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1/20/18 9:21 pm Justin Ward <jward1318...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Feruginous Hawks, Horned Larks and strange eagle behavior.
1/18/18 1:57 pm <susansales535...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] territory singing/ dawn chorus
1/17/18 8:37 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Laguna Lake, 1/17
1/17/18 6:24 pm steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Roadrunner in MDO
1/17/18 1:06 pm 'Michael D. Stiles' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Cuesta Ridge Puddle
1/15/18 5:52 pm Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Harlequin ducks at Estero Bluffs 1/15/2018
1/15/18 9:47 am RoserComeau <rosercomeau...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Common Goldeneye
1/14/18 8:34 am Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] White-throated Sparrow, Bird Festival Report
1/13/18 9:20 am 'Michael T. Hanson' <mthanson...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] Re: "Quarry Trail - Morro Bay State Park" eBird Hotspot
1/12/18 4:54 pm <cdlsueno...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Male Costa’s hummingbird 01.12.2018
1/12/18 4:23 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Harris's Sparrow, Los Osos, 1/12
1/12/18 7:48 am <rzachary...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Carrizo Plain CBC Results
1/11/18 6:45 pm 'Sue Girard' <susansales535...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Re: "Quarry Trail - Morro Bay State Park" eBird Hotspot
1/11/18 5:08 pm Karen Clarke <seachest2002...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] White-winged Scoter
1/11/18 4:12 am Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location
1/10/18 9:42 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] "Quarry Trail - Morro Bay State Park" eBird Hotspot
1/10/18 11:38 am Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Sage Thrasher - Cayucos 1/10
1/10/18 10:47 am Marlin Harms <marlin93442...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] phalarope
1/9/18 10:47 pm tedell <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location
1/9/18 9:30 pm steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location
1/9/18 9:07 pm Cheryl Lish <cdlsueno...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location
1/9/18 4:46 pm <macro2953...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Sage Thrasher in Cayucos
1/9/18 3:51 am Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
1/8/18 4:19 pm <brady...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
1/8/18 1:22 pm Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
1/8/18 12:47 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
1/7/18 6:16 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Location, location - Morro Bay
1/6/18 4:46 pm Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Lark Bunting continues
1/6/18 2:28 pm Justin Ward <jward1318...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Roadrunner, Eurasian Widgeon, Golden Eagle
1/6/18 12:16 pm 'Michael T. Hanson' <mthanson...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Hooded Merganser
1/5/18 10:21 am Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Harris’s Sparrow
1/5/18 7:50 am <cdlsueno...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Male Rufous hummingbird 01 05 2018
1/4/18 6:51 pm <whknowlton...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Lark Bunting, Northern Carrizo
1/3/18 8:47 pm <schaeferross...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Oso Flaco 1/3
1/3/18 1:44 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Nashville Warblers! Morro Bay
1/3/18 12:10 pm tedell <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Red-necked Grebe, 1/3
1/2/18 10:16 pm <silverlupine2...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] hightide birding, Morro Bay
1/1/18 7:11 pm <ferdy01...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Re: "Blue" Snow Goose, Chorro Flats, 12/31
1/1/18 7:10 pm Mary Watt <mlwatt2001...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] First Bird of the Year - Osprey in Morro Bay
1/1/18 1:07 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] Pine Siskin irruption and 4 White-throated Sparrows in Atascadero
1/1/18 12:26 pm Kevin Zimmer <kjzimmerphd...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Pine Siskin irruption and 4 White-throated Sparrows in Atascadero
1/1/18 12:06 pm Rick Derevan <rickderevan...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Siskin and goldfinches
12/31/17 8:15 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] "Blue" Snow Goose, Chorro Flats, 12/31
12/31/17 4:37 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Old Creek Lagoon - Cayucos
12/31/17 1:49 pm Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Lotsa turkeys
12/30/17 6:10 pm Marilyn Silva <marilynsilva53...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Re: Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29
12/30/17 6:02 pm Marilyn Silva <marilynsilva53...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Re: Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29
12/30/17 5:13 pm Thomas Slater <tomslaterphotography...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Tropical Kingbird
12/30/17 11:58 am <tloallergyfree...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> Re: [slocobirding] White-throated Sparrow Club
12/29/17 6:14 pm Thomas Slater <tomslaterphotography...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] White-throated Sparrow Club
12/29/17 6:05 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29
12/29/17 4:15 pm <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Red-naped sapsucker
12/29/17 11:25 am 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Swamp Sparrow, Old Creek, Cayucos, 12/29
12/28/17 12:30 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/28
12/28/17 12:15 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26
12/27/17 9:54 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26
12/27/17 7:30 pm Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] No Cambria Zone-tailed for me but.....
12/27/17 1:16 pm tedell <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26
12/26/17 11:41 pm <griffingrichards...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26
12/26/17 11:14 pm Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron
12/26/17 7:47 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Zone-tailed Hawk, Cambria, 12/26
12/24/17 8:05 pm 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] RE: BALTIMORE Oriole in Pismo Beach
12/23/17 5:10 pm RoserComeau <rosercomeau...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Shearwaters
12/23/17 3:48 pm Morrocoast Audubon <mcas...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> [slocobirding] Fwd: BALTIMORE Oriole in Pismo Beach
 
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Date: 1/20/18 9:21 pm
From: Justin Ward <jward1318...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Feruginous Hawks, Horned Larks and strange eagle behavior.
Good Evening SLO Birders,
A friend and I drove over Turri Road this morning from 8:30 to 11:00
today. Two FERUGINOUS HAWKS were seen on the east side of the road prior
to the first turn. And there were a flock of 50+ HORNED LARKS at the second
dip.
But the show stealer was the GOLDEN EAGLE Hunting the hillside. I have
never seen an Eagle chasing cattle around! We watched an adult bird chase
young calfs down the hill side! It made four attempts at them in the 30
plus minutes we watched. During the last attempt he sat behind a bend in
the hillside flew up and chased three different calves Down the steep
hillside. I would be interested if anyone has seen anything like this
before.

Good Birding,
Justin Ward
Atascadero

 

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Date: 1/18/18 1:57 pm
From: <susansales535...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] territory singing/ dawn chorus
Here in Nipomo last week I noted the resident Bewick's Wren is starting his day with several vocalizations of a short pretty song before his first sunup meal excursions. Today the Oak Titmice have starting their Spring calling. Has anyone else noted a vocal warmup to breeding season yet?

