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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Feb 15, 2013 - 10:28pm PT
My buddy Burl shot that one on the summit of Lassen... proper caption reads,

"Giant hawk eats Mt Shasta.: :-)

It was a trained bird with no bandings, it landed on the arm of another climber and then it just hung out with them for a spell before flying off.

Burl advises caution about sticking your bare arm out for a hawk to land upon :-). It wasn't pretty but cool scars and story

DMT
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
Feb 17, 2013 - 12:43am PT
I went for a drive today from Soldotna down to Homer. I made stops in Ninilchik, Anchor Point and other spots to look for birds, no species in particular. I had a great day, walked on the empty beach and picked up agates and saw about 20 species of birds. It was about 24 degrees and no wind until the Homer Spit. I did see an injured Bald Eagle and called the local wildlife person to let them know the location.
Anchor Point, Bald Eagle with an injured wing
Anchor Point, Bald Eagle with an injured wing
Credit: cyndiebransford
Homer, Bald Eagle
Homer, Bald Eagle
Credit: cyndiebransford
Homer, Harlequin Duck male and female
Homer, Harlequin Duck male and female
Credit: cyndiebransford
Homer, Northwestern Crow
Homer, Northwestern Crow
Credit: cyndiebransford
Ninilchik, Common Merganser
Ninilchik, Common Merganser
Credit: cyndiebransford
Ninilchik, Common Goldeneye
Ninilchik, Common Goldeneye
Credit: cyndiebransford
Homer, Long-tailed Ducks
Homer, Long-tailed Ducks
Credit: cyndiebransford
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Feb 17, 2013 - 02:41am PT
We recently got back from a great visit to Seattle with Darwin and Laurel. In the evenings there wonderful musical performances as part of the 50th anniversary celebration of the UW Ethnomusicology Dept. During the days there were birding outings. The Skagit area is always good for Geese and Swans. There were large groups feeding in the fields.
Snow Geese and Trumpeter <br/>
Skkagit, WA
Snow Geese and Trumpeter
Skkagit, WA
Credit: Tony
Trumpeter Swans <br/>
Skagit, WA
Trumpeter Swans
Skagit, WA
Credit: Tony
Of course, where there are wintering geese, there are Bald Eagles all about.
Bald Eagle <br/>
Skagit, WA
Bald Eagle
Skagit, WA
Credit: Tony
I’ll leave it to Darwin for photos of the owls. As there was last winter, there is an irruption of Snowy Owls south of their usual winter range. We saw 9 Snowys near a town called Stanwood. We also saw an incredible number of Short-eared Owls perching, flying, and stooping in the area.

The next day we visited Elliot Bay. There was a huge (~50) group of Barrow’s Goldeneyes. Here is a pair that was displaying in the marina.
Barrow's Goldeneyes <br/>
Elliot Bay Marina, WA
Barrow's Goldeneyes
Elliot Bay Marina, WA
Credit: Tony

A few Harlequin Ducks were a ways off from the marina.
Harlequin Ducks <br/>
Elliot Bay, WA
Harlequin Ducks
Elliot Bay, WA
Credit: Tony

In the marina, a Belted Kingfisher was foraging using the boats to perch.
Belted Kingfisher <br/>
Elliot Bay Marina, WA
Belted Kingfisher
Elliot Bay Marina, WA
Credit: Tony

This Glaucous-winged Gull (the predominate gull here) got a prize starfish.
Glaucous-winged Gull with starfish <br/>
Elliot Bay Marina
Glaucous-winged Gull with starfish
Elliot Bay Marina
Credit: Tony

A California Sea Lion bull was hauled out on one of the docks.
California Sea Lion <br/>
Elliot Bay Marina, WA
California Sea Lion
Elliot Bay Marina, WA
Credit: Tony

The bird of the day was a Rhinoceros Auklet that came into the docks.
Rhinoceros Auklet <br/>
Elliot Bay Marina
Rhinoceros Auklet
Elliot Bay Marina
Credit: Tony
Rhinoceros Auklet <br/>
Elliot Bay Marina
Rhinoceros Auklet
Elliot Bay Marina
Credit: Tony


At the place we stayed right in Seattle there was an active Bald Eagle nest (no photos).This Golden-crowned Kinglet provided a rare close eye-level view.
Golden-crowned Kinglet <br/>
Seattle, WA
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Seattle, WA
Credit: Tony

We made a trip over the Cascades on the last full day. We visited a Garry Oak forest reputed to be the Lewis’s Woodpecker capitol of Washington. It lived up to its reputation with at least 50 Lewis’s Woodpeckers flying all over.
Lewis's Woodpecker <br/>
Fort Simcoe, WA
Lewis's Woodpecker
Fort Simcoe, WA
Credit: Tony
Lewis's Woodpecker <br/>
Fort Simcoe, WA
Lewis's Woodpecker
Fort Simcoe, WA
Credit: Tony

We failed to find Bohemian Waxwings and Northern Shrike, which would have been lifers. The only possible lifer was a Harlan’s Hawk which will likely be re-split from Red-tailed Hawk
Harlan's Hawk <br/>
Fort Simcoe, WA
Harlan's Hawk
Fort Simcoe, WA
Credit: Tony

On the day of departure I made a quick trip to Alki point which is a pretty nice spot on Puget Sound for wildlife viewing. There were more Rhinoceros Auklets and Harlequin Ducks.
Harlequin Duck <br/>
Alki Point, WA
Harlequin Duck
Alki Point, WA
Credit: Tony
Harlequin Duck <br/>
Alki Point, WA
Harlequin Duck
Alki Point, WA
Credit: Tony

