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2020 Carrizo Plain CBC Results

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2020 Carrizo Plain CBC Results

Updated January 14, 2021

Kathanne Lynch, San Luis Obispo, CA

2020 Carrizo Plain CBC Compiler

 

At the 50th Carrizo Plain CBC on January 2, thirty birders found 9,362 birds of 62 species. Historically the Carrizo CBC averages 13,000 birds of 66 species. The lower number of birds found this year was despite our field effort being 25 percent greater than average. Birders spent 59 hours in the field driving 116 miles and walking 16 miles.

 

Volunteers, not the birds, made this CBC unique and the volunteers deserve our collective thanks. Participants had to make the difficult COVID-restricted decision to count birds alone or with family, and to spend three hours driving solo to and from the Carrizo. Without these 30 volunteers, this CBC would have been canceled and no data collected. Special thanks also goes to Joanne Aasen for managing the CBC web page and to Roger Zachary, Will Knowlton, Jeff Miller, Joe Flynn, Norm Pillsbury, and Kathanne Lynch for scouting.

 

Count day field conditions were excellent with partly cloudy skies, temperatures ranging from 32° to 55°F, and calm winds. The gravel roads had some puddles, but Soda Lake had only a few puddled pools of water. 

 

CBC lowlights were that no Burrowing Owl, no Mountain Plover, and no LeConte’s Thrasher were found on count day or on scouting trips. Given our increased hours in the field, the total numbers of birds and species was lower than expected.

 

CBC highlights before count day were that Will Knowlton discovered a Lapland Longspur outside the count circle and a Sage Thrasher and Brewer’s Sparrow inside the count circle. The thrasher and sparrow stayed to be counted on count day, but the longspur did not come into our circle. On count day two Golden Eagles appeared on the Edell’s route, and Tom captured a photo of one carrying a stick to its nest.

 

For readers who have not yet birded the Carrizo Plain National Monument, the appeal of birding this part of SLO County is we find certain bird species to be more common here than elsewhere in the county. Notable of the 62 species we found were: Rough-legged Hawk (1 individual), Ferruginous Hawk (8), Long-billed Curlew (694), Greater Roadrunner (4), Barn Owl (5), Long-eared Owl (1), Short-eared Owl (2), Merlin (6), Prairie Falcon (6), Loggerhead Shrike (56), Horned Lark (2,381), Mountain Bluebird (65), American Pipit (45), Phainopepla (8), Chipping Sparrow (7), Lark Sparrow (486), White-crowned Sparrow (Gambel’s 1,257), Bell’s Sparrow (97), Savannah Sparrow (771), and Western Meadowlark (1,081).

 

Complete count details will be on the national Audubon website (http://netapp.audubon.org/cbcobservation/), and are available now by contacting kathannelynch3@....

 
Kathanne Lynch
from her perch on Pismo Street in downtown San Luis Obispo


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (3 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (2 reports)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 09:30 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S79183931
- Comments: "Breeding plumage"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 12:28 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/S79198245
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "previously reported - https://ebird.org/checklist/S77162530

Around 12:45 AM the Barrow's Goldeneye flew from the surf near Pismo Beach Pier to Pismo Creek mouth. The black bill of this immature male Barrow's Goldeneye seemed shorter, stubbier, and deeper based compared to a Common Goldeneye."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 15:40 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/S79202069
- Comments: "Continuing. Have pics if needed."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 12:58 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/S79198537
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "... continuing immature male - https://ebird.org/checklist/S77162989

Around 12:45 AM the Barrow's Goldeneye flew from the surf near Pismo Beach Pier to Pismo Creek mouth. The black bill of this immature male Barrow's Goldeneye seemed shorter, stubbier, and deeper based compared to a Common Goldeneye."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 08:08 by Eric Wier
- 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/S79179952
- Comments: "Woodpecker with red crown, white throat, black and white supercilliary and black eye stripe, narrow white flank stripes, “messy” grayish white pattern on back, pale yellow wash on white belly, working on extensively drilled Peruvian pepper tree."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 07:18 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S79177173
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 13:15 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/S79156588
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing (since 12/6/20) 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). --- The first eBird report for fall 2019 at this eBird hotspot was 10/10/19 and the last eBird report was 2/7/2020 .

