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4/4/20 3:22 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> Re: [slocobirding] Something about Bald Eagles! - sign off!
4/4/20 3:14 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Something about Bald Eagles!
4/4/20 1:34 pm Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] Knot, etc. at Morro Bay State Park Marina
4/4/20 12:59 pm Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Nipomo Regional Park
4/4/20 10:31 am Tom Ogren <tloallergyfree...> Re: [slocobirding] Yard Bird
4/3/20 6:08 pm Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] Yard Bird Surprise & Calliope
4/3/20 5:49 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
4/3/20 12:15 pm Bob Chapman via groups.io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] OD
4/3/20 11:50 am Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] New migrants
4/3/20 6:38 am Cindy McIntyre <cindy...> Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
4/2/20 7:19 pm Kevin Zimmer via groups.io <kjzimmerphd=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Calliope Hummingbirds in Atascadero
4/2/20 7:11 pm Karen Clarke <seachest1975...> [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds
4/2/20 6:38 pm Tom Ogren <tloallergyfree...> Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
4/2/20 6:31 pm Joanne Aasen <joliaa...> Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
4/2/20 6:11 pm Victoria Morrow <vmorrow...> Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
4/2/20 6:07 pm Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] Lesser Yellowlegs
4/2/20 6:06 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
4/2/20 5:43 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
4/2/20 2:41 pm Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] Oceano lake/lagoon area 4/2irs
4/2/20 11:02 am Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] looking up
4/1/20 5:40 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
4/1/20 12:27 pm Sue Girard <susansales535...> [slocobirding] yardbird changes
4/1/20 10:43 am Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] neighborhood birds
3/31/20 5:28 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/31/20 4:44 pm David L. Keeling <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] Horned Grebe in breeding plumage
3/31/20 11:44 am Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Tricolored Blackbirds - I forgot!
3/31/20 11:41 am Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Tricolored Blackbird
3/31/20 11:03 am njmann90 <njmann50...> [slocobirding] Blackheaded Grosbeak
3/30/20 5:54 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/30/20 10:50 am Stephanie Little <Stephanie.Little...> [slocobirding] Oso Flaco Lake
3/30/20 9:36 am Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Oceano Dunes
3/29/20 5:10 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/29/20 2:29 pm njmann90 <njmann50...> [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbird
3/29/20 1:46 pm Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] Black Skimmer from Audubon Overlook
3/29/20 10:41 am Steve McMasters <smcmasters...> [slocobirding] Bald Eagle - Laguna Lake
3/29/20 9:59 am Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Bullocks Oriole o-rama
3/28/20 4:59 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/28/20 8:56 am mike stiles <mstiles54...> [slocobirding] CLOSED: Oso Flaco/Oceano Dunes
3/27/20 4:36 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/27/20 2:32 pm Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Snow Goose
3/27/20 2:21 pm Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Cattle Egret
3/27/20 1:35 pm Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Cattle Egret
3/27/20 12:13 pm Peggy <peggysueburhenn...> Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
3/27/20 11:05 am Sue Girard <susansales535...> [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
3/27/20 11:05 am Sue Girard <susansales535...> [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
3/27/20 10:42 am Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Lawrence's Goldfinch
3/27/20 7:53 am Michael Hanson <mthanson...> Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
3/27/20 6:10 am Jamie Chavez <almiyi...> Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
3/26/20 10:55 pm Sue Girard <susansales535...> [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
3/26/20 4:26 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/25/20 4:24 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/24/20 4:11 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/24/20 11:56 am Kevin Zimmer via Groups.Io <kjzimmerphd=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Red-naped Sapsucker in Atascadero
3/23/20 6:44 pm njmann90 <njmann50...> [slocobirding] Red-breasted Nuthatch
3/23/20 4:56 pm Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] Montana de Oro Cassin’s Vireo, etc. 5/23/20
3/23/20 4:04 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/23/20 8:45 am Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Redheads at Whale Rock Reservoir
3/23/20 8:40 am mike stiles <mstiles54...> [slocobirding] <> Some guidelines
3/23/20 6:52 am Laura Kass <lauranature...> Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbird
3/23/20 4:35 am C Roessler via Groups.Io <skaaantics=<yahoo.com...> Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbird
3/22/20 5:00 pm Skip French <skpfrench...> Re: [slocobirding] Swifts and swallows in Los Osos
3/22/20 3:58 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/22/20 11:11 am Judy Neuhauser <judyneu...> [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbird
3/22/20 10:48 am Jeff Miller via Groups.Io <jmiller=<biologicaldiversity.org...> [slocobirding] Islay Creek campground, Montana de Oro
3/22/20 10:22 am Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] Swifts and swallows in Los Osos
3/21/20 3:45 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/21/20 2:48 pm Kevin Zimmer via Groups.Io <kjzimmerphd=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] FOS Wilson's Warbler and Black-headed Grosbeak in Atascadero on 3/21
3/21/20 1:36 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] FOS in Morro Bay
3/21/20 12:03 pm RoserComeau <rosercomeau...> [slocobirding] Western Tanager
3/20/20 3:31 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/19/20 3:23 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/18/20 3:22 pm David Lawrence <dmlawrencephotography...> [slocobirding] Emperor Goose not seen today....in SLO County
3/18/20 3:04 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/18/20 2:49 pm Jeff Miller via Groups.Io <jmiller=<biologicaldiversity.org...> [slocobirding] Emperor goose in Sonoma County
3/18/20 10:11 am David L. Keeling <dkeeling...> [slocobirding] Emperor Goose and Long-tailed Duck
3/18/20 8:58 am svlrchrd <kwibirder...> Re: [slocobirding] Harlequin Duck contiues , Port San Luis
3/17/20 3:01 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/17/20 8:44 am Steve Schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] Baywood Park birding
3/17/20 12:11 am Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] Emperor Goose, Pigeon Guillemot
3/16/20 2:47 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/16/20 2:04 pm sayers68 <sayers68...> [slocobirding] Cedar waxwings Morro Bay
3/16/20 12:03 pm Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Phalaropes
3/16/20 11:14 am Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Red Phalarope(s)
3/16/20 9:46 am Rick Derevan <rickderevan...> Re: [slocobirding] Request: scope
3/16/20 9:06 am Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> Re: [slocobirding] Request: scope
3/16/20 8:55 am Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] Request: scope
3/16/20 8:45 am Cindy McIntyre <cindy...> [slocobirding] Red crossbills in Paso continue
3/16/20 6:19 am Ryan Jorgeson via Groups.Io <Jorgesonryan=<yahoo.com...> Re: [slocobirding] Harlequin Duck contiues , Port San Luis
3/15/20 2:39 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/15/20 9:32 am Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Emperor Geese, Point Piedras Blancas, 3/15
3/15/20 6:57 am Tyson Baker via Groups.Io <tysons41=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Ring Necked Ducks, Turri Road.
3/14/20 2:20 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/14/20 1:41 pm svlrchrd <kwibirder...> [slocobirding] Harlequin Duck contiues , Port San Luis
3/13/20 2:05 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/13/20 7:26 am Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Emperor Geese, Glaucous Gull, Red-necked Grebe, 3/12
3/12/20 3:45 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] SLO - Emperor Geese - a little story
3/12/20 3:25 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] CANCELLED - MCAS Community Program - Birds of SLO 3/16
3/12/20 2:57 pm William Bouton <boutonbill...> [slocobirding] Emperor Geese - photo
3/12/20 2:05 pm Kevin Zimmer via Groups.Io <kjzimmerphd=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] FOS Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole and Pacific-slope Flycatcher in Atascadero & window-strike "Yellow-shafted Flicker"
3/12/20 1:58 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/12/20 10:22 am Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> Re: [slocobirding] Emperor Geese, SLO County
3/12/20 10:06 am Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] Santa Margarita Lake in the rain
3/11/20 8:46 pm Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Ps- birding from the dentist chair
3/11/20 8:41 pm Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...> [slocobirding] Tanager at the dentist
3/11/20 5:50 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Emperor Geese, SLO County
3/11/20 1:35 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/11/20 1:09 pm Rick Derevan <rickderevan...> [slocobirding] Siskins and American Goldfinches
3/11/20 12:30 pm Elizabeth Tjader <Ewtjader...> Re: [slocobirding] Swallows in Baywood Park
3/11/20 11:20 am Cindy McIntyre <cindy...> [slocobirding] Red crossbills in Paso
3/11/20 10:09 am jimvanbev <jim...> [slocobirding] Swallows in Baywood Park
3/10/20 1:28 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/10/20 12:55 pm Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] Northern Flickers
3/10/20 11:43 am Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Yellow-rumped Warblers - Morro Bay
3/10/20 9:24 am njmann90 <njmann50...> [slocobirding] Hooded Oriole
3/9/20 3:03 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Unid. Booby, Glaucous Gull, Pacific Golden-Plover, North Coast, 9 Mar
3/9/20 1:23 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/8/20 2:29 pm mike stiles <mstiles54...> [slocobirding] Pac-slope Flycatcher
3/8/20 2:26 pm mike stiles <mstiles54...> [slocobirding] Pac Slope Flycatcher
3/8/20 1:10 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/7/20 12:56 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/6/20 8:41 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] FW: [LACoBirds] A plea to eBirders (long)
3/6/20 12:42 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/5/20 8:29 pm Bob Revel <robrev...> Re: [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Morro Bay State Park Marina
3/5/20 8:04 pm Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Morro Bay State Park Marina
3/5/20 7:01 pm Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] Morro Bay & Turri Rd.
3/5/20 6:18 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] Awarded! MCAS Youth Scholarship for American Birding Association's Young Birder Camp Colorado, 2020
3/5/20 12:24 pm eBird alert <alert.ebird...> [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
3/5/20 9:29 am Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...> [slocobirding] Marbled Murrelets, Cayucos Pier, Mar 5
 
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Date: 4/4/20 6:15 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Black-chinned Hummingbird (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (4 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Western Tanager (1 report)

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Thank you for subscribing to the <daily> San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert.The report below shows observations of rare birds in San Luis Obispo County. View or unsubscribe to this alert at https://ebird.org/alert/summary?sid=SN36231
NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2020 10:20 by Mike Bush
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66633116
- Comments: "Continuing"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (14)
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 13:25 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- Cypress Ridge Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0663595,-120.5737925&ll=35.0663595,-120.5737925
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66642028
- Comments: "Flyby. Mouse-coloured upper wing-coverts."

Black-chinned Hummingbird (Archilochus alexandri) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 11:00 by Janet Rayner
- Golden Bridle Lane, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5220976,-120.5831051&ll=35.5220976,-120.5831051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66594014
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Violet border of black throat."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 14:00 by Peggy Burhenn
- Alisos Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1417395,-120.5127668&ll=35.1417395,-120.5127668
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66593530
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "smaller than male rufous sitting on feeder together, has star like pattern to gorget. Very short tail, shorter than wings. Adding photo with rufous behind"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 11:00 by Janet Rayner
- Golden Bridle Lane, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5220976,-120.5831051&ll=35.5220976,-120.5831051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66594014
- Comments: "Smaller than the rest. Magenta gorget."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 17:45 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66596490
- Comments: "Two male individuals seen at once feeding from the feeders with other hummingbirds; reddish finger-like gorgets; continuing migrants"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2020 06:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66633333
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing to have one show up at feeder. Don't know if it's the same one. Photo for ID purposes only. Just after sunrise in the fog"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2020 09:04 by Jim Royer
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66635722
- Comments: "Continuing immature"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2020 06:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66633333
- Comments: "Still showing up!"

Western Tanager (Piranga ludoviciana) (1)
- Reported Apr 04, 2020 09:15 by Petra Clayton
- Cal Poly--Cheda Ranch Nelson Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3159045,-120.684337&ll=35.3159045,-120.684337
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66649187
- Comments: "Bright yellow with bright red head."

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Date: 4/4/20 3:22 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Something about Bald Eagles! - sign off!
Did it again! I have an auto sign off and sometimes it disappears when I post to sloco and I don’t catch it. Sorry.


Kaaren Perry
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> On Apr 4, 2020, at 3:14 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> wrote:
>
> It is hard to see an adult Bald Eagle without pointing it out to someone! They are majestic and yes, easy to recognize. I find that Whale Rock Reservoir is a good place to occasionally see eagles and yesterday was no exception.
>
> I did not see the adult that Tom Edell told me he had seen earlier but I did see two immature birds and the plumage was strikingly different. They were not together when seen, one soaring with a group of Turkey Vultures and the other flying solo. I have consulted several references, Wheeler, Clark, BNA etc trying to find out what ages these birds might be. I know we can say “immature”, “ sub-adult” or even "White-belly 1" etc but I would love to be able to get a little closer to their actual age in years. From what I have read, the term juvenile term relates to 1st year with this species. . Are these two birds the same age but just different plumaged? Both juveniles?? Is there anyone out there that might have more experience aging this species and willing to share some tips that could be referred to in my photos?
>
> I have put up both birds on my flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/>
>
> (BTW I do know that adult plumaged Bald Eagles typically take 5 years to reach adult plumage. :-))
>
> In addition to the eagles, there were also 2 Red-tails, 1 No. Harrier, 1 Cooper's and 1 American Kestral seen during my visit. It was a lovely, breezy day for raptors.
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Date: 4/4/20 3:14 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Something about Bald Eagles!
It is hard to see an adult Bald Eagle without pointing it out to someone! They are majestic and yes, easy to recognize. I find that Whale Rock Reservoir is a good place to occasionally see eagles and yesterday was no exception.

I did not see the adult that Tom Edell told me he had seen earlier but I did see two immature birds and the plumage was strikingly different. They were not together when seen, one soaring with a group of Turkey Vultures and the other flying solo. I have consulted several references, Wheeler, Clark, BNA etc trying to find out what ages these birds might be. I know we can say “immature”, “ sub-adult” or even "White-belly 1" etc but I would love to be able to get a little closer to their actual age in years. From what I have read, the term juvenile term relates to 1st year with this species. . Are these two birds the same age but just different plumaged? Both juveniles?? Is there anyone out there that might have more experience aging this species and willing to share some tips that could be referred to in my photos?

I have put up both birds on my flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/

(BTW I do know that adult plumaged Bald Eagles typically take 5 years to reach adult plumage. :-))

In addition to the eagles, there were also 2 Red-tails, 1 No. Harrier, 1 Cooper's and 1 American Kestral seen during my visit. It was a lovely, breezy day for raptors.




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Date: 4/4/20 1:34 pm
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Knot, etc. at Morro Bay State Park Marina
I had a very enjoyable morning of birding at the marina and boardwalk -
over 60 species of birds, including 12 species of shorebirds, like Red Knot
and Short-billed Dowitcher (which I identified when a Merlin flushed a
shorebird flock and the dowitchers called). Shortly after, a Peregrine
rocketed over my head and flushed most of the nearby birds. Other
highlights included very photogenic breeding-plumaged Horned and Eared
Grebes in the harbor. For shorebirding, I had almost all of the birds from
the westmost platform next to the boardwalk (near the west end of the
peninsula), except for the Spotted Sandpiper which was working the south
sandy shore of the harbor. It was nice seeing so many shorebirds and other
birds that will soon be gone. One of the Yellow-crowned Night Herons was
still present on one of the boats in the marina.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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Date: 4/4/20 12:59 pm
From: Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Nipomo Regional Park
I did the outside loop through the northern more wild part of the park (no pavement, few people, oaks and scrub). It was average until I reached the highest point in the park (and maybe in Nipomo). Spring migration was hanging out...Nashville WarblerOC WarblersBlack-throated Gray warblersTownsend's WarblerWilson's WarblerYellow Rumped WarblersWarbling VireoNesting Hutton's Vireosand Band-tailed Pigeons.
Full report here...Nipomo Regional Park report

Bird on,
Tom Slater
Nipomo

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Date: 4/4/20 10:31 am
From: Tom Ogren <tloallergyfree...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Yard Bird

First brightly colored male Western Tanager in my SLO yard this morning.



-----Original Message-----
>From: Brad Schram <gonebrdn...>
>Sent: Apr 3, 2020 6:08 PM
>To: slocobirding <slocobirding...>
>Subject: [slocobirding] Yard Bird Surprise & Calliope
>
>A modest number of birds in migration northward over Deer Canyon, Arroyo
>Grande this morning.  With the notable exception of one group of three
>birds, all were typical for the date here.
>
>The exception was truly exceptional, leaving me sputtering in surprise
>as they disappeared northward over the ridge.  If, after my twenty years
>here at Deer Canyon, you asked me what I thought my next new yard bird
>would be I'd probably say something like "Blue Grosbeak" or maybe
>"Common Yellowthroat".  However, as is often true in the realm of
>rare--or in this case, out-of-place--birds, I would never have thought
>of including WILSON'S PHALAROPE on the possible list here in the dry
>hills, oaks and chaparral.  And yet, there they were flying in binocular
>range across my field of view, above eye level as they disappeared
>northward.  It's a bit early for them to be moving northward along the
>coastal plain, but there they were.
>
>At about eleven AM a male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD appeared at the feeders,
>dodging the Rufous and Anna's multitudes.  It returned a few times to
>the feeders, but I've not seen it again since about 11:20.  Our first
>here this spring.
>
>I saw neither Calliope nor Wilson's Phalarope in my five mile radius
>count here in calendar year 2019.
>
>Brad Schram
>Arroyo Grande
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Date: 4/3/20 6:08 pm
From: Brad Schram <gonebrdn...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Yard Bird Surprise & Calliope
A modest number of birds in migration northward over Deer Canyon, Arroyo
Grande this morning.  With the notable exception of one group of three
birds, all were typical for the date here.

The exception was truly exceptional, leaving me sputtering in surprise
as they disappeared northward over the ridge.  If, after my twenty years
here at Deer Canyon, you asked me what I thought my next new yard bird
would be I'd probably say something like "Blue Grosbeak" or maybe
"Common Yellowthroat".  However, as is often true in the realm of
rare--or in this case, out-of-place--birds, I would never have thought
of including WILSON'S PHALAROPE on the possible list here in the dry
hills, oaks and chaparral.  And yet, there they were flying in binocular
range across my field of view, above eye level as they disappeared
northward.  It's a bit early for them to be moving northward along the
coastal plain, but there they were.

At about eleven AM a male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD appeared at the feeders,
dodging the Rufous and Anna's multitudes.  It returned a few times to
the feeders, but I've not seen it again since about 11:20.  Our first
here this spring.

