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*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- California Condor (1 report)
- Broad-winged Hawk (1 report)
- Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) (1 report)
- Merlin (Prairie) (2 reports)
- Streak-backed Oriole (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 28, 2021 07:44 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/S84286944
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Foggy this morning. Continuing adult that has been present all winter was in the grassland south of the trail and near the dunes (photo)"

California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) (2)
- Reported Mar 28, 2021 10:50 by Sarah Newton-Scott
- San Simeon Creek Road, 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/S84304345
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Flying very distantly over rocky peaks and then towards the ocean. I saw them as soon as I got out of the car, in binoculars noticed white underwing coverts compared to Turkey Vulture’s dark coverts and pale flight feathers. Took a few photos and the set up scope, but the birds disappeared before I could view them. I believe the distant, blurry photos confirm condor based on the underwing coverts, pale head and pale feet, let alone overall shape. Since the underwing coverts weren’t a bright white, I think these are possibly immature birds? Too distant to see or photograph any tags."

Broad-winged Hawk (Buteo platypterus) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2021 11:12 by Lisa Sheffield Guy
- Carrizo Plain National Monument, Santa Margarita US-CA 35.01582, -119.54793, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.015823,-119.547932&ll=35.015823,-119.547932
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84292979
- Comments: "Small buteo with heavily barred tail, dark trailing edge on wings, absence of dark plumage on leading edge of wings. Fast flapping flight before gliding. Missing several primary feathers on right wing."

Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) (Buteo jamaicensis calurus/alascensis) (3)
- Reported Mar 26, 2021 16:51 by Brian Sullivan
- 2627 Golden Eagle Way, San Miguel US-CA 35.72157, -120.56389, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.721572,-120.563891&ll=35.721572,-120.563891
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84298889
- Comments: "Expected subspecies"

Merlin (Prairie) (Falco columbarius richardsonii) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2021 07:04 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84315656
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Light brown colored head, pale cheeks and breast streaking - bird appeared almost white from a distance."

Merlin (Prairie) (Falco columbarius richardsonii) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2021 07:04 by Norman Pillsbury
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84317925
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Light brown colored head, pale cheeks and breast streaking - bird appeared almost white from a distance."

Streak-backed Oriole (Icterus pustulatus) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2021 07:32 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S84271118
- Comments: "Continuing! Heard oriole chatter, the male popped out. Bright orange head and breast, black on throat into eye, two white wing bars, streaking on orange back."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2021 16:00 by Jeri Edwards
- Lopez Drive, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1501149,-120.5379839&ll=35.1501149,-120.5379839
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84316560
- Media: 2 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Reported first sighting at this location 3/27/21. He returned to the site at about the same time as yesterday to drink the sap from the eucalyptus tree."

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FOS Purple Martin in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

A check of the traditional site at the intersection of Hwy 41 and San Gabriel Road (Atascadero) this afternoon turned up a single male Purple Martin and 1 Northern Rough-winged Swallow, each representing my FOS for Atascadero.  I had checked the spot on 3/20 and didn’t see either species.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Great-tailed Grackles, SLO Swap Meet

Tyson Baker
 

There is a pretty large population of great-tailed grackles at the SLO swap meet, increasing over the last couple of years. 

Tyson and Kristi. 
Osos and SLO


Forgot! Bald Eagle Morro Bay

Rubba Johanna
 

Kayaking the slough this morning saw one Bald Eagle sitting on the vegetation close to the wide slough channel pretty far east. Stayed put quite a long time.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

(forgot to sign off on the loon notice)


Morro Bay loons

Rubba Johanna
 

Sighted on the north side of Morro Rock in the surf two male common loons in breeding plumage and a possible third juvenile (brownish with white on the neck). Diving and cruising close to the Rock. I've never seen a Common Loon in breeding plumage this far south.


Islay Campground

Jeff Miller
 

I birded Islay Campground in Montana de Oro this morning. Amazingly, the male Streak-backed Oriole started chattering in the bushes behind the camp host campsite. It popped up briefly for a good look, then as soon as it sensed I was about to focus my camera, shot off in the direction of the cactus where it has been seen foraging in the past. The last eBird report of this oriole at Islay was from March 2. The bird was first found November 4, so it’s been here nearly five months.

