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Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Feb 26, 2012 - 08:04pm PT
Everyone see the movie The Big Year?

I propose that we do one here on the Taco. Starting March 1st 2012 ending Feb. 28th 2013. Anyone can join anytime between those dates.

-Bird sitings must be seen while on foot or bike from your home.
-Sighting can include call/ songs.
-Pictures are an added bonus and should be posted, but we all believe in integrity so this is based on your word and logs.

-Whom ever sees the most birds wins the admiration of the rest of us.
-Maybe a sushifest in the Desert next year for grins and awards. Nature...

-No domesticated birds (Crimpy and Brassie)

-Open to other suggested rules/ guidelines.

-Bird feeders are OK.


Who's in?


Prod.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:08pm PT
I read the book years ago and loved it. It's been on my netflix queue for too long (will be available 2/28/2012). I'd be in to play this if others are. Sounds like fun Prod.
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 26, 2012 - 08:10pm PT
I figured that you 2 were a given. Isn't DR. F. Some sort of a bird guy? Maybe we can get him off politics for a few posts.

Could be interesting seeing different regional birds.

Prod.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:13pm PT
He does pop up on the Birds thread for sure. You ought to cross-post this for the birders there.

We need to get you some more feeders!
bergbryce

Mountain climber
South Lake Tahoe, CA
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:18pm PT
I don't read many funny books but that one was hilarious.
Recommended if you need to add some humor to your usually serious reading list.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:23pm PT
I'll play I love birds and my little girl loves em.

Has to be on your property only? How about in your neighborhood? We see a lot more walking, but it's your game.

Cool idea Prod.
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 26, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
Ok how about with in walking distance from your house. Meaning you walked from your house and saw a bird. If you drove down the street, or rode your bike, and saw a bird it don't count. Yeah I like that rule. How about you Silver?

Prod.
Silver

Big Wall climber
Nor Nev
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:37pm PT
Sounds good too me I live in the oldest neighborhood in Reno with the most trees. It is full of all sorts of bird life. I saw a hawk take a scrub jay the other day in flight. I just was blown away the scrub never saw it coming and the hawk just curbed the jay and with one peck it was over.


Prod good stuff thanks for considering the neighborhood option and I agree you have to walk it no driving.



locker

Social climber
CO
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:43pm PT


I watched and enjoyed "the Big Year"...


then sent your shoes to Ethiopia...

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
We are all birders here.

I just read the book a few weeks ago and enjoyed it mucho. The movie I enjoyed, although it was more Hollywoodicized, i.e. not as good.

OK, back yard or neighborhood?
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 26, 2012 - 08:47pm PT
I might play along. My yard list is pretty danged good, especially given the yard's small size.

Why 13 months?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 09:05pm PT
Sweet! The walking rule makes it even better. I may start walking instead of working here with my face smashed against the window.
rockermike

Trad climber
Berkeley
Feb 26, 2012 - 09:06pm PT
Credit: not mine - for info purposes only
I'm not really a birder, nor do I own property - so I guess that disqualifies me but

I'm currently bicycling down the length of Mexico. I just peddled thru the island village of Mexcaltitan, somewhat south of Mazatlan - roughly on the mainland, across from the tip of baja -
I've since learned that this is considered a birders paradise. Anyway, as the sun was setting over the lake I was sitting on the balcony of my hotel watching birds. I think I counted more than 30 species (they say there are over 300 in this area) including blue herons, sand hill cranes, egrets, pelicans, spoonbill rosarios (kind of like a pink flaminco) cormorants, sand pipers vultures, friget birds, coots ducks of various sorts, and many more that I don't recall right now. The next day I also saw a 12 foot long crocodile less than 6 feet from the road. All very cool - although I may have a problem sleeping on the beach from now on given the croc - ha ha
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:35pm PT

Clarification here, Prod man. Can I drive somewhere else, but
be on foot and count them? Or does it just have to be from my yard, or
the distance I can walk from my yard?

(You gotta be specific for dummies like me)!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:41pm PT
Beautiful Roseate Spoonbill! They are such treats to see. I've only seen then in the Houston area and every time it causes the same thoughts: "Wow, a Flamingo! WAYDAMINUTE! There are not Flamingo here...it's a Spoonbill!"

Thanks for sharing.

edit: Another point of clarification...if we are on travel for business and at a hotel, do the birds we see there count? (I will be out of town when this begins).
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
I'm in as soon as I get home. I am on my way, probably four more days before I am there.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 26, 2012 - 10:44pm PT
So, when we each report our bird, we need to id the bird and the location, correct?

Maybe what we can do is two Big Years: One for backyard (or very near) birds, and one for birds away from the home. Thoughts?
Studly

Trad climber
WA
Feb 26, 2012 - 11:54pm PT
The movie has a all star cast of funny people
Jack Black
Owen Wilson
Steve Martin
John Cleese
Brian Dennehy
Anjelica Huston
and more.

You're not supposed to annouce you're having a Big Year remember!
john hansen

climber
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:02am PT
I have been trying to rent that movie for the last two weeks, cant wait to see it.
I agree with crimpie there should be an alternate list of all birds seen on any trip any where,, think we could reach 1000? I bet all of us together might only make 500..

Birding is hard work, but a lot of fun.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:09am PT
Calls have to be countenanced. How else ya gonna tell a Cassin's from a
Botteri's sparrow, to mention a few? Besides, for us visually challenged
it wouldn't be fair otherwise, would it?
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:14am PT
I really like the idea, but do most of my birding on my bike ride to work. I don't see much variety around the home feeders (chickadees, finches, juncos, phoebes, warblers, nuttall's woodpeckers, nut hatches, doves, jays, sparrows, and an occasional cooper's hawk, so wouldn't do too well if limited to that.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:26am PT
I love it. You all in the south have an advantage, although coastal Alaska might put up a fight.

But I'm with Reilly about songs, and it should be within bicycling distance, i.e. you count if you got there by bicycle from your house. That opens it up a bit. I still think we're f*#ked here in Seattle. Whatever you all come up with is a great idea.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:35am PT
I'm in with whatever rules are settled upon. I will be traveling during some crucial local breeding season dates, so an additional overall list would also be desirable to me, too.

Edit: Darwin, you have some pretty good local habitat, so no sympathy for you.
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2012 - 09:52am PT
OK another revision.

Pedal power is a good thing too! So any birds you see from your house via foot or bike. If you left your house got in your car and drove to the end of your driveway, got on your bike and then saw an Ivory Billed Woodpecker, it would not count.

For those who are talented enough, songs count as well.

This puts RockerMike in the game.

Starts this Thursday 3/1/12

In so far....

Christa/ Prod
Crimpie/ Brass
Bergbryce?
Silver
Locker
Dee Dee
Willoughby
Rocker Mike
Steve W
Cyndiebransford
Studly? Good point, I'm not actualy participating, I'm just helping organize....
John Hansen
Reilly, OK calls can count.
Jbaker, biking counts.
Darwin is in. Just don't get hit by a car while you are looking through binos, I couldn't take the irony with your name and all.
Tony
Riley.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 27, 2012 - 10:12am PT
And two lists....pleeeeeeaaase?
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:04am PT
-Bird sitings must be seen while on foot or bike from your home.
I can bike to Texas and get another 200!!

I'm not in unless this is a little more structured.

I liked it better when it was just From Your House, meaning you can look across the street with your binocs, but can't set foot off your property.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:41am PT
I still think we're f*#ked here in Seattle.

Why is that? Are there typically fewer species of birds in the Seattle area than elsewhere?

I'm not a birder the way many of you are, although I do enjoy eating them from time to time, but our new house is right across the steet from a big (as in a mile long) park that is apparently popular with birders, and there is also a big swath of trees on the other side of the house.

If this contest was limited to birds seen either from your house, or while walking from your house, and if I actually knew anything about birds, I'd probably have a chance to win.

Right now there are plenty of little brown birds in the yard, and a couple of days ago a crew of Steller's Jays moved in.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:43am PT
a couple of days ago a crew of Steller's Jays moved in

Well, there goes the neighborhood!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:52am PT
Well, there goes the neighborhood!

I think that happened when we moved in. The Jays are the second wave.
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2012 - 11:59am PT
Ghost,

I know very little about birds other than you have to lead quail a hell of a lot further than pheasant. So I'm using this as a chance to learn about the birds we get around our house. You ought to join in.

Dr F.,

I think it is staying within the spirit of enjoying the out doors to say if you leave your property via foot or bike then any birds you see can be counted. If you want to ride to Texas to get another 200 birds, then I say good for you!!!

Crimps,

1 list to keep it simple, but I'm sure we would all be interested in hearing about your other sitings.

Prod.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 12:07pm PT
Well count me in.

I doubt I will go all out, since I could bike many places if I really wanted too and rake up the numbers, but won't, since I'm a Retired Bird Counter.

Once you reach the upper reaches of what is left to check off, you lose the passion. There are only about 3 birds left for me in California, except vagrants. Its like having done every route on Tahquitz, there is no reason to go there anymore.

BUT!!
Count Me in for getting others excited and keeping up the Enthusiasm levels!!!!

Todd Battey (itodd) is a big Birder, he is up around 550 or higher.
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
I assume that anyone participationg in this would have good enough notes
or memories to be able to split things up into any number of lists.
As near-constant feedback and updates occur (what I would expect) people
will naturally be asking each other the particulars (was that on a bike
ride, or in your yard, or in your neighborhood, etc.)
How else is it going to grow into the multiple thousands of posts?

Maybe this will be the year I finally see the Townsend's Solitaire and
Swainson's Thrush that I've heard in my yard for eight years now.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:42pm PT
I like the bike rule! It's a nice ride to the back bay in Newport.

If it was just the yard, 30-40 would be about max.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:45pm PT
Bingo! Actually he's in my neighbor's yard but I 'got' him from mine.

"RAIN SUCKS!" - 'Green-backed Lesser Goldfinch
"RAIN SUCKS!" - 'Green-backed Lesser Goldfinch
Credit: Reilly
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Feb 27, 2012 - 01:52pm PT
Prod, So... is there a limit to miles away from your home by bike?.....Less than 10, 15, 20.. miles?...or does it not matter...

edit: Monrovia - Reilly... hehe, I live across the street from the park, and it's 11, miles to the end of the road.......I am a shitty birder, but i got a new pair of bino's from Timid, no scope, no camera no tripod.....


Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
Nita,

As far as you would like to ride
.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 02:07pm PT
But, Nita, ya gotta factor in the carrying of a tripod, scope, binos, two
camera bodies, a 300mm lens, and a 600mm. That means I might make it to
the park three blocks away.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 02:10pm PT
Do I get to Count the Cherry-Headed (aka Red-Masked) Conures that I can see from my yard?

Credit: Dr. F.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 02:22pm PT
Only if I can count my Bulbuls!

Credit: Reilly
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 27, 2012 - 02:35pm PT
When one of my neighbor's white pigeons ( they work as "doves" at weddings, funerals, etc ) gets eaten by a Kestrel or something, does that turn it from domestic to wild for accounting purposes?

This happens all the time, and it's damned impressive to see.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 03:17pm PT
I'll play. I ride 4-5 times a week, so this should be fun. Have to remember to throw the bino's in the kit.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Feb 27, 2012 - 03:27pm PT
Chaz no need for the quotes bro, doves ARE pigeons.

DMT
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Feb 27, 2012 - 03:35pm PT
Thanks, Mr Milktoast.

Even though that cuts my bird count in half, it's always a good day when I learn something.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 27, 2012 - 03:38pm PT
Even better Chaz...they are Rock Doves! :)
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Feb 27, 2012 - 03:40pm PT
I will join in as a novice, and seek guidance on specific IDs. I was good at identifying Hawaiian Honeycreeper varieties by sight and sound in 1995 for my job, but have virtually zero birding experience since then. My balcony is a pretty spot to hang out looking for birds.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 03:50pm PT
The rules should include Counting established Breeding exotics
Starlings are no biggy, right?, then why not House Sparrows, Pigeons, Bulbuls, Peafowl and Red Masked Conures!!!

There is an Official List of American Birds.
http://www.aou.org/checklist/north/full.php

The rules of this contest should accept any bird on the American Bird list, and which includes all the birds above, and more.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 03:56pm PT
You can't enjoy bird watching Without binoculars and a Field Guide.

That's what most people don't get, Its Not until you look through the binoculars and see the close up details can you really appreciate it.

And without a guide, you have no idea what it is, and no way to separate it from other similar birds.

The guide helps you remember what birds you've seen before, because you checked it off. The maps let you know if its a possible sighting, or if your way off, and another bird with the right map is probably the bird you viewed.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 27, 2012 - 04:23pm PT
I think all those birds are in Dr. F. I think Prod just wanted to avoid situations where I go in my bird's room in my house and "ID" a flock of Lilac Crowned Amazons (although they are listed in the Kaufmann guide).
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2012 - 07:19pm PT
There is an Official List of American Birds.
http://www.aou.org/checklist/north/full.php

The rules of this contest should accept any bird on the American Bird list, and which includes all the birds above, and more.

Agreed and thanks for the check list.

Crimpie is correct, their pets do not count. But if you see a domesticated in the out of doors that is not yours, I'd say it counts.

Prod.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 27, 2012 - 07:36pm PT
Yes, the same rules as the book. Reproducing domesticated.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 27, 2012 - 07:49pm PT
I'm gonna glue some paper wings on my cat and go out back of the house , huck him in the air and take a pic.

Bird fer sure. Snicker. ha.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
Reproducing domesticated.
No!!
That would be chickens, white ducks in the cement lined pond, and Tami's Cat

Only the ones on the list
Check.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 27, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
Hey ! Ripoff !!!! :-D HAHAAH!!!!
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 27, 2012 - 08:20pm PT
barn owl
barn owl
Credit: manzanita man

do i qualify? this is on my property and i have hours of video of up to 3 owls in this hole. there is a honey bee hive within 5 feet of this hole and can see bees flying by in the videos.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 27, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
That would be a catbird Tami. It's legit. :)
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Feb 27, 2012 - 09:02pm PT
manzanita man, can we see some of the video ?
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 09:08pm PT
manzanita man
If you see the same bird on March 1,
then you have a count of 1

Who ever has the highest count on Feb 28 2013 Wins
john hansen

climber
Feb 27, 2012 - 10:36pm PT
Although the Big Island of Hawaii is a great place to live, there are hardly any endemic birds around my house. I see I'o's , the Hawaiian hawk.
And once in a while a Peuo , the Hawaiian owl.
I can pretty much list the ones I will see already..

Wild Turkey
Myna
Melodious Laughing thrush
Kalij pheasant
Cardinal
Rice birds
Cattle egret
Hybrid Mallard
Japanese White eye
There are two types of doves but not sure what exact kind they are,, will have to check.
And that is about it.

All introduced birds.. that is one thing I do miss about the Main land. So much more diversity.

Looking forward to all your list's.

So.... does a Harley count as a bike? :)


Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 27, 2012 - 10:46pm PT
So.... does a Harley count as a bike? :)

Didn't they make a kids peddle bike in the 50's. That one would count.

BTW, Join in, who cares what your count is.

Prod.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 27, 2012 - 10:57pm PT
All those exotic Hawaiian birds are on the American List, so count away!!

No Motorbikes allowed
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 27, 2012 - 11:16pm PT
I now have angry birds advertised on this page. Much better than the endless "go back to school and get your criminal justice degree" ad!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 28, 2012 - 02:10am PT


Ghost:
Why is that? Are there typically fewer species of birds in the Seattle area than elsewhere?

I was thinking of "the latitudinal gradient in species diversity", the idea that localities at lower latitudes generally have more species than localities at higher latitudes.
See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latitudinal_gradients_in_species_diversity

I was making fun of Seattleite's bizzare self-iamge as living at the northern limit of habitable North America (e.g."upper left corner"). That irritated my friends when I lived in Fairbanks, and I can only imagine what it does to the even more irritable Vancouverites.

WRT # species: Living near large bodies of salt and fresh water is going to be a distinct advantage though, and I should quit my whinging.


And Tami I have two cats that look really different from each other.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 02:48am PT
OK, it's set. I'll have to go out Thursday and sift through these gull hordes along a mile of shoreline to see if I can eke out any Glaucous, Slaty-backed or Iceland Gulls to get off to a good start.
Gulls feasting on Herring eggs, Pt. Richmond, CA February 2012
Gulls feasting on Herring eggs, Pt. Richmond, CA February 2012
Credit: Tony

Edit: Darwin, that is funny. I hadn't heard about the Seattle self-image as the Northern Frontier.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 02:56am PT
When there was an Alameda County, CA Big Year a couple of years back, everyone was supposed to report their lists each month to the compiler to produce a running leaderboard. Prod, would that be you? I found it unfair that a couple of dark-horses submitted totals starting in the last couple of months that bumped me even further down the list. Also, I guess it would be sporting to report any rarities right away for those in the same area.
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 28, 2012 - 09:22am PT
Hey Tony,

I should be able to put together a spread sheet pretty easily. So yes I'll tally the numbers.