The bird shows the same reddish wash across the face that was seen in previous years and raises suspicion about his lineage.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50830743927/in/dateposted-public/" title="Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis), Bob Jones Trail, Avila Beach, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50830743927_37b0ddefcf_b.jpg" alt="Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis), Bob Jones Trail, Avila Beach, CA" /></a>"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 09:55 by Kaaren Perry
- 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/S79188200
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This rare winter migrant, first reported on 12/15/2020, continues to be seen 3.3 miles off Hwy 1 along San Simeon Creek Road. Look for the Yellow- diamond warning sign for a 20 mph double curve as described by Mike Bush in a previous sloco post. It is was seen moving about in the farm field between the sign and the new bridge. This morning it feeding in the field, often perched on stubble and perched along the barbed wire fence. At one time it flew to the creek side of the road, circled around and returned to the fence. Heard calling."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 08:04 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79181686
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Last seen Dec. 19, 2020. Likely first spotted on Dec. 3, 2020. See Dec. 12, 2020 record on bird ID (https://ebird.org/checklist/S77286600). Spotted in Community Garden with small flock of juncos, foraging on ground, chasing each other into pine. Goldfinch and a phoebe also present."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 13, 2021 07:44 by Maggie Smith
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79183918
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Heard chatter first and eventually the bird teed up on a dead stick at the top of the hill behind grey maintenance buiding. Saw mango head and streaked back. Got one poor photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:14 by John Fields
- 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/S79208708
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Female yellow body and red-orange accent"

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Brewer’s Sparrow at Cloisters Park

Jim Royer
 

I found a Brewer’s Sparrow in a flock of White-crowned Sparrows along the fence line just north of the north end of the Coisters Community Park pond, in north Morro Bay today. It was feeding on the ground and flew with the flock north toward the fence for the nearby houses. I could not refind it.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Eastern Phoebe continues - San Simeon Cr. Rd.

Kaaren Perry
 

This rare winter migrant, first reported on 12/15/2020, continues to be seen 3.3 miles off Hwy 1 along San Simeon Creek Road.  Look for the Yellow- diamond warning sign for a 20 mph double curve as described by Mike Bush in a previous sloco post. It is seen moving about in the farm field between the sign and the new bridge.  This morning it feeding in the field, often perched on stubble and perched along the barbed wire fence. At one time it flew to the creek side of the road, circled around and returned to the fence.  Heard calling. 

A Black Phoebe was seen nearby. 


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Brown Booby (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Orchard Oriole (2 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 07:24 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S79129249
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing breeding male. Seen with two Surf Scoters just south of Dog Beach and straight out from Rock out-cropping. Photos for ID purposes...poor lighting and distance"

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 07:37 by Nathan Pieplow
- 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/S79131687
- Comments: "Flying out to sea, seen through scope. Shape similar to a loon but with much slower wingbeats and lots of gliding. Will saw it plunge dive from the air into the water once. It looked entirely dark above with a sharply demarcated white belly."

Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster) (1)
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 07:37 by Will Anderson
- 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/S79131688
- Comments: "Flying out to sea, seen through scope. Shape similar to a loon but with much slower wingbeats and lots of gliding. Will saw it plunge dive from the air into the water once. It looked entirely dark above with a sharply demarcated white belly.

wills notes: Scoped from the parking lot. First got on this bird at the northernmost viewable portion of the ocean, noticed the slow flapping and the long pointed wings. It was flying south almost the entire time, except once when it passed the flag that is offshore, when it spun north for a moment and hovered for a second before plunge diving. It didn't sit on the surface long, and returned to its southern course. Overall, it was a fully dark on the back booby with a white belly and a sharply demarcated brown bib. This removes all other boobies from contention. I was able to get Nathan on the bird for a while to get a second observer."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 11:15 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S79125236
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird: Adult male, vertical white stripe on the shoulder with red cap and throat"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 11:00 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S79159233
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird on Pepper Tree in the Maintenance Yard; Bold white slash on the wing, bold black, white, and red face pattern and white mottling on back. Red Nap."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 12:29 by Will Anderson
- 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/S79142941
- Comments: "Continuing."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 12:29 by Nathan Pieplow
- 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/S79142940
- Comments: "Continuing."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 12:39 by Mike Bush
- 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/S79141934
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, in large aloe across the fence. Seen just briefly."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 12:25 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S79153166
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. I first viewed this bird on Oct. 10 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S79026560). My look this time was better than my last view, and I was able to snap a few quick photos while it appeared on an Aloe flower branch (Mike Bush noticed the bird first as we were observing this location). I can say this bird does appear much smaller and greener than Hooded Orioles I’ve seen. I was able to see the back of the bird better this time, and note how olive the back is compared to its yellow-green belly. It has two pale wingbars and dark wings with blackish feathers, those rung with pale white edges. The tail and bill are also noticeably shorter than a Hooded Oriole. Its black chin patch covers a smaller area than a Hooded Oriole, not deep into its breast. The black from that patch does extend up and around its silvery bill, and the bird has a thin dark eyeline. The bird wasn’t in the aloe for long and dove out of sight toward bird feeders in the yard of the home where it could be seen from beyond the nursery fence."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 09:48 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S79148426
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in creek willows and on hillside behind park maintenance shed; generally silent and skulky, but heard occasional chattering call and watched it perch in the shrubby undergrowth; deep orange-yellow head and underparts, black bib and lores, extensive white in wings; photos."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 09:48 by david borthwick
- 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/S79156328
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in creek willows and on hillside behind park maintenance shed; generally silent and skulky, but heard occasional chattering call and watched it perch in the shrubby undergrowth; deep orange-yellow head and underparts, black bib and lores, extensive white in wings; photos."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 07:37 by Will Anderson
- 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/S79131688
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos and audio."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 12, 2021 07:37 by Nathan Pieplow
- 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/S79131687
- Comments: "Continuing. Photos and audio."

