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CLOSED: Oso Flaco/Oceano Dunes

mike stiles
 

I've been asked by State Parks to inform you all that Oso Flaco Lake and the adjoining Oceano Dunes are now closed to birders due to the Covid19 virus.

Please don't respond here. Just the messenger.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 15:46 by Jeff Miller
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66292577
- Comments: "Photos"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 11:30 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/S66259762
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Blue bill, light band, black tip. ---
Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Redhead in a brief territorial dispute with a Western Grebe:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49703212066/in/dateposted-public/" title="Redhead (Aythya americana), Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49703212066_9b594bccc6_o.jpg" alt="Redhead (Aythya americana), Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 15:59 by Will Knowlton
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66292323
- Comments: "Black and white stilt with long legs and straight bill."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 11:58 by Seth Ontiveros
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66262165
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in grass south of trail to beach."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66286906
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Snow Goose

Bob Chapman
 

Snow Goose and Cattle Egret, same location. Both in bins at same time.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

Cattle Egret

Bob Chapman
 

Relocated CAEG at Oceano Park.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

Cattle Egret

Bob Chapman
 

Taking a quick break;

Visitor showed me a photo of a cattle Egret taken at 12:23 at the end of Grand Ave. Bird flew south. 

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

Re: Grackle colony under eaves!

Peggy
 

I thought that might be the case (Starlings) as I live in AG and for the first time ever, I had a Starling in my yard today. I guess they are moving in.


On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 11:05 AM Sue Girard <susansales535@...> wrote:

[Edited Message Follows]

A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks  

****EDIT: Starlings it is. Thanks to all who graciously replied to my query. A learning experience. 

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.  
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside



--
Peggy
=^. .^=


Lawrence's Goldfinch

Thomas Slater
 

I've been birding my neighborhood each morning since I am now working from home. It's a one-mile loop. So far a record high of 43 species.
Highlights are a LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH, HOODED ORIOLE, BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, and a PACIFIC SLOPE FC.

Usually, someone finds something rare during spring break, but I'm usually working at school and miss it.
Well...? What are you waiting for? 

Trying hard,
bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo

Re: Grackle colony under eaves!

Michael Hanson
 

I did my PhD on the Great-tailed Grackle and likely know more about them than anyone in the area.  I have always seen G-tG nesting in trees in colonies with open nests, one male to a few females.  I know the call even when I don't see the caller.  To me, seems unlikely for them to nest under eaves so I wonder what these birds could be.


From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> on behalf of Jamie Chavez via Groups.Io <almiyi@...>
Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:10 AM
To: Sue Girard <susansales535@...>
Cc: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
 
Hello Sue,

I'm wondering if your friend identified these birds correctly. Great-tailed Grackle is a big bird and would build a big nest. Up to 12" in depth. Around here these birds nest in bulrushes, pines and palm trees. Probably other large trees where they can construct their cup-like nest supported between branches. Starlings, on the other hand, do nest in cavities. It would be odd to see grackles even looking for food under eaves let alone stuffing nest material into holes.

  --
Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:55 PM Sue Girard <susansales535@...> wrote:
A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.  
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside



Re: Grackle colony under eaves!

Jamie Chavez
 

Hello Sue,

I'm wondering if your friend identified these birds correctly. Great-tailed Grackle is a big bird and would build a big nest. Up to 12" in depth. Around here these birds nest in bulrushes, pines and palm trees. Probably other large trees where they can construct their cup-like nest supported between branches. Starlings, on the other hand, do nest in cavities. It would be odd to see grackles even looking for food under eaves let alone stuffing nest material into holes.

  --
Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA


On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:55 PM Sue Girard <susansales535@...> wrote:
A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.  
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside



Grackle colony under eaves!

Sue Girard
 
Edited

A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks  

****EDIT: Starlings it is. Thanks to all who graciously replied to my query. A learning experience. 

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.  
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 19:05 by David Lawrence
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66242713
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature bird with dark legs, but with variable pink/dark bill and drab patches but mostly white neck and back. Primaries variable brown/black/shite, with black tips. Present for months with coots and Mallards on/eating grass at south side of lake."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 06:50 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66247973
- Comments: "still here!"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 07:15 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Middle School, San Luis Obispo US-CA 35.26474, -120.69577, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.264741,-120.695774&ll=35.264741,-120.695774
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66235203
- Comments: "Continuing; entirely bright yellow underneath, bright yellow face, plain dark eye"

