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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Black Scoter (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (3 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Field Sparrow (12 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (4 reports)
- American Redstart (3 reports)
- Hermit Warbler (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 09:42 by Aaron Gomperts
- 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/S76554278
- Comments: "Boldly patterned breeding male with surf scoter flock. Will upload photos."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 09:35 by Richard Norton
- 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/S76554245
- Comments: "Male. Elaborate red and white markings."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 09:42 by Aaron Gomperts
- 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/S76554278
- Comments: "Female with light cheek. Different head and bill shape and smaller. Will upload photos. With surf scoters."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 09:35 by Richard Norton
- 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/S76554245
- Comments: "Female. Black and white cookie face."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 12:17 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/S76569122
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Andrew Spencer on Nov. 12th. The plover has a tumor on its right leg in between the tarsus and tibia so it is easy to ID when its legs are visible. The PGPL seems to have a pattern of going between the Sea Pines Golf Course and the back bay. Today it was foraging and resting with a group of shorebirds in the muddy area that backs up to the homes on Butte Drive. Golden color and smaller bill than BBPL. When I left it was resting just inside pickleweed at the edge of the exposed mud. See photo."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 09:30 by Daniel Elting
- 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/S76564469
- Comments: "Continuing bird with leg growth. Seen in vegetation near shoreline just west of the end of pecho rd. Golden backed with strong supercilium. Obvious when seen near BBPL."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 12:00 by John Luther
- 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/S76544959
- Comments: "along shore"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 07:52 by Bob Toleno
- Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3982858,-120.8678892&ll=35.3982858,-120.8678892
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76557325
- Comments: "First observed with scope while it sat on calm water for about 2 full minutes. Juvenile showing dark head and nape, white throat, extensive white sides at water line, dark back and wings with white patches visible while resting. Bill length too short for Common Murre, and body length also too short. Neck and head too long/large to be murrelets. Later saw two individuals together. One showed more white on the back, mottled with dark, consistent with variability of juvenile plumage."

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 07:52 by Juli Chamberlin
- Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3982858,-120.8678892&ll=35.3982858,-120.8678892
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76557324
- Comments: "First observed with scope while it sat on calm water for about 2 full minutes. Juvenile showing dark head and nape, white throat, extensive white sides at water line, dark back and wings with white patches visible while resting. Bill length too short for Common Murre, and body length also too short. Neck and head too long/large to be murrelets. Later saw two individuals together. One showed more white on the back, mottled with dark, consistent with variability of juvenile plumage."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 12:30 by Liam Hampl
- East Hazard Canyon--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2928247,-120.8558382&ll=35.2928247,-120.8558382
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76573919
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Jim pointed the bird out to us. Up flying around in the eucalyptus trees. Red on the crown, black/white stripes on the face, yellow wash to the belly. Photos."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 11:48 by Jim Royer
- East Hazard Canyon--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2928247,-120.8558382&ll=35.2928247,-120.8558382
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76570332
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Medium sized woodpecker predominately black and white and gray with a long white wing patch, black and white striped face, red crown, red throat bordered completely in black, black chest patch, no red in nape, much white marking in back with a buffy wash to some, and a slight yellowish wash to the belly."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 16:33 by Juli Chamberlin
- 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/S76577227
- Comments: "Seen together in low, but sufficient light along with a Cassin’s in the same conifer tree right next to path along lakeside. Showed bright yellow bellies, large bills compared to Cassin’s, and greenish backs. Vocalized several times: a high-pitched, fast trill, variable in pitch."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 16:33 by Bob Toleno
- 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/S76577228
- Comments: "Seen together in low, but sufficient light along with a Cassin’s in the same conifer tree right next to path along lakeside. Showed bright yellow bellies, large bills compared to Cassin’s, and greenish backs. Vocalized several times: a high-pitched, fast trill, variable in pitch."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 08:25 by Kaia Colestock
- 317–341 Henrietta Ave, Los Osos US-CA 35.31714, -120.85064, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317145,-120.850645&ll=35.317145,-120.850645
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76548618
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; found by Jim Royer. Photos. Grayish face with rufous streaks on cap, dark streaked back, buff breast, pale pink bill with tumor/growth on chin. Observed at feeders in front yard of 337 Henrietta Ave at 35.3171409, -120.8507419. Its favorite feeder is the tall one nearest the street, and the bird occasionally moves to the ground. Jays and dog-walkers frequently flushing the flock, but the sparrow seems to cycle around the neighborhood and come back."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 11:40 by Richard Norton
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76562962
- Comments: "Flew in 12:25 to 337 Henrietta. Small sparrow with small pink Bill. Eye-ring. Has growth under bill."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 11:17 by Santiago Lupi
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76560975
- Comments: "Continuing, feeding on the ground with white crowned sparrows and juncos. Noticeably smaller than the other sparrows, and the pink growth on its chin made it stand out as well."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 11:17 by Owen Castagnoli
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76568346
- Comments: "Continuing, feeding on the ground with white crowned sparrows and juncos. Noticeably smaller than the other sparrows, and the pink growth on its chin made it stand out as well."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 10:24 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76579741
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jim Royer on November 20, 2020, was noticeably smaller than nearby White-crowned Sparrows and was buffy-gray below with dark brown streaks on upper back, brownish crown stripes, complete white eye-ring, pink beak and pinkish-red growth directly below lower mandible."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 09:31 by Doug Drynan
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76552423
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continue bird found by Jim Royer. Nice views. White eye ring and pink orange bill and legs. Smaller than adjacent juv WCSP. Abnormal growth on chin"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 09:20 by Herb Elliott
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76567790
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "previously reported - https://ebird.org/checklist/S76470441"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 09:15 by Liam Hampl
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76572886
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos. Seen at Jim's feeders."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 08:27 by Derek Nunes
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76546780
- Comments: "Continues at front yard feeder."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:30 by John Luther
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76544139
- Comments: "found Nov 20 photographed by many"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:15 by Steve Summers
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76526078
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "A continuing first county record found yesterday; seen and photographed by many over these two days."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 08:30 by Rick Saval
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76573794
- Comments: "Found by Jim Royer on previous date. m.ob. On 20 NOV 2020, some have submitted photos to eBird."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 14:07 by Sarah Newton-Scott
- 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/S76578913
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen next to bathrooms at the Spooner’s Cove parking lot. Extremely bold, we happened upon it as we returned to our car, and it kept approaching closer and closer as we stood frozen. Apparent hatch year bird with black throat filling in. Photo below."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 08:40 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/S76572397
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 07:11 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/S76569170
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile bird found by Jim Royer on 10/28/2020. The plumage on this bird has been changing. It still is brown on back with gray-brown cap and dark eye bordered by bold, white supercilium above and partial, white eye-ring below, heavy blue-gray beak and faint breast streaking. But now the throat is black, the supercillium is more defined the gray cheek mask behind the eye is darker."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 07:11 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/S76566575
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile bird found by Jim Royer on 10/28/2020. The plumage on this bird has been changing. It still is brown on back with gray-brown cap and dark eye bordered by bold, white supercilium above and partial, white eye-ring below, heavy blue-gray beak and faint breast streaking. But now the throat is black, the supercillium is more defined and the gray cheek mask behind the eye is darker."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 16:18 by Kai Mills
- Morro Bay High School--North Drainage, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3848722,-120.8595657&ll=35.3848722,-120.8595657
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76575357
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird found earlier today by Will Knowlton. First located by its chip vocalizations. Didn’t vocalize too much afterwards but was very active and fanning its tail out."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 12:07 by Tom Edell
- Morro Bay High School--North Drainage, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3848722,-120.8595657&ll=35.3848722,-120.8595657
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76573215
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Female/hatch year male with a gray head and green back"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 11:02 by Will Knowlton
- Morro Bay High School--North Drainage, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3848722,-120.8595657&ll=35.3848722,-120.8595657
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76560370
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Along dirt path north of high school in the cypress trees and willow corridor. Heard calling a few times."

Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 10:00 by Will Knowlton
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76553137
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In pines along bike path just south of Lila Keiser Park."

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Oso Flaco Sunday

Rubba Johanna
 

Walked Oso Flaco from the entrance to the beach today. There were 9 Scaups on the east lake, but too far away to nail down whether Lesser or Greater. The main lake was teeming with Northern Shovelers, cruising around nibbling the surface of the water. On my return from the beach, they were forming large groups that swam tightly together round and round in a circle, usually clockwise. There were four circles going as I headed for the walk out. On the walk out, lots of Tree Swallows were out hunting; they were gone when I came back.

Ruddy Ducks were also present in numbers, and there was a small number of winter-plumed Eared Grebes. I also saw a small number of female and one male Bufflehead.

On the beach, I walked all the way to the creek mouth, where I saw several small waders. Some were peeps, but a larger one caught my eye. I was not able to identify it definitively, though I got long, good looks at it. It was sized between a peep and a Black-bellied Plover. The bill was much longer than that of the plovers or turnstones--more like the larger sandpipers. The bird was plump, with shortish legs (i.e. it lacked the spindly legs of a Yellowlegs). Its color was light brown. It had a darkish cap, a light white or buffy eyebrow stripe, dark eye, and dark bill that was both long and rather on the thick side. Its back was uniform, plain light brown, without any streaks or mottling. The throat and breast had a bib of very fine, dense streaking of a paler brown than the body. The streaks ended in a perfectly straight line across the chest above the belly. The belly and underparts were white. The wings had some mottling, but not as boldly demarcated as with, say, the Golden Plovers. The shoulder had a patch of very light brown, almost square, with white below it. The tail and/or tertiaries appeared to have some black. I saw it briefly in flight. The wings were brown with a thin, white stripe close to the outer edge of the wing. It didn't vocalize. The time of day was very late afternoon. By the time I left the beach, the sun was down.

Help with ID would be much appreciated. I checked my books, but nothing looked quite right.

Bird on--
Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

 


Oso Flaco evening

Thomas Slater
 

Male Least Bittern was the highlight. 

Took Owen over to see the Field Sparrow just after noon. It was casually late.

Bird on,
Tom Slater
Nipomo 





Lister's Page

mike stiles
 

Birders,

With four new county birds added to the SLO county list this year, and other mega rarities, I no doubt am behind on the county lister's page. I've added when asked to, and without being asked have added birds I know some of you have seen. 

Take a look and let me know if your entry needs updating, and feel free to join in on the fun by sending me your totals and info as per this page:


Mike Stiles
Los Osos


Field sparrow showed in Los Osos

Elias Elias
 

This morning at 8:30-8:45 22 November 2020.

It was seen at the feeders at the SW corner of Henrietta and Nancy in Los Osos.

(35.3171193, -120.8507906)

Flock on!

Elias/Ηλία
Arcata CA/en plein air
Walkie talkie primero=707-633-8833
Last ditch alternate=559-433-7254


Mountain Bluebird at Morro Strand

Tom Edell
 

Just a heads up that Bob Toleno reported a female type Mountain Bluebird at Morro Strand State Beach this morning. Entering the beach at the corner of Hatteras and Beachcomber St, it was observed foraging in the dunes just past the end of the pathway.  Both Ann Vaughan and I looked separately for it without luck. I scanned up and down the dunes though it would not have had to move far for me to miss it. Good indication that this species is on the move and could be at other locations like along Turri Road.

 

I did manage to find the American Redstart that Will Knowlton reported earlier. It was still along the drainage between the north side of the Morro Bay High School and the Cloister’s development. I saw it in the area around the small pool of water in the drainage. There was a lot of bird activity at that spot.

 

The immature male Eurasian Wigeon continued at Cayucos Creek this morning. I received a report of a Nashville Warbler seen in fennel on the southeast side of the Ocean Ave Bridge this morning.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Re: Cassins KIngbird and Red-B Sapsucker Cuesta Campus

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning Cassin's Kingbirds were heard calling in the trees of the Sprout's/REI parking lot on Madonna Road.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay



On Nov 22, 2020, at 11:21 AM, Ron Ruppert <rruppert@...> wrote:

Walking the very quiet Cuesta SLO campus this morning yielded a Cassin’s Kingbird and a Red-breasted Sapsucker both on the north side of the Library building. Barn owl in palms also north of library.
Ron Ruppert
Los Osos


Streak-backed Oriole

Tom Graves
 

Still there Saturday. This recording is from 11/14/20.
https://www.xeno-canto.org/604691
I think the voices add interest to the recording! (I couldn’t edit them out).

Tom Graves


Yellow-bellied Sapsucker MDO State Park

Jim Royer
 

Just had an adult male Yellow-bellied Sapsucker at upper Hazard Canyon in Montana de Oro State Park. It was in the eucalyptus trees along the dirt road to horse camp (turnoff to your left just past (south) of the summit of Pecho Valley Road after you enter the park). It was behind the big reflecting glass used by drivers to see up the road. Park in the dirt area where the dirt road begins.

Jim Royer
Los Osos 


Cassins KIngbird and Red-B Sapsucker Cuesta Campus

Ron Ruppert
 

Walking the very quiet Cuesta SLO campus this morning yielded a Cassin’s Kingbird and a Red-breasted Sapsucker both on the north side of the Library building. Barn owl in palms also north of library.

