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CBC and Stay At Home

Linda Sewell
 

All,
Sorry for sending to the whole list but I don’t have individual emails. I am currently signed up to participate in the CBC at Cuesta Campus. After reading the current stay at home order, I don’t believe it permits this type of activity.

CalBirds is beginning to post CBC cancellations.

Could we please have a status update on this issue.

Thanks,
Linda Sewell


Baywood Thayer’s Iceland Gull

Jim Royer
 

I found a first winter Thayer’s Iceland Gull with a mixed flock of about 30 gulls near the Baywood pier, earlier this afternoon. In the same flock were a couple of first winter Glaucous-winged gulls for comparison. The Iceland gull was not there earlier in the morning when I stopped there. 

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Oso Flaco morning and Protect Oceano Dunes

Jeff Miller
 

I birded Oso Flaco Lake and boardwalk this morning. Nothing too unusual – the best birds were two WILSON”S SNIPE in the wet drainage ditch just before the entry gate to the parking lot.

 

Speaking of State Parks’ plans to destroy Oso Flaco as the county’s best birding spot, and allow development and new off-road access that will make you never want to bird Oso Flaco again…

 

Following up on Johanna Rubba's post about the Coastal Commission hearings this week, we have an action alert posted that makes it easy for you to send a comment opposing State Parks’ plan to dramatically expanding off-roading at Oceano Dunes, including near Oso Flaco:

 

Don't Let These Shorebirds Get Run Over by Recreational Vehicles

 

State Parks is seeking a federal Habitat Conservation Plan (an exception to the Endangered Species Act that will allow them to kill and harm protected species). Their plan would greenlight motorized recreation across 1,370 acres of habitat for threatened snowy plovers and erase a third of the park's protected breeding areas for plovers and California least terns. It would let State Parks "take" — including kill — 67 plovers and 30 least terns every year, exempting off-roading, one of the birds' main threats from regulation by the Endangered Species Act. The plan also fails to address proposed off-roading expansion into the southern end of Oceano Dunes and planned development near Oso Flaco Lake that would damage habitat for endangered plants and destroy San Luis Obispo County's best bird habitat.

 

Tell the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reject the plan and "take" permit, and instead force State Parks to reduce motorized recreation at the dunes and expand protected habitat areas for imperiled plovers and terns:

https://act.biologicaldiversity.org/onlineactions/GV-405XAiUuBOfe0Qh5bfg2?sourceID=1006092&utm_source=ad&utm_medium=website&utm_campaign=currentalerts

