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Blackpoll Warbler, Montana de Oro

Jim Royer
 

I found a first fall Blackpoll Warbler this morning at the bridge just above Spooner’s Cove. It was in a loose flock of chickadees and kinglets.

I found nothing unusual in the campground except 4 or 5 Chipping Sparrows (all feeding on the ground with other sparrows and juncos) and 6 Red-breasted Nuthatches scattered in pines. 

Jim Royer
Los Osos 


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*** Species Summary:

- Common Ringed Plover (1 report)
- Baird's Sandpiper (1 report)
- Western Kingbird (1 report)
- Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (1 report)
- Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (1 report)
- Swamp Sparrow (1 report)

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Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 11:38 by kenny kimbrough
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74538604
- Comments: "Continuing 100yards north of the #6 sign. Viewed the bird with Dave Lawrence. Dark black breast band, bright orange legs, slightly larger than nearby semipalmated’s. Pics."

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (3)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 07:18 by Herb Elliott
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74541296
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "foraging together on beach"

Western Kingbird (Tyrannus verticalis) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 14:44 by Mark Mushkat
- 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/S74545880
- Comments: "Tyrannus sp. with dull yellow chest and belly, faded gray upper chest indistinctly blending into whitish throat. Gray head, dark lores and eyes, brownish gray back with browner tail. Eating Monarch Butterfly suggests it’s aHY bird."

Fox Sparrow (Thick-billed) (Passerella iliaca [megarhyncha Group]) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 06:00 by sue girard
- a cory yard list, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.0424457,-120.5001819&ll=35.0424457,-120.5001819
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74341633
- Comments: "FOS Fox sparrow--Thick Billed. Gray head and back, dark charcoal chest markings, grayish neutral bill color, reddish brown wings. Not spooked by air traffic near BB. Very striking appearance"

Savannah Sparrow (Large-billed) (Passerculus sandwichensis rostratus/atratus) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 07:18 by Herb Elliott
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74541296
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This savannah had a larger body, duller coloration, and much larger bill compare to a typical Savannah Sparrow.

Note: On Mon 28 Sep 2020, I had a Large-billed Savannah at Oso Flaco Creek Mouth/Beach [https://ebird.org/checklist/S74186120]"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Oct 07, 2020 16:15 by Mark Mushkat
- 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/S74547213
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "M. Obs. In mud patch near park restrooms."

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Re: Swamp Sparrow, Hardie Park

Patrick Vaughan
 

There now is one across from the bathroom with the other sparrows.

Ann Vaughan
Morro Bay


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Common Ringed Plover (1 report)
- Baird's Sandpiper (1 report)
- Swamp Sparrow (3 reports)
- Blackburnian Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 06, 2020 09:05 by Roger Zachary
- 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/S74501485
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Seen just north of Alva Paul Creek outlet; continuing"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 10:55 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S74480856
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Most likely one of the four present on October 3, 2020 (Steve Tillmann / https://ebird.org/checklist/S74391020) --- Foraging in the "No Name" drainage/lagoon with Long-billed Dowitcher, White-faced Ibis, Greater Yellowlegs in the presence of a large flock of Willet and a few bathing Elegant and Royal Terns. -- Photo #5: Chasing Greater Yellowlegs.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing a variety of species in the lagoons at the"No Name" drainage and Alva Paul Creek mouth, to where the White-faced Ibis flew after a mass exit of birds from the "No Name" drainage:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50426329577/in/dateposted-public/"; title="Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) & White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi), Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50426329577_efabd6f3e9_b.jpg"; alt="Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) & White-faced Ibis (Plegadis chihi), Morro Strand State Beach, Morro Bay, CA" /></a>"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2020 08:08 by Herb Elliott
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74504020
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "This adult (mottling) Pacific Golden-Plover was found on the northwestern shoreline before flying to the southeastern end of the estuary. The bird had golden mottling on black, spotted underparts bordered by white stripe that extended from forehead to flanks with undertail coverts."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 12:16 by Carly Boyd-Dovideo
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74479313
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Bird previously reported here. Intermixed with semipalmated plovers and snowy plovers. Distinct large black mask and wider breast band. Bright orange beak base. Stood out from the rest as it was in breeding plumage while the semipalmated plovers were not."

