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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 16, 2013 - 10:48am PT
Some of you know how I am prone to waxing enthusiastically about my backyard
Black Phoebe. I've long thought we had a special understanding. He is very
tame and lets me get very close. Last week he was even working the yard
while I was engaged in a home improvement project. I noticed he was using
one of my gazebo chairs as a perch.

This is the thanks I get?

Credit: Reilly
Credit: Reilly
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:29pm PT
Ha! Volume you say? So, kayaking up the west coast of Vancouver Island we
came across an intriguing sea cave. We sat outside it to make sure we weren't
gonna get punked by a rogue swell*. The entrance was about 20' x 20' but it
was waay dark in there. We slooowly paddled in listening intently
and letting our eyes adjust. We couldn't even see the back of it but we
could hear the waves sloshing back there. We went in about 75' and we could
see the back another 75' further. Then we noticed some strange shapes high
on the walls moving about. Doh, cormorant hood! They were not happy with
our visit but we kept moving verrrry slowly. I was ahead of Robert and with
about 50' to go they all decided to fly the coop! About a dozen of 'em
dropped off to within inches of the water and got up to speed, coming at us
like giant angry bees. Then the wing leader gave a secret signal to commence
their bombing run. Holy Sh!t! Or should I say, Wholly Sh!t! No wonder it took
'em so long to get up to flying speed - the winged devils were overloaded with
white napalm! Instinctively I put my paddle up vertically as a shield.
It also caused them to split to either side so neither Robert nor I suffered
one hit. But, man, it was a near-run thing! Scary!

*Or perhaps a swell rogue. Sorry ;-/
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 16, 2013 - 05:20pm PT
Credit: dirt claud
10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 16, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#311360
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 16, 2013 - 09:34pm PT
Loving all the photos everyone. :)

My parrots are considerate. When on my shoulder they will get a bit ancy (it's subtle) which means it's time to put them on a perch. Once on the perch they poo and lift a foot to come back to my shoulder. Such civilized beings. :)*




*unless they are angry with me. Then they poop on me.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 16, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Crimpy, those are smart birds, don't get them angry!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 17, 2013 - 12:00pm PT
10bforme, I'll see your House Finch and raise you one (House Finch).

Credit: dee ee

I was looking for the OC's elusive Canyon Wrens and saw this HF. I also saw 2 more Blue Grosbeaks.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 17, 2013 - 12:05pm PT
Great shot Dee, saw many HF's on the trail today.

Got a good shot of a Gray Catbird.

Credit: Bob D'A


Spotted Towhee.

Credit: Bob D'A


Also got a not so clear shot of this House Finch...looked like his head was on fire.

Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 17, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
I think he was a little hungry...

Credit: Bob D'A
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 17, 2013 - 06:30pm PT
dirt claud. . . that last shot you posted up is DARLING!

TFPU!
Chewybacca

Trad climber
Montana, Whitefish
Jul 17, 2013 - 11:13pm PT
"White Napalm" Hahaa, Glad you survived the strafing run Reilly.

Ekat, you should watch a movie called 'DUCKumentary'. We watched it on Netflix but I imagine it can be found on other sites. There is a scene of all these little flightless quackers leaping from their aerial nests. It is an amazing scene with great cinematography.

Cool pics Ron. I always get mixed emotions watching birds of prey do their thing.



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Is this what they mean by 'Ugly Duckling'?

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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:36am PT
Here is one for you folks, looking through some old shots from a trip to Ecuador in 2007. Taken in the mountains/hills near Mindo.

Name that bird.

Credit: Bob D'A
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 18, 2013 - 12:49am PT
wow Bob, up close and personal. Did it slowly wag its rear end? Sunbitterns will do that when they get nervous.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 18, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
EAT YER HEARTS OUT!!!!! I'm just back from seeing the

RED-NECKED STINT!!!!!!!!!!! ABA Code 3, baby!

that has been hanging out at the
Willow St bridge over the LA River in Long Beach. For half an hour I
scoped every bloody Western there, at least twice, and I was getting really
bummed. Then two young ladies rode up on the bike path and asked about it.
I conveyed my disappointment while looking at a few peeps well separated
from the main groups. BINGO! Oh, man, there was no doubt, it really
does have a red neck! So awesome. Then some dude in business attire walks
up and asks if I'd seen it. He was on break from jury duty a few miles
away but didn't have any gear with him so was he a happy camper, too! I
got pics but they're only gud 'nuf for verification purposes. I guess I
need to get that new Nikon 800mm.

I don't want Chewy or BN to choke so please keep in mind this little dood
was a looong ways off (it didn't begin to fill the field in my 60x scope!)
and this is a major crop, ok? But I think you can see the neck color.

Credit: Reilly
10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 18, 2013 - 04:51pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#311668
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 18, 2013 - 05:33pm PT
Hey, Chewy. . . I found it on PBS:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/an-original-duckumentary/full-episode/8068/

THANKS!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 18, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
LOVELY 10b4me! I love Jays!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 18, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
Well. . . I'm gonna look at my most abundant neighbors a little differently from this day forward!

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-life-as-a-turkey/full-episode/7378/

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Missing photo ID#307532

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Missing photo ID#271459
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jul 19, 2013 - 02:39am PT
Nice pics everyone. Dee ee, we are heading down under, but about two months after you.

I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for our SF Bay Osprey nesting census, so I can do some other birding.

Here is one of the freshly minted fledglings.
Credit: Tony

Here they were a month earlier.
Credit: Tony

Four weeks earlier, in the "reptilian"stage.
Credit: Tony

It's amazing how quickly they become independent.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:57am PT
Very nice as usual. Reilly that bird appears to be swilling Busch beer!

10b4me, THANKS for the scrub jay pic. The fledglings in my back yard have now mostly moved on it seems, the 'big family' not showing up in mass every morning (freaking the cats out).

Anyway, as these things work a very minor sighting (no pic) yesterday evening sparked my intent to post this morning.

I'm in New Jersey, very (VERY) near my birthplace. After work yesterday I got out of my car, at dusk, to make my way back to the hotel after some nice sushi (mmmm, sushi). Up in a tree, silent and un-threatened, perched a blue jay.

It didn't sing out in that clear (some think it harsh, I do not), distinctive call.

Anyway, due to me being emo in nature and given I am currently sitting 5 miles from the hospital in which I was born, as well as other influences, I have been thinking a lot about my childhood in n.w. New Jersey countryside. Lived in a little country boy paradise I did. Learned to hunt, fish, frog gig, climb trees, camp out, throw snowballs and p[lay baseball (High Bridge). I'd not forgotten but had not experienced summertime New Jersey beauty in along time.

So.... when I saw the blue jay in the tree the context of it all was poignant. I smiled at the jay, it winked in my general direction and watched me as I walked on into the hotel with a refreshed spring in my step.

50+ year circles, a couple of million miles (seriously) under my heels... and blue jays. Me mum loved song birds. She always kept feeders and always had a birder book ready at hand. She gifted me her love of birds. Aw, now there I go... getting all misty-eyed....

DMT
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