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4/22/18 8:46 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Pacific Golden-Plover - Point Sierra Nevada - 22 Apr
4/21/18 9:32 pm Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Buck Springs Camp
4/21/18 8:07 pm 'Michael D. Stiles' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Turri Road and Sweet Springs
4/20/18 10:54 am Nancy Mann <njmann50...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] BH Grosbeaks
4/20/18 9:54 am Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Vaux’s Swifts came to market 4/19
4/20/18 8:46 am 'Michael D. Stiles' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Yard birds
4/18/18 5:36 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Cottontail Cr. Road, Cayucos
4/18/18 3:43 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Cottontail Cr. Road, Cayucos
4/18/18 12:58 pm Steven McMasters <smcmasters...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Costa's Hummingbird in SLO
4/16/18 4:02 pm Nancy Mann <njmann50...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] hummers slo
4/16/18 4:15 am Teddy Llovet <bluheron...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] California Condor, Hollister Peak
4/15/18 5:41 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] California Condor, Hollister Peak
4/15/18 5:13 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] California Condor, Hollister Peak
4/15/18 2:11 pm <whknowlton...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] California Condor, Hollister Peak
4/14/18 3:11 pm <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Red-tail attacking Golden Eagle
4/14/18 11:03 am Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Swainson's, Calliopes Keep Coming
4/14/18 10:51 am Judy Neuhauser <judyneu...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Acorn Woodpeckers Los Osos; White-Throated Sparrow
4/13/18 1:12 pm 'Michael D. Stiles' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] **ADMIN** New Group Coming. IMPORTANT**
4/12/18 2:24 pm Robert Chapman <trapmanlou...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Peale's PEFA
4/12/18 1:30 pm 'Rosalie Valvo' <rvalvo...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Crow Mobbing Gulls in Morro Bay
4/11/18 11:41 am Bill Bouton <boutonbill...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Arroyo Grande Back Yard
4/11/18 5:08 am Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] AG Raven
4/10/18 11:35 pm David Lawrence <dmlawrence...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Carrizo Birds 4/10
4/10/18 9:46 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Reddish Egret eBird Report - Seen from Inn at Morro Bay
4/10/18 6:13 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Calliope Hummingbird - Morro Bay
4/9/18 9:41 pm 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Estero Bluffs HARLEQUIN DUCKS
4/9/18 8:28 am Kevin Zimmer <kjzimmerphd...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Black-chinned and Calliope hummingbirds in Atascadero
4/8/18 4:52 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Swainson's Hawk - Morro Bay
4/8/18 2:50 pm Tyson Baker <tysons41...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Swainson's
4/8/18 10:16 am Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Swainson's Hawks, Vaux's
4/6/18 8:53 pm <joliaa...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Red-tailed Hawk mobbed by Crows
4/5/18 2:33 pm Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] more spring arrivals
4/5/18 8:16 am Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] MCAS Sweet Springs Breeding Bird Surveys
4/5/18 5:48 am Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] micro news compared to condors
4/4/18 9:04 pm Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Calliopes Keep Coming
4/4/18 1:06 pm <susansales535...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] new backyard birds
4/3/18 4:42 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Signs of Spring migration - Morro Bay
4/3/18 3:28 pm 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] GOLDEN EAGLE and mating PEREGRINE FALCONS
4/1/18 9:07 pm petra schaaf <pcschaaf...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] California Condors - Hollister Peak
4/1/18 3:59 pm 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] The Hollister Peak California Condors and long-long-distance photography
4/1/18 11:17 am Tyson Baker <tysons41...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Condors, Hollister Peak, HWY I
3/31/18 1:29 pm steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] 3 condors at Hollister Peak
3/31/18 11:28 am Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] springing along
3/30/18 1:49 pm Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Migrating Lewis's
3/30/18 11:14 am <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] FOS visitors
3/30/18 1:33 am Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] nesting peregrines at Pecho Ranch and MDO State Park
3/29/18 7:39 pm 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] An abundance of good fortune, including the Yellow-crowned Night-heron
3/29/18 4:30 pm steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] nesting peregrines at Pecho Ranch and MDO State Park
3/29/18 11:33 am Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] MacGillivray's Warbler- Cerro Alto
3/28/18 5:28 pm Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] More Purple Martins
3/28/18 9:41 am Judy Neuhauser <judyneu...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Bald Eagle
3/27/18 4:32 pm Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] It's all happening!
3/27/18 7:58 am '<mstiles...>' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Hummers and Quail
3/26/18 7:00 pm Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] new arrivals daily!
3/26/18 3:06 pm Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Purple Martin etc
3/25/18 7:43 pm Thomas Slater <tomslaterphotography...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Chipping Sparrows
3/25/18 4:05 pm 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-heron, a distant peek; And a fine Common Loon
3/24/18 7:54 pm Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] local birds
3/24/18 4:59 pm Karen Clarke <seachest2002...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds
3/24/18 4:07 pm Kevin Zimmer <kjzimmerphd...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] FOS Black-headed Grosbeak in Atascadero
3/24/18 3:22 pm Nancy Mann <njmann50...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] rufous hummingbird
3/24/18 1:49 pm Calvin French <cal.french...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Violet-green Swallows
3/24/18 9:13 am Calvin French <cal.french...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] First Bullock's Oriole
 
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Date: 4/22/18 8:46 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Pacific Golden-Plover - Point Sierra Nevada - 22 Apr
This morning the adult Pacific Golden-Plover continued along the beach on
the north side of Point Sierra Nevada. It has been at this location since 3
Sep 2017 and is molting into breeding plumage.



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44844565



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




 

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Date: 4/21/18 9:32 pm
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Buck Springs Camp
I just returned from an overnight camping trip to Buck Springs campground
which is north of the Rock Front Ranch area off of Highway 166. Yesterday
afternoon from camp I watched a Prairie Falcon harass a Red-tailed Hawk
overhead but it quickly changed direction and pursued to blackish birds
about the same size as the falcon. Once I got my bins on the action I could
see these were two ibises (presumably White-faced). Quite unexpected over
the Los Padres Forest. This morning I located a singing Bell's Sparrow near
the entrance to the campground. Migrants were generally scarce but I did
have Black-throated Gray and Nashville Warblers.
--
Jamie M. Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

 

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Date: 4/21/18 8:07 pm
From: 'Michael D. Stiles' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Turri Road and Sweet Springs
Along Turri road this morning I had several first of season birds for me, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BLUE GROSBEAK, WARBLING VIREO, SWAINSON'S THRUSH and LAZULI BUNTING. A GREEN HERON was around the seasonal pond.


