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Yellow-Bellied Sapsucker

Steve McMasters
 

A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was found in San Luis Cemetery in pepper trees in the area adjacent to the Elks Lodge parking lot.  This is likely the bird found earlier this week by Nick Belardes.  I hope it sticks around for the CBC.

Steve McMasters
San Luis Obispo


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*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (7 reports)
- Red-naped Sapsucker (2 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Hermit Warbler (1 report)

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Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 13:47 by Joseph Catalina
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77068276
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male seen under Avila beach golf bridge. Pics available."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 13:47 by Giacomo Catalina
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77067846
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult male seen under Avila beach golf bridge. Pics available."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 11:53 by Mark Hays
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77073426
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Reported earlier today. Located when I arrived by Tommy Dell. A Male in winter plumage with white crown"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 10:18 by Herb Elliott
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77060725
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "I found this adult male Long-tailed Duck east of the footbridge on the Bob Jones trail. The bird was overall white and black with a white head and large dark patch on the neck. The bird’s bill was mostly black with a pink band."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 11:23 by Tom Edell
- SLO Creek-Bob Jones Path Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1828901,-120.7325444&ll=35.1828901,-120.7325444
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77073290
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "apparent adult male found earlier along the creek by Herb Elliott and Vicki Morrow."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 11:23 by Mike Bush
- SLO Creek-Bob Jones Path Bridge, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1828901,-120.7325444&ll=35.1828901,-120.7325444
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77075254
- Media: 1 Video, 2 Photos
- Comments: "apparent adult male found earlier along the creek by Herb Elliott and Vicki Morrow."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 15:00 by Tom Slater
- San Luis Obispo Creek Lagoon, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1817709,-120.7364416&ll=35.1817709,-120.7364416
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77073363
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "see photos"

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 10:19 by Mike Bush
- Santa Rosa Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.289803,-120.6643867&ll=35.289803,-120.6643867
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77075252
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Calling male found in elm trees at SW corner of baseball field. All red chin and throat, red crown and red nape spot."

Red-naped Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus nuchalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 10:19 by Tom Edell
- Santa Rosa Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.289803,-120.6643867&ll=35.289803,-120.6643867
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77073291
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Calling male found in elm trees at SW corner of baseball field. All red chin and throat, red crown and red nape spot."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 10:03 by Norman Pillsbury
- 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/S77068399
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Large bill, notched tail, yellow up to neck, white throat. Photos."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 07:20 by Jeff Miller
- 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/S77052333
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (2)
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 15:39 by Jim Royer
- Los Osos Valley Nursery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3122278,-120.8515215&ll=35.3122278,-120.8515215
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77070190
- Comments: "Two young males with back line through the eye on a yellowish orange face, and black throat patch. It was pale in the belly, but otherwise yellowish in the underparts. Conspicuous white wingbars. All three orioles were together in the Cape Honeysuckle and aloe."

Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 04, 2020 14:36 by Jim Royer
- My House, 337 Henrietta Ave., Los Osos US-CA (35.3172,-120.8507), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.317164,-120.850666&ll=35.317164,-120.850666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77066805
- Comments: "First winter female with no clear streaks on the underparts, a fainter auricular patch than a female Townsend’s, yellow around the eye, a dull more grayish back, bright white wingbars, unstreaked buffy flanks and white undertail. It was coming to a hummingbird feeder and to grape jelly."

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birds lately

Thomas Slater
 

The neighborhood has been pretty interesting lately. This week I had a late-season HERMIT WARBLER, A RED-BREASTED SAPSUCKER, and a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW. Not bad for Nipomo. 

I got out to the Avila bridge today to improve on my last looks at a Long-tailed Duck that I saw through a scope about 8 years ago, a bird half-mile out to sea. As I stood on the big bridge at the golf course the duck was literally 10 feet below me. I doubt I'll ever get that close to that species again. I'm glad I went. I got some decent pic of the duck and one cool one of it swimming underwater.


Bird on!


