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Northern Parula

nickbelardes@...
 

The Northern Parula reported yesterday at Oceano Campground was still singing this morning around nine or so. Discovered in a eucalyptus tree in one of the northerly campground areas near a restroom and employee service road back entrance. Study its song and it will be relatively easy to find. It sings rather loud.

Nick Belardes


Blue Grosbeak, Peregrine Falcon

Tyson Baker
 

Had one blue grosbeak on Turri Road and a peregrine falcon here at home on Third St, chasing and being chased by crows. 🤣. 

Tyson and Kristi
Osos and SLO. 


Re: Red Necked Phalaropes, Turri Ponds.

Kaaren Perry
 

Just to add a little to this sighting:  I passed by there around 11:00 and there were 2 females and one male. Today I was able to get a few closer photos of the male.  Despite struggling with poor light I decided to post on flickr for future id. reference. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

On May 10, 2020, at 12:10 PM, Tyson Baker via groups.io <tysons41@...> wrote:

A pair of red necked phalaropes in the ponds, noon, Sunday. One male and one female. 

Tyson and Kristi
Osos and SLO


Red Necked Phalaropes, Turri Ponds.

Tyson Baker
 

A pair of red necked phalaropes in the ponds, noon, Sunday. One male and one female. 

Tyson and Kristi
Osos and SLO


Blue Grosbeak

Bob Chapman
 

Haven't read of the male Blue Grosbeak being back yet but I just got good looks. Usual location ~100 yds west of the windmill, Turri road.

He is looking sharp!

Bob Chapman
Los Osos


Re: Birding during lockdown - David Sibley

Wendy McKeown
 

I am a nyt subscriber. Perhaps someone who isn't should try it.


On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 9:40 AM Wendy McKeown <wendyamckeown@...> wrote:
It works Kaaren. Thanks for sharing.

On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 9:30 AM Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:
I came across this article while reading recent posts from the Monterey Bay Birds site and thought we might all enjoy David  Sibley’s perspective.  I do hope the link works!



Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Re: Birding during lockdown - David Sibley

Wendy McKeown
 

It works Kaaren. Thanks for sharing.


On Sun, May 10, 2020 at 9:30 AM Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:
I came across this article while reading recent posts from the Monterey Bay Birds site and thought we might all enjoy David  Sibley’s perspective.  I do hope the link works!



Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Birding during lockdown - David Sibley

Kaaren Perry
 

I came across this article while reading recent posts from the Monterey Bay Birds site and thought we might all enjoy David  Sibley’s perspective.  I do hope the link works!



Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


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

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (3 reports)
- Long-tailed Duck (4 reports)
- Northern Parula (4 reports)
- Magnolia Warbler (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (2 reports)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (6 reports)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in San Luis Obispo County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN36231
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 13:10 by Jim Royer
- Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay US-CA 35.34391, -120.82579, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.343912,-120.825793&ll=35.343912,-120.825793
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68765630
- Comments: "Continuing birds"

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 08:36 by Carol Comeau
- Morro Bay State Park, Morro Bay US-CA 35.34625, -120.84197, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.346247,-120.841973&ll=35.346247,-120.841973
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68717945
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Two with Canada Geese in back part of Salt Marsh near South Bay Blvd. See very poor photo. A third
Snow goose was seen mixed with a different group of Canada Geese at the same time. It had darker marks on its wings. Viewed at a distance through a spotting scope. Large white geese that appeared to have long necks and a gently sloping forehead to bill."

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported May 09, 2020 09:37 by Carly Boyd-Dovideo
- 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/S68777167
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Appears to be a juvenile snow goose in the pond associating with domestic ducks. It had streaked brown feathers accenting the white on head and neck, short bill with a black patch and black legs. The black patch on the bill, the absence of a gray bill base, and the abundance of brown made me identify this as a snow goose and not a Ross's goose. This bird has been previously reported at this location."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 11:18 by Jim Royer
- 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/S68765489
- Comments: "Continuing birds"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 06:02 by Carol Comeau
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68717349
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "See photo. Female observed on sand spit beach ( inner harbor side). With two Surf Scooters. Entered water and returned to beach after about 5 minutes."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 06:02 by Anonymous eBirder
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68776762
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "See photo. Female observed on sand spit beach ( inner harbor side). With two Surf Scooters. Entered water and returned to beach after about 5 minutes."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 16:20 by Cindy McIntyre
- Morro Rock Natural Preserve, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3673,-120.8671), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.36731,-120.867055&ll=35.36731,-120.867055
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68746374
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At a distance from Morro Rock - appears to be a nonbreeding female"