Sue Girard
Nipomo

 

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Date: 1/17/18 8:37 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Laguna Lake, 1/17
I looked for the Tropical Kingbird at the lake this morning. The most recent
sighting was from the southern end of the lake, toward Madonna Road. I saw a
kingbird with a bright yellow belly flying north over houses on the
southwest side of the lake (far side) that continued over the 5th house
north of Madonna Road and likely into trees along Oceanaire Drive. There are
Cassin's Kingbirds in the area as well, so I left this as a
Tropical/Cassin's Kingbird.



On the lake, there was a group of five Common Mergansers that included an
adult male and an adult Greater White-fronted Goose with the Canada Goose
flock. I counted 101 Pied-billed Grebes spread around the lake and had 91
here in Nov, which is pretty impressive for a location that historically had
counts of less than 20 up until Nov 2017. A fair number of Double-crested
Cormorants on the lake too. Some species of fish is/are doing well since the
lake was dry in summer 2016.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




 

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Date: 1/17/18 6:24 pm
From: steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Roadrunner in MDO
Hello all,
This morning a Greater Roadrunner appropriately ran across the road - Pecho Rd.- and into the brush at the Badger trailhead, below the E-camp up on the hill, in Montana De Oro State Park...the first roadrunner I have ever seen in the park during the past 25 plus years. Any other reported sightings by other birders here?

Steve Schubert
Los Osos


 

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Date: 1/17/18 1:06 pm
From: 'Michael D. Stiles' <mstiles...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Cuesta Ridge Puddle
I sat at the puddle near the oak tree just east of the high tension lines crossing the Cuesta Grade west. I was able to study the numerous Fox Sparrows coming to drink and I saw the three expected sub-species, Sooty, SLATE-COLORED, and THICK-BILLED. I also had 5 MOUNTAIN QUAIL.


I welcome any comments, corrections, on my sub-species identification.


For those who can view ebird, pictures at:

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41998697


Mike Stiles

Los Osos

 

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Date: 1/15/18 5:52 pm
From: Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Harlequin ducks at Estero Bluffs 1/15/2018
Early this afternoon, the male and female Harlequin Ducks were sitting on a low long  rock north of the largest white rock  down from the fig tree parking area taking the north trail.  The male is in breeding plumage.
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie

 

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Date: 1/15/18 9:47 am
From: RoserComeau <rosercomeau...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Common Goldeneye
At 9:30 this morning a male Common Goldeneye was feeding a few hundred yards WNW off the end of Santa Ysabel (Los Osos).  A female Goldeneye was feeding north of it but I didn't get a good enough look to ID it before I lost it.
John RoserLos Osos
 

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Date: 1/14/18 8:34 am
From: Brad Schram <gonebrdn...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] White-throated Sparrow, Bird Festival Report
While leading a Morro Bay Winter Bird Festival birding walk at Oceano
yesterday January 13, we came across an adult white-striped
WHITE-THROATED SPARROW on the trail about 100 yards from Pier Avenue on
the Highway 1 side of the pond.  The park was quite "birdy" throughout
in the bright sunshine, insects buzzing.  A foraging flock of six
CASSIN'S KINGBIRDS perched for awhile atop a dead pine before exploding
quarrelsomely and disappearing altogether.

We crossed to the pond across Pier Avenue to work our way through the
gull flock.  A family tossing bread gathered them conveniently for us. 
As usual, this flock was about 85 percent Western Gulls, most of the
rest of the bulk being CALIFORNIA GULLS.  First winter birds included a 
few GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULLS, two HERRING GULLS, a hybrid Glaucous-wing x
Herring Gull--i.e. a "Cook Inlet Gull" (looks basically like a giant
Thayer's Iceland Gull)--and a genuine Thayer's ICELAND GULL.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande


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Date: 1/13/18 9:20 am
From: 'Michael T. Hanson' <mthanson...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Re: "Quarry Trail - Morro Bay State Park" eBird Hotspot
Just did one of the quarry trails and no ticks but I am not as sweet as Sue..

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Sent: Thursday, January 11, 2018 6:45:39 PM
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Subject: [slocobirding] Re: "Quarry Trail - Morro Bay State Park" eBird Hotspot



FYI that is also a TICK HOTSPOT so approach with caution and fully armored up. I only exited my car in the gravel lot to read the signboard and three ticks tried to hitch a ride on my pant legs.



Sue G

Nipomo



 

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Date: 1/12/18 4:54 pm
From: <cdlsueno...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Male Costa’s hummingbird 01.12.2018
Adult male Costa’s at my feeders today. First of 2018.
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande

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Date: 1/12/18 4:23 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Harris's Sparrow, Los Osos, 1/12
This morning the continuing immature Harris's Sparrow was seen briefly at
the feeder in front of the pink house on Garden Street (near Nancy) in Los
Osos.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




 

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Date: 1/12/18 7:48 am
From: <rzachary...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Carrizo Plain CBC Results


Hello All, The Carrizo Plain CBC was held Saturday, December 30,
2017. Thirty-tw0 birders joined in the count. The total species count
was 68. We usually get totals from 55-75 species.
Special aspects of the count included 175 Bell's Sparrows (high
count) at a location along the wet ditch off of Soda Lake Road, an
eruption of Barn Owls (high count) in 3 locations totaling 71
individuals, and a few notable birds including Sandhill Cranes (6),
Tree Swallows (2 flyby), Cinnamon Teals ( 2 flyby), California Gull (1
flyby), and Mountain Plovers (3). Golden Eagles, Ferruginous Hawks,
and Northern Harriers were also present. It was a nice day and all the
roads were passable.
I've finished inputting the data on Audubon CBC site and you can
view the summary bird list at www.christmasbirdcount.org [1] The date
for the 2018 Carrizo Plain CBC will be December 29th.
Thanks to all the participants for a successful and fun day of
birding!
Happy Birding in 2018, Roger Zachary Atascadero Carrizo Plain
CBC Compiler [2] [3] [4]http://www.flickr.com/photos/sloroger [5]


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[3] http://www.flickr.com/photos/sloroger
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Date: 1/11/18 6:45 pm
From: 'Sue Girard' <susansales535...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Re: "Quarry Trail - Morro Bay State Park" eBird Hotspot
FYI that is also a TICK HOTSPOT so approach with caution and fully 'armored
up'. I only exited my car in the gravel lot to read the signboard and three
ticks tried to hitch a ride on my pant legs.



