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*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Stilt Sandpiper (5 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Cedar Waxwing (2 reports)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (2)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 07:44 by Nick Belardes
- Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3982858,-120.8678892&ll=35.3982858,-120.8678892
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94391795
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Pair on strand. Lankier than Black-bellied, more golden, thin-billed, yellowy wash on cheeks. Terrible lighting and poor distance shots. Seemed fairly golden when flying past me. Couldn’t catch up for better pics. Hard to tell about those wingtip lengths though they seem to fit lengths for Pacifics. Photos include both birds."

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 18:07 by Long-eared Owl
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94396201
- Comments: "Continuing bird found yesterday off of a private residence on Vista De Lago. With the Dowitchers, Pectoral Sandpipers, and Killdeer. Dowitcher-like foraging technique. White supercilium, longer yellow legs, black decurved bill. Photos."

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 18:07 by The Kingbirder
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94396204
- Comments: "Continuing bird found yesterday off of a private residence on Vista De Lago. With the Dowitchers, Pectoral Sandpipers, and Killdeer. Dowitcher-like foraging technique. White supercilium, longer yellow legs, black decurved bill. Photos."

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 13:47 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94390008
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile coloration. Long, downcurved black bill with knob at the end. Foraged somewhat like a dowitcher and was seen with one, pumping its bill into the water. Long yellowish legs, pale scales with some light rufous streaking on back, white belly, white supercilium, brown eyeline, very light streaking on chest. It also foraged with the Pectoral, solo along reeds, and stood next to a goose butt for a while, preening, before getting back into water. At first Nick (writer of this post) thought the bird was a dowitcher. Torrey schooled him, said, “Stilt Sandpiper!” Fun time seeing this bird along with several other area naturalists/birders."

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 13:47 by Nick Belardes
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94389058
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Discovered previous day by an anonymous birder. Juvenile coloration. Long, downcurved black bill with knob at the end. Foraged somewhat like a dowitcher and was seen with one, pumping its bill into the water. Long yellowish legs, pale scales with some light rufous streaking on back, white belly, white supercilium, brown eyeline, very light streaking on chest. It also foraged with the Pectoral, solo along reeds, and stood next to a goose butt for a while, preening, before getting back into water. At first Nick (writer of this post) thought the bird was a dowitcher. Torrey schooled him, said, “Stilt Sandpiper!” Fun time seeing this bird along with several other area naturalists/birders. Video: https://twitter.com/nickbelardes/status/1435748596054315017?s=21"

Stilt Sandpiper (Calidris himantopus) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 13:47 by Mike Bush
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94389803
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile coloration. Long, downcurved black bill with knob at the end. Foraged somewhat like a dowitcher and was seen with one, pumping its bill into the water. Long yellowish legs, pale scales with some light rufous streaking on back, white belly, white supercilium, brown eyeline, very light streaking on chest. It also foraged with the Pectoral, solo along reeds, and stood next to a goose butt for a while, preening, before getting back into water. At first Nick (writer of this post) thought the bird was a dowitcher. Torrey schooled him, said, “Stilt Sandpiper!” Fun time seeing this bird along with several other area naturalists/birders."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 09:48 by Rudy Lucero
- Pismo SB--North Beach Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1309827,-120.6345294&ll=35.1309827,-120.6345294
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94377094
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen wading near the south end of lagoon."

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (2)
- Reported Sep 07, 2021 07:45 by Long-eared Owl
- Pecan street, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1121975,-120.5960095&ll=35.1121975,-120.5960095
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94330655
- Comments: "Two birds flew over calling and landed in a tree. Yellow tail, yellowish/tanish belly & breast, gray undertail."

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (8)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 07:40 by Dale Ball
- 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/S94372449
- Comments: "Flock paused way up at the top of a spruce, "seet-seeing", moving around the neighborhood."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Sep 08, 2021 12:25 by Tom Edell
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94392782
- Comments: "We had obstructed views of this bird in the back of a willow and when it moved from that tree with a flock of Bushtits we were unable to find it again. The location was along Morro Creek behind the west most ball field at Lila Keiser Park. The bird was larger than the bushtits and had a thin pointed bill. The crown was yellow-green and the face showed a pale supercilium, dark line through the eye and a yellowish face. The underparts including the undertail coverts were mostly pale except for a yellow wash on the breast that was pale at mid-breast. The tail appeared short. After seeing the bird we tried to find a location where we could see it in the open but lost sight of it while moving. No photos were obtained"

