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cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Oct 19, 2012 - 06:57pm PT
Love the Bewick's Wren.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 19, 2012 - 07:26pm PT
Prezwoodz,

the wild version of Muscovy Duck, which is found in the new world tropics, is a bitchin' bird. Wild birds show no white in their plumage except for their wing patches (big in male, small in female). Their black plumage is iridescant green and purple in the right light. Most wild populations are hunted and so wild birds will fly away at close approach. They nest in large natural tree cavities. As with the Mallard, it's domesticated form is but a shadow of the real thing - a Slum Duck indeed.
stich

Trad climber
Colorado Springs, Colorado
Oct 19, 2012 - 08:05pm PT
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Oct 19, 2012 - 08:23pm PT
birds as you've never seen them!

http://www.slate.com/blogs/behold/2012/10/18/bob_croslin_photographs_injured_birds_as_if_they_were_human_models.html
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 19, 2012 - 08:26pm PT
Nice shots Mike.

Here are a few from today. A couple of Mountain Chickadees.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
S.Leeper

Social climber
somewhere that doesnt have anything over 90'
Oct 19, 2012 - 08:29pm PT
wonderful pictures!

here's a highlight from the slate article:

Credit: S.Leeper
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Oct 21, 2012 - 11:01pm PT
Rare bird sighting in Alaska. We have a Sky Lark at Deep Creek near Ninilchik. I went down today and saw the bird for about an hour working the wrack line near the parking area. The bird also flew and sang while I was there. This may be the first mainland sighting in Alaska of a Sky Lark.
Sky Lark
Sky Lark
Credit: cyndiebransford
Sky Lark
Sky Lark
Credit: cyndiebransford
Sky Lark, photoshop montage
Sky Lark, photoshop montage
Credit: cyndiebransford
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 21, 2012 - 11:17pm PT
Cyndie...great shots.


Some from the last few days.

Black Capped Chickadee...these guys have been around lately.
Black Capped Chickadee...these guys have been around lately.
Credit: Bob D'A

Northern Flicker.
Northern Flicker.
Credit: Bob D'A

Not so good shot of a Cooper's Hawk along the Rio Grande.
Not so good shot of a Cooper's Hawk along the Rio Grande.
Credit: Bob D'A

America Robin...seems to be a lot of these fellows around.
America Robin...seems to be a lot of these fellows around.
Credit: Bob D'A

Very active Western Scrub Jay...beautiful colors.
Very active Western Scrub Jay...beautiful colors.
Credit: Bob D'A
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Oct 21, 2012 - 11:35pm PT

Bob, your first chickadees are mountain chickadees--notice the eye stripe.
Black capped don't have the eye stripe. Great photos!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 22, 2012 - 12:10am PT
Thanks Steve...they are near my house...just assumed.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 22, 2012 - 12:16am PT
I thought a sky lark was just a car...

:)

Is this a red phalarope or a red-neck phalarope? & Why (pseudo-experts only)
If you don't have phalaropes in your neck of the woods then don't even try!

RED OR RED-NECKED PHALAROPE???
RED OR RED-NECKED PHALAROPE???
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

it looked different than the other red-necked phalaropes out that day.

thanks, I'm trying to honestly figure it out.

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 22, 2012 - 12:48pm PT
A few from this morning walk.

Belted Kingfisher.
Belted Kingfisher.
Credit: Bob D'A


Marsh Wren.
Marsh Wren.
Credit: Bob D'A

Young White Crowned Sparrow.
Young White Crowned Sparrow.
Credit: Bob D'A

Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 22, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
Birds...more birds.

Magpies.
Magpies.
Credit: Bob D'A

Young Redtail.
Young Redtail.
Credit: Bob D'A

Western Scrub Jay.
Western Scrub Jay.
Credit: Bob D'A
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 22, 2012 - 10:39pm PT
skylarks! Nice.

Bob, that is a great shot of the magpies.

A couple from the last few days.

Credit: Mike Bolte
American Dipper
American Dipper
Credit: Mike Bolte
Red-tailed Hawk
Red-tailed Hawk
Credit: Mike Bolte
House Wren
House Wren
Credit: Mike Bolte
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Credit: Mike Bolte
dipper

climber
Oct 22, 2012 - 11:07pm PT
Nice dipper Mike, a cousin of mine.

Here are some White Pelicans near the mouth of Drake's Estero.

photo not found
Missing photo ID#269609
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 22, 2012 - 11:53pm PT
Slater,
I realize your two 'phalaropes' are purportedly the same bird but it doesn't
look that way. The easiest difference between the two is their bills. The Grey's
is much broader and 'taller' with a more rounded tip as in #2.
Your #1 looks more like a Red-necked with its much finer bill. There are
other differences the chief of which is that the Red's back feathers in
non-breeding are darker with a more pronounced whitish edge producing a more
contrasting look and overall darker. The Grey's back is more uniformly
greyish. It is rather unusual for a Grey to be seen this time of year
inshore, let alone on shore. There is a seeming population of Reds which
winter in the San Diego area rather than joining their mates off the coast
of Peru.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:05am PT
Reilly,

Phalarope was changing plumages I believe...

the photo was taken during the summer. aug. 12
I've been working on this one for a while. It is the same bird. It burst out of that plant when I got closer.
The bill looks thin because the bird is moving and it is blurry, and the fine edges are not well defined, they're fuzzy, so the bill looks thinner because only the center of the bill is solid. Does that make sense? But i assure you the bird is the same. So you're suggesting a Red Phalarope?

I appreciate you weighing in!!! THANKS!

same bird before it flew into bush...

Credit: Slater
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:41am PT
Oh, no, it is clearly a Grey with that bill - the Red's is much finer and
pointier. It looks a moulting juvenile to me which might also explain his
presence inshore. You know kids - always expect the unexpected! ;-)

You should get Shorebirds by Hayman, Marchant, and Prater.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:49am PT
It's easy to think of Pelicans as sea birds, but they exist in huge numbers in places a long way from the ocean. I took these shots in Saskatoon, which is pretty much in the middle of the Canadian prairies. The Saskatchewan river flows through the city, and at one point is held back by a very small dam. The pelicans hang out in the turbulent water on the downstream side of the dam. (Technically, it's a weir, not a dam, but I have no idea what the difference is).

These aren't serious birder pictures, but they're fairly sharp and will blow up nicely if you click on them. And after you've done that, and had a close look, maybe one of you real bird freaks can tell me what the weird tab is that sticks out above the bill (easily seen in the second and third of the three photos).

Pelican on the Saskatchewan River
Pelican on the Saskatchewan River
Credit: Ghost

Pelican in the Saskatchewan River
Pelican in the Saskatchewan River
Credit: Ghost

Pelican taking flight from the Saskatchewan River
Pelican taking flight from the Saskatchewan River
Credit: Ghost
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 23, 2012 - 12:53am PT
White Pelicans are rarely at the sea. The "weird tab" is for sighting in on
their prey. OK, it is really just a male showoff item in the breeding season.
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