Tom Slater
Nipomo Bird Sanctuary


Re: Red-breasted Sapsucker - UPDATE

Kaaren Perry
 

After circulating the photos from yesterday to some California experts on sapsuckers the conclusion is  there is "somethings wrong" with this being a full ruber ssp. Pattern on the back didn't quite work and a few other things that weren't quite right.  Better views and light this morning  prompts the record of this interesting bird to be - Red-breasted Sapsucker.  Sapsuckers are known for hybridizing and while this may not be the case, it it was a consideration. Still, go take a look!  

We all had a chance to dig deep on the RBSA subspecies characteristics and that's not a bad thing.  Hey, if it was easy we wouldn't all still be out there learning.

Thanks to all who reviewed this bird for us.

Kaaren Perry

On Dec 3, 2020, at 5:17 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1@...> wrote:

While walking the Pepper Tree line in the picnic area at El Chorro Regional this morning with Judy Neuhauser I spotted a Red-breasted Sapsucker working along the branches and trunk of a Pepper Tree. I commented to Judy that the entire head was a VERY bright, vivid red and the bird lacked the typical white moustachial seen on our expected daggetti ssp. of Red-breasted.  I was able to get a few poor but diagnostic photos while the bird continued to be extremely elusive, feeding deep in the branches of the Pepper Tree.  

I sent the photos and my thought as to subspecies  to Tom Edell and Will Knowlton.  Photos were reviewed and Tom got back to me shortly.  It is indeed a ruber ssp. The last record was in 1990 reported by Jim Royer at Islay Creek.  Tom located 3 records for Santa Barbara County and just a scattering of records in all of California.  Definitely a very rare sapsucker for SLO County!  Exciting!  

According to Tom this bird had been reported and photographed as a Red-breasted Sapsucker to ebird on Nov. 24 with no discussion of subspecies at the time. 

Through the leaves and branches photos now on flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay










Now you can do a Christmas Bird Count at home!

Kaaren Perry
 

I always enjoy the CBC!  An annual effort to count the birds in a specific area and also the opportunity to be contributing to a study that has been in progress since 1900!!  

We all know that this year will look quite different due to the Covid19 pandemic.  I would like to encourage you register for a feeder watch if your home is within the 15 mile radius of the county circle.  I have done a CBC feeder watch for the past several years and this year will be no exception.  It is fun, easy and you bird at your leisure.

If you live within the count circle and have a yard that attracts birds it would be wonderful if you registered for the 2020 CBC feeder watch. It's part of history!  Consult the web pg link below if you are uncertain if you are with the 15 mi. radius.   Jay Carroll just told me that registration is still open and will continue to be open for a few more days.   

General  informaion on the MCAS web pg. including count circle map - . https://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/p/mcas-christmas-bird-count.html


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay




Mountain Plover, Oso Flaco Creel Beach

Brad Schram
 

Ken Hollinga (from Lompoc) called to tell me he had a MOUNTAIN PLOVER on the beach near the mouth of Oso Flaco Creek after noon today.  The bird was working the sand and wrack between the creek mouth and the ORV fence just up coast of the end of the Oso Flaco boardwalk.

Acting as the messenger,

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


Red-naped Sapsucker, Santa Rosa Park, SLO

Mike Bush
 

Tom Edell and I had good looks at a definite Red-naped Sapsucker at Santa Rosa Park.

Most easily and regularly seen in the Chinese Elms along the left field foul line along the street at the baseball field.

Mike Bush
Los Osos


Re: Harlequin duck in Avila

Victoria Morrow
 

Hello again. I write in shame to indicate that what I saw was a long-tailed duck, not a harlequin. My sincere apologies.

Vicki Morrow

On Dec 4, 2020, at 8:29 AM, Victoria Morrow <vmorrow@pacbell.net> wrote:

There was a harlequin duck near the footbridge on the Bob Jones Trail this morning between 8:15and 8:30, very close and just downstream.

Vicki Morrow


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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (2 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Red-breasted Sapsucker (ruber) (1 report)
- Black-throated Sparrow (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (2 reports)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 03, 2020 12:45 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/S77037991
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing since 11/25/20 (Bruce Mast) --- Female plumaged.
Most recent prior eBird report of this species at this eBird hotspot: 3/20/2018 (Tom Edell)"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Dec 03, 2020 07:05 by Ann Stockert
- 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/S77030120
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing female plumaged bird first photographed on 11/30/2020 by David Lawrence. Found this morning foraging with mixed group of Mallards and American Wigeon close to Ocean Ave bridge. ( photo)"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 08:45 by Mike Stiles
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77014269
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first seen at north end of beach, then on rocks on the south end. Not mingling with other plovers."

