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American Dippers

bbouton <bbouton@...>
 

Hi All,

This isn't *quite* SLO birding, but close. It is just a mile or two into
Monterey County.

Today, April 2, at about 14:00, during a family outing to the rather
spectacular falls that is 3 1/2 miles north of Ragged Point Inn (Salmon
Creek, I believe it is called), we saw two American Dippers fly past us
going upstream to the falls. They flew to about 1/2 way up the falls,
puttered around a bit, then continued up until they disappeared behind the
water about 3/4 of the way to the top.

Bill Bouton
bbouton@...
San Luis Obispo, CA


SLOCo Birds 4/1-2

Tom Edell
 

A few minor sightings to report for the weekend. I checked Whale Rock
Reservoir Saturday morning. The most interesting bird was a male HOODED
MERGANSER seen in the Cottontail Creek arm of the reservoir. The County's
latest winter date is April 3, so a few more days and this bird's presence
becomes locally significant. Other birds on the reservoir included 7
RING-NECKED DUCKS and both WESTERN AND CLARK'S GREBES (which nest there).
The usual group of DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS were roosting on the fish trap
in the Santa Rita Creek arm (is anyone aware of any inland nesting locations
for this species?) and three GREAT BLUE HERONS were feeding along the creek.
I suspect that the herons breed somewhere around the reservoir (anyone know?)
possibly in the eucalyptus grove on Santa Rita Creek just above Old Creek
Road.

Today Mike Stiles and I birded the Oceano Campround (I apologize for the
mistake of accidentally sending a personal message to the group yesterday)
looking for a tanager reported there on Wednesday. We found no tanagers and
no birds of note around the lagoon but did see two red-eared sliders
(turtles) sunning themselves on a wood platform in the lagoon (anyone got a
trap). At the Oceano County Park there was a BRANT and the smallish CANADA
GOOSE that has been present all winter. It seemed a little long-necked and
pale below for a minima. The bird is larger (and taller) than the Brant and
has a stubby bill that is about the same length as the Brant. There was no
noticeable white separating the black upper neck from the brownish lower
neck. Any guesses as to subspecies?

Tom

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA
tedell@...


FW: [sbcobirding] Special savings on Paul Lehman lecture!

Paul Keller <wrentit@...>
 

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From: Patrick McNulty <mcnulty@...>
To: sbcobirding@...
Subject: [sbcobirding] Special savings on Paul Lehman lecture!
Date: Sat, 01 Apr 2000 21:31:18 -0800


Dear SBCObirders,

As has been mentioned, Paul Lehman, author of Birds of Santa
Barbara, is giving a talk Monday night in
SB on the effects of Weather on Bird Migration (or
perhaps "How to use the Weather Channel to
plan Birding Trips"). See our relocated web page
for details at:

http://www.silcom.com/~saudubon/

For those of you who receive our
newsletter, El Tecolote, we were happy
that the editors published ahead of schedule
in order to get notice out about this talk, but we
should reassure our readers that the price of
admission is $5, not the $10 shown in ET. Such a
deal!

(I'm not subscribed to the SBCObiding or VENturabirding
listservers, but if anyone familiar with those lists thinks it
would be useful to re-post this, that would be fine, thanks.


Patrick

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Santa Barbara. CA H: (805) 967-9900
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tanager???

Tom Edell
 

Mike......Heres a message of a possible Scarlet Tanager at Oceano. I would
guess it is probably a Summer Tanager. Want to look for it tomorrow (Sunday)
morning?
Tom


roadrunner

Marlin Harms
 

New yard bird this morning about 0830, a roadrunner, literally running
through the back yard. I live in the 500 block of Estero in Morro Bay.
Seems like it was most of a year ago I remember hearing of a roadrunner off
and on in the upper streets near the golf course. Wonder if one has been
around all this time.
Cheers,
Marlin Harms


SLOCo Tricolored Blackbird Surveys

Tom Edell
 

Greetings,

I thought I let the group know that the Tricolored Blackbird Californica 2000
Statewide Census will be held on Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23.
Anyone interested in participating in the census should contact Bill
Hamilton, University of California, Davis by email at:
wjhamilton@.... For those interested there will be a natural history
and census taking workshop held in Santa Nella (I-5 & Hwy 33) on Saturday,
April 8, 2000. The goal of the census is to collect statewide information
from which important trends an be identified. Data from 1999 surveys
suggests a continuing sharp deline in the number of observed tricolors.