Cheers,

Prod.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 28, 2012 - 10:16am PT
nita: i have the videos on my computer but dont know how to do anything with

them. i set up my camera from around 140 feet away and walk away and let

the owls do their thing.some of the videos are over 1/2 hour. i would like to

cut them up to 5 minute parts but dont know how. can you help?



dr.f: they nest there every year so i should start seeing them in march.

manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 28, 2012 - 10:28am PT
"So.... does a Harley count as a bike? :)"

i saw what you did.

i was just trying to be funny. should i have put it in blue so you would understand?
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Feb 28, 2012 - 11:38am PT
Manzanita man.. I don't know how.........

......Somebody here on the taco... can probably help you with your owl video....... .
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 28, 2012 - 12:52pm PT
I was making fun of Seattleite's bizzare self-iamge as living at the northern limit of habitable North America (e.g."upper left corner"). That irritated my friends when I lived in Fairbanks, and I can only imagine what it does to the even more irritable Vancouverites.

Vancouverites irritable? Nah. Never happen. They're all mellow, eh?

But there is a really weird geographic reversal between Vancouver and Seattle. I lived much of my adult life in Vancouver, which is in the area referred to by Canadians as Southwestern BC. Then I moved 100 miles further south, and suddenly I was living in "the Pacific Northwest."

Lots of birds around, although I have no idea about names and species and sub-species and sub-sub-species. My classification of birds is into two groups: those to be eaten, and those to be just looked at. It seems bizarre to me to have contests based on the number of birds seen in a specific time period, but I do like looking at bird pictures, and will take part as a non-competing participant.

It's not quite March 1 yet, but here's a bird I saw while out for a walk not too long ago.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Feb 28, 2012 - 01:00pm PT
am walk this morning yelded english sparrows MAKING nests, while a very light snow was falling lol, plus starlings, white crowned sparrows, a downey woodpecker, eurasion collared doves, mourning doves....
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Feb 28, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
David what the hell in a handbasket IS that thing ? It looks like a mutant mynah........


I"m so very much IN for this. And if I use my cat , it will be obvious c'os it's the furry bird with the paper wings.


This isn't the southwest or the northwest it's the LEFT COAST.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 01:15pm PT
Tami,
We'll count yer frikken kat with whatever kinda wings as long as you don't
use it for taking specimens, mkay?

I'm off to pedal down to the beach to try and catch me a gander at some
Buff-breasted Bedthrashers.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 28, 2012 - 01:26pm PT
I'm off to pedal down to the beach to try and catch me a gander at some Buff-breasted Bedthrashers.

When I was pedaling along the beach this morning I caught a gander at some ganders.

Okay, I didn't do an actual peek-under-the-tail check, but they were in pairs, so I'm assuming half were ganders.

David what the hell in a handbasket IS that thing ? It looks like a mutant mynah........

You're closer than you think. In fact I posted that pic in a bird thread a couple of years ago and somebody finally identified it. I thought it was okay to repost in this thread, because I did see it while out on a walk.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 01:30pm PT
Prod,

I have a simple spreadsheet that I use for year, trip, yard lists that I could send to you to see if it works. I'm sure others have more sophisticated versions. I don't mean to try to just dump the task on you, though. Of course, everyone could just take care of their own, then post results from time to time.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 01:32pm PT
I'm sure others have more sophisticated versions.

Ya mean like waterproof bumwipe?
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 02:09pm PT
Reilly,

Yes something like that. That is why I haven't managed to get together an accurate life list for NA or world sightings, since many were done without any kind of decent record-keeping. I'll probably have to be satisfied with the ones for which I have photos with dates.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 28, 2012 - 03:59pm PT
nita: here is a video. it took awhile but i figured it out.


[youtube=http://youtu.be/iRC4f1o7sgM]
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Feb 28, 2012 - 06:06pm PT
Manzanita Man, Very cool home...Nice to see an owl nesting in it's real habitat. Do you get a good view of the babies when the eggs hatch?....I hope Ma & Pa return this March..That barn owl is so Zen, standing on one leg and bees buzzing....

ps..Hey...quit coughing...

Thanks..(-;


Prod, i think i'm in. .....that is.. if i can talk Timid into joining, he's the real birder.

Hey, Miss Christa....
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 28, 2012 - 07:32pm PT
sorry about the coughing. that was my brother. he passed away from lung cancer a couple of months after this video was shot. he liked watching the owls.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 28, 2012 - 08:06pm PT
i dont get a good view when they are very young because the nest is deep in

that hole. i have seen them when they start to learn how to fly. one year,

i was working in my shop[which is about 150' from that nest] and i heard a

bluebird making a bunch of racket and when i looked in that direction, i

saw 2 wings sticking out from either side of a pine tree about 6 feet up. i

thought it was a hawk on the backside of that tree. as i watched, it jumped

to the ground. i thought the hawk had some prey and was eating in on the

ground. i snuck up on it and got to the backside of that tree without any

bird flying away and when i peaked around the tree, this baby owl was

staring up at me. it was its first time out of the nest and trying to fly.

Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 28, 2012 - 08:55pm PT
One More Day until the start.

March 1, 2012
Then we can start the count.

I suggest that all the participants log in sporadically and post their counts.
With additional information on notable sitings.

Prod. are you going to keep the official counts for us?
I hope so, and I am totally psyched Now!!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 09:21pm PT
manzanita man,

Sorry to hear about your brother. That resonates with me as a good friend of my wife died last year from ovarian cancer. In her final months one of her small pleasures was watching this Bald Eagle nest cam: Decorah Eagles
It is up again this year. It includes an IR camera so you can see what goes on at night!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 28, 2012 - 09:26pm PT

Hey Prod
Why can't I drive down to the San Luis Valley to watch the cranes migrate
and get them on my list? ???????
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 28, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
thanks tony.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Feb 28, 2012 - 10:31pm PT
Manzanita man, dang... I feel like such a turd. i am so sorry......i didn't expect to hear that story about your brother, i thought you had a cold... ..Sincere condolences for loosing your brother.. )-:

ps...cool story about the baby barn owl..

Saludos...
nita..

edit: You changed the music...I Love Stacey Earle! and the song...The tears that she cries..

edit: If you want, you can put the video on the bird thread too.


Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 28, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
Prod. are you going to keep the official counts for us?
I hope so, and I totally psyched Now!!

Got it covered.

Hey Prod
Why can't I drive down to the San Luis Valley to watch the cranes migrate
and get them on my list? ???????

You can ride a bike there, and it would count. Sounds like an awesome trip to me.

Prod.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 28, 2012 - 11:15pm PT
We could do this list that Prod wants (and will be great fun) AND we could start a new thread - the big big bird thread - and count ALL birds we see from March 1 for the year on it if there is demand. I just don't want the political posters here on the topo complaining about too many bird thread on supertopo. :)
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Feb 28, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Saw a golden eagle seconds before i got pulled over by a NHP north of Ely......Was going to share my sighting with the NHP but was affraid i'd get Tazed....NHP told me to turn my lights on...No ticket...Saw one more golden near Wells...
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Feb 28, 2012 - 11:49pm PT
"Don't taze me for birding bro!"
Lokesh

Mountain climber
Big Bear California
Feb 29, 2012 - 01:38am PT
On my way to Crystal Mountain Washington for a Ski Patrol Clinic...I'm...
On my way to Crystal Mountain Washington for a Ski Patrol Clinic...I'm living in my Truck...so I hope this counts... Ibis in flight at Calusa National Wild Life Refuge north of Sacramento this morning.
Credit: Lokesh
Ibis at Calusa NWR this morning
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 29, 2012 - 01:47am PT
-Bird sitings must be seen while on foot or bike from your home.

Think globally, act locally - in action. Unlike so many other things we do, often semi-competitively, you don't have to travel anywhere or buy anything that you don't already, to participate.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 29, 2012 - 07:39am PT
I flew to DC yesterday morning (in a plane - haha). On the flight was a movie: The Big Year! As excellent as I'd hoped. I'll watch it again when I get home with BN.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 29, 2012 - 09:03am PT

Let's do Crimpie's BIG YEAR!!!!!!
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 29, 2012 - 10:42am PT
nita: dont feel bad, you didnt know. i used that song because it was on the list of songs on youtube and i didnt know how to change it to "Hotel California".
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol
Feb 29, 2012 - 10:47am PT
Seems like the time period should end on November 22nd at Turkey Fest.

=-)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 29, 2012 - 11:16am PT
Prod; thanks for keeping the list!!!!!!!
Even with such a sweet and responsible crowd
it will probably be a lot of work.
You said
Darwin is in. Just don't get hit by a car while you are looking through binos, I couldn't take the irony with your name and all.

You hit the nail right on the head. I'm still working on rehab from my first major surgery back in October that resulted from a mountain bike crash while on an approach to a climb in the N. Cascades. This is after climbing and biking since the 60s.


What I can't count.

It's funny I was staying at home taking care of a sick cat
the day after the Supertopo big year got brought up and mistook the starting date.
So, I made a point of noting down all the feeder birds.
It was a good day at the feeder and hasn't been repeated since.

don't count: too early
Mon Feb 27 09:31:47 PST 2012, feeder
Oregon Junco,
House Finch,
Yellow Rump (pale 1st year)
Black Capped Chickadee
Bewicks Wren
Starling
Bush Tits
Pine Siskins
Northern Flicker

I swear that's 75% of the backyard birds that
I get over the course of the year, and there
have been almost zilch since then.
These were at the feeder not out in the yard,
so that explains the lack of ubiquitous Robins and Crows.

Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Feb 29, 2012 - 11:19am PT
this am i saw only starlings and very cold looking collared and mour ning doves,, that were gripping tightly the power lines in the horizontal snow....
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Feb 29, 2012 - 07:11pm PT
1 more day bump.

Prod.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Feb 29, 2012 - 07:22pm PT
nita and I are in but I have to say it's killing me as I have a 2012 list way ahead of previous years and a cumulative yard list that has some great stuff.

After midnight if I get up to pee I'll be listening for any of our three resident owls in the hood (barn, great horned and W screech).

Bird on!
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Feb 29, 2012 - 07:53pm PT
timid: do you still live in paradise? if so, do you know scott and tracy? own the movie theater, scott was/is mayor?
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Feb 29, 2012 - 10:51pm PT
An early estimate of what my count should be, without too much trouble is 114.
I will shoot for that, and add bonus points if I can go over that number, or be penalized heavily if I score lower.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 29, 2012 - 11:27pm PT
Looks like y'all are going all rules'n'regulations here. Cutoff dates. Distance from home. Official this. Official that. Like a f*#king golf match or something.

But wait a minute... If this is turning into a contest with official rules and referees, and sh#t, then I claim the right to a handicap. (And no smartass comments from Tami about my handicaps are needed here.)

It's like this: If one of you hardcore birders (Dr. F, or Crimpie or whomever) was a hardcore golfer, and you challenged someone to a golf match, within two seconds you'd be discussing handicap, right? So for someone like Dr. F (who says he's almost certain to score 114) to compete against me (who goes down to the farmer's market to score a chicken once in a while) on any fair basis requires that I be given a handicap of... oh, I reckon somewhere around 113.

Y'all down with that?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 1, 2012 - 01:35am PT
Uh, hate to break it to ya bra but yer handicap has to be demonstrated or
otherwise verified. You can submit a statement from Tami, or a reliable
witness, as to your various handicapable detriments including, but not
limited to, deafness, blindness, dumbness, dumbazzness, indifference, dyslexia,
and inability to play well with others. Other suitable detrimants will also
be considered if verified.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 1, 2012 - 02:15am PT
then I claim the right to a handicap.


Neighbourhood cats living in David's area are all gonna be sproutin' glued on paper wings in the next 12 months.

I say that ANY "Furry Winged THing" submitted by our David here should be null & void.

He lives cyclin' distance from the sea AND over 10,000'. Okay so Mt's Baker & Rainier are a pretty burly cycle but, hey.........suck it up big guy.


Get Birding.


:-D


I'm openin' a can of birdin' whupass here .


Big stinky statement from someone with glue an' paper and TWO CATS, eh?!!?!?!?


Wheeeeee!!!!!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 1, 2012 - 07:22am PT
I'm still out of town, but I can envision 1,000s of birds at my back porch feeder starting to show up RIGHT NOW!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 1, 2012 - 09:25am PT

I wanna see Tami's bird!!!!! (no, don't give me the bird)!
Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 1, 2012 - 09:25am PT
Hey Ghost,

You were/ are a golfer? So then you know...

The first liar always loses.
And he beat me on the first tee.

All in all I'd say the rules and regs are more so just guide lines. It's not like there is a lot at steak here. Unless of course you LIE or BREAK a RULE, then you'll be stuck living with the fact that you are a cheater.

1 fricking bird at the feeder this morning! Had to take a pic as I'll have to figure out what it is later.

Cheers, and good luck!

Prod.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 1, 2012 - 09:28am PT
Okay, 06:27 on 1 March. Still too dark to see anything except the silhouettes of the trees in the yard, but I can hear the first bird chirping.

Game on, and one for me!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 1, 2012 - 09:50am PT
I might not have been able to see that first bird chirping this morning, but there's enough light now to identify this guy:
Second bird of the day! Am I on a roll, or what?
Second bird of the day! Am I on a roll, or what?
Credit: Ghost
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:44am PT
No Handicaps!

We will be unofficially divided into divisions:
Beginner, Novice, Expert

And geography:
Good, Medium, Bad; for the possible number of species near their home.


I doubt I will win, there are many experts here with way more time and enthusiasm than me. I sit around and type on computers, drive around and test air pollution or play with cactuses most my waking hours.

But if you only can get 30 birds, its not that you aren't a good birder. Its Because you don't live in an area with 114 species within biking distance!!

I can bike to the Rocky shore, the sandy beaches, lagoons, the Back Bay, forested parks and chaparral covered local hills.

I think that this can really be fun for everyone, No matter your count, the challenge of siting every possible bird you could see within the boundaries of biking distance will be a great adventure!!

I'm already at 12, but I couldn't check off the unidentified Gull flying over my house, I will have to relearn all my gulls again.
Yea!!
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:57am PT
You GO Gull !!!!!






















YEah. Sorry.


Nice duck Dave.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 1, 2012 - 01:41pm PT
I woke up to heavy rain, foiling my plan to get off to a running start. So far only five species viewed from the balcony. Of course Western Scrub-jay was #1 as the resident pair came for their daily peanuts.

Edit: I think Dr. F is sandbagging us and expects to get 200+
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 1, 2012 - 03:06pm PT
Edit: I think Dr. F is sandbagging us and expects to get 200+

Then I'm boosting my handicap to 199!
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 1, 2012 - 04:57pm PT
I'm on the board. I got one.





Big Year coming!

I'm only going to count the ones I get pictures of. I don't know the names of most of the birds around here, and I have to have photos of them anyway to compare with the pics in the book when I try to identify them.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 1, 2012 - 06:32pm PT
Hey Prod,

Can you recap the guidelines? I got lost at some point.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Mar 1, 2012 - 06:32pm PT
redtail hawk
redtail hawk
Credit: manzanita man


Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 1, 2012 - 07:10pm PT



Credit: Darwin

Did I beat Tami to it, and how many does this count for? I hope a lot, 'cause I saw 1 crow on property today, that's all, and almost nothing on the bike ride into work. But, it was kind of neat that there was a Barrow's Goldeneye in the slough at the Union Bay Fill, so that was a treat even if it wasn't big numbers. Yesterday there were 19 Blue Herons in a row in the space of about 20 yards at the Fill.

Explanation: We use old calendars for wrapping.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Mar 1, 2012 - 07:45pm PT
owl nest
owl nest
Credit: manzanita man


no owls yet.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 1, 2012 - 09:47pm PT
The weather cleared in the afternoon, so I went out for a couple of hours along the shoreline and the nearby park and got up to 50 species. This seemed pretty good except that is probably 80% of the species one can reasonably expect to find around here within walking distance. It's not too good for nesting passerines, so it looks like I will have to be biking it. The best bird of the day was a Green Heron followed by a Sharp-shinned Hawk.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:11pm PT
Tony is Way Ahead Already!!

Prod, we need to start the official count

Maybe you can provide an excel spreadsheet that we can fill out and send in sporadically as we can accumulate our numbers.
To keep the format consistent.

Also, we need another list of the rules for Stalh bro, I guess he hasn't figured out how to go to page 1.

And maybe a list of Active Participants.


