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quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Original Post - Jun 11, 2007 - 12:44pm PT







ID 101 whats what???
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 12:50pm PT
Hmmm, you got me on that one.

(photo would help).

:)
dmalloy

Trad climber
eastside
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:30pm PT
falconus americanus var. invisibilus
John Moosie

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:37pm PT
Definitely var. invisibilus, but I am leaning towards Robin. The would explain Ouch's missing birds.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 01:39pm PT
Hmmmm. Invisiblilus is a good call. I thought perhaps it was a snowy egret in a snow storm. However, not being able to make out his 'golden gloves' sort of had me wondering. I think you guys are on to something...
TradIsGood

Happy and Healthy climber
the Gunks end of the country
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:01pm PT
Actually, it is a Road Runner. (I theenk.)

But the photo is seriously over-exposed.

Beep! Beep!
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:01pm PT
doh!!!


Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:05pm PT
Instant thought is the bobolink:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Bobolink.html

Though that doesn't seem quite right. Let me study some more...
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:08pm PT
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:08pm PT
Looks like some Cinnamon Teals (the ducks)

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Cinnamon_Teal.html
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:09pm PT
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:09pm PT
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:10pm PT
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Bullocks_Oriole.html

Beautiful Bullocks Oriole there too.

This is great fun!
John Moosie

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:10pm PT
The second picture is not "doh". Its ducks.

Don't know what kind.
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:11pm PT
Crimpie,

Think smaller. I've never seen a bobolink, but i'd love to!!!

Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:13pm PT
Sharp-tailed Grouse:

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Sharp-tailed_Grouse.html

I did not know this one. Took some looking. Cool looking bird. For what ever reason, I'm not good with owls. Let me dig some.

Anyone else? Curious about the first bird. Bobolink? Some sort of black bird given the conical bill, eh?
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:13pm PT
bullocks for sure..:-)
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:13pm PT
smaller than a bobolink?

Hmmm.

I have only seen one bobolink - very exciting!

Did you go bird watching this weekend? How fun!
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:15pm PT
Fringillidae
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:17pm PT
Crimpie,

I get paid to go birding...It's a pretty sweet gig. These are some older photos, but I was out looking for goshawks this weekend...happy birding!!
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:17pm PT
Oh you devil! The torture... more digging... :)
John Moosie

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:18pm PT
dang crimpie, you are too fast. I had the grouse but you beat me too it.
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 11, 2007 - 02:20pm PT
hee hee! It's a male in breeding plumage
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:21pm PT
Oh man! Paid to do it... you are a fortunate one. So it's a grosbeak of some sort? His beak looks more slender it the photo.

My bird id skills are so rusty. I need to get out more. The group I used to go with dissolved. Bummer.

Am I correct on the others?

Did you see this great photo I posted recently. Common, but still to see the new recently fledged babies was so cool!

Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:32pm PT
Backyard birds are fun!





more at http://www.knowchaos.com/photos
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:34pm PT
ack... begging for small hint... gack...

:)


Quartzite - you ought set up a birds + climbing weekend a la sushifest style. There are so many bird enthusiasts here on the taco. That'd be most excellent fun.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:35pm PT
Hee hee!

Wes, as usual your photos are great. The first is a baby Starling isn't it? Like how you caught him in the midst of a good scratch.

The American Goldfinch looks to be inspecting his feet. Checking out his callouses no doubt. haha.

Pretty birds.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:37pm PT
Here Malachi is giving the eye...


John Moosie

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 02:53pm PT
Baby Owls= great horned ?

Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Jun 11, 2007 - 08:00pm PT
CG, not sure - we have a nice variety of birds, and I have been lazy about trying to figure them all out. The sorta red headed one - is it a house finch?
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 08:28pm PT
Yup Wes, the red one is a House Finch. The yellows are American Goldfinch, and the first one - the one scratching appears to be young European Starling. All lovely birds (of course, I think all birds are lovely).
flash5twelve

climber
Fort Collins, CO
Jun 11, 2007 - 09:03pm PT
The first pic is a lark bunting.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 11, 2007 - 09:06pm PT
Doh. So obvious.

http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Lark_Bunting.html

Thanks for the relief!
Ouch!

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 09:24pm PT
john hansen

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 10:48pm PT








Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 11, 2007 - 11:11pm PT
Piece of cake for someone who does a lot of birding. Here they are: (1) male Lark Bunting; (2) male Gadwall (left) with two male and one female Cinnamon Teal; (3) male Bullock's Oriole; (4) male Sage Grouse; (5) juvenile Great Horned Owls; (6) juvenile Cedar Waxwings; (7) Black Phoebe; (8) male American Goldfinch; (9) male House Finch; (10) male American Goldfinches; (11) Blue-and-yellow Macaw; (12) Long-eared Owl; (13) two nerds with a Great Horned Owl; (14) dark-morph Red-tailed Hawk; (15) Great Blue Heron; (16) Marbled Godwit; (17) Brant (foreground) and Marbled Godwits; (18) Western Grebes.
john hansen

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 11:26pm PT
Very good Floyd but I tricked you on # 14... Its an Hawaiin Hawk, also known as an I'o. Sub spiecies of a Sharp shinned hawk.

You know your birds thou..
John Moosie

climber
Jun 11, 2007 - 11:37pm PT
I am fairly certain #4 is not a sage grouse but a sharp-tailed grouse as evidenced by the yellow comb over the eye.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 12:17am PT
Floyd - wow!

I don't think 7 is a Black Phoebe. The photo was taken in Kentucky and Black Phoebe are not out here - only Eastern Phoebes. Plus, the tail is too short.

Could be wrong, but I think it's a juve European Starling.
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2007 - 09:08am PT
lark bunting it is.

flyod. definitely a sharpie


Crimpie,

A supertaco birding expo could happen...:-)

I have some more pics I'll post later
mcreel

climber
Barcelona, Spain
Jun 12, 2007 - 10:06am PT
I think it's a Clark's Nutcracker, probably on acid. Where was the photo taken?
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 10:43am PT
Mcreel - hhahahaha! Aren't Clark's nutcrackers great birds? I saw some at Crater Lake in Oregon and they were as funny as could be. And, as guides say, 'strangely tame'. I really enjoyed them.
Ouch!

climber
Jun 12, 2007 - 10:57am PT
That's a sharptail fer sure. I once lived two weeks on sharptails boiled and broiled. Sage hens are bigger and darker. Look kinda like a buzzard strolling around. Eastern Montana used to be swarming with them.

I didn't eat peckerwoods.
Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 12, 2007 - 01:09pm PT
This thread is fer the birds!
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Knob Central
Jun 12, 2007 - 02:06pm PT
White pelican
Kestrel or Prairie falcons
Hummer - maybe male annas
bald
magpie
baby
?
red tail
baby ?
raven
barn owls
merganser
osprey
scrub jay
baby owl ?
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 03:16pm PT
Gnome: I think your question mark is an Altamira Oriole.

Got some American Kestral bird sex going on there it looks like.

The Magpie is a Black Billed Magpie. I actually got to see a Yellow Billed Magpie in CA two years ago. Very exciting!

I think the that is in the second to last photo - the one flying off the fence post - may be an Indigo Bunting. Edit: now I'm doubting myself. Almost can see a necklace on that bird. Pretty guy.

And the hummingbird - yeah, it's a hummingbird. Hummers are east over in this part of the country. Only one kind.

The baby raptor in that series is adorable!
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Knob Central
Jun 12, 2007 - 05:35pm PT
I figured it was an oriole but didn't have the time to look it up. All the rest were off the top of my head. But I didn't know there were 2 kinds of magpies, just that it is what I see here in Cali all the time.
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 12, 2007 - 05:41pm PT
Dang--missed the phoebe (must be Eastern Phoebe if from Tennessee, shape and color wrong for European Starling), grouse (I concur it looks Sharp-tailed) and hawk (tricky tricky!). Without looking at a guide earlier or now, the more recent photos are: (1) White Pelican; (2) American Kestrels "fighting" (as we used to tell our son when he was young); (3) female hummingbird (tough to identify; the two apparent rings on the throat/foreneck are odd); (4) Bald Eagle; (5) juvenile Great Horned Owl; (6) Hooded Oriole (might be wrong); (7) Red-shouldered Hawk? (not much to see); (8) juvenile hawk; (9) Common Raven; (10) Barn Owl; (11) female Common Merganser; (12) Osprey; (13) Mountain Bluebird? (hard to see true colors); (14) juvenile Great Horned Owl.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 06:07pm PT
Floyd: I'm certain it is not an Eastern Phoebe either. They are everywhere out here. The young just-fledged Starlings I see all over are mocha colored like that fella is. Plus, that he is doing an over-the-wing head scratch which is starling-ish. The area is crawling with youngsters right now.

Check out these photos of young starlings:




Here is an Eastern Phoebe:


Anyone else have thoughts on that bird we are discussing?

Bwahaha. I am cracking up regarding the Kestrels who are "fighting". :)
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Jun 12, 2007 - 06:07pm PT
Cool shots! Here are a few more...






Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 12, 2007 - 07:31pm PT
This is pretty fun . I missed the earlier set. G_Gnome nailed most of my shots.
The Oriole is like Quartziteflights oriole, a Bullocks Oriole.
Crimpergirl...you know your Magpies. Can you tell what it's eating?
Floyd got most the rest of em' . Yep that's a Mountain Bluebird and I know the hawk head shot shows little of the bird, but it's not a chicken like Russ claims it's a Sharp Shinned. The juvenile hawk is a Coopers.
Wes...nice shots.Barn Swallow, Sandhill Crane?, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle
Crimpergirl, beautiful waxwing shots and you even make starlings look pretty!
Blinny...got anymore from the Grand?
Great shots John and Quartziteflight and everyone, I think my favorite though is Ouch's bird in the center....wow!
Here are a couple more.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 07:45pm PT
Ha! I'm not falling for the dreaded flycatcher trap there!! I stick with FLYCATCHER and offer no more information. :)

What an adorable shot of the hummingbird in the next. SO CUTE! I know this - it is not a Ruby Throated. haha. Given I have nothing but Ruby Throated here, I know almost no hummingbirds.

I do love the Magpies. I watched some parents with their newly fledged youngsters while I was at Smith Rocks one year. They are very demonstrative. The way their tails stream behind them in flight is so beautiful. They actually remind me of macaws in flight.

I'm afraid to find out what the Magpie is eating. Hopefully not a baby! What is is? (Enlarging the photo didn't help me)

And your Oriole is a Bullocks? Is it young? Seems so different to me. What I am missing?
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 12, 2007 - 11:28pm PT
Never thought I'd be entertaining myself with birds (my vocation) on a climbing (my avocation) website! Nice combination, though.

The mystery bird has a flycatcher-shaped head rather than the flatter head of a European Starling (compare the photos), so I still think it is an Eastern Phoebe, but it's tough to identify it from a single photo in which we can't see all the pertinent details.

The second oriole indeed looks like a 1st alternate plumaged (= 2nd calendar year) male Bullock's Oriole, but it's rather bright on the belly so I still suspect it's a Hooded Oriole, but we either need to see the wingbar detail to be certain or rely on Kevin's word since he apparently studied it in more detail than what we can see in the photo.

The last set of photos: (1) Barn Swallow; (2) Sandhill Crane; (3) Osprey with a filet-o-fish sandwich; (4) Osprey; (5) Common Raven; (6) Golden Eagle; (7) Say's Phoebe; (8) female hummingbird (bill looks straight and long, maybe Black-chinned).

If you're into challenging bird identification problems, you might be interested in the Frontiers of Bird Identification discussion group at:

http://www.virtualbirder.com/bmail/idfrontiers/

And be prepared for some polite disagreements, especially when it comes to gulls (my favorites, by the way). Of course the biggest identification controversy of 'em all is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker...
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 12, 2007 - 11:29pm PT
By the way you guys are posting some nice bird pics. What equipment are you using?
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Jun 13, 2007 - 12:32am PT
Floyd, mine are with a canon 20d, 400 2.8 IS, and many also with a 1.4 TC added. So, that gives me a film equivalent of right around 900mm, and I still have to crop the smaller birds photos, though I am working on getting closer, and geting a 2x TC. Have some more in flight shots that I will try to get up soon.

nita

climber
chico ca
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:05am PT
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/
This is a site my husband goes to, it's cool- listen to the bird songs and sounds.
john hansen

climber
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:12am PT
Radical,,, first pic "Apapane"?

Third Pic... Cactus Wren?

Second pic,, not that good with Hummers..no idea

Iv'e seen about 300 spiecies in the wild, hope to see many more.

Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 13, 2007 - 09:09am PT
This is great info! Riley, why is that Oriole not an Altamira?

Floyd, thanks for the cool website as well.

We need to do a ST birders weekend for real. Dang, I'd learn soooo much!
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 13, 2007 - 10:33am PT
Okay dokey. Thanks for that. Gotta grab a pile of books off my shelf now...
scuffy b

climber
Bates Creek
Jun 13, 2007 - 11:01am PT
Riley, isn't your first bird a Rail? Virginia? Clapper?
About your accipiter...isn't it strange that you got your
Cornell genius to commit to anything, based only on that photo?
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 13, 2007 - 11:22am PT
Sibley is good no doubt. But I hate carrying it with me. It's big and I can't bear fouling it up.

The Kaufmann book is a good traveling book. It's small and lightweight. I have several that live around (in the car, in my room over looking field and bird feeders, etc.). It's inexpensive enough I don't mind replacing it when it gets lost (like in Snow Canyon a couple of years ago, doh) or ruined.

As far as the gulls - heck, even with guides I'm generally at a loss. I find it interesting that what most people find as the most common boring birds (e.g., gulls, sparrows) are the most challenging for birders.

THANKS Floyd for that birding url. I will be preparing my letter of resignation here at work since my firing for goofing off online is now imminent. :)
pc

climber
East of Seattle
Jun 13, 2007 - 12:28pm PT
New Species discovered in China...

Gigantoraptor. Double overhead at the shoulders!


From Reuters...
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2007 - 01:39pm PT
Radical,

I need to be able to see the tail to make a positive ID on the mystery bird. It's nearly impossible to tell an adult female sharp-shinned hawk from and adult male cooper's hawk with out seeing the tail.
Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:41pm PT
Here are a few better views of the Oriole in question.


Crimpie......Magpie is having a lil baby snack! It's just a "part" of a baby rabbit,from the one the raven has on the post.

Riley, I'm still a greenhorn with the ID stuff, but if I had to bet...I'd guess that's a Coopers Hawk?

Blinny...Yes, doing great here in Bishop, still at the Gallery. I'll visit out there someday. You guys will be at the Tamarack reunion in Mammoth right? Say hello to Mark for me!
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2007 - 01:56pm PT
The wren is a bewicks. The only wren I haven't seen...
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2007 - 02:03pm PT



quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2007 - 02:06pm PT
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2007 - 02:11pm PT
Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 13, 2007 - 02:36pm PT
Riley...Thanks for the correction. I've been calling those Bullocks for a while now. I'm a pretty novice IDer, and had told a friend that is really good that I'd seen an Altamira and he had said it was probably a Bullocks.I actually get a kick out of telling him I've seen birds that could't possibly be around here!
The Bewicks photo was taken above Round Valley in the Eastern Sierra as was the Oriole.

Quartzflight...Merlin in the net?
Beautiful yellow headed something or other?
Juvy raven?
Awesome photo....Prairie Falcons?
No idea...?
Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 13, 2007 - 02:58pm PT
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2007 - 04:14pm PT
1)black chinned hummer(I'm pretty weak on my humming birds)

2)SNEG

3)AMKE

4)That's some sapsucker I don't know

5)GREG

6)GHOW chics
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2007 - 04:14pm PT
Kevin,

Good guesses, but wrong on all..
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 13, 2007 - 04:43pm PT
Quartzflight, I'll give it a shot:
Kestrel in the net?
Golden Crowned Kinglet
Ani (forgetting fully name right now)
Merlins (guessing here)
Black throated grey warbler?

edit: now that i *think* about it, my last guess is silly. doh!
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 13, 2007 - 05:29pm PT
Good job crimpa girl.

wrong on the last two.