Three BLACK-NECKED STILTS were just off the new viewing platform at Sweet Springs East. For some reason a Western Gull kept chasing them around the mudflats.


Mike Stiles

Los Osos

 

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Date: 4/20/18 10:54 am
From: Nancy Mann <njmann50...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] BH Grosbeaks
VERY unusual for my yard I have a flock of at least 11 Black-headed
Grosbeaks right now, all age classes and sexes.
NJMann
near Vet's Hall SLO

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Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
<njmann50...>
"A duck a day!!!!" William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
Inbox (72) <https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox>
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach
their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a
downright moron.” H.L. Mencken

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

COMPASSION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsZvU9EpGGk
..





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Date: 4/20/18 9:54 am
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Vaux’s Swifts came to market 4/19
A flock of approximately 40 Vaux’s Swifts we’re flying over farmer’s market
and Mission Plaza last night at about 6pm. Brian Brown had additional
Vaux’s Swifts at Rancho El Chorro (near CuestaCollege) yesterday.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

 

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Date: 4/20/18 8:46 am
From: 'Michael D. Stiles' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Yard birds
I returned from a 3 day backpack to find 2 uncommon birds in the yard and a new one for the yard list.


A male BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD, was on the feeder this morning, the new yard bird, and male and female PURPLE FINCH, and a first year BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, both uncommon. The grosbeak was later heard singing in the yard.


Mike Stiles

Los Osos

 

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Date: 4/18/18 5:36 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Cottontail Cr. Road, Cayucos
Blythe and Fianna Wilde and I spent the morning birding Cottontail Creek Rd.. in Cayucos, stopping at any and all available pull offs along the way. We ended up with 62 species and it is just about impossible for me to decide which was the most appreciated.

Perhaps the numerous Vaux Swifts or the fun of sorting out the 5 swallow species was a highlight? The Roadrunner was a treat to see as it ran across the road right in front of us. The flyover of the adult Bald Eagle and the “kreeking” grebes, Bullocks and Hooded Orioles calling from the treetops, male Black-headed Grosbeaks and singing warblers joining in were each just part of this lovely morning.

I am attaching my ebird report here just in case someone wants to get a preview of some of the many species that may be present on their next visit this Spring: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44701347

Lots to see and hear!


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/












 

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Date: 4/18/18 3:43 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Cottontail Cr. Road, Cayucos
(Second try)

Blythe and Fianna Wilde and I spent the morning birding Cottontail Creek Rd.. in Cayucos, stopping at any and all available pull offs along the way. We ended up with 62 species and it is just about impossible for me to decide which was the most appreciated.

Perhaps the numerous Vaux Swifts or the fun of sorting out the 5 swallow species was a highlight? The Roadrunner was a treat to see as it ran across the road right in front of us. The flyover of the adult Bald Eagle and the “kreeking” grebes, Bullocks and Hooded Orioles calling from the treetops, male Black-headed Grosbeaks and singing warblers joining in were each just part of this lovely morning.

I am attaching my ebird report here just in case someone wants to get a preview of some of the many species that may be present on their next visit this Spring: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44701347

Lots to see and hear!


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/












 

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Date: 4/18/18 12:58 pm
From: Steven McMasters <smcmasters...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Costa's Hummingbird in SLO
Monday (April 16), I encountered an adult male Costa's hummingbird perched
and vocalizing from a small tree in the front yard of a house in the 300
block of Woodbridge St. in SLO.

Steve McMasters
San Luis Obispo, CA

 

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Date: 4/16/18 4:02 pm
From: Nancy Mann <njmann50...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] hummers slo
In the last hour I've had a pulse of hummers on the feeders. At least 3
male Rufous, numerous Selasphorous sp, increasing numbers of Anna's (male,
female, first year male), as well as FOS for me male Black-chinned
Hummingbird. In 12 years I've only had Rufous a couple of times, always,
single, never for more than a couple of days. This is the first
Black-chinned I've had in years.

SLO
NJ Mann
near vet's hall

--
Nancy Jean Mann
San Luis Obispo
<njmann50...>
"A duck a day!!!!" William Henry "Hank" Deveraux, Jr.'
Inbox (72) <https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox>
“On some great and glorious day, the plain folks of the land will reach
their heart's desire at last, and the White House will be adorned by a
downright moron.” H.L. Mencken

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

COMPASSION https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MsZvU9EpGGk
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Date: 4/16/18 4:15 am
From: Teddy Llovet <bluheron...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] California Condor, Hollister Peak
Great photo, Kaaren. One correction on hatch and release dates:

"Orville #16" Hatched in Boise, ID 6/4/13; Release Date: 10/28/2015 in Big Sur https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44163510

flythebirdpath ~ ~ ~
Teddy Llovet
https://www.flickr.com/photos/155839615@N03/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/155839615@N03/>
> On Apr 15, 2018, at 5:13 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:
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> The California Condor was still present when I left the area at 3:20. It had settled on a small ledge down and right from the highest point where scope views were necessary. Quite a nice group pf birders had arrived to welcome this bird back as it is more than likely one of the 3 last reported at this location on April 1.
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> I was able to get a flight photo showing the tag number, #16. (photo). From what I can find out, according to “Condor Spotter”, this bird is named “Orville”. hatched at Big Sur in June 2013.
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> Morro Bay
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>> On Apr 15, 2018, at 2:11 PM, <whknowlton...> <mailto:<whknowlton...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> <mailto:<slocobirding-noreply...>> wrote:
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>> One California Condor is currently soaring with a kettle of Turkey Vultures just NW of Hollister Peak and just south of Highway 1.
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>> Will Knowlton
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Date: 4/15/18 5:41 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] California Condor, Hollister Peak
Thanks for the correction! The site said Big Sur and I had jumped to the conclusion it was hatched there. Needed to do more reading before hitting send!

