Date   

Oso evening, Oct. 29

Thomas Slater
 

A spectacular evening at Oso Flaco. Almost nobody there. No bugs. Beautiful sunset...
American Bittern, Burrowing Own, White-tailed Kite, Pipits, and a gaggle of assorted ducks.

A few photos might even be Dave Keeling worthy ;)



Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo Hermit Thrush Sanctuary
(no not really)


"Thick-billed" Fox Sparrow on West Cuesta Ridge

Kevin Zimmer
 

Susan and I went to West Cuesta Ridge this morning (Thursday, 10/29) hoping to find any signs of irruptive montane species in the cypress groves up near the antennas.  Unfortunately, unbeknownst to us, the road (which is in quite good condition) was closed to vehicular traffic sometime since my last visit in June, probably to reduce fire risk from campers.  So, instead of driving to the botanic area and hiking the road from there, we had to park at the bottom of the road, just off the 101, and hike 4+ miles uphill just to get into the cypress groves, followed by 4+ miles of hiking back down.  By the time we made it to the cypress, it was warm and sunny, and there was scarcely a bird not named “Ruby-crowned Kinglet” to be seen or heard.  However, on the way up, we did see 1 “Thick-billed” (stephensi-type) Fox Sparrow and heard a second one (their call notes are sharp and metallic; very different from the “smacking” or “tooth-sucking” calls of most other Fox Sparrows) in one of the ridge-top saddles vegetated with chaparral.  I heard several typical sounding “Sooty” Fox Sparrows (fuliginosa-types) as well, but I was pleased to find these “Thick-billed” Fox Sparrows — the first I have encountered in the county.

On a side note:  Pine Siskin numbers have been building steadily at our feeders (N end of Atascadero) for the past week (at least 20 present today), and, as of this afternoon, they have been joined by 3 American Goldfinches, our first ones since May.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Snow geese at Alva Paul pond

jansurbey
 



Today about 2:30pm, two snow geese (one adult and one juvenile) were in the Alva Paul pond adjacent to the Morro Strand campground.

Jan Surbey
Morro Bay


Another late post

Cheryl Lish
 

I last posted a single Cassin’s Kingbird but had 2 additional that day. The property to the south has a vineyard and the CAKI are in the area daily.

Watched a coyote eating grapes - a doe was also watching the coyote.

10/25 Sunday - for some reason a couple of Turkey Vultures caught my eye but when I got one in view I actually also had a Swift in view - very high and just a silhouette. Unmistakable wing shape and movement.

Lincoln’s Sparrow continues
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande


Harlequin Duck, Black and white-winged Scoters, Port San Luis, 10/29

Tom Edell
 

All species seen from Port San Luis Pier while looking NE toward beach west of Cal Poly Pier. Male and female plumaged Black Scoters, female plumaged White-winged. Adult male Harlequin. Scope helpful.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 



Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


--

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


pine siskin 2

njmann90
 

Now a female is here.  Could be a little flock. Near Vet's Hall SLO
NJMann

--
Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

"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


.









pine siskin

njmann90
 

An adult male Pine Siskin just popped in on the feeders.  Had no siskins last year.  Near Vet's Hall, SLO
NJMann

--
Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@...

"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


.









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

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- White Wagtail (ocularis) (2 reports)
- White Wagtail (11 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (3 reports)
- Lark Bunting (3 reports)

---------------------------------------------
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.

eBird encourages our users to bird safely, responsibly, and mindfully. Please follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and respect any active travel restrictions in your area. For more information visit: https://ebird.org/news/please-bird-mindfully

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:38 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75546092
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile (photos)"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 07:57 by Maggie Smith
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75513198
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile present since 18 Oct"

