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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
Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

Credit: mouse from merced

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.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Oct 24, 2013 - 05:19am PT
Hi all,

Here I am. Sorry for the hiatus in posting photos. I’m just coming up for air after we left the group and flew to New Zealand for the last leg of our trip. Once we joined the group, the birding was almost non-stop other than travel. We started in Cairns and birded in North Queensland for about a week. The birding was fabulous with much more tropical rainforest than we had anticipated. Before we left Cairns we saw Bush Stone-curlews (or Thick-knees). Yvonne finally figured out that these birds were responsible for the strange wailing calls we heard in our room at night. There were 30+ in the cemetery.
Bush Stone-curlew <br/>
Cairns Cemetery
Bush Stone-curlew
Cairns Cemetery
Credit: Tony

We spent a couple of nights at Cassowary House and were able to see the namesake bird. It’s not actually a sure thing, since the male was on the nest and the female only occasionally visited. Fortunately, she showed up just as we were leaving.
Credit: Tony


She was quite imposing and regal, if a bit primeval-looking. We were warned not to leave the door open and let the dogs out as they could be killed. Apparently a large German Shepard is no match for a Cassowary!
We saw our first Bird of Paradise here, Victoria’s Riflebird. This young male was practicing his display skills.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony


We also saw two members of the Megapode family, Australian Brush-turkey and Orange-footed Scrubfowl. These interesting birds incubate their eggs by maintaining composting litter mounds.
Australian Brush-turkey <br/>
Cassowary House, North Queensland
Australian Brush-turkey
Cassowary House, North Queensland
Credit: Tony
Orange-footed Scrubfowl, North Queensland
Orange-footed Scrubfowl, North Queensland
Credit: Tony

Another fascinating family are the Bowerbirds. The males of these species construct elaborate bowers that serve as “performance spaces” for courtship display. The Great Bowerbird bower uses a lot of white objects for the base, such as stones, shells and bones. This one chose some interesting objects for decorations.
Credit: Tony

There were loads of other birds including numerous parrots, doves and honeyeaters. My camera died during this period, so I had to use a backup for several days. I purchased a new camera body in Cairns so I would be back in business for the next segment of our trip: Papua New Guinea. This was an amazing destination. It was like stepping back in time. We first spent a couple of days birding near Port Moresby in the lowlands. Here are a few birds that we saw here. This included the national bird of PNG, the Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise.
Credit: Tony

A Barred Owlet-nightjar was just visible in its hole
Barred Owlet-nightjar <br/>
Varirata NP, PNG
Barred Owlet-nightjar
Varirata NP, PNG
Credit: Tony

A pair of Papuan Frogmouths were more visible than usual.
Papuan Frogmouths <br/>
Port Moresby, PNG
Papuan Frogmouths
Port Moresby, PNG
Credit: Tony

The real experience began when we went to the Central Highlands at Kumul (Bird of Paradise) Lodge for three days. There were several more Birds of Paradise. For the trip we saw 10 species. Most of these afforded limited views, but two species come in to the feeders at Kumul Lodge, so we saw these exceptionally well.
Brown Sicklebill, male <br/>
Kumul Lodge, PNG Central Highlands
Brown Sicklebill, male
Kumul Lodge, PNG Central Highlands
Credit: Tony
Brown Sicklebill, female <br/>
Kumul Lodge
Brown Sicklebill, female
Kumul Lodge
Credit: Tony

Ribbon-taileed Astrapia, female <br/>
Kumul Lodge
Ribbon-taileed Astrapia, female
Kumul Lodge
Credit: Tony
Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, male <br/>
Kumul Lodge
Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, male
Kumul Lodge
Credit: Tony

Even so, the actual highlight for us was seeing and hearing a New Guinea Woodcock as it did its “roding” display overhead in the forest at night. This is a very little known species. Our local guide Max found a nest in his orchid garden last year. This may be the first ever found.
New Guinea Woodcock <br/>
Kumul Lodge
New Guinea Woodcock
Kumul Lodge
Credit: Tony

After 6 days in PNG we flew to Brisbane for 5 more days in Queensland and around Sydney. My final total for Aus-PNG was 336. An sizable number are endemics. In fact, of the 700+ species in PNG upwards of 430 are endemic.

We are now in New Zealand for about 10 days. The land birding is disappointing with the almost all of the species so far being introduced. It should get better as we head south as far as Stewart Island. The seabirding on the other hand is great. We took a 4-hour boat trip out from Kaikoura, north of Christchurch. The shelf drops off right away and as a result, albatrosses and petrels are seen after about 10 minutes. I’ll try to catch up with photos of this and of the last segment of the Australia-PNG trip.

I've uploaded a bunch of photos here. They are in a rather random order and I probably won't add captions until I get home:

Australia Birds

Papua New Guinea Birds

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Oct 24, 2013 - 10:42am PT
That was awesome Tony and worth waiting for!
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