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dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 20, 2013 - 07:09pm PT
I'm hoping to see Red Phalarope and Red-necked Phalarope tomorrow on a pelagic voyage.

A couple of boobies wouldn't hurt either.
mechrist

Gym climber
South of Heaven
Sep 20, 2013 - 07:17pm PT
I watched a hawk get a rodent 10 feet away from me. It was cool.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 20, 2013 - 08:13pm PT
A few more from Taos.

GBH
GBH
Credit: Bob D'A

Female Western Tanager
Female Western Tanager
Credit: Bob D'A
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 20, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
I gave it another try yesterday to see one of the Blue-footed Boobies that have invaded California. This time I was successful and one was perched on Arch Rock, just offshore of the Cliff House in SF with excellent viewing conditions. We watched it for about a half hour, hoping it would take flight, but it continued to preen. It is often either foggy or very windy there. It has been there off and on for a couple days.
Credit: Tony
Credit: Tony

Since we saw the Booby right away and were feeling lucky, we then headed north to look for another rarity that has been around, a Hudsonian Godwit. We again lucked out and it was feeding in a small pond it has been frequenting. The timing was pretty good, as after we had watched it for a while, a train approached our viewing spot on the tracks and the birds flushed (and the birders!) and the Godwit didn't return.
Credit: Tony

Looking forward to dee ee's report of his pelagic. I'll bet he sees BF Boobies, too.



Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 21, 2013 - 01:27am PT
Damn, I would do heinous things for a booby!

Did see a wondrous sight the other night. I was shooting the alpenglow on Mt Ericsson when the wife said "Turn around." There was some tremendous light on Lake South America (12,200'). Then I noticed something wonderful - about 15 migrating Buffleheads were engaged in trout fishing by alpenglow! They were gone by morning but in the morning I saw a lone Horned Grebe at a nearby lake!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 21, 2013 - 02:02am PT
Reilly,

You shouldn't have to do anything too heinous. There are BF Boobies all around. That's what you meant, right? Check eBird or here:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/LACoBirds/

Riley, Where are you these days. Were they Broad Wings?
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 21, 2013 - 09:35pm PT
I finally got view my shots of the "Buffleheads" at 12,200'. It turns out they were all Horned Grebes. It was so dark that all I was seeing was a flash of white as they turned in the gloaming. So now I wonder why only one of the lot was at the nearby lake the next morning. I suppose the others must have been at at one or more of the other nearby lakes.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 22, 2013 - 12:22am PT
Reilly,

Where were the Horned Grebes. I looked it up and they migrate at night, so maybe that one was a straggler.

Broad-wings sounds likely. I saw big kettles when we were near Corpus Cristi in the spring. I imagine they may be more abundant in the fall. I have to make it to Veracruz for Rio de Rapaces in October, when 2 million Broad wings pass through along with millions of other raptors and other species.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 22, 2013 - 12:37am PT
Tony, they were at Lk South America (12,200') about 12 miles NW of Mt Whitney.

BTW, excellent shots of the Great Shearwater!!!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 22, 2013 - 01:27am PT
Wow, cool hawk vid. I've never seen any thing like that.

The pelagic was good though maybe a little slow.
birds....
No boobies. I prayed for a Brown or Masked. Had one Blue Footed in July.
Probably 10,000 Black-vented Shearwaters.5 Pink-footed.
One Pomerine and one Parasitic Jaeger.
4 lifers for me, 2 Surfbirds, 2 Wandering Tattlers, 10 Red-necked Phalaropes and one Sabine's Gull. No Red Phalaropes.
Lotsa other gulls, Cali, Heermans, Western.
All the usual suspects on the jetty, Brown Pels., Brandts Corms., Blk. Oystercatchers and gulls.
Mammals and....
Maybe 10-12 Blue Whales.At one point there were at least 5 different Blue Whales visible, pretty cool.
One hammerhead shark (that was a first), one other (blue?)shark.
Many pods of dolphins, common and bottlenosed. One group our captain estimated at 800 individuals.That was rad!
One Mola Mola, a big one.
A good voyage.

Afterwards I went to the Rockreation 20th anniversary party. Margy and I have been members since the first year, she has been a manager for the last 17 yrs.
In the dyno comp one young strong girl did a nasty face plant from about 12 feet up, ouch. That was scary.