I saw neither Calliope nor Wilson's Phalarope in my five mile radius
count here in calendar year 2019.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande



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Date: 4/3/20 5:49 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 07:33 by Jeff Miller
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66569178
- Comments: "Continuing"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 13:08 by Bradley Hacker
- Atascadero Wastewater Treatment Ponds--no internal access, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4816927,-120.6434119&ll=35.4816927,-120.6434119
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66586016
- Comments: "Pale goose. Orange bill."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 10:24 by Mike Bush
- Baywood Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3267517,-120.841246&ll=35.3267517,-120.841246
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66580748
- Comments: "A rather stout duck seen flying low over water with linear black and white markings. Long tail very noticeable."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 07:35 by Jim Royer
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66575042
- Comments: "Male, first one in the neighborhood! At a feeder. Very small short tailed hummer with dark red streaks of color in the throat - quite unlike any other North American hummer. This was a first for this neighborhood, as far as I know. It was coming to a feeder, but I have been unable to get a photo."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 19:15 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66556671
- Comments: "Continuing. Smallest hummingbird - and clearly stands out at feeder - streaked gorget that barely showed magenta close to sunset"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Apr 03, 2020 06:40 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66585398
- Comments: "Still showing up at sunrise"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 06:40 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66554440
- Comments: "Continuing. One of the first birds out around sunrise."

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Date: 4/3/20 12:15 pm
From: Bob Chapman via groups.io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] OD
Lunch break.
Migration this week has been impressive and curious. Three days ago 1000+ California Gulls flew past and today I've seen fewer than 10. 
Although, today the shorebirds continue; individual flocks of 10-50 or more Western Sandpipers have been steady all morning. Well over a 1000 have gone past. A Dunlin here and there mixed in but no white rumps. Dang.
6 Red-necked Phalaropes in AG Creek lagoon is the highlight so far. Also:
8 Greater Yellowlegs9 Short-billed Dowitchers (flock of 38 yesterday)1 American Pipit
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes
P.S. Yesterday I photographed perhaps the biggest Peregrine Falcon I've ever seen. A sub-adult female the size of a male red-tailed hawk. Very nice bird.

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Date: 4/3/20 11:50 am
From: Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] New migrants
44 species on my daily loop, one off the record, and dipped on mourning dove!
BUT I did get a Black-headed Grosbeak, Hermit Thrush, Scaly-breasted Munias, Hooded Orioles, Lawrence's Goldfinch, and a fly-over Northern Shoveler, among others. Warblers are scarce. 
full list here with a picture of the GrosbeakeBird Checklist - 3 Apr 2020 - Pajaro Lane Loop - 44 species (+1 other taxa)
bird on,
Tom Slater
Nipomo

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Date: 4/3/20 6:38 am
From: Cindy McIntyre <cindy...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
This is the first year since I've been here (Nov 2017) that I've seen
rufous/Allen's at my feeders in Paso Robles! One rufous male and at
least one female for the past week. Still have a pair of Anna's too.
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Date: 4/2/20 7:19 pm
From: Kevin Zimmer via groups.io <kjzimmerphd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Calliope Hummingbirds in Atascadero
Along with the large numbers of Selasphorus (presumed Rufous) hummingbirds which have spiked over the past week at our feeders, we are now getting a few Calliope Hummingbirds. Our first one was a female yesterday (April 1) afternoon. This morning at around 9:00 a.m. we briefly had a male. No more sightings, despite much attention, until about 4:15 p.m., when I photographed a female at one of our feeders. Then, between 5:20 and 5:45 p.m., a male visited the feeders several times, and I was able to get several documentary photos. The Calliopes are not having an easy time of it, because there are so many typically aggressive adult male Rufous (at least 8–12 adult males, and probably 25-40 female/imm male Selasphorus that I assume are Rufous, since we seldom get any confirmed Allen’s Hummingbirds this far inland) that are just hammering any other hummingbird attempting to feed.

I’ve been hearing Warbling Vireos singing in the neighborhood for the past few days, and lots of House Wrens, Orange-crowned Warblers and Pacific-slope Flycatchers singing everywhere. Female Bullock’s Orioles and Black-headed Grosbeaks have arrived here and joined the males, which have been on site for the last two weeks. I also had a female Phainopepla just down the street today.

Still good numbers of Pine Siskins at our feeders, although American Goldfinches and Purple Finches have been mostly missing in action (compared to normal) for the entire month of March. Our 3 wintering White-throated Sparrows are still hanging in, and one or more of them can frequently be heard singing from the vicinity of Graves Creek in the afternoon.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero
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Date: 4/2/20 7:11 pm
From: Karen Clarke <seachest1975...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds
I am replying to the question about Rufous Hummingbirds. I haven’t noticed any in my backyard, but today I saw a little group of Rufous Hummingbirds, while walking the Moonstone Beach boardwalk in Cambria. There were two to four.

Karen Clarke
Cambria

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Date: 4/2/20 6:38 pm
From: Tom Ogren <tloallergyfree...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
I've been seeing a male Allen's Hummingbird almost daily for several
weeks now in my SLO yard, and about a week ago I started seeing Rufous
daily too. Fun to see 'em!
Tom Ogren SLO

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From: Joanne Aasen
Sent: Apr 2, 2020 6:26 PM
To: Kaaren Perry
Cc: Slocobirding
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast

They are up in numbers in Cambria also. I’ve had 3 males at my
feeders. Walking across an empty lot a half-block away I saw 2 males
chasing each other. Maybe they are the same ones that come to my
feeders. The last Rufous I have in my house records was MAR/APR 2018.
Joanne AasenCambria, CA

On Apr 2, 2020, at 6:06 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
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I am wondering if others are seeing a noticeable increase of male
Rufous Hummers in the past few days along the coast.
Today I would estimate 8-10 males seen at any one time as they circled
my feeders and the nearby Pride of Madera bushes. 4 male Allen’s and
5-7 selasphorus females. There easily could have been more,
especially Rufous as they zoomed about, often in hot pursuit of each
other. Admittedly these numbers are my attempt at estimating at a
single given time.
I know that birders who live inland often report good numbers of
selasphorus hummers but I don’t usually see this many at one time in
our yard in Morro Bay. Maybe my being home all day has something to
do with it?
Kaaren PerryMorro Bay



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Date: 4/2/20 6:31 pm
From: Joanne Aasen <joliaa...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
They are up in numbers in Cambria also. I’ve had 3 males at my feeders.
Walking across an empty lot a half-block away I saw 2 males chasing each other.
Maybe they are the same ones that come to my feeders.
The last Rufous I have in my house records was MAR/APR 2018.

Joanne Aasen
Cambria, CA

> On Apr 2, 2020, at 6:06 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> wrote:
>
> I am wondering if others are seeing a noticeable increase of male Rufous Hummers in the past few days along the coast.
>
> Today I would estimate 8-10 males seen at any one time as they circled my feeders and the nearby Pride of Madera bushes. 4 male Allen’s and 5-7 selasphorus females. There easily could have been more, especially Rufous as they zoomed about, often in hot pursuit of each other. Admittedly these numbers are my attempt at estimating at a single given time.
>
> I know that birders who live inland often report good numbers of selasphorus hummers but I don’t usually see this many at one time in our yard in Morro Bay. Maybe my being home all day has something to do with it?
>
> Kaaren Perry
> Morro Bay
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Date: 4/2/20 6:11 pm
From: Victoria Morrow <vmorrow...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
Absolutely! I have three rufous/Allen’s consistently in my yard in Avila Beach and saw one today on the Bob Jones Trail for the first time in the nine years I have been loving here. What a treat they all are!

Vicki

> On Apr 2, 2020, at 6:06 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> wrote:
>
> I am wondering if others are seeing a noticeable increase of male Rufous Hummers in the past few days along the coast.
>
> Today I would estimate 8-10 males seen at any one time as they circled my feeders and the nearby Pride of Madera bushes. 4 male Allen’s and 5-7 selasphorus females. There easily could have been more, especially Rufous as they zoomed about, often in hot pursuit of each other. Admittedly these numbers are my attempt at estimating at a single given time.
>
> I know that birders who live inland often report good numbers of selasphorus hummers but I don’t usually see this many at one time in our yard in Morro Bay. Maybe my being home all day has something to do with it?
>
> Kaaren Perry
> Morro Bay
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Date: 4/2/20 6:07 pm
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Lesser Yellowlegs
The closed section of State Park Road, just off South Bay Blvd., is birdy.
At midday today, I had 3 Greater Yellowlegs and one Lesser Yellowlegs
flying around the slough next to the road, for a nice comparison of size,
bills and calls. Closer to South Bay Blvd., 2 just-arrived Black-headed
Grosbeaks we’re singing, along with Wilson’s Warbler, Pac.-slope
Flycatchers, and Rufous Hummingbirds (feeding on twin berry flowers). It’s
really nice with no traffic. The Snow Goose continues on the nearby bay,
seen from South Bay Blvd.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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Date: 4/2/20 6:06 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbirds along the coast
I am wondering if others are seeing a noticeable increase of male Rufous Hummers in the past few days along the coast.

Today I would estimate 8-10 males seen at any one time as they circled my feeders and the nearby Pride of Madera bushes. 4 male Allen’s and 5-7 selasphorus females. There easily could have been more, especially Rufous as they zoomed about, often in hot pursuit of each other. Admittedly these numbers are my attempt at estimating at a single given time.

I know that birders who live inland often report good numbers of selasphorus hummers but I don’t usually see this many at one time in our yard in Morro Bay. Maybe my being home all day has something to do with it?

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay




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Date: 4/2/20 5:43 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (2 reports)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Vaux's Swift (Vaux's) (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 13:01 by Jim Royer
- Morro Bay State Park, Los Osos US-CA (35.3440,-120.8255) South Bay Blvd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.344015,-120.825509&ll=35.344015,-120.825509
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66543877
- Comments: "Continuing bird, with 2 Canadas"

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 09:03 by David Cox
- Park Ridge Trail Parking Area (use for viewing estuary), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3414123,-120.8237954&ll=35.3414123,-120.8237954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66533337
- Comments: "With Canada geese"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (4)
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 06:56 by Maggie Smith
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66536326
- Comments: "adults with white around pinkish bill; bright orange legs hanging with Canada Geese on golf course."

Vaux's Swift (Vaux's) (Chaetura vauxi vauxi) (1)
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 08:30 by Tom Slater
- Pajaro Lane Loop, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.018773,-120.5092185&ll=35.018773,-120.5092185
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66536796
- Comments: "One flying high with tree swallows. Wings were noticeably narrower and sharper, and were swept back, visibly different from the tree swallows. It was slightly smaller than swallows. Light brown, small body with slightly paler throat was obvious next to the white bodies of the swallows. I watched it from afar, and then as it slowly got lower and closer to me until it flew directly over my head with a spectacular view. There may have been more but I was so focused on this one and keeping it in my bins that by the time I looked up into the sky again, the swallow flock had moved away from me. Very fun sighting, new bird for my daily walk."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 02, 2020 09:00 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Corner of Shiloh Pl. and Bethel Road, Templeton, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5566955,-120.7257825&ll=35.5566955,-120.7257825
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66533649
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Smaller than other hummingbirds, striped gorget"

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2020 17:38 by Grace Romero
- Department of State Hospitals - Atascadero, Atascadero US-CA 35.46138, -120.63278, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.461384,-120.632776&ll=35.461384,-120.632776
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66515760
- Comments: "Perched at top of last tree in State Hospital parking lot. large kingbird body shape and vocalizations. Entire belly and chest yellow. Tail all dark."

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Date: 4/2/20 2:41 pm
From: Rubba Johanna <jer72701...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Oceano lake/lagoon area 4/2irs
Birded the Oceano lake on the south side of Pier Ave., then checked out Norswing & Coolidge street-side trees and vegetation.

Norswing & Coolidge
Birds seen:
Common Yellowthroat
Song Sparrow
Yellow-rumped warbler in breeding plumage
Southwestern YR warbler in breeding plumage*
RC Kinglet
Bushtit
Pied-billed Grebe
Gadwall
Junco

*This bird had a bright yellow throat, large, solid black patches on the chest (not streaked), yellow along the shoulder, more white in the wings than our local type, broken black streaks in the underparts. The tail was notched, from underneath the tip was black but the remainder white. I did not catch sight of the back, crown or rump. It was fluttering among the trees around the entrance to the lagoon path.

Birds heard:
Purple Finch
Wrentit
Red-shouldered Hawk
Yellow Warbler
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Marsh Wren
Junco

Birds at the lake:
Snow goose continuing
Many Great-tailed Grackles, male and female
Double-crested Cormorant, proudly displaying his white "ear" feathers
Male Ruddy Duck in breeding plumage

There was another lump of white nestled on a hump of reed roots. It was large, maybe larger than the Snow Goose, so perhaps some domestic goose. But its head was tucked in and coots were sitting behind it, blocking a better view.

I forgot to report a sighting from last Saturday, when I walked the Grover Beach boardwalk and the Pismo campground next to the butterfly grove. There were ponds and streamlets in the campground as a result of the recent rains. One largish pond hosted eight Cinnamon teal, 6 male and 2 female.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

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Date: 4/2/20 11:02 am
From: Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] looking up
So looking up today paid off.I saw a single Vaux's Swift mixed it with some high flying Tree Swallows.I saw a female Hooded Oriole scouting out a palm tree, hopefully for a nesting site, with a male perched nearby.Lawrence's Goldfinch today was in the same spot, with one additional female nearby. I also saw another male/female pair on a different street as well. https://ebird.org/checklist/S66536796



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Date: 4/1/20 5:40 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Calliope Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 11:33 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- North Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5115655,-120.6913173&ll=35.5115655,-120.6913173
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66464719
- Media: 1 Photo

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2020 06:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66474011
- Comments: "Continuing from my sighting and reporting 3/31/2020"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2020 11:50 by Linda Dalton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66510253
- Comments: "Standing on rocks just east of Dock 6, then turned and flew into Eucalyptus trees on north side of parking lot"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2020 06:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66474011
- Comments: "continuing with sunrise visitation"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Apr 01, 2020 08:49 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66489416
- Comments: "Continuing since January 9, 2020. Same general area as previous 2020 park records. Foraging in bottlebrush tree in east end of park (find CASA DIABLO sign in backyard—that’s the house with the feeders near the correct bottlebrush trees at fjord). I’ve recorded the bird several times in this same tree. Sometimes from a spot where the bird can easily dart to or from the deciduous tree next to it. This time the bird was spotted low in tree on blooming bottlebrush—far right area if viewing trees from south of stream. First noticed two Orange-Crowned Warblers foraging in the deciduous tree just mentioned and in bottlebrush tree. The Tennessee appeared foraging for several seconds. An Orange-crowned appeared within a foot of the bird. The Tennessee hopped onto a branch for a few more seconds before darting away. Noticeable marks: Lime-colored wings/back/head. White underside. Pale yellow throat. Pale eyebrow. Dark line through eye."

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Date: 4/1/20 12:27 pm
From: Sue Girard <susansales535...>
Subject: [slocobirding] yardbird changes
Hermit Thrush and Sooty Fox Sparrow have been gone since last weekend; daily still seeing one to two YRWA and one Townsend's.

Pacific Slope Flycatcher arrived in yard to bathe on Monday.
Hooded Oriole male came into the yard Monday; saw a pair up the street last week.
Saw a BHGR male last Friday where I saw the oriole pair, not in yard yet.
Two selasphorus hummingbirds are at feeder-- a female; one Rufous male (all orange back) chased my four resident Anna's away for three hours while he defended the feeder from all comers. He may have moved on, female remains in yard.

Sue Girard
Nipomo/ north frontage

I'm ready for the sparrows to be gone. They're shredding my peas to ribbons--with plenty other tender grasses and annuals to eat.

I've stopped feeding wild bird seed to try not to encourage the large local Jay population which preys on nestlings in my 'scrub' area. I fear I may have created a Frankenstein.

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Date: 4/1/20 10:43 am
From: Thomas Slater via groups.io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] neighborhood birds
I did my usual walk yesterday and got a record 45 species. Got both Bullock's and Hooded Oriole. Every day there seems to be a new bird added to the list. Today I had 42 species but had a Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. The Lawrence's Goldfinch is still hanging out in front of the same house on Osage. I think this is about the 6th day in a row. Pac-slope FC and RB Nuthatches are still regulars. Not a lot of warblers yet. If I get lucky I'll find a Townsend's Warbler and YR and OC. Waiting for the new migrants to arrive. Record list below...
https://ebird.org/checklist/S66445502




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Date: 3/31/20 5:28 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (5 reports)
- Glaucous Gull (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 10:35 by Rick Saval
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66454761
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues; photo"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 09:19 by Rudy Lucero
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66443773
- Comments: "Continuing bird seen perched on buoy next to seals platform."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 08:30 by marlin harms
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66451083
- Comments: "The recently sighted male was seen at a distance from the north T-pier, closer to Morro Rock than to me."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 19:29 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- 1525 Shiloh Pl, Templeton US-CA (35.5568,-120.7261), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.556805,-120.726055&ll=35.556805,-120.726055
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66426412
- Comments: "Adult male with magenta colored streaked gorget. Very small hummingbird, even when compared to the Selasphorus hummers that we’re next to it."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 16:29 by Will Knowlton
- 1525 Shiloh Pl, Templeton US-CA (35.5568,-120.7261), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.556805,-120.726055&ll=35.556805,-120.726055
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66426373
- Comments: "Adult male with magenta colored streaked gorget. Very small hummingbird, even when compared to the Selasphorus hummers that we’re next to it."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 14:00 by Janet Rayner
- Golden Bridle Lane, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5220976,-120.5831051&ll=35.5220976,-120.5831051
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66455399
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Tiny. Streaked magenta gorget."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 12:20 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66451326
- Comments: "red finger like gorgets; continuing migrant; no photo"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 06:50 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66436677
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Showed up at the feeders this morning. Tiny! Mature male with elongated magenta throat feathers making them appear streaky. Photos taken through a window in low light (right after sunrise) for ID purposes only."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 12:30 by Robert Chapman
- Oso Flaco Creek Mouth/Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.0334489,-120.6333643&ll=35.0334489,-120.6333643
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66458133
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "First winter bird in good feather. Large gull with brown spotting on upperparts, white primaries, pink legs, pink bill with black tip."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 09:55 by Petra Clayton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66459064
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Observed only one of the three continuing first-spring birds, that wintered here: Dock 6, perched on the boat between the "Marie Elizabeth" and the"MacGregor." --- Last ebird report listing all three: 3/18/20. --- We searched all boats in docks 4 through 7 and also the eucalyptus trees in the parking lot."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 31, 2020 06:50 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66436677
- Comments: "Continuing . . . sunrise visitor"

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Date: 3/31/20 4:44 pm
From: David L. Keeling <dkeeling...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Horned Grebe in breeding plumage
Hi all,

Yesterday, (and today along with Pat and Ann Vaughan and Marlin Harms) I saw a beautiful Horned Grebe in full breeding plumage. It was in the Morro Bay State Park Marina. For awhile, before 8AM, it was nearly motionless. Perhaps when the sun had risen enough for better underwater vision, it began to dive nearly continuously. It remained within 30 meters of the kayak rental dock for over an hour, ultimately swimming out into the bay. It's the first sighting for me in five years. I hope it remains to inspire others!

