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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Nov 4, 2012 - 09:42am PT
Darwin common call duck,, a domestic mixed mallard.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 4, 2012 - 11:32am PT
Great shots Mike.

Here are a few from early morning walk along the Rio Grande near Pilar, NM.

Ladderback Woodpecker.
Ladderback Woodpecker.
Credit: Bob D'A

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

Bushtit.
Bushtit.
Credit: Bob D'A

Common Mergansers
Common Mergansers
Credit: Bob D'A
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Nov 4, 2012 - 11:40am PT
A lot of our wintering birds have arrived. Here are a few eating the local fare.

This Horned Grebe had to really work at getting the Sandeel down. It kept wrapping around its head. Eventually, he was able to subdue the fish and get it down.
Credit: Tony

Numerous plants are now producing berries, which appeal Hermit Thrushes among others.
Credit: Tony

There was a very cooperative Merlin.
Credit: Tony

It suddenly started to cough up what I expected to be a typical pellet of indigestible material from a bird. Much to my surprise, it appeared to be a frog or newt.
Credit: Tony

It then stared at as if to say "What was that?".
Credit: Tony
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 4, 2012 - 01:40pm PT
what a good run of photos!

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 4, 2012 - 01:47pm PT
Yes, great shots. Especially Tony's wildlife-in-action-shots. Never seen one of a Merlin casting up a pellet, that's one in a million. The grebe wrastlin' the eel is pretty cool too.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 4, 2012 - 07:21pm PT
My new friend. Dark Eyed Junco.

Credit: Bob D'A
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 4, 2012 - 07:41pm PT
A ladderback woodpecker and a merlin! Been trying to find both of these for the longest time.
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Nov 4, 2012 - 07:46pm PT
My husband had a Merlin fly by while he was changing his tires to winter tires. The Merlin flew so close it knocked his hat off!

I had some late evening action at my feeder tonight. But, by the time I got the camera I was only able to see the Downy Woodpecker.
Downey Woodpecker
Downey Woodpecker
Credit: cyndiebransford
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Nov 4, 2012 - 08:20pm PT

I finally got the Black Throated Green Warbler and Chipping Sparrow today at the Santa Ana Cemetary. I went 3 days in a row before success was had. An Indigo Bunting was also seen there last week.

In the afternoon I went to Caspers Regional for a White Throated Sparrow, no luck. There was quite a variety there though including Oak Titmouse. No pics though.

I love the rare bird alert!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Nov 4, 2012 - 08:53pm PT
HA Tony great sequence! Fun when you stumble upon something out of the ordinary! Way to be there and ready!

Credit: Slater

I spied the woody and the moon and walked around until I got them to line up, then he lifted his head out just as I was poised and ready to take the picture. Thanks Woody!

Anyone got any good shots of a VARIED THRUSH??? Tried to find some today but it didn't go so well.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Nov 4, 2012 - 09:37pm PT
"Anyone got any good shots of a VARIED THRUSH??? "









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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Nov 4, 2012 - 10:21pm PT
Slater,
I only have Varied Thrush photos that are too bad to post. Hopefully I can rectify that soon, since I saw the first one of the season last week while scouting our Xmas count area. I will take my camera next time.

Here is the photo I meant to post of the Horned Grebe dealing with the Sandeel (or Pipefish)
Credit: Tony
Fossil climber

Trad climber
Atlin, B. C.
Nov 5, 2012 - 01:11pm PT
Is a little avian doggerel permissible?

This occurred to me after reading a comment in an ornithology paper to the effect that a flycatcher's behavior was "adulterous".


The Swinging Flycatcher
(Empidonax promiscuosis)

Researchers have seen some lubricious acts
When observing the flycatcher Empidonax.
One published an anthropomorphic particular:
This flycatcher has “affairs” extracurricular!

Some scholars have termed this behaviour “adulterous”.
When in reference to birds, why, the term is insulterous!
There is no such thing as a “sin” among birds,
And “husband and wife”, Homo sapiens’ words.

As the empids are hard of identification
Their mating might also be “miscegenation”,
As the species are harder by far to distinguish
Than Chinese from Swedes, or Mandingos from English.

In an age when odd unions are quite unassailable,
In these days when folks mate with whatever’s available,
We can hardly apply moral judgemental terms
To empids or aardvarks, to emus or worms.

“Polygynous” might be more apt terminology
In scholarly papers anent ornithology.
(Says Empidonax proudly in re his polygamy,
“I am serving two females - and I think that’s big o’ me!”


Sorry about that. W.
Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Nov 5, 2012 - 01:37pm PT
Singing Parrot - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=YYmEviJK5Hs

Norwegian Blue - http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=npjOSLCR2hE
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Nov 5, 2012 - 02:04pm PT
Sorry cosmic, only have a poorly out of focus pic of a varied but just added it to my walking /biking list. They are here in Chico area in small numbers overwintering.

Dee ee, pretty incredible getting a BT Green in Santa Ana. I once got a Lewis's woodpecker at Fairhaven cemetery. Ever bird there? I grew up in a burb there across the street.

Locally the cranes, swans, ducks and geese have returned.

Great photos everyone!
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Nov 7, 2012 - 08:37am PT
After working and then voting, I drove out to the wildlife refuge to a lake with some open water after being told there was a rare bird sighted. I got there before dark and saw a juvenile Hooded Merganser, maybe the first sighting on the Kenai Peninsula for this species. This was a two thumbs up day!
Hooded Merganser
Hooded Merganser
Credit: cyndiebransford
The open water won't be there much longer. It is minus two degrees this morning.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 7, 2012 - 09:05am PT
maybe the first sighting on the Kenai Peninsula for this species

that is pretty cool!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Nov 7, 2012 - 09:16am PT
Nice Cyndie!



I've been over to the Westminster Memorial Park twice in the last week for a Varied Thrush but no luck.
There was a flock of Cedar Waxwings though, pretty cool.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 7, 2012 - 09:28am PT


I'm hoping that a Varied Thrush will come to our yard again this year. I have some really crappy photos from a year or two ago, but I'll spare you all those. They are pretty common around here, but that doesn't mean I see them a lot.

After my last feeder shots, I got kind of pissed a myself for the relatively low quality and just tried to focus (figuratively) while I was shooting. So the difference between these ones(better right?) and a couple pages ago was dialing back the iso to 1600 from 3200(slightly better light), using a tripod as a sort of gun-mount to get more stability, pre-focussing on a spot and waiting for them to arrive and maybe just patience.

Here is a link to the non-cropped not-on-Supertopo images
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_11_01_Shrikes/slideshow_htmls/P1020714.html

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Nov 7, 2012 - 05:38pm PT
I dare someone to post a worse varied thrush shot!

the damn thing wouldn't come up out of the indentation in the grass!

mother - @#!%$*!# bird!!!!!! Then it flew up into the trees and the sun set and that was it!!!!!

I drove 15 miles to see you !

You suck! ha ha

Half a Thrush
Half a Thrush
Credit: Slater

It counts though, but very unsatisfying it was!
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