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Re: Probable Philadelphia Vireo

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Jim said it was a WAVI. 


Probable Philadelphia Vireo

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Along with the CCSP at Garden Street, Los Osos

Liam and Kilian Hampl,
Arroyo Grande


Snow goose Morro creek lagoon

Ron Ruppert
 

Snow goose continues at Morro creek lagoon 
Ron Ruppert 
Los Osos 


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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (4 reports)
- Great Crested Flycatcher (1 report)
- Plumbeous Vireo (4 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (4 reports)
- Baltimore Oriole (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 18:43 by Moed Gerveni
- 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/S75364058
- Comments: "Same bird seen by everyone else. Seen at 635 just before dark. Horrible, but diagnosable images taken with my phone through binoculars and my camera. seen this bird hundreds of times in the east coast. Unmistakable to me by size, habitat, bill& overall body/shape. Long body and legs, unlike the stubby black-crowned. Please contact me if you want these crappy pictures."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 08:34 by Chris Rempel
- 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/S75298062
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On a log, right next to the windmill."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 08:34 by Kevin Enns-Rempel
- 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/S75301919
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "On a log, right next to the windmill."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 13:57 by Naresh Satyan
- 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/S75190891
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing subadult in the creek about 50 yards below Hwy 1. Extremely well hidden - difficult to find and almost impossible to photograph in the mess of vegetation. I saw it from Hwy 1 looking downstream into the creek.

Almost all dark face with perhaps a hint of a lighter cheek, unlike the distinctly two-toned, more pale-faced appearance of immature Black-crowned night herons. Bill large, dagger like, all dark and symmetric; lacking any yellowish tones to lower mandible. I had no angle to look at the back pattern, but the underparts were significantly darker than an immature black-crowned night heron perched (more openly) just above it. Probably have identifiable photos of the obscured bird."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:05 by Kaaren Perry
- Great Crested Flycatcher stake out--Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3848722,-120.8595657&ll=35.3848722,-120.8595657
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75353056
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Great Crested Flycatcher Stake Out--Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo, California. Flycatcher found and reported by Jim Royer. When I arrived a few birders had seen the bird but it had recently flown from the cypress grove towards the creek and playing fields. The birders spread out and within a few minutes it was refound working in the bush and along the ball field fence. Large myiarchus flycatcher showing bright yellow belly, gray bread and large pale bill with dusky tip. Plumage appeared worn, especially the frayed and missing tail feathers. The bird was silent during my observation. Multiple observers."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 14:23 by Jeff Davis
- 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/S75357739
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In Monterey pines and coast live oaks at Campsite 18"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 08:30 by Daniel Elting
- 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/S75307713
- Comments: "Continuing oddity. Seen by several birders. Clear strong eye-ring with spectacles and no yellow on flanks."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 08:09 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/S75306529
- Comments: "Continuing slate gray/blue vireo. In pines in first campground loop"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:06 by Naresh Satyan
- 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/S75201920
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Unambiguous grayscale solitary vireo. No hint of olive on the back or yellow in flanks/undertail. Seen in good light in Monterey cypress trees by the ranch house."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 09:09 by Jim Royer
- Blue Heron Farms, Los Osos US-CA (35.3087,-120.8566), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.30866,-120.856601&ll=35.30866,-120.856601
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75327355
- Comments: "A Spizella sparrow with a dark eyeline that stops at the eye, complete eyering, strong facial pattern, small orange bill, streaked brown back, gray nape, whitish throat and white stripe above the dark malar, distinctly outlined auricular, buffy across the chest with slight streaking on side of chest."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 16:04 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S75365404
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 16:04 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S75365396
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird. First seen on north side of bridge in a bush/tree with a HOFI and AMGO. Then flew down on the left side of the tree into dense brush. Later re-found on the south side of the bridge on a fence line with a group of WCSP, LASP, and HOFI. Flew up the road towards 46/41 about 50 yards from the bridge onto another fence line. Then flew off and couldn't refind. Noticeably larger than nearby WCSP's and LASP's. Female/immature bird. Complete eyering, big, heavy bill. Photos."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 11:36 by Jackson Mesick
- 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/S75347050
- Comments: "Previously reported. Seen well with another birder, Tom. Stubby gray-blue bill with a curved upper culmen. Prominent facial markings. Didn’t see a lot of white in the wing. Seen northwest of the bridge in a large bush and then on the ground surrounding it. Associating with a flock of white-crowns and other sparrows."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 11:30 by Tom Slater
- 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/S75365375
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Mixed in with White-crowned Sparrow flock. Blueish conical bill. Buffy eyebrow coming forward to bill. White eye ring. Eye half-way in eyebrow. Brown crown. Brown cheek, lightest in middle. Whitish chest with streaking. Back a darker brown. Photos."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:06 by Naresh Satyan
- 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/S75201920
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing female type bird found this morning. It was refound by a couple other birders just as I got to the area. Oriole with medium length blue gray bill. Plain dark olive green face with no line through the eye. No contrast between crown and face. Two bold white wingbars on mostly dark wings, bright orange breast, white belly around legs, yellow undertail coverts and tail. Photos show distinct dark spotting on the back with gray feathers with dark centers, a pale area in the lores, and maybe a hint of a line through the eye. The extensive white in the belly probably suggest this is a young bird."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 11:15 by bob keally
- Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.5552913,-121.0983569&ll=35.5552913,-121.0983569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75348328
- Comments: "Male black and white with black cheeks and throat"

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 11:15 by James Keally
- Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.5552913,-121.0983569&ll=35.5552913,-121.0983569
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75364304
- Comments: "Male black and white with black cheeks and throat"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 24, 2020 16:27 by Moed Gerveni
- 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/S75362747
- Comments: "Yellow vent, pale supercilium, very pale streaky chest, first seen on ground then on a bush, pumping its tail the entire time. Overall very dull bird. Pix can be uploaded on Sunday."

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Lark Bunting etc.

