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quartziteflight

climber
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 12, 2007 - 09:08am PT
lark bunting it is.

flyod. definitely a sharpie


Crimpie,

A supertaco birding expo could happen...:-)

I have some more pics I'll post later
Blinny

Trad climber
TheHolyMont
Jun 12, 2007 - 09:36am PT
LONG EARED OWL, it is!

He was up in a tammy right above our lunch table the first day out. He blew our minds. . . just hung out and watched us. . . as we watched him!

:-)

eKat
mcreel

climber
Barcelona, Spain
Jun 12, 2007 - 10:06am PT
I think it's a Clark's Nutcracker, probably on acid. Where was the photo taken?
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 10:43am PT
Mcreel - hhahahaha! Aren't Clark's nutcrackers great birds? I saw some at Crater Lake in Oregon and they were as funny as could be. And, as guides say, 'strangely tame'. I really enjoyed them.
Ouch!

climber
Jun 12, 2007 - 10:57am PT
That's a sharptail fer sure. I once lived two weeks on sharptails boiled and broiled. Sage hens are bigger and darker. Look kinda like a buzzard strolling around. Eastern Montana used to be swarming with them.

I didn't eat peckerwoods.
Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 12, 2007 - 01:09pm PT
This thread is fer the birds!














G_Gnome

Trad climber
Knob Central
Jun 12, 2007 - 02:06pm PT
White pelican
Kestrel or Prairie falcons
Hummer - maybe male annas
bald
magpie
baby
?
red tail
baby ?
raven
barn owls
merganser
osprey
scrub jay
baby owl ?
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 03:16pm PT
Gnome: I think your question mark is an Altamira Oriole.

Got some American Kestral bird sex going on there it looks like.

The Magpie is a Black Billed Magpie. I actually got to see a Yellow Billed Magpie in CA two years ago. Very exciting!

I think the that is in the second to last photo - the one flying off the fence post - may be an Indigo Bunting. Edit: now I'm doubting myself. Almost can see a necklace on that bird. Pretty guy.

And the hummingbird - yeah, it's a hummingbird. Hummers are east over in this part of the country. Only one kind.

The baby raptor in that series is adorable!
G_Gnome

Trad climber
Knob Central
Jun 12, 2007 - 05:35pm PT
I figured it was an oriole but didn't have the time to look it up. All the rest were off the top of my head. But I didn't know there were 2 kinds of magpies, just that it is what I see here in Cali all the time.
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 12, 2007 - 05:41pm PT
Dang--missed the phoebe (must be Eastern Phoebe if from Tennessee, shape and color wrong for European Starling), grouse (I concur it looks Sharp-tailed) and hawk (tricky tricky!). Without looking at a guide earlier or now, the more recent photos are: (1) White Pelican; (2) American Kestrels "fighting" (as we used to tell our son when he was young); (3) female hummingbird (tough to identify; the two apparent rings on the throat/foreneck are odd); (4) Bald Eagle; (5) juvenile Great Horned Owl; (6) Hooded Oriole (might be wrong); (7) Red-shouldered Hawk? (not much to see); (8) juvenile hawk; (9) Common Raven; (10) Barn Owl; (11) female Common Merganser; (12) Osprey; (13) Mountain Bluebird? (hard to see true colors); (14) juvenile Great Horned Owl.
Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 06:07pm PT
Floyd: I'm certain it is not an Eastern Phoebe either. They are everywhere out here. The young just-fledged Starlings I see all over are mocha colored like that fella is. Plus, that he is doing an over-the-wing head scratch which is starling-ish. The area is crawling with youngsters right now.

Check out these photos of young starlings:







Here is an Eastern Phoebe:



Anyone else have thoughts on that bird we are discussing?

Bwahaha. I am cracking up regarding the Kestrels who are "fighting". :)
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Jun 12, 2007 - 06:07pm PT
Cool shots! Here are a few more...











