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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.



dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 19, 2013 - 08:41pm PT
I have been amused by these folks I see with no binos and no books, just cameras. I've talked to some and they aren't even very concerned with what they see, till they get home. Then they ID and post.
I was stoked to get home with this one and get a life lister. My mother in law pointed out "no wing bar," but I'm still going with Red Naped SS.
What do you guys think, hybrid or...?




Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jan 20, 2013 - 12:58am PT
Brass - a big YES. Send it!
Man, they're all over my backyard but I looked and ... nothing but crappy photos of them, ha ha.

How about the others???

Clark's Nutcracker?

Red-crossbills anyone? anyone?

Bueller???
this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 20, 2013 - 12:38pm PT
Credit: this just in
Credit: this just in
Credit: this just in
Slater saw this just east of J-Tree, yes you can use it.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 20, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
dee ee,

That looks good for a Red-naped to me. I just saw my first Yellow-bellied a couple of days ago and took many photos. In the majority the white bar was covered by flank feathers.

Yellow-bellied Sapsucker <br/>
Don Castro Regional Park, Hayward, CA
Yellow-bellied Sapsucker
Don Castro Regional Park, Hayward, CA
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

For more than you'd ever want to know about Sapsucker ID:
http://www.paradisebirding.com/picidae/HybridSapsuckers.pdf
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 20, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
De ee,, ist year red naped SS to me..
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 20, 2013 - 06:10pm PT
De ee - While we were in Morongo over T'giving, we say some hybrids. I wonder if that is what you have going on.

If not, I lean toward the Yellow Bellied mainly because I see a glimpse of yellow on the breast of your bird (see first photo). Also think I see some faint yellow on his vent.

But also because male Yellow-Bellies can have some red on their nape. Some sources say the red nape is unreliably because of that reason.

Either way, beautiful bird you saw!

Thoughts anyone?
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 20, 2013 - 06:16pm PT
Was da boid E or W of the rockies?? I see that yellow tinge now Crimpie,, sharp eye you have..
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 20, 2013 - 06:17pm PT
Slater,

Here is the best I could come up with for an adult Red Crossbill.
Red Crossbill <br/>
Horseshoe Meadows &#40;Whitney area&#41;
Red Crossbill
Horseshoe Meadows (Whitney area)
Credit: Tony

I realized I have no photos of Clark's Nutcracker. I'll have to rectify that.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 20, 2013 - 06:20pm PT
I don't understand why they separate the Red-naped and Yellow-bellieds.
I see them as a cline. But for the sake of hitting 500 this year I sure
hope they don't get lumped!

edit:
Who wants to drive up to Davis tomorrow for the Iceland gull?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 20, 2013 - 06:25pm PT
I looked at the bird a while thinking "Red-Naped" but then noticed the bit of yellow. Then saw the glimpse on his vent.

I've battled with their IDs before. The link that Tony posted is nice!

Hard for me to get past the yellow knowing the red nape can be misleading for sure.

But I'm an amateur so I'd love to hear other thoughts too. I posted the Willoughby appreciation thread before this question. Sure makes his absence even more a bummer.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 20, 2013 - 06:26pm PT
I'd love to go Reilly. Wish I could! Too far a drive (heh heh) and I've got the crud right now. Boo on the crud.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 20, 2013 - 06:32pm PT
Regarding dee ee's sapsucker, all three (RN, RB, YB) have yellow on the underparts. They used to be considered a single species, Yellow-bellied. If it is a first-year bird, Yellow-belled are slower to develop adult-type plumage. According to the paper I cited earlier (http://www.paradisebirding.com/picidae/HybridSapsuckers.pdf), field guides fail to convey the complexity. I was forced to wade through this when we found a likely hybrid in Christmas count a couple of years ago.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 20, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
Good stuff Tony. I haven't read that link thoroughly yet. Crud is preventing that concentration. So is it that he seems to be developing slowly that makes you lean red-naped mostly? The lack of full malar stripe had me wondering red-naped.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jan 20, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
i go back to my original guess-- ist year red naped..;-D
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