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Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 27, 2013 - 01:46pm PT
A little back yard action....

















DMT
shady

Trad climber
hasbeen
Jul 28, 2013 - 12:02am PT
Kool! Occipitors need love too.
Bird feeders make good bird feeders.
I have a resident Kestrel and Merlin who haunt my feeders, much to the horror of my elderly neighbors who have witnessed some of the carnage.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 28, 2013 - 12:26am PT
John,
It's snowing Snowy Plovers down here at Oso Flaco Beach. I see them every time I go during nesting season. The place is crawling with them. Like cotton balls with legs.

Credit: Slater

This sucker was in MY backyard. He'd eat a plover for dessert.
john hansen

climber
Jul 28, 2013 - 01:43am PT
When I was about 20 years old I got into birding with a friend of mine,

Jim Booker.

We used to go out to a lake about a mile from my house. I had grown up around there and had spent a lot of time in the woods around there.


There was a pair of Great Horned Owl that we would see every once in while.


One day when I walked over a rise I saw the owl flying away from a tree branch. I went up and checked it out and could see that that the owl had perched here many time's watching out over the field in front of this perch.

The bark was worn smooth.


A couple days later I very slowly worked my way up the back side of the slope. Probably a half hour to go 100 feet.

When I crested the slope, I saw the owl on his perch with his back to me maybe 50 feet away.


I spent another half hour working my way one step at a time getting closer ,trying not to make a sound or snap a stick.


I finally got with in 15 feet when the owls head swiveled and looked me right in the eye.


It was like " where did you come from" as he launched off his perch and flew off across the meadow.


It would have been better if I could have touched it's tail or even got a feather but I thought I had done pretty good sneaking up on an owl.





Another time I took a group of friends out to Robber's Roost above Lake Clamintine near Auburn Ca. It was on private property but we used to go out there quite a few times.


There was a cool cave you could go thru with a 5 ft traverse over 5.4 to get to it. It went thru a 50 ft tunnel. the rock and ended with a 15 foot long 18 inch tunnel that came out on the edge of a 400 foot cliff where you could scramble up the last 50 feet of limestone to the top. Maybe old school 5,3 or 5.4..


Going thru the tunnel, leading my friends I got to a rise you had to climb over, standing on top of this rise I was confident.


When I turned to go forward there was a Barn Owl flying at me about 5 feet from my face. I ducked and he flew out of the cave above me.







10b4me

Ice climber
Wishes-He-Was-In-Arizona
Jul 28, 2013 - 02:14pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#313157
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 28, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
Ash-throated at Irv. Pk. last night. There were many Blue-gray Gnatcatchers but I couldn't get a photo.
Credit: dee ee

Western and Clarke's Grebes together at the Back Bay (Sea and Sage bird walk this morning). A good walk but nothing new. I did learn a lot from our leader Mark Kinchloe.

Credit: dee ee

Western came close. Nice "red eye."

Credit: dee ee


After the Back Bay (Upper Newport Bay) I went over to the San Joaquin WS to take another stab at finding the Least Bittern. I did the usual around Pond 5 (last known sighting) stopping to play the songs and calls here and there and scanning the reeds along the waters edge from every possible angle. From there I usually go over to Pond B where the second most recent hearing was (no sighting).
The Ibird Pro has a call that is 8 repetitions of a "kek" note (they call it a tutu-tutu). At one point I heard a call with 4 of what was the exact same note, but it wasn't 8. Hmmm?
I felt pretty confidant that it was the Least Bittern but waited till I got home to get excited.
I looked it up on the internet and found a site that had many recordings and they varied from 3 to 6 of the same note. None had 8.
I'm gonna' check it for now but I still need to see that little bugger.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 28, 2013 - 08:45pm PT
Had a great day with Tony, Amy (From ST) and my son Jeremy near San Rafael and Petaluma. Got over 60 species.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A


Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 28, 2013 - 11:27pm PT
This sucker was in MY backyard. He'd eat a plover for dessert.

Dood, he'd eat you for the main course. Baddest of the bad pound for pound. Just ask the Ranger in Minnesota who was blinded by one for 'intruding'.
10b4me

Ice climber
Wishes-He-Was-In-Arizona
Jul 29, 2013 - 12:37am PT


in my backyard
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 29, 2013 - 01:02am PT
John, sorry your post got burried by photos.
Don't take it personally, happens all the time.
People get excited about their own sh#+.