Ron Ruppert

Los Osos


American Redstart and Hermit Warbler, Morro Bay

Will Knowlton
 

There’s an American Redstart along the dirt path located on the north side of Morro Bay High School, mainly foraging in the cypress trees (same area where the Great Crested Flycatcher was). There was also a Hermit Warbler bouncing around in the pines that are along the bike path just south of Lila Keiser Park.

Will Knowlton 
San Luis Obispo 


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Black Scoter (5 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (4 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Field Sparrow (18 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (4 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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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.

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:10 by Moed Gerveni
- 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/S76486888
- Comments: "Unmistakable beautiful male. Seen at 630am Then again on my way back at 0710. Reach out for pics"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 16:40 by Kai Mills
- 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/S76527819
- Comments: "Continuing male seen with many Surf Scoter but would not dive with them when they all did."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 15:42 by Bob Toleno
- 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/S76521668
- Comments: "Female showing dark head and nape, contrasting with pale cheek and side of neck, thinner, shorter bill than Surf Scoter it was next to."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 15:42 by Juli Chamberlin
- 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/S76521667
- Comments: "Female showing dark head and nape, contrasting with pale cheek and side of neck, thinner, shorter bill than Surf Scoter it was next to."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 10:37 by Stephanie Hines
- 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/S76502283
- Comments: "Male and female. All black head and body on body. Female all dark body with buff color on lower face. Maybe more than 2. Swimming with SUSC off the pier and Avila Beach. Reported in same location yesterday by another birder."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (2)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 10:37 by Tom Dayton
- 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/S76502284
- Comments: "Male and female. All black head and body on body. Female all dark body with buff color on lower face. Maybe more than 2. Swimming with SUSC off the pier and Avila Beach. Reported in same location yesterday by another birder."

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:10 by Moed Gerveni
- 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/S76486888
- Comments: "1 female. Clean pale cheeks stood out from far out, especially when standing next to female Surf Scoters. Slightly smaller in body than SUSC, different head shape (more round) and different Bill shape. Reach out for pics if needed - can’t upload them on my phone"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:50 by Juli Chamberlin
- 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/S76510743
- Comments: "Seen in pickle weed on bay side of willows, and on edge of bay on exposed mud covered with moss. Slender plover compared to adjacent Black-bellied, golden spots on relatively darker back. Presumed to be continuing bird."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:50 by Bob Toleno
- 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/S76510742
- Comments: "Seen in pickle weed on bay side of willows, and on edge of bay on exposed mud covered with moss. Slender plover compared to adjacent Black-bellied, golden spots on relatively darker back. Presumed to be continuing bird."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 16:49 by Jim Royer
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76527529
- Comments: "Continuing bird with tumor on leg, with several smaller Killdeer. Golden speckled back and thinner bill, darker cap and darker ear spot than Black-bellied. On the portion of course closest to Pecho and Skyline."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 16, 2020 08:48 by Owen Castagnoli
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76513256
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird with a tumor on one of its legs. With a single Killdeer."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:23 by Nick Belardes
- Butte Drive Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317542,-120.857132&ll=35.317542,-120.857132
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76509056
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first reported yesterday by Jay Carroll. When Jane Hawley and I arrived we noticed a lot of sparrows moving through the brush. Right away the trail splits. We took the branch toward the bay, stopping as we went to survey birds. I decided to play the Clay-colored Sparrow song. I played it once and spotted a sparrow land in the distance, about 40-50 yards from the trailhead, just to the left (south) of the main trail. The bird appeared small, plump, squat, with a belly more whitish than the White-crowned Sparrows flitting about. I called out to Jane that I think I spotted the bird, and was able to snap two pics, one with its head turned, and another with the bird in a similar profile pose to a photo Jay Carroll posted. I noticed as I took the photo the bird had a small pink bill, light-colored throat, an ovalish tan cheek. I later saw in the photo how the bird had a bit of a light brownish crown and lightly-gray nape, and that its belly displayed a tannish, slightly buffy tinge. Its whitish malars connected to its nape. I could hardly see any of the brown or buffiness common to this species wing patterns. I compared my photo to Jay Carroll’s clearer image and determined that this was possibly the same sparrow he’d seen, and definitely a Clay-colored variety, a rare fall and winter vagrant for San Luis Obispo County that normally winters south of the U.S.-Mexico border. As we headed back to car, Jay Carroll and Steve McMasters began searching for the bird. Jay mentioned he’d seen it in the same general area. Kai Mills later came searching for the Clay-colored."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 15:47 by Moed Gerveni
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76519473
- Comments: "Late to the party. Below feeder on ground. Tumor growth below its bill confirmed my ID."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:35 by Mark Mushkat
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76512157
- Comments: "Found 11/20 by Jim Royer. M. Ob."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:29 by Nancy Christensen
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76505520
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Spizella sparrow. Grayish with rusty crown, pink bill with growth beneath it. White eye ring. Reported yesterday by Tom Slater"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:29 by Russ Christensen
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76528594
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Spizella sparrow. Grayish with rusty crown, pink bill with growth beneath it. White eye ring. Reported yesterday by Tom Slater"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:18 by David Cox
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76503765
- Comments: "Continuing, seen after 30 minutes with half a dozen birders"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 10:55 by Eric Wier
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76512307
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim Royer approximately 24 hours ago. Overall gray with plain face, pinkish bill, tumor on chin. Photo to be added"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 09:46 by Mark Holmgren
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76528328
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This bird lacks the bright rufescent tones of an eastern Field Sparrow. I suspect this is S. p. arenacea. Found by Jim Royer in his front yard on 20 November."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 09:46 by Lori Gaskin
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76528494
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This bird lacks the bright rufescent tones of an eastern Field Sparrow. I suspect this is S. p. arenacea. Found by Jim Royer in his front yard on 20 November."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 09:37 by Juli Chamberlin
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76517803
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen on ground below feeders on Henrietta Ave with White-crowns about 11:10 am. Photos. We walked the neighborhood studying sparrow flocks and feeders for about 90 minutes before we got lucky. Overall pale sparrow with unmarked breast, cryptic-colored back, pink bill, white eye ring. Smaller than White-crowned Sparrow nearby."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 09:37 by Bob Toleno
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76517804
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen on ground below feeders on Henrietta Ave with White-crowns about 11:10 am. Photos. We walked the neighborhood studying sparrow flocks and feeders for about 90 minutes before we got lucky. Overall pale sparrow with unmarked breast, cryptic-colored back, pink bill, white eye ring. Smaller than White-crowned Sparrow nearby."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 09:15 by Petra Clayton
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76528363
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, first eBird report on 11/20/2020, shortly before 11 a.m. (Jim Royer). - First SLO County record. ---
Gray underparts; light brown wash on upper breast; light rufous crown with grayish median stripe running down to the grayish nape; light rufous wash behind the eye; back and wings darker brown and black, edged in white; two white wingbars; fairly long tail; white eyering; bright rose-colored growth/abscess on the chin, brighter than the pink bill; pink legs and feet; smaller than near-by White-crowned Sparrow (Photo #3 below)--- Most likely the pale western subspecies S. p. arenacea.

