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Re: Hooded Merganser. Turri Rd

Kaaren Perry
 

The group of ducks, including the Hooded Merganser were mostly moved on from the pond when I passed again around 10:00.  Only a few Cinnamon Teal remained. 

Photo of the female Hooded Merganser now on flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/. I think they are great looking ducks!


On Feb 12, 2021, at 9:08 AM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

HOME seen on season pond at corral this morning.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay




FW: Alvaro's Adventures Feb. 21 Newsletter

Tom Edell
 

 

 

Alvaro’s Adventures just announced the new pelagic dates for 2021 which include a trip out of Morro Bay on Sep 25. Sign up online at Pelagic Dates 2021 (alvarosadventures.com) .

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: Alvaro's Adventures <alvaro@...>
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2021 10:36 PM
Subject: Alvaro's Adventures Feb. 21 Newsletter

 



Newsletter - Feb 2021


 

 

Pelagic Dates 2021
 

 

I  am happy to announce that we have a pelagic schedule finished. The dates are available here. Usually we would have the payment options ready to be clicked on, but this year we are holding off on taking payment as we are not yet sure of pricing. The reason is that pricing depends on how many people are allowed on the boat, and this depends on the Covid-19 risk, and county rules. Covid rates are decreasing rapidly here in Central California, so everything is looking good, but I don't want to guess at this point. We are likely to have final information by March or April, so we will hold off on pricing. If you are wondering how to pick a trip - we do have a "How to Pick a Pelagic Trip" page.   
    If you are interested in any of the dates, and want to reserve a spot, please
e-mail us and we will put you on the list for that day. Then as soon as we have confirmation of passenger numbers we will be back in touch with final details. 
    Note that additional dates may be added depending on demand. We are looking forward to an amazing, bird and whale rich pelagic season. 

 

Re-shuffle continues

 

Today the news came out in the US, that there will be enough vaccines to vaccinate all Americans by July. This is good news. We now have a timeline for this major milestone, and we are hopeful that vaccination rates are increasing in other parts of the world as well. Nevertheless, we have had to shift our Cuba tour to December, and Spain to August. Due to the change in dates we may have some spots open in those two tours. This time of fall is an incredible time to watch southbound migration at the Strait of Gibraltar in Spain, with thousands of kites, eagles, honey buzzards, and storks! Cetaceans could be good too on the water, and the tortillas (potato quiche basically), the jamon (ham) and vino are always good. Similarly, Cuba is cooler and more migrant warblers are going to be there in December. We miss a couple of summer residents, but it is a great time to be in Cuba. We are on track for the June trip to the Coffee Triangle in Colombia; meanwhile Hawaii and Galapagos are nearly full but do let us know if you are interested. Also do watch what we are up to in 2022, including our classic Chile & Argentina Birds and Wine. Trips in 2022 are filling quickly, as it seems that there is a pent up excitement about returning to travel. We are happy to help! 





 
 

 

Owl Workshop

 


Alvaro is offering a workshop on the Owls and Nightjars of the US and Canada starting next week. The focus will be on identification, visual and acoustic with additional details on the ecology, behavior, migration, taxonomy and the raw magic of these birds. We will address how to find owls, and what types of habitats to look for them. Similarly we will dive into the nightjars, including their identification, ecology and vocalizations. Both of these groups are highly vocal, yet have conserved plumage traits. That makes them particularly likely to have cryptic species, those that we cannot see, but are real! And this is in fact the case, we likely have more owl species than currently accepted. This will be a fun workshop. Visit our Events Page to sign up. 

Science Behind the Scenes

 

Alvaro is spending his extra time at home wisely. He is working on two papers that may have the eventual result of splitting species. Both of them are very widely distributed species. Burrowing Owl, yes, its true, there is more than meets the eye here. This work is almost finished, and hopefully will be submitted soon. The other study is on the widespread Wilson's Storm-Petrel, and this one is complex. This is work with a talented team of Chilean researchers. I will not say any more, but some interesting stuff is going on there. From previous work Alvaro was involved in, the South American Snipe has been split, and English names are being worked on (Rattling Snipe!), similarly the Vermilion Flycatcher has been split. We hope to see the Galapagos species on our trip this summer! When the new papers are finished I will let folks know. Tourism, Science, Conservation, Fun - we do it all! 
 


