same behavior but the second bird was to far away to positively identify."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:04 by Steven McMasters
- 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/S76160238
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found here by Nick Belardes on November 10th. Thanks to Jeff Miller and Nick Belardes for getting us on the bird this morning."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 08:45 by Petra Clayton
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76177967
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bright yellow breast and belly; light throat and upper breast; light gray head; green back, notched tail; chunky black bill. --- Present since 10/7/20 (Tom Edell: "Likely same bird back for 7th winter").- Last eBird report prior to 10/7/20: 3/3/20)"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 06:44 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76177625
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first reported this fall by Tom Edell on 10/07/2020. Pale gray head and throat, large, heavy beak, bright yellow breast and yellow underneath to notched tail with greenish tint on back."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:04 by Steven McMasters
- 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/S76160238
- Comments: "Very similar to Cassin’s kingbird (seen close by), except this bird had longer, stouter bill, and yellow extended higher in breast, making the white “chin” appear more obvious."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 09, 2020 15:42 by Dale Ball
- 272 Marianela Lane, Baywood-Los Osos, California, US (35.312, -120.854), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3116502,-120.8544622&ll=35.3116502,-120.8544622
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76174329
- Comments: "A single one came to our birdbath for a brief visit."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 07:00 by John Sterling
- 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/S76161354
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos to be added."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 06:38 by Kurt Ongman
- 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/S76158268
- Comments: "In small flock by bench (35.2734914, -120.8878557)"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 09, 2020 13:27 by Jeff Rash
- 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/S76178101
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen near the visitor center. Photos to follow."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 13:05 by Jeff Rash
- 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/S76179443
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing seen in the parking lot walking back from having lunch on the beach. Photo."

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 14:45 by David Lawrence
- Cal Poly--Mt Bishop Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3076539,-120.6777764&ll=35.3076539,-120.6777764
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76178147
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen in huge mixed blackbird flock at beef unit near west end of Mt. Bishop Rd., Cal Poly. All black bird with yellow face.neck, upper chest. No white on wing. Favor adult female."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 14:01 by Samantha Marois
- 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/S76177791
- Comments: "Only got on it at about 4:20 after losing all hope. Very sad for the folks that were there all day and left just a few minutes before we saw it. Life is pain. In various spots behind camp host RV, usually very low to ground. Chattered a few times. Sounded like a less harsh bullock’s. Bright orange oriole. Brightest around face, where color was almost red. Back streaking seen well. Photos to be added."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 14:01 by Dan Maxwell
- 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/S76177790
- Comments: "Only got on it at about 4:20 after losing all hope. Very sad for the folks that were there all day and left just a few minutes before we saw it. Life is pain. In various spots behind camp host RV, usually very low to ground. Chattered a few times. Sounded like a less harsh bullock’s. Bright orange oriole. Brightest around face, where color was almost red. Back streaking seen well. Photos to be added."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 07:30 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/S76161907
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Bright mango yellow/orange breast, darker orange head. Brief looks."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 07:00 by John Sterling
- 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/S76161354
- Comments: "Continuing. Behind campsite 12. Also on coffee berry bush. Photos to be added"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 06:38 by Kurt Ongman
- 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/S76158268
- Comments: "Continuing along hillside between campsite 10 and 12."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (2)
- Reported Nov 12, 2020 14:15 by Jim Royer
- 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/S76180924
- Comments: "Could be seen from Pecho Rd. and Henrietta. Chattering up in the eucs. Both young males - black in throat (one had more black than the other) and dark line through eye, yellowish underparts, faded on the belly, and dark wings with white wing bars."

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Monarch Dunes

Sally Bird
 

While golfing today at Monarch Dunes, I observed more Hooded Mergansers, 4 males and 9 females all on the pond off of hole #12, then on hole #13, a peregrine falcon nabbed a coot.

