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Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 3, 2013 - 02:21pm PT
^^^

Female house finch, as best as I can tell. They're all over CA and other states west of the rockies.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
May 3, 2013 - 02:29pm PT
This thread just gets better and better. Great photos going up too quickly for me to be able to compliment the birders/photos!

Keep them coming Bob! So interesting to see these birds from other places
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 3, 2013 - 04:34pm PT
If it's a little too big for a House Finch, I would guess a female Cowbird. That conical bill is my tipoff.


e.g. from www.sialis.org

credit: www.sialis.org
credit: www.sialis.org
Credit: Darwin
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 3, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
Dee ee,

looks more like a female Brewer's Blackbird (grayish rather than brownish, not as compact as a cowbird)
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
May 3, 2013 - 05:11pm PT
Looks like the beak is too conical/fat for the Brewers. Could easily be a Cowbird, but i think I see a sort of brown streaking on the belly which says house finch to me. Needs moar pics!

Size would be a tell, cowbirds should be about 7", house finch would be around 5".
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 3, 2013 - 05:30pm PT
Yeah, it was a little too big for a finch or sparrow.
The BH Cowbird and Brewers BB pics in Sibley both look like it.
Oh well, either way not too exciting.
Yo thanks.



Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 3, 2013 - 06:14pm PT
Greyish Saltator...I think. :-)

Credit: Bob D'A

Also saw my first Yellow Oriole and Collared Forest Falcon.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 4, 2013 - 08:00am PT
Russet-Throated Puffbird...pretty cool.

Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 4, 2013 - 08:34am PT
Chestnut-Fronted Macaw, near the hostel in Santa Marta, Colombia.

Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 4, 2013 - 10:06am PT
Bi-Colored Wren.

Credit: Bob D'A
john hansen

climber
May 4, 2013 - 10:07am PT

OK all you supertopo birding experts,

Can anyone convince me that this is not a winter wren..

I saw this guy at about 8000 ft on Mt Lemmon outside of Tuscon.

The Peterson guide shows this area to be part of their range.




Credit: john hansen
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 4, 2013 - 10:09am PT
Red-Crowned Woodpecker.

Credit: Bob D'A

Nice shot John...looks like you are having a great trip.

I think it is a Winter Wren.

http://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/winter_wren/lifehistory
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 4, 2013 - 12:21pm PT
Yellow Oriole, Santa Marta, Colombia.

Credit: Bob D'A

A better shot of the Red Crowned Woodpecker.

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 4, 2013 - 06:06pm PT
Winter Wren or House Wren.
Bill, neck and tail are on the short side, barred flanks, I'm thinkin' Winter Wren based on Sibley.


edit: just looked at Nat. Geo. book, it shows House W. with barred flanks and less of a diff. on bill length as well as light breast and throat as seen in photo......I'm less sure now.

One thing for sure, Winter Wren is way less common.


Maybe an expert will weigh in.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
May 4, 2013 - 07:26pm PT
Yellow-Headed Carcara, Santa Marta, Colombia.

Credit: Bob D'A
Dr. F.

Big Wall climber
SoCal
May 4, 2013 - 10:19pm PT
Rock Wren is my guess
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
May 4, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
w.r.t Bob d'As Wren:

Aren't those tropical Wrens outrageous! There are gazillions of them (right?). I'm pretty sure I saw one(a Wren) that I had never seen before right in the middle of Mexico City during a conference a couple years ago. .

Are they really Wrens, or it is just the name that's similar (e.g. English and American Robbin)? I would guess that they are taxonomically similar, but I don't know.

Darwin thanks
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
May 5, 2013 - 12:19am PT
John
I've seen a few winter wrens (and many house wrens) the last couple of weeks. I know there is some geographical variation but based on the photo vs my personal observations I am leaning towards house wren.

All my recent winter wrens have shown a buffy line over eye, a darker underbelly and short, cocked tail.

My house wrens do not show a line over eye, have a lighter underbelly and tail a bit longer and more likely to lie flat as in your photo.

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
May 5, 2013 - 12:54am PT
John H.,

I'd say House Wren as well. If for no other reason than it is perched up high in the open. Winter Wrens are notorious skulkers. Not uncommon that you have to get down on your hands and knees to get a peek at one, a fleeting shadow under some pile of dense veg.

Any bird with the single last name "wren" found in the Americas is in the family Troglodytidae. There is only one species of true wren in the old world, the Eurasian Wren (used to be considered a Winter Wren before that species was split). Colombia has more wrens than any other country - 36. Mexico is not far behind with 32. Things like wrentit, wrenthrush, gnatwren, antwren, etc, are in other families. In the old world there are New Zealand Wrens and Australian Wrens, but they are in other non-related families.

Bob's Bicolored Wren is a close relative of the Cactus Wren (see them at Joshua Tree).

Cactus Wren comes into camp looking for handouts, Ryan campground, JT
Cactus Wren comes into camp looking for handouts, Ryan campground, JT
Credit: little Z
john hansen

climber
May 5, 2013 - 01:33am PT
Hey everyone, thank's for all the input on the wren.

Here is one I got at the Mendota refuge west of Fresno.

Northern shrike,, could be a Loggerhead but ,, it was much bigger than other ones I have seen..


Credit: john hansen

clark's grebe


Credit: john hansen





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