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SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 29, 2012 - 10:44pm PT

Mike, that Varied Thrush is gorgeous!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:03am PT
Yes, Mike. Very nice shot of the Varied Thrush (and the others). They are very skulking and tough to catch.

While visiting SoCal for the holidays, I have managed to get out birding a few times. On one outing I visited Bolsa Chica Wetlands, which has been improved dramatically since my youth in the area. A Yellow-crowned Night Heron was reported last month. I managed to find it on my visit. The plumage has changed since it was first seen, so it was easier to pick out.
Credit: Tony

Here it is with a juvenile Black-crowned for comparison.
Credit: Tony

This spot has also become reliable for watching the wild foraging antics of the Reddish Egret year-round.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony


Blue-winged Teal, which are scarce in the SF Bay area, are also present.
Credit: Tony

We also saw this Large-billed (Savannah) Sparrow. They were formerly a separate species and may get split in the future.
Credit: Tony

I missed seeing a Zone-tailed Hawk that has been reported to be hanging out at a big Turkey Vulture roost. It turns out that it had flown in earlier than usual and was probably perched in the trees where I was watching. Damn! I will probably be able to give it another try before heading home. Maybe we will take the coastal route home and see if we can find a Gray Hawk in Carpinteria.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 30, 2012 - 02:28am PT
There was a White-faced Ibis at Bolsa Chica last week.

The Gray Hawk has been pretty reliable at Christmas Tree Ln.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2012 - 09:52am PT
So many awesome photos!
Lokesh

Mountain climber
Big Bear California
Dec 31, 2012 - 10:59am PT
Spotted Owl in Huachuca Mountains
Spotted Owl in Huachuca Mountains
Credit: Lokesh
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Elegant Trogan, Patagonia Lake Arizona
Elegant Trogan, Patagonia Lake Arizona
Credit: Lokesh
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I'm Definitely not the kind of birder who goes for Big Years...Probably more birds got away then got counted this year, but it was a kick none the less and full of Great Memories and adventures from Denali to the Dry Tortugas. I hit 300 birds yesterday with an Elegant Trogan in AZ and a pair of spotted's in a flood ravaged wash in the Huachuca's. Ok for a beginner, and a lot of fun. I'll post a few more pics in the days ahead. Happy New Year!
And good birding to all in 2013!
Scott
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:05am PT
Congrats Scott - love the Trogon. Can't see enough of those!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:08am PT
Don't talk to me about Spotteds in the Huachucas! You're part of the disinformation
plot, right? Spent a good 4 hours scouring both branches of Scheelite last
May looking for them! But I'm happy for you, really. So, how did you find 'em?

ps
I'm grumpy this morning cause I got rained out of Bolsa Chica yestereday
looking for the Reddish Egret and the White-faced Ibis. :-(
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 31, 2012 - 11:20am PT
Yeah, cool Spotted Owl shot - he/she looks quite content all fluffed up and such! We also wondered around a few drainages last year in So AZ looking for these guys with no luck, maybe next time :-)
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 31, 2012 - 12:28pm PT
I saw around 2,000+ White Faced Ibis yesterday at Pixley NWR in the central valley of CA. I couldn't count the number of Sandhill Cranes.

Ibis for you :&#41;
Ibis for you :)
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

My son's first... a very happy moment indeed.
My son's first... a very happy moment indeed.
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 31, 2012 - 12:33pm PT

This thread just keeps on giving. You photographers are AWESOME!!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 31, 2012 - 05:21pm PT
Great shots everyone...really nice stuff.

A Cooper's Hawk paid a visit to the feeders today and didn't go away empty handed. I couldn't get a good angle on the bird but here are a few shots anyway.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

A few random shots from the past few days.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 31, 2012 - 05:35pm PT
Saw a pretty ordinary bird today - a Mallard. What was unusual is where we saw him: Inside the Chase Bank Lobby on Table Mesa!

It was snowing and cold and there he was behind us waiting to make a deposit or something. I got a box and picked him up. He was perfectly fine with that (and made a deposit at that moment).

We drove him to a nearby lake by our home where we know there to be other Mallards and let him go.

Fun distraction from the day.

