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Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 19, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
REilly... you ain't the only one getting rare birds...

#299 ladies and gentleman!
#299 ladies and gentleman!
Credit: Slater

Crested Caracara 15 miles north of PISMO BEACH!
That's right... not Texas or New Mexico or Arizona...

Oh yeah!
(crappy pic but this sucker has been elusive! and I got it!)

Tom
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077@N02/
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 19, 2013 - 04:24pm PT
Nice "catch" Slater...they are very handsome birds.

Here is a little one I got after climbing in Boulder Canyon today.

Pygmy Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 19, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Reilly, I'll see your Red-necked Stint and raise you one (Red-necked Stint)! WHEE-HOO!
Credit: dee ee


Nice shots everyone and story DMT!


Crested Caracara! Holy crap, I'm ready to jump in the car (almost).

Tony, that's awesome. We are REALLY getting excited....Australia only 2 weeks away.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
mystery bird... anyone?

My guess is juvenile green-tailed towhee...

click and zoom in and give me  your best shot
click and zoom in and give me your best shot
Credit: Slater

seen at 5,000' elevation in Sierra
john hansen

climber
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
Perhaps a brown headed cowbird?

The striping on the chest does not seem right for a GTT

Or perhaps a juev spotted towhee?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 19, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
Slater, dude, if you can't tell, well........good luck.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 19, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
Way to score Slater and Dee!

I'll raise y'all aWood Thrush! Oh, okay, so I'm at Indiana Dunes. You gotta problem with that?
But, whoa, this humidity! Tomorrow, Yellow-throated and Prothonotary warblers!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 20, 2013 - 11:46am PT
No rare birds for me lately but did get to see "curly" or one of his off-springs this AM.

Credit: Bob D'A

Also saw this Redtail and he was munching on something?

Credit: Bob D'A
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jul 20, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Credit: Captain...or Skully
A pair of Shovelers.....
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 20, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
my bird story....


and a lovebird land on my back deck yesterday. I opened the back door and she came in side.

hoping the owners find my CL listing.

She's sweet.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 20, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
She's sweet.

until she starts screeching
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 20, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
yeah... there's that. as soon as the sun came up. she's hanging out in my bedroom window.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 20, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
I went over to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc. today. I'm still trying to draw the Least Bitterns out, damn it!
I worked their area for awhile and struck out. Then I launched out for a big loop. I ended coming back for another LB try at Pond B. No luck.
I saw a guy with binos and camera and we exchanged the usual birder's greetings.
"Seen anything good?"
He said, "Yes there is a Clapper Rail right over there."
I said, "wow, I've never seen one here."
As we headed over he said "it's real small."
I'm thinking, hmmmm? I've seen the one at Bolsa Chica many times and it is a fairly big bird, around 15".
We get over there and it's right out in the open. It's way too small (it's 8" or so)to be a CR and it's right in the area where the Virginia Rail was last year.
I broke out the book and confirmed the ID, gray cheek.

Virginia Rail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc.
Virginia Rail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc.
Credit: dee ee

10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 20, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Dave, I was at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife area today. We saw not one, but four Least Bitterns. Also, black phoebes, song sparrows, a lark sparrow, pied bill grebe, double breasted cormorants, Coopers Hawk. A whole bunch of other birds.
No pics, camera battery was dead, doh!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 20, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
Well, eastern birding is tough. I need to get a drone. I struck out on my supposed gimme Ceruleans and Yellow-throateds today but got a Louisiana Waterthrush in compensation with a big bonus of a Kentuckety Warbler at the far northern limit of its range. Sure are lots of Turkey Vultures and Mourning Doves here! Not one hawk yet!? Found the skull of a Double-crested Cormorant on our beach hike this aft. Awesome hike along the ridge of sand dunes north of Ludington, MI. Had a ferocious battle with a Red-eyed Vireo. He was singing his little heart out just 50' away while I was iPoding him to no avail- never did see him. :-|. Too bad I don't have wi-fi on my Nikon - got some cool shots.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 21, 2013 - 01:04am PT
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

Better looks today!
Such a bitchin' bird!
john hansen

climber
Jul 21, 2013 - 01:13am PT
Like the osprey of the south,, what do those guys eat?

Nice shots Slater
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 21, 2013 - 08:47am PT
Caras are opportunists-they will scavenge or take small liberties. They seem to be expanding in NA.

Great shots Slater!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 21, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
Good stuff Slater. Love Caracara's see them all the time in Mexico, Central and South America.

A few from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

A mystery bird... Female Mountain Bluebird?

Credit: Bob D'A
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 21, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/492399/20130719/indian-man-commits-suicide-crow-sat-head.htm

It was six men of Indostan
To birding much inclined,
Who went to ogle at the Crow
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First was lit upon apace
And swiftly crowned with poo,
Until his bronzy pate was white
as snow, with greenish dew:
"Great Caesar's ghost, this dirty bird
Is very like a Foo!"

The Second, smitten by the beak,
Cried: "Ouch, that smarts, you fecker!
So very round and smooth and sharp!
I am that crow inspector!
This wonder of a woody bird
Is very like a pecker!"

The Third approached the ebon fowl,
And happening to brush
His hand against its feathery wing,
At once began to gush:
"I see," quoth he, "that Heckle here
Is very like a bush!"

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the tail.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
I'd tell you in detail,
But this margin is too small to contain
All that inscribed in Braille."

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the eye,
Sang out, his voice awarble:
"One hand held high, I testify
(and one hand on my yarble):
By all the Avatars, this crow
Is very like a marble!"

The Sixth was wiser than the rest,
As Hindoo sages go.
Quoth he, "No way I touch that bird!
The suicide becomes a crow
And when you touch it, so do you,
And this has laid you low!

And so these men of Indostan,
With one exception, croaked
At their own hands, as foreigners
Looked on and rhymed and joked,
About how foolish they were to think
A crow should not be poked!

Hat tip to Rantburg.

Woody would'a liked this one.
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