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Redhead (2 reports)
- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 07:24 by Jeff Miller
- Park Ridge Trail Parking Area (use for viewing estuary), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3414123,-120.8237954&ll=35.3414123,-120.8237954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66197041
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 07:55 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/S66211661
- Comments: "Female; larger brownish duck, bill blue with dark tip preceded by white band"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 14:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Whale Rock Reservoir-Cottontail Ck Rd Only, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4691182,-120.8688934&ll=35.4691182,-120.8688934
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66218041
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female. Reported in same location on 3/23. South end of reservoir seen from Cottontail Cr. rd. Tawny brown upper parts and richer, darker brown head. Btill tri-colored with slate gray base, faint white band and dark tip."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 07:55 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/S66211661
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Yet another early arrival (Photo)"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 15:03 by Tom Edell
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66189285
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "one of the three continuing first-spring birds"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 12:05 by Petra Clayton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66189565
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Only one of the continuing first-spring birds observed today: Dock 6, perched on the "MacGregor." --- Last ebird report: 3/18/20 (listing all three). --- We searched all boats in docks 4 through 7 and also the eucalyptus trees in the parking lot."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66198246
- Comments: "Continuing"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:30 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66187000
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 10:28 by Norman Pillsbury
- 1105 Vista Del Lago, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2652,-120.6955), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265226,-120.695469&ll=35.265226,-120.695469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66206189
- Comments: "Continuing."

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*** Species Summary:

- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 10:10 by Tom Edell
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66149475
- Comments: "two small alcids together offshore that were dark above and paler below, with very short dark bills. Both showed white in the scapulars, though one appeared to be more advance in molt to alternate plumaged , browner and the white scapulars were less prominent. Dark crowns that extended down to eye, short tail, white face and fore neck though these features were less prominent on molting bird. Photo"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 11:11 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66174067
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. One with bright red crown. One with darker, rustier crown. On baseball field newr left field fence. Circled twice and peered in Community Garden twice before finding both together. They came out with bluebirds, goldfinches, juncos and Yellow-rumped Warblers during a light rain. No singing."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 11:11 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66174068
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. One with bright red crown. One with darker, rustier crown. On baseball field newr left field fence. Circled twice and peered in Community Garden twice before finding both together. They came out with bluebirds, goldfinches, juncos and Yellow-rumped Warblers during a light rain. No singing."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 16:30 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- 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/S66152011
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Seen earlier in the year in Meadow Creek."

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Red-naped Sapsucker in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

This morning (Tuesday 3/24) at about 0830h, I photographed a phenotypically typical female Red-Naped Sapsucker as it foraged in one of the live oaks off of our front deck. The bird remained in the tree for about 10-15 minutes, until dislodged by a California Scrub-Jay, at which point, it flew east across Graves Creek and out of sight.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

Red-breasted Nuthatch

njmann90
 


Red-breasted Nuthatch still be heard near Vet's Hall in SLO.
--
Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
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"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

'I've seen so much stupid in my years that I can't remember all of it,'  2014 James Turner


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Montana de Oro Cassin’s Vireo, etc. 5/23/20

Jim Royer
 

In the campground at Montana de Oro State Park today, I re-found the Cassin’s Vireo found by Jeff Miller yesterday (on the creek side of the road near the bathroom - just before the back campground loop). It was singing sporadically in the morning, but not later in the afternoon. I did not relocate his MacGillivray’s Warbler. I saw 6 Lawrence’s Goldfinches in the campground, including some at the back of the back campground loop (found by Petra Clayton) and three by the campfire/interpretive area, on the creek side of the first loop. At Coon Creek, I had a couple of Pacific Wrens along the creek and a Sharp-shinned Hawk fly-over.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Harlequin Duck (3 reports)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Cassin's Vireo (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 13:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Whale Rock Reservoir-Cottontail Ck Rd Only, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4691182,-120.8688934&ll=35.4691182,-120.8688934
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66129138
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "2 female plumaged birds seen about ½ mile apart on the reservoir. Tawny brown upper parts and richer, darker brown head. Btill tri-colored with slate gray base, faint white band and dark tip. , seen diving repeatedly and resting."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 08:30 by Jeri Edwards
- Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1801116,-120.7386673&ll=35.1801116,-120.7386673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66140107
- Comments: "Continuing, observed near the Cal-Poly pier"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 12:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66141986
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 14:50 by Becky Turley
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66129091
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing near Hanford Pier, then flew off east. Dark overall with white markings on head, white collar and shoulder spur."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 15:50 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66115018
- Media: 2 Photos

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 12:30 by Becky Turley
- Lucerne Dr. Vista Point -- Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.44965,-120.9141691&ll=35.44965,-120.9141691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66119788
- Comments: "Scope necessary, too distant for photos. Actively diving around the kelp. Dark upperparts with some white on back and white collar."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 09:30 by Becky Turley
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65978986
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing on docks 5 and 6. Heavy black bill, very small spots."