Baird's Sandpiper (Calidris bairdii) (2)
- Reported Oct 06, 2020 08:08 by Herb Elliott
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74504020
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "flew in together, made a brief landing and headed south"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 11:35 by Mike Stiles
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74503027
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "At stakeout spot upstream of pedestrian bridge. The bird flew in and spent a minute or so on dead branches above the water. Photos."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 09:54 by Norman Pillsbury
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74476754
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Dark back streaks, reddish wings, gray breast, eye ring. Called out today by Jim Royer. Photo."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 09:05 by Jim Royer
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74480783
- Comments: "This bird was upstream from the pedestrian bridge about 100 yards in willows and was likely the same bird found by Tom Edell the day before. It was a medium size sparrow with a lot of rusty in the wings, white throat, no conspicuous wing bars, faint streaking in the gray chest, buffy flanks. and a gray face with a darker crown and dark eyeline. It chipped a couple of times, sounding like a quiet Black Phoebe."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 10:38 by Herb Elliott
- 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/S74512509
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "previously reported"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 06, 2020 08:30 by Roger Zachary
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74501295
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Observed the bird at the south east corner of the trailer storage area; it was on the ground feeding with a Dark-eyed Junco and a White-crowned Sparrow; I noticed the yellow under the tail and yellowish rump; I tried to focus through the fence and took 1 quick image then a black cat jumped out and scarred the birds away; terrible image of the backside of the bird; 1st reported by Dave Keeling and also reported recently by other birders"

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Re: Suspected Red-naped Sapsucker

Tom Edell
 

Hi Judy,

 

It does sound like a Red-naped Sapsucker candidate. A red throat and white chin would indicate a female. One important characteristic you did not mention is whether there was a separate red patch on the nape.

 

Be aware that most of the coastal Red-naped Sapsuckers in SLO County show at least some evidence of past hybridization (presumably with Red-breasted) with red bleeding into the breast and/or face where it should not occur. Both of the Red-naped Sapsuckers in SLO County last winter showed hybrid traits.

 

Hopefully this bird will remain at Sweet Springs and can be documented with photos.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Judy Neuhauser
Sent: Tuesday, October 6, 2020 12:41 PM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: [slocobirding] Suspected Red-naped Sapsucker

 

Suspected Red-naped Sapsucker working cypress trunks directly west of the bench at the Broderson St entrance to Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos. White patches on wings. Belly yellow brown and speckled. Red on throat, then white, black through the eye, white supercillium, red on head. Back is black with tan speckling wider at shoulders and tapering to tail.
Judy Neuhauser
Los Osos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Suspected Red-naped Sapsucker

Judy Neuhauser
 

Suspected Red-naped Sapsucker working cypress trunks directly west of the bench at the Broderson St entrance to Sweet Springs Nature Preserve in Los Osos. White patches on wings. Belly yellow brown and speckled. Red on throat, then white, black through the eye, white supercillium, red on head. Back is black with tan speckling wider at shoulders and tapering to tail.
Judy Neuhauser
Los Osos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Common Ringed Plover (3 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (1 report)
- Swamp Sparrow (2 reports)
- Yellow-breasted Chat (1 report)
- Black-and-white Warbler (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (2 reports)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 09:30 by Mark Mushkat
- 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/S74459005
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Feeding in beach pool, n side."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 12:52 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74440666
- Media: 1 Photo

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 07:28 by Herb Elliott
- Santa Maria River Estuary (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=34.9722359,-120.6456667&ll=34.9722359,-120.6456667
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74253932
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "This bird was smaller than the nearby Black-bellied Plovers, its upperparts were sprinkled with golden markings on brownish-gray background, more even in pattern and wear with three primaries extending beyond the tertials. Images were taken in SLOC before the bird flew south."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 01, 2020 07:07 by Herb Elliott
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74286451
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported and continuing on the beach close to the creek"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 10:07 by Herb Elliott
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74425385
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported; found by Kevin Zimmer on Thursday, October 1, 2020"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 08:15 by Janet Phillips
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74439332
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; found between Post 6 and 7 as is common; started seeing small flocks of Semi-palmated Plovers between Posts 4 and 5; after Post 6 the flocks were much larger; after viewing at least 80 Semi-palmated Plovers, the Common Ringed Plover was spotted; more white on his forehead, a diagonal black band through his eye, orange base of bill and bright orange legs stood out; photos"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 07:34 by Herb Elliott
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74341933
- Media: 1 Video, 6 Photos
- Comments: "adult male -- details coming"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 01, 2020 07:07 by Herb Elliott
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74286451
- Comments: "Continuing along the right most trail between parking lot and access to the beach. The bird had brownish upperparts with darker streaks on the back; whitish supercilium, pales lores, clear gray nape and a small pink bill. Underparts were pale. It vocalized a buzzing sound as it flew between shrubs"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 11:45 by Jeanette Stone
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74470228
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First reported at this location by Tom Edell on Oct 4; Lightly streaked breast. Rufous (reddish-brown) wings."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 09:50 by Roger Zachary
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74466380
- Comments: "Seen briefly with other birders including Jim Royer who reported the bird at 9:45am; first reported by Tom Edell on Oct. 4; no photos for me; rufous on the wings and flanks, gray nape, lightly streaked breast, and white throat; seen again at 12:05 pm after returning to the location"

