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7/17/18 11:16 am Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Golden Plover
7/16/18 5:04 pm Thomas Benson <tbenson...> [slocobirding] Red Phalarope at Arroyo Laguna, July 16
7/16/18 12:26 pm David Lawrence via Groups.Io <dmlawrence=<mac.com...> [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher, Laguna Lake
7/16/18 9:59 am Victoria Morrow <vmorrow...> [slocobirding] Reddish egret in Avila
7/15/18 5:47 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Recent Reddish Egrets
7/15/18 1:35 pm Movienight Norm <movienight14...> Re: [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher
7/15/18 1:21 pm Victoria Morrow <vmorrow...> [slocobirding] Reddish egret at Avila Beach this morning
7/14/18 6:48 pm birderjaime <slowoolf...> Re: [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher
7/14/18 5:27 pm petra schaaf via Groups.Io <pcschaaf=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Reddish Egret (Cayucos)
7/14/18 1:49 pm William Bouton <boutonbill...> [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher
7/14/18 11:22 am Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher
7/14/18 10:34 am Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Announcement - Morro Bay Annual Fall Pelagic Boat Trip, Sep 22
7/13/18 9:37 am David Lawrence via Groups.Io <dmlawrence=<mac.com...> [slocobirding] Reddish Egret, Red Phalarope
7/10/18 6:18 pm William Bouton <boutonbill...> [slocobirding] Arroyo Laguna
7/8/18 1:38 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Black Skimmer, Morro Bay, 7/8
7/5/18 7:12 pm Woodrow Eggers <eggerswoodrow...> [slocobirding] Red Knot at Morro Strand
7/5/18 5:18 pm Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] Turri Rd. 7/4/18
7/5/18 12:06 am Kees Frazier <keesfrazier...> [slocobirding] Lawrence's Goldfinches, Atascadero
7/4/18 3:35 pm David Lawrence via Groups.Io <dmlawrence=<mac.com...> [slocobirding] Ash-throated Flycatcher all-day breakfast
7/3/18 2:43 pm Greg Smith via Groups.Io <slobird=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Intertidal Shorebirds
7/2/18 4:35 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Cayucos - fledglings
6/30/18 11:30 am Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Masked/Nazca Booby, Estero Bay, 6/29
6/30/18 8:33 am Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Heerman's Gulls
6/29/18 6:09 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Little Blue Heron, Pismo Beach Golf Course 6/29
6/28/18 5:54 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Coon Creek, 6/28
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6/25/18 1:48 pm Rosalie Valvo <rvalvo...> [slocobirding] California Towhee Reflection Battles
6/25/18 1:26 pm Eric Wier <franknwier...> [slocobirding] Summer tanager
6/24/18 10:24 pm Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Oso Flaco
6/22/18 5:01 pm Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Coon Creek
6/22/18 8:58 am Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Shorebirds
6/21/18 9:49 pm David Lawrence <dmlawrence...> [slocobirding] Turri Road Blue Grosbeak plumage
6/21/18 12:34 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> Re: [slocobirding] Black-and-white Warbler- Cottontail Creek Rd.
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6/19/18 1:24 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> Re: [slocobirding] Black Swift - near Cambria
6/19/18 11:53 am Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Black Swift - near Cambria
6/18/18 1:25 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Indigo Bunting, Islay Creek, 18 Jun
6/18/18 9:29 am Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] White-winged Heerman's Gull
6/18/18 5:51 am Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] Cliff swallow brood
 
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Date: 7/17/18 11:16 am
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Golden Plover
Just flushed a Golden Plover from South Oso Flaco shore. Flying with 2 BBPL. Birds flew towards Oso Flaco lakes, may be in the AG fields?
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes

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Date: 7/16/18 5:04 pm
From: Thomas Benson <tbenson...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red Phalarope at Arroyo Laguna, July 16
I came across this observation on iNaturalist of an adult female Red Phalarope at Arroyo Laguna today, July 16, and thought locals would want to know: https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/14424906

Tom Benson
San Bernardino, CA


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Date: 7/16/18 12:26 pm
From: David Lawrence via Groups.Io <dmlawrence=<mac.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher, Laguna Lake
Greetings,

The bright Vermillion Flycatcher remains at Laguna Lake, seen this morning (Monday) from 7:45-9:30. It could thereafter not be located for an hour. It was also present yesterday afternoon. Yesterday it favored the willows by the boat dock before the turn-around. Today it was initially found there, but favored nearby trees on the opposite side of the road.