Thomas Slater
 

Today, my trip to the opposite side of the county from where I live got delayed by a refrigerator delivery at 8:30. 
But I was on the road at the crack of 10:15. Around 11:00 I saw the post that several birders had stuck out but I was already in Templeton so I just kept going and got to Bitterwater Road by around 11:40. I was greeted by a Greater Road Runner on the railing of the bridge and a parked car. That car belonged to Jackson Mesick (who is going to be a doctor if you can believe it with that last name!). He and I searched for about an hour before he spotted it in his scope about 200' off below a bushy tree on the NORTH side of the road, before the bridge. Shortly after that he took off for the coast and more birds (I hope you got what you were looking for Jackson!) and I stuck around for photos of this bird for my personal records. It took about 2 hours with two views to produce poor ID quality photos. But considering I got the bird, and at least some form of photo, I knew the drive home would be shorter somehow. I'm not sure, but one set of photos shows the bird to be darker than the second set of the bird. So, either there are two birds or the darker bird is not a Lark Bunting.




The day before I managed the Great Crested Flycatcher with the help of Marlin Harms and a little luck from Mr. C from Fresno.
While not a lifer, it was a beautiful bird.

It's been an amazing fall. Stay safe and...

Bird on,

Tom Slater
The Nipomo Bird Sanctuary
(nope, not real)


bird bath golden hour-8 RCKI

Sue Girard
 
Edited

Have just had eight RCKI in the drip bath at the same time, usual high count is 2-3.

The Golden Hour late afternoon is proving to be the crunch time for the little songbirds. Currently 3 HETH, usually 3-4 RCKI, 8-10 YRWA, 3 TOWA, 3 SPTO, 3 CATH, 5 AMRO, 2 OATI,  but only a few each Golden crowned and White crowned Sparrows. Learning to spot marking patterns is helping me count Thrushes: Mr Stripey, Spot, and Luc (for luecistic).

I'm making short lists of expected songbirds each day, tallying with hashmarks while at my desk, so learning the abbreviations by using them every day. I hope I have them right. here is a list of the banding abbreviations. https://www.birdpop.org/docs/misc/Alpha_codes_eng.pdf


Both NOMO and CATH are beginning to sing short bits of songs in the early evening

Sue Girard
Nipomo northwest side


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*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Mountain Plover (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Black Skimmer (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Vermilion Flycatcher (4 reports)
- Great Crested Flycatcher (17 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Plumbeous Vireo (1 report)
- Lark Bunting (3 reports)
- Song Sparrow (montana/merrilli) (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 15:56 by Rob Bender
- Avila Beach Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.1779805,-120.7343611&ll=35.1779805,-120.7343611
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75273298
- Comments: "Resting & preening on rock outcropping near shoreline. Seen at 10:30am. Male in breeding plumage. Took photos but cannot load them into checklist."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 07:44 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/S75273575
- Comments: "juvenile; heard call twice, but flew before I got a photo"

Mountain Plover (Charadrius montanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 10:09 by Nicole Durtschi
- Oceano Dunes SVRA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.0657368,-120.6275693&ll=35.0657368,-120.6275693
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75255914
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Possibly a juvenile, due to noticeable scalloping on it's back. Otherwise a plain brown, with a faintly paler stripe above the eye, white belly."

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 10:45 by Will Knowlton
- Arroyo Laguna, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.6515286,-121.2196684&ll=35.6515286,-121.2196684
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75260932
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Two small alcids along kelp line observed about halfway down the beach."

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (4)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 15:14 by Bruce Adams
- Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3982858,-120.8678892&ll=35.3982858,-120.8678892
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75273385
- Comments: "4 black skimmers among the terms. Located about 200 yards north of the pond at MSSP. Sighted about 3:30pm."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 11:45 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S75281837
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing second year bird. - First eBird report of this species at this location: 10/19/20 ( John & Linda Mendoza). --- Observed along the bank of San Geronimo Creek.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing both the immature Yellow-crowned and an immature Black-crowned Night-Heron:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50521632718/in/dateposted-public/"; title="Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), juvenile, Estero Bluffs, Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50521632718_e53bfee0a3_b.jpg"; alt="Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), juvenile, Estero Bluffs, Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 11:05 by Donald Pendleton
- 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/S75262852
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "1st year bird entering 2nd year"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 11:14 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S75261178
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 11:11 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/S75281645
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Immature male found by Dave Keeling. Bird stayed in the trees around the playground area while I was present. First year male based on yellow and white mottled red plumage on underparts and brown in crown"

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 11:01 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75280748
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Dave Keeling earlier in the same morning, this bird was observed feeding on termite hatch near playground area. Striking red below, black on back, with short tail, gray nape and mostly red head with gray blotches."

Vermilion Flycatcher (Pyrocephalus rubinus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 10:20 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S75274882
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "flying around the play area from tree to tree catching emerging termites; first seen by Dave Keeling; other birders present; images submitted"

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 15:30 by Tom Slater
- Great Crested Flycatcher, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3849321,-120.8608238&ll=35.3849321,-120.8608238
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75280299
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Yellow chest, gray cheek, brownish-gray head, gray throat, rich rufous undertail and on wings. Pale wing bars, pale base to bill, fading to black. Broad pale tertial edge visible when bird turned around."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 15:30 by Jeff Seay
- Great Crested Flycatcher spot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3847903,-120.8612418&ll=35.3847903,-120.8612418
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75282177
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from earlier in the day"

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 12:41 by Tom Edell
- Great-crested Flycatcher State Out--Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3848722,-120.8595657&ll=35.3848722,-120.8595657
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75280477
- Media: 1 Video, 3 Photos
- Comments: "Jim Royer found this bird along a small drainage between the Morro Bay High School and the Cloisters residential development. After arriving the bird was located again in the inner branches of a Monterey Cypress and was wet and preening. there was a group of about 10 birders present at the time and the bird moved up in the tree and was lost for a while. It was soon found along a fence line that ran north/south between two high school ball fields. By this time about 15 people present and most all took photos of the bird. This was a large flycatcher big billed Myiarchus flycatcher, It was lemon-yellow below with a gray breast and throat, and a brownish back and crown. The next most notable feature was the reddish tail and inner primaries, and two pale wingbars. The large black bill was extensively pale at the base and the legs, feet, and eye appeared dark (black).The bird was silent. (photos and video)"