Good times.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 23, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
dee ee
Maybe 10-12 Blue Whales.At one point there were at least 5 different Blue Whales visible, pretty cool.
One hammerhead shark (that was a first), one other (blue?)shark.
Many pods of dolphins, common and bottlenosed. One group our captain estimated at 800 individuals.That was rad!
One Mola Mola, a big one.

That just sounds wonderful. I've seen a fair number of different wales and sea mammals in really cool conditions, but I've never seen a Blue Whale. What's a MolaMola, I know I should just look it up.



from a v. nice wedding out on Hood Canal. Congrats Kathy and Linda!
from a v. nice wedding out on Hood Canal. Congrats Kathy and Linda!
Credit: Darwin

And feeder shots. It's definitely starting to rain in Seattle. Shocking, I know!
Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin


+ tons of Bushtits swarming though the yard and completely covering the suet feeder.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 23, 2013 - 01:39pm PT
What's a MolaMola, I know I should just look it up.

That's Dee ee's favorite shipboard cocktail. A couple of those and
you'd be amazed at what you see out there!
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Sep 24, 2013 - 10:42pm PT
http://www.wcs.org/press/press-releases/eagle-vs-deer.aspx
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 27, 2013 - 11:15am PT
From CalBirds:


Farallones mouse eradication public comment notice


Thu Sep 26, 2013 1:25 pm (PDT) . Posted by:

"Steve Hampton" tertial

The plan to eradicate the non-native house mouse (to benefit Ashy
Storm-Petrels and others) on SE Farallon Island is now out for public
comment.

Commenting is extremely easy on-line:

1) go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!home
2) enter FWS-R8-NWRS- 2013-0036 in the box.
3) click "comment now"

Even a short comment should only take a few minutes.

I've been involved with the funding and design of this project from the
start and can tell you it has the support of all the seabird biologists in
the state. We anticipate the benefits will be as good as when we did the
rat eradication on Anacapa (see an excellent 4 min video on that at
http://www.youtube. com/watch? v=yG4mLKN6LT0&fe ature=youtu. be ). Note the
project design (which uses rodenticide) has been used many times in New
Zealand and elsewhere with great success.

The public comment period closes Sept 30, but I hear it will be extended.
At the moment, pro-mouse comments are bombarding the website, so we can
use all the positive intelligent comments we can get.

thanks,

    
Steve Hampton
Davis, CA

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Unbelievable, I guess we could blame Walt Disney.

It only takes a couple of minutes to show your support
and thwart the rodent lobby.

DO IT!!!!!
StahlBro

Trad climber
San Diego, CA
Sep 27, 2013 - 11:37am PT
Golden Eagles are bad asses...

http://now.msn.com/golden-eagle-photographed-attacking-a-deer-from-above-and-dragging-it-off?ocid=ansnow11
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 28, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
Reilly, I was unable to check the disclaimer box and submit my comment.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Sep 28, 2013 - 04:04pm PT
Dee, don't know what to say, it was quick and easy for me.
Maybe the site is having issues?
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 28, 2013 - 09:39pm PT
Reilly,

Thanks for reminding me. I need to get my comments in before we leave on Monday. I think that is last day for comments, too. This is a really a crucial restoration effort that is being held up by folks from Wildcare, a wildlife rehab center in Marin. They are making an inappropriate parallel with the widespread inappropriate use of this rodenticide on land. They are using specious arguments to get people to sign their petition, such as this is the "new DDT" and claiming that it is unknown what will happen, when this has been carried out very successfully on numerous other islands, such as Anacapa. I know at least two people that signed the petition without hearing the other side and regretted it.

Here is a nice video showing what it is like on the islands with the huge number of breeding seabirds and other wildlife.
Two Minutes on Southeast Farallon Island/23880275
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 28, 2013 - 10:24pm PT
I will try again.
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 29, 2013 - 12:00am PT
Dave,

It worked for me. I composed my comments in MS Word and pasted them into the box. After providing contact info and checking the disclaimer, it went through.

Here is another related video of the Farallones:
Birds of Southeast Farallon Island

Here is a (non-hysterical) description of the mouse eradication program:
http://www.prbo.org/cms/627

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