 

Across from campsite 32, I heard the unmistakable "cheeseburger" song as given by the mountain chickadee. I couldn’t locate any chickadee and it’s possible some other bird imitated the song. If so, it was a pretty good rendition. I checked to make sure there were no starlings around.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Swainson's Hawk (3 reports)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Yellow-headed Blackbird (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2021 15:46 by Chip Clouse
- 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/S84231860
- Comments: "Adult male matching precise pattern with white on face, rusty flanks, etc. Unmistakeable."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 27, 2021 09:30 by Jeff Miller
- Hwy 46/41 Intersection, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6606053,-120.4140913&ll=35.6606053,-120.4140913
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84199642
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Darker morph bird observed at same location 90 minutes earlier perched at top of oak tree appx. 600 yards west of HWY 41 and about 150-200 yards south of HWY 46. Bird flew south and east a short distance to nearby cluster of oak trees that have historically been used by this species for nesting. Views then were obstructed by branches but soon the the hawk took flight and went into a high soar that took it north and east of the hwy intersection where we were unable to relocate it. Observing the bird inspect several trees and vantage points over a 2+ hour period might point to the bird sticking around. Field marks included (while perched) dark grey head and upper breast, white throat, shorter beak with bright cere and dark red/brown belly (and in flight) top of wings appeared grayish brown with black wing-tips and with whitish color on base of tail."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 27, 2021 09:30 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Hwy 46/41 Intersection, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6606053,-120.4140913&ll=35.6606053,-120.4140913
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84235474
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Darker morph bird observed at same location 90 minutes earlier perched at top of oak tree appx. 600 yards west of HWY 41 and about 150-200 yards south of HWY 46. Bird flew south and east a short distance to nearby cluster of oak trees that have historically been used by this species for nesting. Views then were obstructed by branches but soon the the hawk took flight and went into a high soar that took it north and east of the hwy intersection where we were unable to relocate it. Observing the bird inspect several trees and vantage points over a 2+ hour period might point to the bird sticking around. Field marks included (while perched) dark grey head and upper breast, white throat, shorter beak with bright cere and dark red/brown belly (and in flight) top of wings appeared grayish brown with black wing-tips and with whitish color on base of tail."

Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 27, 2021 08:02 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Hwy 46/41 Intersection, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6606053,-120.4140913&ll=35.6606053,-120.4140913
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84234536
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Darker morph bird observed at top of oak tree appx. 600 yards west of HWY 41 and about 150-200 yards south of HWY 46 had dark grey head and upper breast, white throat, shorter beak with bright cere and dark red/brown belly. Bird remained in tree for duration of checklist."

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2021 16:15 by Jeri Edwards
- Lopez Drive, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1501149,-120.5379839&ll=35.1501149,-120.5379839
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84239242
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Flew into a eucalyptus tree at the same time I was observing the Summer Tanager. It was drinking the sap. Photo for ID purposes only from an old camera."

Yellow-headed Blackbird (Xanthocephalus xanthocephalus) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2021 15:20 by Steven McMasters
- Cal Poly--Mt Bishop Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3076539,-120.6777764&ll=35.3076539,-120.6777764
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84225082
- Comments: "Continuing female/juvenile with large flock of blackbirds, starlings and cowbirds. At the Beef Cattle Evaluation Center."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2021 16:15 by Jeri Edwards
- Lopez Drive, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1501149,-120.5379839&ll=35.1501149,-120.5379839
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84239242
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "I didn't have my camera :( but I took a few from my iPhone for ID purposes. It was drinking sap from the eucalyptus tree and was perched just a few few higher than the Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker in the same tree."

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Cayucos Creek mouth

Kaaren Perry
 

I made a quick stop at Cayucos Creek mouth this morning.  Glad to again have a chance to see the female plumaged Common Goldeneye up close.  A female Hooded Merganser was also present.  Both were visible from the parking lot accessed from North Ocean.  They can be expected to head to their breeding areas in the far north soon so if you want a close up look you might stop by. Hopefully they will still be in the area. 

A few Western and California gulls and a Pied-billed Grebe were the only other birds of note at the time. 



Changing of the Yard Guard

Sue Girard
 

Appearing this morning for a quick bath was the season's first Bullock's Oriole male. Since I have little to attract orioles other than water, I'll wander down Sandydale  Dr. in Nipomo, checking Fan palms, late blooming Aloes, and the towering Fremontia hybrid with its cupped yellow blooms full of nectar. Will Rufous hummingbirds be far behind? 

Feeling a bit whistful at the coming departure of YR (full breeding colors) and Townsend's Warblers and  RC Kinglets in a few weeks. Hermit Thrushes continue so far. Scrub Jays collecting nest materials--coir strings from my hanging  bskt.orchid cactus.

