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little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 16, 2013 - 04:43pm PT
oops! don't want to start anything. I know a lot of folks come to this thread to get away from the Taco rat race, so, with that in mind, here's a beautiful bird to mellow us all out

Brown Noddy, Cocos Island &#40;Costa Rica&#41;, photo by Jason Horn
Brown Noddy, Cocos Island (Costa Rica), photo by Jason Horn
Credit: little Z

EDIT: someone deleted a previous post that would have put my comments in context. whatever, bring on the birds.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Jun 16, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Credit: mouse from merced
Brown noddy followed by the female redwing blackbird, who is more cooperative than the male.
Credit: mouse from merced
Two evenings in a row at dusk on the Merced River near the El Portal Store, and this is the best I could do.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 16, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
Here ya go, Crimpie, two more Bulbuls for ya...

Credit: Reilly

Pretty lousy but it was tough shootin' and I didn't want to intrude too much.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jun 16, 2013 - 10:06pm PT

Taking terns...

Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

Happy Father's Day
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 17, 2013 - 09:08am PT
Nice shooting everyone...great stuff.

Walden Ponds
Walden Ponds
Credit: Bob D'A

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Credit: Bob D'A

Bullock's Oriole
Bullock's Oriole
Credit: Bob D'A

American Goldfinch
American Goldfinch
Credit: Bob D'A



10b4me

Social climber
Jun 17, 2013 - 12:35pm PT
fyi,
http://www.tucsonaudubon.org/what-we-do/festival.html

I think I will attend this as I will be there in August.
QITNL

climber
Jun 17, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
Finally saw a bird that isn't a rosy finch. So what species is this?

Credit: QITNL

Credit: QITNL
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 17, 2013 - 10:39pm PT
QITNL, The Bird Thread has different standards than the rest of ST.
We don't cotton to trolls, let alone suffer them.

























It's a Clark's Nutcracker ;-)
QITNL

climber
Jun 17, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Sorry, I just got back from wandering around in the mountains so I might be sarcastically challenged at the moment. It usually takes me a few days to understand anything my brother says. Maybe this bird is really common or something, you're gonna have to spell it out for me. Or maybe you are just pulling my leg.

Yep, Clark's Nutcracker, that's what it sounded like:
http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/ref/collection/wss/id/1286

Thanks!
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jun 18, 2013 - 06:24am PT
Clarks's Nutcrackers are some cool birds, part of the Jay family.

DMT
eKat

Mountain climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jun 18, 2013 - 06:47am PT
The Clark's Nutcracker (a corvid, a member of the crow family) blows my mind.

The symbiotic relationship they have with their habitat's trees is flat out remarkable. I won't attempt to explain it, here. . . but if you're interested, pull a GOOG (rhymes with spooge) on it. . . and stand in awe.

:-)
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 18, 2013 - 07:41am PT
many moons ago, when I worked at a raptor banding station in the Goshute Mnts in NE Nevada, Clark's Nutcrackers would occasionally blunder into the mist nets that were set up to catch hawks. Their bills, faces and feet were so covered in pine pitch that they would literally "stick" to the nets. And boy did they let out some ear-splitting calls when you had them in the hand, and they would hammer on your fingers like a woodpecker. very cool birds
10b4me

Social climber
Jun 18, 2013 - 08:17am PT
Clark's Nutcrackers, and Mountain Chickadees are my favorite mountain singers.
Timid TopRope

Social climber
'used to be Paradise, CA
Jun 18, 2013 - 10:28am PT
Sorry if this sounds like I'm being a jerk and don't want ruffle anyone's feathers but some of you need to buy an updated bird book and learn which birds are most likely found in the habitats you frequent. Learning something is more satisfying than being told something.

While I'm on my soapbox I wish to convey my conflicted feelings regarding bird apps. Particularly when songs are played during nesting season they may be scaring some potential suitors away due to thinking a rival is laying claim to their spot.

Consider using them as an aid to help memorize songs and use your memory skills to learn the nuances of different songs and calls. Careful observations of call note (ie, the various chips of warbler species), personal mnemonic devices, etc. may take many years to master but will make you a better birder in the long run.

OK, done with rant. BTW, this thread sees a lot more action and has better photos than my local Audubon and Google Groups sites.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 18, 2013 - 01:54pm PT
Sunday (father's day) I went on a mega Big Bear area birding epic with the San Bernardino Valley Audubon led by Brad Singer. You may know Brad from his excellent climbers guide to the San Berdoo range. He is also one of So Cals leading birders.
He took us to 4 hot spots and we saw a plethora of montane and desert species. I think I got 4 lifers as well as seeing virtually all the species I planned on seeing at Dinky Creek when we go there in 2 weeks.
Here are a couple of pics. I was a little weak on the photography.

Red Crossbill- shows the crossbill
Credit: dee ee

Red Crossbill- shows the red
Credit: dee ee

Western Wood Pewee
Credit: dee ee

Golden-crowned Kinglet- I couldn't get a shot with the crown flaring although we saw 6 of these beautiful birds.

Credit: dee ee

Scott's Oriole- I couldn't get a pic of a perfect male but I got this female
Credit: dee ee

We saw this interesting fungus also. I don't think I've seen one of these before.
Credit: dee ee

Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 18, 2013 - 02:11pm PT
Dee, you missed the Red-faced Warbler up there? For shame! ;-)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 18, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Reilly, we were at Arrastre Creek and Brad got a frenzied call about the Red-faced and we left immediately. Well, as fast as 18 birders can leave anywhere. When we got to the Bluff Lake area, where the Warbler was, there were several hot birders there looking, including Tom Benson. No one else got it after the original pair, Steve Sosenski (?) and...?
That Bluff Lake is a great area though.


Yesterday I went up Trabuco to the Horsetheif trail after work looking for Olive-sided Flycatchers and Canyon Wrens. No luck. I'm having trouble advancing my county year list.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee
QITNL

climber
Jun 18, 2013 - 02:18pm PT
Thanks for the tip, eKat - very interesting. I hear you Timid, no feathers ruffled, I'm not a birder, just come across plants and rocks and birds and things in the mountains. This thread is a symbiotic relationship between birds and climbing. I definitely appreciate the background!
craig mo

Trad climber
L.A. Ca.
Jun 18, 2013 - 03:27pm PT
Red crested cardinal
Red crested cardinal
Credit: craig mo
Kauai
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jun 18, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
Craig, did you see that bird in Hawaii?
I hear they are all over.
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