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 


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

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Barrow's Goldeneye (8 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (3 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 11:45 by John Luther
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77251396
- Comments: "continuing young male"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 10:30 by Mark Mushkat
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77248765
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Sub adult male: beginning of white behind bill, small Bill relative to COGO, crown and nape show flat profiles. M. ob. , first ID’d by Dave Keeling."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 08:45 by Roger Zachary
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77247658
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing bird at this location; 4 ID images of male"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 08:38 by Herb Elliott
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77250065
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "... continuing immature male - https://ebird.org/checklist/S77162989"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 07:26 by Liam Hampl
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77238520
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Dave Keeling and then re-found by Brad Schram. Photos. The bird was at the very south end of the creek mouth associating with mallards, common goldenye, and bufflehead in the sea foam. Herb later showed up, along with Roger and Mitch."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 07:26 by Kilian Hampl
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77239237
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Dave Keeling and then re-found by Brad Schram. Photos. The bird was at the very south end of the creek mouth associating with mallards, common goldenye, and bufflehead in the sea foam. Herb later showed up, along with Roger and Mitch."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 07, 2020 15:22 by Jay Carroll
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77241525
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This immature male was reported yesterday by Brad Schram and subsequently seen by many observers; while the bird was less active in the calm waters of the lagoon it showed typical BAGO head shape including steep forehead angle, bushy rear crest, and stubbier bill than expected for COGO; when the bird was seen diving for prey items in the shallow surf zone nearby, these characters were less apparent, yet a relatively large and rounded nail atop the bill tip, and a trace of whitish loral feathering confirmed that they were the same individual; thanks to Tom Edell for reviewing the images and pointing out key identification characters."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 07, 2020 07:33 by Ann Stockert
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77205358
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "After walking the Creek in search of this bird it was found feeding in the surf with Bufflehead and Surf Scoters. With the help of several experienced birders, and especially Tom Edell, its been determined to be an immature male Barrow’s . Focusing on shape of bill more than head shape, since the bird is actively diving, was a determining factor. Bill is shorter and the nail on the the tip of the bill is relatively larger and slightly raised than on a Common."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 07:06 by Tom Edell
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77239273
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing adult present here since Aug and likely the same bird that was present last winter and possibly before (Photos)"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 08:51 by Mark Mushkat
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77248242
- Media: 16 Photos
- Comments: "After searching main cemetery grounds, I spotted a sapsucker in a tree, center of main cemetery grounds along second internal road perpendicular to Higuera, with a mixed flock, including 17 Lark Sparrows, several bluebirds, juncos, a robin, and Cedar Waxwings. I called over the three birders who were on their way off the grounds. The bird was on the main trunk and had a black eye bar, and bright red throat bordered completely with black. Its back barring was yellow, as was its underside. I did note that its back barring was not nearly as extensive as the previous specimen I saw on Dec. 2, where its back barring covered more area, including at points, close to the thick white wing bars down its wings. That specimen, however, did also have a bright-colored throat, and bright red top of crown. After the other birders left, I began exploring the southern cemetery. At the deciduous tree in the center of that cemetery (there are two actually in line with the large fenced-in pines that border Higuera Street). In one of the trees I spotted a Red-breasted Sapsucker. I then spotted a second bird fly in, what appeared to be another Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This second bird had a pale red throat (surrounded by pale black), and a pale black eyeline. The bird also had yellow barring and a yellow underside. Two other birders had arrived. I waved them down that I’d seen a Yellow-bellied. We then found the second Yellow-bellied along with the Red-breasted, chasing each other from tree to tree from the center of the cemetery, headed southeast. They both flew to the black pepper trees/homeless encampment on the southern side of the cemetery, though we had views of the bird with the Red-breasted. Making my way back to the mausoleum area, I noticed a lot of activity in the poplar trees. Bushtits were swarming, as were Yellow-rumped Warblers, and some larger birds. I saw one was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker resembling the first bird I saw, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Both birds were chasing each other from branch to branch in the poplar trees. This bird had the same field marks as the first, with the bright-red throat bordered by black, black eyeline, yellow barring on back and underside. I watched the birds chase each other for several minutes before I left. Much of the bird activity started around 11 a.m. As I mentioned, I believe these were two different specimens, though these specimens appear slightly different from my sighting in earlier December. In photos: Sighting one: four photos, Sighting two: three photos, Sighting three: three photos."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 08:51 by Nick Belardes
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77244294
- Media: 16 Photos
- Comments: "After searching main cemetery grounds, I spotted a sapsucker in a tree, center of main cemetery grounds along second internal road perpendicular to Higuera, with a mixed flock, including 17 Lark Sparrows, several bluebirds, juncos, a robin, and Cedar Waxwings. I called over the three birders who were on their way off the grounds. The bird was on the main trunk and had a black eye bar, and bright red throat bordered completely with black. Its back barring was yellow, as was its underside. I did note that its back barring was not nearly as extensive as the previous specimen I saw on Dec. 2, where its back barring covered more area, including at points, close to the thick white wing bars down its wings. That specimen, however, did also have a bright-colored throat, and bright red top of crown. After the other birders left, I began exploring the southern cemetery. At the deciduous tree in the center of that cemetery (there are two actually in line with the large fenced-in pines that border Higuera Street). In one of the trees I spotted a Red-breasted Sapsucker. I then spotted a second bird fly in, what appeared to be another Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This second bird had a pale red throat (surrounded by pale black), and a pale black eyeline. The bird also had yellow barring and a yellow underside. Two other birders had arrived. I waved them down that I’d seen a Yellow-bellied. We then found the second Yellow-bellied along with the Red-breasted, chasing each other from tree to tree from the center of the cemetery, headed southeast. They both flew to the black pepper trees/homeless encampment on the southern side of the cemetery, though we had views of the bird with the Red-breasted. Making my way back to the mausoleum area, I noticed a lot of activity in the poplar trees. Bushtits were swarming, as were Yellow-rumped Warblers, and some larger birds. I saw one was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker resembling the first bird I saw, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Both birds were chasing each other from branch to branch in the poplar trees. This bird had the same field marks as the first, with the bright-red throat bordered by black, black eyeline, yellow barring on back and underside. I watched the birds chase each other for several minutes before I left. Much of the bird activity started around 11 a.m. As I mentioned, I believe these were two different specimens, though these specimens appear slightly different from my sighting in earlier December. In photos: Sighting one: four photos, Sighting two: three photos, Sighting three: three photos."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 08:51 by Mike Bush
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77251530
- Media: 16 Photos
- Comments: "After searching main cemetery grounds, I spotted a sapsucker in a tree, center of main cemetery grounds along second internal road perpendicular to Higuera, with a mixed flock, including 17 Lark Sparrows, several bluebirds, juncos, a robin, and Cedar Waxwings. I called over the three birders who were on their way off the grounds. The bird was on the main trunk and had a black eye bar, and bright red throat bordered completely with black. Its back barring was yellow, as was its underside. I did note that its back barring was not nearly as extensive as the previous specimen I saw on Dec. 2, where its back barring covered more area, including at points, close to the thick white wing bars down its wings. That specimen, however, did also have a bright-colored throat, and bright red top of crown. After the other birders left, I began exploring the southern cemetery. At the deciduous tree in the center of that cemetery (there are two actually in line with the large fenced-in pines that border Higuera Street). In one of the trees I spotted a Red-breasted Sapsucker. I then spotted a second bird fly in, what appeared to be another Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. This second bird had a pale red throat (surrounded by pale black), and a pale black eyeline. The bird also had yellow barring and a yellow underside. Two other birders had arrived. I waved them down that I’d seen a Yellow-bellied. We then found the second Yellow-bellied along with the Red-breasted, chasing each other from tree to tree from the center of the cemetery, headed southeast. They both flew to the black pepper trees/homeless encampment on the southern side of the cemetery, though we had views of the bird with the Red-breasted. Making my way back to the mausoleum area, I noticed a lot of activity in the poplar trees. Bushtits were swarming, as were Yellow-rumped Warblers, and some larger birds. I saw one was a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker resembling the first bird I saw, and a Red-breasted Sapsucker. Both birds were chasing each other from branch to branch in the poplar trees. This bird had the same field marks as the first, with the bright-red throat bordered by black, black eyeline, yellow barring on back and underside. I watched the birds chase each other for several minutes before I left. Much of the bird activity started around 11 a.m. As I mentioned, I believe these were two different specimens, though these specimens appear slightly different from my sighting in earlier December. In photos: Sighting one: four photos, Sighting two: three photos, Sighting three: three photos."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 08:51 by Nick Belardes
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77244294
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported small, 1st-winter sparrow. Seen along Elks Lane just west of dirt lot in flock of White-crowned Sparrows. Spooked by passing cars, bird flew away a few times before I could get a photo. Adult nonbreeding: Black eyeline from bill through eye (paler than adult non-breeding eyeline). Rusty crown, grey belly, pinkish bill and legs. Foraged slightly apart from other sparrows, though it did seem to follow their lead when they flew into trees."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Dec 08, 2020 14:00 by Petra Clayton
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77255278
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird since 11/15/2020.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Palm Warbler active on the south bank of the creek, halfway between the pedestrian bridge and the end of the lagoon:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50696806623/in/dateposted-public/" title="Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum), Morro Bay, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50696806623_1fbd8a417d_b.jpg" alt="Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum), Morro Bay, CA" /></a>"

