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Black-headed Grosbeak, Los Osos

Judy Neuhauser
 

A single male Black headed Grosbeak appeared at my feeder this morning in Los Osos.

Judy Neuhauser, Los Osos


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- Fox Sparrow (1 report)
- White-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Lincoln's Sparrow (4 reports)

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Fox Sparrow (Passerella iliaca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 03, 2021 08:13 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/S87016705
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 03, 2021 13:15 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S87041791
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen yesterday at the same location; bird continues; 2 images"

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2021 10:48 by Erik Dodos
- Coon Creek Trail--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2543048,-120.8808124&ll=35.2543048,-120.8808124
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S87068406
- Comments: "Landed on a branch 5 ft from my face. Fine streaks with buffy breast and malar stripe. Peaked crown."

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 03, 2021 08:13 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/S87016705
- Comments: "Fine streaking on throat and buffy breast, buffy malar, gray supercilium"

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2021 17:36 by Ashley Hopkins
- 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/S87059202
- Comments: "Briefly seen before ducking into the bushes. Buffy breast band, thin streaks on breast, raised crest, and buffy malar."

Lincoln's Sparrow (Melospiza lincolnii) (1)
- Reported May 03, 2021 17:36 by James Maley
- 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/S87059203
- Comments: "Briefly seen before ducking into the bushes. Buffy breast band, thin streaks on breast, raised crest, and buffy malar."

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Las Pilitas Road Bridges at Salinas River, 3 May

Tom Edell
 

There was a good variety of migrants at the Las Pilitas Road Bridges this morning. Las Pilitas Road is the closest public road that crosses the Salinas River below the Santa Margarita Lake dam. Eight species of warbler were seen plus a Yellow Breasted Chat was heard vocalizing but not seen.  Other migrants included Warbling Vireo and Western Tanager. Three Purple Martins made a brief appearance and both a female Black-chinned Hummingbird and a male Costa’s Hummingbird were seen. This was the best I’ve seen this location.

 

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I also checked for Purple Martins along Hwy 58 just east of Pozo Road. A male and female continued by one of the utility poles with multiple potential nest holes. This is an annual location for this species.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Phalaropes at Sea Pines Golf Course

Dale Ball
 

Down at the west end pond, there are 6 phalaropes at 6:30pm. At least 5 are Rednecks. 
Dale in Los Osos. 


Western tanager

Victoria Morrow
 

A western tanager showed up at my fountain in Avila Beach today for the first time in the ten years I have lived here.



Vicki Morrow


MacGillivray's Warbler

njmann90
 

Adult male MacGillivray's Warbler in yard this morning. A first for the yard bring NIB yard list to 73. Near SLO Vet's Hall.

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




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*** Species Summary:

- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- White-throated Sparrow (2 reports)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 09:15 by Petra Clayton
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86758837
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Second-ever eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot. ---
One and only prior eBird here: April 11, 2021 (Kilian & Liam Hampl).

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Solitary Sandpiper (and a brief appearance of the Long-billed Dowitcher) foraging in the seasonal pond by the corral:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/51155672525/in/dateposted-public/" title="Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/51155672525_ea054d7b55_c.jpg" alt="Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 02, 2021 08:00 by Tom Slater
- Pajaro Lane Loop, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.018773,-120.5092185&ll=35.018773,-120.5092185
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86917737
- Comments: "Tan stripe, juvenile. White throat bordered by thin dark lines, throat was muted but all markings were appropriate for species. Supercilium was tan and bordered above and below by dark brown stripes. Yellow lores weren't present yet. Streaked breast. Sparrow bill. Found in patch where there I've seen both tan and white-striped WT sparrows recently."

White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 02, 2021 12:00 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86950998
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "bright; 2 images"

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Happy International Dawn Chorus Day!

Tom Graves
 

Let’s try that again: https://www.xeno-canto.org/644879 

 

Black-headed Grosbeak at Coon Creek Trail for International Dawn Chorus Day.

Tom Graves


Happy International Dawn Chorus Day!

