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little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 20, 2013 - 10:53am PT
She's sweet.

until she starts screeching
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Jul 20, 2013 - 11:13am PT
yeah... there's that. as soon as the sun came up. she's hanging out in my bedroom window.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 20, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
I went over to the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc. today. I'm still trying to draw the Least Bitterns out, damn it!
I worked their area for awhile and struck out. Then I launched out for a big loop. I ended coming back for another LB try at Pond B. No luck.
I saw a guy with binos and camera and we exchanged the usual birder's greetings.
"Seen anything good?"
He said, "Yes there is a Clapper Rail right over there."
I said, "wow, I've never seen one here."
As we headed over he said "it's real small."
I'm thinking, hmmmm? I've seen the one at Bolsa Chica many times and it is a fairly big bird, around 15".
We get over there and it's right out in the open. It's way too small (it's 8" or so)to be a CR and it's right in the area where the Virginia Rail was last year.
I broke out the book and confirmed the ID, gray cheek.

Virginia Rail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc.
Virginia Rail at the San Joaquin Wildlife Sanc.
Credit: dee ee

10b4me

Ice climber
Middle-of-Nowhere, Arizona
Jul 20, 2013 - 05:27pm PT
Dave, I was at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife area today. We saw not one, but four Least Bitterns. Also, black phoebes, song sparrows, a lark sparrow, pied bill grebe, double breasted cormorants, Coopers Hawk. A whole bunch of other birds.
No pics, camera battery was dead, doh!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 20, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
Well, eastern birding is tough. I need to get a drone. I struck out on my supposed gimme Ceruleans and Yellow-throateds today but got a Louisiana Waterthrush in compensation with a big bonus of a Kentuckety Warbler at the far northern limit of its range. Sure are lots of Turkey Vultures and Mourning Doves here! Not one hawk yet!? Found the skull of a Double-crested Cormorant on our beach hike this aft. Awesome hike along the ridge of sand dunes north of Ludington, MI. Had a ferocious battle with a Red-eyed Vireo. He was singing his little heart out just 50' away while I was iPoding him to no avail- never did see him. :-|. Too bad I don't have wi-fi on my Nikon - got some cool shots.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 20, 2013 - 10:04pm PT
Credit: Slater

Credit: Slater

Better looks today!
Such a bitchin' bird!
john hansen

climber
Jul 20, 2013 - 10:13pm PT
Like the osprey of the south,, what do those guys eat?

Nice shots Slater
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 21, 2013 - 05:47am PT
Caras are opportunists-they will scavenge or take small liberties. They seem to be expanding in NA.

Great shots Slater!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 21, 2013 - 06:46pm PT
Good stuff Slater. Love Caracara's see them all the time in Mexico, Central and South America.

A few from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

A mystery bird... Female Mountain Bluebird?

Credit: Bob D'A
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jul 21, 2013 - 07:30pm PT
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/articles/492399/20130719/indian-man-commits-suicide-crow-sat-head.htm

It was six men of Indostan
To birding much inclined,
Who went to ogle at the Crow
(Though all of them were blind),
That each by observation
Might satisfy his mind.

The First was lit upon apace
And swiftly crowned with poo,
Until his bronzy pate was white
as snow, with greenish dew:
"Great Caesar's ghost, this dirty bird
Is very like a Foo!"

The Second, smitten by the beak,
Cried: "Ouch, that smarts, you fecker!
So very round and smooth and sharp!
I am that crow inspector!
This wonder of a woody bird
Is very like a pecker!"

The Third approached the ebon fowl,
And happening to brush
His hand against its feathery wing,
At once began to gush:
"I see," quoth he, "that Heckle here
Is very like a bush!"

The Fourth reached out his eager hand,
And felt about the tail.
"What most this wondrous beast is like
I'd tell you in detail,
But this margin is too small to contain
All that inscribed in Braille."

The Fifth, who chanced to touch the eye,
Sang out, his voice awarble:
"One hand held high, I testify
(and one hand on my yarble):
By all the Avatars, this crow
Is very like a marble!"

The Sixth was wiser than the rest,
As Hindoo sages go.
Quoth he, "No way I touch that bird!
The suicide becomes a crow
And when you touch it, so do you,
And this has laid you low!

And so these men of Indostan,
With one exception, croaked
At their own hands, as foreigners
Looked on and rhymed and joked,
About how foolish they were to think
A crow should not be poked!

Hat tip to Rantburg.

Woody would'a liked this one.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jul 21, 2013 - 07:33pm PT
I know you've all been on tenterhooks - I got my Prairie Warbler today, if only for a few seconds. Also got into a herd of Indigo Buntings, a number of whom were having a Pose-Down for our benefit. Still being shadowed by Turkey Vultures despite having showered already this week.

Dee, u gonna go for the Lesser Sand Plover in Imperial Beach?
See if he'll wait for another week, okay?
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 21, 2013 - 07:49pm PT
Bob, juvenile Mtn. Bluebird I believe.
They fool me all the time!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 21, 2013 - 07:50pm PT
Credit: Slater

Surveying my backyard, a hooded oriole in me pine!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 21, 2013 - 08:35pm PT
TGT, that was classic!

Reilly, I'm weighing my options carefully. The county list has obtained higher priority that lifers. I don't know if you can believe that!!! I, finally (after months of birding), pulled into 3rd place on eBird and I want to hold it till Dec. I gotta' pull ahead before I go to Australia.

But I did see that report and am considering going.

OK, I'm a birding effing psycho.

I gotta' check my work schedule!



OK congrats on the Prairie Warbler, that's a real good one.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jul 22, 2013 - 09:49am PT
Thanks Slater, Dee ee...number three, way to go.

I'll be SF area in a couple of days to visit my son, his wife and newborn baby boy who they named Robin River D'Antonio.

Getting out with Tony Brake one day, should be fun.

Here are a few from today.

killdeer
killdeer
Credit: Bob D'A

Snowy Egret
Snowy Egret
Credit: Bob D'A

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher
Credit: Bob D'A
dirt claud

Social climber
san diego,ca
Jul 23, 2013 - 12:57pm PT
for you Warbler fanatics
Credit: dirt claud

Credit: dirt claud
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jul 23, 2013 - 04:40pm PT
Lesser Sand Plover (male in breeding plumage, no less)? What are you waiting for? might be a once in a lifetime chance to get that sp on your list. Not like there is going to be one always out there waiting for you. Grab the bins and haul ass.
john hansen

climber
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
Ok ,,, fooled again.

Started looking up Lesser sand plover and posting stuff here, but after looking some more , I guess that is a Killdeer. Maybe a weird angle where you don't see the front too well.

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jul 23, 2013 - 07:25pm PT
Advice noted and hoping the bird is still there on Thurs.
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Jul 23, 2013 - 08:52pm PT
Credit: Slater

Digiscoped from about 1/2 mile away...

Wil E. Coyote
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