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- Red-breasted Merganser (1 report)

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Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator) (1)
- Reported Aug 04, 2021 10:53 by Sarah Millspaugh
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92770381
- Comments: "One red-breasted merganser was standing alone on the sand spit on our way out and back via canoe. The bird seemed possibly injured and did not fly."

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Osprey roosting near new nesting platform - Sweet Springs Nature Preserve

Judy Neuhauser
 

For those who have been following the attempts by Morro Coast Audubon Society (MCAS) to entice Osprey into nesting by the Morro Bay Estuary, two Osprey have been seen for the past week at Sweet Springs Nature Preserve. For at least 3 nights, one Osprey has been seen roosting near the nest platform that was installed by MCAS in January, with the generous help of donations from the community. This seems like a young bird (eye color and scalloping of the plumage on the back), though the 2nd bird seen appears to be a full adult.


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- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (12)
- Reported Aug 03, 2021 08:18 by Sarah Millspaugh
- Doris Avenue Marsh, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3192044,-120.8479181&ll=35.3192044,-120.8479181
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92709183
- Comments: "Compared breeding plumage with black bellies plover or pacific golden. It was much closer to pacific golden."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (6)
- Reported Aug 03, 2021 19:45 by Sarah Millspaugh
- Montaña de Oro State Park, Los Osos US-CA 35.30155, -120.87282, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.301546,-120.872816&ll=35.301546,-120.872816
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92736215
- Comments: "Heads not white like black-bellied."

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Re: CLTE @ Oso Flaco Lake

Matthew Dodder
 

Please include the common name. I am not sure what you are reporting with “CLTE”. 

Thank you in advance.

Matthew Dodder


On Aug 2, 2021, at 3:19 PM, Steph Cárdenas <steph.ann.flora@...> wrote:



[Edited Message Follows]

Hello all!

Went birding yesterday (31-Jul-2021) and found an adult California Least Tern - CLTE - fishing at Oso Flaco Lake.
Witnessed at least 7 failed attempts between 12:30-14:30. 
Wasn't able to verify if banded, as it was moving far too quickly with legs pulled up.

If anyone else finds California Least Tern - CLTE - at the lake, I would love to hear about it!

Best,
Steph Cárdenas


31-Jun-21 California Least Tern @ Oso Flaco Lake

 

Hello all! I'm reposting this with the species name, as not everyone is familiar with alpha codes.
Sorry for the confusion - I was rushed!

Went birding two days ago (31-Jul-2021) and found an adult California Least Tern - CLTE - fishing at Oso Flaco Lake.
Witnessed at least 7 failed attempts between 12:30-14:30. 
Wasn't able to verify if banded, as it was moving far too quickly with legs pulled up.

If anyone else finds California Least Tern - CLTE - at the lake, I would love to hear about it!

Best,
Steph Cárdenas


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- Vaux's Swift (2 reports)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2021 10:30 by Lisa Gattuso
- Atascadero Wastewater Treatment Ponds--no internal access, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4827588,-120.6424508&ll=35.4827588,-120.6424508
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92622032
- Comments: "Solitary flying over last three ponds amongst cliff swallows. Stubby cigar shaped dark body, long thin wings. Several rapid wing beats then glides."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Aug 01, 2021 10:30 by Jan Bugge
- Atascadero Wastewater Treatment Ponds--no internal access, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4827588,-120.6424508&ll=35.4827588,-120.6424508
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92622445
- Comments: "Solitary flying over last three ponds amongst cliff swallows. Stubby cigar shaped dark body, long thin wings. Several rapid wing beats then glides."

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- Spotted Towhee (oregonus Group) (2 reports)

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Spotted Towhee (oregonus Group) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group]) (2)
- Reported Jul 31, 2021 19:21 by David Tønnessen
- Santa Rosa Creek WTP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5677964,-121.103567&ll=35.5677964,-121.103567
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92583807
- Comments: "IDed by voice (song and calls). Song more distinct; just a trill instead of any intro notes preceeding."