Images of this gorgeous bird are at: http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence <http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence>

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande
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Date: 7/16/18 9:59 am
From: Victoria Morrow <vmorrow...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Reddish egret in Avila
A reddish egret continues in Avila this morning in the estuary along with a red throated loon. The loon was there yesterday too, but only today did I get a photo good enough for an ID.

Vicki Morrow




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Date: 7/15/18 5:47 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Recent Reddish Egrets
The recent sightings of Reddish Egret at multiple locations in the county
suggest that up to three juveniles have been present. Although there are
photos of all these birds, it is difficult to find features that clearly
identify an individual bird. This is mostly due to lighting and distance
when the photos were taken. So ignoring the photos available and looking
strictly at date, time, and location it appears that at least three
juveniles have been in the county between 11-15 Jul.



1. The first Reddish Egret was found at Arroyo Grande Creek mouth
(AGCM) on 11 Jul. This is presumably the same bird that was seen there on
July 12, at both the AGCM and Pismo Creek mouth on 14 Jul, and is presumably
the same bird found at San Luis Obispo Creek mouth in Avila on 15 Jul.
2. One was found at San Geronimo Creek around 1050 AM on 13 Jul that
moved to Cayucos Creek mouth and Little Cayucos Creek mouth where it
remained for the rest of the day. It was present again at Cayucos Creek
mouth the next morning and remained there through at least mid-day.
3. Another was found at San Simeon Creek mouth around 3:30 PM on 13
Jul. Presumably the same bird was the one seen there around mid-morning on
15 Jul



These birds fit this species recent pattern of northward juvenile movement
along the coast from Jul-Sep. San Luis Obispo County appears to be about as
far north as most venture. It is presumed that these birds move north from
Mexico after fledging and in previous years only one juvenile has reached
the county, so three this year is unprecedented. The first county record
involved a juvenile Al Schmierer found at Whale Rock Reservoir on 5 Sep 2003
that remained through 26 Oct.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Date: 7/15/18 1:35 pm
From: Movienight Norm <movienight14...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher
Vermillion Flycatcher at Laguna Lake today between 11 and noon.

Norm PIllsbury


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Date: 7/15/18 1:21 pm
From: Victoria Morrow <vmorrow...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Reddish egret at Avila Beach this morning
A reddish egret appeared in the estuary at Avila Beach about 8:30 this morning, visible from the car bridge, and was still there at 12:40, though the tide is coming in and the shallow water it likes is disappearing.

Vicki Morrow
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Date: 7/14/18 6:48 pm
From: birderjaime <slowoolf...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher
The Laguna Lake vermillion flycatcher was still there at 5 p.m. Lovely
bird. Same location as described earlier.
Jamie

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Date: 7/14/18 5:27 pm
From: petra schaaf via Groups.Io <pcschaaf=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Reddish Egret (Cayucos)
To add to the documentation of the juvenile Reddish Egret sighting yesterday in Cayucos, I assembled footage and stills taken yesterday as we tracked the bird from San Geronimo Creek south, first to the mouth/lagoon of Little Cayucos Creek and then to the mouth/lagoon of Cayucos Creek by the pier.
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Date: 7/14/18 1:49 pm
From: William Bouton <boutonbill...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher
Between 11:00 and noon this morning, the Vermillion Flycatcher at Laguna Lake park was in view most of the time. This in spite of frisbees actually flying into some of its favorite perch trees. Be aware if you go for the flycatcher, that part of the frisbee golf course goes directly through the area so far preferred by the bird. If you are unaware of the players they’ll eventually politely call out to you to move to safety. Passers-by (and some of the frisbee players) showed great interest in what the birders, with their impressive optics, were looking at. Some very much enjoyed hearing about the bird and looking at it through our binoculars. (A great opportunity for public outreach is available.)