Clues:

THe falcons are ultra rare in the US. Most of the birds were hacked by the pergrine fund in the SW.

The warbler's call is like a souped up black-throated blue warblers call.




Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 13, 2007 - 05:44pm PT
I saw a bunch of the Golden Crowned Kinglets at Hawk Mountain one year. Beautiful little birds. Let me go back to the drawing board on those last two.

**this has been such fun!

Edit: A Cerulean? I'm not even sure it's a warbler now. Sort of have a flycatcher head...

edit edit: I see Radical posted Cerulean at the same time!
Apocalypsenow

Trad climber
Cali
Jun 13, 2007 - 05:47pm PT
I have been studying Humming Birds...in my feeder. "Aggressive" little bastards they are!
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 13, 2007 - 05:59pm PT

*this is the one that Quartzite posted above that was not working...
Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 13, 2007 - 06:32pm PT
Aplomado Falcons....nice
Yep, Red Breasted Sapsucker.
What's in the net?


Blinny's..I'll email some reunion info I got from John and Leslie.
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 13, 2007 - 07:23pm PT
Glad to know other climbers are into birds. I don't own fancy equipment but I often "digiscope" birds--mostly rarities for documentation--by holding up a digital camera to a telescope. Here's my birding webpage:

http://www.geocities.com/floyd_hayes/birding.html

And climbing webpage:

http://www.geocities.com/floyd_hayes/rockclimb.html

Radical, Brant are fairly common along California coast during winter. I often see large flocks at Bodega Bay. As I recall they're less common along Atlantic coast.

Here are my takes on the photos since I last looked: (1) King Rail?; (2) dunno; (3) male Black-chinned Hummingbird; (4) Cactus Wren; (5) Cooper's Hawk?; (6) prehistoric imagination; (7) definitely Hooded Oriole; (8) Bewick's Wren; (9) American Kestrel; (10) Golden-crowned Kinglet; (11) juvenile Smooth-billed Ani (living 12 years in South America helps!); (12) Aplomado Falcon (again, helps to have lived in South America); (13) Cerulean Warbler; (14) not showing; (15) male Costa's Hummingbird; (16) Snowy Egret; (17) American Kestrel; (18) Red-breasted Sapsucker; (19) Great Egret; (20) fledgling Great Horned Owl; (21) Great Egret; (22) Rock Wren; (23) Steller's Jay.
hossjulia

Trad climber
Eastside
Jun 13, 2007 - 07:34pm PT
I got to help out a fledgling Cassin's Finch the past coupe of days.

3 of them wound up on the ground, in danger of being trod on, so I put them all in a willow bush out of the way. Not 5 minutes, and 2 of them are gone and dad is feeding the remaining chick. Cute little buggers. Didn't know what they were till I saw the finch's feeding them. But that remaining chick didn't just fly off like his siblings. He spent all day yesterday pathetically calling , making his way up stream some. I spied on him, trying not to interfere, and saw him/her getting fed on occasion by an adult, and apparantly trying to feed himself by lunging at bugs.
But I could hear the flock of Cassins singing across the creek, so I moved him over there, where he was instantly attented to by a female bird. After she had fed him a bit, she brook into one of the Cassins trademark songs.
It was breaking my heart listening to him cheep endlessly. I usually try not to interfere, the parents will find them and take care of them on the ground.

Wish I had gotton pictures, he/she was about the cutest thing I've seen, and very trusting of being handled.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Jun 13, 2007 - 11:20pm PT
Oh Hoss, that's awesome! I've been lucky enough to help several birds over the years. Mostly blue jays. I raised a Mockingbird that was adorable once. She hung out with me for months before she decided to stay gone (broken heart on my end there). They are such amazing little critters.
john hansen

climber
Jun 13, 2007 - 11:37pm PT
this ones pretty easy






I would be willing to bet there is an eared grebe out ther somewhere.


And how about these guys..


healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 14, 2007 - 04:20am PT
My wife and I planted our backyard garden for Hummingbirds (which we know nothing about other than they're amazing and beautiful) and I've hung out in the past with some Cornell and International Crane Foundation ornithologists in a different context, but I've never been into the whole birding thing. Except now over the past three years I've done progressively more intensive and formal monitoring of Peregrines at our local crag and I must say I'm beginning to pick up on the idea of it.

Our crag and it's immediate surrounds are a complete riot of birds. There are Eagles, Ospreys, Hawks, Owls, Vultures, Ravens, Herons, Cormorants, Geese, lots of different Ducks, bunches of Woodpeckers, Hummingbirds, a seemingly endless variety of smaller birds of all colors, and of course Peregrines. There is usually a virtual sushi-train of Gulls going up and down the river due to the dams and the huge garbage dump at Arlington out in the desert. Between the drive out and monitoring it isn't unusual to see 20-30 Osprey and a half-dozen Eagles. Both fish in the slough right out in front of where I monitor.

The Osprey are almost like rats these days. Watching their recovery over twenty years of driving the Gorge for climbing and windsufing has been a gift. Now there's one of their nests on about every other barge navigation aid, cell tower, or freeway interchange light bank. In fact, a pair of Osprey have a nest in the trees behind my monitoring spot so I see their antics everytime I'm out. The other day one of our Peregrines that is so tiny - like barely bigger than a big Jay - I call him the 'Chickenhawk' entered the primary thermal out in front of the crag and spent a while harassing the sh#t out of one of the Osprey from the nest. It would respond by inverting, back-pedalling, and baring its talons at the little guy each time he took a pass at him. He did manage to eventually force the Osprey into bailing from the thermal.

All that action is augmented by dining Otters, enormous leaping Sturgeon, and of course our highly problematic troupe of huge Sea Lions who make the 125 mile trek up the Columbia River to the Bonneville dam to feast on the Salmon queued up at the fish ladder. Last year one of them actually figured out how to get up into the ladder and so visitors inside the dam at the fish ladder window were treated to the sight of the big guy snacking away for the crowd. That forced the Corps. to spend about a million bucks trying to figure out how to deal with them before he taught all the others how to do it. They were still at it the other day when I drove by, however.

And despite having been a commercial photog I don't really have the gear for this - I should have thought longer before dumping the teles and mirrors. Now I'll have to cogitate on it all after reading your great thread and seeing all your fantastic pics. Thanks...
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 14, 2007 - 11:42am PT
Oh, I just looked again at the colorful one which I initially dismissed as some Asian thingy and now I recognize it: Lewis's Woodpecker. Irruptive indeed in CA.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Jun 14, 2007 - 12:02pm PT
Radical - agreed about Kingbird Highway. It is one of my favorite books. I've read it many times. I recommend it to all people, not just those interested in birding.
Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 14, 2007 - 01:33pm PT

healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 14, 2007 - 03:16pm PT
Interesting... http://www.digiscoped.com/
Ouch!

climber
Jun 14, 2007 - 04:41pm PT
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Jun 14, 2007 - 07:38pm PT
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/board/41 is a great source for bird (and other wildlife) photography.






Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Jun 14, 2007 - 07:43pm PT






Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 14, 2007 - 10:19pm PT
Awesome photos Wes! I'll take a crack...
Bald Eagle(shackled)
Osprey
American White Pelicans
Osprey
don't know
again..don't know but love that shot!
Annas? (I'm as good with hummers as with ducks)
great Great Horned Owl shot!
Snowy Egret
Obviously a peacock...What kind?
beautiful parrot...What kind?
Thanks for that link, man those are fantastic bird photos on that site!

Healyje, Yeah..cool post and I try to plant for hummers too, but mostly, the hoards just funnel sugar water from 4 feeders till empty everyday! That digiscoping site is cool,I'd love one of those set ups!

Floyd, I enjoyed checking out your climbing and birding sites. Two great passions. Hey, have you ever heard of another prominent birder Jon Dunn? He's my neighbor and I just wondered if any of you expert birders (quarztflight,radical,etc.) have heard of him.

and John ,cool shot of the grebes ? on Mono with Morrison in the back,
and yeah...how bout those eagles?...nice!

Hossjulia..You did a good thing!

Ouch...nice eagle crash!

Come on ya'll...I even need help to Id my own bird photos, I am especially curious about #2(Bushtit maybe?) in my last post. Taken in th Inyo range east of Owens Valley

Looks like I need to check out this "Kinbird Highway"

Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Jun 14, 2007 - 10:20pm PT
Kevin - the parrot you ask about is a Rainbow Lorikeet.


Edit: I'll give a try on your photos Kevin -

1.Hummingbird. I know, I am bad with these IDs!
2.California Quail
3.Blue-gray knatcatcher
4. Female American Goldfinch
5. Clearly that is a puffer fish in a tree. haha
6. Great Blue Heron
7. Another dreaded hummingbird
8. Red winged black bird
9. Black crowned night heron


As far as Wes' photos. Is that duck a female American Wigeon? And I think the flock flying are Common Mergansers. The peacock is just a regular ol' beautiful female Peahen.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Jun 15, 2007 - 12:14am PT
Now I would have guessed a lot of things about Crimpie after our brief meeting, but -

"Is that duck a female American Wigeon?"

wouldn't have been one of them - go figure...
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Jun 15, 2007 - 08:55am PT
Haha! :)
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 15, 2007 - 01:54pm PT
Hey all,

I have to say I was caught off guard by all the positve responses to the bird thread. Sometimes it's dishearting how some climbers view the natural world. Not to mention society as a whole. Thanks for the good vibes..
Ouch!

climber
Jun 15, 2007 - 02:19pm PT
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Jun 15, 2007 - 02:30pm PT
Quartzite - too bad you aren't going to sushifest. It was clear there that there are many bird lovers among us. I always take my binoculars and guide with me. There may still be time for you to join us!

I found a photo on my hard drive here. It's an easy one, but still...


Here are some of my favorite birds. I know these are repeated, but they are as cute as Ouch's chicken above.

That is Stalker (rip) up front and Cappy the duck that thinks he's a goose in the back.

Chickens need love too:





And look at what this nutty bird was doing. He swam around repeatedly doing this:



Tahoe climber

Trad climber
a dark-green forester out west
Jun 15, 2007 - 06:45pm PT
I was just in Idyllwild for the last 5 days, and was pleasantly surprised to see TONS of birds at this remote campsite that I stayed at.

I'm not a birder, and I don't have pics (which makes me dumbass on this thread!) but I did see three bird species that stood out: some cute little hooded finches of some sort begging for food and tons of what I'd call purple martins swooping around and dining on black flies (thank goodness!)
The third, and my favorite, was a couple of really nice looking red-tailed hawks shopping for squirrels and mice.

I also saw a white-tailed deer right in camp, and a grey fox!

Cool weekend, even without the epic climbing!
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Jun 16, 2007 - 01:30am PT
It is fun to just start noticing how many types of birds there are around us everyday. Before I started birding I was simply blind to them. So many sparkling gems twinkling all around.
quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 18, 2007 - 10:01am PT
That's true. Birds are amazing they seem to brighten up daily life. There were a couple pine siskins twittering at me this morning. Or at least I though they were twittering at me...

Crimpie,

There is now way I can make it to sushi fest, but I'm going to be at the vedauvoo bunguloo. If you're coming bring your bino's I've heard rumor of a couple nest pairs of nothern goshawks around the voo.

cheers
mcKbill

climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Aug 14, 2007 - 12:35am PT

We've been blessed with many humming bird visitors this summer. I'm impressed with how bold they are towards each other not to mention humans.

When I sit on the porch to watch them some fly within arm's reach. This one tollerated me getting closer and closer to the feeder until I could get the shot.
mcKbill

climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Sep 4, 2007 - 09:36pm PT
Really enjoying the humming bird show this year.




Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Sep 4, 2007 - 09:56pm PT
Great photos of those pretty little Ruby-throated hummers!
Sparky

Trad climber
vagabon movin on
Sep 4, 2007 - 10:13pm PT

Real purdy birdy.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Sep 4, 2007 - 10:25pm PT
Wood Storks? I likely. :)
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Sep 4, 2007 - 11:44pm PT
Nice to see this thread get bumped back up! A couple from the last few days...




nita

climber
chico ca
Sep 4, 2007 - 11:46pm PT
http://besgroup.talfrynature.com/?p=1678

The archives on the site are pretty interesting.


Edit: Wes, Love your pics!
mcKbill

climber
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Oct 2, 2007 - 04:29pm PT
Chip collector
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Oct 2, 2007 - 07:49pm PT
rufous-morph red tailed hawk

nita

climber
chico ca
Oct 15, 2007 - 09:07pm PT
western bluebird admiring him/herself. (Andy's work truck). Objects in mirror are closer than they appear.

Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Oct 15, 2007 - 09:11pm PT
More awesome photos. I hadn't seen the chip collector before. That is absolutely a riot.
nita

climber
chico ca
Oct 16, 2007 - 12:05am PT
No doubt.
nita

climber
chico ca
Oct 16, 2007 - 02:00pm PT
Crimpy, This is the story that goes with the -chip collector.
....

A seagull in Scotland has developed the habit of stealing chips from a neighborhood shop.

The seagull waits until the shopkeeper isn't looking, and then walks into the store and grabs a snack-size bag of cheese Doritos.

Once outside, the bag gets ripped open and shared by other birds.

The seagull's shoplifting started early this month when he first swooped into the store in Aberdeen , Scotland , and helped himself to a bag of chips. Since then, he's become a regular. He always takes the same type of chips.

Customers have begun paying for the seagull's stolen bags of chips because they think it's so funny.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Oct 16, 2007 - 04:03pm PT
I totally adore that gull video!

And true about the bluebird - I can almost hear him saying "I'm gonna kick your ass!!!"


edit: Hey - I said ass.
L

climber
A chartreuse glider in an azure blue sky...
Oct 16, 2007 - 04:12pm PT
Crimpie,

You're being corrupted! Run awayyyyyyyy!
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Dec 18, 2007 - 03:13pm PT
In case you miss this story, it's well worth a view.
http://www.cbsnews.com/sections/i_video/main500251.shtml?id=3624186n
Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Dec 19, 2007 - 06:05am PT
I am glad this thread resurfaced. I have some mystery shots. The first one is easy.
This one is a little harder.
The next two are hard as babies are always difficult. By the way these kids grew up to be big birds.
scuffy b

climber
Stump with a backrest
Dec 19, 2007 - 11:12am PT
"this one is a little harder" hahaha.
Because key details are unseen?
Well, that one and the young'uns are all
photographed at the same nest.
TradIsGood

Recently unshackled climber
the Gunks end of the country
Dec 19, 2007 - 11:33am PT
2nd - Cooper's?

Based on position of eyes in heads.
TradIsGood

Recently unshackled climber
the Gunks end of the country
Dec 19, 2007 - 11:38am PT
Riley,
Grossbeak, cowbird, scarlet tanager?
scuffy b

climber
Stump with a backrest
Dec 19, 2007 - 12:30pm PT
TIG,
Are you saying you use eye position to differentiate between
Cooper's and Sharp-Shinned?
TradIsGood

Recently unshackled climber
the Gunks end of the country
Dec 19, 2007 - 12:43pm PT
I hit this link

somehow looking for whether the red eyes in adult Cooper's was distinctive from Sharp-Shinned. Wish I could recognize the leaves to get size info. But the flatness of the head and hint of a crest, plus an uninformed guess on the leaf size...

led me to Cooper's.

But basically, to my untrained eye, size seems to be the most distinctive.
Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Dec 20, 2007 - 06:30am PT
Damn Riley those birds you posted are cool. I am going to research them today.

The raptors I posted are:

1-Eastern Red Shoulder. I took it in late March in a swamp in suburban Reston, VA. I There are remains of a frog at her feet so I had time to get a picture while she ate.