Sanderlings are common here.
Sanderlings <br/>
Alki Point, WA
Sanderlings
Alki Point, WA
Credit: Tony

Lots of Red-necked Grebes were offshore.
Red-necked Grebe <br/>
Alki Point, WA
Red-necked Grebe
Alki Point, WA
Credit: Tony

I came across a Harbor Seal pup that was hauled out on the beach. The area was cordoned off and a docent was informing passersby about it.
Harbor Seal <br/>
Alki Point, WA
Harbor Seal
Alki Point, WA
Credit: Tony

Pigeon Guillemots were in transition from winter to breeding plumage.
Pigeopn Guillemot <br/>
Alki Point, WA
Pigeopn Guillemot
Alki Point, WA
Credit: Tony

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Cyndie,
I'm jealous of all the Long-tailed Ducks. We were hoping to see bays filled with them in Estonia this spring, but we were a couple of weeks late.

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Feb 17, 2013 - 03:04am PT
Added in edit{ just notice Tony posted above, and there aren't many redundant photos. Also w.r.t Cyndie's rafts of Long Tailed Ducks: YEAH!!!}

Tony was just up for a visit and some Washington birding. We went to Skagit/Stanwood area (Geese, Swans and owls), birded around town the next day, and then went to Eastern Washington for to look for Lewis's Woodpeckers and Bohemian Waxwings. We got skunked on the Waxwings, but scored on the woodpeckers. Tony takes better photos but didn't have his camera out on the owl run, so I'll mostly post those.













If you're a glutton for punishment by overshare of unedited photos, you can see them all at:

http://173.160.158.251/postings/2013_02_10_StanwoodSkagit/index.html
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Feb 17, 2013 - 06:51am PT
Hey Reilly,

just finished guiding a birding trip with a guy from Monrovia. Dr. David Comings. He's mostly into photography. He got some good stuff, but this is the only one he shared with me...a Masked Booby we saw crossing the Gulfo Dulce on a boat between Golfito and Pto. Jiménez. The picture quality isn't great, and I'm sure David wouldn't want to present it as an example of his work. It's just to document the record - Masked Booby is super rare anywhere near the coast. All the other ones I've ever seen here have been way out on pelagic trips.

Masked Booby, not quite a full adult
Masked Booby, not quite a full adult
Credit: little Z
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Feb 17, 2013 - 12:29pm PT
great bunch of shots added the last few days! Nice trip Tony/Darwin.
10b4me

Boulder climber
Somewhere on 395
Feb 17, 2013 - 08:28pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#290162
photo not found
Missing photo ID#290166
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 17, 2013 - 10:01pm PT
hey there say, dingus, great hawk shot :O really neat!...

every one else:
great stuff... lots of it i can't even see... but i know it's great!

did see the blue cranes, and wow!

keep sharing folks, love it so much!

ekat, of course, really love the owl!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Feb 17, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Beep Beep!
Beep Beep!
Credit: Slater

Valentine's Day Bird.
Valentine's Day Bird.
Credit: Slater

Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Feb 18, 2013 - 03:56am PT
Wow, lots of great pics since I last checked in here. Here are some pics from last month. They were taken near the north shore of Flathead Lk and an area locally known as the Lower Valley.

Downy Woodpecker




Killdeer admiring itself




Ruffed Grouse



Bald Eagle with lunch



Rough Legged Hawk in the fog



Rough Legged Hawk in flight


dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 18, 2013 - 11:30pm PT
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Feb 18, 2013 - 11:39pm PT
Can you guess it?
Can you guess it?
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Feb 19, 2013 - 12:09am PT
Chewy, great shot of the 'Ruffled' Grouse!

Slater, it looks a Mew/Franklin's hybrid. And how did you catch a Snipe out for a nice graze on the lawn?
Love the Acorn acting goofy-as-usual shot!

There's a 2nd phase Icelandic hanging about the Boontsma Dairy ponds north
of the Ramona Expressway. More details and pics on the CALBIRDS@yahoogroups.com.
I wonder if the bad weather tomorrow will keep him there. I am sorely tempted.




So I rarely tire of watching these guys; I love watching others work. But
the thought occurred to me what effects this behavior caused them from the
nasty chemicals in telephone poles. I mean it hasn't seemed to have affected
their numbers. In fact, despite the chemicals, they seem to have flourished.
I don't remember them being so numerous as a kid in the OC.
neebee

Social climber
calif/texas
Feb 19, 2013 - 05:54am PT
hey there say, ... i DID put a grown robin, on a chair, up here, before... but not sure if i ever got the baby, on the chair, up here...


here is one of the babies:


Credit: neebee
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Feb 19, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Hehe, I must have been a little ruffled when I gave that grouse a free 'L'. :^)

Since I'm already posting I may as well add a couple more shots.

This sleepy owl was in a barn on the Blasdel WMA yesterday.

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A Bald Eagle taking flight, also taken at Blasdel yesterday.


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A Black Billed Magpie. (It was surprising tough to get this poorly focused shot of a common bird.)

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Red Tailed Hawk showing off.

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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Feb 19, 2013 - 02:01pm PT
those are TRULY GREAT SHOTS!^^^
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Feb 19, 2013 - 03:36pm PT
Nice pix Chewy!
splitclimber

climber
Sonoma County
Feb 19, 2013 - 04:56pm PT


mew gull - quick guess w/o looking at a guide

very very nice chewy
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Feb 19, 2013 - 05:08pm PT
Nice Chewy, birds in flight are tough.



Harrier
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Feb 19, 2013 - 06:45pm PT
Chewy - some outstanding shots. What are you shooting these with?
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