The bird was seen earlier in the day at Nancy Ave. & Binscarth. At 11: 15 a.m., about 24 hours after yesterday's (11/20/20) sighting in the front yard at 337 Henrietta Ave., it was observed there again, albeit briefly. It then flew into an oak tree at the adjacent property (1911 Nancy Ave / corner of Henrietta Ave./Nancy Ave.) When it returned it spent from 11:40 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. drinking from the terra cotta plant saucers at the side yard of 1911 Nancy Ave.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the bird at the various locations described above. The video also includes other species observed during the wait.
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50630556258/in/dateposted-public/" title="Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50630556258_4b8165bb1a_b.jpg" alt="Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:30 by Tom Edell
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76523314
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Today I saw and photographed the bird in much better light. It was first seen at feeders two blocks from Jim Royer’s home at the corner of Nancy Ave and Binscarth. I was later told that the bird returned to Jim’s feeders. I had better views of the weak rusty colored post ocular stripe and the rusty crown with a faint gray median crown stripe. My photos showed a pale brownish/clay-colored wash across the breast that I did not notice yesterday. The bill, legs and feet still look orangish in todays photos, though I noted they looked pinker in the field. I also noted that the tail seemed long and the white eye ring was more prominent. This bird appears to be of the of the pale western subspecies S. p. arenacea. (Photos)"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:29 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76517213
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This first county record was found by Jim Royer in his yard yesterday 20 Nov 2020.The bird was noticeably smaller than the White-crowned Sparrows it was with. Today it was first seen at and around a feeder at the corner of Nancy and Binscarth. It had a plain grayish face, narrow complete eyering, a pink bill with a growth beneath the bill. The underparts were grayish and unmarked, the back streaked brown and black with 2 whitish wing bars. Legs were pink."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:29 by Maggie Smith
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76509535
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This first county record was found by Jim Royer in his yard yesterday 20 Nov 2020.The bird was noticeably smaller than the White-crowned Sparrows it was with. Today it was first seen at and around a feeder at the corner of Nancy and Binscarth. It had a plain grayish face, narrow complete eyering, a pink bill with a growth beneath the bill. The underparts were grayish and unmarked, the back streaked brown and black with 2 whitish wing bars. Legs were pink."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 06:30 by Kilian Hampl
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76504452
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Very small spizella sparrow reported yesterday. Photos. Growth/tumor on the underside of bill. Re-found today over at the intersection of Nancy and Binsscarth. Foraging on the ground with white-crowed's, and then on the feeders at a house. Flew over to garden street. Gray/brown on the sides of face and underside. Faded brown stripes on head/crown. Prominent white wing bars. Thin white eyering."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 06:30 by Liam Hampl
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76504442
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Very small spizella sparrow reported yesterday. Photos. Growth/tumor on the underside of bill. Re-found today over at the intersection of Nancy and Binsscarth. Foraging on the ground with white-crowed's, and then on the feeders at a house. Flew over to garden street. Gray/brown on the sides of face and underside. Faded brown stripes on head/crown. Prominent white wing bars. Thin white eyering."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 12:20 by Jeff Davis
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76492592
- Comments: "On the ground below seed feeders; substantially smaller than an adjacent White-crowned Sparrow, with rusty brown median crown stripes and post-ocular stripes; light gray central crown stripe, supercilia, auriculars, and nape tinged brownish; white eye ring and wing bars; tan back with dark brown streaks; brownish rectrices with dull white edges; pale gray underparts tinged brownish; pink-orange bill, legs, and feet; and abnormal fleshy protuberance on chin. Numerous birders present."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:22 by Herb Elliott
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76470441
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This Field Sparrow was observed four times over a period of about ninety minutes and was primarily associating with White-crowned Sparrows. The bird’s upperparts were brown streaked with black and buff, buff breast, grayish head with a rusty-brown crown, white eye-ring and pink bill. This bird had a pink colored growth below lower its mandible. It was found and reported around 11 am by Jim Royer."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:50 by Tom Edell
- 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/S76524092
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing hatch year bird now with an almost full black throat and darker face and crown"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:11 by Bob Toleno
- 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/S76496248
- Comments: "Continuing HY bird with black throat coming in nicely, though still showing some juvenile plumage. In grassy area between parking lot and campground entrance with crowned sparrows at around 9 am. Photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:11 by Juli Chamberlin
- 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/S76496247
- Comments: "Continuing HY bird with black throat coming in nicely, though still showing some juvenile plumage. In grassy area between parking lot and campground entrance with crowned sparrows at around 9 am. Photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 08:44 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/S76470647
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "previously reported - https://ebird.org/checklist/S75875833"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:50 by Tom Edell
- 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/S76524092
- Comments: "Details coming"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:20 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/S76505499
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Found by Jim Royer on Nov 5, 2020. Thank you to Juli and Bob for helping us get
eyes on the bird. When we arrived at 8:20 AM the SBOR was foraging low in the thicket behind campsite 27- where a small ravine comes down the hillside. Eventually the bird flew across the road near campsite 25 where it foraged along the edge of the thicket with occasional forays deeper into the thicket. The SBOR was observed pulling apart the broken ends and cracked stems of old dead stinging nettle and poison hemlock.This foraging technique appeared to be fairly successful as we observed the bird removing and eating small items from the stems on multiple occasions. One photo shows the SBOR with a tick in its beak. The bird eventually flew to the top of a willow where it chattered for several minutes before flying further back towards the back loop of the campground. When we left at 9AM we encountered several other birders on their way to see the SBOR. For a Youtube video of the bird chattering, please select the picture below. I also uploaded a Youtube video of the bird foraging using the technique described above. Once on Youtube if you google "Streak-backed Oriole foraging, the video should come up. Warning- it is a bit shaky.
<iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/4aas6qPW0f0" frameborder="0"></iframe>"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:11 by Juli Chamberlin
- 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/S76496247
- Comments: "Immature male continuing. First heard chatter at campsite 12, and after several minutes saw an orange bird on the hillside above the site in low scrub. As others have reported, the bird was quite skulky, making very occasional, somewhat obscured appearances and chattering once in a while. It worked its way along the hillside, fairly low, to campsite 24, where it flew across the road to the canyon side in a willow area near a bathroom next to the campsite. The best views were after the sun was fully up. Showed olive back with brown streaks, orange overall (belly, sides, breast), black throat and eye mask, two white wingbars on olive-gray wings."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 07:11 by Bob Toleno
- 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/S76496248
- Comments: "Immature male continuing. First heard chatter at campsite 12, and after several minutes saw an orange bird on the hillside above the site in low scrub. As others have reported, the bird was quite skulky, making very occasional, somewhat obscured appearances and chattering once in a while. It worked its way along the hillside, fairly low, to campsite 24, where it flew across the road to the canyon side in a willow area near a bathroom next to the campsite. The best views were after the sun was fully up. Showed olive back with brown streaks, orange overall (belly, sides, breast), black throat and eye mask, two white wingbars on olive-gray wings."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 15:32 by Lori Gaskin
- Cuesta College Campus, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3299016,-120.7414627&ll=35.3299016,-120.7414627
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76527944
- Comments: "High in Euc, not on ground where it would have been expected. Seen with binocs and through scope at 35.32997 -120.73947. This is near the backside of Art and Music building (7100). This was a warbler among some Yellow-rumps. Whitish supercilium against a gray face, pale breast and belly becoming yellowish at undertail coverts. Had wagging tail been attached to a pen it would have drawn ovals. We did not see the dorsal side and did not attend to the tail pattern. No vocals, no photos."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 15:32 by Mark Holmgren
- Cuesta College Campus, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3299016,-120.7414627&ll=35.3299016,-120.7414627
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76526900
- Comments: "High in Euc, not on ground where it would have been expected. Seen with binocs and through scope at 35.32997 -120.73947. This is near the backside of Art and Music building (7100). This was a warbler among some Yellow-rumps. Whitish supercilium against a gray face, pale breast and belly becoming yellowish at undertail coverts. Had wagging tail been attached to a pen it would have drawn ovals. We did not see the dorsal side and did not attend to the tail pattern. No vocals, no photos."