Note: Anyone can join in at any time!!
You will just lose those days from the year start, since the ending will be Feb 28, 2013 for all Participants.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:14pm PT
- Bird sightings must be seen while on foot or bike from your home.
 Sighting can include call/songs.
 Pictures are an added bonus and should be posted, but we all believe in integrity so this is based on your word and logs.
 Whoever sees the most birds wins the admiration of the rest of us.

OK, I already sighted 1,123 species, while sitting at my computer. Where can I get my prize?

ps Let me know if you want the photos and recordings - sure is a lot of bird stuff on line. I got 634 species right here on SuperTopo!

Edit: And my feet were on the ground the whole time!
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:19pm PT
I don't think you're allowed to sit, unless you're sitting on a bicycle.

That's how I read it, anyway.
john hansen

climber
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:20pm PT
This place is going to the Birds...



Rented the movie last night,, I thought it was pretty good. We used to do big days and get 120 or so.
I liked the part where Owen Wilson was suspected of inflating his count but he really had the integrity when it came down to it..

some where around 275 life time..


Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:25pm PT
Sightings
Sitings

I sensed something was wrong there, but I didn't catch it, and instead used sitings over and over again!!

Where were the Spelling Police???
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
I had about 1/2 hour of daylight on my ride home. Birds seemed to be still sheltering from the storm, but I managed to get a few:
Canada Goose
Mallard
Black Phoebe
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Crow
Double-breasted Cormorant
American Coot
Pie-billed Grebe
Common Golden Eye
Western Grebe
?? Scaup
Dark-eyed Junco
A domestic duck hanging out with the Mallards (I know it doesn't count).

I'm just a novice, and am sure I won't win, but it is fun to start working on a list. I'm paying more attention and am more bothered I couldn't id the sparrows or gulls than I would have been on Feb 29.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:33pm PT
Well done.
Do you have a bird guide?
if not, you need one to ID the sparrows and gulls
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 1, 2012 - 11:48pm PT
Dr F.

Not to worry. I saw most of the species that are regular now. It will be slow going from here, especially when spring is full force. We don't have a ton of nesting passerines here. I will have to be diligent during migration, I think. The wintering aquatic birds are the strong suit here.

jbaker, You are in a pretty good spot for wintering birds. Check out the water treatment ponds at Redwood Shores. That is a great place to look at shorebirds, ducks and gulls at short range. There are Black Skimmers there, too!
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 2, 2012 - 02:25am PT
Just got home yesterday afternoon after being away more than six months. The bird feeders are buried under snow. We had record snow fall this winter. Who knew? I had to dig for hours yesterday just to get a spot big enough to get the truck off the road and tunneled my way to the front door.
Today on my way back and forth carrying loads of gear from the camper to the house I saw:
Common Raven, American Crow and a Bald Eagle.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 2, 2012 - 10:09am PT
Where were the Spelling Police???

I think they're on vacation as yesterday I got an email flouting a trip to
the Rio Grande delta with a famous photog where we would likely see, among
others, "Crested Baracaras"!

Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 2, 2012 - 07:55pm PT
This is awesome, we, ok some of you are off to a great start. StahlBro, did you get the recap from our Canuck friend up thread?

I'm slammed with work, but here is my plan.

Sunday is paperwork day, Hate it. I'll knock out a spreadsheet and provide tallies of who is currently on and what their count is. I will also provide a link to the spreadsheet for details of who saw what.

I am looking forward to this!!!

Prod.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Mar 2, 2012 - 10:48pm PT
I started on Halloween and have #118

:)


The BIRD thread on ST rules
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 2, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
For Amusement Purposes Only!!
Slator, I'm going to pass your count, siting from my home, and sitting on my chase lounge!!

You better get crackin.
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Mar 2, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
Tony:

Yes, I'm in a good spot. On my ride home last night, I went past the waterways and sloughs around Oracle, and this morning took the bikepath along Bair Island. Lots of shorebirds. I'm hoping to get out to the treatment ponds and the radio tower this weekend.

I live in Oak/Bay Laurel woodland, so should be able to get the local finches, jays, woodpeckers, doves, etc. tomorrow. I haven't been home during the daylight since the start of this.

Dr F.: Yes, I've got Sibley's. I can identify the super-common stuff, but have a lot to learn.

Joe
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Mar 2, 2012 - 11:17pm PT
Dr. F

ha ha right on!

Man I'm spinning my wheels down here.
But just wait baby...

something's bound to change!

But until then I'm just watching the locals fly by.

Enjoy the view
Tobia

Social climber
GA
Mar 3, 2012 - 09:47am PT
Any recommendations on binoculars? Magnification and brand (best pricing for $)?
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 3, 2012 - 11:48am PT
Dr,

There was so much discussion on the "rules" (guidelines really) I didn't know where they ended up. But thanks for sharing ;-)

Got started this morning in the yard. 15 so far.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 3, 2012 - 11:52am PT
You need two pairs
The good ones 10 X 50

and a light weight pair for travel, 8 X 30 or something
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 3, 2012 - 11:58am PT
I have a Bushnell travel pair that is pretty good 8X32, 365 @ 1,000 yards. Pretty compact.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 3, 2012 - 01:47pm PT

A cool article in today's Denver Post about research on a little
known bird, done by Coloradoans. . .

http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_20092428
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 3, 2012 - 02:50pm PT
Re Binoculars: I've been very very happy with my Brunton, Echo 1042 10x42. They are waterproof, padded "full size", but I carry them in my bike paniers all the time (except when the perfect rare birds show up, then I don't have them). They are quite a bit less expensive ($200 ish) than the top end ones and I really can't tell the differences between the top end ones that I've borrowed. I also don't like the pressure that carrying around $1000+ of glass around my neck instills.

I used the mini compact ones for years and sometimes still do in remote situations, but they are so much less pleasant and more difficult to use due to the lack of light gathering and narrower angle of view(?).

Re the big year. It's been pretty dead around my yard compared to a week ago. High points: On my bike ride into work, my first and only raptor so far was a Bald Eagle, but even on bike they are lying low or I'm not seeing them. I'm keeping my list at
http://173.160.158.251/postings/stby
if anyone is interested. Although Connie Sidles saw a Brwon Creeper at the Union Bay Fill (I didin't), so I'm hoping. Connie says:
"Any day you see a Brown Creeper is a good day"


I kind of thought
http://www.supertopo.com/climbing/thread.php?topic_id=1762186&tn=118
would generate some interest ;-)

Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 3, 2012 - 03:28pm PT
Prod,

What format is easiest for you to use?

In a column like this:
Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
...

Or listed with tabs or commas in between:
Canada Goose,American Wigeon, Mallard, Greater Scaup, Lesser Scaup, Surf Scoter, Bufflehead, Common Goldeneye, Common Merganser

Thanks again for taking this on.

By the way I'm up to 63 species after two days. I imagine I will plateau by about a week, then watch others catch up and pass me.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Mar 3, 2012 - 03:53pm PT
Lots of LBBs (little brown birds) in the trees outside the window today. Except some of them are mostly yellow. And kind of acrobatic, too, what with hanging upside down on little branches apparently just for the fun of it.
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 3, 2012 - 04:03pm PT
must feed the birds
must feed the birds
Credit: cyndiebransford
Swam my way through five feet snow drifts to get to the bird feeders yesterday and fill them. No birds showing up yet. I have been gone for six months it may take a while for them to figure out that the food is back.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 3, 2012 - 05:46pm PT
Thanks for the photo Cyndie! Where are you in Alaska? Last I noticed you were in Portland. Did you drive up? I'm still haunted from many years back by the songs of the many different thrushes out in Prince William Sound. I lived in Fairbanks for a bit, but the snow in your photo looks heavier than interior snow.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Mar 3, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
canadian geese
canadian geese
Credit: manzanita man

these canadian geese are heading north x north east[ towards reno, nevada from where i am]. last week i saw a large group heading in the same direction. every year in the past, they were heading straight north[towards auburn, ca.] any ideas behind the change in direction?

towards the pines is north.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Mar 3, 2012 - 07:34pm PT
add kingbird and redtail hawks to the tally.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 3, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
Today's yard count:

House finch
Purple finch
California Towee
Scrub Jay
Morning Dove
Great Horned owl
Lesser Goldfinch (green backed)
White Crowned Sparrow
Acorn Woodpecker
Savannah Sparrow
Anna's Hummer
Northern Mockingbird
Song Sparrow
Red-tailed Hawk
Spotted Towee
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 3, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Darwin,
I live on the Kenai Peninsula. It has been a record breaking snow year here. We usually wouldn't have this much snow. I did drive from and to Alaska. We drove down in August, my son got married in Napa, California at the end of September. Then we decided to visit family and revisit some of the places we love in the lower 48 states. We started the drive from Portland, Oregon on the 21st of February and got back on the 29th.
I am looking forward to counting and seeing some local birds soon.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 3, 2012 - 09:53pm PT
Here is my count to date. Sorry the following ones will be short. All have been from the house or on foot within about 2 miles in Pt. Richmond.

Canada Goose
American Wigeon
Mallard
Greater Scaup
Lesser Scaup
Surf Scoter
Bufflehead
Common Goldeneye
Common Merganser
Red-breasted Merganser
Ruddy Duck
Wild Turkey
Pied-billed Grebe
Horned Grebe
Eared Grebe
Western Grebe
Clark's Grebe
Brown Pelican
Double-crested Cormorant
Pelagic Cormorant
Snowy Egret
Green Heron
Black-crowned Night-Heron
Turkey Vulture
White-tailed Kite
Sharp-shinned Hawk
Cooper's Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
American Coot
Black-bellied Plover
Black Oystercatcher
Willet
Spotted Sandpiper
Least Sandpiper
Mew Gull
Ring-billed Gull
California Gull
Herring Gull
Thayer's Gull
Western Gull
Glaucous-winged Gull
Forster's Tern
Rock Pigeon
Mourning Dove
Anna's Hummingbird
Black Phoebe
Western Scrub-Jay
American Crow
Common Raven
Chestnut-backed Chickadee
Bushtit
Bewick's Wren
Western Bluebird
Hermit Thrush
American Robin
Northern Mockingbird
European Starling
Yellow-rumped Warbler
California Towhee
Fox Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Red-winged Blackbird
Western Meadowlark
House Finch

Total =65
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 3, 2012 - 09:58pm PT
I'm at 66!!!!
Condor 65 and Merlin 66.


No, kidding, I'm only at 13 now, Lesser Golfdfinch
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2012 - 11:44am PT
Tony,

It's lucky that I know you're a total sweetheart, else I might think you were trying to discourage the competition by getting so far ahead and getting us to give up. Hey, just to prove to all that you are awesomely magnanimous, can you remind me what you use to distinguish between greater and lesser scaups, especially from a distance?


I'm trying to pay some local "real birder" for an emergency "Oh no, not gulls" class, but so far no luck. ;-)
And finally re Western Bluebird and Hermit Thrush :!great envy.
Abenda

climber
Mar 4, 2012 - 11:50am PT
I got the crows digging in the trash outside my window. Big a$$ NW crows. Tearing it up.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 4, 2012 - 11:50am PT
Point of clarification...

Are we competing against one another? Or is this a group effort where we all list our birds and Prod is compiling the taco big year list?

I got back to town late last night and we are having more big winds. Not the best birding conditions. Still, enjoying what I see.
Abenda

climber
Mar 4, 2012 - 11:58am PT
There goes a little house sparrow.

I didn't see crows or house sparrows on tony's list. I guess they are just lowly dirt-bag birds.

Add them to the list.

I see the crow now. American crows are smaller than our NW crows. I think you could count it as 2.
Abenda

climber
Mar 4, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
The western gull just showed up at the trash.

Well I got the 3 easy ones. Good for a sunday morning.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 4, 2012 - 12:14pm PT
Crimpie,
I understand it is both. Is that right?

Abenda,
I listed American Crow, but it sounds like you are in the Pacific NW (SW to Ghost). NW Crows are a full species.

Darwin, I wanted to get out right away since it seems a lot of wintering birds have already left. In particular, the Herring run Gullapalooza was almost over. You must have Hermit Thrush around Seattle, no? The head shape works best for me on Scaup - corner at the back for Lesser. The color (green vs. purple sheen) is not that reliable since it varies so much with lighting.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 4, 2012 - 12:24pm PT
I saw a Bat last night. He was working the bug swarm around the porch light.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 4, 2012 - 12:30pm PT
Cool Tony. I like the group effort idea better.

Here are my contributions to date:

Downy Woodpecker
Eurasian Collared Dove
American Robin
Blue Jay
Red-Shafted Northern Flicker
European Starling
Red Winged Black Bird
House Sparrow
American Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch
House Finch
Canada Goose
Black-Capped Chickadee

Bird on!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Mar 4, 2012 - 12:31pm PT
nothing new this am,, although its sunny,,warm and supposed to hit over 60 today and ALL the boids here in my hood are into the mating game now!



EDIT: OOOPS, I did see a flock of garbage geese this am....
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 4, 2012 - 12:49pm PT
I'd set some trash out for the birds, too. But the dogs and goats would probably eat it.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 4, 2012 - 05:45pm PT
Here are the new ones for me today:

Red-shouldered Hawk
Whimbrel
Black Turnstone
House Wren
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Lesser Goldfinch

I lugged the camera around and took a few shots that I'll post later.

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 4, 2012 - 06:18pm PT
Spring is sprung,
Da grass is riz,
I wunder where
Dem boidies is?
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2012 - 08:28pm PT
Mighty Hiker. A couple years ago I saw Harlequin Ducks out at that west most point near the Teahouse in Stanley Park. I'm not sure that any other Supertopistas are going to be able to see them within walking bicycling distance from their house. !!!!!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Mar 4, 2012 - 08:33pm PT
In Honduras and have ready got 150-175 in my first week. What a great place to bird. The biggie for me was nailing an Elegant Trogon...so beautiful.
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 4, 2012 - 08:37pm PT
I saw Snow Buntings today. Maybe a McKay Bunting mixed in there. I will look through my photos to check.
snow buntings
snow buntings
Credit: cyndiebransford
Credit: cyndiebransford
Credit: cyndiebransford
Credit: cyndiebransford
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 4, 2012 - 08:41pm PT
Went for a Bike ride
and am now at 47
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Mar 4, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
OK, I might be in the vicinity of Stanley Park in the next few days, and if so will have a look for the harlequins. They could also be at Jericho, which is similar habitat and also in walking distance.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 4, 2012 - 08:44pm PT
Add Oregon Junco to the list.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 4, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
Dr. F,

Went for a Bike ride
and am now at 47
I knew as much.

I'm not sure that any other Supertopistas are going to be able to see them within walking bicycling distance from their house. !!!!!
Damn! Last year there was a Harlequin at the marina very close to here. It hasn't made a showing this year.

Here are some photos from my walk today, in order of appearance:

Surf Scoter coming in for a landing with landing gear deployed
Credit: Tony

I include this because Scoter flotillas have been pretty much absent this winter
Credit: Tony

Would the "W"s line up on that rock?
Willete and Whimbrel
Willete and Whimbrel
Credit: Tony

This Red-shouldered Hawk was complaining loudly about the pair of Red-tails soaring overhead. I think they both nest nearby
Credit: Tony

A Spotted Sandpiper actually getting its spots before it migrates
Credit: Tony

I regularly find Black Turnstones at my local patch, but no Ruddys yet
Credit: Tony
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2012 - 10:26pm PT


Tony;

How common are Spotted Sandpipers there? I don't remember ever having seen one? Nice photos!

dar
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 4, 2012 - 11:04pm PT
Darwin,

Spotted Sandpipers are common, but never abundant around here on rocky shorelines in winter. I almost never fail to see one in the little cove near us. A couple of times I have seen 2-3. The only breeding ones I have seen were a pair at Cathedral Lakes.
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 4, 2012 - 11:39pm PT
Outstanding shots, Tony!

All I can document for today is a Tiger Swallowtail.



I saw a Mourning Cloak today too, but I didn't get a shot of it. I haven't seen one of those in a while.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Mar 5, 2012 - 12:15am PT
What the...???
What the...???
Credit: Slater

Is that dark patch a birth defect or birth mark or ???

Anyone out there ID it?
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Mar 5, 2012 - 07:26am PT
Okay as my entrance fee I just read all the posts.
Been scanning them over the last week butt I actually read them all today.

So if it ain't on the American Bird List it doesn't count (Purple Swamphen for example)? If that's the case I'm out (except for June + July) though I'll still clutter up the thread with the occasional post-I do love the Birds Thread so I'm okay with that...maybe an international "yard" would work?

Is that why Bob D'A in Honduras isn't playing just giving numbers?
(I'm envious by the way).

I'll look for the movie, it sounds worthy.