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported May 09, 2020 13:11 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S68774335
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Presumed male; singing. Charcoal blue-gray above, with greenish-yellow back. White eye arcs and white wing bars. Bright yellow throat and breast with faint red breast band. Large, sharp bill with bright yellow lower mandible. White belly and undertail coverts. Poor, diagnostic photos."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported May 09, 2020 12:14 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S68777680
- Media: 4 Photos, 1 Audio
- Comments: "Yellow under bill down under breast with some orange. Broken eye ring. Two strong wing bars. Dull yellow patch on back. White on under rump. Also id’d by song."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1)
- Reported May 09, 2020 10:32 by Carly Boyd-Dovideo
- 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/S68776840
- Comments: "Small warbler seen foraging food off the walls and roof of the main bathroom in the Northern section of the Oceano campground. Also hanging out on the peripheral branches of small sycamore trees. Was found by another birder in the vicinity who alerted me to it’s presence. White underparts with greenish back patch. Broken eye ring, gray head and back with deeply contrasting yellow throat and breast. It was singing loudly and I also matched the sound to the song recording on iBird pro."

Northern Parula (Setophaga americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 10:09 by Rick Saval
- 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/S68713746
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)
- Reported May 09, 2020 08:31 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S68711629
- Comments: "Was observing birds when spotted small warbler atop branch. We were peering from inner trail, part way into the willows just passed the first “No Tresspassing” sign, looking to the southwest where you can view tops of branches. Bird was very small and with other birds that I didn’t ID. First glance, thought it was a tiny Yellow-rumped Warbler. But smaller and sleeker. Then started noting details I wasn’t familiar with: Gray head, yellow throat, and a separation in color from throat to chest that appeared to be somewhat of a neck band. Also had yellow rump, yellow underside, white wingbars, white undertail. Jane Hawley noted a green back. Bird flew away before I could get a photo."

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)
- Reported May 09, 2020 08:31 by Jane Hawley
- 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/S68711630
- Comments: "Was observing birds when spotted small warbler atop branch. We were peering from inner trail, part way into the willows just passed the first “No Tresspassing” sign, looking to the southwest where you can view tops of branches. Bird was very small and with other birds that I didn’t ID. First glance, thought it was a tiny Yellow-rumped Warbler. But smaller and sleeker. Then started noting details I wasn’t familiar with: Gray head, yellow throat, and a separation in color from throat to chest that appeared to be somewhat of a neck band. Also had yellow rump, yellow underside, white wingbars, white undertail. Didn’t note back colors. Bird flew away before I could get a photo."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 08:28 by Jeff Miller
- 1788 Donna Ave, Los Osos US-CA 35.31855, -120.84736, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.318545,-120.847358&ll=35.318545,-120.847358
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68679999
- Comments: "Entirely red tanager in eucalyptus grove with western tanagers. Male found earlier by Jim Royer. Duller red, not bright red. Some dark gray/dull black on wings. No wing bars. Long bill, larger than a WETA bill. Located by sharp pituk call."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 06:39 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/S68764670
- Comments: "Heard it calling and saw in flight - a male, orange red bodied. I later saw it perched - a dull almost brownish red back and dull reddish underparts. Darker wings (not black) with no conspicuous wingbars, and a large grayish tanager bill."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 11:42 by Jane Hawley
- 337 Henrietta Ave, Los Osos US-CA (35.3171,-120.8507), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317101,-120.850748&ll=35.317101,-120.850748
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68708371
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported previously at this same home’s bird feeder, including earlier in the morning. After group of crows left feeder, and a few birds fed (American Goldfinch, House Finches) the grosbeak hopped down from tree where it was hidden to eat. Bird hadn’t sung or made any calls. Bird eventually sat on branch above feeder, then hopped upwards into foliage and again hid. Appears to not quite be a fully developed adult male. Rosy breast apparent."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 11:42 by Nick Belardes
- 337 Henrietta Ave, Los Osos US-CA (35.3171,-120.8507), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317101,-120.850748&ll=35.317101,-120.850748
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68708369
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird reported previously at this same home’s bird feeder, including earlier in the morning. After group of crows left feeder, and a few birds fed (American Goldfinch, House Finches) the grosbeak hopped down from tree where it was hidden to eat. Bird hadn’t sung or made any calls. Bird eventually sat on branch above feeder, then hopped upwards into foliage and again hid. Appears to not quite be a fully developed adult male. Rosy breast apparent."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 06:37 by Jim Royer
- 337 Henrietta Ave, Los Osos US-CA 35.31705, -120.85073, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.31705,-120.850735&ll=35.31705,-120.850735
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68764887
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 16:15 by Carol Comeau
- Henrietta Ave, Los Osos, private residence, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317148,-120.8509254&ll=35.317148,-120.8509254
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68766123
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "See photo."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 16:10 by Petra Clayton
- Los Osos: Henrietta Ave/Grove St. Neighborhood, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3175239,-120.8514105&ll=35.3175239,-120.8514105
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68763002
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "In tree in front of residence at 337 Henrietta Ave. - Continuing since ebird report 5/7/20 ( Jim Royer).

