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Re: Where are the hummers?

Claudia Freitas
 

We still have many up here on the hill.  Have to refill my four feeders every third day or so 
All Anna’s so far 
Claudia in west Atascadero at 1700’

On Wed, Feb 17, 2021 at 5:21 PM Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:
We are experiencing the same thing here at our home in Morro Bay.  A few weeks back they were buzzing all around, 5-6 at a time, emptying our feeders in a short order etc.  My thoughts are that our recent rain and wind storms may have either moved them on or they may have met with a fatal injury. Such strong winds and rains are pretty rough on such little birds.  I do believe that we will have hummers again before too long visiting our feeders. Anna's should soon be tending nests in our neighborhoods.

Nothing scientific, just my thoughts!

Kaaren






On Feb 17, 2021, at 12:04 PM, Susan Crawford <dreamzville@...> wrote:

I am in SLO on Orcutt Rd. near Laurel. I have fresh nectar out but no hummers for at least a week? Any ideas?

 Susan C.
San Luis Obispo

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Re: Where are the hummers?

Kaaren Perry
 

We are experiencing the same thing here at our home in Morro Bay.  A few weeks back they were buzzing all around, 5-6 at a time, emptying our feeders in a short order etc.  My thoughts are that our recent rain and wind storms may have either moved them on or they may have met with a fatal injury. Such strong winds and rains are pretty rough on such little birds.  I do believe that we will have hummers again before too long visiting our feeders. Anna's should soon be tending nests in our neighborhoods.

Nothing scientific, just my thoughts!

Kaaren






On Feb 17, 2021, at 12:04 PM, Susan Crawford <dreamzville@...> wrote:

I am in SLO on Orcutt Rd. near Laurel. I have fresh nectar out but no hummers for at least a week? Any ideas?

 Susan C.
San Luis Obispo

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MCAS is recruiting a WEBMASTER for the MCAS website

Morrocoast Audubon
 

[Posted with permission from Mike Stiles.]

Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) is looking for a tech-savvy person to be their Webmaster, using Google Blogger to maintain the MCAS website (https://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/), and to be the manager of other related Google Apps and non-Google Apps. This position will be under the supervision and direction of the MCAS Communications Chair. 

 

This is an hourly paid position, with a competitive hourly rate, that is expected to average 6-10 hours/week.


Webmaster duties would include: posting information about events, announcements, and special programs; updating the theme/header/footer/sidebar; and updating an array of web pages, such as MCAS Bird Finding Guides and MCAS Annual Christmas Bird Counts, with input from various MCAS board members.


Google Apps that this person would fully or partially manage are: Blogger, Drive, Docs, Calendar, Groups, Photos, Account, and My Business.


Non-Google Apps that this person would fully or partially manage are: PayPal (buttons) and GoDaddy (forwarding addresses).


This person would, as needed, attend the monthly MCAS board meetings.


We are hoping that this individual connects to and has an appreciation of the MCAS Mission:

To promote the appreciation, conservation, and restoration of ecosystems, 
focusing on the biological diversity of birds, other wildlife, and their habitats, 
particularly in San Luis Obispo County, California.


Applicants will need to complete an application and email it, along with a resume, to mcas@....

 


Re: Where are the hummers?

The Simpsons Simpsons
 

We’ve noticed too. We usually have 6 to 8 at any given time, but as of last week, maybe one and none the past several days. Fresh feeders too. We’re in A.G. Close to Oak Park & Fair Oaks.

~PMS 📷  

On Feb 17, 2021, at 2:37 PM, Tamara Livermore <tamara.dances@...> wrote:


I am noticing the same thing at my house near LOVR and Madonna. 🤔 

Tami Livermore


Re: Where are the hummers?

Tamara Livermore
 

I am noticing the same thing at my house near LOVR and Madonna. 🤔 

Tami Livermore


Where are the hummers?

 

I am in SLO on Orcutt Rd. near Laurel. I have fresh nectar out but no hummers for at least a week? Any ideas?

 Susan C.
San Luis Obispo

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

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*** Species Summary:

- Barrow's Goldeneye (2 reports)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)
- California Condor (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- Swainson's Thrush (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (3 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 08:29 by Anonymous eBirder
- 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/S81779139
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Photographed by Dave Keeling on 4 Nov. Relocated by Brad Schram on Sunday, Dec. 6th. From Tom Edell: "This is the fifth county record and the first documented with photos. The first county record reportedly involved a male shot by a hunter at Morro Bay in 1948."

Found 1/2 way between the Cypress Street Bridge and ocean. There is a pile of rocks that comes
down to the water on the campground side of the creek. It was with group of 2 male Surf Scooters, Buffleheads, and American Coots. When preening it turned completely on its back to work on belly feathers. After preening it tucked up and floated with a group of 5 Bufflehead. Later, on our return, we observed it swimming in the same area.

