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Cerro Alto Birds!

Tyson Baker
 

Hiked to the summit on Sunday morning. We saw one townsend's warbler, one hermit warbler, (life bird for both of us), one blue-gray gnatcatcher and heard plenty of mountain quail. 

Tyson and Kristi
Osos and SLO


Re: Western Tanagers

Bonnie Thompson
 

Coincidentally, we had one male (definitely) or two (probably; I didn't get a good look at the second bird) Western tanagers visit our yard this morning. First one in about ten years, since the large pine tree across the street was cut down.

On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 4:04 PM Lynne Breakstone <breakstonelynne@...> wrote:
Today in the bottlebrush trees in Meadow Park (grove in middle of park), Western Tanagers. FOS for us.
Lynne & Jerry Breakstone


On Apr 25, 2021, at 1:57 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

And here in our yard in Morro Bay…my claim to fame at this time is an increased number of male Hooded Orioles (4) who enjoy jousting in the trees and wires nearby. A single female and a 1st winter male have been in the area for a few weeks. No other spring migrants have been observed to date other that a few male Rufous Hummers that appeared a week or so ago and then promptly disappeared.   Wintering sparrows down to 3 Golden-crowns, one White-crown and a Lincoln Sparrow.

From reports it definitely sounds like most of the migration is happening inland at this time. I'm still waiting and watching…any time now, right?


Kaaren Perry

On Apr 25, 2021, at 11:26 AM, Rick Derevan <rickderevan@...> wrote:

I had a beautiful male Western Tanager in my yard yesterday, a rarity as a yard bird for me. Picture forthcoming on my Flickr page.

Rick Derevan
Atascadero

On Apr 25, 2021, at 10:55 AM, Cheryl Lish <cdlsueno@...> wrote:

10:20 am 2 male Black-headed Grosbeaks at a seed feeder in the backyard. One looked like it was possibly not in full breeding plumage but definitely not a female

Same time - a White- throated Sparrow was in the backyard - feeder area.

Had ~15 Pine Siskins yesterday
Haven’t attempted to count this morning but looks like the same.

Male No Flicker has been vocalizing since the 22nd. Haven’t heard anyone respond

Second Ash-throated Flycatcher showed up the 21st. Lots of excited vocalization between the 2. Couldn’t tell if it was friendly or territorial.

Down to~6 While-crowned Sparrows
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande












migration update for Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

After what has been a very strange, seemingly delayed Spring migration, at least in Atascadero, I’ve noted a marked uptick in migrants over the past 3 days.

Hummingbird numbers and diversity are still WAY down, but Bill Rucci has 1 Black-chinned and 3-5 female/immature male Selasphorus sp. attending his feeders as of yesterday afternoon, along with the usual Anna’s.

On Friday (4/23), an hour spent watching Graves Creek at the north end of our property, produced a number of birds coming in to bathe & drink in the early afternoon.  Notable in terms of migrants and FOS (at our place) breeding species were Pacific-slope Flycatcher (only a month late!), Cassin’s Vireo (singing), 3 Warbling Vireos in my binocular-view at one time, Black-throated Gray Warbler (1) and Wilson’s Warbler (2), Western Tanager (1 female), and Lazuli Bunting (3 males).  

On Saturday (4/24), from the same overlook of the creek, I saw 1 Golden Eagle (being harassed by one of our resident pair of Red-tailed Hawks); 1 Vaux’s Swift in the late afternoon; my FOS Swainson’s Thrush; my FOS Yellow Warbler (singing); my FOS Nashville Warbler (bathing), Western Tanager (1 heard), and Lazuli Bunting (1 male).  Total species count for the day from the property was 65 species.  

Today (4/25), despite very gloomy weather, an hour spent down at the same overlook added my FOS MacGillivray’s Warbler.


