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WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Dec 23, 2013 - 06:00pm PT
Had this little guy at my Mom's feeder a few days ago.

Rosy finch? with leukism?
Rosy finch? with leukism?
Credit: WyoRockMan

A rosy finch with leukism?
little Z

Trad climber
un cafetal en Naranjo
Dec 23, 2013 - 06:48pm PT
WyoRockMan - very cool, assuming the bird was in Wyoming (and by looking at your photo) I'd say best bet is a leucistic House Finch. What were the other birds with it at the feeder? If you want, you can report your bird at the following link:

http://feederwatch.org/learn/unusual-birds/#reporting-unusual-birds

Crimpie, Wow! your secret Santa rocks.

dee ee - way to keep building that OC year list, 283 with a Pacific Golden-Plover. Congrats, looks like you've got a lock on the bronze medal for 2013.

Bob - will you be staying at the Savegre Mountain Lodge when you go to San Gerardo de Dota? It's a good choice for birding and photography. If you are, make sure to hook up with Marino Chacon there. Plus, while you're in San Jose, with the new highway Carara National Park is only about an hour away. Do a mangrove boat tour on the Tarcoles River if you get over there.

thanks to all the photographers for sharing your wonderful photos.
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 23, 2013 - 08:12pm PT
Little Z, I think we are going to stay at Cabinas El Quetzal for a few nights. Can I get to Carara by bus from San Jose??

Faceoff!

Credit: Bob D'A
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 23, 2013 - 09:51pm PT
Beautiful leucistic (sp?) House Finch. Very cool!

My secret santa (pocoloco) does rock!!!
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 23, 2013 - 09:53pm PT
Crimpie, did you see that yer luverly home boids are now classified as
blood-thirsty falconiformes? YGD!
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Dec 23, 2013 - 11:43pm PT

Callie, don't let that thing fly up your nose!!!!

hee hee hee. . .
Slater

Trad climber
Central Coast
Dec 24, 2013 - 12:17am PT
Crimpie that's a sweet book.

Brass, top notch as usual.

Bob, way to go on the Varied Thrush! Shy birds!

Credit: Slater

Happy Holidays Bird Brains!

Slater
http://www.flickr.com/photos/28154077@N02/
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 24, 2013 - 12:19am PT
Crimpie, did you see that yer luverly home boids are now classified as blood-thirsty falconiformes? YGD!

Missed this. I know they like chicken and scrambled eggs. Haven't tried giving them blood. :)
Bob D'A

Trad climber
Taos, NM
Dec 24, 2013 - 01:36pm PT
A few from today.

Credit: Bob D'A

Credit: Bob D'A
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Dec 24, 2013 - 02:02pm PT
Almpost Superman - Neil Hayward
Almpost Superman - Neil Hayward
Credit: Reilly


Since 1998, Sandy Komito's ABA Big Year record 748 has stood alone as the
biggest year in ABA history, but it looks like now he may need to share
the title. Massachusetts birder and ABA member Neil Hayward is currently
sitting at 745 species, plus 3 potential ABA firsts pending acceptance,
precisely the same number that Komito ended up with 15 years ago.

The bird that put him even was a Rustic Bunting visiting a feeder in
Homer, Alaska, and there are several options that might give him the
record outright. Hook-billed Kite in Texas, Great Skua in Virginia or
North Carolina, Ivory Gull in Newfoundland, or any other random vagrant
that could turn up in any corner of the US or Canada. In fact, he may need
a couple more birds to cover for records that may not pass muster. In any
case, Hayward is in full chase mode in the last week of the year, and
we're all rooting for him. Records are made to be broken, after all.

You can follow along with Neil's final push at his entertaining blog, The Accidental Big Year.



Dude must be independently wealthy, n'est ce pas?

And, Wyoming Rok man, I would say yes to a leucistic House Finch.
anita514

Gym climber
Great White North
Dec 24, 2013 - 02:20pm PT
awesome pictures!
WyoRockMan

climber
Flank of the Big Horns
Dec 24, 2013 - 02:33pm PT
I like leucistic House Finch. Thanks for the help all!

Great thread, noob birder here.

Crimpergirl- I don't do rock, but I make a living looking at them (or their proxies)!
Crimpergirl

Sport climber
Boulder, Colorado!
Dec 24, 2013 - 02:35pm PT
^ snicker!
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.

_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _


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...
]
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
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