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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jun 25, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
We finally made it to the Mono Basin Bird Chautauqua last week after learning the drill for registering just as it opens online. We went on a boat outing on Bridgeport Reservoir which allowed great viewing of the birds on the water and shore. There were 5-6 Bald Eagles, numerous Wilson's Phalaropes in breeding plumage and best-ever views of Common Nighthawks. Our other field trip was centered on Woodpeckers and Burns which resulted in views of Woodpeckers and other cavity nesters at their nests. We returned to a couple of the locations camera in hand.

This Pygmy Nuthatch seemed to working on his squeeze chimney technique.
Credit: Tony

A pair of White-breasted Nuthatches were furiously gleaning insects from the ground and Jeffrey Pine bark and delivering it to their nest which was in a stone base for the Mono Mills sign.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

Their were nests of N Flicker, Lewis Woodpeckers and Williamson's Sapsucker in the same area. The sapsucker seemed to be using a flake of wood as a tool.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

The premier excavators, Black-backed Woodpeckers, had a nest in a recent burn. The mom is delivering a tasty wood-boring beetle larvae to her nestling.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

There were many House Wrens, another cavity nester, in the Aspen at the cabin where we stayed in Hilton Creek.
Credit: Tony

Some Sage Grouse were just off of 395 at Crowley Lake.
Credit: Tony


dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 25, 2013 - 11:08pm PT
Beautiful photos Tony and Bob.

I had a boring birding day with nothing of note at Bolsa Chica. I had my heart set on a Red Knot or....Horned Lark.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 25, 2013 - 11:22pm PT
Cool Tony. When you said Burn I immedietly thought "wonder if he got a Black Backed?"

Love watching nighthawks doing their dives off the 395. If you have time, poorwills, sage thrashers, vesper sparrows and Caspian terns await at Hot Creek.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 26, 2013 - 12:01am PT
Funny stuff Shady and lovely shots Tony.

Really great stuff.

Not a great shot but also saw this Blackheaded Grosbeak this morning on the trail.

Credit: Bob D'A
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Jun 26, 2013 - 01:23am PT
Inspiring, you all. Thanks.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jun 26, 2013 - 02:23am PT
It's the eyes...
It's the eyes...
Credit: Slater

Their eyes just freak me out!
Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Jun 26, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
A couple remarkable photos by the late French photographer Laurent Schwebel:
Credit: Schwebel
Credit: Schwebel
Please forgive me for adding this one:
Credit: Schwebel
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 26, 2013 - 03:54pm PT
^^^^ FAKE! No Gabon Vipers where European Robins live, or vice versa. :-)
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jun 26, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
http://www.naharnet.com/stories/en/88107-japanese-racing-pigeon-flies-across-pacific-to-canada
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Jun 27, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
^^^^ Hurray for the Mono Chautauqua!!!

I was there too, leading trips in Lee Vining and Lundy Canyons. Here's my group on Friday morning getting scope views of a singing Cordilleran Flycatcher (if you buy that split):

Credit: Willoughby

Also, there's a new book in town, and some of you Sierra Nevada types might be interested. It looks like this:

Credit: Willoughby

It's not a field guide, but more of a status, distribution, and life history book. We're hosting a book release / presentation by the authors at my organization's Incline Village office on Thurs. July 11, and then we'll be having a bird walk with them the next morning out of the Mount Rose Trailhead. If you're in the neighborhood, come see a great talk, get your book signed, and buy some of Keith Hansen's amazing art!

More info here.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 27, 2013 - 02:06pm PT
thanks for the heads up on the new book Willoughby. Can't wait to get a copy. Nice to see Keith Hansen's art again and to have that link to the past through Bob Gaines' classic Birds of Yosemite, which Keith also illustrated.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 27, 2013 - 02:46pm PT
Great stuff. Here are few from my morning walk.

American Goldfinches
American Goldfinches
Credit: Bob D'A

"Curly" looking hard for mate.
"Curly" looking hard for mate.
Credit: Bob D'A

Yellow-breasted Chat
Yellow-breasted Chat
Credit: Bob D'A

perswig

climber
Jun 27, 2013 - 05:16pm PT


Dale
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jun 27, 2013 - 10:08pm PT

Dale, that poor hawk is being irradiated. . .
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 27, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
Great cover, Willoughby. Me want. LV canyon can be really birdy. Empids are always tough calls for me. Still don't have the Cordilleran but Pac slopes rule the roost in my woods.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 27, 2013 - 11:36pm PT
Dinky Creek tomorrow......hoping for the best!


My little sister Kathy got two lifers up Trabuco the other day. Here they are.


Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Pretty sweet.
10b4me

climber
Jun 28, 2013 - 02:52pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#308767
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 28, 2013 - 02:53pm PT
A. Kestrel??
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jun 28, 2013 - 02:55pm PT
Scrub Jay update - a budding family of 3 fledged chicks and parents are visiting the feeder daily. I never tire of watching their antics.

One of the kids dive bombing a squirrel, very cool.

All of them calling 'cat!' when the cats are about.

The flash of blue as they zoom into and out of view.

The way they jump and then fall off a perch, before finally opening their wings while in free fall.

Their brilliant black beaks and eyes.

Watching them cache and re-cache seeds.

Watched one of them eat a plum the other morning, peck out and discard the stem and then cache the nut in the grass at the edge of the patio.

I love those birds :-)

DMT
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jun 29, 2013 - 12:09am PT
I caught this Dowitcher bathing the other day on the Kenai Flats. I really enjoyed watching....
getting wet
getting wet
Credit: cyndiebransford
shaking
shaking
Credit: cyndiebransford
splashing
splashing
Credit: cyndiebransford
all done
all done
Credit: cyndiebransford
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