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Important: Coastal Commission Meeting today, tomorrow, and Friday

Rubba Johanna
 


Johanna Rubba 


Hello, all,

I’m forwarding this important message from People for the Dunes. The ocean protection council is on the agenda, today, I think. Public comment takes place from 9-10 each morning, and comments are best submitted the evening prior. The forwarded e-mail has points to stress if you make a comment.

The CCC is the ultimate safeguard of our precious natural areas. The off-highway-vehicle lobby is large and strong, and State Parks is prioritizing income over conservation. The CCC needs to hear in numbers from those who oppose this use of the dunes & beach (and to the proposed development at Oso Flaco).

How to listen to the meeting and make comments is explained on this CCC web page:

Note the January and February CCC meetings. The proposed development of a large campground and expanded vehicle access to the dunes may be on the agenda in January.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Begin forwarded message:

From: People for the Dunes <peopleforthedunes@...>
Subject: Support PftD this week at the CCC meeting, and get some great merch!
Date: December 9, 2020 at 7:18:04 AM PST

In this issue:
  • We've got merch!
  • Help us fight for vehicle-free beaches at Oceano Dunes this week at the California Coastal Commission meeting
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Help us fight for vehicle-free beaches at Oceano Dunes this week at the California Coastal Commission meeting

Tell the California Coastal Commission (CCC) that you want to enjoy Oceano Dunes without the noisy, polluting recreational vehicles! They have been waiting too long for State Parks to deliver their long delayed management plan. It's time to finally put in place the critical amendments to State Parks’ Coastal Development Permit that the Commission has held in abeyance for over a year.

Join this month’s California Coastal Commission (CCC) Meeting
Submit a general public comment to remind CCC that our community cares about Oceano Dunes!


December California Coastal Commission Meeting
This Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, December 9th-11th on Zoom
Starting at approx. 9:00 am each day
(You only need to pick one day to speak)
 
How to submit a general public comment: 
  1. Submit a request to speak HERE, preferably by 5:00 pm the night before, but they stop taking speaker requests at 8:30 am on the day of the meeting
  2. You receive a Zoom link after submitting this request
  3. General public comment goes for 1 hour, starting at approx. 9:00 am
  4. Show up on Zoom at 9:00 am, either with the Zoom app or by phone
  5. You have 2 minutes to speak
For more information about the meeting click HERE, for more detailed meeting rules & procedures click HERE and procedural guidance memo click HERE.
 
These links have resources available in English & Spanish!

Talking points for Oceano Dunes general public comments:

Endangered & threatened wildlife:
  • Oceano Dunes is an important nesting location for the threatened western snowy plover & the endangered California least tern. There is evidence that off-highway vehicles (OHVs) at Oceano Dunes directly harm these birds. 
  • Native vegetation has died off as a result of erosion and degradation caused by vehicles.
Public health & safety:
  • With vehicles present, the beaches are no longer pedestrian-friendly and pedestrians are put in harm’s way.
  • Communities near Oceano Dunes are exposed to toxic air quality and OHV activity is part of this problem. Habitat degradation and erosion from vehicles contributes to increased dust emissions and sand movement, which creates poor air quality. 
  • The County jail, local first responders and hospitals are all impacted by operations of the ODSVRA. 
Social justice:
  • ODSVRA poses an environmental justice issue. The nearly two million annual visitors to the park are impacting the residents of Oceano as they come and go using Pier Avenue. Residents must deal with tracked out sand, toxic air, crime, trash, noise and loss of a traditional beach; and the ongoing erosion of their only buffer against sea level rise. 
  • Recreational vehicles make the beach difficult and dangerous to access for local communities. Vehicle use prevents safe access to a clean beach for all people.
  • Oceano Dunes holds cultural significance to the Chumash peoples and has for thousands of years. Degradation of the dunes is harming culturally important lands. 
Habitat damage & degradation:
  • Coastal erosion is caused by the off-highway vehicles (OHVs)
  • The high levels of vehicle traffic are accompanied by high levels of littering on the beach
  • Recreational vehicles are responsible for depositing oil and gas on the beach
  • Vehicles cross Arroyo Grande Creek while it flows. This is harming the creek habitat which is an important habitat, especially for fish spawning. 
  • MOTOR vehicles are responsible for depositing oil and gas on the beach and destroying the wrack zone. 
Covid-19 precautions:
  • The Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA were closed at the beginning of the covid-19 pandemic due to high cases. Covid-19 cases are rising again and SLO County has fallen back into the Widespread (Purple) tier, yet the beach remains open to vehicles
  • The Pismo State Beach and Oceano Dunes SVRA attract predominantly non-local users, which leaves the local community exposed to visitors from all over the state
  • The beach is an important outdoor space for local communities to utilize during the pandemic. It provides space for locals (predominantly pedestrian usage) to enjoy the outdoors in a socially distanced manner.
(Thank you to our partner the Sierra Club Santa Lucia Chapter for this helpful information) 
Important Dates
Stay tuned to our website and upcoming newsletters for specific ways you can act to help protect the Oceano Beach and Dunes at the meetings listed below.
Click on the links for more info on the meeting time, location and agenda:

 
December
9-11     9am California Coastal Commission monthly meeting (public comment)
15        1-4pm Ocean Protection Council (tbd)
17        9am California Coastal Commission Special Meeting
21        DEADLINE to submit comments on the draft State Parks Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) & Environmental Impact Report (EIR), US Fish and Wildlife Services’ Environmental Assessment (click link to submit comment)

January 2021
13,14    9am California Coastal Commission monthly meeting
Possible meetings to review State Parks new Public Works Plan. 
 
February 2021
10-12    9am California Coastal Commission monthly meeting
18         9am California Coastal Commission  Special Meeting (Central CA)
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Varied Thrush and Rough-legged Hawk in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

At around 12:15 to 12:40 p.m. today (12/8) we had a female Varied Thrush (photographed) show briefly (2 appearances 15 minutes apart) in our backyard.  This is my first record of the species on our property since the big, nearly statewide irruption of the species 5-6 years ago (during which, we saw small numbers of Varied Thrushes in our yard on a near daily basis for a few months).

This follows on the heels of a fly-over Rough-legged Hawk yesterday (12/7) morning at about 11:00 a.m., the first time I have seen the species in Atascadero in the 30+ years we have lived here.  Rough-legged Hawk is a rare but regular wintering bird in the eastern interior of the county (e.g. Bitterwater Valley, Carrizo Plains, etc.), but quite rare anywhere west of the I-101 in our county.  This bird seemed to be migrating along the eastern slope of the Santa Lucias, and very quickly sailed off to the east toward the Salinas River Valley.

We continue to have at least 3 White-throated Sparrows (2 juveniles; 1 adult) wintering on our property, and at least one of these birds has been singing off-and-on from the riparian belt along Graves Creek next to our house.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Re: White-throated Sparrow

Tom Ogren
 

I had a first of the season White-throated Sparrow in my SLO yard today, along with GC Sparrows, WC Sparrows, 2 Lincoln's Sparrows, 2 Fox Sparrows, and one Savannah Sparrow.

Also, saw a House Sparrow while out walking this morning, so, a seven sparrow day here!

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

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Barrow's Goldeneye (5 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)