Additionally, a pair of Lawrence’s Goldfinches appears to have taken up breeding residence at the same spot – I have recorded them daily for the past 2 weeks, and the male has been singing a lot.  Ash-throated Flycatcher, Warbling Vireo and Orange-crowned Warbler are all singing persistently from spots on our property where they normally have territories, and both the Wilson’s Warbler and Yellow Warbler, although only recently arrived, are singing a lot as well.  Both Hooded and Bullock’s Orioles are present and conspicuous — it seems we have 3 pairs of each frequenting our feeders and staking out territories – as are Black-headed Grosbeaks, which are, hands-down, the most persistently vocal birds in the neighborhood right now.

The Common Raven pair that I posted about a few weeks back, is actively nesting on the PG&E tower 1/2-mile or so down the street from our place, and we continue to see them getting after any large bird (so far, including Red-tailed Hawk, Red-shouldered Hawk, Turkey Vulture, Peregrine Falcon and American Crow) that flies through their airspace.

Our Zonotrichia flock has dwindled considerably.  The 30+ wintering White-crowned Sparrows were down to 1 on 4/20, and all had left by 4/21.  We still have a handful of Golden-crowned, all looking very sharp in breeding dress, and I expect them to leave anytime in the next week.  If the past is any guide, the White-throated Sparrows will be the last to leave – we are still seeing all 4 (2 adults, 2 streaky immature birds) that have been with us all winter.

Pine Siskins are down to < 5 (after mid-winter numbers of 120+).

Odd to me has been the absence of American Goldfinches in our yard.  Normally, they outnumber Lessers at our feeders throughout March & April, but this year, we had only a few seen sporadically in March, and I haven’t heard or seen a single one in our yard in April.  Lawrence’s has been the most conspicuous goldfinch in the yard this month, which is bizarre (but I’m not complaining).


Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Re: Western Tanagers

Lynne Breakstone
 

Today in the bottlebrush trees in Meadow Park (grove in middle of park), Western Tanagers. FOS for us.
Lynne & Jerry Breakstone


On Apr 25, 2021, at 1:57 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

And here in our yard in Morro Bay…my claim to fame at this time is an increased number of male Hooded Orioles (4) who enjoy jousting in the trees and wires nearby. A single female and a 1st winter male have been in the area for a few weeks. No other spring migrants have been observed to date other that a few male Rufous Hummers that appeared a week or so ago and then promptly disappeared.   Wintering sparrows down to 3 Golden-crowns, one White-crown and a Lincoln Sparrow.

From reports it definitely sounds like most of the migration is happening inland at this time. I'm still waiting and watching…any time now, right?


Kaaren Perry

On Apr 25, 2021, at 11:26 AM, Rick Derevan <rickderevan@...> wrote:

I had a beautiful male Western Tanager in my yard yesterday, a rarity as a yard bird for me. Picture forthcoming on my Flickr page.

Rick Derevan
Atascadero

On Apr 25, 2021, at 10:55 AM, Cheryl Lish <cdlsueno@...> wrote:

10:20 am 2 male Black-headed Grosbeaks at a seed feeder in the backyard. One looked like it was possibly not in full breeding plumage but definitely not a female

Same time - a White- throated Sparrow was in the backyard - feeder area.

Had ~15 Pine Siskins yesterday
Haven’t attempted to count this morning but looks like the same.

Male No Flicker has been vocalizing since the 22nd. Haven’t heard anyone respond

Second Ash-throated Flycatcher showed up the 21st. Lots of excited vocalization between the 2. Couldn’t tell if it was friendly or territorial.

Down to~6 While-crowned Sparrows
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande












Re: Recent yard birds 04.25.2021

Kaaren Perry
 

And here in our yard in Morro Bay…my claim to fame at this time is an increased number of male Hooded Orioles (4) who enjoy jousting in the trees and wires nearby. A single female and a 1st winter male have been in the area for a few weeks. No other spring migrants have been observed to date other that a few male Rufous Hummers that appeared a week or so ago and then promptly disappeared.   Wintering sparrows down to 3 Golden-crowns, one White-crown and a Lincoln Sparrow.

