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Antillean Euphonia,©Barry Kent Mackay

7 Mar Lewis' Woodpecker - Templeton ["Steven McMasters smcmasters AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
6 Mar Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Cerro Alto ["Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
6 Mar Oso Flaco ["Tom Slater tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
5 Mar Pigeon Guillemots - San Simeon Pier ["Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
5 Mar Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Morro Bay ["Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
1 Mar Harlequin Ducks @ Estero Bluffs ["petra schaaf pcschaaf AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
1 Mar Summer Tanager ["'Rebecca Fay' rfay AT tcsn.net [slocobirding]" ]
1 Mar Weekend Birds ["'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" ]
1 Mar Costa's, singing Townsend's - it's Spring! ["Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
28 Feb Montana De Oro ["'steve schubert' s_schub1 AT msn.com [slocobirding]" ]
28 Feb Thayer's Gulls - Cambria ["Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
28 Feb Kinda Rainy Day Birding 2-28 ["tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
27 Feb Be on the lookout ["mstiles mstiles AT calpoly.edu [slocobirding]" ]
27 Feb Varied Thrush and Osprey Los Osos ["'Ron Ruppert' rruppert AT cuesta.edu [slocobirding]" ]
25 Feb Pine Siskins ["tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
25 Feb Curlews over the Plain ["Bill Bouton boutonbill AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
24 Feb Black and white Warbler - Meadow Park ["Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
23 Feb Carrizo Plain birds 2/22 ["Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
22 Feb Band-tailed Pigeon mistake on my last post ["Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
21 Feb Ross's Goose at Laguna Lake ["petra schaaf pcschaaf AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
21 Feb Saturday South Coast Birds 2-21 ["tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
20 Feb YBSA images ["David Lawrence dmlawrence AT mac.com [slocobirding]" ]
20 Feb Yellow-bellied Sapsucker still ["David Lawrence dmlawrence AT mac.com [slocobirding]" ]
20 Feb White-throated Sparrow ["Rick Derevan rickderevan AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
21 Feb Santa Lucia Creek ["Kara Hagedorn naturerulesu2 AT hotmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
19 Feb Owls ["Sandra Danielson treehugr38 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
19 Feb White-throated Sparrow, Band-tailed Pigeons, Acorn Woodpeckers in Los Osos ["Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
19 Feb American Avocet - Elfin Forest ["Mike Bush mbushii AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
19 Feb San Simeon Creek - 2/19 ["Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
17 Feb Foggy morning visitors - Morro Bay ["Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
15 Feb raptors field trip ["'steve schubert' s_schub1 AT msn.com [slocobirding]" ]
15 Feb Backyard Bird Count? ["susansales535 AT sbcglobal.net [slocobirding]" ]
12 Feb Scaly-breasted Munias, SLO area ["'Tal Roberts' talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net [slocobirding]" ]
12 Feb Estero Bluffs ["Roger Zachary rzachary AT charter.net [slocobirding]" ]
10 Feb Band-tailed Pigeon parasite alert ["Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
9 Feb Bald Eagles - Hearst Memorial State Park ["Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
08 Feb Nipomo 2-08 ["tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
8 Feb Tropical Kingbird - Laguna Lake, and other stuff ["'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" ]
08 Feb Bird ID help... ["joliaa AT charter.net [slocobirding]" ]
8 Feb Hybrid Teal ["Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
07 Feb south county rain birds ["tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
6 Feb Summer Tanger ["'Rebecca Fay' rfay AT tcsn.net [slocobirding]" ]
6 Feb Hybrid Teal ["Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
5 Feb Hybrid Green-winged Teal Pecho 2/5/15 ["Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
2 Feb Hooded merganser San Luis Obispo Creek ["Kristina Van Wert kristivw13 AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
2 Feb Pootwill, turkeys ["Michael Tiffany michaeltiffany AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
01 Feb Lewis's Woodpeckers - Paso Robles ["kyle.weichert AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
01 Feb Rock Wren ["jacqueline.knowlton AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
31 Jan poorwills ["'steve schubert' s_schub1 AT msn.com [slocobirding]" ]
31 Jan Large flock of long-billed curlews on O'Conner ["Scott Inman scottinslo AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
31 Jan San Simeon Creek Mouth ["Roger Zachary rzachary AT charter.net [slocobirding]" ]
30 Jan Harlequin Ducks, Lawrence's Goldfinch-Estero Bluffs ["'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" ]
30 Jan Meadow Park and San Luis Creek updates ["'David L. Keeling' dkeeling AT calpoly.edu [slocobirding]" ]
29 Jan Re: Pismo Peregrines ["Sandra Danielson treehugr38 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
28 Jan Pismo Peregrines ["rickderevan AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
29 Jan Black-and-white Warbler/Meadow Park ["Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
29 Jan Afternoon at Morro Bay Marina ["Chris Van Beveren becktravel AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
28 Jan Western Tanager ["Tom Edell TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" ]
28 Jan AG Hooded Mergs, Minor Notes ["Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [slocobirding]" ]
27 Jan Re: American Redstart, Pismo Monarch Butterfly Grove ["Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
26 Jan American Redstart, Pismo Monarch Butterfly Grove ["'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" ]
26 Jan Eurasian Collared-Dove on Nest ["Jamie Chavez almiyi AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
26 Jan White-throated Sparrow, Pecho Willows ["macro2953 AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
26 Jan Ducks - Morro Bay ["Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
26 Jan Re: Yard bird update 1 25 2015 ["Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]
25 Jan Yard bird update 1 25 2015 ["Cheryl Lish cdlsueno AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
25 Jan Cholame Road and McMillan Canyon Road, 1/25 ["'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" ]
25 Jan Change of email address ["cfreitas AT wildblue.net [slocobirding]" ]
24 Jan MBWBF at Pecho ["Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" ]
24 Jan Oso Flaco - A Good Day 1-24 ["tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
24 Jan SLO City Birds ["whknowlton AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
23 Jan Black Vulture ["'mstiles AT calpoly.edu' mstiles@calpoly.edu [slocobirding]" ]
23 Jan Grasshopper Sparrow @ San Simeon SP ["Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
22 Jan North County Update ["kyle.weichert AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" ]
22 Jan Re: FW: Eastern HETH? ["'Sue Girard' susansales535 AT sbcglobal.net [slocobirding]" ]
20 Jan Varied Thrushes at Campground ["running4thirty AT att.net [slocobirding]" ]

Subject: Lewis' Woodpecker - Templeton
From: "Steven McMasters smcmasters AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 7 Mar 2015 11:21:47 -0800
While running errands, I was a bit surprised to note a LEWIS' WOODPECKER at
one of the two oak trees located at the Main St. exit (Exit 226)...between
the northbound offramp and the freeway.  With a little difficulty I was
able to find a safe pull out on Main St. and watched the woodpecker fly
around the trees repeatedly and return to the same spot on the trunk of the
northern tree each time.


Steve McMasters
Atascadero
Subject: Pacific-slope Flycatcher - Cerro Alto
From: "Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 20:19:42 +0000 (UTC)
Heard the distinct call of a PACIFIC-SLOPE FLYCATCHER on the trail above the 
campground not too far from Campsite 18. 

