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White-crowned Sparrow

mike stiles
 

Like Kaaren Perry, I like to note WCSP arrival dates. My first-of-season White-crowned showed yesterday, an orangish-billed adult Gambel's subspecies. I've been noting arrival dates since 2007. The earliest in the yard was Sep 11th, 2016. The White-crowns always show before the Golden-crowns, except for 2010 when I saw them together.

Of course, those dates are when I saw them. They easily could have come and gone previously, unseen.

I refer often to "Sparrows of the United States and Canada", by David Beadle and James Rising. The second edition "Photographic Guide". Nice descriptions of the subspecies, with photos. 

Mike Stiles
Los Osos





Wood ducks

Victoria Morrow
 

There are three wood ducks at Atascadero Lake hanging around the southern tip behind the island, one male and two females. I saw the pair several days ago and then the three yesterday.

Vicki Morrow


Fiscalini Sounds

Tom Graves
 

I’ve been taking weekend walks thru the woods at Fiscalini Ranch, hearing this and that, wondering what’s making the sounds. One sound was a screech, another a series of peeps. The screech was deep in the woods, unseen, the peeps high up in the pines, too far away to ID (or was I too lazy?)
I finally saw the screech bird: https://www.xeno-canto.org/590430 .

 

The peep, I think I’ve nailed down as a Pygmy Nuthatch, listed as a mystery, to get confirmation, on XenoCanto: https://www.xeno-canto.org/590431 . It sounds like something I’ver heard before, and should know, such a simple sound, but I’ve never seen one locally, and have never recorded one. 

 

Bird like no one’s watching, 

Tom Graves


WOOD DUCK in Nipomo

Thomas Slater
 

This afternoon I birded Mesa Road inside the Trilogy development. I stayed just on Mesa Rd (AWAY FROM HOUSES) and came up with over 35 species. It's a fun place because it has birds that Nipomo proper doesn't have like COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, GREEN HERON, and KINGFISHER. 

Mesa Road

I also visited the Woodlands ponds and the female WOOD DUCK is still present. There were also 5 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a bunch of Mallards, and Gadwalls.

Woodlands Mutual Water Ponds (Trilogy WTP)


Bird on,

Tom Slater
Niomo


White-crowned Sparrow - Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

My First of Season (FOS)  White-crowned Sparrow arrived this afternoon, 9/22.  Arrival was the exact date same as last September and what appears to be also a bird of the Gambel's subspecies.   Last year's bird was a juvenile and this year an adult.  

I find it fun/interesting to attempt to determine possible subspecies.  I would love to learn if other FOS White-crowend Sparrows being seen now could also be considered as the Gambel's subspecies.

I have put up a photo of our todays arrival on flickr.   Several of our bird guides do a nice job of separating the subspecies by region and migration characteristics.  (My favorite -  Nat'l Geographic 7th). 












Hummingbirds and White crowned Sparrows

Cheryl Lish
 

Hummingbird food consumption dropped beginning last Friday when the wind started to blow and the sky cleared of smoke. They are now going through about 4 gallons per day.
I also saw my first White crowned Sparrows yesterday 09/21. Confirmed 4 in the front ‘yard’ and heard some in the backyard/field but can’t be certain if they were additional birds. At least one of them is a returning bird. It landed a few feet from me - expecting a peanut chip. (Looked right at me) Fortunately I had some on me.
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande


Re: Meadow Park

Kaaren Perry
 

Maybe time to move this discussion off line??

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay

On Sep 22, 2020, at 2:07 PM, Linda Sewell <lmsewell1@gmail.com> wrote:

Last year I finally found the house in question. With binoculars it’s possible to see the sign. Looking at google maps, the sign is on a fence facing the park on what I would call the west side, opposite of South street. Hopefully someone will chime in with more precise directions. Lastly, Mike are you the Mike Schaefer I worked with for years?