 

 

 

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Hooded Merganser. Turri Rd

Kaaren Perry
 

HOME seen on season pond at corral this morning.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- California Condor (2 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (5 reports)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 11:05 by Norman Pillsbury
- Studio Drive, Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4298271,-120.8834606&ll=35.4298271,-120.8834606
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80839277
- Comments: "Female, pale/light from eye down along neck, but not including back of head; rest of bird was brown. No markings on head. Mixed with many Surf Scoters."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 13:00 by Kees Eglowski
- [Home] Hill Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4552779,-120.6282493&ll=35.4552779,-120.6282493
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80809175
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Continuing. See attached recording."

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (4)
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 13:18 by Seth Ontiveros
- Rocky Butte Truck Trail, Paso Robles, California, US (35.68, -121.063), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6801547,-121.062722&ll=35.6801547,-121.062722
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80848880
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Viewed from road. Tan wing tags 66 and 68 observed. 68 roosting a few trees away from 66 with two other condors roosting together. Could not read other two wing tags from view."

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (4)
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 13:18 by Annie Lamas
- Rocky Butte Truck Trail, Paso Robles, California, US (35.68, -121.063), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6801547,-121.062722&ll=35.6801547,-121.062722
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80848881
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Viewed from road. Tan wing tags 66 and 68 observed. 68 roosting a few trees away from 66 with two other condors roosting together. Could not read other two wing tags from view."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 15:10 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- 309 Cerro Romauldo, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.294962,-120.6799333&ll=35.294962,-120.6799333
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80843924
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "I saw this bird fly into the tree across from my house at the corner of Cerro Romauldo and Santa Lucia. I'm tentatively calling it a pure Red-naped Sapsucker based on the following fieldmarks.

Limited facial red extending beyond the normal boundaries of RNSA fieldmarks, though the red on the head is more extensive than might be expected in RNSA.

Two distinct vertical columns of white extending down the back of the bird, typical in RNSA.

Unmarked black in the breast, typical of RNSA. A hybrid would likely show some red.

However, the black band in the hindcrown of the bird is broken by red coloration, suggesting that there may be some RBSA blood in this bird. A typical RNSA would show a complete black band unbroken by red.

Perhaps this bird is a hyrbid, has some RBSA blood in its lineage, or just shows more wear on its feathers. Any input is very welcome."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 14:00 by Gail Laporte
- 2681 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39227, -120.85241, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392273,-120.85241&ll=35.392273,-120.85241
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80835140
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Bright red, adult male, short pale beak feeding on suet. He also perches high in the eucalyptus, avocado and a nearby pine trees."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 10:26 by Norman Pillsbury
- 2681 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3922511,-120.8523812&ll=35.3922511,-120.8523812
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80838542
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. First reported by Gail Laporte. Bright red male."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 12:40 by Mark Mushkat
- 2690 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3922,-120.8523), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392246,-120.852303&ll=35.392246,-120.852303
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80827126
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing around n terminus of Laurel Ave. Seen in eucalyptus, at suet feeder, and in backyard avocado tree. Neighborhood birder Gail is v helpful in pointing out the places this colorful male frequents."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 16:30 by Ann Stockert
- 2691 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3924,-120.8523), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392379,-120.852343&ll=35.392379,-120.852343
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80795353
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Bright red male SUTA, observed fly into the top of small eucalyptus tree on Koa Ave while I was standing on Laurel Ave talking to a neighbor (Gail) about this rarity. See photos."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 11, 2021 14:30 by Petra Clayton
- Morro Bay: Laurel Ave. Neighborhood, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3873373,-120.8516538&ll=35.3873373,-120.8516538
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80840037
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing male since 12/14/2020 on Laurel Avenue. --- Observed today in the tree across the street from 2681 Laurel Avenue.
Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50934709416/in/dateposted-public/" title="Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra), Morro Bay, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50934709416_bfb435a7e8_b.jpg" alt="Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra), Morro Bay, CA" /></a>"

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Re: Red-naped Sapsucker, hybrid?