Two photos on FLICKR.

Enjoy and stay well,

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay


https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/

Fingers crossed that'll get you there.

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Date: 3/31/20 11:44 am
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Tricolored Blackbirds - I forgot!
I hit send and then realized I had forgotten to sign off on my last post. And after the recent reminder too. :-(

Phooey!

Kaaren Perry
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Date: 3/31/20 11:41 am
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Tricolored Blackbird
While driving along Cottontail Creek Rd. in Cayucos this morning I was surprised to see a male Tricolored Blackbird feeding with a small group of “black” birds. 2 Starlings, 1 male Brewer’s and 2 unidentified females were in the group. The females showed a supercillium, which would separate them from the Brewer’s. I was not able to identify either female as Tricolored or the more expected Red-wing before the group flew off. They were seen in the field about 1 /1/2 miles up the road near a group of bee boxes.

While Tricolored Blackbirds are not considered rare in the county, it was my first time seeing one on that road. 2 photos for identification purposes - https://ebird.org/checklist/S66445282


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Date: 3/31/20 11:03 am
From: njmann90 <njmann50...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Blackheaded Grosbeak
FOS for my yard, male Blackheaded Grosbeak today along with increased #'s
of Selasphorus including 2 male Rufous. Near Vet's hall SLO

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Date: 3/30/20 5:54 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (2 reports)
- Calliope Hummingbird (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Black-throated Gray Warbler (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 13:55 by Mark Hays
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66390165
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "juvenile, previously reported"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (4)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 07:50 by Mark Hays
- Bob Jones Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1886907,-120.7193907&ll=35.1886907,-120.7193907
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66415446
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen with a flock of Canada Geese"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 08:24 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66407388
- Comments: "Continuing."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 14:55 by Norman Pillsbury
- Roger Zachary home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5219297,-120.6932978&ll=35.5219297,-120.6932978
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66382466
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Unmistakable long fingers of the purple gorget. Lousy photo."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 13:55 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66417072
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Migrating hummingbirds; seems like I've had a high number of Calliope's this season so far"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 06:50 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66398356
- Comments: "Continuing"

Black-throated Gray Warbler (Setophaga nigrescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 30, 2020 07:47 by Jeff Miller
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66403966
- Comments: "Adult female; Gray above, white underneath, black streaking down sides, faint white wing bars, white throat, black breastband, dark auriculars, white supercilium, dark cap, small yellow spot in front of eye"

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Date: 3/30/20 10:50 am
From: Stephanie Little <Stephanie.Little...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Oso Flaco Lake
CA State Parks Takes Additional Steps to Help Slow Down Spread of #COVID19: Vehicle Access Temporarily Closed at Oceano Dunes State Vehicular Recreation Area, including Oso Flaco and Pismo State Beach. Press release can be found here: https://bit.ly/3duDuKx

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Date: 3/30/20 9:36 am
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Oceano Dunes
Break time...
Asked about our closure, foot traffic OK. Parking lots are closed.
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Date: 3/29/20 5:10 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (4 reports)
- Black Skimmer (1 report)
- Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 09:45 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay Estuary (use more specific location(s) when possible), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3377298,-120.8501072&ll=35.3377298,-120.8501072
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66370932
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature seen grazing in estuary with scattered groups of Canada Geese."

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 11:05 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66373803
- Comments: "Continuing since Oct 2019."

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 09:45 by Jim Moore
- Morro Bay Harbor, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3699,-120.857&ll=35.3699,-120.857
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66344199
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Female type. Photos will be posted. First bird seen today, near the Coast Guard pier. Seen from time to time at Morro Bay. I don't know if it's a new sighting for the season."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 14:55 by Norman Pillsbury
- Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.48937,-120.671&ll=35.48937,-120.671
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66382466
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Unmistakable long fingers of the purple gorget. Lousy photo."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 14:55 by Jeff Miller
- Atascadero, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.48937,-120.671&ll=35.48937,-120.671
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66381810
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Male; photos"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 12:20 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66380530
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing during migration at this location"

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 17:30 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66342012
- Media: 1 Photo

Black Skimmer (Rynchops niger) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 13:21 by Jim Royer
- Morro Bay--Audubon overlook, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3316478,-120.8383334&ll=35.3316478,-120.8383334
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66382070
- Comments: "Roosting on a sandbar out in the bay, with terns and cormorants. The low profile (short legs) with the all jet-black upper parts and white front of face, chest and belly with long black pointed wings gave it a very distinctive silhouette next to the larger cormorants. I couldn’t see the bill well, given the angle and distance"

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker (Sphyrapicus varius) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 08:07 by Kathleen Kent
- Heritage Ranch Trails: Bluebird Meadow, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7182946,-120.8770108&ll=35.7182946,-120.8770108
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66158561
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "This is almost certainly the same immature YBSA seen and photographed Feb 3, 2020"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 29, 2020 06:50 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66371806
- Comments: "Continuing. Showing up right about sunrise now"

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Date: 3/29/20 2:29 pm
From: njmann90 <njmann50...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbird
My first male Rufous Hummingbird today
Near Vet's Hall, SLO
Pacific Slope Flycatchers are back in the yard.


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Date: 3/29/20 1:46 pm
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Black Skimmer from Audubon Overlook
A Black Skimmer is visible on a sand bar, toward Morro Rock, with
cormorants. The tide is coming in so it is bound to move, but hopefully it
will stay around this part of the bay for awhile.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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Date: 3/29/20 10:41 am
From: Steve McMasters <smcmasters...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Bald Eagle - Laguna Lake
An adult Bald Eagle was circling over Laguna Lake near Madonna Road.

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Date: 3/29/20 9:59 am
From: Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Bullocks Oriole o-rama
Did my loop today, highlights...
Oddly the Lawrence's Goldfinch was on the same wire as yesterday. Also there were 6 Bullocks Orioles in one tree. It was crazy.4 Red-breasted Nuthatches, 3 Nutmeg Manikins, and 4 Pacific Slope Flycatchers. Saw a Bewicks Wren making a nest in the hollow metal tubing of a boat trailer that had been abandoned. Also saw 2 redtail hawks nesting.
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Bird on,
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Date: 3/28/20 4:59 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 15:15 by Jeff Miller
- Oceano Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1053084,-120.6238164&ll=35.1053084,-120.6238164
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66327472
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 08:35 by Mark Hays
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66287707
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "previously reported at this location"

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 09:20 by marlin harms
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66296373
- Comments: "Very distant view without a scope. Seen on north end of sand spit and then it moved into the bay with several Surf Scoters. Mostly whitish head and sides, much smaller than the adjacent scoters. I saw it flap wings and they looked dark (blackish) both above and below. I note the wings to indicate I considered male Bufflehead."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 16:05 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66294183
- Comments: "Second male Calliope of the season here; came in briefly but it hasn't returned yet; no photo; distinct long, finger-like reddish throat feathers"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 08:36 by Tom Edell
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66322989
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "one of the three immature birds that wintered at this location. (Photos)"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 28, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66327854
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "still here, lately showing up right at sunrise, photo for documentation only - it was still quite dark"

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Date: 3/28/20 8:56 am
From: mike stiles <mstiles54...>
Subject: [slocobirding] CLOSED: Oso Flaco/Oceano Dunes
I've been asked by State Parks to inform you all that Oso Flaco Lake and
the adjoining Oceano Dunes are now closed to birders due to the Covid19
virus.

Please don't respond here. Just the messenger.

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Date: 3/27/20 4:36 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 15:46 by Jeff Miller
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66292577
- Comments: "Photos"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 11:30 by Petra Clayton
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66259762
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Blue bill, light band, black tip. ---
Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the Redhead in a brief territorial dispute with a Western Grebe:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49703212066/in/dateposted-public/" title="Redhead (Aythya americana), Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49703212066_9b594bccc6_o.jpg" alt="Redhead (Aythya americana), Whale Rock Reservoir, Cayucos, CA" /></a>"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 15:59 by Will Knowlton
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66292323
- Comments: "Black and white stilt with long legs and straight bill."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 11:58 by Seth Ontiveros
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66262165
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing in grass south of trail to beach."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 27, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66286906
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Date: 3/27/20 2:32 pm
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Snow Goose
Snow Goose and Cattle Egret, same location. Both in bins at same time.
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes

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Date: 3/27/20 2:21 pm
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Cattle Egret
Relocated CAEG at Oceano Park.
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes

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Date: 3/27/20 1:35 pm
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Cattle Egret
Taking a quick break;
Visitor showed me a photo of a cattle Egret taken at 12:23 at the end of Grand Ave. Bird flew south. 
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes

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Date: 3/27/20 12:13 pm
From: Peggy <peggysueburhenn...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
I thought that might be the case (Starlings) as I live in AG and for the
first time ever, I had a Starling in my yard today. I guess they are moving
in.

On Fri, Mar 27, 2020 at 11:05 AM Sue Girard <susansales535...>
wrote:

> [Edited Message Follows]
> A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)
> is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting
> area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They
> have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened
> vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in
> nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible
> remedies. thanks
>
> ****EDIT: Starlings it is. Thanks to all who graciously replied to my
> query. A learning experience.
>
> Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early
> afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my
> lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I
> did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor
> Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing,
> just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several
> ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc grove, but not down into the yard
> yet.
> Spring is here!
>
> TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.
> Sue Girard --Nipomo westside
>
>
>

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Date: 3/27/20 11:05 am
From: Sue Girard <susansales535...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
[Edited Message Follows]

A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks

****EDIT: Starlings it is. Thanks to all who graciously replied to my query. A learning experience.

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside

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Date: 3/27/20 11:05 am
From: Sue Girard <susansales535...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
[Edited Message Follows]

A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks

****EDIT: Starlings it is. Thanks to all who graciously repleed to my query. A learning experience.

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside

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Date: 3/27/20 10:42 am
From: Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Lawrence's Goldfinch
I've been birding my neighborhood each morning since I am now working from home. It's a one-mile loop. So far a record high of 43 species.Highlights are a LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH, HOODED ORIOLE, BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, and a PACIFIC SLOPE FC.
Usually, someone finds something rare during spring break, but I'm usually working at school and miss it.Well...? What are you waiting for? 
Trying hard,bird on,
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Date: 3/27/20 7:53 am
From: Michael Hanson <mthanson...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
I did my PhD on the Great-tailed Grackle and likely know more about them than anyone in the area. I have always seen G-tG nesting in trees in colonies with open nests, one male to a few females. I know the call even when I don't see the caller. To me, seems unlikely for them to nest under eaves so I wonder what these birds could be.
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Sent: Friday, March 27, 2020 6:10 AM
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Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!

Hello Sue,

I'm wondering if your friend identified these birds correctly. Great-tailed Grackle is a big bird and would build a big nest. Up to 12" in depth. Around here these birds nest in bulrushes, pines and palm trees. Probably other large trees where they can construct their cup-like nest supported between branches. Starlings, on the other hand, do nest in cavities. It would be odd to see grackles even looking for food under eaves let alone stuffing nest material into holes.

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Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:55 PM Sue Girard <susansales535...><mailto:<susansales535...>> wrote:
A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd) is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside




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Date: 3/27/20 6:10 am
From: Jamie Chavez <almiyi...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
Hello Sue,

I'm wondering if your friend identified these birds correctly. Great-tailed
Grackle is a big bird and would build a big nest. Up to 12" in depth.
Around here these birds nest in bulrushes, pines and palm trees. Probably
other large trees where they can construct their cup-like nest supported
between branches. Starlings, on the other hand, do nest in cavities. It
would be odd to see grackles even looking for food under eaves let alone
stuffing nest material into holes.

--
Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA

On Thu, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:55 PM Sue Girard <susansales535...>
wrote:

> A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)
> is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting
> area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They
> have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened
> vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in
> nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible
> remedies. thanks
>
> Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early
> afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my
> lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I
> did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor
> Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing,
> just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several
> ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc grove, but not down into the yard
> yet.
> Spring is here!
>
> TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.
> Sue Girard --Nipomo westside
>
>
>

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Date: 3/26/20 10:55 pm
From: Sue Girard <susansales535...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Grackle colony under eaves!
A friend in the Los Berros Rd @101 neighborhood in Nipomo (Rim Rock Rd)  is having large group of 35-45 Grackles daily trying to establish a nesting area in her eaves. She says they are new to her yard/small acerage. They have burrowed into the top sill plate (?) under the eaves (where screened vent holes usually are placed) to create large holes and are carrying in nesting materials. Can anyone comment on this behavior, and possible remedies. thanks

Had my FOS Wilson's Warbler yesterday, and twice this week in early afternoon when sun is out, I've had a single swift working the air above my lot. maybe 200 ft up. white undersides, so possible White Throated Swift. I did not have bins on it, but the white was quite bright. My winter visitor Townsends Warblers left a week ago, but today one showed up for bathing, just passing through? I heard a Pac Slope Flycatcher call several  ascending "heads up" calls high in a euc  grove, but not down into the yard yet.
Spring is here!

TAKE CARE everyone and have fun birding your patch.
Sue Girard --Nipomo westside

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Date: 3/26/20 4:26 pm
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Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
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- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 19:05 by David Lawrence
- Oceano County Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1057118,-120.6255312&ll=35.1057118,-120.6255312
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66242713
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Immature bird with dark legs, but with variable pink/dark bill and drab patches but mostly white neck and back. Primaries variable brown/black/shite, with black tips. Present for months with coots and Mallards on/eating grass at south side of lake."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 06:50 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66247973
- Comments: "still here!"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Mar 26, 2020 07:15 by Jeff Miller
- Laguna Middle School, San Luis Obispo US-CA 35.26474, -120.69577, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.264741,-120.695774&ll=35.264741,-120.695774
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66235203
- Comments: "Continuing; entirely bright yellow underneath, bright yellow face, plain dark eye"

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Date: 3/25/20 4:24 pm
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Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Snow Goose (1 report)
- Redhead (2 reports)
- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Snow Goose (Anser caerulescens) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 07:24 by Jeff Miller
- Park Ridge Trail Parking Area (use for viewing estuary), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3414123,-120.8237954&ll=35.3414123,-120.8237954
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66197041
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Photos"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 07:55 by Tom Edell
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66211661
- Comments: "Female; larger brownish duck, bill blue with dark tip preceded by white band"

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 14:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Whale Rock Reservoir-Cottontail Ck Rd Only, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4691182,-120.8688934&ll=35.4691182,-120.8688934
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66218041
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Female. Reported in same location on 3/23. South end of reservoir seen from Cottontail Cr. rd. Tawny brown upper parts and richer, darker brown head. Btill tri-colored with slate gray base, faint white band and dark tip."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 07:55 by Tom Edell
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66211661
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Yet another early arrival (Photo)"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 15:03 by Tom Edell
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66189285
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "one of the three continuing first-spring birds"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 12:05 by Petra Clayton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66189565
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Only one of the continuing first-spring birds observed today: Dock 6, perched on the "MacGregor." --- Last ebird report: 3/18/20 (listing all three). --- We searched all boats in docks 4 through 7 and also the eucalyptus trees in the parking lot."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66198246
- Comments: "Continuing"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 08:30 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66187000
- Comments: "Continuing"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Mar 25, 2020 10:28 by Norman Pillsbury
- 1105 Vista Del Lago, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2652,-120.6955), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265226,-120.695469&ll=35.265226,-120.695469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66206189
- Comments: "Continuing."

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Date: 3/24/20 4:11 pm
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Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Summer Tanager (1 report)

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Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 10:10 by Tom Edell
- Estero Bluffs SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4484114,-120.9437799&ll=35.4484114,-120.9437799
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66149475
- Comments: "two small alcids together offshore that were dark above and paler below, with very short dark bills. Both showed white in the scapulars, though one appeared to be more advance in molt to alternate plumaged , browner and the white scapulars were less prominent. Dark crowns that extended down to eye, short tail, white face and fore neck though these features were less prominent on molting bird. Photo"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 11:11 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66174067
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. One with bright red crown. One with darker, rustier crown. On baseball field newr left field fence. Circled twice and peered in Community Garden twice before finding both together. They came out with bluebirds, goldfinches, juncos and Yellow-rumped Warblers during a light rain. No singing."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 24, 2020 11:11 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66174068
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. One with bright red crown. One with darker, rustier crown. On baseball field newr left field fence. Circled twice and peered in Community Garden twice before finding both together. They came out with bluebirds, goldfinches, juncos and Yellow-rumped Warblers during a light rain. No singing."

Summer Tanager (Piranga rubra) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 16:30 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- Pismo SB--North Beach Campground, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1309827,-120.6345294&ll=35.1309827,-120.6345294
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66152011
- Media: 10 Photos
- Comments: "Seen earlier in the year in Meadow Creek."

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Date: 3/24/20 11:56 am
From: Kevin Zimmer via Groups.Io <kjzimmerphd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-naped Sapsucker in Atascadero
This morning (Tuesday 3/24) at about 0830h, I photographed a phenotypically typical female Red-Naped Sapsucker as it foraged in one of the live oaks off of our front deck. The bird remained in the tree for about 10-15 minutes, until dislodged by a California Scrub-Jay, at which point, it flew east across Graves Creek and out of sight.