Click on the image below for a brief Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49876613612/in/dateposted-public/" title="Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus), male, Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49876613612_3a4e6e122e_o.jpg" alt="Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus melanocephalus), male, Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 09, 2020 06:50 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S68677005
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing male; poor documentary photos"

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Saturday Birds on Global Big Day

Jim Royer
 

In addition to the Los Osos Rose-breasted Grosbeak this morning (starting at 6 am), the male Summer Tanager in the eucalyptus trees along Pecho between Grove and Binscarth, moved into the trees at the corner of Binscarth and Nancy, and then into the eucalyptus trees at Binscarth and Doris. Turri Road had a female Yellow-headed Blackbird and a male Tricolored Blackbird in a flock of blackbirds just on the coastal side of the summit - on the final climb to the top. The two continuing, but sometimes elusive, Long-tailed Ducks were together with scoters between the Coast Guard Pier and the spit. The three Snow Geese continued to be seen from South Bay Blvd., with Canada Geese, looking west toward the bay between State Park Road and Turri Road.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Male Red-necked Phalarope. - Turri Ponds

Kaaren Perry
 

I stopped by Turri Ponds around 10:00 this morning and spotted 3 Red-necked Phalaropes swimming near the back of the first pond   Until today the ones I had seen had all been females but this morning it appears that a male had dropped in. I did some research to see if I could find out when the breeding males are expected to pass through our area but could find nothing definitive. I do know that the females are the first to arrive on their northern breeding grounds.

I have put a pretty poor but hopefully diagnostic id photo on flickr.  I included a little more information that all seems to fit with the bird being a breeding male. I don’t recall previously seeing the m/f together in breeding plumage in CA.   http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/.  Comments or corrections appreciated.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay


Magnolia Warbler, Pecho Road Willows, 5/9

Tom Edell
 

For those that don’t check eBird reports, Nick Belardes and Jane Hawley found a Magnolia Warbler at the Pecho Road Willows this morning.

 

Magnolia Warbler (Setophaga magnolia) (1)

- Reported May 09, 2020 08:31 by Nick Belardes

- 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/S68711629

- Comments: "Was observing birds when spotted small warbler atop branch. We were peering from inner trail, part way into the willows just passed the first “No Tresspassing” sign, looking to the southwest where you can view tops of branches. Bird was very small and with other birds that I didn’t ID. First glance, thought it was a tiny Yellow-rumped Warbler. But smaller and sleeker. Then started noting details I wasn’t familiar with: Gray head, yellow throat, and a separation in color from throat to chest that appeared to be somewhat of a neck band. Also had yellow rump, yellow underside, white wingbars, white undertail. Didn’t note back colors. Bird flew away before I could get a photo."