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

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (7 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (6 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (3 reports)
- Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (11 reports)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 14:16 by Steve Sosensky
- 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/S76119451
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Known bird at this location, showing a distinctive white face pattern on what is overall a brownish bird."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 14:16 by Pamela Quittmeyer
- 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/S76140447
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Known bird at this location, showing a distinctive white face pattern on what is overall a brownish bird."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 10:32 by Nancy Overholtz
- 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/S76126000
- Comments: "Continuing rarity found today adjacent to the children’s playground with the sea lions sculptures. Black To the bottom of the red eye and sloping down slightly at the back of the head. White cheek with very narrow black line down the back of the neck. Gray lower neck showing a very slight reddish tint. Short yellowish bill and black and white mottled back. Bigger than the Eared Grebe and smaller and darker than Western/Clark’s. Photos will be added."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 10:32 by Ron Overholtz
- 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/S76126590
- Comments: "Continuing rarity found today adjacent to the children’s playground with the sea lions sculptures. Black To the bottom of the red eye and sloping down slightly at the back of the head. White cheek with very narrow black line down the back of the neck. Gray lower neck showing a very slight reddish tint. Short yellowish bill and black and white mottled back. Bigger than the Eared Grebe and smaller and darker than Western/Clark’s. Photos will be added."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 13:15 by Kai Mills
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76134755
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen to the right (east) of the large willow thicket at the northwest end of the paved loop. Perched in fennel and low lying branches of a eucalyptus tree. Observed twice, 1:15 (just myself) and around 1:40(Hampl brothers and Mark Mushkat as well)."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 11:54 by Mark Mushkat
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76141550
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Found 11/10 by Kai Mills and Nick Belardes. Northwest corner of paved loop, low in large eucalyptus tree. Flycatching into fennel stands."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 11:25 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S76136010
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Kai Mills and Nick Belardes yesterday. Photos. When we arrived, the Wing-Nuts were there and left about an hour later, which is when Mark Mushkat showed up. We waited about an hour, and then decided to leave. Then, Kai texted us just as we were leaving the park, and we circled around and went back to the trail. 20 mins later the bird finally showed up in the fennel for a few seconds, and then left. Pale on the throat, brownish head and wings and tail, yellow on the belly."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 11:25 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S76136007
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Kai Mills and Nick Belardes yesterday. Photos. When we arrived, the Wing-Nuts were there and left about an hour later, which is when Mark Mushkat showed up. We waited about an hour, and then decided to leave. Then, Kai texted us just as we were leaving the park, and we circled around and went back to the trail. 20 mins later the bird finally showed up in the fennel for a few seconds, and then left. Pale on the throat, brownish head and wings and tail, yellow on the belly."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:07 by Nick Belardes
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76130483
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird from yesterday (https://ebird.org/checklist/S76093756) found in the same southwest section of paved loop close to the same time as yesterday (around 10 a.m.). As far as I know, three sightings have been between 9:45 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., and one around 1:15 p.m. I had given up searching for the bird in the same area and was on my way out of the loop when Jeff Miller spotted the bird. He said he saw a Black Phoebe fly overhead, then looked into the willows and spotted the Eastern Phoebe on a branch. I came running! Few sparrows were nearby. Most were down the paved loop in scrub and fennel with kingbirds and kinglets. Mostly, kinglets and a gnatcatcher had been seen in the far southwest paved loop area about fifteen minutes prior. When spotted, the bird sat on a branch 8-10 feet off the ground, with its back turned to us, tail flicking. Silent, it perched for a little less than a minute. Then, it flew to a low, lone branch directly in the SW corner, just a few feet off the ground, and perched for about a minute, looking around, tail still flicking. The bird then flew west into the willows. Steve McMasters, Eric Weir and another birder had arrived just as the bird flew to its lower perch. Pale throat, smudgy sides of breast, gray-brown head, nape, wings and tail. Big head with slight slope, yellow belly and undertail. Black, pointy bill."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:04 by Eric Wier
- 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/S76130508
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found here by Nick Belardes on November 10th. Thanks to Jeff Miller and Nick Belardes for getting us on the bird this morning."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 07:55 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76123263
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 11:54 by Mark Mushkat
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76141550
- Comments: "Continuing"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 11:25 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S76136010
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Photos. Being chased by Cassin's."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 11:25 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S76136007
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Photos. Being chased by Cassin's."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 11:15 by Leonie Batkin
- 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/S76143439
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Was chased several times by the two Cassin's Kingbirds between the trees along the loop road. This was in the area near the gazebo."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:07 by Nick Belardes
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76130483
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Vocalizing, tussling with Cassin’s Kingbirds, sometimes flying from fennel to tree to tops of bushes to perch. Lots of bird activity around it today as it was seen in the west side area of the paved loop. Large, thick black bill, bright yellow underside and chest, green back, large white cheeks."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:04 by Eric Wier
- 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/S76130508
- Comments: "Very similar to Cassin’s kingbird (seen close by), except this bird had longer, stouter bill, and yellow extended higher in breast, making the white “chin” appear more obvious."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 14:43 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/S76135296
- Comments: "Continuing"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:54 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/S76134445
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile, seen next to the beach parking lot"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:26 by Pamela Quittmeyer
- 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/S76140466
- Media: 3 Photos
- 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."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:26 by Steve Sosensky
- 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/S76119427
- Media: 3 Photos
- 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."