I'm in Delhi and the season is changing (Holi here we come) so many migratory(s) are leaving/have left which puts me at a disadvantage (though I do have a cat I can attach various wings to for higher numbers).
Unfortunately I have to bike a ways to get to water for those birds, butt I'm game for that twist, and I do walk to and from work several days a week which will help.

Like Timid, I keep different list, butt just for the heck of it I'm going to stick with the rules (walking/biking) and I'll include songs + sightings, 'cuz I can:-) for this.
I'll also try to stick in a few photos along the way.

I suspect my list won't be too long overall (current for this year within 45 minutes of my home-not just urban- is 143) butt for a city I think you'll be impressed-also I don't do feeders (too many other species including human would show up so that's another slight disadvantage).

What I think will be interesting is to contrast the variety that are the same even though we're a 1/2 world apart (yes I know birds fly).

Regarding this;
"Once you reach the upper reaches of what is left to check off, you lose the passion. There are only about 3 birds left for me in California, except vagrants. Its like having done every route on Tahquitz, there is no reason to go there anymore."
all the more reason to travel:-) See Bob D'A for example...


My list beginning yesterday 3/4/12(Sunday for you'all):

1. Crow, House
2. Bulbul, Red-Whiskered
3. BulBul, Red-Vented
4. Babbler, Jungle
5. Dove, Eurasian Collard
6. Dove, Laughing
7. Dove, Spotted
8. Kite, Black
9. Lapwing, Red-wattled
10. Myna, Common
11. Myna, Brahminy
12. Parakeet, Rose-ringed
13. Pigeon, Rock (flying rats)
14. Pigeon, Yellow-Footed Green
15. Tailorbird-Common
16. Sunbird, Purple
17. Sparrow, House
18. White-Eye, Oriental

Cheers + Prod great idea!


Edit:
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Credit: Delhi Dog

Might as well get these in early
House Sparrow (M)-giving me the finger
House Sparrow (M)-giving me the finger
Credit: Delhi Dog
+
House Sparrow (F)
House Sparrow (F)
Credit: Delhi Dog

Prod

Trad climber
Topic Author's Reply - Mar 5, 2012 - 09:23am PT
Ok......

Got swamped yesterday and had no time to update (start) the spreadsheet. So to make my life a little easier hows about you guys email me your most updated list. That will save me reading and sorting the posts.

If anyone is concerned I will keep your email addresses private and will not post them here or anywhere.

Sound ok?

Prod.
Guy Kenny
guyrkenny@gmail.com
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 5, 2012 - 09:56am PT
Really enjoying the posts. Love the butterfly Chaz!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Mar 5, 2012 - 10:02am PT
add: orange shafted flicker and American Kestrel..
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 5, 2012 - 10:06am PT
Tony, The Truckee River near the Little Truckee have more breeding spotted sandpipers than you can shake a stick at in summer.

Ron Anderson, a kingbird (presumably Western kingbird) at the start of March in Nevada seems unlikely. We use the WEKI around here for FOS bragging rights around Chico but never heard of one showing up before the 20th of March. I guess there's a chance of the similar, southern Cal resident, Cassin's kingbird showing up.

Added Golden eagle to my yard list on Saturday!

I skipped the car to get Vietnamese take-out and scored belted kingfisher walking there, and a barn owl on the way home.

I'm making nita ID the little brown jobs around here; she can add fox, song, golden crowned and white crowned sparrows to her list now.

EDIT-Ron......get a bird ID book....N Flickers are either yellow or red shafted.

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 5, 2012 - 12:36pm PT

Yay! The Pine Siskins came back to the feeder (i.e. in my yard, Monday, Mar5).


Cyndie and all; thanks for the photos. Jeez, all those buntings!
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Mar 5, 2012 - 12:54pm PT
I just ran four sparrow looking birds ouf of my kitchen ( the kitchen's on the enclosed front porch ). I gotta keep an eye on them. I don't want them building a nest there.
Abenda

climber
Mar 5, 2012 - 09:54pm PT
For Delhi Dog.. a green parrot in N. India..

Credit: Abenda
2009
rottingjohnny

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Mar 5, 2012 - 10:17pm PT
Yesterday...Trumpeter Swans on a river near Island Park Idaho...Beat that...!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 5, 2012 - 10:22pm PT
Not too exciting, but....

Western Grebe
Mallard
Double-Crested Cormorant
Common Poor-will
White Tailed Kite
California Quail
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Mar 6, 2012 - 08:40am PT
Abenda-cool, those are Alexadrian Parakeet. Not too many around the city here.
Notice the red on its' wing, the Rose-Ring don't have that but they do have the ring around the neck (hence their name), they're the more common ones

Today;
a Coppersmith Barbet.
http://www.oiseaux-birds.com/card-coppersmith-barbet.html
and 2 spotted owlets, besides the usual.

cheers
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 6, 2012 - 11:47pm PT
Thanks Delhi and Abenda: I like the pictures from far away from me.

It cleared up here in Seattle today and I saw a few new ones: Eurasian Wigeon, Ringnecked Duck, Common Merganser and in the dark on the ride home a Killdeer. I think those have all been tabulated for the ST list(?). The photos below look better expanded by clicking, I think.


Credit: Darwin
I'm thinking that's a female Eurasian behind and right of it.


Credit: Darwin

I have a lot more Wigeon photos, but I'll go easy on the bandwidth. Once I get going, I just can't edit my own photos, so it's more or less all or nothing.
Added in edit: all the Wigeon photos are at:
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_03_02_Birds
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 7, 2012 - 08:15pm PT
The first new one for me in the last couple of days,
Common Loon

I don't recall whether it is already on the list.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 7, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
I saw the movie.
It was good, but I could see how the book could be so much better.

Being an experienced birder, I see how doing a big year is all about how much you have done before.

When I was riding my road bike, I was just checking them off without a second thought.
Song Sparrow, Bushtit, Yellow Throat, Marsh Wren, Meadowlark, Cliff Swallow, Clapper Rail- all checked off without even looking up.

If I had to chase down every Song Sparrow to figure out what I'm looking at, then the numbers would be way lower.
manzanita man

Social climber
somerset, ca.
Mar 7, 2012 - 09:17pm PT
owl pellet
owl pellet
Credit: manzanita man
the owls are back to nest. havent seen them but found this owl pellet 5' from

my shop door yesterday. every year that they nest here, they eat on a 2x4

above my shop door and drop the pellets down. i have found over 100 pellets

on this spot. starting from when they start nesting in this tree. i should

see 1 pretty soon because they sit in that hole for weeks and watch to see

if that area is going to be disturbed. they watch me all the time during

mating season because i work within their vision. my shop is around 150'

from their nest. i dont go anywhere near that tree and act like i dont

even know they are there so they feel comfortable. they have been back to

this spot for 12 years that i know of.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 10, 2012 - 03:51pm PT
After stalling out on new birds, I decided to take a long walk through the hilly residential area of Pt. Richmond (some different habitat), and saw a number of new species, some of which we hadn't seen here since moving over a year ago. This has been a good motivator to get out to do some exploring close to home. Thanks Prod.

First off was a Red-breasted Sapsucker.
Credit: Tony

Then we saw an Oak Titmouse emerging from nest cavity that was used by Nuttal's Woodpeckers last year.
Credit: Tony

There was a mystery raptor flying high overhead. Heavily cropped photos indicated that it was a Prairie Falcon, which had been our best guess. It appeared to have little or no tail! I guess it was just foreshortening.
Credit: Tony


There was a first-of-season Warbling Vireo.
Credit: Tony

Finally a female White-winged Scoter was among a large group of Surf Scoters that had shown up in the aftermath of the recent Herring run and resulting Gull extravaganza.
Credit: Tony


Here is a list of new species for me. I think several of these are new for the group, too.

White-winged Scoter
Prairie Falcon
White-throated Swift
Allen's Hummingbird
Red-breasted Sapsucker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Warbling Vireo
Oak Titmouse
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Cedar Waxwing
Townsend's Warbler
Spotted Towhee
Dark-eyed Junco
House Sparrow
Truthdweller

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 10, 2012 - 04:54pm PT
Baltimore Aquarium...

Credit: Truthdweller
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 12, 2012 - 08:21pm PT
50 Common Yellowthroat
51 Yellow-rumped Warbler
52 Rock Wren
53 Bewick's Wren
54 Northern Rough Winged Swallow
55 California Gnatcatcher
56 Western Kingbird
57 Red Tailed Hawk
58 Cooper's Hawk
59 California Towhee
60 Nuttall's Woodpecker
61 Turkey Vulture
62 Rock Dove
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 13, 2012 - 02:02am PT
California Gnatcatcher is high on my to-see list.

Here are my new ones over the last few days:

Osprey
Sora (heard)
Northern Flicker
Pacific Loon
Peregrine Falcon

Pacific Loon
Pacific Loon
Credit: Tony
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Mar 13, 2012 - 02:22am PT
Well guess I have one worthy to report.

Flew right over my house today. Not too common in these parts. (Reno)

Bald Eagle
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 14, 2012 - 02:54am PT
Today I saw a Chesnut-backed Chickadee and two Pine Grosbeaks at my feeders.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 14, 2012 - 09:47am PT

Tweet tweet. . .
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 17, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
Black-capped Chickadees
Black-capped Chickadees
Credit: cyndiebransford
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 20, 2012 - 11:19am PT
Nice shot Cyndie! Love the runway high key!

So from the brrrr of the Kenai to another day in paradise, albeit chilly at 52F...

Here ya go Crimps! Red-crowned Parrot (Amazonas viridigenalis)
Don't ya love the heavy-lidded look?
They seem to enjoy stopping by our Chinese Elms first thing in the morning
to wake up the 'hood. I don't get it as I see nothing up there to eat.
You can just see the blue nape and red wing patch.
Stoopid auto-focus! Plus I had just put eye drops in so I couldn't see.
Actually, the EXIF says it was vibration. Duh, 1/60 @ 300mm.









_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Plus there was a Furbird on my roof...Does he count?
















Credit: Reilly
TwistedCrank

climber
Dingleberry Gulch, Ideeho
Mar 20, 2012 - 11:40am PT
nuthin like a tufted titmouse to start my day.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Mar 20, 2012 - 11:53am PT
w walk up ash canyon this weekend produced dozens of robbins, orange shafted flickers, starlings, a magpie and valley quail...
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 20, 2012 - 01:47pm PT
Taking the morning sun. Poor image quality as it is heavily cropped. I can't sweet talk him like I can the parrots.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 20, 2012 - 01:55pm PT
Thanks Reilly! That is one happy looking Red-Head (Green Cheek and all the others names given that Amazon). They are so similar to the Lilac Crowns. Jovial little guys. I would love having them come to my home.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 20, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
Cyndie
How much snow up there now? Did you all break 1000"??
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Mar 20, 2012 - 03:03pm PT
Crimpie---check out the eye lid pose on the first pic of the amazon!!??? Max ALWAYS lifts her bottom lid to the top one- interesting...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 20, 2012 - 03:11pm PT
It is surprising how often we catch birds with their nictating membrane closed. And the half closed eye - so sweet! Sleepy bird. :)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Mar 20, 2012 - 03:18pm PT
ive NEVER seen my amazon pull her upper lid towards the lower, always the opposite,,always..when closed, the lower lid froms to the upper near the top 1/3 of the eye orb..anyone else have a pic of any parrot wit that eye lid pose??
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 20, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
We broke the record for Kenai with over 100 inches this winter. It snowed another 6 inches today. I am not sure when we will be rid of all the snow around here, maybe the beginning of June.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 21, 2012 - 12:09am PT
Cyndie,
That's a cool feeder. Are the Snow Buntings still around?

Slater,
Considering where you live, I'm sure you can get to 200. Fall migration should yield lots of goodies.

The recent rain seemed to increase the local bird activity. Maybe spring has something to do with it, too.

Here are my new ones over the last week (the ones with a * I think are new for the group):

95. Red-throated Loon*
96. Great Blue Heron
97. Lincoln's Sparrow*
98. Say's Phoebe*
99. Merlin
100. Brown Creeper*
101. Killdeer
102. Eurasian Wigeon
103. Caspian Tern*

Here are some photos. Only the Brown Creeper was new.

Western Bluebird
Western Bluebird
Credit: Tony

Nuttall's Woodpecker
Nuttall's Woodpecker
Credit: Tony

Great Blue Heron surprising an American Wigeon
Great Blue Heron surprising an American Wigeon
Credit: Tony

Brown Creeper, a nice bird for #100
Brown Creeper, a nice bird for #100
Credit: Tony

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 21, 2012 - 12:14am PT
You guys are crushing!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 21, 2012 - 12:30am PT
The Creeper photo is cool!

Just a cattle egret today.

Credit: Not mine
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 21, 2012 - 12:40am PT
Wow, that Cattle Egret is "highest" breeding plumage. I've never seen one that bright. Where was it?
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 21, 2012 - 12:43am PT
The snow buntings usually leave around March 15th, they haven't been seen since I last saw them.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 21, 2012 - 12:54am PT
Not sure Tony. The one I saw was at Lake Hodges, and not that spectacular. They are breeding escapees from the Wild Animal Park.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 21, 2012 - 10:34pm PT

I think I got a gud 'un today.

Ring necked turtle dove in my back yard. Need to get my camera
out and get a picture. I did submit it to the Colorado Rare Bird Alert.
I'm pretty sure--really different song, and the black ring on the back of it's neck.
Whoo, it's special!!!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 22, 2012 - 12:25am PT
Eurasian Collared Dove Steve?



They are quite pretty. Not the sharpest knives in the drawer though. :)

I know one of my guides (forgot which one) said they are not in this area. Yet they are. I have many visit my feeders.
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
Mar 22, 2012 - 01:30am PT
A comment by Dr. F up-thread really hit home:

Being an experienced birder, I see how doing a big year is all about how much you have done before.

I'm a novice birder in a good area, and hit 56 tonight on my ride home. But I'm running out of things that I can recognize. Lots of things are flying by that I know I haven't counted, but I'm not certain what they are. To push the count, I'm having to whip Sibleys and my binoculars out of my bike bag, and try to identify something new. Today felt pretty good with four new species. It has been pushing me to work on the groups I haven't really tried to distinguish (warblers, gulls, wrens, the less obvious sparrows, sandpipers). I think I'm even going to start listening to the CD of calls and songs.

I just ordered a scope, so I'll hopefully be posting some photos in a few weeks.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 22, 2012 - 08:18am PT

Callie--I don't think so--there didn't appear to be any
white on the neck ring. Maybe I'll get a pic or a better look today--
plus the bird I saw was much larger/huskier looking.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 22, 2012 - 01:48pm PT
Crimpie,

The Sibley guide, published in 2000, is way out of date for the Eurasian Collared Dove because of its explosive range expansion. They have made it all the way to Anchorage by now. They are all over California:Eurasian Collared Dove Expansion

Where it has been studied in Florida, they don't seem to have a detrimental effect on native doves. I hope this turns out to be the case in the long run.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 22, 2012 - 01:53pm PT
A combination of primal hunting urges and advanced human nerd intellect...

Yes
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 22, 2012 - 02:24pm PT
Where it has been studied in Florida, they don't seem to have a detrimental effect on native doves.

They definitely seem to bully the Mourning Doves in Lee Vining. They showed up in Truckee a couple of years ago, but they're still vastly outnumbered. Something tells me this isn't their ideal habitat.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 22, 2012 - 03:49pm PT
Willoughby,

Perhaps the situation in FL is not a good model of what might transpire in a different habitat such as Truckee and Lee Vining or even around here (SF Bay Area)
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Mar 27, 2012 - 08:55pm PT
Just got a Hoary Redpoll. Life bird for me too.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Mar 27, 2012 - 08:59pm PT
63 Say's Phoebe
64 Red Shafted Flicker
65 Yellow Warbler
66 Sharp Shinned Hawk
67 Warbling Vireo
68 Robin
69 Killdeer
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Mar 27, 2012 - 09:31pm PT
I saw some chickens and a rooster!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 27, 2012 - 10:11pm PT
Picked up a couple more:

House Wren
Black Phoebe
European Starling
Sage Sparrow (Bell's Coastal)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 27, 2012 - 11:27pm PT
One of the things I was looking forward to for the ST Big Year was learning who saw what when.I love that Dr F got so late into his list to finally see

64 Red Shafted Flicker
68 Robin
69 Killdeer
The three above were in the first 20 I saw, but I'm only at around 55 and will be lucky to see a Say's Pheobe, and I still haven't seen a House Wren StahlBro. I had a relatively good day today and saw both Scaups for the fist time in the STBY.

Here is a photo of a Brant. I saw one legitimately last Thursday. I worked for it by taking my longest bike ride since my shoulder surgery, but I have to admit that the photo is from a two weeks before that using petroleum. Funny, some times the photos are more spectacular, but in this case the birds were way better.