Kaaren





Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/











> On Apr 15, 2018, at 5:30 PM, Teddy Llovet <bluheron...> wrote:
>
> Great photo, Kaaren. One correction on hatch and release dates:
>
> "Orville #16" Hatched in Boise, ID 6/4/13; Release Date: 10/28/2015 in Big Sur https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44163510 <https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44163510>
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> Teddy Llovet
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/155839615@N03/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/155839615@N03/>
>> On Apr 15, 2018, at 5:13 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> <mailto:<surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> <mailto:<slocobirding-noreply...>> wrote:
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>> The California Condor was still present when I left the area at 3:20. It had settled on a small ledge down and right from the highest point where scope views were necessary. Quite a nice group pf birders had arrived to welcome this bird back as it is more than likely one of the 3 last reported at this location on April 1.
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>> Morro Bay
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>>> On Apr 15, 2018, at 2:11 PM, <whknowlton...> <mailto:<whknowlton...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> <mailto:<slocobirding-noreply...>> wrote:
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>>> Will Knowlton
>>> San Luis Obispo, CA
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Date: 4/15/18 5:13 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] California Condor, Hollister Peak
The California Condor was still present when I left the area at 3:20. It had settled on a small ledge down and right from the highest point where scope views were necessary. Quite a nice group pf birders had arrived to welcome this bird back as it is more than likely one of the 3 last reported at this location on April 1.

I was able to get a flight photo showing the tag number, #16. (photo). From what I can find out, according to “Condor Spotter”, this bird is named “Orville”. hatched at Big Sur in June 2013.

http://www.condorspotter.com. Fun site with a biography and behavior description of this particular bird and others identifiable by the individual tag number.



Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/











> On Apr 15, 2018, at 2:11 PM, <whknowlton...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:
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> One California Condor is currently soaring with a kettle of Turkey Vultures just NW of Hollister Peak and just south of Highway 1.
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> Will Knowlton
> San Luis Obispo, CA
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Date: 4/15/18 2:11 pm
From: <whknowlton...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] California Condor, Hollister Peak
One California Condor is currently soaring with a kettle of Turkey Vultures just NW of Hollister Peak and just south of Highway 1.

Will Knowlton
San Luis Obispo, CA

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Date: 4/14/18 3:11 pm
From: <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-tail attacking Golden Eagle
So, along 41 west this morning, a Red-tail was dive bombing a Golden Eagle repeatedly.
We have both in our neighborhood and both nest nearby. Loved watching the behavior but don't think the eagle was as happy.

claudia at 1700' in west Atascadero


 

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Date: 4/14/18 11:03 am
From: Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Swainson's, Calliopes Keep Coming
A dark phase SWAINSON'S HAWK flew northward over Deer Canyon this
morning, number eleven here this spring.  Male and female CALLIOPE
HUMMINGBIRDS are at the feeders this morning, number six and seven this
spring.  A migrant MERLIN was harassed mercilessly by a fellow
migrant--a SHARP-SHINNED HAWK--high over the canyon this morning.

Migrant passerine numbers in single digits in 3 1/2 hours watching from
the terrace this morning.  Hummer numbers much reduced from a few days ago.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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Date: 4/14/18 10:51 am
From: Judy Neuhauser <judyneu...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Acorn Woodpeckers Los Osos; White-Throated Sparrow
At least 3 Acorn Woodpeckers have reappeared in the eucalyptus trees South of Highland Dr and West of Broderson in Los Osos. They first appeared 4 years ago, then disappeared until last week.

The White-Throated Sparrow continues at my feeders. https://www.flickr.com/photos/138747946@N04/with/40425962741/

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Date: 4/13/18 1:12 pm
From: 'Michael D. Stiles' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] **ADMIN** New Group Coming. IMPORTANT**
I'm sure many of you have noticed a lag in posting times, or even your posts never showing up on the SLOCObirding Yahoo Group. Apparently, Yahoo groups is no longer being supported, and similar problems are rampant through the entire system.


Many of the groups have transferred over to a new listserv called "groups.io" We will be doing this in the very near future. The transfer will be seamless for you, the members. Your info and settings will automatically be moved to the new list and you will receive an email alerting you to the fact.


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Date: 4/12/18 2:24 pm
From: Robert Chapman <trapmanlou...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Peale's PEFA
Tuesday a sub-adult Peale's Peregrine Falcon stopped in at ODSVRA. Only the second one I've seen here. Neat bird. Photo.

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Date: 4/12/18 1:30 pm
From: 'Rosalie Valvo' <rvalvo...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Crow Mobbing Gulls in Morro Bay
I was walking home from the Audubon office on the Embarcadero this noon when
I saw what I thought was a bunch of Western Gulls mobbing a crow. But it
was the other way around. The gulls were swarming and the crow was chasing
them, all fifteen or twenty of them. After a bit it narrowed down to one
gull which, apparently, had secured itself a prize - an egg? Then another
crow arrived on the scene, but it was too late.



Rosalie




 

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Date: 4/11/18 11:41 am
From: Bill Bouton <boutonbill...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Arroyo Grande Back Yard
I introduced Patricia Price to the joy of birds when we met more than 15 years ago. Though she is not a “lister” in the sense we listers use the word, she does keep track of her yard birds (using banders’ codes at that)! She began feeding birds in her back yard, and she’s only become more avid with each passing year.

She lives near “old town” Arroyo Grande on Whitely Street, which dead-ends to the north at Arroyo Grande Creek. It is a nice-sized city lot that now has a lot of shrubbery and several sizable trees. Tuesday afternoon, because there was an exceptional amount of activity at the feeders, we spent about two hours, between 16:00 and 18:00 watching. It is amazing what providing a little wildlife habitat, some water, and (a lot of) food can do for the wildlife of a city yard.

