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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 13, 2013 - 11:38pm PT
I had an incredible birding day today. My mother in law Sharon and I went on the Sea and Sage pelagic trip and I scored at least 3 lifers, Blue-footed Booby, Parasitic Jaeger and Black Storm-petrel. I need to review the final and undisputed list, maybe got 2 more. Sharon scored maybe 9 or 10 lifers, her first pelagic.

While we were out we got the alarm call that a Yellow-billed Cuckoo was seen at San Joaquin (ultra rare for the OC). The hotties were very excited and many of them (and I) declared we would go there right after the pelagic docked.

I took Sharon home and sped to the SJWS.

When I arrived and hiked out to the target area most all of the OC's best birders were in attendance and spred all over combing the area.
The bird had not been relocated.

After hiking all over the place I decided to give up and headed back to the car.

I was almost back when I saw several of the hotties hiking towards me from 100 yards away. I could see Tom B. was on the phone.
Suddenly he hung up and they franticly gestured to me to go back and started running! Someone had seen the bird.

We ran back to the target area where we found they (including Jon Dunn, Nat. Geo. guide editor)had just seen it fly into an area of trees. Once again we all spred out to search and in the meantime the fellow that had initially seen the bird (several hours earlier) showed up.

I followed him and suddenly the Cuckoo landed just above us. He yelled and it flew again.

I had about a 3 second look. It was just enough to confirm ID but was not really a satisfying look, but, it was enough for the check off.

I left feeling guilty that I had seen it and several of the really good birders hadn't.

I am not worthy!


ps. We also saw a Bobcat!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 14, 2013 - 12:14am PT
Indigos are just beautiful!

Bummer, I hate those 3 second looks!

These are from an Eastern Sierra trip last week. A great birding trip.

Mono Lake.
Mono Lake.
Credit: Slater

The Little Dipper.
The Little Dipper.
Credit: Slater

Sage Grouse, Bodie CA.
Sage Grouse, Bodie CA.
Credit: Slater

Mountain Bluebird, Bodie Ca.
Mountain Bluebird, Bodie Ca.
Credit: Slater

Black-billed Magpie near Bridgeport, CA.
Black-billed Magpie near Bridgeport, CA.
Credit: Slater

matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:28am PT
Sounds like a prime day out Dave! My rules are a bit different. I only check off once I have a photo I can identify the bird from. I started and continue that way because I didn't know left from right about birds so a 3 second look at a new bird tells me nothing, I need to comb the book and can never just remember what I saw =)

The may flies (fish flies) just finished their breeding here. The gulls really go crazy. They will land in pine trees and wildly flap thei wings jumping up and down to shake the flies out of the tree then take off and circle the tree eating the bugs as they fly about.

I have also seen some mother loons and mergansers swimming about with babies on their backs...very cool and not something I see too often up here despite having lots of loons about and I had never see a merganser do it before!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 14, 2013 - 12:19pm PT
Matty, where do you live again?


Here is one of the Hooded Orioles that live in our yard.

Credit: dee ee

I saw this Cal Thrasher while we were hunting the Cuckoo.

Credit: dee ee
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 14, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
Great stuff Slater and Dee...got greeted by this pretty boy on my walk this AM.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
matty

Trad climber
under the sea
Jul 14, 2013 - 01:28pm PT
Dave- I live in Santa Clarita currently (just north of LA) but I grew up in Ann Arbor Michigan and my parents have a summer cabin in Ontario on the north shore of Lake Huron. I'm at the cabin now ... my annual summer pilgrimage =)
10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 14, 2013 - 07:00pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#310901
photo not found
Missing photo ID#310900
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Missing photo ID#310899
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 14, 2013 - 08:22pm PT
Matty, I was confused since your post didn't make it sound like Santa Clarita!

Hey y'all I think I've got a Wood Duck here but a little unusual?

Credit: dee ee
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 14, 2013 - 09:05pm PT
Dee, it looks a fairly typical adult male eclipse plumage IMHO.

Thanks for yer email a few weeks ago. Have a great trip Down Under!
I'm off to check up on Matty and the UP boids Friday - Connecticut Warblers - Woo Hoo!
I've also some Laughing and Little Gulls lined up as regulars in Sheboygan!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 14, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
Bob, nice singing shots! Very nice.

SAGE THRASHER
SAGE THRASHER
Credit: Slater

This was taken with a point and shoot out of a car window on the drive in to Bodie. STOKED! New lifer for me!

21 days until SE AZ!!!!!!!!!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 14, 2013 - 11:05pm PT
Slater, yer gonna...






































ROAST!!!!!!!!!!!!!

As well as have a blast. :-)
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 15, 2013 - 02:05am PT
Peak season for diversity baby!
Every seasoned birder knows that!
Bird early, bird low...
then hit the mountains! Should be very comfortable way up there.

I've been practicing by going to Carizzo Plain in the summer and just buttering up and laying in the desert with steak on my stomach so I can attract that Caracara!

Probably get on some Mt. Lemon rock too!

White-headed Woodpecker, Pinecrest Lake, CA.
White-headed Woodpecker, Pinecrest Lake, CA.
Credit: Slater
10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 15, 2013 - 02:24pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#311064
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 15, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
Those Magpies are really pretty. Here is my contribution for the day, cool find on Youtube.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 15, 2013 - 06:29pm PT
Claud, love the hummingbird vid!
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jul 15, 2013 - 06:39pm PT
Hummers are so cool. We had one checking out our new flowers in the yard last night. Love 'em!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:09am PT
Credit: Slater

hOw's THAT for a tongue!?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:11am PT
A couple from my bouldering session this afternoon on Flagstaff near Boulder.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:11am PT
Credit: Slater
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 16, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Great photos Slater, really pretty.
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