Mountain Quail were calling and Brown Creepers were singing.
 Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie
Subject: Oso Flaco
From: "Tom Slater tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Mar 2015 08:16:54 -0800
3 Wilson's Warblers announced their arrival. Nice to have some bright colors 
back in the line up. 


Tom Slater
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Subject: Pigeon Guillemots - San Simeon Pier
From: "Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 23:44:36 +0000 (UTC)
Early this morning Herb Elliott and I saw about 12 PIGEON GUILLEMOTS at San 
Simeon Pier. 

At the Santa Rosa Creek Trail in Cambria we had a singing male WILSON'S WARBLER 
 and 9 singing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS. 

We also saw the male and 2 female HARLEQUIN DUCKS at Estero Bluffs SP.  All 
three were near or on the large white rock down from the fig tree parking 
area. Maggie Smith 

Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie
Subject: Leucistic Red-tailed Hawk - Morro Bay
From: "Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Mar 2015 11:00:13 -0800
This morning, while birding along Turri Rd., I felt fortunate to finally see 
the leucistic Red-tailed Hawk perched. (photo) It was roosting across the 
fields from the corral, inland from So. Bay Blvd. Until today all my views of 
this bird have been distant, primarily in flight. 


While not a rare bird this is certainly a unique plumage, prompting many of us 
to pull over to take another look. 


I first saw/photographed this bird on April 18, 2013.  


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





Subject: Harlequin Ducks @ Estero Bluffs
From: "petra schaaf pcschaaf AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 20:57:19 -0800
Following up on Harlequin Ducks postings of Jan 30 , 2015 (Tom Edell) and 
February 12, 2015, (Roger Zachary): 


Today (Sunday, March 1, 2015) we observed one adult male and two female 
Harlequin Ducks at Estero Bluffs at low tide, left of the large white rock 
reached by taking the left trail from the Fig Tree. 


The male was resting on a rock, most of the time with his head tucked in, with 
Brant Geese close by. 

One female was preening on a rock not too far away. 
Another female was swimming around among Surf Scoters.

Jack and Petra Clayton,
Los Osos




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Subject: Summer Tanager
From: "'Rebecca Fay' rfay AT tcsn.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 17:36:31 -0800
The summer Tanager persists at my suet feeder, and although I originally
reported it as female, it now has read on its head and breast, apparently a
juvenile or first year male? I looked up some pictures and they match.  He
has been here for several weeks now.  

 

Rebecca Fay, SLO
Subject: Weekend Birds
From: "'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 16:42:11 -0800
Yesterday morning two MARBLED MURRELETS were swimming beside each other off
the south end of Cayucos Beach. The birds were far enough offshore that I
had my scope zoomed up to 60 power.  

 

This morning a SWAMP SPARROW and female HOODED MERGANSER continued just
inland of the San Simeon Creek Hwy 1 Bridge.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 
Subject: Costa's, singing Townsend's - it's Spring!
From: "Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 1 Mar 2015 09:16:39 -0800
Yesterday, I took the Pt. Buchon Trail out from the parking lot for Coon
Creek trailhead (which is in Montana de Oro State Park) and had some
interesting birds. Right along the paved entry road, in the coastal scrub,
a male Costa's Humming bird was doing a courtship display. Other birds of
interest included a Rough-winged Swallow, Virginia Rail and Sora at Coon
Creek mouth, Pigeon Guillemots offshore, and a Hairy Woodpecker in the
riparian where the new bridge crosses Coon Creek. Orange-crowned Warblers
and Common Yellowthroats were singing.

This morning, Townsend's Warblers and Audubon's butterbutts were singing in
my neighborhood, near Pecho.

Jim Royer
Los Osos
Subject: Montana De Oro
From: "'steve schubert' s_schub1 AT msn.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 19:35:13 -0800
   Hello all,

I ran Islay Creek Rd. in Montana De Oro State Park at dusk tonight, following 
the light rain showers earlier in the day. A COMMON POORWILL was calling on the 
south-facing slope in coastal scrub vegetation 20 minutes past sunset. 
Simultaneously a WESTERN SCREECH-OWL was vocalizing across the creek on the 
north facing slope, at a stand of tanbark oaks and coast live oak. I heard a 
poorwill and screech owl 2 weeks ago at this same location, inland from 
Spooner's (Islay Creek) Campground. Two more poorwills flushed from the road 
across from the campground as I made the return run. Mostly clear with 
scattered high clouds, waxing gibbous moon, calm winds, temp. low 50's, planets 
Venus in the west, Jupiter in the east. 


 

Steve Schubert
Los Osos

 
Subject: Thayer's Gulls - Cambria
From: "Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2015 12:37:07 -0800
I did a little coastal birding this morning heading north from Morro Bay until 
catching up with the rain. The only birds I could find of interest were a first 
winter and an adult Thayer's Gull roosting at the edge of the lagoon at Santa 
Rosa Creek mouth. 3 Herring and a few other expected gull sp. were also 
present. 


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











Subject: Kinda Rainy Day Birding 2-28
From: "tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Feb 2015 11:53:23 -0800
I was hoping for more rain to keep the dog walkers home but... no Snipes at 
Jack O Park. 


Still, Owen and I had over 60 species in south SLO county/ northern SB county.

Best birds were WHITE-THROATED SPARROW (SB), YELLOW-CROWNED KINGLETS, 
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and GREAT HORNED OWL at Oso Flaco. 


Nice to see a GH Owl in day time close up! 
Great Horned Owl Oso Flaco_9558 
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of Flickr, you should use a JavaScript-enabled browser and install the latest 
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Bird on,

Tom and Owen Slater
Nipomo
 

Subject: Be on the lookout
From: "mstiles mstiles AT calpoly.edu [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 14:33:06 -0800
I’m posting this for Pacific Wildlife Care;


>> One of our Educational Ambassadors, Ms. Handsome, a Turkey Vulture, escaped 
from her enclosure Tuesday in Cayucos. 

>> If you see a TUVU w/ anklets on, please report to PWC 543-9453 or call Dani 
704 8527 


>> Thank you!


Posted by 
Mike Stiles
Los Osos
Subject: Varied Thrush and Osprey Los Osos
From: "'Ron Ruppert' rruppert AT cuesta.edu [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 27 Feb 2015 07:56:57 -0800
Saw a beautiful male Varied Thrush and an Osprey from my yard this
morning.

Ron Ruppert

Bay end of 10th Street

Los Osos
Subject: Pine Siskins
From: "tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Feb 2015 20:23:39 -0800
Too busy to travel outside my yard, but the BARN OWL is still clicking its way 
around the neighborhood. 


 

 Also had some winter and summer plumage (some changing into summer) AMERICAN 
GOLDFINCHES at my feeders, along with two brave PINE SISKINS that allowed me to 
hang out in close proximity and photograph them. 


 

 I don't know if they are a normal coastal bird, but they've been around for a 
while, this year at least. 


 

 I'm trying to enjoy every bird that comes in. Why not? If you look close 
enough you can find beauty in all of them. It's in the details... 

 

 Tom Slater
 Nipomo
 Pine Siskin Yardbird_9862 
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 Pine Siskin Yardbird_9862 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/16624224596/in/photostream/ The 
first time I saw this species it was in the Sierra Nevada. Now they're at my 
feeders in my yard. Pretty fun to see! 

