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little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:40pm PT
Lesser Sand Plover (male in breeding plumage, no less)? What are you waiting for? might be a once in a lifetime chance to get that sp on your list. Not like there is going to be one always out there waiting for you. Grab the bins and haul ass.
john hansen

climber
Jul 23, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
Ok ,,, fooled again.

Started looking up Lesser sand plover and posting stuff here, but after looking some more , I guess that is a Killdeer. Maybe a weird angle where you don't see the front too well.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 23, 2013 - 10:25pm PT
Advice noted and hoping the bird is still there on Thurs.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 23, 2013 - 11:52pm PT
Credit: Slater

Digiscoped from about 1/2 mile away...

Wil E. Coyote
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 23, 2013 - 11:53pm PT
A few from my bouldering/birding session today. Best of both worlds.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 24, 2013 - 10:49pm PT
A little help!
Adult Golden eagle and fledge.
????????? OR ?????????
Sibling Bald eagle fledges.

The larger one on the right had fine flight skills, while the smaller on on the left flew like it was it's second solo. Based only on beak size my guess is Bald.
Eagles, Bitterroot mts, Mt.
Eagles, Bitterroot mts, Mt.
Credit: shady
These next few may help with an ID.
Eagles, Bitterroot Mts.,Mt.
Eagles, Bitterroot Mts.,Mt.
Credit: shady
Credit: shady
Credit: shady
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 24, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
Nice photos Shady.

I'm going with young Bald Eagles as the underwings are very marbled. I think that Goldens are not as marbled - especially closer to the front of the wings.

Of course, I hope better birders step in and offer their thoughts. Beautiful birds regardless!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 24, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
Nice eagles!


I had these 3 sitting within 5 feet of each other yesterday while looking for Least Bitterns. I've been hearing about the "baby" Green Heron for a couple of days. The adults were nearby.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 24, 2013 - 11:31pm PT
These guys were from the day before yesterday.

The Osprey startled me as it flew about 10 feet overhead and then landed on the perch. The fish was still flapping as he flew over,

Credit: dee ee

The Clark's family of 5. I waited for them to come closer but they never did.

Credit: dee ee

A different GBH.

Credit: dee ee
McHale's Navy

Trad climber
From Panorama City, CA
Jul 25, 2013 - 12:41am PT
Credit: McHale's Navy
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 25, 2013 - 12:58am PT
Parting shot.
Parting shot.
Credit: shady
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jul 25, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
Anybody recognize this bird?

From North Pole webcam 2 on July 22, currently at about 87N, sitting in a melt pond and drifting toward Fram Strait.

Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 25, 2013 - 06:41pm PT
Bank Swallows?
Bank Swallows?
Credit: Slater

ARE THESE BANK SWALLOWS?
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.
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