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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Zone-tailed Hawk (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Orchard Oriole (2 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (2 reports)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 08:28 by Mike Bush
- Cal Poly Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1770149,-120.7413109&ll=35.1770149,-120.7413109
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78937450
- Comments: "Continuing male, north of Cal Poly Pier, off the closed RV parking on the water. Deep blue sea duck with dramatic white and maroon markings. Mostly alone on the water with only one Surf Scoter within several hundred yards. This contrasts to my previous sighting late 2020 when it was embedded in a Scoter dock of some 20 birds."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 11:00 by John de Koeyer
- 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/S78974098
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Conninuing immature in the surf in front of Ocean View Ave"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 11:53 by Mike Stiles
- 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/S78967310
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Being chased around the beach by a Black-bellied Plover"

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 12:15 by Grace Romero
- Morro Bay--Audubon overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3316478,-120.8383334&ll=35.3316478,-120.8383334
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78956388
- Comments: "Perched on log across the bay in front of willows on South Bay Blvd and State Park Road. Large, black with black head. Distinguishable from this distance only because of close observation last weekend."

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (3)
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 16:27 by Janice Goodwin
- Arroyo Grande Creek--Fair Oaks Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1132432,-120.5872571&ll=35.1132432,-120.5872571
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78970879
- Comments: "On power lines"

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 14:43 by Grace Romero
- 2801 Alamo Dr, Los Osos US-CA (35.3004,-120.8495), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.300411,-120.849487&ll=35.300411,-120.849487
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78967631
- Comments: "Different than all the other juncos in the yard Similar to First year Oregon in coloration nut grey extends further over chest and replaces brown on sides."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 09:45 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S78942235
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First year male. Small, yellow-green oriole with short tail, relatively small bill. Two white wing bars. Black throat patch coming in. Called; sharp chatter. Photos"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 09:28 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S78937576
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Likely found in Dec by Jim Royer. Also, found on 12-8-21 by Petra Clayton. Heard chuck call/chatter and recorded it's whistle. Small oriole, lacked orange tinge and white on belly."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 08:30 by John de Koeyer
- 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/S78973543
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing immature male perched on bushes adjacent to matinance yard. Calling."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 07:12 by Janet Rayner
- 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/S78925771
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird ... found behind Quonset Hut halfway up the hill. Perched on a tall stalk long enough to take photos and then flew not far into creek area behind the ranch house where we found it again and everyone was able to watch it preening for a few minutes before it flew farther down the hillside towards the creek. Photos to come."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 12:15 by Grace Romero
- Morro Bay--Audubon overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3316478,-120.8383334&ll=35.3316478,-120.8383334
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78956388
- Comments: "All yellow warble with streaking over the belly. Seen in the juntas at the end of the access trail at the end of 2nd street"

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Sweet Springs Owls.

Tyson Baker
 

There are definitely two great horned owls at Sweet Springs. Didn't see them, but definitely heard them calling to each other. 5:45 pm, Saturday. 

Tyson and Kristi. 
Osos and SLO. 



Atascadero Lake Wood Ducks

Tom Graves
 

Three Wood Ducks, two male and one female, on the north side of the island. The two males were chasing a male Mallard who had caught a 4 inch long fish.
And about 11 American White Pelicans were performing their synchronized feeding swim.

Tom Graves


Osprey

Tyson Baker
 

5 osprey above the bay here in Baywood this morning. 

Tyson & Kristi
Osos & SLO


Re: Orchard Oriole, Los Osos Valley Nursery, 1/8-9

Tom Edell
 

The apparent Orchard Oriole is at the nursery again this morning. This is a difficult identification for anyone that rarely sees Orchard Oriole. One of the best ways to separate it from Hooded is to listen for the Orchard’s “chuk” calls. Always good to familiarize oneself with the calls of a target species.

 

Again, serving only as the messenger -- I’ve only seen photos/video.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Edell via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, January 9, 2021 7:50 AM
To: SLO Bird Listserv <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [slocobirding] Orchard Oriole, Los Osos Valley Nursery, 1/8

 

Petra Clayton sent me photos and video of what appears to be a young male Orchard Oriole at the nursery. The bird appears small and the bill and tail look short. No calls heard in the video.

 

Acting as the messenger,

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Orchard Oriole, Los Osos Valley Nursery, 1/8

Tom Edell
 

Petra Clayton send me photos and video of what appears to be a young male Orchard Oriole at the nursery. The bird appears small and the bill and tail look short. No calls heard in the video.