Kevin Zimmer
 

My best guess is that it is a hybrid.  The dorsal pattern (back, scapulars & wings) look good for Red-naped, and there are certainly more Red-naped genes being expressed in the head/facial pattern as well.  But, there should be more of a black ocular band showing below the eye, and the white post-ocular stripe is heavily washed with red, starting from just behind the eye and extending all the way to the nape.  That excessive red pigment, at the expense of white and black strikes me as likely being the result of at least some Red-breasted contribution to the genotype.  Overall, the tilt of the phenotype is strong enough toward Red-naped, that I doubt that your bird is an F1 hybrid (Red-naped X Red-breasted), but more likely represents a more distant hybridization event, or backcross of a hybrid with a pure Red-naped.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


On Feb 11, 2021, at 6:12 PM, Torrey G-T <tgagetomlinson@...> wrote:

I had this RNSA type fly into my yard on Cerro Romauldo Ave. today around 3:00. Hard to say, but I'm leaning towards it being a pure non-hybrid Sapsucker. Any input is welcome. Below is my eBird checklist with comments.


Cheers,
Torrey


Re: Red-naped Sapsucker, hybrid?

Tom Edell
 

Hi Torrey,

 

This bird looks mostly like a Red-naped. However, there is red mixed into the dark bar across the nape and there red bleeding from the nape across the face that indicates this is not a pure bird. It appears there are some Red-breasted Sapsucker genes present in this bird.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Torrey G-T
Sent: Thursday, February 11, 2021 6:12 PM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-naped Sapsucker, hybrid?

 

I had this RNSA type fly into my yard on Cerro Romauldo Ave. today around 3:00. Hard to say, but I'm leaning towards it being a pure non-hybrid Sapsucker. Any input is welcome. Below is my eBird checklist with comments.

 

 

Cheers,

Torrey


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Cayucos, CA


Red-naped Sapsucker, hybrid?

Torrey G-T
 

I had this RNSA type fly into my yard on Cerro Romauldo Ave. today around 3:00. Hard to say, but I'm leaning towards it being a pure non-hybrid Sapsucker. Any input is welcome. Below is my eBird checklist with comments.


Cheers,
Torrey


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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Wandering Tattler (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (2 reports)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 07:30 by Jeff Miller
- North Point Natural Area--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.407079,-120.8717568&ll=35.407079,-120.8717568
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80755936
- Comments: "Male; entirely black, slightly smaller than nearby surfs and duck-like. All black rounded head with no white anywhere on face or back of head, bright yellow knob on bill."

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 07:58 by Maggie Smith
- Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5552913,-121.0983569&ll=35.5552913,-121.0983569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80782926
- Comments: "Overall dark gay bird with unmarked wings and tail. thin white supercilium, gray chest and flanks, light belly and yellow legs. Bobbed while walking."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 09:00 by Jeri Edwards
- 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/S80771827
- Comments: "continuing in the large Peruvian Pepper Tree by the golf course maintenance shed"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 12:08 by Teresa Connell
- 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/S80777893
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Will post pict. Continuing rarity. With Herb Elliot who parked and pointed it out on the fence before I got out of my car. That was magic!"

