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Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Sep 15, 2013 - 09:59pm PT
Blue-footed Booby, San Luis Obispo County, CA. Morro Bay - south jetty...
Blue-footed Booby, San Luis Obispo County, CA. Morro Bay - south jetty. 9-15-2013
Credit: Slater

I like Boobys!

First county record since 1969.
Saw it today on our Pelagic.

Boobys are being seen in almost every California coastal county.

Amazing!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 15, 2013 - 10:50pm PT
Slater,

Yes, they have been seen all over California, including Mono Lake. Also Arizona and NM!One was seen was seen at Pt. Reyes last week.

Slater, where was your pelagic?

We went out of Half Moon Bay last weekend. The best bird was a Great Shearwater, only the 10th CA record. I was lucky enough to be in just the right spot as it did a flyby. I managed these photos.
Credit: Tony

Credit: Tony
It looked like a different bird than the one seen last month.

We saw all the Jaegers and some South Polar Skuas.
Pomarine Jaeger <br/>
Half Moon Bay
Pomarine Jaeger
Half Moon Bay
Credit: Tony

Red and Red-necked Phalaropes are still around.
Credit: Tony

Here they cooperated for a good comparison
Credit: Tony

Sabine's Gulls are always striking.
Credit: Tony

At least one (not so) Common Tern made an appearance.
Credit: Tony

The post-breeding Elegant Terns are out in force.
Credit: Tony

The juveniles were making quite a racket.
Credit: Tony

Numerous Surfbirds had shown up on the breakwater.
Credit: Tony
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 16, 2013 - 02:50pm PT
Managed to pick up a nice Red Phalarope last week. Much better than my previous Tahoe sightings, which were waaaaaaay out in the lake. This thing practically swam right up to me.

Credit: Willoughby

Always love seeing pelagics at Tahoe, and this is definitely the season! We're having some wind here right now, so I'm expecting to find some more interesting stuff on the lake over the next two days. The way things are going in the south, I have my fingers crossed for Blue-footed Booby.

I'm not much for ABA rules, but this is pretty damn funny:

Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 16, 2013 - 04:03pm PT


oh god Willoughby, that was funnier than the Horay Redpoll in Colorado one!

Spectacular photo of the Great Shearwater, Tony. Were the Elegant Terns on the breakwater?

Boobies and Phalaropes are cool.
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Sep 16, 2013 - 04:25pm PT
had a memorable day today. Not every day that I can get a lifer here in Costa Rica, but today I added number 838 to my CR list. Also turns out to be a new species for the country and for North America, and I was the first to report it! Que guava!

Meet the Maguari Stork.

Maguari Stork &#40;Ciconia maguari&#41; Sept 16, Chomes shrimp farm on...
Maguari Stork (Ciconia maguari) Sept 16, Chomes shrimp farm on the Gulf of Nicoya, Costa Rica.
Credit: little Z

It is native to South American wetlands, the closest population is in Venezuela or Colombia. In size it is bigger than a Wood Stork but smaller than a Jabiru.

You never know what you're going to see when you pick up the old binos and head out the door!
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Sep 16, 2013 - 05:01pm PT
Black-legged Albatross.
Black-legged Albatross.
Credit: Slater

He's going for the chicken (bottom right of photo) that one guy threw off the back of the boat. Those things are big! 84" wingspans!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 16, 2013 - 06:24pm PT
Yes Willoughby. That Hitler re-dub is hilarious. Definitely a step up from the Hoary Redpoll. What other pelagic birds have you seen at Tahoe?

Slater, Did you go out from Morro Bay? I trust there was no bone with the chicken. The BF Albatrosses are big, but just wait until you see a Wandering or Royal Albatross.

There were many Elegant Terns on the breakwater, but they also were all around on our way out to deep water.

[Edit] Oh, I see. Morro Bay.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 16, 2013 - 09:31pm PT
Oh god, even Hitler is a twitcher!!!

Nutmeg freakin' Mannikin!
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Sep 17, 2013 - 09:36am PT


Vey cool and impressive Little-Z.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 17, 2013 - 09:17pm PT
Yes, little Z, that's RAD. Congrats!!



Birds? Not.

Credit: dee ee
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 17, 2013 - 11:15pm PT
Couple of adult Sabine's Gulls off Tahoe City today. Sadly no jaegers, and surprisingly, no "commic" terns. Not surprisingly, no boobies.

Sweet find LittleZ!

Tony, I'm jealous of that shearwater!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Sep 18, 2013 - 07:58pm PT
Yes, Great find little z. Is it migratory and overshot, or just random wandering?

The Great Shearwater was exciting. It doesn't seem like your too deprived, though. LT Ducks near your kayak. I've never seen a Sabine's Gull or Jaeger inland. That must pretty cool. Actually, the Red Phalarope may be about as rare, no?

I tried for the BF Boobies in SF today, but to no avail. One was seen at the Farallons and another at Ano Nuevo. This seems to be a widespread phenomenon. I think all of the previous records have been at Salton Sea or elsewhere in Southern California.

[edit] Oh yeah, I did see a likely Arctic Tern, but not well enough to be sure.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Sep 19, 2013 - 09:33pm PT
Great shots Tony...here are a few from my trip to Taos.

Canyon Wren
Canyon Wren
Credit: Bob D'A

Townsend's Solitaire
Townsend's Solitaire
Credit: Bob D'A
Willoughby

Social climber
Truckee, CA
Sep 20, 2013 - 12:28am PT
I've only seen Red Phalarope at Lake Tahoe one other time. Jaegers and Sabine's Gulls are definitely rare, but pretty regular in Sept after a day or two of wind. There were three Sabines off Tahoe City today. I've now seen far more in Lake Tahoe than I did in five falls on the Farallons. My Tahoe high count is 17!! Common Terns can be downright abundant on occasion, plus the occasional Arctic, but I've only heard of one Common Tern at Tahoe all season. Still waiting for an Ancient or Long-billed Murrelet to turn up. I'm sure they've visited, it's just that they disappear in the vastness of this lake; maybe this will be the year!
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Sep 20, 2013 - 04:09pm 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 - 04:17pm 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 - 05:13pm 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 - 08:54pm 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 20, 2013 - 10:27pm 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!
Riley Wyna

Trad climber
A crack near you
Sep 20, 2013 - 10:29pm PT
http://youtu.be/YHk7xWzcD6o

Phone vid I shot a few months ago
Kettle of migrating spring hawks that fell out over my house .
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