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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 16, 2013 - 05:00pm PT
Nice pics you guys!

I had killer birding this morning checking out a new section of Bolsa Chica and the Hunt. Beach Central Park.

Highlights include:

Lazuli Bunting (only second time I've seen one and first in the OC, seen one at Dinkey Creek in the Sierra)

Hammond's Flycatcher (tricky but positive ID)(life lister)was reported on the OC rare bird alert 2 days ago, I contacted the lady that saw it and got good beta from her on where to look

Black Chinned Hummer (first of season)

Hairy Woodpecker (first of season)

I got home and my new (replacement) Canon SX50 showed up. I missed some good photo ops today though.

WHEE-HOO!
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Apr 16, 2013 - 08:59pm PT
Lazuil bunting, at Bolsa chica?
Being an OC ex-pat I gotta say that's cool.
Good eye!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Apr 16, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
I read THE BIG YEAR
and
KINGBIRD HIGHWAY

any other suggestions?

I liked BIG YEAR the best.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 16, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Hope is the thing with feathers. Awesome book. See: http://www.amazon.com/Hope-Thing-Feathers-Personal-Chronicle/dp/1585427225

Return of the Osprey. Really poignant. See: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss_1?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=return%20of%20the%20osprey&sprefix=return+of+the+ospr%2Cstripbooks&rh=i%3Astripbooks%2Ck%3Areturn%20of%20the%20osprey&ajr=2

I really like Bird Sense. See: http://www.amazon.com/Bird-Sense-What-Its-Like/dp/0802779662/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366169763&sr=1-1&keywords=bird+sense

Hope you like them too!

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 17, 2013 - 12:43am PT
The Bird by Colin Tudge - erudite and entertaining.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Apr 17, 2013 - 02:36am PT
Some from our feeder (Seattle). Aside from these, I saw an American Pipit (lifer) at the landfill on the commute in the other day.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

and for the purists (e.g. me) who don't want any human made objects in the photo, these are blossoms of the pear tree that they seem to love regardless of the feeder.
Credit: Darwin
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 17, 2013 - 10:03am PT
Who can resist a baby goose Matty? So cute! It was nice seeing them there too. Spring has arrived (in LA anyway).

Love the Pine Siskins Darwin. We get them at the feeders here and they are always a treat hanging with the Goldfinch. Feisty little guys!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Apr 17, 2013 - 11:28am PT
Credit: dirt claud
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 17, 2013 - 11:59am PT
Cool Mandarins! I wish we could have seen the one that frequents the Arboretum. I've never seen one.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 17, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
Crimpy, just say no to escapees! ;-0

Sitting here and watching 'my' Black Phoebe work the front yard.
In the afternoon he moves to the backyard. It is amazing that a few
yards can provide such a good living. Is it because ours and the two on
either side are pretty much pesticide-free? I qualify that because I do
employ targeted strikes against the ants. I draw the line at carpet bombing.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Apr 17, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
No way dewd - those Mandarin ducks are fake! ;-). Amazing colors, would love to see one!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Apr 17, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
Will have to check that one out Crimpie. Didn't know they had one there.
Those Black Phoebes crack me up, they are cute little guys.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 17, 2013 - 12:20pm PT
was out in a pineapple plantation the other day where they set up these sheets of fly paper along the edge of the beds to do insect pest monitoring and saw this...

Credit: little Z

looks like a Common Pauraque slammed into the sheet and got stuck, at least momentarily, LOL! I bet it went after some moth or big insect that was also stuck there.

Shady - the Peregrine striking the Bald Eagle is pretty typical for most raptors if they are defending a nest with young, no fear of taking on bigger critters if they get too close to the nest, people included. I once found someone's "US Forest Service" hat in a Goshawk nest.

Slater - ditto Crimpy's recommendation: "Hope is the thing with feathers" is a great book
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 17, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
There is a famous case of a ranger in Minnesota who got too close to a
Great Horned Owl nest one night. He never saw her coming until it was too
late - she hit him right in the face and he never saw anything again.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Apr 17, 2013 - 02:07pm PT
Thanks little Z.
In the seventies I was briefly into falconry. bitd we had to take birds from the wild. The ferocity of even something as small as a kestrel defending a nest is very impressive, and understandable.
The attack on the eagle shocked me because the eagle was minding it's own business, the attack seemed to be unprovoked.
Thanks...
Presheatechr response.

P.S. FS hat in a Goshawk nest...heh...heh...heh...birdy got a trophy.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 17, 2013 - 02:25pm PT
Reilly - I'm no purist. I love them all! :) Would like to see a Mandarin since I've not seen them ever.

Dirt Claud, Steve Wolfe (aka Lone Wolfe) said there has been a resident Mandarin at the Arboretum. Unfortunately we didn't get to see him on our trip.

Crazy photo Little Z!

Love this thread.
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 18, 2013 - 03:41am PT
Okay birders, it's test time again. Here's an LBB (little brown bird) I saw this morning. Couldn't get too close, so I'll post several pictures in the hope that one of them will be useful (and yeah, I know the pictures suck), but let's see who can tell me what this is...

Credit: Ghost

Credit: Ghost

Credit: Ghost

Credit: Ghost

john hansen

climber
Apr 18, 2013 - 04:05am PT
Not sure if thats a troll,, but,, English Sparrow. One of the most common urban /civilized birds. It is an introduced bird that has infiltrated many habitats all around the world.

I was looking in the Peterson guide but they are not listed in the sparrow section.

Hope i'm not wrong.. LOL
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Apr 18, 2013 - 07:35am PT
good one Ghost - a Eurasian Tree Sparrow. So where are you? some place like St. Louis or western Illinois?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 18, 2013 - 09:05am PT
http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Eurasian_Tree_Sparrow/id

Where did you get that? :)

When I lived in STL I was anxious to see one. Went on several walks but didn't get it. Finally I looked at my feeder. They were there.

They are similar to House Sparrows, but there are differences. Only in the first photo does it look like there may be the white dot above the eye (House Sparrow). Others seems to show the white collar and black ear though (Eurasian).

For comparison; http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/house_sparrow/id
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