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 11:52 by Jim Royer
- High School Creek, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3847,-120.8615), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.384723,-120.861506&ll=35.384723,-120.861506
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75274446
- Comments: "I found this large Myiarchus with a big dark bill that had a substantial orangish base to it, gray chest and throat, extensive yellow from undertail to lower chest, mostly rusty tail - under and above, rusty edges to primaries when wing folded and the tertials brightly edged in white, gray brown head, whitish wing bars, and an olive back. It would sit for periods of time in cypresses and willows and then very actively chase bugs. I did not hear it vocalize."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:30 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- MB HS Cypress Grove, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3827753,-120.8619169&ll=35.3827753,-120.8619169
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75281361
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Bird found by Jim Royer earlier was yellow below, brownish above with large gray-brown head with eye-ring more defined below dark eye than above it and with long, heavy bill. Gray throat, rust-colored primaries and tail (visibly worn) were noticeable on this long, sturdy flycatcher"

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 12:45 by Mike Bush
- Morro Bay HS north creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3849052,-120.8604887&ll=35.3849052,-120.8604887
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75281087
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Large flycatcher, pointed medium brown head, large thick bill, gray throat and very bright yellow undersides. The tail was rather tattered and showed rufous-colored feathers. Olive-brown nape and back. Photos."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 15:45 by Jeanette Stone
- Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3812072,-120.8570636&ll=35.3812072,-120.8570636
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75279755
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First reported by Jim Royer: Seen by many birders throughout the day. Large flycatcher with reddish-brown above, brownish-gray head, gray throat and breast, and bright lemon-yellow belly. The brown upperparts are highlighted by rufous-orange flashes in the primaries and in the tail feathers. Pale color at the base of black bill."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:50 by Kilian Hampl
- Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3849158,-120.8590851&ll=35.3849158,-120.8590851
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75274535
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim Royer. When we first arrived, birders had already found it and told us where it was. Flew around in a span of a few hundred feet. Large Myiarchus flycatcher with pale at the base of the bill, rufous in the tail and wings, green/brown head and back, bright yellow belly. Photos."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:34 by Herb Elliott
- Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3828105,-120.8594155&ll=35.3828105,-120.8594155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75273974
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "This bird had olive-brown back with rufous on wings and tail, buttery-yellow belly, grayish throat and upper breast. The bird’s bill was restively large and dark with a pale color at the base. Found earlier today by Jim Royer."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:00 by Roger Zachary
- Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3803029,-120.8568192&ll=35.3803029,-120.8568192
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75275236
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First reported by Jim Royer; many other birders present to see the bird; images posted"

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:00 by Mike Stiles
- Morro Bay High School, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3828105,-120.8594155&ll=35.3828105,-120.8594155
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75269670
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large Myiarchus flycatcher found by Jim Royer. Brown head and back, no eye ring. Large bill, dark tipped and cream-colored at base. Gray face and upper chest, bright yellow belly and undertail coverts. Brown wings with red-edged primaries, wing bar. White areas showing in the tertial area. Tail dark brown with red feather edges. Ranged from willows, to Cypress trees, and cyclone fence. Bathed in shallow water in shot put ring on athletic field. Sat still for long periods of time, then foraged out for an insect, and back to perch. Silent"

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:50 by Liam Hampl
- Morro Bay High School (35.3849158,-120.8590851), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3849716,-120.8590263&ll=35.3849716,-120.8590263
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75274334
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen by Jim Royer. When we first arrived, birders had already found it and told us where it was. Flew around in a span of a few hundred feet. Large Myiarchus flycatcher with pale at the base of the bill, rufous in the tail and wings, green/brown head and back, bright yellow belly. Photos."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:15 by Jay Carroll
- Morro Bay High School Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.385268,-120.860116&ll=35.385268,-120.860116
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75281564
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This large-billed Myiarchus flycatcher was found by Jim Royer and seen by many observers; the dark gray breast contrasted with a lemon chiffon colored belly; rufous tail feathers appeared to be somewhat worn; the bird mostly stayed among willows and cypress bordering the grass athletic field, but it occasionally flew out to hawk insects."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 14:02 by Jeff Miller
- Morro Bay High School, Morro Bay US-CA (35.3847,-120.8608), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.384726,-120.860783&ll=35.384726,-120.860783
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75268061
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Large, brightly colored Myiarchus with extensive rufous in tail and wings, bright yellow belly and vent, greenish brown back and head, ray face and breast, relatively stout bill with pale base. Photos"

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:58 by Mark Mushkat
- Morro Bay High School, Morro Bay US-CA 35.38468, -120.85847, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.384682,-120.858471&ll=35.384682,-120.858471
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75267365
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "M. Ob. Photos"

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:44 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Morro Bay High Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3847233,-120.8593098&ll=35.3847233,-120.8593098
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75277851
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Great county bird found by Jim Royer. About 15 people were present to see the bird, which ended up being very cooperative."

Great Crested Flycatcher (Myiarchus crinitus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 13:44 by Will Knowlton
- Morro Bay High Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3847233,-120.8593098&ll=35.3847233,-120.8593098
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75277798
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Great county bird found by Jim Royer. About 15 people were present to see the bird, which ended up being very cooperative."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 08:37 by Kai Mills
- 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/S75258563
- Comments: "Continuing bird, yellow extended all the way up the chest. No noticeable white throat."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 08:37 by Owen Castagnoli
- 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/S75258561
- Comments: "Continuing bird, yellow extended all the way up the chest. No noticeable white throat."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 09:15 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S75282243
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "First eBird report on 10/18/20 (Will Knowlton) --- Gray head, back, and wings; conspicuous eye ring with supraloral stripe for spectacle look; whitish throat, breast, belly, and undertail coverts; faint greenish wash on the flanks; two white wingbars with the lower one being wider and longer; short stout dark bill. --- Today observed in the cypress trees by the Spooner Ranch House. --- Last prior eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 10/30/1985."