Sue G

Nipomo


 

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Date: 1/11/18 5:08 pm
From: Karen Clarke <seachest2002...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] White-winged Scoter
Gale Kordowski and I scouted the Moro Bay Winter Festival’s North Coast field trip route today. We spotted a spectacular male and a female White-winged Scoter at the San Simeon Cove pier. 
We didn’t find any Ferruginous Hawks at the Hearst Ranch pastures. 
Karen ClarkeCambria


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Date: 1/11/18 4:12 am
From: Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location
Sally Bird and I birded Turri last Friday and witnessed 2 ravens vocalizing on the tower stick nest. We observed a Golden Eagle preening itself on a post well east of the tower, in a field along a section of Turri Road near the old dilapidated outbuilding on what we refer to as east Turri road. Last summer we observed 5 raucous ravens around the old windmill on West Turri, and because pink mouths were clearly visible we speculated they were the fledglings from 2017 spring's successful tower nest.
Jeri Edwards



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Sent: Tue, Jan 9, 2018 9:40 pm
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location







A side note to this observation: last February of 2017 I led a raptors class field trip for Cuesta College Community Programs and we observed a pair of golden eagles mating on a rock outcrop on the nearby hilltop and then one flew to perch on one of those same towers near Turri Rd. So, that stick nest on the tower should be studied this nesting season for the possibility of eagles, or ravens, nesting there.

Steve Schubert
Los Osos


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From: Cheryl Lish <cdlsueno...> [slocobirding]
To: Slocobirding
Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:51 PM
Subject: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location


I don't typically disclose nest information but I believe this is far enough away from disturbance and on private property - hopefully no one will be climbing the tower! LOL
Driving on Turri Road from Morro Bay toward Los Osos Valley Road I stopped to watch a few raptors and ravens near the last curve and before you get to the high point and start down hill toward LOVR - where the high power lines cross Turri Rd. There was a vocalizing Raven perched high on the first tower on the east side of Turri Rd. It flew down to a platform on the left (from my location) side of the tower where I could see a mass of sticks, and vocalized again.


Additionally, just something I found interesting...a few months ago, taking the same route I saw a Raven drop into the tall dry grass and come up with a ground squirrel on the west side of the road and take it to the large rocks below that tower to consume it's prey. The past couple of years I've noticed a reduction of ground squirrel activity / holes in the greater area surrounding those towers. Also seems like there are fewer ground squirrels farther west around the windmill water tank - at the long straight stretch of road. I've seen as many as 5 Ravens in that area in the past.

Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande










 

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Date: 1/10/18 9:42 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] "Quarry Trail - Morro Bay State Park" eBird Hotspot
For those of you that use eBird, I just created a new hotspot for the Quarry
Trail. The trail is located on the inland side of South Bay Blvd across from
the Morro Bay Estuary. This is a popular trail for birders looking for
Canyon Wren.



There are 12 personal locations along this trail. Please consider merging
your personal location with this hotspot. Once you merge you location, you
can rename the hotspot as desired.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




 

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Date: 1/10/18 11:38 am
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Sage Thrasher - Cayucos 1/10
The Sage Thrasher reported yesterday by Jay Carroll continued near Hardie Park in Cayucos. It was seen just after 9:00 this morning in the dirt lot and adjacent grassy field across the street from the park. Often perching up on rocks or pipes in the area. (photo)


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 1/10/18 10:47 am
From: Marlin Harms <marlin93442...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] phalarope
Yesterday while walking Morro Strand State Beach I found a recently dead
Red Phalarope. Just saying that if you're going on a pelagic trip this
weekend, they're out there, somewhere.

Marlin Harms
Morro Bay, CA

 

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Date: 1/9/18 10:47 pm
From: tedell <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location


In 2017 Ravens nested on and fledged young from the tower Cheryl and Steve described. This was the first record of raven nesting in the Morro Bay area. I believe one of the two ravens on the Morro Bay Christmas bird count was seen along Turri Road.
Tom Edell Cayucos, CA 


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Date: 1/9/18 9:30 PM (GMT-08:00)
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A side note to this observation: last February of 2017 I led a raptors class field trip for Cuesta College Community Programs and we observed a pair of golden eagles mating on a rock outcrop on the nearby hilltop and then one flew to perch on one of those

same towers near Turri Rd.  So, that stick nest on the tower should be studied this nesting season for the possibility of eagles, or ravens, nesting there.



 

Steve Schubert

Los Osos

 





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To:

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Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:51 PM



Subject: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location

 





I don't typically disclose nest information but I believe this is far enough away from disturbance and on private property - hopefully no one will be climbing the tower!  LOL

Driving on Turri Road from Morro Bay toward Los Osos Valley Road I stopped to watch a few raptors and ravens near the last curve and before you get to the high point and start down hill toward LOVR - where the high power lines cross Turri Rd. There was

a vocalizing Raven perched high on the first tower on the east side of Turri Rd.  It flew down to a platform on the left (from my location) side of the tower where I could see a mass of sticks, and vocalized again.








Additionally, just something I found interesting...a few months ago, taking the same route I saw a Raven drop into the tall dry grass and come up with a ground squirrel on the west side of the road and take it to the large rocks below that tower to consume

it's prey. The past couple of years I've noticed a reduction of ground squirrel activity / holes in the greater area surrounding those towers.  Also seems like there are fewer ground squirrels farther west around the windmill water tank - at the long straight

stretch of road. I've seen as many as 5 Ravens in that area in the past.




Cheryl Lish  Arroyo Grande





























 

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Date: 1/9/18 9:30 pm
From: steve schubert <s_schub1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location
A side note to this observation: last February of 2017 I led a raptors class field trip for Cuesta College Community Programs and we observed a pair of golden eagles mating on a rock outcrop on the nearby hilltop and then one flew to perch on one of those same towers near Turri Rd. So, that stick nest on the tower should be studied this nesting season for the possibility of eagles, or ravens, nesting there.

Steve Schubert
Los Osos

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From: Cheryl Lish <cdlsueno...> [slocobirding]<mailto:<cdlsueno...>%20[slocobirding]>
To: Slocobirding<mailto:<slocobirding...>
Sent: Tuesday, January 9, 2018 8:51 PM
Subject: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location

I don't typically disclose nest information but I believe this is far enough away from disturbance and on private property - hopefully no one will be climbing the tower! LOL
Driving on Turri Road from Morro Bay toward Los Osos Valley Road I stopped to watch a few raptors and ravens near the last curve and before you get to the high point and start down hill toward LOVR - where the high power lines cross Turri Rd. There was a vocalizing Raven perched high on the first tower on the east side of Turri Rd. It flew down to a platform on the left (from my location) side of the tower where I could see a mass of sticks, and vocalized again.
Additionally, just something I found interesting...a few months ago, taking the same route I saw a Raven drop into the tall dry grass and come up with a ground squirrel on the west side of the road and take it to the large rocks below that tower to consume it's prey. The past couple of years I've noticed a reduction of ground squirrel activity / holes in the greater area surrounding those towers. Also seems like there are fewer ground squirrels farther west around the windmill water tank - at the long straight stretch of road. I've seen as many as 5 Ravens in that area in the past.
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande


 

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Date: 1/9/18 9:07 pm
From: Cheryl Lish <cdlsueno...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Likely future Raven nest location
I don't typically disclose nest information but I believe this is far
enough away from disturbance and on private property - hopefully no one
will be climbing the tower! LOL
Driving on Turri Road from Morro Bay toward Los Osos Valley Road I stopped
to watch a few raptors and ravens near the last curve and before you get to
the high point and start down hill toward LOVR - where the high power lines
cross Turri Rd. There was a vocalizing Raven perched high on the first
tower on the east side of Turri Rd. It flew down to a platform on the left
(from my location) side of the tower where I could see a mass of sticks,
and vocalized again.
Additionally, just something I found interesting...a few months ago, taking
the same route I saw a Raven drop into the tall dry grass and come up with
a ground squirrel on the west side of the road and take it to the large
rocks below that tower to consume it's prey. The past couple of years I've
noticed a reduction of ground squirrel activity / holes in the greater area
surrounding those towers. Also seems like there are fewer ground squirrels
farther west around the windmill water tank - at the long straight stretch
of road. I've seen as many as 5 Ravens in that area in the past.
Cheryl Lish Arroyo Grande

 

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Date: 1/9/18 4:46 pm
From: <macro2953...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Sage Thrasher in Cayucos
Seen at Hardie Park in Cayucos this afternoon, near the horseshoe pits by the creek.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41782074 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41782074.


Jay Carroll
Los Osos

 

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Date: 1/9/18 3:51 am
From: Nyjes <Nyjes...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
It will, as you say, remain a very interesting raptor that got away. But here's my two cents:
A buteo: perhaps dark morph Rough-Legged Hawk. Here's why: When overhead and headed away from us buteos exhibit slimmer, straighter more pointed wings than usual (as in the photos).
Why I think it's a Rough-Legged: when compared to a Ferruginous, a dark-morph rough-legged has extensive black tips on all primaries and secondaries and the photo (of course the angle taken and poor lighting could be fooling the camera) seems to indicate this.
Jeri Edwards



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From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
To: SLO County Bird List <slocobirding...>
Sent: Mon, Jan 8, 2018 1:36 pm
Subject: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7






About 11:10 yesterday morning, while birding with Blythe and Fianna Wilde at Cuesta College, Fianna noticed an unusual raptor passing overhead. Due to a brief camera malfunction we were able to get only a few poorly lit photos as the bird passed quickly and deliberately, heading to the west.


We wrote a few observations in the car, then checked the field guide and still couldn’t be certain of what we had just seen.


Later after downloading my photos and receiving a few from Blythe and Fianna I sent them on to Brad Schram for some advice. As we suspected, none are absolutely definitive. Brad suggests there are a few birds that could be considered: Zone-tailed, a dark morph Ferruginous and also a dark morph Rough-legged. Red-tailed was eliminated due to the wing attitude and shape.


I have put up 4 photos on Flickr shared by Blythe and Fianna and me for anyone who might enjoy birding by looking at flying away raptor images.


Brad’s comment was that people birding the Chorro Valley should be on the watch for this bird.


For now it will remain the very interesting raptor that got away.











Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 1/8/18 4:19 pm
From: <brady...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
My first inclination was also Golden Eagle - hard to say!

Brady Cabe - Photographer
bradycabe.com
(805) 268-7278
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> On Jan 8, 2018, at 1:21 PM, Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:
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> No one considered a young Golden Eagle?? It's difficult to tell wing length from photos.
> Just my two cents....
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>> On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 12:47 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:
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>> About 11:10 yesterday morning, while birding with Blythe and Fianna Wilde at Cuesta College, Fianna noticed an unusual raptor passing overhead. Due to a brief camera malfunction we were able to get only a few poorly lit photos as the bird passed quickly and deliberately, heading to the west.
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>> We wrote a few observations in the car, then checked the field guide and still couldn’t be certain of what we had just seen.
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>> Later after downloading my photos and receiving a few from Blythe and Fianna I sent them on to Brad Schram for some advice. As we suspected, none are absolutely definitive. Brad suggests there are a few birds that could be considered: Zone-tailed, a dark morph Ferruginous and also a dark morph Rough-legged. Red-tailed was eliminated due to the wing attitude and shape..
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>> I have put up 4 photos on Flickr shared by Blythe and Fianna and me for anyone who might enjoy birding by looking at flying away raptor images.
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>> Brad’s comment was that people birding the Chorro Valley should be on the watch for this bird.
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>> For now it will remain the very interesting raptor that got away.
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>> Morro Bay
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Date: 1/8/18 1:22 pm
From: Claudia Freitas <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
No one considered a young Golden Eagle?? It's difficult to tell wing
length from photos.
Just my two cents....

claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'


*Claudia *

On Mon, Jan 8, 2018 at 12:47 PM, Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...>
[slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:

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> About 11:10 yesterday morning, while birding with Blythe and Fianna
> Wilde at Cuesta College, Fianna noticed an unusual raptor passing
> overhead. Due to a brief camera malfunction we were able to get only a few
> poorly lit photos as the bird passed quickly and deliberately, heading to
> the west.
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> We wrote a few observations in the car, then checked the field guide and
> still couldn’t be certain of what we had just seen.
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> Later after downloading my photos and receiving a few from Blythe and
> Fianna I sent them on to Brad Schram for some advice. As we suspected,
> none are absolutely definitive. Brad suggests there are a few birds that
> could be considered: Zone-tailed, a dark morph Ferruginous and also a dark
> morph Rough-legged. Red-tailed was eliminated due to the wing attitude and
> shape.
>
> I have put up 4 photos on Flickr shared by Blythe and Fianna and me for
> anyone who might enjoy birding by looking at flying away raptor images.
>
> Brad’s comment was that people birding the Chorro Valley should be on the
> watch for this bird.
>
> For now it will remain the very interesting raptor that got away.
>
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>
> Kaaren Perry
> Morro Bay
> *http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/
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Date: 1/8/18 12:47 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Interesting raptor - Cuesta College flyover. 1/7
About 11:10 yesterday morning, while birding with Blythe and Fianna Wilde at Cuesta College, Fianna noticed an unusual raptor passing overhead. Due to a brief camera malfunction we were able to get only a few poorly lit photos as the bird passed quickly and deliberately, heading to the west.

We wrote a few observations in the car, then checked the field guide and still couldn’t be certain of what we had just seen.

Later after downloading my photos and receiving a few from Blythe and Fianna I sent them on to Brad Schram for some advice. As we suspected, none are absolutely definitive. Brad suggests there are a few birds that could be considered: Zone-tailed, a dark morph Ferruginous and also a dark morph Rough-legged. Red-tailed was eliminated due to the wing attitude and shape.

