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WeMe Central Coast Birding Site

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All:

The SLO Birding Moderators let me know that I could post this message.

I recently started a site called "Central Coast Birding" on MeWe.  I'm hoping this will be a nice site for informal discussions, sharing photos, sharing experiences and questions about birds on the Central Coast (Santa Barbara to Morro Bay).  It's meant to be fun, helpful and informative.  If you are interested, here is the link:


Please note that if you have any questions or comments, please contact me, not the SLO Birding Moderators.  Thanks.


John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


<<ADMIN>> Oso Flaco Lake--Thread Closed>>

mike stiles
 

While no one dislikes the idea of off road vehicles AGAIN gaining access to Oso Flaco Lake more than I do, and I appreciate Jeff Miller for bringing this to our attention, but I must remind everyone this is not the forum to discuss the issue. 

There is a group to discuss this at 
  • ProtectOsoFlacoLake@groups.io
  •  

    Thank you
    Mike Stiles
    Owner-Moderator SLOCObirding



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    *** Species Summary:

    - Costa's Hummingbird (2 reports)
    - California Condor (1 report)
    - Eastern Phoebe (1 report)
    - Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
    - Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (1 report)
    - Summer Tanager (1 report)

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    Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
    - Reported Feb 18, 2021 07:24 by Ann Stockert
    - 11390 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA (35.4547,-120.6284), San Luis Obispo, California
    - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.454682,-120.628362&ll=35.454682,-120.628362
    - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81923821
    - Media: 8 Photos
    - Comments: "Continuing female COHU.....Slight decurved bill, pale supercilium and pale gray auricular. sitting on nest. Photos"

    Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
    - Reported Feb 16, 2021 15:30 by Becky Turley
    - Hill Park, San Luis Obispo, California
    - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4551346,-120.6283285&ll=35.4551346,-120.6283285
    - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81974624
    - Comments: "Continuing bird. On nest in neighborhood near park. Small hummingbird, green upperparts, whitish underparts, Small patch of purple feathers on throat. vocalized."

    California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (1) CONFIRMED
    - Reported Feb 16, 2021 10:15 by Becky Turley
    - 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/S81973863
    - Media: 1 Photo
    - Comments: "Continuing. Appeared fairly low at first, flew down canyon. Spotted again, soon after, circling and soaring higher with Golden Eagle. Very large, flat wings, "fingers" at wing tips. White triangular shaped wing linings."

    Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
    - Reported Feb 19, 2021 14:20 by Mark Mushkat
    - 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/S81964671
    - Media: 1 Photo
    - Comments: "About 200n west of new concrete bridge, at turnoff for pipeline maintenance on n side of road. Continuing, m. ob. Photos"

    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)
    - Reported Feb 16, 2021 10:15 by Becky Turley
    - 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/S81973863
    - Comments: "With flock of White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows. Smaller, unstreaked underparts, rufous crown, black eyeline."

    Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1) CONFIRMED
    - Reported Feb 19, 2021 08:15 by Jay Carroll
    - 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/S81950880
    - Media: 2 Photos
    - Comments: "Slate-gray hood contrasting with white underparts, gray sides, pinkish bill; there was some gray-brown color in the back and wings, but this may be consistent with a range of variation in this characteristic found within the “Slate-colored/cismontanus” group; another possibility is some degree of intergrade with a subspecies more closely aligned with the "Oregon" group."

    Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
    - Reported Feb 16, 2021 08:45 by Becky Turley
    - Laurel Ave. & Koa Ave., San Luis Obispo, California
    - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3923493,-120.8526987&ll=35.3923493,-120.8526987
    - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81973244
    - Media: 1 Photo
    - Comments: "Continuing in neighborhood around the end of Laurel and Koa Aves.. Heard first, then found in avocado tree. Seen again in a nearby bush. Red overall, large bill."

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    Re: Oso Flaco

    sheryltahoe
     

    Thank you Tom and Jeff for the reminders.  I’ve attended the Morro Bay Bird fest which is how I found this wonderful group.  I enjoy reading your posts when I’m snowed in.

    I remember reading about this plan last year and thinking it would not get much steam.  I was wrong!  It looks like it is gaining support.  We need to stand on the roof tops and speak up.  We need your help!  Pause - imagine two dozen ohvs zooming around the agricultural fields next to the Oso Flaco parking lot.  Imagine standing on the wonderful board walk and hearing the constant yammering of sand buggies driving by.  Who knows - in 10 years they may open the maintenance road that runs past the boardwalk! They say no...but once they get a foot hold...