But man, that was some good story telling!

I could totally picture a young kid doing that.
That was a cool story dude!

I got to within 6 feet of a barn owl sleeping on a post out at Kern NWR a while back. I was at its back, so I carefully maneuvered around to the front of the owl.

I wanted a photo of its face, eyes OPEN, so I made a soft noise with my tongue and BAM the eyes went on and I got a similar reaction from the owl... "Hey, what the hell!? You just woke me up!" He puffed himself up to try and look menacing...

I cranked 5 frames before it stumbled off the post and crashed into the bushes. I think it was still half-asleep. Best owl shot I've ever gotten though (below). Although I did feel guilty and a little bad for waking it up.

Credit: Slater

I am 100% sure I could have petted the thing, but opted for the photo instead!
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Jul 29, 2013 - 02:11am PT
Today I went to Palmer Creek Road, near Hope, Alaska. It is about a two hour drive to the road and then 7 miles of steep and rugged dirt road. Then we hiked about another three miles. We saw 24 species of birds. But I got very few photos. The birds were busy catching bugs and they didn't sit still for long. Some of the species seen were Yellow-rumped Warblers, Orange-crowned Warblers, Yellow Warbler, Wilson's Warbler, Ruby-crowned Kinglet, Townsend Warbler, Golden-crowned Sparrow, Fox Sparrow, Savannah Sparrow and Olive-sided Flycatchers. It was a beautiful day for birding.
Savannah Sparrow
Savannah Sparrow
Credit: cyndiebransford
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Golden-crowned Sparrow
Credit: cyndiebransford
Palmer Creek area
Palmer Creek area
Credit: cyndiebransford
birding the road
birding the road
Credit: cyndiebransford
climbski2

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Jul 29, 2013 - 02:29am PT
I can hear all of those birds... Thanks for taking me home

Golden Crowned has one of my all time favorite calls...

dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 29, 2013 - 10:54am PT
Wow, check out this crazy bird, highest flying bird I believe.

Rüppell's Vulture or Rüppell's Griffon Vulture (Gyps rueppellii) is a large vulture that occurs throughout the Sahel region of central Africa. The current population of 30,000 is in decline due to loss of habitat and other pressures.[2] Also known as Rüppell's Griffon, Rueppell's Griffon, Rüppell's Griffin Vulture, Rueppell's Vulture and other variants, Rüppell's Vulture is named in honor of Eduard Rüppell, a 19th-century German explorer, collector, and zoologist. Rüppell's Vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,000 metres (36,100 ft) above sea level.[3]
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/R%C3%BCppell%27s_Vulture

Credit: dirt claud
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 29, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
DC, some kind of geese have been seen well above the top of Everest and they didn't soar to that height as the vultures likely did.

I thought a Lammergeier was making a run at me once at 13K in the Pamirs. That was a trip.
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 30, 2013 - 06:03pm PT
Yeah Reilly, I've seen documentaries how those geese try to get over mountains with the wind blowing against them, crazy stuff.

Credit: dirt claud
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 30, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
Rüppell's Vulture is considered to be the highest-flying bird, with confirmed evidence of a flight at an altitude of 11,000 metres (36,100 ft) above sea level.

confirmed evidence meams it was pulled out of a jet engine (seriously)
justthemaid

climber
Jim Henson's Basement
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:27pm PT
11,000 feet.. wow...

That prosthetic beak... double wow!


That video Dingus shot of the Cooper's reminded me of that footage we caught of a juvenile Coopers hawk that managed to take down a mockingbird in our yard. After wolfing it down he got too stuffed to fly LOL....the hawk got pummeled by other angry mocking birds for several hours.

I'll get Erik to find it.
MisterE

climber
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:30pm PT
My camera-work is not as smooth as Dingus'


Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:40pm PT
A few more Cali birds.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Jul 30, 2013 - 10:45pm PT
E and JTM... I loved that video of yours and was thinking of it as I shot my own. The cool thing about my hawk is that it didn't seem threatened by my presence. It only hopped up into the branches when I drew inside 10 feet. Even then it was pretty quiet as you could hear in the 2nd vid, just chirping. Something in the other backyard provoked it to fly.

When it flew away it was astonishing how fast it disappeared. It didn't fly away so much as leap/fall off the branch with a single down-stroke power-flap and poof! I saw it no more.

It was as if it simply flew into another dimension and vanished.

DMT
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