While I was there the bird was perched high in a group of 3 or 4 cypresses that are the right side of the road as you go north, just before it splits into the turnaround loop.

A photo can be viewed at:

www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/>

Bill

Bill Bouton
San Luis Obispo
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Date: 7/14/18 11:22 am
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Vermillion Flycatcher
My neice Joanna and I found a Vermillion Flycatcher at Laguna Lake in San
Luis Obispo this morning. It liked to hang out in the dead tops of cypress
trees and occasionally in the willows on either side of the paved lakeside
road near the north end, where cars park. It disappeared at times but
reappeared in the tree tops. Several birders got photos.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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Date: 7/14/18 10:34 am
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Announcement - Morro Bay Annual Fall Pelagic Boat Trip, Sep 22
Following up on my June post about this fall's pelagic trip out of Morro
Bay. Alvaro's web site is now accepting reservations for the trip. Below
is my original post. Please join us for what we surely be a great trip.



Morro Coast Audubon is joining forces with Alvaro's Adventures for the
chapter's annual fall pelagic bird trip. Those of you that have been lucky
enough to join Alvaro on other California boat trips or heard him talk at a
past Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival know how knowledgeable and personable he
is as both trip leader and a speaker. This year's trip will be on Saturday,
Sep 22 and is leaving from Morro Bay. This is Alvaro's first scheduled trip
out of Morro Bay and is sure to be a good one. The price is $140 and you can
sign up at Alvaro's Adventures website.



http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




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Date: 7/13/18 9:37 am
From: David Lawrence via Groups.Io <dmlawrence=<mac.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Reddish Egret, Red Phalarope
Greetings,

Yesterday, early morning, the REDDISH EGRET worked back and forth at the Arroyo Grande Creek mouth, watched from the west-side rope fence. The reported continuing Little Blue Heron was not seen over an hour or so.

Up the coast at Arroyo Laguna the injured female RED PHALAROPE was followed for a feeding excursion around the small lagoon at the north end of the beach. The bird was initially still and well-camouflaged among the kelp debris, then circled the water’s edge feeding. If was able to fly across the pond, maybe 30-40 feet. The injury is significant, exposing several cms. of her left pectoral region. While appearing superficial to me, I doubt the area will re-feather once scarred in, and may be a site of heat loss on the open ocean. Surely all wish this beautiful bird well, but she is in some straits.

At the Lucerne pull-out, the Black Oystercatcher parents were with the single growing chick. One brought in several molluskan meals for the chick. Between deliveries the young bird was seen sometimes flipping over empty shells weathering on the home rock, prepping for the future.

Images of the Red Phalarope and one of the Reddish Egret are at: http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence <http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence>

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande





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Date: 7/10/18 6:18 pm
From: William Bouton <boutonbill...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Arroyo Laguna
The gorgeous female Red Phalarope, first reported by Tom Edell at 8:15 this morning, was still at Arroyo Laguna when I left at 10:40. This bird has a serious-looking wound on the left side of her breast, with red muscle showing. Nevertheless, she was seemingly oblivious to human activity in her immediate vicinity, paying almost no attention to me as I knelt nearby photographing.

Five images may be viewed at: www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/>

Bill Bouton
San Luis Obispo
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Date: 7/8/18 1:38 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Black Skimmer, Morro Bay, 7/8
This morning a Black Skimmer at Morro Bay was with a group of Caspian Terns
on the mud flat adjacent to Grassy Island. Three male Northern Shovelers
continued in the Chorro Creek Channel, today seen from the parking area for
the Park Ridge Trail off South Bay Blvd. When I last saw the shovelers from
State Park Road on Jul 3 there was also a male and female scaup with them in
the Chorro Creek Channel, but they were too far away for me to positively
identify them to species. Hopefully someone can get a closer look.