To view a Youtube Video of the Barrow's Goldeneye preening select the picture: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZgFKc5oKxfI" frameborder="0"></iframe>"

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 08:29 by Carol Comeau
- 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/S81766768
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing first winter male. Photographed by Dave Keeling on 4 Nov. Relocated by Brad Schram on Sunday, Dec. 6th. From Tom Edell: "This is the fifth county record and the first documented with photos. The first county record reportedly involved a male shot by a hunter at Morro Bay in 1948."

Found 1/2 way between the Cypress Street Bridge and ocean. There is a pile of rocks that comes
down to the water on the campground side of the creek. It was with group of 2 male Surf Scooters, Buffleheads, and American Coots. When preening it turned completely on its back to work on belly feathers. After preening it tucked up and floated with a group of 5 Bufflehead. Later, on our return, we observed it swimming in the same area.

To view a Youtube Video of the Barrow's Goldeneye preening select the picture: <iframe width="560" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/ZgFKc5oKxfI" frameborder="0"></iframe>"

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 07:26 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S81772489
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small female COHU ....short tail and with wings that reach just beyond. Slight decurved bill, and pale supercilium with pale gray auriculars. Photos"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 06:56 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S81721973
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing...stocky shorebird with bright orange legs, dark breast and white belly. Lighter plumage than nearby BLTU. (Photos for ID only)"

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 10:30 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S81778932
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "About 0.5 miles from the end of the (dirt) road we pulled over by the side of the road and observed from a relatively open area. Joshua was the first to spot the California Condor soaring high in the sky on "flat" wings, i.e. without wing flapping, however with occasional single wing tipping and slight body rocking. --- Black wings with primaries spreading out to form long “fingers;” white patches running from the wingpits along the leading edge of the underwings producing a long, narrow white triangle on anterior half of wing underside; depending on the light the upper wings show some white; relatively short tail;

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the California Condor in flight:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50950999238/in/dateposted-public/" title="California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50950999238_efa08dce0c_b.jpg" alt="California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus), San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 10:26 by David Cox
- 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/S81752110
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Clear breast, dark face, continuing at the location. In tree across the creek. Added Photo."

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 09:43 by Mike Modisette
- 3084 Cielo Grande, Atascadero, California, US (35.517, -120.676), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5170802,-120.6756052&ll=35.5170802,-120.6756052
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81413235
- Comments: "Rummaging through leaf litter along with sparrows."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 08:02 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/S81750491
- Comments: "Scene again where it was seen before in the bushes across from the garage sheds right at the entrance to the park. Good visual and we were able to photograph as well."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 16:32 by Tiffany Kersten
- 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/S81784226
- Comments: "Heard only; rattle call several times in the brush across the road from the cactus patch."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 06:30 by Becky Turley
- 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/S81785855
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in cactus patch near bridge. Chattering upon arrival at 6:40. Stayed in same spot eating cactus pear for about 10 minutes until a car drove by."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 16, 2021 16:28 by Grace Romero
- 2680 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39247, -120.85228, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392467,-120.852285&ll=35.392467,-120.852285
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81777406
- Comments: "Third visit to find this bird. This time very cooperative in eucalyptus flowers at eye level at the end of Laurel Street. After a few minutes flew down toward Kia Street. Beautiful all red tanager."

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Barrow's Goldeneye- continuing Pismo Creek Mouth

RoserComeau
 

After a disappointing early December glimpse of the Barrow's Goldeneye, I was re-motivated by recent reports to try again this morning between 8:30-10:30 AM. SUCCESS! The bird was located 1/2 way between the Cypress Street Bridge and ocean. It was in the area where a  pile of rocks comes down to the water on the RV resort side of the creek. It was with group of 2 male Surf Scooters, Buffleheads, and American Coots. He put on a nice show- preening and swimming. Ebird list has photos and a video. 

Carol Comeau
Los Osos





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*** Species Summary:

- Costa's Hummingbird (7 reports)
- California Condor (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
- White-crowned x Golden-crowned Sparrow (hybrid) (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 10:47 by Jay Carroll
- 11400 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA (35.4552,-120.6282), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455193,-120.628197&ll=35.455193,-120.628197
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81634319
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male with long purple gorget; perched in bare tree at 11405 Eliano."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 13:07 by Mike Bush
- 11415 Eliano Street, Atascadero, California, US (35.455, -120.628), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4549786,-120.6281526&ll=35.4549786,-120.6281526
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81655149
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Seen on nest."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (2)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 09:13 by Kai Mills
- 11425 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA 35.45533, -120.62806, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455326,-120.628058&ll=35.455326,-120.628058
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81680992
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing hummingbird. Kai Mills heard its rising/falling thin szeee-eeeeew song as soon as we parked adjacent to the park. I soon heard vocalizations as well. We then spotted what might have been a male Costa’s, though lost sight of that bird without pics. We then located a female in a tree across the street. She had a downcurved bill, long wings extending beyond her tail, and bits of purple on her throat. She flew into neighborhood bushes, foraged, then flew into a bush and landed on a small, greyish nest that appeared to be woven from bits of silk and other organic materials, including tiny sections of leaves and plant material. She sat on the nest for a few minutes before foraging again and returning. She vocalized often making dry, bubbly tink-tink-tink sounds. When the Hampl brothers arrived we pointed them to the nest, and later also directed Mike Bush to the nest via a phone call. While still in the area a second Costa’s (female or juvenile male) was spotted vocalizing while the female was in her nest."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (2)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 09:13 by Nick Belardes
- 11425 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA 35.45533, -120.62806, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455326,-120.628058&ll=35.455326,-120.628058
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81665795
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing hummingbird. Kai Mills heard its rising/falling thin szeee-eeeeew song as soon as we parked adjacent to the park. I soon heard vocalizations as well. We then spotted what might have been a male Costa’s, though lost sight of that bird without pics. We then located a female in a tree across the street. She had a downcurved bill, long wings extending beyond her tail, and bits of purple on her throat. She flew into neighborhood bushes, foraged, then flew into a bush and landed on a small, greyish nest that appeared to be woven from bits of silk and other organic materials, including tiny bits of lichen, according to an examination of photos by Mike Bush. The bird sat on the nest for a few minutes before foraging again and returning. She vocalized often making dry, bubbly tink-tink-tink sounds. When the Hampl brothers arrived we pointed them to the nest, and later also directed Mike Bush to the nest via a phone call. While still in the area a second Costa’s (female or juvenile male) was spotted vocalizing while the female was in her nest."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (2)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 09:35 by Kilian Hampl
- Eliano st, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4552752,-120.6283027&ll=35.4552752,-120.6283027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81611969
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing female on nest plus one female/immature male. Pointed out to us by Kai Mills and Nick Belardes. Photos."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (2)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 09:35 by Liam Hampl
- Eliano st, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4552752,-120.6283027&ll=35.4552752,-120.6283027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81611945
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing female on nest plus one female/immature male. Pointed out to us by Kai Mills and Nick Belardes. Photos."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 16:30 by Norman Pillsbury
- Hill Park, Eliano St., Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4552305,-120.6282397&ll=35.4552305,-120.6282397
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81035924
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 10:12 by Jim Royer
- 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/S81683208
- Comments: "Juvenile with dark head. Flying with TVs, but much bigger and different shape. Also perched and we could see a wing tag but not could read the number"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 08:18 by Grace Romero
- San Luis Obispo Creek Lagoon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1817709,-120.7364416&ll=35.1817709,-120.7364416
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81607622
- Comments: "Resting against large main branch of largest pepper tree just above maintenance building. Laddered back, red on crown and on nape of neck."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 10:12 by Jim Royer
- 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/S81683208
- Comments: "Continuing bird sitting on barb wire fence next to green field with new growth of rows of thistles, and then into sycamores across the road next to creek. It was past Red Mountain Road sign. The bird was in the stretch just before the big new concrete bridge."

White-crowned x Golden-crowned Sparrow (hybrid) (Zonotrichia leucophrys x atricapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 11:07 by Kilian Hampl
- Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4272109,-120.7491446&ll=35.4272109,-120.7491446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81663572
- Media: 11 Photos
- Comments: "Photo. In with Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows, and Juncos. Bewteen the bathrooms and the camp host house in the back loop."

White-crowned x Golden-crowned Sparrow (hybrid) (Zonotrichia leucophrys x atricapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 15, 2021 11:07 by Liam Hampl
- Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4272109,-120.7491446&ll=35.4272109,-120.7491446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81630191
- Media: 11 Photos
- Comments: "Photo. In with Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows, and Juncos. Bewteen the bathrooms and the camp host house in the back loop."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:00 by Gail Laporte
- Laurel Avenue, Morro Bay, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.39227,-120.85241&ll=35.39227,-120.85241
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81588536
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This was in the afternoon at about 3:45p; an adult male Summer Tanager, bright red, short pale beak, perched in a neighboring tree; his feathers were fluffed a bit, and he appeared to be resting."

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Re: Probable Cerro Alto Hybrid Zonotrichia

Liam&Kilian Hampl <thomshe@...>
 

After viewing photos and comparing bird to pics online, We have decided to change the ID to a Golden-crowned x White-crowned Sparrow (Hybrid).

Kilian Hampl
Arroyo Grande


Probable Cerro Alto Hybrid Zonotrichia

Liam&Kilian Hampl <thomshe@...>
 

Today at Cerro Alto there was a probable White-crowned x White-throated Sparrow (Hybrid) with the Golden-crowneds and juncos.