Tom Graves
 

Black-headed Grosbeak at Coon Creek Trail. 

https://www.xeno-canto.org/644879

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Red-necked Phalaropes - Turri Rd

Kaaren Perry
 


Both the brightly plumaged females and a few less striking but still lovely male plumaged phalaropes were seen in the tidal ponds and also in the seasonal pond near the corral.  A total of 9 when I left around 9:30.  Easily viewed and photographed from the road by several birders who had stopped to admire the spring arrivals.


Birding around Morro Bay this morning

Kaaren Perry
 

I spent a couple of hours checking out a few of my favorite spots this morning.  

Yellow-breasted Chat - Turri Rd heard chattering and whistling in the willows across from the corral. Jeff Miller arrived shortly and we were able to share the moment until the Chat became silent. 

While I have seen one Swainson's Thrush this season this was my first one heard singing- Chorro Willows.  

Lazuli Buntings, both male and female seen at multiple locations.

Dipped on the Solitary Sandpiper at the seasonal pond on Turri, reported on ebird yesterday.

Kaaren




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- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (5 reports)
- Ferruginous Hawk (3 reports)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 12:40 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/S86742177
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 10:30 by Liam Hampl
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86741749
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird that we found on April 11th. Photos."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 10:30 by Kilian Hampl
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86741761
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird that we found on April 11th. Smaller than yellowlegs, white eyering, extensive white spotting on brown back. Photos."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 09:58 by John Fields
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86772586
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported once last week able to photograph"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1)
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 09:58 by Mark Hays
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86734473
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported once last week able to photograph"

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 08:43 by Nick Belardes
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86736493
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Petra Clayton spotted this bird fly in to the seasonal pond. I was up the road (east) at the time. The bird was foraging on south side of pond when I arrived. Bold eyering, greenish legs, dark shoulders and breast, speckled on brown wings, back and head, so, possibly adult breeding. White belly."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 17:41 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S86772246
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 17:41 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S86772037
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 30, 2021 17:41 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/S86771404

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Oso Flaco 4/30/21

Rubba Johanna
 

A beautiful day at Osos Flaco. Such a pleasure to be relieved of the fear of its ruin at the hands of State Parks (for the moment, anyway). On entering the "tree tunnel," I heard several Wilson's Warblers singing, and saw one. Ducks on the water included many Ruddies, some Gadwall, and 2 male and 1 female Green-winged Teal. I observed a Ruddy male who seemed to be doing a mating display. His tail was ramrod straight up, and he beat his beak rapidly on his chest, then emitted a small grunt. A couple of females floating nearby seemed unimpressed. Swallows were busy over both lakes--Tree, Barn, and Cliff. On the walk from the lake to the beach, I saw Oak Titmouse, a Spotted Towhee, and Bushtits. A highlight of the day featured Wrentits. I saw one chasing another in the low shrubs along the walk, then one male popped up and perched in full view on a twig and sang away! Wrentits are usually so reclusive, I felt lucky to have one singing just a few feet away. He sang for a bit, then flew to another twig, and sang again. At the beach, the creek has carved a channel to the ocean, and there is a sizeable lagoon. There were several Snowy Plovers, and a large number of Western Sandpipers sitting at the edge of the lagoon, bathing in the freshwater, and chasing each other along the edges of the lagoon, competing for hunting grounds. On the other side of the fence was a large number of Whimbrels browsing the sand and little waves.

I heard several songs I couldn't place. I recorded some, and may put them online. I could send them to anyone who is interested in helping me ID the birds.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

 


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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Gray Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Ruby-crowned Kinglet (5 reports)
- Hermit Thrush (1 report)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 19:10 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/S86696042
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Flew after 2 Canada geese for a distance and returned. First time in 1.5 years that it’s been here that I’ve seen it fly."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 07:46 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S86670941
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Mostly gray small flycatcher with Double-white wingbars, small dark bill, little to no eyering; gray chest tapering into a vest around an olive belly and undertail. Long primary projections. Responded to playback call with double note song/call. I arrived to the location and saw Ann Stockert searching for the flycatcher. We proceded to area near cement caskets and searched trees where warbler and vireo activity was heightened. I played the Hammond’s song several times. We then split up and I headed a few dozen yards up a trail. I began playing the Hammond’s song again and heard a return double vocalization only a few times. A few minutes later spotted a flycatcher sitting in upper tree foliage (about 20 feet above). I called Ann over as the bird got more active. She snapped some photos around the time it ate a bug off a thick branch. I took a few terrible photos, including a very clear bird butt pic. See Ann’s photos for better photo ID (https://ebird.org/checklist/S86667987). She took at least one really nice photo of bird and its distinguishig field marks."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 06:12 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/S86667987
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Nick B . Heard call and then located it up about 20 feet. Observed in same vicinity as previously reported. Small grayish flycatcher, little to no eye ring, slight peak to crown, yellowish wash to belly, small bill, two light wing bars. Photos"

