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Re: White-faced Ibis/Harmony Headlands SP/6/10

Ron Ruppert
 

Shaunna and I were there at 11:30a on Saturday add 5 gadwall in the big
pond and counted 6 western pond turtles at the entrance.

Ron Ruppert

Los Osos



From: slocobirding@... [mailto:slocobirding@...]
On Behalf Of Maggie Smith
Sent: Sunday, June 10, 2012 6:25 PM
To: slocobirding
Subject: [slocobirding] White-faced Ibis/Harmony Headlands SP/6/10





Beautiful morning for a walk at Harmony Headlands SP. First saw the
White-faced Ibis flying and then at the small pond. Also 3 Killdeer, 2
Willets, 5 American Coots with 3 young and 5 California pond turtles.

An adult Green Heron was in the underbrush at the bridge near the
entrance.

Lots of recently fledged birds: Bushtits, Song Sparrows, and Red-winged
Blackbirds.

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


White-faced Ibis/Harmony Headlands SP/6/10

Maggie Smith
 

Beautiful morning for a walk at Harmony Headlands SP.  First saw the White-faced Ibis flying and then at the small pond.  Also  3 Killdeer, 2 Willets, 5 American Coots with 3 young and 5 California pond turtles.

An adult Green Heron was in the underbrush at the bridge near the entrance. 

Lots of recently fledged birds: Bushtits, Song Sparrows, and Red-winged Blackbirds.

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


bird id AND Acorn Woodpecker Mystery...

Joanne Aasen
 

1) At Hearst Castle this afternoon I took some photos of birds nesting in a Canary Island Date Palm. I think the photo shows three European Starling fledglings, and would like confirmation of that.

2) While taking those photos I noticed an ACORN WOODPECKER on the trunk of an adjacent Mexican Fan Palm and took a photo. Later, in looking at the photo it appeared that the woodpecker had something under its breast, between its breast and the palm's trunk.

So an hour later I returned to the tree and found the woodpecker still there BUT around 6-8 feet higher on the trunk, now positioned just below the "crown" of the palm.

I took more photos and there still seems to be something under its breast.

What could be happening here?

There is nothing of the surface of the palm trunk where the woodpecker had been an hour earlier.

Ideas??

See photos on flicker at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/cambriabird/

Starling nest comes up first, then woodpecker photos are in a group called "Acorn Woodpecker Mystery."

Curious in Cambria,

Joanne Aasen


Summer Tanager/Oso Flaco/6/9

Maggie Smith
 

The male Summer Tanager was singing this morning in the willows on the entrance road at Oso Flaco Lake.  He was much closer to the parking area.  

The tanager was more in the shade this morning and looked more like an adult male.  I'm wondering if the early sun fooled me into thinking the bird I photographed yesterday was an immature bird.

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


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Rose-breasted Grosbeak

Thomas Slater
 

Oceano Maintenance Yard 6-9; a Rose-breasted Grosbeak was playing with a Black-hooded Grosbeak in the tree above the green soup below the Eucalyptus.

Yeah! My first. Didn't see the Northern Parula, which didn't surprise me as I have struck out 3 times already and I'm sure it's gone (?).

Also, yesterday (6-8) there were 3 least terns flying jet-figheter like getting fish (perhaps two males trying to court one female?) in the southern Oceano Lagoon.

Tom Slater
Nipomo

 
Tom Slater
Slater Photography
(805)-441-6945
slatervision.com


now you see'em, now you don't

David L. Keeling
 

Hi All,

Today, Friday: Did NOT see any parula at Oceano Campground. Did NOT see any summer tanager (continuing my 0'fer streak with Oceano summer tanagers), but mighty Maggie Smith heard it.