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 07:42 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/S80758839
- Comments: "Continuing. Second sighting this year. First singhting on Feb. 1 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S80259267 ). No photos. Slate wings, head, upper tail, flanks. Bird flew from tree near Casa Diablo feeders deep into nearby bottlebrush tree."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 14:04 by Kai Mills
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80781009
- Comments: "Continuing at the prickly pear patch"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 14:04 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80776795
- Comments: "Continuing at the prickly pear patch"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 09:44 by Steve Abbott
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80762794
- Comments: "Feeding in the cactus near the bridge. Very skulky. Chattering occasionally."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 08:08 by Teresa Connell
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80778407
- Comments: "Heard and seen with Herb Elliot. He found it as it flew into the cactus to feed a couple of times. Orange red hood and black markings under throat like Altimera Oriole and red orange body and black tail. Gary Lindquist and his wife were there as well."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Feb 04, 2021 16:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- San Simeon SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5968718,-121.1235286&ll=35.5968718,-121.1235286
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80790489
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Near campground 86"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 13:00 by Gail Laporte
- 2681 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39227, -120.85241, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392273,-120.85241&ll=35.392273,-120.85241
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80774197
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Red adult male; pale short beak; perched in avocado tree. Flew from tree to suet feeder at about 1pm."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 15:15 by Gail Laporte
- 2681 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39227, -120.85241, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392273,-120.85241&ll=35.392273,-120.85241
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80774522
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Red adult male; Perched on telephone wire and flew to neighboring backyard and perched on pole in late afternoon about 3pm."

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- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)
- Pigeon Guillemot (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Grasshopper Sparrow (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (1 report)
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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 10:07 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos - South end of Studio Drive, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4201782,-120.8777769&ll=35.4201782,-120.8777769
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80724326
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Female foraging in surf with Surf Scoter off the south end of Studio Drive. Rounded head with dark cap and pale face below eye that extending onto sides and front of neck (photos)"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 08:18 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S80730808
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "with black turnstones"

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 10:07 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos - South end of Studio Drive, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4201782,-120.8777769&ll=35.4201782,-120.8777769
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80724326
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "distant immature bird with darkish head, face and neck, black bill, white breast and sides mixed with darker feathers (no pattern), white undertail coverts, short tail, whitish patch in wing coverts. Bird raised up with back to me and flapped wings showing mottled white in coverts (poor photo), Possibly same young bird seen just south of this location at North Point Natural Area on 30 Nov."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 10:45 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/S80731144
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing species seen predictably at or near the previously reported location."

Grasshopper Sparrow (Ammodramus savannarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 09:43 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/S80730205
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "I’d been hearing a lot of Savannah Sparrow vocalizations. A few times I thought I heard a Grasshopper Sparrow singing. The song was faint (so there may have been 2-3 on my walk along the bluffs). While examining sparrows I spotted one dive deeper into the grasslands from where it had been hidden along the trail. The bird’s head was peeking out. I was able to see its large bill, eyering, yellow just above eye toward bill, white crown stripe, rufous-patterned back, dark back auriculars, and buffy flanks. The bird curiously stretched its body and poked its head above the grassline several times, and even popped into the open briefly."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 11:48 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/S80730101
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2021 08:00 by sonja raub
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80718682
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "An orange oriole with a extensive white streaking on its wings and distinct flecked streaks on its back appeared out of the prickly pear cactus to join the other feasting birds on cactus fruit. The Oriole was skulky taking cover every time a car drove by. I observed it feeding and Hiding for about 30 minutes before it disappeared in the trees across the street."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 14:14 by Jeff Miller
- 2680 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39251, -120.85220, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392511,-120.852198&ll=35.392511,-120.852198
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80726085
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bright male; photos"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 09, 2021 14:14 by Wendy Walwyn
- 2680 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39251, -120.85220, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392511,-120.852198&ll=35.392511,-120.852198
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80731266
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bright male; photos"

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Pigeon Guillemot, Black Scoter, north end of Toro Creek beach

Tom Edell
 

This morning I stopped to look through a large flock of scoters feeding in the surf from the south end of Studio Drive in Cayucos. Mixed in with the roughly 400 Surf Scoters was a female Black Scoter and one female type White-winged Scoter. With the aid of my scope, I found an immature Pigeon Guillemot further offshore and a little to the south. This is potentially the same juvenile I last saw from North Point Natural Area on 30 Nov, though there have been no other reports this winter until today. Adults should be returning before the end of February.  I counted 32 Red-throated Loons off the beach.

