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BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jun 11, 2013 - 10:46pm PT
Now, a bump for birds of blue...
Blue Grosbeak - I've seen 2 pair of these guys in South Boulder in rec...
Blue Grosbeak - I've seen 2 pair of these guys in South Boulder in recent weeks :-)
Credit: BrassNuts
Indigo Bunting singin away
Indigo Bunting singin away
Credit: BrassNuts
Lazuli Bunting
Lazuli Bunting
Credit: BrassNuts
Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher takin a break from catching morning gnats
Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher takin a break from catching morning gnats
Credit: BrassNuts
Blue Grosbeak comes down to the wire..
Blue Grosbeak comes down to the wire..
Credit: BrassNuts
Mr. Lazuli strikes a different pose
Mr. Lazuli strikes a different pose
Credit: BrassNuts
Indigo Bunting displaying his slightly curled feather tips while singi...
Indigo Bunting displaying his slightly curled feather tips while singing
Credit: BrassNuts
Another Blue Grosbeak shot - why not eh?
Another Blue Grosbeak shot - why not eh?
Credit: BrassNuts
Signing off for now... Bird away fellow Tacos!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 11, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Aren't those curly feathers on Curly cool? It was not at all windy - that is just the way his feather are! Gorgeous.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:28am PT
Tony, the Orange Bishop colony is in the Santa Ana River bed just east of the Adams St. bridge in Huntington Beach.
The first time I went I saw one male 100 yds from the bridge. The second time there were two in the same area.
They're pretty hard to miss if they are about!

Today I went on a search for a Grasshopper Sparrow. It was late though, 7pm. No luck but a guy (Dwight Mudry?)who saw them there yesterday (at 12:20) posted the EXACT location on e-bird. He is doing a big year and is at 405 total and 241 for the county. I am trailing him with 232 (for county). I shall return!
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:48am PT
Curly is gorgeous, and a crooner too! A blues singer?

Fine stuff Brass Nuts.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:55am PT
I think Curly is Liberace's nephew, right? You done well by him, very well.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 12, 2013 - 07:56am PT
That is the absolute truth! Curly is easy to find because he never stops singing! Lucky us!
Tobia

Social climber
Denial
Jun 12, 2013 - 10:45am PT
I'm a lousy camera operator, especially in comparison to some of the magnificent pictures posted.

I have seen indigo buntings and summer tanagers in previous years; but none this year so far. I have a annually returning northern harrier; which is rare in these parts. I have seen him several times this year riding the thermals.

I have had a colony of purple martins for 18+ years, up until the past few years. I am not sure what stopped them from summering here; neighboring sites are still populated. I know owls are their chief predator; but I have some red tailed hawks that have taken up long term residency. Could that be a factor? Blue Birds have taken up residents in the martin gourds and houses.

One of two martin habitats I have:

Purple martin habitat with plastic decoy that I employed to attract bi...
Purple martin habitat with plastic decoy that I employed to attract birds this year.
Credit: Tobia
McCfly

climber
Jun 12, 2013 - 10:49am PT
Other than the Squamish thread i would say this is a clear runner up for second best thread on the Taco and i am not even a birder..
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 12, 2013 - 11:11am PT
Agreed McFly. A fantastic thread. :)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 12, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Great shooting Dave, (Brass Nuts) really beautiful.


A few from my morning walk.

Young Northern Flicker.
Young Northern Flicker.
Credit: Bob D'A

Hairy Woodpecker.
Hairy Woodpecker.
Credit: Bob D'A

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Credit: Bob D'A

Spotted Towhee
Spotted Towhee
Credit: Bob D'A

And the Flatirons look quite pretty this AM.

Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 11:54am PT
Love the Flicker, Bob! The Flatirons is nice, too. And it looks a Downy to me. ;-) (bill length)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 12, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
nice blue stuff Brass! The curly seems to have some very used up breeding plumage.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:20pm PT
Crimper Girl.....
...he never stops singing! Lucky us.
Poor Curly, singing his heart out, trying to find a mate.
Keep right on singing Curly, we're rooting for ya!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 12, 2013 - 01:32pm PT
hey old birders, do you remember when Indigo and Lazuli Buntings were merged into the same species (along the lines of Baltimore / Bullock's Oriole combined to form Northern Oriole)? If old Curly keeps singing up a storm he's liable to spark himself a Lazuli gal.

from Wikipedia:

"The Indigo Bunting is closely related to the Lazuli Bunting and interbreeds with the species where their ranges overlap, in the Great Plains.[8] They were declared to form a superspecies by the American Ornithologists' Union in 1983.[9] However, according to sequencing of the mitochondrial cytochrome-b gene of members of the genus Passerina, it was determined that the Indigo Bunting and Lazuli Bunting are not, in fact, sister taxa."
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jun 12, 2013 - 02:12pm PT
dee ee,

Thanks for the info. I'll map it for Yvonne.

Wow!Only 1/2 way through the year and 232 OC birds. My one county big year (Alameda) only netted me 212. Maybe 300?
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 12, 2013 - 02:19pm PT
Thanks little Z, that makes me feel a lot better about Curly's situation.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 12, 2013 - 05:39pm PT
In 2009, there was a Lazuli x Indigo hybrid in the same area (across the street at the Doudy Draw trailhead) where Curly now resides (he lives just over the bridge, on the left, at the South Mesa Trailhead). I didn't see the bird, but read about the confirmed sighting. That gives me more hope too!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 12, 2013 - 05:42pm PT
i think Curly is just getting ready for a good molt. :-) He be okeedokkee im sure. FANTASTIC PICS everyone. Love this thread..Thank you.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 12, 2013 - 09:19pm PT
Love Tobia's photo of the Martin nests. Really peaceful.

Good thing you got that photo of the flatirons this morning Bob- Everything is choked in smoke now. Brutal outside.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 13, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
Gregory - RIP

So I go out to pick up the paper at the end of the driveway this morning
and as I bend over I see a couple of small grey clumps wafting across the
concrete. At first they look like fur but then I realize they are clumps
of down. Hmmmm...I look upwind but see nothing. I walk back towards the
front door about 35' away and then I see more floating down from above.
I look up into the Chinese Elm and see the perp. Ms Cooper is not pleased about
both being spotted and interrupted and let's me know about it as she flies
off to a more secluded repast site.

I say mockingbird.

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