In the list below, I put what I considered “good” birds, in upper case. There were exactly 40 species by my count:

Red-shouldered Hawk
Western Gull
Rock Pigeon
Eurasian Collared-Dove
BLACK-CHINNED HUMMINGBIRD, at least 2 males and 2 females
Anna’s Hummingbird
CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, at least 1 male and 1 female
RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, numerous
Selasphorus sp. abundant
Nuttall’s Woodpecker
Acorn Woodpecker
Black Phoebe
California Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Oak Titmouse
Bewick’s Wren
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Orange-crowned Warbler
AUDUBON’S YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, unknown number; mostly alt males
Spotted Towhee
California Towhee
“SOOTY" FOX SPARROW
Song Sparrow
LINCOLN’S SPARROW
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, 2
White-crowned Sparrow
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, at least 2
Dark-eyed Junco
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, at least 2 males and two females
Brewer’s Blackbird
ORCHARD ORIOLE, probable; brief poor look; didn’t hang around like the other two species
HOODED ORIOLE, apparently at least one female and two males
BULLOCK’S ORIOLE, at least one male and one female
PURPLE FINCH, one female
House Finch
Lesser Goldfinch, numerous
American Goldfinch, several
House Sparrow

Bill

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Date: 4/11/18 5:08 am
From: Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] AG Raven
I stepped out on my deck and heard the quarking of a raven. Could it be? Yes, there flying right above me was the wedged-tail corvid, with 7 squawking crows in hot pursuit. The raven flew around my head a couple of times, weaving in and out of the angry crows, and then flew off in a northwesterly direction. Maybe you'll see it, Brad, over Deer Canyon? ;)


First time for me seeing Ravens here in the hills.


On the hummingbird migration news, I had all SIX species at my feeders last night, and it was thrilling to see female Calliopes showing up, as well as female and immature Allen's, Black Chinned, Costa's. Still a good representation of mature male Rufous.


Jeri Edwards
in the hills of AG just outside the Village
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Date: 4/10/18 11:35 pm
From: David Lawrence <dmlawrence...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Carrizo Birds 4/10
Greetings,

A visit to the southern portion of the Carrizo Plain today showed a comforting blanket of green. Wildflowers are nothing compared to last year, but a few, localized brushstrokes of yellow do brighten, and are a relief considering the desiccated, brown brittleness that depressed an earlier February trip. The day was glorious.

An early stop at Quail Springs included successful photography of Lawrence’s Goldfinches, the most numerous species present (15-20 active birds). Shallow standing water over maybe 20 feet draws modest variety, but few migrants were present and the overall count of species and numbers seemed down from past visits.

Back along Elkhorn Road 2 Swainson’s Hawks were found, one initially lifting from the ground as we passed. Numerous large beetles were present (I’ll call them “June Bugs,” in profound ignorance, and they buzzed around the Birdmobile with some landing on us) and I might speculate that the hawks were feeding on them. One aerial capture may have been witnessed. The two birds included lighter- and darker-plumaged individuals, and we enjoyed long looks in the open fields about 10 miles in from 166.

On the way out and in a different county, 2 California Condors were seen soaring in the Bitter Creek Wildlife sector, high and/or far off, and I wouldn’t have found them without expert eyes and direction.

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Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande



 

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Date: 4/10/18 9:46 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Reddish Egret eBird Report - Seen from Inn at Morro Bay
Passing along a report of a "white-morph" Reddish Egret on Morro Bay this
afternoon by a Colorado birder. It was reportedly across the bay from the
Inn at Morro Bay. Not the expected morph or time of year. Please post to
list if seen.



Serving as the messenger only.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




 

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Date: 4/10/18 6:13 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Calliope Hummingbird - Morro Bay
(Second attempt to send this message)

A beautiful male Calliope Hummingbird just visited our feeder! (Photos)

Black-chinned male made a very brief appearance yesterday and many male Rufous and Rufous/Allen’s buzzing around our feeder and honeysuckle hedge this afternoon. The past few days have been the most hummingbird activity that I can remember here in Morro Bay.

New yard and county bird! Quite a fun afternoon!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 4/9/18 9:41 pm
From: 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Estero Bluffs HARLEQUIN DUCKS
Hi all,


This is the second attempt to send this message. Hope it works this time.


Yesterday at Estero Bluffs there was a male and female HARLEQUIN DUCK, sitting on low-tide exposed rocks in their most commonly seen region, nearly straight down from the fig-tree entrance.


It was a rare happy combination. I was able to wade and clamber on some exposed rocks off to one side of the birds far enough out to make it so that the angle of the sunlight was pretty good for photography. Plus, the birds were tolerant, resulting in better photos than I have previously obtained.


Such a handsome bird!!!


Many fewer shorebirds.


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


P.S. Three celebratory photos on Flickr. Enjoy.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/40448954425/in/dateposted/

[cid:4653366d-9dad-4c5c-99a0-309c6d6106b6]01 Harlequin Duck<https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/40448954425/in/dateposted/>
Estero Bluffs. A nice look at the male and female together.

[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/790/40448954425_0db65c4cfc_b.jpg]<https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/40448954425/>





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Date: 4/9/18 8:28 am
From: Kevin Zimmer <kjzimmerphd...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Black-chinned and Calliope hummingbirds in Atascadero
My FOS Black-chinned Hummingbird (male) showed at the feeders yesterday (Sunday) afternoon. Also present were 1 male and 1 female Calliope, the first of which showed on April 2, just as we were leaving town for nearly a week.. Rufous Hummingbird numbers have been building, with at least 20 birds present at our feeders as of yesterday, and definitely outnumbering Annas.

In other news: at least 2 of the 4 White-throated Sparrows that wintered in our yard are still around, as are the other Zonotrichia (Golden-crowneds are all coming into nice alternate plumage), and we still have 30+ Pine Siskins hanging around.

