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Daphne

Trad climber
Black Rock City
Aug 6, 2013 - 12:53am PT
Just got back from the Eastside. Climbed Crystal Crag with Phylp on Sunday and on the descent trail we saw a bird. Phylp is still there with the photos but it is driving me crazy. I've spent 3 hours today trying to find out what it was.

Dark gray head and body, kind of dove, pigeon or seagull like shape except beak was long and sharper than a sea bird, with black tail with white stripes. Hopping along through sand and gravel around 9.4 thousand feet, near Crystal Lake, looking for insects, but not a water bird. Large, around 10-12 inches. Eventually flew into a tree and that was when we saw the white stripes in the tail, and it was magnificent!

Body seemed kind of dove-like but have looked at every kind of dove and everything else for that matter and cannot identify it. Help!!!

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 6, 2013 - 01:04am PT
Agent Daphne, very clever! You posit a credible red herring, or is it simply disinformation? Please come in from the cold.
Daphne

Trad climber
Black Rock City
Aug 6, 2013 - 01:35am PT
Reilly, I would LOVE to come in!
But then I would have to reveal my TRUE identity.....
I shall await Phyl's return to prove my assertions.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 6, 2013 - 01:47am PT
Was this the culprit?

Credit: Reilly

He is one of our less seasoned agents, hence the guilty look.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Aug 6, 2013 - 02:21am PT
Dave E,
Keep those photos coming. It could help me prepare for our trip in October. Of course, I couldn't id the birds without consulting the field guide. A lot of study is in order.

We managedd to get out on 2 pelagic birding trips in July. The first to the deep water canyons off Half Moon Bay and the next weekend to the Farallons. I think little z was correct (of course) that Chiloe's webcam bird a few pages back was not a Northern Gannet because of the non-pointed tail. In any case, the Gannet that showed up at the Farallons in April of last year is still around. It has been seen carrying nest material and it was investigating empty Brandt's Cormorant nests when we saw it.
Credit: Tony

Tufted Puffins are always a treat and we were lucky to see a number of them.
Credit: Tony

A Pomarine Jaeger flew by at eye-level.
Credit: Tony

On the Half Moon Bay trip we saw a number of Long-tailed Jaegers well.
Credit: Tony

At one point there were over 90 Black-footed Albatrosses behind the boat.
Credit: Tony

A rare Laysan Albatross came in to join them.
Credit: Tony

A lifer for me was a very cooperative Scripp's Murrelet.
Credit: Tony

The real highlight, though, was being in the middle of a huge mixed feeding group of Humpbacks, Sea Lions, Dolphins, Gulls, Shearwaters, Albatrosses and Alcids.

Daphne,
How about a Clark's Nutcracker? They are often pretty raucous.



Edit: Reilly beat me to it.

john hansen

climber
Aug 6, 2013 - 02:37am PT
Yep I was gonna say Clark's Nutcracker too..

Great birds everyone.

Looking forward to Slater's and Dee's photo's

Go get em!!
Daphne

Trad climber
Northern California
Aug 6, 2013 - 11:37am PT
Do Clark's nutcrackers come in a darker gray? He looked much more beautiful than the photos I've seen of Clark's Nutcrackers online so I just ruled that out. But I think you guys got it and the beauty we saw is just a special specimen. Thank you! Thank you!

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 6, 2013 - 08:10pm PT
Yesterday we went to Braeside Park saw a couple of my dream birds, as well as many others. I haven't loaded them yet so here are a couple from the first day.


"Pitwit" (Magpie Lark)

Credit: dee ee

Aus. Magpie

Credit: dee ee


Australia is a birders wet dream.

Today we are off to the Royal Botanical Gardens in Melbourne.
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Aug 7, 2013 - 02:34am PT
A trip down to Anchor Point, no reverse migration happening yet. But, here are some of the locals.
Credit: cyndiebransford
northwestern crow
northwestern crow
Credit: cyndiebransford
peep
peep
Credit: cyndiebransford
northern pintail
northern pintail
Credit: cyndiebransford
whimbrel
whimbrel
Credit: cyndiebransford
It is a beautiful spot with the fireweed in bloom.
Credit: cyndiebransford
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:16am PT
Superb Fairy-wren

Credit: dee ee

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

Credit: dee ee

Black Swan

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:23am PT
Tawny Frogmouth

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:26am PT
Red-browed Finch

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:35am PT
One more....

Rainbow Lorakeet

Credit: dee ee
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Aug 7, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
OZ birds and more! Cool new pics everyone :-)
john hansen

climber
Aug 7, 2013 - 01:41pm PT
dee , are all those pictures lifer's for you?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 7, 2013 - 02:57pm PT
thanks Dee,

the names are almost as cool as the birds. I know nothing about Australian birds, except that they would probably all be lifers (life species as well as life families and even orders).

Will you be around long enough to start seeing northern hemisphere migrants?
Taking a boat to Tasmania (i.e. doing any pelagic birding)?

I liked the Red Wattlebird best, so far. That Eastern Rosella was too gaudy to be real.

Enjoy
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 03:43pm PT
Dee's a big cheater. He 'pre-listed' with that Red-necked Stint he got in
LA a few weeks ago. They winter down under. ;-)

Is there nothing normal in Australia?
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 04:15pm PT
dee ee,

Good job on the Frogmouth. I understand they are quite cryptic. Was it making any sound?

I can't wait to see all these wild birds. They are so different from ours, I don't know where in the filed guide to look. Have you seen any Currawongs yet?
phylp

Trad climber
Millbrae, CA
Aug 7, 2013 - 10:57pm PT
Hi- One of you will surely know what this pretty bird is. Daphne and I saw it up at the base of Crystal Crag. Pretty large, dove grey body and head, about 2/3, with a black tail with 2 white bands:

Credit: phylp


Credit: phylp
john hansen

climber
Aug 7, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
As from the previous page. That is a Clark's nutcracker.

"Sharp bill like a seabird"

The habitat and elevation are right too.
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