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) (1)
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 09:50 by Jeff Miller
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86657060
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Relatively large Empid, with gray head and back, rounded head shape, long tail, relatively long bill with yellow lower mandible, mostly pale underneath, large eye ring, two faint white wing bars. Flicked tail slowly downward. Weak contrast between wings and back, and weak contrast between throat and face. Photos."

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) (1)
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 09:50 by Norman Pillsbury
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86671128
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Relatively large Empid, with gray head and back, rounded head shape, long tail, relatively long bill with yellow lower mandible, mostly pale underneath, large eye ring, two faint white wing bars. Flicked tail slowly downward. Weak contrast between wings and back, and weak contrast between throat and face. Photos."

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1)
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 06:40 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Centennial Park/Trail--Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6227597,-120.6695153&ll=35.6227597,-120.6695153
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86697726

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 08:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86667268
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Moving about in willows near foot bridge. Small active birds, thin pointy bill, black bar below lower wing bar."

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 07:46 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S86670941
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sharp, thin bill. Small, flitting, greenish with pale eyering and horizontal posture. Wasn’t vocalizing. Will post a photo."

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 06:12 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/S86667987
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Flitting constantly... Plain olive with small bill, uneven eyering and whitish wing bars."

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 09:05 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/S86658070
- Comments: "Chattering call. Hover feeding over leaves. Photos no good."

Hermit Thrush (Catharus guttatus) (1)
- Reported Apr 29, 2021 06:54 by Jeff Miller
- West Cuesta Ridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3657353,-120.661226&ll=35.3657353,-120.661226
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S86650071
- Comments: "Dark black spotting on throat and breast"

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Western Tanager migration - Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

There were at least 8 Western Tanagers moving around in two adjacent trees seen from our yard this morning at 7:15.  They foraged primarily in the tree tops, sometimes looping out into the air, before heading back under cover.  They were observed for about 10 minutes before moving on.  All ages and both sexes were observed. While this in no way compares with the phenomenal multiple species migration reports coming from other parts of the county by Brad, Kevin and Jeff it does reflect migration movement in this area. 

After the flurry of actives at Del Mar yesterday, today was surprisingly quiet. Where there were upward of 15 Wilson's Warblers yesterday, today there was just one!  No Cedar Waxwings.  Two Ruby-crowned Kinglets and a single Swainson's Thrush were new to me at this location for this season.








Morning Flight, AG

Brad Schram
 

This morning's migrant flight over Deer Canyon, Arroyo Grande, will not be counted among the "best" spring morning flights of years past, but at least there was visible movement.  I was on the terrace with bins and 'scope from 6:15-8:45.  Visibility was nearly unlimited, even with some onshore moisture creating a bit of haze in the air.  Windy.com said the breeze from NE was 2 knots when I started, confirmed by only the slightest movement in the tips of fresh Ironwood leaves.  In other words, little headwind forcing migrants lower into the canyon(s) close to the coast. 

The breeze picked up a bit by 7am after which time migrants were more commonly seen.  Between 6:15 and 7 the migrant list only included a flock of 12 CEDAR WAXWINGS a lone VAUX'S SWIFT, and a couple distant unidentified passerines.  Activity had almost ceased by 8:15 with only a few migrants seen in the last half hour of my watch.

Unlike West Cuesta Ridge, where birds move upslope, and commonly through the trees on the ridge, most of the migrants moving over the canyons just north of AG Village stay aloft without stopping in the trees, with occasional exceptions.