2, 3, 4, -The accipitor is a Coopers Hawk that built a nest behind our house. She is the mother of the babies next under. Scruffy caught it that it's the same foliage. The identification clues are hidden. You can't tell from the photo but, she is much bigger than a Sharpie. Her mate was tiny and I couldn't tell him from a sharp shin. At this point only she was tending the nest. However, he'd bring food to this transfer tree and she'd bring it in to the nestlings. My wife Laura and I watched this family every day for a couple months last year. The nest was hidden pretty well and people walking by had no idea what we were looking at. I used a Nikon 4500 through a telescope.

Geno

Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Dec 20, 2007 - 06:50am PT
Riley,

My best guesses on your birds are:

1. Ladderback woodpecker
2. Hooded Oriole
3. Brown Jay
4. Male scarlet Tanager

I am pretty sure you are going to school us on these though. Tell us where and when you took these photos. Great ones.

Geno
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 20, 2007 - 12:59pm PT
Alrighty, I'll chime in on a few of these. The woodpecker is a Red-cockaded. Note the clean white outer rectrices. The oriole looks like a straightforward adult male Baltimore to me, but there's not much to go on. Any oriole having that much blue-gray in the upper mandible is pretty classic Baltimore/Bullock's, and between that and the very orange underparts, I think we can discount Black-vented and Black-cowled (the latter of which I don't believe has reached the U.S.). I think I'm also seeing a little white lower wingbar, maybe some white below that (which would be the white edging to the primaries) and maybe some orange tail feathers. Just looks like a classic male Baltimore unless you can convince me otherwise. Another thing to note with Geno's nesting accipiter is head shape - flat-topped is good for Cooper's. Here's a few shots I took in my yard this summer, playing with exposures and natural light. Not an ID quiz (which if you're interested, this one's often good (http://www.americanbirding.org/photoquiz/);, just some fun shots:


adam d

climber
CA
Dec 20, 2007 - 01:58pm PT
like the hummer shot, here's another. The neutrino of the bird world!

Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Dec 21, 2007 - 07:30am PT
Willoughby-Excellent exposures on those hummers. You froze the motion like a Winslow Homer painting of a jumping trout!

Adam. Beautiful. Calliope, right? You guys out West are lucky to have so many wonderful humming birds.

Riley, Please confirm that woodpecker and tell us about the mystery oriole. I gotta agree with Willoughby it looks like a Baltimore to me now.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Dec 21, 2007 - 08:50am PT
I'm back in internet range and can see threads again. What a great thread to come back to! Great photos. Beautiful birds.
Euroford

Trad climber
chicago
Dec 21, 2007 - 09:48am PT
WOW, those hummer shots are amazing!

Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Dec 21, 2007 - 10:02am PT
Crimper,
Glad you popped in again on this. You got Laura and I inpired to look at birds in the first place a couple years ago. Thanks! We are still novices but we see so much now. Wish you were still out here.

Last Saturday we were on a boat cruise on the Potomac with folks from my office. Laura had the binos in her pocket. As we cruised by Old Town Alexandria, Laura scoped out a Great Horned Owl roosting on the top of an office building. It was great. I love seeing birds in unlikely places. Like you said earlier: "these little gems are all around us!"

Here are more examples of that.

Red shoulder after eating some creature on a roof in our neighborhood this morning.
Even common birds are cool.
This big Barred owl was at the beggining of a driveway in New Paltz last Christmas. All we could get was this snap shot, but it's a great memory.
In Feb 06 a Snowy Owl was hanging around Dulles Airport. We went there 5 times and saw it only once at a distance. But this guy caught it sitting on the ail of this plane. Great photo I think. The bird was obviously unfazed by all the air traffic.



the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Dec 23, 2007 - 10:48am PT
nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Dec 23, 2007 - 12:57pm PT
Nita's husband, Andy here,

I can't resist a bird thread.

Looks like some Lower Rio Grande specialties. In no particular order;
red cockaded woody, Brown Jay, Altimira oriole, scarlet tanager.

I just did the Chico Audubon Christmas Bird Count. 118 species total for the group. Some personal highlights; 19 Hooded mergansers, Prarie and peregrine falcons, rufous crowned sparrow and lots of wood ducks.

Next Saturday is Oroville's CBC

good birding all, Andy
Brock

Trad climber
RENO, NV
Dec 23, 2007 - 01:08pm PT
One of the prettiest birds in the Sierras is the Western Tananger...Rarely see them any more.

Climbing up in Tahoe I had a black-capped Chickadee follow me around and landed on my arm & head several times...Cute & friendly liitle bird.

Like the speed & acrobatics of the peregrine falcon while climbing the Captain. Several times I thought they were rocks whizzing past me.

Can somebody post some pics of these birds please.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 23, 2007 - 01:13pm PT





Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Dec 23, 2007 - 01:57pm PT
Geno:

So happy to see how birds have become part your your life. They are beautiful aren't they!?!? Speaking of, I'm heading to Costa Rica in a week. 850 species of birds to be had there. I am hoping for a Resplendent Quetzal and other amazing birds. Bob - are those photos from CR?
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 23, 2007 - 02:09pm PT
Crimp...some are from Ecuador.

I saw Resplendent Quetzal in Nicaragua...one of the few times I didn't have my camera. You need some beta on CR...give me a call.


Geno...miss you guys...have a good holiday season.





My son and I spend a few days birding in Mindo, Ecuador...walking up along the Rio Mindo this deer was fighting for his/her life...I snap a few quick shots and thought the thing was going to drown..he somehow made it to the bank, shook himself off and headed back into the woods.



Crimp...bag CR and go to Ecuador for birding over 1500 different beauties to be had there.

r
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Dec 23, 2007 - 06:20pm PT
Radical - look closely at the extent of black on that bird; it's a complete hood. Crimson-collared Grosbeak has a crimson collar (in the ad. male), which would be vis. in this shot. Females, and juvs have even less black, and they're greener also. Plus, no age/sex combo should be this orange. Regarding your quest for all the woodpeckers, have you seen the Ivory-billed? Yeah, me neither.

Brock - no Black-capped Chickadees in Tahoe; they're Mountain Chickadees. I'll dig for some photos of those three species you mentioned.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 23, 2007 - 06:35pm PT
Caught this pair in the San Luis Valley.


Riley...not a c*#k of the rock. I think of the name when I check my notes.

Sun Grebe is right.

Riley...Whooping Cranes???
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Dec 23, 2007 - 07:46pm PT
Bob: Ecuador looks awesome. Dave has been already so we opted to head somewhere he hasn't been. Not a small task. I think we have our itinerary hammered out for CR. Starting NW (Samara) and heading south along the coast to Corcovado, then to Chirripo, and finally to San Jose to fly back to the real world. Less than 12 hours after arriving home I teach the first class of the Spring semester. Hee hee!

My camera took a digger (three inches onto the dining room tables????) a few days ago and is now en route to the Canon hospital. So photo duty is all Dave's. Actually that is a good thing given I can't take a focused photo to save my life!

Any MUST DO'S along that trail Bob? I so can't wait. :)
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 23, 2007 - 07:53pm PT
Crimp...Samara is beautiful little beach town... rent a horse and go look for monkeys...Corcovado is one of the best National Parks in the world...so enjoy. Manuel Antonio is close to San Jose and lot's of wildlife..Ricon de Viejo near Liberia is great for hiking and wildlife. Climb up the volcano and you can see both coasts on a clear day.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Dec 23, 2007 - 07:59pm PT
Dave is a birder too! He even used to have one as a pet. I already have in hand the Stiles and Skutch (17$ new!! from Amazon) bird guide. Cool birds in there.

Bob - I'd heard that Rincon de Viejos was a great place. We also heard that Monteverde is worth a visit so we'll head that direction post-Samara. I'm psyched that we got such a nice place in Samara given it is "Gold" week (i.e., Christmas or Easter).

In Monteverde, there is a place to stay that has views of the erupting Volcano Arenal. Cool. Doubt we'll stay there, but what a cool view from a room.
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Dec 23, 2007 - 09:20pm PT
Theres a really nice white crowned sparrow earlier, and I know I posted this recently on another thread but it should be here...

nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Dec 23, 2007 - 10:49pm PT
Andy again, Enjoying the bird thread. Went out today after posting this morning. Got these shots of Sandhill Cranes just south of Chico. They're poorly focused but that never stopped me. Amazing variety today including Eurasian Widgeons, Tundra Swans, Bald Eagles and Rough Legged Hawk among 70 - 80 more.

Crimpergirl

Social climber
St. Looney
Dec 23, 2007 - 10:59pm PT
Awesome Andy! I see fields of these cranes in the South-of-Houston area when I visit during the Holidays. Hopefully I'll get an eyeful of them this next week.
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Dec 23, 2007 - 11:19pm PT
The Gray Jay may have been posted earlier.. Sorry.. The immature owl.. Near Bradock ND.

Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Dec 24, 2007 - 06:53am PT
Bob, Wow. Great shots. What does that Golden Eagle have in it's talons? Those things are amazing. A buddy sent me a picture of one tangling with a fox. Laura said she talked with you yesterday. Hope you, Laurel and the kids (relative to us) have a great Xmas. Looking forward to when we see you again. We may get out to Boulder this Spring. Otherwise it'll be at the Gathering.

Crimp, Yeah I am always looking now. It goes well with climbing. Hope you guys see some good ones in CR.

Riley, I think you posted a scarlet tanager at a feeder? Also Curved Bill Thrasher and Bob White Quail? If you come East, come during Spring migration. Birding in the New River Gorge, Blue Ridge or in Shawangunks is awesome then. We have some good places in Northern VA, too. I believe I have heard a Swainson’s Warbler at Great Falls Park. There’s a couple other good spots nearby (Montecello Park, Alexandria, VA).

Here’s some shots from Great Falls Park:
Some buntings near Skytop:
scuffy b

climber
Stump with a backrest
Dec 24, 2007 - 11:54am PT
Speaking of Swainson's...
There are Swainson's Thrushes nesting in and near my yard,
apparently.
We hear them, and can tweak them by whistling their single note
that they sing in addition to their full song (or Especially by
playing their song on the Audubon CD) but I've never seen one
(knowingly) over four nesting seasons now.
I've tried to spot Hermit Thrushes that are singing, but no luck.
Last month I had my first sighting of a Hermit Thrush (silent) up
in the Trinity Alps foothills.
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Dec 24, 2007 - 08:32pm PT
Some fun flying things to ID, if you are a bit bored...
















nita

climber
chica from chico, I don't claim to be a daisy
Dec 24, 2007 - 10:17pm PT
Wes, That last picture is Frikking amazing!!!! The two ducks swimming- also great! Were those pictures taken at a Zoo?

cool,a bat thumb.
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Dec 25, 2007 - 09:46pm PT
Yep, they were at the wild kingdom thing at disney. So, some are not from here. Here are a couple more, some from a wildlife rehab park, some non-captive...










ghand

Sport climber
Golden,Colorado
Dec 26, 2007 - 01:55am PT
The Kiwi.
OK, so this one is stuffed:
but I did see two live on a trip I just took to New Zealand.
You just cannot take a picture because there are no lights
and you cannot use a flash.
A beautiful, wierd bird to see.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 29, 2007 - 03:22pm PT
A few more.



bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 30, 2007 - 05:00pm PT
Trying to keep this tread going. This little guy about to take off.

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 30, 2007 - 05:04pm PT
hey there bob... say, can you find a picutre of a CHACHALACA... and put it up----these birds usually are only seen in south texas, and perhaps that near part of mexico...

it has a great noise, making a real "clatter" in the morning... and looks very impressive to see in a tree, if you happen to get lucky and spot it...

one thing great about being in the great outdoors--is spotting birds... (actually these chachalacas can even be seen in town, as the south texas towns are pretty much rural.. but sadly, their birdy-homes may go, too, someday)..
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 30, 2007 - 05:07pm PT
Neebee...these are all of my own shots. Don't have what your asking for.
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Dec 30, 2007 - 11:41pm PT
Here's an ID challenge. No fair poking around my Photobucket album before guessing. He's a local celebrity at Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Dec 31, 2007 - 04:56am PT
hey there bob...say, thanks anyways.. say, sure love those birds here, even so... :)
sween345

climber
back east
Dec 31, 2007 - 08:37am PT
nee,

Your cha cha can be found here [url] http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/Plain_Chachalaca_dtl.html#sound [url/] along with the pictures there is recordings of the racket that fella makes. Doesn't say if he can do the dance though.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 1, 2008 - 04:03pm PT
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 1, 2008 - 04:12pm PT
Tony,
I guess that's too easy for those who already know (any WFO member has seen that bird on the back cover of Western Birds), but allow me to at least drop the hint that it's a hybrid.
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 1, 2008 - 06:18pm PT
Good work Radical. It is a Hooded Merganser x Barrow's Goldeneye hybrid. I just went to view it again the other day, since I had heard it was back. It has been showing up since 2004. If I hadn't known about it ahead of time, I would have also assumed it was some Asian vagrant. It was odd watching him chowing down on mussels with his merganser-like bill.

Willoughby, I suspected some pros out there already knew about this guy.

Here are photos of the parental species:


the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Jan 18, 2008 - 10:27pm PT
Got to baby-sit some peregrins that were being raised on a high-rise building- many years ago.



the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Jan 18, 2008 - 10:40pm PT
In winter of 2000- 14 miles E of Hazelton ND

john hansen

climber
Jan 18, 2008 - 10:50pm PT
The elusive Snowy Owl.. nice shots.
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Jan 18, 2008 - 10:54pm PT
Here's a better one of that old timer.

Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
Jan 18, 2008 - 11:23pm PT
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 19, 2008 - 04:01pm PT
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Jan 21, 2008 - 12:46am PT
swill

Social climber
Colorado
Jan 21, 2008 - 01:51am PT
Man eating Osprey giving me fair warning

His foul breathed opportunivore friends the Turkey Vultures two doors down
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 24, 2008 - 01:30am PT
Been stalking this guy all winter...getting close to the shot I want.

Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 24, 2008 - 01:56am PT
Title: "Raven at Curry Village"
(Ravens are one of my favourite birds.)
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 24, 2008 - 01:58am PT
This one just likes to watch, and dream wicked dreams:
Mighty Hiker

Social climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Jan 25, 2008 - 12:46am PT
This one would probably eat Loki, if it got the chance.
Note that it's a Canadian raven - probably wearing skates.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 3, 2008 - 11:18pm PT
Owl in the San Luis Valley.



Wild Turkey on Shelf Road.Cactus Cliff in the background.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Feb 4, 2008 - 12:35am PT
Raven in Yosemite

Jaybro

Social climber
The West
Feb 4, 2008 - 12:38am PT
Just a straw pole, What's the farthest north any Tacoan or affliate has seen a Ca Condor in the wild?
axlgrease

Mountain climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Feb 4, 2008 - 05:54am PT
Not too far north, but at the Pinnacles a couple of years ago we were climbing on the high peaks. I topped out to look up and see two _gigantic_ birds with wing tags soaring about 40-50 ft overhead. There was no mistaking they were condors. Hiking out that eve we saw 14 of them roosting in a snag right next to the trail. Too bad I forgot my camera...

Really cool, since I grew up down in the S. San Joaquin valley and heard my grandmother and dad talk about them. They captured all the remaining wild ones in 1987 when I was in college. I never got to see one down there.

I read some of the Pinnacles population have been ranging as far north as Livermore.
scuffy b

climber
Stump with a backrest
Feb 4, 2008 - 02:35pm PT
Pinnacles. Spring 04, 5 juveniles.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 16, 2008 - 11:09am PT
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Mar 9, 2008 - 07:29pm PT
So it doesn't belong in the same thread as fine photographs of fine birds, but just
to bring those back ...

I've been writing all day, alone in the house, my neck hurts and I'm tired of this
but I can't stop yet. Downstairs, Jack starts barking like crazy so I look out
the window to see four wild turkeys sashay down our road. That was worth grabbing
the pocket camera and running out for a quick, fuzzy photo as the turkeys looked
at me and decided maybe they'd better move into the woods.

Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Mar 9, 2008 - 07:47pm PT
MH, Bobby, Ghost, Chloe,

Great birds. Nice shots all. I enjoy the settings too. Lot of diversity. Birds are such fantastic creatures. Great you guys are taking pics of them.
Gary

climber
Desolation Basin, Calif.
Mar 9, 2008 - 09:54pm PT
Some very nice photos here. No pic, but Friday afternoon we saw four red-whiskered bulbuls in the backyard. Nice looking crested birds with a very sweet song.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
So on my way outta St. Looney!!!
Mar 9, 2008 - 10:50pm PT
Gary! So lucky! I drove around once for two days in Florida with the express purpose of seeing some red whiskered bulbuls. I never saw them. :(
That's Papajoto to you son!!!!!

Social climber
Oatmeal Arizona
Mar 9, 2008 - 11:07pm PT
I thought I was the only Geek birder under 68 in the western United States!!!!!!!

PJ
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Mar 9, 2008 - 11:24pm PT
I am going to Panama with my wife in a month to go birding and look for some land to buy. Pipeline Rd near the canal is world famous...close to 500 different birds were recorded in a 24 hour period.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Mar 9, 2008 - 11:27pm PT


Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Apr 10, 2008 - 11:50am PT
Spring seems a good time for birdwatching, and even fuzzy photos.

This is either a "magnificent frigatebird" or a pterodactyl, I'm not sure which.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Apr 10, 2008 - 11:53am PT
Brown boobies, once rare but now doing better.

L

climber
If only I could remember....
Apr 10, 2008 - 02:41pm PT
Nice boobies Chiloe!

(Sorry, couldn't resist!)
tolman_paul

Trad climber
Anchorage, AK
Apr 10, 2008 - 03:09pm PT
Black capped chickaee. I was mowing the lawn and found this poor fellow that had gotten into some long wet grass and wasn't looking too good. After getting in the sun and warming up a bit he seemed ok and flew off.

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Apr 10, 2008 - 04:33pm PT
tolman -- Somehow the huge size works well for that big-hearted picture.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Apr 10, 2008 - 04:36pm PT
L -- heheheheheheheheheheheh she said "boobies"!


Todd Gordon

Trad climber
Joshua Tree, Cal
May 6, 2008 - 09:52am PT
Crimpergirl

Social climber
On my way to Boulder
May 6, 2008 - 11:50am PT
True - nice boobies! And a pretty California Quail (right?) too!
L

climber
The salty ocean blue and deep
May 6, 2008 - 12:23pm PT
Chiloe,

More boobies please. :-)



Those guys are so cute!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
May 6, 2008 - 02:20pm PT
Do Not Disturb the Boobies.

Mtnmun

Trad climber
Top of the Mountain Mun
May 6, 2008 - 02:38pm PT
A Grouse on the UPP Moab.



Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
May 6, 2008 - 07:10pm PT
More boobies please. :-)

How about a booby bird story? There's a climb on the Brac, a good one, that once was named
Booby Eggs for Breakfast. That alludes to the fact that booby bird eggs were
a traditional staple of islanders' diets. Well the birds got more scarce and a bird-lover
got wind of this route name, and objected -- so out of respect it's now simply called
Bird Eggs for Breakfast.

A lifelong islander reported that in olden days, what they'd do is take just one egg from
each nest. Boobies generally lay two eggs, but unless food is plentiful,
the parents will only feed the largest chick -- their strategy has a built-in redundancy.
The islanders' custom of taking just one egg thus seemed to fit with the birds' natural
adaptation, and so both coexisted for centuries. More recently, tradition must
have broken down because the birds declined steeply, until the islanders protected them
legally. I am happy to report from my own observations that with this protection the
booby population appears to be thriving, with fat chicks in abundance. They favor
nesting areas with grand views over the sea.

divad

Trad climber
wmass
May 6, 2008 - 07:14pm PT
Photo credit: JMalik
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
May 6, 2008 - 07:23pm PT
Falcon with glue-in bolt at Rumney -- nice catch, what's the route?
divad

Trad climber
wmass
May 6, 2008 - 07:42pm PT
Don't know the route. The picture was taken from about 175 yds away. It was a closed area, perhaps Yellowknife or Prudential.
L

climber
The salty ocean blue and deep
May 7, 2008 - 12:55am PT
Great Boobie photo, Chiloe. Got to be one of the cutest chicks in the bird kingdom...right up there with baby penguins.

Nice little story too...see what that 600 page monkey-on-your-back is doing? It's forcing you to write about anything and everything else just to get away from it! LOL!
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
May 7, 2008 - 08:19am PT
Too right, L.
goatboy smellz

climber
colorado
Jun 14, 2008 - 09:46pm PT

Hawks high up over Eldorado.
john hansen

climber
Jun 14, 2008 - 11:36pm PT
A couple I took in May. Got a new 70 / 300 mil lens ,, so i am still learning. Main thing I am learning is ,,taking bird pictures is hard. Those little guys dont like to stand still!

A Rock Wren at Hetch Hetchy




And a Violet Green Swallow on a tufa at Mono Lake.





Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Jun 16, 2008 - 12:13pm PT

?
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 16, 2008 - 12:34pm PT
Near Boquete, Panama

Crimpergirl

Social climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 16, 2008 - 01:38pm PT
A Kissadee Bob? Very pretty!
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 16, 2008 - 01:58pm PT
Crimp...yes it is.

How is Boulder treating you??
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 24, 2008 - 01:06pm PT
A couple of shots from Ecuador.



Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 24, 2008 - 02:11pm PT
A backyard friend
Fuji S5 Nikon 180mm f2.8 ED MF

Another member of the backyard wildlife

At Tioga Lake, Steller's Jay juvenile (?)



bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 24, 2008 - 05:03pm PT
Nice shots Ed...how you liking your new camera setup?

Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
up Yonder (someplace else)
Aug 24, 2008 - 06:46pm PT
Across my street, in my neighbors yard....The Hunter!!
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 24, 2008 - 07:14pm PT
I'm still learning, but Karl was right about shooting, with a digital I generally shoot about 100 images whenever I start, I'd be a lot more deliberate with film.

I also find I'm shooting a lot of manual mode, or aperture priority.

And I'm not using all the various exposure metering options. It'll take a year or so to have it dialed.

The camera seems ok at this point, I'm the limit, not it...
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Aug 24, 2008 - 07:16pm PT
Bob - Boulder is awesome! Love all the hummingbirds here. :)
the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City, SD
Aug 24, 2008 - 09:38pm PT
Captain, All right! I'm calling it - immature light intermediate morph Swainson's Hawk.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 24, 2008 - 11:17pm PT
Radical....cranes??
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 24, 2008 - 11:33pm PT
hey Capt. where you be? West Coast or Southwest?

Debbie thinks
Rough Legged Hawk...
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
up Yonder (someplace else)
Aug 24, 2008 - 11:53pm PT
Boise....
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Aug 24, 2008 - 11:58pm PT
Ferruginous Hawk
could be Swainson's...

if recent, the Rough-legged's are all up in the arctic (apparently...)
Captain...or Skully

Big Wall climber
up Yonder (someplace else)
Aug 25, 2008 - 12:12am PT
I thought he was a rough legged hawk.......young one, too.
I got to within 5 feet away...
scuffy b

climber
Elmertown
Aug 25, 2008 - 02:00pm PT
juvenile red-shoulder
scuffy b

climber
Elmertown
Aug 25, 2008 - 03:05pm PT
Kath, that is just too much.

Isn't anybody going to tell me I'm full of Bull on that Hawk ID?
scuffy b

climber
Elmertown
Aug 25, 2008 - 04:41pm PT
Radical

Do you have White-Faced Ibis in that shot?
john hansen

climber
Aug 25, 2008 - 10:41pm PT

Ok,, I've heard of a 'flock' of seagulls, and a' covey' of quail, and a 'gaggle ' of geese,,

I think I have even heard of a 'murder' of crow's or something..

But a 'kettle ' of kites?

Some how ,,it sounds right..
scuffy b

climber
Elmertown
Aug 26, 2008 - 11:31am PT
John, kettle is commonly used to describe flocks of soaring
birds that use thermals to migrate. It's not species-specific
like "gaggle of geese."
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 4, 2008 - 01:16am PT


john hansen

climber
Sep 4, 2008 - 01:21am PT
nice Avocet Bob.
MisterE

Social climber
My Inner Nut
Sep 4, 2008 - 01:23am PT
Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Sep 4, 2008 - 05:50am PT
Riley,

Great sighting of those kites. There have been reports of them near our house in Virginia. I have been on the look out for them. Take care. Geno
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 4, 2008 - 09:53am PT
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 5, 2008 - 01:00am PT


bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 6, 2008 - 12:46pm PT
Delhi Dog

Trad climber
Good Question...
Sep 6, 2008 - 02:27pm PT

Weaver Bird nests.
Baharatpur, India
Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Sep 9, 2008 - 08:35am PT
We have decals on our front door but this little Common Yellow Throat hit it anyway. Thankfully he recovered and flew off.

bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 15, 2008 - 11:34am PT
trying to keep this thread alive...this morning on way to get coffee.

bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 26, 2008 - 06:20pm PT
Saw this little guy on my way to climb in the flatirons today.

bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 11, 2008 - 01:12am PT
Near Progresso, Mexico

Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Nov 11, 2008 - 09:25am PT
Got no photos to add from out here. Now's the season you see big V's of geese flying south.
And watch out for turkeys in the woods.
Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Nov 11, 2008 - 10:40am PT
Golden Eagle over Sunol Regional Park...
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Nov 11, 2008 - 12:30pm PT
Sometimes identification is just too easy-there are some advantages to sailing, you can carry your Ornithology library with you.

Geno

Trad climber
Reston, VA
Nov 11, 2008 - 02:18pm PT
Excellent humor Guido!

Bobby D glad you are still taking bird pics. I wish we had a photo of those falcons buzz bombing the vultures at the Trapps during the Gunks Reunion.

This is one of my favorite threads. Keep taking photos everyone.

Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 11, 2008 - 03:50pm PT
Okay, here's a ID problem for all you bird freaks:

What is this?
bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Nov 11, 2008 - 05:21pm PT
I think this is a Myna Bird...

Post Google edit - yep, Myna Bird!
sandstone conglomerate

climber
sharon conglomerate central
Nov 11, 2008 - 06:10pm PT
bob, nice pic of an immature redtail.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 11, 2008 - 06:13pm PT
I think this is a Myna Bird

Damn! I had no idea, but a google check confirms it. I took the picture last week in a park in downtown Kuala Lumpur. There were hundreds of them running around on the lawns there.

D
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Nov 11, 2008 - 06:16pm PT
How about this one?


Crimpie must recuse, I'm curious how wide you birder's knowledge is.
bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Nov 11, 2008 - 06:54pm PT
Muscovy Duck.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 11, 2008 - 07:55pm PT
Too easy. Alrighty, what's this? (Hint: My proudest birding "send," it was a first for California)


If you guys like bird quizzes, try the ABA's monthly quiz, here; there's prizes!!
Jaybro

Social climber
wuz real!
Nov 11, 2008 - 07:58pm PT
I guess Muscoveys are mainstream, look unusual to me, but I was a geologist.
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 11, 2008 - 09:27pm PT
Nice Golden eagle shot.

bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Nov 11, 2008 - 11:21pm PT
Willoughby,
looks like you have an Olive Tree Pipit there?...rare indeed!

EDIT-in fact, so rare I am now wondering if it is an American Pipit??
bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Nov 11, 2008 - 11:44pm PT
bwancy1

Trad climber
Here
Nov 11, 2008 - 11:55pm PT
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 12, 2008 - 02:13am PT
A few more from the yucatan...




Great thread...what a beautiful world we live in and how these creatures add to our lives.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Nov 12, 2008 - 04:48am PT
Bwancy nails it, though the AOU currently calls it Olive-backed Pipit. Anthus hodgsoni by any other name, and California's first and only (so far). One record for Nevada, one for Baja, plenty for Alaska, but mostly it belongs on the other side of the Pacific. Consequently, you won't find it in most North American field guides. We caught this bird on Southeast Farallon Island (~27 miles out of Golden Gate), and I'm quite proud to say I identified it correctly before we herded it into a mistnet. Ten points for Bwancy!
bob d'antonio

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 16, 2008 - 01:35am PT
Somewhere in the Yucatan...

scuffy b

climber
On the dock in the dark
Nov 17, 2008 - 11:02am PT
First, I apologize for the lack of photo.

Yesterday, as I was sitting , reading, a small bird flew
through the sliding door into my living room. After bouncing
off a wall or window or two, it landed on the floor behind a
table, at the base of a wall.
Pussycat immediately went to pay her respects. Fortunately,
she's not such a mighty hunter, and as long as the bird didn't
move they were just staring each other down.
The bird evaded my grasp and took another tour of the room,
landing on a book in the bookshelf--face level, about 2 feet
from the Sibley guide.
So--nice curved beak...hey, it's a Creeper!!
so there I am, like the guy on Guido's boat, but closer to the
subject. I get to check the little cutie from a 6" distance,
with guide in hand.
After a while, I moved the Creeper outside and nudged it onto
a limb of our plum tree, whereupon it hopped over and perched
on my finger for a couple more minutes, then flew off into a
Filbert bush.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Nov 24, 2008 - 12:51am PT
Scuffy was worrying that he'd killed this thread, so I thought I'd better take him off the hook.

This lady posed for me late one day as we were descending from a gardening session on Zeke's Wall (about 45 miles east of Seattle, and about five miles west of Index):
Don Lauria

Trad climber
Bishop, CA
Nov 24, 2008 - 01:33am PT
I'm not much of a birder - for years TM Herbert had me believing that a Junco was a Mountain Chickadee.

My entry from the porch at Royal Robbins cabin in Pinecrest:

TC

Trad climber
Claremont, CA
Nov 24, 2008 - 02:19am PT
Juvenile Cooper's Hawk visits my birdbath.

MisterE

Trad climber
My Inner Nut
Nov 25, 2008 - 11:18pm PT
bump

snakefoot

climber
cali
Dec 16, 2008 - 08:39pm PT
At the devils backbone. what a horrid area(rock quality)..and ran into a local


goatboy smellz

climber
Nederland
Dec 30, 2010 - 12:55pm PT





Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 30, 2010 - 01:03pm PT
California gulls at 11,000' Desolation Lk:
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 30, 2010 - 01:30pm PT
Snow Geese, Bosque del Apache, NM



Bald Eagle, Lone Pine, CA


Sandhill Cranes, Monte Vista, CO



AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Dec 30, 2010 - 01:49pm PT
Ok That first bird looks like an eastern Kingbird. Fairly common, same shape (including slight crest) as bird you have there and the habitat is about perfect for where they would be.
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Dec 30, 2010 - 01:52pm PT

I was just in Kauai and shot lots of photos of birds.

For those of you who are interested here are the links.

http://alasdairturner.blogspot.com/2010/11/some-birds-of-kauai.html

http://alasdairturner.blogspot.com/2010/12/more-hawaiian-birds.html

And hey while im at it here are some bird photos from Bolivia.

http://alasdairturner.blogspot.com/2010/06/wildlife-of-bolivian-andes.html

and then some marginally climbing related bird photos. this is some climbing work I did earlier this year on eagle nests.

http://alasdairturner.blogspot.com/2010/07/golden-eagle-nest-work.html
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 30, 2010 - 01:58pm PT
Awesome shot but methinks you owe us an explanation of how you done it!
'course if you're wary of getting tooled then that's ok.

edit:
OK, I checked your blog and you're free to go! :-)

Very cool!
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Dec 30, 2010 - 01:59pm PT
Dont worry I was there with permission. It was work for the WDFW.
dirt claud

Sport climber
san diego,ca
Dec 30, 2010 - 07:03pm PT
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2010 - 07:11pm PT
All beautiful!
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Dec 30, 2010 - 07:28pm PT
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 2, 2011 - 08:51pm PT
Hey Ghost, that's no lady. And don't let him hear you calling him that, neither.