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 07:25 by Tom Edell
- 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/S75281652
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Found by Steve Summers on 20 Oct. Fine streaking below suggests first year bird (Photo)"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 06:50 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S75250446
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Female/immature plumage; stocky and large headed, ashy gray back, streaky breast and sides, heavy blue-gray bill, complete small eye ring, dark lateral throat stripe, white patches in wing coverts and white tail tips visible in flight. Photo"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 06:50 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75280542
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Female/immature plumage; stocky and large headed, ashy gray back, streaky breast and sides, heavy blue-gray bill, complete small eye ring, dark lateral throat stripe, white patches in wing coverts and white tail tips visible in flight. Photo"

Song Sparrow (montana/merrilli) (Melospiza melodia montana/merrilli) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 07:25 by Tom Edell
- 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/S75281652
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "mostly red and gray coloration (Photo)"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Oct 23, 2020 07:55 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/S75258908
- Comments: "Possibly continuing since October 7. Heard male calling in eastern end of park. Black crown, throat, eyeline, and back. Orange cheeks and underside. Observed foraging in tree that still had some over-ripened fruit. Tried finding the bird again. Might have flown into the surrounding neighborhood."

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The Vermilion Flycatcher at Del Mar Park

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

This morning at Del Mar Park, there were multiple treats.   First, at about 9AM there was a termite hatch, centered around the children's play area, the newborns arising primarily out of the wood chips, and serving as easy pickings for flycatchers including primarily Black Phoebe, Townsend's and Yellow-rumped Warblers.   The birds were intently focused on their good fortune and pretty much oblivious to me and Ann and Pat Vaughan.   Hugely entertaining.

At around 10AM I spotted a VERMILION FLYCATCHER flycatching over the play area, scarcely believing my eyes.   I finally left about 1PM, and over that time it probably had 4 "favorite" perches, three viewable from the play area, and the 4th at the top of one of the redwood trees by the creek.   It was flycatching pretty continuously, so spotting it in the air was the best way to relocate it, when needed.

It seemed like the food was so plentiful thast any reasonable bird would stick around and try again tomorrow.

I posted 3 lovely photos of him on my flickr site and 5 other "recents".

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


Great-crested Flycatcher, 10/23

Tom Edell
 

Jim Royer found one in the dainage between the north side of Morro Bay High school and the Cloisters development. Still present at 1:50 PM.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA 



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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Vermilion Flycatcher, Del Mar Park, 10/23

Tom Edell
 


Immature male continues at the park. Mostly present around the playground area.

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA 


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Carrizo Plain Jan 2, 2021 CBC (Christmas Bird Count)

kathannelynch1@...
 

If you would like to participate in the Saturday January 2 Carrizo CBC, let Compiler Kathanne Lynch know “maybe or yes I can do this count."   Last year 33 participants found ~11,000 birds of 60 species.  COVID-19 restrictions will apply, which affects this survey more than other CBCs.  kathannelynch1 AT gmail.com


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

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*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (2 reports)
- Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (1 report)
- Plumbeous Vireo (3 reports)
- Purple Finch (Western) (2 reports)
- Lark Bunting (1 report)
- Song Sparrow (heermanni Group) (1 report)
- Song Sparrow (montana/merrilli) (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (7 reports)
- Baltimore Oriole (5 reports)
- Hooded Warbler (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 16:15 by Bob Schallmann
- Morro Bay harbor mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3640786,-120.8658353&ll=35.3640786,-120.8658353
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75217196
- Comments: "Immature bird. May be localized. Lots of algae on breast, but could fly."

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 16:15 by Julie Schallmann
- Morro Bay harbor mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3640786,-120.8658353&ll=35.3640786,-120.8658353
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75227387
- Comments: "Immature bird. May be localized. Lots of algae on breast, but could fly."

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 14:15 by David Lawrence
- 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/S75203073
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Small sandpiper with rufous crown and edging of mantle/wing feathers, gray/white eyebrow, yellowish breast with faint streaking above, small white eye ring."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 16:15 by John Luther
- 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/S75217481
- Comments: "photographed and described by other birders"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:26 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75203060
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Will Knowlton on 10/18/2020. Bird observed was gray above, white below with two white wing-bars and white spectacles."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:00 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S75202931
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First eBird report on 10/18/20 (Will Knowlton) --- Gray head, back, and wings; conspicuous eye ring with supraloral stripe for spectacle look; whitish throat, breast, belly, and undertail coverts; faint greenish wash on the flanks; two white wingbars with the lower one being wider and longer; short stout dark bill. --- Today observed in the cypress trees by the Spooner Ranch House. --- Last prior eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 10/30/1985."

Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus) (12) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:54 by Ian Davies
- 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/S75225661
- Comments: "Expected subspecies here"

Purple Finch (Western) (Haemorhous purpureus californicus) (12) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:54 by Matt SM
- 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/S75225662
- Comments: "Expected subspecies here"

Lark Bunting (Calamospiza melanocorys) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 09:06 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/S75164924
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "At the southwest end of the bridge. A little larger than White-crowned Sparrows, distinct face pattern with bold eye-ring and some black markings around the base of the large blue-gray conical bill."

Song Sparrow (heermanni Group) (Melospiza melodia [heermanni Group]) (2)
- Reported Oct 22, 2020 13:05 by Tom Edell
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75239991
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "expected group in San Luis Obispo County with dark streaked under and upper parts"