Thursday: Did NOT see the catbird in Los Osos. Chatted with three others who slso did not see it. DID SEE the northern parula in Montana de Oro. Just as Jim described, it sang from a high perch in a pine in the first loop of the campground, then flew to a pine over near the amphitheater, and sang from a high perch. I got several really long distance photos, and then decided that if I didn't like the tall trees, I should pick out a shorter one and stake it out. Right strategy, poor luck. It perched in my tree, but picked an obscured branch, and flew before I could reposition. My consolation prize was a Nuttall's Woodpecker who graced my shorter tree, and two LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCHES, who also briefly perched in my Charlie Brown tree. Sadly they avoided the sunnier locations which were so readily available.

Wednesday: DID SEE the catbird in Los Osos thanks to Jim Royer. Got two long distance photos. Also enjoyed a family of California Quails in the blackberry bushes. The light and the berries made for a nice photo op. Will post something up when I can.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


White-faced Ibis

docentjoyce
 

Morro Bay State Park Marina Peninsula - The Ibis was in the dry brush along the edge of the estuary. It flew off to the east. Joyce Cory Los Osos.


Summer Tanager/Oso Flaco Lake 6/8

Maggie Smith
 

Early this morning at Oso Flaco Lake, a young male Summer Tanager was singing in the willows just before the bridge.

A White-faced Ibis was in the shallows.  One Bonaparte's Gull was still present.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


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Summer Tanager/Northern Parula/Oceano 6/7

Maggie Smith
 

This morning I heard a Summer Tanager singing near campsite 71 in the Oceano Campground.  I saw it fly across  to campsite 70 and continue further back into the pines.  It was an adult male all red bird.  

The male Northern Parula was singing from the large euc near the maintenance area,  but I never did see the bird.

An adult Snow Goose was also with the domestic geese first near the County Pond and then on the campground lagoon.

I looked for the Orchard Oriole but was not able to refind it.
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


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Carrizo Swainson's Hawks, etc.

Peter Gaede
 

Hi All:

Today there were 14 SWAINSON'S HAWKS on the Carrizo, seen together in a loose group off Hwy 58, approximately 2 miles east of the junction of Hwy 58 and Soda Lake Road (north side). All were immature birds (one-year olds). Are these stragglers that are leisurely working their way north, or could they be summering birds? Given that there were 9 here yesterday at this same location, they don't appear to be in a big hurry to leave. It might also be worth noting that there is an explosion of grasshoppers now in this general area.

I did manage to find a few migrants on the Plain during the past couple of days. Two singing WILLOW FLYCATCHERS were heard/seen yesterday, one at the Carrisa Plains School, and another at a nearby ranch. In a group of trees east of the intersection of Hwy 58 and Soda Lake Road today, there were 2 WESTERN WOOD-PEWEES, a WARBLING VIREO and an adult male WESTERN TANAGER. Also at this location, an adult male BLUE GROSBEAK was setting up shop, singing away and following a female. Nesting here seems inevitable.

Lastly, the last few days have brought more northbound swallows. Yesterday, there were 60 CLIFF SWALLOWS feeding over fields while actively migrating north. Four VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOWS were seen flying over KCL.

Peter Gaede
Santa Barbara


Parula - 6/6

Steve Schubert
 

I also heard and saw the NORTHERN PARULA at the 1st campground loop for an hour until departing at 12:30pm, not knowing Jim had been there an hour before. Still moving between the cypress, pines, and willows.
Steve Schubert
Los Osos
From: Jim Royer<mailto:jrmotmot@...>
To: SLOBIRD CALIF<mailto:slocobirding@...>
Sent: Wednesday, June 06, 2012 12:08 PM
Subject: [slocobirding] Parula - 6/6


A colorful adult male Northern Parula was singing very frequently in the
first loop of the campground at Montana de Oro State Park this morning. I
left it near the campfire interpretive amphitheater across the main
campground road from the campground host's campsite and the pay station, at
about 10:30 AM. It was in pines, willows and a cypress, and not in a flock.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Parula - 6/6

Jim Royer
 

A colorful adult male Northern Parula was singing very frequently in the
first loop of the campground at Montana de Oro State Park this morning. I
left it near the campfire interpretive amphitheater across the main
campground road from the campground host's campsite and the pay station, at
about 10:30 AM. It was in pines, willows and a cypress, and not in a flock.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Gray Catbird remains in Los Osos

Kaaren Perry
 

The Gray Catbird, initially reported on 6/4, was seen again this morning in the same location at 10:30 Although secretive, it would occasionally sing from the dense brush and I finally was able to get a good look as it flew into the nearby sycamore. I did not find it necessary to attempt to call it out using a recording as this did not seem too successful when used by a few yesterday.