Dark-eyed Junco (cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis cismontanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 09:32 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/S76132669
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "... found near campsite #10; overall gray including chest with a darker head and some of chestnut/brown on back."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 10:00 by Daniel Elting
- 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/S76125958
- Comments: "Continuing rarity. This bird was quite cooperative today and I felt like it was following me all around the campground. Male with somewhat striking white on wings but very clear streaked back is diagnostic. Skulking and chattering in low scrub. Very cool lifer, I predict this bird will spend quite a bit of time at this site."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 09:35 by Alex Single
- 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/S76131818
- Comments: "Three brief views, under two seconds each, with several other birders. Very bright orange fading into a darker orange on the head. Black mask including eyes and going down the chin. Beak was blue grey. Wings black with white streaks; area on the back above the wings appeared green (streaking here not visible from the distance). Seen in brush on the hillside southeast of the first campground loop."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 09:32 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/S76132669
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "... previously reported; vocalizing and moving in the first loop primarily behind campsites 10-12."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 09:30 by Lucy London
- 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/S76143433
- Comments: "Seen multiple times popping in and out of the vegetation on the side of a hill. Perched briefly a few times. Seen by many other birders."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 09:25 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/S76135542
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos. Seen by many other birders in the coffeberry trees and other shrubs. The bird finally perched in a shrub for a few seconds so we could get a photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 09:25 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/S76135546
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos. Seen by many other birders in the coffeberry trees and other shrubs. The bird finally perched in a shrub for a few seconds so we could get a photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 09:25 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/S76134420
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen by many, at the end of the first loop and in between the two loops."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 08:59 by John J. Hiles
- 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/S76129089
- Comments: "Brief views. Flying along hillside with dense brush around campsite 10 to 12."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 11, 2020 07:15 by Leonie Batkin
- 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/S76143711
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Jim Royer on November 4th. After spending a short time near the host campsite I moved over to campsite #10. I was first alerted to it's presence by chattering and then saw it fly from a coyote bush to a coffee berry bush around 7:50AM behind campsite 10. It then went silent and did not move. At around 8:55AM Ron spotted it in the coyote bush beside the coffee berry bush beside campsite 10. Other birders in the campground came to the area. I heard the bird chattering on 5 occasions as it moved up the hillside and across towards campsite 12. It then flew along the hillside behind campsite 12 and then flew back to bushes behind site #10. Photos taken by other birders present."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:26 by Pamela Quittmeyer
- 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/S76140466
- 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."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 08, 2020 09:26 by Steve Sosensky
- 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/S76119427
- 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."

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possible "Slate-colored" Junco at Islay Creek Campground

Kevin Zimmer
 

In my post from earlier today, I forgot to mention the unusual junco that Herb Elliott pointed out to Brad Schram and I at Islay Creek Campground. At the time, I told Herb that I thought the bird was an intergrade, with a substantial percentage of “Slate-colored” genes. That may still be the case, but, in looking at my photos, I’m not completely sure that a “pure” Slate-colored Junco can be ruled out. The bird had a dark, slate-gray hood, sharply cut off from very white median underparts. The flanks were gray, with no hint of brown or buff, as would be expected in one of the “Oregon” or “Pink-sided” forms of Dark-eyed Junco. The white median lower breast and belly, and dark, slaty hood all pointed to “Slate-colored” and away from a “Gray-headed” Junco. The bill was quite whitish, as would be expected for a Slate-colored Junco. The only part that wasn’t typical, was that the center of the back was mildly contrasting brown (not bright rufous as in Gray-headed Junco or Yellow-eyed Junco), and some of the upper wing-coverts, as well as the tertials, were inconspicuously washed with dull brown. This can be true of adult females (and even some males) of the “Slate-colored” form of Dark-eyed Junco. The only question is whether this individual has “too much” brown on the back and wings. If it does represent an intergrade, then the bulk of its genes come from Slate-colored Junco.

Anyone birding the campground should keep an eye out for this bird, which was foraging mostly right along the road through the first campground loop, first near the “amphitheater”, and, later, directly opposite (across the loop), mostly with other Dark-eyed Juncos.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Smack, smack.