 

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Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Santa Rosa Creek - mouth

Kaaren Perry
 

The gull numbers were finally up this morning at Santa Rosa Creek lagoon.  On my recent visits there the lagoon had been dry and just a few gulls could be seen off shore. 

This morning the lagoon was full… thanks to the rain and todays high tide. A nice assortment of gulls had gathered on the shore, visible from the parking area.  An exceptionally large number of Mew Gulls were present of various ages and stages of molt.   To the best of my ability, counting by 10's as they moved about on the sand, I  figured at least 170 Mew Gulls were present.  Next in number were the California Gulls, 12 Heermann's Gulls. one of which was adult and the rest all appeared to be 1st cycle and a few Western Gulls. I finished up scoping the shore with 28 Royal Terns. No Herring Gulls today.  Many of us studied gulls last February and this is a good time to get out there and see what is gathering on our shores. 

A small group of 18 Brown Pelicans joining the shore roost were primarily immature birds with one striking adult in the group. 

I left the creek and headed up San Simeon Creek Rd. to check on the Eastern Phoebe. As I had hoped, it continues to flycatcher from the wire fence along the road and the farm field. 

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay










Cassin's Kingbird large flock

Ron Ruppert
 

I counted 28 Cassin’s Kingbirds near the Audubon Overlook (bay end of 3rd, 4th, & 5th streets) this morning while also experiencing a very high tide in the nearby bay!

Such a delight to enjoy their loud chatter!

Ron Ruppert

Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 09:09 by Ellie Squires
- Squires Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.456676,-120.6248437&ll=35.456676,-120.6248437
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80670816
- Comments: "Rusty and white striped head, gray breast, rusty and black wings with white wingbars."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2021 09:11 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/S80654089
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Found by Jim Royer on Nov 5, 2020.The SBOR was observed in the prickly pear cactus on the edge of the road just before the entrance to Spooner's Cove. The oriole was feeding on cactus fruit. When cars drove by it would flush to a different part of the cactus. The bird seemed to have a couple fruits that it preferred feeding on. After about 20 minutes it flew into the oceanside of the creek corridor."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 06, 2021 08:40 by Adam Searcy
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80662489
- Comments: "Wintering rarity. Several observations in the cactus patch where it has been reliable of late. Photos to be added."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 08, 2021 13:10 by Jeanette Stone
- Elena and Koa, Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392365,-120.853064&ll=35.392365,-120.853064
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80673681
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Adult Male recently reported near this location by Gail Laporte"

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Re: Cooper's Hawk

Chris Van Beveren
 

In our former residence in the San Fernando Valley, we had a Cooper's Hawk often looking over the situation at the feeder outside my window. I never saw him snatch a bird, but twice I witnessed him catch and lift a grey squirrel and fly off with it. You would not expect the Cooper's to be able to lift a creature nearly its own weight. Those big wings come in handy.



Chris Van Beveren
Beck Travel
565 Baywood Way

Los Osos CA 93402

Phone:  805 439-2023



becktravel@...

On Monday, February 8, 2021, 07:49:58 AM PST, Michael Hanson <mthanson@...> wrote:


I've had both Coopper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks harassing my feeders at various times.  I have found that the dickey birds wise up quickly and the hunting by these hawks soon becomes unproductive ad hawks move on after a short time.  I guess I count it a privilege to have these hawks visit my yard occasionally and afterall, feeders are for all, aren't feeder for all (except for the huge flocks of Band-tailed Pigeons who would empty my large feeder in about a day's time and crowd out all the smaller birds).

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> on behalf of Elie Axelroth via groups.io <elie.axelroth@...>
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 1:49 PM
To: Beverly Cohen <beverly423@...>
Cc: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Cooper's Hawk
 
This may be the same Cooper’s hawk that’s been bold in my yard ;-). I read on line that it’s best to take down the bird feeders for a while. 