There are a number of known historical nesting locations in SLOCo and
probably a few unknown locations. I would appreciate hearing about the
location of any SLOCo nesting sites known by the listserv membership.
Thanks.....

Tom

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA
tedell@...


Cal Poly 31 March 2000

Mike Stiles
 

Today at Cal Poly I had a Western Kingbird, the first I've seen here
this year, and at least three Cattle Egrets are still around, in their
orange alternate plumage. Yesterday I had a calling Pacific-slope
Flycatcher in Stenner Creek.

Mike Stiles
mstiles@...


Prairie Falcon

Jamie M Chavez <jcwings@...>
 

Greetings all,

While driving home from an air conditioning installation job in Cayucos
today (I know, why do they need air conditioning in Cayucos) when I
spotted a lone PRAIRIE FALCON soaring with a few Turkey Vultures above
Highway 1. This was approximately mid way between San Luis Obispo and
Morro Bay.

Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria
jcwings@...


Re: Cambria Birding

bbouton <bbouton@...>
 

Regarding Karen's message about female birds defending territory:

When I lived in Michigan, I often saw female American Robins and female
Northern Cardinals attacking reflected images in windows. But I've also
seen both members of a pair defending their territories as a team effort
also!

Bill Bouton
bbouton@...
San Luis Obispo, CA

----- Original Message -----
From: Karen Clarke
To: slocobirding@...
Sent: Thursday, March 30, 2000 2:50 PM
Subject: [slocobirding] Cambria Birding


This morning I walked up the hill into the Liemert Tract of Cambria to take
a tennis lesson. I took my binoculars so that I could bird along the way.
I heard a Pacific-slope Flycatcher---the first I've heard this year and I
assume one of the first arrivals to this area of Cambria. During my lesson,
I heard a Wilson's Warbler for the first time this year. I guess it is also
a recent arrival to the area. I also saw a "gang of four" Steller's Jays
moving in a very rowdy fashion from tree to tree around the tennis court.

I had an unusual behavioral observation at the tennis court. A pair of
Robins seems to be nesting in the area. My tennis instructor told me that
one of the robins has been attacking its adversary in the window of a house.
When I checked out the bird at the window, I saw that it was a female. The
male was foraging on the driveway. I thought that attacking a reflected
image was a male behavior in birds. Any comments?

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Cambria Birding

Karen Clarke <seachest@...>
 

This morning I walked up the hill into the Liemert Tract of Cambria to take a tennis lesson.  I took my binoculars so that I could bird along the way.  I heard a Pacific-slope Flycatcher---the first I've heard this year and I assume one of the first arrivals to this area of Cambria.  During my lesson, I heard a Wilson's Warbler for the first time this year.  I guess it is also a recent arrival to the area.  I also saw a "gang of four" Steller's Jays moving in a very rowdy fashion from tree to tree around the tennis court.
 
I had an unusual behavioral observation at the tennis court.  A pair of Robins seems to be nesting in the area.  My tennis instructor told me that one of the robins has been attacking its adversary in the window of a house.  When I checked out the bird at the window, I saw that it was a female.  The male was foraging on the driveway.  I thought that attacking a reflected image was a male behavior in birds.  Any comments?
 
Karen C. 


March 26, 2000

Mike Stiles
 

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank Richard Rowlett for his
Piedras Blancas updates. I hope you keep it up, it's a great resource.

Some yard bird news:
The Yellow-headed Blackbird is still around my house on 13th in Los
Osos. Had my first Hooded Oriole of the year and a Lincoln's Sparrow on
the 24th.

The migration is starting. I'm looking forward to the next month or
two.

Mike Stiles
mstiles@...


PB 2000 (week 2: March 19-25)

Pterodroma@...
 

Piedras Blancas and north coast summary (week 2: March 19-25)

coastal seabirds.....

Improved offshore visibility and generally calm winds and seas all week made
for a pleasant week for observations. Strong midweek (Tu-We-Th 3/21-23)
flights of Surf Scoters (~40,000) were most notable. Especially on 3/23 when
flock after flock, some quite huge ones containing up to 1,000 individuals
and few flocks with less then 300 passed the point all day long.
Interestingly, all of these flocks were pure Surf Scoters (except for the
occasional ones mixed with Brant). Not a single Black or White-winged or
anything else in the lot! I've only seen one White-winged Scoter in the two
weeks I've been here and that one was a southbound female.