Kevin Zimmer
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Date: 4/8/18 4:52 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Swainson's Hawk - Morro Bay
This morning after reading Brad’s post of his sightings of 5 Swainson’s in Arroyo Grande I had my eyes to the sky when an adult dark-morph Swainson’s Hawk flew over our house. I grabbed my camera and was able to get a few shots off before the bird disappeared, heading south. (photos)

Exciting sighting and a new yard bird too!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 4/8/18 2:50 pm
From: Tyson Baker <tysons41...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Swainson's
Just had a swainson's hawk fly through here in SLO, (North Broad Street area). Life bird for both of us!

Tyson and Kristi.
Los Osos/SLO.


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Date: 4/8/18 10:16 am
From: Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Swainson's Hawks, Vaux's
Although there was very little visible passerine movement this morning,
a watch from our terrace produced five SWAINSON'S HAWKS moving NW
between 7:20 & 10:00 this morning.  Three were individuals separated by
about an hour and a half, the last two were in loose association.

Just two days ago I was complaining that I'd not seen a migrant
Swainson's from the house this spring.  Yesterday evening about 5:30
during stiff winds the first this year went by as did a lone VAUX'S
SWIFT, also the first of the spring here.  A second Vaux's early this
morning was also a lone individual.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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Date: 4/6/18 8:53 pm
From: <joliaa...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-tailed Hawk mobbed by Crows
I first heard, and then saw, 12-15 crows flying toward pine tree located behind my house, I took a short video (sorry for it being jerky) only to see the hawk with a Eurasian Collard-Dove in its talons.



The still images show the hawk and light-colored dove.


The dove, unfortunately and sadly, is one that often came to my backyard to feed. Its unusual light color distinguished it from all others in my area.


The hawk finally took off, with the dove, to a place unknown, the crows left, and the commotion ceased.



I thought it amazing that the crows seemed so agitated by the hawk's prey--a dove, not a crow... although I don't know if hawks prey on adult crows. But the crows were clearly agitated.


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Date: 4/5/18 2:33 pm
From: Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] more spring arrivals
Don't blink because you might miss some of the excitement. That's how I feel about the activity in my yard right now. This morning Black Headed Grosbeaks showed up at my feeders and a Chipping Sparrow was chowing down at the suet cake.


Jeri Edwards
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Date: 4/5/18 8:16 am
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] MCAS Sweet Springs Breeding Bird Surveys
Our 6th year of Spring breeding bird surveys at Sweet Springs Preserve has begun and will be conducted bi-weekly until July. A trained group of MCAS citizen scientists will once again be following an adjusted protocol originally compiled by Point Blue. Data will be gathered throughout the season and presented in late Summer.

The teams first record early breeding behaviors such as singing, pairing up, copulation and carrying nesting materials. As the season progresses many more activities are observed and recorded such as food being carried to a nest site and the sounds of baby birds being fed. Finally we all hope to observe fledglings as they hop and flutter nearby, often darting in and out of the brush, waiting to be fed by the parents.

During this entire time we realize the importance of observing from a distance, making sure that the adults birds can carry on with their duties undisturbed. Birds both large and small are known to abandon their efforts if they sense nearby interference from humans or animals.

Yesterday, 4/4, I was very surprised to see a Bewick’s Wren in our yard in Morro Bay carrying a fecal sac. This indicated that the adult was tending to nesting young. It paused on a wire above our hedge before flying off. Seemed awfully early to me but apparently not to the wren! I contacted Tom Edell who has records of breeding Bewick’s Wrens from a previous county breeding bird atlas study. He reports that the earliest previous record of food carrying of that species was from April 18th.

It’s happening!


Kaaren Perry
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Date: 4/5/18 5:48 am
From: Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] micro news compared to condors
Who says we all can't get along? This evening around 7:20pm I counted 33 hummingbirds at my feeder stations, grouped closely together so it's easy to count all of them while they're sipping away. Sometimes it appears as if they're gulping. . Several Rufous, Allen's, Anna's and one CALLIOPE male! No bullies allowed! ;) What a sight! Several times during the day a male and female Hooded Oriole are now regulars.


Jeri Edwards
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Date: 4/4/18 9:04 pm
From: Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Calliopes Keep Coming
Calliope males two and three for the feeders this spring appeared in the
garden this evening.  This is a conservative count based on gorget
shapes (and coincident feeding this evening).  The first appeared March
30, five days earlier than previous years here at Deer Canyon.  Rufous
numbers continue to impress, although total hummer numbers are down
dramatically from those of last week.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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Date: 4/4/18 1:06 pm
From: <susansales535...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] new backyard birds
Wonderful how backyard bird populations change over years. No good visuals of Northern Flickers this winter, yet they vocalized in nearby eucs. (They usually won't pass up the suet) Had few Wilson's and rarely Orange-crowned Warbler. This year instead of one, there were three Ruby-crowned Kinglet, moving together. Seemed like every time I looked they were bathing/drinking.



This week for the first time, a pair of Western Bluebirds and a pair of Chestnut-backed Chickadees have been daily gleaners in the Carolina Cherry hedgerow, and at the water dish.



Re-hung a Niger sock and now have Lesser Goldfinch again. They are messy but colorful.



This winter's Hermit Thrush hasn't been seen in a week, but hoping the Swainson's will come back--it blessed my yard with daily morning-long concerts all spring, three years ago.



Had two-three Selasphorus Hummingbirds last week but they appear to have moved on.



Four Red-tailed hawks persist in spite of massive eucs being removed from the back of my neighbor's lot. The best overhanging bare limbs/snags were lost in the removal, but many healthy trees remain. The adults do flight display/mating behavior while the youngsters (?) circle far above, nearby.



Sue Girard
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Date: 4/3/18 4:42 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Signs of Spring migration - Morro Bay
Having been away for the past 2 ½ weeks I have been looking forward to seeing what had left our yard and if any spring migrant breeders had arrived. The early morning greeting of the “whit” of a Western Kingbird was a nice welcome.

It was followed during the day by a pair of Hooded Orioles. While expected at this date it is always such a treat to see the brilliant plumage of a spring male and his nearby mate. A male Rufous Hummingbird, perhaps the one first reported on 3/11, darted about.

White-crowned and Golden Crown sparrow numbers seem to be similar however I noticed that the majority of White-crowns today were the orange-billed gambli subspecies, a change from the majority of yellow-billed two weeks ago. Lots of singing from both species.

