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10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 7, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
Hey 10b4me, what is that bird and where from?

Dave, good question. I was hoping you guys could identify it

This was in my friends front yard in Tucson
john hansen

climber
May 7, 2013 - 10:41pm PT
TTR, thank's for the confirmation I think I will call the other one a "wren like bird" LOL..

Here are a couple of shot's I got of Forster's terns flying over Elkhorn Slough near Watsonville. Very elegant.

Credit: john hansen

Credit: john hansen


It is fun watching them crash down in the water and come up flying.





And Bob, I wonder why the Whooping MotMot needs those little rudder feathers at the end of its tail. Maybe part of it's display?

Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
May 7, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Gull-billed Tern, Oceano State Beach.
Gull-billed Tern, Oceano State Beach.
Credit: Slater

A GULL-BILLED TERN

Not a big deal except...

IT IS A SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY FIRST!

Found on the beach at Oceano. I paid $2.50 and drove right up to it and snapped this picture. This place is the nearest beach to my house.

I love it when a plan comes together!

#294 lifer
john hansen

climber
May 8, 2013 - 12:13am PT
Nice bird Slater,,
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 8, 2013 - 08:14am PT
Smooth-Billed Ani
Smooth-Billed Ani
Credit: Bob D'A

John capture with the wren, same with tern Slater.

John..."Motmots often move their tail back and forth in a wag-display that commonly draws attention to an otherwise hidden bird. Research indicates that motmots perform the wag-display when they detect predators (based on studies on Turquoise-browed Motmot) and that the display is likely to communicate that the motmot is aware of the predator and is prepared to escape.[3] This form of interspecific pursuit-deterrent signal provides a benefit to both the motmot and the predator: the display prevents the motmot from wasting time and energy fleeing, and the predator avoids a costly pursuit that is unlikely to result in capture.

There is also evidence that the male tail, which is slightly larger than the female tail, functions as a sexual signal in the Turquoise-browed Motmot.

In several species of motmots, the barbs near the ends of the two longest (central) tail feathers are weak and fall off due to abrasion with substrates, or fall off during preening, leaving a length of bare shaft, thus creating the racket shape of the tail.[2] It was however wrongly believed in the past

that the motmot shaped its tail by plucking part of the feather web to leave the racket. This was based on inaccurate reports made by Charles William Beebe.[4] It has since been shown that these barbs are weakly attached and fall off due to abrasion with substrates and during routine preening. There are however also several species where the tail is "normal", these being the Tody Motmot, Blue-throated Motmot, Rufous-capped Motmot, and the Amazonian populations of the Rufous and Broad-billed Motmots."

Snowy Egret, Santa Marta Colombia

Credit: Bob D'A

A little better shot of a Grey Hawk.

Credit: Bob D'A
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
May 8, 2013 - 09:18am PT
Great new bird pics everyone! Spring is here! (well, sort of in Colorado...) Here are a few from around the hood in the last couple of weeks in between snow storms...
Osprey with breakfast
Osprey with breakfast
Credit: BrassNuts
Dipper with yummy worms
Dipper with yummy worms
Credit: BrassNuts
White Pelicans with weird and nasty beak growth to attract chicks ;-&#41;
White Pelicans with weird and nasty beak growth to attract chicks ;-)
Credit: BrassNuts
GBH
GBH
Credit: BrassNuts
Pelican
Pelican
Credit: BrassNuts
Osprey with Pelicans in the background
Osprey with Pelicans in the background
Credit: BrassNuts
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 8, 2013 - 11:48am PT
Awesome shots Dave, that Osprey with the fresh catch is great.
Looks like Bob is having a great time in Costa Rica.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 8, 2013 - 11:51am PT
Ron, I was walking down a country road there and flushed one just a few feet
away - scared the livin' bejeesus outta me! But it was a lifer!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 8, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
Saw a couple of Quails almost get the chop from a car yesterday, was happy to see them make it across the road, that male better get his depth perception checked before he lets the ladies cross the road. Might of had some birds for you to stuff there Ron, :-).
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 8, 2013 - 12:44pm PT
Cool story, they crack me up when I see them running with that little dangling thing in front of their heads, not sure what it's called. I've eaten Quail, it is good. Just can't bring myself to shoot them. I'm not against hunting, just couldn't do it myself.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 8, 2013 - 05:48pm PT
Dirt...I'm in Colombia and having a great time. Got maybe 60 or more different species.


Will post some photos later. Really slow connection up here in the mountains.

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 8, 2013 - 06:02pm PT
Looks like your having a great time Bob. Hope I can make it down that way someday. Do you know if the Quetzal bird is in those parts, or are they even around anymore? I know they were in southern Mexico, but not sure if their habitat goes that far down or if they are practically extinct. Very rare bird it seams.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 8, 2013 - 06:36pm PT
Yes, most of the Terns around right now are Forsters.
The Elegant Terns came through a month or so ago right before we were inundated with Forsters, hundreds at Bolsa Chica and man are they noisy! The Caspian's are around and I've seen one Least Tern a week or so ago. Oh yeah, also some Black Skimmers showing up.

Once again, great pics from everyone.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 8, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
Dirt...several different Quetzals here Colombia. Seems many in Mexico and Central America.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quetzal

Not a Quetzal but really beautiful bird.

Rufous-Tailed Jacamar
Rufous-Tailed Jacamar
Credit: Bob D'A
john hansen

climber
May 8, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
Two "trip" bird's.

Savannah Sparrow


Credit: john hansen

And Black Oyster Catcher

Credit: john hansen

Tonight in Ft Bragg, Point Reye's tomorrow


I still have not seen a Hermann"s Gull, or a yellow warbler, or Cooper's Hawk..




Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 8, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
I'd love to see a Green Jay and a Brown Jay. What say you experts? Where? When?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 9, 2013 - 12:19am PT
John, you might be too far north for a Heerman's.
How could you have missed them further south? They're like fleas on a
coondog's butt on the central coast.
Moro Bay:
Credit: Reilly


Crimper, I assume that was a rhetorical question.
"Hablas Texmex?"
Hope you're feeling better.

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 9, 2013 - 12:33am PT
They were a big deal for me here in Seattle when I saw them by bike in October for the STBY:

Credit: Darwin

Tony sees them almost right outside his front door on the SF Bay.


Still it's not a Jacamar, Gull-Billed Tern or White Pelican(love those birds!!!).
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
May 9, 2013 - 12:36am PT
Actually Heerman's are mostly here (Morro Bay) June - October. I saw hundreds of gulls on the beach yesterday, not one Heerman's. But when they DO ARRIVE, they are like fleas on a dog :)

A friend just did a Big Day here in SLO county and got 168 birds, shy of the 181 county record.

Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

I'll be trying for Scott's Orioles on Saturday morning in Carizzo Plain.
Wish me luck.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 9, 2013 - 12:48am PT
That's interesting, Slater.
Darwin, I don't ever recall seeing Heeerman's in Seattle BITD. Must be that
ol' 'climate change'. Did get me a Sabine's up there though. Eat yer hearts out! ;-)

I'm about to commit myself - it appears that my Midwest Campaign is not
gonna get me over the 500 mark. Late July is too late for a lot of my
target boids. They'll be done singing and for a lot of them little warblers
if they ain't singin' the bell ain't gonna be dingin'. I'm still counting
on a Little Gull in Kenosha.

"Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. But I really deserve a Little Gull."

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"Gulls? They're weak."
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