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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
May 9, 2013 - 07:32pm PT
Wow, that Oyster catcher is freaky looking. Like possesed by demons kinda freaky.

Lol it is!

Caption for photo:

I've had too much coffee and YOU'RE FREAKING ME OUT, MAN!!!111

DMT
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 9, 2013 - 07:46pm PT
Rufous-Tailed Hummingbird, Minca, Colombia.

Credit: Bob D'A
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
May 9, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
Reilly,

I'm hitting SE AZ hot spot locations in August.

Can't wait! Supposed to be peak for diversity in that area.

Looking fwd to adding dozens to my life list!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 9, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
August! You're a hard man! That will be full contact birding!
The rarities definitely seem to show up then but be prepared to do a lot
of chasing. Don't waste much time on the Cave Crk area unless you know
something is there like a Rufous-backed Robin that got me all excited. Missed
him by a day or two! The only reliable birding there is around the
research station and the campgrounds. The rest is a pale shadow of what
it was like before the fires. Don't overlook Guadalupe Cyn. It is hard
core for shore but a cool place. Well, not exactly 'cool'. ;-) I got my
Berylline there - a pair! It used to be the place for Buff-collareds but
now California Gulch seems to be more reliable,as it is for Five-striped but
you have to get there at the crack for them. By August I doubt they
will be singing even at the crack but maybe?
Don't forget Pena Blanca Lk - the Least Grebes might still be there.

ps
I strongly recommend springing for both guides - the ABA one and the
AZ/Tucson Audubon one. There is a lot of overlap but I'm a beta freak and
both are worthy.
john hansen

climber
May 9, 2013 - 10:07pm PT
Yea I read August is a good month down there with the monsoon activity.

Got this Greater Scaup today at Bodega bay.

Credit: john hansen

Thought this might be Lesser....

Credit: john hansen



Not very good with gulls but this one caught my eye. much smaller than all the westerns around,, perhaps a Bonaparte's???

Credit: john hansen





Credit: john hansen

Brandt's and snowy egrets every where.


Credit: john hansen




Credit: john hansen



TMJesse

Mountain climber
Olympia, WA
May 9, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
Pine Grosbeak, YNP, along Mono Pass Trail
Pine Grosbeak, YNP, along Mono Pass Trail
Credit: TMJesse
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 10, 2013 - 12:30am PT
nice to see the "Birds" thread move (quietly) over 5000 posts

great photos lately. Love the Swallow Tanager too Bob. Good call JH on the ducks and the gull. TMJ, Pine Grosbeak is a great bird. Reminds me of my life Pine Grosbeak which I also saw in Tuolumne (behind Drug Dome walking down from Oz).

Darwin: I spent about 3 hours this morning walking around Magnuson Park looking for that Sage Thrasher, but had no luck. Maybe it has skipped town by now. Did see some other fun stuff: Lazuli Bunting, Nashville Warbler, Pacific Wren, nice little group of Buffleheads out in the Lake, and my favorite the Chestnut-backed Chickadee. A few species that I just saw in my back yard in Costa Rica the day before yesterday: Western Wood-Pewee, Wilson's Warbler, Vaux's Swift, Cliff Swallow. Here's the only bird that I was skilled enough to photograph, though I don't think it's very rare.

quack
quack
Credit: little Z
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 10, 2013 - 10:10am PT
Nice photos everyone...great stuff.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 10, 2013 - 11:36am PT
Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 10, 2013 - 03:03pm PT
Love that Swallow Tanager.

Yesterday on the rba one of our local hotties mentioned this blooming Silk Oak tree in the SA Cemetery and that it currently had anywhere from 20-40 W. Tanagers in it at one time. I had to go over and witness this colorful phenomenon. It was true, both the tree and birds were going off. Here are several visitors. It's a tall tree ~100 feet.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee


edit: after being joined by another birder, at his advice, I got my lawn chair out of the car and just kicked it. What a spectacle it was.


scuffy b

climber
heading slowly NNW
May 10, 2013 - 04:28pm PT
Saw a small flock of Cedar Waxwings in a raspberry field in the Pajaro Valley
today.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 10, 2013 - 04:38pm PT
If anybody wants to read a nice short blog on Loggerhead vs Northern Shrikes:

Loggerhead vs Northern Shrike
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
May 10, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
Dee, nice sequence there! So pretty!