 
 
 
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Subject: Curlews over the Plain
From: "Bill Bouton boutonbill AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:14:14 -0800
Marlin Harms and I spent several hours at the Carrizo Plain and nearby environs 
today, Feb 25th. As others have reported, there are some fields of flowers, but 
it is not as impressive a show as many of us would like. The birds were few and 
far between. The only memorable species seen were flocks of mountain bluebirds, 
and an enormous flock of Long-billed Curlews flying high overhead that we 
estimated to consist of approximately 700 individuals ! 


Bill Bouton
San Luis Obispo, CA
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Subject: Black and white Warbler - Meadow Park
From: "Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2015 12:32:07 -0800
This morning while birding Meadow Park with Bart and Karen Beckman, a breeding 
plumaged male Black and white Warbler was spotted by Bart. (photo) It was seen 
in the mixed type group of trees just south of the playground and restrooms. I 
suspect this is a wintering bird, last reported to this list on Jan. 28. 


Some other birds seen of lesser interest were a large group of American Robins, 
Cedar Waxwings, Allen's Hummingbird, Varied Thrush, Orange-crowned Warblers, 
Townsend's Warblers and good numbers of Pine Siskin. The most abundant species 
were the Yellow-rumped Warblers, with a few heard singing. 


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









Subject: Carrizo Plain birds 2/22
From: "Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:50:49 +0000 (UTC)
Doug Stinson, Kerry Runkle, Herb Elliott and I headed to Carrizo early this 
morning in the rain.  When we arrived we dodged the rain.  Panorama Road was 
good to drive, but we didn't find any notable birds there. 

We hit pay dirt on Van Metre Ranch Road where we had an estimated 40 MOUNTAIN 
PLOVERS seen driving in and leaving.  We also had a singing LE CONTE'S 
THRASHER and  a silent  SAGE THRASHER. 

At KCL Campground we had 9 LAWRENCES GOLDFINCH.
On 7 Mile Rd., we had 2 MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRDS, 1 GREATER YELLOWLEGS and 2 
KILLDEER. 

Raptors were scarce, but  we did see 1 FERRUGIONOUS HAWK, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS 
and 1 PRAIRIE FALCON+ 

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie
Subject: Band-tailed Pigeon mistake on my last post
From: "Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:39:01 -0800
I just reread my last post to slocobirding, dated 2/19/15, and I saw that I
had not proof-read it carefully. The number of  Band-tailed Pigeons seen
was 95, not 952! Sorry about that!

Jim Royer
Los Osos
Subject: Ross's Goose at Laguna Lake
From: "petra schaaf pcschaaf AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:57:41 -0800
We birded at Laguna Lake today: Northern Shovelers galore, lots of Ruddy Ducks, 
some American Wigeons, a few Gadwalls and Canada Geese, plenty of coots and 
gulls and the continuing two Snow Geese (one adult, one immature). 

 
Best were 21 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE. 
With them was, what looked like the same ROSS'S GOOSE, that Tom Edell reported 
on January 4 and again on February 8. 

The gray wash on the hind neck and gray feathers on the head and in the 
tertials all point to a first winter bird. 


A quick check at El Chorro Regional Park produced the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker 
in the same spot as reported yesterday by Dave Lawrence: in the pepper trees up 
the road by the last picnic area. 


Jack and Petra Clayton,
Los Osos
 

 


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Subject: Saturday South Coast Birds 2-21
From: "tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 21 Feb 2015 17:19:27 -0800
I roamed the coast and environs today taking photos. 

Avila was fun, with close up looks at Red-breasted Mergansers and Common 
Goldeneyes. 


Bob Jones White-throated Sparrow is still around, but a Sharp-shinned Hawk 
eliminated any hope of a photo. 


Pismo Creek was full of Red-breasted Mergansers too, like 8 or 9 of them.

Oceano trails are still closed, but still managed to see a Townsend's Warbler, 
Orange Crowned Warbler, and a yellow-faced warbler that took off too fast and 
headed to the top of a huge Euc behind site 71. Possible Hermit Warbler. The 
selaphorous hummers are back. Two were soaring high and then dive-bombing down 
at great speeds. 


The Ferriginous Hawk on my street is still active, as is the Barn Owl in my 
backyard. 


Heading up to the Canyon tonight to listen for owls.

Bird on,

Tom Slater - Nipomo
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https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/with/15984287054/ 



 

Subject: YBSA images
From: "David Lawrence dmlawrence AT mac.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:44:39 -0800
Sorry, a link to images at: http://flickr.com/photos/dave_lawrence 
 
Subject: Yellow-bellied Sapsucker still
From: "David Lawrence dmlawrence AT mac.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 22:41:58 -0800
Greetings,

So this afternoon I went to see if the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker was still 
around. 


Yup.

I had seen it a few weeks ago, and thought I knew its ways. Sure enough, 
pulling right up to the chain by the handicapped parking spaces at the north 
end of El Chorro Regional Park and waiting 10 minutes, about on cue there 
appeared its silhouette in its favored tree. When initially announced months 
ago, this bird was described as evasive, but later became quite accepting. It 
has reverted. 


I followed it through its circuit of 4 trees, twice, showing on my part a quiet 
extended patience suggesting I’m getting old. Then, with my expanding wisdom, 
I decided to just sit at the picnic table beneath its favorite tree to wait for 
it, proving I’m getting old. A few Yellow-rumped Warblers flew in to steal 
sap and keep me awake, but then... in dropped the sapsucker. While it had been 
high and hard to see and a challenge to focus before, now it was almost too 
close, and in deep afternoon shadow, but we communed, and it sucked all the sap 
it wished. 


Ah, again we’re friends, and the photos are OK.

Dave Lawrence
Arroyo Grande




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Subject: White-throated Sparrow
From: "Rick Derevan rickderevan AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 20 Feb 2015 18:40:53 -0800
A White-throated Sparrow has been showing up intermittently under my
feeders lately and I was finally able to photograph it. A couple of
pictures here:

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

Rick Derevan
Atascadero
Subject: Santa Lucia Creek
From: "Kara Hagedorn naturerulesu2 AT hotmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2015 00:28:53 +0000
Saw a male varied thrush and 3 male wooducks today in Santa Lucia creek off the 
bridge on Pine Rd by the little church in Garden Farms,Kara HagedornAtascadero 
Subject: Owls
From: "Sandra Danielson treehugr38 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 19:19:05 -0800
Hi Fellows Birders! Just watched a remarkable Nature film on PBS entitled Owl 
Power. For owl lovers it is a must see. 

Sandy Danielson
Arroyo Grande
Subject: White-throated Sparrow, Band-tailed Pigeons, Acorn Woodpeckers in Los Osos
From: "Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 18:07:05 -0800
The unusually large numbers of Band-tailed Pigeons continue in Los Osos,
with a count of 952 birds in one flock (counted by ones!) on 2/18. Two
Acorn Woodpeckers (part of the coastal invasion of last fall) remain in Los
Osos as of this morning, 2/19, in the eucalyptus grove along Skyline Drive,
east of Sea Pines Golf Course. The White-throated Sparrow at Pecho Willows
(and across the street at Jay Carroll's feeders at the corner of Henrietta
and Pecho) continues as of this morning also.