Linda Sewell

On Sep 22, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Michael Schaefer <schaeferbirdman@hotmail.com> wrote:

So glad you said this! I felt like a total loser spending several hours looking for that house to no avail!
On Sep 22, 2020, at 12:51 PM, Lynne Breakstone <breakstonelynne@gmail.com> wrote:

I go to Meadow Park often and have never found a house with a sign that says Casa Diablo. If you use that term, would you please be more specific about where it is? Is it a sign on one of the houses that edge the park on the south side?
Thank you,
Lynne Breakstone











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- Solitary Sandpiper (1 report)
- Red-breasted Sapsucker (1 report)
- Brown Thrasher (1 report)

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Solitary Sandpiper (Tringa solitaria) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 21, 2020 09:45 by Roger Zachary
- Pico Ave/Pico Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73889226
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "White eyering (spectacles); legs greenish; brown back with spots; 2 images"

Red-breasted Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus ruber) (1)
- Reported Sep 22, 2020 09:57 by Rudy Lucero
- Pismo SB--Oceano Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
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- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S73930460
- Comments: "Sapsucker with streaky red on head, breast and neck seen along the service road among Nutall's and Flickers."

Brown Thrasher (Toxostoma rufum) (2)
- Reported Sep 22, 2020 09:39 by Tiki Kieth
- 5525 San Jacinto Avenue, Atascadero, California, US (35.498, -120.674), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4978389,-120.6736803&ll=35.4978389,-120.6736803
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- Comments: "Foraging"

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Re: Meadow Park

Linda Sewell
 

Last year I finally found the house in question. With binoculars it’s possible to see the sign. Looking at google maps, the sign is on a fence facing the park on what I would call the west side, opposite of South street. Hopefully someone will chime in with more precise directions. Lastly, Mike are you the Mike Schaefer I worked with for years?

Linda Sewell

On Sep 22, 2020, at 12:53 PM, Michael Schaefer <schaeferbirdman@hotmail.com> wrote:

So glad you said this! I felt like a total loser spending several hours looking for that house to no avail!
On Sep 22, 2020, at 12:51 PM, Lynne Breakstone <breakstonelynne@gmail.com> wrote:

I go to Meadow Park often and have never found a house with a sign that says Casa Diablo. If you use that term, would you please be more specific about where it is? Is it a sign on one of the houses that edge the park on the south side?
Thank you,
Lynne Breakstone








Re: Meadow Park

Michael Schaefer
 

So glad you said this! I felt like a total loser spending several hours looking for that house to no avail!

On Sep 22, 2020, at 12:51 PM, Lynne Breakstone <breakstonelynne@gmail.com> wrote:

I go to Meadow Park often and have never found a house with a sign that says Casa Diablo. If you use that term, would you please be more specific about where it is? Is it a sign on one of the houses that edge the park on the south side?
Thank you,
Lynne Breakstone





Re: Meadow Park

Lynne Breakstone
 

I go to Meadow Park often and have never found a house with a sign that says Casa Diablo. If you use that term, would you please be more specific about where it is? Is it a sign on one of the houses that edge the park on the south side?
Thank you,
Lynne Breakstone


Pecho Willows

Bob Chapman
 

Nothing exciting here but a nice break from report writing.

Yesterday FOS Hermit Thrush

Bob Chapman
Los Osos


Darkeyed Junco (Oregon)

njmann90
 

I still have first year DE Junco (now molting) in the yard.  Just a breeding info post.
Near Vet's Hall SLO
NJMann

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

"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'

“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken

'I've seen so much stupid in my years that I can't remember all of it,'  2014 James Turner


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thoughts on yesterday's (9/21) duck from Oso Flaco

Kevin Zimmer
 

Jim Royer asked if I would post my analysis of yesterday's duck, studied by at least 4 observers (I should stress that I was not among those who saw the bird in life), and initially thought to be a possible Garganey, from Oso Flaco Lake. So, here goes.

When first sent 2 screen-grabs from the back of the camera and asked my thoughts, I ventured that the facial pattern was suggestive of a female Garganey, as was the size of the bill, which looked proportionately large in one of the 2 photos. But, in those tiny photos (as viewed on my phone), I could see no detail on the folded wing, and there appeared to be some orange color along the juncture of the bill, which I knew was problematic if not an artifact of ambient light or camera exposure.

A short time later, Jim emailed me a whole series of photos, which I was able to examine in greater detail on my computer screen. With more material to work from, I concluded that the bird had to be a female Green-winged Teal for the following reasons (as originally iterated to Jim last night):

After looking at all of the photos, I am thinking this bird has to be a female Green-winged Teal. It looks a bit paler overall than usual, but it also looks as if these photos may be a bit overexposed, and that could account for the pallid look. It has a bit stronger facial pattern than most female GWTE, but not outside the range of variation. When I looked at the first 2 photos on my phone, the bill appeared proportionately large, but when viewed on my laptop, the bill looks consistently small, which is better for GWTE and wrong for Garganey.