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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 07, 2020 08:15 by Maggie Smith
- Pismo Beach Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1379484,-120.6454299&ll=35.1379484,-120.6454299
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77221383
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "The bird was feeding in the surf with Surf Scoters and Bufflehead. I got a poor photo, but Jay Carroll got a better one showing white speckling along the bill which ties it to the photos of the bird taken on the lagoon. My thanks go to Tom Edell who looked at our photos and supplied us with information about the difference in nails for the two species and how they affect the perception of bill length. l"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 07, 2020 15:31 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77215626
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This juvenile male bird was located today by Brad Schram and is believed to be the same bird photographed by Dave Keeling earlier on Nov 4, 2020. Bird observed had fluffy, dark brown head that appeared black with purple hues at the back in some sun angles. A steep forehead rose abruptly from stout, dark gray bill with indentation directly behind noticeably wide and raised nail at the tip. Pale yellow eye contrasted with dark head that was set head apart from gray mottled breast by white neck collar. Bird was dark gray on back above blotchy lighter gray and white sides that terminated at dark gray tail feathers. Bird appeared in creek briefly before flying to join Surf Scoter flock in the surf."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Dec 07, 2020 14:10 by Erik Dodos
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77208989
- Comments: "Compared with photo of Common observed in surf south of pier. 2 diff birds imo. This bird suddenly appeared with buffleheads about 1/2 mi west of bridge. Much smaller bill than Common and much steeper forehead slope. Bill was darker at tip. Sort of a mottled white crescent in front of eye, dark back...immature...pics later"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Dec 07, 2020 08:20 by Kaaren Perry
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77229966
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "After waiting for hours the BAGO finally arrived at the creek. Because of the long distance and poor lighting no plumage or soft part marking were possible. The id was dependent on head and bill structure. A review of photos by Kevin Zimmer confirmed that the bird was a Barrow’s Goldeneye and not Common. The prominent features were the steeply rising forehead essentially forming a right angle relative to the bottom of the lower mandible of the bill. This feature was seen in all photos. That is consistent with an ID of BAGO and wrong for COGO. Head shape was in agreement with BAGO except in a few photos where the crown seemed more peaked than expected and likely due to the angle of the photo. The bird remained distant during my entire observation, despite my efforts to get a better view."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:30 by Tom Slater
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77193603
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "immature male, see photos"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 07, 2020 10:48 by Herb Elliott
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77199417
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "... continuing bird reported by Nick Belardes on 12.2.2020; observed actively flying from tree to tree near the cemetery's office. The bird had a white nape and red throat bordered on sides by black bar."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 07, 2020 09:15 by Moed Gerveni
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77213270
- Comments: "Bird continues at SL Cemetery. Red throat with complete black border, mottled black-and-white neck and back. Seen tapping on the same spot for 10+ minutes at 0915 on the first (and only) peppertree in the row of tall pine-like trees. (35.2635156, -120.6719372). Bird can be seen from inside the cemetery although the tree is technically on the other side of fence on Elks Lodge property. The tree is located between several white shipping containers. Images attached to local email chain."

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Barrow’s

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

At south end of creek mouth near the last stairs and the last American flag at the rv park.

Liam and Kilian Hampl,
Arroyo Grande


RB Sapsucker continues at Cuesta

Ron Ruppert
 

The Red breasted sapsucker was located at Cuesta College at noon today.

A Cassin’s Kingbird was calling in the 1100 block of 16th Street in Los Osos at 8am.

Ron Ruppert

Los Osos

 


Re: Barrows Goldeneye - Update

Kaaren Perry
 

1:30 Just came into Pismo Creek, west of the cypress st bridge.

Kaaren

On Dec 7, 2020, at 11:14 AM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@att.net> wrote:

To my knowledge The Barrows Goldeneye has not yet been seen today in Pismo A Common was see and photographed near the pier and later
bobbing around in the surf with other sea ducks down south of the pier

Kaaren Perry

Morro Bay





Re: Common Goldeneyes

Lynne Breakstone
 

We saw 3 Common Goldeneyes yesterday under the Avila golf course bridge with goboons of coots - an adult male, adult female and an immature male.
Lynne Breakstone

On Dec 7, 2020, at 11:14 AM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@att.net> wrote:

To my knowledge The Barrows Goldeneye has not yet been seen today in Pismo A Common was see and photographed near the pier and later
bobbing around in the surf with other sea ducks down south of the pier

Kaaren Perry

Morro Bay





Barrows. NOT

Kaaren Perry
 

To my knowledge The Barrows Goldeneye has not yet been seen today in Pismo A Common was see and photographed near the pier and later
bobbing around in the surf with other sea ducks down south of the pier

Kaaren Perry

Morro Bay


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (17 reports)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 08:10 by Mark Stacy
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77147139
- Comments: "Continuing female. Small, dark brown with unique white facial marks. In cove west of fig tree parking."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 11:24 by Herb Elliott
- Pismo Beach Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1379484,-120.6454299&ll=35.1379484,-120.6454299
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77162530
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Around 11:25 AM the Barrow's Goldeneye flew from Pismo Creek mouth into the surf near Pismo Beach Pier. The black bill of this immature male Barrow's Goldeneye seemed shorter, stubbier, and deeper based compared to a Common Goldeneye. Refound this morning by Brad Schram."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 16:51 by Moed Gerveni
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77168755
- Comments: "(35.1351310, -120.6435068). Across the beach from the big aqua blue building/hotel. My views match images of immature male seen here multiple times earlier today. Steep-ish forehead. Yellow eye, very distinct break between dark head and white neck. Face spots a speckled dark grey. Diving in the surf zone to hunt consistently, with success. Slowly making its way toward the pier."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 12:00 by Mike Bush
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77163364
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Seen mostly backlit in the nearby surf-wash, dark brown head and neck, with abrupt transition to white lower neck. Yellow eye. Faint light white pattern noticed behind the bill. Photos."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 11:20 by Liam Hampl
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77154502
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen by many others. Photos. When I got there is was in the creek mouth with some coots, and then after 10-20 minutes it flew towards the south side of the Pismo pier. I watched it land in the surf about 50-100 from the pier. Easier to view it from the beach. The bird was still in the surf when we left. Head shape was diagnostic."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 10:15 by Jeanette Stone
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77174343
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Dave Keeling on Nov. 4, and relocated by Brad Schram Dec. 6

