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eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 18, 2013 - 05:33pm PT
Hey, Chewy. . . I found it on PBS:

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/an-original-duckumentary/full-episode/8068/

THANKS!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jul 18, 2013 - 05:35pm PT
LOVELY 10b4me! I love Jays!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jul 18, 2013 - 07:38pm PT
Well. . . I'm gonna look at my most abundant neighbors a little differently from this day forward!

http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/episodes/my-life-as-a-turkey/full-episode/7378/

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Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jul 19, 2013 - 02:39am PT
Nice pics everyone. Dee ee, we are heading down under, but about two months after you.

I'm finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for our SF Bay Osprey nesting census, so I can do some other birding.

Here is one of the freshly minted fledglings.
Credit: Tony

Here they were a month earlier.
Credit: Tony

Four weeks earlier, in the "reptilian"stage.
Credit: Tony

It's amazing how quickly they become independent.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:57am PT
Very nice as usual. Reilly that bird appears to be swilling Busch beer!

10b4me, THANKS for the scrub jay pic. The fledglings in my back yard have now mostly moved on it seems, the 'big family' not showing up in mass every morning (freaking the cats out).

Anyway, as these things work a very minor sighting (no pic) yesterday evening sparked my intent to post this morning.

I'm in New Jersey, very (VERY) near my birthplace. After work yesterday I got out of my car, at dusk, to make my way back to the hotel after some nice sushi (mmmm, sushi). Up in a tree, silent and un-threatened, perched a blue jay.

It didn't sing out in that clear (some think it harsh, I do not), distinctive call.

Anyway, due to me being emo in nature and given I am currently sitting 5 miles from the hospital in which I was born, as well as other influences, I have been thinking a lot about my childhood in n.w. New Jersey countryside. Lived in a little country boy paradise I did. Learned to hunt, fish, frog gig, climb trees, camp out, throw snowballs and p[lay baseball (High Bridge). I'd not forgotten but had not experienced summertime New Jersey beauty in along time.

So.... when I saw the blue jay in the tree the context of it all was poignant. I smiled at the jay, it winked in my general direction and watched me as I walked on into the hotel with a refreshed spring in my step.

50+ year circles, a couple of million miles (seriously) under my heels... and blue jays. Me mum loved song birds. She always kept feeders and always had a birder book ready at hand. She gifted me her love of birds. Aw, now there I go... getting all misty-eyed....

DMT
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 19, 2013 - 11:00am PT
Nice looking Swainson's on the hike this AM.

Great shots from everyone.

Credit: Bob D'A
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 19, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
REilly... you ain't the only one getting rare birds...

#299 ladies and gentleman!
#299 ladies and gentleman!
Credit: Slater

Crested Caracara 15 miles north of PISMO BEACH!
That's right... not Texas or New Mexico or Arizona...

Oh yeah!
(crappy pic but this sucker has been elusive! and I got it!)

Tom
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077@N02/
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 19, 2013 - 04:24pm PT
Nice "catch" Slater...they are very handsome birds.

Here is a little one I got after climbing in Boulder Canyon today.

Pygmy Nuthatch
Pygmy Nuthatch
Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 19, 2013 - 04:45pm PT
Reilly, I'll see your Red-necked Stint and raise you one (Red-necked Stint)! WHEE-HOO!
Credit: dee ee


Nice shots everyone and story DMT!


Crested Caracara! Holy crap, I'm ready to jump in the car (almost).

Tony, that's awesome. We are REALLY getting excited....Australia only 2 weeks away.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:04pm PT
mystery bird... anyone?

My guess is juvenile green-tailed towhee...

click and zoom in and give me  your best shot
click and zoom in and give me your best shot
Credit: Slater

seen at 5,000' elevation in Sierra
john hansen

climber
Jul 19, 2013 - 07:12pm PT
Perhaps a brown headed cowbird?

The striping on the chest does not seem right for a GTT

Or perhaps a juev spotted towhee?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 19, 2013 - 10:51pm PT
Slater, dude, if you can't tell, well........good luck.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 19, 2013 - 11:40pm PT
Way to score Slater and Dee!

I'll raise y'all aWood Thrush! Oh, okay, so I'm at Indiana Dunes. You gotta problem with that?
But, whoa, this humidity! Tomorrow, Yellow-throated and Prothonotary warblers!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 20, 2013 - 11:46am PT
No rare birds for me lately but did get to see "curly" or one of his off-springs this AM.

Credit: Bob D'A

Also saw this Redtail and he was munching on something?

Credit: Bob D'A
Captain...or Skully

climber
Jul 20, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
Credit: Captain...or Skully
A pair of Shovelers.....
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 20, 2013 - 01:50pm PT
my bird story....


and a lovebird land on my back deck yesterday. I opened the back door and she came in side.

hoping the owners find my CL listing.

She's sweet.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 20, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
She's sweet.

until she starts screeching
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 20, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
yeah... there's that. as soon as the sun came up. she's hanging out in my bedroom window.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 20, 2013 - 07:57pm PT
I went over to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc. today. I'm still trying to draw the Least Bitterns out, damn it!
I worked their area for awhile and struck out. Then I launched out for a big loop. I ended coming back for another LB try at Pond B. No luck.
I saw a guy with binos and camera and we exchanged the usual birder's greetings.
"Seen anything good?"
He said, "Yes there is a Clapper Rail right over there."
I said, "wow, I've never seen one here."
As we headed over he said "it's real small."
I'm thinking, hmmmm? I've seen the one at Bolsa Chica many times and it is a fairly big bird, around 15".
We get over there and it's right out in the open. It's way too small (it's 8" or so)to be a CR and it's right in the area where the Virginia Rail was last year.
I broke out the book and confirmed the ID, gray cheek.

Virginia Rail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc.
Virginia Rail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc.
Credit: dee ee

10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 20, 2013 - 08:27pm PT
Dave, I was at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife area today. We saw not one, but four Least Bitterns. Also, black phoebes, song sparrows, a lark sparrow, pied bill grebe, double breasted cormorants, Coopers Hawk. A whole bunch of other birds.
No pics, camera battery was dead, doh!
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