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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 31, 2012 - 03:34pm PT
Nice photos all and what Steve said about Mallard rescuers! Mike Bolte; you don't live in Washington, do you?

I recently started frequenting nearby Magnuson Park here in Seattle. The birds there seem to be trained to pose better ;-), and the sun came out off and on over the last few days; thus, I had an easier time getting photos.

Don't worry about me getting it too easy with the sun coming out, though. I've been cycling a fair bit searching for Red Crossbills that are reported to be in every conifer stand in Seattle except for the ones near my house. For every minute the sun isn't out, it seems to be raining and misting and I'm not sure biking around a hilly city in darkish wet conditions in traffic is the best idea unless one is 24 yrs old and invincible. I am neither.

On one of these treks to the Arboretum, I stumbled on a cosmic bird grove
with a Pileated Woodpecker, Brown Creeper, Golden Crowned Kinglet and
flocks of Waxwings.

I don't think that I've ever seen a Bohemian Waxwing, but in this flock there were some with lime and gray bellies (Cedar), and some with all gray bellies. I am tempted to call the gray bellied ones Bohemian, but *they lacked the white and yellow in the wings, and I saw no evidence of a tawny rump (ok undertail coverts, but I like the incorrect tawny rump better).
It's the time of year that they both might show up here. Unfortunately, the ones that looked larger were colored most like Cedars. They were very active and it was dark and rainy, or else I might have tried for some photos.

For now, I have to call them all Cedar Waxwings, but *if any of you North-Mountainwesterners can give me pointers about distinguishing between Cedar and Bohemian, I'm all ears.*


These first two photos are from Magnuson. There were also a ton of Scaups, mostly Lesser but some Greater.

Surprisingly, this was a first for me for the Hike-and-bike-STBY.



I wished I had used my new monopod Christmas present for this shot.



And the Wigeons are from near the Union Bay Landfill/Nature Area, which is even nearer my house.

(and a larger version:
http://173.160.158.251/postings/2012_12_22_Gulls/posting/w1.jpg);




The "under the wing color of an E. Wigeon.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 2, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
We went to visit Chase (the rescued Mallard) yesterday. It's been bitterly cold. I sat on the shore while the ducks asked for bread. Chase came up and sat down next to me in the snow. He enjoyed being pet. I want so badly to bring him home to live in the house!

We'll go see him tomorrow and bring him some wheat bread treats.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 2, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
Cold and snowy Duck bump...
American Widgeon
American Widgeon
Credit: BrassNuts
Mallard comin in hot
Mallard comin in hot
Credit: BrassNuts
Mrs. Mallard
Mrs. Mallard
Credit: BrassNuts
Mr. Widgeon
Mr. Widgeon
Credit: BrassNuts
amyjo

Trad climber
Jan 3, 2013 - 09:41am PT
Hi Slater
Fine images as always
Thank you.
I was looking at a line of Cranes high above Arrowhead Marsh (Oakland)
Blowing my little mind. Never saw them there before.
Maybe coming to take a look at the Coast?
Then I saw your Central Valley post & started researching.
Perhaps Pixley NWR? 6000 in January. Lodi?
Brandon-

climber
The Granite State.
Jan 3, 2013 - 09:44am PT
Anyone got a list of what to look for in Panama/Costa Rica in a couple of weeks?

I'll be along the Panama/CR border the whole time.

Is it worth the effort to look for Quetzal (sp?), or is that a pipe dream?

For clarification, I'm not a birder, but I've always been fascinated with the sheer volume of birds when I've been down there in the past.

I've always wanted to see a harpy eagle, but I know for sure that's a pipe dream.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 3, 2013 - 09:59am PT
Brandon, check out www.birdforum.net. Here's the Panama Forum:

BirdForumPanama

Today's top thread is a "Nesting Resplendant Quetzal" and two down is
"Crested Eagle feeding a young Harpy Eagle"!!!!!! Holy Quetzal, Batman!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:06am PT
Brandon...I saw a Quetzal below Volcan Baru near Boquete. We also stayed at this place (http://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotos-g298424-d678426-Hotel_Finca_Lerida-Boquete_Chiriqui_Province.html); which also has amazing birding.


Also go to Pipeline Road near the Canal if you get a chance...Over 500 species spotted (not by me):-) in a 24 hour period.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:45am PT

What, no pictures of Chase, BN?????

hee hee hee
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:50am PT
Darwin - looks like you have a Eurasian Widgeon mixed in there. (Now I see what scuffyb was talking about at the gym last night).

Was up in Washington visiting family over the holidays. Sent you a note ahead of the trip but did not hear back.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 3, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
Mike and Darwin,

It actually looks like both a male AND a female Eurasian Wigeon. The female with the slightly rufous rather than gray head in two of the photos also seems to be sticking close to the male Eurasian Wigeon.