Jim Royer
Los Osos
Subject: American Avocet - Elfin Forest
From: "Mike Bush mbushii AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 13:54:05 -0800
Hi SloCo Birders -

20 American Avocets were seen at 1:15pm today from the 'Big Sit' overlook
at the Elfin Forest.

Mike Bush
Morro Strand State Beach
Subject: San Simeon Creek - 2/19
From: "Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:28:06 +0000 (UTC)
This morning at San Simeon Creek  I was greeted by a singing ORANGE-CROWNED 
WARBLER. 

The SWAMP SPARROW is still present and there are 2 SORA.  I counted 132 SNOWY 
PLOVERS on the beach. Maggie Smith 

Arroyo Grande
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Subject: Foggy morning visitors - Morro Bay
From: "Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 17 Feb 2015 18:02:15 -0800
Early this morning a rather large flock of at least 300 American Robins arrived 
in my yard and in the neighboring trees, feasting on the dark ivy berries on 
our hedge. Soon after their arrival the Cedar Waxwings appeared, also eating 
the berries and bathing in our bird baths, sometimes filling them from side to 
side! I can only estimate their numbers counting by 10s as they flew and 
landed, there must have been about 350. Both species continued to appear in 
good numbers throughout the day. Many Starlings and a single Cassin's Kingbird 
were also seen feeding on the berries during daylight hours. 


Perhaps interesting only to me for the season is a male Spotted Towhee that was 
first heard singing before arriving at our feeder. Interesting because until 
today I have had only a single female appearing daily all season. 1 
White-throated Sparrow, 1 Hermit Thrush, 2 Fox Sparrows, many White-crowned and 
Golden Crowned Sparrows were among the wintering regulars. 


PS.  Still no Varied Thrush for this yard list.   :-(

Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
http://www.flickr.com/photos/kaarenp/
Subject: raptors field trip
From: "'steve schubert' s_schub1 AT msn.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 15 Feb 2015 19:17:49 -0800
   Hello all,

I gave a 'Birds of Prey' classroom lecture and then led a van field trip today 
for Cuesta College Community Programs. Highlights were the southside pair of 
PEREGRINE FALCONS at Morro Rock, a pair of mating and nest building 
RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS in a eucalyptus tree on San Jacinto St. at the Cloister's, 
an adult GOLDEN EAGLE in flight along Pozo Rd., and an adult BALD EAGLE perched 
in a blue oak along Pozo Rd. 1/2 mile west of the town of Pozo. While we 
watched the perched bald eagle, a PEREGRINE FALCON swept by in flight. A flock 
of more than 50 WILD TURKEYS slowly crossed Pozo Rd. near the Santa Margarita 
Lake Rd. intersection, stopping traffic (all 2 vehicles) on the road for 
several minutes. 


 

Steve Schubert

Los Osos
Subject: Backyard Bird Count?
From: "susansales535 AT sbcglobal.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 15 Feb 2015 10:11:31 -0800
is this group doing the informal yard tally, as last year? if so, any 
guidelines? 

  hoping to beat last year!
 

 Sue Girard
 Nipomo
Subject: Scaly-breasted Munias, SLO area
From: "'Tal Roberts' talrob2 AT sbcglobal.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 21:26:58 -0600
Greetings all,

 

I attempted to post this message a couple of hours ago, and apparently
didn't do it properly.so here's another try.and if this turns out to be a
duplicate.my apologies:

 

This is a request from a couple of out-of-state birders who are coming to
California next week (Feb 16-20) and among other things would like to pick
up a munia in SLO County, so as to avoid the trek all the way down to LA
County, or beyond.

 

I have made note of recent eBird postings of sightings in and around Cal
Poly, Laguna Lake and the Damon-Garcia Sports Fields.along with a couple of
single-bird sightings on Pecho Rd in Baywood-Los Osos.  If someone would be
willing, in effect, to rank these various locations for me, it would help me
make the most efficient use of my limited time in the area.and I would be
very grateful for it.  Any other locations or information would also be
greatly appreciated.

 

Thanks,

 

Tal Roberts

Dallas
Subject: Estero Bluffs
From: "Roger Zachary rzachary AT charter.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 12 Feb 2015 18:40:38 -0800
Hello,

Out on the bluff from the fig tree parking area at Estero Bluffs SP I saw 2 
(1st year or female ??) HARLEQUIN DUCKS. They were sitting on the rocks at the 
south end of the cove. No photographs taken. I was just scoping for birds. 


Roger Zachary
Atascadero
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Subject: Band-tailed Pigeon parasite alert
From: "Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 10 Feb 2015 12:27:27 -0800
I am forwarding some information from the LATimes that was posted the Santa 
Barbara birding site recently. I think it may be of interest to those who have 
Band-tailed Pigeons frequenting their feeders and bird baths in SLO county as 
well. 


Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
>> 1LA Times - Take down birdbaths, feeders to halt pigeon parasite, Cal
>> Fri Feb 6, 2015 4:02 pm (PST) . Posted by:budgora
>> LA Times has an article on latest pigeon deaths. 
>> 
>> 
>> URL attached.
>> 
>> 
>> http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-82717366/ 
http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-82717366/ 
Subject: Bald Eagles - Hearst Memorial State Park
From: "Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 9 Feb 2015 17:13:29 -0800
I stopped at San Simeon pier this morning, looking for anything that the recent 
rains may have brought into the cove. There were about 50 Surf Scoters but I 
found nothing else in the way of sea ducks on the water. 


I do not recall ever seeing Bald Eagles at this location but this morning there 
was a juvenile 1st yr bird (photo) and an adult bird, first perched close 
together in the eucalyptus trees over the parking lot and later seen together 
in the eucs viewed across the bay from the pier. 


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


Subject: Nipomo 2-08
From: "tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Feb 2015 15:34:37 -0800
Drove Dana Foothill Rd. just to see what was up.

Lots of Meadowlarks and Lark Sparrows, Western Bluebirds, and Mourning Doves.

I did see a pair of Northern Flickers.

The best bird was VARIED THRUSH working the understory of the small lemon 
trees. 


I also experimented with using my iPhone and my binoculars as a telephoto.

I was surprised!
Vulture iPhone - no telephoto? no problem! 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/15857464933/ 

 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/15857464933/ 
 
 Vulture iPhone - no telephoto? no problem! 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/15857464933/ Not a rare bird, but it 
was unique in the sense that it was taken with my iPhone through my binoculars. 
Not bad? 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/15857464933/ 

 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
  
Could be useful in a pinch.

Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo
 

Subject: Tropical Kingbird - Laguna Lake, and other stuff
From: "'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 15:34:26 -0800
This morning I looked for a TROPICAL KINGBIRD found by Petra and Jack
Clayton at Laguna Lake yesterday. When I drove up it  was with a Cassin's
Kingbird by the boat launch at the northern end of the lake front road, the
same location as yesterday. The immature and adult SNOW GOOSE remain near
the restroom parking area where the gull flock included a juvenile and 3rd
year THAYER'S GULL and a juvenile HERRING GULL. A flock of 50 TREE SWALLOWS
and one VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW fed over the lake.