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Quail family on our property

Chris Van Beveren
 

We have male/female and about 9 babies approx 1 week old, visible from our upstairs window. Very entertaining. Male often sits on top of a fence watching that all are safe. Today a crow appeared, mom hastily got them all to shelter under a huge lupine. The crow appeared mildly interested, and suddenly we saw the male parent make a threatening run right up to the crow. It was like it was saying, "you will have to get through me to reach them." The female also exhibits very protective moves, yesterday getting between a straying chick and a European Starling minding its own business. It is hard to get anything done around here with the show going on below us.



Chris Van Beveren
Beck Travel
565 Baywood Way

Los Osos CA 93402

Phone:  805 439-2023



becktravel@...


Oso Flaco Terns Return

Thomas Slater
 

Foggy start to the morning.
4 Least Terns were flying over the lake at 7:30 this morning.
Lots of Wilson's and Yellow Warblers.
One Warbling Vireo.
Lots of other expected species, and little ducklings on the lake.
Marsh Wrens sounding off next to their Tiki Torch nests.
Nothing unusual at the beach while we were there, except a Humpback whale in a bait ball with lots of gulls and cormorants.

Bird on,


Tom Slater 
Nipomo


Re: Summer Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Los Osos

Jeff Miller
 

The male summer tanager was seen around 8:30 a few blocks east on Binscarth, in the eucalyptus grove at Binscarth and Doris Avenue.

 

Please remember to keep one turkey vulture wingspan between you and other birders at all times – let’s protect everyone in our birding community from this virus. None of us know for sure whether or not we have Coronavirus, and you can pass it to other people when you are asymptomatic.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io [mailto:slocobirding@groups.io] On Behalf Of Jim Royer via groups.io
Sent: Saturday, May 9, 2020 7:32 AM
To: Slocobirding
Subject: [slocobirding] Summer Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Los Osos

 

The grosbeak has been at my feeder in front of 337 Henrietta and at Jay’s house corner of Henrietta and Pecho. The Summer Tanager was calling along Pecho and also seen on Binscarth near Nancy, in and around sycamores.

 

Jim Royer

Los Osos


Summer Tanager, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Los Osos

Jim Royer
 

The grosbeak has been at my feeder in front of 337 Henrietta and at Jay’s house corner of Henrietta and Pecho. The Summer Tanager was calling along Pecho and also seen on Binscarth near Nancy, in and around sycamores.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


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

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Black Skimmer (5 reports)
- Rose-breasted Grosbeak (2 reports)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in San Luis Obispo County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN36231
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 08, 2020 09:04 by Mike Stiles
- Baywood Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3267517,-120.841246&ll=35.3267517,-120.841246
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68603072
- Comments: "Large black-backed tern with large red bill standing on shore of estuary, then flew and was skimming off of the Baywood pier"

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported May 08, 2020 10:45 by Jeanette Stone
- Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3217375,-120.8422726&ll=35.3217375,-120.8422726
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68638690
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "(From Petra Clayton) Continuing on the bay possibly since ebird report dated 3/29/20 (Jim Royer), but most likely since ebird report dated 5/5/20 (Jay Carroll); subsequently reported around the bay multiple times on 5/6/20 & 5/7/20"