Also, these three midweek days produced the first really significant flights
of Red-throated Loons. Best day was Th 3/23 with maybe 1500. Only a light
trickle of Pacific and Common Loons have started. Those will be picking up
(especially Pacific Loons) quite dramatically over the next few weeks,
especially mid to late April. By Fr-Sa (3/24-25) despite the continued fine
conditions, everything just went virtually dead. It seemed like everything
that was ready to go or in the 'pipe' midweek did, so now we'll just have to
wait patiently for the next batch piling up somewhere to cut loose. There's
no shortage of patience around here especially since we're kind of a captive
audience anyway.

Black-legged Kittiwakes continue to trickle (20-50 per day) but none noted on
Sa 3/25. Black-footed Albatross were seen on Tu 3/21 (one immature) and
three immatures following in the wake of the homeward bound "Captain Wes",
1.5nmi offshore on We 3/22. Two Marbled Murrelets (pair as virtually always)
were seen heading north just off the point late Fr afternoon (3/24). Common
Murres and Rhinoceros Auklets seem to be somewhat more numerous than some
years, and especially midweek with most scattered individuals and small
flocks all flying north throughout the day.

There have been no Northern Fulmar sightings yet and only one shearwater was
seen this week probably owing to the generally light winds all week although
there were probably a few out there had I been scanning with the 'big eyes'
(25X150) full time. **However** ....that one was very curious if not down
right interesting. A smallish all blackish shearwater clearly showing
uniform *all black underwing*. Too small for either Sooty or even
Short-tailed -- wrong build and jizz as well. When first sighted off the
point at ~0.4 nmi at noon on Th 3/23, and just going on size and flight, I
was ready to blow it off as just a Black-vented. Had I seen a shearwater
like this one 4, 5, 6, and 7 months ago while conducting extensive marine
mammal and seabird surveys in the Eastern Tropical Pacific between San Diego,
Hawaii, and Peru, I'd have never given it a second thought. Christmas
Shearwater.

This curious shearwater possessed a slender build, shorter somewhat more
rounded wings, and slender bill. It lacked the bulk, long-winged,
rectangular-headed, and strong billed look of a Sooty. Lord knows, loads of
those routinely occur offshore here at times and I've never seen one anywhere
entirely lacking the distinctly paler underwing, here, or anywhere else.
Flight mannerisms and 'jizz' was classic Christmas and not at all unlike
Black-vented -- rapid shallow fluttery wingbeats, swift flight in a low swift
shallow zigzagging manner and to some extent, Short-tailed. Eliminating
Black-vented and Sooty (Flesh-footed too) left Short-tailed as the most
likely suspect which I struggled with unconvincingly largely based on size
and uniform solid dark plumage features. Profile didn't ring true for
Short-tailed; it didn't strike me as being so characteristicly small round
headed, did not possess a trace of lighter brown or buff about the base of
the bill or chin, nor was the underwing anything other than fully dark brown
or black and as uniform as the upperparts.

Considering the environmental elements; (1) overhead southerly angled sun
which can cause a perception of darker shadowed areas like the underwing, and
(2) the calm wind and sea conditions can cause shearwaters and other seabirds
to fly more differently than when there is at least some wind and sea.
Still, this bird seemed a tad small even for Short-tailed, after all, I was
going with a Black-vented at first glance based on size and flight, and there
were enough zigs and zags to yield views eliminating my concern of overhead
sun and intensified shadows that conceal true underwing character. I've
probably had more field experience with all three of these dark shearwaters
over the past 20 years than most given the enormous amount of sea time
roaming about within the range of all three, so am quite aware of the fragile
difficulties and nuances one must carefully consider, and too, some under
certain conditions may not be safely identifiable in the field.

So, I don't know. Maybe it was just a Short-tailed ...or maybe, just maybe
that ...'ughm'... shearwater. March doesn't exactly seem like the 'right'
time, ...like as if anyone would know such anyway. No time is maybe the
'right' time, but given all the oddballs that seem to wind up in that most
remarkable of all seabird dumping grounds, Monterey Bay, who knows. Someday
I suppose, eventually one lucky boat load of pelagic birders will nail the
Christmas Shearwater with adequate numbers of agreeable witnesses and
acceptable documentation. In the end, perhaps the above account is just a
long-winded way of saying that maybe I should not have even mentioned it and
just let it go.

Okay, enough of that. Moving along and back to the more routine and
mundane.....

Snow Goose -- The flock of 19 (remainder of the earlier flock of 65) were
last seen in the Hearst pastures across the road (rt.1) on Mo 3/20.