Sue Girard
Nipomo


Arroyo Grande - Clay-colored sparrow

Mitch Siemens
 

There was one bathing in my backyard water feature yesterday at noon along with a Lincolns sparrow. 

Also a California thrasher a couple of weeks ago made a brief as a new yard bird at my house in this residential neighborhood; first one I've seen here in 18 years ! A male hooded oriole made its spring appearance today as well and a couple of white-throated swifts sailed through overhead last week.


Mitch Siemens 
Arroyo Grande 


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*** Species Summary:

- Ross's Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)

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Ross's Goose (Anser rossii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2021 08:55 by Petra Clayton
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84083020
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult since 3/4/21 (Jim Royer). --- Most recent prior eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 12/10/2010. ---

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Ross's Goose foraging with American Coots at a distance north of the Howard Avenue fence line:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/51071443218/in/dateposted-public/" title="Ross's Goose (Chen rossii), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/51071443218_9c1937263d_c.jpg" alt="Ross's Goose (Chen rossii), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2021 16:35 by Phred Benham
- Morro Bay SP--Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3468444,-120.8387738&ll=35.3468444,-120.8387738
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84098704
- Comments: "Feeding in marsh together. Gray geese with orange bills, orange legs, white at base of bill. White line along side. Too distant for photos"

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2021 16:30 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos Creek Mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4492073,-120.907463&ll=35.4492073,-120.907463
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84105757
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult"

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lincoln's sparrow

njmann90
 

After not having been seen since 21 March the Lincoln's Sparrow reappeared just now as well as molting second year Golden Crown Sparrow not seen for a month or more.
Near SLO Vets Hall SLO
Pine Siskins exited 23 March.
American Goldfinches down to only a couple in breeding plumage as of 20 March and Lesser Goldfinches declining.
Yellow rumps molting and hitting the jelly
No orioles or grosbeaks yet which is a little late

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




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Summer tanager

antritasbirds@...
 

Saw a summer tanager at Pismo beach north campground. We were on the outer trail next to the road close to the entrance. Someone had put birdseed on the posts.


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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Mountain Bluebird (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2021 09:34 by Tom Edell
- Park Ridge Trail Parking Area (use for viewing estuary), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3414123,-120.8237954&ll=35.3414123,-120.8237954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84027045
- Comments: "four distant birds together on the estuary. Notably smaller and browner that the nearby Canada Geese and lacking white cheek patch. Too distant to age. White was present around base of bill on at least one bird."

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) (2)
- Reported Mar 24, 2021 13:23 by Dane Fagundes
- Bitterwater Rd--Ranch SLO Co., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4800732,-120.0639276&ll=35.4800732,-120.0639276
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84039633
- Comments: "Sky Blue above and lighter blue below Male. Female just plain Jane."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2021 08:33 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/S84016463
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Small sparrows, grey chests and undersides. Dark eyelines extending from bills. Bright rufous crowns. Foraging with goldfinches, Yellow-rumped Warblers and siskins near baseball field."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2021 08:57 by Nick Belardes
- Sinsheimer Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.26695,-120.645819&ll=35.26695,-120.645819
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84016144
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Small sparrow, grey chest and underside. Dark eyeline extending from bill. Bright rufous crown. Foraging with White-crowned Sparrows beyond a chain-link fence northeast of playground."

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Early Calliope Hummingbird, FOS Black-headed Grosbeak, northbound Merlin and nesting Common Ravens in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

This afternoon (3/24), around 2:00 p.m., I was astonished to see a male Calliope Hummingbird at one of our feeders.  Almost as soon as I saw the bird, it was driven off by one of the resident male Anna’s Hummingbirds, and despite much attention since then, I have not seen the Calliope since.  This strikes me as an  unusually early date for the species, but I have not gone back through my records to check previous FOS dates.

At about 4:15 p.m., I photographed a northbound Merlin sailing over the house, the first of that species I have seen from the yard in a few years.

Common Ravens are indeed common in the eastern part of SLO County, east of the Salinas River Valley, but they are pretty uncommon-to-rare in the Santa Lucia Mountains.   Over the past 30+ years, I’ve irregularly seen high-flying individuals passing over our property, which is located west of the 101 and tucked up against the east base of the Santa Lucias.  This year, I’ve been seeing/hearing a couple of different pairs regularly (multiple times per week) in our neighborhood, including, in particular, around the intersection of Santa Cruz Road and Garcia Road, where there is a big open right-of-way for the high PG&E power lines.  A couple of weeks ago, Susan and I noticed 2 Common Ravens perched high on the crossbeams of one of the big towers, and I speculated then that they might be staking out the power line towers as possible nesting sites.  Well, on our walk this morning, we saw a Raven fly up to one of the towers, and, as predicted, it went to a big stick nest that wasn’t there just 2 weeks ago. 