Yellow-breasted Chat (Icteria virens) (1)
- Reported Oct 05, 2020 11:10 by Mark Mushkat
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74464545
- Comments: "Much larger than nearby COYE, prominent eye arcs and lores, bright yellow breast and throat, white belly, evenly colored back and tail, vocalizing with loud call note tuk."

Black-and-white Warbler (Mniotilta varia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Sep 30, 2020 09:48 by Herb Elliott
- Oso Flaco Lake (not for beach/ocean), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.0302072,-120.6207848&ll=35.0302072,-120.6207848
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74254505
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "First reported [Mon 28 Sep 2020] [ https://ebird.org/checklist/S74186105 ]"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 14:29 by Owen Castagnoli
- 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/S74437233
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen over foot bridge. Immature"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 14:29 by Kai Mills
- 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/S74439443
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen over foot bridge. Immature"

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FW: [CALBIRDS] on Chimney Swift status and identification in CA and the West

Tom Edell
 

Below is a post by Paul Lehman to Calbirds that points out the difficulty in separating Chimney from Vaux's Swifts.

SLO County is at the southern extent of the Vaux's Swift breeding range (nest documented in Atascadero, July 2013, by Kevin Zimmer). Vaux's is now the expected Chaetura swift in summer, especially in the Atascadero and Paso Robles area. Nonetheless, the identification of this species is very difficult and most of the features typically used to document it (and separate it from Chimney Swift) are not necessarily diagnostic. And what species is represented by recent coastal Chaetura swifts seen along the SLO South Coast in summer?

Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

-----Original Message-----
From: CALBIRDS@groups.io <CALBIRDS@groups.io> On Behalf Of lehman.paul@verizon.net via groups.io
Sent: Monday, October 5, 2020 3:20 PM
To: calbirds@groups.io
Subject: [CALBIRDS] on Chimney Swift status and identification in CA and the West

At the risk of walking into a minefield, here goes....

Proper identification of Chimney Swift in the field, especially a lone, silent bird, is probably one of THE MOST DIFFICULT identification problem there is. Probably even worse than pewees and.... and..... Even trying to analyze fairly good photos of a lone bird in flight, with nothing else in the photo but sky, can be be extremely difficult. Most records of Chimney Swifts in California through the 20th Century were very-late-spring or summer birds, seen sometimes with Vaux's and sometimes by themselves, and often in southern (and eastern) parts of the state where Vaux's Swift is not known to occur at those seasons.
Records from fall were virtually non-existant, nor from much of the northern 2/3 of the state where Vaux's breeds. Of course Chimney Swift "should" occur as a casual vagrant to much of the state, given its range and long-distance migration, but our being able to adequately document such records has often been a very tough slog! But during the past couple decades, there seems to have been a major uptick in reports from fall and from summer in places where Vaux's are indeed expected. A very few of these birds were seen with Vaux's and/or heard calling. But unfortunately, most reports of Chimneys are of lone birds, which makes the process more difficult. Also, by all accounts, Chimney Swifts populations in many areas are declining, thus their occurrence in CA, AZ, and elsewhere west of their normal range, may also be declining, not increasing.