Tom Graves
 

No Streak-backed Oriole at MDO, but I got this nice recording of a Sooty (?) Fox Sparrow's "smack" call, and a couple "tink"s. 
https://www.xeno-canto.org/602066
Bird like no one's watching!
Tom Graves


Cackling Geese, etc. around Morro Bay

Jim Royer
 

Out in the pickleweed I had 8 Cackling Geese with some Canada Geese, and a White-fronted Goose with another flock of Canada’s, seen from South Bay Blvd. at high tide. I was on my bike, so for you drivers, you would have to park at the lot for the Quarry Trail and carefully walk across South Bay Blvd. to see them. Please let me know if you find any Ross’s Geese (I need them for my local patch year list). Two adult Bald Eagles were in the same vicinity. I think high tide is very helpful for these birds.

A Redhead and a Canvasback continued on the Sea Pines Golf Course pond - seen best from the west end of Howard. I don’t think high tide is necessary for this location.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Clay-colored Sparrow at Islay Creek Mouth

Kevin Zimmer
 

I spent the morning at Islay Creek Campground, waiting out the Streak-backed Oriole with lots of other birders.  The oriole toyed with us from about 0930 on, burying itself in coffee berry and other thickets at the base of the hillside on the back side of the first campground loop, and going silent for 20-30 minutes at a time, in between occasional short bursts of chatter, and very occasionally popping up into the open or flying across a gap.  Herb Elliott, Brad Schram and I were the last to call it quits, after seeing the oriole fly down into the willows along the creek shortly before noon.


On the way out of the campground, we had brief looks at the continuing Black-throated Sparrow, feeding in the shade between the parking lot in front of the gift shop and the road.

I stopped on my own to look for the Varied Thrush that had been seen previously at the mouth of Islay Creek.  The creek mouth was very sunny, and there were masses of people on the beach, neither of which was conducive to finding a Varied Thrush.  No sign of it.  But I did find a nice Clay-colored Sparrow down along the creek at around 1:00 p.m.  It was by itself, not associated with any other sparrows.

On the way back home, I stopped at Morro Creek mouth and photographed the continuing Red Phalarope at around 2:15 p.m.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Cackling Geese

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

There are exactly 14 Cackling Geese with around 30 Canadas at Pismo Beach Golf Course 5 mins ago. 


Liam and Kilian Hampl,
Arroyo Grande 


Oso morning

Thomas Slater
 

Two snow geese flew in and stayed on the lake for five minutes and then left. Many black bellied plovers and one Wilson snipe flying over. Merlin, first seen Oct. 30, and burrowing owl still present. Oh, And one Wilson’s warbler which was fun to see.

Bird on,




Re: Eastern Phoebe, Black Scoter, 1/10

Penny Rand
 

Red Phalarope is at Morro Creek this morning.


On Nov 11, 2020, at 7:07 AM, Tom Edell via groups.io <TEdell@...> wrote:



Belated report from yesterday. Nick Belardes found an Eastern Phoebe at the base of the Laguna Lake peninsula yesterday morning. It was not very cooperative, in that it was only seen twice and never stayed in view long. This seems like a good place for this species to winter. A Tropical Kingbird continued near the gazebo and in the tall dead tree at the base of the peninsula. Two adult Snow Geese, at least eight Cackling Geese, and a single female plumaged Hooded Merganser were seen with a scope from the base of the peninsula.

 

I looked for the female plumaged Black Scoter that was seen at Port San Luis on Oct 29 and 31. It was seen feeding with four Surf Scoters east of the Avila Beach Pier in the morning. Two White-winged Scoters were off the Port San Luis Beach. A less than through search failed to turn up the Harlequin Duck or the male Black Scoter.

 

Earlier, the Red Phalarope continued in the Morro Creek lagoon.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Eastern Phoebe, Black Scoter, 1/10

Tom Edell
 

Belated report from yesterday. Nick Belardes found an Eastern Phoebe at the base of the Laguna Lake peninsula yesterday morning. It was not very cooperative, in that it was only seen twice and never stayed in view long. This seems like a good place for this species to winter. A Tropical Kingbird continued near the gazebo and in the tall dead tree at the base of the peninsula. Two adult Snow Geese, at least eight Cackling Geese, and a single female plumaged Hooded Merganser were seen with a scope from the base of the peninsula.

 

I looked for the female plumaged Black Scoter that was seen at Port San Luis on Oct 29 and 31. It was seen feeding with four Surf Scoters east of the Avila Beach Pier in the morning. Two White-winged Scoters were off the Port San Luis Beach. A less than through search failed to turn up the Harlequin Duck or the male Black Scoter.

