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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 18, 2013 - 05:18pm PT
Reilly, we were at Arrastre Creek and Brad got a frenzied call about the Red-faced and we left immediately. Well, as fast as 18 birders can leave anywhere. When we got to the Bluff Lake area, where the Warbler was, there were several hot birders there looking, including Tom Benson. No one else got it after the original pair, Steve Sosenski (?) and...?
That Bluff Lake is a great area though.


Yesterday I went up Trabuco to the Horsetheif trail after work looking for Olive-sided Flycatchers and Canyon Wrens. No luck. I'm having trouble advancing my county year list.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
QITNL

climber
Jun 18, 2013 - 05:18pm PT
Thanks for the tip, eKat - very interesting. I hear you Timid, no feathers ruffled, I'm not a birder, just come across plants and rocks and birds and things in the mountains. This thread is a symbiotic relationship between birds and climbing. I definitely appreciate the background!
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Jun 18, 2013 - 06:27pm PT
Red crested cardinal
Red crested cardinal
Credit: craig mo
Kauai
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jun 18, 2013 - 09:42pm PT
Craig, did you see that bird in Hawaii?
I hear they are all over.
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Jun 18, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
Northern Cardinal seen in Kaua'i
Northern Cardinal seen in Kaua'i
Credit: craig mo
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 18, 2013 - 10:02pm PT

f*#k it. I'm moving to Southern California!

Or, I'll wait until winter and dig up Bohemian Waxwings, and Harlequin Ducks, but they both get pretty far south. I know Eiders, but I've never seen any here.

Nice finds and photos you all.



;-) right?

Darwin
Splater

climber
Grey Matter
Jun 18, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
A mockingbird pair has taken up residence somewhere near my house. Strange birds. Territorial, very unique "songs". They will pop upwards just before landing, just to make a scene. I read that the male makes most of the noise. They supposedly mate for "life" but are often trying to steal another wife, calling to them at all hours. The wife on the other hand, likes to fly over the territory of males other than her partner, to see if the grass is greener there.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jun 18, 2013 - 11:10pm PT
I love the songs of the mockingbird that has staked out my yard as his territory. He goes OFF, after first light, before sunrise, is best. Highly complex songs!

Also watched him a couple of years do the mockingbird mating dance along the fence line out my window. 3 steps forward 3 steps back kinda thing.

DMT
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jun 18, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
I went on a photo trip out of Seward on Monday. The weather was fantastic for Alaska, smooth water and in the 70's with sun all day. Not great for birds though. I did get a new life bird, a Parakeet Auklet, but no photo it would fly by the boat and never land. The highlight of the day was seeing orca's breach! I know they are not birds but very cool.
tufted puffin
tufted puffin
Credit: cyndiebransford
white-winged scoters
white-winged scoters
Credit: cyndiebransford
kittiwake and puffin rookery
kittiwake and puffin rookery
Credit: cyndiebransford
breaching orca
breaching orca
Credit: cyndiebransford
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 19, 2013 - 06:33am PT
Bob D'A & Timid: on local habitat and Cedar Waxwings:

When I was a kid we had a Pyrocanthia bush that my father cultivated to cover a brick wall on our patio maybe 20 x 12.

Every winter the Cedar Waxwings would invade and pick the plants clean. It was a ritual to watch them pick every pomme from the plant until it quit producing. It was a sight to behold.

I planted a Pyrocanthia here 23 years ago; which is loaded with pommes every winter. I have seen a Cedar Waxwing since I was kid.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 19, 2013 - 10:36am PT
Great shootin' Cyndie! Great Tufted shot!
Not sure I've ever seen Orcas breeching, either.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 19, 2013 - 11:07am PT
Great shots Cindie!

Tobias: Same thing here. First, the C waxwings devour our persimmons, then move to the pyrocantha, then strip the hawthorn tree bare. They move out early June and return to Chico in September.

The mockingbirds in my brother's Brooklyn neighborhood sing like car alarms.






I used to own that 45.
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Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 19, 2013 - 11:10am PT
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Jun 19, 2013 - 11:20am PT
nice Cyndie!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 19, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
great photos Cyndie, would love to be out on the water there in Alaska, having to shoo away those pesky Parakeet Auklets that keep cicling around you like mosquitos, and Orcas that want to flop into your boat! (could those be White-winged Scoter in that one photo, rather than Pigeon Guillemot?).

Here's a question for you Taco old-timers (like Crimpy), evertime I call up the bird thread there's that blurry photo of the male Lark Bunting on the very first post by Quartziteflight. So, what ever happened to Quartziteflight? looks like he/she dropped out around 2010.
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jun 19, 2013 - 04:14pm PT
Little Z, you are right about the White-winged Scoters. We had been seeing the guillemots so much that I just assumed it was them I got a shot of. Cool, I can add another species to the day list. Thanks for the help.

It was an awesome day for sure! One in a million up here, it doesn't happen that way very often.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 19, 2013 - 07:54pm PT
Great shots Cyndie, Dee ee and everyone else...really beautiful stuff.

Just spend two days down in the San Luis Valley, great climbing (did a new 12a Golden Years as I turned 60 on the 15th) and birding. Penitente is full of Yellow Warblers, Spotted and Green-Tailed Towee.

Bushtit
Bushtit
Credit: Bob D'A

Green-Tailed Towee
Green-Tailed Towee
Credit: Bob D'A

Yellow Warbler
Yellow Warbler
Credit: Bob D'A

House Wren.
House Wren.
Credit: Bob D'A
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 20, 2013 - 12:04am PT
I miss the mockingbirds in socal. Sirens, car alarms, barking dogs, house finches...loved their mimic and boldness. They were always dive bombing the local cats.
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Jun 20, 2013 - 12:42am PT
Love the mockingbirds too...until you get one that thinks 2am is the right time to replay his entire life's work :-)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 20, 2013 - 11:36am PT
I'm not that psyched on the Mockingbirds that reside in our yard. They are very territorial and chase out the more interesting species.
I am glad they moved to the backyard instead of just outside our bedroom window in front!

Great shots all, love that Tufted Puffin Cyndie and that Green-tailed Towhee Bob. We had good views of them in Big Bear.
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