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Re: Oceano Dunes

Alvaro Jaramillo
 

Bob

  Hi there, most likely it was a Franklin’s Gull. They will travel with the coastal northbound migrants, specifically at this time of year. Sabine’s Gulls do not move with other gulls, they are more likely to be associated with Arctic Terns actually, and would be offshore. I am assuming you eliminated Bonaparte’s Gull, given you mention it as being “large” although Franklin’s and Sabine’s are marginally larger than Bonaparte’s.

Take care,

Alvaro

 

Alvaro Jaramillo

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www.alvarosadventures.com

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Chapman via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, May 7, 2020 8:23 AM
To: Slocobirding <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: [slocobirding] Oceano Dunes

 

Morning coffee break...

 

The Santa Lucia winds have been rather strong this week and come midmorning there is a lull as they shift to the familiar offshore northwesterly's. When this occurs the gull push begins. Yesterday, posted up on observations, a quarter mile distant from the shore a large hooded gull species was spotted traveling with a group of California gulls. They dipped below eye level quickly and I could not positively ID the species. I thought perhaps Sabine's but cannot say the striking mantle pattern stood out. Oh well, another ???

 

Today a Black-necked Stilt was present on the shore near Post #4.

 

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Oceano Dunes


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Oceano Dunes

Bob Chapman
 

Morning coffee break...

The Santa Lucia winds have been rather strong this week and come midmorning there is a lull as they shift to the familiar offshore northwesterly's. When this occurs the gull push begins. Yesterday, posted up on observations, a quarter mile distant from the shore a large hooded gull species was spotted traveling with a group of California gulls. They dipped below eye level quickly and I could not positively ID the species. I thought perhaps Sabine's but cannot say the striking mantle pattern stood out. Oh well, another ???

Today a Black-necked Stilt was present on the shore near Post #4.

Bob Chapman
Oceano Dunes

Chat

Jim Royer
 

A Yellow-breasted Chat was vocalizing from the wooded lot at Binscarth and Nancy, in Los Osos,  this morning.

Jim Royer
Los Osos 

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- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Black Skimmer (2 reports)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 06, 2020 07:41 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/S68490788
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported May 06, 2020 17:57 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 3rd Street Baywatch, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3325258,-120.8397344&ll=35.3325258,-120.8397344
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68527929
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Likely continuing bird reported by Jay Carroll on May 5, 2020."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 06, 2020 07:55 by Jeff Miller
- Morro Bay--Audubon overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3316478,-120.8383334&ll=35.3316478,-120.8383334
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68492021
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

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Ah! Spring in Morro Bay

Rosalie Valvo
 

On my way home from my walk, I stopped to watch a California Towhee battling with itself.  It would perch on top of the passenger side mirror of a car parked in its driveway, flap its wings, and then fly forward.  It repeated this behavior for some time.  I was reminded of my first encounter with such a towhee (called Brown Towhee at the time, I think) a few decades ago that did fierce battle with its reflection in the neighbor’s car’s hubcap.

 

I’ve been seeing Mockingibrds stand in the middle of the street and laboriously stretch their wings.  I assume they’re trying to attact someone’s attention.  And they’re singing at all hours of the day and night.

 

Rosalie

 

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- Snow Goose (2 reports)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)
- Black Skimmer (1 report)
- Merlin (1 report)
- Gray Flycatcher (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (3)
- Reported May 05, 2020 11:30 by Jim Royer
- Morro Bay State Park, Los Osos US-CA (35.3440,-120.8255) South Bay Blvd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.344015,-120.825509&ll=35.344015,-120.825509
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68462493
- Comments: "Continuing"

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported May 05, 2020 08:58 by Rick Saval
- 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/S68444041
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues."

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported May 05, 2020 17:54 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/S68475835
- Comments: "Confining."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1)
- Reported May 05, 2020 08:38 by Kathleen Kent
- Heritage Ranch: Nacimiento River Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7588909,-120.8746623&ll=35.7588909,-120.8746623
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68449647
- Comments: "Female. Rufous head, grey body, orange, slender beak, white under throat. Photos to be posted soon. Probably the same female I’ve seen on the river (along with the male), the last couple of months."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported May 05, 2020 13:35 by Jay Carroll
- Morro Bay--Audubon overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3316478,-120.8383334&ll=35.3316478,-120.8383334
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68463642
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Loafing on mudflats, and then foraging widely around the east-central portion of Morro Bay."