Song Sparrow (montana/merrilli) (Melospiza melodia montana/merrilli) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2020 13:05 by Tom Edell
- Hardie Park/Cayucos Creek (Ocean Ave Bridge to Hwy 1 Bridge), Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4518225,-120.9062489&ll=35.4518225,-120.9062489
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75239991
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing bird first seen on 13 Oct 2020. Redder and paler gray than expected hermanni group expected at location"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2020 09:45 by Mike Stiles
- 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/S75222932
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird (second day reported), in back loop of campground. Very skulky, mostly hiding in coffee berry on north side of loop. Came out in view to forage on the ground with several CA Towhees for a few minutes. Mostly gray/brown bird, a bit smaller that adjacent Towhees. Reddish cap, bright white throat bordered in black, yellow feather edges of primaries and sides of tail. Photos."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2020 08:25 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S75225913
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Four or five birders were examining the bird in the southeastern corner of second loop. When I saw the bird it was up in a shrub, staring outward, as if curious and bothered by the presence of birders. Spooked, it flew into the cover of a nearby bush. Towhee with rufous crown, green wings. Continuing bird."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Oct 22, 2020 08:16 by Tom Edell
- 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/S75239995
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in back campground loop. This was a rather dull individual suggesting it is a hatch year bird (Photos and video)"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 22, 2020 07:31 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/S75217339
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 16:15 by John Luther
- 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/S75217481
- Comments: "photographed by others"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:54 by Matt SM
- 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/S75225662
- Comments: "*rare; feeding on ground in campsite 47. Photographed; large sparrow scratching on ground, dull grayish body, greenish tint to wings and tail, slightly pale throat."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:54 by Ian Davies
- 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/S75225661
- Comments: "*rare; feeding on ground in campsite 47. Photographed; large sparrow scratching on ground, dull grayish body, greenish tint to wings and tail, slightly pale throat."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 16:15 by John Luther
- 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/S75217481
- Comments: "photographed and described by many"

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:54 by Ian Davies
- 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/S75225661
- Comments: "*rare; continuing bird at very end of campground. Seen feeding in bushes at eye level in island of bushes inside the cul-de-sac at end of road. Photographed."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:54 by Matt SM
- 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/S75225662
- Comments: "*rare; continuing bird at very end of campground. Seen feeding in bushes at eye level in island of bushes inside the cul-de-sac at end of road. Photographed."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:26 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75203060
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "1st year male found by Tom Edell earlier in the day. Yellow-orange upper-breast and lower throat, lighter yellow mid-breast with white lower belly, orange-yellow under-tail coverts, olive-orange head with dark eye, metallic blue bill and feet and two pronounced wing-bars with the upper wing-bar showing tinges of orange-yellow alongside white."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:00 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S75202931
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "First eBird report today, 10/21/20, (Tom Edell) --- Greenish head with orangy tinge; bright orange throat; yellow breast; white belly and flanks; yellow undertail coverts; shiny bluish pointed bill; two white wingbars with the lower one being longer. - Observed at the end of the campground's back loop. -- Possibly a hatch-year male. --- Last prior eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 9/13/2019.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50514682188/in/dateposted-public/"; title="Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50514682188_db26666acd_b.jpg"; alt="Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA" /></a>

Click on the image below for another Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50515561357/in/dateposted-public/"; title="Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50515561357_bd02456573_b.jpg"; alt="Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula), Montaña de Oro, Los Osos, CA" /></a>"

Hooded Warbler (Setophaga citrina) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 09:31 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/S75209890
- Media: 1 Audio
- Comments: "After entering the internal area of the willows from Pecho Road, I saw a bright-colored warbler while facing north toward tangles of foliage. Its coloration stood out from the nearby Yellow-rumped Warblers, as it moved low in the tangles, then climbed four or so feet off the ground and moved westward. I noticed the bird, which initially was facing me, had a green back and bright yellow cheeks, causing me to quickly note aloud that the bird was interesting, and that we should track it. I was with two others, who I’m not sure saw the bird. One was nature photographer Tom Fowlks, the other a birder named Elinore. They had wanted me to take them into the willows to ID some birds for the photographer to shoot. He didn’t get a photo of the bird that I know of. At first I thought the bird could be a Hermit Warbler, but after researching, notice they have a brown back. I did wonder if my eyes were playing tricks on me as I didn’t get a photo. After seeing the bird, I moved west to try to find it. I ended up in one of the swampy areas, but since my guests wouldn’t follow in there, I returned and led them down one of the internal trails westward. Near the western edge of the willows, Yellow-rumped Warblers were active in the canopy, and even down low, as was a House Wren. I began looking among the upper canopy when I heard a loud birdsong I didn’t recognize. Elinore noted it too as something unusual. We couldn’t see the bird. I thought the sound might be about 4-5 feet off the ground. Taking out my iPhone, I recorded in one take a partial song (at beginning of recording) and a full song (at end of recording. I should also note here that it's the full song at the end of the recording that I analyzed). The bird vocalized that song 6-8 times before going silent. None of us had eyes on the bird. After returning home, I researched and thought the bird could have been a Hooded Warbler. Once again, I had my doubts as I hadn’t looked at the bird very long and only really recalled the bright yellow cheeks and green back. At the same time, I thought the birdsong maybe a vireo (without researching I wondered this). I sent Tom Edell the birdsong and asked. He said he didn’t know what it was. I then went through all North American warbler songs and thought it most reminiscent of Hooded Warbler. I also posted the birdsong, and tagged some birders I know outside of the county. Two said the song instantly reminded them of the Hooded Warbler. One said it reminded him somewhat of a Painted Bunting, though his first response was Hooded Warbler. I lean toward Hooded Warbler. I haven’t heard back yet on what Tom Edell thinks it might be but wanted to post my initial conclusions in case it sparks anyone going into the willows to see if the bird is still around. While I don’t know for certain if the bird with the yellow cheeks and green back made the birdsong I recorded, my conclusions on researching past SLO county Hooded Warbler sightings in Pecho Road Willows, analyzing the recorded songs by Eric Weir, and the behavior of the bird moving low in the canopy, the direction it was headed, and coloration, brings me to conclude that this might warrant a Hooded Warbler, and both be the bird I saw and the bird that vocalized in my recording. Also posting this so that others might further explore in the willows to see if the bird is still around. I’ll upload the recording."

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Lark Bunting, Bitterwater Road Cholame Creek Bridge, 10/20

Tom Edell
 

One was photographed on southwest end of the bridge on 10/20.

