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*** Species Summary:

- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (2 reports)
- Red-breasted Sapsucker (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 21, 2020 16:54 by John Sterling
- 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/S67605763
- Comments: "Male"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 17:12 by Kai Mills
- Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2794353,-120.7186265&ll=35.2794353,-120.7186265
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67567154
- Comments: "Continuing, near cows but not right next to them. On Los Osos Valley Rd."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 21, 2020 09:26 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos Valley Road - Cow Pasture, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2801379,-120.7201276&ll=35.2801379,-120.7201276
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67609179
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Cattle Egret foraging in the cow pasture:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49803889441/in/dateposted-public/" title="Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), San Luis Obispo, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49803889441_63270dc137_o.jpg" alt="Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis), San Luis Obispo, CA" /></a>"

Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) (1)
- Reported Apr 21, 2020 09:30 by Jeri Edwards
- Biddle County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1780177,-120.5179596&ll=35.1780177,-120.5179596
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67595212
- Comments: "Distinct red head, black and mottled back, medium-sized woodpecker"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 21, 2020 06:20 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/S67594405
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Chat continues at Pecho Willows

Jay Carroll
 

This morning’s chorus of birdsong at Pecho Willows featured a male Yellow-breasted Chat, a recent arrival reported yesterday by Jim Royer. The Chat, with its repertoire of chatters, whistles, and chucks, was accompanied by Song Sparrows, a Common Yellowthroat, and at least a half-dozen other species. The soundscape was rounded out by the dull roar of waves from the ocean, and the distant foghorn at Morro Rock.

 

An unedited one-minute sample is attached to my short eBird list at: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67601517.

Jay Carroll
Los Osos

21 APR 2020 Pismo SB Oceano Campground; Avila Beach house

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Pismo State Beach Oceano CG:
Nice array of birds , all in low numbers.  https://ebird.org/checklist/S67590149

Mosquitoes and ticks are out in force.

AB House:
The spider I've been talking to during lockdown was acting antsy today and all spun up.  She would not tell me why.

Early yesterday evening some of the neighborhood Barn Owls fledged.  Much screeching and bill clicking.

Rick Saval
Avila Beach

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (2 reports)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Cattle Egret (5 reports)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 09:01 by Mike Bush
- Elfin Forest Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3337626,-120.8267537&ll=35.3337626,-120.8267537
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67483529
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen at distance with Canada Goose flock."

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 08:48 by Mike Stiles
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67541083
- Comments: "Large, all white geese with black wingtips, flying with similar sized Canada Goose from creek towards estuary"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 16:23 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67563009
- Comments: "Continuing."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 13:19 by Jay Carroll
- (35.2803,-120.7210), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.280278,-120.721027&ll=35.280278,-120.721027
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67546242
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in pasture off LOVR about 0.5 mi west of Foothill Blvd."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 09:45 by Maggie Smith
- 10036 Los Osos Valley Road, San Luis Obispo, California, US (35.28, -120.721), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2802488,-120.7207502&ll=35.2802488,-120.7207502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67538825
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Bird was by itself. Noted small size, orange coloration on head, breast and back; shortish stout bill."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 09:30 by Rick Saval
- LOVR Cow Pasture, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.280904,-120.720552&ll=35.280904,-120.720552
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67540919
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues, photo."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 15:00 by Mike Bush
- Los Osos Valley Rd, west of Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2782671,-120.7140749&ll=35.2782671,-120.7140749
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67555489
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Foraging in high grass, alone and separate from cattle. Thick yellow bill, buff markings on head and back. White bird. Continuing."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 12:29 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- Personal Location, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2848156,-120.7321946&ll=35.2848156,-120.7321946
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67553878
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (2)
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 06:35 by Jane Hawley
- Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4272109,-120.7491446&ll=35.4272109,-120.7491446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67489766
- Comments: "Grey flycatchers. White around eye. Dark bill, chunky head. Long wingtips. Notched tail. Somewhat of a crest. Close to top of deciduous tree (about 20 feet off ground), paused on branch while foraging. Only a brief glance of the flycatcher with it. Appeared grey too."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 12:15 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/S67545184
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Saw the bird and reported it yesterday, continuing migrant; better images today"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 07:58 by Nick Belardes
- Damon-Garcia Sports Field, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2516077,-120.6476746&ll=35.2516077,-120.6476746
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67539227
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult bird. Continuing. Spotted with a California Towhee and White-crowned Sparrow. Had to come back to area multiple times before spotting on a bare branch. Bird flew to pepper tree, then to ground where it foraged and scratched ground for a while with a White-crowned Sparrow closeby. Scrambled into shrubs on creek side of path then flew back across path into shrubs. I left area, returned and bird was on a post, then flew into pepper tree again, then back onto a bare branch where it sat and sang notes and trills. Notable marks: Puffy rufous crown. Yellow-green wings, back and tail. Grey underside and face. White throat and malars separated by dark stripes. May post a really awful binoc pic for ID purposes."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 20, 2020 06:15 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/S67526972
- Comments: "Continuing sunrise visitor"