Most importantly, in several of these photos, you can see a sliver of the wing speculum, and it is clearly shining green. The speculum in Garganey is fairly colorless — sort of a slate-gray, prominently framed by white. It also appears as if the under tail-coverts and part of the crissum/vent are white, and that is also wrong for Garganey, which has those areas heavily mottled and streaked with brown. I checked that against my photos of the Waller Park bird from 2017.

It’s hard to be 100% definitive, because the photos seem to have been taken at a fair distance, but I’d say the bill size, white vent and (especially) what appears to be a shiny green speculum in the wing rules out Garganey. Also, although it may be just a matter of perspective, in one photo, the bird appears distinctly smaller than a nearby American Coot, which also suggests GWTE rather than Garganey.


Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Re: Garganey Oso Flaco lake

Jim Royer
 

I certainly feel strongly that it’s better to tell everyone about a possible rarity than to keep it to yourself. It was a very instructive lesson to review the literature on Gargany identification. We are all better able to ID a Gargany, if one does show up now. If it had turned out to be a Gargany, getting the word out would have been appreciated by many.

Thanks Liam and Kilian.

Jim Royer
Los Osos 

On Mon, Sep 21, 2020 at 9:54 PM Liam&Kilian Hampl <thomshe@...> wrote:

Update:  I have discussed the bird with other birders, and the general consensus seems to be that it is a green-winged teal. Sorry for the confusion and thanks to those who helped! 




Kilian Hampl
Arroyo Grande












Re: Garganey Oso Flaco lake

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Update:  I have discussed the bird with other birders, and the general consensus seems to be that it is a green-winged teal. Sorry for the confusion and thanks to those who helped! 


Kilian Hampl
Arroyo Grande


Re: Garganey Oso Flaco lake

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Possible. 4 of us on it now


Garganey Oso Flaco lake

Liam&Kilian Hampl
 

Garganey at Oso Flaco Lake right now. 

Kilian Hampl
Arroyo Grande


Re: FOS White-Crowned Sparrow

Thomas Slater
 

Their arrival date is The EXACT date as last year for me. Bird migration is mind blowing. All my WC sparrow arrival records are within a couple of days of each other. Fall has officially begun.




On Monday, September 21, 2020, 2:59 PM, Bob Revel <robrev@...> wrote:

FOS White-Crowned Sparrow in Los Osos this morning too.

Bob Revel

Los Osos

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of William Bouton
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2020 2:30 PM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] FOS White-Crowned Sparrow

 

Patricia Price, in Arroyo Grande, hosted her FOS immature White-crowned Sparrow, Saturday, the 19th.

 

Bill Bouton

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 USA

 

 

 

 

 

On Sep 21, 2020, at 1:37 PM, Tom Ogren <tloallergyfree@...> wrote:

 

I  had my 1st of the year  immature White-crowned Sparrow in my yard (getting seeds from a sunflower) yesterday.

SLO Bishop's Peak area

Tom

-----Original Message----- 
From: njmann90 
Sent: Sep 21, 2020 9:34 AM 
To: slocobirding@groups.io 
Subject: [slocobirding] FOS White-Crowned Sparrow 

FOS immature White-crowned Sparrow today in yard near Vet's Hall, SLO

 


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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
njmann50@... 
"A duck a day!!!!"  William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'

 

“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.”  H.L. Mencken


'I've seen so much stupid in my years that I can't remember all of it,'  2014 James Turner

 


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Re: FOS White-Crowned Sparrow

Bob Revel
 

FOS White-Crowned Sparrow in Los Osos this morning too.

Bob Revel

Los Osos

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of William Bouton
Sent: Monday, September 21, 2020 2:30 PM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] FOS White-Crowned Sparrow

 

Patricia Price, in Arroyo Grande, hosted her FOS immature White-crowned Sparrow, Saturday, the 19th.

 

Bill Bouton

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401 USA

 

 

 

 

 

On Sep 21, 2020, at 1:37 PM, Tom Ogren <tloallergyfree@...> wrote:

 

I  had my 1st of the year  immature White-crowned Sparrow in my yard (getting seeds from a sunflower) yesterday.

SLO Bishop's Peak area

Tom

-----Original Message----- 
From: njmann90 
Sent: Sep 21, 2020 9:34 AM 
To: slocobirding@groups.io 
Subject: [slocobirding] FOS White-Crowned Sparrow 

FOS immature White-crowned Sparrow today in yard 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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