As usual, lately the chickadees in my yard have been showing me what icicle climbing is all about, and I am humbled:



the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Jan 2, 2011 - 09:59pm PT
Buteo Regalis

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 2, 2011 - 10:01pm PT
Willoughby! Awesome shot! This is just a thread that keeps on giving. :)
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 2, 2011 - 11:28pm PT
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 2, 2011 - 11:30pm PT
Red Crested Cardinal Cragman - so pretty!

I just love that Flicker sticking his tongue out!!
DonC

climber
CA
Jan 2, 2011 - 11:32pm PT
BrassNuts - beautiful images. What lens do you use for your bird pictures?
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Jan 2, 2011 - 11:45pm PT
A few from my walk in the park yesterday...




Still love this thread-thanks for sharing!

cheers,
DD
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Jan 2, 2011 - 11:48pm PT
Oh forgot these...


veritable apartment living...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 2, 2011 - 11:48pm PT
Cool DD! Tell me about the Hoopoe please. He looks like quite the rascal. Just read that the Hoopoe is the Israeli National Bird.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 2, 2011 - 11:54pm PT
DD - cool bird 'apartment' complex!
DonC - Glad you enjoy the pix :-) I use a Canon DSLR and a 100-400mm lens for most shots. Here are a few more from this last year...
Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Jan 3, 2011 - 12:18am PT
Crimp- that Hoopoe is one of my favorites.
He's has this crown that he spreads out on top, kinda like woody wood pecker in the cartoons. Spends a lot of time on the ground. This dude was getting into it with a squirrel. Unfortunately I missed capturing the action...

Here's a few more-not as good a shots as I'm seeing above but still gives you an idea...








the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Jan 3, 2011 - 12:43am PT
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Jan 11, 2011 - 09:22pm PT
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Feb 6, 2011 - 12:26am PT
This seems like a good thread to bump. Lots of photos, natural history, etc etc.

So apparently there are about 700 species of corvidae - crows, ravens, and so on. And the smartest of them all is the New Caledonian Raven, which makes tools and does all sorts of clever stuff. Probably there are a bunch of youtube videos showing them doing their stuff.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/01/science/01angier.html?scp=1&sq=caledonian%20crow&st=cse
Mimi

climber
Feb 6, 2011 - 12:35am PT
While putting out a new seed block for the chickadees today, a falcon or small hawk crashed the scene and landed above my head in a mimosa tree. The bushtits, sparrows, and chickadees fled from the suet/seed feeders to the nearby shrubs for cover. They lucked out. The raptor stayed on its perch for a minute or two while I froze watching it. It finally flew to a nearby tree and then flew away. The small birds split. Wish I could stake out some fresh meat for the raptor. Beautiful bird.

Amazing pics everyone! Flying lizards. Gotta love them.
john hansen

climber
Feb 6, 2011 - 12:37am PT
Incredible shot's everyone.

Here is one from a few weeks back, fishing off the Big island.


A Brown booby, on a buoy.



tuolumne_tradster

Trad climber
Leading Edge of North American Plate
Feb 6, 2011 - 12:42am PT
Acorn Woodpecker
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 6, 2011 - 10:42am PT
BrassNuts is head to SoCal next month. One destination is the Ranchos Palos Verdes. Do you have suggestions for bird chasing in that area? (He's dictating!)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 6, 2011 - 06:07pm PT
Oh I want a bulbul! I all direct BN to your helpful ideas...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 6, 2011 - 06:48pm PT
There are always peafowl at my parents home - normals and white ones, adults and babies - so those are easy (though not checked off).

Just too SEE a Bulbul would be cool. I actually stopped keeping a life list a few years ago. With my aging memory, many birds are new birds. :)

Still, I don't go on this trip so no Bulbul (checked or not) for me. Boo. But hopefully BN can see one. They are cool.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Feb 6, 2011 - 09:13pm PT
Sandhill Cranes, Bosque del Apache, NM

Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Feb 15, 2011 - 12:21am PT
Spent some time yesterday bobbing around with Pt. Arena Cove's (winter) resident Laysan Albatross. This year marks the 18th consecutive winter for this friendly beast.


A short video clip: http://vimeo.com/19951817

PS - Incidentally, afterwards I paddled out to watch the surfers in the N. break. The surf was LOUD, and I was so busy watching the action and looking over my shoulder for big sets that might clobber me, that I never noticed the small gray whale surfacing a very short distance behind me. I was only told about it after I came back in.

Additional perspective edit - big bird:


guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Feb 15, 2011 - 02:27am PT
Nothing like a giant fish boil to bring out the birds and dolphins-Bay of Islands, New Zealand.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 15, 2011 - 03:48am PT
hey there say, all... it is very hard for me to get pics of birds... but say, i have a very clear shot of this one, of recent:




:)
john hansen

climber
Feb 21, 2011 - 12:33am PT
Went up to the 6,000 to 8,000 foot elevation up on Mauna Kea today. Got pictures of four Hawaiian honey creepers. Sorry for the quality and over saturation on these photo's,, getting crisp shots of birds is really hard. I still have a lot to learn.

Looking up at the slopes of Mauna Kea from about the 5000 foot level The Mamane forest can be seen in the distance.



An Amakahi



An O'oma, I saw him doing the shivering thing that identifies them so well.




An out of focus shot of an Elepio..



And last, two photo's of the elusive Palila..

I actually thought I was taking pictures of another Amakahi until I got home and tweaked the pictures and could see it was a Palila. Only about 3000 left in the world.




Next time I will get an alpine start and get up there early morning instead of 10AM. Lots of birds up there. I really need to work on focus and lighting .


Aloha

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Feb 21, 2011 - 12:37am PT
Blurry or not, love the photos!! Thanks for sharing them.
john hansen

climber
Feb 21, 2011 - 01:16am PT
I've seen that Brassnuts posted that he got most of his shot's with a 300 mm lens. I was using a 400 with a extra lens to double it to 800.

I think I need to become a better stalker and be willing to wait longer for them to show them selves and for the shot to present itself..

Auto focus is really hard when you are trying to shoot through branch's and leaves for a narrow field of focus on a bird.


Any tips?
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 21, 2011 - 02:44am PT
hey there john... wow, thanks for the share... i wish i could take bird pics... but i dont have enough pixels per zoom... etc...

the cameras, as now i have two, from two different friends, BOTH do have a screw for some kind of telephoto lense, but so far, none from older days, has been found to buy for it....

someday, though, something will open for me and i will get mmy try at birds, too... :)

thanks for the share, once again...
:)
john hansen

climber
Feb 22, 2011 - 12:39am PT
That would be a Turkey Vulture...

BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Feb 22, 2011 - 01:40am PT
John Hansen - I'm not a skilled 'stalker', but I do get out a bunch and that seems to work for me. Also, I shoot almost entirely hand held, so I'm more portable and quicker on my feet than the tripod gang, so I can squeeze off more shots per hour than some folks. That said, I do have to shoot at least 1/200 or so to keep things clear for the most part, 1/800 is even better if I have the light... I shoot a lot with a 400mm on a Canon 7D, which is an ASPC sensor, hence the crop factor is 1.6, so the 400 is really a 640mm on that body, so that helps. Regarding the autofocus issues with birds hiding in branches, I have a couple of tips that perhaps you are already using:

1) If your camera lets you pick your autofocus point(s), choose a single center or upper center point and get that puppy on the eye of your bird subject. This method gives me the best tracking, keeps the all important eye in focus and gives reasonable composition for quick on the go shooting.

2) If your camera has detailed function settings, you may have an option under the auto focus menu that speeds or slows the autofocus reaction to new objects introduced into the composition field. For example, if you have focus locked onto the head of a bird and he moves a bit such that a branch is now near his chest, this custom adjustment can delay or speed the camera's tendency to focus on that new object - with it set to less sensitive/slower, hopefully the bird stays focused longer...

Have fun out there!
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Feb 28, 2011 - 02:03am PT
Just an Egret, but I was having fun with a 400mm 2.8 and 1.7 tele on my D3 this afternoon.


Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 1, 2011 - 09:03pm PT
the Bandurria Austral aka Black-faced Ibis

Ed Bannister

Mountain climber
Woodcrest, CA
Mar 1, 2011 - 09:15pm PT
FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Mar 1, 2011 - 10:08pm PT
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 1, 2011 - 11:22pm PT
Snowy Egret Jerry?

Beautiful photos everyone.

I don't think any bird is mundane - Turkey Vulture or not. Imagine the carnage we'd be living in without Turkey Vultures. I once went to a place where TVs who'd been injured spent the rest of their lives. They are lively curious little stinkers. They had me laughing the entire time.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 2, 2011 - 12:11am PT
juvenile Black-chested Buzzard Eagle...can you imagine those claws
gripping the back of your neck?
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Mar 2, 2011 - 01:53am PT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 3, 2011 - 06:11pm PT
Saw this really weird crow in Argentina.
Somebody said they like tango music.

the museum

Trad climber
Rapid City
Mar 5, 2011 - 10:47pm PT
During our recent snowy and cold weather, our resident Gray Partridge went into some kind of hibernation and buried himself in the snow for about 7 days. Yesterday - it cleared up a bit - and he came out and found a patch of grass and had some grub...

It's cold again today and he buried himself - again!

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 6, 2011 - 12:50am PT
Museum,
Nice observations and story!





"Dood, Mom is gonna be sooo pissed! That shirt was clean when we left!"

AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Mar 6, 2011 - 11:08am PT
Ok here are a few more from my collection.
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
Mar 6, 2011 - 11:06pm PT
From a recent excursion to the Rob Roy Glacier in Mt Aspiring National Park, South Island NZ.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 6, 2011 - 11:11pm PT
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Mar 7, 2011 - 01:51am PT
Excellent recent additions by several Tacos! Keep 'em coming. I'll post up a few from a SoCal trip soon...
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 8, 2011 - 12:01am PT
StahlBro,
Did you measure the wingspan? Probably a Great Horned judgeing by the
apparent wingspan.

Here's a couple more from Patagonia.

The Yal Austral aka Black-throated Finch. This is the missus.

This is Missus Carpintero Negro Gigante aka Magellanic Woodpecker.
I was getting frantic after three weeks of seeing their endeavors
everywhere I went without seeing them. On our last day about 1/2 mile
from trail's end there was a whole family merrily pecking away mere feet
from the trail!

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 8, 2011 - 12:58am PT
A-friggin'-mazing stuff! Awesome thread that just keeps giving.
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Mar 8, 2011 - 01:06am PT
Man Reilly, you've got some nice ones.

Here are some nervous ducks...
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Mar 9, 2011 - 12:04am PT
Here are pics of a few small guys I spotted this weekend in SoCal... maybe more later as time allows.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 9, 2011 - 12:06am PT
Nice Reilly. Great Horned it is!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 9, 2011 - 12:08am PT
So I've had the benefit of having seen the last three photos numerous times in the last 24 hours, but it doesn't matter. They are still awesome.

Radical - I understand your feelings about the woodpecker. Birds have always done that to me. They crush me. These pictures are awesome everyone.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 9, 2011 - 12:15am PT
Old photo

Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 9, 2011 - 12:49am PT
StahlBro, are you sure? See the bird? I've seen the exact same sorta thing when a grouse plops down into the snow, and it looks to me like your alleged owl walked off out of the top of the frame. Or maybe, it walked into the frame, and then lifted off. Here's a photo of a grouse track, where it took off.



Here are some White-tailed Ptarmigan from the Red Lake Peak (Carson Pass) area last week:


Reilly, I'm diggin' on the Argentinean bird pics. I was there towards the end of November 2009, and really loved the birds there.

Keas kinda give me the heebie-jeebies. Any parrot that has figured out how to kill sheep is not to be trusted.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 9, 2011 - 01:10am PT
"Hey, it was dark when I got up and put 'em on!
They felt like they were on the right foot!"

(Rock Cormorant)
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Mar 9, 2011 - 10:58am PT
How about some more South American birds. I am feeling way too lazy to upload these again so I am just adding links to where I already posted them.

http://alasdairturner.blogspot.com/2010/06/wildlife-of-bolivian-andes.html


Enjoy.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 9, 2011 - 12:22pm PT
Alasdair,
I did enjoy and I tried posting some comments but since I don't exist
according to the confines of the profile choices I guess my comments didn't 'take'.

To wit, I prefer the Arg/Bol name for the Rufous-collared Sparrow: Chingolo. :-)

Your mystery coot shall likely remain so although it looks big enough to be a Giant.

Nice shot of the Puna Ibis!
The "some type of waterfowl" are more Crested Ducks.
The 'mystery hawk' looks a White-tailed.

One thing I noted down there is that the various caracaras are so bloody tame!
They strut around many places like blooming crows! Just try and get close
to one in the US southwest or Mexico!

Here's a crappy shot of three Chimangos on a light pole in Ushuaia...


A Crested at Tierra del Fuego NP...
Dood has it goin' on! I sooo need to change my look!


Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 9, 2011 - 12:53pm PT
Man, there are some really talented people here! Radical, BrassNuts hopped another plane early this morning and is skulking around the Boston area for a few days for work. Perhaps he'll get on and let you know about his equipment. All I know is Canon and big lens. :) Not helpful.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Mar 9, 2011 - 01:02pm PT
Willoughby,

I'm pretty sure it was rabbit tracks leading up to the wing prints. My bro took the picture and said there were great horned owls in the area. Our assumption was the owl nabbed a bunny based on the tracks and wing prints, but we have been wrong before :-)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 10, 2011 - 06:38pm PT
This boat looks close to overloaded to me!

(Black-necked Swans)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Mar 10, 2011 - 06:52pm PT
Took these at the Monte Vista NWR in the San Luis Valley yesterday.

The cranes are heading north.






Nailing a bird in flight handheld is a real pain in the ass.
dipper

climber
Mar 10, 2011 - 07:05pm PT
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Mar 12, 2011 - 05:37pm PT
Great pics everyone! Keep this most excellent thread alive :-) Here are a few more from a recent SoCal trip...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 12, 2011 - 05:41pm PT
Gotta disagree BrassNuts. They are all good photos!
Mad

Social climber
Mar 12, 2011 - 07:15pm PT
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Mar 12, 2011 - 07:45pm PT
Hey Brassnuts, pretty sure that is a coopers and also a black phoebe.
Here is my black phoebe.
The Alpine

Big Wall climber
Mar 12, 2011 - 07:51pm PT
Another Cooper's:


FRUMY

Trad climber
SHERMAN OAKS,CA
Mar 12, 2011 - 07:52pm PT
Man I'm glad My camera cost a lot.
I love these pictures & think I should give mine away cause it ain't the camera.
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Mar 12, 2011 - 08:28pm PT
I was going to post some photos of South America birds as requested by Alasdair, but ran across this remarkable record:

Oldest Known wild bird returns to Midway Atoll to raise a chick

This Albatross is not only alive and well at the age of least 60, but is raising yet another chick. As I result I was prompted to dig up this not-so-high quality photo of a Laysan Albatross from the Western Pacific as we were approaching Yokohama Bay. There was a a Northern Royal Albatross that was known to be over 61 years of age before she was presumed to have died.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 12, 2011 - 08:43pm PT
Thanks for the confirmation Alasdair. The Phoebe was so, well, not black! Still, nothing else comes close that I know of. The Orange Crowned Warbler is a new bird for me (in a photo). Very cool one can see the orange on his crown!

We went out tonight to see a flock of Mountain Bluebirds who are hanging around. Saw them, but with terrible lighting he wouldn't photograph anything. Maybe tomorrow...


Love all these photos. Hope they keep coming.
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Mar 12, 2011 - 09:30pm PT
More Laysan Albatross
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Mar 12, 2011 - 09:51pm PT
Alasdair,

Where we these photos taken? This species is very far-ranging. I've also seen them on Kauai (breeding) and in Monterey Bay. The same holds true for Black-footed Albatross.
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Mar 12, 2011 - 10:20pm PT
My wife made me take a vacation to Kauai. I managed to entertain myself by shooting photos of birds in places I probably should not have been. Im not really a beach person.
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Mar 13, 2011 - 01:46am PT
Great pics everyone. Thanks for posting up!
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Mar 13, 2011 - 03:35am PT
Alasdair,

I'm also not much of a beach-tropical person, but the opportunity to see all of these pelagic birds up close was a pretty good consolation.

Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 13, 2011 - 04:16am PT
StahlBro - certainly could be. When I look at it again, it seems the wing pattern is sorta the opposite as in my photo. And Great Horned Owls are EVERYWHERE.

Brassnuts - that's an adult Red-shouldered Hawk, just so you know.

Okay, all the Patagonian/Argentinian pics makes me want to post up some of my own. Here's a big ol' batch:

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 13, 2011 - 10:34am PT
Noted Willoughby. Red-shouldered hawk. For educational purposes, can you note why it is a Red-shouldered? Not doubting you, but would love to learn more. Same goes with any other birds. For example, one person mentioned that the Rufous Hummingbird was just so Western Rufous and I was curious what marks he was looking at.

The photos just get better and better!
john hansen

climber
Mar 13, 2011 - 11:22pm PT
Great pic's everyone,, Willoubhy that White sided Hillstar looks a lot like a hummingbird


I finally got a nice sharp photo of an Amakahi. Used the "single focus area" setting and shot at 200 of a second.. (thanks Brass Nuts.)




And another Palila


Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 13, 2011 - 11:30pm PT
Superb! I love seeing this thread back at the top.:)
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Mar 14, 2011 - 02:19am PT
Crimper - What Radical said. Red-shouldereds are a very Accipiter-like Buteo, and the young ones are more likely to fool you. In this photo, however, a couple of things should jump out:
you can see the red shoulders; Coop would be slaty blue-gray
Coop would have a dark cap
Adult Coop would have a red or orange-reddish eye, versus the dark brown visible here
Coop would have a proportionately longer tail

John - two things:
1. The hillstar is a hummingbird. It's a cousin of those crazy Andean Hillstars that basically go into a deep-freeze hibernation every night.
2. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but your recent Palila is actually a House Finch. Note the streaking on the flanks and breast. And the earlier Palilas look like Amakihi to me.
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Mar 14, 2011 - 02:51am PT
We were struck by the color of House Finches on Kauai. They had a rather yellow-orange, instead of the red wash we see in CA. This is apparently due to a difference in diet.
john hansen

climber
Mar 14, 2011 - 02:56am PT
You guys might be right,,, maybe wishful thinking..



Next day Edit.
Well... after looking back at the bills in the first pics I think you are right. And there are many house finches in that area. I guess I need to go back and get one where there can be no question.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 19, 2011 - 06:01pm PT
"I see England, I see France..."
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scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
Mar 21, 2011 - 11:57am PT
One other tip on the red-shouldered:
The upper parts of a Cooper's will be uniform slate/gray.
The white trim on the dark feathers of the red-shoulder's back are
easy to see from a distance, compared to some of the other characters.
If it's just those two birds you're trying to separate, the mottled/
speckled look will jump out at you.
cintune

climber
Midvale School for the Gifted
Mar 21, 2011 - 12:16pm PT
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Mar 21, 2011 - 12:20pm PT
Here are a few from last week at Point Reyes



Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
Mar 21, 2011 - 01:19pm PT
Here's an owl I photographed at Mercey Hot Springs
john hansen

climber
Apr 23, 2011 - 12:00am PT
Well, its been a month since the last post, I am in Nor Cal cruising around for a couple weeks. Can't keep up with you guys but here is what I got so far..still learning.

Oyster catcher




Piliated Woodpecker, a bit out of focus, but he did not stick around for long


Common Loon

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 23, 2011 - 12:16am PT
Thanks everyone!
john hansen

climber
Apr 23, 2011 - 12:20am PT
here are a few more. Brass Nuts gave me some advice about camera settings and focusing on the eye,,, Thank's.


Practice , practice , practice..

Canada goose

Red Faced cormarant


Pied billed Grebe


Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 23, 2011 - 01:53am PT
Mrs Magellanic Woodpecker just from the peluqueria...

john hansen

climber
Apr 24, 2011 - 11:59pm PT
Reilly, that is a great photo, hope I have a chance to see one some day.

Marsh Hawk at Bodega bay headland




This photo is not so good but I like to use them to identify birds. I am pretty sure this is a Savannah sparrow. Also from the Bodega bay headlands



Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
Apr 25, 2011 - 08:17am PT



Cheers,
DD
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 25, 2011 - 08:47am PT
Wow John H - you are seeing lots of excellent birds - and great photos too. All of these continue to blow me away!

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Apr 26, 2011 - 01:24am PT
The Google Doodle for tomorrow, Audobon's birthday. Rather imaginative - hard to see how it spells "google".

http://www.google.com/logos/
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Apr 26, 2011 - 01:44am PT

EDIT: Tony - yup we had located the nest. Nice shots. We see California Thrashers (really large bird) up at Ano Nuevo SP.
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
Apr 26, 2011 - 03:00am PT
Here are few specialty birds from our recent trip to Amargosa Canyon near Death Valley.



Here are a pair of Ladder-backed Woodpeckers feeding nestlings:




Mike, it looks like the Kildeer had a nest nearby and was trying to distract you with a broken wing display. Watch your step! Their eggs are notoriously hard to see.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 26, 2011 - 06:45pm PT
The funniest duck of course is the Ruddy Duck in breeding plumage. It's as if a kid was given crayons and told to design a duck. Utterly ridiculous and awesome all at once!

He just cracks me up! Saw a lone one in Anchorage once. Think he'd made a wrong turn. :/


From: http://www.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.ruralmissouri.org/Images/RuralMissouri/July07/RuddyDuck.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.ruralmissouri.org/07pages/07JulyMundy.html&h=320&w=313&sz=51&tbnid=qB1tg_ZStmeEqM:&tbnh=118&tbnw=115&prev=/search%3Fq%3Druddy%2Bduck%26tbm%3Disch%26tbo%3Du&zoom=1&q=ruddy+duck&usg=__k3VVQvEtOB7XsSYeqJlJ9F_n6-s=&sa=X&ei=tEe3TZqWCIKosQPfjsWoAQ&ved=0CDsQ9QEwAw
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 26, 2011 - 07:17pm PT
Hey John, that "Red-faced cormorant" is actually a Double-crested Cormorant.

As I mentioned in Caylors "I cut down a squirrel nest" thread, I exhumed a derelict Wood Duck box from a wetland I regularly bird, patched it back together, and hung it up in my back yard about five years ago. This year I finally got customers, Northern Saw-whet Owls. I've been feeding them mice:


Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 26, 2011 - 07:23pm PT
Holy moly! Did you really put that mouse there?

I put up a nice expensive Flicker House (yeah, I wasn't patient enough to have one made). I'd hoped to get Flickers or even Kestrels!!

Flickers moved right in.

Starlings moved right in to take over.

More Starlings moved in to take over other Starlings.

Broken eggs everywhere.

Those Starlings are asking for it, but what can I do to stop them really? Rascals.

At least my Chickadees are back for another successful year (I hope).
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Apr 26, 2011 - 11:38pm PT
Here are a couple from a road trip last week.


I have a few more here:
http://alasdairturner.blogspot.com/2011/04/montana-and-its-wildlife.html
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 27, 2011 - 01:46am PT
Strange what passes for a 'jay' in Argentina: the Plush-crested Jay -
(Urraca comun/Cyanocorax chrysops).


Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 27, 2011 - 03:00am PT
Of course I put that mouse there. Suet, sunflower seeds, sugar-water, mice ... what's the difference? I want my guests to feel welcome, whatever their dietary proclivities.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 27, 2011 - 08:48am PT
Did you staple the mouse to the branch? Tie a little figure eight around a mousey harness? :) It's a very cool photo!

One of my favorite feeders is the meal worm feeder. Don't get much action at it here, but in VA, wow did I have a lot of happy Bluebirds!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Apr 27, 2011 - 09:12pm PT
I placed him on a stick, raised stick up to the branch you see, and let him climb up on his own. It's important for these mice to feel like they've accomplished something -good for the self-esteem. Then they just sit there. It's a bit like sacrificing virgins to dragons, or so I imagine. As far as the mouse goes, it probably beats being fed to a snake, and he's free to solo to the top of the tree if he feels so inclined. They usually don't wander too far, but every now and then I'll get an intrepid climber mouse.
Tobia

Social climber
GA
Apr 27, 2011 - 09:28pm PT
nice pics of the owl.

I have 10 or 15 bluebird boxes up. I found a simple device to keep the snakes out. I will take a picture soon and post.

I was coming in from the barn this evening close to dark and saw this little fledgling bluebird trying to land in a bush. He couldn't quite grasp any branches and was tiring out. I picked the little guy up and put him in the blue bird box for safe keeping over night. I doubt he would make it through the night otherwise.

Hopefully he will be able to make it out and into the brave new world tomorrow with a little more success.

Mom, pop and 3 siblings were not to be found.

Birders, any ideas why he couldn't light on small limbs successfully?

Willoughby,
I don't think mice suffer much when I feed them to my snake. Clearly they don't know what hits them and it is over in less than 15 seconds + or - a couple a few seconds.

Comparing that to being shredded seems rather painless.
john hansen

climber
Apr 29, 2011 - 10:29pm PT
Been walking the banks of the Merced in Yosemite for the last few days. Lots and lots of birds, there were hundreds and hundreds of Audubon's warblers coming through. They sure are hard to photograph because they never stop moving around.
Here are a few other ones I got. It sure is fun combining my two favorite hobby's of birding and photography.

Yellow warbler.


Acorn Woodpecker.


And I think this is a female Red Wing Black bird, kinda threw me cause it was acting like a warbler, hanging upside down in the budding trees. I could be wrong.. any expert confirmation? Will post more later.

john hansen

climber
Apr 30, 2011 - 12:04am PT
A couple more..


I think a female Aububon's

A Robin


And maybe a song sparrow,,

AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Apr 30, 2011 - 12:14am PT
looks like a song sparrow to me.
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
Apr 30, 2011 - 12:19pm PT
Yep that looks like a female red wing blackbird also.
Here is one I shot.


john hansen

climber
Apr 30, 2011 - 11:35pm PT
These are really bad pictures, but they show the bills of these curlew's very well. They were taken at the top of the Bolinas lagoon near Stinson beach.

First a Bristle Thighed Curlew


there were some other Curlews hanging with this guy, but their bills were much longer..
Looking in the Peterson Guide to Western Birds this bill looks like a Far Eastern Curlew. The book says they are rare visitors to the Aleutians,,, but I can't find another bird where the bill matches. What do you think? the bill is way longer than the Bristle Thighed??

Any expert's care to chime in?

Edit: Whoop's,never mind,,, Long billed Curlew,,, still a good one, puts me over a hundred species for the trip.



Radical, is that a trogan? And what type of hummer is that?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 1, 2011 - 01:57am PT
John,
I hate to harsh on yer stoke, or however it is said, but your 'Bristle-thighed Curlew is actually a Whimbrel.
The Bristle-thighed was once thought extinct and is still quite rare.
There are probably less than a dozen confirmed sightings on the west coast.

Riley,
That ain't no Toucan in your first shot. It looks almost a Shoe-billed or
Whalehead Stork of East Africa but it doesn't look large enough. Is it a
Boat-billed Heron of S. America?
dipper

climber
May 1, 2011 - 05:23am PT
Here are a few shore birds








Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 1, 2011 - 03:01pm PT
OAT - 45F, Wind - 10 Kts, gusting 15-20 = colder-than-a-loanshark's-heart!*1
Not exactly the habitat one normally thinks of for this bird*:

Salt lake in Torres del Paine NP

*1 - An hour later it was blowing 35-40 and gusting well over 50!
* - I guess all positions were filled in the choicer habitats further north.
john hansen

climber
May 1, 2011 - 10:01pm PT


Reilly,, I am laughing at myself,, what was I thinking? More like, what was I drinking..

Was looking at page 132 of the Peterson guide instead of 131,,long time since I've seen a curlew.

But you know,, two very rare birds, hanging in the same spot at the top of Bolinas Lagoon, 100yards from the road. It could happen,, LOL

Good thing you and Willoughby keep my over active imagination in check. Thanks
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 2, 2011 - 07:46pm PT
BrassNuts just came in to report a Northern Saw-whet Owl in the tree on our front porch! COOL! Trying to get photos but it's difficult given how dense the tree is. Very exciting!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 2, 2011 - 09:07pm PT
John, I've talked myself into seeing a few 'rarities' also :-)
However, I did see the first evah McKay's Snow Bunting in the lower 48!
That's #1 feather in my birding cap, so to speak. I got pics too.
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
May 2, 2011 - 09:21pm PT
Here are a few more from Torres del Paine NP in Chile. There was also a lot of mammalian wildlife.







Riley, that Cactus Wren photo is fabulous.

We only saw the Torrent Duck on our last day, and we were cheating by having as our guide the author of the field guide for Patagonia.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 2, 2011 - 09:21pm PT
You can't just tease Reilly...post the photos! :)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 2, 2011 - 11:30pm PT
Crimpy,
They're not good enough to post - it was rather tough hand-holding a 600mm
lying on my stomach hyperventilating in a near gale. Besides, they're slides
and I haven't bothered to scan them :-)

Tony, Thems some nice shots! I was pretty disappointed if the truth be known
with my month down there - not one friggin' owl let alone a Torrent Duck-
I couldn't believe I got skunked. They are getting rarer and rarer I guess. :-(
john hansen

climber
May 3, 2011 - 12:02am PT
These are also not good enough to post but I will post them anyway.. I ain't proud.

These are the one's from the last two weeks that got a B- or so..

Anna's


Marsh wren


Phainopepla


Audubons Warbler


Western wood Pewee


Merganser







Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 3, 2011 - 12:12am PT
These are all amazing photos. Thanks so much for sharing them. This is the best thread here. :)

Here are some BrassNuts took this evening of the little owl out front. So cute!


john hansen

climber
May 3, 2011 - 12:33am PT
Really great photo's of the owl..
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 3, 2011 - 12:33am PT
Wow, those guys are too cute for school! Nicely shot!

OK, this guy isn't from Patagonia but he was one of my better sightings.
This is a Squirrel Cuckoo (I don't know why) seen at Iguazu. He is about
18" long!




BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 4, 2011 - 10:24am PT
Excellent additions everybody, keep 'em coming... Best "OT" thread on the taco :-)

Here are a few from a recent road trip. Nothing exotic, but a few characters from the desert southwest...
Mystery guest in Zion - who's got the ID?


Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 10:32am PT
Very cool! Love the Squirrel Cuckoo.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 10:47am PT
I wondered that DMT, but the bird's bill seems so slender and pointy compared to the guides. And the whitish around his eye. But what the heck do I know?? :)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 4, 2011 - 10:53am PT
Brass,
It looks a Bell's Vireo to me although a bit odd to see one on the ground in the open.
The Plumbeous' and the ex-Solitary's (now Blue-headed) eyering is much
bolder and they have wing bars.

Note that I ammended the size of the Squirrel Cuckoo; I had a brain fade.
That's the kind of boid we love to see - big and purdy! Strangely, I had a
bit of a time ID'ing it. Both books I had with showed white spots beneath
the tail, which must have been hidden by it's being folded, and the breast
appeared more distinct than in either book. As with John Hansen's
'Bristle-thighed Curlew' sometimes we see more, and sometimes less, than
there is. After my return I was set straight by the guide I had originally
arranged to take me out at Iguazu - I know, an old guide being guided.
But his mum took ill just before I arrived so I didn't get my chance to
find a Harpy Eagle :-(
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 11:01am PT
Maybe we can get BN to post another photo. He thinks he got another shot of this bird (though it could be a different bird) in a tree/bush. He has a touch of rufous (sp?) on his head.

Reilly, do you see such thin bills on vireos? Not sure why I'm hung up on his bill.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 11:11am PT
Am I crazy (yes?), but could it be a darkish Lucy's Warbler? Maybe a female?
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 4, 2011 - 11:21am PT
So, here's another pic that was taken only a minute later than the mystery bird I just posted, but it sure looks like a different bird, but the short time gap of only 1 minute between shots is confusing for my fading memory...

