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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Nov 7, 2012 - 06:33pm PT
Very nice shots Darwin. They really capture the "personalities" of these birds.

We managed to see a lifer today at Hayward Regional Shoreline. There had been a Harris's Sparrow being seen over the last week, so we took the opportunity to look for it after dropping a friend at the airport. We had just about given up after about an hour, when the bird landed a few feet from me. We were able to watch it briefly before a guy walking by clapped and yelled for his dog. All the sparrows flushed into the trees. Fortunately, after a while, we found it in the tree and it came down again for extended looks. It was quite a bit easier to pick out from the Golden-crowned and White-crowned Sparrows (same genus Zonotrichia). It is our largest sparrow and quite a handsome bird.

Credit: Tony

Credit: Tony

[Edit] A very good way to celebrate the election results!
Dr. F.

Ice climber
SoCal
Nov 7, 2012 - 06:35pm PT
Slator
That's not a bad shot of the little bastard
good enough for a PID
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Nov 7, 2012 - 06:42pm PT
Slater,

I can easily produce a worse Varied Thrush shot, but won't embarrass myself. Good find for so far south.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Nov 7, 2012 - 06:48pm PT
Darwin, nice shot of the chickadee man.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 7, 2012 - 09:03pm PT
Thanks, and luckily for me I can't find my worse Varied Thrush shot. I don't know about you all, but all the thrushes seem tough. I was impressed that Tony got such a good shot back a page ago.

Tony; The Harris's is a pretty bird. I originally misread your posting and tried to turn it into a Larkspur.
cliffhanger

Trad climber
California
Nov 8, 2012 - 10:57am PT
Migrating birds lost at sea

An appalling combination of fog and winds around England’s coast this week have created terrible conditions for migrating birds, with some fishermen reporting to the RSPB the deaths of many exhausted and disorientated ‘garden’ birds plunging into the sea around their vessels. A professional boat skipper, said: “While fishing about 10 miles south of Portsmouth, we witnessed thousands of garden birds disorientated, land on the sea and most drowning. Species included goldcrests, robins, thrushes and blackbirds. The sky was thick with garden birds. I estimate I saw 500 birds die and that was just in our 300-yard sphere. On the way home we just saw dead songbirds in the water: it was a harrowing sight.”

http://www.rspb.org.uk/media/releases/327453-migrating-birds-lost-at-sea

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 8, 2012 - 11:30am PT
Tony,

nice Harris's Sparrow. I remember chasing down my first one, back in N. Arizona.

I've seen the phenomena that cliffhanger mentions down here in Costa Rica. Was out in a boat once just offshore on the Caribbean right after sunrise and waves of migrants that had come down after their nocturnal migrations were flying in off the sea headed for land. There was a strong offshore wind and the birds were down right at the waves really fighting. Exhausted birds (mostly Empidonax flycatchers and Red-eyed Vireos) started dropping in the water. Most slipped under but a few were able to spread their wings and float on the surface, and a few of these were even able to take flight again. This was at Tortuguero where I was working at a banding station during fall migration. The local guys who used to patrol the beaches when the sea turtles were nesting told us about occasionally finding the beach littered with dead birds. One local guy even brought us a bird band he got out of the stomach of a fish!

Migration is the biggest test for those species that participate in it. Many birds don't make it, for all kinds of reasons.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 8, 2012 - 01:09pm PT
On Mark Hudon's Peregrine vid thread LittleZ brought up the slaughter of
Amur falcons during their migration through India. It is very disturbing.
Here's the link and I expecially encourage you to read the comments below
the article, in particular the seventh by S. Subramanya.

Amur Falcon Migration Slaughter

Perhaps more disturbing is that migratory birds are still being slaughtered
in Europe mainly in Greece, Italy, Spain, and most egregiously in Malta.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Nov 8, 2012 - 01:28pm PT
Reilly,

thanks for bringing that over here were it is more on-topic, although a disturbing topic. Got to mix in the bad with the good (all those cool photos we get to see here) every now and then. But, the thanks should go to Ron. I had not heard about this until he brought it up on the Peregrine for breakfast thread.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 8, 2012 - 02:05pm PT
Great bunch of photos Darwin!

The Harris' Sparrow is a striking-looking bird. Nice one.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 9, 2012 - 01:16pm PT
Beautiful Evening Grosbeak outside the house today.

Credit: Bob D'A
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Nov 9, 2012 - 04:02pm PT
Credit: matty
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Nov 9, 2012 - 07:59pm PT
I want to see an Evening Grosbeak. I know we are in their range, but I can't remember seeing one. ... maybe once briefly in Leavenworth?
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Nov 9, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
Bob,
What's the story on your Junco? Like Darwin, the Evening Grosbeak is in the range where I live/frequent, but I have never managed to see one. When I come your way I'm going to count on you finding me some.

Riley,
Thanks (I think) for the link. It is sickening, but important to know about. I could only stand to watch a bit of it. I hope the Indian government and organizations can really rein it in. Of course, there are many such slaughter "traditions" that should be abandoned.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Nov 10, 2012 - 10:31am PT
Tony...the little guy hit our window. He recovered quickly. I saved him from the magpie that thought he was his next meal.

I'll have no problem getting you a Evening Grosbeak when you make you visit.

Heading down to Copper Canyon later today. Should end up with some good birds.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Nov 10, 2012 - 06:33pm PT
From today - click on any of them for a larger version.

Goldfinch
Goldfinch
Credit: Mike Bolte
Northern Flicker
Northern Flicker
Credit: Mike Bolte
Pine Siskin
Pine Siskin
Credit: Mike Bolte
Young Red-shouldered hawk
Young Red-shouldered hawk
Credit: Mike Bolte
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Ruby-crowned Kinglet
Credit: Mike Bolte
Yellow-rumped warbler
Yellow-rumped warbler
Credit: Mike Bolte
Bob
Bob
Credit: Mike Bolte
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Nov 10, 2012 - 06:34pm PT
Mike B - I feel I'm looking out my back window. Lovely photos!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Nov 10, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
cool cat
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Nov 10, 2012 - 09:25pm PT
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater
MH2

climber
Nov 11, 2012 - 08:12pm PT
Much fascinating bird lore and photos on this thread.




Eagle Creek, next to our house, is tiny. At the outlet the other day I saw a little gray bird and a couple big fish.






The American Dipper, or Water Ouzel. Its song can be heard above the sound of the stream (the music of the stream spiritualized according to John Muir), one of several adaptations to amphibious life.






Looking for food.






Got something. From my view behind the lens I thought it was a baby crab.









The bird spent several minutes slamming the critter against the rock, then downed it.








It could just be the lighting, but it looks to me like there could be an extra hook on the forward-pointing claws. Something to help climb and walk on slippery surfaces?

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