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*** Species Summary:

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

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

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 07:55 by Tom Edell
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66211661
- Comments: "Female; larger brownish duck, bill blue with dark tip preceded by white band"

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

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 07:55 by Tom Edell
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66211661
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Yet another early arrival (Photo)"

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

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

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

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

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

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*** Species Summary:

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

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

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

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

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 16:30 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- Pismo SB--North Beach Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1309827,-120.6345294&ll=35.1309827,-120.6345294
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66152011
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Seen earlier in the year in Meadow Creek."

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Red-naped Sapsucker in Atascadero

Kevin Zimmer
 

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

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

Red-breasted Nuthatch

njmann90
 


Red-breasted Nuthatch still be heard near Vet's Hall in SLO.
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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


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

Jim Royer
 

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

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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*** Species Summary:

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

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 09:42 by Jim Royer
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66137228
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jeff Miller, singing just before the back loop"

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

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

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

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

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Redheads at Whale Rock Reservoir

Kaaren Perry
 

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

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

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

<<ADMIN>> Some guidelines

mike stiles
 

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

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

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

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

Mike Stiles
Owner/Moderator SLOCOBIRDING
Los Osos


Re: Rufous Hummingbird

Laura Kass
 

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

Re: Rufous Hummingbird

C Roessler
 

I'm two blocks down from you Judy and seeing a rufous hummingbird in my backyard for three days.  Same one?  Has a white collar.  Haven't been able to get a photo yet.

Cindy Roessler
Sightings and seasonal changes on the Dipper Ranch, https://dipperanch.blogspot.com



On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:11:02 AM PDT, Judy Neuhauser <judyneu@...> wrote:


I also have had a Rufous Hummingbird patrolling my feeder for about 5 days. He is most certainly King of the Hummers.

Re: Swifts and swallows in Los Osos

Skip French
 

Just read about all the swallows seen in LO...here in Atascadero spotted a dark blue/black bird darting across backyard from redwood to sycamore... first reaction was purple martin, tho I've never seen one and guide says they gluide in groups.  Any suggestions?  Seeing plenty of pine siskens, juncos, bluebirds at boxes, 1 Rufus s towhee, 1golden crowned sparrow.  Purple martin possible?

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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Cassin's Vireo (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 10:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66104474
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues. Photo."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (4)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 08:55 by Jim Royer
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66097890
- Comments: "Total from two large flocks of swifts and swallows. Smaller and shorter tailed than White-throateds with only slightly lighter throat which was seen only after long looks. These bird totally lacked the bright white throats and patches on the side of the rump. I could ID four individuals, but likely missed more as they were in moving fast in with many other birds."

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 08:29 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S66093218
- Comments: "Singing; clear short upslurred phrases with pauses in between; I’m very familiar with the song of this species"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66101447
- Comments: "Still here"

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (2)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 08:29 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S66093218
- Comments: "Gray hood, white eye arcs, greenish back, yellow underneath"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2020 11:50 by Petra Clayton
- Cal Poly--San Luis Obispo - Dairy Unit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3074033,-120.6745899&ll=35.3074033,-120.6745899
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65994964
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reddish streaks on the upper chest; pale eye ring; indistinct wing bars; yellow undertail. --- First ebird report at this location."

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Rufous Hummingbird

Judy Neuhauser
 

I also have had a Rufous Hummingbird patrolling my feeder for about 5 days. He is most certainly King of the Hummers.

Islay Creek campground, Montana de Oro

Jeff Miller
 

It was very quiet early this morning at the campground, perfect for practicing social distancing. Lots of birds, 52 species during a 3 mile hike.

 

Best birds were: a singing CASSIN’S VIREO, in the riparian area just before the second campground loop (right behind where the Virginia’s warbler was in fall of 2018); and a first of season, very skittish MACGILLIVRAY’S WARBLER, well up the canyon past the end of the campground.

 

Good birding, and stay safe and sane everybody.

 

Jeff Miller

Los Osos

 

Swifts and swallows in Los Osos

Jim Royer
 

This is a good morning for swifts and swallows. I have seen many swifts and swallows this morning around Sea Pines Golf Course and Pecho Willows in Los Osos. There have been larger (50 or more birds) and smaller groups. There have been many White-throated Swifts, Tree Swallows, and Violet-green Swallows with a few Vaux’s Swifts and Rough-winged Swallows. One big flock was mainly swifts and another was mainly swallows. Good birding and don’t forget to look up.

Jim Royer, Los Osos

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*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (2 reports)
- Yellow Warbler (2 reports)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 16:58 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/S66026341
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 14:25 by Petra Clayton
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66022815
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Feeding in the kelp bed south of San Simeon Pier. - Continuing at this location since February 21, 2020. Most likely the same individual reported on 2/16/20 and 2/19/20 at Pico Ave/Pico Creek.

