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quartziteflight

climber
Who knows?
Topic Author's Reply - Dec 26, 2013 - 10:17am PT
Great photos everyone! Happy Holidays!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 26, 2013 - 12:28pm PT
I really enjoy reading the news, seeing the pictures and videos from ~The Cornel Labs of Ornithology ...here is their Christmas thank you..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fd8gVRdwels&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Cornell+Lab+eNews&utm_campaign=29fc2df0c6-2013_Year_End_Holiday_Thank_You12_12_2013&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_47588b5758-29fc2df0c6-277533285
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 26, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
So, how 'bout a ST Birders' New Years Resolution List?

Mine is I'm gonna get serious about gulls.
There, I said it. I'm out and I'm proud.

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If anybody else wants to up their game I HIGHLY recommend buying Kenn
Kaufman's Field Guide to Advanced Birding. I promise that any of you,
except Willoughby, Little Z, and Crimpergirl will benefit immensely, and I
don't mean just about gulls.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ __ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

"Everybody gather around! Especially you humans!"
Credit: Reilly


"Sup?"



"I think I can, I think I can!"



Location, location, location...
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Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 26, 2013 - 09:26pm PT
Gotta love penguins, but I'm still thinking about the resolutions. Tony took a class titled "Oh no, not gulls!". For me during the stby, they required concentration and constant study just to get mediocre.

Credit: Darwin


wrt the Penguins without resorting to a book: not Magellanic(?) but with greenery, therefore from New Zealand?
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 26, 2013 - 09:28pm PT
Wow Reilly that is a bold declaration. GULLS, now you are committed!
That is proud.

I wanted to thank all the contributors to this thread for your beautiful photos and all the other info presented. I have lived for this thread all year. I love it.

That being said. AAARRGH, I'm still a beginner, I had to give back my Pacific Golden Plover, just two more Black-bellied Plovers. Sorry littleZ.
So after realizing my mistake last night I was obsessed to get back to the spot and have another go. Work allowed just enough time and I blitzed from Riverside to the SA River with just enough daylight to look. There were hundreds of BBPL and I was starting to pick through them when a lady came along and asked me if I knew anything about birds. I said "no." After the BBPL incident I felt like an idiot. Then she said she thought she had seen a "Swan" down river, she said, "I've seen them at Disneyland." I'm thinking, "please don't let if be a Pelican or an Egret."
I headed on down and 0.6 miles later there it was!
SWEET!


Credit: dee ee

Mute Swan.
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 26, 2013 - 10:05pm PT

If any Birders are interested...., The Chico~ Snow Goose Festival line up for 2014...
http://www.snowgoosefestival.org/

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:05am PT
loved the pinguinos Reilly. I'm with Darwin, stumped as the what and where without a book?

dee ee, birding is like learning a language, you can't be afraid to put your foot in your mouth. Tough for climbers to accept making mistakes, but all those good birders you know, they've made their share of bad calls, and have gotten better for it. And remember, as Kenn Kaufman says "...birding is something that should be thoroughly enjoyable. Don't let these tricky identification problems keep you from having a good time in the field."

Nita, thanks for the birdy links. Are you going to the Snow Goose festival?

I invented a digiscope camera adapter with a-buck-fifty trip to the hardware store and some rubber bands (tried to fit duct tape somewhere into the design, but failed). Works pretty well, although the view-finder is useless. Have to get the bird in focus and centered, then just slap on the camera. At least it makes getting photos faster and also removes the shakes.

Credit: little Z
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:34am PT
We're waiting for the results of the digiscope+ with bated breath Little-Z.

I've thought about more about the Penguins. The bottom photo does look like those are Magellanic Penguins (the only ones I've seen in person), and the top ones maybe Gentoo?
So I'm revising my guess to Tierra del Fuego, Falklands or Elephant Island.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:53am PT
Cool new shots gang! Ho Ho HO! Some winter Bluebird pics for a little color during the holidaze...
Berry time!
Berry time!
Credit: BrassNuts
Winter fluffball
Winter fluffball
Credit: BrassNuts
Juniper berry, Yum!
Juniper berry, Yum!
Credit: BrassNuts
On the fence, heh heh
On the fence, heh heh
Credit: BrassNuts
Credit: BrassNuts
We hope to see these guys again sometime soon. Always a treat, incredible coloring.

Happy New Year all!
nita

Social climber
chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Dec 27, 2013 - 12:07pm PT


Little Z, I may attend if i can talk a girlfriend into joining me on one of the Sutter Buttes trips .....Timid Toprope ( Andy) is one of the group leaders for the~ Butte Creek Ecological Preserve, and the~ Thermalito Afterbay...

If you want any info on the best trips, ask, Timid ( Andy) about them...

BN, love the Bluebird pictures..
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 27, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
well Darwin, here're two quick shots of the backyard pigeonry.

Red-billed Pigeon
Red-billed Pigeon
Credit: little Z

White-winged Dove
White-winged Dove
Credit: little Z

Not up to par with Brassnuts (amazing Dave, that first shot is a Hallmark Christmas Card!) or most of the others who post here, but it works for me. Took about a minute to get those shots, and I want it mostly for documenting rarities, where set-up time is often critical.

Case in point. I went out yesterday to try for 2 birds that would have been new ones for my Costa Rica life list - Dunlin, and Vermilion Flycatcher, but dipped on both. Did however manage to get these shots of Cave Swallow - only my third record for this in over 25 years here, and another tick for my 2013 CR year-list (up to 708).

