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Chaz

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 10, 2013 - 09:57pm PT
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
May 10, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Lots of good birds and photos since I last checked in.

I went on my first pelagic birding trip of the year out of Half Moon Bay last weekend. This is the earliest one I have been on, hoping for some rare spring migrants.

After watching a group of Pigeon Guillemots putting on show in the harbor with a lot of displaying and calling, we headed out to deeper water and I made sure to have my camera handy. I missed getting a good look at a couple of Scripp's (nee Xantu's) Murrrelets which were on the other side of the boat.

We next encountered a feeding mixed flock including many Bonaparte's Gulls and Sooty Shearwaters.
Credit: Tony

While we were checking them out, an Ancient Murrelet came very close to the boat. Very cute!
Credit: Tony

While admiring this guy, a Brown Booby flew toward the boat, circled around a couple of times, then joined the mixed flock on the water. This was the first one Alvaro had seen on one his trips.
Credit: Tony

Rhinoceros Auklets were growing their "horns".
Credit: Tony

There were still some Pacific Loons flying north.
Credit: Tony

Red and Red-necked Phalaropes were abundant.
Credit: Tony

Some of them were getting into their breeding plumage.
Credit: Tony

Credit: Tony

A few Sabine's Gulls were in transition.
Credit: Tony

After very light winds in the morning, they increased and more birds were flying. Sooty Shearwaters were the most numerous.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

There were a few Pink-footed Shearwaters and Northern Fulmars (Werner's favorite).
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

Albatrosses are always a treat. We had at least 9 following the boat. They really like the "chumsicles".
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

While we heading to get a closer look at some Humpback Whales, a group of Orcas popped up and put on quite a show.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

I sent in some photos and got IDs on the Orcas from a group that is studying various populations and has a database based on photos of scars, etc of different groups of Orcas.

[edit]I meant to include this photo of a Whimbrel that welcomed us back to the harbor.
Credit: Tony

It was a great trip and we are looking forward to several more this summer and fall.

By the way, I am headed to SoCal for a brief family visit. I plan at least one birding outing, probably to Bolsa Chica and/or San Joaquin Wildlife Refuge. Any other suggestions from you locals? I will be staying in Yorba Linda.







Leggs

Sport climber
Is this a trick question?
May 11, 2013 - 02:49am PT
Amazing Amazing photos.... thank you so much for sharing the beauty of flight...



10b4me...I cannot wait for your next visit in just a couple of weeks. :)




Delhi Dog

climber
Good Question...
May 11, 2013 - 03:20am PT
The thread that keeps on giving.

Collard Scops Owls
Collard Scops Owls
Credit: Delhi Dog
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 11, 2013 - 10:19am PT
By the way, I am headed to SoCal for a brief family visit. I plan at least one birding outing, probably to Bolsa Chica and/or San Joaquin Wildlife Refuge. Any other suggestions from you locals? I will be staying in Yorba Linda.

Tony, I suggest sending a pm to dee ee, he is a local to oc
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 11, 2013 - 11:23am PT
Tony, and anyone else, let me know if you want to bird in OC. If available I would definitely love to go.

John, yes the Skimmers are back.

Reilly, thanks for the "Birders Dashboard."
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
May 11, 2013 - 08:21pm PT
Collard scops owls.
I've never seen a picture of them, till now. Unique!
Thanks Delhi.
john hansen

climber
May 11, 2013 - 08:44pm PT
That owl looks like dried leaves in the forest.


Great stuff Tony.

Cool
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
May 11, 2013 - 10:56pm PT
Thanks, John.