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Palm Warbler at Cuesta College

Mark Holmgren
 

Went to Cuesta College hoping to find sapsuckers, found none despite several dripping sap wells. Consolation was a Palm Warbler in a Eucalyptus at 35.32997 -120.73947. This is near the backside of art and music building (7100). Cassin’s Kingbirds own the place now.  Fewer birds of interest here than expected.

Mark Holmgren 


Please Barrow with me

David L. Keeling
 

Greetings all, 

 

A three-part message about the goldeneye I saw and photographed on Nov 04 in the Pismo Creek mouth lagoon and misidentified as a Common Goldeneye.   Since it now seems more important, I have posted my only other good photo of the bird on my Flickr site. 

 

WHY I NOW THINK IT IS A BARROW'S:   First, it has been proposed by Tom Edell, Brad Schram and Curtis Marantz, as well as others, all with identification skills far greater than my own.   The mane is long, the forehead looks appropriately steep, and it shows a nail on the bill, all positive indicators, but when I look at a host of photos on-line, each of these traits exhibit significant variation from individual variation, pose, and angle of the photograph, and an exceptional claim requires exceptional documentation.   So I attempted to be quantitative about the Barrow's shorter bill.   I measured the distance in photos from the tip of the bill to the center of the eye and also noted the distance to the bill/feather boundary and calculated the ratio of Bill Length/Total Distance.   For 10 on-line Barrow's, the ratio ranged from .57-.60 and averaged .59.   For 10 on-line Common Goldeneyes, the ratio ranged from .65-.67 and averaged .66.   The results gave good precision.   The value for my bird is .60, in agreement with the Barrow's and not the Common.  In other words, the bill really is shorter, it doesn't merely look shorter. 

 

EXTRA CREDIT FOR THE PHOTO:  I walked more than a complete loop around the lagoon (including backtracking through the RV Park), over 1.5 miles, all trying to get closer and with a decent angle of light.   I finally got ahead of the bird and got myself seated as the bird swam into view and peacefully by me.   The satisfaction of putting in the legwork and employing a successful viewing strategy undoubtedly influenced me to post its picture.   I'm so glad I did. 

 

AN APOLOGY:   Sincere and measured.   I'm sorry my ID skills and my judgement were not up to the task, resulting in missed opportunities for others to see the bird.   I'm a slow learner. 

 

Dave Keeling 

Morro Bay 

 

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/ 

 



Harlequin Duck - Avila

Rootlesstreehugger@...
 

Harlequin Duck (male) seen at 630AM today between Avila Pier and Cal Poly Pier. Alongside surf scoter group. Last Harlequin was seen at Port San Luis 13 days ago if my BirdsEye app isn’t mistaken. 


Moed Gerveni 
Avila Pier 


Field Sparrow present

Mark Holmgren
 

At 11:43am at Henrietta x Nancy, Jim’s yard, viewed from Nancy.

Mark Holmgren
Santa Barbara


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (4 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Field Sparrow (15 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (2 reports)
- Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 08:45 by Roger Zachary
- Avila Beach Drive, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1774397,-120.7495492&ll=35.1774397,-120.7495492
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76466005
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Out with Surf Scoters offshore; 1 photo"

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 09:35 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S76466193
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing; feeding along the surfline with Surf Scoters; close to the pier"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 12:57 by Jeff Davis
- 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/S76461500
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird with tumor on right leg at intertarsal joint."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 10:45 by Roger Zachary
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76466478
- Media: 2 Photos

