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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
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 23, 2012 - 07:09pm PT
The shortest day of the year stayed rain free long enough for me to cycle out to Discovery Park/West-Point (Seattle). There weren't tons of birds, and most weren't cooperative photography wise, but it was a good day to get out.


River Otters even though it's salt water.



Our v. common Mew Gulls (unless I get corrected).



More Mew Gulls. The one on the left must be some hybrid mutant. ;-)


Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 23, 2012 - 08:19pm PT
American Dipper in Merced, Yosemite N.P. <br/>
American Dipper in Merced, Yosemite N.P.

Credit: Slater

Here is a 30 second video I took of an American Dipper, doing what it does best...

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

You can actually see it swimming underwater!

cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Dec 23, 2012 - 09:32pm PT
I went to Kasilof River today to look at birds. It was 6 degrees above zero, the warmest day we have had in weeks. There was a stiff wind blowing so it was cold out there. I saw about 100 Common and Barrow's Goldeneyes, and 500 or more Rock Sandpipers. They were flying in large flocks up and down the beach white clouds of birds and then they turn and the clouds of birds are black. A beautiful sight.
rock sandpipers
rock sandpipers
Credit: cyndiebransford
scoping things out
scoping things out
Credit: cyndiebransford
beach conditions
beach conditions
Credit: cyndiebransford
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 23, 2012 - 11:35pm PT
Thanks Slater and Cyndie. Cyndie, glad you got out and it was a really evocative post. Even though I lived in Fairbanks, I still whine about the lack of light and length of days even in Seattle. Getting outside, regardless of the conditions, helps. (edit: double wow!, I posted before the photos. loved'em)
Slater that was amazing Dipper footage. I've seen a fair number of them, but they've mostly always been hopping rock to rock. Y'all check it out.

(edit: I wish I could get as good a photo of a Northern Shrike as the Loggerhead, Bob.)
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Dec 23, 2012 - 11:45pm PT
You won't see many bird pictures from me -- two or three in this entire thread -- and I'm not a birder, but I love looking at your photos. Keep 'em coming.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 24, 2012 - 12:02am PT
The Dipper video really made me squeal! I love the way they bob up and down. And seeing him dive in was awesome. Really terrific share. Thanks. And thanks to all of you. This continues to be the best thread on the taco imo. :)
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Dec 25, 2012 - 12:14am PT
Slater,
I just saw your Dipper video. It is great. I've never been able to see much of what goes on underwater.

Cyndie,
That's some hardcore birding. I'd love to see even one Rock Sandpiper, let alone a flock.

With the recent rains, it seemed time to head out to Cosumnes River Preserve in the Central Valley to check out the wintering wildfowl. There weren't so many Cranes as Bob sees in New Mexico, but they are always a delight. These two seemed to synchronize their drinking
http://tonybrake.smugmug.com/Nature/Local/i-c2JnbDk/0/L/Cranes-2-L.gif

There were thousands of geese, mostly Greater White-fronted and Snow.
Credit: Tony

There were also these Aleutian Cackling Geese.
Credit: Tony

Many Tundra Swans, as well.
Credit: Tony
.

Of course there were lots of ducks such as this handsome Cinnamon Teal in other ponds.
Credit: Tony

We encountered an oddly behaving Great Blue Heron. Instead of flying off as we passed close by, it just squaked its disapproval and stood its ground.
Credit: Tony

A juvenile Peregrine Falcon made an appearance
Credit: Tony
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 25, 2012 - 01:00am PT
Wow... that's hardcore Cyndie!

Tundra Sqan... gotta get me one!

thanks for the postive Dipper feedback. I just love how they dip and the noise they make. One of my favorite birds now. Plump and full of pizzaz!

Here is my Christmas Bird for all you "turkeys" out there who love birds...
Saw it today on Christmas Eve...

MERRY CHRISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR

Summer Tanager in Winter - DRESSED UP FOR CHRISTMAS! <br/>
Oceano SP, Ocea...
Summer Tanager in Winter - DRESSED UP FOR CHRISTMAS!
Oceano SP, Oceano Calif.
Credit: Slater
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 25, 2012 - 01:27am PT
Summer Tanager - perfect holiday gift! Thx!!
dipper

climber
Dec 25, 2012 - 01:54am PT
Nice dipper slater, cousin Bob I believe.

A few from Tomales Bay today...


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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 26, 2012 - 12:09am PT
Still going through thousands of shots and finding boids I forgot about...

Una Torcaza/ Eared Dove - Iguazu


Toco Toucan/ Tucan Grande



I'm thinking the Toucan should be the Taco mascot.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 26, 2012 - 10:27am PT
Taco Toucans! Like!
Sioux Juan

Big Wall climber
Costa mesa
Dec 26, 2012 - 11:22am PT
Swans are bad ass birds.......if one comes after you ? ya better run
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 26, 2012 - 11:37am PT
Slater, Thanks so much for the video of the water ouzel....I've watched it several times, Love it!!

If you go to Hwy , 99 between Chico and Gridley, you will see hundreds of Tundra Swans..

