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Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 13, 2013 - 05:41pm PT
Great shooting Mike.

Here are few from my hike today.

Lesser Goldfinches and Cooper's/Sharp Shinned Hawk.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
WTF

climber
Dec 13, 2013 - 05:51pm PT
Serious question here for the bird lovers.

We have some serious owl action going on at night. The other night i counted three having a chat outside the house. I cant find them for the life of me. Any tips on seeing owls and where in the world do they spend their days? Do they nest up? Or just branch sit all day? I just want a peak Im pretty sure they are Horned owls eating bunnies off the lawns at night.

Thanks great pics.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 14, 2013 - 04:28pm PT
A few from today...Dee/Dave...I scored a Varied Thrush today in CO. Beautiful birds.

Varied Thrush...the best shot I could get.
Varied Thrush...the best shot I could get.
Credit: Bob D'A

Cedar Waxwing
Cedar Waxwing
Credit: Bob D'A

Dark Morph Redtail
Dark Morph Redtail
Credit: Bob D'A

Downy Woodpecker
Downy Woodpecker
Credit: Bob D'A

American Kestrel
American Kestrel
Credit: Bob D'A
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 14, 2013 - 07:15pm PT

Y'all have turned this into a pretty daunting thread to post just by the quality of the photos. The launching Redtail Hawk is just plain all time great, or as Dave says, "off the charts". I've spent a couple days trying to see a vagrant Palm Warbler that is hanging around a nasty little bus stop(no shit!) on Pacific St in the U-District right under the I-5 bridge. No luck for me, though. Anyway, it was a pretty day at Monntlake Fill today. Thirteen Trumpeter Swans floating and four more flew over. All from this afternoon from the Fill (10min bike ride from my house).

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 14, 2013 - 08:32pm PT

Trumpeter swans are sooooo lovely! Did they honk for you?
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 14, 2013 - 09:26pm PT


I heard them trumpet. I don't think I could confidently identify them without that. Yeah, it is such a cool sound. It's funny, my family and and friends perform early music, and the Trumpeters always remind me of a shawm, or is is a sackbut?
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 15, 2013 - 03:40pm PT
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Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 16, 2013 - 03:12pm PT
Bob, most excellent Downy!

Darwin, nice shot of 'my' wall!

The rest of you, git on a plane to Eureka and check out the Little Bunting!
How sick is that?

Dee ee, if you're going to see the Grey Hawk:

Gray Hawk seen today Dec 15 10am in Carpinteria on telephone poles near Colorama Nursery on Via Real.
Prairie Warler seen 9:30 today and 3pm yesterday in willows at Santa Claus Ln/Padaro.

little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 16, 2013 - 06:18pm PT
Little Bunting! wow, that is sick. Hope if I ever saw one I wouldn't pass it off as a Savannah Sparrow. Post up, if anyone here can get the photos.

Great photos all around. Bob, have to agree with everyone that your launching Red-tail is one of the best photos ever to show up here. From the photos above, looks like you got a Merlin rather than an Accipiter, and the dark buteo is a Rough-legged Hawk, rather than a Red-tail (see the small feet and feathered legs). Keep those nice photos comin'.

Darwin, hope to make it back to Seattle in winter one of these days. I miss all those wonderful ducks, geese and swans.

WTF, where are you? I'd bet your owls are Great Horned Owls. They start breeding about now and will have a nest and be on eggs by late January or early February in most parts of the USA.

GH Owl incubating eggs in Feb in Oklahoma. photo taken from http://www...
GH Owl incubating eggs in Feb in Oklahoma. photo taken from http://www.suttoncenter.org/pages/live_eagle_camera
Credit: little Z

They will nest in trees in old stick nests of crows or hawks, or on cliff ledges, or under bridges. One bird will be on the nest, the other will roost somewhere nearby. Look for dense stands of tall trees, especially conifers. Look on the ground under the trees for pellets and white-wash (i.e. bird poop).

owl pellets &#40;look like turds but are regurgitated un-digestable an...
owl pellets (look like turds but are regurgitated un-digestable animal parts) and white-wash under an owl roost
Credit: little Z

good luck finding your owls in the day. Show us your photos if you score.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 16, 2013 - 06:42pm PT
An old score in Seattle...

Barred Owl saying, "When will this insufferable boor leave?"
Barred Owl saying, "When will this insufferable boor leave?"
Credit: Reilly

The original slide is sharper ;-)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 16, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
Nice!

Thanks Reilly for the Gray Owl (edit: Gray Hawk) tip.
I am filled with angst since I have to work all week! I was gonna blast up for the Gray Owl(edit: Gray Hawk).
As well the OC Christmas Bird Count has turned up some goodies,
it's killing me.
I did a CBC for the LA County with Todd Battey up at the Paiute Ponds on Sat. and a CBC for the Orange County at Peters Canyon on Sunday. Good fun but I've been sick so it was very grueling, I was wiped out both nights, 10 hours of birding each day plus driving.
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 16, 2013 - 09:54pm PT
Dee ee, Grey hawk! :-)
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 17, 2013 - 12:30am PT


Reilly; Are glad you don't have to do it again? Does it even have a handful of ascents?

So, after hanging around dowdy bus stops in north Seattle, I finally saw my birdie. Man I'm tempted to bring it a carton of mealworms. It's getting warmer here and they are seen occasionally (overwinter?) on the coast, so I have hope.

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 17, 2013 - 12:45am PT
Come back anytime little-Z! I can't remember if you saw Long-tailed Ducks last time you were here. Lame, but I haven't seen them here in the 20 years that I've lived here (CA and AK yes), so that could be a real mission for me.

So I need some help. I guess these have to be juvenile White-crowned Sparrows, right?

Credit: Darwin

Credit: Darwin
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 17, 2013 - 12:10pm PT
Thanks Little Z...I think we are going to hit San Gerardo for three days. What do you think of that area??


Here is a GHO from Point Reyes this summer...sorry if i posted this already.

Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 17, 2013 - 01:00pm PT
The Humboldt Little Bunting. How easy would it be to overlook this guy?

Credit: Reilly
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 17, 2013 - 09:11pm PT
Thanks Reilly......
6:44...hmmm...I'm about 2 beers in.
WTF

climber
Dec 17, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
Thanks little z I'm on the huntin they are hooting away right now.
Man it's like there are four or more around right now.
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 17, 2013 - 11:26pm PT
Hawk fodder/flying rats.
Hawk fodder/flying rats.
Credit: mouse from merced
Credit: mouse from merced
Herr heron LOOKS like he's freezing because it was 34 degrees back in town & who knows what out here in the sticks.
Into the sun.
Into the sun.
Credit: mouse from merced
How often does this happen? It's what makes bird-watching fun and challenging. The identification, well, I need a lot of work, since I have no background in ornithology.
Stupid
Stupid
Credit: mouse from merced
white
white
Credit: mouse from merced
tease!
tease!
Credit: mouse from merced
Merry Christmas to all the Bird Thread People!

If I get some flying reindeer shots this year, they're coming here, too.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Dec 17, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
How about some Flying Parrotdeer, Mouse?

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