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matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:28am PT
Sounds like a prime day out Dave! My rules are a bit different. I only check off once I have a photo I can identify the bird from. I started and continue that way because I didn't know left from right about birds so a 3 second look at a new bird tells me nothing, I need to comb the book and can never just remember what I saw =)

The may flies (fish flies) just finished their breeding here. The gulls really go crazy. They will land in pine trees and wildly flap thei wings jumping up and down to shake the flies out of the tree then take off and circle the tree eating the bugs as they fly about.

I have also seen some mother loons and mergansers swimming about with babies on their backs...very cool and not something I see too often up here despite having lots of loons about and I had never see a merganser do it before!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 14, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
Matty, where do you live again?


Here is one of the Hooded Orioles that live in our yard.

Credit: dee ee

I saw this Cal Thrasher while we were hunting the Cuckoo.

Credit: dee ee
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 14, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
Great stuff Slater and Dee...got greeted by this pretty boy on my walk this AM.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Jul 14, 2013 - 01:28pm PT
Dave- I live in Santa Clarita currently (just north of LA) but I grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan and my parents have a summer cabin in Ontario on the north shore of Lake Huron. I'm at the cabin now ... my annual summer pilgrimage =)
10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 14, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
Matty, I was confused since your post didn't make it sound like Santa Clarita!

Hey y'all I think I've got a Wood Duck here but a little unusual?

Credit: dee ee
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Dee, it looks a fairly typical adult male eclipse plumage IMHO.

Thanks for yer email a few weeks ago. Have a great trip Down Under!
I'm off to check up on Matty and the UP boids Friday - Connecticut Warblers - Woo Hoo!
I've also some Laughing and Little Gulls lined up as regulars in Sheboygan!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
Bob, nice singing shots! Very nice.

SAGE THRASHER
SAGE THRASHER
Credit: Slater

This was taken with a point and shoot out of a car window on the drive in to Bodie. STOKED! New lifer for me!

21 days until SE AZ!!!!!!!!!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 14, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Slater, yer gonna...






































ROAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As well as have a blast. :-)
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 15, 2013 - 02:05am PT
Peak season for diversity baby!
Every seasoned birder knows that!
Bird early, bird low...
then hit the mountains! Should be very comfortable way up there.

I've been practicing by going to Carizzo Plain in the summer and just buttering up and laying in the desert with steak on my stomach so I can attract that Caracara!

Probably get on some Mt. Lemon rock too!

White-headed Woodpecker, Pinecrest Lake, CA.
White-headed Woodpecker, Pinecrest Lake, CA.
Credit: Slater
10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 15, 2013 - 02:24pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#311064
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 15, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
Those Magpies are really pretty. Here is my contribution for the day, cool find on Youtube.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 15, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
Claud, love the hummingbird vid!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jul 15, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Hummers are so cool. We had one checking out our new flowers in the yard last night. Love 'em!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:09am PT
Credit: Slater

hOw's THAT for a tongue!?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:11am PT
A couple from my bouldering session this afternoon on Flagstaff near Boulder.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:11am PT
Credit: Slater
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Great photos Slater, really pretty.
MisterE

Social climber
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:30am PT
So, I was taking a break hiking today, and chilling in the shade, when I hear an "Eee eee eeeeeee!" very close. I look around, and there is a peregrine falcon in a dead tree not 25 feet away. Just chilling, letting me know it is watching. This went on for like 5 minutes, and I first mimicked the sound, but eventually started talking to the bird:

"You seem to be watching me like a hawk, which would make sense in this situation given that you are, in fact, a hawk..." and so on for a while.

I eventually decided to keep moving on, it was a pretty cool encounter.

The bird was still in the snag as I kept ascending the trail.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 16, 2013 - 10:22am PT
Bouldering and Birding sounds like a great combination Bob. Perhaps we can set up another bird watching meetup near a bouldering area next time and kill two birds with one stone, no pun intended :-)
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