2 Lincoln Sparrows poked around under the brush and 2 “sooty” Fox Sparrows visited thoughout the morning.

Pine Siskin seem to have apparently moved out, perhaps because the niger feeder was empty or maybe just it’s just that time for them to head to away from the coast to the breeding grounds.

2 male Yellow-rumped Warblers in full/striking breeding plumage…common but nevertheless spectacular.

A Cooper’s Hawk passed through just to keep things “interesting”.


Kaaren Perry
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Date: 4/3/18 3:28 pm
From: 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] GOLDEN EAGLE and mating PEREGRINE FALCONS
Hi all,


As did several others, I cruised Turri Road today hoping that maybe the condor trio would be munching on some unfortunate mammal, but it was not to be.


On the other hand, there was a beautiful GOLDEN EAGLE perched briefly above the pond fairly high on the ocean side of the crest. Tough light.


On the temporary pond by the loading pens(?) right by the road, there was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, pointed out to me by Jack Clayton.


At the Morro Bay State Park marina there was a group of 50 or more DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS in hot pursuit of a school of small fish (far too easily and quickly swallowed).


Also, for the third time in two weeks, I watched a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS, mainly perched high in the brightest-trunked eucalyptus tree just to the left of the entry road as you look from the parking lot. For over an hour, they mainly sat quietly. At one point the male flew out over the bay. I figured the female might soon follow, so I focused on her. Next thing I know there's a wing where there shouldn't be, and it sank in that the male had flown in to copulate. The rapid-fire feature of my little camera is on the fritz, so getting two frames was an achievement.


Several questions:


With two new nestings in Montana de Oro reported, are we having a rather sudden increase in our county peregrine population? How do these birds fit in? Do they have a nest nearby? Are they visiting the Bayside Cafe from Morro Rock or from Montana de Oro, or are they another independent pair? Who knows?


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


I've posted one Golden Eagle photo and both of the noteworthy Peregrine Falcon photos. Enjoy them!!!


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/27344213288/in/photostream/

[cid:785cb0fd-6bae-4b95-8635-b13ada8f1730]01 Golden Eagle<https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/27344213288/in/photostream/>
Turri Road. Difficult light and distance, but such a nice bird. Forgive me.

[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/867/27344213288_d89ccbc06c_b.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/27344213288/>
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Date: 4/1/18 9:07 pm
From: petra schaaf <pcschaaf...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] California Condors - Hollister Peak
Adding to the California Condor documentation: ebird checklist and YouTube video:

https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44163510

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Date: 4/1/18 3:59 pm
From: 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] The Hollister Peak California Condors and long-long-distance photography
Hi everyone,


I joined the group of condor viewers yesterday afternoon, and this morning. A lifetime bird for me and a total thrill. I took, and now share with you far far too many pictures, even though the distance was more than daunting. The quality is dreadful. I posted them anyway, for three reasons.

a) If you weren't able to get out to see them, you can see what we all saw, great birds at really long distance.

b) I think they're good enough to obtain the ID number of each bird, 16, 58, and 97. I hope these have been reported already.

c) I was absolutely flabbergasted that ID numbers were obtainable by camera from that distance. I'm not over it as I write. Holy smokes!!! The 1.5 pounds of Nikon technology that I play with is absolutely amazing.


Dave Keeling


p.s. Depending on how I count a few questionable birds, the California Condor makes the 350th bird species I've photographed in the county. A milestone.


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[cid:59e33720-78bf-48dd-8548-77491e8482c3]CaliforniaCondor16<https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/41124789302/in/dateposted/>
Hollister Peak. OK, first of all, these 5 condor photos are terrible in an absolute sense. I know.

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Date: 4/1/18 11:17 am
From: Tyson Baker <tysons41...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Condors, Hollister Peak, HWY I
Just joined a group on the frontage road in front of Hollister Peak viewing 3 California condors that have been here since Friday. 11:15 am.

Tyson and Kristi.
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Date: 3/31/18 1:29 pm
From: steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] 3 condors at Hollister Peak
Hello all,
Richard Neidhardt, who radiotracks California Condors, got a call last night from Pinnacles N'tl Park condor staff that 3 condors were likely roosting at Hollister Peak last night. He, Dennis Sheridan and Devra Cooper have been watching them since they took fllight more than 30 minutes ago, after the fog lifted. Road access is Canet Rd. off Hwy.1. I was able to locate and have been watching the 3 condors -2 adults and a juvenile- with a spotting scope far in the distance from my apartment balcony miles away, in Los Osos!! They have been soaring south and then back to Hollister as I write this.
Richard will be trying to get an identification from their tag numbers, they are from the Central California flock.

Steve Schubert
Los Osos

 

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Date: 3/31/18 11:28 am
From: Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] springing along
Yesterday Sally Bird and I stopped in briefly at Del Mar Park to see what we could see. (We really wanted to see the Brown Creeper but still no luck). Our FOS Pacific Slope Flycatcher was there to sing sweetly to us as well as 2 male Bullock's Orioles and 2 male Hooded Orioles.


We also spent a short time along Turri Road and were delighted to see Horned Larks in addition to Lark Sparrows, the 2 nesting Ravens and a brief appearance of the burrowing owl. We are awaiting the arrival of the Lazuli Bunting!


And this morning I had a new yard bird up in the old oak: a Black Throated Gray Warbler!


Jeri Edwards
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Date: 3/30/18 1:49 pm
From: Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Migrating Lewis's
Migrants were just trickling through this morning, flying north over
Deer Canyon AG.  Only a few WESTERN KINGBIRDS, a few distant passerine
silhouettes, and a dozen or so YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS--the latter
looking quite spiffy now.

To my great surprise, however, a north-bound LEWIS'S WOODPECKER came by
in mid-morning.  I haven't seen a Lewis's migrant here in a few years,
and this is the first time I've seen one in spring, the others have all
been south-bound fall migrants.