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Date: 3/23/20 6:44 pm
From: njmann90 <njmann50...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch still be heard near Vet's Hall in SLO.
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San Luis Obispo
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Date: 3/23/20 4:56 pm
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Montana de Oro Cassin’s Vireo, etc. 5/23/20
In the campground at Montana de Oro State Park today, I re-found the
Cassin’s Vireo found by Jeff Miller yesterday (on the creek side of the
road near the bathroom - just before the back campground loop). It was
singing sporadically in the morning, but not later in the afternoon. I did
not relocate his MacGillivray’s Warbler. I saw 6 Lawrence’s Goldfinches in
the campground, including some at the back of the back campground loop
(found by Petra Clayton) and three by the campfire/interpretive area, on
the creek side of the first loop. At Coon Creek, I had a couple of Pacific
Wrens along the creek and a Sharp-shinned Hawk fly-over.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

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Date: 3/23/20 4:04 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Harlequin Duck (3 reports)
- Calliope Hummingbird (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Cassin's Vireo (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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Redhead (Aythya americana) (2)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 13:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Whale Rock Reservoir-Cottontail Ck Rd Only, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4691182,-120.8688934&ll=35.4691182,-120.8688934
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66129138
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "2 female plumaged birds seen about ½ mile apart on the reservoir. Tawny brown upper parts and richer, darker brown head. Btill tri-colored with slate gray base, faint white band and dark tip. , seen diving repeatedly and resting."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 08:30 by Jeri Edwards
- Avila Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1801116,-120.7386673&ll=35.1801116,-120.7386673
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66140107
- Comments: "Continuing, observed near the Cal-Poly pier"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 12:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66141986
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 14:50 by Becky Turley
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66129091
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing near Hanford Pier, then flew off east. Dark overall with white markings on head, white collar and shoulder spur."

Calliope Hummingbird (Selasphorus calliope) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 15:50 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66115018
- Media: 2 Photos

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 12:30 by Becky Turley
- Lucerne Dr. Vista Point -- Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.44965,-120.9141691&ll=35.44965,-120.9141691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66119788
- Comments: "Scope necessary, too distant for photos. Actively diving around the kelp. Dark upperparts with some white on back and white collar."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 09:30 by Becky Turley
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65978986
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing on docks 5 and 6. Heavy black bill, very small spots."

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 09:42 by Jim Royer
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66137228
- Comments: "Continuing bird found by Jeff Miller, singing just before the back loop"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 07:42 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66141507
- Comments: "Continuing pair since November 2019. First spotted the bright-red crowned of the two foraging alongside the baseball field with a Lesser Goldfinch and Yellow-rumped Warbler (near backstop). The bird flew to the first base side for a minute or two, then flew into community garden where the darker-crowned sparrow paired up with it. I did notice a new behavior as the bright-red-crowned sparrow sang from the garden from atop a post, trilling. It did so while foraging along baseball field too. I’d only heard their quiet high-pitched calls. Noticeably, the trill was quieter than those trills I’d heard from Chipping Sparrows in Helena, Montana last summer (July-August Mount Helena trails). Quieter, bubblier notes. Both birds, more skittish than usual, darted away at my approach in the garden. Surprisingly, they flew north across South Street. I hadn’t ever seen them leave the park."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 13:40 by Becky Turley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66119839
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing in the community garden. Rufous crown, white supercilium, black eyeline."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 07:30 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66140291
- Comments: "Continuing"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Mar 23, 2020 07:42 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66141507
- Comments: "Continuing since January 9, 2020. Same general area as previous 2020 park records. Foraging high in bottlebrush tree in east end of park (find CASA DIABLO sign in backyard—that’s the house with the feeders near the correct bottlebrush trees at fjord). I’ve recorded the bird several times in this same tree, and same location within tree where bottlebrush are blooming. It’s a spot where the bird can easily dart to or from the deciduous tree next to it. Had checked once already, noting how quiet it was this morning. Not a lot of warbler activity compared to my last visit. Then I noticed an Orange-Crowned Warbler foraging high in the deciduous tree just mentioned. I started hearing a repeated chip that didn’t sound like an Orange-crowned. The Tennessee appeared foraging for several seconds in the bottlebrush tree. It popped out once more before flying into the tall deciduous tree in the CASA DIABLO backyard. The bird may have darted south into residential neighborhood right after, though other birds were nearby. Noticeable marks: Lime-colored wings/back/head. White underside. Pale yellow throat. Pale eyebrow. Dark line through eye."

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Date: 3/23/20 8:45 am
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Redheads at Whale Rock Reservoir
For the past few weeks many of us have enjoyed looking for and hopefully finding the single female Redhead at Whale Rock Reservoir. I was surprised yesterday to discover that there were two female Redheads on the reservoir! Both were viewed from Cottontail Creek Road, one where you first see the creek broaden out as you head up Cottontail Creek road from Old Creek Rd. and the second was at the far end of the reservoir.

These were distant views and while I was able to see them with my binoculars my scope did provide much better views.

Distant photo for id help here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66129138


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Morro Bay
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Date: 3/23/20 8:40 am
From: mike stiles <mstiles54...>
Subject: [slocobirding] <> Some guidelines
With 928 current members (and many new ones) in our sloco group, I thought
I should discuss the "rules."

This list is for reporting rare birds in our county, early and late
arrival/departure dates, and noteworthy observations. I try hard to keep
the "chat" element to a minimum, so if you would like to respond to a post,
and are not adding new information, clicking "reply" will send it to the
original poster, and not the entire group. You can imagine the amount of
email we would receive if all 928 of us regard this as a chat room.

PLEASE, sign your email with your name and location. This is important for
two reasons. If someone wants to respond to your post, they will know who
they're talking to; and, where someone lives is important to know for bird
distribution. The birds in my backyard, for instance, can be very different
from birds in the east county.

Thanks to all who participate, and get out and bird. Spring migration is
happening.

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Date: 3/23/20 6:52 am
From: Laura Kass <lauranature...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbird
I am experiencing a number of Rufous Hummingbirds, along with Allen's and Anna's.  Have five quart feeders up and watch fighting constantly at them all, with the Rufous being the aggressor.  Those birds do not know they are small.

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Date: 3/23/20 4:35 am
From: C Roessler via Groups.Io <skaaantics=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbird
I'm two blocks down from you Judy and seeing a rufous hummingbird in my backyard for three days.  Same one?  Has a white collar.  Haven't been able to get a photo yet.
Cindy RoesslerSightings and seasonal changes on the Dipper Ranch, https://dipperanch.blogspot.com


On Sunday, March 22, 2020, 11:11:02 AM PDT, Judy Neuhauser <judyneu...> wrote:

I also have had a Rufous Hummingbird patrolling my feeder for about 5 days. He is most certainly King of the Hummers.

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Date: 3/22/20 5:00 pm
From: Skip French <skpfrench...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Swifts and swallows in Los Osos
Just read about all the swallows seen in LO...here in Atascadero spotted a
dark blue/black bird darting across backyard from redwood to sycamore...
first reaction was purple martin, tho I've never seen one and guide says
they gluide in groups. Any suggestions? Seeing plenty of pine siskens,
juncos, bluebirds at boxes, 1 Rufus s towhee, 1golden crowned sparrow.
Purple martin possible?

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Date: 3/22/20 3:58 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Cassin's Vireo (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- MacGillivray's Warbler (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 10:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66104474
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues. Photo."

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (4)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 08:55 by Jim Royer
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66097890
- Comments: "Total from two large flocks of swifts and swallows. Smaller and shorter tailed than White-throateds with only slightly lighter throat which was seen only after long looks. These bird totally lacked the bright white throats and patches on the side of the rump. I could ID four individuals, but likely missed more as they were in moving fast in with many other birds."

Cassin's Vireo (Vireo cassinii) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 08:29 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66093218
- Comments: "Singing; clear short upslurred phrases with pauses in between; I’m very familiar with the song of this species"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 06:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66101447
- Comments: "Still here"

MacGillivray's Warbler (Geothlypis tolmiei) (2)
- Reported Mar 22, 2020 08:29 by Jeff Miller
- Islay Creek Campground--Montana de Oro SP, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2736118,-120.8838502&ll=35.2736118,-120.8838502
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66093218
- Comments: "Gray hood, white eye arcs, greenish back, yellow underneath"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2020 11:50 by Petra Clayton
- Cal Poly--San Luis Obispo - Dairy Unit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3074033,-120.6745899&ll=35.3074033,-120.6745899
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65994964
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Reddish streaks on the upper chest; pale eye ring; indistinct wing bars; yellow undertail. --- First ebird report at this location."

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Date: 3/22/20 11:11 am
From: Judy Neuhauser <judyneu...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Rufous Hummingbird
I also have had a Rufous Hummingbird patrolling my feeder for about 5 days. He is most certainly King of the Hummers.

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Date: 3/22/20 10:48 am
From: Jeff Miller via Groups.Io <jmiller=<biologicaldiversity.org...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Islay Creek campground, Montana de Oro
It was very quiet early this morning at the campground, perfect for
practicing social distancing. Lots of birds, 52 species during a 3 mile
hike.



Best birds were: a singing CASSIN'S VIREO, in the riparian area just before
the second campground loop (right behind where the Virginia's warbler was in
fall of 2018); and a first of season, very skittish MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER,
well up the canyon past the end of the campground.



Good birding, and stay safe and sane everybody.



Jeff Miller

Los Osos




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Date: 3/22/20 10:22 am
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Swifts and swallows in Los Osos
This is a good morning for swifts and swallows. I have seen many swifts and
swallows this morning around Sea Pines Golf Course and Pecho Willows in Los
Osos. There have been larger (50 or more birds) and smaller groups. There
have been many White-throated Swifts, Tree Swallows, and Violet-green
Swallows with a few Vaux’s Swifts and Rough-winged Swallows. One big flock
was mainly swifts and another was mainly swallows. Good birding and don’t
forget to look up.

Jim Royer, Los Osos

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Date: 3/21/20 3:45 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Black-necked Stilt (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Tennessee Warbler (2 reports)
- Yellow Warbler (2 reports)

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Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 16:58 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66026341
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 14:25 by Petra Clayton
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66022815
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Feeding in the kelp bed south of San Simeon Pier. - Continuing at this location since February 21, 2020. Most likely the same individual reported on 2/16/20 and 2/19/20 at Pico Ave/Pico Creek.

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<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49680804548/in/dateposted-public/" title="Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49680804548_b7c14ba814_o.jpg" alt="Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena), San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 11:25 by Will Knowlton
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66051593
- Comments: "Black and white stilts with long legs and straight bills. Exact count."

Black-necked Stilt (Himantopus mexicanus) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 15:53 by Will Knowlton
- Cholame Valley (SLO Co.), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.7591129,-120.3057475&ll=35.7591129,-120.3057475
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66020710
- Comments: "Black and white stilts with straight bulls. Exact count."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 17:41 by Jim Royer
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66024887
- Comments: "Two small sparrows flew up from the ground to about 1/2 way up on the cyclone fence bordering the golf course (near the northwest corner of the course). They were in a loose flock of other sparrows, bluebirds, Cassin’s Kingbird, and Yellow-rumped Sparrows. They both had a rusty brown cap, a black eyeline that extended trough the lores and broke up the light eye ring , two white wingbars, unmarked underparts washed grayish across the chest, very small sparrow bill, and a light throat. I could see the gray nape on one, but did not see the rump color. They flew up, with other birds, out into a cypress tree out on the course before I could photograph them. They were smaller than nearby White-crowned Sparrows and thinner tailed. There may have been more than two, but I only saw two well enough to ID."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 07:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66052789
- Comments: "Continuing"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 07:47 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66050310
- Comments: "Continuing since January 9, 2020. Same general area as previous 2020 park records. Foraging high in tree in east end of park. Deciduous tree next to house with black pepper tree in backyard. Bird hung for several seconds, foraging along with other warblers: Orange-crowned, Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped and Wilson’s. The bird continued in general area of tree for 15-20 seconds before I lost sight. Noticeable marks: Lime-colored wings/back/head. White underside. Pale yellow throat. Pale eyebrow. Dark line through eye."

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 07:47 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66050311
- Comments: "Continuing since January 9, 2020. Same general area as previous 2020 park records. Foraging high in tree in east end of park. Deciduous tree next to house with black pepper tree in backyard. Bird hung for several seconds, foraging along with other warblers: Orange-crowned, Townsend’s, Yellow-rumped and Wilson’s. The bird continued in general area of tree for 15-20 seconds before I lost sight. Noticeable marks: Lime-colored wings/back/head. White underside. Pale yellow throat. Pale eyebrow. Dark line through eye."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 14:00 by Jay Carroll
- 1092 Vista del Collados, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2654,-120.6963), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265426,-120.696278&ll=35.265426,-120.696278
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66018466
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult male that overwintered at this location."

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (2)
- Reported Mar 21, 2020 11:28 by Norman Pillsbury
- 1105 Vista Del Lago, San Luis Obispo US-CA (35.2652,-120.6955), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.265226,-120.695469&ll=35.265226,-120.695469
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66050489
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing."

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Date: 3/21/20 2:48 pm
From: Kevin Zimmer via Groups.Io <kjzimmerphd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] FOS Wilson's Warbler and Black-headed Grosbeak in Atascadero on 3/21
This morning, we had a male Wilson’s Warbler (my FOS) drop into our pond to drink. In the last hour, we’ve had 2 visits at our feeders from our FOS Black-headed Grosbeak (also a male). Rufous Hummingbird numbers have been building at our feeders, lending hope that this year’s hummingbird show might eclipse the rather weak springs of the last two years. Both male and female Hooded Orioles have been attending our feeders since the male first showed on March 2, and male Bullock’s have been coming in for the past 24 hours, after a complete absence dating back to the first one on or around March 7-8. Two Pacific-slope Flycatchers heard (but none yet seen) during the course of a 3-mile walk around the neighborhood yesterday.

The only other bird of note was a Common Raven flying over our house that I photographed yesterday – it was coming from the Coast Range (which, basically, starts across the street from our property) and flying inland towards the 101 Freeway, calling as it went. I only occasionally see ravens from our property.

Stay well everyone!

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero
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Date: 3/21/20 1:36 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] FOS in Morro Bay
Even though we are all limited in our travels it is lovely to see that our spring migrants are arriving here as scheduled!. Today I had my FOS Western Kingbird and a brilliant male Bullock’s Oriole in the yard. Rufous Hummingbirds and Hooded Orioles are increasing in numbers.

Aren't we glad and lucky to be birders in SLO County and beyond! Always something interesting out there when we look.

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Date: 3/21/20 12:03 pm
From: RoserComeau <rosercomeau...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Western Tanager
This morning I had a male Western Tanager near the clubhouse/motel area at the Sea Pines Golf Course in Los Osos - my FOS.  Also had a couple of male Hooded Orioles in that area.
John RoserLos Osos

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Date: 3/20/20 3:31 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (1 report)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 08:29 by Tom Edell
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66015233
- Comments: "**early** arrival. Flying with swallows under cloudy sky. Smaller than Tree and Violet-green Swallows with stiffer and faster wingbeats, compact dark body with paler throat, underwings dark, short tail."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 09:24 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66011729
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted bird (brighter red crown of the pair) on baseball field with goldfinches, bluebird and Yellow-rumped Warblers. We circled park twice to find them after park employee mowed baseball field areas. First checked Community Garden with no luck. Circled field again. Spotted birds fly into pine tree near third base. One flew out of tree into left field area with previously mentioned birds. While circling field noted a few Yellow-rumped Warblers and goldfinches beyond outfield areas. Didn’t think the Chipping Sparrows would be with them. Watched for bluebirds. One arrived on outfield fence. It was followed by warblers and goldfinches. I’ve noticed that bluebirds are often a sign the sparrows are close, that an entire community of bird species will arrive, and that the Chipping Sparrows may soon fly from a tree or another part of the field, especially if other birds begin to arrive with the bluebirds. Soon after, both Chipping Sparrows did enter that area of the field, as noted."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 09:24 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66011730
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted bird (brighter red crown of the pair) on baseball field with goldfinches, bluebird and Yellow-rumped Warblers. We circled park twice to find them after park employee mowed baseball field areas. First checked Community Garden with no luck. Circled field again. Spotted birds fly into pine tree near third base. One flew out of tree into left field area with previously mentioned birds. While circling field noted a few Yellow-rumped Warblers and goldfinches beyond outfield areas. Didn’t think the Chipping Sparrows would be with them. Watched for bluebirds. One arrived on outfield fence. It was followed by warblers and goldfinches. I’ve noticed that bluebirds are often a sign the sparrows are close, that an entire community of bird species will arrive, and that the Chipping Sparrows may soon fly from a tree or another part of the field, especially if other birds begin to arrive with the bluebirds. Soon after, both Chipping Sparrows did enter that area of the field, as noted."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 08:00 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66011438
- Comments: "Continuing"

Orange-crowned Warbler (Gray-headed) (Leiothlypis celata celata/orestera) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 08:29 by Tom Edell
- Del Mar Park--Morro Bay, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3987056,-120.8586752&ll=35.3987056,-120.8586752
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66015233
- Comments: "one "gray-headed" individual with a yellowish throat feeding near a typical lutescens"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1)
- Reported Mar 20, 2020 09:30 by Jeri Edwards
- Strother Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1289537,-120.5565754&ll=35.1289537,-120.5565754
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S66012259
- Comments: "brilliant yellow underparts, bright yellow head, black bill, foraging on lower to mid limbs of a tree near riparian area of park"

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Date: 3/19/20 3:23 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Glaucous Gull (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 17:55 by Becky Turley
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65963234
- Comments: "Large dark grebe, dark reddish neck, long yellow bill."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 16:30 by Becky Turley
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65963164
- Comments: "continuing in short grass dunes south of trail to beach. Golden brown overall. dark cap, cheek spot."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 17:10 by Becky Turley
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65963198
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing on sand with Turkey Vultures. Competing to forage on seal carcass. Large all white gull."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 19, 2020 11:06 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65985462
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. First noticed bird with brighter crown in dandelion patch adjacent to baseball field. Not sure if the darker-crowned bird was in a tree or another part of the lawn. It eventually flew near to the first bird. Both foraged in dandelions. Also in patch: juncos, Lesser Goldfinch, bluebirds, Yellow-rumped Warblers. Been able to get within about five yards of both birds the past few days. One behavior I noticed with them early on is how they will sometimes let people get closer to them than goldfinches or juncos. Other times both birds flew to opposite side of field if any people (or dogs were in the vicinity). Still, if you get too close, the birds are wary, and will follow any other birds that move on. Today, both followed goldfinches further along the dandelion patch before flying toward the community garden."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 19, 2020 07:30 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65982653
- Comments: "continuing"

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Date: 3/18/20 3:22 pm
From: David Lawrence <dmlawrencephotography...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor Goose not seen today....in SLO County
Greetings,

Perhaps pertinent to Jeff Miller’s very recent post to this list about an adult EMGO seen today in Bodega Bay, Sonoma County, Brad Schram and I attempted to revisit the bird/s this morning (Wed., 3/18), at the Piedras Blancas site, without success. No goose was seen on its preferred off-shore rock at 8:20 AM or again at 10:50 AM. Other birders were seen at both times and had not seen any goose today as well.