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Laguna Lake photos from yesterday

marlin harms
 

I was waiting for Lisa's permission to post her photos from last night, but she's at work and busy, so here goes anyway. I concentrated on what seems like a blackish bill and slightly long bill compared to Pectoral and Sharp-tailed. Re: color of bill, I know light and shadow have a lot to do with it. 
Stilt 1.jpeg
Stilt 2.jpeg
BTW, I'm guessing there is more than one bird out there.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


Tennessee Warbler

Tom Edell
 

One along Morro Creek behind the western ball field at Lila Kaiser Park.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 



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Lesser Yellowlegs

Jim Royer
 

There was a Lesser Yellowlegs at 12:05 pm today, on the sand bar just to the left of Baywood pier as you look from the road. It was in with about  dozen Greaters.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Re: possible stilt sandpiper

Nick Belardes
 

The Laguna Lake possible Stilt Sandpiper appears to me to be a Pectoral Sandpiper. You be the judge, but the bill isn’t all black, and the bird has lots of rufous feathers on wings. Photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94379494

Nicholas Belardes



On Sep 8, 2021, at 11:14 AM, Nick Belardes via groups.io <nickbelardes@...> wrote:

Possible stilt sandpiper continues at Laguna Lake. Viewed from space between houses. Drive down Laguna Lane along middle school to a lot that overlooks the creek mouth.

Nicholas Belardes


On Sep 8, 2021, at 9:41 AM, marlin harms <marlin93442@...> wrote:

My friend Lisa Roeder photographed a bird she wasn't sure of at Laguna Lake last evening and thinks might be a still sandpiper. Photos she sent me look good. I'm going to check it out.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


Re: possible stilt sandpiper

Nick Belardes
 

Possible stilt sandpiper continues at Laguna Lake. Viewed from space between houses. Drive down Laguna Lane along middle school to a lot that overlooks the creek mouth.

Nicholas Belardes


On Sep 8, 2021, at 9:41 AM, marlin harms <marlin93442@...> wrote:

My friend Lisa Roeder photographed a bird she wasn't sure of at Laguna Lake last evening and thinks might be a still sandpiper. Photos she sent me look good. I'm going to check it out.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


Re: possible still sandpiper

marlin harms
 

 I'm finding out that the bird was seen from Vista Lago side of the lake from the rear of a private residence yesterday and I might not have access there till late in the day. Anyway it's a big lake.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


possible stilt sandpiper

marlin harms
 

My friend Lisa Roeder photographed a bird she wasn't sure of at Laguna Lake last evening and thinks might be a still sandpiper. Photos she sent me look good. I'm going to check it out.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay


[eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert <daily>

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*** Species Summary:

- Black-chinned Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Red-footed Booby (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Cedar Waxwing (3 reports)

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Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2021 07:45 by Long-eared Owl
- Pecan street, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1121975,-120.5960095&ll=35.1121975,-120.5960095
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94330655
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Cont. bird at the feeders. Photos."

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1)
- Reported Sep 06, 2021 19:14 by Long-eared Owl
- Pecan street, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1121975,-120.5960095&ll=35.1121975,-120.5960095
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94330569
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird defending the feeder. Diagnostic call. Photo."

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 16:00 by Kevin Lapp
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94299532
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Delayed report because of no cell-phone service in Islay Creek campground, and because I couldn't ID this bird in the field and needed to see my photos and couldn't do that until I got home from camping. Originally reported as a Brown Booby (to trigger eBird review); received a message that this bird looks like a Red-footed Booby spotted at Morro Bay two days later.

This bird caught my attention because it was really big compared to all the shearwaters flying by off-shore. Photos are significant crops of my photos taken from the tide pools at Corralina Cove. The bird was flying well off-shore; at its closest, it was just beyond the kelp (a couple of hundred yards off shore). Appeared to be all-dark. Its flight was mostly low to the ocean, but it rose and fell in a pattern I associate more with an albatross, but I don't have much experience with either albatross (never seen a black-footed albatross) or boobies, and I only saw this bird for 15 seconds or so. Photos show a lighter neck ahead of the wings and, if you can zoom in, some flight feather wear that looks like the Red-footed Booby photographed at much closer range two days later."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 07, 2021 10:08 by Jean Bazor
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94331129
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (2)
- Reported Sep 07, 2021 07:57 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/S94328830
- Comments: "Unmistakable calling"