Over these recent years, there has been the oft-quoted use of the "bulging" inner primaries/outer secondaries as a character clinching the ID, BUT Vaux's can also show that effect, especially when they are banking/stalling in flight, and not flapping, which is exactly when the best photos are likely to be obtained and then submitted. Yes, perhaps Chimney shows it more often and a bit more strongly, but it is NOT an absolute field mark. Also, I've seen quite a few descriptions of Chimney in the West or Vaux's east of normal that state that the bird had a white throat so was a Vaux's because Chimney has a dark throat. This is simply not true. Almost all Chimney Swifts have pale throats. And in fact many Chimney Swifts also have pale upper breasts, so it is not until one reaches around mid-breast or even slightly lower that their underparts are truly dark. And rump color has also been used too loosely to ID the two species, as BOTH have rumps that are paler than the rest of the upperparts. Chimneys rarely ever have rumps that don't contrast paler. Yes, Vaux's may have even slightly paler rumps, but the difference is pretty small. As for flight style, yes, Chimney tends to flap just slightly slower and glide a bit more, but these are average differences, and is something more likely to be noticed if both species are together rather than with a lone Chimney. And last comes vocalizations, which Chimney tending to be more vocal and the chittering tending to be louder, whereas Vaux's chittering tends to be softer. But unfortunately, swifts often remain silent, and Chimneys are much more likely to call if in a group than they are if they are alone.

I guess I would make a small plea for us to perhaps take one giant step backwards when it comes to reporting Chimney Swifts in the Far West, especially when dealing with a lone bird or one at a more "difficult"
time of year. This is NOT to say that they don't occur. And I am not singling out ANY particular records here, especially given that I didn't see the birds myself, and I find analyzing photos of single birds in the sky to be almost impossible. I also wonder if the problem is not only Chimney vs. Vaux's, but if some reports of dark-looking Chimneys might not be distant Black Swifts--not to mention the REGULAR misidentification of White-throated Swifts seen in poor light or at a long distance as some sort of darker species of swift (i.e., Black, Chimney, Vaux's).

--Paul Lehman, San Diego










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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Common Ringed Plover

William Bouton
 

I observed the Common Ringed Plover today, Monday October 5, 12:00-13:00, 50-100 yards north of rescue marker 6. In heavy fog!


Bill Bouton
San Luis Obispo


Yellow-Breasted Chat

Mark Mushkat
 

Yellow breasted Chat by Harbor Dept Boat House(35.3762549, -120.8609337). Last seen on N side of creek, viewed from steep path leading to creek edge. Path next to fencing.


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*** Species Summary:

- Black-necked Stilt (3 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (5 reports)
- Common Ringed Plover (4 reports)
- Clay-colored Sparrow (2 reports)
- Brewer's Sparrow (2 reports)
- Swamp Sparrow (2 reports)
- Blackburnian Warbler (4 reports)
- Chestnut-sided Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 08:12 by Tom Edell
- 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/S74423581
- Comments: "Presumably one of the four here yesterday evening. Foraging in the small lagoon north of Alva Paul Creek. Long pink-legged wader with a thin black bill that was black above, white below. Stood out even from 125 yards away with binoculars."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 11:07 by Moed Gerveni
- 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/S74391311
- Media: 1 Photo

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 11:07 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74391020
- Media: 1 Photo

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 07:28 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/S74429388
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing bird; yellow wash on face with prominent ear spot; longer legged than America Golden-Plover; showed 3 primary projections"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 07:28 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74431418
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing bird; yellow wash on face with prominent ear spot; longer legged than America Golden-Plover; showed 3 primary projections"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 06:55 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74390088
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Maggie Smith on 9/29/2020. Prominent ear spot, yellow/buffy tones on back and face with large yellowish spotting on back, primaries extend beyond tertials,"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 06:55 by Jeff Miller
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74390821
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Maggie Smith on 9/29/2020. Prominent ear spot, yellow/buffy tones on back and face with large yellowish spotting on back, primaries extend beyond tertials,"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 06:55 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/S74391305
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Maggie Smith on 9/29/2020. Prominent ear spot, yellow/buffy tones on back and face with large yellowish spotting on back, primaries extend beyond tertials,"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 15:29 by Jim Royer
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74397854
- Comments: "Continuing breeding plumage male bird found by Kevin Zimmer, in with Semipalmated Plovers and Snowy Plovers, about 1/4 mile north of rescue marker 6."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 14:20 by Kai Mills
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74390625
- Comments: "Continuing bird, seen by four others as well."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 12:07 by Eric Wier
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74389664
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first observed by Kevin Zimmer on October 1st."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 12:07 by Steven McMasters
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74407903
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first observed by Kevin Zimmer on October 1st."

