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Deer Canyon AG Morning Migrant Flight

Brad Schram
 

The spring here at Deer Canyon, Arroyo Grande has thus far been very, very slow. 
S-L-O-W.  Apart from swallows and a mini-blizzard of VAUX'S SWIFTS on the 26th, the last couple weeks of fog and/or low clouds with heavy ocean haze/onshore influence have produced very, very few western migrants here.  Did I mention it has been slow?

Early morning flights are typically best between about 6:30 and 8AM, but although yesterday morning's sunshine and clear weather was encouraging but it was perfectly still in the early morning hours.  This meant that any migrants still in the air were not hugging the terrain for shelter from headwinds as they moved northward.

I awoke this morning (Wed) to another clear morning accompanied by a slight NE breeze.  Given the conditions and the late April date these conditions predicted at least a light visible morning migrant flight. 

Numbers were certainly not high, and migrants moving northward over the canyon were only occasional appearances--but at least there were migrants visible.  I suspect that anyone birding riparian canyons this morning would have had decent migrant numbers.  I was on the terrace by 6:25, birding consistently with bins and 'scope until 8am.

One pair of (aging) eyes does not cover 180 degrees of view highly efficiently, but the species and numbers below give a decent sample of today's morning flight.  Only fly-by migrants are listed, I didn't attempt to ID distant swallows in flocks: 
GREAT EGRET 5
; VAUX’S SWIFT 4; WESTERN KINGBIRD 3; TREE SWALLOW 2; CLIFF SWALLOW 6; BARN SWALLOW 4; unidentified swallow 60; BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER 1; HERMIT WARBLER 1; TOWNSEND’S WARBLER 2; warbler (sp.) 15; WESTERN TANAGER 3; GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW 4 (lingering); BULLOCK’S ORIOLE 2.  Unidentified distant passerine 45.

Tomorrow morning's stronger predicted breeze from the NE coupled with clear conditions looks like it could be a better morning flight.

Brad Schram
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- Hooded Merganser (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Black Skimmer (1 report)
- Hermit Thrush (3 reports)

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 22, 2021 08:49 by Tom Edell
- 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/S86127827
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 27, 2021 16:14 by Grace Romero
- 4545 Sycamore Rd, Atascadero US-CA 35.50840, -120.66376, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.508403,-120.663762&ll=35.508403,-120.663762
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86533977
- Comments: "Flew into pond. Dark underwings and central dark line through the tail visible. Vocalized for several minutes upon landing. A little smaller and much more delicate than nearby killdeer. Dark back with white spotting. Mottled dark breast. Yelloish legs. Teetered intermittently."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 27, 2021 13:26 by Dane Fagundes
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86517525
- Comments: "Black above white below black and orange bill"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 27, 2021 08:18 by Kees Eglowski
- Dove Creek Sensitive Habitat Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4488531,-120.6375668&ll=35.4488531,-120.6375668
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86500501
- Comments: "Small thrush with rufous tail"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (2)
- Reported Apr 26, 2021 06:36 by Janet Rayner
- 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/S86517099
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Brown with reddish tail, light breast with dark spots , and no Buffy eyering and spectacles like the Swainson’s."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 27, 2021 08:45 by Rick Saval
- 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/S86500377
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos."

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BHGR - in Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

Finally a FOS male Black-headed Grosbeak was seen and heard singing it's head off from our yard today. I know they have been seen around the county but after my complaining about of our lack of spring migrants this season here in Morro Bay I thought I'd just mention this recent arrival. Hopefully more to come.