Merlin (Falco columbarius) (1)
- Reported May 05, 2020 07:00 by Jim Royer
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68462687
- Comments: "Very direct and quick fly by - a small compact falcon"

Gray Flycatcher (Empidonax wrightii) (1)
- Reported Apr 29, 2020 09:03 by Kathleen Kent
- Carrizo Plain NM--Two Juniper Campsite, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.058977,-119.640774&ll=35.058977,-119.640774
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68475479
- Comments: "Constant, slow, downwards tail pumping. Have photos"

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Carrizo Plain Recordings

Tom Graves
 

I recorded at Carrizo Plain on Sunday. Nice weather, but a bit windy for recording at times. 

Recording highlights: 

-American Avocets (4 pairs in the waterway near Clarksberg Road at  Soda Lake Road) and Horned Larks too.

-White-throated Swifts, California Towhee, Rock Wren, and Cliff Swallows (calling and singing) near the Selby campground.

-Western Meadowlarks (calling and singing), and Common Ravens here and there.

-And Bell’s Sparrow at the Soda Lake boardwalk. 

No new species! Hoping to get to 200 on Xeno Canto soon.

 

Too bad mammals don’t count: I also recored a Nelson’s Antelope Squirrel at the Goodwin Education Center and uploaded it to iNaturalist (see below). Three different alarm calls.

 

Tom Graves

 

https://www.xeno-canto.org/contributor/KGOCOOKTTU?dir=1&order=dt

 

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/wtkite

Red-necked Phalorope

jansurbey
 

Around 4PM today, I saw a Red-necked Phalorope still sporting breeding plumage at the edge of the Alva Paul pond in Morro Strand State Beach. Possibly the same one I saw along the edge of the ocean a few days ago.
Jan Surbey
Morro Bay

Re: Ibis

Dawn Beattie
 

I guess I should chime in, although a bit late to the game.  Yesterday, late afternoon, I saw 11 WHITE-FACED IBIS flying together over the Cloisters North pond (that only exposes itself after a rain).  I posted my sighting along with a number of pictures on eBird

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Dawn Beattie
Morro Bay

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From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...>
Date: 5/5/20 3:00 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: mike stiles <mstiles54@...>
Cc: Slocobirding <slocobirding@groups.io>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Ibis

Another Ibis-     A White-faced Ibis was feeding in the farmer’s pond near the intersection of Monte Cristo and Hwy 1 this morning. This is just north of  Hwy 46. intersection.  Seen from highway before I turned onto the dirt road for a better view.


Kaaren Perry

On May 5, 2020, at 2:05 PM, mike stiles <mstiles54@...> wrote:

Went to the Elfin Forest Lupine Point overlook, looking for any rare plovers that were seen earlier in the day at Cuesta Inlet. No plovers but the continuing WHITE-FACED IBIS was in the mud flats right below the overlook. 

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Los Osos

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Black Skimmer

Jay Carroll
 

A single bird was flying and foraging widely in the east-central portion of Morro Bay early this afternoon. It generally covered an area bounded by the Audubon Overlook, the oyster barges, and the Marina Boardwalk.

Jay Carroll
Los Osos

Re: Ibis

Kaaren Perry
 

Another Ibis-     A White-faced Ibis was feeding in the farmer’s pond near the intersection of Monte Cristo and Hwy 1 this morning. This is just north of  Hwy 46. intersection.  Seen from highway before I turned onto the dirt road for a better view.

On May 5, 2020, at 2:05 PM, mike stiles <mstiles54@...> wrote:

Went to the Elfin Forest Lupine Point overlook, looking for any rare plovers that were seen earlier in the day at Cuesta Inlet. No plovers but the continuing WHITE-FACED IBIS was in the mud flats right below the overlook. 

Mike Stiles
Los Osos

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05 MAY 2020 Pismo State Beach, Oceano Campground

svlrchrd
 

I continue to bird location 3-4 times per week and will continue to do so thru first week of JUNE.  Low numbers of expected, today was first of season for Yellow Warbler (along lagoon trail).  Far more mosquitoes than birds.

At the house I've started uploading bird photos to the spider that have been talking to web's  site.  She uses something similar to Artificial Intelligence (AI) to quickly identify the species.  She calls it Arthropod Intelligence.

Best regards,
Rick Saval
Avila Beach


Ibis

mike stiles
 

Went to the Elfin Forest Lupine Point overlook, looking for any rare plovers that were seen earlier in the day at Cuesta Inlet. No plovers but the continuing WHITE-FACED IBIS was in the mud flats right below the overlook. 

Mike Stiles
Los Osos

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migrants showing up on top of ridge

Claudia Freitas
 

This morning we had our first of season Bullock's Oriole and a Western Tanager.  I know they've been reported elsewhere.  

Claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'

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- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Common Merganser (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 04, 2020 09:35 by Jim Royer
- Morro Bay State Park, Los Osos US-CA (35.3440,-120.8255) South Bay Blvd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.344015,-120.825509&ll=35.344015,-120.825509
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68399639
- Comments: "Continuing birds"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 03, 2020 12:58 by Ross Henderson-McBean
- 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/S68370338
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing as seen by Norman Pillsbury. Smaller Goose. White rump with dark gray tail base. Irregular black barring on underparts. White front above bill. Thick orange legs. Pink/orange bill with lighter tip."