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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 10:00 by Jim Royer
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77171464
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Dave Keeling on Nov. 4, and relocated by Brad Schram Dec. 6"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 10:00 by Rick Saval
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77164261
- Comments: "M.ob.; others took photos."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:53 by Nick Belardes
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77167279
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing 1st winter male. At 8:59 a.m. I received a group text from Brad Schram about a “Barrow’s Goldeneye at mouth of Pismo Creek now, young male.” I arrived close to ten a.m. where the duck was swimming and diving just west of the footbridge. About ten or so birders were present observing the duck and taking photos. I moved to the northern edge of the creek and started taking photos and recording short videos of the duck. While I was expecting a brighter beginning crescent formation on the duck’s forecheek, from the base of the bill back toward the duck’s cheek and forehead, this crescent-like coloration of feathers was still obvious, whitish, and pale. The top of the faint crescent appeared noticeably higher than what would be a Common Goldeneye, according to my Second Edition Sibley’s Guide To Birds (2014). The early-stage crescent in this bird reached above the bill to the upper cheek, at a height, level it seemed, with the bird’s iris. The crescent was also flush with the bill. A Common Goldeneye in comparison, according to the same guide, may reach slightly higher than the bill, but also appears to peel away from the bill into an early stage development of the oval cheek patch present in adult breeding males of the species. The observed bird’s raised head feathers made for a sloping forehead, except when the bird began to dive, when it would clearly, as I have recorded in a video, lay down those feathers, making it resemble more of a Common’s head than a Barrow’s. However, I assume the guide has based its drawings of both ducks with raised head feathers, in which case, this duck with raised feathers had a clunky, large head, sloping forehead. While its dark bill seemed a bit long, as I stated, I couldn’t deny this sea duck’s bullheaded appearance. The fact that there were no Common Goldeneye’s around was also an added behavior indicator of it being a Barrow’s, as these birds don’t like to associate with CGs. The bird, from what I read in group reports, over the next hour or so, moved to the ocean surf, and in the early afternoon, couldn’t be found. It was reported to be relocated in the late afternoon to be fifty feet from shore. Sidenotes: One birder mentioned this species hadn’t been significantly recorded in San Luis Obispo County in 37 years. Not sure how accurate that info is. Also, according to Wikipedia, this species was highly impacted by the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Prince William Sound, Alaska."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:50 by Eric Wier
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77162098
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Found this morning by Brad Schram, and possibly same bird photographed by Dave Keeling on November 4th of this year at Pismo Creek mouth. Small to medium sized duck with yellow iris, and dark bill, stubbier than bill of Common Goldeneye. Forehead very steep, except for after diving in water."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:50 by Mark Hays
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77159202
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "identified by its bill size and shape. multiple birders present and photos taken"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:30 by Jeff Miller
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77146683
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "First winter male; gray body, brown head, white crescent starting to come in behind bill, shorter bill than common, steep forehead with blocky head. Photos"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:29 by Tom Edell
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77167878
- Media: 1 Video, 6 Photos
- Comments: "This is likely the same bird photographed here by Dave Keeling on 4 Nov. Today it was located in the Pismo Creek lagoon by Brad Schram. It appears to be a hatch year male because of the mottled white present along the sides of the face at the base of the bill that will presumably molt into a white crescent. The bird mostly showed a steep forehead with the high point of the head above the eye and a bushy back of the head that projected out away from the neck. Depending on the light, the head color was warm to dark brown and often showed a purple sheen at the back of the head. The eye was a pale yellow. The bill had an underlying yellow hue and a nail that sat prominently on the tip and made the bill look slightly concave behind it. The neck was mostly white and breast were lightly mottled with gray and the belly was white. The back and sides were brownish gray and it appeared that white feathers were molting in on the sides. At rest, the color of the primaries was a medium brown and the color of the tail appeared to be a darker brown. My photos seemed to show six white secondaries more toward the inner wing and a narrow white bar on the greater coverts thinly separated by a dark line. I have seen another observers photos of the bird in flight and there is a faint mottled white across the upper wing coverts that shows in one of my photos. I did not hear the bird call. The bird flew from the lagoon twice. No body saw it fly the first time. The second time it flew to the ocean and foraged in the surf just south of the Pismo Beach Pier. This is the fifth county record and the first documented with photos. The first county record reportedly involved a male shot by a hunter at Morro Bay in 1948."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:27 by Norman Pillsbury
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77147498
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "White face present beginning to form on face (hatch year male), white patches on scapulars, stubby triangular all black bill. Found 12-6-20 by Brad Schram."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:20 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77174528
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bird found earlier by Brad Schram."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:19 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77184635
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "This juvenile male bird was located today by Brad Schram and is believed to be the same bird photographed by Dave Keeling earlier on Nov 4, 2020. Bird observed had fluffy, dark brown head that appeared black with purple hues at the back in some sun angles. A steep forehead rose abruptly from stout, dark gray bill with noticeably wide and raised nail at the tip. Pale yellow eye contrasted with dark head that was set head apart from gray mottled breast by white neck collar. Bird was dark gray on back above blotchy lighter gray and white sides that terminated at dark gray tail feathers."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:15 by Will Knowlton
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77160111
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "This immature male was originally found on Nov 4, 2020 by Dave Keeling. It was refound today by Brad Schram and photographed many. It was first observed swimming around in Pismo Lagoo, but it later flew to the ocean where it foraged near the pier.