Red-breasted Sapsucker (ruber) (Sphyrapicus ruber ruber) (1)
- Reported Dec 03, 2020 09:00 by Kaaren Perry
- El Chorro Regional Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3313108,-120.7308733&ll=35.3313108,-120.7308733
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77034483
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "While walking the Pepper Tree line in the picnic area at El Chorro Regional this morning with Judy Neuhauser I spotted a Red-breasted Sapsucker working along the branches and trunk of a Pepper Tree. I commented to Judy that the entire head was a VERY bright, vivid red and the bird lacked the typical white moustachial seen on our expected daggetti ssp. of Red-breasted. 2 narrow lines of dots were seen later in photos. I was able to get a few poor but diagnostic photos while the bird continued to be extremely elusive, feeding deep in the branches of the Pepper Tree."

Black-throated Sparrow (Amphispiza bilineata) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2020 07:15 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/S77014619
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing; photos"

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2020 07:45 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/S77021814
- Comments: "Observed about eight feet up in fence-line tree (close to Casa Diablo feeders but on the park side of the fence). Hopped from tree down into backyard before I could get a pic. Slate-colored head, breast, flanks, back and wings. White underside. Vocalized a ringy-chip call typical of juncos."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2020 14:10 by Mike Stiles
- Yard, 13th St, Los Osos, CA, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3312845,-120.8285379&ll=35.3312845,-120.8285379
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77028253
- Comments: "Still present in the yard. 6th day. One extremely poor photo."

Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2020 13:30 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay yard, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.360935,-120.844846&ll=35.360935,-120.844846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77031678
- Comments: "Continuing. Seen feeding along cape honeysuckle and ivy hedge. Bold eye ring, gray head and clear yellow on underparts seen."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 03, 2020 10:55 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/S77029993
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing bird first reported here on 25 Nov 2020. Today it was mostly feeding in the dry sand and vegetation on the north edge of the dry creek channel down creek of the pedestrian bridge."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 15:15 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/S77014449
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Dull warbler, constantly bobbing tail. Pale eyebrow, and some fine streaking on the breast"

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 10:25 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/S76984269
- Comments: "Continuing bird feeding on mud, on ocean side of pedestrian bridge"

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Harlequin duck in Avila

Victoria Morrow
 

There was a harlequin duck near the footbridge on the Bob Jones Trail this morning between 8:15and 8:30, very close and just downstream.

Vicki Morrow


Red-breasted Sapsucker - ruber ssp.

Kaaren Perry
 

While walking the Pepper Tree line in the picnic area at El Chorro Regional this morning with Judy Neuhauser I spotted a Red-breasted Sapsucker working along the branches and trunk of a Pepper Tree. I commented to Judy that the entire head was a VERY bright, vivid red and the bird lacked the typical white moustachial seen on our expected daggetti ssp. of Red-breasted.  I was able to get a few poor but diagnostic photos while the bird continued to be extremely elusive, feeding deep in the branches of the Pepper Tree.  

I sent the photos and my thought as to subspecies  to Tom Edell and Will Knowlton.  Photos were reviewed and Tom got back to me shortly.  It is indeed a ruber ssp. The last record was in 1990 reported by Jim Royer at Islay Creek.  Tom located 3 records for Santa Barbara County and just a scattering of records in all of California.  Definitely a very rare sapsucker for SLO County!  Exciting!  

According to Tom this bird had been reported and photographed as a Red-breasted Sapsucker to ebird on Nov. 24 with no discussion of subspecies at the time. 