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (3)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 07:37 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/S76472338
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pair and possible new addition of one other. At small peninsula (first dock when headed west from lakeside restroom parking lot) observed two Tropical Kingbirds together, at times perching in three different trees. Both birds vocalized a loud trilling, twittering song. Photos and videos were taken of the birds together. Both birds also displayed bright yellow undersides that extended up to chests, long black bills, green backs. Kai Mills then had the idea to explore for a possible third TK, his reasoning that if this pair was sticking so close together, a third, solo bird in the paved loop area might prove a third of the species. After exploring paved loop area, Kai spotted a kingbird in lakeside tree (located in loop area). We took photos from the second dock area of the bird and examined them, concluding because of its green back, long dark bill, and notched tail, that it was most likely a TK, and possibly a third of its species in the park. That bird didn’t vocalize and did not fly away when we left that area, eastward, in an attempt to discover the exact number of TKs. We re-entered the small peninsula and heard a single TK vocalizing and had a brief glimpse of a TK in a lakeside willow. We stayed a couple minutes. We then moved eastward, where across from the playground lawn in a tree was a third TK (vocalizing and seen), and a Cassin’s Kingbird. Another TK then flew into the tree and vocalized its trilly, twittery song. Kai and I conferred. We think that two TKs in the park were sticking close together and often singing, possibly to each other, while a possible third was seen in the paved loop as previously noted. Included will be photos of a pair of TKs (from first sighting in small peninsula) and a single specimen of paved loop sighting."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (3)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 07:37 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/S76466594
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pair and possible new addition of one other. At small peninsula (first dock when headed west from lakeside restroom parking lot) observed two Tropical Kingbirds together, at times perching in three different trees. Both birds vocalized a loud trilling, twittering song. Photos and videos were taken of the birds together. Both birds also displayed bright yellow undersides that extended up to chests, long black bills, green backs. Kai Mills then had the idea to explore for a possible third TK, his reasoning that if this pair was sticking so close together, a third, solo bird in the paved loop area might prove a third of the species. After exploring paved loop area, Kai spotted a kingbird in lakeside tree (located in loop area). We took photos from the second dock area of the bird and examined them, concluding because of its green back, long dark bill, and notched tail, that it was most likely a TK, and possibly a third of its species in the park. That bird didn’t vocalize and did not fly away when we left that area, eastward, in an attempt to discover the exact number of TKs. We re-entered the small peninsula and heard a single TK vocalizing and had a brief glimpse of a TK in a lakeside willow. We stayed a couple minutes. We then moved eastward, where across from the playground lawn in a tree was a third TK (vocalizing and seen), and a Cassin’s Kingbird. Another TK then flew into the tree and vocalized its trilly, twittery song. Kai and I conferred. We think that two TKs in the park were sticking close together and often singing, possibly to each other, while a possible third was seen in the paved loop as previously noted. Included will be photos of a pair of TKs (from first sighting in small peninsula) and a single specimen of paved loop sighting."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Nov 19, 2020 11:53 by Kathanne Lynch
- 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/S76476653
- Comments: "Continuing. Observerd nearly the entire time of my visit from 10:10-11:40. Two instances of short (30-60 seconds) squabbles with one Cassin's Kingbird."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)
- Reported Nov 18, 2020 14:32 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/S76467929
- Comments: "Continuing"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 15:53 by Jay Carroll
- Butte Drive and MBSP South Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3175323,-120.8566748&ll=35.3175323,-120.8566748
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76473604
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Spizella with pale lores, buffy auricular, grayish central crown stripe; photos."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 14:33 by Mike Stiles
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76465111
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Sparrow found by Jim Royer in his front yard. Tiny sparrow, noticeably smaller than adjacent White-crowned Sparrows. Mostly gray to gray-brown underneath and sides of face, with thin white eye-ring. Prominent white wing bars, back light brown with dark brown streaks. Pale reddish lateral crown stripes. Fed mostly on seed thrown on ground, sometimes in feeder. The bird had a reddish growth under the bill."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 12:30 by Mike Bush
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76463006
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Sparrow, smaller than side-by-side White-crowned Sparrows and an overall lighter pale tan color. White eye-ring. Pale rufous short strip behind the eye, matching two stripes over the crown, all separated by lilght gray. Legs and bill orange. Odd pink bulbous growth under lower mandible."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 12:15 by Jeanette Stone
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76470910
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Jim Royer observed this bird in his front yard/bird feeders on 11/20. He posted to the local birders group. Numerous birders responded and were thrilled to observe and photograph this rare siting. A small sparrow with a distinct white eyering, a pink bill, and pale grayish underparts with soft orangey highlights."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 12:12 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76474294
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This bird, found earlier in the day by Jim Royer, was noticeably smaller than nearby White-crowned Sparrows and was buffy-gray below with dark brown streaks on upper back, brownish crown stripes, complete white eye-ring, pink beak and pinkish-red growth directly below lower mandible."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 12:10 by Roger Zachary
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76466868
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Birding with Ruth and MOB; reported by Jim Royer; 1 image"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:52 by Nick Belardes
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76468407
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted earlier in the day by Jim Royer at his bird feeder. I arrived around noon with Kai Mills to find this pale, small sparrow. Ten or so birders had already gathered and sighted the bird. We were informed it had been about 20 minutes since the bird had been seen in the area of the feeder. Several minutes later, Will Knowlton spotted the bird on a branch. The bird soon hopped to the ground where it foraged. I took photos and shot a video of the bird, which was about the size of a Chipping Sparrow (much smaller than the nearby White-crowned Sparrows). The bird repeated this behavior about three times over the next hour. It would fly into a tree out of sight, then arrive in a tree near the feeder, then fly down to the ground and forage, once even jumping onto a rock. The bird was also seen in a neighbor’s yard and briefly on a fence. The bird had a pale underside with very faint streaks of a slightly buffy color. It has slight buff on its cheeks like a rouge, white eyerings, whitish throat, and a faint buff to its crown. Black and brown streakiness to wings, and white wingbars. Its bill and legs are pink. The bird also has an abcess beneath its bill, which I wondered if it created any problem with its feeding. The bird opened and closed its mouth a few times, almost as if uncomfortable, though that could just be me projecting my own feelings onto the bird. According to Californiabirds.org this is the 21st record of a Field Sparrow in California. The California Bird Records Committee might not have accepted that many records of this accidental winter vagrant."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:52 by Kai Mills
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76472344