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They just keep coming

Thomas Slater
 

So normally I'm at work during spring migration, and when I DO get a day I usually head off to a "hot spot". But this year I've had a steady diet of my street. Every day I go and do the 1 mile down and back. Every day I think... what else can possibly show up? And then every day something new for my hood shows up. Hammond's FC, White-throated Sparrow, etc. 

Today, Besides the faithful LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH, BULLOCK'S and HOODED ORIOLES, WARBLING VIREO, WHITE-THROATED SWIFTS, BAND-TAILED PIGEONS and the like, today's newest member was a MacGillivray's Warbler. Actually... two of them. They looked like dirty-faced Nashville's with a different eyering. They were with a couple of YR Warblers and a Nashville Warbler and a Black-throated Gray Warbler. They kept darting back and forth to these tiny palm trees in a neighbor's sideyard. Yep, they just keep coming. What next... Vermillion Flycatcher?

Get out there, 
Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo

Patch Birding Surprise

Kaaren Perry
 

Many of us have a favorite place or two that we enjoy birding regularly, a small area, one that we know well and usually not too far from home. This is often referred to as “my patch”.  I enjoy patch birding for many reasons but possibly one of the most enjoyable reasons for me are the surprises!  When all of a sudden a bird shows up that is new to that chosen location. Doesn’t at all have to be a rare species but rather just one that has never been seen by me in “my patch”  One of my favorite patches is Turri Road and yesterday provided one of those special surprises.

A breeding plumaged White-faced Ibis was discovered feeding in the seasonal pond near the corral on Turri Road. A first for me for Turri Road!  It was keeping company with a few Snowy and Great Egrets and 2 Mallards.  Made my day!  


Reading some of our recent sloco posts it seems that many of us are enjoying birding our local patches more than ever and also discovering some surprises!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay



MDO Olive-sided Flycatcher

Jim Royer
 

There was an Olive-sided Flycatcher late this morning on a snag along the creek, between the ranch house and the first campground loop, at Montana de Oro State Park. Lawrence’s Goldfinches continue in the back loop and a Cassin’s Vireo was singing behind campsite 1.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

Los Osos Chat

Jim Royer
 

A Yellow-breasted Chat was calling from the large willow thicket on the bay side of Pecho Willows, next to a large ice plant patch, this morning.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (3 reports)
- Cattle Egret (4 reports)
- Ferruginous Hawk (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (4 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 09:00 by Maggie Smith
- 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/S67505557
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "juvenile"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 07:14 by Maggie Smith
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67505598
- Comments: "very small hummingbird with streaked rosy gorget. Bird was lone hummer in native garden."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 13:30 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/S67438388
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "First ebird report at this location (Cottontail Creek Road / Whale Rock Reservoir).
Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Calliope Hummingbird feeding on Milk Thistle on Cottontail Creek Road:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49791830487/in/dateposted-public/" title="Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope), Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49791830487_5081da7b8c_o.jpg" alt="Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope), Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 08:00 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/S67470304
- Comments: "Hummer migration continuing; finger-like gorgets"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 07:21 by Max Taylor
- 8600–9440 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2809,-120.7206), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.280904,-120.720552&ll=35.280904,-120.720552
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67464991
- Comments: "Small compact bird with black feet and Orangish yellow Bill and a almost rusty yellow color on its neck and top of head. Seen in a field near cows next to the side of the road I will add more notes when I get home."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 09:02 by Jeff Miller
- 8600–9440 Los Osos Valley Rd, San Luis Obispo US-CA 35.28019, -120.72104, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.28019,-120.72104&ll=35.28019,-120.72104
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67471058
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 08:44 by Norman Pillsbury
- LOVR 1/2 mile fr Foothill Blvd, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2840514,-120.7288452&ll=35.2840514,-120.7288452
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67497557
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Rust on crown, front and on back. Thick short bill compared to Great Egret. Photos."