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<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49680804548/in/dateposted-public/" title="Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49680804548_b7c14ba814_o.jpg" alt="Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena), San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 11:25 by Will Knowlton
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66051593
- Comments: "Black and white stilts with long legs and straight bills. Exact count."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 15:53 by Will Knowlton
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66020710
- Comments: "Black and white stilts with straight bulls. Exact count."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 17:41 by Jim Royer
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66024887
- Comments: "Two small sparrows flew up from the ground to about 1/2 way up on the cyclone fence bordering the golf course (near the northwest corner of the course). They were in a loose flock of other sparrows, bluebirds, Cassin’s Kingbird, and Yellow-rumped Sparrows. They both had a rusty brown cap, a black eyeline that extended trough the lores and broke up the light eye ring , two white wingbars, unmarked underparts washed grayish across the chest, very small sparrow bill, and a light throat. I could see the gray nape on one, but did not see the rump color. They flew up, with other birds, out into a cypress tree out on the course before I could photograph them. They were smaller than nearby White-crowned Sparrows and thinner tailed. There may have been more than two, but I only saw two well enough to ID."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 07:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66052789
- Comments: "Continuing"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 07:47 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66050310
- Comments: "Continuing since January 9, 2020. Same general area as previous 2020 park records. Foraging high in tree in east end of park. Deciduous tree next to house with black pepper tree in backyard. Bird hung for several seconds, foraging along with other warblers: Orange-crowned, Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped and Wilson’s. The bird continued in general area of tree for 15-20 seconds before I lost sight. Noticeable marks: Lime-colored wings/back/head. White underside. Pale yellow throat. Pale eyebrow. Dark line through eye."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 07:47 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66050311
- Comments: "Continuing since January 9, 2020. Same general area as previous 2020 park records. Foraging high in tree in east end of park. Deciduous tree next to house with black pepper tree in backyard. Bird hung for several seconds, foraging along with other warblers: Orange-crowned, Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped and Wilson’s. The bird continued in general area of tree for 15-20 seconds before I lost sight. Noticeable marks: Lime-colored wings/back/head. White underside. Pale yellow throat. Pale eyebrow. Dark line through eye."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 14:00 by Jay Carroll
- 1092 Vista del Collados, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2654,-120.6963), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265426,-120.696278&ll=35.265426,-120.696278
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66018466
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult male that overwintered at this location."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (2)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 11:28 by Norman Pillsbury
- 1105 Vista Del Lago, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2652,-120.6955), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265226,-120.695469&ll=35.265226,-120.695469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66050489
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

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FOS Wilson's Warbler and Black-headed Grosbeak in Atascadero on 3/21

Kevin Zimmer
 

This morning, we had a male Wilson’s Warbler (my FOS) drop into our pond to drink. In the last hour, we’ve had 2 visits at our feeders from our FOS Black-headed Grosbeak (also a male). Rufous Hummingbird numbers have been building at our feeders, lending hope that this year’s hummingbird show might eclipse the rather weak springs of the last two years. Both male and female Hooded Orioles have been attending our feeders since the male first showed on March 2, and male Bullock’s have been coming in for the past 24 hours, after a complete absence dating back to the first one on or around March 7-8. Two Pacific-slope Flycatchers heard (but none yet seen) during the course of a 3-mile walk around the neighborhood yesterday.

The only other bird of note was a Common Raven flying over our house that I photographed yesterday – it was coming from the Coast Range (which, basically, starts across the street from our property) and flying inland towards the 101 Freeway, calling as it went. I only occasionally see ravens from our property.

Stay well everyone!

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

FOS in Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

Even though we are all limited in our travels it is lovely to see that our spring migrants are arriving here as scheduled!.  Today I had my FOS Western Kingbird and a brilliant male Bullock’s Oriole in the yard.  Rufous Hummingbirds and Hooded Orioles are increasing in numbers.

Aren't we glad and lucky to be birders in SLO County and beyond! Always something interesting out there when we look.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay






Western Tanager

RoserComeau
 

This morning I had a male Western Tanager near the clubhouse/motel area at the Sea Pines Golf Course in Los Osos - my FOS.  Also had a couple of male Hooded Orioles in that area.

John Roser
Los Osos

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*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 08:29 by Tom Edell
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66015233
- Comments: "**early** arrival. Flying with swallows under cloudy sky. Smaller than Tree and Violet-green Swallows with stiffer and faster wingbeats, compact dark body with paler throat, underwings dark, short tail."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 09:24 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66011729
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted bird (brighter red crown of the pair) on baseball field with goldfinches, bluebird and Yellow-rumped Warblers. We circled park twice to find them after park employee mowed baseball field areas. First checked Community Garden with no luck. Circled field again. Spotted birds fly into pine tree near third base. One flew out of tree into left field area with previously mentioned birds. While circling field noted a few Yellow-rumped Warblers and goldfinches beyond outfield areas. Didn’t think the Chipping Sparrows would be with them. Watched for bluebirds. One arrived on outfield fence. It was followed by warblers and goldfinches. I’ve noticed that bluebirds are often a sign the sparrows are close, that an entire community of bird species will arrive, and that the Chipping Sparrows may soon fly from a tree or another part of the field, especially if other birds begin to arrive with the bluebirds. Soon after, both Chipping Sparrows did enter that area of the field, as noted."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 09:24 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66011730
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted bird (brighter red crown of the pair) on baseball field with goldfinches, bluebird and Yellow-rumped Warblers. We circled park twice to find them after park employee mowed baseball field areas. First checked Community Garden with no luck. Circled field again. Spotted birds fly into pine tree near third base. One flew out of tree into left field area with previously mentioned birds. While circling field noted a few Yellow-rumped Warblers and goldfinches beyond outfield areas. Didn’t think the Chipping Sparrows would be with them. Watched for bluebirds. One arrived on outfield fence. It was followed by warblers and goldfinches. I’ve noticed that bluebirds are often a sign the sparrows are close, that an entire community of bird species will arrive, and that the Chipping Sparrows may soon fly from a tree or another part of the field, especially if other birds begin to arrive with the bluebirds. Soon after, both Chipping Sparrows did enter that area of the field, as noted."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 08:00 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66011438
- Comments: "Continuing"

Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (Leiothlypis celata celata/orestera) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 08:29 by Tom Edell
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66015233
- Comments: "one "gray-headed" individual with a yellowish throat feeding near a typical lutescens"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 09:30 by Jeri Edwards
- Strother Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1289537,-120.5565754&ll=35.1289537,-120.5565754
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66012259
- Comments: "brilliant yellow underparts, bright yellow head, black bill, foraging on lower to mid limbs of a tree near riparian area of park"

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