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mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Sep 14, 2013 - 12:47am PT
bob, I'm "Green with envy" over that hero shot.

Nize very nize.

I had a joy ride out near UCM this morning while waiting in the doctor's office. Beats reading mags and being bored for an hour.
It's the same heron that I saw on a Sunday drive weeks back.  I tried ...
It's the same heron that I saw on a Sunday drive weeks back. I tried a very cautious open-field approach. This was more or less a snap shot. It's blurred.
Credit: mouse from merced
I wasn't expecting this fellow, like hell I wasn't.  I knew he was whe...
I wasn't expecting this fellow, like hell I wasn't. I knew he was where I could get to him. I's seen him fly into the ditch in the first pic. I had the camera tuned to the "Sports" channel.
Credit: mouse from merced
He was joined immediately by his matey.  They went into a tree.  I mea...
He was joined immediately by his matey. They went into a tree. I mean a Large Woody Object.
Credit: mouse from merced
There he sat and the other on the opposite side.  I left right away, p...
There he sat and the other on the opposite side. I left right away, practicing a catch-and-release ethic. Get the shot, then leave 'em be for the day.
Credit: mouse from merced
TT said it was a heron last time we looked at it.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Sep 14, 2013 - 11:10am PT
Mouse. Heron is a generic term. We have many species in California. Just to play it safe you should call it a large feathered object.
john hansen

climber
Sep 15, 2013 - 12:33am PT
TT, just got the Sibley for my I pad. You are right,, hummer's are very hard, that's why I was asking for help.

This one does seem to have the white at the eye,, but with hummer's who knows.

Credit: john hansen
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 15, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
This Young Swainson's Hawk let me get really close before flying...maybe waterlogged from the recent rains here in the Boulder area or just resting before his big flight south.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 15, 2013 - 10:14pm PT
I haven't seen the male Pin-tailed Wydah since last year but yesterday there he was in all his glory. Huntington Beach Central Park.

Credit: dee ee

ps. Yesterday I was looking for Olive-sided Flycatcher and earlier Pacific Golden Plover, dipped on both. Today looking for Virginia's Warbler (Laguna Niguel)dipped on that BUT, found Tennessee Warbler (first this year. I was glad local expert Robert McNab saw it also. They would never have believed me.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Sep 15, 2013 - 10:48pm PT
did someone say olive-sided flycatcher? they're already down here in Costa Rica, at least a few of them are...

whip-three-beers
whip-three-beers
Credit: little Z

also saw this odd couple, a Lesser Yellow-headed Vulture and a Crested Caracara sharing a perch out in a rice field.

two chums having a chat "I had a lovely dead snake for breakfast, how ...
two chums having a chat "I had a lovely dead snake for breakfast, how about you?"
Credit: little Z
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Sep 16, 2013 - 12:51am PT
Credit: craig mo
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Sep 16, 2013 - 12:59am PT
Blue-footed Booby, San Luis Obispo County, CA. Morro Bay - south jetty...
Blue-footed Booby, San Luis Obispo County, CA. Morro Bay - south jetty. 9-15-2013
Credit: Slater

I like Boobys!

First county record since 1969.
Saw it today on our Pelagic.

Boobys are being seen in almost every California coastal county.

Amazing!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 16, 2013 - 01:50am PT
Slater,

Yes, they have been seen all over California, including Mono Lake. Also Arizona and NM!One was seen was seen at Pt. Reyes last week.

Slater, where was your pelagic?

We went out of Half Moon Bay last weekend. The best bird was a Great Shearwater, only the 10th CA record. I was lucky enough to be in just the right spot as it did a flyby. I managed these photos.
Credit: Tony

Credit: Tony
It looked like a different bird than the one seen last month.