From reports it definitely sounds like most of the migration is happening inland at this time. I'm still waiting and watching…any time now, right?

On Apr 25, 2021, at 11:26 AM, Rick Derevan <rickderevan@...> wrote:

I had a beautiful male Western Tanager in my yard yesterday, a rarity as a yard bird for me. Picture forthcoming on my Flickr page.

Rick Derevan
Atascadero

On Apr 25, 2021, at 10:55 AM, Cheryl Lish <cdlsueno@...> wrote:

10:20 am 2 male Black-headed Grosbeaks at a seed feeder in the backyard. One looked like it was possibly not in full breeding plumage but definitely not a female

Same time - a White- throated Sparrow was in the backyard - feeder area.

Had ~15 Pine Siskins yesterday
Haven’t attempted to count this morning but looks like the same.

Male No Flicker has been vocalizing since the 22nd. Haven’t heard anyone respond

Second Ash-throated Flycatcher showed up the 21st. Lots of excited vocalization between the 2. Couldn’t tell if it was friendly or territorial.

Down to~6 While-crowned Sparrows
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande












Re: Recent yard birds 04.25.2021

Rick Derevan
 

I had a beautiful male Western Tanager in my yard yesterday, a rarity as a yard bird for me. Picture forthcoming on my Flickr page.

Rick Derevan
Atascadero

On Apr 25, 2021, at 10:55 AM, Cheryl Lish <cdlsueno@gmail.com> wrote:

10:20 am 2 male Black-headed Grosbeaks at a seed feeder in the backyard. One looked like it was possibly not in full breeding plumage but definitely not a female

Same time - a White- throated Sparrow was in the backyard - feeder area.

Had ~15 Pine Siskins yesterday
Haven’t attempted to count this morning but looks like the same.

Male No Flicker has been vocalizing since the 22nd. Haven’t heard anyone respond

Second Ash-throated Flycatcher showed up the 21st. Lots of excited vocalization between the 2. Couldn’t tell if it was friendly or territorial.

Down to~6 While-crowned Sparrows
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande





Recent yard birds 04.25.2021

Cheryl Lish
 

10:20 am 2 male Black-headed Grosbeaks at a seed feeder in the backyard. One looked like it was possibly not in full breeding plumage but definitely not a female

Same time - a White- throated Sparrow was in the backyard - feeder area.

Had ~15 Pine Siskins yesterday
Haven’t attempted to count this morning but looks like the same.

Male No Flicker has been vocalizing since the 22nd. Haven’t heard anyone respond

Second Ash-throated Flycatcher showed up the 21st. Lots of excited vocalization between the 2. Couldn’t tell if it was friendly or territorial.

Down to~6 While-crowned Sparrows
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande


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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Hooded Merganser (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Lark Bunting (2 reports)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (4)
- Reported Apr 24, 2021 09:06 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/S86269995
- Comments: "4 distant birds together on estuary and likely the same birds last reported here on 25 Mar. Brownish birds with white belly, pink bills, and white around the base of the bill"

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 24, 2021 12:30 by Wanda Lo
- Cayucos creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4501955,-120.9073826&ll=35.4501955,-120.9073826
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86285369
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "feeding in the Cayucos Creek,solo"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 24, 2021 10:49 by Liam Hampl
- Pine Mountain Cemetery--Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4957362,-120.6570252&ll=35.4957362,-120.6570252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86257263
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from yesterday. Photos. Heard calling after waiting a few minutes and finally found. Seen here:
35°29'43.3"N 120°39'20.7"W"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 24, 2021 10:49 by Kilian Hampl
- Pine Mountain Cemetery--Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4957362,-120.6570252&ll=35.4957362,-120.6570252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86257280
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from yesterday. Photos. Heard calling after waiting a few minutes and finally found. Seen here:
35°29'43.3"N 120°39'20.7"W"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 10:28 by Janet Rayner
- Carrizo Plain NM--Elkhorn Rd. lone juniper, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2247142,-119.74584&ll=35.2247142,-119.74584
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86234700
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "After Elkhorn Rd forks to the left we observed it 1.75 miles past the second cattle guard. It was across the road from the cattle yard. It was singing also ( I have a recording) see photos"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Apr 22, 2021 10:30 by Alexey Tishechkin
- Carrizo Plain NM--Padrones Spring, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0045976,-119.5898713&ll=35.0045976,-119.5898713
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86304753
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "1 male observed on a wire not too far from Soda Lake Rd."

