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Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jan 22, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
I see nothing to suggest Dee ee's bird isn't a pure (or pure enough) Red-naped. In truth, most of my experience with hybrids is Red-naped x Red-breasted. There's a broad zone of hybridization (you can find lots of mixed pairs and hybrids around Mono Lake), so there's lots and lots of them out there, but they're also pretty easy to pick out. But with these two...
I don't know how little red on the nape it would take to make it a hybrid, or even a pure Yellow-bellied. The malar is bold and thick near the bill, but definitely peters out well before connecting to the bib, so that really leans toward pure Red-naped. The fairly limited white barring on the back also definitely looks like Red-naped. They ALL have a little yellow on the belly, as Tony stated, even Williamson's, so don't let that lure you in any direction.

Look at the malar on this bird, which showed up during the South Lake Tahoe Christmas Bird Count:
Credit: Willoughby
Credit: Willoughby

Makes me wonder. I know Steve Shunk, author of that article, and I think I'll send him these and see what he thinks. I hadn't even considered Red-naped x Yellow-bellied hybrid for this bird, figuring it was an older female with lots of red in the chin. Good chunk of red on the nape, not much barring on the back, but now the malar has me scratching my head.

Another thing to consider with sapsucker ID is that Yellow-bellied stays in juvenal plumage waaay longer than the other two. So if you see a juv. sapsucker in November or December (or even all the way into March), you have a Yellow-bellied. This Yellow-bellied showed up in Tahoe two Novembers ago:
Credit: Willoughby

EDIT: "Willoughby Appreciation Thread????" What the what???
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 22, 2013 - 03:17pm PT
Thanks Willoughby! I made it far more difficult than it needed to be. Learned some good sapsucker stuff though.

And hell yeah an appreciation thread! You are missed!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 22, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
werd^^^^^^
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 22, 2013 - 09:37pm PT
Nice to have Willoughby back...I say Northern Shrike on this one.

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Mike..great shots from India.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Jan 23, 2013 - 05:49pm PT
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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 23, 2013 - 10:10pm PT

Bob,

I'm not an expert on Northern Shrikes; but the bill looks right if you click and expand your photo. I can't really see the the face mask though.

Darwin
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jan 24, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Gazing out my window here in Suburbia yesterday I spied our Cooper's hawk perched in the top of a tree. My heart was warmed. I hadn't seen it in a long time and well, not that its the biggest concern in my little world, but I wondered....

:-)

Funny, huh, our emotional attachments to wild things that acknowledge us knott!?

DMT
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:41am PT
Wow, good eye Crimpergirl, and thanks everyone for the comments.
I just returned from a Mojave Trail moto ride with a broken shoulder so I will have time in the next few weeks to study up on hybrids (and go birding!).
One of the coolest things about the ride was when we stopped at Marl Springs (a bug tub of water way out in the middle of the Mojave). Our 45 minutes there interupted the local birds daily drinking habits and by the time we left the brush was filled with hundreds of birds waiting to drink! I had a sort of epiphany that I was getting much more enjoyment out of birding than riding. A couple of hours later while trying to pick myself off the ground I was sure of it. It's a lot quieter as well.

Got this lifer right before leaving at Bolsa Chica.





Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 26, 2013 - 02:58pm PT
dee ee

Sorry about your shoulder. Shit! BUT cool about the bittern (American, right?), and you got a good photo of it, too! I still have never seen one.

I found that birding really went well with shoulder recuperation after my surgery 1.3 year ago. Find a good PT!

Darwin
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 26, 2013 - 04:06pm PT
Darwin...I agree. The beak has a hook at the end of it. Northern for sure.

Deedee, sorry about the shoulder. Hope you heal fast?

Here are a couple from today.

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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 26, 2013 - 04:13pm PT
Dee ee, yes, very nice! How did you get him to pose so?
One of my most prized lifers is a Lesser I saw fly by in Kansas about half
past oh-dark-thirty.


Here's a real lifer for y'all: Southern Giant Petrel.
He's a bruiser at about 35" long! Rarely seen anywhere close to shore we
were extremely fortunate to see him/her in the Beagle Channel south of
Ushuaia. They will come inshore in bad weather but this was great weather,
by Fuegian standards. Hey, it didn't rain but a few times that day and the
wind never got above 15 kts! Sweetness!

This is a 3rd year immature IMHO.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 26, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Thanks for the well wishes y'all.
Wow that Giant Storm Petrel is rad!

I tried taking pics from the couch today. It was fun but the plate glass had an effect. Got a lifer though, A Lincoln Sparrow I believe.
There was one I am not entirely sure about. Marge found the perfect id in Sibleys but in Peterson she looks like an entirely different bird. I've been seeing them around but could never decide. I carry Peterson's while birding.
I was also a little confused by the large dose of oxycodone.





Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 27, 2013 - 03:22am PT
dee ee,

Sorry to hear about your accident. I imagine there were some cool desert birds at the springs you mentioned. It's good you have some nice birds to entertain you during your rehab. The first photo looks like an Orange-crowned Warbler. Maybe the oxycodone will produce some more exotic sightings.

Reilly, those Giant Petrels are definitley imposing. Here's a Least Bittern that was around two years ago. It was pretty entertaining to watch skulking around and fishing.
Least Bittern <br/>
Martinez Shoreline
Least Bittern
Martinez Shoreline
Credit: Tony
Michelle

Trad climber
Toshi's Station, picking up power converters.
Jan 27, 2013 - 02:24pm PT
Any taco birders here on the sf peninsula?
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Jan 27, 2013 - 02:59pm PT
Mr. Dave Evans, I hope your shoulder heals quickly.

I was supposed to go to Seward yesterday to look for the rare Siberian Accentor, however the winds were blowing 40 mph and the temperature was in the minus degrees and my birder friends decided not to go. I was disappointed and could have gone alone, but it is 180 miles roundtrip winter mountain driving. I chose to stay home. So, I took photos of my feeders instead. We had no wind but it was -18 in the morning and the high was 6 degrees.
Boreal Chickadee
Boreal Chickadee
Credit: cyndiebransford
Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Credit: cyndiebransford
Common Redpoll
Common Redpoll
Credit: cyndiebransford
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Credit: cyndiebransford
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 27, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
Thankyou Cyndie! Have fun up there in the cold!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 27, 2013 - 07:18pm PT
An albino Black-crowned Night Heron from Hahn Park in LA

Albino BCNH
Albino BCNH
Credit: Don Hoechlin
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
Panorama City, California & living in Seattle
Jan 27, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
Credit: McHale's Navy
The Whitney/Williamson cam system
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 28, 2013 - 01:29am PT
Thanks for the photos:
Least Bittern, beautiful.
Red Polls a rarity around here, and darn pretty.
(weird) Black Crowned Night Heron
good photo of the Flicker


I paddled around a point in pre-Exon-Valez Prince William Sound and found myself in the middle of a raft of Harlequin Ducks. I recognized them immediately and have been fascinated them ever since. Since then I've only seen them four times or so, and I had never seen them in Seattle proper in the 20 years I've lived here. This year another bicycling birder mentioned a marina an hour's bike ride away where they sometimes hang. So, I know they are not the best quality photos (no sympathy deserved from Cyndie, but my fingers did get numb in the cold wind and rain) and there are too many of them, but they sure are cool birds. I'm still trying for a really good photo of them.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin


Credit: Darwin


Credit: Darwin
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 28, 2013 - 08:29pm PT


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