We saw all the Jaegers and some South Polar Skuas.
Pomarine Jaeger <br/>
Half Moon Bay
Pomarine Jaeger
Half Moon Bay
Credit: Tony

Red and Red-necked Phalaropes are still around.
Credit: Tony

Here they cooperated for a good comparison
Credit: Tony

Sabine's Gulls are always striking.
Credit: Tony

At least one (not so) Common Tern made an appearance.
Credit: Tony

The post-breeding Elegant Terns are out in force.
Credit: Tony

The juveniles were making quite a racket.
Credit: Tony

Numerous Surfbirds had shown up on the breakwater.
Credit: Tony
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 16, 2013 - 05:50pm PT
Managed to pick up a nice Red Phalarope last week. Much better than my previous Tahoe sightings, which were waaaaaaay out in the lake. This thing practically swam right up to me.

Credit: Willoughby

Always love seeing pelagics at Tahoe, and this is definitely the season! We're having some wind here right now, so I'm expecting to find some more interesting stuff on the lake over the next two days. The way things are going in the south, I have my fingers crossed for Blue-footed Booby.

I'm not much for ABA rules, but this is pretty damn funny:

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 16, 2013 - 07:03pm PT


oh god Willoughby, that was funnier than the Horay Redpoll in Colorado one!

Spectacular photo of the Great Shearwater, Tony. Were the Elegant Terns on the breakwater?

Boobies and Phalaropes are cool.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Sep 16, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
had a memorable day today. Not every day that I can get a lifer here in Costa Rica, but today I added number 838 to my CR list. Also turns out to be a new species for the country and for North America, and I was the first to report it! Que guava!

Meet the Maguari Stork.

Maguari Stork &#40;Ciconia maguari&#41; Sept 16, Chomes shrimp farm on...
Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari) Sept 16, Chomes shrimp farm on the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica.
Credit: little Z

It is native to South American wetlands, the closest population is in Venezuela or Colombia. In size it is bigger than a Wood Stork but smaller than a Jabiru.

You never know what you're going to see when you pick up the old binos and head out the door!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Sep 16, 2013 - 08:01pm PT
Black-legged Albatross.
Black-legged Albatross.
Credit: Slater

He's going for the chicken (bottom right of photo) that one guy threw off the back of the boat. Those things are big! 84" wingspans!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 16, 2013 - 09:24pm PT
Yes Willoughby. That Hitler re-dub is hilarious. Definitely a step up from the Hoary Redpoll. What other pelagic birds have you seen at Tahoe?

Slater, Did you go out from Morro Bay? I trust there was no bone with the chicken. The BF Albatrosses are big, but just wait until you see a Wandering or Royal Albatross.

There were many Elegant Terns on the breakwater, but they also were all around on our way out to deep water.

[Edit] Oh, I see. Morro Bay.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 17, 2013 - 12:31am PT
Oh god, even Hitler is a twitcher!!!

Nutmeg freakin' Mannikin!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 17, 2013 - 12:36pm PT


Vey cool and impressive Little-Z.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 18, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Yes, little Z, that's RAD. Congrats!!



Birds? Not.

Credit: dee ee
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 18, 2013 - 02:15am PT
Couple of adult Sabine's Gulls off Tahoe City today. Sadly no jaegers, and surprisingly, no "commic" terns. Not surprisingly, no boobies.

Sweet find LittleZ!

Tony, I'm jealous of that shearwater!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 18, 2013 - 10:58pm PT
Yes, Great find little z. Is it migratory and overshot, or just random wandering?

The Great Shearwater was exciting. It doesn't seem like your too deprived, though. LT Ducks near your kayak. I've never seen a Sabine's Gull or Jaeger inland. That must pretty cool. Actually, the Red Phalarope may be about as rare, no?

I tried for the BF Boobies in SF today, but to no avail. One was seen at the Farallons and another at Ano Nuevo. This seems to be a widespread phenomenon. I think all of the previous records have been at Salton Sea or elsewhere in Southern California.

[edit] Oh yeah, I did see a likely Arctic Tern, but not well enough to be sure.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 20, 2013 - 12:33am PT
Great shots Tony...here are a few from my trip to Taos.

Canyon Wren
Canyon Wren
Credit: Bob D'A

Townsend's Solitaire
Townsend's Solitaire
Credit: Bob D'A
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