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Hooded Oriole

njmann90
 

FOS Male adult Hooded Oriole today.
Near SLO Vet's Hall
SLO

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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
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CORRECTION Re: [slocobirding] Long-billed Curlew update- LV Neil

RoserComeau
 

Meant to say May 2020. 
Carol Comeau
Los Osos, CA


Long-billed Curlew update- LV Neil

RoserComeau
 

In May of 2021 LV Neil was banded and satellite tagged in Meadows Valley in the west central mountains of Idaho.  This is 45 miles north of MV Dozer's breeding grounds in Indian Valley.  Dozer and Neil were the first tracked curlews to overwinter on the coast of California. When Neil was in the Morro Bay area, he liked to alternate between the sand-spit and the bay. 

 

On Dec. 28th Neil moved to the Central Valley near Merced. His last satellite reading in CA was near Merced on Sat., March 27th. By March 29th he was back in Idaho.

Best wishes to Neil for a successful and safe breeding season. 

Carol Comeau
Los Osos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 report)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2021 06:54 by Kathleen Kent
- Hwy 41 at San Gabriel Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4630298,-120.6749329&ll=35.4630298,-120.6749329
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84433408
- Comments: "Have photos. Black and white overall. On face, white supercillium and white mustachial stripe on black face. Black and white striping on chest; white wing bars on grayish wings."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 30, 2021 14:08 by Sarah Newton-Scott
- Laurel Ave, Morro Bay US-CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.392485,-120.852376&ll=35.392485,-120.852376
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84428135
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "I understand this bird has likely been continuing in this area since at least December 2020. Bright red tanager with large pale beak first heard then seen in avocado tree. Relatively skulky. Will add a terrible id photo."

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FOS Warbling Vireo, Black-headed Grosbeak and Wilson's Warbler in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

More news of first arrivals (for our property) this spring in Atascadero. Yesterday (3/29) produced a singing Warbling Vireo and the first female Bullock’s Oriole (a couple of different males have been present for over a week) of the year. Today (3/30) we had our first Black-headed Grosbeak of the year visiting the feeders, and there was a singing male Wilson’s Warbler along Graves Creek at the north end of our property.

Lincoln’s Sparrow and 4 White-throated Sparrows are still continuing in the yard, and we’re getting a trickle of Rufous Hummingbirds.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Volunteers needed for Bank Swallow stdy

Judy Neuhauser
 

I am just the messenger - please respond to Kaitlin if interested.

I work for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife on a project studying bank swallows throughout California, and have an opportunity that may be of interest to your chapter members. We are conducting surveys this spring and early summer to evaluate current bank swallow distribution and population status within the state, and have some reaches near your chapter that we are hoping to find volunteers to help survey. Below is brief overview of steps to take for those who are interested in signing up, and includes a link to our project webpage where volunteers can find all of the project resources; this includes instruction on how to conduct surveys, pre-survey volunteer training resources, and data submission.

PLEASE RESPOND ONLY TO KAITLIN, not the whole list, please.


Thank you so much!
Kaitlin

Kaitlin Kozlowski
Scientific Aide
CA Department of Fish and Wildlife
North Central Region



Cliff swallows

Claudia Freitas
 

Well our Cliff swallows have taken back their nests once again.  Almost all are filled now.  A few need a bit of repair but most remain intact.
Violet-greens are checking out the bluebird boxes along with the bluebirds.
Busy time of year.

Claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'


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- Swainson's Hawk (1 report)

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Swainson's Hawk (Buteo swainsoni) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2021 17:19 by Aidan Brubaker
- 13625 California 46, Paso Robles, California, US (35.66, -120.455), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6603157,-120.4549414&ll=35.6603157,-120.4549414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S84370406
- Comments: "Classic light morph showing a two toned appearance with a light body and wings, brown breast, and dark primaries and secondaries. The general impression of this bird was a raptor with it's wings held slightly above it's body, much like a gliding Rock Pigeon, just not as much as a V shape. The wings were noticeably more slender than a Red-tailed Hawk's, though not quite as slender as a Peregrine's. This hawk was essentially identical to the Swainsons I see regularly at home in Sacramento, where I have lots of experience with the species."

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roadrunner

njmann90
 

Roadrunner seen Hwy 58 near O'Donovan Road with Mick Bondello. SLO County.
W. Kingbird Hwy 58 at junction with Pozo Road. SLO County with Mick Bondello.


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Nancy Jean Mann
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FOS Black headed Grosbeak

njmann90
 

FOS Male Black headed Grosbeak in yard today
Near SLO Vet's Hall


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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
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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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