 

https://ebird.org/checklist/S75164924

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Late postings - just info

Cheryl Lish
 

Hummingbirds pretty much vacated during last weeks HOT spell. Consuming less than 2 quarts per day. Currently seeing only Anna’s
Had a single Cassin’s Kingbird stop on a utility wire the afternoon of 10/15 heading east to west. This morning had one land at the same place heading east. This is the same pattern I’ve seen for many years. Vocalizing- no reply.
Approximately 2 weeks ago while hanging hummingbird feeders after dark (~9pm) I heard 2 W Screech Owls.
First Lincoln’s Sparrow on 10/1 and 10/2 haven’t seen it again
10/2 had 10 Cedar Waxing stop by, and 2 Song Sparrows which are unusual for my yard.
10/19 had a Sooty Fox Sparrow foraging under the Sagebrush.
Thought fewer- still have a large number of finches etc foraging the field. The heat wave didn’t help the food supply.
Also honorable mention- Hermit Thrush, Say’s Phoebe, Orange-crowned Warbler, several Yellow-rumpled Warblers, Ruby-crowned Kinglets
Cheryl Lish. Arroyo Grande


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*** Species Summary:

- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Plumbeous Vireo (14 reports)
- Warbling Vireo (1 report)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (4 reports)
- Baltimore Oriole (14 reports)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (1 report)

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Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 07:54 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/S75195604
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "juvenile found by hearing call. Seen going over fore dune and down to water's edge."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:30 by Tom Slater
- 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/S75201213
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Grey body and head, dark lore, white chest and body."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 12:30 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S75201979
- Comments: "Continuing rarity at Visitor’s Center cypress trees; white underparts with grayish sides, dark gray wings and white wing bars. Bold white spectacles."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 11:43 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/S75193392
- Comments: "Continuing rarity at Visitor’s Center cypress trees; had a view from below of white underparts with blended grayish sides, and dark gray wings with contrasting white wing bars as the bird methodically foraged among some of the mid-canopy foliage."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 11:28 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/S75196351
- Comments: "Continuing bird that I described for yesterday’s list"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 11:26 by Mike Stiles
- 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/S75189695
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Vireo, larger than Hutton's, with bright white "spectacles" and wing bars. Whitish underneath, gray backed. Photo. Seen in cypress trees at entrance to campground, both above the restrooms and above the visitor center."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:34 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S75189146
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. Foggy, dim lighting. Spotted high in trees near museum house outside campground. Bird foraged quickly, rarely pausing on limbs, flying from tree to tree. Worn adult: gray crown/cheeks/nape/back. Clear spectacles, white undertail and throat. Mostly white on belly. Around 8-9 birders present."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S75188135
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in the Monterey Cypress trees around the ranch house. Overall gray above and pale below and with white edges to flight feathers. No yellow tones seen in back or on flanks. Contrast between face and throat did not appear sharp, though some photos seem to show more contrast. Somewhat active feeder for a vireo and stayed mostly in the upper foliage. Present here since 18 Oct 2020"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S75192188
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in the Monterey Cypress trees around the ranch house. Overall gray above and pale below and with white edges to flight feathers. No yellow tones seen in back or on flanks. Contrast between face and throat did not appear sharp, though some photos seem to show more contrast. Somewhat active feeder for a vireo and stayed mostly in the upper foliage. Present here since 18 Oct 2020"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 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/S75190431
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in the Monterey Cypress trees around the ranch house. Overall gray above and pale below and with white edges to flight feathers. No yellow tones seen in back or on flanks. Contrast between face and throat did not appear sharp, though some photos seem to show more contrast. Somewhat active feeder for a vireo and stayed mostly in the upper foliage. Present here since 18 Oct 2020"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S75188232
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in the Monterey Cypress trees around the ranch house. Overall gray above and pale below and with white edges to flight feathers. No yellow tones seen in back or on flanks. Contrast between face and throat did not appear sharp, though some photos seem to show more contrast. Somewhat active feeder for a vireo and stayed mostly in the upper foliage. Present here since 18 Oct 2020"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 by Tom Edell
- 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/S75186355
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird in the Monterey Cypress trees around the ranch house. Overall gray above and pale below and with white edges to flight feathers. No yellow tones seen in back or on flanks. Contrast between face and throat did not appear sharp, though some photos seem to show more contrast. Somewhat active feeder for a vireo and stayed mostly in the upper foliage. Present here since 18 Oct 2020"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 16:23 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/S75180629
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing individual first reported at this location by Will Knowlton on 10-18-20; "Solitary"-type Vireo with gray head and upperparts, white below with some grayish wash on sides, prominent white "spectacles", and prominent white wingbars on dark gray wings; similar to the more common Cassin's Vireo but lacking yellowish sides or olive tones on back; other differences between the two species in bill size and shape, and degree of contrast between auricular and throat were very subtle and not readily apparent in my brief looks or soft photos; the bird foraged methodically in lower limbs of a large Monterey cypress tree at the campground entrance area."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 16:05 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/S75166022
- Comments: "This bird was found the previous day. It was refound by Steve Tillmann when I was there. It was a little larger, proportionately shorter tailed, and more stocky than nearby butterbutts, was whitish under - all the way from the tail coverts to the throat, with a gray back, gray head and blackish wings with two white wing bars. It had no hint of yellowish or green in the white underparts, with some gray on the side of the chest, and the back had no hint of any green or olive tones - just plain unmarked gray like the head. It had a bright white spectacle on an otherwise gray face and a vireo bill which was thicker than the warblers in the same trees. It had gray legs. It had a slower more deliberate feeding style than the more hyper warblers there, and would spend long periods within one small clump of vegetation. I only saw it in cypress trees, near the ranch house, across the road near the bathrooms, and down by the creek below the ranch house. I heard no vocalization, and although there were warblers and kinglets in the same trees, there seemed to be no coherent flock. It seemed to move independent of the other birds."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 10:30 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S75165355
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Double wing bars, all gray back, bold white spectacles, all white underparts. First found by Will Knowlton on Oct. 18."