Of course, we may simply have missed the bird. But, if it/they have decided this was the time to head back to the Aleutians, I’m sure all us local birders thank them for their stay and wish them a safe trip. And, hope on hope, perhaps they had such a fine winter with us that next year they’ll give our stunning North SLO County Coast another gander.

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Date: 3/18/20 3:04 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (2 reports)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (1 report)
- Redhead (1 report)
- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Yellow-crowned) (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 15:30 by Becky Turley
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65922924
- Comments: "continuing bird on rock north of motel. Gray overall, white head and nape, orange legs."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:15 by Clay Kempf
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65917222
- Comments: "Continuing birds, unmistakable"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 10:55 by Tom Edell
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65920189
- Comments: "Continuing."

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 08:50 by Jeff Miller
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65939515
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing female; photos"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 09:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65944075
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues, photo"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 11:15 by Clay Kempf
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65916648
- Comments: "Continuing bird; unmistakable"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 12:32 by gerard van heijzen
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65947652
- Comments: "Grebe. Long neck. Dark neck. White face. Larger than Horned or eared."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 12:46 by Curtis Marantz
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65926071
- Comments: "I initially spotted the wintering plover standing along out in the middle of the grassland to the south of the trail out to the beach. Unfortunately, despite our best effort to work our way around this bird for good light and to approach it carefully, this bird never let us approach within 150 meters, so our views were less than ideal and obtained essentially through my scope. We heard this bird call several times, mostly if not entirely when it was in flight. The call given was a clear “chuwee” that was reminiscent of the calls of a Semipalmated Plover and not as sharp as the more double-noted, “chu-weet” that I associate with American Golden-Plover.
This was a medium-sized plover that nevertheless appeared a bit larger and maybe slightly plumper than a Killdeer, though admittedly it was difficult to determine its relative size and structure given that we never saw it in direct comparison with another bird. My impression was nevertheless that this bird had long legs and a relatively large bill that was short, yet stout throughout its length before ending in a blunt tip. Typical of a plover, this bird had a steep forehead and a gently rounded crown, yet with more strongly rounded junctions with the crown and both the forehead and nape. The head also seemed larger than that of a sandpiper, the neck was shorter, and the body was plump, full-chested, and seemingly with a posture that was midway between horizontal and diagonal. I was unable to determine the primary projection, the number of primaries visible beyond the longest secondary, and even the extension of the wingtips beyond the tip of the tail, yet I I did not think this bird appeared to have the excessively long wings or horizontal posture that I associate with American Golden-Plover.
Given our distance from this bird, it was difficult to discern much detail of its plumage patterns or even its coloration given that the bird was somewhat backlit when I studied it most carefully. I was nevertheless able to note that it had a relatively bold supercilium that appeared to have a yellowish or buff cast, and which contrasted with both a dark cap and at least some dark coloration on the sides of the face; however, there was enough pale coloration on the face to make the dark eye stand out conspicuously. I was able to see that the upperparts and at lest most of the closed wings had both a mottled pattern and a somewhat golden or buffy appearance, but I was unable to discern the fine details of the pattern on the back, scapulars, wing coverts, and even the tertials. Moreover, even though I could see that the underparts were somewhat paler than the upperparts, and that they had an uneven or possibly a mottled appearance, I was again unable to make out the details of the pattern. I was nevertheless confident that this bird was not extensively black or white below. I thought the bill, eyes, and legs were all quite dark.
My views of this bird in flight revealed a few additional details, most notably that it appeared smaller and noticeably slimmer than a Black-bellied Plover, and that the wings were narrow and tapering to conspicuously pointed tips. I further thought the body was moderately plump for a shorebird, that the bill was short, and that the head and neck did not extend far in front of the wings, yet the tail extended some distance behind. When seen in flight, the upperparts and uppersides of the wings appeared to be rather plain, with little more than a weak, pale band through the outer part of the wing that I suspect extended across the primaries and maybe into the secondaries. I did not see an obvious contrast between the back, rump, and tail. My views of the undersides of the spread wings were not as good as those of the uppersides, but I was able to note with confidence the lack of both black axillaries and white underwings, and with somewhat less confidence that the underwings were plain and light gray in color."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Yellow-crowned) (Nyctanassa violacea [violacea Group]) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:00 by Clay Kempf
- Marina Peninsula Trail Head, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3452703,-120.8396959&ll=35.3452703,-120.8396959
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65917635
- Comments: "Continuing birds, all-dark bills, dark backs with much less spotting than on BCNH, darker streaks on breast, longer legs than BCNH."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 14:34 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65917775
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. Pair spotted together in community garden. Sat on wire structure with two goldfinch, a bluebird and Yellow-rumped warbler. One of the sparrows followed bluebird to tree and back to garden. Both sparrows foraged outside of garden and flew back in, making their way to the pine tree and back out again."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 14:34 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65917774
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. Pair spotted together in community garden. Sat on wire structure with two goldfinch, a bluebird and Yellow-rumped warbler. One of the sparrows followed bluebird to tree and back to garden. Both sparrows foraged outside of garden and flew back in, making their way to the pine tree and back out again."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 18, 2020 07:00 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65949232
- Comments: "Continuing and beats the crowd. His behavior continues to be 'social distancing.'"

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Date: 3/18/20 2:49 pm
From: Jeff Miller via Groups.Io <jmiller=<biologicaldiversity.org...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor goose in Sonoma County
An adult Emperor Goose is being seen today at Bodega Head in Sonoma County.
The SLO Emperor geese were last seen as a pair the morning of March 15, and
only a single goose has been seen since then. Coincidence or migration?



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Los Osos




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Date: 3/18/20 10:11 am
From: David L. Keeling <dkeeling...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor Goose and Long-tailed Duck
Good morning all,

Yesterday I decided to try my luck and drove up the coast to the motel past the elephant seal viewing and located one continuing EMPEROR GOOSE. I had it all to myself for a half hour or so and then was joined by a group of three from Atascadero (who need to contact me) and we all were practically glowing with happiness. If you haven't tired of looking at Emperor photos, take a look at my FLICKR site for three more that I thought came out quite well.

I also posted two pictures of a LONG-TAILED DUCK which has been in Morro Bay. The first was taken on Jan 23, just after the Winter Bird Festival. The second, on March 12, when I hadn't seen or heard about it for weeks. Anyway, his plumage had changed noticeably, with the entire body darkening, and with the patches on the neck doing so dramatically. The two images chosen show almost the same pose, nice for comparing. I hoped he was growing a longer tail too, but he kept it low and the evidence is not convincing.

Enjoy! Stay well!

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay

https://www.flickr.com/photos/dave_morro_bay_keeling/

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Date: 3/18/20 8:58 am
From: svlrchrd <kwibirder...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Harlequin Duck contiues , Port San Luis
Harlequin present now, Hanford pier work dock. Rick Saval. AB
> On Mar 18, 2020, at 4:57 AM, Ryan Jorgeson <jorgesonryan...> wrote:
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>  What’s what’s the update on the Harlequin Duck when was the last day it was seen I am asking on Wednesday morning was it seen Tuesday at all
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> Sent from Yahoo Mail for iPhone
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> On Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:19 AM, Ryan Jorgeson via Groups.Io <Jorgesonryan=<yahoo.com...> wrote:
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> Great job on the picture
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> On Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:12 PM, Ryan Jorgeson <jorgesonryan...> wrote:
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> The Hanford pier? The third pier out In Avila?
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> On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:41 PM, svlrchrd <kwibirder...> wrote:
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> This patterned duck is developing a pattern. Work dock at Hanford Pier. 10 Mar at low tide on the buoy. Today at high tide on the buoy.
> See https://ebird.org/checklist/S65790658
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> Rick Saval
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Date: 3/17/20 3:01 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (1 report)
- Greater White-fronted Goose (5 reports)
- Red-necked Phalarope (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 11:30 by Stephanie Little
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65904612
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "A pair sitting on large rock in the surf, just north of Piedras Blancas motel. Mostly dark goose with white head and back of neck. Orangeish legs and feet."

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 09:45 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65912143
- Comments: "Continuing."

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 17:59 by Jeff Miller
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65884012
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 17:59 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65891451
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 17:59 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65884419
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing"

Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 15:32 by Norman Pillsbury
- The Lakes (Private - No public Access), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.514975,-120.67369&ll=35.514975,-120.67369
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65879761
- Comments: "Continuing."

Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus) (4)
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 12:38 by Anonymous eBirder
- Morro Strand State Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3982858,-120.8678892&ll=35.3982858,-120.8678892
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65880494
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Appeared to be four birds, adults and juveniles in the surf near the snowy plover beach area"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (4)
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 07:30 by Cindy McIntyre
- Paso Robles Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6070574,-120.6465368&ll=35.6070574,-120.6465368
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65888988
- Comments: "Two males, two females at feeders, continuing"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 15:50 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65881676
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. Heard calls. Both spotted together in community garden."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 15:50 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65881677
- Comments: "Continuing since November 2019. Heard calls. Both spotted together in community garden."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 17, 2020 10:45 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65910386
- Comments: "continuing"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 07:30 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65884423
- Comments: "Showed up in the steady rain today"

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Date: 3/17/20 8:44 am
From: Steve Schubert <s_schub1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Baywood Park birding
Hello all,
I went on a neighborhood walk this morning in the brisk chilly air following the recent rainstorms, at the north ends of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th streets in Baywood Park and overlooking the bay. At the Audubon Overlook there were 34 SNOWY EGRETS loafing and preening in the narrow strip of pickleweed marsh at high tide. On 3rd St. the resident NORTHERN MOCKINGBIRD was singing furiously and mimicking several excellent renditions that I could identify as California scrub-jay, Black phoebe, Oak titmouse, and American kestrel. Several PINE SISKINS have been singing the past couple weeks in the cypress trees along 3rd St. Two BAND-TAILED PIGEONS were perched on a power line on 2nd St.

Steve Schubert
Los Osos



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Date: 3/17/20 12:11 am
From: Rubba Johanna <jer72701...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor Goose, Pigeon Guillemot
Viewed the Emperor Goose from the old Piedras Blancas motel and from the beach below the motel. Saw only one goose.

Stopped by San Simeon Pier on my way back and saw several Surf Scoters, Western & Clark's Grebes, and one Pigeon Guillemot.

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

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Date: 3/16/20 2:47 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (7 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)

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Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 18:36 by Mark Hays
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65849377
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "1 of 2 previously reported. On a rock just north of the creek mouth near the old Piedras Blancas Motel"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 15:40 by Bruce Henderson
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65852962
- Comments: "Stakeout on the EMGO. Generally middle gray scalloped upperparts and underparts (later examination of photos showed wing coverts with black edging, and underparts with pale edging). Black eye on the white head. White cheek and back of neck. Blackish throat. Pale bill appeared multi-colored with a black lower mandible. Bright orange legs and feet."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 15:24 by Ross Henderson-McBean
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65852571
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing Bird seen on the rocks north of the Motel, just North of bridge"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 14:25 by Adam Searcy
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65840356
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "One continuing on rocks north of old hotel."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 14:15 by Linda Easter
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65842910
- Comments: "Smallish goose with gray body, black chin and throat, white head and nape, and bright orange legs. Perched on rock just offshore north of closed Piedras Blancas motel. Scope helpful."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 12:50 by Terri Osborn
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65853048
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "There have been many observations of this goose at this location. I did not see second goose reported previously. Goose was preening entire time I watched from the bluff."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 12:50 by Petra Clayton
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65853022
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing only one Emperor Goose, mostly preening on an off-shore rock shared with cormorants and a Western Gull, north of the Piedras Blancas Motel. Northern Elephant Seals were in the water and on the beach during a sunny break on an otherwise rainy day:

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49664292668/in/dateposted-public/" title="Emperor Goose (Chen canagica), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49664292668_75ae848f69_o.jpg" alt="Emperor Goose (Chen canagica), San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 08:50 by Maggie Smith
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65844517
- Comments: "flattish head, lots of red on neck, white face and large mostly yellow bill. feeding in kelp south of pier."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:54 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4478436,-120.9069453&ll=35.4478436,-120.9069453
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65839553
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Adult resting away from the California Gull flock"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 14:45 by Mark Hays
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65873893
- Media: 1 Photo

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (2)
- Reported Mar 16, 2020 10:30 by Jeanette Stone
- Turtle Creek Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6106898,-120.6468023&ll=35.6106898,-120.6468023
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65871577
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Previously reported"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 16:30 by Michael Mulroy
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65848598
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing. heard sharp chips. saw foraging on ground in community garden. rusty red crown, long black eyeline, gray head, lighter gray breast. flew into tree with another chipping sparrow. photos soon."

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Date: 3/16/20 2:04 pm
From: sayers68 <sayers68...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Cedar waxwings Morro Bay
There is a flock of about 60-80 cedar waxwings moving uphill through the neighborhood on Blackhill from just above Quintans to maybe as high as Ridgeway and west of King's. 200pm

John Sayers
Morro Bay
On my lunch break 😁

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Date: 3/16/20 12:03 pm
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Phalaropes
Lunch...
Since last post 14 more phalaropes have flown north to south, along the shore. I believe these all to be Red. Perhaps this rain and west Wind is pushing them ashore.
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes

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Date: 3/16/20 11:14 am
From: Bob Chapman via Groups.Io <trapmanlou=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red Phalarope(s)
Coffee break,
Had a winter plumage Phalarope foraging in South Oso Flaco; medium gray with strong white wing stripe in flight, bill stout and yellow at base. Went to digiscope the bird and it quickly departed to the South. After taking flight 3 more phalaropes followed. Since those 4 birds I have seen 3 others and was able to photograph one, a Red Phalarope showing a calico red underside.
Bob ChapmanOceano Dunes
P.S. shorebird #'s up

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Date: 3/16/20 9:46 am
From: Rick Derevan <rickderevan...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Request: scope
From the motel lot, a scope is a good idea. If you drive a little further
up the coast, then park on the highway 1 shoulder and walk to the bluff's
edge, then a scope is not necessary, but it's possible the geese will be
below the top of the rock, in which case, they are not visible from there.
So I would take a scope, check them out from the motel lot, then if they're
on the top, drive up a little further and walk. My photos here, from the
further north location to give you an idea:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/sheltieboulevard/





On Mon, Mar 16, 2020 at 9:06 AM Thomas Slater via Groups.Io
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> In general? Good idea.
> If referring to Geese, they were maybe only 40 yards away.
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> On Monday, March 16, 2020, 8:55 AM, Rubba Johanna <jer72701...>
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> Hi, all
> I'd like to respectfully request that folks indicate in their posts
> whether it's necessary to use a scope to get a view of a bird sufficient
> for ID. Thanks!
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> Johanna Rubba
> Grover Beach
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Date: 3/16/20 9:06 am
From: Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Request: scope
In general? Good idea. If referring to Geese, they were maybe only 40 yards away.
On Monday, March 16, 2020, 8:55 AM, Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> wrote:

Hi, all
I'd like to respectfully request that folks indicate in their posts whether it's necessary to use a scope to get a view of a bird sufficient for ID. Thanks!

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach



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Date: 3/16/20 8:55 am
From: Rubba Johanna <jer72701...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Request: scope
Hi, all
I'd like to respectfully request that folks indicate in their posts whether it's necessary to use a scope to get a view of a bird sufficient for ID. Thanks!

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

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Date: 3/16/20 8:45 am
From: Cindy McIntyre <cindy...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red crossbills in Paso continue
Just saw 2 males, 2 females at my feeder. If anyone wants to come by just email me.They seem to like the dreary weather best. I need to restock the feeders.

