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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 11, 2013 - 09:16pm 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 11, 2013 - 09:20pm 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 11, 2013 - 09:22pm 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 11, 2013 - 09:26pm 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 11, 2013 - 09:31pm 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 11, 2013 - 09:48pm 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 11, 2013 - 09:56pm PT
The Turkeys are sending!

Credit: Reilly
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Mar 11, 2013 - 10:01pm 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 11, 2013 - 10:06pm 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 11, 2013 - 10:13pm 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 11, 2013 - 11:10pm 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 - 08:51am 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 - 10:03am PT
Speaking of turkey calls, did any of you see this clip before, man was this funny.



matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Mar 12, 2013 - 10:26am PT
I cannot make it to Bird LA on saturday, but I may be able to make it out sunday (if I return from my cruise in time) Hope to get some good birds on the cruise stops but will probably bee too drunk and bloated lol! If I'm back for Sunday I'll let you all know. Dang...bummed I'm missing Sat sounds like a blast.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Mar 12, 2013 - 10:27am PT
LMAO! @ DirtClauds vid!!!!!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Mar 12, 2013 - 10:33am PT
Is that "be" too drunk or "bee" too drunk, Matty? JK, have a great time on your cruise.

Credit: dirt claud

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Mar 12, 2013 - 10:56am PT
Here is a little guy I was able to get close to and take a pic of.

Credit: dirt claud
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Mar 12, 2013 - 11:19am PT
A couple from my last few days here in Taos.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

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Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Mar 12, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
Awesome stuff!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Mar 12, 2013 - 05:12pm PT
Bob, what's that last one? Titmouse, Flycatcher?
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