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Lawrence's Goldfinch

njmann90
 

Male at the feeders this a.m. Lawrence's Goldfinch.  First time since Feb. 2019.
Near Vet's Hall SLO

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




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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- California Condor (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)
- Pacific-slope Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (2 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 13:40 by Becky Turley
- 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/S82609658
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Out in the bay with Surf Scoters between the two Piers. Small duck, rufous sides, dark gray with white markings."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 07:30 by Becky Turley
- 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/S82609896
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in creek along RV park. White crescent on face."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 15:43 by Grace Romero
- 11415 Eliano St, Atascadero US-CA 35.45509, -120.62800, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.455094,-120.628003&ll=35.455094,-120.628003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82600584
- Comments: "Female on nest in olive tree closest to driveway. Flew away briefly and vocalized with repeated chip notes before returning to nest. Green back, black wings, chin and underparts white. White spot behind eye, dark drooping bill."

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (2)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 09:45 by Roger Zachary
- San Simeon Creek Road, Cambria, San Luis Obispo Co., CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6363718,-121.0538435&ll=35.6363718,-121.0538435
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82600107
- Comments: "Viewed with spotting scope; flying around rocky cliff with a couple of Turkey Vultures; clearly much larger than vultures; wing tips finger-like; level wings spread; saw underneath white linings visible as it turned; did not see wing tags; orange-red bare head; distance view; recently reported"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 09:15 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/S82588334
- Comments: "Still continuing in his favorite pepper tree near the Avila Golf Course maintenance shed"

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 07:08 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- Bigfoot Hour, Cuesta-by-the-Sea, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317371,-120.850523&ll=35.317371,-120.850523
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82572302
- Comments: "Singing in Pecho Willows. High pitched very distinct “pee-week”."

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (Empidonax difficilis) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 07:08 by Jim Royer
- Bigfoot Hour, Cuesta-by-the-Sea, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317371,-120.850523&ll=35.317371,-120.850523
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82584878
- Comments: "Calling in Pecho Willows. High pitched very distinct “pee-week”. This was the first of this species I had found this year and was on the early end of first arriving Pac. Slopes."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 07:14 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S82571608
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 07:12 by Gary Peebles
- Montaña de Oro State Park, Los Osos US-CA 35.27480, -120.88707, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.274796,-120.887073&ll=35.274796,-120.887073
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82571892
- Comments: "The continuing male. Seen at the cactuses feeding on a cactus apple. Seen at 7:20am"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Mar 01, 2021 12:10 by Petra Clayton
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82604324
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 8/12/20"

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Submitting comments about Migratory Bird Act--in case you're having trouble commenting

Rubba Johanna
 

Hi, all,

I had trouble fiinding the page for submitting comments. I called Regulations.gov and the agent helped me find the page. Here's how to do it:

1) Click on the link Kathanne gave: https://sen.gov/6LLJ.
2) Click on the "Regulations.gov" in the top left-hand corner of the blue banner at the top of the page.
3) Scroll through the "What's Trending" boxes until you find the one about the Migratory Bird Act and click on that box.
4) That will take you to a page with "request for public comment" in the title.
5) Below the title, on the left-hand end, there is a blue box that says "Comment." Click on that.
6) That takes you to the comment form

Comments will be accepted up to midnight Eastern Time today, March 1st..
Hope this is helpful for others like me!

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

 

 


Re: Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Comment period ends March 1

Rubba Johanna
 

Thanks for this important information. Two questions:

- The various documents give March 19 as the due date for comments.
- I can't find the page where I can submit a comment.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (3 reports)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 26, 2021 11:20 by Kathanne Lynch
- 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/S82480432
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Male. 50 meters from shoreline on the "Cammy&Larry" rock 2 hours after high tide went out. Flew off well but left wing only raised to horizontal and not higher. Looked at profile, but sun angle allowed seeing only a patch of orange on the flank.