Ferruginous Hawk -- single light morph still present in the Hearst pasture
directly opposite the PB gate on Sa 3/25. It's getting quite late now.
Typically, these guys are all gone around 3/19-21. It's usually seen perched
on the ground somewhere, sometimes way far out and over the rise. Most
sightings are rather by chance and best time is often mid to late afternoon
when it's nearest the road. The rest of the time, it seems to hang out way
out in the pasture to the east, and often over the rise somewhere and not in
view.

Say's Phoebe -- one continued presence all week, roosting at night in an old
Barn Swallow nest although I haven't seen it around the last couple of days
so it might be gone now.

Rufous Hummingbird -- first arrival Monday 3/21, same bird or another on
3/22. And that's it for the whole week! :-( Thanks for everyone's
observations and comments. Looks like a disappointing season at this point.

Anna's Hummingbird -- Hatching day Sa 3/25! First had just hatched when I
checked it at 6:30am, the second emerged midday. A most amazing soul
stirring sight! Tiny, tiny, tiny and absolutely adorable! I just hope they
can make it all the way to fledging before getting blown out by the
inevitable wretched cold gales bound to batter the nest in the coming weeks.

Allen's Hummingbird -- first egg laid Friday night (3/17), second egg exactly
48 hours later (Sunday night 3/19). This is one mighty first class nest, one
of the finest pieces of construction I've ever seen. I may even move in when
they're done with it :-)) This bird's got taste and has a creative talent
for fine home decorating. Out of all the hummingbird nests I find around
here each Spring, I have never seen one so elegant or luxurious. It's well
protected and I have no doubts this one will be a success. The outer shell
is constructed and tightly woven with pieces of bark, lichen, moss, a few
bird feathers, and spider webs. The inner portion of the tiny cup is thickly
lined with some kind of white cottony material. Really thick throughout
which gives the nest a strikingly pronounced two tone look, dark gray/green
and white.

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Peregrine Falcons -- The traditional PB pair may be on eggs now up in the
tiny cave like eyrie on the SE face of the Outer Rock (the big rock just off
the western most point). One or both birds can often be seen perched on calm
sunny days, especially early mornings, on the reddish rail around the top of
the lighthouse. Both the male and female are in and out of the eyrie quite a
lot but one or the the other appears to be spending much more time back in
the dark recess inside. They are still quite noisy at times, especially when
the male is incoming with some food/prey item at which time he is met by the
female near the rock in spectacular mid-air food exchanges. No actual kills
have been observed yet and most of the 'goodies' seem to be coming from the
east along the coast or pasture areas somewhere.

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other things of insular PB local interest.....

The earlier mentioned Spotted Towhee remains thanks no doubt to my intensive
feeding efforts (white millet and sunflower seeds strewn all over the back
yard). The two House Wrens continue to sing as they fervently hope to
attract a mate. There was also a Bewick's Wren this week. Single Fox and
Lincoln's Sparrows have been seen off and on, but oddly missing from the
usual early Spring yard bird collection have been Golden-crowned Sparrows.

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further afield.....

San Simeon State Park morning walks (Th 3/23, 0630-0930) -- a mad dash to
walk the nature trail, scan the ocean, lagoon, and rapidly drying up sewage
pond area to the east. 74 species; notable finds:

Common Merganser -- three; two females and one gorgeous adult male in San
Simeon Creek below and just east of the road and foot bridge (the one inside
the campground).

Winter Wren -- singing like mad and possibly a breeding bird. Look for it on
the brushy fern festooned north facing slope at the south end of the foot
bridge over the riparian part of the nature trail. I found Winter Wrens
feeding newly fledged young at this same location 3 or 4 years ago.

Pacific-slope Flycatcher (1)

As mentioned earlier, an adult Golden Eagle was seen on Su 3/19 over rt.1 and
outer beach along the entire length between the San Simeon Creek Bridge and
north Moonstone Beach (Cambria). Also watch for the pair of White-tailed
Kites which hang out and can usually be seen in the more open areas of the
park. White-tailed Kites have also been seen recently in Cambria just north
of Weymouth Rd (east side of rt.1) and at the bridge over the creek (name?)
where the wind surfers hang out between PB (2 mi S) and San Simeon.

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and finally, just over the county line.....