White Wagtail (ocularis) (Motacilla alba ocularis) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:54 by Tom Graves
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75546843
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Single bird feeding along creek mouth, then flying south to feed along the wrack line of the sandy beach, eventually flying back north to the creek mouth to start over. Characteristic tail bobbing noted, white lateral tail feathers, black “bib”, white throat and belly, dark eye line, gray back and crown. Two pale wing bars noted vs a panel indicates subspecies ocularis. Call notes given in flight. (Sennheiser ME62 omni mic, 24 inch Roché parabola, Marantz PMD 661). (also on XenoCanto XC598632 )"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 16:38 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75546092
- Comments: "Same hatch year bird found by Maggie Smith yesterday. See https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105 for description of the bird. Photos taken by others while I was here are being submitted."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 13:32 by Carole Rose
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75535952
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "35.459974, -120.969862 general location. Seen about 1:50 and again at 2:25. Foraging across lagoon on sandbar. Continuing from yesterday and found by Maggie Smith. For those unfamiliar with area, park in the obvious dirt lot a bit farther south from where Google maps takes you with the Hotspot location. Walk Wide trail to beach. Look for wagtail on the way as we saw it on the beach near the berm when returning from the lagoon, which is at the far end north of the beach. Be patient and scan."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 13:26 by Carol Comeau
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75539484
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Maggie Smith on October 27th. The Bird was seen with 4 other birders at
2:00PM at the north end of the beach. It was foraging along the edge of the creek lagoon- where it bends. The bird foraged with quick movements along the edge of the mud- wagging and flashing its tail. After a few minutes it crossed to the side of the creek where observers where standing. It then flew south on the beach."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 12:40 by Sarah Lane
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75547062
- Comments: "Found yesterday by Maggie Smith. The Rose’s and another birder who I believe is a local to the SLO area found the Wagtail for us and we had lovely views of it flying up into the air and grabbing a fly. Walking along the mud around the lagoon. And finally flying off toward the beach. Unmistakable. Carole Rose has photos."

White Wagtail (ocularis) (Motacilla alba ocularis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 12:22 by Dane Fagundes
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75532999
- Comments: "Continues."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 11:45 by Jeff Seay
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75547162
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from previous day."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 10:34 by Steve Summers
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75543845
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Found yesterday, continuing today. The wagtail didn't show up until 11:55a when Michelle Townsley discovered it feeding on the beach when she was heading back to her car to retrieve her lunch. It then stayed around the rest of the time I was there. It was active, flying back and forth from the beach to the lagoon several times."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 07:02 by Norman Pillsbury
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75525324
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from 10/27/20; found by Maggie Smith. Gray back, white fringe on tail when flying, long tail constantly in motion, entire bird constantly darting and lurching about feeding on flies, dark throat patch, white breast below patch to tail, two strong wing bars with gray between, thick supercilium. Black bill and legs. Foraged alone and was not associated with any other birds in the area including the American Pipit. Foraged along the creek bank in the muddy edge until it ran out of mud then flew over the ridge to the northwest."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 15:48 by Seth Ontiveros
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75546237
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Seen by many others. Observed actively foraging on beach. Flew to small gravel bar in creek and then perched on driftwood at north end of beach"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 15:48 by Annie Lamas
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75546239
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Seen by many others. Observed actively foraging on beach. Flew to small gravel bar in creek and then perched on driftwood at north end of beach"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 12:12 by Herb Elliott
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75494645
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found earlier this morning by Maggie smith. This bird had a gray back, black eye line, legs, feet and bill with white chin and black upper chest - moved continuously while feeding near the mouth of the creek.

last seen in county on Fri 22 Apr 2016 - https://ebird.org/checklist/S29134552";

