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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jun 11, 2013 - 02:19am PT
dee ee,
Glad to see you managed to find the male Orange Bishops. Was that at the same spot (Burris Basin)? Yvonne will want to try again to see them when she is down that way in a few weeks.

Bob,
Very nice photo of the Indigo Bunting. There has been a singing male in the Berkeley hills, but I've failed to find it.

My birding of late has been primarily watching Osprey and Golden Eagle nests. Here is a male Osprey watching over his nest.
Credit: Tony

Here is his mate with their three chicks. They range about a week apart in age
Credit: Tony

I shot this video of a Spotted Towhee counter-singing while waiting for something to happen at an Osprey nest.


[Edit] For a great intimate view of the happenings in an Osprey nest check out this nest cam:
http://www.livestream.com/ospreys




Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 11, 2013 - 08:35am PT
Timid - the Indigo is also not supposed to be here. It's his second summer in the same spot though.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 11, 2013 - 01:43pm PT
A few from hike this morning. My goodness it is hot here on the Front Range.

Bullock's Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
Credit: Bob D'A

Northern Flicker at it's nest.
Northern Flicker at it's nest.
Credit: Bob D'A

Song Sparrow with some nest building material.
Song Sparrow with some nest building material.
Credit: Bob D'A
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 11, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Crimpergirl...
Fascinating!
Let's hope Curly finds a mate.

Gracias!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 11, 2013 - 09:10pm PT
A cooking 99 degrees here in Boulder today. Not much bird activity. I think BN may get his 'bluebird bump' up soon. Fingers crossed!!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jun 11, 2013 - 10:35pm PT
First, a Chipping Sparrow bump
Chipping Sparrow - these guys have a nice little song and boy are they...
Chipping Sparrow - these guys have a nice little song and boy are they small birds!
Credit: BrassNuts
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jun 11, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Now, a bump for birds of blue...
Blue Grosbeak - I've seen 2 pair of these guys in South Boulder in rec...
Blue Grosbeak - I've seen 2 pair of these guys in South Boulder in recent weeks :-)
Credit: BrassNuts
Indigo Bunting singin away
Indigo Bunting singin away
Credit: BrassNuts
Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting
Credit: BrassNuts
Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher takin a break from catching morning gnats
Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher takin a break from catching morning gnats
Credit: BrassNuts
Blue Grosbeak comes down to the wire..
Blue Grosbeak comes down to the wire..
Credit: BrassNuts
Mr. Lazuli strikes a different pose
Mr. Lazuli strikes a different pose
Credit: BrassNuts
Indigo Bunting displaying his slightly curled feather tips while singi...
Indigo Bunting displaying his slightly curled feather tips while singing
Credit: BrassNuts
Another Blue Grosbeak shot - why not eh?
Another Blue Grosbeak shot - why not eh?
Credit: BrassNuts
Signing off for now... Bird away fellow Tacos!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 11, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Aren't those curly feathers on Curly cool? It was not at all windy - that is just the way his feather are! Gorgeous.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Tony, the Orange Bishop colony is in the Santa Ana River bed just east of the Adams St. bridge in Huntington Beach.
The first time I went I saw one male 100 yds from the bridge. The second time there were two in the same area.
They're pretty hard to miss if they are about!

Today I went on a search for a Grasshopper Sparrow. It was late though, 7pm. No luck but a guy (Dwight Mudry?)who saw them there yesterday (at 12:20) posted the EXACT location on e-bird. He is doing a big year and is at 405 total and 241 for the county. I am trailing him with 232 (for county). I shall return!
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:48am PT
Curly is gorgeous, and a crooner too! A blues singer?

Fine stuff Brass Nuts.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:55am PT
I think Curly is Liberace's nephew, right? You done well by him, very well.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 12, 2013 - 07:56am PT
That is the absolute truth! Curly is easy to find because he never stops singing! Lucky us!
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 12, 2013 - 10:45am PT
I'm a lousy camera operator, especially in comparison to some of the magnificent pictures posted.

I have seen indigo buntings and summer tanagers in previous years; but none this year so far. I have a annually returning northern harrier; which is rare in these parts. I have seen him several times this year riding the thermals.

I have had a colony of purple martins for 18+ years, up until the past few years. I am not sure what stopped them from summering here; neighboring sites are still populated. I know owls are their chief predator; but I have some red tailed hawks that have taken up long term residency. Could that be a factor? Blue Birds have taken up residents in the martin gourds and houses.

One of two martin habitats I have:

Purple martin habitat with plastic decoy that I employed to attract bi...
Purple martin habitat with plastic decoy that I employed to attract birds this year.
Credit: Tobia
McCfly

climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Other than the Squamish thread i would say this is a clear runner up for second best thread on the Taco and i am not even a birder..
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 12, 2013 - 11:11am PT
Agreed McFly. A fantastic thread. :)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 12, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Great shooting Dave, (Brass Nuts) really beautiful.


A few from my morning walk.

Young Northern Flicker.
Young Northern Flicker.
Credit: Bob D'A

Hairy Woodpecker.
Hairy Woodpecker.
Credit: Bob D'A

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Credit: Bob D'A

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Credit: Bob D'A

And the Flatirons look quite pretty this AM.

Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 11:54am PT
Love the Flicker, Bob! The Flatirons is nice, too. And it looks a Downy to me. ;-) (bill length)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
nice blue stuff Brass! The curly seems to have some very used up breeding plumage.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
Crimper Girl.....
...he never stops singing! Lucky us.
Poor Curly, singing his heart out, trying to find a mate.
Keep right on singing Curly, we're rooting for ya!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
hey old birders, do you remember when Indigo and Lazuli Buntings were merged into the same species (along the lines of Baltimore / Bullock's Oriole combined to form Northern Oriole)? If old Curly keeps singing up a storm he's liable to spark himself a Lazuli gal.

from Wikipedia:

"The Indigo Bunting is closely related to the Lazuli Bunting and interbreeds with the species where their ranges overlap, in the Great Plains.[8] They were declared to form a superspecies by the American Ornithologists' Union in 1983.[9] However, according to sequencing of the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene of members of the genus Passerina, it was determined that the Indigo Bunting and Lazuli Bunting are not, in fact, sister taxa."
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