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 07:28 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/S74429388
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing along the right most trail between parking lot and access to the beach. The bird had brownish upperparts with darker streaks on the back; whitish supercilium, pales lores, clear gray nape and a small pink bill. Underparts were pale. photo"

Clay-colored Sparrow (Spizella pallida) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 07:28 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74431418
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing along the right most trail between parking lot and access to the beach. The bird had brownish upperparts with darker streaks on the back; whitish supercilium, pales lores, clear gray nape and a small pink bill. Underparts were pale. photo"

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 07:28 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Villa Creek--Estero Bluffs State Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.4599561,-120.9688341&ll=35.4599561,-120.9688341
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74431418
- Comments: "Small spizella sparrow with overall brownish gray plumage. Markings on face were low in contrast with off whitish supercilium and lores on gray face.It had a complete eye ring and small pale bill. I did not see the back or nape. Bird was silent. Seen on right hand side trail .across from the area where originally found by Mark Mushkat"

Brewer's Sparrow (Spizella breweri) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 07:28 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/S74429388
- Comments: "Small spizella sparrow with overall brownish gray plumage. Markings on face were low in contrast with off whitish supercilium and lores on gray face.It had a complete eye ring and small pale bill. I did not see the back or nape. Bird was silent. Seen on right hand side trail .across from the area where originally found by Mark Mushkat"

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 13:25 by Jeff Miller
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74424943
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Very rufous wings, dark streaked back, clean gray nape, buffy gray breast with blurry streaks, white throat, rufous flanks. Only managed a very poor photo of part of the bird, but you can tell that it is a swamp sparrow."

Swamp Sparrow (Melospiza georgiana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 09:30 by Tom Edell
- Morro Creek mouth, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.376104,-120.8624411&ll=35.376104,-120.8624411
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74422781
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "County's second earliest arrival date (poor photos)"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 09:17 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Del Mar Park, Morro Bay US-CA 35.39834, -120.85772, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.398341,-120.857719&ll=35.398341,-120.857719
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74399142
- Comments: "Continuing bird."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 10:15 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/S74426365
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "recent reports and previously found that morning"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 10:01 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/S74390844
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Bird observed had yellow breast with dark streaks on sides to flanks, dark eye line, dark auriculars contrasting with yellow on throat and face, pronounced white wing bars, and white under-tail with black on sides of tail tip."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 10:01 by Moed Gerveni
- 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/S74391310
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Bird observed had yellow breast with dark streaks on sides to flanks, dark eye line, dark auriculars contrasting with yellow on throat and face, pronounced white wing bars, and white under-tail with black on sides of tail tip."

Chestnut-sided Warbler (Setophaga pensylvanica) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 12:18 by Will Knowlton
- Santa Rosa Creek Trail--Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.565858,-121.1005139&ll=35.565858,-121.1005139
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74386125
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Found again with large flock of Bushtits and chickadees near trail entrance at Windsor."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1)
- Reported Oct 04, 2020 09:45 by Jeanette Stone
- Lila Keiser Park/Morro Creek, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3777661,-120.856743&ll=35.3777661,-120.856743
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74424590
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reported on Oct. 3 by Dave Keeling. Seen by the RV park storage area. Typical tail bobbing behavior with yellow under tail, pale eyebrow."

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Common Ringed Plover

Tom Edell
 

The bird continued today (Oct 4) in the usual location near post #6 on the Morro Bay Sandspit.

 

Common Ringed Plover is on the California Bird Records Committee review list. The committee appreciates all information provided on the species is reviews and could not perform its volunteer function without the help of birders like you. See https://www.californiabirds.org/guidelines_resources.html for information on how to submit your notes and/or photos to the committee.

 

Thanks to everyone that takes the time to document this exceptional record.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


juvenile Sabine's Gull at Atascadero Wastewater Plant

Kevin Zimmer
 

The juvenile Sabine’s Gull, first reported by "The Pair of Wing Nuts" at 0730 this morning, was still present and seemingly content at the 2nd basin from the south end of the Atascadero Wastewater Plant ponds from 1400–1445h this afternoon.  A very nice bird for an inland locality like Atascadero!