Spotted Towhee (oregonus Group) (Pipilo maculatus [oregonus Group]) (2)
- Reported Jul 31, 2021 19:21 by Caleb Strand
- Santa Rosa Creek WTP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5677964,-121.103567&ll=35.5677964,-121.103567
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92583808
- Comments: "IDed by voice (song and calls). Song more distinct; just a trill instead of any intro notes preceeding."

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Pacific Golden-Plover

Nick Belardes <nickbelardes@...>
 

While searching for a reported Lesser Yellowlegs at Santa Rosa Creek Mouth, I stumbled upon a Pacific Golden-Plover in adult breeding plumage foraging in a lagoon next to Shamel Park (The yellowlegs was in the opposite lagoon). 

I hadn’t seen this species in this type of plumage (https://ebird.org/checklist/S92514484). According to Tom Edell, “If you look at the records in eBird you'll see that there are a scattering of July records in California, but none in SLO. I believe this is only the second July record for the county. Probably all birds found in July are adults molting out of breeding plumage. Juveniles are always a bit later than adults (true for all migrating shorebirds).”

Whenever I stumble in my bird IDs, which I had with this bird initially (though in my defense I DID say it was a bit golden-looking haha), I always learn tons from our ebird moderator who provides added details that I can use in future birding journeys. 

I love this detail from the Wikipedia entry on the species: “The genus name is Latin and means relating to rain, from pluvia, ‘rain’. It was believed that golden plovers flocked when rain was imminent. The species name fulva is Latin and refers to a tawny colour.” 

While it wasn’t rainy, it had been a misty drive heading through Morro Bay from SLO. Maybe added some good luck, since this traveler, possibly from Eurosiberia Arctic tundra or western Alaska, isn’t seen too often around SLO County. 

One additional detail I found interesting noted these plovers fly a 4800 km journey between Alaska and Hawaii in three or four days.

Nicholas Belardes, San Luis Obispo



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*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2021 18:34 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/S92530229
- Comments: "Cigar shaped tail, light/whitish on rear."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Jul 30, 2021 14:58 by Mike Bush
- Santa Rosa Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5683274,-121.1102353&ll=35.5683274,-121.1102353
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92520856
- Comments: "Seen earlier in the day by Nick Belardes. I had originally thought I had seen a Black-bellied Plover."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 30, 2021 08:17 by Nick Belardes
- Santa Rosa Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5683274,-121.1102353&ll=35.5683274,-121.1102353
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92514484
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Spotted in lagoon next to park foraging near a Killdeer. Noted its Golden spotted plumage on back and crown, but still originally ID’d wrong. T. Edell sought some outside expertise to make sure it wasn’t an American Golden-Plover."

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- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (3 reports)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (2)
- Reported Jul 29, 2021 07:25 by Ken Hartman cc
- Jim Green Trail, Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4817977,-120.6447481&ll=35.4817977,-120.6447481
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92464040
- Comments: "All brown swift. Short tail."

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Jul 29, 2021 09:35 by Jeff Miller
- San Simeon Creek Mouth/Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5956267,-121.1267052&ll=35.5956267,-121.1267052
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92466356
- Comments: "Very small, compact alcids with short bills, stubby tails. Seemed to be adults molting out of breeding plumage. White undertail coverts and some white underneath."

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Jul 29, 2021 09:35 by Norman Pillsbury
- San Simeon Creek Mouth/Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5956267,-121.1267052&ll=35.5956267,-121.1267052
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92471413
- Comments: "Very small, compact alcids with short bills, stubby tails. Seemed to be adults molting out of breeding plumage. White undertail coverts and some white underneath."

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Jul 29, 2021 08:49 by Tom Edell
- San Simeon Creek Mouth/Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5956267,-121.1267052&ll=35.5956267,-121.1267052
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92469927
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Two small murrelets with very short bills together just inside the kelp bed. Both appeared mostly dark above and to the water line at distance and under overcast skies but did show white in the up turned undertail and a small bit of white on the wing. Clearly smaller than Pigeon Guillemot that flew by them. I suspect both were adults due to the mostly dark faces, breasts, and sides."