Yesterday, a male Wood Duck in the Cottontail Creek arm of Whale Rock
Reservoir and five Northern Pintail (3 males, 2 females) were there on 29
Jun.



As a side note, for the first time in many years there were no reports of a
Harlequin Duck at Estero Bluffs or Cayucos in June. Also bucking the recent
trend, a hatchling Black Oystercatcher below the Lucerne Drive vista point
was present again today and has survived longer (now 15 days old) than any
chick at this location in many years.



Yesterday I counted 41 Clark's Grebes from the Cayucos Pier. This is the
highest number ever recorded at this location and more than typically
expected at any marine location in the county.



Lawrence's Goldfinch is present along the coast in above average numbers
this summer, but it was still surprising to find a flock of about 20 along
the ocean bluff edge at Harmony Headlands SP on 1 Jul.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




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Date: 7/5/18 7:12 pm
From: Woodrow Eggers <eggerswoodrow...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red Knot at Morro Strand
While conducting a beachcomber survey and regular Snowy Plover monitoring
at Morro Strand this morning, Regena and I observed a breeding plumage *Red
Knot *foraging near the "Alva Paul" lagoon area just south of the
campground.

Woodrow Eggers
California State Parks
Los Osos

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Date: 7/5/18 5:18 pm
From: Rubba Johanna <jer72701...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Turri Rd. 7/4/18
Cruised Turri Rd. in the late afternoon July 4. Saw a Lazuli Bunting in a big bush about opposite the sign warning of buried gas lines, not far from the windmill. Got unusually close looks at two Wrentits near the gate closing off a private road a ways towards Los Osos from the Bunting bush. The Wrentits were chattering emphatically, and followed me as I walked along the road. I must have been near their nest.

Also heard and saw one Red-Shouldered and two Red-tailed Hawks, all calling frequently, numerous Western Bluebirds in the open fields, and one probable Lark Sparrow—it had the distinctive facial markings and white in the tail.



Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach




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Date: 7/5/18 12:06 am
From: Kees Frazier <keesfrazier...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Lawrence's Goldfinches, Atascadero
For the past week or two there has been a flock of ~12 lawrence's goldfinches frequenting Paloma Creek Park. They stay on the north end, often foraging on the walking path, underneath a (mulberry?) tree with dried and squashed berries by a soccer field. They are my favorite finches so it has been a delight seeing such a large group of them so reliably. 

- Kees, Atascadero

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Date: 7/4/18 3:35 pm
From: David Lawrence via Groups.Io <dmlawrence=<mac.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Ash-throated Flycatcher all-day breakfast
Greetings,

What a time luxury to yesterday morning surveil an active Ash-throated Flycatcher nest. The day was very still, so I could hear the nestlings' chirps amplified from within the box I had placed, the volume oscillating when the providing adult approached and gave a single alert call. First from my Jeep, but then closer and closer, I moved a big lens in for clearer observation of the prey, gauging my acceptance by the continuing peeps and unchanged tempo and pathway of delivery. A nice, lichen-festooned perch duct-taped to the pole is a wonderful idea.

Things were foggy and chilly and at near-drizzle at the start, so there was no “fly catching.” The menu was nearly exclusively grasshoppers and other ground-based arthropods, with a few daily specials including a praying mantis, a cricket or cicada, a spider. I’ve done this watch before, a few years back, and then the variety was greater over several sunny days, with butterflies, craneflies, snail shells(!), berries, and a mix of beetles and leggy things sometimes still offering their last agonal squirm.

And today, I discovered another nest, even closer, so retirement is good and Happy 4th of July!