I have put up 4 photos on Flickr shared by Blythe and Fianna and me for anyone who might enjoy birding by looking at flying away raptor images.

Brad’s comment was that people birding the Chorro Valley should be on the watch for this bird.

For now it will remain the very interesting raptor that got away.



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












 

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Date: 1/7/18 6:16 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Location, location - Morro Bay
I would imagine we all enjoy seeing and hearing the distinctive California Thrasher from time to time when visiting various brushy habitats in SLO county. I was very surprised to see one in our yard this morning. After a brief thrashing about it took a quick drink before disappearing deep into our hedge… not to be seen again.

You just never know what will turn up. After a little over 8 years of us living at this location this “lowly” California Thrasher was New Yard Bird #147!


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 1/6/18 4:46 pm
From: Maggie Smith <milleniummaggs...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Lark Bunting continues
The Lark Bunting  reported by Will Knowlton on 4 Jan continues in the same area.  The bird was feeding with sparrows and finches along a weedy fenceline directly across from Apollo Road.  
eBird report: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41688796
Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
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Date: 1/6/18 2:28 pm
From: Justin Ward <jward1318...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Roadrunner, Eurasian Widgeon, Golden Eagle
Good Morning SLO Birders,
Yesterday I drove over Turri Road. I had a Greater Roadrunner just past the
small pond heading west.
At the Elfin Forest overlook there was an Eurasian Widgeon.
Driving home on Old Creek there was a Golden Eagle.

Good Birding,
Justin Ward
Atascadero

 

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Date: 1/6/18 12:16 pm
From: 'Michael T. Hanson' <mthanson...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Hooded Merganser
One male and 5 females at Laguna Lake, visible against the far shore from the parking area.

 

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Date: 1/5/18 10:21 am
From: Jim Royer <jrmotmot...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Harris’s Sparrow
The immature Harris’s Sparrow was seen this morning at 9:30, at the front
yard seed feeder of the pink house near the north end of Nancy in Los Osos.

Jim Royer
Los Osos

 

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Date: 1/5/18 7:50 am
From: <cdlsueno...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Male Rufous hummingbird 01 05 2018
First Rufous of 2018 at feeders this morning.
Cheryl Lish. Arroyo Grande

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Date: 1/4/18 6:51 pm
From: <whknowlton...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Lark Bunting, Northern Carrizo
Hi all,


There was a female-type LARK BUNTING at the corner of Apollo Way and Highway 58 at 2:55 PM today. It was with a mixed flock of sparrows and goldfinches feeding in the tall weeds located on the north side of the highway along the barbed wire fence. These birds were not here when I passed by this morning, as conditions were foggy and misty, so later in the day when the weather is more clear might be better for viewing this bird.


As info, Apollo Way is an access road for part of Topaz Solar Farm, so don't be surprised if Topaz securtiy comes over to see what you are up to.


An eBird checklist with photos can be found here:
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41629410 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41629410



Will Knowlton
Templeton, CA


 

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Date: 1/3/18 8:47 pm
From: <schaeferross...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Oso Flaco 1/3
Sorry about the late post, but my father Mike and I birded Oso Flaco this morning. Nothing crazy, but one White-faced Ibis near the end of the boardwalk on the right side, one apparent adult female Canvasback, and 2 American Bitterns. Also one Myrtle Type Yellow-rumped Warbler.


Ross Schaefer
Chico, CA
 

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Date: 1/3/18 1:44 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Nashville Warblers! Morro Bay
This afternoon while watching what I presumed to be the continuing Nashville Warbler feeding along our hedge a second Nashville appeared. It chased off the first bird and began to feed. I almost couldn’t believe my eyes until finally the two appeared simultaneously, unfortunately not in the same photo frame. One appeared to have more yellow on the lower belly. They arrived just before a brief rain shower…. whatever that means!


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 1/3/18 12:10 pm
From: tedell <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-necked Grebe, 1/3


One was seen from the end of the Port San Luis Pier this morning. It was near the second green buoy and required a scope when seen.
Tom Edell Cayucos, CA 


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Date: 1/2/18 10:16 pm
From: <silverlupine2...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] hightide birding, Morro Bay
Had a good morning of birding at the marina board walk. With the 5.7ft high tide we went looking for the Nelson's sparrow but no luck today. There were abundant numbers of savannah sparrows and American pipits, some great very close views of least sandpipers, american avocets and a low flying peregrine falcon.


Scanned the turkey vultures above the eucalyptus trees, looking for the zone-tailed hawk. Did not see the bird but, will continue to keep an eye out.


Fianna and Blythe Wilde
Los Osos, CA




 

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Date: 1/1/18 7:11 pm
From: <ferdy01...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Re: "Blue" Snow Goose, Chorro Flats, 12/31

Tom,
   Carol and I go to Avila about every day, to look for our Black Oystercatchers, Bob and Judy. We have been watching them for around 10 years ,and saw them both Saturday 
  We walk around the golf course on Blue Heron Drive, and we have been seeing a Snow goose near the Bob Jones bridge a couple of days, earlier last week. Saturday ,there were two of them ,at the area near the Pro shop at the club ,and one is probably a juvenile, as it is not as white as the first one we saw, and now has moved to the club area,from the bridge area. They like the Canada's' as company
 

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Date: 1/1/18 7:10 pm
From: Mary Watt <mlwatt2001...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] First Bird of the Year - Osprey in Morro Bay
Well, I actually saw a scrub jay first, but right after that we spotted an osprey on a boat mast behind the Inn at Morro Bay, just before we were leaving around 11:45 today.

Mary

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Date: 1/1/18 1:07 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] Pine Siskin irruption and 4 White-throated Sparrows in Atascadero
Not nearly the numbers reported by Rick and Kevin but we have had upwards of 30 Pine Siskin the past few days here in Morro Bay. While they have been present in smaller numbers since October 27 there seems to be an increase here near the coast as well. On the feeder, in the trees, bathing and flying over head.

First bird of the New Year seen as I made my coffee this morning!