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted earlier in the day by Jim Royer at his bird feeder. I arrived around noon with Kai Mills to find this pale, small sparrow. Ten or so birders had already gathered and sighted the bird. We were informed it had been about 20 minutes since the bird had been seen in the area of the feeder. Several minutes later, Will Knowlton spotted the bird on a branch. The bird soon hopped to the ground where it foraged. I took photos and shot a video of the bird, which was about the size of a Chipping Sparrow (much smaller than the nearby White-crowned Sparrows). The bird repeated this behavior about three times over the next hour. It would fly into a tree out of sight, then arrive in a tree near the feeder, then fly down to the ground and forage, once even jumping onto a rock. The bird was also seen in a neighbor’s yard and briefly on a fence. The bird had a pale underside with very faint streaks of a slightly buffy color. It has slight buff on its cheeks like a rouge, white eyerings, whitish throat, and a faint buff to its crown. Black and brown streakiness to wings, and white wingbars. Its bill and legs are pink. The bird also has an abcess beneath its bill, which I wondered if it created any problem with its feeding. The bird opened and closed its mouth a few times, almost as if uncomfortable, though that could just be me projecting my own feelings onto the bird. According to Californiabirds.org this is the 21st record of a Field Sparrow in California. The California Bird Records Committee might not have accepted that many records of this accidental winter vagrant."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:38 by Tom Edell
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76458608
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Jim Royer found this bird at his front yard feeders. When I arrived several people were looking for the bird. It soon showed up back at the feeder and while I was here it twice more left and came back to the feeders. It seemed to prefer foraging for seen on the ground though it visited a hanging feeder too. It once moved the next yard to the east where it drank from a water dish. In a side by side comparison with a White-crowned Sparrow, this bird was distinctly smaller in size and had a smaller bill. It was a rather dull colored bird with grayish underparts and a mostly grayish face. The most noticeable feature on the bird was a bright rose colored growth on its chin, just below the bill. The bill color appeared more orangish than pink in the field (and photos) and was a similar in color to the legs and feet. That said, I have seen some photos of this bird in which the bill looks pink. There was a faint reddish wash on the face behind the eye and a bit stronger reddish wash on the crown that continued onto the back of the nape. Between these two features was a broad gray supercilium. There was also a faint buffy wash at the shoulder and down the sides. It had a thin pale eyering that did not standout from distance. The bird had a gray collar that wrapped across the nape. The back was tan colored with dark streaks. My photos show broadly buffy edged tertials with broad dark centers. The white tips to the greater and median coverts formed two obvious wingbars. The tail was brown with pale edged feathers. This is the first SLO county record. (Photos)"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:36 by Will Knowlton
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76471794
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Another fantastic first county record found by Jim Royer. The bird was observed going to his feeders in the front yard and to the house on the corner of the street that has a water dish and wooden fence."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:10 by Jeff Miller
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76455679
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Jim Royer. Small Spizella sparrow with gray body, rufous in wings, two faint white wing bars, faint rufous stripes on crown, entirely pink bill, complete narrow white eye ring. Has growth below bill. Photos"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:06 by Jay Carroll
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76465750
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Jim Royer at his residential seed feeder and seen by many observers; a small sparrow with grayish unmarked lower parts and face, brown and black streaked back and wings, two whitish wings bars, pink bill and legs, thin white eyering; had a small pink tumor-like growth just below the lower mandible."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 10:48 by Jim Royer
- Field Sparrow Stake Out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171739,-120.8507127&ll=35.3171739,-120.8507127
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76476652
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "I found this bird in my yard a little before 11 am. This small sparrow (noticeably smaller than White-crowned Sparrows) caught my attention immediately with the rusty in the crown, a small orange bill, unstreaked grayish underparts with some brownish in the chest, complete white eyering, two white wingbars, a streaked back with some rusty in the wing coverts, and edges of secondaries and tertials, orange legs, and a gray face with rusty in the upper auricular. (It also had an injury or pink growth below the bill.) Other local birders saw the bird shortly after I found it."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:10 by Carol Comeau
- Henrietta Ave, Los Osos, private residence, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317148,-120.8509254&ll=35.317148,-120.8509254
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76458526
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Adult Gray Field Sparrow found by Jim Royer at his yard feeders on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. County Record. Observed by many. When I arrived the Field Sparrow was feeding on ground seed with a group of White-crowned Sparrows. The group was flushed by a large truck and a cat. The birds returned about 10-15 minutes later and began foraging on the ground again. Pinkish bill and legs. White eye ring. Gray medial crown stripe with reddish stripes on both sides. Plain gray breast and underbelly. Striped back. The bird has a tumor/growth under its lower mandible. See photos."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 11:10 by Anonymous eBirder
- Henrietta Ave, Los Osos, private residence, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317148,-120.8509254&ll=35.317148,-120.8509254
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76472916
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Adult Gray Field Sparrow found by Jim Royer at his yard feeders on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. County Record. Observed by many. When I arrived the Field Sparrow was feeding on ground seed with a group of White-crowned Sparrows. The group was flushed by a large truck and a cat. The birds returned about 10-15 minutes later and began foraging on the ground again. Pinkish bill and legs. White eye ring. Gray medial crown stripe with reddish stripes on both sides. Plain gray breast and underbelly. Striped back. The bird has a tumor/growth under its lower mandible. See photos."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 12:30 by Kaaren Perry
- Royer residence, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3171576,-120.8507684&ll=35.3171576,-120.8507684
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76468473
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "This small spizella sparrow was found by Jim Royer at his residence. The bird was moving with a flock of White-crowns, a few goldfinch and Pine Siskin were the most prevalent . The bird appeared several times perched on large rocks surrounding the ground feeding area. Field marks that helped separated from the WCSP by a much less prominent median crown stripe, grayish/buffy underparts
buffy streaked back and most obvious was the eye bold eyeing and pink bill. The bill appeared larger that it was due to a same colored growth just below the lower mandible on the chin. The bird appeared at the feeding station several times during my visit, occasionally leaving with the flock for a few minutes before again returning. Many birders gathered to view this super rarity with mega cameras and I am looking forward to viewing them."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 09:58 by Derek Nunes
- 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/S76460163
- Comments: "Continues on grass area in front. Black throat, distinctive pattern on head."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 17, 2020 09:55 by Susan Gilliland
- 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/S76451500
- Comments: "Continuing - bright orange oriole with white in wings - soft rattle call recorded. very skulky bird first seen at 11:30 site 12 in coffeeberry. Then mostly heard and seen x3 in coffee berries and on ground along hillside adjacent sites."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 17, 2020 09:55 by Frank Gilliland
- 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/S76451499
- Comments: "Continuing - bright orange oriole with white in wings - soft rattle call recorded. very skulky bird first seen at 11:30 site 12 in coffeeberry. Then mostly heard and seen x3 in coffee berries and on ground along hillside adjacent sites."