Credit: little Z

Credit: little Z

Happy New Year to all, and Happy First Bird of 2014!



Marlow

Sport climber
OSLO
Dec 27, 2013 - 01:10pm PT
I wonder how BrassNuts is making those phenomenal bird photos... they're almost three dimensional...

Reilly: I agree on the framing... a Chinese master of the art would be proud...
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 27, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
Marlow, BrassNuts is an artist first and a technician second.
I take his technical mastery for granted by now but his framing still amazes.
The 'high-key' effect is sheer magic.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 27, 2013 - 02:13pm PT
Great photos everyone and brilliant colors Dave.


A few from this morning, getting ready for a trip to Costa Rica in less than month.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:54pm PT
Darwin's right, I did take the "Oh No, Not Gulls!" workshop a couple of years ago. I am now in dire need of a refresher. In February, we will have Herring spawning runs near us and thousands of gulls pour in to shore. That's when the local gull experts comb through them for rarities. Last year I did find a Glaucous Gull on my own but couldn't eke out an Iceland or Slaty-backed Gull that people were reporting. I did see one of the latter, but only because someone showed it to me in his scope. I did manage a photo for a record to submit to the CA Bird Records Committee.

Thanks to our own Dee ee, I will be participating in the Coastal Orange County Xmas count in a couple of days. This count circle is always among the few highest for species, so it should be good. We get to count on a usually off limits marsh, too.

Thanks to all for the great photos to get me out looking at our local birds. I had gotten a bit burned out from our Australasia trip in October. I still need to post the last installment of photos from the New Zealand leg of our trip.

I missed about all of the migrants in October, but we did have a couple of locally uncommon sparrows show up in our local park in November.

Clay-colored Sparrow <br/>
Miller-Knox Regional Park, Pt. Richmond
Clay-colored Sparrow
Miller-Knox Regional Park, Pt. Richmond
Credit: Tony

White-throated Sparrow <br/>
Miller-Knox Regional Park, Pt. Richmond
White-throated Sparrow
Miller-Knox Regional Park, Pt. Richmond
Credit: Tony

We also found a Cattle Egret on our Xmas count in a city park. They are not uncommon in the CA Central Valley, but seldom venture this close to the coast.
Cattle Egret <br/>
Pleasanton Sports Park
Cattle Egret
Pleasanton Sports Park
Credit: Tony
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 28, 2013 - 08:57pm PT
Tony (Brake) and I went over to the Mile Square Park today to scout for our CBC tomorrow. We got 38 species including a very bright male Vermilion Flycatcher. Then we went over to the SA River for another try to pick out a Pac. Golden-Plover out of the many hundred BBPL. We were unable to do so. As well the Swan was gone.

I did get a couple of OK pics.

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

Credit: dee ee

dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 28, 2013 - 09:03pm PT
Thanks for the words of encouragement littleZ. Birding is fun, more fun that sitting behind a computer and finding mistakes!

Many ultra rad shots above, Brass N, you are an artist!

Credit: dee ee

Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 28, 2013 - 10:18pm PT
Up on Whidbey Island for a few days

Barrow's Goldeneyes
Barrow's Goldeneyes
Credit: Mike Bolte
Hooded Mergansers
Hooded Mergansers
Credit: Mike Bolte
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Golden-crowned Kinglet
Credit: Mike Bolte
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 28, 2013 - 11:12pm PT

That's a beautiful photo of the White-Winged Dove (wouldn't have gotten that one!).
And the details on the back of the Golden-crowned Kinglet are awesome: gold crown, white racing stripes, and the red tinge that I had never seen before!

We have a visiting Palm Warbler that stayed around until now. Here are too many unedited photos of it. It's a big deal in Seattle, at least for me. A lot of them, especially the first few are pretty weak.

http://173.160.158.251/postings/2013_12_16_Palm/index.html
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 28, 2013 - 11:44pm PT
looks like Neil Hayward surpassed the Big Day record earlier today with a Great Skua, bird # 746, on a pelagic trip off of North Carolina. Additionally, he has 3 birds that are provisional (birds not already on the American Birding Association's 2013 list) and he has seen Aplomado Falcon but is not counting it. The three provisonal birds (Eurasian Sparrowhawk, Common Redstart and Rufous-necked Wood-Rail) would be new additions to the ABA list and so must first be evaluated by a check-list committee. So if all those birds are eventually added in, he'll have 750. The former record holder, Sandy Komito, had 745 plus 3 provisional birds that were eventually accepted, and so his actual total is 748 (stated as 745+3). Most folks are doubting the Sparrowhawk, but the Wood-Rail and the Redstart look like they'll pass muster. The Aplomado Falcon might be a vagrant from Mexico (countable) or part of a US based reintroduction program (not-countable), but Komito saw an Aplomado under similar circumstances and counted it. Confused yet? See the following for an ample disccussion on the topic (certainly not everyone's cup of tea):

http://www.birdforum.net/showthread.php?t=266296

Neil's best chance to add another bird appears to be a White-cheeked Pintail that has been seen in Florida, although he says he's loathe to make the trip down there again - this would be his 4th try for the species this year (twice in Texas and once in Florida). We'll see what he can do with the 72 hours still left.
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