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john hansen

climber
Jul 25, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
Perhaps Northern rough-winged?

Where did you see it?

Peterson's shows So Cal more in their range than Bank.

Plus the Bank shows a darker "V" shape at the neck.

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 25, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
A gud time at Seney Nat Wildlife Refuge - largest east of the Mississippi - 94,000 acres/150 sq miles! Trumpeter Swans, Loons, Magnolia Warbler, beavers, river otters, Sandhill Cranes, saw wolf tracks, Chestnut-sided Warbler, Broad-winged Hawk, to name a few. But no Yellow Rails - in fact, only two heard this year. :-(

I thought I finally got my long-sought after Woodcock but my wife said it doesn't count. :-(
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jul 26, 2013 - 01:27am PT
Chiloe,

Northern Gannet seems like a good bet for that region. Here are a couple of photos from our Hebrides trip last year. Not at the same angle, but I think you can make it fit.

Credit: Tony

Credit: Tony

It that vein, there has been a Northern Gannet at the Farallon Islands for over a year. It almost surely made it via the nearly ice-free NW Passage. Same for Pacific Gray Whales in the Atlantic. Or maybe transplanted by the Climate Change conspirators.

Northern Gannet at the Farallones

Gray Whales in the Atlantic
john hansen

climber
Jul 26, 2013 - 01:52am PT
I have always thought that with evolution, If it can happen, it will happen.

How many Northern Gannets are there? Millions? It makes sense that one would get lost and keep going across open water and then head south ,as is normal when winter comes.

A hundred thousand grey whales. I am sure one or two will go the wrong direction and end up in the Atlantic if the path is open.

In five or ten years maybe more will show up. They live a long time. I wonder if this individual will go back thru the NWP during the spring migration or hang out in the north Atlantic.

There will be lots of changes in the years ahead. There has always been change.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 26, 2013 - 02:21am PT
Shady, I'd go with Bald Eagles. Young Golden would have extensive white at the base of tail feathers and primaries, plus, as you say, the bill looks more like Bald. Too bad you can't see the legs clearly. Goldens are "booted" eagles and have feathered legs (tarsi), Balds have bare legs. Must have been a cool encounter.

Chiloe, how about a Snow Goose (seriously)? Not sure though. Something white with black wingtips and a squared off tail (Gannet has a pointy tail). The wing projection beyond the tail seems pretty long for a goose. Perhaps some kind of gull, like a Black-legged Kittiwake?

Slater, looks like juvy N. Rough-winged Swallows with those cinnamom colored wing bars.

Tony, cool stories on the Gannet and Gray Whales

Reilly, haven't seen a Timberdoodle since I left Ohio.

thanks to all for great photos and interesting posts
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 26, 2013 - 12:56pm PT
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 26, 2013 - 12:59pm PT
Ah! Thanks for the ID little Z.
It was a very cool experience. I saw the younger fledge make a clumsy landing on the branch where the two are pictured. As I fished my way down stream, the mature fledge chirpped and chattered from another perch about 100yds to my rear. When I got about 150' away from the the young one, the elder silently left it's hidden perch, slowly floated by, only 50' away and 10' off the ground, and joined it's akward sib.
It's been my experience, Eagles are shy, "long lens" subjects. I'm damn lucky and thankful for this encounter.

eKat, fantastic vid. LAMO!
As an x-falconer, seeing a bare arm under foot made me cringe.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jul 26, 2013 - 03:15pm PT
Another siting, not quite so far north -- Pacific loons near Anchorage this week.

eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 26, 2013 - 03:25pm PT
eKat, fantastic vid. LAMO!

:-)

Long live Ze Frank!
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 26, 2013 - 05:05pm PT
Catching a ride
Credit: dirt claud
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 26, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
In the San Fran area to visit my new born grandson and see my son play at the Great American Music Hall tonight...when to Point Reyes this AM and had a great morning. Been there a number of times but the area is simply stunning and full of life. So beautiful.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A


Need help to ID this one. Just not sure. Pacific Slope Flycatcher?

Credit: Bob D'A


Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jul 26, 2013 - 11:09pm PT


Tony; I loved the Northern Gannet photos.

Bob; pissed off owls are always good.

And Chiloe; OMG "Pacific loons near Anchorage this week." awesome. What are you doing in Anchorage?
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 26, 2013 - 11:24pm PT
Snowy Plover chick with bling.
Snowy Plover chick with bling.
Credit: Slater

Runaway chick being chased back to the nest by mom.

Who are you and where are the worms?
Who are you and where are the worms?
Credit: Slater

Taken using the "POLE CAM".
Not as naughty as it sounds...
john hansen

climber
Jul 27, 2013 - 02:02am PT
I would love to get a Snowy plover..

Nice one Slater

Where did you see it?
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jul 27, 2013 - 07:13am PT
And Chiloe; OMG "Pacific loons near Anchorage this week." awesome. What are you doing in Anchorage?

In town for a nephew's wedding, I took that fuzzy shot with a pocket camera while on a morning walk.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 27, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
A little back yard action....

















DMT
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 28, 2013 - 12:02am PT
Kool! Occipitors need love too.
Bird feeders make good bird feeders.
I have a resident Kestrel and Merlin who haunt my feeders, much to the horror of my elderly neighbors who have witnessed some of the carnage.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 28, 2013 - 12:26am PT
John,
It's snowing Snowy Plovers down here at Oso Flaco Beach. I see them every time I go during nesting season. The place is crawling with them. Like cotton balls with legs.

Credit: Slater

This sucker was in MY backyard. He'd eat a plover for dessert.
john hansen

climber
Jul 28, 2013 - 01:43am PT
When I was about 20 years old I got into birding with a friend of mine,

Jim Booker.

We used to go out to a lake about a mile from my house. I had grown up around there and had spent a lot of time in the woods around there.


There was a pair of Great Horned Owl that we would see every once in while.


One day when I walked over a rise I saw the owl flying away from a tree branch. I went up and checked it out and could see that that the owl had perched here many time's watching out over the field in front of this perch.

The bark was worn smooth.


A couple days later I very slowly worked my way up the back side of the slope. Probably a half hour to go 100 feet.

When I crested the slope, I saw the owl on his perch with his back to me maybe 50 feet away.


I spent another half hour working my way one step at a time getting closer ,trying not to make a sound or snap a stick.


I finally got with in 15 feet when the owls head swiveled and looked me right in the eye.


It was like " where did you come from" as he launched off his perch and flew off across the meadow.


It would have been better if I could have touched it's tail or even got a feather but I thought I had done pretty good sneaking up on an owl.





Another time I took a group of friends out to Robber's Roost above Lake Clamintine near Auburn Ca. It was on private property but we used to go out there quite a few times.


There was a cool cave you could go thru with a 5 ft traverse over 5.4 to get to it. It went thru a 50 ft tunnel. the rock and ended with a 15 foot long 18 inch tunnel that came out on the edge of a 400 foot cliff where you could scramble up the last 50 feet of limestone to the top. Maybe old school 5,3 or 5.4..


Going thru the tunnel, leading my friends I got to a rise you had to climb over, standing on top of this rise I was confident.


When I turned to go forward there was a Barn Owl flying at me about 5 feet from my face. I ducked and he flew out of the cave above me.







10b4me

Ice climber
Wishes-He-Was-In-Arizona
Jul 28, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
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Missing photo ID#313157
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