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (2 reports)
- Orchard Oriole (4 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (5 reports)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 10:45 by Roger Zachary
- Avila Beach Drive, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1774397,-120.7495492&ll=35.1774397,-120.7495492
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79097213
- Comments: "Recently reported; the bird was out with Surf Scoters; male with white markings on gray; rusty flanks;"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 09:02 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/S79090272
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. I spotted this individual on one other occasion, Dec. 8, 2020 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S77244294). That individual had a paler red throat than the brighter other continuing Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and had a wash of yellow that cut diagonally along its long left and right white wingbars. Right away, when I spotted the bird land in a pine in the secondary cemetery area, I could see that the bird appeared to not have as bright plumage as the other continuing Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I wasn’t certain it was the same paler individual until comparing photos between both specimens. I can not only see the same paler red throat, and the same messy blend of black and white on its nape, but the same diagonal yellow wash on its white left wingbar (only have photo views of this side, though I do have left and right wing photos in my Dec. 8 report). The bird flew from the pine onto the trunk of a deciduous tree in the middle of the park (same tree where I saw the bird initially on Dec. 8). Mike Bush and I tracked the bird to this tree, again to another tree just east of that, and again into the large conifers in the east end of the cemetery along Higuera. We both eventually decided to leave the area, having obtained a satisfactory amount of photo documentation."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 09:02 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/S79092203
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. I spotted this individual on one other occasion, Dec. 8, 2020 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S77244294). That individual had a paler red throat than the brighter other continuing Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, and had a wash of yellow that cut diagonally along its long left and right white wingbars. Right away, when I spotted the bird land in a pine in the secondary cemetery area, I could see that the bird appeared to not have as bright plumage as the other continuing Yellow-bellied Sapsucker. I wasn’t certain it was the same paler individual until comparing photos between both specimens. I can not only see the same paler red throat, and the same messy blend of black and white on its nape, but the same diagonal yellow wash on its white left wingbar (only have photo views of this side, though I do have left and right wing photos in my Dec. 8 report). The bird flew from the pine onto the trunk of a deciduous tree in the middle of the park (same tree where I saw the bird initially on Dec. 8). Mike Bush and I tracked the bird to this tree, again to another tree just east of that, and again into the large conifers in the east end of the cemetery along Higuera. We both eventually decided to leave the area, having obtained a satisfactory amount of photo documentation."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 10:15 by Roger Zachary
- US-CA-San Luis Obispo-Avila Beach Golf Resort - 35.1839x-120.7311, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.183941,-120.731121&ll=35.183941,-120.731121
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79098425
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "seen pecking on a eucalyptus tree behind the maintenance buildings; recently reported"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 12:45 by Kelly Cherry
- 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/S79109437
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Dark head, light breast, see pics"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 11:37 by Rudy Lucero
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79095665
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large bill, forked tail, light gray head"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 09:02 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/S79092203
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. I’ve been able to observe at least one Chipping Sparrow at this location since Dec. 8, 2020. I also previously recorded three individuals on Dec. 24, 2020 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S77938588). This morning, spotted one Chipping Sparrow foraging on middle cemetery plot lawn (in main cemetery). The specimen foraged alone for a few minutes, flew into a nearby pine, then returned to the lawn. The bird was then joined by a second bird, and several minutes later, a third individual. Those birds were joined by Yellow-rumped Warblers and bluebirds. I observed for about fifteen minutes when Mike Bush arrived. He saw two of the individuals after they flew across a paved path, and foraged with other birds, including those I mentioned, as well as Robins and a small swarm of Cedar Waxwings that flew to the ground. Each Chipping Sparrow had bold eyelines from pink bills that extended from the base of the bill through their eyes. Two of the individuals had brighter crowns than a somewhat rusty-colored third."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 09:02 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/S79090272
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. I’ve been able to observe at least one Chipping Sparrow at this location since Dec. 8, 2020. I also previously recorded three individuals on Dec. 24, 2020 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S77938588). This morning, spotted one Chipping Sparrow foraging on middle cemetery plot lawn (in main cemetery). The specimen foraged alone for a few minutes, flew into a nearby pine, then returned to the lawn. The bird was then joined by a second bird, and several minutes later, a third individual. Those birds were joined by Yellow-rumped Warblers and bluebirds. I observed for about fifteen minutes when Mike Bush arrived. He saw two of the individuals after they flew across a paved path, and foraged with other birds, including those I mentioned, as well as Robins and a small swarm of Cedar Waxwings that flew to the ground. Each Chipping Sparrow had bold eyelines from pink bills that extended from the base of the bill through their eyes. Two of the individuals had brighter crowns than a somewhat rusty-colored third."