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Date: 3/16/20 6:19 am
From: Ryan Jorgeson via Groups.Io <Jorgesonryan=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Harlequin Duck contiues , Port San Luis
Great job on the picture
On Sunday, March 15, 2020, 8:12 PM, Ryan Jorgeson <jorgesonryan...> wrote:

The Hanford pier? The third pier out In Avila?
On Saturday, March 14, 2020, 1:41 PM, svlrchrd <kwibirder...> wrote:

This patterned  duck is developing a pattern.  Work dock at Hanford Pier.  10 Mar at low tide on the buoy.  Today at high tide on the buoy.  See   https://ebird.org/checklist/S65790658
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Date: 3/15/20 2:39 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (13 reports)
- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Black-legged Kittiwake (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (2 reports)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 11:30 by Jamie Woolf
- North of Piedras Blancas lighthouse, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.698372,-121.29706&ll=35.698372,-121.29706
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65797928
- Comments: "Pair continues on a rock near shore. Stunning birds. Lots of people watching."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:51 by Nico Schnack
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65829082
- Comments: "Continuing bird. 10/10 would chase again. Photos. No sign of a second goose."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:51 by Brian Schnack
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65829083
- Comments: "Continuing bird. 10/10 would chase again. Photos. No sign of a second goose."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 09:07 by Mike Stiles
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65830004
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Sitting on large rock in the surf, just north of Piedras Blancas motel. Mostly dark goose with white head and back of neck. Orangeish legs and feet. Only one bird seen this morning."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 15:30 by Dessi Sieburth
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65826955
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing on rock north of Piedras Blancas Hotel. Beautiful geese with gray body feathers with black fringing, white head, small pink bills with bluish base. White tails, orange legs. Photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:59 by Scott Terrill
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65795580
- Comments: "The two adults continúe on offshore rocks north of the Piers Blancas motel. Documentation will be added to this checklist."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 13:45 by Jim Van Beveren
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65802656
- Comments: "Has been seen and reported by others 0.4 mi north of motel. Have photo, but cannot attach using the app."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:45 by Jeanette Stone
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65803252
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing birds seen on the rocks north of the motel. I parked on the north side of the bridge near the water storage tanks and walked straight down to the bluffs. Seen by many other birders"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:49 by Rick Derevan
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65795334
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "A pair of stocky geese standing in large rock near shore. White head, neck white on back, black on underside. Pink bill, body brownish gray. See photo."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 08:41 by Mark Scheel
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65805378
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Dark grey geese with neat black and white feather edging noticeable in scope views. Black throat. White head with white extending down nape. Orange-yellow legs. Small pink bill. In flight, white tail with dark gray rump same color as back. On rock 500m north of hotel parking lot. Photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 08:41 by Janet Scheel
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65805369
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Dark grey geese with neat black and white feather edging noticeable in scope views. Black throat. White head with white extending down nape. Orange-yellow legs. Small pink bill. In flight, white tail with dark gray rump same color as back. On rock 500m north of hotel parking lot. Photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 08:00 by Adam Panto
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65805534
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "I got out of the car, and looked north with my binoculars to the rocks where the Emperor Geese had been reported the previous day. I spotted one goose with a gray body, bright orange legs and a white head. I took a quick picture before heading up the highway to get a better look, where I got much better pictures. See that checklist here: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65743777"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:45 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- personal location, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6914159,-121.290081&ll=35.6914159,-121.290081
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65806736
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "continuing pair."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:08 by Richard Norton
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65827367
- Comments: "Off east side of last pier. Distinctive male."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:35 by Jay Carroll
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65797518
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing adult male."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:45 by Liam the Long-eared Owl
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65807126
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "continuing"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:39 by Richard Norton
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65794940
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In field. Smaller medium plover. White supercilium. Dark eyes. Dark bill. Slight hunt of golden."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 14:39 by Jeanette Stone
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65803694
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "In field. Smaller medium plover. White supercilium. Dark eyes. Dark bill. Slight hunt of golden."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:51 by Brian Schnack
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65829083
- Comments: "Spotted by Dave flying north. Don’t think its tooooo rare here."

Black-legged Kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 10:51 by Nico Schnack
- Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose hotspot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65829082
- Comments: "Spotted by Dave flying north. Don’t think its tooooo rare here."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 16:33 by Richard Norton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65801206
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Adult, with yellow crown. On boat in third row from east end."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:45 by Bernice Hilton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65802388
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Known marina location. Bird developing yellow crown."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 07:32 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65829128
- Comments: "Continuing. Heard one, seen one (bird with brighter red crown). Alongside baseball outfield with junco, lesser goldfinches and bluebirds."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 07:32 by Jane Hawley
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65829129
- Comments: "Continuing. Heard one, seen one (bird with brighter red crown). Alongside baseball outfield with junco, lesser goldfinches and bluebirds."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 15, 2020 07:20 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65819897
- Comments: "Continuing. Even with the rain he doesn't appear ready to leave yet."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 10:00 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65808578
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Date: 3/15/20 9:32 am
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor Geese, Point Piedras Blancas, 3/15
The two Emperor Geese continued on the rock visible to the north of the
closed Piedras Blancas Motel this stormy Sunday morning.



For eBird purposes, the existing motel hotspot has been renamed to "
<https://ebird.org/hotspot/L2880702> Piedras Blancas Motel--Emperor Goose
hotspot" . Unless seen at a different location, please use this hotspot for
eBird reports.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Date: 3/15/20 6:57 am
From: Tyson Baker via Groups.Io <tysons41=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Ring Necked Ducks, Turri Road.
At least 7 pair of ring necked ducks in the last pond on the right towards the eastern part of Turri Road. The pond is down the hill to the right at the last sharp left turn, heading east. 
Tyson and KristiOsos and SLO. 

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Date: 3/14/20 2:20 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (8 reports)
- Harlequin Duck (2 reports)
- Red-necked Grebe (3 reports)
- Vaux's Swift (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)

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Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 17:55 by Kai Mills
- Emperor Goose Spot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.698372,-121.2970603&ll=35.698372,-121.2970603
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65760770
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing two birds. Striking white hoods, dark bodies, orange feet."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 12:24 by Richard Norton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65791754
- Comments: "On large rock at Creek mouth 1500 feel north of motel. Patterned gray bodies with white heads, back of necks, and tail tips."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:35 by Don Glasco
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65780417
- Comments: "Continuing 500 m N of motel on rocks west of cypress grove. White head, small bill, orange legs. Photo"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:29 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65787986
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pair on rocks about 0.3 miles north of motel."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 09:29 by Will Knowlton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65780582
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing pair on rocks about 0.3 miles north of motel."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:43 by Steve Summers
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65777484
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds. This morning they were on a sea rock just off of Arroyo del Oso ¼ mile away looking north from the north end of the old motel (second photo). I was also able to observe them from the old CA-1 roadbed. I stopped by the motel again around 1:20 pm and saw them again but on a rock farther north."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:30 by Dan Richards
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65761710
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "two geese on rock with pelagic cormorant"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 07:30 by Derek Hameister
- Stakeout Emperor Goose, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6934587,-121.2915593&ll=35.6934587,-121.2915593
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65766298
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds preening on the rock about 150 feet or so away from the cliff where we were observing them."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 11:15 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65790658
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photo."

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 17:00 by Aaron Holschbach
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65766067
- Comments: "Male Harlequin Duck just east of the pier. Beautiful blue duck with rusty patch on side and bold white markings on face and breast."

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1)
- Reported Mar 14, 2020 13:13 by Richard Norton
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65791719
- Comments: "Squared off head. Somewhat reddish neck. Whitish face"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 10:51 by Eric Wier
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65754056
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Feeding in kelp south of pier"

Red-necked Grebe (Podiceps grisegena) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 10:45 by Roger Zachary
- San Simeon Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6430072,-121.1875784&ll=35.6430072,-121.1875784
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65755785
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "south of the pier; RNGR continues"

Vaux's Swift (Chaetura vauxi) (1)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 10:18 by Jim Royer
- Turri Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3250835,-120.7948498&ll=35.3250835,-120.7948498
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65754090
- Comments: "A small all dark swift (I only saw it from underneath), except for faint lighter throat patch. It had a short cutoff tail and lacked the contrasting black and white coloration of the larger more common White-throated swift."

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 08:14 by Maggie Smith
- Lucerne Dr. Vista Point -- Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.44965,-120.9141691&ll=35.44965,-120.9141691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65758544
- Comments: "non breeding adults with dark cap black going below eye, partial white collar and dark breast band; white showing on sides; white flanks."

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Date: 3/14/20 1:41 pm
From: svlrchrd <kwibirder...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Harlequin Duck contiues , Port San Luis
This patterned duck is developing a pattern. Work dock at Hanford Pier.
10 Mar at low tide on the buoy. Today at high tide on the buoy.
See https://ebird.org/checklist/S65790658

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Date: 3/13/20 2:05 pm
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Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (15 reports)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (2 reports)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (2 reports)
- Yellow Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 08:15 by Adam Panto
- 93452, San Simeon US-CA (35.6934,-121.2914), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.693384,-121.29144&ll=35.693384,-121.29144
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65743777
- Comments: "Continuing pair. Very cooperative this morning. On the rocks just north of Piedras Blancas motel. Photos to follow."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 11:32 by Philip LoCicero
- Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, California, US (35.692, -121.291), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.692486,-121.2911975&ll=35.692486,-121.2911975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65728231
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Photos to follow"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 17:55 by Torrey Gage-Tomlinson
- Emperor Goose Spot, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.698372,-121.2970603&ll=35.698372,-121.2970603
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65734532
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing two birds. Striking white hoods, dark bodies, orange feet."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 10:15 by Max Taylor
- Pacific Ocean, Ragged Point US-CA (35.6930,-121.2916), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.692977,-121.291615&ll=35.692977,-121.291615
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65747050
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds seen on the rocks north of the motel. I parked on the north side of the bridge near the water storage tanks and walked straight down to the bluffs. Seen by many other birders. I will add photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:58 by Eric Wier
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65747337
- Comments: "Photos coming"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 14:40 by Terri Osborn
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65734208
- Comments: "Continuing birds reported by several observers. Body is slate-gray with white head and nape, front of neck dark, also, white on tail. Initially was unable to spot them with binoculars as they were not on rocks where others reported seeing them. Many thanks to Will Knowlton who arrived with a spotting scope and pointed out the pair of geese about two miles further north along the shore."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 14:20 by Will Knowlton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65729644
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "The two geese were refound on a rock along the shoreline about 2 miles north of the hotel while scoping from the north end of the hotel.

White head and top of neck, white tails, slate gray plumage otherwise, yellow legs visible when the birds would stand to stretch, as they were mostly snoozing when I was observing them."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 11:58 by Maggie Smith
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65728260
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "These were smallish geese white heads and necks and black throats. They had orange legs, small bills and white tails. Good scope view from motel parking area and poor long distance photos"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 11:45 by Bradley Hacker
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65725872
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Birds were initially shown to us on rock with cormorants north of old Piedras Blancas hotel. About half an hour later the birds moved down onto the ocean side of the rock--perhaps to avoid the growing number of cormorants--where they were invisible from land. After another 20 min or so, the rising tide and a big wave caused them to fly up the coast about 2 km, where they were relocated at 35.6976N 121.2969W. At this relatively nondescript/ordinary location, the birds were on a rocky minor peninsula contiguous with the shoreline--within 10 m of the bluff and invisible from the road."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:11 by Tom Edell
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65731446
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "These are undoubtedly the same two birds initially found at the Elephant Seal Rookery south of Point Piedras Blancas on 9 Jan. The were found again mid-day yesterday by Petra and Jack Clayton. The birds preened most of the time they were observed, but were flushed once from their perch by a breaking wave. These distinctive geese displayed the white head and nape, black chin, throat and foreneck, other wise slate-gray plumage and white tail associated with this species. The eyes appeared dark and the feet orange with black nails. The bills showed a blueish colored base, preceded by a pink band, and had a yellow nail with a black tip. The lower mandible was black. Birds of North America indicates these bill colors are found on sub-adult birds. The wing coverts were slate-gray. Individual covert feathers showed slightly darker central shaft streaks and thin white fringes preceded by a slightly more prominent dark band. the body color was slate-gray and had horizontal dark streaks. The photos seem to show a brownish tinge to the sides. Prior to these two birds the last county record was in Dec 1968 and the only CBRC reviewed record, which was accepted, spanned from 12 Dec 1966 to 12 Feb 1967. (Photos)"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:11 by Roger Zachary
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65733494
- Media: 7 Photos
- Comments: "These are undoubtedly the same two birds initially found at the Elephant Seal Rookery south of Point Piedras Blancas on 9 Jan. The were found again mid-day yesterday by Petra and Jack Clayton. The birds preened most of the time they were observed, but were flushed once from their perched by a breaking wave. These distinctive geese displayed the white head and nape, black chin, throat and foreneck, other wise slate-gray plumage and white tail associated with this species. The eyes appeared dark and the feet orange with black nails. The bills showed a blueish colored base, preceded by a pink band, and had a yellow nail with a black tip. The lower mandible was black. Birds of North America indicates these bill colors are found on sub-adult birds. The wing coverts were slate-gray. Individual covert feathers showed slightly darker central shaft streaks and thin white fringes preceded by a slightly more prominent dark band. the body color was slate-gray and had horizontal dark streaks. The photos seem to show a brownish tinge to the sides. Prior to these two birds the last county record was in Dec 1968 and the only CBRC reviewed record, which was accepted, spanned from 12 Dec 1966 to 12 Feb 1967. (Photos)"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:10 by Jay Carroll
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65724855
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "continuing rarity seen by many observers; photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:10 by Jim Royer
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65726131
- Comments: "A pair that had been found a couple of months ago in the area, and then re-found yesterday. They were seen by many today."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 10:07 by Seth Ontiveros
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65727298
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Observed birds preening on rock from shoulder of Highway 1. Reported by Petra and Jack Clayton yesterday. Notified of presence by Jay Carroll and Jim Royer. Poor photo taken through car window."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 08:00 by Kaaren Perry
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.68836,-121.28826&ll=35.68836,-121.28826
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65722880
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen roosting on a near shore large rock. The two adult geese stayed close together, frequently preening during much of the observation. Photos taken by multiple observers."

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 12:46 by Tom Edell
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65727249
- Comments: "adult that wintered at this location. Dark crown, pale supercilium, dark auricular spot, primaries barely extending beyond tip of tail, whitish underwings in flight and at distance and in flight back appeared brownish. Calling. Others may have photos"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 12:46 by Roger Zachary
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65730746
- Comments: "adult that wintered at this location. Dark crown, pale supercilium, dark auricular spot, primaries barely extending beyond tip of tail, whitish underwings in flight and at distance and in flight back appeared brownish. Calling. Others may have photos"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 17:29 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65733380
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing juvenile birds"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:11 by Norman Pillsbury
- Turtle Creek Park, Paso Robles US-CA (35.6102,-120.6454), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.610186,-120.645425&ll=35.610186,-120.645425
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65746195
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Male and female; photos"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (2)
- Reported Mar 13, 2020 09:11 by Jeff Miller
- Turtle Creek Park, Paso Robles US-CA (35.6102,-120.6454), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.610186,-120.645425&ll=35.610186,-120.645425
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65744598
- Media: 6 Photos
- Comments: "Male and female; photos"

Yellow Warbler (Setophaga petechia) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 15:10 by Kaaren Perry
- Morro Bay yard, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.360935,-120.844846&ll=35.360935,-120.844846
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65727434
- Comments: "FOS Small all bright yellow bird showing very faint streaking on upper breast. Bold eyeing. Short tail. Moving about in flowering eucalyptus with a small mixed group of Yellow-rumps, Orange-crowned and Townsend warblers. Heard the distinctive "chip" that initially called my attention to the bird."

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Date: 3/13/20 7:26 am
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor Geese, Glaucous Gull, Red-necked Grebe, 3/12
Afternoon reports of the Emperor Geese placed them further north of the
Piedras Blancas Motel than they were in the morning, though apparently still
visible to the north of the motel site with a scope.



The first-cycle Glaucous Gull continued at the small lagoon (Arroyo del
Corral) just south of the motel.



The Red-necked Grebe continued yesterday near the San Simeon Pier. It was
reported seen "south of the end of the pier."



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Date: 3/12/20 3:45 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] SLO - Emperor Geese - a little story
Having spent two long days in early January searching for these 2 very special geese without success the posts from last evening were intriguing and did again offer some hope. I decided to give it another try!

And as we all may know - stakeouts can be fun! The wait for the dense fog to lift seem endless but soon I was joined on the bluffs north of the old Piedras Blances motel by a few birders and we shared our strategies for the morning. Some had already been walking the trails and were heading out again. Norm Pillsbury and I decided to stake out the offshore rocks and vicinity right from the bluffs. Norm brought out two beach chairs and we were set!

Two hours passed as we watched all that roosted, flew or swam past and it was almost 10:00 and time for Norm to head home. At 9:59 he told me he was going to do just one final sweep with his scope and then let out a holler, "there they are! the two geese!! on the rocks!!”.

Woohoo!! Yes indeed, stakeouts can be fun!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay





> On Mar 12, 2020, at 2:57 PM, William Bouton <boutonbill...> wrote:
>
> For anyone interested, a documentation-quality image of the two celebrity geese, which were observed by multiple birders today, can be viewed at:
>
> https://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/49652548918/ <https://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/49652548918/>
>
> Wishing to neither trespass, nor to spook the birds, the image was made at a distance of several hundred meters, through unstable, warming air. Thus the soft focus.
>
> Bill Bouton
> San Luis Obispo, CA
> www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/sets/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/sets/>
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Date: 3/12/20 3:25 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] CANCELLED - MCAS Community Program - Birds of SLO 3/16
Due to the rapidly moving changes in policy, both national and state, regarding the Covid-19 and it’s danger to the general public the Community Program : Birds of Slo Part 1 has been cancelled. This program is a very popular event and is coordinated and presented by Dave Keeling and always receives rave reviews.

Not an easy decision made by the MCAS Board but for the protection of our community and beyond we felt cancellation at this time was necessary. No plans in place for a new date for this program as of yet.

Apologies to all who had planned to attend.

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Date: 3/12/20 2:57 pm
From: William Bouton <boutonbill...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor Geese - photo
For anyone interested, a documentation-quality image of the two celebrity geese, which were observed by multiple birders today, can be viewed at:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/49652548918/

Wishing to neither trespass, nor to spook the birds, the image was made at a distance of several hundred meters, through unstable, warming air. Thus the soft focus.

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San Luis Obispo, CA
www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/sets/ <http://www.flickr.com/photos/billbouton/sets/>

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Date: 3/12/20 2:05 pm
From: Kevin Zimmer via Groups.Io <kjzimmerphd=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] FOS Hooded Oriole, Bullock's Oriole and Pacific-slope Flycatcher in Atascadero & window-strike "Yellow-shafted Flicker"
Our FOS Hooded Oriole showed at our feeders on March 2, which seems early by at least a couple of weeks. There has been 1 male present on our property since then. A male Bullock’s Oriole appeared at Bill Rucci’s feeders on March 7 and was still there on March 8, but has not been since as far as I’m aware.

This morning (March 12), I heard 2 different Pacific-slope Flycatchers in the neighborhood, one of which was from our property.

Yesterday (March 11), Bill Rucci delivered a specimen of a phenotypically classic (no signs of it being an intergrade) male “Yellow-shafted” Flicker which had died when it struck one of his windows. Over the years, we have had a number of obvious intergrade Northern Flickers on our property, but I can’t recall having seen an apparently pure “Yellow-shafted”-type flicker in the neighborhood before. I will deposit this specimen with the LA County Museum of Natural History, as I do with all such salvaged bird specimens.

In other news: We’ve had multiple Rufous Hummingbirds/Selasphorus sp? attending our feeders near daily since Feb 26 (when first reported by my wife), and certainly since March 4 (when I returned from Tanzania) through today.

As an aside, at least 2 of the 3 White-throated Sparrows that wintered in our yard are still present, and one of them has been singing from the riparian belt along Graves Creek.

