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Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 4, 2012 - 09:12pm PT
South Polar Skua
South Polar Skua
Credit: Slater

Pink-footed Shearwater
Pink-footed Shearwater
Credit: Slater
john hansen

climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 09:13pm PT
here is a fox sparrow i saw today in Fort Bragg, much darker,,

Credit: john hansen
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 4, 2012 - 09:14pm PT
fox sparrow
fox sparrow
Credit: Slater
john hansen

climber
Oct 4, 2012 - 09:24pm PT
Hmmm, that looks like a tropical King bird. The whole breast is yellow.
Global warming maybe.

The local birders are telling me there is one up here at Bodega Bay.

Looked for him today, but no luck. There is also supposed to be a Cat Bird and a Baltimore Orial out there. One more day of birding before I fly south for the winter.

Aloha
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
A slight re-working of one I've previously posted.

Magellanic Woodpecker - same size as our Pileated. After three weeks in
Tierra del Fuego and Patagonia I was frantic that I was going to be skunked
by these guys. Then a half mile from the trailhead on the way out we ran
into a whole family right by the trail! So I now have proof my karma is
not wholly bad.



The missus:


And doesn't everyone fly 7000 miles to go see a House Wren in Patagonia?
Credit: Reilly
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Oct 5, 2012 - 03:04pm PT
^^^Sweet pecker!!

I was hoping to get a Pileated this summer in Ontario, but never ran into one. next year maybe...
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 5, 2012 - 09:16pm PT
John,

My guesses for your photos are:
House Finch - plain face, curved culmen
Savannah Sparrow
Heermann's Gull - 1st Winter
Anna's Hummingbird - white line, no rufous in tail
Glaucous-winged Gull - Pale grey upperparts, no contrast of primary tips with rest of the wing


Slater,

I knew you would enjoy your pelagic trip. Even a slow day, like we had last week on a foggy Bodega Bay, is a treat. A Chestnut-sided Warbler landed on our boat. It eventually flew into the cabin and was put into a box for release upon our return. Unfortunately, it didn't survive that long. Not the best circumstances to see a life bird.
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Bodega Bay RIP
Chestnut-sided Warbler, Bodega Bay RIP
Credit: Tony

We also had a Red-breasted Nuthatch land on our boat.
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bodega Bay pelagic
Red-breasted Nuthatch, Bodega Bay pelagic
Credit: Tony
It eventually took off, hopefully for land.

There were a fair number of
Ashy and Fork-tailed Storm-petrels.
Fork-tailed Storm-petrel
Fork-tailed Storm-petrel
Credit: Tony

There were also a fair number of Jaegers- Pomarine and Long-tailed.
Pomarine Jaeger, Bodega Bay
Pomarine Jaeger, Bodega Bay
Credit: Tony

Also, several South Polar Skuas like yours
South Polar Skua, Bodega Bay
South Polar Skua, Bodega Bay
Credit: Tony

After the pelagic and WFO conference in Petaluma, we went on two-day field trip to Humboldt County,. We missed a couple of the specialties such as Gray Jay, but did see Black-capped Chickadees in one of the few parts of CA that they can be found.

We had excellent looks at a pair of Pileated Woodpeckers.
Pileated Woodpecker, South Humboldt County
Pileated Woodpecker, South Humboldt County
Credit: Tony

There was a spot with a number of Pectoral Sandpipers. This was the first time I have seen a flock of them.
Pectoral Sandpiper, Humboldt County
Pectoral Sandpiper, Humboldt County
Credit: Tony
Pectoral Sandpipers, Humboldt County
Pectoral Sandpipers, Humboldt County
Credit: Tony

They were being stirred up by a couple of Peregrine Falcons
Peregrine Falcon, Humboldt County
Peregrine Falcon, Humboldt County
Credit: Tony

There was also a very relaxed Virginia Rail that we watched foraging.
Virginia Rail, Arcata, CA
Virginia Rail, Arcata, CA
Credit: Tony

By the way, regarding your post of a few pages back, it was very cool about your young son spotting and calling the Summer Tanager. I hope he is fully hooked now.