Not much else going on there, although staring into the afternoon sun from the back side of the ponds made it hard to see anything on the far side, even with a scope.  A few Wood Ducks, lots of Northern Shoverlers, Mallards, Canada Geese, Ruddy Ducks, and a few Eared Grebes and Cinnamon Teal.

Had my first Hermit Thrush of the fall drinking at our pond this morning, and the first Ruby-crowned Kinglet of the fall at the pond yesterday.  Other migrants trickling through the yard in the past few days include Warbling Vireo, Lincoln’s Sparrow, Western Tanager, and Yellow, Yellow-rumped, Orange-crowned, Wilson’s, Townsend’s and Black-throated Gray warblers.  Golden-crowned and White-crowned sparrows arrived several days ago, and are settling in for the winter.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero


Swamp Sparrow, Morro Creek, 10/4

Tom Edell
 

Checked a few locations this morning. Most interesting bird was an early Swamp Sparrow on Morro Creek up creek of the pedestrian bridge by the beach. Two American Avocets were at the creek lagoon. Earlier, at least one of the four Black-necked Stilts Steve Tillman found yesterday afternoon was still at the small shallow lagoon north of Alva Paul Creek at Morro Strand State Beach.

 

Three male and two female Redheads were with an estimated 1500 American Coots and about 100 Ring-necked Ducks at Whale Rock Reservoir this morning.

 

I was told that the Blackburnian Warbler was present again this morning at Del Mar Park, Morro Bay.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


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*** Species Summary:

- Bufflehead (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Common Ringed Plover (10 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)
- American Redstart (5 reports)
- Bay-breasted Warbler (1 report)
- Blackburnian Warbler (10 reports)
- Palm Warbler (2 reports)

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Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola) (5)
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 11:53 by Susan Carstens
- Oso Flaco Lake, Arroyo Grande US-CA 35.03069, -120.62085, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.030694,-120.620849&ll=35.030694,-120.620849
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74372173
- Comments: "Appear to be buffleheads -correct shape and color"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:45 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S74336924
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile since 9/29/20 (eBird report by Maggie Smith).---Cream-colored breast and belly with buff-colored spots; feathers on the back have dark centers and pale margins; dark crown lightly streaked with buff; pale supercilium; small dark patch on the auriculars; shorter, more slender bill than a Black-bellied Plover. - Recent sightings are only the second time this species has been reported on eBird at this location. The first was on 11/10/2016 (Maggie Smith/Herb Elliott)."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 07:33 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/S74335140
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing bird"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 10:13 by Mike Stiles
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74372893
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "I first saw the plover at post #6, where several birders were looking at the bird. The bird flew south and the birders went after it. I headed north back to my kayak, and saw the bird, which had apparently quickly doubled back on the chasers, a little distance north of post 6. Plover slightly larger than Semi-palmated. Black collar around neck and bleeding into upper breast, setting off bright white collar under the bill and around neck. White patch above bill, surrounded by black on the forehead and eye. Eye black with no eye ring. Bill orangish at base with dark tip."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 08:30 by Tom Slater
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74375096
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Virtually identical to Semipalmated Plover with the exception of a few things: white forehead patch extended all the way to the eye, it had a white eyebrow that started above the eye and went back and well behind it, no orbital ring, and had dark black head and chest stripes (summer plumage). Bill had an orange base with a black tip. The only one out there with summer (dark black) plumage on head and chest made finding it fairly easy, but it did take time to weed through the myriad of other plovers."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 08:21 by Jeff Davis
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74372364
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing from 10/1/2020; associated with flock of Least Sandpipers, Western Sandpipers, Semipalmated Plovers, and Snowy Plovers."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 06:26 by Bradley Hacker
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74363408
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:17 by Will Knowlton
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74338871
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "Found yesterday by Kevin Zimmer. Relocated today near these cordinates: 35.35098, -120.862077. More details to be added later."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:15 by Jay Carroll
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74338309
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Similar in general appearance to Semipalmated Plover, this breeding plumaged male had a wide black breast band, strongly contrasting facial markings, white supercilium, and lacked any eye ring; bill was orange at base, dark near tip; this individual appeared slightly larger overall than the Semipalmated Plovers; many observers, the bird was first seen here on the previous day by Kevin Zimmer."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 07:34 by Tom Edell
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74338192
- Media: 1 Video, 6 Photos
- Comments: "adult male -- details coming"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 07:34 by Mike Bush
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74341977
- Media: 1 Video, 6 Photos
- Comments: "adult male -- details coming"