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spring birds Nipomo

Thomas Slater
 

I looked outside this morning to find not one, but two White-throated sparrows; one tan stripe, one white stripe. Great comparison study with both birds on the grass picking out seeds within inches of each other.

I also had 3 Pacific-slope FC, an Ash-throated FC, 6 Pine Siskins, at least one Hooded Oriole and 3 RB Nuthatches, among many regulars. There were 3 swallow species representing and even White-throated Swifts in the mix.

48 species on the 1-mile walk. Quite entertaining. 

Bird on,
happy spring migration,

Tom Slater
Nipomo Bird Sanctuary



Tom Slater
Slater Photography
(805)-441-6945
@surfinslater  on Instagram

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Tom Slater
Nipomo


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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Common Merganser (2 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (3 reports)
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet (3 reports)
- Lark Bunting (1 report)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 10:55 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5143427,-120.6719139&ll=35.5143427,-120.6719139
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86188058
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 14:20 by Will Knowlton
- Santa Rita Creek/Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.522751,-120.7773431&ll=35.522751,-120.7773431
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86195777
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male in creek. Photos."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 14:20 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Santa Rita Creek/Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.522751,-120.7773431&ll=35.522751,-120.7773431
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86196850
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult male in creek. Photos."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 10:25 by Mike Bush
- Pine Mountain Cemetery--Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4957362,-120.6570252&ll=35.4957362,-120.6570252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86207664
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen clearly, photos to come. Calling."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 10:25 by Kai Mills
- Pine Mountain Cemetery--Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4957362,-120.6570252&ll=35.4957362,-120.6570252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86175037
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen clearly, photos to come. Calling."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 10:25 by Matt Behrens
- Pine Mountain Cemetery--Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4957362,-120.6570252&ll=35.4957362,-120.6570252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86185330
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen clearly, photos to come. Calling."

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 07:58 by Kai Mills
- Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4272109,-120.7491446&ll=35.4272109,-120.7491446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86166952
- Comments: "Classic chitter call"

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 07:58 by Mike Bush
- Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4272109,-120.7491446&ll=35.4272109,-120.7491446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86166002
- Comments: "Classic chitter call, heard only."

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 07:58 by Matt Behrens
- Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4272109,-120.7491446&ll=35.4272109,-120.7491446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86166970
- Comments: "Classic chitter call"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Apr 23, 2021 10:28 by Ann Stockert
- Carrizo Plain NM--Elkhorn Rd. lone juniper, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2247142,-119.74584&ll=35.2247142,-119.74584
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86209138
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "After Elkhorn Rd forks to the left we observed it 1.75 miles past the second cattle guard. It was across the road from the cattle yard. It was singing also ( I have a recording) see photos"

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Sick bird

Rubba Johanna
 

I just checked my bird seed on my patio floor and I'm seeing what looks like a House Finch chick (an adult male was feeding it) with growths on its face. Reddish bumps are on either side of the beak and on the forehead right above the eye. There's a dark grey patch behind the forehead bump, on the bird's cap. The bird seems unable to close its beak. I can eat, drink, and fly. Does anybody know what this might be? I'll try and get a photo.


