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Re: Lark Sparrow

Lynne Breakstone
 

Today around 15:00 we saw a small flock of Lark Sparrows at Laguna Lake park; they were foraging on the ground at the first left turn (towards the lake) from the entrance road to the park. Has anyone else seen them? Quite easy to identify and striking.
Lynne & Jerry Breakstone


Sage Thrasher

Norma Wightman
 

Saw the sage thrasher at 3:30 p.m. today at El Dorado St. across from Sea Pines G.C. flying from a yard up to the roof top. Posed for a good minute or more. I think it had been spotted earlier today  in the dune habitat nearby.


Morro Bay CBC Saturday 12/19

Jay Carroll
 

Hello Birders,

Just a reminder that our registration window for this year's MCAS CBC is open. If you would like to participate and have not yet signed up, we ask that you please do so by December 5th. The online registration form, count circle maps, checklists, and other information can be accessed by clicking here. Thanks, and good birding!

Jay Carroll
2020 Count Compiler


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Field Sparrow (7 reports)
- Black-throated Sparrow (3 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)
- Western Tanager (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 11:23 by Ethan Monk
- Bay Access—N. End Pecho Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.318776,-120.851801&ll=35.318776,-120.851801
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76616569
- Comments: "Cont, photos. Vocal, too"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2)
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 08:48 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/S76609630
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "There were very likely three Tropical Kingbirds at the lake this morning as reported by Nick Belardes and Kai Mills on 20 Nov 2020. However, I didn't see all three at the same time. Two were observed near the first dock and the other near the second dock."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 08:32 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/S76605138
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "2 in view at once with one in a tree along the lake edge west of the boat ramp and the other perched in a leafless tree east of the peninsula base. There are recent reports of 2-3 birds, including one today. Both had bright yellow bellies through the undertail coverts, green backs, somewhat pale gray hears with darker face masks, and pale throats. I never go a good look at the upper chest and throats but can say that the white n the chin did not appear to extend back to under the eye on either bird"

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 07:28 by John Sterling
- 337 Henrietta Ave, Los Osos US-CA (35.3171,-120.8507), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317145,-120.8507&ll=35.317145,-120.8507
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76596189
- Comments: "Photos. Continuing."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 14:30 by Joshua Stacy
- 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/S76617380
- Comments: "Continuing at feeder. Photos."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 11:49 by Teale Fristoe
- 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/S76605665
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing drab individual with growth on chin at feeder. At one point chased a Junco away from its prefered feeder."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 10:44 by mario balitbit
- 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/S76602506
- Comments: "Hot dang! Found almost on arrival across from the feeders and along the neighbors table. Actively foraging in the area with WCSPs. As noted before a large abscess is bellow the lower mandible. Most likely avian pox."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 08:15 by Rick Derevan
- 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/S76605449
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Pale sparrow, unstreaked breast, first spotted by Jim Royer. Reddish tumor on throat."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 22, 2020 15:37 by Albert Linkowski
- 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/S76622209
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing, photographed. Small Spizella sparrow, probably of western (grayer) population. Generally plain gray on underparts and head but delicate warmer brown wash on auricular and in the central part of the crown, neck and nape; wings contrastingly darker, streaked buff, brown and black; some rufous streaks on the shoulders, two white wing-bars; whitish complete, but not obvious (less contrasting on plain gray face) eye-ring; black eyes, orange legs, small pinkish beak. This individual additionally has (pink) tumor growth just under beak."

Field Sparrow (Spizella pusilla) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 06:49 by Ethan Monk
- 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/S76616377
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen and photo’d at Binscarth x Nancy."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 07:07 by Owen Castagnoli
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76601579
- Comments: "Continuing. Foraging on the ground next to bushes. Gray/brown sparrow with white sub-moustachial stripe and white supercilium. Cheeks grayer than brownish cap. Pale breast and brown back/wings. Black on throat much more apparent than earlier sightings of the same individual."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:41 by Ethan Monk
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76616510
- Comments: "Beneath my truck &#x1f606; and in the road, waiting to be roadkill. Any specimen hunters out there should be in fierce competition with the weekend warrior subarus!"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 09:56 by Joshua Stacy
- 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/S76617327
- Comments: "Continuing bird with photos. Seen between picnic table and bathrooms in Spooner Cove parking area."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 15:30 by Joshua Stacy
- 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/S76617412
- Comments: "Went back to see oriole with Mark Kudrav. Obtained better photos than first viewing earlier."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 10:01 by Joshua Stacy
- 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/S76617362
- Comments: "After almost four hours I spotted the oriole on the edge of campsite #1 around 1:45 PM. Poor photos."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 06:30 by mario balitbit
- 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/S76601092
- Comments: "Heard originally between campsite 18 amd 19 at 0715. Called a few times giving only rattle notes which sounded similar to a BUOR but with less variation in pitch. While readjusting my position to get a better look, I sae this medium build bird fly to nearby bush. Thankfully I was able to get binocular views of this bird in flight and came to the quick realization that this was the oriole! Crisp streaks against an light orange back. Orange body and head with some dark lores and throat. Very brief but diagnostic looks."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Nov 21, 2020 08:41 by Ethan Monk
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76616510
- Comments: "Cont. photos this time!"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 09:31 by Eve Martin
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76605945
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "An adult male, all red tanager except for the blackish wing-tips (when perched) with a large swollen horn-gray bill. Foraging and flycatching in the upper canopies of the taller trees and circling the playground around 10:15am. N 35°23'57.3108" W 120°51'28.4004". We followed it for maybe 20 minutes. Not vocalizing. ID photos."

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Nov 23, 2020 08:48 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/S76609630
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This bird was overall yellow with a grayish back and two wingbars. It was briefly seen at the south end of the lake."

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Summer Tanager at Del Mar Park

Eve Martin
 

Hello! 

We had a male Summer Tanager at Del Mar Park in Morro Bay this morning, around 10:15 a.m.

More details on this eBird list here, and photos to follow later!

https://ebird.org/checklist/S76605945

Eve
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Eve Martin 
Del Mar, California 


Peregrine Falcon - Morro Bay State Park Marina

Mary Watt
 

First seen by us on Nov. 17, we saw a female peregrine falcon at this location.

Perched today near Bayside Cafe with full crop. Of note, it was sitting in a spot where we frequently see an Osprey perched.

Someone witnessed a bit of a squabble between the two.  


Peregrine was still there when our walk concluded.

Mary L. Watt
Morro Bay


Summer Tanager, Del Mar Park, 11/23

Tom Edell
 

For those that don’t check eBird, an adult male was photographed at Del Mar Park in Morro Bay between 0930 and 1230 today.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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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 


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

eBird alert
 

*** 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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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 

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