Credit: Darwin
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 27, 2012 - 11:45pm PT

PS:

Riley you being on the Gulf in general and seeing the Snail Kite and presumably Swallow Tailed Kites and Roseate Spoonbills(?) and even humble Purple Gallinules makes me happy. You used to live in Seattle, right?

Cyndie, good on ya for the Hoary Redpoll!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Mar 28, 2012 - 12:26am PT
OK - had a "big day" in Santa Cruz with a ringer (Bill Frey) on Sunday: 68 species.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Mar 28, 2012 - 12:26am PT
Kingbird this am ...
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 28, 2012 - 05:29am PT
I finally dusted off the bike and found some species that for some reason don't often show up nearby. I can't believe it took this long to see a Song Sparrow. The Clapper Rail put on quite a show.

104. Gadwall
105. Northern Shoveler
106. Green-winged Teal
107. Canvasback
108. Great Egret
109. Semipalmated Plover
110. American Avocet
111. Greater Yellowlegs
112. Marbled Godwit
113. Dunlin
114. Long-billed Dowitcher
115. Song Sparrow
116. Clapper Rail
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 28, 2012 - 11:10am PT
Holy mother of god Tony! 116! Was the Clapper where you expected it? Did you get all the way to C. Chavez Park (former dump)?

Again I know it's not surprising, but Tony had to work for Gadwall, GW Teal, and N. Shoveler and only saw them after 100+ others, and I saw them in my first two days. Tony and I both have walking/biking access to temperate West Coast salt and fresh water littoral environment. So far I've been completely skunked on the small shore birds (except for Killdeer), [edit] which is lucky because I'm really weak at identifying them.

Imagine how long it will take me to see a Cactus Wren, not to mention a Trogon ;-)

Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Mar 29, 2012 - 03:05pm PT
Darwin,

Didn't make it that far due to detours to check on Osprey and Peregrine nesting pairs (see the "Birds" thread). Maybe next time and the Burrowing Owls will still be around.

I didn't "expect" to see a Clapper, but it was in the area I had seen one a while ago. It took a long, slow swim, then stood on the bank preening.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 3, 2012 - 03:44pm PT


I know they're a humble trio, but they're the first new ones for me in over a week. At least they are indicative of spring rolling around and hopefully the weather getting better. Nasty day today, though.

Lincoln Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Cedar Waxwings (UW campus!)

Ever since I first identified them from the guide, I've had a disproportionate fondness for Savannah Sparrows, given that they are just little brown jobbers. Also, the the first Cedar Waxwings of the year always look so spectacular after a winter of pretty darn brown passerines. There is supposedly a Wilson's Snipe in the area, but I haven't seen it. I did see a pair of otters cruising by the Union Bay fill/nature Area yesterday. So, what with the birds and otters along with the improving shoulder, things could be worse.

Tony; I guess this is our thread!
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Apr 3, 2012 - 09:42pm PT
70. Cinnamon Teal

Tony!!!
Your already above my target, 114.

Good work.
Am I in second?

No one else is posting numbers.

I had a dream last night of a Meadowlark, and checking it off.
But no such luck in the real world,
There are 30 more easy check offs that I haven't seen yet, like Pied Biller Grebe, Black Necked Stilt, and a Damn Meadowlark

Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Apr 3, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
#137 Hooded Oriole
Credit: Slater
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 3, 2012 - 11:23pm PT
Too much work and too much travel to have many birds to contribute (without the aid of airplanes and gas powered engines).

Did just spend the weekend in Rancho Palos Verdes and got about 75 birds in little more than a day of birding.

Most surprising bird on that trip? Harris's Hawk.

No shit!

It flew in chasing a Mallard and landed right in front me. Had to rub my eyes before I saw the jessups (sp?) on the pretty girl. Her 'owner' showed up shortly thereafter. Thought I'd finally lost my mind.

edit: check out the Birds thread soon - think BN will post some photos of several of our birds from that weekend (none of which can count toward the ST big year unfortunately).
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Apr 7, 2012 - 12:30am PT
Dr. F,

I've just about exhausted my likely species, unless I get it together to bike into the East Bay hills. I'm too wimpy at this point and chicken of riding in the streets. There are just a couple of more shorebirds I could get by extending my range. Then I will have to hope for some good migrants this spring and fall. Right now we are in Bishop for a week. There are lots of good birds over here for my general list. A couple of Yellow-headed Blackbirds visited the yard of the house where we are staying and a Prairie Falcon flew over at about 20 feet. We need to head out into the sagebrush in the early AM for some of the local specialties. LeConte's Thrasher is at the top of the list.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 11, 2012 - 12:53pm PT

Hey Callie
Got my scope on the birds yesterday, and it appears that it is
the Eurasion Collared Dove. . .
Thanks for the help on the id!!!!

CU Saturday!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 15, 2012 - 11:46pm PT

I don't know what the birder equivalent of "hot, glassy, overhead and empty" is, but that was this weekend for me. It culminated with an awesome view of a Barred Owl in a ravine park area 20 minutes south of the UW campus and maybe 1/2 hr bike ride (sometimes way steep though) from my house. And that was minutes after seeing a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.


Credit: Darwin


Credit: Darwin

(hey Tony; the day worked out!)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 16, 2012 - 12:00am PT
WOW! Beautiful!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Apr 16, 2012 - 12:13am PT
Darwin,

I'll say. Any Woodpecker photos? Did they call and drum? The drumming sounds like a lumberjack. Did the owls call?

I hope my bike outing tomorrow works out half as well. I'm milking the last few birds around here, at least the wintering ones. Swallows have shown up at the local quarry pond. The Cliff Swallows have begun rebuilding their nests in the eaves of a nearby home. Actually, the owner of the home put up two beautiful nest replicas that the swallows have begun to use. Other swallows build their own nests around them.

117. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
118. Cliff Swallow
119. Barn Swallow
120. Brewer's Blackbird
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
Apr 16, 2012 - 12:24am PT
watched some nesting eagles and prairie falcons today in the wilds of kneevader!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Apr 16, 2012 - 01:00am PT
watched the movie from Netflix last weekend... fun, but I'm no birder... however if you point, I will shoot (the camera, of course)...
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 16, 2012 - 11:09am PT
Thanks Tony and Crimpie.

I just heard the woodpeckers call not drum. They were working over a pretty rotten stump so there wasn't really anything to drum against. It was too far away to get photos, and I opted to go straight to where my friends (many thanks to the Sakatas) knew where the owls were. I hope to be back there for photos of the woodpeckers. It was neat seeing two woodpeckers together.

On the way into the park, I heard and then saw a R.S. Flicker excavating a nesting hole. The owls have a nest, but I only saw the one on a branch.

Tony; worth a flight up?

Dar
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Apr 16, 2012 - 11:18am PT
71. Barn Swallow

Darwin, you should post your totals here.
But thanks for the e-mail telling me your at 50

It looks like only 3 of us are really doing Prod's Big Year

Tony -120 and way in the lead
Dr. F - 71 and losing enthusiasm
Darwin- >50

What happened to Prod??

Anyone else playing along?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 16, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
How far from home are yous guys 'biking'? I can't imagine I could get more
than 40-50 unless I entered the Tour de California.

Darwin, where exactly did you see yer Barred? This guy caused quite the
stir when he was found out at Fort Lawton in '75.

Credit: Reilly
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 16, 2012 - 01:04pm PT

Reilly; funny how similar the photos are. Was that one yours? I'll send you a PM with the location. I know we're among friends here and I'm sure I'm being silly, but it's a nest site. I haven't seen mention of this on tweeters (local bird maillist). I know, there are burrowing owls in the Berkeley Marina where hundreds of joggers, roller bladers, bikers and dogs *mostly* on leash, pass within 10 feet. And the cat is out of the bag, but still; I'll send you a PM. I have a lot more photos, but they are pretty similar to the two I already posted.


So far the longest bike ride I've taken to watch birds is only 8 miles one way from my house. I had my shoulder operated on end of October so I'm still a little nervous about biking and am just getting used to leaning over the bars for longer times again. My daily bike commute takes me through the Union Bay Natural Area/Urban Horticulture Center (aka Landfill)and that helps. I saw maybe 85% of mine in my yard or the Landfill. At some point I want to cycle inland 20 miles or so (Carnation) to look for Tanagers, Fly Catchers and Warblers.

Dr F, I know what you mean about losing interest, but there's nothing like a Barred Owl to pick me up again. I'm at 64, I think. I keep a running text list/log at
http://173.160.158.251/postings/stby
Lines beginning with # don't count, usually for an annotated reason.
I still haven't seen a shore bird but for Killdeer, which seems weird.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 16, 2012 - 02:36pm PT
You know Barred owls are a big danger to the Northern Spotted Owl.
It's evidently overwhelming the territories where the Northern Spotted
Owl inhabits, hurting the endangered species' chance of survival.
It's on some agencies kill list I understand, but not quite sure of that.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 16, 2012 - 03:31pm PT
Darwin, yeah, it is my shot although the slide is much sharper. As I said,
these guys caused a lot of excitement back in '75. I don't recall it was
a first by any means but they were certainly far from common around Seattle
and 'my' Fort Lawton Barred might have been the first within Seattle proper.

It is true, as far as I know, that the Barreds are causing the Spotteds no
small amount of grief. But so do GHO's and kids in Halloween costumes.
Them Spotteds need to sac up if they're gonna compete. ;-(


edit:

Steve, required reading:

Population Demography of Northern Spotted Owls, Eric Forsman, et al,
Cooper Ornithological Society 2011

Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
Apr 17, 2012 - 08:57pm PT
I got a Red Admiral.



Great Horned Owl from a couple nights ago:



Adding those to my Hummingbird and Tiger Swallowtail gives me four!
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Apr 21, 2012 - 01:21pm PT
The Sandhill Cranes have arrived on the Kenai Flats. There were none on the 14th and about 100 last night, 4-20-12. I will try to get some photos soon.
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Apr 21, 2012 - 09:37pm PT
Today on the Kenai Flats I saw Greater White-fronted Geese, and Bonapartes Gulls.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Apr 21, 2012 - 09:42pm PT
Here are my new ones from the last few days. I've just about gotten all the likely species, and that's it for a while for me. We take off tomorrow for the Hebrides and then Estonia. There should lots of new birds, but no local ones.

Does anyone have an idea of how many species the whole group has? We need some Eastern US participants to pump up the numbers. It seems we have the West Coast to Alaska, Southwest and Rockies pretty well covered.

121. Sanderling
122. Barn Owl
123. Brown-headed Cowbird
124. Ruddy Turnstone
125. Violet-green Swallow
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 21, 2012 - 10:43pm PT
We could barely conduct a decent BBQ tonight for the bloody Amazon Greens
carrying on in the tree next door!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 22, 2012 - 12:07am PT

I saw three new ones today.

Dunlin
Pacific(Winter) Wren
Hermit Thursh

and I think that brings me up to 70. I got some decent photos of other birds. Here are three severely cropped ones:

male Piliated Woodpecker (below)
Credit: Darwin


female Pilieated Woodpecker (below)
Credit: Darwin


Pacific Wren
Credit: Darwin


You can slog through the day's relatively unedited photos at:
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_04_21_Woodpeckers


SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Apr 22, 2012 - 11:33am PT

Great pics of the pileated, Darwin. They are such cool birds!!!!
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Apr 23, 2012 - 09:10pm PT
I saw a Grey Jay today in the yard. And I had Dark-eyed Juncos in the yard over the weekend. So glad that they have returned.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Apr 23, 2012 - 09:45pm PT
Darwin, Way cool pictures!....I love Woody woodpecker....

Dr.F. I'm playing, though only three of my outings count...

Wildflowers are so much easier to I.D......they stand still.
Trying to learn my birdies' names...dang, i wish they would hold still...
Trying to learn my birdies' names...dang, i wish they would hold still.
Credit: nita

edit: Dr. F, I have about 40 on my list, only three of my (many) outings count.

This is just my back yard / deck list.
Red tail Hawk, Red Shoulder,oak tit mouse, acorn wood pecker, barn owl, anna's humming bird, nutalls woodpecker, flicker, crow, scrub jay, bushtit, White breasted nuthatch, ruby crowned kinglet,
robin, starling, cedar waxwing, yellow rump warbler, house finch, american gold finch, lesser gold finch, dark eye junko, white crown sparrow,snow goose, sand hill cranes, belted king fisher, black phoebe..
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Apr 23, 2012 - 11:05pm PT
Tony - 125
Darwin - 70
Dr. F - 70
Nita - 3

We have a competion now, And Nita may be over taking me soon
since I stalled out.

I keep thinking of all the easy birds I haven't checked yet,
Scrub Jay, Tree Swallow, Sanderling, Meadowlark, Junco,
Dang, it's really kind of in between seasons now, late winter

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 23, 2012 - 11:56pm PT
Great photos Darwin...cool stuff.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 27, 2012 - 04:12pm PT
Thanks all. I saw a new one today for the stby, and got a photo of it. Hint: I never realized how small they were, and I think the yellow leg color came through well enough.

Credit: Darwin


Credit: Darwin

I'm pretty sure Tony has put photos of these on this or the birds thread, but it's the first shore bird I have ever photographed up close, and it landed right in front of me.

(ps: Nita thanks for help on the wildflower IDs in past years. )
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 27, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
Loving the photos and the thread! Still way too much work and travel going on to participate much (other than enjoying anyway). Did get some Common Grackles on the back porch today! (no photo)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 1, 2012 - 05:17pm PT


I know they are mostly as common as dirt, but we don't have them over the winter and it was new for me for the stby and I can't compete with all the awesome photos you're showing on the "birds" thread. So:


Credit: Darwin

And to show it's not a Rusty (which would have been cool)
Credit: Darwin


And finally the first duckling of the year. I saw mom and several ducklings a few days ago, but it looks like she's down to one. Two males were still contending for mom.

Credit: Darwin

StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
May 1, 2012 - 07:30pm PT
A few more showed up in the backyard

28 - Blackheaded Grosbeak
29 - Bullocks Oriole
30 - Redwinged Blackbird

Need to get off my butt and ride to Lake Hodges. Can probably double the tally if I do.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 1, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
I got a Mallard in the back! Flew by. Sure no one has seen one of those yet...well since Darwin anyway. :)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 2, 2012 - 12:33am PT

Crimpergirl: :-)


So was it a Cardinal? My guess is yes, but we don't have them here and not too many Cow Birds.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
May 2, 2012 - 01:26am PT


photo not found
Missing photo ID#246594
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
May 4, 2012 - 01:36pm PT
bump for a big year--didn't know what this was about, but wife brought the movie home the other day.

isn't it wonderful to have a cutthroat competition based on the honor system? there is hope for humanity.

best birding site i know of is malibu creek lagoon during migratory season, which i suppose is now over. i wandered there several weeks ago, however, and saw several notable solitaries: a male pintail, a male avocet and a female black scoter.

coming back from horse flat in the fog last weekend, out of the corner of my eye, two quite dunnish gallinaceous flush next to the roadcut, likely mountain quail. the san gabes in that neighborhood is supposedly a well-known target for that species among big year birders. i saw one, once previously, crossing the road, its straight twin head feathers clear as day. that was several years ago, but i feel it gave me the sense of what a mountain quail is, and there aren't many california quail in that neighborhood. is this good enough for a big year? i have to sleep well at night, right?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 13, 2012 - 11:24am PT
Hee hee! Give them an almond Reilly. It's is Amazonian crack.

Just saw a Lazuli Bunting in my backyard. First time I've ever seen one there.

I haven't lost interest in this at all. I'm not one to compete, more just one to share. I've been traveling a ton too so I've not been able to actively recruit birds on foot or bike. Maybe that'll change soon.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
May 13, 2012 - 12:02pm PT
T-Bird
This Big Year is restricted to the birds you can see from your house; or walking or biking from your home.

No driving allowed, so unless you bike to Horse Flats, then its Out.