 

I checked the back of the lake and adjacent fields from Priolo-Martin Park.
The back end of the lake held 19 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, a ROSS'S GOOSE
presumed to be an immature due to a gray wash on the back of the neck, three
Aleutian CACKLING GEESE, 56 CANADA GEESE, and two BONAPARTE'S GULLS.

 

Earlier I checked for the Harris's Sparrow at Cal Poly without luck.
Highlights there were a singing male and female VARIED THRUSH and the
continuing "slate-colored" looking FOX SPARROW.

 

Late morning there was a large Starling/blackbird flock along O'Connor Road
that included about 400 TRIOLORED BLACKBIRDS.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

https://www.flickr.com/photos/tedell/ 
Subject: Bird ID help...
From: "joliaa AT charter.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 08 Feb 2015 12:42:12 -0800
 Yesterday I saw what I think is a LESSER SCAUP and a HORNED GREBE in Santa 
Rosa Lagoon, Cambria. 

 

 Also a group of 30 SANDERLINGS that are not usual on the beach here.
 

 Most curious to me however is the oddly colored ______ COLLARD_DOVE--is it 
EURASIAN or AFRICAN or ??. 

 

 Interested in your opinions.  ID photos at...
 

 CambriaBird https://www.flickr.com/photos/cambriabird/
 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/cambriabird/ 
 
 CambriaBird https://www.flickr.com/photos/cambriabird/ Explore CambriaBird's 
photostream on Flickr. This user has 486 photos on Flickr. 

 
 
 
 View on www.flickr.com https://www.flickr.com/photos/cambriabird/ 
 Preview by Yahoo 
 
 
 

 Thanks!
 

 Joanne Aasen
 Cambria, CA
Subject: Hybrid Teal
From: "Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 8 Feb 2015 11:47:12 -0800
The hybrid Eurasian x American Green-winged Teal was back at the edge of
the bay, roughly west of the west end of Grove, west of Pecho Road,
northwest of  Pecho Willows, in Los Osos this morning. Jay Carroll and I
saw the bird and we both photographed it. It was with other teal in the
tidal channel that flows through the Salicornia, from the drainage that
flows from the east end of Butte Drive, where it intersects with Solano,
near the golf course. We saw it mid morning, but it looked like it might
stay for awhile. It had a faint vertical whitish stripe (fainter version of
vertical stripe of the American form) on the side and a long conspicuous
cream colored horizontal stripe below the edge of the wing, characteristic
of the Eurasian form. The border of the green facial patch was clearer
white than the typical American form.

Jim Royer
Los Osos
Subject: south county rain birds
From: "tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 07 Feb 2015 14:58:23 -0800
I birded my area here in south county, with a slight jog into Guadalupe (3 mi 
south of county line). 

 It was obviously raining, but that didn't seem to deter the birds.
 

 At Cypress Ridge I watched a DC Cormorant swallow a small bass. An amazing 
feat. 


 The Green Heron is still present, and several Ring-necked Ducks. 

 

 I saw a Varried Thrush on Mesa Rd. in Trilliogy. It was a very fleeting 
glimpse. Seems like they always are. 


 I saw Purple Finch and Northern Flicker feeding in a field off Pomeroy.
 

 A Ferruginous Hawk flew over my house. This is the third winter it has been 
staying in our Eucalyptus. I've only been noticing it since I started to look 
at birds 3 years ago so who knows how long this hawk has been there. 

 

 At our feeders I saw the Nutmeg Mannikins return in force. I added a bird bath 
to the front yard so we'll see what comes of it. Free food and shower... birds 
talk. 

 

In Guadalupe I saw over 40 Wilson's Snipe and two Varried Thrush, and a 
White-throated Sparrow. 


I got my best photos ever of the WT Sparrow and VThrush. So all in all, 
considering the weather, it was a great morning of birding. 


Bird on,

Tom Slater
Nipomo
tomslaterphotography https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/ 
 
 https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/ 
 
 tomslaterphotography https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/ Family man, 
teacher, author of several books, surfer, rock climber, and recent birding 
fanatic. I have a photography business too (weddings/portraits/sports... 

 
 
 
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Subject: Summer Tanger
From: "'Rebecca Fay' rfay AT tcsn.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 14:00:44 -0800
New backyard bird!  I have been seeing this bird fleetingly all week, and
finally got really good looks today as it helped itself to my suet and sat
on the side of the Elm tree for about 10 minutes, while I memorized it  so I
could get a positive i.d.  Originally I had thought the female Hooded Oriole
was back already, but the colors were wrong. The only thing that came close
was the female summer tanager.  I got online, and the link below was
perfect, and the pics were taken in San Luis Obispo area!  The bird was a
darker yellow than any oriole, with a mustard color on the top of its head
and back, the wings brownish without defined wing bars and a large tan
colored bill. I found this link, and bingo. I hope she stays around for
awhile, I will keep the suet feeder filled.

By the way, I also seem to have been adopted by a flock of Band-tailed
Pigeons. Cleaning up all the spilled feed under the feeders.  Not sure if
I'm happy about this or not.

 

http://www.birdinginformation.com/birds/tanager/summer-tanager/

 

Rebecca Fay

SLO, near French Hospital
Subject: Hybrid Teal
From: "Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 6 Feb 2015 08:56:45 -0800
No hybrid Eurasian x American Green-winged Teal seen this morning behind
Pecho.

JimRoyer
Los Osos
Subject: Hybrid Green-winged Teal Pecho 2/5/15
From: "Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 5 Feb 2015 22:50:22 -0800
Tonight, a little before sunset and at low tide, a flock of teal were
feeding in the mud not too far from the shore, behind and to the north of
Pecho Willows. In the flock was a male Green-winged Teal that had the usual
marks of an American Green-winged Teal and also the white horizontal stripe
of a Eurasian form Green-wiged Teal. While this white stripe was the same
on both the right and left sides, and it was in the same position of a
typical Eurasian Green-winged Teal, the horizontal white strip was slightly
shorter than the usual Eurasian form (a bit of the forward portion of the
startup was missing.) Otherwise in the light I had, the bird appeared the
same as nearby Green-winged Teal snd fed in the mud similarly.

Jim Royer
Los Osos
Subject: Hooded merganser San Luis Obispo Creek
From: "Kristina Van Wert kristivw13 AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 08:12:03 -0800
Since everyone is chatting up hooded mergansers I thought I'd mention a
privileged glimpse of a male and two females that I had Sunday afternoon. I
had just come from the base of Cerro San Luis and was walking into SLO on
the Marsh Street underpass area. When I crossed over the San Luis Obispo
Creek I looked down to check the water status and was surprised to see a
male hooded merganser upstream in the creek. I crouched down on the bridge
to get a better look through the willows (I'm sure people passing by
thought I was strange) and watched two females come out of the brush on the
shore to join the male, then they all swam upstream and out of view.

Kristina
SLO
Subject: Pootwill, turkeys
From: "Michael Tiffany michaeltiffany AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 2 Feb 2015 07:34:07 -0800
Last night at 5:40 pm there were 8 Wild Turkeys near the highest point on Park 
View Drive in Morro Bay State Park. After sunset a Great Horned Owl was 
silhouetted atop a snag near the parking lot on Black Hill. Then, shortly after 
6 pm, a Common Poorwill (or possibly 2) was heard calling and then seen flying 
around near the parking lot. It landed briefly in a tree and then flew off. On 
the way down the hill a Poorwill was seen sitting in the road. 


