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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.
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 29, 2013 - 09:29am PT
Go Neil!
10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 29, 2013 - 11:28am PT
I want to reiterate what dee ee said up thread. I am a total beginner. I want to thank Crimpergirl, and Brassnuts for the inspiration. I hope we all can meet up again this spring.
Mike Bolte

Trad climber
Planet Earth
Dec 29, 2013 - 11:59am PT
One of Neil Hayward's birding companions this year is Bill Frey who some of you old timers know.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 29, 2013 - 03:45pm PT
A few from today's hike out at Walden Ponds.


Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

10b4me

Ice climber
Bishop/Flagstaff
Dec 29, 2013 - 05:15pm PT
photo not found
Missing photo ID#337803
mouse from merced

Trad climber
The finger of fate, my friends, is fickle.
Dec 30, 2013 - 01:43am PT
Credit: mouse from merced
cyndiebransford

climber
Kenai Peninsula, Alaska
Dec 30, 2013 - 03:11am PT
I went to Seward today to chase a rare bird. I spent about two hours sitting in someone's front yard to catch a poor look at the bird, it would not come out from under the porch. But, I did see a Swamp Sparrow and with it were 8 American Tree Sparrows which is another life bird for me. Two, two for one today. It was a good day to bird. The temperature was about 22 degrees with no wind. I also went looking for a Killdeer which has been seen in Seward recently, but no luck there. My Alaska bird list is at 164 species.
Darwin

Trad climber
Seattle, WA
Dec 30, 2013 - 01:33pm PT
That's exciting about the Neil Hayward and the big year (year right, not day?)! Not to diminish the year, but might some of the increase must be due to the splitting of species? E.g. Winter Wren going to Pacific and Winter Wrens, among a few others.

On a related note Tony and I met Mark Kudrav (aka Dingus!, but not ST-Dingus) at the Berkeley Painted Redstart house, and he is doing a biking/foot big year. He was at SPECIES=326 and MILES-BIKED=5095, on Dec 15th and had a Pt Reyes trip coming up to try to salvage a couple others.

http://greenbigyear2013.blogspot.com/


Ron Anderson

Trad climber
Relic MilkEye and grandpoobah of HBRKRNH
Dec 30, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
For the first time ever since they arrived, the eurasian collared doves have left the area. Usually they winter here and even breed mos the year. Perhaps that minus and low teens weather was just to much for them. Where did they go?
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 30, 2013 - 04:57pm PT
Credit: Bob D'A


Credit: Bob D'A
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Dec 30, 2013 - 06:13pm PT
EXTRA EXTRA! Read All About It!
slow news day in Chico so they put me and a friend on the front page this morning from yesterday's Oroville CBC. Short eared, barn and great horned owl, Ferruginous hawk, many bald eagles, flocks of horned larks, thousands of canvasbacks and a common loon were some of the highlights.
Slow News Day. Our top story: birders are nerds.
Slow News Day. Our top story: birders are nerds.
Credit: Timid TopRope
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2013 - 06:15pm PT
^ LOVE IT!
Timid TopRope

Social climber
the land of Pale Ale
Dec 30, 2013 - 06:21pm PT
I was birding with Crimpergirl's sister yesterday.
Do you have a sister named Donna?
Do you have a sister named Donna?
Credit: Timid TopRope
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 30, 2013 - 08:44pm PT

YAY, Andy!!!!!
(Didja see anything gud)?
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 30, 2013 - 09:44pm PT
My grandpa did get around. :)
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Dec 30, 2013 - 10:34pm PT
Way to go you guys! Short Eared!

I dipped on a Golden Eagle today. I tried pretty hard.
My year is winding down. One day left.


I've got Tony lined up as my ringer for a 100+ new years day. I'm optimistic!
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 30, 2013 - 11:32pm PT
Well my Kickstarter project made it's goal...pretty excited.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1211944495/colorado-front-range-25-best-birding-trails

I'm thinking I may do a series of these birding/hiking books.
feralfae

Boulder climber
in the midst of a metaphysical adventure
Dec 31, 2013 - 12:34am PT
Hi Bob,
Congratulations on the Kickstarter project. Those are stunningly beautiful photos you have on that site.

Great Book. We need one for Montana's Front Range birding trails, too. (hint, hint) :)

Kind Regards,
feralfae
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