This is only the second male I've seen.
Lifer at Port Towsend, WA with Beth 2000-2010."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 09:35 by Derek Heins
- Eliano St., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4552185,-120.6281043&ll=35.4552185,-120.6281043
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82550225
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female sitting on nest and feeding young in smaller of two olive trees at 11390 Eliano Street. We tried to be as quick as possible to avoid disturbing the bird and the neighborhood. Photos."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 09:35 by Cris Heins
- Eliano St., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4552185,-120.6281043&ll=35.4552185,-120.6281043
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82550233
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female sitting on nest and feeding young in smaller of two olive trees at 11390 Eliano Street. We tried to be as quick as possible to avoid disturbing the bird and the neighborhood. Photos."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 09:18 by Tom Edell
- 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/S82531093
- Comments: "Scoped from Hwy 1. The bird was with a larger Black-bellied Plover in the grassland at the back edge of the beach dune. At distance the smaller size and browner plumage was evident when compared to the larger gray and white Black-bellied Plover. In flight the PGPL was noticeably slimmer and lacked the black arm pits of a Black-bellied Plover. Presuming this is the continuing adult Pacific Golden Plover present here all winter."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 10:18 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82523201
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Also seen Feb. 1, 10. I think is my first photo of this specimen, which is different from the slate/cismontanus I have also seen this year at Meadow Park. This specimen appears mostly slate where it isn’t white, including head, flanks, tail, back. Far more slate than the other bird. Upon close inspection of the photo, there may be some brown on the back of this bird, though I can’t fully conclude as it might be the poor lighting/shadowa within tree canopy. For now I will lump this with my other two sightings of this bird. Spotted in two different park trees at the Casa Diablo feeder location."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 06:30 by Cris Heins
- 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/S82548998
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "First seen at 7:10 flying into the cacti. Over the next 40 minutes it would move around in the cacti for a few minutes, then fly out to the riparian areas and come back a few minutes later for another round. Best views finally were at the lower end where it was feeding in the open. Cacti are at 35.27480, -120.88636. It was definitely coming back a second time to get much improved views of this spectacular bird! Photos."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 06:30 by Derek Heins
- 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/S82547838
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "First seen at 7:10 flying into the cacti. Over the next 40 minutes it would move around in the cacti for a few minutes, then fly out to the riparian areas and come back a few minutes later for another round. Best views finally were at the lower end where it was feeding in the open. Cacti are at 35.27480, -120.88636. It was definitely coming back a second time to get much improved views of this spectacular bird! Photos."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 28, 2021 08:15 by Jim Moore
- 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/S82547270
- Comments: "Continuing bird which we would had never found if we did not know to look for it in the prickley pear cactus batch on the south side of the road just before the entrance to the Islay Creek parking lot. True to its reported behavior, it gave brief views as it darted into the depths of the cactus. We saw it twice. First it emerged briefly then flew off toward the campground. The second time it darted off in the opposite direction over the hill toward the sea. It was recognized by its yellow color."

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white tailed kite

njmann90
 

Pair of White tailed Kite  flying together today behind Achievement House Cuesta College Campus.
NJ Mann SLO

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Migratory Bird Treaty Act: Comment period ends March 1

kathannelynch1@...
 

Rollbacks of parts of the 100-year old Migratory Bird Treaty Act were ruled by the Trump administration. The US Fish & Wildlife Service, on February 9, delayed the new rule, which is now under review, and are seeking public comments on whether the rule should be amended, rescinded, or further delayed.  Learn more about the proposal and provide comments until March 1, 2021, here: https://sen.gov/6LLJ

Kathanne Lynch (the messenger), San Luis Obispo


Youtube from Alvaro

Kaaren Perry
 

I came across this post today on the Monterey birds site and thought some of our members might be interested. Alvaro is one of the leading bird experts who generously shares his knowledge and insight of bird identification and behavior via youtube.  And I don't use the term "experts' loosely!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay



Hello all, 
 
I just uploaded a video on how to focus your attention on bird shapes,
using backyard birds as models. It is all about focus, and paying attention
to specific parts of the bird, angles, relative measurements etc. Have a
look and begin to see shape more clearly, as it is one of the identification
criteria that is not always obvious. Enjoy! 
 
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCuhv1H9IQCbTGD_gXd3qHwQ
 

 
Alvaro
 

 
Alvaro Jaramillo
 
<mailto:alvaro@...alvaro@...
 
www.alvarosadventures.com


FOS Rufous Hummingbird

Claudia Freitas
 

Feeding this morning at my feeders.  Welcome back


Claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'


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*** Species Summary:

- Barrow's Goldeneye (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (2 reports)
- Rough-legged Hawk (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (1 report)
- Streak-backed Oriole (2 reports)