This morning's migrant list included:

GREAT EGRET 3
MOURNING DOVE 27 (two compact flocks on identical northerly course as other migrants, behavior not seen the rest of the year here--therefore I assume migrants)
BAND-TAILED PIGEON 14 (one flock)
VAUX'S SWIFT 11 (usually singles)
WESTERN KINGBIRD 2
CEDAR WAXWING 34 (three flocks)
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER 1 (brief stop in trees)
NASHVILLE WARBLER 1 (brief stop in trees)
YELLOW WARBLER 2
BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER 1
TOWNSEND'S WARBLER 1
WILSON'S WARBLER 1
unidentified warblers in flight 22
WESTERN TANAGER 3
LAZULI BUNTING 2
BULLOCK'S ORIOLE 1
unidentified non-swallow passerines in flight--tanager size and smaller--44

Morning total, including local breeding birds, 47 species.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande







Re: yesterday's morning flight on West Cuesta Ridge

Jeff Miller
 

The warbler and vireo show continued this morning – a massive flight upslope was already underway when I got there just before 7:00. Continued at least until 9 am. Nine species of warblers; Hutton’s, Cassin’s and warbling vireos, tanagers, grosbeaks, lazuli buntings, ash-throated flycatchers, and a hermit thrush. Lots of Nashville warblers and one *maybe* Virginia’s warbler, seen too poorly to call it.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 

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In re-reading my post from last night about yesterday’s morning flight of migrants on West Cuesta Ridge, I see that I managed to leave one of the most common species off the list entirely!

 

Bill and I tallied 60+ Orange-crowned Warblers yesterday morning between 0740–0915.  

 

Kevin Zimmer

Atascadero


yesterday's morning flight on West Cuesta Ridge

Kevin Zimmer
 

In re-reading my post from last night about yesterday’s morning flight of migrants on West Cuesta Ridge, I see that I managed to leave one of the most common species off the list entirely!

Bill and I tallied 60+ Orange-crowned Warblers yesterday morning between 0740–0915.  

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


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Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1)
- Reported Apr 28, 2021 17:27 by Liam Hampl
- Cypress Ridge Golf Course Pavillion, San Luis Obispo, California
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- Comments: "Heard chatter and then located inside a tree. Will add photos later. Orange legs and white eye ring."

Ruby-crowned Kinglet (Regulus calendula) (1)
- Reported Apr 28, 2021 17:27 by Kilian Hampl
- Cypress Ridge Golf Course Pavillion, San Luis Obispo, California
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- Comments: "Heard chatter and then located inside a tree. Will add photos later. Orange legs and white eye ring."

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spectacular morning migrant flight on West Cuesta Ridge, including a very rare spring record of Virginia's Warbler!

Kevin Zimmer
 

This morning (Wednesday, 4/28), Bill Rucci and I went up to West Cuesta Ridge, in part, to look for Mountain Quail in places where I had excellent luck in finding them last year in April and May, but also, to see if the passage of this last cold front might finally produce a big push of migrants.  Will Knowlton had reported on a big morning flight of migrants from West Cuesta Ridge on 24 April of last year, and I was hoping to find something similar this morning.

We parked at the bottom, and started hiking up the Antenna Road (TV Tower Road) at 0740h.  Note that the Los Padres NF has a closure of this road to all vehicles in effect through at least November, which means you have to either hike or mountain bike up.  We hustled up the first 1/4-mile section of the road beyond the locked gate, but came to a screeching halt as soon as we noticed that passerines were funneling upslope from the south, and literally streaming across the road and through the crowns of the oaks.  At first, we had a hard time even identifying any of these birds, because they weren’t pausing anywhere in sight before blasting on upslope.  But we could also see birds streaming through the trees and across the road up ahead.  We soon found a spot just short of the first big gap where the freeway is clearly visible (if you come to a spot where the road bends sharply to the right, and the bank directly ahead is covered with flowering Ceanothus, you’ve gone too far), and where the crowns of many of the oaks on our left (downslope) were not far above eye-level.  This allowed good viewing of birds as they bubbled up from below, before they even got to the road.  Once in this spot, we basically did not move for the next 90 minutes.  Passerines continued to leap-frog their way through the oaks without slowing until about 0915h, which is when we continued up the road, hiking up to beyond the side road to the antennas and through the main cypress grove and botanic area, looking in vain for Mountain Quail, which we didn’t even hear.  We didn’t make it up to the best area for quail until around 1100h, at which point, it was warm and windy, and the only things that were vocal were Wrentits, Bewick’s Wrens, and Blue-gray Gnatcatchers.  We did see a single Olive-sided Flycatcher, a couple of Lawrence’s Goldfinches, and a group of 20+ Cliff Swallows with a few Vaux’s Swifts passing overhead.

