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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Dec 17, 2012 - 04:26pm PT

Glad you found it! Not easy! That was in Yosemite, right off Tioga Pass Rd. where they closed the road near Crane Flat.

Saw him right away. . . such a cute little face!

:-)
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 17, 2012 - 07:57pm PT
Credit: StahlBro
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 18, 2012 - 01:49pm PT
Snowy Owl! How cool!

Stahl, beautiful bird, wish pic was bigger.

OK so yeah it was a White-headed Woodpecker.
I saw it and then watched it walk backwards down the trunk of the tree as I frantically tried to zoom and focus in the dim conditions. I snapped it and thought I was too late, but when I got home I saw its head sticking up!

Ha ha, I try and have a photo for ID "proof" for all my birds, and that'll have to do!

Here is the ultra-zoom in so you can see waldo...

Whiteheaded Woodpecker
Whiteheaded Woodpecker
Credit: Slater

I also saw this...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YfKAYnZwCQI

and some crossbills, both yellow and red, way way way up near top of pines like 150' up

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 18, 2012 - 06:46pm PT
Finally got a good shot of this beautiful bird.

Lewis's Woodpecker, Taos, NM

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Dec 18, 2012 - 06:48pm PT
Nice Bob!
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Dec 18, 2012 - 10:33pm PT
It's a beauty Bob.
scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
Dec 19, 2012 - 12:17pm PT
Really hard finding the fifth Willet, Reilly. Or are there six?
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 19, 2012 - 11:35pm PT
One more chestnut from the feeder just a few days ago.



(I tried to digitally tone down the cap of the suet feeder,
because it was overpoweringly cyan,
and you can see some artifacts from that. otherwise is honest.)

see
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_12_16_Owls/display/P1020785.jpg
if you care.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 19, 2012 - 11:38pm PT
Gilded Flicker Darwin?

Very cool! Are the common in your area?

edit: Waydaminute! Gilder Flickers are not in Seattle, no? Very cool. Story?

double dog edit: Gorgeous!!!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 19, 2012 - 11:59pm PT
I don't know and didn't think so. I think it's (just) a Golden Shafted Northern
(unusual enough around here), but now you have me wondering.
I would have to defer to more established birders.

Originally, I thought "that's a pretty good picture
and aren't most of ours Red Shafted?
Then I totally forgot about the Red vs Yellow vs Gilded,
so you (Crimper) get the spotting award a me the dufus prize).

I'll make the rest of the photos that I took of it available
(with better views of the back and no digital fiddling) available.

In edit:{
OK, now I think I see your point:
red malar with yellow shaft has to be a gilded?}
Is that true y'all.

Crimpergirl, thanks.


http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_12_16_Owls/display/P1020783.jpg
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_12_16_Owls/display/P1020784.jpg
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_12_16_Owls/display/P1020785.jpg

and one of an owl
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_12_16_Owls/display/P1020775.jpg


Crimpergirl <- Cyndie in edit oops, sorry
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Dec 20, 2012 - 02:17am PT
Darwin,

I think it is an intergrade Northern Flicker: Yellow-shafted x Red-shafted. It has yellow underwings and undertail and red on the nape like a Yellow-shafted, but a red malar stripe like a male Red-shafted. Also, the head and face is sort of combination of the two subspecies.

We found a similar intergrade on our Xmas count, but it was a female and had a different combination of characters. My photos aren't as good as yours which shows all the field marks. I had to use different ones to see the different field marks.

Are those Snowy Owls still going to be around in February when we are in Seattle? I'm also hoping for Reilly's White Wagtail to remain in San Pedro so I can see it next week while visiting SoCal. There has also been a Zone-tailed Hawk in the area.
dipper

climber
Dec 20, 2012 - 03:00am PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#279307
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Dec 20, 2012 - 01:10pm PT
Great photos people. That last one Darwin took was really sharp.


Credit: dirt claud
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 20, 2012 - 03:00pm PT
Great photos everyone....little cold here in Taos this morning.

Western Scrub Jay getting some early morning sun in the 0 degree weather.

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 20, 2012 - 03:21pm PT
DIRT CLAUD!!! Amazing photo!

And Tony thanks for the info on the Flicker above. Cool bird regardless, and nice to learn that stuff.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Dec 20, 2012 - 04:03pm PT
Got it from this cool webpage on FB.

https://www.facebook.com/Beautiful.Amazing.World

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 22, 2012 - 02:46pm PT
dirt Claud- we're having trouble IDing your drinking bird! I better get a book out. I didn't know a bird was capable of striking that pose.

I've had a good week chasing the rare bird alert here in the OC. I saw the Eastern Phoebe, two Mason Pk. visits, White Throated Sparrow (tan morph), Irvine Park, Pacific Loon, one try Dana Point, and finally after 6 visits the Pygmy Nuthatch and Pine Warbler, Cowan Heights. We struck out on the Golden Crowned Kinglets.
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Dec 22, 2012 - 07:44pm PT
My brother just sent me this link to the Audubon Magazines 100 greatest photos of the year. I thought you good folks would appreciate them also. I'm amazed at the talent of these photographers. Enjoy- http://www.audubonmagazine.org/multimedia/2012-photo-awards-top-100-0
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 23, 2012 - 12:38am PT
A few from my trip to Bosque del Apache today...such a beautiful place.

Bald Eagle
Bald Eagle
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Loggerhead Shrike
Loggerhead Shrike
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 23, 2012 - 01:10am PT
some beautiful shots the last week Bob
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