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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> On Jan 1, 2018, at 12:26 PM, Kevin Zimmer <kjzimmerphd...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...> wrote:
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> Echoing Rick Derevan’s post, we are also experiencing an irruption of Pine Siskins in Atascadero. Prior to the Morro Bay CBC on December 16, we had been seeing 40+ Lesser Goldfinches, a very few American Goldfinches, and no Pine Siskins at our feeders. Our first siskins of the year showed up on Dec 18, when I saw just 2 birds. Just in the past week, the numbers of siskins has risen dramatically, peaking today (January 1), when I counted 50 in view on the feeders and/or bathing in our fountain at one time. When I went out onto our front deck, I could see that the siskins on the feeders were only a fraction of the total present, as there were dozens of siskins festooned over the oaks in the back yard. A conservative estimate on numbers would be in the neighborhood of 120. Oddly, concomitant with the dramatic increase in siskins, the number of Lesser Goldfinches in our yard has dropped way off (now fewer than 10 around at any one time).
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> Also, as of yesterday (Dec 31), I can confirm 4 different White-throated Sparrows hanging with the Zonotrichia-flock in our yard. Two are adults, and two are streaky HY birds.
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> Happy New Year Everyone!
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Date: 1/1/18 12:26 pm
From: Kevin Zimmer <kjzimmerphd...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Pine Siskin irruption and 4 White-throated Sparrows in Atascadero
Echoing Rick Derevans post, we are also experiencing an irruption of Pine Siskins in Atascadero. Prior to the Morro Bay CBC on December 16, we had been seeing 40+ Lesser Goldfinches, a very few American Goldfinches, and no Pine Siskins at our feeders. Our first siskins of the year showed up on Dec 18, when I saw just 2 birds. Just in the past week, the numbers of siskins has risen dramatically, peaking today (January 1), when I counted 50 in view on the feeders and/or bathing in our fountain at one time. When I went out onto our front deck, I could see that the siskins on the feeders were only a fraction of the total present, as there were dozens of siskins festooned over the oaks in the back yard. A conservative estimate on numbers would be in the neighborhood of 120. Oddly, concomitant with the dramatic increase in siskins, the number of Lesser Goldfinches in our yard has dropped way off (now fewer than 10 around at any one time).

Also, as of yesterday (Dec 31), I can confirm 4 different White-throated Sparrows hanging with the Zonotrichia-flock in our yard. Two are adults, and two are streaky HY birds.

Happy New Year Everyone!

Kevin Zimmer
Atascadero

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Date: 1/1/18 12:06 pm
From: Rick Derevan <rickderevan...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Siskin and goldfinches
Not sure how notable this is, but we have had large flocks (20+) of Pine Siskins and American Goldfinches at our feeders the past several days. While we have had Lesser Goldfinches on a consistent basis, American Goldfinches have been scarce the past several years at our feeders.

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Date: 12/31/17 8:15 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] "Blue" Snow Goose, Chorro Flats, 12/31
Following up on a tip from Ron Ruppert, I stopped by Chorro Flats this
evening just before sunset to look for a dark (blue) morph Snow Geese. The
bird was with two immature and two adult Snow Geese. Apparently the group
has shown up there the past three evenings between 4:00 and 4:30 PM to feed
in a recently plowed field. I believe this is the county's first record of a
dark Snow Goose.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41486645



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Date: 12/31/17 4:37 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Old Creek Lagoon - Cayucos
Birding with Karen and Bart Beckman this morning we stopped at Old Creek Lagoon. Arriving just a little after 9:00 there were several Royal and a few Caspian Terns along with Mew, Ring-billed, California and Western Gulls of various ages. A few Least Sandpipers fed along the edges and 2 American Pipits were seen bobbing along as well.

The best birds of the morning were the 2 previously reported Swamp Sparrows.. At first they remained secluded in the grasses on the north side of the lagoon but after we waited a few minute they came out into the open, even feeding right at the lagoon edge. Great looks were had by all!

Happy New Year and wishes for the very best looks ever at SLO County birds in 2018!

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 12/31/17 1:49 pm
From: Rubba Johanna <jer72701...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Lotsa turkeys

I know it’s not news that we have wild turkeys in the area, but today I had an unusual sighting. I took a long drive out Huasna Road east of Arroyo Grande. I front of a large house among trees, I saw a big flock of turkeys pecking around in the grasses. Something spooked them and they flew or ran across the road, and I counted 42 turkeys. A few stayed behind, and I was able to park less than ten feet away from them. Two males were displaying and gobbling. The gobble is quite loud and startling! I was also surprised at how comfortably they fly. Just like any other bird.

There was no sign of them on the return trip.

The only other bird I bothered with was a large hawk, I presume red-tailed—it was dark brown on the head and body, white chest and belly with streaks of brown in between. There were streaks of white on the back just below the neck. I noticed that the tail had thin horizontal bars, dark reddish and very dark gray (if I was seeing correctly in the light). I didn’t catch the top of the tail in flight. Is this a weird marking? Was I seeing things?


Johanna Rubba
Grover Beach





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Date: 12/30/17 6:10 pm
From: Marilyn Silva <marilynsilva53...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Re: Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29

Note: I observed the hawk on Friday 12/29/17 at about 1130 am.
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Date: 12/30/17 6:02 pm
From: Marilyn Silva <marilynsilva53...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Re: Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29
We observed the Zone-tailed Hawk flying south over the Morro Bay Marina parking lot. It then turned east heading toward the South Bay Blvd/ State Park Rd. There were numerous vultures circling near the above intersection and I lost track of the hawk. Perhaps the hawk  joined the circling vultures.The hawk flew overhead about 30-40' above the ground and just slightly east of me giving me an excellent view of him or her.
Bud Silva
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Date: 12/30/17 5:13 pm
From: Thomas Slater <tomslaterphotography...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Tropical Kingbird
Owen and I took a quick spin around Oceano lagoon's eastern bank and saw and heard a Tropical Kingbird on the house antenna at the maintenance yard. Other than that, things were pretty quiet.
Our local hero White-crowned Sparrow stayed put today and was seen all day long in various parts of the front yard. I finally got a decent picture. I don't think it's a tan-stripe, but depending upon the light, sometimes it looks like one.
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Date: 12/30/17 11:58 am
From: <tloallergyfree...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: Re: [slocobirding] White-throated Sparrow Club
I've also got a couple of long-returning White-throated sparrows (cute
little buggers, 'eh!) in my own yard...along with three sooty fox
sparrows and lots of Golden-crowned and White-crowned sparrows.

Tom Ogren
SLO

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While picking through the morning sparrows, I was elated to
finally see what I've been hoping to see every morning for the
last 5 years... a White-throated Sparrow looking back at me. I got
my son on the bird as well. High fives and backslaps. We finally
joined the WTS Yard Bird Club. Fox Sparrows and Golden-crowned
Sparrows were also present.
Never give up,Bird on,
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Date: 12/29/17 6:14 pm
From: Thomas Slater <tomslaterphotography...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] White-throated Sparrow Club
While picking through the morning sparrows, I was elated to finally see what I've been hoping to see every morning for the last 5 years... a White-throated Sparrow looking back at me. I got my son on the bird as well. High fives and backslaps. We finally joined the WTS Yard Bird Club. Fox Sparrows and Golden-crowned Sparrows were also present. 
Never give up,Bird on,
Tom and Owen SlaterNipomo


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Date: 12/29/17 6:05 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Zone-tailed Hawk - Not today - 12/29
Despite several birders watching from the Coast Union High School parking lot in Cambria with binoculars and cameras ready, the Zone-tailed Hawk did not make an appearance this afternoon (at least not until I left at 4:30). It is believed to be still in the area and all are encouraged to keep on the look-out and report to this listserve if seen again.