Tomorrow I will be birding in Point Reyes with Bob D'A. It should be fun.

[Edit] I hope the Common Cuckoo stays. I won't be able to get down there for a while.

Slater: That looks like a Western Kingbird to me. It appears to have white edges to the tail and not such a large bill. Also, Tropical has a notched tail.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 5, 2012 - 11:35pm PT
nice bunch of additions!

No one has seen the Cuckoo since Wednesday.

Couple from this morning
redtail
redtail
Credit: Mike Bolte
Juvenile Redtail
Juvenile Redtail
Credit: Mike Bolte
Pigmy Nuthatch
Pigmy Nuthatch
Credit: Mike Bolte
john hansen

climber
Oct 6, 2012 - 07:46pm PT
This shot is not really worthy but looking for some ID help

I think the one on the right is a western sand piper, but am having a hard time with the larger ones on the left in winter plummage.

Taken at Bodega bay Ca




Credit: john hansen
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 6, 2012 - 07:54pm PT
John,

The right one is a Least Sandpiper. Notice the breast band. Westerns have a white breast in winter.. The larger two at the left are Sanderlings.

[Edit] Maybe you meant the one that is half out of the frame at the right. That looks like it may be Western. It seems larger than the Leasts and seems to have a clean breast.
john hansen

climber
Oct 6, 2012 - 09:05pm PT
Thanks Tony, I always think of sanderlings running back and forth by the waves, not hanging out in lagoons.. I think I have seen them from a distance more often and did not realize their realitive size to the sandpipers. The least, really are small.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 6, 2012 - 09:51pm PT
John,

Those Sanderlings always give me pause when I see them in mudflats rather than at the shoreline. They seem much smaller when they are running back and forth at the shoreline. They are way bigger than the peeps, even they are in the same Calidris genus encompasses a pretty big size range - all the way from Red Knots down to Least Sandpipers.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 6, 2012 - 10:54pm PT
Last week 4-5 days of birding in a row. Went to Bolsa Chica on Thur. with my sister Kathy, she took a few photos. A crow was harrassing this Osprey, You can see why. Finally saw some Reddish Egrets.




BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Oct 7, 2012 - 08:15am PT
Not much time for birding lately and not too many birds locally these days, but here are some of our always fun to see backyard visitors...
Lesser Goldfinch - not sure how much longer they will be around
Lesser Goldfinch - not sure how much longer they will be around
Credit: BrassNuts
Male House Finch - common for sure, but still a good lookin fella
Male House Finch - common for sure, but still a good lookin fella
Credit: BrassNuts
Freshening up for the ladies
Freshening up for the ladies
Credit: BrassNuts
Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin
Credit: BrassNuts
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 7, 2012 - 02:47pm PT
http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2012/10/02/crow-adopts-family.cbc-network
john hansen

climber
Oct 7, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Found this cool website, I think it would be easier to ID Gulls by their voice than visually. They are quite distinct. I think I will put these all on my phone for quick reference.




http://www.naturesongs.com/birds.html


And here is another for California Rare Bird Alert

http://ebird.org/ebird/alert/summary?sid=SN35464
mike m

Trad climber
black hills
Oct 7, 2012 - 09:18pm PT
Credit: mike m
Anyone know what kind of bird this is? It was hunkered down at the base of El Matador at Devils Tower. It was not scared of me at all. I did not notice it until I was only about 2 feet away.
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Oct 7, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
Mike M. it looks like an American Coot.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 7, 2012 - 09:33pm PT
John Hansen and Tony, that bill looks too long for a Least Sandpiper to me.


Did somebody say Coo Koo?


Squirrel Cuckoo


Yeah, he's like 18", 10" of which is tail.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 7, 2012 - 10:30pm PT
it is a common moorhen I think.

I FINALLY GOT A CALIFORNIA CONDOR!

Credit: Slater

Pinnacles National Monument.

sorry picture sucked but that was with a 420mm lens!
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