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (2)
- Reported Sep 07, 2021 09:12 by Jim Royer
- 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/S94339443
- Comments: "Calling - very high pitched and repeated “seeet” up in cypress trees"

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (6)
- Reported Sep 06, 2021 07:12 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/S94318911
- Comments: "Bug-catching flock"

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Jaegers & Whales

Brad Schram
 

Dave Lawrence and I spent the morning scoping the Morro Bay breakwater where we found Herb Elliot doing exactly that on our arrival.  Following the hour or so at the breakwater we scoped offshore from Alva Paul Creek mouth, looking hopefully for yesterday's Red-footed Booby.  Although both places had impressive numbers of birds, the booby was decidedly absent.

A feeding group of Humpback Whales less than a mile off Alva Paul Creek just north of Morro Bay was by far the most interesting event.  The commotion of lunge-feeding, breaching, and pectoral fin-slapping by the humpbacks attracted hundreds of sea birds, clearly visible as to species in the spotting scope in very good viewing conditions from about 10am onward.  Two rafts of SOOTY SHEARWATERS loafed on the surface about 1/4 mile apart, as if they'd already eaten their fill, while large groups of BRANDT'S CORMORANTS flew in and out and loafed on the water nearby.  Pelicans dove on the bait ball, HEERMAN'S GULLS parasitized the pelicans and each other while also gathering whatever they could from the surface.  One juvenile COMMON TERN flew upcoast above the breakers while ELEGANT TERNS dove on the bait near the whales, following which the Elegants were routinely chased by one or more PARASITIC JAEGERS.  I estimate that there were no fewer than eight parasitics working the area--groups of three or four together were fairly commonly seen, occasionally all ganging up on one tern or Heerman's following a successful catch.  I also saw two POMARINE JAEGERS slice through the mass of birds and once had a juvenile jaeger in the 'scope that looked like a Long-tailed, although I'm reluctant to claim certainty; suffice it to say it was small and slender and uniformly pale-bodied from bill to undertail coverts, not much larger than the Elegant Tern it was chasing.

But no booby.  I'll be joining other hopeful birders on tomorrow morning's 9am whale-watching boat, requesting a reprise of yesterday's booby action.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


Juv Common Terns, Morro Strand, 7 Sep

Tom Edell
 

Two juvs now in the Elegant Tern flock on the beach west of Azure Street.

Tom edell
Cayucos, CA 



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Shearwaters around MB

Mark Mushkat
 

I’m estimating at least 10,000 Sooty Shearwaters 200-400m now off  Morro spit. Many others north of Morro Rock too. Tomorrow morning may be productive for pelagic species from shore and whale sighting boats. 


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*** Species Summary:

- Hooded Merganser (1 report)
- Red-footed Booby (3 reports)
- Least Bittern (2 reports)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)

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Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Sep 05, 2021 17:50 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S94266140
- Comments: "Based on comparative photos likely a continuing bird first reported by Tom Edell on 7/26/2021.
Bird is still lacking defined head crest and had orange bottom of bill, rufous/brown cap, whitish throat and darker brown/gray back with two white secondaries visible on each side of back."

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2021 09:30 by Tom Edell
- Morro Bay Harbor Entrance, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3589237,-120.8777056&ll=35.3589237,-120.8777056
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94293962
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "This bird flew out of the fog with a gull chasing it and circled around the boat before heading away with a couple of gulls behind it. It returned maybe nine more times sometimes flying right overhead and always with gull in pursuit. At the time it was clear the bird lacked the dark head and breast of a Brown Booby, but the overcast conditions made it impossible to see color. After returning home and lightening photos it is clear that the bird is a Red-footed Booby. The photos show a pinkish colored bill with a dark tip and blue around the eye which has a amber (?) colored iris, a warm brown head and chest, and no white in the underwing coverts. The bird showed worn outer primaries and inner secondaries, is missing/molting in P6, and retains a couple of worn retricies."

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2021 09:30 by Mike Bush
- Morro Bay Harbor Entrance, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3589237,-120.8777056&ll=35.3589237,-120.8777056
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94296755
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "This bird flew out of the fog with a gull chasing it and circled around the boat before heading away with a couple of gulls behind it. It returned maybe nine more times sometimes flying right overhead and always with gull in pursuit. At the time it was clear the bird lacked the dark head and breast of a Brown Booby, but the overcast conditions made it impossible to see color. After returning home and lightening photos it is clear that the bird is a Red-footed Booby. The photos show a pinkish colored bill with a dark tip and blue around the eye which has a amber (?) colored iris, a warm brown head and chest, and no white in the underwing coverts. The bird showed worn outer primaries and inner secondaries, is missing/molting in P6, and retains a couple of worn retricies."