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 12/29/17 4:15 pm
From: <cfreitas365...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Red-naped sapsucker
We had a first yard bird today - Red-naped sapsucker on our cottonwoods

Claudia in west Atascadero at 1700'


 

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Date: 12/29/17 11:25 am
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Swamp Sparrow, Old Creek, Cayucos, 12/29
This morning the Swamp Sparrow continued on the beach at the upper end of
the Old Creek lagoon and a Barn Swallow flew up coast over the shoreline.



Tom Edell

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Date: 12/28/17 12:30 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/28
I should have indicated this post was for this morning, Dec 28.



From: <slocobirding...> [mailto:<slocobirding...>] On Behalf Of 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding]
Sent: Thursday, December 28, 2017 12:15 PM
To: <slocobirding...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26








No sign of the Zone-tailed Hawk this morning. Several people looking from the east end of Village Lane later this afternoon will be hoping for a repeat performance of the past two days.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA



From: Tom Edell [mailto:<tedell...>]
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:53 PM
To: 'tedell' <TEdell...> <mailto:<TEdell...> >; <slocobirding...> <mailto:<slocobirding...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26



This afternoon Herb Elliot and I watched for the Zone-tailed Hawk from the east end of Village Lane in Cambria. We were essentially across the valley from the Santa Rosa Cemetery where the bird was seen yesterday. At about 3:50 PM, a dark raptor flew past us that looked a lot like a Turkey Vulture but had a longer tail and a more hawk like structure. When I first saw the bird I though I saw a pale tail band on an otherwise dark tail. Herb managed to take photos as the bird flew away that show the features I described above, plus barred flight feathers wuth a dark trailing edge and yellow feet and overall the right shape for Zone-tailed Hawk.



The bird was seen heading west when spotted and was essentially between us and the cemetery. It did not head to the Turkey Vulture roost on the hillside north of Main Street and the Bluebird Motel, but instead continued west. We lost sight of the bird and have no idea where it ended up. If looking for the bird tomorrow morning, it might be best to position yourself somewhere on the south side of the town that affords a view of the area.



The other option is to set up where Herb and I did and watch birds approach the town from the east. There may be a better location for afternoon viewing. It was seen on Tuesday at 3:40 and today at 3:50.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41365235



Tom Edell

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Date: 12/28/17 12:15 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26
No sign of the Zone-tailed Hawk this morning. Several people looking from the east end of Village Lane later this afternoon will be hoping for a repeat performance of the past two days.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA



From: Tom Edell [mailto:<tedell...>]
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 9:53 PM
To: 'tedell' <TEdell...>; <slocobirding...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26



This afternoon Herb Elliot and I watched for the Zone-tailed Hawk from the east end of Village Lane in Cambria. We were essentially across the valley from the Santa Rosa Cemetery where the bird was seen yesterday. At about 3:50 PM, a dark raptor flew past us that looked a lot like a Turkey Vulture but had a longer tail and a more hawk like structure. When I first saw the bird I though I saw a pale tail band on an otherwise dark tail. Herb managed to take photos as the bird flew away that show the features I described above, plus barred flight feathers wuth a dark trailing edge and yellow feet and overall the right shape for Zone-tailed Hawk.



The bird was seen heading west when spotted and was essentially between us and the cemetery. It did not head to the Turkey Vulture roost on the hillside north of Main Street and the Bluebird Motel, but instead continued west. We lost sight of the bird and have no idea where it ended up. If looking for the bird tomorrow morning, it might be best to position yourself somewhere on the south side of the town that affords a view of the area.



The other option is to set up where Herb and I did and watch birds approach the town from the east. There may be a better location for afternoon viewing. It was seen on Tuesday at 3:40 and today at 3:50.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41365235



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




 

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Date: 12/27/17 9:54 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26
This afternoon Herb Elliot and I watched for the Zone-tailed Hawk from the east end of Village Lane in Cambria. We were essentially across the valley from the Santa Rosa Cemetery where the bird was seen yesterday. At about 3:50 PM, a dark raptor flew past us that looked a lot like a Turkey Vulture but had a longer tail and a more hawk like structure. When I first saw the bird I though I saw a pale tail band on an otherwise dark tail. Herb managed to take photos as the bird flew away that show the features I described above, plus barred flight feathers wuth a dark trailing edge and yellow feet and overall the right shape for Zone-tailed Hawk.



The bird was seen heading west when spotted and was essentially between us and the cemetery. It did not head to the Turkey Vulture roost on the hillside north of Main Street and the Bluebird Motel, but instead continued west. We lost sight of the bird and have no idea where it ended up. If looking for the bird tomorrow morning, it might be best to position yourself somewhere on the south side of the town that affords a view of the area.



The other option is to set up where Herb and I did and watch birds approach the town from the east. There may be a better location for afternoon viewing. It was seen on Tuesday at 3:40 and today at 3:50.



http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41365235 Herb will post photos to this checklist later.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA



From: <slocobirding...> [mailto:<slocobirding...>] On Behalf Of tedell <TEdell...> [slocobirding]
Sent: Wednesday, December 27, 2017 1:13 PM
To: <slocobirding...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26








Several birders checked Cambria this morning. We cocentrated on a large Turkey Vulture roost in the trees on the hillside north of Main Street by the Bluebird Motel. No sign of the hawk this morning.



Probably still somwhere in the area, just more searching needed.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA



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Date: 12/26/17 7:04 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: <slocobirding...> <mailto:<slocobirding...>
Subject: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26

Hi all,



Apologies for the late notice, I'm visiting family in CA and wasn't already on the listserv. While walking around Cambria today (specifically the Santa Rosa Cemetery off Bridge St.) a Zone-tailed Hawk flew over us headed S/SW over Main St. This was at around 3:40pm today (12/26). I did not see it again, but we were on our way out and didn't spend much longer there. I know there is often a collection of Turkey Vultures in some of the large bare trees around Cambria, so perhaps those would be a good place to check.