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 07:57 by Maggie Smith
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75513198
- Media: 1 Video, 6 Photos
- Comments: "I arrived about 15 minutes after Maggie Smith found this bird. The bird was feeding on files on the beach just down coast of the Villa Creek lagoon. We watched the bird move from there to the wet sand closer to the creek mouth and the bluff edge, and then to the lagoon where it fed along the shoreline. While birders were arriving and leaving the bird was very active, often jumping or running after flies and during the time I was here it cycled from the beach to the lagoon and back to the wet sand shoreline several times. Twice it flew over the bluff and out of site, but both times soon reappeared on the beach. During one of those flights it was pursued by a Merlin.
This bird was essentially medium gray from crown to tail and white below. It had a long tail with two white outer retricies and when closed looked black above and white below. It had a whitish supercilium and forehead, a dark line through the eye that extended from the bill to the gray nape and an otherwise pale face that at times seemed to have a tinge of buffy color in the auriculars and front of the supercilium. The throat was white and there was a black bib on the upper chest that was wide and mottled across the throat and narrowed to somewhat of a point at its lower extent roughly forming a triangular shape. The edges at the bib extended out to under, but not to, the faint auricular patch. The gray wings showed two whitish wing bars and somewhat wide white edges on the median coverts. The tertials were pale edged and sometimes appeared slightly buffy. The eye, legs, and feet appeared black and the short narrow bill was mostly black but pale at the base. The length of the bill was about equal to the distance from the base of the bill to the middle of the eye. An American Pipit was often close to the bird. The pipits were a bit bulkier and had shorter tails which was most obvious when both were in flight together. Photos and video"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 14:49 by Jim Royer
- West Hazard Canyon--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.2879464,-120.8812916&ll=35.2879464,-120.8812916
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75547544
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A small sparrow (clearly smaller than White-crowned next to it in a bush) with a long thin tail, small orange bill, light complete eyering, no dark line through lores, dark mustache stripe with light strip below it and dark stripe below that, a as well as a light supercilium. Dark outline to auricular. Brownish back with light off-white underparts and unstreaked gray nape. Some brown on sides of chest."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 15:45 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S75542752
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small sparrow with a white supercilium on gray head, white throat, fine streaking on breast, white outer tail feathers; found earlier by Jim Royer; photos."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 15:14 by Mark Mushkat
- 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/S75538940
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Jim Royer this morning. Where camp road hits main MDO road, n side next to folding hazard sign. Immature. Thanks to Jay Carroll for getting me to the bird. Later 150m into the campgrounds, next to 15MPH SLOW sign, across from handicapped parking spot with picnic tables stacked up. In both cases, bird was foraging next to road."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1)
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 11:37 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/S75547542
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Juvenile with small dark streaks across the chest, no black throat, large thick gray bill, two white stripes on gray face, thin black tail with white sides, brownish slightly patterned back - otherwise the bird was different shades of gray. Noticeably smaller than Zonotrichia sparrows in the flock and it skulked low along the ground and stayed hidden more than the other sparrows when feeding. But it would also fly up and stand on a picnic table or a metal fire ring in the open."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 14:31 by Steve Summers
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75543763
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing since 10-20-2020"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 12:25 by Jay Carroll
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75542150
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature bird with relatively large blue-gray conical bill, broad whitish supercilium, streaked breast; photos."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 28, 2020 08:24 by Nick Belardes
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75537805
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This plump sparrow native to the American and Canadian midwest, especially grassland areas, possibly a juvenile summer bird from perhaps the Colorado-Idaho region (mere speculation on my part), and migrating to Mexico, is a continuing bird discovered about a week ago. It was first reported sitting on the same fence in relatively the same area near the southwestern portion of the Cholame Creek Bridge on Bittercreek Road in San Luis Obispo County. The bird has a thick bluish-gray bill, a tan underside with fine brown streaking, a thick tan eyestripe, dark brown crown, white eyering, and pale spots on either cheek. My hands went numb from the cold while awaiting this bird. I scanned fence lines, reeds, powerlines, continuously returning to the same area of the bridge. House Finch, White-crowned and Savannah sparrows, sat on the same fence section. A Mourning Dove also sat on the same perch. Sometimes there were no birds at all. Finally, the bunting arrived. It didn’t vocalize. It rather flew its plump body onto the barbed wire, its head on a swivel, while I took pics and a short video. It then flew off and I was able to return to the car and turn on the heater."

***********

You received this message because you are subscribed to eBird's San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert

Manage your eBird alert subscriptions:
https://ebird.org/alerts

eBird Alerts provide recent reports of regionally or seasonally rare species (Rarities Alerts) or species you have not yet observed (Needs Alerts) in your region of interest; both Accepted and Unreviewed observations are included. Some reports may be from private property or inaccessible to the general public. It is the responsibility of every eBirder to be aware of and respectful of access restrictions. For more information, see our Terms of Use: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/terms-of-use/


White Wagtail

Tom Graves
 

Got a recording: https://www.xeno-canto.org/598632

Tom Graves


Oceano beach Weds.10/28

Rubba Johanna
 

Took a next-to-last walk on Oceano Beach prior to return of vehicles. I saw 68 of what I took to be Black-bellied plovers, but I'm puzzled by their coloring. These birds' mottling on the back and wings was very dark, black, but looks grey in my field guide. Some birds' cap was very dark. The throat and chest on the birds had lighter-color mottling. I counted 68 between posts 1 & 3; beyond 3 I could see a flock of likely the same bird counting a hundred or more. 