 

Earlier, the Red Phalarope continued in the Morro Creek lagoon.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (3 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (4 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (5 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (2 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (3 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 09, 2020 08:52 by Mark Hays
- 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/S76098745
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female, previously reported. Sighted by Roger Zachary and Tom Edell."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 08:50 by Tom Edell
- Avila Beach Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1779805,-120.7343611&ll=35.1779805,-120.7343611
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76105130
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Female plumaged bird on east side of pier. I presume this is the same bird I saw off the Port San Luis beach on 29 Oct (photo)"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 08:51 by Dane Fagundes
- 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/S76082435
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 07:49 by Carol Comeau
- 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/S76094987
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Thank you to Dane and Rosemary from Tulare for locating the bird for us! They
spotted the bird just off the dock in the boat parking area. The bird slowly followed the shoreline
towards Tidelands Park - proving excellent looks. Bird first reported at this location by Marlin Harms on 10-30-20. To view a video of the Red-necked Grebe preening, select the picture.
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Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 07:49 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S76104225
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Thank you to Dane and Rosemary from Tulare for locating the bird for us! They
spotted the bird just off the dock in the boat parking area. The bird slowly followed the shoreline
towards Tidelands Park - proving excellent looks. Bird first reported at this location by Marlin Harms on 10-30-20. To view a video of the Red-necked Grebe preening, select the picture.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QJMwuyUxy5g" frameborder="0"></iframe>"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 09:17 by Seth Ontiveros
- 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/S76103153
- Comments: "Continuing. Gold speckling on back. Smaller than nearby Black-bellied Plovers. Will add photos"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 10:52 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/S76096455
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "My view of this bird was limited to ~ 20 seconds as it perched in a willow about four feet off the ground. The bird was grayish above with its crown and tail darker than the back. Its underparts looked whitish with a hint of with yellow. Found earlier this morning by Nick Belardes and Kai Mills on the peninsular ."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 10:10 by Tom Edell
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76105122
- Comments: "Found by Nick Belardes and Kai Mills. Two obstructed views of this bird at the base of the peninsula where it perched in willows. It appeared gray above and pale below including the breast (which had gray at the shoulder) and throat. I was unable to see the yellowish lower belly seen by others and did not see any tail movement. Silent when in view. Nick and Herb Elliott managed to get photos of the bird. Bird dissappeared into the willows and never came back into view while I was here."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 08:29 by Kai Mills
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76094315
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Around 9:45 a.m., Nick Belardes spotted a dark gray-brown flycatcher in southwest corner of paved loop about a foot-and-a-half off the ground in what might have been fennel. Right away Nick said to Kai Mills that the bird looked like some kind of phoebe/flycatcher. Kai, thinking it was an Eastern Phoebe brought up a photo on his phone to help ID. The bird, tail flicking, moved to the ground where it may have foraged for a few moments, then flew closeby into another bit of fennel-type plants. It stayed there a minute or so, still low to the ground, then flew back into the willows. The bird reappeared about 30-40 minutes later slightly north, lakeside, behind a bush about fifteen yards from where it was first seen, then flew into the same willows again. On its second appearance, which was also only a few feet off the ground, Tom Edell and Herb Elliot were on hand to see the bird. Its throat was white tapering to a light-colored breast with smudginess on the sides, and a yellow belly and undertail. It’s dark gray-brown head was slightly pointed, though not as prominently as a Black Phoebe. Its back, nape, tail and wings were also gray-brown. Both times the bird was seen, a mixed flock of sparrows and towhees were foraging in the area. I wonder if this bird was migrating from as far north as Canada, and whether or not it might be deciding to winter in the area, instead of migrating to Mexico or Central America. Herb Elliot mentioned this species might not have been seen in the area for 3-4 years. Tom Edell mentioned that it is not an annual bird. Will post photos."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 08:29 by Nick Belardes
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76093756