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero
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Date: 3/12/20 1:58 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Emperor Goose (7 reports)
- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Glaucous Gull (3 reports)
- Brown Pelican (California) (1 report)
- Red Crossbill (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 11:32 by Jessie Knowlton
- Cabrillo Highway, San Simeon, California, US (35.692, -121.291), San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.692486,-121.2911975&ll=35.692486,-121.2911975
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65716314
- Comments: "Photos to follow"

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 09:00 by Norman Pillsbury
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65720004
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "Two individuals, preening. White heads and neck, black throat, scaly look to wings and breast, orange legs and pink bill were evident. First seen last January. Relocated yesterday morning by Petra and Jack Clayton and again in the evening by The Wing Nuts. Relocated at dawn today by Jeff Miller, Herb Elliot and myself, and then again at 9:58 am by myself and Kaaren Perry."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 09:00 by Rick Saval
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65721463
- Comments: "Continues, documented by several SLO counties with photos."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Jeff Miller
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65710518
- Comments: "Seen in flight only, coming from vicinity of rock where they were seen last night, 3/4 mile north of motel. Adults. Small geese, overall slaty gray, including underwings. White end of tail, yellow feet, small billed. White heads and back of neck."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Norman Pillsbury
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65712211
- Comments: "Seen in flight only, coming from vicinity of rock where they were seen last night, 3/4 mile north of motel. Adults. Small geese, overall slaty gray, including underwings. White end of tail, yellow feet, small billed. White heads and back of neck."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 18:19 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65701186
- Media: 8 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds observed by Petra & Jack Clayton earlier in the day that were seen previously at Point Piedras Blancas on January 9, 2020. Re-found tonight by Pat Vaughan while 4 of us scanned nearby rocky shores and beaches. The pair of geese were observed through scopes foraging on top of large, flat rock outcroppings north of the motel at approximately (35°41'51.0"N 121°17'48.2"W)."

Emperor Goose (Anser canagicus) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 11:33 by Petra Clayton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65701640
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "These are most likely the same two birds photographed at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Jan 9, 2020, but not seen since. --- The last ebird county record for this species is from Morro Bay over the winter of 1966-67.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video showing the Emperor Geese napping or preening, while sharing a rock with cormorants, gulls, and a Black Oystercatcher:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49649870778/in/dateposted-public/" title="Emperor Goose (Chen canagica), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49649870778_eeb2fb2b3a_o.jpg" alt="Emperor Goose (Chen canagica), San Simeon, CA" /></a>

Flickr image of the location of the rock, about half a mile north of the old Piedras Blancas Motel:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49649870783/in/dateposted-public/" title="Piedras Blancas Motel, Highway One, San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49649870783_31aaf6d0a6_o.jpg" alt="Piedras Blancas Motel, Highway One, San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 08:31 by Michelle Summers
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65712646
- Comments: "Continuing bird. Pics to follow."

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Jeff Miller
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65710518
- Comments: "Photos"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Norman Pillsbury
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65712211
- Comments: "Photos"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 11:33 by Petra Clayton
- Piedras Blancas Motel, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6882117,-121.2883166&ll=35.6882117,-121.2883166
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65701640
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continuing at the Arroyo del Corral Beach (3/9/20, Tom Edell). First year.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video:
<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49650933652/in/dateposted-public/" title="Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus), San Simeon, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49650933652_a077919ce9_o.jpg" alt="Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus), San Simeon, CA" /></a>"

Brown Pelican (California) (Pelecanus occidentalis californicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 16:17 by Pat Dwyer
- Cabrillo Hwy, Ragged Point US-CA 35.65252, -121.22836, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.652517,-121.22836&ll=35.652517,-121.22836
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65695727
- Comments: "Roosting with cormorants"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (3)
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 07:00 by Cindy McIntyre
- Paso Robles Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6070574,-120.6465368&ll=35.6070574,-120.6465368
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65698127
- Media: 5 Photos
- Comments: "Two males, one female passing through during a morning of rain showers, eating black oil sunflower seeds at my feeders"

Red Crossbill (Loxia curvirostra) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 12:12 by Pair of Wing-Nuts
- Queenanne Road, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6068326,-120.6460193&ll=35.6068326,-120.6460193
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65701956
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing birds originally reported by Cindy McIntyre on January 20 and again earlier today."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 11, 2020 14:11 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65694619
- Comments: "Continuing. On baseball field. Outfield along fence. Birds about a foot apart, foraging. Half a dozen Yellow-rumped Warblers, two bluebirds and a few goldfinch nearby."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 12, 2020 07:15 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65720905
- Comments: "Still showing up. The big storm this week didn't send it on its way. First sighting: 11/11/2019"

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Date: 3/12/20 10:22 am
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Emperor Geese, SLO County
After a short absence, the Emperor Geese continue at the same location on the SLO County north coast.Tom EdellCayucos, CA Sent from my Verizon, Samsung Galaxy smartphone
-------- Original message --------From: <tedell...> Date: 3/11/20 5:50 PM (GMT-08:00) To: SLO Bird Listserv <slocobirding...>, <CALBIRDS...> Subject: Emperor Geese, SLO County Two Emperor Geese were photographed today along the coast north of Point Piedras Blancas. The birds were on rocks north of the old Piedras Blancas Motel. These are surely the same two birds photographed at the Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Jan 9, but not seen since. Tom EdellCayucos, CA
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Date: 3/12/20 10:06 am
From: Rubba Johanna <jer72701...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Santa Margarita Lake in the rain
Had a wet and dramatic (thunderstorm!) campout at Santa Margarita Lake Mon-Weds 3/9-11. The area is getting busy with birds. Wasn't able to bird as much as I wanted, as occasionally heavy rain kept me in my tent or my car! But the chorus surrounding my tent and out over the lake was wonderful!

Birds seen:
-Rafts of Clark's/Western Grebes, at least 60 birds total, hugging the reeds at lake edges.
-Canada Geese -- never saw more than about half a dozen. Flying over and landing on the tiny island near Mackey Point.
-2 pair Gadwall
-1 male American Wigeon
-1 male Cinnamon Teal
-several pair Bufflehead

Oddly, I didn't see any Ruddies.

-Pied-billed Grebes were abundant and very vocal, issuing their rather crazy songs & calls
-ca. half dozen Double-crested Cormorants, in the vicinity of the marina
-1 Great Egret
-1 Snowy Egret at marina
-1 Red-shouldered Hawk perched in a tree near my tent at Roadrunner campground
- Numerous American Coots, also vocal
-1 Spotted Sandpiper between Osprey campsites and Mackey Point
-1 Northern Flicker in a tree near my campsite
-1 Black Phoebe in same area as Spotted Sandpiper
-1 Western Scrub Jay
- Numerous Violet-green Swallows at different parts of the lake--Marina and around Mackey Point
-2 Oak Titmouse near my campsite
-1 Western Bluebird
-1 Yellow-rumped Warbler near campsite
-6 CA Towhee, various locations
-Numerous Brewer's Blackbirds roosting in trees around my campsite
-5-6 Great-tailed Grackles near marina and near my campsite

Birds heard:
-CA Quail
-Killdeer
-Barn Owl (loud screech at night right over my tent!)
-1 Western Screech Owl
-2 Great Horned Owl
-Acorn Woodpeckers
-Hairy Woodpecker
-Bushtits
-Numerous Common Yellowthroats
-Song Sparrow
-Pretty sure I heard Ruby-crowned Kinglets' partial song

I'm sure I would have seen far more birds had I been able to walk around without getting soaked! There were numerous calls/songs which were unfamiliar to me. It would be great to go back on a clear day to catch more action.

I know descriptions of calls are lame, but one in particular fascinated me. It seemed to come from off or near the water and was a rapidly descending series of close-together, high-pitched notes, trailing off with increasing time spans between the notes.

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Date: 3/11/20 8:46 pm
From: Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Ps- birding from the dentist chair
A house finch and a Dark-eyed Junco... I think I may have the record!

Bird on,
Tom SlaterNipomo 

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Date: 3/11/20 8:41 pm
From: Thomas Slater via Groups.Io <tomslaterphotography=<yahoo.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Tanager at the dentist

While sitting in the dentist chair at Dr. Edgerton’s in AG this afternoon, I got great looks at a bright yellow female Western Tanager foraging through the big Ceanothus by the small pond. Also present was an Orange-crowned Warbler, 2 Western Bluebirds building a nest, a slew of White-crowned Sparrows, a selasphorus hummingbird, some Bushtits, and a RC Kinglet. I’ve never had so much fun at the dentist (and probably never will again).

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Date: 3/11/20 5:50 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Emperor Geese, SLO County
Two Emperor Geese were photographed today along the coast north of Point
Piedras Blancas. The birds were on rocks north of the old Piedras Blancas
Motel. These are surely the same two birds photographed at the Piedras
Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery on Jan 9, but not seen since.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Date: 3/11/20 1:35 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 10:20 by Kaaren Perry
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65659584
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Seen diving at north end of reservoir . Brown upperpartw with slightly darker crown."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 18:41 by Grace Romero
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65669902
- Comments: "2 immature with dark bills, one starting to show yellow crown. On eastern shore of marina"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 07:25 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65669529
- Comments: "Continuing"

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Date: 3/11/20 1:09 pm
From: Rick Derevan <rickderevan...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Siskins and American Goldfinches
After being pretty much absent from my yard this winter, I just had a small flock of Pine Siskins and at least one American Goldfinch feeding on the ground in my backyard.

Rick Derevan
Atascadero
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Date: 3/11/20 12:30 pm
From: Elizabeth Tjader <Ewtjader...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Swallows in Baywood Park
We also saw them over Cuesta Inlet yesterday at 6:00PM.

Betsy Tjader

> On Mar 11, 2020, at 10:36 AM, jimvanbev <jim...> wrote:
>
> We had a large flock (30 to 50+) of swallows in Baywood Park this morning between 9:15 and 9:45 am. They were insect feeding over the vacant lots between Baywood Pier and Pasadena Park and eventually moved to the north towards Morro Bay State Park. They all appeared to have a squarish tail light to white underparts with brown observed occasionally. A white "patch" was visible when the were flying away. I am not able to make a positive id, but possibly Violet-green or Tree Swallows.
>
> Jim Van Beveren - Los Osos/Baywood Park.
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Date: 3/11/20 11:20 am
From: Cindy McIntyre <cindy...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red crossbills in Paso
They're baaack. This time I only see two males and a female for sure. Hard to see through rain-streaked window. Just noticed them an hour ago. A larger group was here for a few days around Jan. 20.

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Date: 3/11/20 10:09 am
From: jimvanbev <jim...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Swallows in Baywood Park
We had a large flock (30 to 50+) of swallows in Baywood Park this morning between 9:15 and 9:45 am. They were insect feeding over the vacant lots between Baywood Pier and Pasadena Park and eventually moved to the north towards Morro Bay State Park. They all appeared to have a squarish tail light to white underparts with brown observed occasionally. A white "patch" was visible when the were flying away. I am not able to make a positive id, but possibly Violet-green or Tree Swallows.

Jim Van Beveren - Los Osos/Baywood Park.

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Date: 3/10/20 1:28 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Pacific Golden-Plover (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Glaucous Gull (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (3 reports)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)
- Bullock's Oriole (2 reports)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65657436
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continues, today at the Harford Pier Work Dock; photos"

Pacific Golden-Plover (Pluvialis fulva) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 09:15 by Tom Edell
- Point Sierra Nevada Beach, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.717177,-121.3134003&ll=35.717177,-121.3134003
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65631209
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "continuing adult that probably wintered here, but was "found again" on 14 Feb after not being reported since Oct 2019. Also likely a returning adult that wintered here last year (Photo)"

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:46 by Tom Edell
- Lucerne Dr. Vista Point -- Cayucos, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.44965,-120.9141691&ll=35.44965,-120.9141691
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65654061
- Comments: "Two together inside outer kelp bed. Small birds with tiny short bills, dark above, white below, dark crown, white face and collar, white in scapulars. Likely continuing birds from those seen a few days ago"

Glaucous Gull (Larus hyperboreus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 08:39 by Tom Edell
- Arroyo del Corral-Hwy 1, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.6841517,-121.2862666&ll=35.6841517,-121.2862666
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65633794
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "First-cycle bird with brown mottling in wing coverts and a brownish wash on the breast. Pure white primaries and a pink bill with a dark tip. Small dark-eye on white face."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 10:00 by Jeri Edwards
- Islay Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2490649,-120.6262145&ll=35.2490649,-120.6262145
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65623244
- Comments: "intermingled with a group of white-crowned and golden crowned sparrows in the grassy edge of the volleyball sand court"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:21 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65653427
- Comments: "Continuing. Community garden. Pair seen together."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 12:58 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65634139
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted in dandelions just east of baseball field with Lesser Goldfinch, a junco and bluebirds. This was the brighter red-crowned of the pair spotted in the park since Nov. 2019."

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 16:50 by Roger Zachary
- Zachary's Property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5218007,-120.6933761&ll=35.5218007,-120.6933761
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65633632
- Comments: "down curved beak; two wing bars; black face and throat; yellow hood"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:21 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65653427
- Comments: "Female. Foraging high in trees next to fjord/bottlebrush trees. Same tall deciduous tree where male sighted a few days ago. Bird didn’t make sound until she was startled by a truck driving through the park. White belly. Yellow chest and head. Line through eye. Dark wings. White wing bar. Flew into bottlebrush tree."

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Mar 10, 2020 09:07 by Jim Royer
- Pecho Road Willows, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3170687,-120.85271&ll=35.3170687,-120.85271
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65651511
- Comments: "Continuing calling male"

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Date: 3/10/20 12:55 pm
From: Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Northern Flickers
This morning my husband and I were lucky enough to watch two male Northern
Flickers squaring off with each other for more than 15 minutes.
They alighted next to each other in a bare tree. One would hang head down,
the other head up, then they would fan their tail feathers. After a minute
they would change positions - the one that was up went down, and the one
that was head down would go up! Then after doing that a few times they
would peck at each other a few times. Then they would pose in the exact
same position, side by side, looking the same way and just stand there.
Then back to the tail spreading and upside down movements. What fun to
watch.
Never saw a female around so they were just showing off for themselves.
Territorial? Mating?
Very interesting to watch.

*Claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'*

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Date: 3/10/20 11:43 am
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Yellow-rumped Warblers - Morro Bay
We have reliably had a few Yellow-rumps in our yard during the winter months. This morning was different. There were at least 25 calling and foraging in 2 nearby red flowering eucalyptus. As the sun began to rise what I could see and hear were numbers of both Audubon’s and Myrtle subspecies, Audubon's being the most numerous as expected. I did see 6 Myrtle as they flitted about and there may have been more. With the daylight they all flew out of the 2 trees and into the neighborhood.

I would suspect that they are gathering their numbers before heading off to their breeding grounds.

Spring is here!

Kaaren

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 3/10/20 9:24 am
From: njmann90 <njmann50...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Hooded Oriole
First of season Hooded Oriole (male) in yard today. Earliest previous date
14 Mar 2013 with most arrivals sometime during the first week in April
(2006 to 2020). Near Vet's Hall.
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Date: 3/9/20 3:03 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Unid. Booby, Glaucous Gull, Pacific Golden-Plover, North Coast, 9 Mar
This morning I observed a white booby while scoping from the dunes above
Point Sierra Nevada Beach. The bird was feeding well offshore with a loose
flock of gulls. It was far enough offshore that I could not say much about
its size in comparison with the Western Gulls other than the wings and body
appeared longer. Because of the distance I saw no fine details on the bird,
but can say that it appeared to be white except for the all dark primaries
and secondaries in the underwing that initially caused it to stand out. I
did not note the tail color. I suspected at the time this was an adult
Masked/Nazca type booby, but could not eliminate a white adult Red-footed. I
lost sight of the bird when I attempted to take a distant photo and never
saw it again. I looked for it up the coast to south of the Ragged Point Inn
and at the various large rocks south of Point Sierra Nevada without luck.
Hopefully it will turn up again somewhere in the county.



The Pacific Golden-Plover continued in the grassland inland of the dunes at
Point Sierra Nevada. It was still be in winter plumage.



A first-cycle Glaucous Gull was on the beach at Arroyo del Corral (lagoon
just south of the old Piedras Blancas Motel). This was not the bright white
bird previously seen at the Point Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery. It
looked more like the one I recently photographed at Arroyo Laguna on 23 Feb.



A female Hooded Merganser was at the Little Pico Creek lagoon.



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Cayucos, CA


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Date: 3/9/20 1:23 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (2 reports)
- Rough-legged Hawk (2 reports)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)
- Hooded Oriole (1 report)

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Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 08, 2020 09:00 by Rick Saval
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65581003
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Continues, adult male close in at high tide , fisherman beach"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 08, 2020 16:00 by Mark Hays
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65594855
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "On usual boats second pier from the end"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3)
- Reported Mar 08, 2020 09:45 by Petra Clayton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65600806
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juveniles. Today they were frequently moving between the eucalyptus tree by dock 7 and the boats on dock 5 and 6. When we left, two were perched on dock 6 (on "Miss Behaven" and "McGregor") and one on a boat on dock 5. --- The third photo shows the one with more yellow in the crown."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Mar 07, 2020 09:00 by Jack Wickel
- Carrizo Plain NM--Metal building at Panorama Rd and Calhoun Rd., San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1879862,-119.761935&ll=35.1879862,-119.761935
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65601694
- Media: 4 Photos
- Comments: "After spotting a Ferruginous Hawk on the ground at long range to the north, I noticed the Rough-legged Hawk beyond and west of it, also on the ground. Almost certainly the same one I saw nearby the previous afternoon. Zoomed to 600 mm max and heavily cropped photos. The shots of it on the ground were not suitable for ID, but a few of the photos of it flying low clearly show the diagnostic dark carpal patches."

Rough-legged Hawk (Buteo lagopus) (1)
- Reported Mar 06, 2020 16:15 by Jack Wickel
- Carrizo Plain NM--Panorama Rd. gravel pit, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1878192,-119.7371042&ll=35.1878192,-119.7371042
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65601463
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "One was hovering briefly above the low hill crest where the power line leaves Panorama Rd and crosses the hill, then disappeared behind the hill. It looked to be a light juvenile, lightly marked. The dark carpal patches are clearly seen in one photo. Pale head, dark belly, white breast. In my quick look with binoculars before grabbing the camera, I got a dorsal view of the tail fanned, white with light gray band at the end."

