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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 11, 2013 - 11:26am PT
Reilly - really hope you can make it!

There's a short eared owl nearby as well. Figure we'll hit the Botanic Gardens, then decide where to go from there. There is also talk of hitting the LA Arboretum on Sunday. I want the Bulbul having never seen one. And a Mandarin duck. :) We'll all be open for good birds though. My intention is to head back to Boulder exhausted from non-stop birding all weekend!!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 11, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
We had some drama in the yard day before yesterday. Marge was out front and a Cooper's Hawk flew right in front of her with a kill in it's claws. She saw gray and thought Dove. She saw it land in a tree across the street. She got me and I grabbed binos and camera and got a pic.
Then we went in the back yard and found these Mockingbird feathers. We have had a pair of M.birds nesting in our yard for years. It's always the same pair, I can tell from their behavior.
The next day we had a very lonely M.bird moping around. It may have been the female since there is already another suitor trying to gain her favor, or am I anthropomorphizing?



Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:12pm PT
Crimps, you can get yer bloody Bulbul in my yard! They're prolly singing out there as I type.
They do a nice duet.

Honestly, the LA Arboretum is gonna get you a bunch of stoopid peacocks and not much
else although parrots are possible. But there are better places for parrots. They've certainly
been getting lots of good action down in the OC as Dee ee can attest to.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:16pm PT
Dee ee, that looks like a standard pidgeon in the claws, and the loose feathers. Size of the pink toes also indicate a basic pidg...
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Bulbul party at Reilly's House!!!

:)

We are certainly open to suggestions. I am just tired of renting cars in Miami to chase that silly bird and be denied over and over again. :)

edit: Agreed Ron. That is a pigeon that got the chop. The black tipped feather on the ground is definitely NOT a Mockingbird feather. Maybe the carnivore got the Mockingbird too, but I'm hoping not.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Bulbuls are very common in Honolulu!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
Crimpergirl,
I can't stress enough how great Bolsa Chica is. Dee ee can give you the local tour. It really is not to be missed. If nita would have brought a sun hat we would have stayed even longer a couple of weeks back. We never made it to Dee ee's local hotspots nearby but BC was off the hook I tell ya. The reddish egret pair are just one of dozens of great birds to be had.

Lynn Leichfuss's old hang, Hart Park, Orange California is a great and reliable place for red crowned parrots. Look them over and you might get a lilac crowned. You can do the mega traverse on the rock retaining wall while you're at it.

Wish we could join y'all.
reddish egret at bolsa chica with my point and shoot.
reddish egret at bolsa chica with my point and shoot.
Credit: Timid TopRope
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:16am PT
I've asked Steve Wolfe to join us here on the ST bird thread. I warned him about the political threads because I don't want his faith in humanity smashed. Besides, why go there when this is the best thread here? :)

He has some info on some cool birds in the area (Northern Parula, Purple Finch, etc.) Said he's looking forward to hopefully meeting Reilly (they conversed earlier in the year about an unusual Gull.

So, watch for him here. We'll be all the richer for his presence.

Bolsa Chico sounds fab. I imagine aside from meeting up at the Botanic Gardens the rest of the trip is to be determined.

I will have to book flights to Honolulu for the Bulbul. It's all in the name of science. :)

Trivia: Little known fact about me - I have a scar on my arm from an albino peacock. It's a treasured scar. :) They are all over my parents property southeast of Houston. Fun little guys. Great watch-birds.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:20am PT
Great watch-birds.

... but really crappy neighbors. ;-/

So I take it you count Bulbuls, payrots, and all those other illegals?
I guess I should if I want to break 550 this year.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:22am PT
I stopped listing years ago. I do regret that. Plus, as my memory fades, so many birds seem like new ones to me. :)

I will just enjoy seeing them all really. I even feel a bit bad hating on Starlings...they can't help it. But when they mess with my Flicker boxes, or get into my suet, my tolerance diminishes.

Reilly, the only way to save me from the Bulbul search is to come out and join us to ensure we go to more quality locales. :)

edit: oh, and those pesky peafowl...my parents live on 20 acres so happily no one is bothered. Well, no one but my parents. The peafowl nest on their satellite antennae each night so they lose internet and tv!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:26am PT
Correct me if I'm wrong but most people list anything that propagates in the wild. We count wild turkeys and pheasants on my local cbc's but not chickens and pea fowl (cocksandhens). Catch that mr mechanized monitor.












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Tundra and Trumpeter swans are native. Mute Swans are not but listable if they don't eat your bread crumbs when profferd.
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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:31am PT
I've always thought listing is interesting. For example, people do count Rock Doves and Swans. But they aren't indigenous, right? I bet there is some good literature on it all.

Birds. Love them all! (except when the take out your internet) :)
john hansen

climber
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:48am PT
Hey TTR, is'nt the turkey a new world bird? I always thought they were endemic in many parts of North America. I mean the pilgrams and all?

I remember in the late 70's you could rarely find one in the Cali foot hills, but it seems they have really rebounded.

I like scoping out all birds but, we never used to count starlings or rock doves or even english sparrows or pheasents for "official" lists.

Its all just for fun anyway, right? Crimpie , you have to give us a TR when you all go birding, wish I could be there. I am sure I would get a few lifers.

I only saw one wild turkey back then in about four years of pretty regular birding. But I did count that one..







Edit, Posting at the same time.. some swans are endemic too,,, I think.

Timed Top Rope should know . They have thousands, if not tens of thousands, of tundra swans that winter in his area.

Another Edit:
I see the Bul Buls almost every day here on the Big Island. If you and BN ever head out this way I can show you the best birding spots. There are a lot of different habitats over here.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Mar 12, 2013 - 12:56am PT
The Turkeys are sending!

Credit: Reilly
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 12, 2013 - 01:01am PT
Wild turkeys are native in the lower 48 as far west as Arizona but introduced to California but like any self-propagating bird, USA native or not, countable here in Cal.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 12, 2013 - 01:06am PT
Another worthless piece of trivia. I can make an excellent turkey call. They respond. :) Of course, they try to court cars and sides of buildings too. Still, it makes me feel special.

Would love to get to the big island. BN has been; I've not been. We should change that.
john hansen

climber
Mar 12, 2013 - 01:13am PT
Thanks for that info , I will mark the turkey off my California list,,,,


Just kidding..

They were probably introduced by the mission settlements up the California coast in the mid 1700's.

I can see that the extreme deserts between the top of the sea of Cortez and up along the Colorado could have kept the turkey out of California. And made them turn right and take the more coastal route towards Texas and beyond to the east coast.


Ed Hartouni

Trad climber
Livermore, CA
Mar 12, 2013 - 02:10am PT

Debbie's hope for squirrel control in our backyard, checking out the closest squirrel nest in the evening... a Great Horned Owl... hopefully I'll have the opportunity to get better a better picture...

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 12, 2013 - 11:51am PT
It seems like 99% around here, and there are hundreds if not thousands, are Red Crowned but I believe this pair is Lilac Crowned. It's amazing how good their camo works in the thick trees.


dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Mar 12, 2013 - 01:03pm PT
Speaking of turkey calls, did any of you see this clip before, man was this funny.



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