 

Acting as the messenger,

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (3 reports)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (2 reports)
- Zone-tailed Hawk (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (10 reports)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 15:50 by Liam Hampl
- Cal Poly Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1770149,-120.7413109&ll=35.1770149,-120.7413109
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78904703
- Comments: "Continuing and probably returning breeding male. Photos"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 15:50 by Kilian Hampl
- Cal Poly Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1770149,-120.7413109&ll=35.1770149,-120.7413109
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78904607
- Comments: "Continuing and probably returning breeding male. Photos"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:50 by Jeff Miller
- Cal Poly Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1770149,-120.7413109&ll=35.1770149,-120.7413109
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78876517
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male; photos"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 11:17 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/S78898790
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing immature male in the nearshore surf off Addie Street. Faint white crescent on face maybe slightly clearer but still has a long way to go before completed (Photo)"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Jan 07, 2021 11:00 by David Lawrence
- 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/S78870048
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird."

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 07:19 by Megan McCulloch
- Cambria Pines Lodge , San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5585706,-121.0803446&ll=35.5585706,-121.0803446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78883081
- Comments: "Looks as though we've refound the missing Zone from Morro Bay! Was soaring with some vultures for a few minutes over Cambria Pines Lodge before disappearing. Camera was not on me to get pics.

Mostly black hawk that was notably smaller than TUVUs (3/4). Tail showed a very noticeable broad white band (only 1), darker edges of wings, dark gray barring on wings rather than the solid gray on vultures. Yellow cere was visible. Unmistakable bird.

We tried for this bird yesterday with no luck and we're absolutely floored to get it this morning. It is likely hanging in the area still with some vultures."

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 07:19 by Kiehl Smith
- Cambria Pines Lodge , San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5585706,-121.0803446&ll=35.5585706,-121.0803446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78880519
- Comments: "Looks as though we've refound the missing Zone from Morro Bay! Was soaring with some vultures for a few minutes over Cambria Pines Lodge before disappearing. Camera was not on me to get pics.

Mostly black hawk that was notably smaller than TUVUs (3/4). Tail showed a very noticeable broad white band (only 1 complete band), darker edges of wings, dark gray barring on wings rather than the solid gray on vultures. Yellow cere was visible. Unmistakable bird.