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 06:11 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Common Ringed Plover Stakeout--Morro Bay Sandspit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3502199,-120.8619518&ll=35.3502199,-120.8619518
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74341425
- Media: 15 Photos
- Comments: "First found by Kevin Zimmer near post 6 on Morro spit on 10/1/20. M. Found today (10/2/20) by Jeff Miller and Jay Carroll.
Breeding plumage appearance with bright eyebrow and dark lores at gape; eye barely visible. Bill orange near base; black near tip."

Common Ringed Plover (Charadrius hiaticula) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 09:00 by John Sayers
- Morro Dunes Natural Preserve, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&;t=p&z=13&q=35.3498393,-120.8622477&ll=35.3498393,-120.8622477
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S74337017
- Comments: "I just happened by the flock of birders trying to locate this bird this morning. It was just north of Rescue Marker 6 in the wrack with a larger group of semi-palmated and further up the beach western snowy plovers. I Was in a side by side vehicle and tried not to flush the flocks on my way north. On the way south I stopped to see if they had found the bird. Very striking dark black markings on face and neck with very orange bill. Contrasted nicely compared to all the other semi-palmated plovers around who were much more drab in color. Closer to the north end of the spit which would be a shorter walk if one has a kayak or canoe and can walk south from Tidelands Park corridor @ rescue marker 7. I cheated as I was working and happened upon the sighting . Happy coincidence."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:00 by Petra Clayton
- 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/S74337904
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Bright yellow breast, belly, under tail; gray head and nape; green back; white throat; stout black bill; notched tail. --- Only one prior eBird report of this species at this location: 10/23/2011 (Tom Edell)"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 12:44 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S74373328
- Comments: "Warbler. No wing bars. Green-yellow uppers. Green-yellow face with dark eyeline. White breast and UTC. Willows N of trail to wooden bridge in S corner of park 35.3988 120.8598"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:52 by Rick Saxton
- 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/S74379298
- Comments: "Female/juvenile type."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:52 by Gary Woods
- 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/S74341992
- Comments: "Female/juvenile type."

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:46 by Jan Bugge
- 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/S74341803
- Comments: "Viewed with 3 other birders as it was actively darting about in willows and other trees near footbridge; gray head and back, white throat, dark gray tail with yellow side patches; observed tail fanning"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:46 by Lisa Gattuso
- 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/S74338258
- Comments: "Viewed with 3 other birders as it was actively darting about in willows and other trees near footbridge; gray head and back, white throat, dark gray tail with yellow side patches; observed tail fanning"

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:45 by Kaaren Perry
- 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/S74337373
- Comments: "Female plumage, seen fanning yellow-based tail, pale yellow on sides of breast, dark head."

Bay-breasted Warbler (Setophaga castanea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 12:27 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- 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/S74341622
- Media: 12 Photos
- Comments: "Rust streaks on sides, white eye arcs, lime-greenish head, strong double wing bars, buffy breast. Continuing from 10/1/20; first seen by Belardes."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 12:44 by Bradley Hacker
- 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/S74373328
- Comments: "Warbler. Yellow throat. White sides with black stripes. Yellow face with gray triangle. Two white wing bars. Buff UTC."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 10:39 by Santiago Lupi
- 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/S74365010
- Comments: "Continuing in the willows near the bridge at (35.3994386, -120.8584744)."

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 09:48 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/S74376714
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "present here since 30 Sep. Photo"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 09:48 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/S74364587
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1)
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 07:55 by John/Linda Mendoza
- 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/S74367813
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:52 by Gary Woods
- 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/S74341992
- Comments: "continuing in first tree east of the bridge"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:52 by Rick Saxton
- 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/S74379298
- Comments: "continuing in first tree east of the bridge"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:46 by Lisa Gattuso
- 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/S74338258
- Comments: "Viewed in willows and a pine tree near footbridge; yell ow throat and face, white belly with dark.streaks on flanks, grey head with yellow lateral crown stripes"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 13:46 by Jan Bugge
- 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/S74341803
- Comments: "Viewed in willows and a pine tree near footbridge; yell ow throat and face, white belly with dark.streaks on flanks, grey head with yellow lateral crown stripes"

