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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 18, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Great photo dee, things have slowed down here. Going climbing and birding in the San Luis Valley this weekend...the cranes are back.

A few from my hike today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 19, 2013 - 12:36pm PT
Little brown bird today on the my hike.

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 19, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
^^ House Finch. Pretty.
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Oct 19, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Little bit unusual bird watching technology.



Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Oct 19, 2013 - 02:34pm PT
OK fellow enthusiasts what kind of warbler is this?

1) Yellow Warbler
2) Townsend's Warbler
3) Kevin Warbler
4) Yellow-RUMPED Warbler

Credit: Mike Bolte
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Oct 19, 2013 - 04:20pm PT
Mike: all of the above?

what happened to Tony? I've been wanting an Australian bird fix real bad. Maybe he was eaten by a Dingo.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 19, 2013 - 07:13pm PT
I know, "what happened to Tony?" He's probably waiting to edit and just show the REALLY SPECTACULAR stuff.

I had a landmark birding day today. Story and photos to follow.
I'm riding a wave of adrenaline.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 19, 2013 - 08:48pm PT
Yes dee ee; The little I've seen is spectacular, and that was before they got to New Guinea. Last I heard, he was going to pass through Sydney on the way to New Zealand. I trust he is too busy having fun, 'cause it's been a several days since I've heard from them.

I was kind of hoping he and Luke Freeman (don't know if any of you know Luke) might connect in Sydney. I don't know if the Sydney fires might cause problems with their schedule.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:23am PT
OK, I'll try to keep it brief in my own long-winded way.

So, as I stated before, I'm taking a basic birding workshop. We had our first field trip today, really fun, we got a total of 65 species in 3 groups at HB Central Park. Highlights include Sora, Pectoral Sandpiper, Hermit Thrush and others.
Towards the end my group leaders Donalda (?) and Valerie Wheeler got e-mail alerts Prothonotary Warbler at Mile Square! I wanted to leave right then and so did they.
We didn't. We waited for our teacher and local guru Sylvia Gallegher to wind it up. It was worthwhile and the right thing to do.
After, I headed straight over, skipping lunch. I got there and there were no visible birders, wtf? I expected a crowd following the bird around.
OK, whatever, I start looking. A few minutes later I ran into my group leaders and a couple other of the OC's most respected birders including Doug Willick. We all fan out.
An hour or so goes by and nothing. Yella' rumps and a couple others.
We head over to the area that has recently been nicknamed the "fertile crescent" for the warblers, many Sycamores and Alders.
After a while I spot a largely yellow bird and it comes close giving good views. I get one totally crappy photo. I know it is nothing I've seen before but not the Prothonotary. I describe it to Doug and he says, "that sounds like a Canada Warbler" but he also says "it could also be a Nashville." We all know how unlikely it is that it is a Canada Warbler.
I say "no I've seen many NV's and it wasn't one." I check the Nat. Geo. book and I'm thinking "that's what I saw."
We continue to look.
Another 20 minutes goes by and one fellow sees something yellow fly. "Over here!" he yells in a whispered tone.
We all converge on the tree and, damn, it's the Prothonotary! WHEE HOO!We watch it for a long time and holy cow, it's one beautiful bird, the yellow is something half way in between an Oriole and a Yellow Warbler, It's a color they don't even have a name for, SWEET.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

The day is made and it doesn't even matter what comes next if anything.
But, Doug keeps saying, "we have to refind the bird David saw." I'm filled with self doubt and loathing.

25 minutes later Doug yells (quietly) "Canada Warbler!".....and there it is!
They are both in the same tree even and at one point in the same bino view. WOW.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

I haven't had a day like this since Australia.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:29am PT

w.r.t ^

:-)
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:31am PT
SICK!
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Oct 20, 2013 - 01:45am PT
Yowza! Congrats, sound like a great day to be a birder. Deee Eeee
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Oct 20, 2013 - 02:27am PT
As much as I love living in Tahoe, you guys are killing me with all these coastal vagrants. Killing me!

Also, 6000 posts - yeah birds!!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Oct 20, 2013 - 05:33am PT
Awesome! I'd love to see a Prothonotary and a Canada. Congrats!!
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Oct 20, 2013 - 08:42pm PT
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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Oct 21, 2013 - 10:03pm PT
Rough Legged Hawk and Sand Hill Cranes, Monte Vista NWR, southern CO.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Oct 22, 2013 - 12:01pm PT
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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 22, 2013 - 08:36pm PT
The day after my Warbler ecstacy I went on a Carbon Canyon Reg. Pk. hike with one of the OC's best leaders, Garrett Lepper. He is off the chart as an ear birder. He hears stuff and knows all, stuff not even in the range of my bad hearing. I went early to try and find the Yellow-bellied Sapsucker for my county year. I hiked the trail it was reported on and dipped.
I ran back to the meeting place and caught up with the group.
I was glad to see he was bent on finding "the bird."
We went over with our group of 27 and pretty soon after hitting the "Vista" trail there it was.

Credit: dee ee

We chased it for a while and soon after moving on it showed up right in front of us!

Credit: dee ee

We got 67 species on the hike. I also got the Rock Wren for county year.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 23, 2013 - 11:28pm PT
Sorry you all, I don't mean to dominate the thread but it just keeps continuing!
Today a Black-throated Blue Warbler showed up. Another lifer for me.
Please god don't let it stop!
I don't mean to imply that my belief system is faith based, but, just in case!

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee


I also had a nice Nashville W.
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Oct 24, 2013 - 01:26am PT
I got a new Alaska bird today. A Starling. I know they are pests, but it is only the third sighting on the Kenai Peninsula.

Good job Dave, I hope it keeps up for you.
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