Thanks for the input Reilly.
I've been planning for this trip for months.

I got my hotels already!

Trying to sac up for the 10 hour drive! and heat.

Bird at altitude I was told.

Mt. Lemmon here I come!
john hansen

climber
May 10, 2013 - 11:12pm PT
Mt Lemmon was great, got 5 or 6 lifers in one morning. Sabino Canyon for Broad bill hummer and cactus wren. Got to madera canyon but missed out on the sierra vista area and Pantagonia. Lots of good birding down there. I wish I would have spent a few more days down there.

Dee, is that a Skimmer?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 11, 2013 - 12:27am PT
Mt Lemmon isn't usually all that great except for owls.

They're all worked up in AZ cause they've a Ross' Goose. HaHaHaHa!

There's a Plain-capped Starthroat at Madera Cyn and a White-eared at Miller.
Now those are worth getting worked up over!
There's also a Mexican Whiporwill at Mt Tritle, wherever that is (looks near
Sedona).

BTW, y'all do know about Washington birders' dashboard, right? It's good
for the whole country.

Birders' Dashboard
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 11, 2013 - 12:55am PT
I will be back in Arizona over Memorial Day, and Fourth of July weekends. Will be climbing, and birding on Mt. Lemmon
Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 11, 2013 - 12:57am PT
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
May 11, 2013 - 01:57am PT
Lots of good birds and photos since I last checked in.

I went on my first pelagic birding trip of the year out of Half Moon Bay last weekend. This is the earliest one I have been on, hoping for some rare spring migrants.

After watching a group of Pigeon Guillemots putting on show in the harbor with a lot of displaying and calling, we headed out to deeper water and I made sure to have my camera handy. I missed getting a good look at a couple of Scripp's (nee Xantu's) Murrrelets which were on the other side of the boat.

We next encountered a feeding mixed flock including many Bonaparte's Gulls and Sooty Shearwaters.
Credit: Tony

While we were checking them out, an Ancient Murrelet came very close to the boat. Very cute!
Credit: Tony

While admiring this guy, a Brown Booby flew toward the boat, circled around a couple of times, then joined the mixed flock on the water. This was the first one Alvaro had seen on one his trips.
Credit: Tony

Rhinoceros Auklets were growing their "horns".
Credit: Tony

There were still some Pacific Loons flying north.
Credit: Tony

Red and Red-necked Phalaropes were abundant.
Credit: Tony

Some of them were getting into their breeding plumage.
Credit: Tony

Credit: Tony

A few Sabine's Gulls were in transition.
Credit: Tony

After very light winds in the morning, they increased and more birds were flying. Sooty Shearwaters were the most numerous.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

There were a few Pink-footed Shearwaters and Northern Fulmars (Werner's favorite).
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

Albatrosses are always a treat. We had at least 9 following the boat. They really like the "chumsicles".
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

While we heading to get a closer look at some Humpback Whales, a group of Orcas popped up and put on quite a show.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

I sent in some photos and got IDs on the Orcas from a group that is studying various populations and has a database based on photos of scars, etc of different groups of Orcas.

[edit]I meant to include this photo of a Whimbrel that welcomed us back to the harbor.
Credit: Tony

It was a great trip and we are looking forward to several more this summer and fall.

By the way, I am headed to SoCal for a brief family visit. I plan at least one birding outing, probably to Bolsa Chica and/or San Joaquin Wildlife Refuge. Any other suggestions from you locals? I will be staying in Yorba Linda.







Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
May 11, 2013 - 05:49am PT
Amazing Amazing photos.... thank you so much for sharing the beauty of flight...



10b4me...I cannot wait for your next visit in just a couple of weeks. :)




Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
May 11, 2013 - 06:20am PT
The thread that keeps on giving.

Collard Scops Owls
Collard Scops Owls
Credit: Delhi Dog
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