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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!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 29, 2012 - 02:08pm PT
Slater, get yer butt up to the Modoc NWR - there's a Common Crane there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There can't be but one or two Cali records for them, if that!

Oh, and for the record, I swallowed my pride and sought professional help with my AZ
mystery bird I posted a page or two ago. It was a Mexican Jay! It just looked so totally
And blandly grey compared to the lovely bluish ness that Sibley portrays.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 29, 2012 - 09:59pm PT
Up on Whidbey Island over the holidays. Lots of birds.

Varied Thrush
Varied Thrush
Credit: Mike Bolte
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Credit: Mike Bolte
Immature Bald Eagle
Immature Bald Eagle
Credit: Mike Bolte
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Credit: Mike Bolte
Harrier going after a redtail
Harrier going after a redtail
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
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
[photo
Elegant Trogan, Patagonia Lake Arizona
Elegant Trogan, Patagonia Lake Arizona
Credit: Lokesh
id=281369]

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
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