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Willets and Black-bellied Plover

Judy Neuhauser
 

There was a flock of 31 Willets actively feeding in the pickleweed at high tide and 64 Black-bellied Plover resting just off the older viewing platform at Sweet Springs today around 3:45 pm.

Judy Neuhauser
Los Osos


surf scoters

njmann90
 

There was a small, 8, flotilla of Surf Scoters just beyond the surf break off the dog beach north of Morro Rock. Today 29 July.

Nancy Mann
SLO

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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:

- Vaux's Swift (2 reports)
- Least Bittern (1 report)
- Barn Swallow (American) (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (4)
- Reported Jul 28, 2021 16:46 by Grace Romero
- Atascadero Wastewater Treatment Ponds--no internal access, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4827588,-120.6424508&ll=35.4827588,-120.6424508
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92442302
- Comments: "At southmost end of water treatment ponds, over grassy drained pond. Large group of tree swallows with at least 4, perhaps 6 Vaux’s swifts. All birds in this mixed flock were superficially similar in size and high activity level. In binocular view the swifts were distinctive with their crescent body shape and stubby tail. Dark upper body with lighter dingy underside, some individuals with a little lighter throat. Very active wing beat with occasional glides."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Jul 23, 2021 06:04 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- de Anza Trail - South Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4874054,-120.6409125&ll=35.4874054,-120.6409125
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92446402
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small, cigar=shaped, all dark swift with straight-edged primaries."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 27, 2021 10:30 by Petra Clayton
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92397272
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing since 7/8/2021 - Tom Edell/Norm Pillsbury (First-ever eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot)

Observed the bird flying from one large stand of California bulrush (Schoenoplectus californicus ) in the Cottontail Creek arm to another one and moving around in it in full view before disappearing into it. After a while it came into view again in the same spot, moved around, and then again disappeared into the bulrush.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, which includes views of the location:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/51341158385/in/dateposted-public/" title="Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/51341158385_a8bcb65dd6_c.jpg" alt="Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis), Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Barn Swallow (American) (Hirundo rustica erythrogaster) (2)
- Reported Jul 28, 2021 17:27 by Ken Hartman cc
- Ragged Point Inn, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7807616,-121.3309207&ll=35.7807616,-121.3309207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92445603
- Comments: "Deep orange belly."

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Purple Martins, Atascadero Lake

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Mike Bush and I walked around Atascadero Lake this morning and the high point was a group of about 15 Purple Martins perching in two snags and flying around the southeast part of the lake. We were surprised by the number. We witnessed juveniles fed by adults several times. After some time they all flew off. For what it's worth, this was not too far from the SanGabriel/Highway 41 location where martins have been seen over the years. Distant photos on my Flickr page:


Green herons in Avila Beach

Victoria Morrow
 

Four green herons have been hanging around the footbridge on the Bob Jones Trail in recent days. Two are adults and two are juveniles just losing the last bit of baby fluff on their heads. The creek has been low between 7:30 and 8:30 am when I have seen them and so they are all taking advantage to fish there.

Vicki Morrow


Oso evening

Thomas Slater
 

After light rain on and off all day, I couldn't resist the pull of Oso Flaco since it's often empty on such evenings. It was.

Highlights were over 120 Red-necked Phalaropes, a partially leucistic Hutton's Vireo, a Least Tern, a Virginia Rail, and a an extremely young juvenile Green Heron, complete with fuzzy beenie.

Very peaceful walk.