Sent from Elie's iPad

On Feb 7, 2021, at 1:37 PM, Beverly Cohen <beverly423@...> wrote:

I have a Coopers Hawk, hanging out at my house for a few hours a day.  He dives into a shrub where all the smaller birds used to hide for safety, and now has become so brave that he just sits on my fence, or on a rock right beside the bush.  He is not afraid of me at all unless I get within 3 feet of him.  Then he casually flies a few feet away.      I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas to keep my other birds safe.
I am thinking about feeding the hawk, maybe some chicken, or other ideas, if anyone thinks that would deter his hunting.  Or if I just have to let nature take it's course.
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Big Changes at Oso Flaco Lake?  Free Webinar About It

Kaaren Perry
 

Hello Birders and all Environmentalist who receive these slocobirding posts. 

Many of us have been following the State Park and Coastal Commission proposals for habitat development at both Oceano Dunes and Oso Flaco. Here is an announcement for an upcoming Zoom sponsored by the League of Women Voters for this event.  It will be held next Monday afternoon, February 15, 12:00 - 1:00 pm.  While the event is free, registration is necessary.

Please consider attending and pass this announcement and opportunity to persons or groups you may think may be interested in learning more about it. Mark it on your calendar!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Save this date:

Learn about a major State Parks open space and environmental proposed project. Time to Act.

The League of Women Voters is putting on a free Zoom webinar that we thought some of our members and friends would want to know about. State Parks is planning major changes at Oceano Dunes SVRA, including a new campground at Oso Flaco Lake. The draft EIR on this project is open through March 2, including the portion of the project that affects Oso Flaco Lake.

More Info on the Event...Monday Feb 15 at noon via Zoom:

State Parks has released a proposed plan and associated environmental review that covers an area from the Oceano Dunes on the north to the Oso Flaco area to the south.  The Oso Flaco Improvement Project envisions a two-phased development for a new campground that could eventually result in over 300 sites. New trails and other structures supporting the campground might be built as well. 

Public comment on the draft EIR for this project closes on March 2, so please review it to see project plans in addition to the Oso Flaco project. (see the draft EIR here)

The Expert Panel for this Lunch with the League episode will provide an accurate description of the Oso Flaco part of the overall project and its potential impacts.

     Moderator:  Neil Havlik, LWV SLOCO
     Panelist:  Ronnie Glick, State Parks
     Panelist:  Kara Woodruff, Friends of Oso Flaco Lake

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Re: Cooper's Hawk

Michael Hanson
 

I've had both Coopper's Hawks and Sharp-shinned Hawks harassing my feeders at various times.  I have found that the dickey birds wise up quickly and the hunting by these hawks soon becomes unproductive ad hawks move on after a short time.  I guess I count it a privilege to have these hawks visit my yard occasionally and afterall, feeders are for all, aren't feeder for all (except for the huge flocks of Band-tailed Pigeons who would empty my large feeder in about a day's time and crowd out all the smaller birds).


From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> on behalf of Elie Axelroth via groups.io <elie.axelroth@...>
Sent: Sunday, February 7, 2021 1:49 PM
To: Beverly Cohen <beverly423@...>
Cc: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Cooper's Hawk
 
This may be the same Cooper’s hawk that’s been bold in my yard ;-). I read on line that it’s best to take down the bird feeders for a while. 