Warbling Vireo (Vireo gilvus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 10:38 by Steve Summers
- 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/S75143973
- Media: 1 Photo

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 11:34 by Steve Summers
- 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/S75171935
- Media: 2 Photos

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 07:52 by Rick Saxton
- 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/S75185250
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:30 by Tom Slater
- 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/S75201213
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "White throat, black mustache, red crown, gray face and chest, greenish backside of head, and wings and tail."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 12:30 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S75201979
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Distinctive greenish-yellow wings and tail, rufous cap, and white throat; seen in location where Baltimore Oriole was seen by several birders."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 11:43 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/S75193392
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "A large sparrow with distinctive greenish-yellow wings and tail, rufous cap, and white throat; initially seen among nettles bordering campsite #45, and then later in nearby oak-coffeeberry hedge; silent."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 11:28 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/S75196351
- Comments: "A smaller towhee with a rusty crown, white throat, yellow green tail, similar color in wings, gray chest and face and a black malar stripe."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 15:30 by Tom Slater
- 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/S75201213
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "orange on chest fading to white near feet, darkish orange head. sharp grayish beak, two white wing bars on dark wings."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 13:22 by Dane Fagundes
- 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/S75192484
- Comments: "Female. Continuing."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 13:21 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S75190716
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Tom the morning of 10/21/20. Female. Brighter orange on breast, with orange down to tail feathers except for a side patch white. Brownish scapulars. Photos."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 13:10 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/S75190875
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First year male; oriole with bright orange breast, undertail coverts and tail, white lower belly, brown head and neck, black wings with strong white wing bars. Photos"

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 12:30 by Jeanette Stone
- 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/S75201979
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Oriole with very orangish-yellow breast and slightly duller face and crown, whitish belly, and yellow undertail coverts; upper wing bar; located in fruiting coffeeberry bush where first reported earlier by Roger Zachary and others."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 12:00 by Mike Bush
- 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/S75192208
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Medium orange head and undersides with a darker and patterned back. Dark wings with white markings.Medium sharp-pointed bill. Photos"

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 11:43 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/S75193392
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Oriole with very orangish-yellow breast and slightly duller face and crown, whitish belly, and yellow undertail coverts; upper wing bar lacking "teeth" characteristic of similar Bullock's Oriole; no obvious eye line or other black feathering on head; located in fruiting coffeeberry bush where first reported earlier by Roger Zachary and others."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1)
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 11:28 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/S75196351
- Comments: "Female oriole with a bright yellow-orange throat, chest, and undertail with orange on the sides of throat and upper chest; a lighter washed out belly and flanks, brownish face and crown; mottled grayish back; blackish wings with flight feathers edged in white and the upper wing bar was yellowish and the lower one more white; and a sharp oriole bill not decurved like a Hooded bill. I heard no vocalization. It like to be in fruiting coffee berry bushes and looking for bugs in tall nettles."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 11:26 by Mike Stiles
- 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/S75189695
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Mostly orange/yellow underneath, paler in the belly. Dark gray back, dark wings with prominent wing bars, head yellowish, brighter yellow under the bill. Foraging in the coffee berry and nettles along the foot of the hillside on north side of back loop."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 by Tom Edell
- 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/S75186355
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Bright golden orange breast and throat, white lower belly, orange-yellow undertail coverts, and orangey-green head suggest this is a hatch-year male. Blue-gray bill, dark eye, and grayish legs and feet. Never saw the birds wings or back as it only perched as shown in photos before flying to hillside where it was not refound."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 by Liam Hampl
- 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/S75188135
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Bright golden orange breast and throat, white lower belly, orange-yellow undertail coverts, and orangey-green head suggest this is a hatch-year male. Blue-gray bill, dark eye, and grayish legs and feet. Never saw the birds wings or back as it only perched as shown in photos before flying to hillside where it was not refound."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 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/S75190431
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Bright golden orange breast and throat, white lower belly, orange-yellow undertail coverts, and orangey-green head suggest this is a hatch-year male. Blue-gray bill, dark eye, and grayish legs and feet. Never saw the birds wings or back as it only perched as shown in photos before flying to hillside where it was not refound."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S75188232
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Bright golden orange breast and throat, white lower belly, orange-yellow undertail coverts, and orangey-green head suggest this is a hatch-year male. Blue-gray bill, dark eye, and grayish legs and feet. Never saw the birds wings or back as it only perched as shown in photos before flying to hillside where it was not refound."

Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 21, 2020 08:07 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S75192188
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Bright golden orange breast and throat, white lower belly, orange-yellow undertail coverts, and orangey-green head suggest this is a hatch-year male. Blue-gray bill, dark eye, and grayish legs and feet. Never saw the birds wings or back as it only perched as shown in photos before flying to hillside where it was not refound."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 12:30 by Kilian Hampl
- 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/S75116471
- Comments: "Continuing bird"

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MDO hot spot

Thomas Slater
 

So I've decided to buy a fall house in Los Oso. I'll save on gas.

Today I left sunny Nipomo after work for MDO.
A Plumber's Video was rumored to be seen in the campground and I wasn't going to miss that!

I got lucky and hooked up with a loose flock of talented birders and got to see the Baltimore Oriole, Plumbeous Vireo, and Green-tailed Towhee. I let them do all the work this time. I can't always be pointing out rarities for everyone.

Thanks to all who participated in lending me their insight into the locations of these fun birds and also for lending me their eyesight.

Keep 'em coming people. I'll be at 400 by the end of the year (not really, sitting at 360)



Bird on,

Tom Slater
The Nipomo Bird Sanctuary
(no it's not real)


White throated Sparrow

njmann90
 

First winter White throated Sparrow in the yard today, near Vet's Hall, SLO

--
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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Baltimore Oriole

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

In the back loop of Islay Campground in a coffee berry tree next to the bathrooms at 10:30. Then flew to southeast hillside. Couldn’t refind after 10-15 minutes.

Liam Hampl,
Arroyo Grande


Whale Rock Reservoir -Tuesday

Kaaren Perry
 

I spent a little over an hour at Whale Rock Res. yesterday morning, arriving about 8:30. Parking on Cottontail Cr. Rd at the far end of the reservoir where the creek comes in, I sat and waited for the fog to lift.  Northern Harrier, White-tailed Kite, Red-tailed Hawk, Coopers Hawk and 3 Bald Eagles, one adult and two immatures all made an appearance. One Red-shouldered Hawk was heard calling from across the water. It took about 20 minutes for the fog to lift and visibility to improve on the water. 

The number and species of ducks have noticeably increased since my last visit a few weeks ago. Redheads, Northern Shovelers, Green-winged Teal, 1 Greater and 2 Lesser Scaup, Ruddy and Ring-necked Ducks, and a few other species were seen. Coots are definitely the most abundant bird on the reservoir. The descending whinny of a Sora was heard in the distance when an eagle soared overhead. 