Reilly - very cool Cuckoo shot, 18" pretty boid, wow.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 11:21am PT
THAT looks like a Lucy's Warbler, no?

edit: nice caterpillar he is eating there!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 4, 2011 - 11:26am PT
Crimpie,
How can I put this delicately? No, you're not crazy, but mayby slightly deluded?
Just kidding :-) I admit the 'jizz' (yes, that is birder's slang) does
suggest a warbler as does the bill. But it is entirely too dark but digital
photos are notoriously suspect if contrast has been altered. It does appear
to have a buffy tinge to the underparts which is characteristic of Lucy's so
I fear I must give you kudos for thinking outside the box! But I'm sticking
with Bell's. The Gray should show some evidence of a wing bar methinks and
it should also so white edgeing to the tertials although I agree a worn adult
might not evince much of that.

Edit:
Dang! That is a Lucy's with the crown and looking much paler! So it is the same boid?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 11:28am PT
Heh heh! Thanks Reilly. I learn so much on these threads - thanks for indulging my fantasies. :) Sooo, the second one is also a Bell's you think?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 11:31am PT
SCHWING!!!!!

He thinks it is the same bird. He said he took the photos within a minute and thought it was the same bird. (edit: since then, he's doubting his memory). But you know how birds can be. As far as contrast, BN says that those are untweaked photos in terms of contrast (and whatever else folks tweak in photoshop). I suppose the lighting was just different - bright sun v not bright sun???

edit: I also wonder if the darkness/lightness of the bird is because in one, we are looking up-feather, and the other we are looking down-feather. Thoughts?
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 4, 2011 - 11:49am PT
I'm not entirely sure what this little guy is, but I had to help two of them out of my woodshop last week. Thoughts on an ID?

Omens



Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 11:52am PT
Flycatcher. I leave the rest of that ID to the experts! Cool photos. I've always lived where there are Northern Cardinals - until three years ago when I moved to Boulder. I admit to taking them for granted. Boo. I wish they were here as I miss them. So pretty!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 4, 2011 - 12:29pm PT
As to th Bell's/Gray/Lucy debate, that's definitely a Lucy's. Vireos have a much thicker bill with a bit of a hook at the tip (á la shrikes), whereas this guy has a pair of fine-pointed tweezers on his face. Further, the rufous cap clinches it. What's interesting to me about these two photos, is that you can clearly see molt limits in the coverts and flight feathers. In other words, you can see old feathers juxtaposed with newer feathers, and the pattern and timing tells me that this is a bird that hatched last year. Desert birds are great for showing this sort of contrast in wear and fade. The fresher-looking feathers molted in late last summer, possibly over the winter (more study is needed on 1st pre-basic molt in this species), and that's typical of a second-year bird:


Older birds have enough energy and such to pull off a complete molt of all these feathers at that time of year, but the birds that are fresh out of the nest only do a portion, if any. This is typical of most songbirds. The single shorter, fresher tail feather (retrix) off to the side is atypical, and probably represents an adventitious replacement of a randomly lost feather:


Cool eh?

Edge - yours is an Eastern Phoebe
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 12:32pm PT
So cool. Thanks. Seriously, you guys rock and I learn so much!

Wow. I keep looking at what you've shown. I would not have thought to consider feather wear. Very very cool.

Willoughby, will you do a supertopo-birdfest? :) I'm in!
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 4, 2011 - 12:36pm PT
PS - Ron, I heard the Eagles and Ag. festival had a pretty good showing this year. Not so?
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 4, 2011 - 12:39pm PT
Thanks, Willoughby!

I suspected a phoebe, but wasn't sure. Both birds were fluttering inside a large glass door turned window, and were very docile as I picked them up by hand and released them outside.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 4, 2011 - 05:51pm PT
Cool to see so many birders on Supertopo! All those beautiful photos make me desire a good camera.
We have many Hummingbirds living in our yard, might have something to do with all the feeders Margy keeps stocked. Tons of drama between the Rufous and Annas, it is a continual aerial battleground out there.

A little crowded in the nest.


Hard to ID the females!



We went climbing in Pinnacles a couple of weeks ago and saw at least one Condor on 3 out of 4 days, awesome.
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
May 4, 2011 - 06:19pm PT
Some one is building a nest in my yard. Actually there are several. My yard is a 50foot by 100foot lot right in the city of seattle.

Several years ago I ripped almost everything that was not native out of my yard and replaced it with natives. I also helped a couple of house sparrow nests fail, and it is all paying off this year.

Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 4, 2011 - 06:32pm PT
Good stuff Alasdair. Always feels nice to share your property, and help the birds and bees make more birds and bees. Particularly cool to see a Bewick's Wren using an urban lot, esp. when they've been having so much trouble in the eastern part of the U.S.
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
May 4, 2011 - 06:39pm PT
Hi everyone, I have a question, there are these wild parrots in my neighborhood and every year after the fruit in my lumquat tree ripen they show up and feast on this fruit. It is quite entertaining to watch.
There seems to be about 15 of these parrots in this group. I've seen larger groups flying in other areas.
Anyway, do any of you know what type of parrots these are? and I am curious where they live during the winter. If you have any info on these type of parrots I would love to know.

Thanks!

AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
May 4, 2011 - 06:46pm PT
Bewicks are not having a problem here. They have taken over in Seattle. I dont think there is a single part of the city that you can go and not hear one calling. I had never seen one prior to three years ago and now they are everywhere.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 08:19pm PT
Cherry headed conures. Escaped pets that now thrive. Get Birds of Telegraph Hill to see more. Very cute. :)
Karen

Trad climber
So Cal urban sprawl Hell
May 4, 2011 - 08:30pm PT
Thanks!
Maysho

climber
Soda Springs, CA
May 4, 2011 - 08:39pm PT
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BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 4, 2011 - 08:59pm PT
Great nesting shots AT! Do you charge them rent for the use of your yard? :-)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 4, 2011 - 08:59pm PT
Thanks DT for the correction. Great book and good movie!
Seamstress

Trad climber
Yacolt, WA
May 4, 2011 - 10:30pm PT
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 5, 2011 - 12:41am PT
Wow - lots of outstanding photos here.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 5, 2011 - 12:44am PT
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 5, 2011 - 01:58pm PT
Re: the Lucy's Warbler.

BN brought those photos home. He *believed* the two photos to be of the same bird. I saw them once and they were squirreled away. Because the second photo was fuzzy, he wouldn't leave it on the screen at all. I'm happy he didn't delete it! I couldn't tell what the first bird was and suggested we put it on the taco given all the expertise here. Weeks later he did.

The first bird really puzzled me and I ended up thinking it was a warbler given the bill, but figured it was some female non-breeding plummage bird - beyond my capabilities as a birder. The bill has always looked to skinny to be a vireo - but what do I know?

It was great fun working it out. As we talked, I wondered if it was a Lucy's because I was thinking it was a warbler, and I faintly recalled the other photo having some rufous on it's head. I had no access to the other photo. As we discussed it online, I was digging in my book and noted that a Lucy's has rufous on it's head (the male anyway). Then I asked BN to post the other photo (which he initially didn't want to do when I asked since it's soft).

When he did finally post it, it seemed clear. But even then he couldn't be sure it was the same bird. He thought it was, but following a little bird with a big hand-held lens isn't easy. Only hearing what Willoughby had to say makes us feel sure it was the same bird.

It was a great exercise to talk about it and I appreciate everyone
s input. I learned a ton.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 5, 2011 - 01:59pm PT
Brown Jay? Cool.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 5, 2011 - 02:26pm PT
More like dumb luck. I'm a marginal birder at best. I was pleased though that I did it the way we are taught...look at bill, look at head, at eyes, etc. If I were a great birder, I would have been able to ID him alone.

You made the call on some weathered feathering. Never thought to consider that.

The eye ring was baffling me as well. It was so large compared to what I saw on the vireos in the book. I didn't get to see the bird in real life so I didn't really know how big it was or how it moved. That would have been really helpful!

Even after BN posted the second photo, I was trying to figure out if they were the same bird - I decided it was he same bird. But one never knows is it because I want it to be the same bird, or because I see evidence - real evidence - that it is the same bird. I rationally thought it was partly because that was BN's first impression when taking the photos, due to the little time that passed between the two photos and because of the eye ring. It was great fun seeing Willoughby use far more sophisticated methods. Neat stuff.

It was a fun puzzle to solve. Willoughby's knowledge of birds continues to blow me away.

I wish we had more birding puzzles to play with!
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 5, 2011 - 02:57pm PT
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
May 5, 2011 - 05:30pm PT
What's the nesting pair below the Bewick's Wren?
Nuthatch?
Peggy-o

Social climber
Kingsburg ca
May 5, 2011 - 05:30pm PT
Peggy-o

Social climber
Kingsburg ca
May 5, 2011 - 05:38pm PT
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 6, 2011 - 12:37am PT
Mike Bolte - those babies *crush* me! So cute!
john hansen

climber
May 6, 2011 - 01:10am PT
A few more to keep this thread going.

Chipping sparrow


Osprey,, too bad he was behind the wire.


And an American Goldfinch..


Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
May 6, 2011 - 01:22am PT
Aerial Combat

Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
May 6, 2011 - 04:03am PT
Here is a Merlin attacking a Golden Eagle in spite of the huge size difference (~25x ?). In the second one the Merlin was briefly attached to the back of the Eagle.


Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 6, 2011 - 04:03am PT
Y'all are going to make me blush.

You know, if anybody out there in Tacoland is really digging on the birds and wants to combine it with a climbing trip to Lee Vining, the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua is a pretty sweet festival coming up June 17-19. I'll be leading a bird tour in Lee Vining Canyon on Friday, and then a dragonfly tour on Sat. Lots and lots of other fun outings and workshops, but they fill up quickly - check it out:

http://www.birdchautauqua.org/

And if you're looking for a FREE bird hike in Tahoe (or wildflower hike, or butterfly hike, or...), please tag along on one of my nonprofit's outings. Calendar's on the Home page, and we'll be adding a lot more hikes as summer progresses: http://www.tinsweb.org/

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 6, 2011 - 09:06am PT
Thanks for the links. BN is digging the Pygmy Owl! You are 'liked'. :)

The walks are very tempting...looking at my calendar...
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
May 10, 2011 - 02:18am PT
I went to the Shorebird Festival in Homer, Alaska for four days. Here are a few of the birds I saw.
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Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
May 10, 2011 - 11:59am PT


still a great thread!

Cheers,
DD
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 12, 2011 - 10:47am PT
A quick birding TR. This past weekend, BrassNuts and I went south to the Alamosa Wildlife Refuge and the Great Sand Dunes to see birds. While at the Sand Dunes, we wandered up a largely dry river bed: sandy base and some vegetation on the sides. The bird count was pretty low. The people count was even lower. No one to be seen anywhere.

BN was sitting off to the side near the vegetation taking photos of birds at a collection of water. I was about 50' downstream sitting in the sand looking at my bird book. As I'm sitting there, I feel a man's hand grab my right shoulder. For a split second, I think it's BrassNuts - but there he is 50' ahead of me. Yikes. I slowly lean to the right to see who has my shoulder...

A Cooper's Hawk. Yes. A Cooper's Hawk had actually LANDED on my shoulder. He stayed for a couple of seconds - totally unimpressed or scared - then glided up toward BN and the yummy meals at the water.

I yell to BN and start grabbing my shoulder to convey what had just happened (although he thinks I'm telling him it's a Red-Shouldered Hawk and he's thinking I'm nuts as it clearly is not). BN's happy to have seen the Hawk who by then had landed in front of him giving him some nice photos.

An amazing moment. Here is a photo recreation of where I was, what I was wearing and the actual Hawk. Very cool!

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 12, 2011 - 11:02am PT
Wow! That's a lifetime moment for sure! How's it feel to be a fencepost? :-)
Nice historical re-creation, too.

BITD I was sitting on a log in the North Cascades watching the sunset. Totally
isolated for days. A deer walks out of the woods 50' to my right and saunters
up to me. Stands directly facing me for several seconds grokking my oneness, I guess.
Then he bends over and sniffs my boot. He straigtened back up and said,
"I soo loov ze french leather, too."

OK, he didn't really say that but it was amazing.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 12, 2011 - 11:48am PT
i'd find that a bit scary crimpy
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 12, 2011 - 01:47pm PT
It was the COOLEST.BIRDING.MOMENT.EVER.

What scared me is that I really thought it was a man who had grabbed my shoulder. It took about 15 minutes to get all that adrenaline out of my system. I don't feel like the bird ever noticed I was a person (or he certainly didn't care). It was uber cool!

I told BN I could still feel where he claw when through my jacket on my back. BN looked at sure enough there was as minor a scratch as one could imagine. I made him take a photo of it because I'm a dork that way. :) It's still hard to believe that happened!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 12, 2011 - 01:50pm PT
I really wish I had seen the hawk on CG's shoulder, I just missed it! Quite an experience for her! Here are a few other bird pics from the trip...
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 12, 2011 - 02:18pm PT
BN,
The first is one of the best shots of a Coopers evah!
The Marsh Wren is great too!
ydpl8s

Trad climber
Santa Monica, California
May 12, 2011 - 02:24pm PT
Wow, the bar has been raised. Maybe you should change your moniker from BN to AuduBN
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 12, 2011 - 02:25pm PT
These are really outstanding shots BN
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 12, 2011 - 02:29pm PT
I think he has amazing bird photography talent. I don't think he has any idea! To think, that Coopers sat on my shoulder. I'm still blown away. :)
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
May 12, 2011 - 02:41pm PT
Most amazing, awesome pictures and astounding occurrence.

That Yellow-headed Blackbird...
On two occasions in the past, I was asked by friends
"What's that black bird with a yellow head called?"
On both occasions, my standing was diminished when I supplied the
correct answer.
My friends couldn't understand why I didn't just admit that I didn't know
the name of the bird, instead of coming up with such a dumb answer
(Yellow-headed Blackbird).
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 12, 2011 - 02:48pm PT
I was chuffed to bits to not only see this guy (gal?) but to get a decent
shot, too. We were on an unmarked trail near Fitzroy that the woman who
ran our B&B told us about. It was so dark I had to use the flash which didn't
faze him (I'm sticking with 'him') so intent he was in his little trail project.
If you look you will see he had jinormous feet - I would say large crow-sized
on a bird the size of a robin. He most industriously, in a couple of senses,
plows up the ground looking for wee tasty creatures. He happily went about
his foraging less than 10' away while I merrily clicked away.

Oh, he is called a Huet-huet in Argentina or a Hued-hued del sur in Chile.
You can call him the Black-throated Huet-huet/ Pteroptochos tarnii.
He is in the Rhinocryptidae family which is unique to S. America and has
a number of other cool-looking members. He has a close relative in the
Chestnut-throated Huet-huet whose range is much smaller although within that
of the Black-throated. Presumably the Chestnut must occupy a slightly different
habitat or niche within the same habitat although I have no info on that.

BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 12, 2011 - 03:09pm PT
Checking in between rope wash/rinse routines... Reilly - very cool shot of "bigfoot" there! Sounds like you got a good show! Another reason why this is my favorite "OT" thread on the taco! Here's another Marsh Wren shot - he was my fave this last trip I think; not very colorful, but what attitude and song! They Yellow-Headed BBirds were pretty funny too - all puffed up for the gals...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 12, 2011 - 03:15pm PT
At one point, we were birding on a loop road in the car. At dusk, the Yellow-Headed Blackbirds were out on the road displaying. They were so into it, the car did not phase them. We had to stop and wait for several to get it out of their system so we could continue forward. I'm still laughing at their little shows.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 12, 2011 - 10:01pm PT
A bump with some shame. Hoping to see more birds!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 12, 2011 - 10:36pm PT
You have no shame! But it's permitted in this case :-)

You know it's a jungle out there and it ain't always pretty.