Michael Tiffany, Ventura

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Subject: Lewis's Woodpeckers - Paso Robles
From: "kyle.weichert AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2015 22:48:35 -0800
We got good looks at 4 of the resident LEWIS'S WOODPECKERS in the oak trees 
behind the Lowe's in Paso Robles this afternoon. 

 

 The River Oaks ponds still had a few ring-necked ducks, among the usual 
waterfowl. We haven't seen the hooded mergansers there for a few weeks now. 

 

 Kyle and Audrey Weichert
 Templeton, CA
Subject: Rock Wren
From: "jacqueline.knowlton AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 01 Feb 2015 17:51:36 -0800
A Rock Wren was preening and then singing from the serpentine outcropping at 
Laguna Lake this morning. Peggy Stark and I got a fine view of this obliging 
bird. 

 

 -Jackie Knowlton
 Templeton
 

Subject: poorwills
From: "'steve schubert' s_schub1 AT msn.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 20:04:05 -0800
   Hello all,

I ran an hour after sunset along Toro Creek Rd. off Hwy. 1 tonight, Jan. 31st. 
From 6 -6:30pm there were individual COMMON POORWILLS vocalizing along the 
riparian corridor and up on a slope in serpentine coastal scrub. A third 
poorwill flushed off the road, visible in the moonlight, making soft flight 
calls. 


Clear skies, light offshore breeze, waxing gibbous moon, temp. upper 50's.

 

Steve Schubert

Los Osos
Subject: Large flock of long-billed curlews on O'Conner
From: "Scott Inman scottinslo AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 16:39:55 -0800
80+ long-billed curlews in field  AT  northern end of O'Conner Way


Scott Inman


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Subject: San Simeon Creek Mouth
From: "Roger Zachary rzachary AT charter.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Jan 2015 13:36:24 -0800
Hello,

Thought I'd post a few birds that I saw at the San Simeon Creek mouth this 
morning. Offshore there was a pair of MARBLED MURRELETS, along the southeast 
side of the bridge the SORA and the SWAMP SPARROW appeared (these were 
previously reported), and diving in the creek was a female HOODED MERGANSER. I 
can't believe how wide spread the Hooded Mergansers are this winter. 


Roger Zachary
Atascadero
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Subject: Harlequin Ducks, Lawrence's Goldfinch-Estero Bluffs
From: "'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:27:51 -0800
First bird I saw at Estero Bluffs State Park this morning was a male
LAWRENCE'S GOLDFINCH in the fig tree by the mid-park parking area along Hwy
1. This was a first for me at the park and only the second report for the
park in eBird. Lots of the usual species including the two of the continuing
female plumaged HARLEQUIN DUCKS and two RUDDY TRUNSTONES. A few BLACK-VENTED
SHEARWATERS flew by offshore.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 
Subject: Meadow Park and San Luis Creek updates
From: "'David L. Keeling' dkeeling AT calpoly.edu [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:23:08 -0800 (PST)
Hi all,

Yesterday I had a fun visit with a pair of hooded mergansers in San Luis Creek, 
near the Bob Jones trail bridge. I learned that a female common goldeneye was 
unhappy with them and drove them to flight, ending one portion of my photo 
session. 


At Meadow Park, I refound the Black-throated Gray Warbler, and a pale-faced 
Hermit warbler. Did not see the black and white on this visit. 


I also dipped on the AM redstart at the monarch spot.

Dave Keeling
Morro Bay

Sincere apologies for posting way too many bird photos all at once. January 
birds have been extremely kind to me and I've just been unable to share until 
now. There are some nice ones that I hope you enjoy. 



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Subject: Re: Pismo Peregrines
From: "Sandra Danielson treehugr38 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 07:40:25 -0800
Both birds were seen yesterday sitting on the top of the large rock in the 
median strip on 101 across from the grill. So, happily, the peregrines have 
found a new lookout. 

Sandy Danielson
Arroyo Grande 
On Wednesday, January 28, 2015 4:40 PM, "rickderevan AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" 
 wrote: 

  


  
I was in Pismo Beach Sunday and again today to look for the Peregrine Falcons. 
In between my two visits the talk, scraggly pine tree about 50 feet north of 
the Ventana Grill parking lot where the birds often perched has been cut down. 
Sections of the trunk are still along the fence. Let's hope the loss of this 
lookout doesn't send the birds to a different territory 


Rick Derevan
Atascadero   
 
Subject: Pismo Peregrines
From: "rickderevan AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 28 Jan 2015 16:40:36 -0800
I was in Pismo Beach Sunday and again today to look for the Peregrine Falcons. 
In between my two visits the talk, scraggly pine tree about 50 feet north of 
the Ventana Grill parking lot where the birds often perched has been cut down. 
Sections of the trunk are still along the fence. Let's hope the loss of this 
lookout doesn't send the birds to a different territory 

 

 Rick Derevan
 Atascadero 
Subject: Black-and-white Warbler/Meadow Park
From: "Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:38:51 +0000 (UTC)
Early this morning I saw what is most probably a continuing BLACK-AND WHITE 
WARBLER in a medium pine across from the homes that put out seed for the birds 
 in the western part of the park.  Black and white striped crown and back; 
long slightly curved bill; white wing bars reach tertials; black arrowheads on 
white undertail coverts; all black throat. 

Maggie Smith
Arroyo Grande
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Subject: Afternoon at Morro Bay Marina
From: "Chris Van Beveren becktravel AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 29 Jan 2015 00:32:08 +0000 (UTC)
Jim and I made the drive over to the Marina in hopes the Common Goldeneye would 
still be present. Check! swimming beside the boats right in front of where we 
parked. Other birds of note were a lovely Red-throated Loon in its winter 
plumage, also up close and personal. A peppy Blue-gray Gnatcatcher doing 
straight-up jumps catching insects, and then hopping onto a bush not 8 feet 
away, showing off his white-edged black tail. A Bewick's Wren which finally 
allowed itself to be seen, coming off the "heard only" list. A slightly 
bedraggled female Red-breasted Merganser was present. Many Buffleheads, Ruddy 
Ducks, Eared and Pied-billed Grebes. 

We headed for home over the Golf Course shortcut road and were rewarded with a 
trio of Wild Turkeys. Chris Van Beveren 

Beck Travel
565 Baywood WayLos Osos CA 93402Phone:  805 439-2023
Fax:  805 439-2042
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Subject: Western Tanager
From: "Tom Edell TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:28:48 -0500
I've been watching Varied Thushes and American Robins feed on the ornament 
Bradford Pear tree outside my office window for several weeks. My office is in 
the Atoll Building along Laurel Lane in the City of SLO. This morning a WESTERN 
TANAGER appeared in the tree around 0830. Only the second one I've aware of in 
the county this winter. 



Tom Edell
Cayucos, CA
Subject: AG Hooded Mergs, Minor Notes
From: "Brad Schram gonebrdn AT lightspeed.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:31:27 -0800
This morning there was a pair of HOODED MERGANSERS in the pond behind 
the Carl's Junior in the K-Mart shopping center near the corner of Hwy 
101 and Oak Park Rd in Arroyo Grande.  Ah, wilderness! A variety of 
common pond denizens shared the space.