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Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 11:15 by Ryan Wardle
- 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/S82475137
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "immature male previously reported by many others, seen foraging in the surf alongside group of bufflehead. White crescent behind bill."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 08:50 by Mike Bush
- 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/S82477267
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Bright orange-legged turnstone. Mottled back, face, bib. Hanging out with flock of Black Turnstones. Photos."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 08:50 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/S82450741
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Bright orange-legged turnstone. Mottled back, face, bib. Hanging out with flock of Black Turnstones. Photos."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 10:30 by Annie Reeves
- Lawrence Moore Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6103572,-120.6878705&ll=35.6103572,-120.6878705
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82446820
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Soring past Kohls."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 09:50 by Petra Clayton
- San Juan/Shell Creek Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6033925,-120.3298069&ll=35.6033925,-120.3298069
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82478571
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Bathing with White-crowned Sparrow near the junction of Highway 58 and Shell Creek Road. --- Dark eyeline extends through the lores to the eye."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 08:40 by Kaaren Perry
- Bayside Bluffs Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3470547,-120.8437825&ll=35.3470547,-120.8437825
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82456860
- Comments: "Continuing. Dark gray hood concave shaped on upper breast with uneven lower edge. Brownish gray overall contrasting slightly with dark gray hood. Feeding on grass and flying up into the eucalyptus during my brief encounter."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 08:49 by Derek Heins
- 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/S82470913
- Comments: "All three times seen very briefly during our first hour at the stakeout by the cacti. It would fly directly in a disappear and in a few minutes fly out, all three times uphill to god knows where. Some infrequent chattering during the first couple hours. Not even close to getting a photo"

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Feb 27, 2021 08:49 by Cris Heins
- 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/S82475820
- Comments: "All three times seen very briefly during our first hour at the stakeout by the cacti. It would fly directly in a disappear and in a few minutes fly out, all three times uphill to god knows where. Some infrequent chattering during the first couple hours. Not even close to getting a photo"

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Allens/Rufous Hummingbird research request

Judy Neuhauser
 

This came in to Morro Coast Audubon and I am passing it on to this group to see if anyone can assist in this research.
Judy Neuhauser
President, Morro Coast Audubon Society

 
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Nadje Najar <nnaja003@...>
Date: Mon, Feb 22, 2021 at 9:46 PM
Subject: Banding Allen's hummingbirds in San Luis Obispo county
To: <mcas@...>
 

Hello,
 
I'm  a postdoc at UC Riverside in the Brelsford lab and Clark lab working on the California Conservation Genomics Project, a statewide effort to sample the genomes of ~150 individuals of each of ~100 species, and generate reference genomes for each of these species. I'm working on the Allen's hummingbird, and while we have lots of samples from northern California and southern California, we have very few samples from the central coast. Migratory Allen's hybridize with Rufous hummingbirds in the north and sedentary Allen's in the south (around Santa Barbara). The area around Morro Bay and San Luis Obispo is particularly interesting to sample because my lab group has (soon to be published) work suggesting this is the only "pure" and not admixed population of migratory Allen's, and we don't have many individuals sampled there.
 
I'm messaging to ask if you would be willing to pass this message to anyone who currently maintains hummingbird feeders and might be willing to let me come trap, band, and take a small blood sample for DNA from Allen's hummingbirds. I'll be in the area from ~ May 1st to May 20th. I'll be working solo, wearing a mask and socially distanced.
 
I've attached a copy of our proposal to the CCGP and their website (https://www.ccgproject.org/) so you can read a bit about the goals of the project, if you like. I'm also very happy to answer any questions if you have any.
 
Thanks,
 
Nadje

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Postdoctoral Researcher
Department of Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology
3372 Spieth
University of California, Riverside
559-960-8721
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Re: Ravens.

Wendi Craig
 

A pair of ravens flew over Clark Valley Road today, from NE to SW.

Wendi Craig
CVR, Los Osos

On Sat, Feb 27, 2021 at 8:00 AM Tyson Baker via groups.io <tysons41=yahoo.com@groups.io> wrote:
I saw one raven at the intersection of South Bay Blvd and Turri Road in Los Osos on Thursday morning. I saw another raven yesterday on East Prado Road in SLO. 

Tyson Baker
Los Osos. 


Ravens.

Tyson Baker
 

I saw one raven at the intersection of South Bay Blvd and Turri Road in Los Osos on Thursday morning. I saw another raven yesterday on East Prado Road in SLO. 

Tyson Baker
Los Osos. 