Finally, Bill Rucci reported a FOS Black-headed Grosbeak from his yard (ca. 0.25 mile up the road from our house) this morning.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Interesting Birding Tool

iseekbirds@verizon.net
 

All:

I checked with the site administrator and was told that it would be okay to post this tool.  A few years ago, I birded Sax-Zim Bog and began following the MOU-net bird report.  One of the people in Minnesota put together a birding tool that will tell you the probability of seeing a particular species within your area during a time period that you pick.  By simply entering your zip code, or city, and the month, the site will give you a listing of the birds and the probability of seeing that bird.  It also gives you an idea of abundance increases and decreases.  Finally, after you see the birds in your area, you can click on the bird and it will give you the hotspot where it can be located.

This tool doesn't really do anything more that Ebird does, but for people that don't Ebird, it seems like it could be pretty useful.  Not my tool, not completely sure of the accuracy nor the longevity of the tool.  However, kind of a nifty tool.  I'm sure it provides other ways of analyzing the data.  Have fun.

Bird Finder (michaelfogleman.com)

John Deacon
iseekbirds@...


Satellite tagged Long-billed Curlew Update

RoserComeau
 

MV Dozer, the satellite tagged Long-billed Curlew I monitor is heading back to his Idaho breeding grounds. His last California reading was Sunday, March 21 at North Point, Morro Strand State Beach, CA. On Tue. March 23 he was at Lahontan Reservoir, NV. On Wed., March 24, 2021 he was located in NE Nevada. Petra Clayton first encountered MV Dozer on June 21, 2020 at Morro Strand State Beach. He had just arrived from his breeding grounds in Indian Valley in the West Central Mountains of Idaho. Dozer was fitted with a satellite transmitter in May 2020 by the Intermountain Bird Observatory.   
Safe travels, Dozer! And best wishes for a successful breeding season!

LV Neil is still in the Central Valley near Merced.

Carol Comeau
Los Osos


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Rough-legged Hawk (1 report)
- Mountain Bluebird (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2021 14:08 by Liam Hampl
- Carrizo Plain NM (use specific hotspots when available), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83984783
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Photo."

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) (2)
- Reported Mar 23, 2021 14:08 by Liam Hampl
- Carrizo Plain NM (use specific hotspots when available), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83984783
- Comments: "Adult male and female. Hovering over grasses then dove down to get food. Male: sky blue on back and head, paler on breast area with a white undertail. Female: mostly gray-brown with pale blue on the wings. Unable to obtain photos."

Mountain Bluebird (Sialia currucoides) (2)
- Reported Mar 23, 2021 13:52 by Molly Hill
- Carrizo Plain National Monument, Santa Margarita US-CA 35.07006, -119.65368, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.070064,-119.653683&ll=35.070064,-119.653683
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83967866
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "A pair perched on a pole by the road, occasionally sallying out for food. The male was a beautiful sky blue, the female was mostly brown but the same shape and showing a bit of blue in the wings. Photos included. They also hovered similarly to a kestrel, something I’ve never seen a bluebird do before; the male was especially prone to hovering."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2021 11:31 by Mike Tidwell
- Selby Road, Santa Margarita, California, US (35.137, -119.839), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1371969,-119.8390048&ll=35.1371969,-119.8390048
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83989073
- Comments: "Brown/red top of the head. Clean grey/white breast."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2021 14:01 by Heather O'Connor
- 2702 Koa Ave, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39237, -120.85287, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392371,-120.852875&ll=35.392371,-120.852875
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S83973376
- Comments: "Summer Tanager was perching in a woody shrub near the eucalyptus trees. Brilliant red! Owner of local house said it comes to feeders on their balcony with other birds and has been doing it for years."

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new spring birds

Claudia Freitas
 

Last week brought our first Violet-green swallows.
This week - yesterday we had our first Lawrence's goldfinches and Cliff swallows.


Claudia  in west Atascadero at 1700'


Re: Bald Eagle- Morro Bay

Mary Watt
 

Seen again this morning.

On Mar 21, 2021, at 1:30 PM, Mary Watt via groups.io <mlwatt2001@...> wrote:

Seen off and on this morning, and now just observed a lengthy interaction with an Osprey. Over Tidelands boat launch and south. Last seen sitting on one of the exposed islands.
 What a delight to be able to see this!

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