It was between the bathrooms and the camp host house in the back loop. Opinions welcome. Photos on eBird.

Kilian Hampl
Arroyo Grande


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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (3 reports)
- Wandering Tattler (3 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (1 report)
- Black Phoebe (Northern) (1 report)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (2 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (3 reports)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 16:25 by Robert Thoren
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81512443
- Comments: "Smaller black scoter, solo with yellow knob."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 15:26 by Lisa Gattuso
- Private Residence, O'Donovan Road, Creston, California,, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4753182,-120.5000419&ll=35.4753182,-120.5000419
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81432900
- Comments: "Continuing tiny hummingbird with purple crown and throat with extended gorget. strong white eye "eyebrow" and white patch above shoulders"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 08:16 by Stephanie Little
- 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/S81486304
- Comments: "Orange legs and feet, black breast band, reddish brown upper parts"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 08:16 by Carrie Miller
- 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/S81491361
- Comments: "Orange legs and feet, black breast band, reddish brown upper parts"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 08:16 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S81491461
- Comments: "Orange legs and feet, black breast band, reddish brown upper parts"

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 08:16 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S81491461
- Comments: "Gray breast and flanks, long bill, white eye ring and eyebrow."

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 08:16 by Stephanie Little
- 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/S81486304
- Comments: "Gray breast and flanks, long bill, white eye ring and eyebrow."

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 08:16 by Carrie Miller
- 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/S81491361
- Comments: "Gray breast and flanks, long bill, white eye ring and eyebrow."

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 16:25 by Robert Thoren
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81512443
- Comments: "Surprisingly in the inner bay, white wing patches and sharp pointed bill."

Black Phoebe (Northern) (Sayornis nigricans [nigricans Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 11:47 by Mike Modisette
- 3084 Cielo Grande, Atascadero, California, US (35.517, -120.676), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5170802,-120.6756052&ll=35.5170802,-120.6756052
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81438930
- Comments: "In tree catching bugs"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:28 by Larry Owens
- 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/S81446015
- Comments: "Seen about 1/4 mile before bridge (near 3310 SS creek road). Round head, light yellow under constantly pumping tail."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 12:40 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- 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/S81297538
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird here."

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 08:06 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S81480957
- Comments: "Off-white underneath brown on top no bright white markings"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 10:28 by Larry Owens
- 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/S81446015
- Comments: "With WCSP on hill at mile 3.4 up San Simeon creek road."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 12:32 by Grace Romero
- 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/S81489921
- Comments: "Found with group of Oregon juncos under cypress tree just off road along lake on trail to octagon covered group picnic area. All of Oregon junco rusty area replaced with dark gray and bib coming further down chest."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 09:00 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S81476810
- Comments: "Continuing. Slate head, back, tail, flanks. Didn’t have a close enough view to see if the bird had any brown within the slate. Birds scattered when a frisbee landed nearby. No photo."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 07:36 by Stuart Angerer
- 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/S81384153
- Comments: "seen briefly in the tangle next to the alarm pole across from the metal sheds just past the ranch house.0755 hrs"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 09:06 by Jessie Godfrey
- 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/S81495153
- Comments: "Flew into prickly pear cactus patch at 10:55 (35.2747968, -120.8865400). Gave 5 seconds of a show - just enough for a blurry photo or two - and then flew back off. Fleeting but successful looks at this lifer!"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 09:06 by Jason Riggio
- 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/S81495152
- Comments: "Flew into prickly pear cactus patch at 10:55 (35.2747968, -120.8865400). Gave 5 seconds of a show - just enough for a blurry photo or two - and then flew back off. Fleeting but successful looks at this lifer!"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 06:50 by Stan Snyder
- 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/S81422432
- Comments: "Black bib on throat much less extensive than on Hooded Oriole. Black streaks clearly visible on olive-green back. Seen very briefly at 8:01 AM in cactus patch just before bridge. Then flew to tree on same (downstream) side of road near creek. Got great unobstructed view there for about 30 seconds. Oriole then flew across road to tree below ranch house. After just a few seconds there, it flew again, out of sight further up creek. Clearly very active."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 12:51 by Jim Royer
- My House, 337 Henrietta Ave., Los Osos US-CA (35.3172,-120.8507), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317164,-120.850666&ll=35.317164,-120.850666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81503919
- Comments: "A continuing young male coming to grape jelly feeder"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 15:25 by Katherine Heck
- 2671 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3921,-120.8523), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.39209,-120.85233&ll=35.39209,-120.85233
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81500622
- Comments: "Continuing, in tree in back yard. Thanks to home owner who allowed me to see him."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 11:30 by Carrie Miller
- 2700 Koa Ave, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3924,-120.8530), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392397,-120.853003&ll=35.392397,-120.853003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81521124
- Comments: "Continuing all red male adult bird in euc"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 14, 2021 11:30 by Stephanie Little
- 2700 Koa Ave, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3924,-120.8530), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392397,-120.853003&ll=35.392397,-120.853003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81521123
- Comments: "Continuing all red male adult bird in euc"