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 08:09 by Larry Owens
- 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/S79085839
- Comments: "In flock near southeast bend of boardwalk. streaking more brown and large more orange bill"

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1)
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 07:35 by Tom Edell
- 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/S79111514
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "photo of continuing bird. Significantly larger bill than other Savannah Sparrows with a more gray toned back and less black in underside streaks"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 11:10 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/S79091907
- Comments: "Continuing, m. ob. Seen only, briefly, on neighbor’s aloe plants."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1)
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 09:54 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S79111394
- Comments: "Continuing, straight bill, 2 white wing bars, greenish-yellow to yellow throughout, distinctive call"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 09:47 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S79087061
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "...continuing immature male first reported by Petra Clayton on January 8th. Only had obscured views with a few photos but was also confirmed by Greg Smith that this was the target bird. It was observed first in the Cape Honeysuckle and then flew to the flowering Torch Aloe next door where we all got a view of it. Photos to follow."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 09:28 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S79066333
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Likely found in Dec by Jim Royer. Also, found on 1-8-21 by Petra Clayton. Heard chuk call/chatter and recorded it's whistle. Small oriole, lacked orange tinge and white on belly."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 09:10 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S79111266
- Comments: "Continuing sporadically since 11/04/2020. Mostly orange with streaked back, black bib and lores coming in and white wing bars."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 08:15 by Kaaren Perry
- 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/S79101648
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "The first county record Streak-backed Oriole, found initially by Jim Royer on Nov. 4, 2020, continued this morning at Montana de Oro State Park. Today it was mostly seen and heard from the entrance, behind the Ranch House and along both sides of the path leading to the first camp loop.
The behavior that I observed today seemed to have changed a bit since my last effort to photograph the bird the end of Nov. On my previous visits the bird was extremely elusive, sometimes hunkering down deep in the brush for extended periods of time before flying out and quickly diving into another bush. This morning it was seen on more than one occasion, tee'd up near the tops and edges of various small trees and bushes. It was heard chattering on multiple occasions and at one time I believe I heard a soft wheet from his direction."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 08:03 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/S79081244
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "....continuing bird since beginning of November. I first heard this birds recognizable chatter, and then saw it perched in the trees behind the Ranch House where it was doing a little preening before it flew down into the low lying shrubs. After a few minutes it chattered again an popped up very briefly in the Torch Aloe in the same area. Photos to come."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 07:47 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/S79110241
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Found by Jim Royer on Nov 5, 2020. First seen at 815 AM. We heard it chattering. It emerged from the creekside vegetation behind the ranch house. It perched in the shrubs along the road and then flew to the hillside behind the maintenance shed. It could be heard chattering on hillside was was observed ducking in and out of vegetation. As we were leaving at 10AM we heard and saw the oriole in the bushes (creekside) before the first campsite."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 11, 2021 07:47 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/S79096839
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Found by Jim Royer on Nov 5, 2020. First seen at 815 AM. We heard it chattering. It emerged from the creekside vegetation behind the ranch house. It perched in the shrubs along the road and then flew to the hillside behind the maintenance shed. It could be heard chattering on hillside was was observed ducking in and out of vegetation. As we were leaving at 10AM we heard and saw the oriole in the bushes (creekside) before the first campsite."