Hummingbird numbers have dropped to about 25% of those a few days ago,
although RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS are still common.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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Date: 3/30/18 11:14 am
From: <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] FOS visitors
Today we had a Hooded Oriole male in full regalia at our fountain and hummer feeder. Also in the tree a male Black-headed Grosbeak. Our first Lark Sparrow also showed up to feed on seeds.
This week has seen our Cliff swallows cleaning house in last year's nests under our eaves and eating lots of bugs.

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Date: 3/30/18 1:33 am
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] nesting peregrines at Pecho Ranch and MDO State Park
Hi Steve,

What an interesting report! Thanks so much for sharing your research, both past and present.


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/




> On Mar 29, 2018, at 4:29 PM, steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:
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> Hello all,
> Today I surveyed the Pecho Ranch coastal bluffs and adjacent grazing lands on PG&E lands - accompanied by retired PG&E biologist Sally Krenn - in the general vicinity of the Point Buchon public access trail. We confirmed a nesting pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS on the same nearshore seastack where falconer and retired Cal Poly professor John Edminsten and I first located and reported this nesting site some years ago.
>
> Sally showed me a BURROWING OWL location she has monitored the last five years. The owl flew to and perched on some large boulders in a grassy field, then returned several times to a burrow entrance with a number of owl pellets scattered about. Sally was surprised because this was her latest sighting... in past years the owl is gone by February to mid-March, so we will go back out there again to check next week.
>
> I stopped by on the Bluffs Trail in Montana De Oro State Park where for the past 6 weeks I have been observing a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS investigating the seabluff potholes at Smuggler's Cove (southside of Spooner's Cove), occupying the cliffs there, and flybys over Spooner's Cove towards the dunes and directly over Spooner's Ranchhouse flying inland over the Islay Creek drainage. About 2 weeks ago I observed the female mandibulating the substrate of a small pothole on the Smuggler's Cove cliffside, excavating a nesting scrape, so was excited today to see the falcon settled down motionless inside that pothole, apparently incubating. I once read a published report of peregrine falcon nesting site at Spooner's Cove in the early 1900's, more than 100 years ago.
>
> Steve Schubert
> Los Osos
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Date: 3/29/18 7:39 pm
From: 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] An abundance of good fortune, including the Yellow-crowned Night-heron
Hi all,


My goodness, good luck has been mine.


On Tuesday I went north up the coast to Sierra Nevada beach and saw the twice previously reported (thanks Maggie, Jackie, and Will) PACIFIC GOLDEN-PLOVER. The coolest moments were when for an extended time it stood right next to a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER yielding just amazing opportunities to see how they are similar and how they differ.


Late Wednesday afternoon, Elena and I took her visiting sister to see the Morro Bay State Park marina. I've been so many times recently, I almost didn't go. I was less than a car-length away from the car when I saw the YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON perched on the rocks perhaps 10 yards away. It calmly allowed a lengthy photo session. So add low-tide late afternoons at the marina to our list of places/circumstances to be alert.


Late this afternoon I returned to the marina. No heron, but a fine consolation prize of a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS who buzzed the marina for a couple of laps, and then perched high in a eucalyptis tree right by the entrance to the parking area (near the Bayside Cafe). The size difference was immediately obvious so I comclude they were male and female and husband and wife. Very entertaining.


Dave Keeling

Morro Bay


P.S. Yes, Flickr photos, 7 in all. I like 'em.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/41062071822/in/dateposted/

[cid:6368afa7-161d-456c-9f94-a427bd38178c]01 Pacific Golden and Black-bellied Plovers<https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/41062071822/in/dateposted/>
Sierra Nevada beach, Tuesday Mar 27. What luck to have these two stand side by side. You can see that the diggest difference isn't length or height, but girth.

[https://farm1.staticflickr.com/809/41062071822_224110e006_b.jpg] <https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/41062071822/>
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Date: 3/29/18 4:30 pm
From: steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] nesting peregrines at Pecho Ranch and MDO State Park
Hello all,
Today I surveyed the Pecho Ranch coastal bluffs and adjacent grazing lands on PG&E lands - accompanied by retired PG&E biologist Sally Krenn - in the general vicinity of the Point Buchon public access trail. We confirmed a nesting pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS on the same nearshore seastack where falconer and retired Cal Poly professor John Edminsten and I first located and reported this nesting site some years ago.

Sally showed me a BURROWING OWL location she has monitored the last five years. The owl flew to and perched on some large boulders in a grassy field, then returned several times to a burrow entrance with a number of owl pellets scattered about. Sally was surprised because this was her latest sighting... in past years the owl is gone by February to mid-March, so we will go back out there again to check next week.

I stopped by on the Bluffs Trail in Montana De Oro State Park where for the past 6 weeks I have been observing a pair of PEREGRINE FALCONS investigating the seabluff potholes at Smuggler's Cove (southside of Spooner's Cove), occupying the cliffs there, and flybys over Spooner's Cove towards the dunes and directly over Spooner's Ranchhouse flying inland over the Islay Creek drainage. About 2 weeks ago I observed the female mandibulating the substrate of a small pothole on the Smuggler's Cove cliffside, excavating a nesting scrape, so was excited today to see the falcon settled down motionless inside that pothole, apparently incubating. I once read a published report of peregrine falcon nesting site at Spooner's Cove in the early 1900's, more than 100 years ago.

Steve Schubert
Los Osos

 

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Date: 3/29/18 11:33 am
From: Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] MacGillivray's Warbler- Cerro Alto
Early this morning a MacGillivray's Warbler was singing along the riparian portion of the Boy Scout trail
The bridge that was washed away during the last storm has been replaced.
Also 2 male Black-headed Grosbeaks were singing.  FOS for me and first at Cerro Alto.
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
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Date: 3/28/18 5:28 pm
From: Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] More Purple Martins
This morning there were 3 males and 2 females at the historical breeding site at the intersection of Hwy 1 and San Gabriel in Atascadero.
Females were inspecting nesting cavities and males were following them in.
https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44034053

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
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Date: 3/28/18 9:41 am
From: Judy Neuhauser <judyneu...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Bald Eagle
A mature Bald Eagle (white head and tail) flew into the eucalytus trees just SW of Broderson and Highland in Los Osos. It has been there for over an hour and shows no sign of departing any time soon. First time I have seen one in these particular trees!