Everyone should join IN!!!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
May 13, 2012 - 12:11pm PT
my home list thus far :

Kingbird
roufus crowned sparrow
white crowned sparrow
english sparrow
starling
crow
raven
Cal quail
eurasian collared dove
mourning dove
house finch
pinion jay
scrub jay
tundra swans
canada geese
mallard
woodduck
varied thrush
lesser goldfinch
american goldfinch
magpie b-billed
downy woodpecker
solitary warbler
red tail hawk
coopers hawk
prarie falcon
kestrel
Brewers blackbird
rock dove
cactus wren



not too bad for moundhouse!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 13, 2012 - 12:56pm PT
Red-tailed Hawk
Coopers Hawk
Turkey Vulture
Great Horned Owl
Anna's Hummer
Mourning Dove
Lesser Goldfinch
Bushtit
Nuttal's Pecker
Acorn Pecker
Black Phoebe
Mockingbird
Red-whiskered Bulbul
Amazon Green Parrot
Wrentit
Brewer's Sparrow
English Sparrow
White-crowned Sparrow
Crow
House Finch

A paltry 20 - doesn't say much for suburban diversity.
jbaker

Trad climber
Redwood City, CA
May 13, 2012 - 02:56pm PT
I'm at about 65. Need to find the list. I went out to Radio Road this morning and saw a bunch of new stuff, but I'd driven instead of biked, so it doesn't count for the list.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
May 13, 2012 - 03:10pm PT
doh! i forgot gabage geese- the daily migration from washoe to the dump.
Rockhopper

Sport climber
California
May 16, 2012 - 07:38pm PT
Ah,the big year....
I had 133 species in the middle of March this year in one day. The route was Bart to Fremont and then saddling up on the bike and rolling to Lake Elizabeth, down Alemeda Creek to Coyote Hills, Hayward marsh, Arrowhead marsh, lake merritt, Emeryville areea to Berkeley Wharf to the the Tilden crest and home. I think when it was done it was 80 plus miles by bike.

I was as tired from the big day as any day in climbing, even the days with a mountain and big distances, maybe more so. Birding is hard! Next year we will go for 145 plus in April....

Bay area birders have an advantage over the rest of the country with the range of habitats we have. Another reason to live in the bay. I think the green one day day record is around 170 set by a non climber in Marin this April, the optimal time.

But birding is not about numbers. Biking into work this morning I had a dainty red necked phalarope picking food off the bay about 10 feet away. as good as it gets.....
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 16, 2012 - 07:42pm PT
Hey, Rockhopper, what number are you wearing in the Tour de California?
Geez, dood, I'm gonna go take a nap after reading about doing 80 miles!
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
May 18, 2012 - 01:09am PT
Just saw two sandhill cranes in a pond at the end of my road.
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
May 18, 2012 - 01:46am PT
Worst movie I have ever seen.
And I like all those actors.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 18, 2012 - 08:52am PT
Saw a Mallard in my front yard! First time ever - think they are nesting in someone's yard. Fun.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
May 18, 2012 - 10:43am PT
sorry i messed up. i gotta get a job one of these days.

our backyard is not exactly a bird mecca, but we have this sign up for birds who can read:

all are welcome
all are welcome
Credit: Tony Bird

mostly english sparrows, mourning doves, odd mockingbirds (myself included), and those protective homies, american crows, who keep the hawks away from the central SFV. earlier this spring we had a group of audubon's warblers.

not gonna ride the bicycle up to horse flat, but i do often ride down to balboa lake. about a month ago i saw swans. i should have looked for the yellow dot on the beak which would have identified nondomesticated, "wild" tundra/whistling swans, which, the book says, migrate through here, and are known to alternate from atlantic to pacific flyways.

prod didn't say anything about domesticated/feral/oversummering. i'll check the lake again. if they don't have the dot, they'll be wards of the city of los angeles. if they're gone, they would have headed for the tundra and you can count 'em, danno.

i don't think chinchen has seen many movies if the big year is rock-bottom worst. if he needs to detox, try jack black in school of rock. (p.s.--crystal crag there?)

p.p.s. walked around the lake today and saw a white swan with an orange beak, which would make it some sort of domestic implant. so forget it, danno, except that we drove to the lake.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev.
May 20, 2012 - 02:51pm PT
had a rare treat yeterday here- a pair of black chinned hummers!
nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
May 20, 2012 - 07:14pm PT
My kids and I just saw two Clapper Rails on the bike trail from Berkeley toward Point Richmond, along the bay and salt marsh.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 21, 2012 - 03:07pm PT
I'm off to a slow start. Just wait till I ride down to the Upper Newport Bay!
PC= Peter's Canyon by bike


White Tailed Kite
Anna’s Hummingbird
Rufous Hummingbird
Mockingbird
Roadrunner-PC
Crow
Raven
Red Tailed Hawk
Cooper’s Hawk
Mourning Dove
Western Bluebird
American Robin
Black Phoebe
Hooded Oriole
Band Tailed Pigeon
Mallard
Calif. Towhee
Canada Goose
Bewick’s Wren
Yellow Warbler- PC
Tree Swallow
Brewer’s Blackbird
Bushtit- PC
Spotted Towhee- PC (by call)
Rock Dove
Pacific Slope Flycatcher
Western Wood Pewee
House Finch (red and orange)

cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
May 30, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
I had a Yellow-rumped warbler at my feeder this afternoon. I also heard a Golden-crowned Kinglet and a Ruby-crowned Kinglet on a bike ride this morning.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 30, 2012 - 10:58pm PT
A few more for the home list (PC=Peter's Canyon- by bike).

House Sparrow-PC
Common Yellowthroat-PC
Red Winged Blackbird-PC
Killdeer-PC
Lesser Goldfinch-PC
Ruddy Duck-PC
Western Grebe-PC
Fox Sparrow-PC
Am. Coot-PC
Allen's Hummingbird
Brewer's Sparrow
Chinchen

climber
Way out there....
May 30, 2012 - 11:34pm PT
School of rock is a great movie. You may just be a birder, mr Bird.
Yes, Crystal Crag, good eyes.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 3, 2012 - 12:03pm PT
darn, wish we could drive places. i really, really think i saw a mountain quail at horse flat yesterday. (cf. my posting on "what did you climb today". i have stooped to on-topic discussion.)

on the way up ACH, i encountered many bicyclists. does this mean that i'm going to have to take to bicycling so's, before the end of the season, i can actually add a genuine prod-approved big year mountain quail sighting? scary. i don't mind the long uphill pump so much as the speed descent. i picture my old bicycle dismembering itself at 40 mph.

p.s. not absolutely sure it was a mountain quail anyway, but i suspect it was. had a clear view of its dun-blue head and neck--none of that cap color you see in the california quail. it gave a cry i've never heard before--kind of a long skraaaaaak. all my audubon's guide says is:

"Its frequent call is a loud echoing kyork or woook. Other notes include soft whistles."

my burning question is: does a non-echoing skraaaaaak come close to an echoing woook?
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 3, 2012 - 12:38pm PT
Tony, use this link http://www.enature.com/birding/audio.asp for bird audio. Terminology in bird books used to describe calls and songs often seem to confound proper identification. Your bird sounds like a mt quail (sounds nothing like a Cal quail) but check the call from the provided link.

Mt quail migrate on foot between their lower elevation wintering grounds and higher elevation breeding grounds

Here's your's and my chance to get off our duffs and pedal to higher elevations to get birds that don't hang in the low lands. I'm getting a lot in the nearby canyons and wetlands around Chico but if I want a Steller Jay, Red Breasted Nuthatch or Mt Chickadee, I'm gonna have to earn it.

I'll post a list after I get more of the summer only birds around here.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 3, 2012 - 02:01pm PT
nice reference, timid, but it only has one cry for the mountain quail, and my memory of it is getting foggy already.

this is such subjective territory. the audubon guidebook says the california quail hollers out "chi-CA-go". i worked a jobsite where the adjacent quail kept hollering out "it's BREAK-time" all morning long.

so, let's see--you're bicycling up from riverside county, right? so i could meet you at la cañada, where i'm sure we'll be able to crash in a city park sometime after 10 pm. we'll be able to make newcomb's ranch for dinner by the next evening, then spend a day or two tromping around horse flats. might as well do a little bouldering--it helps scare up the quail.

i think dr. F lives in your neighborhood and i've gotten vague promises from him to revisit HF. can we count the bird sightings if someone drives us back home?
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 3, 2012 - 02:28pm PT
Tony, I'm 500 miles north of you. Chico, not Chino.
Tony Bird

climber
Northridge, CA
Jun 3, 2012 - 02:30pm PT
oh, sorry. great place for pale ale sightings.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 3, 2012 - 04:46pm PT
Black Heading Grosbeak out back. And can't recall if I noted a Lazuli Bunting at the feeder!

Yay birds!!
donini

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Jun 3, 2012 - 07:58pm PT
Some of the most important birds out there are the ones you don't see- like the hawks that left the environs of the Naked Edge.
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Jun 4, 2012 - 02:55pm PT
I went on a mountain bike ride and saw a Orange-crowned Warbler, Arctic Terns, Spotted Sandpipers, American Dipper and the usual assortment of birds for the Kenai Peninsula.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 14, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
Last weekend I did 3 days in a row birdbiking, or was it bikebirding?
Friday-Irvine Park
Saturday-Upper Newport Bay
Sunday-San Joaquin Marsh

Here is the "Tustin" list now.

1. House Finch (red and orange)
2. White Tailed Kite
3. Annas Hummingbird
4. Rufous Hummingbird
5. Mockingbird
6. Roadrunner-PC
7. Crow
8. Raven
9. Red Tailed Hawk
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Mourning Dove
12. Western Bluebird
13. American Robin
14. Black Phoebe
15. Hooded Oriole
16. Band Tailed Pigeon
17. Mallard
18. Calif. Towhee
19. Canada Goose
20. Bewick’s Wren
21. Yellow Warbler- PC
22. Tree Swallow
23. Brewer’s Blackbird
24. Bushtit- PC
25. Spotted Towhee- PC (by call)
26. Rock Dove.
27. Pacific Slope Flycatcher
28. Western Wood Pewee
29. House Sparrow
30. Common Yellowthroat-PC
31. Red Winged Blackbird-PC
32. Killdeer-PC
33. Lesser Goldfinch-PC
34. Ruddy Duck-PC
35. Western Grebe-PC
36. Fox Sparrow-PC
37. American Coot-PC
38. Allen’s Hummingbird
39. Brewer’s Sparrow
40. Western Kingbird-PC
41. Forster’s Tern-PC
42. Wood Duck-IP
43. Acorn Woodpecker-IP
44. Peacock-IP
45. Red Crowned Parrot-IP
46. Nuttall’s Woodpecker-IP
47. Black Necked Stilt-PCC
48. Cinnamon Teal-PCC
49. Snowy Egret-PCC
50. American Avocet-PCC
51. White Pelican-UNB
52. Great Blue Heron-UNB
53. Black Skimmer-UNB
54. Song Sparrow-UNB
55. Common Moorhen-UNB
56. Osprey-UNB
57. Marbled Godwit-UNB
58. Cliff Swallow-SDC
59. Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk)-UNB
60. Double Crested Cormorant-SJM
61. Pied Billed Grebe-SJM
62. Brown Pelican-SJM
63. Egyptian Goose-SJM

I know the Egyptian Geese (2)were "exotic." But there they were, lookin' pretty wild.
I believe Peacocks are considered as exotics as well but Irvine Park has quite a population of them and they fend for themselves.

Got some good training milege as well.






Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Jun 14, 2012 - 11:00pm PT
72. Green Winged Teal
73. Rufous Sided Towhee
74. Ash Throated Flycatcher
75. Allens Hmmingbird
76. Brant
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 24, 2012 - 07:31pm PT
Number 100 on my walking/biking big year!
(not that I have any credibility after not recognizing a Lesser Goldfinch on the other birds thread)





Tony is still WAY out ahead of all the people I know participating in local walking/biking event. I know, it's not a competition.

For me 98 and 99 were very cool, too. Number 98 was a Black Swift (a lifer for me) and my heart still beats fast thinking about how it looked zooming around below the dark rain heavy clouds. Number 99 was a California Quail, and I've only seen one other in Seattle, and I just like those birds, especially since my attention was drawn to it by its Chuk'ca'go call, and my wife got to see it, too.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jul 17, 2012 - 02:03am PT
I finally got out and about my local after a long stint of travel. I found a few new species after a long gap. It looks like the post-breeding movements have begun. The shorebirds have been returning:

126. American White Pelican
127. Wilson's Warbler
128. Purple Finch (heard only, I couldn't track it down)
129. Heermann's Gull
130. Elegant Tern

The big treat, though, was returning to find all the birds with young. Our local Osprey pair have raised two young just about to fledging. I also found four recently fledged Cooper's Hawks practically in our backyard.

Young Osprey in "practice" flight while its startled sibling looks on.
Young Osprey in "practice" flight while its startled sibling looks on.
Credit: Tony

Fledgling Cooper's Hawk tuckered out from all the begging
Fledgling Cooper's Hawk tuckered out from all the begging
Credit: Tony

[Edit] Have you ever seen an adult raptor lying down? Fledgling Cooper's Hawks do it a lot.
Stephen McCabe

Trad climber
near Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 17, 2012 - 04:01am PT
Central Californians may be able to add a good one to your list that is usually not seen anywhere near us. A northern parula has been sighted near the gift shop at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum for about a week now. Usually seen on foggy mornings.
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Jul 17, 2012 - 12:24pm PT
72. Green Winged Teal
73. Rufous Sided Towhee
74. Ash Throated Flycatcher
75. Allens Hummingbird
76. Brant

77. Chestnut Manikin
78. Huttons Vireo
79. Fosters Tern
80. Gadwal
81. Pied Billed Grebe
82. Egyptian Goose
83. Heermann's Gull
84. Black Necked Stilt

I'm just writing this from memory, I hope I spelled them correct
I think there is one more, I lost my notes
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 20, 2012 - 11:11pm PT
OK, here is my update.

64. White Pelican-UNB
65. Great Egret- PC
66. Least Tern- UNB
67. Brandt's Cormorant-UNB
68. Willet-UNB
69. Wilson's Warbler- UNB
70. Cactus Wren-UNB
71. Least sandpiper- UNB
72. Cali. Gull- UNB
73. Cali. Quail- PC
74. Yellow Rumped Warbler- backyard....
I saw my cat, "Kit Kat," in the backyard with a bird she had killed. I yelled, sprinted into the backyard, grabbed her and she dropped the bird at my feet. The bird looked bad, all saliva soaked and eyes closed. Suddenly he opened his eyes , looked into mine, did a full body shudder, gasped for a breath and took off. Yellow Rumped Warbler. He looked good as he cleared the roof and was gone.

I'm working on a Townsend's
Warbler in my Mom's backyard. I need to ride down there at sunset.


Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 21, 2012 - 12:15am PT
Lots of cool stuff here. Thanks everyone!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 21, 2012 - 12:54am PT
I just love checking out what others see and when they seem them, that is compared to what I see up here. And who wouldn't like the photos(Tony!) The following was 103. I don't know about the rest of you, but I do get some help from local bird experts. Take the Semipalmated Sandpiper not this one!. I first saw it as a tiny little blob that a friend and expert had previously scoped out, and she said "Semi..., black legs, stubby bill ..." Luckily, I got a better view later, but I have to admit that I was ready to count it the first time.

Anyway there are a ton of unedited photos again at
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_07_16_Yellow/index.html

and here are two I picked out:









added in edit:
e.g.; I'll be lucky if I seen any of the following from dee ee's list

53. Black Skimmer-UNB
55. Common Moorhen-UNB
59. Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk)-UNB
62. Brown Pelican-SJM
OK: I better find a Northern Harrier somewhere in Seattle within bicycling distance. What's UNB? SJM=San Jose Marsh?
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Jul 21, 2012 - 10:58am PT
UNB = Upper Newport bay
SJM = San Joaquin Marsh, Near UCI

I am close to those areas, and DE EE spotted some birds that I need!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 27, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
Dr. F, Rufous Sided Towhee= Spotted Towhee?
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 27, 2012 - 10:50pm PT
I still think "Rufous Sided Towhee" and "Marsh Hawk" to myself, but Tony has beaten out of me saying those phrases in public.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jul 28, 2012 - 03:21am PT
Dr. F is just being old-school on the Towhees. What Darwin says it not quite accurate. I may have asked him how he, as a born and bred Berkeley kid, would report seeing a Marsh Hawk eating an Oldsquaw.

A few days ago I saw #131, Hooded Oriole. I struggled with these, since they were pretty newly fledged and were making some unusual calls that don't match my birdsong app. Fortunately, there was mention of this in the Nat Geo guide.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Jul 29, 2012 - 12:48am PT
today at low tide on the Hayward shoreline

Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 1, 2012 - 01:24am PT
While checking around for migrants passing through, I found my first new species in quite a while. A Red-necked Phalarope was foraging just offshore near our place.
Credit: Tony

No other new ones, but there were a bunch of juvenile Robins and Bluebirds about.

Credit: Tony

Credit: Tony
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Sep 1, 2012 - 02:47am PT
Wow Ed! I missed your photo when you posted late July. I'm assuming you got there with no vehicle assist? I don't have the resolution to ID but can tell by size and shape that that's quite a variety!

I was extra lazy during spring migration and missed many close-to-home good birds that I only saw while in gasoline transport; one, a wild turkey, 2 blocks from my home; unheard of in this 'burb in Chico until this year.