Short bill, steep forehead, and a hint of a white crescent forming near the base of the bill."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 09:12 by Herb Elliott
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77162989
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "The black bill of this immature male Barrow's Goldeneye seemed shorter, stubbier, and deeper based compared to a Common Goldeneye. Refound this morning by Brad Schram."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1)
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 10:42 by Giacomo Catalina
- West Hazard Canyon--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2879464,-120.8812916&ll=35.2879464,-120.8812916
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77102463
- Comments: "Seen with black turnstones. Black and white face pattern. Bright orange legs. Pics available soon."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 12:17 by Petra Clayton
- Cuesta Canyon Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77167543
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Yellowish-white throat; red crown bordered by black on the nape; yellowish wash (no red) on nape below the black border; wide black stripe through eye; black stripe bordering the yellowish-white throat and running from bill to the black bib; large white wing patch. --

Possibly the same female that was present here during the past two winters.
Most recent eBird reports of this species at this eBird hotspot span the period from 12/14/2019 to 1/8/2020.
Prior eBird reports of this species at this eBird hotspot span the period from 12/12/2018 to 2/11/2019 (The bird was first spotted on 12/10/18 by Eric Wier)."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 10:15 by Petra Clayton
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77165990
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male in the Peruvian Pepper Tree by the golf course maintenance yard.--- Possibly the same male that wintered here in the past (since winter 2015-2016). It shows the same reddish wash across the face that was seen in previous years and raises suspicion about his lineage. ---

First eBird report in fall 2020 of this species at this eBird hotspot.--- The first eBird report for fall 2019 at this eBird hotspot was 10/10/19 and the last eBird report was 2/7/2020 ."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 13:25 by Will Knowlton
- San Simeon SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5968718,-121.1235286&ll=35.5968718,-121.1235286
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77160684
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "I believe this a young male (?) with some red on the nape, all red throat, and two well defined rows of white markings going down the back. Not much black below the red throat though.

It was observed along the trail that takes you up to the Washburn Campground area feeding on fresh sapsucker wells in the Monterey Pines and Coast Live Oaks located along this trail."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 13:56 by Joseph Catalina
- 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/S77158664
- Comments: "Continuing bird. North east side of lake"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 13:56 by Giacomo Catalina
- 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/S77145124
- Comments: "Continuing bird. North east side of lake"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 12:05 by Mark Brown
- Tyler's house, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0343553,-120.5107428&ll=35.0343553,-120.5107428
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77188697
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "green tail and remiges buffy vent white stripes (small) and black striopes on breast"

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker

Rootless Treehugger <Rootlesstreehugger@...>
 

Bird continues at SL Cemetery. Red throat with complete black border, mottled black-and-white neck and back.  Seen tapping on the same spot for 10+ minutes at 0915 on the first (and only) peppertree in the row of tall pine-like trees. (35.2635156, -120.6719372). Bird can be seen from inside the cemetery although the tree is technically on the other side of fence on Elks Lodge property. The tree is located between several white shipping containers. Refer to images attached. 


Moed Gerveni
SLO




Barrow's Goldeneye

Thomas Slater
 

Congrats to Brad Schram!
I know he missed this bird 37 years ago and is probably over the moon about finally getting it in the county.
Fun to see all the usual suspects out there. What a year it's been! It'll be great to see all you people next year without masks on! How are we going to top this one?

The year isn't over... what'll be next!?



Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo Bird Highway


Tom Slater
Slater Photography
(805)-441-6945
@surfinslater  on Instagram


Cassin's Kingbirds, Barrow's Goldeneye

Brad Schram
 

Before relocating the young male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Pismo Creek mouth this morning I stopped in the Village of Arroyo Grande to check for CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS along AG Creek.  Although I had been surprised by their absence in November (at least when I checked), there are currently a minimum of twelve Cassin's there currently.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (5 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (2 reports)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 08:10 by Liam Hampl
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77117864
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird at the bridge along the creek. Photos."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 07:54 by Nick Belardes
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77101284
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male, winter plumage. Discovered by Herb Elliot on Dec. 4. Bird location pointed out by another birder who spotted it diving under first footbridge. About eight birders were in attendance. The bird surfaced and dove many times, eventually preened, and took a brief nap. After a few minutes the bird was active again and swam under the bridge, reappearing on the opposite side where it resumed diving. We left the area for 15-20 minutes. When we returned, the bird was still in the same area. We spotted it briefly tangle with a Common Goldeneye (that bird was in a larger dispute with another goldeneye). Winter plumage: white crown, dark cheek, dark breast, white back, brown wings with added grey plumage. Long, dark tail. Light-colored eye, dark grey bill with large pink band. This sea duck, commonly known in North America as oldsquaw, spends summers in Alaska, North Canada, northeastern Europe and northern Asia, winters along portions of East Coast, the PNW and Northern California coast. I wonder if this may have been an Alaskan bird (no grand theory as to why). The species is known to like tundra pools and marshes, so it makes sense this bird was both near the sea and in a lagoon/creek area with marshy islands. These ducks can dive hundreds of feet, and are the only ducks that use their wings to propel themselves into deep water, though in this creek, it only need dive a few feet for mollusks and small fish."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 09:00 by Mike Bush
- San Luis Obispo Creek Lagoon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1817709,-120.7364416&ll=35.1817709,-120.7364416
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77118937
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "First know to me to be reported yesterday, 4Dec20. Presumably a male in bright feather. It dove and swam within 50 yards up and downstream of the central pedestrian bridge for the two hours I was there."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 08:59 by Ann Stockert
- San Luis Obispo Creek Lagoon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1817709,-120.7364416&ll=35.1817709,-120.7364416
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77135331
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "...also known as “Oldsquaw, Clangula byemalis”Continuing adult male in winter plumage : white crown, dark cheek and breast, white back and dark wings, with very long slender central tail feathers. Light orangish-colored eye, dark bill with wide pink band. Winters along (West) coast from the Bering Sea south to California and (East) from Labrador south to Carolinas, along portions of Gulf Coast, and on Great Lakes....and an interesting note... also winters in Eurasia."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 07:30 by David Lawrence
- San Luis Obispo Creek Lagoon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1817709,-120.7364416&ll=35.1817709,-120.7364416
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77119762
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Male, today feeding near bridge; yesterday more upstream."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 08:57 by Mark Stacy
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77112621
- Comments: "Continuing. Smaller than Black-bellied with gold spotted upperparts."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 12:23 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/S77103895
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 12:40 by Steven McMasters
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77105018
- Comments: "No red on nape. Black and white striped head. Yellowish underbelly"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 08:18 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/S77100480
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing; seen together"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Dec 06, 2020 07:10 by Mike Stiles
- Yard, 13th St, Los Osos, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3312845,-120.8285379&ll=35.3312845,-120.8285379
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77142786
- Comments: "Feeding with sparrows on ground. 9th day present, but not seen for previous two days."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 15:44 by Mark Mushkat
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77116597
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Feeding in aloe flowers."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 05, 2020 13:05 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77118897
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing all three Bullock's Oriole: mature male, immature male, and a female:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50685408717/in/dateposted-public/" title="Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50685408717_4f1dd8e29f_b.jpg" alt="Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

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Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Steve McMasters
 

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found in San Luis Cemetery in pepper trees in the area adjacent to the Elks Lodge parking lot.  This is likely the bird found earlier this week by Nick Belardes.  I hope it sticks around for the CBC.

Steve McMasters
San Luis Obispo


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*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (7 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Hermit Warbler (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 13:47 by Joseph Catalina
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77068276
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male seen under Avila beach golf bridge. Pics available."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 13:47 by Giacomo Catalina
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77067846
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male seen under Avila beach golf bridge. Pics available."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 11:53 by Mark Hays
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77073426
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Reported earlier today. Located when I arrived by Tommy Dell. A Male in winter plumage with white crown"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 10:18 by Herb Elliott
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77060725
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "I found this adult male Long-tailed Duck east of the footbridge on the Bob Jones trail. The bird was overall white and black with a white head and large dark patch on the neck. The bird’s bill was mostly black with a pink band."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 11:23 by Tom Edell
- SLO Creek-Bob Jones Path Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1828901,-120.7325444&ll=35.1828901,-120.7325444
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77073290
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "apparent adult male found earlier along the creek by Herb Elliott and Vicki Morrow."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 11:23 by Mike Bush
- SLO Creek-Bob Jones Path Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1828901,-120.7325444&ll=35.1828901,-120.7325444
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77075254
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "apparent adult male found earlier along the creek by Herb Elliott and Vicki Morrow."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 15:00 by Tom Slater
- San Luis Obispo Creek Lagoon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1817709,-120.7364416&ll=35.1817709,-120.7364416
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77073363
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "see photos"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 10:19 by Mike Bush
- Santa Rosa Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.289803,-120.6643867&ll=35.289803,-120.6643867
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77075252
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Calling male found in elm trees at SW corner of baseball field. All red chin and throat, red crown and red nape spot."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 10:19 by Tom Edell
- Santa Rosa Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.289803,-120.6643867&ll=35.289803,-120.6643867
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77073291
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Calling male found in elm trees at SW corner of baseball field. All red chin and throat, red crown and red nape spot."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 10:03 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S77068399
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large bill, notched tail, yellow up to neck, white throat. Photos."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 07:20 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77052333
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (2)
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 15:39 by Jim Royer
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77070190
- Comments: "Two young males with back line through the eye on a yellowish orange face, and black throat patch. It was pale in the belly, but otherwise yellowish in the underparts. Conspicuous white wingbars. All three orioles were together in the Cape Honeysuckle and aloe."

Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 14:36 by Jim Royer
- My House, 337 Henrietta Ave., Los Osos US-CA (35.3172,-120.8507), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317164,-120.850666&ll=35.317164,-120.850666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77066805
- Comments: "First winter female with no clear streaks on the underparts, a fainter auricular patch than a female Townsend’s, yellow around the eye, a dull more grayish back, bright white wingbars, unstreaked buffy flanks and white undertail. It was coming to a hummingbird feeder and to grape jelly."

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