We tried for this bird yesterday with no luck and we're absolutely floored to get it this morning. It is likely hanging in the area still with some vultures."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:34 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S78884629
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male; yellow belly, red throat patch with complete black border, extensive white barring on back. Photos"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:26 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Templeton Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5494768,-120.7074738&ll=35.5494768,-120.7074738
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78909541
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male observed with complete, black border separating red throat from white cheek area, some faint yellowish tints to the breast and a strongly delineated red cap above black border and nape below absent of red color."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 11:25 by Roger Zachary
- Eastern Phoebe stake out, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6089036,-121.0775634&ll=35.6089036,-121.0775634
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78899375
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "3.2 miles from Highway 1 on San Simeon Creek Rd. actively flycatching; mob; photo"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:34 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S78884629
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small Spizella, pale underneath, dark eye line into lores, gray collar. Photos"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 11:25 by Nick Belardes
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78898219
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted four times, though no photos. About ten minutes after a birder left the campground after saying she hadn’t seen the bird, I spotted it flying west along hill south of metal quonset building. I’ve seen the bird flying multiple times during five recordings of the species. I usually watch for a brown-orange, oriole-sized bird in flight, with a belly that when flying looks almost pale orange-yellow when seen from a distance, which I did see. The bird landed atop foliage. I should note that when perched, I saw that the bird had a striking mango-colored belly, silvery bill, red-orange around its head area, a black throat patch, black around its bill, and black around the front portion of its eye. This time, because of the poor lighting, I wasn’t able to see all of its features, like its streaked back, or note its wingbars. What usually strikes me when sighting this bird is how it perches, the position of its head, and its skulky behavior where it appears briefly, for mere seconds, then quickly goes into hiding. The bird perched for a few seconds before moving quickly up the hill. I went and let Kai know about my sighting. He was in loop one. On our way back the bird flew in front and above us, north into the creek area by the museum building. I suspected it might be go feed off the orange-red plants blooming near that location (plants seen in my hummingbird photo), but the bird wasn’t there. While I was down by campsite three, Kai observed the bird on those same orange-red plants. He said it dove further into the creek. He again spotted the bird atop a creek tree. We both could hear the bird vocalizing a fast chatter while atop those branches. I couldn’t see the bird from my position, which at the time was by the orange-red plants. I had left my position to go find the bird but was too late. This was my fifth sighting of the bird, the last being on Jan. 1, 2020 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S78420027)."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 11:25 by Kai Mills
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78899746
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted four times, though no photos. About ten minutes after a birder left the campground after saying she hadn’t seen the bird, I spotted it flying west along hill south of metal quonset building. I’ve seen the bird flying multiple times during five recordings of the species. I usually watch for a brown-orange, oriole-sized bird in flight, with a belly that when flying looks almost pale orange-yellow when seen from a distance, which I did see. The bird landed atop foliage. I should note that when perched, I saw that the bird had a striking mango-colored belly, silvery bill, red-orange around its head area, a black throat patch, black around its bill, and black around the front portion of its eye. This time, because of the poor lighting, I wasn’t able to see all of its features, like its streaked back, or note its wingbars. What usually strikes me when sighting this bird is how it perches, the position of its head, and its skulky behavior where it appears briefly, for mere seconds, then quickly goes into hiding. The bird perched for a few seconds before moving quickly up the hill. I went and let Kai know about my sighting. He was in loop one. On our way back the bird flew in front and above us, north into the creek area by the museum building. I suspected it might be go feed off the orange-red plants blooming near that location (plants seen in my hummingbird photo), but the bird wasn’t there. While I was down by campsite three, Kai observed the bird on those same orange-red plants. He said it dove further into the creek. He again spotted the bird atop a creek tree. We both could hear the bird vocalizing a fast chatter while atop those branches. I couldn’t see the bird from my position, which at the time was by the orange-red plants. I had left my position to go find the bird but was too late. This was my fifth sighting of the bird, the last being on Jan. 1, 2020 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S78420027)."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:57 by Dale Ball
- 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/S78884143
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Will add picture later."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:45 by Mark Hays
- 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/S78890078
- Comments: "Orange-ish red back and sides. Lighter patch with streaks running from head to back/shoulders. Black around the face and throat. reported by about a dozen other Birder’s this morning. Heard the chatter and were able to locate it twice. Darker plumage indicates a male."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:38 by Joshua Handler
- 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/S78884812
- Comments: "Seen around 8:30am in bushes just beyond Spooner Ranch house. Preened in early sunshine."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:14 by Daniel Bazor
- 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/S78890298
- Comments: "Female yellow body and red-orange accent"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:14 by Jean Bazor
- 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/S78890377
- Comments: "Female yellow body and red-orange accent"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 07:12 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S78886844
- Comments: "Continuing bird ... found behind Quonset Hut halfway up the hill. Perched on a tall stalk long enough to take photos and then flew not far into creek area behind the ranch house where we found it again and everyone was able to watch it preening for a few minutes before it flew farther down the hillside towards the creek. Photos to come."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 06:35 by Irby Lovette
- 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/S78878855
- Comments: "Arrived before dawn and watched/listened at rear of maintenance yard, along with a half dozen other birders. Oriole flew in at 0755 from ocean side, paused at edge of brush behind largest maintenance building for 30 seconds, then disappeared into hillside brush. Seen again near top of slope at O825, then flew across road into willows behind white clapboard buildings. Seen very well by all present as it preened at top of bare willow. Chatter calls and still in this area at 0845, and then off and on by other birders until at least 0945. Black face, orange/umber head fading to yellowish on nape and breast. One distinct and one indistinct wing bar. Others present got lots of photos."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 07, 2021 08:51 by Mike Stiles
- 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/S78864142
- Comments: "Heard calling twice, and very briefly seen in the bare trees and shrubs behind the visitor center."

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second junco pic on junco retraction

njmann90
 

Near Vet's Hall SLO
Thoughts on what this bird is?


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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
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"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'




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junco retraction

njmann90
 

Well cancel Pink sided Junco but what is this beast?  Still in yard near Vet'sHall SLO



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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
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"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'




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Streak-backed Oriole

mike stiles
 

Cindy and I heard, and had the briefest of looks at the Streak-backed Oriole yesterday morning, in the bare trees and shrubs north of the campground entrance road and behind the ranch house visitor center. 

Mike Stiles
Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 13:05 by Petra Clayton
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78810030
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Possibly the same adult male that wintered in this area last year and possibly same bird here annually since 2011. --- First fall 2020 report on 10/23/20 (Rob Bender - using "Avila Beach Pier" eBird hotspot). --- Today observed from "Fisherman's Beach."