Kevin Calder

climber
Bishop
Jun 12, 2007 - 07:31pm PT
This is pretty fun . I missed the earlier set. G_Gnome nailed most of my shots.
The Oriole is like Quartziteflights oriole, a Bullocks Oriole.
Crimpergirl...you know your Magpies. Can you tell what it's eating?
Floyd got most the rest of em' . Yep that's a Mountain Bluebird and I know the hawk head shot shows little of the bird, but it's not a chicken like Russ claims it's a Sharp Shinned. The juvenile hawk is a Coopers.
Wes...nice shots.Barn Swallow, Sandhill Crane?, Osprey, Turkey Vulture, Golden Eagle
Crimpergirl, beautiful waxwing shots and you even make starlings look pretty!
Blinny...got anymore from the Grand?
Great shots John and Quartziteflight and everyone, I think my favorite though is Ouch's bird in the center....wow!
Here are a couple more.

Crimpergirl

Social climber
Hell on earth wondering what I did to deserve it
Jun 12, 2007 - 07:45pm PT
Ha! I'm not falling for the dreaded flycatcher trap there!! I stick with FLYCATCHER and offer no more information. :)

What an adorable shot of the hummingbird in the next. SO CUTE! I know this - it is not a Ruby Throated. haha. Given I have nothing but Ruby Throated here, I know almost no hummingbirds.

I do love the Magpies. I watched some parents with their newly fledged youngsters while I was at Smith Rocks one year. They are very demonstrative. The way their tails stream behind them in flight is so beautiful. They actually remind me of macaws in flight.

I'm afraid to find out what the Magpie is eating. Hopefully not a baby! What is is? (Enlarging the photo didn't help me)

And your Oriole is a Bullocks? Is it young? Seems so different to me. What I am missing?
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 12, 2007 - 11:28pm PT
Never thought I'd be entertaining myself with birds (my vocation) on a climbing (my avocation) website! Nice combination, though.

The mystery bird has a flycatcher-shaped head rather than the flatter head of a European Starling (compare the photos), so I still think it is an Eastern Phoebe, but it's tough to identify it from a single photo in which we can't see all the pertinent details.

The second oriole indeed looks like a 1st alternate plumaged (= 2nd calendar year) male Bullock's Oriole, but it's rather bright on the belly so I still suspect it's a Hooded Oriole, but we either need to see the wingbar detail to be certain or rely on Kevin's word since he apparently studied it in more detail than what we can see in the photo.

The last set of photos: (1) Barn Swallow; (2) Sandhill Crane; (3) Osprey with a filet-o-fish sandwich; (4) Osprey; (5) Common Raven; (6) Golden Eagle; (7) Say's Phoebe; (8) female hummingbird (bill looks straight and long, maybe Black-chinned).

If you're into challenging bird identification problems, you might be interested in the Frontiers of Bird Identification discussion group at:

http://www.virtualbirder.com/bmail/idfrontiers/

And be prepared for some polite disagreements, especially when it comes to gulls (my favorites, by the way). Of course the biggest identification controversy of 'em all is the Ivory-billed Woodpecker...
Floyd Hayes

Trad climber
Hidden Valley Lake, CA
Jun 12, 2007 - 11:29pm PT
By the way you guys are posting some nice bird pics. What equipment are you using?
Blinny

Trad climber
TheHolyMont
Jun 12, 2007 - 11:34pm PT
KevlarCarver. . . I've got a couple more from the Grand! I'll post 'em up soon. . . but in the mean time. . .HOW THE HELL ARE YA?

Blanchard and I think of you often!

Sure hope you're still doin' well at the gallery in BigShop.

If you ever head toward the Bugaboos, please know we're right off the highway goin' north - just south of the Canadian Border!

WOULD LOVE TO SHOW YOU AROUND!

Kisses to you, and the MarTays and Chezzies if you see them!

Keep the MAGIC alive!

Kath and Mark
http://blanchardguitars.com/
Wes Allen

Boulder climber
KY
Jun 13, 2007 - 12:32am PT
Floyd, mine are with a canon 20d, 400 2.8 IS, and many also with a 1.4 TC added. So, that gives me a film equivalent of right around 900mm, and I still have to crop the smaller birds photos, though I am working on getting closer, and geting a 2x TC. Have some more in flight shots that I will try to get up soon.

nita

climber
chico ca
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:05am PT
http://www.birds.cornell.edu/AllAboutBirds/BirdGuide/
This is a site my husband goes to, it's cool- listen to the bird songs and sounds.
john hansen

climber
Jun 13, 2007 - 01:12am PT
Radical,,, first pic "Apapane"?

Third Pic... Cactus Wren?

Second pic,, not that good with Hummers..no idea

Iv'e seen about 300 spiecies in the wild, hope to see many more.

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