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- Common Merganser (2 reports)
- Solitary Sandpiper (3 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (3 reports)
- Hermit Thrush (3 reports)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 14:11 by Jeanette Stone
- Juan Bautista De Anza Trail 4530 Sycamore Road, Atascadero, California, US (35.508, -120.664), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5081307,-120.663767&ll=35.5081307,-120.663767
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86420327
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Large female duck with reddish-brown head and neck, sloping forehead and longish crest with vertical feathering. Straight red-orange bill. Pale grey chest and darker grey back.
In shallow pond with coots and mallards. Photos to come."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 14:11 by Jan Bugge
- Juan Bautista De Anza Trail 4530 Sycamore Road, Atascadero, California, US (35.508, -120.664), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5081307,-120.663767&ll=35.5081307,-120.663767
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86427636
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Large female duck with reddish-brown head and neck, sloping forehead and longish crest with vertical feathering. Straight red-orange bill. Pale grey chest and darker grey back.
In shallow pond with coots and mallards. Photos to come."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 26, 2021 16:02 by Ann Stockert
- De Anza Trail--North Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5267508,-120.6974933&ll=35.5267508,-120.6974933
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86462789
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing...see photos..."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 14:11 by Jan Bugge
- Juan Bautista De Anza Trail 4530 Sycamore Road, Atascadero, California, US (35.508, -120.664), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5081307,-120.663767&ll=35.5081307,-120.663767
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86427636
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Medium-sized sandpiper viewed walking and bobbing in several small ponds, and in flight moving between ponds. Adult summer plumage: dark brown back with small white spots, streaky head and breast, white underbelly, strong white eye-ring. Long bill, shortish yellow-green legs,
Photos to come."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 14:11 by Jeanette Stone
- Juan Bautista De Anza Trail 4530 Sycamore Road, Atascadero, California, US (35.508, -120.664), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5081307,-120.663767&ll=35.5081307,-120.663767
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86420327
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Medium-sized sandpiper viewed walking and bobbing in several small ponds, and in flight moving between ponds. Adult summer plumage: dark brown back with small white spots, streaky head and breast, white underbelly, strong white eye-ring. Long bill, shortish yellow-green legs,
Photos to come."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 26, 2021 08:07 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S86442930
- Comments: "Continuing; small Empid with tiny, short bill, long primary projection, short tail, pale wingbars, irregular eye ring."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 26, 2021 08:07 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S86425472
- Comments: "Continuing; small Empid with tiny, short bill, long primary projection, short tail, pale wingbars, irregular eye ring."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 26, 2021 06:36 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S86440480
- Comments: "First heard distinct high-pitched “peek” call above the back area gate, then saw it fly farther up the Pine Mountain Trail. It was small, grayish, with a slightly peaked crown, and a greenish back along with a yellowish wash on its belly. Poor photo if needed"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 26, 2021 08:30 by Jeri Edwards
- Irish Hills Natural Reserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2509463,-120.7032681&ll=35.2509463,-120.7032681
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86436686
- Comments: "Distinct rufous tail, spotted white underparts, bobbing tail, in appropriate habitat along Froom Creek"

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 26, 2021 06:36 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S86440480
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Brown with reddish tail, light breast with dark spots , and no Buffy eyering and spectacles like the Swainson’s."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 10:41 by Jan Bugge
- 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/S86427503
- Comments: "Small pale brown thrush with buffy color under chin and dark spotting on white breast. Darker tail that flicked. White eye- ring and sturdy pointed bill.
Photos to come."

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A.G. Vauxs swifts

Mitch Siemens
 

Just had a mixed group of cliff swallows and Vauxs swifts flying  over and around my backyard  for about 10 minutes this afternoon before slowly moving off in the distance. My guess is there were about 10 to 15 Vauxs swifts in the mix.

Mitch Siemens 
Arroyo Grande 


Re: Western Tanagers

Mary Watt
 

A Western Tanager is reportedly seen today in Morro Bay (on Arbutus).


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- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Ferruginous Hawk (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (1 report)
- Bank Swallow (1 report)
- Hermit Thrush (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (3 reports)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 14:11 by Lisa Gattuso
- Juan Bautista De Anza Trail 4530 Sycamore Road, Atascadero, California, US (35.508, -120.664), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5081307,-120.663767&ll=35.5081307,-120.663767
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86395209
- Comments: "Large female duck with reddish-brown head and neck, sloping forehead and longish crest with vertical feathering. Straight red-orange bill. Pale grey chest and darker grey back.
In shallow pond with coots and mallards. Photos to come."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 14:11 by Lisa Gattuso
- Juan Bautista De Anza Trail 4530 Sycamore Road, Atascadero, California, US (35.508, -120.664), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5081307,-120.663767&ll=35.5081307,-120.663767
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86395209
- Comments: "Medium-sized sandpiper viewed walking and bobbing in several small ponds, and in flight moving between ponds. Adult summer plumage: dark brown back with small white spots, streaky head and breast, white underbelly, strong white eye-ring. Long bill, shortish yellow-green legs,
Photos to come."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 17:25 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- HWY 58 -- 7 Mile Rd. to Soda Lake Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3311144,-119.8817272&ll=35.3311144,-119.8817272
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86392158
- Comments: "Light morph juvenile"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (2)
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 09:01 by Grace Romero
- 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/S86379408
- Comments: "About 0.1 mile up steep trail near campsite 16. Saw 2 interacting, quick 3 notes slurred vocalizations. Heavily shaded area. Small flycatchers with crown, small bill, overall grey, a little lighter underneath with visible slightly darker vest."

Bank Swallow (Riparia riparia) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 06:58 by Maggie Smith
- Oso Flaco Lake (not for beach/ocean), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0302072,-120.6207848&ll=35.0302072,-120.6207848
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86379007
- Comments: "Saw bird flying. It was smaller than other swallows with swifter wing beats; dark on top and light below with broad dark band across chest."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 10:41 by Lisa Gattuso
- 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/S86395616
- Comments: "Small pale brown thrush with buffy color under chin and dark spotting on white breast. Darker tail that flicked. White eye- ring and sturdy pointed bill.
Photos to come."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 16:47 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S86390574
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male in breeding plumage previously reported at this location by Ann Stockert and Janet Rayner on April 23, 2021."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 16:47 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S86392881
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing adult male in breeding plumage previously reported at this location by Ann Stockert and Janet Rayner on April 23, 2021."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 25, 2021 15:30 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S86385698
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Singing male; photos"

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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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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

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




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--
Nancy Jean Mann
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

--
Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

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




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