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50809726317/in/dateposted-public/" title="Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Avila Beach, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50809726317_186e4cd049_b.jpg" alt="Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Avila Beach, CA" /></a>"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 12:25 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S78809315
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Located by Brad Schram on 12/6/2020. --- Possiby the same bird photographed by Dave Keeling on 11/4/2020. --- Last eBird report in 2020:12/16/20 and not reported on eBird again until 1/3/2021 (Will Knowlton). --- 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.

Today observed mostly swimming and occasionally preening in the creek downstream from the Cypress Street bridge - in the presence of Bufflehead and Eared Grebe, but not associating with them.

Dark brown back with white feathers on the sides; dark brown hood-shaped head with high point above the eye; white neck "collar" appearing narrow due to elongated feathers on the back of the head, which makes the head look large; white belly seen when preening; white breast with flecks of gray; steep forehead; faint white crescent-shaped mottling at the base of the bill; pale golden eye; dark olive-green stubby bill with large black nail.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50808653883/in/dateposted-public/" title="Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica), Pismo Beach, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50808653883_b72331e09c_b.jpg" alt="Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica), Pismo Beach, CA" /></a>"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 07, 2021 14:37 by Eric Wier
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78850480
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Kingbird with large head and bill; tail long, with notched tip"

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Jan 07, 2021 09:30 by Tom Edell
- Bayshore Bluffs Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3544917,-120.8456295&ll=35.3544917,-120.8456295
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78837523
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Photo of a bird with a dark gray hooded head, mostly dark gray flanks with brown in rear flank, pink bill, dark eye, brown back sharply demarcated from dark gray hood, dark gray wings with pale/brown edged tertials, dark gray upper tail, white belly through undertail coverts"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 07, 2021 07:18 by Eric Goodill
- 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/S78823842
- Comments: "Heard only. I feel comfortable IDing this bird based on the recordings I made yesterday."

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Bird Festival events coming up

Wendy Walwyn
 

The Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival 2021 has a couple of online events by John Muir Laws on bird sketching (Jan 16) and Chris Cameron on migration (Jan 15). Registration is free and there are plenty of spots available as of now.



Please join us and share with friends!



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*** Species Summary:

- Barrow's Goldeneye (4 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (5 reports)

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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 11:29 by John Fields
- 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/S78800382
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported and also seen past two days here at the creek mouth"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 11:29 by Jean Bazor
- 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/S78794177
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported and also seen past two days here at the creek mouth"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 11:29 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/S78794143
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported and also seen past two days here at the creek mouth"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 08:23 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/S78807052
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Juvenile male reported at this location by Brad Schram on 12/7/20 and believed to be the same bird photographed by Dave Keeling earlier on Nov 4, 2020 had fluffy, dark brown head that appeared black with purple hues at the back in some sun angles and white crescent forming on face behind bill. A steep forehead rose abruptly from stout, dark 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 observed in creek about 100 yards downstream and west of walking bridge."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 09:09 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S78794831
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male originally reported by Jim Royer on 11-22-20; red throat with complete black border, no red on nape."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 14:20 by Terri Osborn
- San Simeon Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6082903,-121.0776049&ll=35.6082903,-121.0776049
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78758880
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird first reported 12/16/2020, grayish back with slightly darker head, whitish yellow chest and belly. Seen on barbed wire fence along road. (poor photo for ID purposes)"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 07:29 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/S78777200
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 11:00 by John Sayers
- 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/S78800716
- Comments: "Bird was foraging on the ground with other sparrows behind the milk hut in the maintenance yard (just past the quonset hut). I was watching this bird as the streak-backed oriole perched about 20 feet from me in a coffee berry"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 11:00 by John Sayers
- 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/S78800716
- Comments: "bird was seen in the corner of the maintenance yard before the campground at around 11 am. It was seen earlier in the morning in the dormant box elder across from the quonset hut. This sighting was in the eastern edge of the maintenance yard past the stack of peeler cores near the metal cage that used to be over a well head. It was perched on a dying coffee berry covered in lichen and was photographed by another birder. It fly behind the milk hut and then disappeared for a bit. I was still other about 20 minutes later when everyone else left and saw the black-throated sparrow foraging. I was following the sparrow when the oriole came back and perched about 20 feet from me. Still moved too fast for me to get my phone out and photograph. I alerted the other birders in the campground before I left."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 10:30 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S78800984
- Comments: "Continuing immature male since 11/4/20 (Jim Royer) and last seen in 2020 on 11/26/20. No eBird reports in December 2020. --- Re-sighted on 1/1/2021 (Nick Belardes). ---
Today at 10:36 a.m.: Brief, but distinct view, perched and in flight, in the vegetation behind the red park maintenance shed by the quonset hut. --- Bright orange, black chin and bill.