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) (1)
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 10:32 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Los Osos Valley Road Pasture (35°16'53.7"N 120°43'22.1"W), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.282718,-120.7264892&ll=35.282718,-120.7264892
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67513312
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first reported at this location by Max Taylor earlier the same morning."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 08:30 by Robert Chapman
- Carrizo Plain NM--Panorama Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1645468,-119.7734642&ll=35.1645468,-119.7734642
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67486250
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sub-adult bird heavy into molt. Light morph."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 10:38 by Peter Gaede
- Carrizo Plain NM--CVSR mitigation parcel, former Erickson Ranch (restricted access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0258496,-119.581461&ll=35.0258496,-119.581461
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67511393
- Media: 1 Photo

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (2)
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 06:35 by Nick Belardes
- Cerro Alto Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4272109,-120.7491446&ll=35.4272109,-120.7491446
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67489764
- Comments: "Grey flycatchers. White around eye. Dark bill, chunky head. Long wingtips. Notched tail. Somewhat of a crest. Close to top of deciduous tree (about 20 feet off ground), paused on branch while foraging. Only a brief glance of the flycatcher with it. Appeared grey too."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 07:14 by Maggie Smith
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1085767,-120.6265268&ll=35.1085767,-120.6265268
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67505598
- Comments: "Flycatcher with small dark bill, short, notched tail, complete round eye ring and pale yellowish wash on belly"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 09:30 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/S67499514
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photo...large head, small dark bill, vest;"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 19, 2020 06:30 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/S67489699
- Comments: "Continuing"

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*** Species Summary:

- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (5 reports)
- Merlin (Prairie) (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (3 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (2)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 08:30 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Heritage Ranch Open Space: Lake Nacimiento foot paths and deer trails, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7407832,-120.8975643&ll=35.7407832,-120.8975643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67415787
- Comments: "Male and female, foraging along shoreline"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 14:45 by Kai Mills
- Del Mar Ct, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.292435,-120.679858&ll=35.292435,-120.679858
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67426820
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male at feeder"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (2)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 15:41 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/S67438186
- Comments: "Small hummingbirds. Streaked rosy gorgets. One sitting on branch in mid-park bottlebrush trees while another foraged nearby."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 11:00 by Stephanie Little
- 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/S67426474
- Comments: "1 male seen in bottle brush. Had streaked rosy gorget"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 11:00 by Carrie Miller
- 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/S67431621
- Comments: "1 male seen in bottle brush. Had streaked rosy gorget"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 13:40 by Terri Osborn
- US-California-Cambria-1870-1958 Stuart Street - 35.549x-121.075, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5491004,-121.075272&ll=35.5491004,-121.075272
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67435365
- Comments: "Male, magenta streaking on throat, made several display dives with distinctive buzz"

Merlin (Prairie) (Falco columbarius richardsonii) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 07:52 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S67439250
- Media: 1 Photo

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 17:35 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Jim Green Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4837376,-120.6456495&ll=35.4837376,-120.6456495
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67385612
- Media: 1 Photo

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 08:30 by Tom Slater
- Pajaro Lane Loop, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.018773,-120.5092185&ll=35.018773,-120.5092185
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67418971
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Gray head and chest, dull yellow below, white eye-ring, called often. Olive vest, two wingbars, long wingtips."

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (2)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 06:52 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Pine Mountain Cemetery--Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4957362,-120.6570252&ll=35.4957362,-120.6570252
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67385114
- Media: 2 Photos

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Apr 18, 2020 06:15 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/S67399592
- Comments: "Continuing at sunrise"

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Misc

svlrchrd
 

I continue to practice patch birding.  AB and Pismo SB Oceano Campground.

Port San Luis:  the pattern appears to be that at high tide Harlequin Duck will be on the Hanford Pier work dock buoy.

AB House:  Rufous/Allen's  Hummingbirds have moved on.  Since in self isolation I've had many discussions with a spider.  She works for a dot com as their web designer.