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California Condors, San Simeon Creek Road

Liam&Kilian Hampl <thomshe@...>
 

Sorry for the delay, we were reminded this would be helpful to post here. After seeing Annie Lamas' and Seth Ontiveros' posts of Condors on Rocky Butte Truck Trail (off San Simeon Creek Road) on Feb 11, we headed up yesterday to see if we could refind them. At about 10:20 am, a short ways after the paved road went to dirt in an open viewing area, we spotted 2 condors in flight with Turkey Vultures. We continued following them up the road and saw 3 additional Condors join them (total of 5 at seen all at once). They were circling and we were able to get several pictures including the wing tags. We continued to follow them up the road until it was gated off (closed) and we couldn't continue further. Here are our pictures and the info we found on the two condors wing tags we were able to identfiy on condorspotter.com. We made out clips 8 and 11.

#711
Adult Male
Nickname: "Big Gulp"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 20, 2013
Age: 7 Years 8 Months
Hatch Location: World Center for Birds of Prey
Release Date: October 14, 2015 (San Simeon)
Father: Number 47
Mother: Number 51
Currently Paired With: Numbers 566 and 725
Foster Offspring: Number 1004
Biological Siblings: Numbers 150, 165, 182, 191, 203, 210, 224, 227, 235, 243, 257, 280, 282, 297, 309, 319, 339, 349, 354, 378, 448, 478, 518, 572, 621, 668, 748, 780, 836, 874, 890, 940, 951, 990

Full Bio: This bird stood out in his pre-release cohort because of his entertaining feeding style. Big Gulp enjoys eating large bites of partially defrosted food, often gulping down slushy bits of meat. He is 24/7 entertainment- Oh thank heaven for 711!! Starting from the time he was released in 2015 he formed a very close friendship with resident dominant male, 566. You rarely saw one without the other, and they often cuddled and preened together. In 2019 they joined forces and paired with Pinnacles Condor #725 to form a nesting trio. They are currently raising their first chick, #1003.


#208
Adult Female
Nickname: "Solo"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 14, 1999
Age: 21 Years and 8 Months
Hatch Location: Los Angeles Zoo
Release Date: March 4, 2000
Father: Number 1
Mother: Number 43
Biological Offspring: 431, 530, 606, 729
Foster Offspring: 429, 621, 665
Biological Siblings: 90, 91, 140, 141, 157, 166, 202, 217, 268, 284, 290, 307, 351, 357, 373, 397, 418, 429, 470, 492, 521, 537, 565, 623, 638, 642, 652, 684, 709, 725, 727, 772, 791, 805, 815, 852, 985

Full Bio: Solo has been an explorer her entire life. She knows the Big Sur backcountry and coastline intimately and preferred to roam these remote places alone until she matured and paired with Condor #168. Her preference for isolated areas has meant that Solo can be difficult to track and that she spends a lot of time in hunting territory, which puts her in danger of feeding on carcasses killed with lead bullets. In November 2005, Solo suffered severe lead poisoning and was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo for chelation treatment. Her life was saved thanks to intensive treatment by the highly qualified zoo staff.
​In 2006, Solo paired with #168 and they spend most of their time together, even when they don't have a chick relying on their care. This couple appears to us to have the happiest "marriage" of any of our paired birds. The one tiny tension in their partnership is that Solo prefers the backcountry east of the Santa Lucia Mountains, while #168 prefers the coast south of Big Sur. In 2007, they became the first pair to lay a fertile condor egg in the wild in Monterey County in over a century (this was #431, who was deemed genetically irreplaceable and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo). After several nesting attempts, Solo and #168 fostered Condor #665 in 2012 and, as expected, were spectacular parents!

Liam and Kilian Hampl,
Arroyo Grande


Golden Eagle, Los Osos

Judy Neuhauser
 
Edited

Examination of the photos reveal this to probably be an immature (juvenile?) Bald Eagle based on mottling of plumage and pale iris. The bird it is eating is a Coot (based on photograph of the feet), lending further evidence to this being a Bald Eagle.
Judy Neuhauser
Los Osos, CA


continuing Streak-backed Oriole at Montano de Oro Spooner's Cove

Cher Hollingworth
 

The Streak-backed Oriole is still around the Islay Creek Campground in Montano de Oro State Park.
It was seen today about 8am at the Campground Closed gate. Later, it was eating the prickly pear cactus
(near the bridge over Islay Creek) green fruits at 08:45 - 08:50.
At 08:50, the oriole flew up the hill toward the campground again.    I left that area at 09:00.