Link to document photo: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Two Roadrunners were observed crossing Hwy 58 (known as Calf Canyon in this area) 9 miles east of downtown Santa Margarita (1 mile west of ODonovan Road).

Linda Tanner
 

Linda Tanner
Los Osos

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Catbird, Northern Parula

Maggie Smith
 

Both the above birds were still present today 6/5.  the Gray Catbird was singing and seen briefly on the top of the large sycamore on Binscarth near Nacy by me and Tori from Pasadena.

Around 12:30pm I saw and heard the male Northern Parula at the Oceano state park maintenance area in a smaller euc just north of the large euc described by Matt Brady. 
 
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie


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Black-breasted flycatcher ?

macro2953 <jcarroll@...>
 

I was sent some photos taken by Dan Dugan of a melanistic Pacific Slope Flycatcher that he observed in Prefumo Canyon. He said it was in the company of a normal-plumaged Pac Slope, calling as Pac Slopes do, and they were nesting near the creek. The blackish breast feathers seem to me to be underdeveloped, or maybe the overlying feathers have been worn away for some reason. In any case, its enough to make one check their field guide twice!

Jay Carroll
Los Osos

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jay_carroll/


Northern Parula and Orchard Oriole

Tom Edell
 

Today's low pressure must have had an effect on late migrants today. I
reviewed an eBird report from an experienced observer today of a singing
male NORTHERN PARULA and a female ORCHARD ORIOLE seen at the Pismo State
Beach Oceano Campground around noon today.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


Oceano Orchard Oriole and Northern Parula

Matt Brady
 

Hello all. I stopped by Oceano Lagoon on my way north this afternoon, and found a male NORTHERN PARULA and a female ORCHARD ORIOLE. The Parula was moving around a bit, but kept returning to the Eucalyptus trees adjacent to the maintenance yard; he sang very frequently. The Oriole was with a mixed flock at the tip of the peninsula. When I first saw her without my binoculars, I thought she was an Orange-crowned Warbler. A closer looked revealed a short, thin bill (for an oriole) a short tail, two white wing bars and an unmarked yellow throat. After playing the "chit" calls on the iPhone Sibley app, she popped up and made some chit calls of her own.

In Los Osos I was unable to find the Brown Thrasher, but like Roger, I (independently) found the GRAY CATBIRD. On a later revisit I didn't see either bird, and neither had Steve, Steve, or Jay; we did hear some Mimid-ish sounds, though.

I also stopped at Montana de Oro. I didn't find anything weird or unusual there, though the expected nesting birds were very active.

Good birding,

Matt Brady
Potter Valley, CA


Gray Catbird

Roger Zachary
 

Hello All,

At 1 p.m. Ruth and I stopped by the corner of Binscarth and Nancy in Los Osos to look for the Brown Thrasher which was reported by Jim Royer earlier in the morning. I poked my head in the willows at the corner intersection and came eye to eye with a Gray Catbird then it disappeared into the dense foliage. It sang off and on but it was hard to locate. Finally after 1/2 hr. we found it again as it flew and perched up in a sycamore tree on the west side of the lot. I was able to get an ID image.

Roger Zachary
Atascadero
http://www.flickr.com/photos/sloroger


Brown Thrasher

Jim Royer
 

A Brown Thrasher was singing in the overgrown lot located at the intersection of Nancy and Binscarth in Los Osos this morning. I listened to it and had brief looks between 7:30 and 8:00 and Maggie Smith had it later in the morning. It generally was staying in the dense willows along Nancy and in the dense growth along the fence on the west side of the lot.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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