Blackburnian Warbler (Setophaga fusca) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 02, 2020 08:45 by Kaaren Perry
- 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/S74337373
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing fall bird. Working in the willows along the creek. Often at eye level."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 09:00 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S74360526
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Found by Tom Edell; photos"

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Oct 03, 2020 07:42 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/S74376725
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "first noted the yellow undertail coverts and that the bird was wagging its tail. Brwonish above, creamy colored below with faint streaks on the breast ad along fanks. Pale supercilium and dark line through the eye and with white eye arcs above and below eye. Photo"

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Palm Warbler and a few more

David L. Keeling
 

Hi all,

Yesterday, before slogging out to view the much-reported Common Ringed Plover, I had nice views of a PALM WARBLER in good light at Lila Keiser Park in Morro Bay.   It was on the ground, right where the pathway from the parking lot branches to go either along the creek bank or down into the creek bottom.   It disappeared over the fence into what looks like a flood control ditch by the RV/Trailer Park.

Have posted some photos on my FLICKR site.   Enjoy as many as you have time for.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


Nashville Warbler - Morro Bay

Kaaren Perry
 

This morning a very bright Nashville Warbler stopped to bathe in our yard. It returned later to feed on the  blossoms of a low growing scrub.  The Nashville has appeared 6 out of the last 7 years at this location, occasionally wintering over.  Two photos from this morning on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

2 rather late in the season Hooded Orioles also dropped in, taking a quick bath before heading off. 

The White-crown Sparrows are steadily increasing in numbers, still far outnumbering the Golden-crowns.  It is such a pleasure to again hear the White-crowns adding their wintering songs to our resident species chorus.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay

  




Common Ringed Plover adventure

Thomas Slater
 

First, thanks Kevin Zimmer for finding this terrific bird. Last time I saw one I was in Ireland.

Second, thank you locals for pointing me to the correct dock to successfully launch across the bay.
We departed from Tidelands Park/parking/dock. Probably the shortest route across.

Mike Schaefer and I took my canoe across the bay to the spit this morning just after 8 AM and walked south on the spit. We ran into Bradley Hacker and another birder who were walking north along the spit who had not seen the bird yet. Brad had been there early in the morning and had already walked to the jetty and back. Reasoning that the best place for success was back near post 6 where Mike and I saw the most semipalmated plovers (they were congregating in that one area for some reason) we doubled back. 

We had seen flocks flying over the sandspit dunes (east to west) to the ocean side and the bird numbers were increasing by the minute. We started picking our way through the flock for a second time. That proved to be the ticket. It's black head and breast stripes were the most distinguishing feature when trying to separate it from the 100+ semipalmated plovers that we were seeing everywhere around it. Nice going Mike!

Mike Stiles waltzed right up after kayaking across and picked up the bird just as we found it. Talk about perfect timing.

A very fun and unique adventure. I've used boats to find good surf but this was a first using a boat (besides a pelagic trip) to go find a good bird. 

photos here

Bird on


Tom Slater
Smokey Nipomo


Re: Common Ringed Plover

Tom Edell
 

At 10 AM the Common Ringed Plover was at the same location it was present at the past two days. It appears that the tide needs to be high enough to flush birds from Morro Bay. It was not seen during yesterday lower afternoon tide.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 

From: slocobirding@groups.io <slocobirding@groups.io> On Behalf Of Bradley Hacker
Sent: Saturday, October 3, 2020 8:00 AM
To: slocobirding@groups.io
Subject: [slocobirding] Common Ringed Plover

 

Have not seen this AM between post 3 and end of spit. 2 Semi-P.  Waiting for high tide. 
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Good birding,

Bradley Hacker
Goleta CA
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bradley_hacker/albums


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA


Re: Palm warbler, Cayucos Creek

Michael Schaefer
 

Common Collared Plover
Refound
Same spot


On Oct 3, 2020, at 8:52 AM, Tom Edell via groups.io <TEdell@...> wrote:



Big influx of yellow-rumps and sparrows this morning. Palm warbler along creek behind Hardie Park. No sign of Tropical Kingbird see here yesterday.

Tom Edell 
Cayucos, CA 


Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone


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Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA

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