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*** Species Summary:

- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Wandering Tattler (1 report)

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Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 26, 2021 09:35 by David Cox
- 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=35.4546591,-120.6282141&ll=35.4546591,-120.6282141
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82373654
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing, pale auricular. First photo Hummer on nest, second photo out of focus but it appears to be feeding young."

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2021 11:30 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/S82393467
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Distant view; seen around 12:45pm foraging on rocks and bobbing it's tail. Poor photos."

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Long-billed Curlew Update- Dozer and Neil

RoserComeau
 

This morning while birding at Alva Paul, Morro Strand State Beach, Penny Principe and I were delighted to find Dozer, the satellite monitored Long-billed Curlew celebrity. At 8 AM Dozer was bathing and preening in the creek mouth. He eventually tucked in for a rest on the south side of the creek. By 10 AM he had flown off as more people appeared on the beach. Satellite coordinates often show Dozer is in the bay near grassy island as well as along Morro Strand State Beach. 

As a reminder the first observation of MV Dozer was made by Petra Clayton on Sunday, June 21, 2020, at Morro Strand State Beach. Our (Penny and Carol) previous observations are all from August 2020. So we were thrilled to see Dozer again before he starts heading back to the Idaho breeding grounds. 

The other celebrity LBCU, LV Neil, is still in the Central Valley- just north of Los Banos. 

For photos and a Youtube video:

Happy birding!
Carol Comeau
Penny Principe
Los Osos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (1 report)
- Costa's Hummingbird (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2021 11:45 by Dane Fagundes
- 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/S82348380
- Comments: "Male. Continues."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 15:00 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S82296608
- Comments: "Continuing adult male sitting on rocks. No photos."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2021 10:00 by Dane Fagundes
- 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/S82348136
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "1st Winter male. Continues."

Costa's Hummingbird (Calypte costae) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 25, 2021 15:38 by Lisa Gattuso
- Las Lomas Nature trail/ Eliano Tot ParkAtascadero, California, US (35.455, -120.628), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4552545,-120.6283181&ll=35.4552545,-120.6283181
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82342515
- Comments: "Continuing small female hummingbird sitting on nest in small olive tree 2 houses up from toddler park. Wing tips a bit longer than tail tip, grayish-green back and breast, short and slightly down- curved bill."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 25, 2021 12:30 by Dane Fagundes
- 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/S82348599
- Comments: "In Proven Pepper Tree next to maintenance shack. Male. Nice dark line between red head and nape.
Seen and photographed by other top birders."

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Carrizo Plains and Elkhorn Road

Kevin Zimmer
 

I spent today (Thursday, 2/25) birding Carrizo Plains (mostly along Soda Lake Road) and nearby Elkhorn Road. Most noteworthy were some early migrants: 1 Cassin’s Kingbird photographed along Soda Lake Road; and 6-8 Tree Swallows and 1-2 Cliff Swallows foraging low over Elkhorn Road (just above the tops of the Ephedra and Atriplex. This struck me as early for all three species this far inland, and although I have often found the odd Cassin’s Kingbird overwintering in Shandon, I’ve not found the species in winter in Carrizo Plains proper. There were also 7 Greater Yellowlegs in the small alkaline watercourse at the first culvert on Seven Mile Road. I also photographed a Sage Thrasher along Elkhorn Road – possibly a migrant, although it could also be a wintering bird. In a further sign that spring is arriving early, I saw a male Common Side-blotched Lizard along Elkhorn Road doing his territorial push-up display, although the temperature never got above 57º F according to my car’s thermometer!

My most interesting observation of the day came when I was walking a broad wash filled with saltbush about 22-24 miles out Elkhorn Road (from its intersection with Seven Mile Road), looking unsuccessfully for Le Conte’s Thrashers (which were MIA from several places where I have located nests, territorial pairs, or family groups in past years, including as recently as May of 2020). As I was hiking the wash, I flushed a Short-eared Owl from the base of a saltbush. I’ve never seen Short-eared Owls along Elkhorn Road — only down in the Soda Lake basin. This area was on a well-drained alluvial fan, nearly devoid of any grass as ground cover. When the owl flushed, it flew low, farther up the drainage, and then dropped back into cover after perhaps 50 meters. But, almost immediately, it was spotted by a Common Raven passing overhead, and the raven went into attack mode, driving the owl back into the air. The raven chased the owl for hundreds of meters, and the owl responded by spiraling higher and higher, with the raven still in pursuit. The owl stayed above the raven, which eventually broke off the chase, only to have the owl turn the tables and strafe the raven a couple of times before sailing off out of sight.


Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Barrow's Goldeneye (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Wandering Tattler (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 10:37 by David Cox
- 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/S82273341
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Sitting on a rock. in the second photo note the Wimbril and Female Surf Scoter. In the third photo a good size comparison with a surf scoter."

Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 09:08 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S82298186
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. This is my third sighting of the bird, second since Jan. 4 (https://ebird.org/checklist/S78680940). 1st-winter pale plumage along the base of the duck’s bill has more strongly developed into a crescent. Photos."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Feb 22, 2021 11:27 by John Fields
- 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/S82299586
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Reported here recently. Flew in with another plover. They foraged together and separately for 15 or 20 minutes while we observed them. The larger one was white bellied and probably a Black-bellied Plover. And a slightly smaller one had a lot of color on its back, dark and a yellow-brown. Got good photos it appeared to be a Pacific Golden Plover . Solid gold I think &#x1f60b;."

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 08:49 by Jeff 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/S82266055
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored/cismontanus) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis/cismontanus) (1)
- Reported Feb 24, 2021 14:34 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/S82292228
- Comments: "Continuing; all gray, white and black; associating with “Oregon” juncos"

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)
- Wandering Tattler (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 13:00 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S82246702
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Possibly the same adult male that wintered in this area last year and possibly same bird here annually since 2011. --- First fall 2020 report on 10/23/20 (Rob Bender - using "Avila Beach Pier" eBird hotspot). ---
Today observed from "Woodyard" RV camping area."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 09:38 by Tom Edell
- 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/S82244536
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing adult male present here for multiple winters and previously reported this winter. Today sitting on low rock straight off start of Diablo Canyon Power Plant road (photo)"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 11:14 by Tom Edell
- Harloe Ave--west end, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1436587,-120.6454398&ll=35.1436587,-120.6454398
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82244533
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "female plumaged, likely the same bird last seen down coast from here on 21 Dec 2020. This morning it was up coast of the Pismo Beach Pier and seen from ocean end of Harloe Ave with scope. Bird appeared to have all dark bill. Photo"

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 22, 2021 06:51 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/S82200927
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird... Did not see the RUTU foraging with the group of BLTU’s on my first pass thru along the cliffs. Finally found at the end of my observation time around 08:20 in the northern end of the large cove before the main path from the Fig Tree before it turns north. This RUTU’s plumage seems to be changing a little more since my observation on 2/15. Darker brown/ black appearing in breast patches, and head seems a little more mottled. White throat and belly with bright orange legs. It continued to forage on its own and not move with BLTU’s as they continued to move South."

Wandering Tattler (Tringa incana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 07:50 by Mark Mushkat
- 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/S82214214
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At (35.4527784, -120.9535037), two hours after high tide."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 07:25 by Eric Wier
- Cuesta Canyon Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.293742,-120.6439451&ll=35.293742,-120.6439451
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S82211424
- Comments: "Woodpecker with red crown, white throat, black and white supercilliary and black eye stripe, narrow white flank stripes, “messy” grayish white pattern on back, pale yellow wash on white belly. Working near top of sycamore tree south of restrooms, then chased away by Acorn Woodpecker."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Feb 23, 2021 07:45 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/S82222036
- Comments: "Still in its favorite pepper tree near the golf course maintenance shed."

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Port San Luis, Pismo Beach, and Oceano County Park, 2/23

Tom Edell
 

The adult male Harlequin Duck continues in the Port San Luis area.  This morning it was loafing on a low rock straight out from the state for the Diablo Canyon access road. Two female type White-winged Scoters were off the west side of the Cal Poly Pier. Maybe most interesting was a flock of 11 Snow Geese and one Greater White-fronted Goose sitting on the ocean off the end of the Port San Luis Pier. I could not locate a Black Scoter.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82244536

 

I next checked the ocean from up coast of the Pismo Beach Pier where a female type Long-tailed Duck was foraging in the surf. The bird was slightly up coast of the volley ball courts. This is probably the same bird last seen down coast of the pier at the Grand Ave Beach access on 21 Dec.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82244533

 

Of mild interest at the Oceano County Park lagoon were 12 first winter Glaucous-winged Gulls working the all they could eat bread provided by a couple.

https://ebird.org/checklist/S82244528

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Cayucos, CA

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