I’ve placed a few images at: http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence <http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence>

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande
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Date: 7/3/18 2:43 pm
From: Greg Smith via Groups.Io <slobird=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Intertidal Shorebirds
A group of 18 Surfbirds and six Black Turnstones were feeding on the rocks below the north end of Lucerne Drive in Cayucos just prior to lunch today. Most all were in alternate plumage...


Greg Smith
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Date: 7/2/18 4:35 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Cayucos - fledglings
I made a brief stop at Lucerne Dr. overlook in north Cayucos this morning to check on a few fairly recently hatched fledglings.

The single surviving Black Oystercatcher chick (there had been 3 eggs) was poking around in the near shore rocks joined quickly by an adult carrying a tasty morsel. Both adults remained in the area. In the past this has been an unsuccessful location for breeding of this species quite probably due to predation. Hopefully this chick will survive the season.

After enjoying the little Oystercatcher family I checked on the 3 Western Gull chicks that had hatched on a rock a bit farther off shore. I first noticed them moving about on the rock top June 16. To my knowledge this is the third year that the adult pair have successfully hatched a brood at this exact location. They are now getting a little adventurous moving about at their nest site.

I put up 2 zoomed photos on flickr taken today from the overlook.


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 6/30/18 11:30 am
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Masked/Nazca Booby, Estero Bay, 6/29
Mike Stiles passed along a post by John Sanders to the Birding California Facebook page of what looks like a Masked Booby taken on Estero Bay yesterday during a whale watching trip out of Morro Bay. The photos are not perfect for separating Masked from Nazca booby, but the bill appears yellow which suggests Masked. This is an extremely worn sub-adult bird. It may still be out there, or roosting somewhere along the SLO coast, or never to be seen again.



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Date: 6/30/18 8:33 am
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Heerman's Gulls
About 5000-6000 gulls and have yet to encounter a juvenile. Yikes.
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes

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Date: 6/29/18 6:09 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Little Blue Heron, Pismo Beach Golf Course 6/29
For those that do not get eBird rare bird alerts or check eBird for recent
reports, the following was submitted today. The location is not far from
Arroyo Grande Creek where one was present 3-6 June and suggests that this
may be the same bird. Please let this group know if the bird is seen again.



Little Blue Heron (Egretta caerulea) (1)

- Reported Jun 29, 2018 11:30 by Peggy Burhenn

- Pismo State Beach Golf Course, Grover Beach US-CA (35.1275,-120.6344), San
Luis Obispo, California

- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8
<http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.127502,-120.634424&ll=35.1275
02,-120.634424> &t=p&z=13&q=35.127502,-120.634424&ll=35.127502,-120.634424

- Checklist: https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46881636

- Comments: "Small all blue heron. No other markings on neck, blue beak.
Ruled out tri-colored. No streaking. In pond on golf course. If an expert is
nearby maybe they can verify. No pictures taken, flew into reeds at back of
pond. "





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Date: 6/28/18 5:54 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Coon Creek, 6/28
The male Rose-breasted Grosbeak continues to sing along the Coon Creek trail
in Montana de Oro State Park. The bird was singing from the willows along
the creek about 100-150 feet down canyon from the second foot bridge. Based
on the brown flight feathers this is an immature, second-year male, which
seems to be the case with most mid-summer Rose-breasted Grosbeaks found in
the county during the summer months.



https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S46859531



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Date: 6/26/18 5:15 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Announcement - Morro Bay Annual Fall Pelagic Boat Trip, Sep 22
My apologies on the trip announcement. Apparently Alvaro's website is not
yet taking reservations for this trip. I will find out more and get back to
the group.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA



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Subject: [slocobirding] Announcement - Morro Bay Annual Fall Pelagic Boat
Trip, Sep 22



Morro Coast Audubon is joining forces with Alvaro's Adventures for the
chapter's annual fall pelagic bird trip. Those of you that have been lucky
enough to join Alvaro on other California boat trips or heard him talk at a
past Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival know how knowledgeable and personable he
is as both trip leader and a speaker. This year's trip will be on Sep 22 and
leaving from Morro Bay. This will be Alvaro's first scheduled trip out of
Morro Bay and is sure to be a good one. The price is $135 and you can sign
up at Alvaro's Adventures website.