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 09:42 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/S66137228
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jeff Miller, singing just before the back loop"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 07:42 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66141507
- Comments: "Continuing pair since November 2019. First spotted the bright-red crowned of the two foraging alongside the baseball field with a Lesser Goldfinch and Yellow-rumped Warbler (near backstop). The bird flew to the first base side for a minute or two, then flew into community garden where the darker-crowned sparrow paired up with it. I did notice a new behavior as the bright-red-crowned sparrow sang from the garden from atop a post, trilling. It did so while foraging along baseball field too. I’d only heard their quiet high-pitched calls. Noticeably, the trill was quieter than those trills I’d heard from Chipping Sparrows in Helena, Montana last summer (July-August Mount Helena trails). Quieter, bubblier notes. Both birds, more skittish than usual, darted away at my approach in the garden. Surprisingly, they flew north across South Street. I hadn’t ever seen them leave the park."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 13:40 by Becky Turley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66119839
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in the community garden. Rufous crown, white supercilium, black eyeline."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 07:30 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66140291
- Comments: "Continuing"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 07:42 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66141507
- Comments: "Continuing since January 9, 2020. Same general area as previous 2020 park records. Foraging high in bottlebrush tree in east end of park (find CASA DIABLO sign in backyard—that’s the house with the feeders near the correct bottlebrush trees at fjord). I’ve recorded the bird several times in this same tree, and same location within tree where bottlebrush are blooming. It’s a spot where the bird can easily dart to or from the deciduous tree next to it. Had checked once already, noting how quiet it was this morning. Not a lot of warbler activity compared to my last visit. Then I noticed an Orange-Crowned Warbler foraging high in the deciduous tree just mentioned. I started hearing a repeated chip that didn’t sound like an Orange-crowned. The Tennessee appeared foraging for several seconds in the bottlebrush tree. It popped out once more before flying into the tall deciduous tree in the CASA DIABLO backyard. The bird may have darted south into residential neighborhood right after, though other birds were nearby. Noticeable marks: Lime-colored wings/back/head. White underside. Pale yellow throat. Pale eyebrow. Dark line through eye."

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Redheads at Whale Rock Reservoir

Kaaren Perry
 

For the past few weeks many of us have enjoyed looking for and hopefully finding the single female Redhead at Whale Rock Reservoir.  I was surprised yesterday to discover that there were two female Redheads on the reservoir!  Both were viewed from Cottontail Creek Road, one where you first see the creek broaden out as you head up Cottontail Creek road from Old Creek Rd. and the second was at the far end of the reservoir. 

These were distant views and while I was able to see them with my binoculars my scope did provide much better views. 

Distant photo for id help here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66129138

<<ADMIN>> Some guidelines

mike stiles
 

With 928 current members (and many new ones) in our sloco group, I thought I should discuss the "rules."

This list is for reporting rare birds in our county, early and late arrival/departure dates, and noteworthy observations. I try hard to keep the "chat" element to a minimum, so if you would like to respond to a post, and are not adding new information, clicking "reply" will send it to the original poster, and not the entire group. You can imagine the amount of email we would receive if all 928 of us regard this as a chat room.

PLEASE, sign your email with your name and location. This is important for two reasons. If someone wants to respond to your post, they will know who they're talking to; and, where someone lives is important to know for bird distribution. The birds in my backyard, for instance, can be very different from birds in the east county. 

Thanks to all who participate, and get out and bird. Spring migration is happening.

Mike Stiles
Owner/Moderator SLOCOBIRDING
Los Osos


Re: Rufous Hummingbird

Laura Kass
 

I am experiencing a number of Rufous Hummingbirds, along with Allen's and Anna's.  Have five quart feeders up and watch fighting constantly at them all, with the Rufous being the aggressor.  Those birds do not know they are small.