Can't wait for fall,
Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo

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Tom Slater
Nipomo


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*** Species Summary:

- Hooded Merganser (1 report)
- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Eastern Kingbird (1 report)

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2021 06:53 by Tom Edell
- Atascadero Wastewater Treatment Ponds--no internal access, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4827588,-120.6424508&ll=35.4827588,-120.6424508
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92349864
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "As I was scanning the largest pond with a center peninsula with my scope, I spotted a bird with a thin merganser like bill bedded down in a low-growing plant just above the pond shoreline. The brown head, pale throat, and yellowish base to the bill with yellow extending out about ¾ of the way to the tip of the lower mandible, and all dark culmen indicated it was a Hooded Merganser. The brown head lacked any evidence of a rear shaggy crest and the eye appeared dark. I later saw this bird in the small pond at the otherwise dry most southeast basin. There I noted pale streaks at the lower back on an otherwise all dark back and when it rose and flapped its wings, I was able to see that the brownish chest extended onto the flanks, that the belly was pale, and that it had a pale area in the secondaries, but I could not make out the pattern of this mark. Although this species remains unexpected in SLO County in summer, Hooded Merganser has now been recorded four out of the past five summers starting in 2017 and this record follows the county’s first confirmed nesting record further up the Salinas River at the Las Pilitas Road Bridge on 5 Jun 2021 when a female was photographed with 11 full grown young."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (2)
- Reported Jul 26, 2021 06:53 by Tom Edell
- Atascadero Wastewater Treatment Ponds--no internal access, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4827588,-120.6424508&ll=35.4827588,-120.6424508
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92349864
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Based on past visits I expect to see Chaetura type swifts in summer at the Atascadero Wastewater Ponds. Shortly after reaching the east side of the ponds, I saw three dark swifts (cloudy skies), at least two of which were small. I continued to see these birds off and on from that point until I left about two hours later. After my initial sighting I never saw more than two small swifts and a larger White-throated Swift that appears to show wing molt. In direct comparison with Cliff, Tree, and Violet-green swallows, the Chaetura swifts appeared slightly smaller and flew much differently with rapid flapping and then a short glide pattern. These swifts did not look particularly long winged, and I could never make out a bulge in the inner primaries. The wings did not show any molt. When flying lower over the ponds I was able to see a paler rump than the rest of the upper surface and had a few occasions when a pale throat blending into a darker chest and belly was evident. I never heard these birds call, though I’m not sure I would even if they did! I think the size, apparent short wing length, and flight pattern suggest these are Vaux’s Swifts. This species was confirmed nesting at Atascadero in July 2013 and Chaetura swifts have been present annually in summer in Atascadero since 2013."

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1)
- Reported Jul 26, 2021 08:26 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S92335390
- Comments: "First reported on 7/25/21 by Petra Clayton in the area of the seasonal pond/ corral. Observed this morning along south side of the road moving east through the reeds and willows. Observed very dark gray upper parts with a blackish cap to just below eye and a thick black bill. Brownish primaries and whitish neck, chest and belly. Most notable were white tips on the tail. Unable to get photos."

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- Eastern Kingbird (1 report)

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Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Jul 25, 2021 12:15 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/S92293751
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Charcoal gray upper parts with brownish primaries; pale tips on the wing coverts; black cap enveloping the eye; thick black bill; square black tail with white tip; white throat; pale gray upper breast; creamy-colored belly.

Perched on dry stalk at the far edge of the seasonal pond (by the corral), flying up intermittently, before taking off across the road.

Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 8/19/2018. - Prior to that: Last eBird report at this eBird hotspot: 7/9/2012)"

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Turri Ponds

Kaaren Perry
 

The large number of Red-necked Phalaropes had moved on when I stopped by at 11:00 this morning.  About 20 remained on the first pond.   A single molting juvenile Wilson's Phalarope had joined the group. It was showing the dark cap of a juvenile bird and was feeding in the pond with a few RNPHs.   

What a difference a day makes!  

Zoomed ID photo of Wilson's on my ebird report: https://ebird.org/checklist/S92290325

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Turri Road ponds

Kaaren Perry
 

An estimated 100 Red-necked Phalaropes are currently being seen in the larger ponds. Many still in breeding plumages. 11:00 am

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay

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