http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/



Tom Edell

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Date: 6/26/18 11:37 am
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Announcement - Morro Bay Annual Fall Pelagic Boat Trip, Sep 22
Morro Coast Audubon is joining forces with Alvaro's Adventures for the
chapter's annual fall pelagic bird trip. Those of you that have been lucky
enough to join Alvaro on other California boat trips or heard him talk at a
past Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival know how knowledgeable and personable he
is as both trip leader and a speaker. This year's trip will be on Sep 22 and
leaving from Morro Bay. This will be Alvaro's first scheduled trip out of
Morro Bay and is sure to be a good one. The price is $135 and you can sign
up at Alvaro's Adventures website.



http://alvarosadventures.com/boat-trips/pelagics/



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




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Date: 6/25/18 1:48 pm
From: Rosalie Valvo <rvalvo...>
Subject: [slocobirding] California Towhee Reflection Battles
Yesterday, as I was working in the laundry room, a California Towhee came to
the window a couple feet in front of me and started pecking at it. There
was no food or nesting material there, so I didn't understand what it was
doing until I realized that it was pecking at its reflection. Reminded me
of the towhee - possibly the same one - I saw a couple weeks ago attacking
its reflection in the neighbor's car's front windshield, but it kept sliding
down. They seem to be nesting in my yard the last couple years.



Rosalie




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Date: 6/25/18 1:26 pm
From: Eric Wier <franknwier...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Summer tanager
The first year male summer tanager found in San Luis Obispo’s Meadow Park Sunday evening by Steve McMasters was observed again late this morning. The bird was heard and seen in bottlebrush trees adjacent to the footbridge.

Eric Wier
San Luis Obispo

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Date: 6/24/18 10:24 pm
From: Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Oso Flaco
Rare birds were a Common Loon flying in endless circles high above the lake and a Clark’s Grebe. I saw one adult Least Tern feeding on the lake, with not much success I might add. But the blonde-headed Wrentit was my favorite. Not sure what was going on there. Evening was overcast, buggy, with no wind.
Bird on,Tom Slater- Nipomo

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Date: 6/22/18 5:01 pm
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Rose-breasted Grosbeak - Coon Creek
A male Rose-breasted Grosbeak was singing very frequently and loudly today
near the second footbridge from the start of the Coon Creek trail at
Montana de Oro State Park. It was in riparian habitat and perched near the
top of the trees. I also heard one Canyon Wren singing from the rock on the
right side of the trail before the grosbeak (just before the big rock
outcropping where the swifts and swallows nest). A Pacific Wren was calling
from thick undergrowth immediatelt past the two very large oaks to the left
of the trail a little over 1.5 miles from the trailhead. These are the oaks
that people climb on because their big branches come down close to the
ground.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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Date: 6/22/18 8:58 am
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Shorebirds
I look over the SLO county checklist every so often and I find it interesting how abundant and common birds become "rare" or "casual" in June. Yesterday 2 Wilson's Phalaropes (rare) were at AG Creek and a lone Western Sandpiper (casual) was in with Sanderlings. Whimbrels and Long-billed Curlews have been regular this June.
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes

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Date: 6/21/18 9:49 pm
From: David Lawrence <dmlawrence...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Turri Road Blue Grosbeak plumage
Greetings,

Turri Road offers wonderful habitat along the straight section of its west extent, where the former field (once planted in sweet peas) now is wild and fallow. A probable 1st summer Blue Grosbeak with interesting plumage was seen several times. A cropped image highlights the appearance of blue plumage in this young bird.

