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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
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 17, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Nie Mandarins Dirt! I saw a wild one a while back..
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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 17, 2013 - 12:15pm PT
a freind of mine, Charlie Thurston raises mandarins and wood ducks- he imprints them from hatching and are as tame as dogs..LOVELY freindly lil ducks they are,, although it HURTS LIKE HELL when they decide to groom yur nose!
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.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Apr 17, 2013 - 12:30pm PT
Owls COMMONLY go right for your eyes. I was hunting pheasants once with my lab "Hershey" when a long eared owl began to attack us in a thicket, and it pinned me to the ground in an effort to escape. The claws of that bird were focused on my eyes.
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
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 18, 2013 - 10:01am PT
Looks like an interesting radio presentation:

The Lost Bird Film. The link below offers a couple of minutes of info about the full film showing on Earth day.

http://www.lostbirdfilm.org/blog_lost_bird_project_on_birdnote_radio

From this webpage: "Birdnote is discussing the film in advance of hundreds of broadcasts on public television stations nationwide next week in conjunction with Earth Day."
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