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Around 9:45 a.m., Nick Belardes spotted a dark gray-brown flycatcher in southwest corner of paved loop about a foot-and-a-half off the ground in what might have been fennel. Right away Nick said to Kai Mills that the bird looked like some kind of phoebe/flycatcher. Kai, thinking it was an Eastern Phoebe brought up a photo on his phone to help ID. The bird, tail flicking, moved to the ground where it may have foraged for a few moments, then flew closeby into another bit of fennel-type plants. It stayed there a minute or so, still low to the ground, then flew back into the willows. The bird reappeared about 30-40 minutes later slightly north, lakeside, behind a bush about fifteen yards from where it was first seen, then flew into the same willows again. On its second appearance, which was also only a few feet off the ground, Tom Edell and Herb Elliot were on hand to see the bird. Its throat was white tapering to a light-colored breast with smudginess on the sides, and a yellow belly and undertail. It’s dark gray-brown head was slightly pointed, though not as prominently as a Black Phoebe. Its back, nape, tail and wings were also gray-brown. Both times the bird was seen, a mixed flock of sparrows and towhees were foraging in the area. I wonder if this bird was migrating from as far north as Canada, and whether or not it might be deciding to winter in the area, instead of migrating to Mexico or Central America. Herb Elliot mentioned this species might not have been seen in the area for 3-4 years. Tom Edell mentioned that it is not an annual bird. Will post photos."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 10:52 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/S76096455
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "... continuing"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 10:10 by Tom Edell
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76105122
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing bird, back for another winter (Photo)"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 08:29 by Kai Mills
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76094315
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen lakeside on branch, in eucalyptus, and on another tree branch east of paved loop. Thick, long bill. Bright yellow high on chest, green back, notched tail, white cheek patch. Heard it vocalize as well multiple times. This bird has vocalized the last three or so times I’ve located the bird. Today’s vocalizations were made as it tussled with a Cassin’s Kingbird, and singing as it sat on a branch."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 08:29 by Nick Belardes
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76093756
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen lakeside on branch, in eucalyptus, and on another tree branch east of paved loop. Thick, long bill. Bright yellow high on chest, green back, notched tail, white cheek patch. Heard it vocalize as well multiple times. This bird has vocalized the last three or so times I’ve located the bird. Today’s vocalizations were made as it tussled with a Cassin’s Kingbird, and singing as it sat on a branch."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 07, 2020 10:16 by Ian Davies
- 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/S76075680
- Comments: "Continuing bird near gazebo"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 14:17 by Ron Overholtz
- 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/S76103918
- Comments: "Assumed to be the same juvenile bird found by Jim Royer. We saw it as soon as we parked above Spooner‘s Cove. Brown above and pale gray/tan on the breast and belly. Gray cheek with strongly contrasting supercilium and malar. Large Graybill surrounded by black. Photo will be added."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 14:17 by Nancy Overholtz
- 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/S76103917
- Comments: "Assumed to be the same juvenile bird found by Jim Royer. We saw it as soon as we parked above Spooner‘s Cove. Brown above and pale gray/tan on the breast and belly. Gray cheek with strongly contrasting supercilium and malar. Large Graybill surrounded by black. Photo will be added."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 14:17 by Ron Overholtz
- 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/S76103918
- Comments: "Continuing rarity found by Jim Royer. After searching near the camp host site without success, we continued walking through the campground. At Campsite 10, Ron spotted the Oriole perched up above a coffee berry bush in moss covered branches. It was glowing red-orange on the head and breast and more yellow-orange on the belly and mantle. We could clearly see the black streaks on the mantle. The wings were black with white edging and the tail was black. The bill was very pointed and silvery-gray it was surrounded by black. No photos. We walked through the campground the second time and watched as the bird flew across the road and into the canyon where it disappeared."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 14:17 by Nancy Overholtz
- 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/S76103917
- Comments: "Continuing rarity found by Jim Royer. After searching near the camp host site without success, we continued walking through the campground. At Campsite 10, Ron spotted the Oriole perched up above a coffee berry bush in moss covered branches. It was glowing red-orange on the head and breast and more yellow-orange on the belly and mantle. We could clearly see the black streaks on the mantle. The wings were black with white edging and the tail was black. The bill was very pointed and silvery-gray it was surrounded by black. No photos. We walked through the campground the second time and watched as the bird flew across the road and into the canyon where it disappeared."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 06:52 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S76084385
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "At 35.27413 -120.88537 This is between the silver ‘park closed’ gate and the campground host’s camper. At 6:55am the bird chattered from coffeeberry then flew across the road to willow riparian. I got a brief look. Brilliant orange breast and vent seen as it flew and in willows briefly along road edge. 3 chatter bouts are recorded after it flew into riparian. No photos."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Nov 10, 2020 10:58 by Mark Holmgren
- 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/S76091090
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Several chatter calls heard consistent with that of Bullock's. Bird finally seen. Creamy belly surrounded by yellow chest and undertail coverts. Bold wing bars approaching that of a wing patch. Photos."

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