Re: Vaux's Swift

njmann90
 

That's 4/21 and 4/22 respectively


On Fri, Apr 23, 2021 at 12:33 PM njmann90 via groups.io <njmann50=gmail.com@groups.io> wrote:
Back from camping trip Carrizo Plains.  Lawrence's Goldfinch at Quail Springs and 2 Vaux Swift Padrone Road 4/22 and 4/22 respectively. At least 20 Red Tails seen no other raptors to report.

NJM

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San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

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




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San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

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




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Vaux's Swift

njmann90
 

Back from camping trip Carrizo Plains.  Lawrence's Goldfinch at Quail Springs and 2 Vaux Swift Padrone Road 4/22 and 4/22 respectively. At least 20 Red Tails seen no other raptors to report.

NJM

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San Luis Obispo
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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 22, 2021 15:18 by Terri Osborn
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86131840
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen with the RBME near the Ocean Ave. Bridge"

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Cerro Alto Birds Today

Jim Royer
 

I birded with Maggie, Torrey, and Kai, along the entrance road and up the trail past the campground at Cerro Alto today. We had three Hermit Warblers, 2 Nashville Warblers, a half dozen Black-throated Gray Warblers, and 5 calling Mt. Quail, as well as returning breeders such as MacGillivray’s Warbler and Ash-throated Flycatcher. The warblers were in mixed flocks in large oaks, with two flocks along the paved road, and two along the trail past the campground.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


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*** Species Summary:

- Hooded Merganser (4 reports)
- Ferruginous Hawk (3 reports)
- Lark Bunting (1 report)

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 21, 2021 08:42 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/S86039515
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing female (photo)"

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2021 16:20 by Jan Bugge
- Grandfathers Lake (Seasonal), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4507666,-120.6204673&ll=35.4507666,-120.6204673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86057941
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Small-bodied brown duck with thin, mostly dark bill; long crown with brownish crest; paler cheeks; grey-brown mottled breast and white underparts. Long tail was cocked up at an angle while on the water.
Observed standing/sitting on a log and in water diving near mallards (half the size of mallard male). Appeared to be a small female. Photos to come."

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 21, 2021 12:50 by Petra Clayton
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86070875
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Hooded and the Red-breasted Merganser together:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/51130857608/in/dateposted-public/" title="Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) & Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/51130857608_05bd2829dd_c.jpg" alt="Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) & Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator), Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 21, 2021 08:43 by Kees Eglowski
- Santa Barbara Road and back country, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4514267,-120.6238087&ll=35.4514267,-120.6238087
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86036333
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small duck with plush cinnamon crest and long tail. Continuing."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2021 18:56 by Jeff Miller
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86008213
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Light juvenile plumage"

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2021 18:56 by Tom Edell
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86037312
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Light morph immature"

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 21, 2021 16:00 by Anonymous eBirder
- Spanish ranch, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.069042,-119.9837461&ll=35.069042,-119.9837461
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86065506
- Comments: "Distinctive large hawk with white tail. Fairly ragged primaries and tail. One has been in this location all winter."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Apr 21, 2021 11:05 by Kathanne Lynch
- Carrizo Plain NM--Wallace Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2672971,-119.8270944&ll=35.2672971,-119.8270944
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86058582
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male. Breeding plumage. All black. White wing patches. On fence. Saw with naked eye while crossing cattle guard. With 3 Lark Sparrows also on fence. Birds dispersed on my crossing. Turned my head. Saw bird again. Confitnrd ID. Exited car to snap photo. No luck refinding bird..
...Crossed Carrizo again arriving at 300pm to look for 45 minutes. One sparrow, 4 crows, 1 log. shrike but no bunting. No photo of bird. Will try to upload photo of fenceline.

Know bird from Colorado (state bird) where I birded for 25 years. This identification easy as male was in breeding plumage.