On our way home from a holiday visit to SoCal we managed to see the Gray Hawk that has been in Carpinteria for over a month. This is the first California record.
Credit: Tony

We were able to watch its accipiter-like flight as it hunted over the iceplant along Hwy 101. It was good we were prepared for a juvenile as it would have been a very confusing ID.
Credit: Tony

This made 4 lifers for me on this trip! First there was the Yellow-crowned Night Heron that I posted earlier. I finally saw a California Gnatcatcher, which has been a nemesis for me.
California Gnatcatcher, Dana Point Headlands
California Gnatcatcher, Dana Point Headlands
Credit: Tony

It took three tries but I finally saw a Zone-tail Hawk that has been wintering at a big Turkey Vulture roost.
Zone-tail Hawk <br/>
Lake Forest, CA
Zone-tail Hawk
Lake Forest, CA
Credit: Tony

A pair of local Crows had no problem distinguishing it from the Turkey Vultures
Credit: Tony



dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 3, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
I saw the Zone Tailed in Lake Forest as well a few weeks ago, it took 3 tries.


We, Margy, Jake, the Vogel's and I started the year with a "Big Year" start. In M's case it is a "Large (Marge) Year." We got 46 on the first day of the year. I'm up to 50 now but I've been working till after dark.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 3, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
I went to visit Chase today but didn't get a photo of him. I'll try to tomorrow. It won't be BN caliber, but it'll still be my buddy!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jan 3, 2013 - 10:26pm PT
Tony,

Now that was a good trip to visit the inlaws. The Gray Hawk is prettier than I was expecting and the Zone-tail Hawk is such a boss looking bird.

Did you scope out the surf as you drove back? Does that section of the coast mostly just catch south swells (Slater?).

Darwin
Da_Dweeb

climber
Jan 4, 2013 - 06:47pm PT
Credit: Da_Dweeb
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Jan 6, 2013 - 09:55am PT
^Hehehe^

Great thread everyone, the photos here are inspirational to me. A couple of weeks ago I decided I was going to learn to take pics of birds in flight. I've always failed at bif shots and figure it is about time to remedy that.

We've been going to an area south of my house where lots of raptors hang out in the winter. Mostly light agriculture and pastureland, with a good dose of wetlands mixed in.

Here are my first attempts at BIF shots. I can see I have a whole lot to learn but I'm really enjoying the challenge.

Our first day out we came across a deer carcass about 150 yards from the trail. There were about 8 baldies lots of ravens and a couple of red-tailed hawks.
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The weather got a little rough but we were dressed for it.

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The next trip we saw lots of rough-legged hawks. Here is one taking off.

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Also saw a bunch of western meadowlarks. One of the more colorful winter birds we have here.
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More bald eagles as well-

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Yesterday the sun actually made an appearance. Turned out to be my best birding day yet.

A juvenile baldy with a full crop and poor table manners. Note this bird has only one leg.
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My favorite part of the day was when this rough-legged hawk let me get some bif shots.

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Here is an American Kestrel we saw on the drive home. Usually I avoid man-made objects in my wildlife snapshots, but I made an exception in this case.

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I hope you enjoy the pics, I know I've enjoyed yours. Looking forward to learning a lot more about birding and bird photos.
slabbo

Trad climber
fort garland, colo
Jan 8, 2013 - 02:30pm PT
Unless Pterrordactyls have come back, these look like wild turkey ? pretty big
Credit: slabbo
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Jan 10, 2013 - 06:08am PT
There is a Flammulated Owl on South Padre Island!!
If it is still there today I will go tommorrow and get pics and twitch it.


Edit..haven't been on here in a while
How many birds does Slater have now?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 10, 2013 - 08:55am PT
Love it Chewybacca (and others)!

Question for you. What field marks point to that being a Rough-Legged versus a juvenile Red-Tailed? Is he just way bigger? I would have mistakenly called that birds a young Red-Tail.

I've not seen a Rough-Legged before. Looking forward to your thoughts.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 10, 2013 - 09:29am PT
Go Riles! A Flammulated must be damn rare down there.
Did you see my crappy pic of the White Wagtail I scored?

So it is rainy today and, like clockwork, the Lesser Goldfinches show up
in the tree next door. Not a leaf on it but they love that tree, when it
rains. I haven't figured it out. They just seem to hang out in it. It sure
doesn't seem all that special, to me.

Credit: Reilly

Credit: Reilly

Credit: Reilly
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Jan 10, 2013 - 09:30am PT
Not much for me lately...too much climbing etc...but here are a few from yesterday..


oak titmouse
oak titmouse
Credit: matty




red tail hawk
red tail hawk
Credit: matty




red tail hawk
red tail hawk
Credit: matty



Keep up the wonderful stuff everyone, I love this thread and seeing all the neat things that pop up.
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