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Q- Ball

Mountain climber
where the wind always blows
Jan 3, 2014 - 10:47pm PT
Altai Republic
Altai Republic
Credit: Q- Ball

I know this isn't standard birding territory!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 3, 2014 - 10:55pm PT
^^^^Been there, done that! Byelogolovoi Grif! M :-).
Got my Lammergeier near there. Beyond awesome, he came
cruising right over me about 25' up. Must have taken me for carrion.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 7, 2014 - 02:44pm PT
Western Scrub Jay, Black-capped Chickadee and White Wing Junco from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A

And a pretty Song Sparrow from yesterday.

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 7, 2014 - 02:59pm PT
Happy the birding trip is shaping up. Can't wait to get out there and see everyone! BN is in charge of logistics so I'm not even sure what's going on. :) Just know it'll be fun!
10b4me

Social climber
Jan 7, 2014 - 06:42pm PT
Pencil (ink) me in for any visiting Birdapalooza action.
Definitely. Me too, please.
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 7, 2014 - 07:56pm PT
^^ Sweet!
Tony

Trad climber
Pt. Richmond, CA
Jan 8, 2014 - 01:28am PT
Thanks to Dave (dee ee) for letting me join him to ring in the New Year. As he said we were bogged down early by the dense fog. We had to hang around for a while before the birds got active at Mile Square Park where it had been hopping a couple of days earlier. As a result we missed some common birds such as Cassin's Kingbird and W Scrub Jay and the Vermillion Flycatcher. This also got us behind on the short days. It was also a bummer to miss the B&W Warbler and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker that people had seen at Huntington Beach Central Park. The Northern Waterthrush was cool, though. We did clean up on gulls on a sandbar at Bolsa Chica WR. There were 6 species. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to go to the Huntington Beach Pier for Heermann's Gulls and loons. Too bad we also didn't have time to go through all the Scaup for a greater. The Burrowing Owl and 3 Reddish Egrets were also good, not to mention the flyover urban Peregrine while we driving to our last spot. The calling Barn Owl was a fitting finale.

I had only seen a handful of new species after returning home, so I decided to do a sweep of continuing uncommon and rare birds in our area after realizing that my dental appointment was only a few blocks away from the local Painted Redstart. I was happy to see it just as I walked up to its favorite tree and things worked out from there. I then saw a Tufted Duck, Tropical Kingbird, White-winged Scoter and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker in just a couple of hours. Of course, all of these birds have been hanging out in the same places for some time now. Unfortunately, I didn't have my camera so no photos.

Keep us posted on the SoCal Birdapalooza dates. I hope to make it.
BrassNuts

Trad climber
Save your a_s, reach for the brass...
Jan 8, 2014 - 08:33am PT
Only pigeons here in Brussels...
TGT

Social climber
So Cal
Jan 8, 2014 - 08:51pm PT
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Jan 9, 2014 - 11:46am PT
More sickness! A Black-headed Gull is at the Salton Sea. You gotta be a
real gullnivore to tell a winter Black-headed from amongst 25 Bonaparte's!
eKat

Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Jan 9, 2014 - 12:02pm PT
TGT. . . I dare ANYBODY to sit still. . . or even stay seated while they watch that!

It made me go get the whole song and hop to the bop!

TFPU!
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Jan 9, 2014 - 07:02pm 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.

Reilly, BE that Gullnivore!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 9, 2014 - 07:57pm PT

Don't you be "Gull"ible, Little Z!



hee hee hee. . .
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Jan 9, 2014 - 09:04pm PT
Sparkling Violetear in the backyard today:

Credit: CClarke
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Jan 12, 2014 - 04:16pm PT
Great stuff everyone. Getting closer to getting the shot I want of a Belted Kingfisher. This one was near the South Platte River north of Denver.

Belted Kingfisher
Belted Kingfisher
Credit: Bob D'A

Also saw a pretty Red Tail.

Credit: Bob D'A

Group of Northern Shovelers.

Credit: Bob D'A
dee ee

Mountain climber
citizen of planet Earth
Jan 12, 2014 - 10:18pm PT
It was an emotional weekend with Memorials for my neighbor Trudy, our friend Pat Nay and the first Pelagic trip of the year with both of my rivals Jeff and Amin present.
Here are a couple photos.

Pelagic Cormorant

Credit: dee ee

Greater White-fronted Goose

Credit: dee ee

Wilson's Snipe

Credit: dee ee
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 12, 2014 - 10:22pm PT
Awesome hummingbird CClarke! Thanks tons for sharing it. Have more?
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Jan 13, 2014 - 08:36am PT
Hi Crimpergirl,

There are many Sparkling Violetears around right now so I should be able to get a few more photos. Catching them in flight is pushing the limits of my camera (Canon SX50) but here is one more of the same bird:

Credit: CClarke

We had a visit from a Mitred Parakeet this morning. There's usually a flock in the neighborhood but today was the first time I saw one right in the backyard.

Credit: CClarke

Credit: CClarke
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Jan 13, 2014 - 09:52am PT
Ahhhh. Want to give the parrot a kiss!

Think the Sparkling Violentears seem pretty large (for hummingbirds). I looked it up and wiki says 5-6". Very beautiful birds!

Can't wait to see what other birds you get. Personally, and I think most agree, any photo of a bird is a good photo!

edit: of the hummingbird - the wiki link also notes: "Sparkling Violetears are solitary and aggressive. Birds declare their territory by singing. The birds sing much of the day, and (in different parts of their range) sub-groups develop their own calls."

Do you know what their calls sound like? Are the buzzy? Or songbirdy? Cool!
CClarke

climber
La Paz, Bolivia
Jan 13, 2014 - 11:17am PT
Sparkling Violetears make a sharp "cheep cheep, cheep, cheep" at least around here. They seem to have a variety of songs which they learn from each other. They do this mating thing where they hover about 10'-15' above "their" tree and then dive back down into the branches over and over.

Here's a link to some sounds:

http://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Colibri-coruscans
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