The CASSIN'S KINGBIRD numbers in AG Village has been the lowest I've 
ever noted this winter.  My high count (in December) was eight birds.  
Sunday the 25th showed four CAKIs along with about 100 AMERICAN ROBINS 
(no Varied Thrushes) feeding on the remaining ivy berries.  Like 
everywhere else this winter, warbler numbers are very low as well.

Yesterday a massive flock (1000 birds? More?) of SANDERLINGS worked the 
surf edge close the the Pismo Beach pier until various dog owners put 
their pampered pooches off the (required) leash to experience the 
freedom of chasing migrants at will.  As the Sanderlings wheeled about 
in flight one could hear the wind in their wings as they made steep 
banking turns in unison.  Before long the flock(s) vanished, seeking a 
less stressful patch of shoreline.

Brad Schram
Arroyo Grande




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Subject: Re: American Redstart, Pismo Monarch Butterfly Grove
From: "Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:58:17 +0000 (UTC)
This morning I saw the AMERICAN REDSTART.  It was on the trail that starts 
after you cross the pedestrian bridge coming through the Monarch Butterfly 
Grove  from Hwy 1. Head north (right) on the trail until you see the arched 
tree described in Ed Thomas and Cindy Chow's post.  It was moving very quickly 
covering a lot of ground and calling intermittently. Maggie Smith 

Arroyo Grande
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 From: "'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" 
 

 To: SLO County Bird List  
 Sent: Monday, January 26, 2015 6:19 PM
 Subject: [slocobirding] American Redstart, Pismo Monarch Butterfly Grove
   
  I received this report today and believe the location is the Monarch 
Butterfly Preserve along Meadow Creek in Pismo Beach. It sounds like the bird 
was seen between Hwy 1 and the pedestrian bridge over Meadow Creek.  “This 
afternoon 1/25/15 my wife and I had a young male American Redstart along the 
trail west of the monarch butterfly grove. We entered the trail from the grove 
and walked North (away from the beach). The Redstart stayed in the vicinity of 
the path where a small tree completely arches over the trail, about 10 yards in 
both directions. It favored the east side of the trail, road side, most of the 
time. I did not see a post for this.Ed Thomas (ET) & Cindy Chow 

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Subject: American Redstart, Pismo Monarch Butterfly Grove
From: "'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 18:19:52 -0800
I received this report today and believe the location is the Monarch
Butterfly Preserve along Meadow Creek in Pismo Beach. It sounds like the
bird was seen between Hwy 1 and the pedestrian bridge over Meadow Creek.

 

"This afternoon 1/25/15 my wife and I had a young male American Redstart
along the trail west of the monarch butterfly grove. We entered the trail
from the grove and walked North (away from the beach). The Redstart stayed
in the vicinity of the path where a small tree completely arches over the
trail, about 10 yards in both directions. It favored the east side of the
trail, road side, most of the time. I did not see a post for this.

Ed Thomas (ET) & Cindy Chow
Northridge, Ca."

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 
Subject: Eurasian Collared-Dove on Nest
From: "Jamie Chavez almiyi AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 16:32:26 -0800
I remember hearing from someone or reading that Eurasian Collared Dove
nests throughout the year, but I can't recall what the source was. While
having lunch at the Apple Farm Restaurant in SLO today with a workmate I
easily located a Eurasian Collared-Dove in a very exposed nest in a tree
off the parking lot. Since the date is January 26 it seems to be fairly
accurate that this species nests whenever it wants to.

See my lousy phone photo here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/4w5OgeD8lE0XKuoQbg_vy9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink 


-- 
Jamie Chavez
Santa Maria, CA
Subject: White-throated Sparrow, Pecho Willows
From: "macro2953 AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 26 Jan 2015 11:17:56 -0800
A white-striped individual first seen by Jim Royer on 1/20 near the corner of 
Pecho and Henrietta has been visiting my yard regularly since then. Last seen 
today at about 11 AM. I'm also seeing adult and juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia 
at my feeders this winter for the first time. 

 

 Jay Carroll
 Los Osos
 

 

Subject: Ducks - Morro Bay
From: "Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 10:38:12 -0800
1 adult Male, 2 female Goldeneyes and a few Greater Scaup remain at the Morro 
Bay State Park Marina, 1/26. This morning these birds were easily viewable from 
the path and parking lot at the east end of the parking area. Several 
Pied-billed Grebes in various stages of winter and breeding plumage and an 
Eared Grebe were also present. 



Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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Subject: Re: Yard bird update 1 25 2015
From: "Kaaren Perry surfbird1 AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:46:18 -0800
Thanks for the very interesting post Cheryl! 

 I just wanted to add that I also had a likely female or juv. Selasphorus show 
up at my feeder yesterday, 1/25. First appearance of this species this season. 



Kaaren Perry
Morro Bay
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On Jan 25, 2015, at 9:46 PM, Cheryl Lish cdlsueno AT gmail.com [slocobirding] 
 wrote: 


> 
> The White-throated Sparrow continues.
> Have had at least 3 adult male Selasphorus Hummingbirds (appear to be 
Allen's). Today there was a likely female (or juv) Selasphorus. 

> Seeing male and female Anna's Hummers with very fat necks, suggesting they 
are in migration mode. 

> Sharp-shinned Hawk continues. 
> The seed eaters that come to my feeders are going through more food than past 
years which makes me think there is likely a shortage of natural grain supply 
due to the drought... though I have not done any scientific research on this. 
:) 

> Have had up to 20 Mourning Doves, and 50 Ca. Quail when I scatter feed in the 
morning. 

> Acorn Woodpeckers continue to frequent the feeders due to the lack of acorns. 

> Spotted Towhees have now taken to chopped up peanuts. Seeing 4 to 6 SPTO at 
feeding times. 

> For around 7 years I've had a single male House Sparrow that feeds with the 
flocks of other birds. The female will eventually show up but so far those are 
the only 2. 

> Tonight is the first time the Great Horned Owls have vocalized in the back 
yard in months. 

> 
> Sue Girard's post a couple of week ago reminded me that I've been curious 
about crow roosts. There is a large Am Crow roost near the corner of Hwy 1 and 
Grand Ave (State Parks - "Grand Dunes Trail" area). Approximately 600 birds 
leave this area around dawn and seem to spread out over a very large expanse. I 
see 200 - 300 crows flying over my house daily, to the east (toward Lopez Lake 
/ Huasna Valley in the morning and returning to the west in the afternoon. 
Wondering where there are other large Am Crow roosts? I was in Nipomo recently 
(west of Hwy 101) and saw flocks of Am Crows flying N in the afternoon - could 
they be going to the Oceano roost? 