Common Merganser (Mergus merganser) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 04, 2020 07:30 by Jeri Edwards
- Lopez Lake, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1897608,-120.4758081&ll=35.1897608,-120.4758081
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68406573
- Comments: "Female, very white chest, dark head and long bill, stubby orange feet. It was on the shore preening"

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Oceano campgrounds and lagoon

Tom Ogren
 

I birded Oceano campgrounds (which are closed to campers, but open to us birders) yesterday with my son-in-law, David Bush (we each drove our own cars & met down there, social distancing). Lots of birds and early on, also plenty of mosquitoes...wear some OFF.

Seen: loads of bushtits and chickadees all over; quite a few Pacific Slope Flycatchers, one Western Wood-Pewee, more Western Tanagers than I've ever seen there before, far more; a few Hooded Orioles, a few Wilson's and Townsend's Warblers, one Red-breasted Nuthatch in a pine tree, a few Downy Woodpeckers, a small bird we never did quite ID, perhaps a Bell's Vireo, and numerous Song Sparrows and Tree Swallows (some nesting in old woodpecker holes).

At home in SLO, I continue to have way more W Tanagers here than I've ever seen before...looks to be a great year for tanagers.

Tom Ogren
SLO

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- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 03, 2020 12:58 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/S68344678
- Comments: "Continuing."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 01, 2020 07:45 by Will Knowlton
- Carrizo Plain NM--Quail Springs, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=34.9930616,-119.5548636&ll=34.9930616,-119.5548636
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68317874
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "One coming to first spring. Spizella sparrow with rufous cap and dark line through eye."

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Red-breasted Nuthatch

Karen Clarke
 

Regarding Keven Zimmer’s post reporting Red-breasted Nuthatches, I heard one yesterday as I did some gardening. It was in one of our Cypress Trees.

Karen Clarke
Cambria

Oso Flaco 5/3

Rubba Johanna
 

A foggy morning at Oso Flaco; sunshine by 8:30 am. I was surprised to find a couple dozen cars parked outside the park when I arrived around 7 am. Mostly fisherfolk, social distancing at water's edge. Nothing unusual in the way of birds, and several birds hiding, but a nice selection:

Wilson's warbler--several
1 Spotted Towhee
1 Hummingbird nest, species unclear
Several pair Gadwall, on both lakes
2 Chestnut-backed Chickadees--a parent feeding a chick
Numerous Barn Swallows at the boardwalk (I think there were other swallows, but they zipped around too fast to identify)
Several pair Cinnamon Teal. The males pumped their heads up and down, a mating ritual, I suppose
1 Eared Grebe in breeding plumage
Small flock of Ruddy Ducks, males in full breeding plumage with bright blue bills
1 Scrub Jay on the beach trail
Pair Mourning Doves ditto
1 California Thrasher singing from the dune fence

Heard:
Yellow Warblers
Common Yellowthroats
Swainson's Thrushes

I heard a grating "chup" or "thwack" in the big reed island. American Bittern?

I saw no birds at the beach.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

 

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- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Franklin's Gull (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (3)
- Reported May 02, 2020 14:08 by Petra Clayton
- Quarry Trail--Morro Bay SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3484295,-120.8235705&ll=35.3484295,-120.8235705
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68295460
- Comments: "Continuing. Last seen on 4/30/20 at the same location."

Franklin's Gull (Leucophaeus pipixcan) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 02, 2020 18:11 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Santa Rosa Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5683274,-121.1102353&ll=35.5683274,-121.1102353
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68292908
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Based on comparative photos likely the same bird initially reported at this location by Seth Ontiveros on April 23, 2020. While standing, small gull appeared dwarfed by nearby California Gulls. Bird had pinkish tinge to breast feathers, small, red bill on all black head with white eye arcs, The gull was observed only briefly before nearby California Gulls harassed the bird into flight. In flight, white trailing edge to wings with white tips outside of black band could be easily seen. Bird flew over-head as it headed north."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 02, 2020 13:34 by Terri Osborn
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68282673
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird since mid January 2020, feeding along shore SE of Morro Bay T wharf in sea otter nursery area."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 02, 2020 08:25 by marlin harms
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68261539
- Comments: "Same subadult that has been seen nearby recently. This time it was on the dock between Harbor Hut & Great American Fish Co. restaurants. I had seen a photographer with long lens pointing somewhat down & found that what she was focused on was the night-heron. I came back by about 1/2 hr. later and could not re-find the bird in the immediate area."

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