    I grew up in Santa Maria in the 60s and 70s and (dispersed) camped at Oso Flaco (pre-boardwalk) and entered the dunes in my friend’s buggy via the maintenance road.  No doubt it was a fun time but the land needs us more now than to have uninhibited access in the dunes. I moved to Lake Tahoe in 1980 and continue to visit family in the area.  I’ve since gone on to become a wildlife biologist and enjoy exploring the Sierra.  While it was fun enjoying OHV activities as a kid, I am in awe of how Mother Nature has recovered...to see the vegetation that has grown in among the sand dunes...to see Osprey, Sora, raccoons and hear the call of the Virginia Rail from the boardwalk fills my heart with delight.  I routinely see Snowy Plover scurrying around on my trips to Main Street beach - I never saw them when I was growing up. 
    Another concern is how recreation enthusiasts will access this area.  Oso Flaco road is shared with the general public and agricultural workers - now add another use on top of this existing road or will they create a four lane highway?  Which also has an active railroad line running through it.  There is no direct way to get to Oso Flaco.  With this new plan being moved south, some vehicles will access through Santa Maria and Guadalupe. Santa Maria already receives its share of big rig truck traffic as they drive to the farms and packaging sheds.  Now let’s add impatient toy haulers and valley people driving across town and on the already deadly highway 166/Main Street road.
    Please, please I urge you to comment on this plan before MARCH 2.

    Respectfully,
    Sheryl Ferguson
    Lake Tahoe/Santa Maria


    On Feb 4, 2021, at 9:43 AM, Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography@...> wrote:

     I’m bumping Jeff Miller’s message up... 

    Sometimes as birders we get so focused on the birds that we forget to take time to stick up for the habitats that they require. Please re-read below and respond and comment before we lose Oso for good. Don’t just assume that because it’s a crazy plan that it won’t get completed. It’s looking like it will.


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


    Bird on... for now




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    Tom Slater
    Nipomo


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    - Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
    - Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (1 report)
    - Streak-backed Oriole (1 report)

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    Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (4)
    - Reported Feb 18, 2021 09:45 by Kathleen Kent
    - Heritage Ranch Trails: TW, ROR, San Luis Obispo, California
    - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7328295,-120.8838163&ll=35.7328295,-120.8838163
    - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81887701
    - Comments: "Photos will be posted. I could see the dark lores and rufous crown on several of the birds."

    Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1)
    - Reported Feb 18, 2021 15:47 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/S81910093
    - Comments: "Continuing"

    Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
    - Reported Feb 16, 2021 08:02 by John Fields
    - Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
    - Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
    - Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S81857038
    - 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."

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    Re: Where are the hummers?

    Judy Neuhauser
     

    As beekeepers, we notice that the Blue Gum Eucalyptus has started to bloom in profusion - much better than the last 3-4 years. When there is adequate bloom, the trees will pump out nectar by the gallon every day. There is so much nectar in a single blossom, that you can tip a flower and have a measurable amount of nectar flow into your mouth! Is it possible that the Hummers are using a tree-based source of nectar when it is available?

    For the last few years, even when the rains have been adequate, the Blue Gum Eucalyptus appear to have had such a severe infestation of Eucalyptus Beetle that the flower bud set was minimal. Hence few flowers. For some reason, this year has been different and those trees that are flowering are booming.

    The native pollinator of Blue Gum Eucalyptus in Australia is a native parrot, not an insect. You might try looking at flowering Blue Gum Eucalyptus in your area and see if the hummers have moved "up” in the world, so to speak.


    Judy Neuhauser
    Los Osos, CA


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    - Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
    - Streak-backed Oriole (1 report)

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    Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
    - Reported Feb 17, 2021 09:45 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/S81830555
    - Comments: "Continuing. Still hanging out in its favorite pepper tree near the golf course maintenance shed."

    Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
    - Reported Feb 17, 2021 13:00 by Calvin Walters
    - 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/S81854815
    - Media: 2 Photos
    - Comments: "Following reports of known bird. Came to cactus patch near bridge at 2:32 and again at 2:56"

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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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    Dreamzville.com (Home of Dreamzville Radio), San Luis Obispo.

    --
    Claudia Freitas


    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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    *** 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

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