> Cheryl Lish
> Arroyo Grande
> 
> 
Subject: Yard bird update 1 25 2015
From: "Cheryl Lish cdlsueno AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 21:46:38 -0800
The White-throated Sparrow continues.
Have had at least 3 adult male Selasphorus Hummingbirds (appear to be
Allen's). Today there was a likely female (or juv) Selasphorus.
Seeing male and female Anna's Hummers with very fat necks, suggesting they
are in migration mode.
Sharp-shinned Hawk continues.
The seed eaters that come to my feeders are going through more food than
past years which makes me think there is likely a shortage of natural grain
supply due to the drought... though I have not done any scientific research
on this.  :)
Have had up to 20 Mourning Doves, and 50 Ca. Quail when I scatter feed in
the morning.
Acorn Woodpeckers continue to frequent the feeders due to the lack of
acorns.
Spotted Towhees have now taken to chopped up peanuts. Seeing 4 to 6 SPTO at
feeding times.
 For around 7 years I've had a single male House Sparrow that feeds with
the flocks of other birds.  The female will eventually show up but so far
those are the only 2.
Tonight is the first time the Great Horned Owls have vocalized in the back
yard in months.

Sue Girard's post a couple of week ago reminded me that I've been curious
about crow roosts.  There is a large Am Crow roost near the corner of Hwy 1
and Grand Ave (State Parks - "Grand Dunes Trail" area).  Approximately 600
birds leave this area around dawn and seem to spread out over a very large
expanse.  I see 200 - 300 crows flying over my house daily, to the east
(toward Lopez Lake / Huasna Valley in the morning and returning to the west
in the afternoon.  Wondering where there are other large Am Crow roosts? I
was in Nipomo recently (west of Hwy 101) and saw flocks of Am Crows flying
N in the afternoon - could they be going to the Oceano roost?
Cheryl Lish
Arroyo Grande
Subject: Cholame Road and McMillan Canyon Road, 1/25
From: "'Tom Edell' TEdell AT aol.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2015 17:57:00 -0800
This morning Roger Zachary and I birded along Cholame Road and  McMillan
Canyon Road.  Along Cholame Road we found 8 bicolored Red-winged Blackbirds,
a Bald Eagle, Ferruginous Hawk, and 8 Vesper Sparrows. The wetland areas
were dry with a small amount of ponded water in the main drainage.

 

We stopped at the main springs along McMillan Canyon Road as we drove east
to west. At Kerr Spring we saw an adult Golden Eagle and a male Phainopepla.
A little further west we encountered two Yellow-billed Magpies, the only one
seen in the area. At Rock Spring we found a male and female Mountain
Bluebird and a Cassin's Kingbird. 

 

On the way back we saw one of the Lewis's Woodpeckers from the north end of
Golden Hill Road. A brief check of the eastern pond at The Lakes development
in Atascadero (viewed from Traffic Way) turned up a male and three female
plumaged Hooded Mergansers and a single American White Pelican.

 

Yesterday I looked for the possible eastern Hermit Thrush at Pico Creek.  No
luck with the thrush, but a Marbled Murrelet was offshore.

 

Tom Edell

Cayucos, CA

 
Subject: Change of email address
From: "cfreitas AT wildblue.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 25 Jan 2015 14:01:51 -0800
Please change my email address:


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Subject: MBWBF at Pecho
From: "Jim Royer jrmotmot AT gmail.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Sat, 24 Jan 2015 22:54:25 -0800
Dies anyone have a photo of a group birding at or near Pecho Willows in Los
Osos, during the recent winter bird festival? Thanks.

Jim Royer
Los Osos
Subject: Oso Flaco - A Good Day 1-24
From: "tomslaterphotography AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 22:01:37 -0800
I snuck out early this morning for about 3 hours. I spent the majority of my 
time in the parking area and the willows. There were some fun birds to see 
today... 

 SWAMP SPARROW
 GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS
 MERLIN
 HOODED MERGANSER
 COMMON GOLDENEYE
 Lincoln Sparrow
 Orange-crowned Warbler
 California Thrasher
 Spotted Towhees
 Fox Sparrows
 Hermit Thrush
 Black-bellied Plovers
 
Some of these birds are on my flickr site
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/16173471950/ 
https://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077 AT N02/16173471950/ 


When I got home I saw a Belted Kingfisher!!! (in Nipomo!) sitting on a wire. 
Crazy! 


Bird on,

Tom Slater
 

Subject: SLO City Birds
From: "whknowlton AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 24 Jan 2015 18:27:58 -0800
The continuing BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was present today at Meadow Park (off of 
South St.). It was seen foraging on the ground and in the pines on the east 
portion of the park. A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was found on the west side 
of the park. There were also more PINE SISKINS at the park than I think I have 
ever seen in my life. 

 

 There was another BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER in the willows of San Luis Obispo 
Creek. This portion of SLO creek can be accessed by walking the Bob Jones Trail 
that is inbetween Prado Rd. and Los Osos Valley Rd. 

 

 At Laguna Lake 21 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were feeding in the grass field 
north of the "loop" parking area that is next to the lake. Also in the same 
field were a couple CACKLING GEESE and about 80 CANADA GEESE. 

 

 Will Knowlton
 Templeton
 

Subject: Black Vulture
From: "'mstiles AT calpoly.edu' mstiles@calpoly.edu [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 18:40:14 -0800
Dave Clendenen and I had the BLACK VULTURE over the radio tower hill on the Cal 
Poly campus near the corner of Highland and Hwy 1 around 4pm today, soaring 
with a kettle of TV's. 


Mike Stiles
Los Osos

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Subject: Grasshopper Sparrow @ San Simeon SP
From: "Maggie Smith milleniummaggs AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Fri, 23 Jan 2015 12:38:41 +0000 (UTC)
Yesterday 1/22, Herb Elliott and I were able to refind the GRASSHOPPER SPARROW 
first reported by Steve Summers.  It was on the San Simeon Trail where it 
passes by a dry marsh about 200 feet past the interpretive turtle sign.  

The SWAMP SPARROW continues in the reeds down on the beach. We also 18 
BONAPARTE'S GULLS.   

At the small beach just south of the old Piedras Blancas Motel, there were 32 
ROYAL TERNS.  this beach can be seen by walking a trail from the motel. This 
is as far north as I remember seeing Royal Terns. Maggie Smith 

Arroyo Grande
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slomaggie
Subject: North County Update
From: "kyle.weichert AT yahoo.com [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 22 Jan 2015 20:49:53 -0800
Hi All,
 

 Yesterday at River Oaks ponds in Paso Robles, I had a female PURPLE FINCH in 
the scrub north of the ponds. Ten ring-necked ducks, a few american wigeon 
among the usual suspects. Did not see the hooded mergansers that were there in 
numbers last week. 


 

 Had our first PINE SISKINS at our feeder in Templeton today.
 

 Kyle Weichert
 Templeton
Subject: Re: FW: Eastern HETH?
From: "'Sue Girard' susansales535 AT sbcglobal.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: Thu, 22 Jan 2015 09:46:09 -0800
Field marks graphic:
http://animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/birding/hermit-thrush/  

Eastern on the left

 

Sue G

Nipomo
Subject: Varied Thrushes at Campground
From: "running4thirty AT att.net [slocobirding]" <slocobirding-noreply@yahoogroups.com>
Date: 20 Jan 2015 20:39:04 -0800
I found at least four of the Varied Thrushes previously reported early this 
morning at the State Park campground in Morro Bay. They were near campsite 100, 
across the adjacent road, between the road and the golf course and a little 
east. 

  
 Phil Richardson
 Monterey Park, CA