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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."
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Apr 18, 2013 - 01:42pm PT
Matty, you went on the wrong cruise!

From CALBIRDS Yahoo:

On April 14,15, 16, Holland America cruised north from San Diego, ranging
45-60 miles offshore, west of San Miguel Island to the Oregon border.
Highlights on April 15-16 include: 3 Hawaiian Petrel (1 off Santa
Barbara, 1 off Monterey, and 1 off Humbolt), 43 Murphy's Petrel btween
Santa Barbara and Humbolt, 5 Cook's Petrel in Santa Barbara, Monterey and
Humbolt, and 1 Parakeet Auklet in Humbolt, 11 in Oregon, & 24 in
Washington. They also saw 1 Laysan Albatross and 1 Flesh-footed
Shearwater.

Paul Lehman also reported to me a surprisely high count of 530 Sabine's
Gull and good numbers of Fork-tailed Storm-Petrel and Tufted Puffin in
Northern California.


Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 18, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
Reilly - the pelagic cruise you posted up thread looks fun. With my smothering work load, it's hard to plan ahead now. Still, it'd be fun to reassemble the taco birding team for something like that.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Apr 18, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
American Kestrel on my hike today. Beautiful little killers they are.

Credit: Bob D'A


Callie...this is for you...try not to cry.:-)

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151866003744966&set=a.10151311735369966.562635.167774004965&type=1&theater
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Apr 18, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
I went to Tucker today looking for the Calliope H.bird reported yesterday, no luck

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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 18, 2013 - 04:46pm PT
Dee ee - gorgeous photos! Love love love.

Thanks for the link Bob D'A. I followed Alex from the beginning. He is only a year older than my Henri. I went to see Pepperberg speak on three occasions and bought her books. I read her journal articles. A devout follower as one could be.

I remember the morning that they announced Alex's death. I was sitting in Lambert airport waiting on a flight to take me ultimately to Yosemite. Total flash-bulb moment for me. I broke down right there. He was such an awesome bird. He taught people a whole lot more than people taught him. The Pepperberg staff did not even release information about Alex's death for a month to give them some time to grieve in private. So so tragic.

Thanks for sharing that, but you know I'll cry as I'm a big fat softy cry baby. :)

edit: Think one of yours didn't post Dee ee.
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Apr 18, 2013 - 04:50pm PT
More from day 2

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Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Apr 18, 2013 - 05:04pm PT
Nice Matty.
Good composition on some of those.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Apr 18, 2013 - 05:06pm PT
Really beautiful Matty. You'd head over somewhere to grab a shot and I'd not see a bird. Now I see what you were up too. :) Really pretty stuff!
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Apr 18, 2013 - 08:00pm PT
St. Louis or western Illinois? Not bloody likely. That photo was from yesterday when I was about as far as you can get from the US midwest. Those little guys were on a patch of grass in one of the most urban spots on the world -- the center of Hong Kong.

Thanks for identifying them.
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