Through the leaves and branches photos now on flickr. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay









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*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (2 reports)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)
- Nashville Warbler (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (1 report)
- Hermit Warbler (1 report)

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Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 08:05 by Nick Belardes
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76979310
- Media: 9 Photos
- Comments: "Possibly continuing male. Kai Mills reported he’d seen a sapsucker a few weeks ago that was either red-naped or yellow-bellied. This bird was high in the trees behind main mausoleum, preening. Extensive white barring on back, red throat completely bordered with black, yellow belly, yellowish coloring on back, red cap."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 10:38 by Herb Elliott
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76992961
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "previously reported - https://ebird.org/checklist/S75751899"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 09:30 by Nick Belardes
- 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/S76989491
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing. Two TKs, vocalizing, landed in bare branches in paved loop. They had flown from nearby willows. One flew off before I could get a pic of both. Both had long, dark bills, bright yellow chests, green back."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 10:38 by Herb Elliott
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76992961
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "I found this bird with a mixed flock of sparrows and juncos under the eucalyptus grove at the end of the paved loop. The bird’s plumage was slate gray washed with brown, contrasting with white belly, and undertail coverts, pinkish bill and legs."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 11:37 by Nick Belardes
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76959177
- Comments: "Continuing male spotted by Herb Elliot earlier in the day. After seeing his rare bird report, I’m confident this was the bird I saw. It had the same light orange coloration as the bird Herb reported, including the dark eyeline. The bird was also oriole sized and had a long oriole bill."

Nashville Warbler (Leiothlypis ruficapilla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 12:40 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay yard, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.360935,-120.844846&ll=35.360935,-120.844846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76993738
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing. First seen this winter on Nov. 29. Feeding on cape honeysuckle and foraging in the ivy hedge. Seen at this location for 7 of the past 8 years. Bold eye ring, lime/olive green back. Clear yellow throat and underparts. White below the legs."

Palm Warbler (Setophaga palmarum) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 10:39 by David Cox
- 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/S76984294
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Pointed you to me by Jim Royer, Dark eye line, yellow undertail."

Hermit Warbler (Setophaga occidentalis) (1)
- Reported Dec 02, 2020 08:00 by Tom Slater
- Pajaro Lane Loop, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.018773,-120.5092185&ll=35.018773,-120.5092185
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S77012438
- Comments: "female, yellow face, dirty crown"

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Re: White-throated Sparrow (on 11/25)

Tom Ogren
 

In my own SLO yard I've been getting 2-3 Lincoln's Sparrows daily, along with many Golden-crowned and some White-crowned...but so far this fall, not a single White-throated, yet. About once a week a dark Fox Sparrow shows up.
I'm typically seeing around 20 species in the yard a day now.

Tom 

-----Original Message-----
From: Cheryl Lish
Sent: Dec 2, 2020 10:09 AM
To: Slocobirding
Subject: [slocobirding] White-throated Sparrow (on 11/25)

Just for the record - There was an adult White-throated Sparrow in my yard on 11/25/20 foraging with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows.

It feels like more Crowned sparrows have arrived in the past week or so. I've been feeling like the numbers were low (closer to 60 - 70) but think there are likely 100+ now.  ~120 is typical for my winter flock.  Around 20 of these are Golden-crowned Sparrows. 
I'm certain there are more birds coming in when I scatter seed morning and afternoon. Just don't know if they were already here but foraging in the field, or if they are recent arrivals. The seed scattering is in addition to having three feeders.  

Cheryl Lish  Arroyo Grande


White-throated Sparrow (on 11/25)

Cheryl Lish
 

Just for the record - There was an adult White-throated Sparrow in my yard on 11/25/20 foraging with a small flock of White-crowned Sparrows.

It feels like more Crowned sparrows have arrived in the past week or so. I've been feeling like the numbers were low (closer to 60 - 70) but think there are likely 100+ now.  ~120 is typical for my winter flock.  Around 20 of these are Golden-crowned Sparrows. 
I'm certain there are more birds coming in when I scatter seed morning and afternoon. Just don't know if they were already here but foraging in the field, or if they are recent arrivals. The seed scattering is in addition to having three feeders.  

Cheryl Lish  Arroyo Grande


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*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Western x Clark's Grebe (hybrid) (1 report)
- Ruddy Turnstone (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 08:47 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/S76957249
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing female plumaged bird (photo)"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 09:25 by Petra Clayton
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76965130
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Possibly the same adult male that wintered in this area last year and possibly same bird here annually since 2011. --- First fall 2020 report on 10/23/20 (Rob Bender - using "Avila Beach Pier" eBird hotspot). --- Today observed from "Fisherman's Beach."