Checklist (with photos) by Adam Searcy:
<iframe width="640" height="518" src="https://macaulaylibrary.org/asset/295264141/embed/640" frameborder="0"></iframe>"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 08:37 by Jonathan Nakai
- 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/S78785215
- Comments: "Time seen: 10:36 am. Continuing bird by the red maintenance shed and seen by a few birders. The bird was very uncooperative showing itself briefly before diving back into the bushes. A very bright orange, hefty oriole with decurved black bill and prominent thick white wingbars on blackish wings. To me, the bird seemed larger and more brightly orange than hooded orioles. Was not able to see the back in the brief time I saw the bird. Unfortunately after coming home, my audio of the chatter did not come out."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 08:03 by Adam Searcy
- 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/S78797180
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photographed (to be uploaded) behind maintenance quonset hut. First detected by brief loud chatter not dissimilar (to my ear) to Northern Oriole. The bird appeared similar in size to a Northern Oriole. Appearance: plumage rich orange overall with a deep burnt-orange (nearly reddish) face and narrow black mask extending from in front of eyes to the bill and then onto the chin and breast forming a small black bib. Wings black with white edged primaries and white wingbars. Back orangeish-brown with dark streaks. Iris appeared black and bill was black with silvery sheen. No tail or tarsus/foot details were observed."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 06, 2021 07:40 by Eric Goodill
- 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/S78774465
- Media: 2 Photos, 2 Audio
- Comments: "Distinctive chattering call. Intense orange bird with some reddening around the face and a black chin extended somewhat down the throat. Obvious white wing bars. Somewhat olive back with streaks. At 7:45 this morning I heard the distinctive rattling up slope behind the maintenance shed in the largest coffee berry plant upslope. This continued for a few minutes before the bird appeared. It then flew down slope and perched in the pale vertical stalks for a few moments before flying out of my camera’s viewfinder to points unknown. I wonder if its night roost is in that coffee berry since several early-morning reports have been from this location while reports later in the day range widely over the area."

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Streak-backed Amazing Luck

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

I know there are more important things happening today, but...

Today was my extremely lucky day.   I had excellent looks at the STREAK-BACKED ORIOLE today, at 8:50AM, (with no other birder in sight).   As I walked toward the campground, before the barrier, I noticed something orange about 5 feet off the ground, right on the left side of the road.   "It can't be", was my first thought.   But it was, and it sat calmly for a minute or two and flew only a few feet when spooked by a jogger.   My folder has 108 images taken over six minutes.   Most are dreadful but several came out quite nice, including a mostly front view and a mostly rear view.   Total luck, but perhaps the bird is becoming more cooperative.   I wish equal luck to each of you!

I have posted two pictures on my FLICKR site of the oriole, and a not good picture of the Zone-tailed hawk, redeemed somewhat by being taken with a near full moon background, a remarkable composition.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


Steak-backed Oriole continues behind maintenance, shed

Eric Goodill
 

At 7:45 this morning I heard the distinctive rattling up slope behind the
maintenance shed in the largest coffee berry plant. This continued for a few minutes before the bird appeared. It then flew down slope and perched in the pale sticks for a few moments before flying out of my camera’s viewfinder to points unknown. I wonder if its night roost is in that coffee berry since several early-morning reports have been from this location while reports later in the day range widely over the area.

Good birding, Eric Goodill
Menlo Park, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Barrow's Goldeneye (2 reports)
- Glaucous Gull (2 reports)
- Zone-tailed Hawk (3 reports)
- Rough-legged Hawk (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Purple Finch (Western) (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (5 reports)

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

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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 07:19 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S78722827
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 07:19 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/S78714977
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 10:58 by Herb Elliott
- Oso Flaco Creek Mouth/Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0334489,-120.6333643&ll=35.0334489,-120.6333643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78744141
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "This gull was overall white with some tan, white wingtips, pink-based and blackish tip on bill."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 15:30 by Liam Hampl
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78754577
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Herb Elliott at Oso Flaco. Photos"

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:21 by Nick Belardes
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78750826
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. My previous and only other sighting was Dec. 15, 2020: (https://ebird.org/checklist/S77530769). I parked facing south in a turn-off on South Bay Blvd. Didn’t see the bird so drove south to a nearby elevated trailhead (Park Ridge Trail). After a brief survey, spotted the bird flying westward, low over vegetation. It’s yellow bill was what I noticed. Also the bird is slightly smaller than a vulture and cruised a bit more like a harrier than a vulture just then. The bird perched on a log north of my location. I was able to see the bird’s striped tail at that point. I walked up the road, snapped some photos. The bird soon flew south and perched on another log closer to where I parked (still just north). Three other birders joined me for photos. A turkey vulture soon flushed the bird to another log southwest of our location. It was still perched when I left."