Next I saw a small plover. Dark brown back; black shoulder band that did not meet across the chest; white forehead; black around the eye; dark cap. I thought at first Semipalmated Plover, but then began to doubt that and considered Snowy Plover. But the Snowies I see in my guide don't have brown backs. I would expect Snowies on that beach, since they nest there.

One I am sure of is three Buffleheads, 2 M 1 F, cruising and diving in the surf.

I hope many of you can join us tomorrow to "occupy" the beach from 4:30 through sunset to express our desire to keep the beach free of vehicles. Another gathering will take place Friday morning from 6:45-9 am (the beach will open to vehicles at 7 am). Enter the beach at either Grand Ave. or Pier Ave. Anticipate possible parking problems at both locations. Be careful of sand parking lots. Many get stuck on a regular basis.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach


Black-throated Sparrow

Jim Royer
 

Juvenile Black-throated Sparrow in Islay Creek Campground, Montana de Oro State Park, feeding on the ground in campsite 2 with a tan-striped White-throated Sparrow and White-crowneds.

Jim Royer
Los Osos


Snipe seen from bridge over Morro Creek

Chris Van Beveren
 

Did anyone else see the Wilson's Snipe yesterday midday? It was about 40 feet east of the footbridge feeding with a Greater Yellowlegs. Remained in view at least 10 minutes. Quite a few years since I had seen one.



Chris Van Beveren
Beck Travel
565 Baywood Way

Los Osos CA 93402

Phone:  805 439-2023



becktravel@yahoo.com


White Wagtail, Villa Creek, 10/28

Tom Edell
 


The wagtail Maggie Smith found yesterday just returned to the mouth of Villa Creek at Estero Bluffs State Park.

Just the messenger, 

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA 


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


--

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (7 reports)
- Cassin's Vireo (1 report)
- White Wagtail (ocularis) (1 report)
- White Wagtail (15 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (2 reports)
- Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) (1 report)

---------------------------------------------
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.

eBird encourages our users to bird safely, responsibly, and mindfully. Please follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and respect any active travel restrictions in your area. For more information visit: https://ebird.org/news/please-bird-mindfully

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 17:19 by Ian Davies
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510226
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "*rare; continuing bird. Quite a dull individual, but head/neck pattern (golden patch below cheek; dark eyespot) and relatively short primaries point towards this over AMGP."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 16:50 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510504
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile photographed this morning. https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105";

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Kilian Hampl
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75508616
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Liam Hampl
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75508623
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:40 by John Luther
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510842
- Comments: "seen by many birders"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:09 by Mark Mushkat
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75489985
- Comments: "Continuing"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:24 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile present since 18 Oct"

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:29 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/S75492660
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Bold white “spectacles”, white wing bars, yellowish on sides; greenish-gray head color blending gradually between auricular and lighter throat area."