Our new Mallard friend, Chase gets ready to see his new home.
Our new Mallard friend, Chase gets ready to see his new home.
Credit: Crimpergirl

Hello Chase - Welcome to the Tantra Lake. There are some lovely ladies...
Hello Chase - Welcome to the Tantra Lake. There are some lovely ladies waiting for you...
Credit: Crimpergirl

Hi guys!
Hi guys!
Credit: Crimpergirl


WBraun

climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 05:37pm PT
And loving it ^^^^^ ......
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 31, 2012 - 05:52pm PT

Hooray for Crimpie and BN!!!!!
You two are WUNNERFUL!!!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 31, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
I'm not surprised at the Mallard's choice of bank. You ever watch those
drakes chase their wimmen?
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 31, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Nice photos all and what Steve said about Mallard rescuers! Mike Bolte; you don't live in Washington, do you?

I recently started frequenting nearby Magnuson Park here in Seattle. The birds there seem to be trained to pose better ;-), and the sun came out off and on over the last few days; thus, I had an easier time getting photos.

Don't worry about me getting it too easy with the sun coming out, though. I've been cycling a fair bit searching for Red Crossbills that are reported to be in every conifer stand in Seattle except for the ones near my house. For every minute the sun isn't out, it seems to be raining and misting and I'm not sure biking around a hilly city in darkish wet conditions in traffic is the best idea unless one is 24 yrs old and invincible. I am neither.

On one of these treks to the Arboretum, I stumbled on a cosmic bird grove
with a Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Golden Crowned Kinglet and
flocks of Waxwings.

I don't think that I've ever seen a Bohemian Waxwing, but in this flock there were some with lime and gray bellies (Cedar), and some with all gray bellies. I am tempted to call the gray bellied ones Bohemian, but *they lacked the white and yellow in the wings, and I saw no evidence of a tawny rump (ok undertail coverts, but I like the incorrect tawny rump better).
It's the time of year that they both might show up here. Unfortunately, the ones that looked larger were colored most like Cedars. They were very active and it was dark and rainy, or else I might have tried for some photos.

For now, I have to call them all Cedar Waxwings, but *if any of you North-Mountainwesterners can give me pointers about distinguishing between Cedar and Bohemian, I'm all ears.*


These first two photos are from Magnuson. There were also a ton of Scaups, mostly Lesser but some Greater.

Surprisingly, this was a first for me for the Hike-and-bike-STBY.



I wished I had used my new monopod Christmas present for this shot.



And the Wigeons are from near the Union Bay Landfill/Nature Area, which is even nearer my house.

(and a larger version:
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_12_22_Gulls/posting/w1.jpg);




The "under the wing color of an E. Wigeon.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 2, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
We went to visit Chase (the rescued Mallard) yesterday. It's been bitterly cold. I sat on the shore while the ducks asked for bread. Chase came up and sat down next to me in the snow. He enjoyed being pet. I want so badly to bring him home to live in the house!

We'll go see him tomorrow and bring him some wheat bread treats.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 3, 2013 - 12:10am PT
Cold and snowy Duck bump...
American Widgeon
American Widgeon
Credit: BrassNuts
Mallard comin in hot
Mallard comin in hot
Credit: BrassNuts
Mrs. Mallard
Mrs. Mallard
Credit: BrassNuts
Mr. Widgeon
Mr. Widgeon
Credit: BrassNuts
amyjo

Trad climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 12:41pm PT
Hi Slater
Fine images as always
Thank you.
I was looking at a line of Cranes high above Arrowhead Marsh (Oakland)
Blowing my little mind. Never saw them there before.
Maybe coming to take a look at the Coast?
Then I saw your Central Valley post & started researching.
Perhaps Pixley NWR? 6000 in January. Lodi?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 3, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Anyone got a list of what to look for in Panama/Costa Rica in a couple of weeks?

I'll be along the Panama/CR border the whole time.

Is it worth the effort to look for Quetzal (sp?), or is that a pipe dream?

For clarification, I'm not a birder, but I've always been fascinated with the sheer volume of birds when I've been down there in the past.

I've always wanted to see a harpy eagle, but I know for sure that's a pipe dream.
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