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BLUE-HEADED VIREO and GRAY CATBIRD in SLO COUNTY

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  • Alan Schmierer
    A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was found by Jim Royer early yesterday morning (11/11) at Pecho Willows in Los Osos. (Direction at:
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 12, 2008
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      A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was found by Jim Royer early yesterday morning (11/11) at "Pecho Willows" in Los Osos. (Direction at:
      http://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/mbsloguide.htm#perowi .) A group of birders re-found the bird at mid-morning and again at noon. The bird was moving around a lot and was hard to follow. It was often with a Hutton's Vireo.There are 9 (rather poor) photos of the bird at
      http://www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan/sets/72157608898619630/ . Although ID of this species in California is often in question, I and others present felt comfortable with the call.

      A GRAY CATBIRD was found on 11/10 on the SOUTH side of Morro Rock by Tom Edell. It was re-found yesterday by many observers. It was very elusive. One had to wait long periods for it to fly to see where it was. Take the road to the rock and bear left (south) around the rock and dead-ends into a parking lot. The bird has been seen mostly in/under the lone willows near the far edge of the lot, where it apparently is feeding on poison oak berries. When not there, it is usually within 100-200 feet past the willows. It also has been seen feeding on the ground in the same area.

      Recently there has been an impressive display of feeding BLACK-VENTED SHEARWATERS between Morro Bay and Cayucos. Closeness to shore and exact location varies with the food supply, but they center somewhere around the Old Creek creek mouth area. (Directions at:http://www.morrocoastaudubon.org/ncguide.htm#olcrmo. )



      Alan Schmierer
      Morro Bay, CA
      PHOTOS AT:
      www.flickr.com/photos/sloalan/sets

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