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Date: 3/27/18 4:32 pm
From: Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] It's all happening!
Yay! A male Bullock's Oriole showed up at my hummingbird feeder today. In years past a male and female have nested in a neighboring grove of tall palms (kind of looks out of place mixed in with the native oak terrain, but hey, it's very useful habitat!). Hope to see the female soon.


Nearly every day this winter I've seen a flock of 16-20 cedar waxwings, but this morning, wow, there were 100+ feeding on my pyracanthas! Bulking up for the journey!


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Date: 3/27/18 7:58 am
From: '<mstiles...>' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Hummers and Quail
I too have had an influx of hummingbirds in my yard. Three selasphorus types, a female, a male with some green in the back, and an all rufous-backed male. I am somewhat confident to call that a Rufous Hummingbird. The others will stay as Rufous/Allen's. They are fighting for feeder space with three Anna's Hummers.

The California Quail have apparently had a successful year. On two seed trays and the yard space in between, I counted by ones, to the best of my ability, 100 birds. No doubt a low count. While they're my wife's favorite birds, I'm not sure our seed budget can handle that.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos

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Date: 3/26/18 7:00 pm
From: Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] new arrivals daily!
I sense the spring migration excitement building in the emails! Love the reports!
Meanwhile, hummingbird frenzy continues here with more migrants arriving daily. They're going through 16 cups daily now and most likely more as the days go by.


And incidentally, I'm still seeing 'my' overwintering Merlin but I suspect it will be on its way in a matter of days.


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Date: 3/26/18 3:06 pm
From: Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Purple Martin etc
This morning 1 adult male Purple Martin was vocalizing and  flying around the corner of Hwy 41 and San Gabriel in Atascadero.
Yesterday Jackie Knowlton and I had a Pacific Golden-Plover at Point Sierra Nevada on the north coast.  Most likely this is a continuing bird first found by Will Knowlton on 9/13/17 and refound most recently by Will on /3/2/18.
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
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Date: 3/25/18 7:43 pm
From: Thomas Slater <tomslaterphotography...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Chipping Sparrows
Owen and I visited Paloma Creek Park in Atascadero after Kees' report last Wednesday, in hopes to see a Chipping Sparrow. I've seen them in Texas and SB county, but not in SLO yet.
Owen heard one and then spotted it right off, high up in a tree. Luckily after we circled the park we saw two together on the pathway by the soccer goals that are stacked together by the pathway (on Kees' map). We got long looks before they, and some Lesser Goldfinches, flew off.
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It was a life bird for Owen. He was over the moon.

We also visited Santa Margarita, just because we love Yellow-billed Magpies. We saw 4 on J-Street eating come cat food that someone left out. Good for them? Good for us!
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Date: 3/25/18 4:05 pm
From: 'David L. Keeling' <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-heron, a distant peek; And a fine Common Loon
Hi all,


Today I spent an enjoyable hour watching a breeding plumaged COMMON LOON in Morro Bay. It very very slowly paddled into the bay, against the tide. My vantage points along the pedestrian pathway had the bird nearly continuously in difficult light. Eventually it got in far enough to view from the kayak launch site at the end of the Embarcadero. What a handsome bird!


With minimal expectations, I stopped by the Cloisters pond and to my considerable surprise, I was rewarded with distant looks at the Yellow-crowned Night-heron. It was visible from the southern portion by the grassy field near the picnic table. (It was not visible from the nearby overlook.) Photographically challenging due to distance and reeds, I managed to get a few shots that show how it has developed some of its adult plumage, i.e. its yellow crown, but has made little progress towards producing the white cheek. The bird sat still for perhaps a half hour, then took about two steps and disappeared into the reeds.


I have posted three photos on my FLICKR site, two loony and one heronly.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/27145239818/in/dateposted/


Dave

P.S. To those of you aware of my very long bout with the flu, I'm finally BETTER!

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Morro Bay. I spent a little over an hour tracking this bird as it lazily paddled into the bay, hoping, as always for a better angle of light.

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Date: 3/24/18 7:54 pm
From: Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] local birds
We still have numerous Pine Siskins. We had two Cliff Swallows zoom by
last week but they have not returned and we still have nests under our
eaves from 3 years running.
We have at least 3 male Rufous hummers driving everyone crazy
Western meadowlarks and western bluebirds all over the fields
Golden eagle pair are out and about and the Red-tails are spending lots of
time flying with each other

*Claudia ​in west Atascadero at 1700'​*

 

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Date: 3/24/18 4:59 pm
From: Karen Clarke <seachest2002...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds
Yesterday two male Rufous Hummingbirds greeted me as I went out into my backyard. 
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Date: 3/24/18 4:07 pm
From: Kevin Zimmer <kjzimmerphd...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] FOS Black-headed Grosbeak in Atascadero
I just photographed my FOS Black-headed Grosbeak (a male) in our back yard in north Atascadero minutes ago. We also had the first female Bullocks Oriole of the spring here (males first arrived a couple of days ago, during a break in the storm). Rufous Hummingbirds are increasing in number at the feeders at least 3 adult males and several female/imm-plumaged birds present today. We still have in excess of 40 Pine Siskins swarming our feeders I would expect them to be leaving soon.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

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Date: 3/24/18 3:22 pm
From: Nancy Mann <njmann50...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] rufous hummingbird
Male Rufous Hummingbird just appeared at feeder. Not very common in my
yard near vet's hall, SLO
NJMann

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Date: 3/24/18 1:49 pm
From: Calvin French <cal.french...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Violet-green Swallows
Six Violet-green Swallows feeding, first I have seen this year. Cal French,
western Adelaida.

 

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Date: 3/24/18 9:13 am
From: Calvin French <cal.french...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] First Bullock's Oriole
Now a male Bullock's Oriole has shown up. I have not seen the male Hooded
Oriole that was here before all the rain. Cal French, western Adelaida.

 

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