Cher Hollingworth
Lompoc


California Condor-Kilian

iseekbirds@verizon.net
 

Thanks for the wonderful California Condor writeup and pix.  I'm really enjoying seeing these 2 brother's adventures in birding.

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


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*** Species Summary:

- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- California Condor (2 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (2 reports)
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow (2 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (4 reports)
- Summer Tanager (5 reports)

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Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 12:24 by Grace Romero
- Toro Creek Mouth/Dog Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4126797,-120.8734381&ll=35.4126797,-120.8734381
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81224128
- Comments: "As previously reported by others, in surf at the end of Studio Drive with a group of surf scoters. Same body shape and behavior as surf scoters but very different head and bill shape — head more rounded, less elongated, less heavy bill. No spot on back of head."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:30 by Rick Saval
- Hill Park, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455278,-120.628249&ll=35.455278,-120.628249
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81243327
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues; photo."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:02 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S81154492
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Upright golden colored plover with prominent white supercilium. Poor photos"

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:42 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S81221934
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Exact count. All adults. Largish pinkish heads, large size, white on underwing, large, broad wings large fingers, wedge-shaped tail. At multiple times seen flying all together.
We made out 2 condor clips. 8 and 11.

(7)11
Adult Male
Nickname: "Big Gulp"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 20, 2013
Age: 7 Years 8 Months
Hatch Location: World Center for Birds of Prey
Release Date: October 14, 2015 (San Simeon)
Father: Number 47
Mother: Number 51
Currently Paired With: Numbers 566 and 725
Foster Offspring: Number 1004
Biological Siblings: Numbers 150, 165, 182, 191, 203, 210, 224, 227, 235, 243, 257, 280, 282, 297, 309, 319, 339, 349, 354, 378, 448, 478, 518, 572, 621, 668, 748, 780, 836, 874, 890, 940, 951, 990

Full Bio: This bird stood out in his pre-release cohort because of his entertaining feeding style. Big Gulp enjoys eating large bites of partially defrosted food, often gulping down slushy bits of meat. He is 24/7 entertainment- Oh thank heaven for 711!! Starting from the time he was released in 2015 he formed a very close friendship with resident dominant male, 566. You rarely saw one without the other, and they often cuddled and preened together. In 2019 they joined forces and paired with Pinnacles Condor #725 to form a nesting trio. They are currently raising their first chick, #1003.


(20)8
Adult Female
Nickname: "Solo"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 14, 1999
Age: 21 Years and 8 Months
Hatch Location: Los Angeles Zoo
Release Date: March 4, 2000
Father: Number 1
Mother: Number 43
Biological Offspring: 431, 530, 606, 729
Foster Offspring: 429, 621, 665
Biological Siblings: 90, 91, 140, 141, 157, 166, 202, 217, 268, 284, 290, 307, 351, 357, 373, 397, 418, 429, 470, 492, 521, 537, 565, 623, 638, 642, 652, 684, 709, 725, 727, 772, 791, 805, 815, 852, 985

Full Bio: Solo has been an explorer her entire life. She knows the Big Sur backcountry and coastline intimately and preferred to roam these remote places alone until she matured and paired with Condor #168. Her preference for isolated areas has meant that Solo can be difficult to track and that she spends a lot of time in hunting territory, which puts her in danger of feeding on carcasses killed with lead bullets. In November 2005, Solo suffered severe lead poisoning and was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo for chelation treatment. Her life was saved thanks to intensive treatment by the highly qualified zoo staff.
​In 2006, Solo paired with #168 and they spend most of their time together, even when they don't have a chick relying on their care. This couple appears to us to have the happiest "marriage" of any of our paired birds. The one tiny tension in their partnership is that Solo prefers the backcountry east of the Santa Lucia Mountains, while #168 prefers the coast south of Big Sur. In 2007, they became the first pair to lay a fertile condor egg in the wild in Monterey County in over a century (this was #431, who was deemed genetically irreplaceable and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo). After several nesting attempts, Solo and #168 fostered Condor #665 in 2012 and, as expected, were spectacular parents!"

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:42 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S81221526
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Photos. Exact count. All adults. Largish pinkish heads, large size, white on underwing, large, broad wings large fingers, wedge-shaped tail. At multiple times seen flying all together.
We made out 2 condor clips. 8 and 11.