Have you gone on any pelagic birding trips in Hawaii? There should be a lot of good birds. We couldn't manage one on our couple of trips to Kauai, but it should be easier from Oahu or Hawaii. Which island are you on?
cyndiebransford

climber
31 years in Joshua Tree, now Alaska
May 12, 2013 - 01:57pm PT
I went to the Homer Bird Festival yesterday. My husband and I took a four hour boat cruise in Cooks Inlet and Katchemak Bay. We were looking for Eiders and Otters. We did see two pairs of common eiders, but never got close enough to photograph them. There were a lot of birds around Gull Island, rafts of probably 5,000 Common Murres. I saw about 25 species and the only new Alaska lifer was a song sparrow. I saw grebes, pigeon guillemot, common murre, red-faced and pelagic cormorants, harlequin ducks, an american pipit, pacific and yellow-billed loons, black-legged kittiwakes, glaucous and glaucous-winged gulls, red-necked phalaropes, tufted puffins, white-winged scoters, ancient murrlets, least, semi-palmated, western, pectoral sandpipers, dunlin, Goshawk, sandhill cranes, dowitchers, wigeon, green-winged teal, yellowlegs...Here are a few photos that I hope you will enjoy. We also saw porpoises and otters.
black-legged kittiwakes
black-legged kittiwakes
Credit: cyndiebransford
Lapland Longspur
Lapland Longspur
Credit: cyndiebransford
Red-faced and Pelagic Cormorants
Red-faced and Pelagic Cormorants
Credit: cyndiebransford
surfbirds
surfbirds
Credit: cyndiebransford
tufted puffin
tufted puffin
Credit: cyndiebransford
Harlequin Ducks
Harlequin Ducks
Credit: cyndiebransford
sandpiper species and dunlins
sandpiper species and dunlins
Credit: cyndiebransford
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 12, 2013 - 05:43pm PT
Nice Cyndie, love the Longspur and Puffins, and the rest.
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
May 12, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
Cindie,,,SURFIN BIRDS! Ba ba-bird bird, bird isda word ba ba ba bird bird bird, bird isda word!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
May 12, 2013 - 11:37pm PT
Cyndie,

5 of those would be lifers for me!

Alaska here I come!

(after Arizona!)
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 13, 2013 - 06:47am PT
Whoa. Just got a lifer and he came to me. I know not rare, but I'd never seen one before: A male Evening Grosbeak! He flew 10' from meet and enjoyed some drinks from my bird bath. Then he sat on top of a feeder for a minute...then moved to a tree.

Very cool.

How does one find out if that is unusual for this time of year (or any time of year) here in Boulder? Either way - it was super cool!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
May 13, 2013 - 07:21am PT
Crimpergirl, E-Bird (the Cornell Univ. bird site) has records for all species all over the US. It has tons of other cool features including animated migration maps, super cool and life list features for members. It's easy to join.
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
May 13, 2013 - 07:34am PT
CG
Listed here on the Audobon Society checklist for Boulder.

http://www.coloradocountybirding.com/checklists/checklist.php?id=7&flag=pdf&name=Boulder

I have an old version of that list that rates "abundance" of this bird as "fairly common."
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 13, 2013 - 07:50am PT
Fairly common? Please don't harsh Crimpie's stoke.

So, Crimpie, when's the Chachalacalooza?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
May 13, 2013 - 09:39am PT
Boulder at higher elevations makes sense. In town seems odder. Still very cool. Looked at some online stuff but it combines an area of wildly different elevations. Totally beautiful bird! Hope he comes back!

Reilly asked:
So, Crimpie, when's the Chachalacalooza?

I do want to go to So TX for sure. My schedule is horrible until July, and I'm not sure if that's the best time to do that. Doubt it. I'm in the Houston area the first of August to visit family and always build in some birding fun though again, it's not the best time. I may have to wait until Spring to see the Chachalaca, Brown and Green Jay. I sure want to get out for some dang fun!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
May 13, 2013 - 11:22am PT
Credit: dirt claud
10b4me

Ice climber
Soon 2B Arizona
May 13, 2013 - 11:51am PT
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taken from the Throop Peak trail, San Gabriel Mountains, Angeles National Forest
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