I had post breeding Lazulis and blue grosbeaks by the dozens last week close to home but spotted them getting out of my f*#king car!

My only consolation prize lately hasbeen post breading black headed grosbeaks at our feeders mixed with the usual suspects, plus a red breasted nuthatch (rare in the Sac Valley, especially non-winter but plenty of white breasted year-round) and occasionally a w. screetch goo googleing out our window the last few nights.

If it's not too late I can get a lesser nighthawk if I can get my fat ass over to the river before they fly the coop. Already have to write off nearby YB Chats and Phainopeplas that I was too lazy to peddle for.

Anyway, I'm a bit less lazy these days so there's hope for this list

Basically I am guilty of being lazy and not stepping up to the motor-less challenge but my year has been gggggggreat! with east coast, west coast mendo and humboldt and mostly Valley to High Sierra.

I know where Tony's coming from; my local crowd would scoff at using outdated names and terminology and it changes faster than the botanist crowd I also hang with. In my circle, outdated names like rufous sided towhee and old squaw will leave any of your reports suspect. Many only use the 4 letter abbreviations which can be confusing and misunderstood.

Me I just want to get 'em right.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 1, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
Here is my update to the "Tustin" list.
HB= Huntington Beach, SDC-San Diego Creek, BC=Bolsa Chica, BC= 60 miles round trip on my road bike.


75. Heerman’s Gull-HB
76. Long Billed Curlew-BC
77. Whimbrel-BC
78. Rough Winged Swallow-SJWS
79. Caspian Tern-SJWS
80. Gadwall-SJWS
81. White Throated Swift-SJWS
82. Starling-SDC
83. Short Billed Dowitcher-SJWS
84. Clark’s Grebe-SJWS
85. Savannah Sparrow-SJWS
86. Semipalmated Plover-SJWS
87. Cassin’s Kingbird-T

Correction: I had been referring to the San Joaquin Marsh but have recently realized that it is actually correctly the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary. The San Joaquin Marsh is across Campus St. from the SJWS.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 11, 2012 - 11:06pm PT
I was hoping to add Great-horned Owl to my list and I was pretty sure there was a pair around last season. I figured I would have make a pre-dawn or nighttime hike to see them. It turned out to be much easier than that. A few nights ago I heard a pair of them dueting and ran to the door in time to see two perching and flying among the trees on the ridge behind our place. I grabbed the camera and snapped off a few shots. It was way too dark for handheld. The next two evenings I had the camera set up on the tripod, but they haven't returned.

This is the best I could do:

Credit: Tony

This is my updated list for the last several weeks:

131. Hooded Oriole
132. Red-necked Phalarope
133. Great Horned Owl
134. Yellow Warbler


Dee ee,

The San Joaquin Wildlife Sanctuary is great spot. I didn't make it there on my last visit south, but did get to Bolsa Chica. We were too late for the breeding Terns and Skimmers, but again saw a Reddish Egret. They seem to be resident there now.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 12, 2012 - 12:22am PT
Tony, I'm going back soon for the Reddish Egret. They've moved out of the Harriet Wieder Park.


Here is my latest.

87. Cassin’s Kingbird-T
88. White Faced Ibis-SDC
89. Western Sandpiper-SJWS
90. Red Necked Phalarope-SJWS
91. Sora-SJWS
92. Virginia Rail-SJWS
93. Baird’s Sandpiper-SJWS
94. Long Billed Dowitcher-SJWS
95. Warbling Vireo-SJWS



I got the Black Bellied Plover and Ruddy Turnstone on my b.day but I drove down there.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 19, 2012 - 11:57pm PT
Here is my updated list. Lots of migrants are passing through. I've posted some photos on the "Birds" thread.

135. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
136. MacGillivray's Warbler
137. Downy Woodpecker
138. Western Wood-Pewee
139. Nashville Warbler
140. Western Tanager
141. Orange-crowned Warbler
142. Savannah Sparrow
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Sep 19, 2012 - 11:59pm PT
I can add a Yellow Breasted Chat to our yard list. Not sure if he's upthread or not...
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Sep 20, 2012 - 12:15am PT
hey Timid...

the interpretative center is accessible west bound towards the San Mateo bridge, you take the last off ramp, find the center and park, then walk on out to the shore...

quite cool, Debbie and I were out there doing a recon for her botany class... the birds were unreal, many, many different types.. Alas, I'm not a birder, Debbie is a lot better but she had her head in the bushes this trip.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Sep 20, 2012 - 06:15pm PT

Iz that the one you KILT, Crimpie??????

(my sickness wouldn't allow me to resist). . .
LOL!!!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 16, 2012 - 06:02pm PT
It's been a while y'all! Here's number 112 on my Bike&Hike Big Year.

Pretty common, I know, but I've missed a lot of common migrants this fall, at least for now, e.g. Northern Shrike(saw one using a car), and I missed by a day some Snow Geese, another N. Shrike and a Wilson's Snipe all NOT seen on my commute into work. So when I stumbled across this just outside my office, I was way stoked. It was the only one with the Canada Geese.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin


These were taken with my new Lumix zs15 pocket camera. I have to change the default in-camera image sharpening. Nice cheap camera, but I hate not having a view finder.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 30, 2012 - 07:08pm PT
Only a few more species for me in the last month or so. The best bird so far is a Rock Wren that has been hanging around the riprap in a little cove nearby. It has been around for at least 5 days and perhaps will spend the winter here.

143. Black-throated Gray Warbler
144. White-throated Sparrow
145. Rock Wren

I'm posting a few photos on the "Birds" thread.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 30, 2012 - 07:13pm PT
Darwin, yer White-fronted seems to be rather slow to develope his 'white-front'
in addition to being just plain confused about his identity.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 30, 2012 - 07:33pm PT
My update. I'm having a lot of fun and getting many bird/bike rides.


95. Long Billed Dowitcher-SJWS
96. Warbling Vireo-SJWS
97. Kestrel-PC 9/22/12
98. California Trasher-PC
99. Scrub Jay
100. House Wren-T
101. Hutton’s Vireo-IP 10/3/12
102. Wht. Crowned Sparrow-IP
103. Green Heron-BC 10/5/12
104. Reddish Egret-BC
105. American Wigeon-BC
106. Northern Pintail-BC
107. Eared Grebe-BC
108. Say’s Phoebe-BC
109. Ruddy Turnstone-BC
110. Northern Shoveler-SJWS
111. Blue Winged Teal0SJWS
112. Northern Flicker-PC 10/15/12
113. Virginia’s Warbler-PC
114. Nutmeg Mannikin-PC
115. Western Meadowlark-PC
116. Downy Woodpecker-PC
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Oct 30, 2012 - 08:00pm PT
I'm going backwards....
My list is getting smaller
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 30, 2012 - 11:02pm PT
dee ee,
As I expected, some SoCal birder would start accelerating as the winter approached.

Dr. F,
What do you mean? Were some species lumped?

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 31, 2012 - 12:46am PT

Tony really did say (to me a least) that there would be a late southern surge. I've had a good couple days, though.
Wilson's Snipe and a Northern Shrike got me up to 115, but not 116.


It's not a great photo of the Shrike, but I'll try some more as the Shrike is sticking around for now.
Credit: Darwin


Reilly; More of the White Front'eds have shown up looking older and more White Fronted.

Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Oct 31, 2012 - 02:20pm PT
My new book doesn't have:

Marsh Hawk
Rufous Sided Towhee
Brown Towhee
Plain Titmouse
and there was another one

So I had to uncheck them
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Oct 31, 2012 - 02:21pm PT
Northern Shrike

That's on my wish list!!


Good work you guys
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Nov 10, 2012 - 12:36am PT
I've seen two new ones of late:

146. Hutton's Vireo
147. Brant
The Hutton's Vireo was in a tree with several Ruby-crowned Kinglets. I was trying to get a photo of a Kinglet with its crown raised, and only upon seeing my photos did I realize that there was a Hutton's there.
Credit: Tony

The Brant has been hanging out with a pair of Canada Geese that have either adopted it or who it has adopted as bodyguards.

Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 11, 2013 - 11:48pm PT
Hi....it's me again. Time for an update.

117. Palm Warbler-HBCP 11/1/12
118. Townsend’s Warbler-HBCP
119. Cassin’s Vireo-HBCP
120. Hairy Woodpecker-HBCP
121. Black and White Warbler-HBCP
122. Hermit Thrush-HBCP
123. Brown Creeper-HBCP
124. Belted Kingfisher-PC 11/10/12
125. Oak Titmouse- IP
126. Peregrine Falcon-BC-11/15/12
127. Black Crowned Night Heron-BC
128. Yellow Crowned Night Heron-BC
129. Bufflehead-BC
130. Surf Scoter-BC
131. Lesser Scaup-BC
132. Greater Scaup-BC
133. Loggerhead Shrike-BC
134. Redhead-SJWS
135. Canvasback-SJWS-11/23/12
136. Red Breasted Nuthatch-CH-12/23/12
137. Ruby Crowned Kinglet-CH
138. White Breasted Nuthatch-IP
139. White Throated Sparrow-IP
140. Cedar Waxwing-SJWS-12/28/12
141. Ash Throated Flycatcher-SJWS
142. Cackling Goose-WRMRP
143. Eastern Phoebe-WRMRP
144. Spotted Sandpiper-SDC
145. Black Throated Green Warbler-FC-1/5/13



Pelagic trip tomorrow....won't count on this list. We have to drive to Dana Point.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 20, 2013 - 09:27pm PT
OK, I'm only at 127(?) by walk and bike, but I' pretty happy with the last few:
Credit: Darwin


Credit: Darwin
(this is a Red Crossbill, and the colors are pretty much spot-on.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 28, 2013 - 08:23pm PT
OK, it's over. Mine ended (except for last 2) when I broke my clavicle last month. Here is my final list.
I did get a few "rarities" by bike!

1. House Finch (red and orange)
2. White Tailed Kite
3. Annas Hummingbird
4. Rufous Hummingbird
5. Mockingbird
6. Roadrunner-PC
7. Crow
8. Raven
9. Red Tailed Hawk
10. Cooper’s Hawk
11. Mourning Dove
12. Western Bluebird
13. American Robin
14. Black Phoebe
15. Hooded Oriole
16. Band Tailed Pigeon
17. Mallard
18. Calif. Towhee
19. Canada Goose
20. Bewick’s Wren 4/29/12
21. Yellow Warbler- PC
22. Tree Swallow-PC
23. Brewer’s Blackbird
24. Bushtit- PC
25. Spotted Towhee- PC (by call)
26. Rock Dove.
27. Pacific Slope Flycatcher
28. Western Wood Pewee 5/19/12
29. House Sparrow-T 5/21/12
30. Common Yellowthroat-PC
31. Red Winged Blackbird-PC
32. Lesser Goldfinch-T 9/29/12
33. Killdeer-PC
34. Lesser Goldfinch-PC
35. Ruddy Duck-PC
36. Western Grebe-PC
37. Fox Sparrow-PC
38. American Coot-PC
39. Allen’s Hummingbird
40. Brewer’s Sparrow
41. Western Kingbird-PC and T
42. Forster’s Tern-PC
43. Wood Duck-IP 6/8/12
44. Acorn Woodpecker-IP
45. Peacock-IP
46. Red Crowned Parrot-IP
47. Nuttall’s Woodpecker-IP
48. Black Necked Stilt-SDC 6/9/12
49. Cinnamon Teal-SDC
50. Snowy Egret-SDC
51. American Avocet-SDC
52. White Pelican-UNB
53. Great Blue Heron-UNB
54. Black Skimmer-UNB
55. Song Sparrow-UNB
56. Common Moorhen-UNB
57. Osprey-UNB
58. Marbled Godwit-UNB
59. Cliff Swallow-SDC
60. Northern Harrier (Marsh Hawk)-UNB
61. Double Crested Cormorant-SJWS 6/10/12
62. Pied Billed Grebe-SJWS
63. Brown Pelican-SJWS
64. Egyptian Goose-SJWS
65. White Pelican-UNB
66. Great Egret-PC
67. Least Tern-UNB 7/7/12
68. Brandt’s Cormorant-UNB
69. Willet-UNB
70. Wilson’s Warbler-UNB
71. Cactus Wren-UNB
72. Least Sandpiper-UNB
73. Cali. Quail-PC 7/14/12
74. Cali. Gull
75. Yellow Rumped Warbler-T
76. Heerman’s Gull-HB 7/21/12
77. Long Billed Curlew-BC
78. Whimbrel-BC
79. Rough Winged Swallow-SJWS 7/22/12
80. Caspian Tern-SJWS
81. Gadwall-SJWS
82. White Throated Swift-SJWS
83. Starling-SJWS
84. Short Billed Dowitcher-SJWS 7/26/12
85. Clark’s Grebe-SJWS
86. Savannah Sparrow-SJWS
87. Semipalmated Plover-SJWS 7/28/12
88. Cassin’s Kingbird-T 7/30/12
89. White Faced Ibis-SDC 9/1/12
90. Western Sandpiper-SJWS
91. Red Necked Phalarope-SJWS
92. Sora-SJWS
93. Virginia Rail-SJWS
94. Baird’s Sandpiper-SJWS
95. Long Billed Dowitcher-SJWS
96. Warbling Vireo-SJWS
97. Kestrel-PC 9/22/12
98. California Trasher-PC
99. Scrub Jay-T
100. House Wren-T
101. Hutton’s Vireo-IP 10/3/12
102. Wht. Crowned Sparrow-IP
103. Green Heron-BC 10/5/12
104. Reddish Egret-BC
105. American Wigeon-BC
106. Northern Pintail-BC
107. Eared Grebe-BC
108. Say’s Phoebe-BC
109. Ruddy Turnstone-BC
110. Northern Shoveler-SJWS
111. Blue Winged Teal0SJWS
112. Northern Flicker-PC 10/15/12
113. Virginia’s Warbler-PC
114. Nutmeg Mannikin-PC
115. Western Meadowlark-PC
116. Downy Woodpecker-PC
117. Palm Warbler-HBCP 11/1/12
118. Townsend’s Warbler-HBCP
119. Cassin’s Vireo-HBCP
120. Hairy Woodpecker-HBCP
121. Black and White Warbler-HBCP
122. Hermit Thrush-HBCP
123. Brown Creeper-HBCP
124. Belted Kingfisher-PC 11/10/12
125. Oak Titmouse- IP
126. Peregrine Falcon-BC-11/15/12
127. Black Crowned Night Heron-BC
128. Yellow Crowned Night Heron-BC
129. Bufflehead-BC
130. Surf Scoter-BC
131. Lesser Scaup-BC
132. Greater Scaup-BC
133. Loggerhead Shrike-BC
134. Redhead-SJWS
135. Canvasback-SJWS-11/23/12
136. Red Breasted Nuthatch-CH-12/23/12
137. Ruby Crowned Kinglet-CH
138. White Breasted Nuthatch-IP
139. White Throated Sparrow-IP
140. Cedar Waxwing-SJWS-12/28/12
141. Ash Throated Flycatcher-SJWS
142. Cackling Goose-WRMRP
143. Eastern Phoebe-WRMRP
144. Spotted Sandpiper-SDC
145. Black Throated Green Warbler-FC-1/5/13
146. Yellow Warbler – T-1/26/13
147. Lincoln’s Sparrow-T
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Feb 28, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
I can't check off the Oregon Junco, it vanished in to thin air!!!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 28, 2013 - 10:23pm PT
Dee ee,
I suspect you would have caught me if it weren't for your injury. Here is my final list. I had a little flurry at the end as a result of getting out on my bike to see a few species that I had missed on previous rides.