A pair of Chilean Skuas lunching on a King Cormorant :-(

"Bob was a good ol' bloke, 'e was."



It seems many species are fascinated with watching their own suffer.
OK, that's probably reading a bit much into it.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 12, 2011 - 11:54pm PT
Yikes! Grimness. It's like watching a Coopers come through the drive through at the feeder. I watch the aftermath through my fingers.
Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 12, 2011 - 11:57pm PT
Skuas are a rapacious bunch.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 13, 2011 - 10:35pm PT
A friend was recently hiking in Red Rocks Vegas. He can't figure out this bird and I wondered if all the rockin' birders here could help.

Do you see the bird?


This bird was located at the base of the cliff, but getting to the base required some up-hiking. The rocks you see are now at the base, but two years ago they were about 80 feet higher.

While there two years ago, my friend heard an owl and recognized it as a Great Horned Owl. This one though isn't one he believes.

Size of this owl: That rock to right of owl is roughly 20" high - shoulder level, and my friend was sitting against it before he knew the owl was there. The owlet started making a noise which alerted my friend to his presence.

Beak is definitely BLACK, not yellow.

Thoughts? I'm going to get my books right now!
guido

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 13, 2011 - 11:02pm PT
Being pretty anthropomorphic there Reilly.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 13, 2011 - 11:07pm PT
One behind the scenes baby Great Horned Owl vote...
Damn this looks high

climber
Temecula, CA
May 13, 2011 - 11:18pm PT
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 13, 2011 - 11:31pm PT
+1 Great Horned Owl baby vote.

Awesome story Crimpie. A friend of mine keeps a "touch list," for all the birds that have touched him. He has some crazy brushes, shoe-landings, etc., but I sincerely doubt he's had a Coop land on his shoulder. Weirdest I got, two summers ago I had a chickadee fly up to my face, hover there for a second, and peck me in the tooth.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 14, 2011 - 03:54am PT
How close is too close? Nevah!

Crested Caracara channeling Richard Avedon



And I've always wondered why they are called "faceface" or "deardear". Anyone?


I know we're all fond of sniping here but don't say that around this guy...

AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
May 15, 2011 - 01:12am PT
Here area few shots at smith rock, or.

Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
May 15, 2011 - 01:16am PT
Today is International Migratory Bird Day, aka Birdday. The second weekend of May each year. http://www.birdday.org/
dipper

climber
May 15, 2011 - 03:58am PT
A few from the coast...











BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 15, 2011 - 11:21am PT
Alasdair, who is the colorful guy enjoying the tasty bug snack? Cool shots!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 15, 2011 - 11:37am PT
All beautiful (as usual)
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
May 15, 2011 - 11:44am PT
I believe the colorful one is a Lewis's Woodpecker. I spent a lot of time with the bird book on that one. I also cant seem to ID the tail-less wren. If anyone has any idea on that one I would love to know. Its not a rock, bewicks, or house. Thats about all I know. sedge wren?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 15, 2011 - 12:12pm PT
Cool to show again Pate. Love the silly Nutcrackers! Wish we had them here. For the first time ever, we've got two Black-Headed Grosbeaks at our feeder. Seems an irruption of Pine Siskins and the goldfinch (both American and Lesser) are far fewer in numbers. The Red-Winged Blackbirds will send me to the poor house in seed costs. They are quick learners on the squirrel proof feeders.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 15, 2011 - 12:49pm PT
Alasdair,
That's the rare Tail-less Rock Wren! You can tell 'cause he's sittin' on a rock. :-)
But at least he got away. He mighta lost it through molting, too.
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
May 15, 2011 - 10:49pm PT
Band Tailed Pigeons, Sierra Foothills. Nice white ring on the neck, banded tail and yellow feet! They sure can eat!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 16, 2011 - 01:09am PT
OK, they are all relatively big and slow moving, but they are pretty characteristic of Union Bay Landfill nature area here in Seattle and my best so far (excepting a pretty good house finch). All are click and expandable.




Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
May 17, 2011 - 04:14pm PT
We were entertained by a couple of these Wandering Tattlers hunting fish in tide pools for about 30 minutes before this one finally caught a big one. Since we haven't yet made it to the highlands, this is one of a handful of native birds we have seen.

Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
May 17, 2011 - 04:19pm PT
I had a white dove in my backyard. It's just hangin' with the regular doves, though. I guess doves don't get too hungup about that sort of thing.
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
May 17, 2011 - 04:21pm PT
I love Gadwalls. They look like they've been outfitted in custom-woven
tweeds, somewhat different than, say, a Mallard drake.
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
May 17, 2011 - 06:34pm PT
My feeder has been kicking butt lately:

Mountain Chickadees, Pygmy and White-breasted Nuthatches, and juncos are usual through the winter, but are species sorta come and go. Lately it's been gangbusters. Right now we have scads of Cassin's and House Finches, Siskins, Lesser Goldfinches, and the more interesting nomads, each with their charismatic bills. Here are some crappy, through-the-dirty-window/screen shots.

When things get crowded, the crossbills just go inverted:


Giving me the stink-eye for a refill; they've been burning through seed:


The poor Evening Grosbeaks are just a little too big for this feeder:


They get frustrated. I wouldn't want that frustrated maw pointed at me. This is the only bird in North America that can crack a cherry stone; I'm told that they can break a finger, too:


Here's a female:


Here's another grosbeak, although Black-headed Grosbeaks are actually cardinals, not finches:


Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 17, 2011 - 07:39pm PT

Nice see you online Tony, and nice photo. OH, the Seattle Times had an article titled "Naturalists Fear Overuse of Birdcall Apps" on the front page today.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2015072324_birdcalls17m.html


Awesome photos Willoughby. I haven't seen either grosbeaks or crossbills in Seattle, but I have seen a crosbill at Index (note climbing reference). And Scuffy, yeah, Gadwalls are quite often "my favorite bird" even though we see a lot of them.




Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 17, 2011 - 08:19pm PT
Wowsa! More terrific photos. You have an amazing feeder collection there. We have our first Black-Headed Grosbeak. I'd pass out if some Cross-bills visited! Awesome.
mctwisted

Social climber
superslacker city
May 17, 2011 - 08:46pm PT
johntp

Trad climber
socal
May 17, 2011 - 09:32pm PT
Anybody know who this little feller is? I took it just a few minutes ago. He had the most amazing song. Sorry for the poor quality but it was a one shot opportunity with a P&S.
Captain...or Skully

climber
or some such
May 17, 2011 - 09:57pm PT
Bright, ain't he?
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 17, 2011 - 10:31pm PT
JohnTP - my guess is a male summer tanager, but I'll let the experts call it...

Cool shots of Crossbills, Mr. W. They are very cool little guys. I've only seen some once up in the foothills here. I heard a bunch of seed crackling and looked over at some pinions to see a bunch of 'em chowing down! Incredible beak adaptation eh?

Here's a Black Headed Grosbeak that visited us a few times last week;
john hansen

climber
May 17, 2011 - 10:41pm PT
Johntp, I would say House Finch. The bill is too thick and short for a Tanager. Also, you can see the striping on it belly.
But like BN say,s I will wait for Willoghby or Reilly to chime in...
I have been wrong too many times.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 17, 2011 - 10:44pm PT
Second vote for House Finch. You can see his side-striping.

Years ago (pre-9/11) I would walk the same route to the rock gym in DC. Everyday I would hear the most beautiful bird song from a tree across the street.

One day I took my binoculars, stopped and spent some time trying to ID the bird: House Finch. Just as I finish, I'm approached by big, mean security dudes wanting to know what I was doing, why, etc.

Crazy paranoia even pre-9/11. It was a recycling station - hardly a sensitive area.

edit: BN is in the living room wanting to retract his Tanager guess. :) He's going with House Finch as well. :)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
May 18, 2011 - 12:15am PT
Thanks John and Crimpie; house finch it was. I was sitting around with the front door open to let the breeze in and heard the most incredible bird singing on the porch. He was right outside the door. By the time I got the camera out he had flown further away. Just a really pretty song. You can listen to it here:

http://www.birdjam.com/birdsong.php?id=15
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 18, 2011 - 12:53am PT
hey there say, pate... wow! i love your bird episodes here...

thanks for the wonderful pictures...:)


and to everyone:
very nice stuff...

at my old place, i saw woodpeckers and the tuftd titmouse bird, and ONCE a whole flock of redwing blackbirds (never saw them again) *was residental small neighborhood, up from the nearby lake...

also, saw ?sparrow type stuff?? and of course crows...


well now, here at THIS house...

there is the cowbirds--they have frequented this lawn, for years, since back when i first moved up here and even STAYED in this very house for a bit, with ex-son-in-law's family...


and there is the robins here, too...
and not sure what else, yet, though we HAVE long time past seen cardidnals here and i saw one, happily, the other day...

*old neighborhood has the mute white swans, very nearby, in a water way that leads to the lake...


well NOW--HERE IS MY SHARE:


so far, i got me a robin in my ol' fixed-up though crooked shed:
she is nesting now:




her nest is very big, compared to her, and i think (so it seems from some dead birds that i found) that she has had trouble with cowbirds putting eggs in her nest)--i read that many times the robin will rebuild OVER her nest, in those cases...

maybe some of you folks, here, have more info, too, to offer...

well, here is her nest, from full view--she recently refixed it, as well, as it was messed up for awhile:




:)
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 18, 2011 - 01:00am PT
hey there say, johntp.... what a neat bird shot! and willoughby, too...

well, all you all, :)


i hope to get more birds this summer, too...

my bird feeder has to be hung from a string or the squirrles get it, :O

it always works though, but here... i have not found the proper branch yet, all these, the squirrel can still walk out on...


but--i will not give up, :))


thanks for such fun, here...

nite all...
:)
johntp

Trad climber
socal
May 18, 2011 - 09:18pm PT
neebee-

Now that's a nest....

To try to keep the squirrels from getting to the bird feeder hung from a branch, poke a hole in an aluminum pie pan. Tie a knott in the cord a foot or two above the feeder and suspend the inverted pie pan from the knott. Check this site out:

http://www.birdfeeders.com/advice/protecting-birds/squirrels
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 18, 2011 - 10:42pm PT
hey there say, johntp.... say, i've think i've seen pictures of something like that in a few garden mags....

i will go check this link out...


say, thanks a lot, my other idea just does not have the proper tree branches... i will do this....

thanks so very much!
god bless, say, hope you see a lot more of that neat bird, too!
:)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 18, 2011 - 11:49pm PT

Another from Union Bay Land Fill in Seattle. I think this common yellowthroat was just a little too far away to get the photo I wanted. They are pretty small.
I used a tripod.

BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 19, 2011 - 12:19am PT
Nice catching a shot of a Yellowthroat! I have seen a few, but they never come out of the thickets for me... Very pretty bird.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 19, 2011 - 01:28am PT
Neebee,
Your Robin has delusions of grandeur! Robins aren't 'sposed to live in eagles' nests!
You're an excellent landlady, keep up the good work! :-)
Tony

Trad climber
Berkeley, CA
May 19, 2011 - 03:01am PT
We went out today to Kilauea Point. The best photo opportunities were with the Red-tailed Tropicbirds.


There were a number of other seabirds, including many nesting Red-footed Boobies.


Happiest to see, after the devastation on Midway from the Tsunami (>1000,000 Laysan and Black-footed chicks and over 2,000 adults lost) were a couple of Laysan Albatross with chicks.

neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
May 19, 2011 - 06:49am PT
hey there say, reilly..... got a good start from you this morning, with a good laugh--as to the comment on the ol' robin, :))


here she is strutting the yard, too (though i was much farther away):




thanks for the share...
:)


edit: wow, tony, great shots!
:)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 19, 2011 - 07:32pm PT
Tony! Spendid. thanks. I may have to point Adlai to this thread. ;-)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 19, 2011 - 07:53pm PT
Love the contribution Neebee. And the new pelagic birds. Cool! Our backyard birds may soon become sea birds if the rain here doesn't stop.
john hansen

climber
May 20, 2011 - 01:40am PT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 20, 2011 - 01:58am PT
Riley,
That's waay beyond the pale - no fair using cute kids and tame parrots! LOL!

Here's a yound male Magellanic trying to look like dad.
After three weeks in Patagonia I still had not seen these guys and I was
getting a teensy bit pissy. Then, the last day, a half mile from the trail
head I see movement in a grove and it is a whole freaking flambly of 'em!
WooHoo! As with quite a few boids down there they were quite cooperative.
Not exactly hamming it up but not above giving me a few 'hero' poses.


Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 20, 2011 - 09:46am PT
So spectacular!
AlasdairTurner

Trad climber
Seattle, wa
May 20, 2011 - 08:53pm PT
Some of you guys might like these. I just shot them today.



Disclaimer since it always comes up. These photos are shot within the boundaries of all laws.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 20, 2011 - 09:17pm PT
Love it DMT! Thanks. I spent many a night in rest area at mile marker 7 (or was it 1?? My favorite of them all) as well as the King's Bluff parking lot when I lived (and frequently escaped from) STL.

Mellow and lovely place - and it comes with excellent birds.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 21, 2011 - 06:48pm PT
You're not gonna believe this!

http://animalvideos.yahoo.com/video-detail?vid=25272362&cid=24037722
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
May 23, 2011 - 01:28pm PT
Totally amazing
Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
May 23, 2011 - 06:06pm PT
Pretty cool, yup.

Last night I ran across these two spotted owls in Jedediah Smith Redwoods. Couldn't believe this shot actually worked out. It was really dark. ( .8 seconds, f2.8, ISO 800, Nikon D3, 400mm f2.8 lens)

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 23, 2011 - 06:50pm PT
Beautiful Jerry! How cool!?!?!?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 23, 2011 - 07:19pm PT
Outstanding Jerry! But I'm afraid they're Barred, the Spotted's close
cousin and, it turns out, nemesis. Much of the Spotted's decline, which
had previously been attributed to habitat loss, is now being recognized as
a result of the more aggressive Barred's territorial expansion.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 23, 2011 - 07:28pm PT
Excellent recent additions everybody! Here are a few from the past two mornings in the foothills around Boulder - Spring is here!
john hansen

climber
May 23, 2011 - 07:33pm PT
Jerry, was that hand held for .8 sec or did you have a tripod?


Great shot's BN.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 23, 2011 - 10:21pm PT
A boid bump
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 23, 2011 - 11:06pm PT
Magpies outside the house.

Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 23, 2011 - 11:22pm PT
I just all all the begging baby birds now! Love the baby Magpie Bob. :)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 23, 2011 - 11:50pm PT
Sorry if I posted these before.





Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 24, 2011 - 12:04am PT
Can't go wrong reposting bird photos! Are those Painted Buntings in the last one? I can't quite tell. All so fun!

Here is the baby owl photo sent by a friend (see upthread) cropped and easier to see. With this, it is far easier to see the baby. All this time, I thought I was seeing the baby owl's head in profile. Totally optical illusion. Adorable!


Jerry Dodrill

climber
Sebastopol, CA
May 24, 2011 - 02:44am PT
Outstanding Jerry! But I'm afraid they're Barred, the Spotted's close
cousin and, it turns out, nemesis. Much of the Spotted's decline, which
had previously been attributed to habitat loss, is now being recognized as
a result of the more aggressive Barred's territorial expansion.


Reilly, Serious? Oh thats a bummer. That I finally had the spotted buggers.


John, it was on a tripod. I'm not THAT steady.
dipper

climber
May 24, 2011 - 02:57am PT
Edge

Trad climber
New Durham, NH
May 24, 2011 - 09:17am PT
Crow hotel.


First bluebird I have seen in my backyard.

Resident Chickadee.
scuffy b

climber
dissected alluvial deposits, late Pleistocene
May 24, 2011 - 11:36am PT
Reilly, isn't the Spotted Owl/Barred Owl situation more complicated? I thought that the expansion in the Barred territory became a factor after
the Spotted populations had already been in decline due to habitat loss.

Sort of finishing the job that had already been started.
I'm not married to this belief, open to correction, not arguing, etc.