711
Adult Male
Nickname: "Big Gulp"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 20, 2013
Age: 7 Years 8 Months
Hatch Location: World Center for Birds of Prey
Release Date: October 14, 2015 (San Simeon)
Father: Number 47
Mother: Number 51
Currently Paired With: Numbers 566 and 725
Foster Offspring: Number 1004
Biological Siblings: Numbers 150, 165, 182, 191, 203, 210, 224, 227, 235, 243, 257, 280, 282, 297, 309, 319, 339, 349, 354, 378, 448, 478, 518, 572, 621, 668, 748, 780, 836, 874, 890, 940, 951, 990

Full Bio: This bird stood out in his pre-release cohort because of his entertaining feeding style. Big Gulp enjoys eating large bites of partially defrosted food, often gulping down slushy bits of meat. He is 24/7 entertainment- Oh thank heaven for 711!! Starting from the time he was released in 2015 he formed a very close friendship with resident dominant male, 566. You rarely saw one without the other, and they often cuddled and preened together. In 2019 they joined forces and paired with Pinnacles Condor #725 to form a nesting trio. They are currently raising their first chick, #1003.


208
Adult Female
Nickname: "Solo"
Flock: Big Sur
Hatched: May 14, 1999
Age: 21 Years and 8 Months
Hatch Location: Los Angeles Zoo
Release Date: March 4, 2000
Father: Number 1
Mother: Number 43
Biological Offspring: 431, 530, 606, 729
Foster Offspring: 429, 621, 665
Biological Siblings: 90, 91, 140, 141, 157, 166, 202, 217, 268, 284, 290, 307, 351, 357, 373, 397, 418, 429, 470, 492, 521, 537, 565, 623, 638, 642, 652, 684, 709, 725, 727, 772, 791, 805, 815, 852, 985

Full Bio: Solo has been an explorer her entire life. She knows the Big Sur backcountry and coastline intimately and preferred to roam these remote places alone until she matured and paired with Condor #168. Her preference for isolated areas has meant that Solo can be difficult to track and that she spends a lot of time in hunting territory, which puts her in danger of feeding on carcasses killed with lead bullets. In November 2005, Solo suffered severe lead poisoning and was transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo for chelation treatment. Her life was saved thanks to intensive treatment by the highly qualified zoo staff.
​In 2006, Solo paired with #168 and they spend most of their time together, even when they don't have a chick relying on their care. This couple appears to us to have the happiest "marriage" of any of our paired birds. The one tiny tension in their partnership is that Solo prefers the backcountry east of the Santa Lucia Mountains, while #168 prefers the coast south of Big Sur. In 2007, they became the first pair to lay a fertile condor egg in the wild in Monterey County in over a century (this was #431, who was deemed genetically irreplaceable and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo). After several nesting attempts, Solo and #168 fostered Condor #665 in 2012 and, as expected, were spectacular parents!"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:42 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S81221526
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen along its favorite stretch of fence line about 2.3 miles in. Constantly dipping tail. Photos."

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 09:42 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S81221934
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen along its favorite stretch of fence line about 2.3 miles in. Constantly dipping tail. Photos."

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 08:06 by Wendy Walwyn
- 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/S81272435
- Comments: "Off-white underneath brown on top no bright white markings"

