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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 14, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Love all the photos! I've yet to see a Crossbill. Too cold to go out when they are around. I'm a supreme cold-weather wimp.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 14, 2013 - 12:00pm PT

Crimpie, I do NOT believe it w.r.t. cold weather wimp.

Reilly; There are tons of Cedar Waxwings here in the spring and summer, but now I think it's a pretty big deal in the birding community if someone sees a Bohemian Waxwing, like I've only seen one other posted for Seattle this winter. There seem to more east of the Cascades. None of this is based on statistics, just my perception. I don't know about historically, as I've only seriously paid attention over the last two or three years of the twenty I've lived here. Cool about being Bohemian.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jan 14, 2013 - 12:13pm PT
take a look at this eBird generated map of Bohemian Waxwing:

http://ebird.org/ebird/map/bohwax?neg=true&env.minX=&env.minY=&env.maxX=&env.maxY=&zh=false&gp=false&mr=1-12&bmo=1&emo=12&yr=1900-2013&byr=1900&eyr=2013

(wow, that's a huge link) - EDIT: I see you have to first zoom in with the + - tool on the left to get to the state you want to see, then click the "show points sooner" box on the right to get the blue and red report pins.

the red pins are reports within the last 30 days. Looks like they are more common on the E slope in Wasington this year and are getting down into the Sierras around Tahoe and into Colorado. I had my life Bohemian Waxwings in Ft. Collins when I was at CSU. In winter they used to crash into the windows on campus (especially the dorms on the south side of the athletic fields) and we used the carcasses for practice in preparing study skins in my ornithology class. Still one of my favorite birds - so sleek.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 14, 2013 - 01:59pm PT
Nice stuff Cyndie and Darwin.

Chickadee's Black Capped and Mountain.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 14, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Bob,

Both in the same tree?

Regarding Darwin's Crossbills and Waxwings, we have had high numbers in the SF Bay Area of some northern wintering species that tend to be irruptive: Red Crossbills, Pine Siskins, Varied Thrush and RB Nuthatch. Maybe something up north is sending them further south this winter.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 14, 2013 - 03:47pm PT
Tony...same tree. We seems to get a lot different birds here in Taos.

I been chasing these Lewis's for months in my area. Move one of the suet feeders to this little Aspen tree and they have been showing up daily.

Really beautiful birds.

Busted!!
Busted!!
Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 16, 2013 - 11:07am PT
White Crowned Sparrow and Evening Grosbeak in the yard today. A balmy minus three.

Credit: Bob D'A

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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 16, 2013 - 11:41pm PT
Hi y'all,
The pelagic trip was spectacular, we got 15 new life listers. The rarest one was the Manx Shearwater!

Here are a couple from the last couple of days with my new camera. The Harris' Hawk took 6 visits to Mile Square Park. There is really good birding there.
The Sparrow and Shoveler are from Bolsa Chica. I thought the Sparrows were eating bugs but I was wrong.






Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jan 17, 2013 - 12:25am PT
bob, go read your email!!!

Thanks!

Slater
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
Awesome pics Bob DA and Dee Dee
Here is one off the net, but thought it was really cool.
Credit: internet




Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 17, 2013 - 02:41pm PT
Dang! Beautiful photos. This thread just keeps giving!
john hansen

climber
Jan 17, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
If you dont mind me asking Dee. what equipment are you using?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 18, 2013 - 12:33am PT
John, I just got a Canon SX50 HS. I had an SLR in mind but after checking out all the options in my price range, and hooking up with a camera nut ("I'll talk cameras all day"), and an extensive conversation with Todd Battey that's what I got.
I read the manual and the features are mind boggling! 24mm to 2400mm, image stabilization, fish eye, movies, special effects, face recognition, macro....the list goes on and on. You can trigger the self timer with the blink of an eye. OMG.
I couldn't be happier!


Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jan 18, 2013 - 05:07pm PT
Hey Birders...

I am finishing up with the Southern California Climber's Guide and put a "Climber's guide to Birding" in the back with pics of 50 birds in the back.

I still need a good shot of a Calif. Towhee, Clark's Nutcracker, and a red Crossbill.

Closeups only please! I'll take your pic and put it in the guide!

Send them to tomslaterphotography@yahoo.com

thanks! Need ASAP!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jan 19, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
Sweet Dave!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 19, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
Riles and Crimps, despite living in Washington and Alaska I only have just
the Red Crossbill - no White-winged. :-(

Didja know crossbills have a specialized 'pocket' in the middle throat that they store extra seeds in?
An individual may consume as many as 3000 conifer seeds in a day!

A group of crossbills is a "crookedness" or a "warp"!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Who comes up with that shiz?

edit:
I just checked my lifelist.
I do have a White-winged! It's been so long I forgot! :-(
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jan 19, 2013 - 07:52pm PT
"All ahead Mr. Sulu, Crossbill factor 1"

"Aye, aye Captain"
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 19, 2013 - 08:07pm PT
DE - those are some impressive pics for a P&S camera, cool. What was your range for those shots?

Hey Slater, below is a California Towhee shot I got last year in the RPV area. I'm happy to have you use it in your book if it fits your needs. This is obviously a low rez version - I can crop etc. the original as needed.
California Towhee singing on a hay bale in So Cal
California Towhee singing on a hay bale in So Cal
Credit: BrassNuts
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 19, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
That's not good enough, BN. HaHaHaHaHa! Just joking!
Really nice light. And it was nice of the petting zoo owner to let you
shoot there and pose him on the hay bale! ;-)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 19, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Brass Nuts, the range for the Harris' Hawks head was only about 30 feet. I have no idea what the magnification was. The others were farther, more like 100' or less 60'?
It seems like when I'm trying to get close the magnification is pretty maxed out.
I have gotten good closeups from REALLY far away, like 200-300'. It's better at 40-80'.

It's hard to get those fast moving birds.



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