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Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jun 22, 2013 - 07:27am PT
Harlequin Ducks in Southern California?

Sure, we got those! Although we're technically central coast... Cayucos-

Harlequin Duck, Estero Bluffs Cayucos, CA.
Harlequin Duck, Estero Bluffs Cayucos, CA.
Credit: Slater

Harlequin pinned down by an Osprey.
Harlequin pinned down by an Osprey.
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

I looked at the AZ temps for June... didn't go under 100 all month! Yikes!
Less than two months until departure! Mt. Lemmon and SE AZ... can't wait!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 23, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
Jake and I blasted up to Bonelli Park for the Arctic Loon this morning for an easy lifer.

Credit: dee ee

2 days ago I went to Bolsa Chica looking for the Common Loon. Found it but it took a few hours.
This Forster's was hanging on the bridge. He/she seemed under the weather.

Credit: dee ee

I had trouble with the id on this Black-bellied Plover.

Credit: dee ee
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 23, 2013 - 01:14pm PT
I am mystified as to why the BBPL is still in spring colors. Of course he is horribly lost so maybe he has other issues that have influenced his plumage cycle.
10b4me

Social climber
Jun 23, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
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Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 24, 2013 - 05:51am PT
Back from being unplugged almost two weeks at the City of Rocks. While being totally unplugged (no phone/no internet) was dreamy, I did miss this thread.

Nice to get back and see so many awesome photos!

Here's a question for you Taco old-timers (like Crimpy), evertime I call up the bird thread there's that blurry photo of the male Lark Bunting on the very first post by Quartziteflight. So, what ever happened to Quartziteflight? looks like he/she dropped out around 2010.

Little Z - I've been wondering the same thing. Quartziteflight started what many believe is one of the best threads here and now he/she is gone. A big loss. I'll send an email and see if I can find out. Hoping he/she lurks and will return.
Chiloe

Trad climber
Lee, NH
Jun 24, 2013 - 06:16am PT
An update on our Ovenbird family, in case anyone wondered ... the 4 chicks seem to have successfully fledged. Their nest is empty now, but still undisturbed. Sometimes I can hear but not see them, up in the trees.



quartziteflight

climber
Who knows?
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2013 - 07:53am PT
Back from being unplugged almost two weeks at the City of Rocks. While being totally unplugged (no phone/no internet) was dreamy, I did miss this thread.

Nice to get back and see so many awesome photos!

Here's a question for you Taco old-timers (like Crimpy), evertime I call up the bird thread there's that blurry photo of the male Lark Bunting on the very first post by Quartziteflight. So, what ever happened to Quartziteflight? looks like he/she dropped out around 2010.

Little Z - I've been wondering the same thing. Quartziteflight started what many believe is one of the best threads here and now he/she is gone. A big loss. I'll send an email and see if I can find out. Hoping he/she lurks and will return.

Hi everyone! Great birds and I'm glad to see the thread is still alive and vibrant. I still bird almost daily and won a birding competition a while back. I'm hoping to get back into wildlife photography in the near future.

I still boulder on occasion. I have some chronic shoulder and back problems that prevent me from doing much route climbing.

Take care!

quartziteflight

climber
Who knows?
Topic Author's Reply - Jun 24, 2013 - 08:02am PT
Suspected Ethanol Toxicosis in cedar waxwings

http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1591442?uid=3739256&uid=2&uid=4&sid=21102364621951



dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jun 24, 2013 - 08:19am PT
Nice to know your doing ok Quartz and congratulations on winning that competition!! Hope the back gets better soon.

Credit: dirt claud
Credit: dirt claud
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jun 24, 2013 - 08:22am PT
WOW. . . how very cool to have you back, Quartz. . . I've wondered where you went.

:-)

WelcomeBack!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 24, 2013 - 09:57am PT
Chiloe!!!! Love the Ovenbird babies! That makes my day. :)

It is nice to have Quartziteflight back! Hope you stick around and share your birding adventures with us. :)
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Jun 24, 2013 - 11:30am PT
Hello birders! Thanks to Crimpie for alerting me to this great thread

I rescued a sparrow sized bird with a swallow or swift shaped body out of the woodstove this morning. Dark gray, although that might have been soot. Little guy was happy to be out after thrashing about in there for some time.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jun 24, 2013 - 11:41am PT
A few from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jun 24, 2013 - 11:42am PT
Spidey, sounds like a Vaux's Swift but there shouldn't be any around here
still - he should be further north. But then you didn't say how long you
had held him hostage. Kindly put some heavy duty screen on yer chimney!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jun 24, 2013 - 12:24pm PT
Welcome to the finest thread on the internet Spider! :)
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Jun 24, 2013 - 12:32pm PT
my king birds are back across the street nesting on the power transformer box. They know ill keep em safe from the CORVIDS!

on a sadder note,, Eurasian collared doves are THE ONLY ones seen in the area this year. They have run the mourning doves out of the area.. Invasives #1 imo...I may begin a trapping program. Squab anyone?


edit: NDOW just encouraged me to do so actually, they are un protected and classified invasive.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jun 24, 2013 - 01:55pm PT
well I'll be danged! Hi Quartzite. Welcome back and thanks for starting this fine thread (and thanks Crimpy for your help).

So Quartz, are you one of the authors of that drunken waxwing article? I've heard of that happening, but have never witnessed it.
10b4me

Social climber
Jun 24, 2013 - 03:22pm PT
Less than two months until departure! Mt. Lemmon and SE AZ... can't wait!

be sure and check out the Rose Lake area on Mt.Lemmon.

That Bluff Lake is a great area though.

I agree Dave. I was there yesterday. Thanks for mentioning it.
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jun 24, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
Ditto!
Fine thread Quartzite, Thanks!
Sorry to hear you're not 100%, heal up good!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jun 25, 2013 - 08:41am PT
Hi 10b. Brad called Bluff Lake the prettiest spot in the Big Bear area! It was super birdy the day we were there.

Any sign of the Red-faced Warbler?
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