White Wagtail (ocularis) (Motacilla alba ocularis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 17:19 by Ian Davies
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510226
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "**very rare; found earlier today by Maggie Smith. Feeding on beach south of creek, above high tide line. Seen picking insects off of wrack, as well as short sallies a couple feet off the ground for flying insects. After ~10 minutes of watching the bird took off and flew distantly to north over hills, vanishing from sight."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 16:50 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510504
- Media: 2 Videos, 6 Photos
- Comments: "see details at https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105. Photos, videos"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Liam Hampl
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75508623
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Maggie Smith. Actively catching insects. Endearing little fellow."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:46 by Kilian Hampl
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75508616
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first found by Maggie Smith. Actively catching insects. Endearing little fellow."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 14:40 by John Luther
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510842
- Comments: "found by Maggie this morning and seen and photographed by many others"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:56 by David Cox
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75489765
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing, more that a dozen views, there will be lots of nice photos."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:50 by Jeanette Stone
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75501980
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First reported by Maggie Smith. Mostly white except for gray upperparts (back and crown) and black breast. Black tail with white outer tail feathers that flicked continuously when walking. Black bill, legs and feet. Similar size to an American Pipet."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:48 by Nick Belardes
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75503334
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pipit-like bird from earlier in the day. Spotted by Maggie Smith. Appears to be a first-winter female of the Siberian subspecies, which if having summered in northwestern Alaska, should be wintering, or on its way to winter, in tropical Asia. Two white wingbars on the bird were apparent. It also had a black eyeline, narrow black bill, thick white supercilium, pale forehead, white throat, gray crown, nape, and back. Its belly was white, with some gray near the upper flanks, and a wide black bib on its chest, with the black from the bib extending in a broken black pattern on each side of the throat. When I arrived, the bird was foraging south down the main beach. It often darted quickly, sometimes quickly changing direction. It constantly repeated this behavior, sometimes eating sandflies. About a dozen birders came onto the beach to record the bird. After several minutes it flew over to the southern shore of Villa Creek. It foraged there for a few minutes then flew to the opposite bank where it foraged northward by some American Coots. It was out of view for a short time. Heading south again along the creek, it foraged for several more minutes before flying to the western portion of the lagoon. After a few minutes it flew west over a shrub-covered hill. A few birders went in search of the wagtail but couldn’t find it. I later heard from another birder that it had returned to the creek area. About a dozen birders were on hand, with another arriving as I left."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:45 by Mike Bush
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75494931
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Rarity found earlier this morning by Maggie Smith. Arriving at 10:45 there were already a dozen people on the bird. Generally small in size with a long body, moving while wagging the tail, and jumping-darting for insects. Pale yellow on face, gray crown and nape, extending into the back. Completely white underneath save for a large noticeable v-shaped black blaze on the chest. Photos."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:39 by Jim Royer
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75511156
- Comments: "Slender passerine with a long black tail with white outer edges, wagging regularly on the ground, two light wingbars on dark gray wings, plain gray back, black semicircular bib, vocalization: “chit....chit....chit....chit,chit.....” in flight, roller coaster flight, inconspicuous light wing patches in flight"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:17 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75509828
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Maggie Smith earlier in the day. Slender first winter bird with long tail, gray on back, neck and back of head with distinct eye-line to gape, black chest collar, and two narrow wing-bars. High energy bug catcher on the move much of the time in view."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:15 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75507984
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Mockingblrd sized (approx) bird with gray upper parts, white wing bars, white below and a black bib-like marking on the breast. Found earlier by Maggie Smith."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:09 by Mark Mushkat
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75489985
- Comments: "M. Ob."

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:03 by Jeff Miller
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75490064
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Maggie; photos"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:45 by Roger Zachary
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75497584
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reported by Maggie Smith; MOB there to view the bird; 2 images"

White Wagtail (Motacilla alba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:24 by Tom Edell
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510105
- Media: 1 Video, 4 Photos
- Comments: "I arrived about 15 minutes after Maggie Smith found this bird. The bird was feeding on files on the beach just down coast of the Villa Creek lagoon. We watched the bird move from there to the wet sand closer to the creek mouth and the bluff edge, and then to the lagoon where it fed along the shoreline. While birders were arriving and leaving the bird was very active, often jumping or running after flies and during the time I was here it cycled from the beach to the lagoon and back to the wet sand shoreline several times. Twice it flew over the bluff and out of site, but both times soon reappeared on the beach. During one of those flights it was pursued by a Merlin.
This bird was essentially medium gray from crown to tail and white below. It had a long tail with two white outer retricies and when closed looked black above and white below. It had a whitish supercilium and forehead, a dark line through the eye that extended from the bill to the gray nape and an otherwise pale face that at times seemed to have a tinge of buffy color in the auriculars and front of the supercilium. The throat was white and there was a black bib on the upper chest that was wide and mottled across the throat and narrowed to somewhat of a point at its lower extent roughly forming a triangular shape. The edges at the bib extended out to under, but not to, the faint auricular patch. The gray wings showed two whitish wing bars and somewhat wide white edges on the median coverts. The tertials were pale edged and sometimes appeared slightly buffy. The eye, legs, and feet appeared black and the short narrow bill was mostly black but pale at the base. The length of the bill was about equal to the distance from the base of the bill to the middle of the eye. An American Pipit was often close to the bird. The pipits were a bit bulkier and had shorter tails which was most obvious when both were in flight together. Photos and video"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 08:45 by Petra Clayton
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75472294
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Feeding with White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows; noticeably smaller than the White-crowned Sparrows; white throat; broad pale supercilium; dark auriculars; pale malar stripe with dark borders; finely streaked dark brown crown with thin light median stripe; gray nape; brown back; gray unstreaked breast and belly; small black spot on the chest; two faint wing bars; pinkish bill with a dusky culmen and tip; fairly long, notched tail. --- First eBird report of this species at this location: 10/25/20 (Jim Royer)"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 10:10 by Petra Clayton
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75510219
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Fairly large head; brown crown and face; noticeable white eyering; buff-colored superciliium and malar stripe; conical blue-gray bill; buff-colored breast and belly with fine brown streaking on breast and flanks; darker legs and feet than nearby Savannah Sparrow. - Possibly first year bird based on fine streaking. --- First-ever eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 10/20/20 (Steve Summers)"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (2)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 09:29 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/S75492660
- Comments: "Continuing male and female coming to nectar feeder."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 08:40 by Ian Davies
- 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/S75500657
- Comments: "Continuing female at Jay’s feeders. Thanks Jay!"