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Streak-backed Oriole - continuing

Kaaren Perry
 

The first county record Streak-backed Oriole, found initially by Jim Royer on Nov. 4, 2020, continued this morning at Montana de Oro State Park.  Today it was mostly seen and heard from the entrance, behind the Ranch House and along both sides of the path leading to the first camp loop. 

The behavior that I observed today seemed to have changed a bit since my last effort to photograph the bird the end of Nov.  On my previous visits the bird was extremely elusive, sometimes hunkering down deep in the brush for extended periods of time before flying out and quickly diving into another bush.  This morning it was seen on more than one occasion, tee'd up near the tops and edges of various small trees and bushes. It was heard chattering on multiple occasions and at one time I believe I heard a soft wheet from his direction. Finally a chance to get a photo!  Slightly obscured but nevertheless, after more photo attempts than I care to reveal, I left happy! What a stunning bird!   http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Red breasted sapsuckers

Ron Ruppert
 

Viewed 3 RB sapsuckers on different parts of Cuesta College today.
Ron Ruppert 
Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (3 reports)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (2 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker (hybrid) (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (2 reports)
- Orchard Oriole (8 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 08:50 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S79053726
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male; photos"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 07:51 by Kai Mills
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79029226
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult wintering male. In surf near dog beach shore with a handful of Surf Scoters."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 07:51 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S79025190
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult wintering male. In surf near dog beach shore with a handful of Surf Scoters."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 10:01 by Kai Mills
- 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/S79018730
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile male seen in the surf just north of the creek mouth. Drifting north. Developing that distinct white crescent"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:16 by Carly Boyd-Dovideo
- Pismo State Beach, Pismo Beach US-CA 35.13714, -120.64267, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.137141,-120.642673&ll=35.137141,-120.642673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79011683
- Comments: "Previously reported juvenile male. Diving in the waves just off shore. Distinct golden eye, complete white collar, and emerging white crescent behind bill on cheek."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:21 by Tom Edell
- E. Hazard Canyon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2979994,-120.862956&ll=35.2979994,-120.862956
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79050518
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing male drilling eucalyptus tree downslope from road just past the traffic mirror. Initially found when tapping was heard. All red throat with black border, red crown, no red on nape. Horizontal white bar at side of closed wing, messy back markings. (Photo)"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 08:54 by Kai Mills
- 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/S79012234
- Comments: "Found in the pepper tree surrounded by cacti, beside the maintenance shed. Chased off to an adjacent tree by a CATO below it, chased off again from this new tree and flew off towards the creek."

Red-naped x Red-breasted Sapsucker (hybrid) (Sphyrapicus nuchalis x ruber) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 16:32 by Tom Slater
- Pajaro Lane Loop, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.018773,-120.5092185&ll=35.018773,-120.5092185
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79056767
- Comments: "tapping sap in pepper tree, continuing bird. Slight smudge of red on cheek, otherwise looks just like a male red-napped sapsucker."

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (Passerella iliaca [megarhyncha Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:12 by Wendy Walwyn
- West Cuesta Ridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3657353,-120.661226&ll=35.3657353,-120.661226
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79053723
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (Passerella iliaca [megarhyncha Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:12 by Jeff Miller
- West Cuesta Ridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3657353,-120.661226&ll=35.3657353,-120.661226
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S79027387
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 12:00 by Eric Wier
- 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/S79042643
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 12:00 by Stephanie Little
- 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/S79055389
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 12:00 by Carrie 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/S79055453
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature male"