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported May 08, 2020 09:40 by Petra Clayton
- Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3217375,-120.8422726&ll=35.3217375,-120.8422726
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68641772
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing on the bay possibly since ebird report dated 3/29/20 (Jim Royer), but most likely since ebird report dated 5/5/20 (Jay Carroll); subsequently reported around the bay multiple times on 5/6/20, 5/7/20, and today. Seen along the bay west of the western viewing platform. --- First and only prior ebird report of this species at this location: 4/13/2003.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Black Skimmer among Marbled Godwits and Black-bellied Plovers:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49872803781/in/dateposted-public/" title="Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49872803781_7a3e1e9cc3_o.jpg" alt="Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger), Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 08, 2020 09:30 by Nick Belardes
- Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3217375,-120.8422726&ll=35.3217375,-120.8422726
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68623648
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. On shore amid plovers, godwits, willets and a lone Red Knot. Observed from westernmost lookout as it faced away from our observation area. Turned sideways once or twice for a view of its profile: long black tail, black primaries, black back—though white back of neck indicating 1st summer bird. White front of neck and white underside. I loved the illusion of it being eyeless, its orbs lost in the blackness of the top head feathers. Its lower bill jutted black extending beyond the upper bill. The base of the upper and lower bill was a deep red-orange. A few birders, including myself, walked on a trail toward the shore for a closer look. The bird took on a sleeping/resting position, tucking its head back to its left, its bill dissapearing within blackish plumage. A few times it was startled by other birds long enough to get profile photos. Eventually it was startled again by bird movements and calls and flew west along the beach 30-40 yards where it landed near three Caspian Terns."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 08, 2020 09:30 by Jane Hawley
- Sweet Springs Nature Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3217375,-120.8422726&ll=35.3217375,-120.8422726
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68623649
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. On shore amid plovers, godwits, willets and a lone Red Knot. Observed from westernmost lookout as it faced away from our observation area. Turned sideways once or twice for a view of its profile: long black tail, black primaries, black back—though white back of neck indicating 1st summer bird. White front of neck and white underside. I loved the illusion of it being eyeless, its orbs lost in the blackness of the top head feathers. Its lower bill jutted black extending beyond the upper bill. The base of the upper and lower bill was a deep red-orange. A few birders, including myself, walked on a trail toward the shore for a closer look. The bird took on a sleeping/resting position, tucking its head back to its left, its bill dissapearing within blackish plumage. A few times it was startled by other birds long enough to get profile photos. Eventually it was startled again by bird movements and calls and flew west along the beach 30-40 yards where it landed near three Caspian Terns."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 08, 2020 14:05 by Jay Carroll
- 1900 Pecho Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317395,-120.851943&ll=35.317395,-120.851943
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S68628704
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This was a large passerine with mainly black and white plumage except for a light rose-red patch on the breast; bill was very large and pinkish bone-colored except for a few small dark splotches on tip and lower mandible; coming to a residential sunflower seed feeder; the same individual was reported the previous day by Jim Royer elsewhere in the neighborhood."

Rose-breasted Grosbeak (Pheucticus ludovicianus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported May 08, 2020 17:31 by Mike Bush
- 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/S68638118
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Rose features begining to become slightly prounced. Large bill, white belly with back and wings black with white marks."

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Cancelation of November 2020 CVBS

Frances Oliver
 


Hi All!

Due to the uncertainty of the Covid-19 pandemic in the fall months, the Central Valley Birding Symposium is being cancelled for 2020.  The Symposium Committee felt that the health of our members, presenters, and staff was our primary consideration in making this decision.  If conditions warrant, the Symposium will resume again 
on Nov 18-21, 2021, at the Stockton Hilton Hotel.  We will miss seeing everyone this November, but we hope to see all of you again in 2021.  Stay healthy and safe until then. 

Patricia Bachetti
CVBC President

Frances


Yellow-headed Blackbirds - Oso Flaco Lake

Maggie Smith
 

Early this morning with some mist still on the water, 4 Yellow-headed Blackbirds flew from the big island toward the ocean.  Later at least 1 returned and I got a poor distant ID photo.

Other good sightings included a flyover of 22 White-faced Ibis, an estimated 20 Western Tanagers, 1 Bonaparte's Gull.


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


RB Grosbeak continues

Jay Carroll
 

The immature male Rose-breasted Grosbeak reported yesterday by Jim Royer continues at Pecho Willows this afternoon. It was singing softly from a eucalyptus near the corner of Pecho and Henrietta, and also visiting a backyard seed feeder at that corner. Jim then saw the bird back at HIS feeder two blocks away shortly thereafter, so it appears to be working the neighborhood!

Jay Carroll
Los Osos