1. Canada Goose
2. American Wigeon
3. Mallard
4. Greater Scaup
5. Lesser Scaup
6. Surf Scoter
7. Bufflehead
8. Common Goldeneye
9. Red-breasted Merganser
10. Ruddy Duck
11. Pied-billed Grebe
12. Horned Grebe
13. Eared Grebe
14. Western Grebe
15. Clark's Grebe
16. Brown Pelican
17. Double-crested Cormorant
18. Pelagic Cormorant
19. Snowy Egret
20. Green Heron
21. Turkey Vulture
22. White-tailed Kite
23. Sharp-shinned Hawk
24. Cooper's Hawk
25. American Coot
26. Black-bellied Plover
27. Willet
28. Spotted Sandpiper
29. Mew Gull
30. Ring-billed Gull
31. California Gull
32. Herring Gull
33. Thayer's Gull
34. Western Gull
35. Glaucous-winged Gull
36. Rock Pigeon
37. Anna's Hummingbird
38. Black Phoebe
39. Western Scrub-Jay
40. American Crow
41. Common Raven
42. Western Bluebird
43. Hermit Thrush
44. Yellow-rumped Warbler
45. California Towhee
46. Fox Sparrow
47. White-crowned Sparrow
48. Golden-crowned Sparrow
49. Red-winged Blackbird
50. Western Meadowlark
51. House Finch
52. Common Merganser
53. Black-crowned Night-Heron
54. Red-tailed Hawk
55. Black Oystercatcher
56. Least Sandpiper
57. Forster's Tern
58. Mourning Dove
59. Chestnut-backed Chickadee
60. Bushtit
61. Bewick's Wren
62. American Robin
63. Northern Mockingbird
64. Wild Turkey
65. European Starling
66. Red-shouldered Hawk
67. Whimbrel
68. Black Turnstone
69. House Wren
70. Ruby-crowned Kinglet
71. Lesser Goldfinch
72. American Kestrel
73. Long-billed Curlew
74. Common Loon
75. White-winged Scoter
76. Prairie Falcon
77. White-throated Swift
78. Allen's Hummingbird
79. Red-breasted Sapsucker
80. Nuttall's Woodpecker
81. Warbling Vireo
82. Oak Titmouse
83. Red-breasted Nuthatch
84. Cedar Waxwing
85. Townsend's Warbler
86. Spotted Towhee
87. Dark-eyed Junco
88. House Sparrow
89. Osprey
90. Sora
91. Belted Kingfisher
92. Northern Flicker
93. Pacific Loon
94. Peregrine Falcon
95. Red-throated Loon
96. Great Blue Heron
97. Eurasian Wigeon
98. Merlin
99. Killdeer
100. Say's Phoebe
101. Brown Creeper
102. Lincoln's Sparrow
103. Caspian Tern
104. Gadwall
105. Northern Shoveler
106. Green-winged Teal
107. Canvasback
108. Great Egret
109. Semipalmated Plover
110. American Avocet
111. Greater Yellowlegs
112. Marbled Godwit
113. Dunlin
114. Long-billed Dowitcher
115. Song Sparrow
116. Clapper Rail
117. Northern Rough-winged Swallow
118. Cliff Swallow
119. Barn Swallow
120. Brewer's Blackbird
121. Sanderling
122. Barn Owl
123. Brown-headed Cowbird
124. Ruddy Turnstone
125. Violet-green Swallow
126. Purple Finch
127. American White Pelican
128. Wilson's Warbler
129. Heermann's Gull
130. Elegant Tern
131. Hooded Oriole
132. Red-necked Phalarope
133. Great Horned Owl
134. Yellow Warbler
135. Pacific-slope Flycatcher
136. MacGillivray's Warbler
137. Downy Woodpecker
138. Western Wood-Pewee
139. Nashville Warbler
140. Western Tanager
141. Orange-crowned Warbler
142. Savannah Sparrow
143. Black-throated Gray Warbler
144. White-throated Sparrow
145. Rock Wren
146. Hutton's Vireo
147. Brant
148. Western Sandpiper
149. Cinnamon Teal
150. Black Scoter
151. American Pipit
152. Cackling Goose
153. Northern Pintail
154. Brandt's Cormorant
155. Black-necked Stilt
156. Surfbird
157. Bonaparte's Gull
158. Burrowing Owl
159. Northern Harrier
160. Marsh Wren

[Edit] Not birds, but I also saw a few cool mammals, some of which were a bit of a surprise:
CA Sea Lion
Harbor Seal
River Otter
Muskrat
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
Nice Tony! I was gonna' do a big end push but I fizzled (or should I say flamed out?) out.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
Craig, Dark Eyed Junco, but you knew that!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 3, 2013 - 06:31pm PT
went by Wahsoe lake yesterday- saw 8 diferent species of divers, six species of puddlers, a host of shore birds and raptors with a few corvids taboot. In like ten minutes.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2013 - 12:04am PT
So here is my list. If there is any interest (probably even if not), I'll merge all the posted ones and do a combined STBY list. Like most of us, I've been "birding" my whole outdoor life (for me since the 60s, but this was the first time I counted and took notes for the whole year. And for me it was also a dairy of my shoulder recuperation from a 3way first rotator cuff surgery (a bike crash dee ee!). I tried really hard and really liked parts of it. I also kind of hated what it did to my birding at times, i.e. "oh I saw that already, move on". I learned, though, and March 1 2013(aka the day after it was over), I totally tripped looking at a Lincoln's Sparrow and saw it in a way I don't think I would have a year+ ago. The difference was mainly focus and concentration.

At the moment the top three were: a lone black swift in a cold grey afternoon, busting my butt to ride in 32F rain to a place where I knew there was a Snowy Owl, and stumbling on a Bohemian Waxwing around the corner from my house, but then I start thinking about other occasions and could go on an on.

Thanks y'all and especially Tony for the help. Also thanks to a local Seattle birder Connie Sidles. ps I think Tony underreported.

1. American Crow.
2. Song Sparrow.
3. Barrow's Goldeneye.
4. Great Blue Heron.
5. American Robin.
6. European Starling.
7. Wood Duck.
8. American Wigeon.
9. Green-winged Teal.
10. Pied-billed Grebe.
11. Mallard.
12. Bufflehead.
13. Northern Shoveler.
14. American Coot.
15. Black-capped Chickadee.
16. Double-crested Cormorant.
17. Killdeer.
18. Bewick's Wren.
19. House Sparrow.
20. Steller's Jay.
21. Bushtit.
22. House Finch.
23. Spotted Towhee.
24. Golden-crowned Sparrow.
25. Bald Eagle.
26. Dark-eyed Junco.
27. Gadwall.
28. Canada Goose.
29. Common Goldeneye.
30. Red-winged Blackbird.
31. Yellow-rumped Warbler.
32. Ruby-crowned Kinglet.
33. White-crowned Sparrow.
34. Glaucous-winged Gull.
35. Chestnut-backed Chickadee.
36. Northern Flicker.
37. Pine Siskin.
38. Eurasian Wigeon.
39. Ring-necked Duck.
40. Common Merganser.
41. Red-tailed Hawk.
42. Virginia Rail.
43. California Gull.
44. Mew Gull.
45. Violet-green Swallow.
46. Brown Creeper.
47. Downy Woodpecker.
48. Marsh Wren.
49. Tree Swallow.
50. Rock Pigeon.
51. Belted Kingfisher.
52. Surf Scoter.
53. Brant.
54. Red-necked Grebe.
55. Greater Scaup.
56. Lesser Scaup.
57. Lincoln's Sparrow.
58. Savannah Sparrow.
59. Cedar Waxwing.
60. Fox Sparrow.
61. Anna's Hummingbird.
62. Red-breasted Merganser.
63. Cooper's Hawk.
64. Barn Swallow.
65. Cliff Swallow.
66. Western Meadowlark.
67. Osprey.
68. Common Yellowthroat.
69. Golden-crowned Kinglet.
70. Barred Owl.
71. Pileated Woodpecker.
72. Cinnamon Teal.
73. Dunlin.
74. Hermit Thrush.
75. Pacific Wren.
76. Orange-crowned Warbler.
77. Wilson's Warbler.
78. Vaux's Swift.
79. Least Sandpiper.
80. Brewer's Blackbird.
81. Warbling Vireo.
82. Yellow Warbler.
83. Caspian Tern.
84. Horned Grebe.
85. Pigeon Guillemot.
86. Western Gull.
87. Townsend's Warbler.
88. Western Grebe.
89. Marbled Murrelet.
90. Western Tanager.
91. Pacific-slope Flycatcher.
92. Blue-winged Teal.
93. Pectoral Sandpiper.
94. Sharp-shinned Hawk.
95. Northern Rough-winged Swallow.
96. Black-headed Grosbeak.
97. Merlin.
98. Willow Flycatcher.
99. Black-throated Gray Warbler.
100. Swainson's Thrush.
101. Western Wood-Pewee.
102. Western Kingbird.
103. Black Swift.
104. California Quail.
105. Spotted Sandpiper.
106. Ruddy Duck.
107. Purple Martin.
108. Rufous Hummingbird.
109. Semipalmated Sandpiper.
110. Greater Yellowlegs.
111. Long-billed Dowitcher.
112. Peregrine Falcon.
113. Western Sandpiper.
114. Northern Pintail.
115. Green Heron.
116. Red-breasted Nuthatch.
117. Greater White-fronted Goose.
118. Northern Shrike.
119. Cackling Goose.
120. Wilson's Snipe.
121. Purple Finch.
122. Heermann's Gull.
123. Common Loon.
124. Northern Harrier.
125. Snowy Owl.
126. Snow Goose.
127. Trumpeter Swan.
128. Herring Gull.
129. Ring-billed Gull.
130. Bohemian Waxwing.
131. Varied Thrush.
132. Red Crossbill.
133. Black Turnstone.
134. Surfbird.
135. Pelagic Cormorant.
136. Canvasback.
Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 4, 2013 - 03:19am PT
No northwestern crow ?
Forsooth.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2013 - 10:33am PT
Good point Tami. I just didn't feel comfortable ID'ing them. I see flocks of Crows, and there appears to be two distinct size populations, but I just couldn't bring myself to claim them. Maybe photographs! Tony had the idea of finding a feathers on the ground and sending them in for genetic analysis. I've got to start climbing again!!!!
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
Mar 4, 2013 - 11:59am PT
I hit ~80
but kinda gave up last spring when it was cramping my only day for a real workout,
no more slowing down and stopping during my road rides, damn the birds, I've seen them all 1000 times before

I just don't have the passion for birding like I did 20 years ago, when they were all new check offs.

But apparently, I'm still 4th on the board, so I will pat myself on the back

Tony, Darwin and DE EE, Good job!
perswig

climber
Mar 4, 2013 - 12:49pm PT
You guys are awesome.
Thanks for letting us hike/ride along - vicarious birding!

Dale
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 4, 2013 - 12:49pm PT
Nice y'all!
Darwin, I would be interested in our total.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 4, 2013 - 11:55pm PT
Dave(right dee ee?) and Tony;

Between the three of us, a'hem who posted, I get 228 birds. I would like to go over my merging script a little more before "publishing". And maybe some others will contribute. We're all on the West Coast, and I sure would like to hear form those, oh say, in Colorado, gee who could that be?, or Arizona or New Mexico or, a'hem a'hem, the Gulf of East Coast. You know you look out your window and see something we'all out here don't see, like a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, a Roseate Spoonbill, or even a Cardinal.

(edit): One can only ponder what wonders lie out on the Kenai.

I was looking for a Red-headed Duck the last day of the stby but missed it even though it was only 200 yards from my place of work. But it stuck around, and I saw it yesterday and today. It insisted on staying right in line with the sun, but nonetheless here are some photos.
They really do dive that way.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Mar 5, 2013 - 12:32am PT
Darwin - I can't tell 'em apart either . My 90 year old mother can. Sheesh.

We are Fans of The Crow here - we feed the buggers cheap kitty vittles. The murder congregates on our roof ( along with some glaucous wing gulls - sky rats !!! ) in anticipation of the 1100hrs feed. Sometimes a great black cloud descends. It scares the beezelbub right outta the high school students across the road. Guffaw.

One of my favorite clear-day sunset sights in Vancouver is the daily fly-out of the crow population of Vancouver to Burnaby Lake. They seem to follow first avenue and Hwy 1 as they , in that inarticulate crow manner, make their way to the night-time hang.

Fascinating birds, the crow !!!!

Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 5, 2013 - 12:54am PT
My list would be a lot bigger if I wasn't so lazy. Probably could have added 50 more within 5 or 6 miles on certain days. I've even been too lazy to tally until now....

Chico area birds for the lazy man

1 Red Tailed Hawk
2 Red Shouldered Hawk
3 Am Kestrel
4 Turkey Vulture
5 Peregrine Falcon
6 GH Owl
7 Barn Owl
8 W Screech Owl
9 Coopers Hawk
10 Sharp shinned
11 Anna's Hum
12 Nutall's woodpecker
13 Acorn W
14 Hairy
15 Downy
16 Red Br Sapsucker
17 N Flicker
18 Black phoebe
19 Say's phoebe
20 Tree Swallow
21 violet green sw
22 rough winged sw
23 am crow
24 raven
25 scrub jay
26 oak titmouse
27 bushtit
28 WB nuthatch
29 RB nuthatch
30 House wren
31 Bewick's wren
32 Rock Wren
33 RC kinglet
34 Hutton's vireo
35 Golden Eagle
36 Am Robin
37 Starling
38 Cedar waxwing
39 YR warbler
40 OC warbler
41 song sparrow
42 fox sparrow
43 golden crowned sparrow
44 wht crowned sparrow
45 DE junco
46 Am goldfinch
47 lesser GF
48 B kingfisher
49 Gr egret
50 pied billed grebe
51 purple finch
52 mallard
53 Am wigeon
54 snow goose
55 wht fronted goose
56 sandhill crane
57 Bullock's oriole
58 wood duck
59 black headed grosbeak
60 ash throated flycatcher
61 varied thrush
62 w bluebird
63 mt bluebird
64 Gr blue heron
65 EC Dove
66 rock pigeon
67 mourning dove
68 cal quail
69 phainopepla
70 yellow br chat
71 wht tailed kite
72 pine siskin
73 n mockingbird
74 wild turkey
75 brewer's blackbird
76 red winged balckbird
77spotted towhee
78 cal towhee
79 hse sparrow
80 killdeer
81 w kingbird
82 N harrier
83 cal gull
84 ring billed gull
85 com merganser
86 w meadowlark
87 lark sparrow
88 ferrugenous hawk
89 hse finch
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Mar 5, 2013 - 01:21am PT
Timid;
w.r.t Ferruginous Hawk, I think that's a first for the list. Oh and, Golden Eagle. I didn't go through the rest.

Tami,
Do you call them South-West Crows? ;-) Maybe a better name would be Salish Sea Crows.
We have a big fly by for crows going to their roosts here in the U District. Sometimes it's transcendental, other times I have to admit that it gives me the willies. Did you get a beautiful but a little cold and breezy day up there in Vancouver today? We had one of the nicest days of the winter here.
DanaB

climber
CT
Mar 5, 2013 - 07:23am PT
Fascinating birds, the crow !!!!

Anyone who likes crows and knows what a murder is

is pretty okay in my book.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Mar 5, 2013 - 09:57am PT

Hurray for Corvidae!!!!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 25, 2013 - 11:16am PT

Hang with me. This does turn around to being entirely on topic.
I was down in the Bay Area visiting family and friends. We had a tentative trip to Parkline Slabs planned, but what with the short days and just perhaps a glass too many of red wine, we bailed to the Berkeley climbing gym Ironworks. I usually have a hard time with climbing gyms (not fun and too difficult), but I had a blast this time.

Tony, being,the super birder that he is, had heard that there was a Painted Redstart nearby in Berkeley, and we headed up to look for it. After a little search we came upon other birders that led us to the tree with the Redstart. The day had great light, and we had great views of it for as long as we stuck around. Also as we walked up, I notice a fairly heavily loaded touring bike and I immediately looked around trying to figure out who was the birding biker. The biker introduced himself first as Mark Kudrav, and he is on a green (bicycle only) big year. He threw himself into it a WHOLE LOT more than any of us did at least w.r.t time an bike miles invested. I'm not providing the spoilers of his distance covered and #birds, but it's impressive. Check out his blog

http://greenbigyear2013.blogspot.com/2013_11_01_archive.html


He seemed like a really nice guy.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 26, 2013 - 12:05am PT


bump.

And another friend saw the Redstart today. 2013/11/25
amyjo

Trad climber
Nov 26, 2013 - 01:09am PT
Me too!

Three days ago, in the rain.
Spinning front & back like a weathervane.

Any chance you might know what that Oak was
it was in. The only cones I could find were
really really tiny...
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Nov 26, 2013 - 06:42am PT

Filmed on the 23rd Nov.
This is murder, keeping track of what the local crow gangs are doing.
Last evening, only two days after this aerial melee, I was standing on the corner opposite the park, had my tripod and camera ready and waiting, but saw not one crow!

I saw my son, Scottie, though, come walking up through the murky twilight, and he was taking my picture with his phone!

What I think is happening here with the crows is that their evening roosts vary between the park and some other spots in the city, nearby, but not right there. I have seen them off in the northwest from the Tioga, as well as to the north, and they pull off an aerial gang fight every so often, like the one I filmed from my window.

I don't understand, simply, how they get to be so "choosy"--if that's the word--but it may not be a choice. It may be that there is a good reason they move around, or maybe not.

To meld with the mind of a crow, or the collective crow mind, would be an experience, since they live so long. I'll have to talk to Don Juan abut this.

Here is another tuber on crows, more like what I wanted last night.
steveA

Trad climber
Wolfeboro, NH
Nov 26, 2013 - 07:32am PT
Crow's--one of the most intelligent of all animals.
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