Location is FENCE CATTLE GUARD approx 4 miles south on Elkhorn from Wallace Creek lot. ELKHORN Road splits 2.6?? miles south of Wallace Creek. Right fork goes to closed fence. Left gork goes to bird site and attached photo [No Parking Private Property white-red sign]. Returning 420pm Wednesday to get good mileage. May not be able to update today as I'm at KCL overnight. Kathanne"

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*** Species Summary:

- Hooded Merganser (2 reports)
- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Ferruginous Hawk (2 reports)

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 20, 2021 16:20 by Lisa Gattuso
- Grandfathers Lake (Seasonal), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4507666,-120.6204673&ll=35.4507666,-120.6204673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86009658
- Comments: "Small-bodied brown duck with thin, mostly dark bill; long crown with brownish crest; paler cheeks; grey-brown mottled breast and white underparts. Long tail was cocked up at an angle while on the water.
Observed standing/sitting on a log and in water diving near mallards (half the size of mallard male). Appeared to be a small female. Photos to come."

Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 20, 2021 10:55 by Lisa Gattuso
- Grandfathers Lake (Seasonal), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4507666,-120.6204673&ll=35.4507666,-120.6204673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86009574
- Comments: "Small-bodied brown duck with thin, mostly dark bill; long crown with brownish crest; paler cheeks; grey-brown mottled breast and white underparts. Long tail was cocked up at an angle while on the shallow water.
Observed standing/sitting on a log and in water diving near mallards (half the size of mallard male). Appeared to be a small female. Photos to come."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported Apr 20, 2021 10:23 by Steve Schulz
- Santa Margarita Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3291313,-120.4874811&ll=35.3291313,-120.4874811
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86001571
- Comments: "Continuing"

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 20, 2021 18:56 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86008014
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Light juvenile plumage"

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 20, 2021 18:56 by Norman Pillsbury
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86008197
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Light juvenile plumage"

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- Green Heron (anthonyi) (1 report)

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Green Heron (anthonyi) (Butorides virescens anthonyi) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2021 07:30 by Kaaren Perry
- Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3217375,-120.8422726&ll=35.3217375,-120.8422726
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S85924180
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Research in BOW and Bent state that anthonyi is the expected subspecies for this area. Striking pale bluish plumage, white edges to coverts and size was different from the darker subspecies photographed by me and others previously in other ares Birds of the World comparison to the 3 other expected subspecies. - B. v. anthonyi, w. North America to n. Baja California, larger and paler; Photos of anthonyi subspecies in BOW media match pale plumage of this bird."

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Recent arrivals, ect

Cheryl Lish
 

On April 17th a male Hooded Oriole came to hummingbird feeders, and I heard the first Ash-throated Flycatcher vocalization.

Yesterday 4/18 a Black-headed Grosbeak moved through the oaks at the east end of the house - traveling north bound.
And there was a White- throated Sparrow (looking gorgeous) in the backyard - same area where the overwintering WTSP came to feed. Not sure if it’s the same bird or passing through. Last sighting was 4/10 so I figured it had moved on. Maybe it’s been exploring ???

This morning a female Hooded Oriole was seen at a feeder. Most years we have 2 pairs nest nearby

6 Pine Siskins continue
3 male Red-winged Blackbirds have been coming to seed feeders the past few weeks... they’re always in a hurry so suspect they’re feeding mates. Haven’t seen females

Crowned Sparrow numbers have been dropping the last couple of weeks and this morning there were less than 20.
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande


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- Hooded Merganser (1 report)
- Glaucous-winged x Glaucous Gull (hybrid) (1 report)
- Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) (1 report)

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2021 09:42 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/S85848568
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing female"

Glaucous-winged x Glaucous Gull (hybrid) (Larus glaucescens x hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2021 12:33 by Liam Hampl
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S85851679
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Photos. Very pale bird."

Red-tailed Hawk (calurus/alascensis) (Buteo jamaicensis calurus/alascensis) (2)
- Reported Apr 18, 2021 07:58 by Brian Sullivan
- 3800 Golden Hill Rd, Paso Robles US-CA 35.65452, -120.65544, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.654515,-120.655438&ll=35.654515,-120.655438
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S85844643
- Comments: "Expected ssp"

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