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) (1)
- Reported Nov 20, 2020 14:06 by Jeff Davis
- Morro Bay Estuary (use more specific location(s) when possible), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3377298,-120.8501072&ll=35.3377298,-120.8501072
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76464072
- Comments: "Female"

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M & F Yellow-bellied Sapsuckers and M Yellow-shafted Flicker...

Greg Smith
 

This afternoon I had  both a male and female adult Yellow-bellied Sapsucker interacting in my front yard. The female might be the same individual that showed up early this spring in juvenile plumage.

Yesterday morning I had a fine looking male Yellow-shafted Flicker perch briefly on the dead agave stalk in my back yard...

Greg Smith
Los Osos




On Friday, November 20, 2020 Kevin Zimmer via groups.io <kjzimmerphd@...> wrote:

While everyone else was enjoying Jim Royer’s Field Sparrow, I was working my way through Shandon, Bitterwater Valley and out to Carrizo Plains (including Soda Lake and Elkhorn Road).

The city park in Shandon produced a male Red-naped Sapsucker, along with 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers and a female Phainopepla.

Bitterwater Valley Road produced fewer raptors than any previous November visit that I could remember (23 American Kestrels, 6 Red-tailed Hawks and 1 Praire Falcon + 11 Loggerhead Shrikes, but ZERO Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers or Accipiters), but did offer up 3 Vesper Sparrows amid the hordes of Savannah, White-crowned and Lark sparrows, as well as 9 Mountain Bluebirds.

Seven Mile Road produced some nice Bell’s Sparrows as I was en route to Elkhorn Road.  I made my way out Elkhorn to Panorama Road specifically to look for Mountain Plover.  In the process, I saw 2 more Prairie Falcons and a Ferruginous Hawk.  I did find a group of 15 Mountain Plovers about 1 mile past the big blue shed on Panorama Road.  The rain showers that brushed Atascadero a couple of days ago appear not to have reached Carrizo Plains, because all of the gravel roads that I drove (including Elkhorn and Panorama) were bone dry and 100% passable.  For anyone looking for the plovers, they could be anywhere along the lower portion of Panorama Road (the turnoff is about 13 miles out Elkhorn Road from where it leaves Seven Mile Road) where there is little or no vegetative ground cover.  In past years, I have often seen them fairly close to the large blue shed on the left side of Panorama Road.  Shortly beyond the blue shed, the road bends sharply to the left (south).  At that point, stay to the right, on a dirt track that heads toward some old feed storage silos, and keep going for another 0.5 mile past the twin silos on the left.  The large barren flats on the left, 0.8 mile from the road split, is where I had the plover flock today.

Total counts for the day of 5 Ferruginous Hawks, 5 Prairie Falcons and ca. 40 Mountain Bluebirds.


Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Red-naped Sapsucker in Shandon + Bitterwater Valley and Carrizo Plains update

Kevin Zimmer
 

While everyone else was enjoying Jim Royer’s Field Sparrow, I was working my way through Shandon, Bitterwater Valley and out to Carrizo Plains (including Soda Lake and Elkhorn Road).

The city park in Shandon produced a male Red-naped Sapsucker, along with 2 Red-breasted Sapsuckers and a female Phainopepla.

Bitterwater Valley Road produced fewer raptors than any previous November visit that I could remember (23 American Kestrels, 6 Red-tailed Hawks and 1 Praire Falcon + 11 Loggerhead Shrikes, but ZERO Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks, Rough-legged Hawks, Northern Harriers or Accipiters), but did offer up 3 Vesper Sparrows amid the hordes of Savannah, White-crowned and Lark sparrows, as well as 9 Mountain Bluebirds.

Seven Mile Road produced some nice Bell’s Sparrows as I was en route to Elkhorn Road.  I made my way out Elkhorn to Panorama Road specifically to look for Mountain Plover.  In the process, I saw 2 more Prairie Falcons and a Ferruginous Hawk.  I did find a group of 15 Mountain Plovers about 1 mile past the big blue shed on Panorama Road.  The rain showers that brushed Atascadero a couple of days ago appear not to have reached Carrizo Plains, because all of the gravel roads that I drove (including Elkhorn and Panorama) were bone dry and 100% passable.  For anyone looking for the plovers, they could be anywhere along the lower portion of Panorama Road (the turnoff is about 13 miles out Elkhorn Road from where it leaves Seven Mile Road) where there is little or no vegetative ground cover.  In past years, I have often seen them fairly close to the large blue shed on the left side of Panorama Road.  Shortly beyond the blue shed, the road bends sharply to the left (south).  At that point, stay to the right, on a dirt track that heads toward some old feed storage silos, and keep going for another 0.5 mile past the twin silos on the left.  The large barren flats on the left, 0.8 mile from the road split, is where I had the plover flock today.

Total counts for the day of 5 Ferruginous Hawks, 5 Prairie Falcons and ca. 40 Mountain Bluebirds.


Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Despite the odds - Field Sparrow

Thomas Slater
 

I had just finished up inputting my grades when Jim the Bird Wizard posted that he had a Field Sparrow in his yard. Field Sparrow... Last time I saw one of those I was in Boston! Rare bird mode kicked in (or as my wife calls it... delinquent husband mode) and I told my 12-year-old daughter I was abandoning her again for yet another "rare bird"... how many times has she heard THAT this season? She had plenty of make-up work to keep her occupied. "Don't eat anything that'll make you choke and no trampoline!... and don't go outside!" I put our most ferocious dog in the house with her and left feeling pretty confident that she'd be OK for a couple of hours (don't judge me). 

Now the 45-minute drive from Nipomo is always a gamble. A bird could conceivably be in the next county by the time I arrive. Or I could be getting a ticket from Johnny Law. Lots of obstacles, but I arrived on Henrietta to a crowd. Always a good sign. 

But as I got out of the car and looked in my back seat... no binoculars. Crap. They were at home on the bookshelf. I had a back-up pair, some tiny pocket-sized Nikons that looked like they came out of a cereal box. I grabbed them and my camera and made the trek down the street to find the whole crew armed with either ridiculously large cameras or high-end binoculars. I felt very inadequate. 

It was a scene. The kind I liked. The only thing... no bird.

I got bits and pieces from different birders. Bill Bouton quickly identified himself as a "have" and then I was painfully aware that I was a "have not". Then Will Knowlton with his endless optimism suggested we might stroll down the street to Jay's to see if the Field Sparrow relocated. Hmmm I eyed the distance. I didn't think I could sprint that far if we got called back. So I suggested Will go, ha ha. Then there was some flurry in a bush around the corner so I decided to go investigate. I had a great view of some water dishes the neighbor had put out for the birds (probably influenced by Jim no doubt) and there were quite a few sparrows. I started picking my way through them. Then Wingnut called me back over to the group. He has a big camera so I trust him. I hustled over. Just then about 5 birders ran over to the place I had just come from and spied the bird. So I turned around and ran back and finally got the bird, despite the odds... fatherhood, the long journey, and Will and Wingnut's attempts to throw me off the scent. 

It was a quick turnaround (guilt is a magnificent motivator) and I made it back home in no time to a safe and happy daughter. 

Coda: With my appetite whetted, I sat on my porch in the dying light of day and searched through the flock of sparrows... if they could be at Jim's, they could be at my house, or so I told myself. With no luck, I strolled down the street as the sun set and watched the Ferruginous Hawks fly in and roost high in the Eucs. Then I heard an odd sound, familiar, yet out of place. I turned and saw a PHAINOPEPLA perched at the top of an oak tree across the street. New yard bird! I thought as I walked backwards across the street to get my feet into my yard so it'd be official. While not rare, they are not common in my neighborhood. It was a two-fer... despite the odds.

bird on,
Will and Wingnut rule...

pictures here Tom Slater


Tom Slater
Nipomo Bird Sanctuary
ps- thank you Jim Royer



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