If by any chance you want to attend this, http://snowgoosefestival.org/
you can crash in our spare bedroom.

Field trips.
http://snowgoosefestival.org/events/field_trips.php
Tundra swan district # 10 viewing, on Saturday, jan, 26th.

edit.. for Lucky Pink...Next time you go to Delevan or Sacramento Bird refuge..call us.....
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 28, 2012 - 11:44am PT
AL the Laysan Albatross returns to Pt, Arena Cove MEN

The Laysan Albatross nicknamed "Al" (although sex is undetermined as of yet)and is the mascot of Point Arena Cove community and surfers, has returned once again to seek peace and quiet in the cove. Foraging at sea, this bird routinely returns to the cove to rest and sleep during non-stormy periods. I rate chances of seeing this bird from the dock during it's normal winter stay of early December through mid March as about 50:50. If you choose to travel to Mendocino County to see this bird I suggest to plan on at least a two-day stay ...and check the cove every few hours during the day, and especially right before dusk.

This year we feared that something may have happened to "Al" as we had no confirmed observation reported until recently. We were elated when the bird was reported on December 22nd. However, one visiting birder from Illinois (Donnie Dann) thought that he saw the bird fly by on the outside of the cove on December 3rd or 4th ... but was hesitant to count it as the bird had not yet been reported as "returned". Yesterday I was informed that a local Pt. Arena person did in fact see the bird on the water on December 6th by the buoy but did not know to report it to anyone. I think the bird avoided the cove for most of December due to stormy sea conditions (Pt. Arena cove is not a well-protected cove/dock).

Also, Chuck Vaughn, who is the "gatekeeper" for eBird reports in Mendocino County, recently found out that Richard Redmond, formerly of Chico and now from Texas, saw a Laysan Albatross at Pt. Arena Cove on February 15, 1991 ... which pre-dates Tod Easterla's and Jim Booker's finding the bird in 1994 (assuming same bird). It is anyone's guess as to how long the bird has sought refuge at this local.

Here is the history of this (assumed same) bird at Point Arena MEN:

15 Feb 1991 reported on eBird by Richard Redmond in 2012.
????? to 28 February 1994 when first discovered by Todd Easterla and
> Jim Booker fed anchovies by Todd
> 30 Nov 1994 to 27 Mar 1995 report of two birds in
> synchronized flight beyond the "cove"
> 5 Dec 1995 to 14 Mar 1996
> 3 Dec 1996 to 26 Mar 1997
> 27 Nov 1997 to 8 Mar 1998
> 12 Dec 1998 to 21 Mar 1999
> 4 Dec 1999 to 12 Feb 2000 with a fly-by-the-cove (same bird?)
> on 2 Apr 2000 (G.Chaniot)
> 26 Nov 2000 to 26 Feb 2001
> 28 Nov 2001 to 24 Mar 2002
> 21 Nov 2002 to 12 Mar 2003
> 25 Nov 2003 to 28 Feb 2004
> 28 Nov 2004 to 21 Feb 2005
> 26-30 Nov 2005 to 19 Mar 2006
> 25 Nov 2006 to 16 Mar 2007
> 7 Dec 2007 to 5 Mar 2008
> 22 Nov 2008 to 23 Mar 2009 5:26 PM
> 18 Nov 2009 to 23 Mar 2010
> 22 Nov 2010 to 28 March 2011
5 Dec 2011 to 20 March 2012
3 Dec 2012 to ?? ?? 2013 (confirmed Dec 6th)
>
Since Laysan Albatross are so long-lived (50+ years) it is absolutely unknown as to how many years prior to 1991 that this bird may have been using Point Arena Cove un-noticed. Again, this is probably the only place on the west coast (WA/OR/CA) where one can reliably see this species with the observer standing on solid ground (not on a boat).

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

I find it so intriguing, and a touch maudlin, that this solitary
soul returns to this lonely corner of the world each year.


I might add that this is courtesy of CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com

LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Dec 28, 2012 - 03:21pm PT
Nita, thanks for your post re the snowgoose festival. checking out the art gallery online! I've enjoyed some of our best birding at Delevan et al.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 28, 2012 - 09:15pm PT
I am reticent to post this from Birdforum.net but I trust this won't result
in a mad dash to Wawona Meadow, except by me! ;-)

"My husband just met The Great Gray Owl of Wawona Meadow, Yosemite, just south of the edge of the golf course, about 9:45AM, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The owl was sitting on a stump near the meadow loop trail and Stan was riding his bike. He was sitting so quietly and only about 15 feet from the trail, just looking at Stan. Stan talked to him and he flew up to a nearby tree where he had to peek around a branch to see as Stan talked to him. The owl talked back, making low squeaking sounds as if talking, too. Stan rode his bike underneath him, and when he looked at the owl, the owl made a face at him as if that was unacceptable behavior, and so Stan took that as his que to leave, so he did. It was an exciting encounter with a Great Gray Owl."
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 28, 2012 - 10:00pm PT
Reilly, so lucky!!!

Like your pic of the dove too... fancy feet!
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