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 11:15 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S79058647
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature male first reported on 8 Jan, Seen in the big torch aloe at the next door residence and in the large cape honeysuckle nearby. Small oriole with a rounded head and a rather short only slightly decurved bill. It had black on the face only at the sides of the bill and in the lores. It was bright yellow below, had two white wing bars."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:56 by Tom Edell
- 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/S79050500
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male first reported on 8 Jan, but probably here for longer. Seen in the big torch aloe at the next door residence and in the large cape honeysuckle nearby. At one point I followed it through the nursery and into the field to the southwest where it eventually flew to a large eucalyptus behind residences. It was soon back at the aloe. Before I saw this bird I head it giving "chuk" calls from the aloe. This was a small oriole with a rounded head and a rather short only slightly decurved bill. It had black on the face only at the sides of the bill and in the lores. It was bright yellow below, had two white wing bars and pale edged tertials, a fairly short primary extension beyond the tertials and the tail appeared relatively short compared to a Hooded Oriole. It had a dark culmen on an otherwise pinkish colored bill."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 09:14 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S79026560
- Comments: "Continuing bird rediscovered Jan. 8 by Petra Clayton that may have been initially been found Dec. 15, 2020 by Jim Royer. Jane Hawley spotted bird atop flowering aloe. By the time I saw the bird, I only had a glimpse just before, and as it ducked out of sight. Spotted bird again atop honeysuckle. Bird was smaller than a Hooded Oriole (though larger than the nearby Yellow-rumped and Orange-crowned warblers), with a small downcurved bill. I noticed its yellowish belly and olive head and back. Didn’t see it long enough to describe its wing patterns, though I did notice its long tail and overall oriole shape the way it clung to the aloe flower. Reminded me of the body position of the Streak-backed Oriole in MDO as it clung to stalks. Waited another 40+ minutes. The bird didn’t reappear."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 09, 2021 10:45 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/S78982726
- Comments: "Young male oriole with some black at the base of the bill and a black spot on the center of the upped chest. It seemed brighter yellow in the underparts than a young male Hooded Oriole. It was yellowish in the underparts and olive green in the upper parts with whitish wing bars on blackish wings. The bill did seem less decurved than a Hooded and the tail may have been shorter, but I was not totally convinced it was an Orchard Oriole until it gave chuck call, and a slurred whistle call that was different than the “veek” call of a Hooded. I first saw this bird on December 15, but misidentified it as a Hooded Oriole and did not hear it call or whistle then. Since December 15 it appeared to have gain more black at the base of the bill. Otherwise it looked the same. It was seen by Petra Clayton on January 8 and was identified on that day as a likely Orchard Oriole. Norm and I heard this bird give chuck calls and whistle."

Orchard Oriole (Icterus spurius) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 12:10 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/S78909495
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Yellow head and underparts; olive-green back and tail; olive-gray wings with white wingbars; a small black patch below the eye on either side of the bill; small black throat patch; fairly straight, sharply pointed bill. (Overall slightly smaller in size than Hooded Oriole, shorter tail, shorter, less downcurved bill) .
Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 12/27/2018 (Jay Carroll)

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Orchard Oriole"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 08:41 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/S79043459
- Media: 1 Photo

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 08:41 by Stephanie Little
- 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/S79055334
- Media: 1 Photo

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 08:41 by Carrie 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/S79055456
- Media: 1 Photo

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 10, 2021 07:26 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/S79050555
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing bird present here since 4 Nov 2020. I first saw this bird perched in the leafless California Buckeye at 0730 hours. It soon flew down to the torch aloe on the slope behind the ranch house where it gave a few rattle like calls and dropped further into the riparian vegetation. It eventually was heard calling in the same area again but not seen. Orangey colored oriole (especially the head) with black around the base of the blue-gray bill and onto the chin and into the lores. Back appeared greenish with dark streaks. All visuals were brief as is usual for this bird. (Photo)"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jan 08, 2021 12:10 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/S78909495
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Bullock's Oriole feeding:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50819426138/in/dateposted-public/" title="Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii), female, Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50819426138_7cf17a8721_b.jpg" alt="Bullock’s Oriole (Icterus bullockii), female, Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

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Hawk-0-rama

Thomas Slater
 

I stood in the middle of my driveway for an hour, between 4:30 - 5:30, and watched as 9 Ferruginous Hawks flew in to roost in the tall eucalyptus trees. Earlier I also refound the red-naped x red-breasted sapsucker in my neighbor's tree. 

Bird on,


Tom Slater
Nipomo Bird Sanctuary

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Nipomo


21 Cassin's Kingbirds in the Village, AG

Brad Schram
 

CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS were perching, feeding, and chasing loudly adjacent to the swinging bridge over Arroyo Grande Creek in the village this morning before 9 o'clock.  A minimum of twenty-one Cassin's were present.  A flock of approximately 30 CEDAR WAXWINGS were also present as were a half-dozen or so AMERICAN ROBINS.  All were feeding on the ripe ivy berries along the creek here, along with starlings.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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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


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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
njmann50@...

"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



--
Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'




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