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:15 by Mike Bush
- Park Ridge Trail Parking Area (use for viewing estuary), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3414123,-120.8237954&ll=35.3414123,-120.8237954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78729056
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "A continuing mega-rarity on the Morro Bay Estuary with a dark brown/black body with white underwings and bright yellow feet and bill. I saw this bird a week ago feeding on a shorebird on a tall fallen branch stub at the State Park Marina. At that time, it was 'bombed' by a Turkey Vulture and kept feeding. Today the ZT Hawk was simply perched and had flown a short loop, returning to the same perch. Not long later, the hawk was again 'bombed' by a Turkey Vulture, this time giving up its perch to fly further into the Estuary and simply perch on the Salilcornia (Pickleweed)."

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:15 by Jeanne Miller
- Park Ridge Trail Parking Area (use for viewing estuary), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3414123,-120.8237954&ll=35.3414123,-120.8237954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78754667
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "A continuing mega-rarity on the Morro Bay Estuary with a dark brown/black body with white underwings and bright yellow feet and bill. I saw this bird a week ago feeding on a shorebird on a tall fallen branch stub at the State Park Marina. At that time, it was 'bombed' by a Turkey Vulture and kept feeding. Today the ZT Hawk was simply perched and had flown a short loop, returning to the same perch. Not long later, the hawk was again 'bombed' by a Turkey Vulture, this time giving up its perch to fly further into the Estuary and simply perch on the Salilcornia (Pickleweed)."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 02, 2021 08:49 by Wendy Walwyn
- Carrizo Plain NM (use specific hotspots when available), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78509099
- Comments: "Continuing, perched on a fencepost mottled dark overall, white subterminal and dark terminal tail."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:34 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S78722482
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male; photos"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:34 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S78718961
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male; yellow belly, red throat patch with complete black border, extensive white barring on back. Photos"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 13:02 by Nick Belardes
- San Simeon Creek Rd, Cambria US-CA 35.60757, -121.07842, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.607571,-121.078424&ll=35.607571,-121.078424
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78755364
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird on the wired fence south of the road."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 13:02 by Kai  Mills
- San Simeon Creek Rd, Cambria US-CA 35.60757, -121.07842, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.607571,-121.078424&ll=35.607571,-121.078424
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78753983
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird on the wired fence south of the road."

Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 07:13 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S78678619
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "At first glance in the field I noted these birds to be HOFI, but upon closer inspection of my photos I observed the females had a pale eyebrow, darker cheek, and a slight pale crescent below their eye. Also females appear to have distinctive streaks that are slightly blurred and seem to be stockier then HOFI too.  See photos"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:34 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S78722482
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 08:34 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S78718961
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small Spizella, pale underneath, dark eye line into lores, gray collar. Photos"

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1)
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 09:19 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S78749765
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "I was walking along bluffs from the fig tree lot when I spotted a bird fly to the upper side of a cliff about two feet below the edge. The bird had my attention because it seemed a bit different in coloration to other Savannah Sparrows (though resembled one) and had a large pink bill. Lines above and through the eye seemed dark in comparison with the Savannahs I’d been seeing, and its breast streaking seemed larger and redder. Shrubs were above where the bird landed. I walked to the shrubs (because I couldn’t see the bird) and the bird flushed and flew about 20 yards south of my position on a cliff edge. I snapped some photos and later determined this to be the sub-species that lives along the Sea of Cortez."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 14:42 by Terence Degan
- 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/S78745762
- Comments: "Seen briefly during two short flights and one short perch with another birder, Judy, before disappearing in thick brush behind campsite 27. Very bright orange with jet black throat. Total time seen about 10 seconds. I wasn’t quick enough to take a photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 11:17 by Tammy McQuade
- 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/S78733317
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird.   Found in the dead looking brush opposite the big aluminum looking maintenance shed.  First alerted by his chatter call.   Seems to like the dead brush but not sure why he’s going I. There since there doesn’t appear to be any food."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 11:17 by David McQuade
- 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/S78733316
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird.   Found in the dead looking brush opposite the big aluminum looking maintenance shed.  First alerted by his chatter call.   Seems to like the dead brush but not sure why he’s going I. There since there doesn’t appear to be any food."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 05, 2021 09:10 by Jeanette Stone
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78751402
- Comments: "Continuing bird; perched briefly in bushes across from maintenance yard and flew over to shrubs above the camp host site. Sadly, no photos but great view of fly over!"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 03, 2021 14:30 by Moed Gerveni
- 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/S78698043
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Rattle call heard independently by Will K. and myself, leading us to the bird. Great clear views of the bird for a good 5 minutes behind the metal barn, between the campground gate and the ranch. Orange bird with black throat, streak back. 4th time is a charm (?!)"