Images at: flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence <http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence>

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande
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Date: 6/21/18 12:34 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Black-and-white Warbler- Cottontail Creek Rd.
After running into Maggie this morning on Cottontail Cr. Rd and learning of the Black and White I drove immediately to the location. Within 5 minutes I was able to get a quick glimpse of the bird and heard his song just once coming from high in the oak. Almost immediately thereafter it flew across the road and disappeared upstream. I was unable to relocate despite remaining in the area for another 20+ minutes.

Nice one Maggie!


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> On Jun 21, 2018, at 10:58 AM, Maggie Smith via Groups.Io <milleniummaggs=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> Had a singing Black-and-white Warbler this morning.
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> Cottontail Creek Rd is a left off Old Creek Rd. Go to the end 2.5 miles. The bird was in a huge old oak which had a sign on the trunk which says Lyan Family.
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Date: 6/21/18 10:58 am
From: Maggie Smith via Groups.Io <milleniummaggs=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Black-and-white Warbler- Cottontail Creek Rd.
Had a singing Black-and-white Warbler this morning.
Cottontail Creek Rd is a left off Old Creek Rd.  Go to the end 2.5 miles.  The bird was in a huge old oak which had a sign on the trunk which says Lyan Family.
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Arroyo Grande
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Date: 6/19/18 1:24 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Black Swift - near Cambria
Ooop! Correction: Not wedged tail! slightly forked tail.

Kaaren


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> On Jun 19, 2018, at 11:53 AM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> wrote:
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> This morning a Black Swift was seen foraging over a field with a small flock of 5 White-throated Swifts and an estimated 30 Cliff Swallows at the intersection of Monte Cristo and Hwy1, just south of Cambria city limits.
>
> The large all black swift with long, slightly wedged tail helped to separate it from the other nearby species. The bird was seen soaring and occasionally fanning it’s tail in flight.
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Date: 6/19/18 11:53 am
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Black Swift - near Cambria
This morning a Black Swift was seen foraging over a field with a small flock of 5 White-throated Swifts and an estimated 30 Cliff Swallows at the intersection of Monte Cristo and Hwy1, just south of Cambria city limits.

The large all black swift with long, slightly wedged tail helped to separate it from the other nearby species. The bird was seen soaring and occasionally fanning it’s tail in flight.

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Morro Bay
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Date: 6/18/18 1:25 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Indigo Bunting, Islay Creek, 18 Jun
Mid-morning today Maggie Smith and I saw an adult male Indigo Bunting along
Islay Creek, inland of the campground. The crummy GPS app on my phone
indicated the coordinates where we viewed the bird from were 35.27952,
-120.87579, but using Google Earth the coordinates more accurately plot as
35.275938, -120.875786. We were on the Islay Creek Trail (not road)
approximately 0.25 mile beyond the end of the campground.



The bird was last seen flying to the hillside across the creek and beyond
Islay Creek Road, so if interested in seeing the bird it may be worth
looking for it from the road.



Nothing else unusual along Islay Creek or in the campground this morning.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




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Date: 6/18/18 9:29 am
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] White-winged Heerman's Gull
I posted this on Friday but..oops, went to Yahoo.
I read in H&D that <1% of Heerman's Gulls show a white patch on the primary coverts forming a white patch. On Friday there was a HEEG molting into Basic III that had extensive white throughout both wings. Neat looking bird. Pier Avenue ramp.
Also 2 Spotted Sandpipers on the shore, rare for this time of year.

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Date: 6/18/18 5:51 am
From: Rubba Johanna <jer72701...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Cliff swallow brood
Some may remember my Cliff Swallow drama from some years back. A pair of Cliff Swallows used to build a nest every year under the fascia at the apex of my roof, until they were evicted by a House Sparrow. Well, a pair has been coming for a couple of years and nesting at the apex of the condo opposite mine. I don’t know if they’re the same birds (or progeny of). Right now, they are raising a brood of at least two chicks. We see their faces peeping over the edge of the nest. I’m hoping they’ll raise another brood when these fledge.

And I’m keeping an eye out for House Sparrows.


Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach




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