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/50671037607/in/dateposted-public/" title="Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Avila Beach, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/50671037607_e939834ba6_b.jpg" alt="Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus), Avila Beach, CA" /></a>"

Western x Clark's Grebe (hybrid) (Aechmophorus occidentalis x clarkii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 09:59 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4478436,-120.9069453&ll=35.4478436,-120.9069453
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76957229
- Comments: "Initially appeared to be a Clark's Grebe because of the orange colored bill and pale lores, but the black of the crown extended down to the top and back of the eye, but not below the eye."

Ruddy Turnstone (Arenaria interpres) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 08:43 by Dane Fagundes
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76946482
- Comments: "Orange legs. Brown band across breast with white above and below band or necklace."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (2)
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 11:45 by Petra Clayton
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76964907
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Two Tropical Kingbirds observed in the trees along the lake by the barbeque/boat launch, halfway between the bathrooms and the parking area at the end of the paved road. --- Two (even three) Kingbirds were observed and photographed on 11/20/20 (Kai Mills & Nick Belardes). --- Yellow breast, belly, and undertail; green back; notched tail; stout bill.

Photo #6 below shows two birds."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 08:28 by Herb Elliott
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76944672
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "This sparrow had a brownish/red crown, dark eyeline, and unstreaked underparts. - very likely the same bird reported yesterday by Michael and Nicole."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Dec 01, 2020 08:28 by Herb Elliott
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76944672
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "... yellowish head and tail, grayish back, white belly, white wingbars and pointed bill."

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Hooded Mergansers @ Villa Creek SP

Maggie Smith
 

This morning I had 3 female plumaged Hooded Mergansers.  Also had a Cackling Goose and 1 Short-billed Dowitcher gave its identifying 'tu tu tu' call.

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Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
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Pink sided Junco

njmann90
 

Just had a first year Pink sided Junco in the yard. I"m saying first year as it had rusty brown on the crown
Near Vet's Hall SLO

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

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




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Bob Jones Trail addendum

Rubba Johanna
 

Forgot to say yesterday that there were also about 30 Canada Geese on the golf course on the Bob Jones Trail on Sunday.

Johanna Rubba
Grover  Beach


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*** Species Summary:

- Pigeon Guillemot (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Palm Warbler (Western) (2 reports)

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Pigeon Guillemot (Cepphus columba) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 30, 2020 09:28 by Tom Edell
- North Point Natural Area--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.407079,-120.8717568&ll=35.407079,-120.8717568
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76917540
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Distant bird hence the really bad photo. The photo dies show the white in the wing and shape of the bird. It was dark above and white below and when it raised up once and flapped its wings it showed grayish underwings. The head and upper face were grayish and the lower face and neck appeared white. The dark bill was visible as was the white in the wing panel. Possibly the same bird seen here on 1 and 16 Nov 2020."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Nov 30, 2020 07:58 by Michael Mulroy
- San Luis Cemetery, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2621906,-120.6704789&ll=35.2621906,-120.6704789
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S76907686
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "rufous crown, black eye line, pink bill, foraging with lark sparrows and a white-crowned sparrow"

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 29, 2020 13:17 by Jan Bugge
- 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/S76914759
- Comments: "Noted this pale brown warbler pumping his tail along the creek edges. Striking yellow undertail coverts and pale cream-colored eyebrow. Faint streaking on breast. Photos to come."

Palm Warbler (Western) (Setophaga palmarum palmarum) (1)
- Reported Nov 29, 2020 13:17 by Lisa Gattuso
- 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/S76914146
- Comments: "Noted this pale brown warbler pumping his tail along the creek edges. Striking yellow undertail coverts and pale cream-colored eyebrow. Faint streaking on breast. Photos to come."

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Hooded Oriole back at the LOV Nursery

Judy Neuhauser
 

The Hooded Oriole male was spotted on Sunday afternoon around 3 pm at the Los Osos Valley Nursery. It is the first I've looked for it. The 2 pairs that nested near my house this summer left our neighborhood a couple of months ago.
Judy Neuhauser
Los Osos

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