Pictures attached on eBird here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41336815



Thanks,

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Date: 12/27/17 7:30 pm
From: Kaaren Perry <surfbird1...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] No Cambria Zone-tailed for me but.....
I spent a few hours this afternoon at the top of Santa Rosa Cemetery in Cambria hoping the Zone-tailed Hawk would show up while I watched various Turkey Vultures come and go . While none proved to be the Zone-tailed it was fun to see what else might show up there.

A few raptor species made an appearance during the 2 hour stake out: Red-shouldered, Red-tailed and Sharp-shinned hawks, Peregrine, Kestrel and Merlin in the falcon dept were represented. Lots of Turkey Vultures were seen, one with a yellow palatial tag, but no Zone-tail for me… yet!

Yellow-rumps, White-crowned, Golden-crowned sparrows, Chestnut-backed Chickadee, Oak Titmouse, Bewicks Wren, Says and Black Phoebe, Scrub Jays, Nuttall's and LOTS of Acorn Woodpeckers and a few other species that I have overlooked were also in the area.


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Date: 12/27/17 1:16 pm
From: tedell <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: RE: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26


Several birders checked Cambria this morning. We cocentrated on a large Turkey Vulture roost in the trees on the hillside north of Main Street by the Bluebird Motel. No sign of the hawk this morning. 
Probably still somwhere in the area, just more searching needed.
Tom EdellCayucos, CA 
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Date: 12/26/17 7:04 PM (GMT-08:00)
To: <slocobirding...>
Subject: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26














Hi all,
Apologies for the late notice, I'm visiting family in CA and wasn't already on the listserv. While walking around Cambria today (specifically the Santa Rosa Cemetery off Bridge St.) a Zone-tailed Hawk flew over us headed S/SW over Main St. This was at around 3:40pm today (12/26). I did not see it again, but we were on our way out and didn't spend much longer there. I know there is often a collection of Turkey Vultures in some of the large bare trees around Cambria, so perhaps those would be a good place to check. 
Pictures attached on eBird here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41336815
Thanks,Griffin
















 

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Date: 12/26/17 11:41 pm
From: <griffingrichards...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] ZONE-TAILED HAWK - Cambria, 12/26
Hi all,


Apologies for the late notice, I'm visiting family in CA and wasn't already on the listserv. While walking around Cambria today (specifically the Santa Rosa Cemetery off Bridge St.) a Zone-tailed Hawk flew over us headed S/SW over Main St. This was at around 3:40pm today (12/26). I did not see it again, but we were on our way out and didn't spend much longer there. I know there is often a collection of Turkey Vultures in some of the large bare trees around Cambria, so perhaps those would be a good place to check.


Pictures attached on eBird here: http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41336815 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41336815


Thanks,
Griffin
 

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Date: 12/26/17 11:14 pm
From: Matthew Dodder <mdodder...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Yellow-crowned Night Heron
The immature YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON was visible again early this evening at the Morro Bay Marina. Cricket and I observed the bird emerge from a brown tarp on the third boat on the eastern most portion of the dock. It then stood on the side of the boat facing the parking lot where we managed to get a few photos.

http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41335055 <http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41335055>

Matthew Dodder
Mountain View, CA
 

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Date: 12/26/17 7:47 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Zone-tailed Hawk, Cambria, 12/26
An eBird report today of a Zone-tailed Hawk photographed at the Santa Rosa
Cemetery in Cambria between 3:00 and 3:40 PM.
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41336815 . Time of day opens the
possibility that it roosted in the area and if so may be present tomorrow
morning. Often roosts with Turkey Vultures. Please update the list ASAP if
seen as there are a lot of folks that would like to see the bird.



There is only one prior record for the county, a bird seen flying over
downtown San Luis Obispo on 14 Oct 1997.



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA




 

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Date: 12/24/17 8:05 pm
From: 'Tom Edell' <TEdell...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] RE: BALTIMORE Oriole in Pismo Beach
Hi Lew,



Thanks for contacting Morro Coast Audubon about this bird. Baltimore Oriole is primarily a very rare spring and fall transient in SLO County and there is also at least one previous winter record. Do you recall the color of belly and/or back?



I’d like to come by and see the bird if possible. If not, please let me know where you live in Pismo Beach so I can enter this bird in the records I keep for the county.



Also, did you happen to photograph the bird. If so, I’d appreciate a copy of the image.



Regards…Tom



Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA



From: <morrocoastaudubon...> [mailto:<morrocoastaudubon...>] On Behalf Of Morrocoast Audubon
Sent: Saturday, December 23, 2017 1:42 PM
To: Tom Edell <tedell...>; <slocobirding...>
Subject: Fwd: BALTIMORE Oriole in Pismo Beach





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From: Lew Morris <lewmoco...> <mailto:<lewmoco...> >
Date: Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 10:24 AM
Subject: BALTIMORE Oriole in Pismo Beach
To: "<mcas...> <mailto:<mcas...> " <mcas...> <mailto:<mcas...> >



I have just observed a BALTIMORE Oriole in my backyard in Pismo Beach. Upon first observation I thought it was a Streak-backed Oriole, but the black head and chest however indicate it IS a Baltimore Oriole. Have they been seen here before? 12-23-2017.



Lew Morris

80 LaGarza

Pismo Beach



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Date: 12/23/17 5:10 pm
From: RoserComeau <rosercomeau...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Shearwaters
From 2:40 to 3:00 this afternoon a non-stop stream of Shearwaters was observed heading downcoast off Harmony Headlands.  They were already streaming by as we arrived and the stream was still passing when we left.  Much of the time there were at least 100 per minute going by - sometimes significantly more.  In total many thousands.  Only had binoculars looking at the backlit stream and couldn't ID any to species, but there were certainly a lot of white breasts/bellies and some white could be seen under wings.  Never got details of any wings and couldn't positively make out any tails/heads.  In general seemed smallish with fairly fast wingbeats, but don't hold me to it...
At mid-day two Harlequin Ducks (male and female) were foraging offshore from the fig tree parking area at Estero Bluffs.
John Roser, Carol ComeauLos Osos
 

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Date: 12/23/17 3:48 pm
From: Morrocoast Audubon <mcas...> [slocobirding] <slocobirding-noreply...>
Subject: [slocobirding] Fwd: BALTIMORE Oriole in Pismo Beach
---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lew Morris <lewmoco...>
Date: Sat, Dec 23, 2017 at 10:24 AM
Subject: BALTIMORE Oriole in Pismo Beach
To: "<mcas...>" <mcas...>


I have just observed a BALTIMORE Oriole in my backyard in Pismo Beach. Upon
first observation I thought it was a Streak-backed Oriole, but the black
head and chest however indicate it IS a Baltimore Oriole. Have they been
seen here before? 12-23-2017.



Lew Morris

80 LaGarza

Pismo Beach



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