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 08:06 by Peggy Burhenn
- 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/S81168584
- Comments: "Off-white underneath brown on top no bright white markings"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 15:09 by Charlotte Miranda
- 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/S81269493
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen on Cactus Patch!!"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 07:01 by Bill Hubick
- 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/S81213377
- Comments: "**** Mega. Continuing at Opuntia patch (https://maps.google.com/?q=35.274763,-120.886261)."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 06:28 by Kevin Enns-Rempel
- 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/S81171526
- Comments: "Saw only fleeting glimpses in prickly pear by bridge and heard rattling call a few times. Visual details only enough to confirm that it was an oriole."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 10, 2021 13:29 by Harry Graham
- 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/S81086880
- Comments: "Unaided views on prickly pear patch West of road near bridge. Displaced SOSP Who was alternately vocalizing and feeding on a cactus blossom. Bird flushed up the creek due to vehicle traffic but returned to forage approximately 10 minutes later.
Orange underparts white streaking on wings and streaks on its back"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 12:05 by Janet Rayner
- 2671 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39208, -120.85247, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392081,-120.852467&ll=35.392081,-120.852467
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81146175
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing... Bright red male SUTA observed along the middle edge of the Eucalyptus grove between Koa Ave and Laurel Ave, and the Pyracantha bush at end of Laurel Ave eating bees. Flew from tree to tree. Bird finally appear around 2:35 and was visible moving from tree to tree for about 20 minutes."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 12:05 by Ann Stockert
- 2671 Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39208, -120.85247, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392081,-120.852467&ll=35.392081,-120.852467
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81095963
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing... Bright red male SUTA observed along the middle edge of the Eucalyptus grove between Koa Ave and Laurel Ave, and the Pyracantha bush at end of Laurel Ave eating bees. Flew from tree to tree. Bird finally appear around 2:35 and was visible moving from tree to tree for about 20 minutes."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 12:26 by Mike Bush
- 2680a Laurel Avenue, Morro Bay, California, US (35.393, -120.852), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3926302,-120.8523607&ll=35.3926302,-120.8523607
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81220636
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Brief short look at an unmistakeably bright red bird."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 13, 2021 11:40 by Nick Belardes
- 2702 Koa Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39239, -120.85285, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392391,-120.852849&ll=35.392391,-120.852849
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81272602
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird possibly found last December coming to a feeder, and to nearby trees in hilly Morro Bay neighborhood. Relocated this year, according to a neighbor two houses down from the dead-end street of Laurel Avenue, about four weeks ago. He said he informed his neighbor (who made the original posts in December 2019 of a bright red male Summer Tanager visiting her feeder). The original spotter then located the bird (see multiple eBird reports of bird in her yard, at her suet feeder, and in tree across street) and began posting on eBird. We arrived, planning to stay in the dead-end street area on Laurel Avenue from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. After not spotting the bird by then (we were joined at this time by Mike Bush, while two other birders came and went), we decided to wait until 12:30 p.m. to call off our search. Our search included observing eucalyptus trees, as well as scanning area yard trees, and peeking at an avocado tree in a backyard that we could spot between homes. Close to 12:30 p.m., Mike Bush, Jane Hawley and I spotted the bird fly into the lower portion of a eucalyptus tree down the hill. A neighbor soon informed us that he could see the bird from his backyard behind the avocado tree in his yard (he was very polite and informed us that he’d been searching an hour already earlier in the day for the tanager). We were soon able to gain a view of the bird, observe some of its foraging behaviors, and obtain views of its bright plumage. The bird is rosy red except for whitish splotches (leusistic?) on the right side of its neck, as well as a larger whitish patch on its right rear flank that bled some over to its belly. I noticed in a video I took of the bird that the low white patch fluffed out from its side more than its opposite flank when caught in the wind. The bird was eating some kind of larvae it was finding on tree branches. At one point it had two larvae lined up on a branch, chewed one, swallowed it, then picked up the other, chewed that, swallowed, then wiped both sides of its bill clean on the branch it was on. I’m still learning so much about bird feeding behaviors and found the tanager’s behavior interesting and methodical. In a second video on another branch, the bird also wiped both sides of its bill onto a branch after chewing/squishing a larvae. The bird was observed feeding atop a bush/tree and on a eucalyptus branch. I’m uncertain whether this bird is an Eastern or Western subspecies, though the various angles of the photos I’ve uploaded may help others in determining."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 08:00 by Gail Laporte
- Laurel Avenue, Morro Bay, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.39227,-120.85241&ll=35.39227,-120.85241
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81236377
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "red adult male, short pale beak"

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Black Scoter (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (2 reports)
- Northern Rough-winged Swallow (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (3 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 10:00 by Jeri Edwards
- 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/S81047394
- Comments: "continuing, to the west of Harford Pier"

Black Scoter (Melanitta americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 09:25 by Petra Clayton
- Cayucos: Studio Drive, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4233988,-120.8803871&ll=35.4233988,-120.8803871
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81020151
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Steep forehead and rounded head (unlike nearby Surf Scoters); dark cap and hindneck; pale cheeks and throat; small dark bill. --- In the surf with Surf Scoter and Bufflehead until flushed and flying south. --- In flight, the primary coverts seemed paler, giving the underwing a two-toned look (photos #4, #5, #6)."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 12:30 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S81031395
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, photos"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 10:46 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/S81012471
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Pointed out by Jeanette Stone on rocks near Black Turnstones. Photo."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 10:15 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S81030424
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, photos"

Northern Rough-winged Swallow (Stelgidopteryx serripennis) (1)
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 07:55 by Roger McFarland
- 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/S80931094
- Comments: "SmLl swallow with brown upper parts."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 13:12 by Andrew Lawrence
- 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/S81018623
- Comments: "Continuing. Took almost two hours of observation before the oriole arrived. It was only present in the prickly pear patch next to the bridge for a few minutes after which it flew back down into the dense scrub along the creek. Had a few clear views to confirm bright orange body plumage, streaking on back, and black throat patch. Only managed to get one poor photo of part of the bird (can post if necessary)"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 08:39 by Greg Schechter
- 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/S80938368
- Comments: "Continuing in the &#x1f335; patch."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 06:55 by Patrick Sysiong
- 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/S81037216
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing - Fairly similar to a Hooded Oriole but orange and less black on the throat with a grayish-green back with streaks. Seen skulking about the previously reported cactus patch just before the bridge over the creek (35.2747968, -120.8865400)"

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 12, 2021 14:53 by David Cox
- 2600 Laurel Avenue, Morro Bay, California, US (35.392, -120.852), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3916495,-120.8520311&ll=35.3916495,-120.8520311
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81017538
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Bright red. Finch bill male."

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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@...>
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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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