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Posting bird nest locations--Caution

Kees Eglowski
 

Please, please remember as we move into nesting season to exercise caution and restraint when disclosing the nesting locations of birds, particularly rare birds. Remember that it is part of the ABA Code of Ethics to avoid stressing nesting birds or putting them in danger. 

Remember that sometimes it is better not to report nesting birds, or wait to report them until after the season is over, or give inexact locations, especially if they are rare or on private property (or both). Remember that many homeowners are not going to be happy to have a dozen birders and photographers pointing cameras and binoculars at their house to try to get photos of a bird sitting on a nest. We shouldn't let our desire for a photo op trump the bird's safety and breeding behavior. 

-Kees
Atascadero


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- Costa's Hummingbird (3 reports)
- Eastern Phoebe (4 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (5 reports)

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 15:08 by Liz West
- 11400 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA 35.45502, -120.62821, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455016,-120.628206&ll=35.455016,-120.628206
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82117784
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On nest in small olive tree in front of at 11390 Eliano"

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 15:08 by Kurt Mize
- 11400 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA 35.45502, -120.62821, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455016,-120.628206&ll=35.455016,-120.628206
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82117785
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On nest in small olive tree in front of at 11390 Eliano"

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 15:08 by Jim Rowoth
- 11400 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA 35.45502, -120.62821, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455016,-120.628206&ll=35.455016,-120.628206
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82117762
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On nest in small olive tree in front of at 11390 Eliano"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 10:40 by Liz West
- 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/S82101079
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos, at thistle fields"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 10:40 by Jim Rowoth
- 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/S82101078
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos, at thistle fields"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 10:40 by Kurt Mize
- 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/S82101080
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos, at thistle fields"

Eastern Phoebe (Sayornis phoebe) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 07:48 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S82079595
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird; photos"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 08:05 by Dana Bangs
- 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/S82124500
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Reddish-orange oriole with black throat/breast, white wing bars and mantle streaking. Seen repeatedly and briefly between south side of the riparian area from the road by the maintenance buildings to the prickly pear by the bridge on the north side of the riparian area. Not in the first camp ground area where the bird was commonly seen last Fall."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 08:05 by Dan Kadra
- 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/S82128146
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Reddish-orange oriole with black throat/breast, white wing bars and mantle streaking. Seen repeatedly and briefly between south side of the riparian area from the road by the maintenance buildings to the prickly pear by the bridge on the north side of the riparian area. Not in the first camp ground area where the bird was commonly seen last Fall."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 07:12 by Kurt Mize
- 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/S82082355
- Comments: "Photos"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 07:12 by Jim Rowoth
- 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/S82075208
- Comments: "Photos"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 21, 2021 07:12 by Liz West
- 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/S82082354
- Comments: "Photos"

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Red-throated loon, Montaña de Oro

Rubba Johanna
 

Spent the afternoon at Montaña de Oro this sunny Sunday. Checked the cactus at the bridge--no sign of the Streak-backed Oriole. A Song Sparrow and two Wrentits were observed helping themselves to cactus fruit. A stroll around the campground yielded a Western Bluebird and the usual Towhees and Black Phoebes. Walking along the first section of the bluff trail, looking down into the cove, I saw a winter-plumage Red-throated Loon--thin bill, speckled dark back, gray cap and gray down the back of the neck and a little way onto the sides; dark eye, white face, throat, neck, and chest. Typical head-tilting posture. I watched the bird for a long while as it dove and surfaced and then dove again--I could see it swimming under the water down a foot or so.

Strangely, I saw a very similar bird, also in the cove, but it had reddish streaking on the throat. It was otherwise marked like the winter Red-throated Loon. I saw it twice between dives, but never saw it again. Only the other one, if it was other--I have no explanation of the red markings. Juveniles show those markings, but they are grayer overall at the same time. 

One Black Oystercatcher made an appearance on the rocks in the cove, and I saw only one Cormorant--Double-crested--all day.

A California Thrasher was singing his heart out from a perch along the parking area above the beach.

It was a beautiful afternoon with powerful surf.

 

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

 


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- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- California Condor (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Black Phoebe (Northern) (1 report)

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 20, 2021 08:25 by Jeff Miller
- 11400 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA 35.45511, -120.62823, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455111,-120.628227&ll=35.455111,-120.628227
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82000568
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female on a nest; tiny, slightly downcurved bill, pale gray auriculars, and white supercilium. Photos"

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (1)
- Reported Feb 18, 2021 09:20 by Joshua Handler
- 3139–3649 San Simeon Creek Rd, Cambria US-CA (35.6143,-121.0711), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.614343,-121.071058&ll=35.614343,-121.071058
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82038326
- Comments: "Flew overhead and toward the coast before coming back our direction. White under leading wing edge clearly visible as well as larger size when near TVs. Condors sighted here in the days preceding."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 20, 2021 09:47 by Jamie Chavez
- 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/S82015149
- Comments: "Continuing sapsucker found in the Peruvian Peppertree near the maintenance building along Blue Heron Dr. at 35.183936 -120.731033. Observed the bird working some recent wells near the center trunk of the tree. Noted the red crown, extensive red on nape, red throat, black and white facial pattern, and the two white vertical rows on the back."

Black Phoebe (Northern) (Sayornis nigricans [nigricans Group]) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 20, 2021 11:37 by K Weaver
- 535 Mehlschau Rd, Nipomo US-CA (35.0618,-120.4748), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.06184,-120.474766&ll=35.06184,-120.474766
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82028184
- Comments: "One bird sitting on arbor in backyard of Dana Powers house in Nipomo. Owner stated he often sees this species “seems to live there , not just flying through “, eating insects on his back lawn . I saw one at my home several miles away yesterday , sitting on my fountain . Was in process of looking up to identify when it flew away . So did not report. black head, eyes , white chest . True to picture in bird book ."

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Hooded Mergansers - Cambria

Kaaren Perry
 

A pair of Hooded Mergansers continue to be found in the seasonal pond seen from Monte Cristo off HWY 1. Heading north this is a left turn just past Route 46 to Paso Robles   I reported this pair to ebird on 2/15.  The water level is dropping and I expect the little pair soon to be moving on. 


WeMe Central Coast Birding Site

iseekbirds@verizon.net
 

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
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<<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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    - 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




    --
    Tom Slater
    Nipomo


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    - 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


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

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    *** Species Summary:

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

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

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


    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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    NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated.

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

    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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