San Martin Top (one of the most spectacular and seemingly little known Big
Sur overlook areas ~2500 feet straight up above Gorda), Monterey Co., two
Townsend's Solitaires and a Western Tanager were seen late Wednesday
afternoon, 3/22. The view up there was awesome -- calm conditions including
the sea below, clear, unobstructed crisp views from way beyond Point Sur to
the north all the way south over Piedras Blancas and on to Point Buchon.
My-oh-my! Best afternoon I've ever spent up there! Actually, those
Hale-Bopp Comet nights up there back in 1997 weren't bad either less I must
never forget!

****************************************************
Richard Rowlett (Pterodroma@...)
NOAA/NMFS Gray Whale Survey
Piedras Blancas Lighthouse
San Simeon, California

"Discovery consists of seeing what everybody has seen and thinking what
nobody has thought" --Albert Szent-Gyorgi (1893-1986).
****************************************************


Chipping sparrows in Atasc.

Roger Lau <lauroger@...>
 

Greetings everyone,

I found two chipping sparrows at Heilmann Park in Atascadero on Saturday the 25th in the afternoon, and again this morning (Sunday) a the same spot. They were both in summer plumage, feeding alongside a trail/watercourse next to the Blue Oak picnic area. I haven�t birded Heilmann Park all winter so I don�t know how long they�ve been there.
This is the first time I�ve ever seen them, so forgive my enthusiasm.

Also, does anyone have any information on the birds seen at Work Ranch Trip on Saturday? I�d love to find out.

Roger Lau
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Carrizo Plains

Steve Schubert <S_Schub@...>
 

I led a field trip Saturday the 25th through Cuesta College community
ed. to the Carrizo Plains...we had a guided walk led by a BLM biologist
to Painted Rock. There was a golden eagle on a nest near the summit of
Painted Rock...this eyrie was first discovered last year and was
successful in fledging young. It is observable by spotting scope at
about a 300 yard distance, but I was pleased visitors are not
encouraged to approach ...it is on the back side of the Rock, away from
the amphitheater where the public enters and views the pictographs.
A rough-legged hawk was hunting over the grasslands. Ony one northern
harrier all day. I was surprised by the abundance of white-crowned
sparrows in scattered flocks found in the saltbush (Atriplex) scrub on
the valley floor and lower foothills.

Steve


Visitor to our area

TnBPope@...
 

Greetings -

We received the following and thought someone of you might be interested in
showing Bill some birding areas here on the Central Coast. We'll be south for
our son's wedding on the weekend in question, but Doug Stinson will be in the
store to help. Note the offer to share a room for the KRVR-BioFest in
Kernville.
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Ted and Bonnie,

I had e-mailed you folks at the first of the year and my sister that lives
in SLO came by and spoke with you about my upcoming visit to SLO. I am
looking forward to my visit to SLO and your store.

I will be arriving in SLO late Wednesday on April 19 and be there until the
25 when I go to Bakersfield. If know of anyone that could do a little
birding with me I would really appreciate the chance to go. Any day would
be fine with me.

BTW, I am attending the KRVR-BioFest in Kernville and I got the last room
at the Hi Ho Lodge this evening and it can sleep up to 4. If you know of
any birders that would like to share the cost of a room for Friday and/or
Saturday please let me know.

Thanks again for all your help.

Bill Wood
Shreveport, LA
labirder@...

--------------------
Ted Pope
tnbpope@...


Rufous Hummingbirds

Karen Clarke <seachest@...>
 

I am adding my 2 cents worth of information to this year's migration of Rufous Hummingbird along the Central Coast in response to Brad Schram's observations.  I waited for the spring migration of Rufous Hummingbirds through my backyard.  February arrived, but I saw no Rufous hummers until Feb. 16, when 1 male appeared in my yard.  Then, nothing until Mar. 12 & 13, when a selasphorus hummingbird fed at the Pride of Madeira blooms.  I couldn't determine if it was a Rufous or an Allen's.  This week has been somewhat better.  Mar. 20 and Mar. 24 (today) one male Rufous Hummingbird visited my yard.  
 
Two or three years ago not one Rufous Hummingbird passed through my backyard.  Seeing one per day once or twice a week is an improvement over that.  Last year, however, I was treated to the simultaneous presence of 5+ Rufous Hummingbirds in my yard.  These numbers occurred each day for a couple of weeks. 
 
Karen C.


Oceano 3/23

bbouton <bbouton@...>
 

Hi All,

I birded Oceano Lagoon/Campground for a couple of hours this morning.
Nothing unusual, but spring is certainly springing! There were both a lot
of bird song and a lot of mosquitoes in evidence (the mosquitoes only on the
east side of the lagoon).