On the way back down, we ran into a small pocket of migrants in the same spot where we had lingered for so long in the morning.  Pausing to check these 8-10 birds out, my eyes were immediately drawn to a proportionately long-tailed warbler pumping its tail up and down steadily as it clambered about in some oak branches hanging over the road.  Raising my binoculars to the bird, I was amazed to see that it was a male Virginia’s Warbler, a rare visitor to our county (and to all of Southern California) in any season, but particularly unexpected in spring.  The bird was not unlike a longer-tailed version of a Nashville Warbler (with a similar bold, white eyering), of which we had seen many (see below) in the morning, but was paler and distinctly gray above (including the wing-coverts and folded remiges) except for a greenish-yellow rump, and was mostly white below (including the throat and entire belly), with a large yellow patch in the center of the breast (not even extending completely to the sides), and bright yellow vent.  The tail-pumping motion was not only more constant than the analogous tail motions we had seen from some Nashville Warblers in the morning, but it also differed qualitatively, in a way that I couldn’t quite put my finger on – I think it was perhaps more up-and-down, without any real lateral movement.  Once I had confirmed to myself that the bird was a Virginia’s Warbler – a bird I know well from a decade of living in New Mexico and west Texas, not to mention another 30+ years of guiding in Arizona, NM, CO and TX – I tried to photograph it, but without luck.  It ducked back into the cover of the oak, then flew to the next tree, where we lost track of it after being distracted by a male Hermit Warbler, a female Hermit Warbler, and a male Black-throated Gray Warbler, all of which were flitting about in the same oak that the Virginia’s Warbler had flown to.  That was at ca. 1430h, and we remained in the area looking for the bird for another 30 minutes, without seeing any further sign of the bird.  I’ve seen only a few Virginia’s Warblers in SLO County, and all of these were in fall.  I’m not sure how many (if any?) spring county records there are, but I know the species is less expected in California in this season.  

Following are my counts of the various migrants that we encountered today.  I would estimate that we only identified perhaps 25% of the passerines that we saw – the birds were moving too fast, and in a 360º arc around us – so the numbers below for the more common species should be viewed as very conservative estimates of what was actually there.  I found it interesting that we did not record a single Yellow-rumped Warbler on the morning, given that I am still seeing the species daily through our yard in Atascadero.  I would also note that I personally have never seen a migratory movement of this sort in western North America before – the number of birds pouring past us, and the constancy and intensity of the action was much more reminiscent to me of the spring ‘fallouts’ that I’ve experienced on the Gulf Coast in Texas when weather conditions are favorable to such an event.  It really was something special!  For those looking to replicate our experience, I would suggest getting there a little earlier (maybe by 0700h) and getting into position and then ride it out (in retrospect, had I known how dead things would be higher up, I’d have spent the whole day down below in the migrant zone) for as long as it goes. I would charge back up there tomorrow morning myself, except that I’ll be happy to still be ambulatory after the death march from the highway up to way beyond the antenna towers and back!

Vaux’s Swift  -  2
Pacific-slope Flycatcher  -  4
Olive-sided Flycatcher  -  1
Cassin’s Vireo  -  1
Warbling Vireo  -  45
Hermit Thrush  -  3 (seems late to me)
Swainson’s Thrush  -  1
Nashville Warbler  -  65
Virginia’s Warbler  -  1
Yellow Warbler  -  4
Townsend’s Warbler  -  5
Hermit Warbler  -  4
Black-throated Gray Warbler -  40
Wilson’s Warbler  -  50
Western Tanager  -  5
Lincoln’s Sparrow  -  1 (also seems late)
Lazuli Bunting  - 2
Black-headed Grosbeak  -  10


Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

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