Red-winged Blackbird (California Bicolored) (Agelaius phoeniceus californicus/mailliardorum) (14)
- Reported Oct 27, 2020 08:40 by Ian Davies
- 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/S75500657
- Comments: "Expected subspecies here"

***********

You received this message because you are subscribed to eBird's San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert

Manage your eBird alert subscriptions:
https://ebird.org/alerts

eBird Alerts provide recent reports of regionally or seasonally rare species (Rarities Alerts) or species you have not yet observed (Needs Alerts) in your region of interest; both Accepted and Unreviewed observations are included. Some reports may be from private property or inaccessible to the general public. It is the responsibility of every eBirder to be aware of and respectful of access restrictions. For more information, see our Terms of Use: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/terms-of-use/


White/black Wagtail continues at Villa Creek

Maggie Smith
 

Just got a phone call from Jim Lomax.  He and John Luther and the Hampl brothers, Liam and Kilian  just relocated the wagtail that I found about 9 am this morning.  They said it was at the north end of the beach

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


Villa Creek. Wagtail

Kaaren Perry
 

Just the messenger. A White Wagtail currently being seen at the Villa creek mouth In Cayucos

Kaaren


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

eBird alert
 

*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (3 reports)
- Pigeon Guillemot (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (4 reports)
- Lark Bunting (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (3 reports)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

---------------------------------------------
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.

eBird encourages our users to bird safely, responsibly, and mindfully. Please follow the recommendations of your local health authorities and respect any active travel restrictions in your area. For more information visit: https://ebird.org/news/please-bird-mindfully

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 07:46 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/S75435963
- Comments: "Small swift. Dark upperside, light brown throat tapering to dark Belly and vent. Broad wings at base tapering to narrow tips. Short tail. Rapidly flying from just above tree level over field."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 08:55 by Jay Carroll
- 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/S75465075
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult; heard “klu-eee” flight call; photos."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 07:58 by Maggie Smith
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75453594
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing juvenile"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 10:40 by Tom Edell
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron stake out--Estero Bluffs-San Geronimo Ck, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4487639,-120.9338218&ll=35.4487639,-120.9338218
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75445848
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Juvenile on the beach at the creek mouth. Dark brown cap with pale streaks, pale supercilium, dark spot in pale lores, and dark ear spot. Overall plumage appeared brownish above with pale feather markings, and mixed brownish and pale on underparts, especially across the breast and along sides. When I tried to position myself to see the back, the bird and several Killdeer flushed and flew off up coast so I never saw if, or how extensive, any golden markings on the back might have been. Only 2-3 primary tips are visible beyond the tertials."

Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (1)
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 09:28 by Jim Royer
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75446689
- Comments: "Juvenile showing mostly gray head"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 08:53 by Herb Elliott
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75259797
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "Previously reported - https://ebird.org/checklist/S74809906";

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 07:04 by Jeff Miller
- 344 Binscarth Rd, Los Osos US-CA 35.31859, -120.85033, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.318591,-120.850329&ll=35.318591,-120.850329
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75431067
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 07:16 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Garden St, Los Osos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3191268,-120.8502207&ll=35.3191268,-120.8502207
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75468002
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jim Royer the previous day. Noticeably smaller than nearby White-crowned and Golden-crowned Sparrows. Buffy overall with unbroken gray nape, whitish median crown stripe, defined buffy supercilium, buffy eye-ring, dark mustache and white throat stripe."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 09:28 by Jim Royer
- Montana de Oro SP--Bluff Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.2711807,-120.8948396&ll=35.2711807,-120.8948396
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75446689
- Comments: "A small Spizella sparrow with a brown rump visible in flight, a complete light eyering, small orangish bill and no dark in the plain lores. It was seen on the ground near the man path before flying out into some scattered scrub."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 08:08 by Matt SM
- 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/S75434645
- Comments: "Continuing bird, Spizella with gray nape and strong malar"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 25, 2020 10:00 by Dane Fagundes
- Bitterwater Rd-Cholame Creek Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.7098621,-120.3051853&ll=35.7098621,-120.3051853
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75438568
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen throughout the week by several birders. Photos"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 08:08 by Matt SM
- 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/S75434645
- Comments: "Continuing male and female visiting hummingbird feeders"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 07:58 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/S75434128
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Male and female; photos"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 07:58 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75467949
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Male and female; photos"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 26, 2020 10:50 by Petra Clayton
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75471205
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Olive-brown crown and back; greenish-yellow rump; bright yellow undertail coverts; pale throat, breast and belly; brownish streaks on the breast; weaker streaking on the flanks; pale supercilium; white lower eye arc. - Observed in the field across from the paved walkway loop, frequently bobbing its tail while perched. --- Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 10/25/20 (Jeff Miller). Last prior eBird report: 11/2/18"

***********

You received this message because you are subscribed to eBird's San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert

Manage your eBird alert subscriptions:
https://ebird.org/alerts

eBird Alerts provide recent reports of regionally or seasonally rare species (Rarities Alerts) or species you have not yet observed (Needs Alerts) in your region of interest; both Accepted and Unreviewed observations are included. Some reports may be from private property or inaccessible to the general public. It is the responsibility of every eBirder to be aware of and respectful of access restrictions. For more information, see our Terms of Use: https://www.birds.cornell.edu/home/terms-of-use/


Morro Creek mouth - 10/26

Kaaren Perry
 

I made a brief stop at Morro Creek mouth this morning, binocular viewing from the north parking lot.  The immature Snow Goose continues to be seen moving along near and in the creek. A 1st cycle Bonaparte's Gull, several Western, a few California gulls and an adult Ring-bill were also seen.  

To me the most interesting were two hybrid Western X Glaucous-winged Gulls.  The two were quite different in appearance with the most intriguing feature  being the eye color differences.  One dark-eyed bird, the other one pale, yellow eyed. Along with the eye color was a difference in bill patterns… one yellow with black with red smudges at the tip and the other appearing lighter based showing a solid dark distal ring with a pale tip. Aging by the primary tips and a little dark showing on the tail they appeared to be the same age… 4th cycle to adult.  The basic structure of body and the bill size and shape helped me to come to the probable conclusion along with brief email discussion with Alvaro Jaramillo.  Any additional thoughts appreciated.

See the complete list and a few photos: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75454370. Click on the photo to enlarge. 

Yes, it is that "Fun With Gulls" time again. Those of us who looked at gulls during the summer were often met with molting, worn, bedraggled looking birds.  By now they have mostly completed their seasonal molting and are returning to our shores, typically looking more like "the ones in the book".





Pacific Golden-Plover, San Geronimo Creek, 10/26

Tom Edell
 

This morning a juvenile Pacific Golden Plover was on the beach at the mouth of San Geronimo Creek, Estero Bluffs State Park. I last saw it flying up coast with Killdeers. There were about 20 Black-crowned Night-Herons present, but I did not see the Yellow-crowned Night Heron, though that does not mean it wasn’t there.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S75445848

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


--

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Hooded Mergansers

Sally Bird
 

Golfing today at Monarch Dunes in Nipomo two male and one female were on the small pond off of hole #12 around 3:00.  The males were displaying for the female.  This is the earliest I have seen these return here to this same pond.

Sally Bird
Nipomo

441 - 460 of 20191