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LuckyPink

climber
the last bivy
Dec 28, 2012 - 12:21pm PT
Nita, thanks for your post re the snowgoose festival. checking out the art gallery online! I've enjoyed some of our best birding at Delevan et al.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 28, 2012 - 06:15pm PT
I am reticent to post this from Birdforum.net but I trust this won't result
in a mad dash to Wawona Meadow, except by me! ;-)

"My husband just met The Great Gray Owl of Wawona Meadow, Yosemite, just south of the edge of the golf course, about 9:45AM, Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. The owl was sitting on a stump near the meadow loop trail and Stan was riding his bike. He was sitting so quietly and only about 15 feet from the trail, just looking at Stan. Stan talked to him and he flew up to a nearby tree where he had to peek around a branch to see as Stan talked to him. The owl talked back, making low squeaking sounds as if talking, too. Stan rode his bike underneath him, and when he looked at the owl, the owl made a face at him as if that was unacceptable behavior, and so Stan took that as his que to leave, so he did. It was an exciting encounter with a Great Gray Owl."
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 28, 2012 - 07:00pm PT
Reilly, so lucky!!!

Like your pic of the dove too... fancy feet!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 29, 2012 - 11:08am PT
Slater, get yer butt up to the Modoc NWR - there's a Common Crane there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
There can't be but one or two Cali records for them, if that!

Oh, and for the record, I swallowed my pride and sought professional help with my AZ
mystery bird I posted a page or two ago. It was a Mexican Jay! It just looked so totally
And blandly grey compared to the lovely bluish ness that Sibley portrays.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 29, 2012 - 06:59pm PT
Up on Whidbey Island over the holidays. Lots of birds.

Varied Thrush
Varied Thrush
Credit: Mike Bolte
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Red-breasted Nuthatch
Credit: Mike Bolte
Immature Bald Eagle
Immature Bald Eagle
Credit: Mike Bolte
Black-capped Chickadee
Black-capped Chickadee
Credit: Mike Bolte
Harrier going after a redtail
Harrier going after a redtail
Credit: Mike Bolte
Credit: Mike Bolte
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 29, 2012 - 07:44pm PT

Mike, that Varied Thrush is gorgeous!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Dec 29, 2012 - 11:03pm PT
Yes, Mike. Very nice shot of the Varied Thrush (and the others). They are very skulking and tough to catch.

While visiting SoCal for the holidays, I have managed to get out birding a few times. On one outing I visited Bolsa Chica Wetlands, which has been improved dramatically since my youth in the area. A Yellow-crowned Night Heron was reported last month. I managed to find it on my visit. The plumage has changed since it was first seen, so it was easier to pick out.
Credit: Tony

Here it is with a juvenile Black-crowned for comparison.
Credit: Tony

This spot has also become reliable for watching the wild foraging antics of the Reddish Egret year-round.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony


Blue-winged Teal, which are scarce in the SF Bay area, are also present.
Credit: Tony

We also saw this Large-billed (Savannah) Sparrow. They were formerly a separate species and may get split in the future.
Credit: Tony

I missed seeing a Zone-tailed Hawk that has been reported to be hanging out at a big Turkey Vulture roost. It turns out that it had flown in earlier than usual and was probably perched in the trees where I was watching. Damn! I will probably be able to give it another try before heading home. Maybe we will take the coastal route home and see if we can find a Gray Hawk in Carpinteria.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 29, 2012 - 11:28pm PT
There was a White-faced Ibis at Bolsa Chica last week.

The Gray Hawk has been pretty reliable at Christmas Tree Ln.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2012 - 06:52am PT
So many awesome photos!
Lokesh

Mountain climber
Big Bear California
Dec 31, 2012 - 07:59am PT
Spotted Owl in Huachuca Mountains
Spotted Owl in Huachuca Mountains
Credit: Lokesh
[photo
Elegant Trogan, Patagonia Lake Arizona
Elegant Trogan, Patagonia Lake Arizona
Credit: Lokesh
id=281369]

I'm Definitely not the kind of birder who goes for Big Years...Probably more birds got away then got counted this year, but it was a kick none the less and full of Great Memories and adventures from Denali to the Dry Tortugas. I hit 300 birds yesterday with an Elegant Trogan in AZ and a pair of spotted's in a flood ravaged wash in the Huachuca's. Ok for a beginner, and a lot of fun. I'll post a few more pics in the days ahead. Happy New Year!
And good birding to all in 2013!
Scott
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:05am PT
Congrats Scott - love the Trogon. Can't see enough of those!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:08am PT
Don't talk to me about Spotteds in the Huachucas! You're part of the disinformation
plot, right? Spent a good 4 hours scouring both branches of Scheelite last
May looking for them! But I'm happy for you, really. So, how did you find 'em?

ps
I'm grumpy this morning cause I got rained out of Bolsa Chica yestereday
looking for the Reddish Egret and the White-faced Ibis. :-(
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 31, 2012 - 08:20am PT
Yeah, cool Spotted Owl shot - he/she looks quite content all fluffed up and such! We also wondered around a few drainages last year in So AZ looking for these guys with no luck, maybe next time :-)
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:28am PT
I saw around 2,000+ White Faced Ibis yesterday at Pixley NWR in the central valley of CA. I couldn't count the number of Sandhill Cranes.

Ibis for you :&#41;
Ibis for you :)
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

My son's first... a very happy moment indeed.
My son's first... a very happy moment indeed.
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 31, 2012 - 09:33am PT

This thread just keeps on giving. You photographers are AWESOME!!!!
Thanks for sharing!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 31, 2012 - 02:21pm PT
Great shots everyone...really nice stuff.

A Cooper's Hawk paid a visit to the feeders today and didn't go away empty handed. I couldn't get a good angle on the bird but here are a few shots anyway.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

A few random shots from the past few days.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 31, 2012 - 02:35pm PT
Saw a pretty ordinary bird today - a Mallard. What was unusual is where we saw him: Inside the Chase Bank Lobby on Table Mesa!

It was snowing and cold and there he was behind us waiting to make a deposit or something. I got a box and picked him up. He was perfectly fine with that (and made a deposit at that moment).

We drove him to a nearby lake by our home where we know there to be other Mallards and let him go.

Fun distraction from the day.

Our new Mallard friend, Chase gets ready to see his new home.
Our new Mallard friend, Chase gets ready to see his new home.
Credit: Crimpergirl

Hello Chase - Welcome to the Tantra Lake. There are some lovely ladies...
Hello Chase - Welcome to the Tantra Lake. There are some lovely ladies waiting for you...
Credit: Crimpergirl

Hi guys!
Hi guys!
Credit: Crimpergirl


WBraun

climber
Dec 31, 2012 - 02:37pm PT
And loving it ^^^^^ ......
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 31, 2012 - 02:52pm PT

Hooray for Crimpie and BN!!!!!
You two are WUNNERFUL!!!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 31, 2012 - 03:15pm PT
I'm not surprised at the Mallard's choice of bank. You ever watch those
drakes chase their wimmen?
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