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BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Aug 17, 2013 - 08:04pm PT
Birds birds birds! If you haven't watched "The Central Park Effect", consider doing so. Great documentary about the birding scene in Central Park in NYC. We watched it last night, really good. In the meantime, here are some Banditos aka Cedar Waxwings. Adults and juvies are hunting along South Boulder Creek in the late afternoons, very entertaining!
Who YOU lookin at?
Who YOU lookin at?
Credit: BrassNuts
Credit: BrassNuts
Credit: BrassNuts
Credit: BrassNuts
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 17, 2013 - 08:09pm PT
dee, how are u keeping track?

BN, WOW. Lovely soft light!
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Aug 17, 2013 - 08:37pm PT
I have some Wilson's Warblers hanging in my yard. I have never seen them near the homestead previously.
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Credit: cyndiebransford
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Aug 17, 2013 - 10:09pm PT
wing.
wing.
Credit: mouse from merced
Beautiful page, guys.
john hansen

climber
Aug 17, 2013 - 11:07pm PT
I just finished the book, The Big Year. I saw the movie when it came out a few years back.

We used to do some "Big Days" in Placer county. Early 80's

123 the first time , and 127 the second..


What's your best one day total and where did you get it?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Aug 18, 2013 - 03:00pm PT
What's your best one day total and where did you get it?

306 spp for a Costa Rica country big day (April 8, '99). Couldn't go the next year and the team got 308, which is the current record (I was obviously holding them back).

Slater - Congrats on your Arizona trip. It was over in the wink of an eye! Looked over the blog for your trip and saw that one photo of you 4 adventurers (with 2 Slaters) and I was going to make a comment about "oh, how cool to be out birding and climbing with your dad". But now I see that you are the Dad (what was I thinking? this is SuperTopo. We're all old daddyos here). Still, equally cool to be out sharing it with your son. So, Slater, you are coming to Costa Rica in Aug. 2014, correct? not like in the next week?

dee ee - keep up the good work. What's with all these birds that seem to hang out in big piles, like "let's go sit on the railroad track" or "let's go crash on that guys porch". Crazy birds.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 18, 2013 - 05:22pm PT
BN, nice Cedar's. No Bohemian's mixed in? We have that Central Park Effect movie, I love it and have watched it 3 or 4 times this year.

Reilly, I have a tiny notebook with lists from everyday. I am waiting till I get home to have the pleasure of transferring the data into my field guide.

Little z, those Currawongs on our porch were begging. We had tossed out some scraps for the Paddymelons. For some reason they encourage feeding the animals there (Cradle Mtn. Nat. Pk.). I saw one Currawong pull a piece of carrot out of a Paddymelons hands.

John Hanson, my best big day was last Jan first. It was only about 50 but I am planning to try for over 100 soon. Maybe next Jan. 1.

Last night we went out to the Sherbrook (?) Forest for the Superb Lyrebird and found several, heard many. We also had many Crimson Rosellas and Sulphur-crested Cockatoos. I'll post photes later when I'm on the other computer.

It was during a rad windstorm and early in the hike the wind broke off the top of a huge tree across the way. It was a section at least 18 inches in diameter and 40 or 50 feet tall. The noise of the ripping wood was like thunder and when the giant spear hit the ground the earth shook. My companions were leery of continuing but I insisted. The wind died down soon after. The Lyrebirds come out a little while before sunset.
Elcapinyoazz

Social climber
Joshua Tree
Aug 18, 2013 - 05:37pm PT
Apologies for the pic quality, just had a low end P&S in my pocket. Walked out of the house a couple hours ago to a hellacious racket. This hawk had just nailed a crow, feathers still fluttering in the wind.

Lunch time.
Lunch time.
Credit: Elcapinyoazz

A different type of "eating crow".
A different type of "eating crow".
Credit: Elcapinyoazz


And these kestrels in my other yard are endlessly entertaining, they are always flying around with some lizard, snake, or varmint in their clutches.

Credit: Elcapinyoazz
Credit: Elcapinyoazz
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 19, 2013 - 01:38pm PT
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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 19, 2013 - 05:58pm PT
Superb Lyrebird

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Crimson Rosella

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Red Necked Stints

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Brolga

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Pink Eared Duck

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Royal Spoonbill

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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 19, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Dee, the Red-necked Stints have already moved that far south?
Must be a hard winter coming!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Aug 19, 2013 - 06:05pm PT
Reilly, I think it's pretty much towards the end of winter here. We see signs of spring, courtship, nesting etc.

Seeing 80 Stints together was cool, they're not in breeding plumage though. Our Stint in Long Beach was much prettier.

Brolga closeup (in captivity)

Credit: dee ee

Black Shouldered Kite

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BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Aug 19, 2013 - 06:28pm PT
Want. Go. OZ! Climb. Bird. :-)
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Aug 19, 2013 - 07:15pm PT
Wow - the down under birds are fabulous! Slater, love the first shot of the red-tail. Great Magpie shot from Bob. Superb Waxwing shots. This is an amazing thread.

Orange-crowned Warbler at Tuolumne
Orange-crowned Warbler at Tuolumne
Credit: Mike Bolte
Wilson's Phalarope at Mono Lake
Wilson's Phalarope at Mono Lake
Credit: Mike Bolte
Yellow-rumped Warbler at Tuolumne
Yellow-rumped Warbler at Tuolumne
Credit: Mike Bolte
Sage Thrasher at Mono Lake
Sage Thrasher at Mono Lake
Credit: Mike Bolte
Say's Phoebe at Mono Lake
Say's Phoebe at Mono Lake
Credit: Mike Bolte
Pacific Slope Flycatcher &#40;I think&#41;
Pacific Slope Flycatcher (I think)
Credit: Mike Bolte
Haven't id'ed this guy yet
Haven't id'ed this guy yet
Credit: Mike Bolte
pocoloco1

Social climber
The Chihuahua Desert
Aug 19, 2013 - 08:43pm PT
http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/science/earth/crowdsourcing-for-the-birds.html?hp
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Aug 19, 2013 - 08:53pm PT
^^^^^^ Bitchen ^^^^^^^

TFPU
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Aug 19, 2013 - 09:06pm PT
Great shots Mike, Dee ee and Dave. Really cool stuff.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Aug 19, 2013 - 09:09pm PT
So, Dee, I'm waiting for the pics of you riding the Cassowary.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Aug 19, 2013 - 10:11pm PT
Mike,
A Brewer's Sparrow? They are pretty abundant on the Eastside. Very petite. Also, your warbler has pretty prominent eye arcs and gray hood. Maybe a female MacGillivray's?

Dee ee,
Keep those Aussie birds coming. We have just over a month to study for our trip. That duck is something. Like a Platypus-billed Duck! The red ear is just a small feature.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Aug 19, 2013 - 11:02pm PT
Thanks Tony -

I concluded Brewer's also after a little sesh with Sibleys. Not too many with a clear breast and eye ring.

In person, the small "orangeish" warbler did not have the distinct grey head of a MacGillivray. I didn't think about a female. Looking at the Cornell site, it looks like you could be right. But, it was in a group, has dark legs (like and Orange-crowned, MacG has pink) and a narrow bill.
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