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 08, 2020 17:18 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65596728
- Comments: "Continuing. Spotted both fly into tree that hangs over community garden when 8-10 White-crowned Sparrows spooked into trees by my arrival. I don’t think the Chipping Sparrows were too close to the White-crowned, but in the same general area. Also a pair of goldfinch, Say’s and Black phoebes in the garden. Heard the quiet calls of the Chipping Sparrows too."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 09, 2020 07:20 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65613520
- Comments: "Continuing"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 08, 2020 07:20 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65583069
- Comments: "Showed up right at sunrise"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 08, 2020 18:30 by Jim Royer
- Sea Pines Golf Course, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3153586,-120.8574414&ll=35.3153586,-120.8574414
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65596846
- Comments: "First of the season - adult male"

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Date: 3/8/20 2:29 pm
From: mike stiles <mstiles54...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Pac-slope Flycatcher
Try this again. I had my first of season PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER calling
on Turri Road this morning, in the willows just west, and across the road
from the seasonal pond.

Mike Stiles
Los Osos

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Date: 3/8/20 2:26 pm
From: mike stiles <mstiles54...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Pac Slope Flycatcher
I had my first of season PACIFIC SLOPE FLYCATCHER

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Date: 3/8/20 1:10 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (3 reports)
- Tropical Kingbird (1 report)

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Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Mar 08, 2020 10:04 by David Cox
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65574103
- Comments: "Continuing dock 5"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (2) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 07, 2020 11:49 by Kaia Colestock
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65535884
- Comments: "Continuing in eucalyptus next to harbor."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (3) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 07, 2020 09:30 by Petra Clayton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65550396
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing juveniles. All three were perched in a large eucalyptus tree by dock 6. - The second photo shows the one with more yellow in the crown than the other two."

Tropical Kingbird (Tyrannus melancholicus) (1)
- Reported Mar 03, 2020 11:00 by John/Linda Mendoza
- Laguna Lake Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2656069,-120.6903817&ll=35.2656069,-120.6903817
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65410945
- Media: 5 Photos

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Date: 3/7/20 12:56 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Long-tailed Duck (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis) (1)
- Reported Mar 07, 2020 10:16 by Kaia Colestock
- Morro Rock, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3693972,-120.8670566&ll=35.3693972,-120.8670566
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65530494
- Media: 3 Photos
- Comments: "Male preening and foraging harbor side of south jetty"

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1)
- Reported Mar 06, 2020 15:40 by Petra Clayton
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65512203
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature standing along the base of the parking lot revetment.

Click on the image below for a Flickr video, showing the bird standing in the same place, swaying back and forth, as described in yesterday's ebird post (3/5/20, Tom Edell). However today it was not observed catching any prey:

<a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/jack-petra-clayton/49629337651/in/dateposted-public/" title="Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Morro Bay, CA"><img src="https://live.staticflickr.com/31337/49629337651_3aa10ca717_o.jpg" alt="Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea), Morro Bay, CA" /></a>"

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 07, 2020 06:50 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65523264
- Comments: "One of the earliest birds to show up this morning"

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Date: 3/6/20 8:41 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] FW: [LACoBirds] A plea to eBirders (long)
If you use , or are considering using, eBird please take the time to read the following well written post to the LACobirds listserv. Everything Kimball Garrett relates applies to SLO County. Thankfully, SLO County has far fewer checklists submitted than LA County which allows me to continue as the lone reviewer. Nonetheless, SLO County checklists have the same issues as those discussed below and following these suggestions will make your checklists more valuable to eBird and help reduce reviewer workload. Please take his recommendations to heart and strive to submit the most accurate checklists possible.



Thanks to everyone that uses eBird!



Tom Edell

SLO County eBird Reviewer

Cayucos, CA






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Date: March 6, 2020 at 8:33:21 AM PST
To: "<LACoBirds...> <mailto:<LACoBirds...> " <lacobirds...> <mailto:<lacobirds...> >
Subject: [LACoBirds] A plea to eBirders (long)

As eBird use in Los Angeles County continues to explode, the workload for the county’s eBird reviewers is exploding as well. More eBird checklists are entered for Los Angeles County than any other county in the US (>300,000 to date). The three primary eBird reviewers for L.A. are myself, John Garrett and Justyn Stahl; and we’re delighted that Chris Dean is now joining us as a fourth primary reviewer. We estimate that we spend, collectively, about 20 to 24 hours per week dealing with records in the review queue and other review-related matters. And this does not include the substantial time put in by other non-official reviewers who alert us to questionable sightings that didn’t get flagged, to misidentified photos, or to checklist issues (e.g. incorrect localities, “incomplete” vs. “complete” designations, incorrect use of hotspots, etc.). I would stress that our interactions with eBirders in the review process are almost always positive, with those whom we query usually replying rapidly and appreciating corrections and suggestions that improve their checklists.



But it is not just the increasing volume of submissions that adds greatly to our workload as reviewers. Reviewing and vetting flagged records of rarities can be done rapidly and efficiently when good documentation is provided by the observer(s). But I would estimate that 90-95% of our workload is due to observer carelessness, failure to properly document unusual sightings, and, in many cases, a demonstrable inability to identify birds. I want to address some of these issues below, all falling under the general category of “Things that cause us headaches.”



Carelessness in entering and submitting checklists:

Examples include: misplotted localities, indicating “Complete” for obviously incomplete checklists, placing photos under the wrong species on the checklist, uploading the wrong photos, etc. Please take time to enter your lists carefully and check them over before submitting them (or immediately after submission, going back in to make edits if needed). These problems have greatly multiplied as more birders use apps on their mobile devices to enter lists. There is no urgency to submit a checklist immediately. Why not take the time to do it right?

Regarding “Hotspots,” we frequently see the incorrect choice of hotspots. Also, many birders choose to create “personal” localities for checklists rather than using an appropriate existing “hotspot.” This is not technically wrong (and there are often important reasons for doing it that way), but please consider using an existing hotspot when available and appropriate to your coverage. A good primer on eBird hotspots is found here:

https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48001009443-ebird-hotspot-faqs



Inadequate documentation:

With the ease of obtaining bird photos and uploading them to eBird checklists, most unusual birds have accompanying photo-documentation, which eases the task of reviewers, and the same can be said for obtaining and uploading audio. However, keep in mind that many characters important for identification can’t be captured by photos, e.g. vocalizations (if not recorded), behavior, distinctive movements, flight style, size, comparisons with similar species, etc. Take the time to add TEXT to your descriptions that covers subjects like these when they are relevant. Yes, the art of writing any details about birds appears to be dying, but that sad trend should be reversed. Our job as reviewers is aided tremendously when observers augment photos with written documentation. And, of course, if no photo/audio is obtained, then detailed written documentation is critical. Two relevant “Help” articles in eBird are here:

https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48000795278-the-ebird-data-quality-and-review-process

https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48000803130-how-to-document-your-sightings



Photo uploading:

The new work flow for adding media to eBird checklists seems to make it easier to upload photos incorrectly, so be extra careful and always review your checklists before (re-)submitting. Common problems include uploading the wrong photo to a particular species, or uploading the correct photo to the wrong species. In many cases birders upload several photos under one species, some of which are correct and others are incorrect. All of these messes have to be cleaned up! See: https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48000825713-add-photos-and-sounds



Queries involving high counts:

Unfortunately, it isn’t always clear to observers that an entry is flagged because the total number of individuals is exceptionally high. When high counts are flagged we would like to see some discussion of how the numbers were arrived at – such as “exact count,” “estimated by tens (or by 100s, etc.),” “four separate flocks of 6, 15, 23, and 20 individuals,” etc. Include photos showing flock sizes when possible. We recognize that accurately counting/estimating numbers of birds is not easy. There is a tendency to underestimate the number of individuals in large flocks, and, often, to overestimate the number of unseen vocalizing birds in woodland habitat. The key point here is that when an entry is flagged because the count is exceptionally high, you should provide some indication of how that total was reached. Check out this “Help” article:

https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48000838845-how-to-count-birds



Inability to identify birds:

The Cornell Lab has invited and encouraged birders of all skill levels to use eBird. This means that a large number of checklists are being entered by novice birders whose field identification skills may be embryonic. Frankly, a large chunk of our workload is generated by a handful of observers who routinely have identification or checklist metadata issues associated with their lists. All eBird users, and particularly novices, should carefully read the tutorials and FAQs, accessed by clicking “About” on the top of eBird home page, in order to become familiar with how to enter checklists.


There is some confusion about the “Complete” vs. “Incomplete” checklist dichotomy in eBird, so please review: https://support.ebird.org/support/solutions/articles/48000967748-birding-as-your-primary-purpose-and-complete-checklists

For each standard (i.e., non-“incidental”) checklist, you are asked to check “Yes’ or “No” to the question “Are you submitting a complete checklist of the birds you were able to identify?” If you click on the “?” next to that question to get more information, you are told “You should always answer ‘Yes’ to this question unless you are purposefully excluding some species (e.g. European Starling) from you checklist.” Using this approach, somebody who only knows how to identify two bird species can go to a bird-rich spot where 50 species are very much in evidence and submit a two species checklist that eBird tells them to call “Complete.” It makes much more sense for those who encounter lots of birds they can’t identify to only enter the ones they are sure of and mark the list “Incomplete” by answering “No” to the complete checklist question. Correct use of “Complete” vs. “Incomplete” has important ramifications for how eBird data are analyzed. For checklists marked “Complete” it is assumed that species NOT on the list are absent (or at least not detectable) at that site at that time.



I suggest that bird photographers who use eBird to get their bird photos identified switch to iNaturalist (see: <https://www.inaturalist.org/> https://www.inaturalist.org/ ). iNat is a very important community science natural history database that uses photos as the basis for documentation rather than checklists of sightings and for which identifications are made and confirmed by the community. Most bird submissions to iNat are identified and confirmed multiple times within minutes of posting. These can always be uploaded to eBird later after identifications have been verified in iNat.



Finally in the “Keep natural history alive” department:

I strongly urge all of you to add information about your birding coverage and general natural history notes under “Checklist Comments,” and to make sure your checklist comments are visible to the public. Such information could include, but not be limited to: weather conditions, tide and ocean surface conditions, details of coverage (route taken, issues affecting coverage, names of other observers, etc.), and notes on habitats, trends, conservation issues, general avian highlights, significant non-avian sightings, etc. Right now it seems like less than 20% of all checklists contain any comments whatsoever, let alone detailed comments that would allow you, other birders, and researchers to better interpret and appreciate the checklists.



Thanks for your attention (and thanks to John Garrett for his comments and providing the eBird help link). And good birding!



Kimball L. Garrett

Ornithology Collections Manager

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

900 Exposition Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90007 USA

213-763-3368

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Date: 3/6/20 12:42 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Redhead (1 report)
- Harlequin Duck (1 report)
- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (2 reports)
- Bullock's Oriole (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Redhead (Aythya americana) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 05, 2020 11:46 by Maggie Smith
- Whale Rock Reservoir, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4636527,-120.8708239&ll=35.4636527,-120.8708239
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65474024
- Comments: "smallish female duck with light brown back and darker brown head, blue bill with dark tip"

Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 05, 2020 11:44 by Mark Hays
- Port San Luis, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1708616,-120.7562256&ll=35.1708616,-120.7562256
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65474355
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Nicely plummaged adult male, previously reported"

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (2)
- Reported Mar 06, 2020 09:53 by Dane Fagundes
- Cayucos Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4478436,-120.9069453&ll=35.4478436,-120.9069453
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65496525
- Comments: "Two. Tom Edell reported yesterday. Description when I return home."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 05, 2020 13:49 by Tom Edell
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65477186
- Media: 2 Photos
- Comments: "Continuing immature along the base of the parking lot revetment. While standing in the same place and slightly swaying back and forth this bird caught a small crab. (photos)"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 06, 2020 09:19 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65496738
- Comments: "Continuing. In trees along right field."

Dark-eyed Junco (Slate-colored) (Junco hyemalis hyemalis/carolinensis) (1)
- Reported Mar 06, 2020 09:19 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65496738
- Comments: "Continuing. In tree, western end of park."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 06, 2020 06:50 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65496160
- Comments: "Still showing up."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2020 17:20 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65477392
- Comments: "Continuing!"

Bullock's Oriole (Icterus bullockii) (1)
- Reported Mar 06, 2020 09:19 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65496738
- Comments: "Male. Bright orange. Shorter bill than Hooded. Black line through eye. Black throat. Black crown and back of neck."

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Date: 3/5/20 8:29 pm
From: Bob Revel <robrev...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Morro Bay State Park Marina
I led a bird walk at the Marina yesterday and two of the yellow-crowned
night herons were there. Second row of sailboats from the south end, both
were sitting on the motor mounts of adjacent boats.

Robbie Revel



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Subject: [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Morro Bay State Park
Marina



A single immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was at the State Park Marina
this afternoon, one of the three that has wintered at this location since 14
Sep 2019. That should not be news to slocobirding members. I just wanted to
point out that the late date for the two immatures that wintered here in
2017-2018 was 5 Apr, only a month from today. It will be interesting to see
how late the species remains this year or if one remains to summer.



https://ebird.org/checklist/S65477186



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Cayucos, CA


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Date: 3/5/20 8:04 pm
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Morro Bay State Park Marina
A single immature Yellow-crowned Night-Heron was at the State Park Marina
this afternoon, one of the three that has wintered at this location since 14
Sep 2019. That should not be news to slocobirding members. I just wanted to
point out that the late date for the two immatures that wintered here in
2017-2018 was 5 Apr, only a month from today. It will be interesting to see
how late the species remains this year or if one remains to summer.



https://ebird.org/checklist/S65477186



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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Date: 3/5/20 7:01 pm
From: Rubba Johanna <jer72701...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Morro Bay & Turri Rd.
Visited Morro Bay today and saw some nice birds:

State Park Ma:rina
-Loon, probably Common
-Eared Grebe
-A solitary female Lesser Scaup
-1 male and 3 female Bufflehead

Headed home via Turri Rd.

At ponds:
-1 likely Willet
-6 Northern Shovelers, male and female
-1 Yellowlegs, likely Greater
-3 male and 3 female Green-Winged Teal

At seasonal pond near cattle pens:
-A dozen Cinnamon Teal, mostly male

Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach

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Date: 3/5/20 6:18 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Awarded! MCAS Youth Scholarship for American Birding Association's Young Birder Camp Colorado, 2020
2020 Winners - MCAS Youth Scholarship for
American Birding Association’s Camp Colorado

Morro Coast Audubon Society is delighted to announce the recipients of the first ever MCAS Youth Scholarship to attend ABA Young Birders Camp Colorado in July, 2020,

They are Owen Slater and Max Taylor. Two outstanding and dedicated young birders that we feel certain will enjoy and benefit from this opportunity offered by MCAS.

Our congratulations to Max and Owen!

Thanks to all who contributed to this effort to make it possible!

Kaaren Perry
MCAS Education Chairperson

Donations to this MCAS youth scholarship program continue to be accepted as we plan for 2021!
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Date: 3/5/20 12:24 pm
From: eBird alert <alert.ebird...>
Subject: [slocobirding] [eBird Alert] San Luis Obispo County Rare Bird Alert
*** Species Summary:

- Marbled Murrelet (1 report)
- Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (1 report)
- Chipping Sparrow (1 report)
- Green-tailed Towhee (1 report)
- Hooded Oriole (2 reports)
- Tennessee Warbler (1 report)

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NOTE: all sightings are UNCONFIRMED unless indicated

Marbled Murrelet (Brachyramphus marmoratus) (4) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 05, 2020 07:02 by Tom Edell
- Cayucos Pier, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4478436,-120.9069453&ll=35.4478436,-120.9069453
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65458669
- Comments: "2 sets of two birds a few hundred yards apart. Both sets were distant and could not be photographed given the distance and low light from cloudy sky. Both were much smaller than nearby Western Grebes and Red-throated Loons with tiny bills, a dark crown that extended down around eye, dark nape and white face and collar, dark upper parts, white underparts, dark underwing, white in the scapulars, and a white patch on the side of the rump that showed when the wings were at rest."

Yellow-crowned Night-Heron (Nyctanassa violacea) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 15:04 by Seth Ontiveros
- Morro Bay SP--Marina/Boardwalk Trail, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.3445235,-120.8418006&ll=35.3445235,-120.8418006
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65444569
- Comments: "Roosting aboard <i>Elizabeth Marie</i>"

Chipping Sparrow (Spizella passerina) (2)
- Reported Mar 05, 2020 07:55 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65462012
- Comments: "Continuing. Community garden."

Green-tailed Towhee (Pipilo chlorurus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 07:55 by Jeri Edwards
- stagecoach property, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.1387443,-120.5614262&ll=35.1387443,-120.5614262
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65434158
- Comments: "Continuing"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 04, 2020 14:55 by Jacqueline Knowlton
- Corner of Shiloh Pl. and Bethel Road, Templeton, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.5566955,-120.7257825&ll=35.5566955,-120.7257825
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65439974
- Media: 1 Photo
- Comments: "Yellow "hood," breast and belly, black throat, white wing bars on black wings, black tail"

Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus) (1) CONFIRMED
- Reported Mar 05, 2020 09:25 by Tom Edell
- Home, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.4431548,-120.8952758&ll=35.4431548,-120.8952758
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65459756
- Comments: "adult male seen briefly at feeder"

Tennessee Warbler (Leiothlypis peregrina) (1)
- Reported Mar 05, 2020 07:55 by Nick Belardes
- Meadow Park, San Luis Obispo, California
- Map: http://maps.google.com/?ie=UTF8&t=p&z=13&q=35.2675798,-120.6606531&ll=35.2675798,-120.6606531
- Checklist: https://ebird.org/checklist/S65462012
- Comments: "Continuing."

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Date: 3/5/20 9:29 am
From: Tom Edell via Groups.Io <TEdell=<aol.com...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Marbled Murrelets, Cayucos Pier, Mar 5
This morning four (two sets of two) Marbled Murrelets were seen from the
Cayucos Pier. As usual they were fairly distant and a scope was needed to
see them. Three Hooded Mergansers (two immature "female-plumaged" males with
all black bills and a female) continued on Cayucos Creek.



An adult Hooded Oriole showed up for a drink at my hummingbird feeder this
morning.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA


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