Best regards,
Rick Saval
Avila Beach

Band tailed Pigeon

njmann90
 

Band tailed pair mating on the bird feeder today.
Near SLO Vet's Hall


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San Luis Obispo
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Saturday morning birds - HAMMOND'S FC

Thomas Slater
 

I walked my street under gray skies and it ended up a pretty decent stroll as far as birds were concerned.

1 first-year male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, 2 male HOODED ORIOLE, 2 LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH, WILSON'S WARBLER, HAMMOND'S FLYCATCHER, and WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. 

I went home after the walk and grabbed my camera to try and get pics of the flycatcher. But sadly, some guy started mowing my neighbor's field so I thought I was out of luck, but both the FC and Sparrow cooperated for good photos! I was excited. Rarely happens that way. Full list and photos here...



Tom Slater
Nipomo

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

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (5 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Ferruginous Hawk (1 report)
- Hammond's Flycatcher (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 09:00 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/S67364245
- Comments: "Continues. Today on Hanford Pier work dock buoy. Then flew towards Cal Poly Pier."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 08:22 by Tom Edell
- Cloisters Community Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3897511,-120.8609828&ll=35.3897511,-120.8609828
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67356400
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Presumably the same male found yesterday by Dawn Beattie as this bird was near her home. Male with green back and crown, white throat with the streaky magenta gorget, green and buffy sides."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 16, 2020 08:00 by Janet Rayner
- Golden Bridle Lane, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5220976,-120.5831051&ll=35.5220976,-120.5831051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67338243
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Tiny with magenta, streaked gorget"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 10:37 by Carol Comeau
- Private Residence, Los Osos, CA (no visitors), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3184056,-120.8516995&ll=35.3184056,-120.8516995
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67370343
- Comments: "Feeding on Pride of Madera in neighbor’s yard. Small, male with distinctive gorget- purplish streaks on white background."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 07:50 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/S67353135
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "hummer migration"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 06:25 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/S67350007
- Comments: "Both were together at feeder, same tiny size compared to the Anna's at feeder. One mature adult, one immature/female. Mature adult had streaked magenta gorget"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 06:30 by Robert Chapman
- 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/S67383466
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First found yesterday but only observed in flight. Identified to species yesterday by flight call; a two note whistle with no emphatic emphasis on either note. First flushed from Oso Flaco creek mouth. Bird observed at 30 feet after taking flight. 'Creamy" brown bird, head, back, wings, tail uniform in color. Wing stripe very faint and indistinct. Bird joined a Black-bellied plover in flight and was noticeably similar in jizz but a bit smaller. Flight jizz the same as BBPL. Relocated bird today and photographed. Bird shows wide cream supercliary extending down face and bordering auriculars. Bird appears to be dark cap. Mostly in basic plumage but beginning to molt into alternate. Yellow (golden) flecking apparent on mostly black back and wings. White underside with black feathering coming in. Bill is thinner than BBPL and a bit shorter. Primary length does not appear substantial enough to indicate AMGP."

Ferruginous Hawk (Buteo regalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 07:23 by Jeff Miller
- Carrizo Plain National Monument (within Monument Boundaries Only), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67368465
- Comments: "Photos"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (3)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 07:23 by Jeff Miller
- Carrizo Plain National Monument (within Monument Boundaries Only), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.155759,-119.810539&ll=35.155759,-119.810539
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67368465
- Comments: "Two at Visitor Center, one at KCL Campground. Photos"

Hammond's Flycatcher (Empidonax hammondii) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 08:35 by Will Knowlton
- Nipomo Regional Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0315777,-120.5005789&ll=35.0315777,-120.5005789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67382638
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Empidonax flycatcher with small dark bill and long primary projection. "Peek" or "peepc' calls recorded."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 07:41 by Nick Belardes
- Damon-Garcia Sports Field, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2516077,-120.6476746&ll=35.2516077,-120.6476746
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S67368885
- Comments: "Adult. Spotted four separate times during outing. Skittish behavior. Sometimes perched, sometimes scrabbling on ground and foraging. Stayed in proximity of California Towhees, which seemed annoyed/territorial with the bird. Saw dart into pines—unidentified at that point though noticed rufous crown and bright-colored body. Second time, spotted bird on bare branch in same area. Noticed rufous crown, white throat and yellow-green body. It let out a buzzy call then flew into pine as it was chased by a California Towhee. Third sighting after I followed it and saw it scramble along ground into scrub, as if scampering from a nearby California Towhee that was also at ground level. Fourth time spotted again on bare branch in same area beneath a California Towhee. It was chased by the California Towhee to some scrub where I got a nice side view of the bird. Notable markings: Slightly pointy bright rufous crown, yellow-green wings, back and tail. Grey face, chest and belly. White throat and malars broken by dark throat stripes."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 06:25 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/S67350007
- Comments: "Continuing"

Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (Leiothlypis celata celata/orestera) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 17, 2020 10:19 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/S67369807
- Comments: "green backed warbler with Gray head and face, yellow throat and underparts, dark line through eye, pale supercilum and broken eyering"

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Re: Spring SLO Calliope Hummingbirds

Tom Edell
 

I heard about a couple more Calliopes this afternoon and updated the numbers for 2020.  I expect we’ll have more reports before this species is finished migrating through the county. Just to clarify, the total number of birds is based on the number reported daily. There is just no way to know if an individual at the same feeder the next day (or the day before) is a new or continuing bird. One location in Atascadero has had at least one bird on 15 dates from 22 Mar-17 Apr.

 

Here is a comparative table for the last seven years:

 

Year

Reports

Locations

Total Birds

2020

67

23

74

2019

7

5

8

2018

29

12

35

2017

2

2

2

2016

3

2

3

2015

12

7

12

2014

19

13

24

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Tom Edell via groups.io
Sent: Friday, April 17, 2020 4:10 PM
To: SLO Bird Listserv <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [slocobirding] Spring SLO Calliope Hummingbirds

 

Exceptional year for this species is SLO County. As of mid-day today (17 Apr), there has been a total of 72 birds recorded in 65 reports from 21 locations since 22 Mar. Certainly some are continuing birds at the same locations for more than one or two days, but each of those numbers is much higher than normal. Phenomenal spring for Calliopes.

 

Photos of these birds can be seen here.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Cayucos, CA


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Cayucos, CA

Calliope Hummingbird

Karen Clarke
 

I had one yesterday in a large grouping of Pride of Madeira on the Moonstone Beach boardwalk, Cambria.

Karen Clarke
Cambria

Spring SLO Calliope Hummingbirds

Tom Edell
 

Exceptional year for this species is SLO County. As of mid-day today (17 Apr), there has been a total of 72 birds recorded in 65 reports from 21 locations since 22 Mar. Certainly some are continuing birds at the same locations for more than one or two days, but each of those numbers is much higher than normal. Phenomenal spring for Calliopes.

 

Photos of these birds can be seen here.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Cayucos, CA

Hummingbird magnet along Sandydale, Nipomo

Sue Girard
 

These sequestered days, going out to get the mail includes a short walk up and down Sandydale Dr in Nipomo (near swapmeet) to check for Orioles. I was stopped in my tracks by the sight of swarming hummingbirds and other bird activity in a 30 ft yellow-blooming tree which is a hybrid cross between Fremontedendron and Chirantodendron (Monkey Hand Tree). 
Estimated 2 dozen hummers, plus three Hooded Orioles and a Western Tanager. I caught many flashes of orange on the hummers, so Selasphorus of some kind, as well as pink headed Anna's males. I watched for 1/2 hour and the level of activity never faltered. I went back three days later and most were not in evidence. The Orioles and Tanager remain. Marking my calendar for mid April next year to stake out the tree, near the street end of the driveway. (spoke to the homeowner)  

Sue Girard
Nipomo westside

Nashville, BLack Throated Gray Warblers Nipomo

Sue Girard
 

Yesterday I had a male Black Throated Gray Warbler late afternoon in my ground birdbath/drip. 

Today at noon under dense overcast, and while 6-8 Juncos took turns hogging the birdbath, three Nashville Warblers dropped in. Two showed their rusty crown patch, one did not, and this individual also had whitish underparts at the leg area. All had the complete white eye ring, gray crown and olive back and bright yellow sides and chest.   They jockeyed back and forth with the resident Juncos and finally had a good bathe, then were gone.

A few minutes later a male  Wilson's had a quick bath and left. 
Sue Girard
Nipomo, near Nipomo Native Garden

Bullock's Oriole

njmann90
 

Female in my backyard sycamore an hour ago.  Not common here (for me) near Vet's Hall SLO.


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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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