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Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve 1/5/21

Liam&Kilian Hampl <thomshe@...>
 

Today, after hearing reports of the Glaucous Gull (Herb Elliot), at Oso Flaco, we tried (unsuccessfully) to find it in the afternoon. Afterwards, we went to check Rancho Guadalupe Dunes Preserve, south of Oso Flaco, where we found it in a flock of gulls in front of the parking lot on the beach. There were unusually large numbers of gulls there as well.

Other birds of note include;

Canvasback (2)
Mew Gull (7ish)
Herring Gull (25ish!)
Dunlin (3)
and some very odd gulls (10ish) that I will hopefully have an ID for soon. If any of these gulls turn out to be rare, I will post.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S78752602 
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78752099 
https://ebird.org/checklist/S78752430 

Kilian and Liam Hampl
Arroyo Grande


Oso Flaco Lake - you may never bird there again

Jeff Miller
 

I did not see any rare or unusual bird species at Oso Flaco Lake this morning. However I did see a DEIR, which is the 4-letter code for the Draft Environmental Impact Report that State Parks is using to justify their impending plans to absolutely destroy Oso Flaco Lake as outstanding bird habitat and a desirable birding location.

 

If you’ve ever enjoyed birding at Oso Flaco Lake you should be very upset and angry about State Park’s plan to destroy Oso Flaco as a birding destination. State Parks just released their final Public Works Plan, and it would be a disaster for Oso Flaco, birds and birders. You can read the plan here: https://www.oceanodunespwp.com/en/documents/draft-eir

 

It would bring massive development and intensive camping and park infrastructure to 120 acres northeast of Oso Flaco Lake, on the agricultural parcel just north of the current parking lot. It would bring off-road vehicles right next to Oso Flaco Lake, developing a 40-acre off-roading trail immediately adjacent to the north end of the lake. This trail would be open year-round, 24 hours a day for legions of noisy off-road vehicles. It will also replace and upgrade the existing Oso Flaco lake boardwalk and add a new boardwalk section across the southwest corner of the main lake.

 

The project will directly destroy and degrade habitat for snowy plovers, least terns, and several rare plant species. It will bring hundreds to thousands of people to Oso Flaco on weekends for off-roading and camping, bringing with the traffic jams of vehicles and people excessive noise disturbance, water pollution, additional dust, habitat alteration, attraction of predators, and introduction of invasive species.

 

The project would potentially cause least terns to abandon use of Oso Flaco Lake for foraging and may drive many, many other bird and wildlife species away from the lake and the surrounding area. It would completely alter what is now the top birding spot in San Luis Obispo County.

 

The Oso Flaco “Improvement Project” would be done in two stages. Development would include:

200 RV campsites, 100 drive-in campsites for tent camping, 20 cabins, and 38 primitive campsites;

Parking lots for 160+ public vehicles;

Paved concession and event area;

60-person picnic area;

General-purpose building with restrooms and a loading zone for buses

Also:

Park maintenance and operations area including maintenance yard, office buildings, staff residences, enclosures, sheds, containers;

Additional parking lots for up to 170 State Parks and staff vehicles;

A new southern entrance for off-road vehicles to access Oceano Dunes SVRA, with an off-roading trail from the camping area over Oso Flaco Creek, or across lands leased from Phillips 66 into the east side of the SVRA riding area. This new access plus the new 40-acre riding area will bring massive amounts of traffic, noise, and off-roaders to the new developed area.

 

The Center for Biological Diversity, Morro Bay Audubon, and other groups in the Dunes Alliance will be fighting this proposal. We will have an action alert out very soon on this issue. There will also be a future California Coastal Commission hearing on this plan.