There were hoards of Myrtle and Audubon's Warblers. At least a third
appeared to be males who were fully into their stunning alternate plumage.
Many of the others were in the rattiest of plumages, often looking like they
had just been disturbed from a bath.

There were, additionally, singing Common Yellowthroats, Townsend's,
Orange-crowned Warblers.

I did not see the Magnolia that was apparently present all winter.

Highlights for me were three adult male Bullock's Orioles and one female
within 5 yards of each other; also an interaction between a Song Sparrow and
a territorial Anna's Hummingbird. The sparrow was singing when the hummer
came down and hovered, flashing, only three or four inches in front of its
face. The sparrow merely reversed it's position, turning its back on the
hummer and sang again. This process was repeated three more times, with the
sparrow eventually, seemingly unconcernedly, hopping down into the thicker
brush.

Anna's and Allen's Hummers, as well as Bushtits and Tree Swallows were
observed gathering nesting material. Tree Swallows were going into and out
of nest holes.

Bill
bbouton@...


Oriole sightings - Oceano Lagoon

TnBPope@...
 

The following is posted on behalf of Doug Stinson - who spotted two Hooded
Orioles (1 male, 1 female), and a male Bullocks Oriole at Oceano Lagoon,
Thurs., 3/23, around 8:30AM near the horse corrals and ranger resident area.

Ted Pope
tnbpope@...
SLO


Carmel Birds

Karen Clarke <seachest@...>
 

I accompanied Jim to the Monterey area today, Mar 21.  I dropped him at Corral de Tierra golf course on Hwy 68 (hwy to Monterey/Carmel from Salinas).  I continued on to the mouth of the Carmel River.  I observed little activity here.  Not even the usual flock of Canada Geese.  I backtracked upriver to the place where Hwy crosses it.  I turned right at the road that leads to the sewage treatment plant. (near the Cross Roads shopping center and the hwy to the Carmel Valley; South side of the river).  Due to major replanting of the area adjacent to the river I could not get near the river.  This is usually a good place to find interesting birds.  On the north side of the bridge (Oliver St.) I found a parking spot next to the river (Carmel R. Motel adjacent to parking area).  I found little activity.  A Downy Woodpecker, chickadees, robin, kinglet.  Oliver Street is not a through street, but I followed it to its end which turned out to be in the grounds of the Carmel R. Motel (scattered cabins). 
 
Here I saw Yellow-rumps, a Townsend's Warbler, and what at first I thought was a Black Phoebe.  It chased insects like a phoebe, but it wasn't black with a bright white belly.  The head and back were dark gray, the primaries dark but a little warmer in color than the back and head.  The head and bill were the same as a Black Phoebe in size and shape.  The chin was very pale, almost white.  The breast and belly were also pale, perhaps a very pale yellow.  The sides of the breast looked smudged a pale olive color.  This feature made me consider the Olive-sided Flycatcher.  However, the olive areas were not as extensive as on the Olive-sided F.  Also, the head and bill did not fit the size and shape of the Olive-sided F.  I went over the flycatchers in my N.G. field guide.  When I came to the Eastern Phoebe everything fit perfectly.  The bird looked like the fresh fall bird in the book except that any yellow was now quite pale.  Amazing!
 
I am going to email a Bill Hill to ask him if an Eastern Phoebe has been seen in the Carmel or Carmel River area.
 
Karen C. 


FW: Strange hummingbird

Miller, Mark C <mark.c.miller@...>
 

Hi Everyone--

You're right, that's a very strange hummingbird. The growth at the base of
the bill looks pretty grim (cancer or pox, but I've never heard of pox in
hummingbirds); perhaps the growth is responsible for the lack of pigment in
the bill. The color and shape of the gorget and the flank pattern make me
wonder if it's an Anna's/Costa's hybrid, but with as many genetic anomalies
as this bird has, who's to say which species are involved?

Mark Miller

-----Original Message-----
From: M. Stiles [SMTP:mstiles@...]
Sent: Tuesday, March 21, 2000 9:34 AM
To: slocobirding@...
Subject: [slocobirding] Strange hummingbird

Hello all,
Karen Clarke has taken two photos of an incredibly strange hummingbird
from Palm Canyon. I have posted the pictures on my web site. Go to:

http://www.calpoly.edu/~mstiles/slobird.html

and click on the Photo Gallery link.

You MUST check this out. They are truly strange.

Mike Stiles
mstiles@...



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