Sent from Elie's iPad

On Feb 7, 2021, at 1:37 PM, Beverly Cohen <beverly423@...> wrote:

I have a Coopers Hawk, hanging out at my house for a few hours a day.  He dives into a shrub where all the smaller birds used to hide for safety, and now has become so brave that he just sits on my fence, or on a rock right beside the bush.  He is not afraid of me at all unless I get within 3 feet of him.  Then he casually flies a few feet away.      I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas to keep my other birds safe.
I am thinking about feeding the hawk, maybe some chicken, or other ideas, if anyone thinks that would deter his hunting.  Or if I just have to let nature take it's course.
<E5B74245-3F62-4901-AB29-E3DF2171EC87_1_105_c.jpeg>


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*** Species Summary:

- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Wandering Tattler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

eBird encourages our users to bird safely, responsibly, and mindfully. Please follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and respect any active travel restrictions in your area. For more information visit: https://ebird.org/news/please-bird-mindfully

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 14:40 by Jan Bugge
- Knute's Ranch, O'Donovan Rd, Creston, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4749304,-120.5009651&ll=35.4749304,-120.5009651
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80626085
- Comments: "Very small hummingbird with iridescent purple head and long purple throat feathers. I tried to get a photo but the Anna's kept running him off. I saw him at least three times during the day. I'll try for a photo again tomorrow. I have seen Costa's here in previous years."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 11:30 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S80625496
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult since August 13, 2020 (Jay Carroll).
Today observed in the grassland.--- Golden-speckled crown, nape, and back; white supercilium extending down the back of the neck; small dark ear patch; slender dark bill; grayish-black, somewhat spindly legs; light-colored belly; buff wash on the breast.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50920809072/in/dateposted-public/" title="Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Point Sierra Nevada Beach, Highway One, San Luis Obispo County, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50920809072_c94fe27113_b.jpg" alt="Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva), Point Sierra Nevada Beach, Highway One, San Luis Obispo County, CA" /></a>

Possibly the same bird that wintered here in years past, arriving in August and leaving in March/April.
- Last winter: eBird reports from 8/12/19 to 3/26/20
- Prior winter: eBird reports from 8/18/18 to 4/28/19

On 8/13/20 it showed a dark belly (Jay Carroll) compared to today's light-colored belly and buff wash on the breast:
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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 07:52 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S80603967
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult; long legged, long retrices and golden coloring on back. Seen on grass before dunes."

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 07, 2021 08:15 by Wendy Walwyn
- Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5552913,-121.0983569&ll=35.5552913,-121.0983569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S80603349
- Comments: "Medium sized, both solitary and in separate areas of the bluff, grey upper parts in flight, yellow legs, bob while walking, light line above eye and dark line through eye, long beak, lightly mottled chest, grey back and tail, light belly."

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Re: Cooper's Hawk

Elie Axelroth
 

This may be the same Cooper’s hawk that’s been bold in my yard ;-). I read on line that it’s best to take down the bird feeders for a while. 

Sent from Elie's iPad

On Feb 7, 2021, at 1:37 PM, Beverly Cohen <beverly423@...> wrote:

I have a Coopers Hawk, hanging out at my house for a few hours a day.  He dives into a shrub where all the smaller birds used to hide for safety, and now has become so brave that he just sits on my fence, or on a rock right beside the bush.  He is not afraid of me at all unless I get within 3 feet of him.  Then he casually flies a few feet away.      I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas to keep my other birds safe.
I am thinking about feeding the hawk, maybe some chicken, or other ideas, if anyone thinks that would deter his hunting.  Or if I just have to let nature take it's course.
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Cooper's Hawk

Beverly Cohen
 

I have a Coopers Hawk, hanging out at my house for a few hours a day.  He dives into a shrub where all the smaller birds used to hide for safety, and now has become so brave that he just sits on my fence, or on a rock right beside the bush.  He is not afraid of me at all unless I get within 3 feet of him.  Then he casually flies a few feet away.      I'm wondering if anyone has any ideas to keep my other birds safe.
I am thinking about feeding the hawk, maybe some chicken, or other ideas, if anyone thinks that would deter his hunting.  Or if I just have to let nature take it's course.


Grover Beach ducks

Rubba Johanna
 

There is a seasonal pond in the park that occupies the block between 14th and 15th Sts. and Trouville and Mentone. Today there were 6-7 M/F pairs of Ring-necked Ducks in the pond as well as several Gadwall pairs, along with the usual mob of Mallards.

A Red-breasted Nuthatch was heard.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

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