A scope is definitely a help but not entirely necessary. 

Perfect to spend a little time this season as the waterfowl arrive to spend the winter.





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

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*** Species Summary:

- Bufflehead (3 reports)
- Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (3 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- Plumbeous Vireo (5 reports)
- Swainson's Thrush (1 report)
- Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) (1 report)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 13:13 by Liam Hampl
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75155320
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "1 male and 1 female/immature male. Photos"

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 11:26 by Kilian Hampl
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75148996
- Comments: "One adult male, one female-type. Birds did not really associate, actually seemed like they were avoiding each other.

Male: mostly white, but had black back and head. Had a large white patch extending from the eye to the back of the head.

Female-Type: dark brown, lighter brown below. Had a single white patch on her cheek."

Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 09:55 by Petra Clayton
- Pismo Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.1340046,-120.6392555&ll=35.1340046,-120.6392555
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75164101
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Most recent eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 4/5/20"

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 11:30 by John Luther
- 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/S75139506
- Comments: "continuing from Oct 18 seen and photographed by many birders"

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 11:00 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/S75125627
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Rufous crown; white face with dark line through the eye and white supercilium; buff-colored breast; whitish belly; dark wing feathers with rufous edges; yellow legs; slightly decurved bill. - Foraging, bathing and preening in the shallow water left by the receding tide close to the boardwalk. --- First reported on 10/18/20 (Kilian & Liam Hampl). Today spotted by Jay Carroll. ---

Most recent SLO County eBird report of this species: 10/30/2016 (Santa Maria River Estuary - Maggie Smith) --- Prior to that: SLO County eBird report: 11/12/1990 (West Hazard Canyon - Tom Edell/Jim Royer - Comment: "Found 11/11/1990, stayed through 11/27/1990")

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Sharp-tailed Sandpiper foraging, bathing, and preening:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50507751298/in/dateposted-public/"; title="Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), Morro Bay, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50507751298_6812711798_b.jpg"; alt="Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata), Morro Bay, CA" /></a>

Photo #7 below shows the tail feathers ("Both the common name and the scientific name (acuminata) refer to the individually sharply-pointed tail feathers" - New Zealand Birds Online: http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/sharp-tailed-sandpiper)"

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper (Calidris acuminata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 09:48 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S75139015
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "The sharp-tailed sandpiper breeds on the Siberian tundra and winters in Australia and New Zealand and is a rare visitor to our coast. This bird favored the east end of the boardwalk embedded with a mixed flock, primarily dowitchers. The bird was found yesterday by Kilian and Liam Hampl - Sunday, 18 October 2020. Today there were about 50 birders present during my stay.

This juvenile bird had a scaly rusty-brown and black back, wings and tail and a striped necklace over a buffy chest and belly. It had a reddish-brown cap, thick-based, slightly drooping black bill; greenish-yellow legs and a prominent white supercilium.

Lifer!"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 07:15 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Estero Bluffs SP--San Geronimo Ck, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4481995,-120.9341871&ll=35.4481995,-120.9341871
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75108530
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "ID'd by Will Knowlton"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 15:53 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/S75162954
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing 2nd year bird again in a very difficult location to see and first seen by looking down the creek from the Hwy 1 shoulder. (photo)"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 09:06 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/S75148034
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "2nd year bird photographed yesterday by the Mendoza's. Bird was in upper narrow part creek below the Hwy 1 box culvert . Never got more than a partial view of the bird or saw anymore than showing in photos. The dark bill and lores and dark feathers molting in on face that show hint of adult face pattern separate this bird from juvenile and immature Black-crowned Night Heron."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 15:51 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S75163534
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Will Knowlton on 10/18/2020. Bird observed was gray above, white below with two white wing-bars and white spectacles."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 15:50 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- 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/S75164117
- Comments: "Bluish-gray back with bold white eye-rings, white underparts. Previously reported continuing bird"

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 14:12 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S75157009
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "This Plumbeous Vireo was uniformly gray above with bold white spectacles and two white wingbars.
Found by Will Knowlton on Sun 18 Oct 2020."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 13:36 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S75156540
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Double wing bars, all gray back, bold white spectacles, all white front with tiny tint of yellow wash below wing bars. First found by Will Knowlton. Photos."

Plumbeous Vireo (Vireo plumbeus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 10:52 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/S75147474
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Will Knowlton. Entirely slate gray-blue above, clean white below with almost no yellow wash on sides or flanks, prominent white spectacles, blue legs and feet, two white wing bars, stubby vireo bill. Sang very faint partial song. Photos"

Swainson's Thrush (Catharus ustulatus) (1)
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 09:06 by Nick Belardes
- Carrisa Plains Elementary School, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3530761,-120.039711&ll=35.3530761,-120.039711
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S75157386
- Comments: "In tree with sparrows. Flew into school yard tree out of sight. Dark wings and tail. Not buffy."

Savannah Sparrow (Savannah) (Passerculus sandwichensis [sandwichensis Group]) (5) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 12:45 by Curtis Marantz
- 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/S75127145
- Comments: "(at least half of the Savannah Sparrows that I saw were clearly not "large-billed" and presumably representing the locally breeding P. s. alaudinus)"

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 09:48 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S75139015
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "pix"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 20, 2020 08:53 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/S75138161
- Comments: "Female, without light belly of a Bullock’s and a more olive colored back, longer tailed and billed than a female Orchard with less defined wing bars. On both sides of road, one of two Hooded Orioles coming to Jay’s feeders lately."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 11:30 by John Luther
- 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/S75139506
- Comments: "photographed by others"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 19, 2020 11:00 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/S75125627
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Olive-brown crown and back; pale throat, breast and belly; brownish streaks on the breast; weaker streaking on the flanks; bright yellow undertail coverts; dark line through the eye and a whitish supercilium; white eye arcs. - Foraging on the south side of the boardwalk (bayside), east of the large snag before flying to the north side of the boardwalk. --- Reported on 10/15/20 (Jeanette Stone) - Last prior eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 11/6/2018."

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