Red-footed Booby (Sula sula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 06, 2021 09:30 by Nick Belardes
- Morro Bay Harbor Entrance, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3589237,-120.8777056&ll=35.3589237,-120.8777056
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94297783
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "This bird flew out of the fog with a gull chasing it and circled around the boat before heading away with a couple of gulls behind it. It returned maybe nine more times sometimes flying right overhead and always with gull in pursuit. At the time it was clear the bird lacked the dark head and breast of a Brown Booby, but the overcast conditions made it impossible to see color. After returning home and lightening photos it is clear that the bird is a Red-footed Booby. The photos show a pinkish colored bill with a dark tip and blue around the eye which has a amber (?) colored iris, a warm brown head and chest, and no white in the underwing coverts. The bird showed worn outer primaries and inner secondaries, is missing/molting in P6, and retains a couple of worn retricies."

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Sep 06, 2021 13:05 by Sheryl Ferguson
- 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/S94293718
- Comments: "Jeanette Stone-Morro Bay Audubon spotted and identified it"

Least Bittern (Ixobrychus exilis) (1)
- Reported Sep 05, 2021 11:00 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S94298036
- Comments: "Small Bittern, pale buffy coverts"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 01, 2021 07:21 by Leo ONeill
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94236164
- Comments: "Continuing bird in south west area of pond. Observed “dancing while feeding” behavior. Dark bill and dark legs."

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Red-footed Booby, Morro Bay, 9/6

Tom Edell
 

This morning Mike Bush, Jeanne Miller, Nick Belardes, and I took a Whale Watch boat out of Morro Bay.  It was foggy and there was limited visibility and the whales were right outside the harbor, so we went no further out than the harbor entrance buoys. The Humpbacked Whale show was spectacular, but it looked like we picked the wrong day until a booby flew in and circled around the boat about 10 times, always with gulls in pursuit. Photos we took later confirmed that the bird was a Red-footed Booby. Other species of interest were Parasitic Jaeger, Sooty Shearwater, Common Murre, and a Common/Artic Tern. No bad for less than a mile out of the harbor.

 

Since this bird was so close to the harbor, scoping the jetties, buoys, Pilar Rock (north side of Morro Rock), and Morro Rock might turn up the bird. Mornings and afternoons may be best.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S94293962

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- American Wigeon (1 report)
- Solitary Sandpiper (3 reports)
- Reddish Egret (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (5 reports)

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American Wigeon (Mareca americana) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 08:43 by Tom Edell
- 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/S94185655
- Comments: "Two distant female plumaged birds together. Grayish heads that were darker around the eye, rusty flanks, white undertail coverts with black mottling in undertail of at least one bird, blue bill with dark tip. Similar size to Gadwall."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 08:36 by Norman Pillsbury
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94195229
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Medium-sized sandpiper with prominent, complete eye-ring behind white lores, dull, greenish legs, olive bill at base with dark tip slightly longer than head length, dark brown back with buffy spots, dark wing patch, and white throat and belly. Observed bird foraging on lagoon shore."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 08:36 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94180144
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Medium-sized sandpiper with prominent, complete eye-ring behind white lores, dull, greenish legs, olive bill at base with dark tip slightly longer than head length, dark brown back with buffy spots, dark wing patch, and white throat and belly. Observed bird foraging on lagoon shore."

Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 08:36 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Mouth--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2754126,-120.8874173&ll=35.2754126,-120.8874173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94182429
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Medium-sized sandpiper with prominent, complete eye-ring behind white lores, dull, greenish legs, olive bill at base with dark tip slightly longer than head length, dark brown back with buffy spots, dark wing patch, and white throat and belly. Observed bird foraging on lagoon shore."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 15:14 by Anita Howard
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94195777
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "The sun was bright, so it was difficult to see the colors. Someone told me the bird would jump or dance around in an odd manner, and that would be one way of identifying it. We observed that behavior."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 11:29 by Rick Derevan
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94173287
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Light maroon. Hunts by running and spreading wings. Photos."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (4)
- Reported Sep 05, 2021 07:20 by Tom Edell
- Santa Rita Ranch, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.525674,-120.8525465&ll=35.525674,-120.8525465
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94229904
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At least one adult and one immature; four in view at once"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 09:59 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S94175784
- Comments: "Continuing. Lime green back, head, tail. White undertail coverts. White supercilium. Metallic chip call. Flew across horse trail (that leads to creek) across from Oak Peak trailhead. Also seen by Mike Bush in small pine next to cyprus near horse trail. No pics."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 09:59 by Mike Bush
- 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/S94187313
- Comments: "Continuing. Lime green back, head, tail. White undertail coverts. White supercilium. Metallic chip call. Flew across horse trail (that leads to creek) across from Oak Peak trailhead. Also seen by Mike Bush in small pine next to cyprus near horse trail. No pics."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 09:09 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S94181024
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Based on posted images, likely a continuing bird reported by Tom Edell the previous day, 9/3/2021. Bird was observed foraging with Townsend's and Orange-crowned warblers in large cypress tree next to campground road and Oats Peak Trail Head. 1st winter bird mostly yellow with sharply-pointed beak, noticeable line through the eye, with white under a short tail and faint whitish wing-bars."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 09:09 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/S94182437
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Based on posted images, likely a continuing bird reported by Tom Edell the previous day, 9/3/2021. Bird was observed foraging with Townsend's and Orange-crowned warblers in large cypress tree next to campground road and Oats Peak Trail Head. 1st winter bird mostly yellow with sharply-pointed beak, noticeable line through the eye, with white under a short tail and faint whitish wing-bars."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 04, 2021 09:09 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S94195234
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Based on posted images, likely a continuing bird reported by Tom Edell the previous day, 9/3/2021. Bird was observed foraging with Townsend's and Orange-crowned warblers in large cypress tree next to campground road and Oats Peak Trail Head. 1st winter bird mostly yellow with sharply-pointed beak, noticeable line through the eye, with white under a short tail and faint whitish wing-bars."

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White-faced Ibis at Morro Strand St. Beach

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One White-faced Ibis was mingled with other shorebirds this morning around 8:20AM adjacent to the Azure / Cloisters entrance to the beach.
Jan Surbey, Morro Bay


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*** Species Summary:

- White-winged Dove (1 report)
- Reddish Egret (1 report)
- Cedar Waxwing (1 report)

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White-winged Dove (Zenaida asiatica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 02, 2021 08:00 by Sarah Robinson
- Oceano Dunes SVRA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0657368,-120.6275693&ll=35.0657368,-120.6275693
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94155444
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Perched on field fencing of plover nesting habitat exclosure, near Post 6"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 03, 2021 11:00 by Wanda Lo
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94132431
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "solo egret in creek with 2-3 white egrets"

Cedar Waxwing (Bombycilla cedrorum) (10)
- Reported Sep 03, 2021 06:28 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S94144376
- Comments: "Fly-catching in oaks."

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Islay Creek Campground, 9/3

Tom Edell
 

I had what I believe was a first fall Tennessee Warbler at the Islay Creek Campground this morning. It was in the willows on the ocean side of the horse trail down to Islay Creek and I saw it from the trail and from between cypress trees along the campground road just to the left of the trail. Unfortunately the views were less than satisfactory. I did see a yellowish green back, white undertail coverts, and one poor photo I took appears to show a short tail. I only mention this bird so anyone planning on birding the campground is aware one may be there today.

 

Otherwise a nice diversity, though not an abundance, of birds including a couple of Hermit and Wilson’s Warblers, a few Townsend’s, several Western Tanagers, Western type flycatchers, Western Wood-Pewee, and a female Bullock’s Oriole.

 

The campground is open and more Monterey pines were lost over the past year.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


White winged dove sighting at Oceano Dunes

Sarah Robinson
 

Here's a photo of the white-winged dove seen at Oceano Dunes Post 6 on 9/2/21


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*** Species Summary:

- Reddish Egret (4 reports)

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Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2021 10:05 by Jean Bazor
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94077617
- Comments: "Continuing"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2021 10:05 by John Fields
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94083963
- Comments: "Continuing"

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2021 08:03 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94075980
- Comments: "Photos, continuing bird."

Reddish Egret (Egretta rufescens) (1)
- Reported Sep 02, 2021 08:03 by Jim Royer
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S94096585
- Comments: "Photos, continuing bird."

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