 

State Parks is taking public comments on their plan and their environmental review document until March 2. Send comments to:

California State Parks

Strategic Planning and Recreation Services Division

1725 23rd Street, Suite 200

Sacramento, CA 95816

By email: OceanoDunes.PWP.EIR@...

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Barrow's Goldeneye (3 reports)
- Zone-tailed Hawk (6 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (5 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (3 reports)

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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 11:34 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/S78685302
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 08:51 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/S78680940
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from 2020. Re-found by Will Knowlton on or around Jan. 3. I had one previous sighting on Dec. 6, 2020 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S77167279). Though my photos today were taken in poor lighting, it is obvious the 1st-winter pale plumage along the base of the duck’s bill has more strongly developed into a crescent. It was clear through binocs too and with just eyeing the bird without them. When I arrived, Mike Bush said he found the bird fifty or so yards west of the pedestrian bridge. We walked to nearby dunes for a slightly better angle for photos. The bird swam and dove ten or so yards from the opposite shore. It wasn’t mingling with any of the ruddies."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 08:28 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/S78686007
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing, photos. Seen downstream of the wooden bridge."

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 13:43 by Herb Elliott
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78690379
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "previously reported - https://ebird.org/checklist/S77568250"

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 08:20 by Roger Zachary
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78671732
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing; MOB"

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 08:20 by Jeff Miller
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78657336
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing with TVs, white tail band and yellow cere; photos"

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 08:20 by Maggie Smith
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78667898
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing with TVs, white tail band and yellow cere; photos"

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 03, 2021 10:00 by Stephanie Little
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78681023
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, flew in from the east around 2:30 p.m. and circled the eucs (closest to Slip 6) then flew into the campground and perched in the cypress above site #96. It then flew high over the campground and over the eucs near the boardwalk. All dark hawk, silver underwing, black and white barring on tail, yellow cere."

Zone-tailed Hawk (Buteo albonotatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 03, 2021 10:00 by Carrie Miller
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78680590
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, flew in from the east around 2:30 p.m. and circled the eucs (closest to Slip 6) then flew into the campground and perched in the cypress above site #96. It then flew high over the campground and over the eucs near the boardwalk. All dark hawk, silver underwing, black and white barring on tail, yellow cere."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 09:29 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S78696315
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Seen in continuing location at maintenance shed. Black bar on back of head with red to either side. Photos."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 09:29 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/S78696246
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Seen in continuing location at maintenance shed. Black bar on back of head with red to either side. Photos."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 10:28 by Herb Elliott
- 2776–3008 San Simeon Creek Rd, Cambria US-CA 35.60813, -121.07801, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.608127,-121.078014&ll=35.608127,-121.078014
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78690459
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing bird ... grayish brown above with a darker head and creamy-yellow below"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 02, 2021 11:20 by Jeanette Stone
- San Simeon Creek Rd, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6091892,-121.0774765&ll=35.6091892,-121.0774765
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78689025
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing at this location"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 03, 2021 10:25 by Petra Clayton
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78625993
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Present since 10/7/20 (Tom Edell: "Likely same bird back for 7th winter").- Last eBird report prior to 10/7/20: 3/3/20)
Yellow breast, belly, and undertail; green back; notched tail; stout bill."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 13:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Elks parking lot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2631982,-120.6722675&ll=35.2631982,-120.6722675
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78685970
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 07:39 by Dale Ball
- 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/S78652637
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Have a picture, will add later."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 07:38 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78650982
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 07:33 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/S78684353
- Comments: "Continuing first winter bird with dark throat on grassy edge just off Pecho Road and  west of ranch house"

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 07:31 by Anonymous eBirder
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78694316
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First seen with a flock of mixed sparrows at the Ranch House.  Later seen at  campsite 1."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 07:31 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/S78662978
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First seen with a flock of mixed sparrows at the Ranch House.  Later seen at  campsite 1."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 14:44 by Eric Wier
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78696388
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing rarity, first heard, then seen at back of campsites 25 & 26"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 07:38 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S78650982
- Comments: "Continuing; bright orange head and breast, prominent white wing bars"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 04, 2021 07:33 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/S78684353
- Comments: "Seen flying from south to north across campground road and into leafless buckeye tree on east side of ranch house before dropping down into poison oak and disappearing. Poor brief look at medium sized passerine with reddish orange head."

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Re: Possible Black Rail Cypress Ridge Golf Course

Liam&Kilian Hampl <thomshe@...>
 

Apologies, I just found out that this bird is on private property and may involve trespassing without first obtaining permission to bird there.

Kilian Hampl,
Arroyo Grande

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